5 Workout Faux Pas You Might be Making

Hello There!
I had two posts planned for this week, but I guess this first one will just have to do….LOL
Workouts are undoubtedly one of my favorite things to post about – maybe it’s because I’m a personal trainer and group fitness instructor? Ha. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to address some common mistakes that people make in there workouts that usually affect everything else in their fitness/wellness regimen. Sometimes people get cranky about this when it’s mentioned because of their “elitist” attitudes…however, that doesn’t change the fact that sometimes we all hit ruts – even fitness pro’s, and we need a wake-up call to get us back on the right track, myself included.

1. Thinking that exercise alone is enough and you don’t need to fuel for your workouts.
Ok, so I’m not saying you shouldn’t “splurge” once in awhile. It’s great for your mental health…LOL.
However, your body converts food into energy via 3 different systems. If you’re paleo, and a marathon runner, that’s probably not going to work for you long term because your body needs those carbs because the aerobic system takes a long time to use up energy, and thus, your fuel needs sticking power. I could go scientific on you, but it would make you go to sleep. Weight lifters, competition prep diets are not for the long term. Man, or woman for that matter, cannot live on spring green and chicken  alone. Carbs are what give your muscle “pump” or fullness, in fact your body needs complex carbs, like sweet potatoes and brown rice in order to help your body process protein. Also if your doing super intense workouts, but eating doughnuts once a day, you’re not going to be able to find your six-pack…unless you’re a genetic freak, but chances are if you’re reading this, you’re not. End of first soapbox.

2. Doing the exact same squats, the exact same lunges, the exact same push-ups, etc. for months on end, because that’s what you’re good at..While practice makes perfect, You need to vary the exercises in your routine. I change my routine up every 4 weeks. Even following programs like PiYo, I have a huge selection of dvd’s, so the variety still gets thrown in. Little changes can go a long way. I’ve worked as a gym manager, and seen members come in and literally use the same routine for…over 2 years. No change, and meanwhile, they never progressed, and couldn’t figure out the problem…If you are that stuck in a rut, it’s time to pick a professional’s brain, because you need a perspective. That’s why I do 21 Day Fix or PiYo or Body Beast, because I teach classes, and I’m used to my training style, so  my body needs a switch up so I don’t over train. Capish?

3. Changing up too often. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you workout. Just change and exercise out or do a different variation or change the load from weight to dumbbells. You’ll see results…I use to make this mistake all the time.

4. Not allowing yourself to be held accountable. You don’t have to have a workout buddy every time you go to the gym, but allow yourself to be teachable, especially in areas where you struggle. My husband, Micah sets a great example in this. Not many men would ask their wife for advice in the middle of a gym, but Micah respects my credentials. If you feel like you’re over training, sit down with someone who has extensive knowledge and evaluate some things.

5. Not tracking your progress. There are phone apps, or if you’re like me and love to write, pen and paper journals that are not rocket science. This can also motivate you when you don’t see the scale budge but you’ve lost three inches in your waist. Also a food intake journal will help, especially if you’re prone to cravings or go to a lot of events for work. Just a suggestion.

I really hope this information will help prevent frustration and keep you informed. If you ever need me, find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/julieaulerhealthfitness

Stay Strong,
Julie  

Workout Wednesday and Weekend Recap

Last weekend was an awesome weekend! Micah and I got to meet up with some dear friends in Atlanta and make some new ones! The challenge group training was so inspiring…so many stories of families and lives being changed for the better! The most important lesson is to be you. You inspire others when they see you putting your stamp on a job. Do your best in whatever you commit to.
We also got to hangout with
Ruthie and
Ronnie, our team leaders, and
Simone
Mack, one of our teammates
!

We had lots of fun hanging out with Micah’s sister Sarah who lives in Atlanta,and of course the weekend would not have been complete without a mockumentary movie night! We watch Razzle Dazzle…hilarious!

Also, I think we planned really well to be healthy on this trip. Not one fast food stop…not one.

