Monday, July 21, 2014

Getting excited about exercise

I used to dread waking up early to go exercise, but I knew I had to do it to stay healthy and fit. After a while, I started getting bored with my workouts and I kept hitting snooze, over and over and over again. I would get so mad at myself for doing it too!

I really think I have exercise ADD. I need a change-up about every three months.

All of a sudden, now I don't hit snooze anymore. It didn't even occur to me at first until I read somewhere, "Do you like early morning workouts?" YES, YES, I do! I do now.

You will read in many articles that you should schedule your workout or it won't get done. My only time to workout is early in the morning. When I say early I mean 5:30am.

I'm a busy mom and my kids are active in sports, I work full-time and mornings are "ME" time.  I never thought of my workouts before as "ME" time. But now they are, because I love my results from 21 Day FIX, I love getting up and working up a sweat to Turbo Fire and I love that I don't have to impress anyone. It's just me and the DVD.

I can now proclaim that I am excited to exercise. One thing that keeps me engaged is new and different workouts. That is one of the reasons I’m so excited that PiYO, the latest workout from Beachbody, is launching this month. In fact, it was so highly talked about Beachbody launched it early and is available NOW and ON SALE only in JULY!

Who wants to do this with me? Come on, let's try something new! If you want to learn more about PiYO read below...

What is PiYo?

Using body weight, PiYo uses low-impact, high-intensity movements inspired by Pilates and yoga. The result? Long, lean, muscles, a high, firm booty, and tight, flat, sexy abs. PiYo will work every single muscle to stabilize, stretch, and strengthen every inch of a body. Get that sculpted body you want to show off without jumps, without weights, and without joint strain.  And since Chalene Johnson cranked up the speed and the fun, crazy calories will be burned too!

Here’s why I’m looking forward to it

  • Low impact
  • High Intensity
  • Creates long lean muscles
  • Variety
  • Home-based Pilates and yoga-inspired workouts
  • I need to work on my core strength and I need to become more flexible


 This program is great for the busy mom

  • The workouts vary from 25-45 mins in length and you don’t need any equipment
  • Great music and you will move right through the workout
  • This workout treats you RIGHT, no beating yourself up with high impact jumping
  • You’ll get stronger, build core strength and have more flexibility. Definitely all qualities that are helpful in being the best mom you can be.


 Sound like something you’d like to do?



Health Tip of the Month - Cut Out Caffeine
Caffeine is a drug. It affects your body in numerous ways and can raise your blood pressure and cause you to have trouble sleeping. By