Staples for our trips included: gfree wraps, greek yogurt chicken salad, bananas, g-free bars, high fiber protein bars, large bottles of water, spicy brown mustard, and shakeology
!
Oh, and a printable, customizable workout from workoutlabs.com. this workout was bodyweight only and was great!
I highly recommend having a plan for activity when on he road, so you won’t dread getting back in your routine when you arrive back home.
The workout I printed out only took about 5 minutes to conplete 1 round, and
I felt great afterwards because I knew that
I’d gotten a workout in first thing.
I also added on 10 sets of alternating foward hinge reverse lunges; each set lasted 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest between each set. I do a lot of low reps with heavy weights, so this challenged my endurance
!
I hope the ideas in this post will help you have an active and healthy summer!

Keep it healthy!
Julie

What’s in your cart? $30 of Healthy Groceries

Happy Monday! I’m finally recovering from the whirlwind week last week, and getting back on schedule! It was great to spend time with my family, and celebrate my mom’s birthday. We went shopping, seriously, and one of our favorite places to shop is this retail chain in NC and SC called “Hamrick’s”. It’s amazing. Their merchandise selection keeps getting better and better, and this weekend, I’m proud to say that this bargain hunter walked away with a badly needed new pair of ballet flats, a date-night top, a pair of Marika leggings…and a really adorable spring top for (drumroll) $32ish! And the best part: the leggings were only $5!!!!! Micah just got a job closer to home (only 2 miles!) and we’ve been doing 21 Day Fix which is Ah-mazing. I’ve had tummy troubles like IBS my entire life, and the symptoms were GONE by the 3rd day. This is a program we’ll be doing again and again! But you can check all that out on my blog’s 21 Day Fix page. 🙂
This post has been long in coming, but it was inspired by the plethora of people in my life who love to say: “I can’t afford to eat a healthy diet.” Well, good news, you can. I went to the grocery store today, just for you and picked out some amazing foods that are staples of a healthy diet. The best part, I only spent $30.09 for the food pictured below. Through the years, I’ve encountered a lot of people who have heard how important it is to follow a healthy diet, but don’t have any idea of what that means. Let me explain this to you. You need a variety.

What you’re looking at is: 12oz. fresh broccoli
                                            7 bananas
                                            2c. mozzarella cheese
                                            1lb. ground chicken
                                            2 cans no salt added corn
                                            4 cans reduced sodium black beans
                                            2 cans dark red kidney beans
                                            roasted, unsalted peanuts (Make sure there are no added ingredients.)
                                            roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds (I usually buy raw, but they were out.)
                                            1 bag of radishes
                                            2 giant heads of romaine lettuce
                                            1 lg. tub of greek yogurt
                                            1 ginger root
                                            2 bulbs of fresh garlic
I can hear some of you saying where’s the fudge rounds…? Let me explain this: treats are treats…I’ve seen buggies in the store that have about 70% junk food 30% real food. This is where their money is going. They complain about being addicted but have junk food all over their house. Don’t get me wrong, a treat is ok, but if you’re eating a treat everyday, then it’s no longer a treat, it’s part of your diet.

Now to debunk some common misconceptions about healthy eating:

Myth 1: It costs a fortune. You do not need to buy everything organic! I know people that use the cost of organic as an excuse…really? The only ones to be careful about are the dirty dozen, according to my husband, who has a biotechnology degree, and studied what pesticides actually do. Buy in season, and locally, if possible, there’s a reason that this is really popular right now…because it’s cheaper. Buy in bulk. Get another family to go in on the cost of a crate of a particular food. you’ll both benefit from making a healthier choice. Grow your own herbs, instead of paying $3 every time you need fresh rosemary.

Myth 2: I don’t have time. If you’ve never heard of a crockpot, then I suggest that you acquaint yourself with it. This is how I worked 5 jobs and still ate healthily. All is takes is 15 minutes. You actually will spend more time driving somewhere to a drive-thru to eat a much less healthy meal.

Myth 3: Healthy food tastes bad. Trust me, we make some delicious stuff at our house, chili, protein cookies, etc. I had PF Chang’s-inspired clean chicken lettuce wraps for lunch….nom, nom. We don’t eat cardboard. You don’t need all that added junk. I looked at the label for corn meal the other day and 9 out of 10 brands had added wheat flour. We’ve duped ourselves into thinking we need all those fillers, like MSG, bleached flour, modified food starch, but we’re wrong.

Myth 4: I’ll still be hungry all the time. If you’re eating the right portions, the right calories for your activity level and getting enough protein and fiber, that won’t be the case.

Do some research? How healthy is your daily food intake, really?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Julie

Motivational Monday: Jessica’s Transformation

 Good morning! I’m so excited about my week, and have a huge announcement for Friday! Yes, this is a big step for me. Oh, and my hubby has a full-time job now! PTL! Now we’re on the same schedule, and I’m so excited about the changes going on at our house!

This week’s inspirational story come’s from the heart of my good friend, Jessica. The transformation of this lady is especially dear to my heart. You see, we were good friends in college, and are still friends. She’s one of the most caring people I know! I remember when we would go to the gym and Jessica would laugh…the entire time…now I laugh thinking about that. hahaha. Her story is proof that all things are possible to them that believe!

 What was your fitness defining moment?The moment I was no longer terrified to run outside. I used to run in my townhome because I had such a fear of what people would think seeing a woman so obviously obese running. Now, I run with confidence! 
 Who impacted your journey into fitness and why? The two people who come to mind immediately are Kodi Reed & Jessica Dinka. Both are my coaches to fitness and help push me beyond the limits I attempt to set for myself. They both believe in me even more than I believe in myself at times. what are some ways that you sneak fitness into your day? My lovely 25 pound toddler is a simple way. Picking her up, dancing around the house to music, squats, and her favorite is downward dog. I catch myself accidentally exercising without even thinking with her around.
How do you go about planning healthier meal choices for your day?Currently, I am following a personalized meal plan from Beachbody. Typically, I would look online to find good recipes with ingredients I already had but needed to branch out some. I track all of my calories using the free application, MyFitnessPal–add me jessicagross94 
What scripture best describes your health journey? 
“I will praise you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of the marvelous things you have done.” Psalm 9:1 This Scripture reminds me always to go back and thank the Lord. Every step of my journey to health He was with me giving me the strength to push through a hard workout, stamina to run a half marathon, wisdom to plan out of meals, and even the finances to support a healthier lifestyle. God is the author of all good things, so all the praise in my journey to health ultimately goes to Him.
Here’s Jessica’s before and after pics! 
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Overcoming-Obesity/178173405709290

Jessica’s results of clean eating, T25, and running!



I’m so proud of my friend, and her accomplishments! I can’t wait to see the next chapter of her story unfold! 
What was your health/fitness defining moment? Comment below! 

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Monday Motivation: Fitness Goals

Hi there! So now that we’ve recooperated from Christmas…(I wish.) It’s time to gear up for New Year’s. I’ve been thinking about my goals for the past month, and I’ve got some humdingers.Here are a few in no particular order.
1. Be more consistent with quiet time. I’ll confess I want spent more quality time with the Lord. This is my sanity, and in recent years, I’ve been a little slack.
2. This is going to sound completely different: do more cardio. (See, I said they weren’t in any particular order.) I’m not exactly known as a cardio junkie, but it’s good for my heart, and it will ramp up my weight lifting results a lot. Not going cardio crazy but 3x a week for 30-45 minutes is a nice place to start. I would lift weights until I pass out, I know I need to improve my cardiovascular health.
3. Do more upper body strength training. Ok, so I don’t mind working shoulders, and I know how…but biceps and triceps are not my favorite. So this year, I’m headed…to the gun show! Just kidding. But some major upper body strength gains would be nice. I’ll be bumping up my upper body workouts to 2x/week.
4. Traveling. So, I’ve been wanting to do some major traveling for years. Like trekking through Norway in snow shoes kind of traveling, and Norway is on my bucket list. The reason for this is that’s where a lot of my ancestors are from, and Micah’s always wanted to visit. We might not get to that this year, but the saving up for that trip will start now. We also want to go on an overseas mission trip together.
5. Going back to school. I’ll begin working on my nutrition and human dietetics degree in the fall. I’m super excited to be going back to school, and praying for the grace to do so. I plan to finish my degree in two semesters, so it’ll be crazy, but so worth it!

There’s some of my top 5 goals! What are your goals for 2014? I always break each goal down into baby steps, this makes it overwhelming, and lets me see how much closer I am to accomplishing a particular goal in a short amount of time. I have a few more, but shhhh! T

hey’re secrets. But I might write about them later…Write down your goals and create a vision board, so you’ll be reminded of what you want to accomplish.

Allergies, Pollen, and Hayfever, OH MY!

Tis the season…to sneeze.
News stations have been reporting that we have had the highest pollen count in 20 years…and my ears, nose, and throat said, “Amen”! This has been a rough allergy season for me, but the past few days, they seem much better, and my migraines have ceased for the moment. I don’t even have to take medicine but once every 3 or 4 days, as opposed to every 3-4 hours. “What has brought about this turnaround?”, you might ask. Well, allow me to share with you what has worked for me, so that you may try it yourself. Of course, with a doctor’s supervision.

No wheat, or dairy, except for yogurt, and pepper jack cheese(because of the capsaicin, which clears sinuses). Although recently stated by prominent members of the medical community to be an old wive’s tail, this always reduces my symptoms. If I’m having too much drainage. I know immediately to not cheat on my gluten-free diet, and eliminate dairy as well. After a few days, my sneezing reduces.

Black Cumin Seed Oil. A natural inflammation fighter, this supplement tastes like aftershave going down, but after a week’s time, cut my use of claritin in half. My headaches are almost non-existent now.

Leave your shoes at the door. Not tracking pollen all over my house has kept my symptoms to a minimum. We leave our seasonal shoes in a basket by the door.

Vacuum, often.

Wash your hair and face, daily. Pollen gets blown into our hair around our face, and for those of us with longer hair, causes the little pests to be in close contact with our eyes and face.

Breathe. Practicing pilates has taught me to breathe more deeply in order to calm my body’s response to allergens, not allowing my system to get too hyped up. The unrelieved stress will often trigger a headache or allergy attack for me. Be patient. Take a moment to pray.

I hope this will help ease your seasonal issues. I still have some days that are better than others, but my symptoms have been greatly reduced.

Consider it pure joy when you encounter various trials. James 1:2

How to Have a Healthy St. Patty’s Day

Hi There!
As you all are aware, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! I was thinking this morning, since Micah and I try to be healthy, and avoid gluten, this holiday could be a challenge, but I gave some thought, and realized that this should be the easiest holiday to celebrate! It’s all about green! (And please, forget about those cookies with the green sprinkles, can’t we be a little more creative?) There are so many healthy options out there that are healthy and green.
-take a Clean Green tray to your office/school party filled with green fruits and veggies.
Kiwis, spinach, cucumbers, bell peppers, honeydew, pistachios, wasabi peas, edamame, sugar snap peas, bean sprouts, celery, white raisins, avocado/guacamole, salsa verde, artichokes, green beans, broccoli, green onions…and many more
-make an all green salad…these are really full of flavor, and antioxidants
-get out and walk (in green grass)
-get up and dance to irish folk music
-wear green to a group fitness class

-do a simple leg workout, such as 40  squats, bridges, or lunges or standing kickbacks and leg raises
-drink green tea
-if you must dine out, ask for a box as soon as your food is delivered, and box up half of the portion. this will decrease your calorie intake
-everything in moderation, if you’re going to have a beer. drink a low calorie, and that’s it.
Maybe my St. Patrick’s Day won’t be so unhealthy after all!

Have fun and be safe!

Yours in fitness!
Julie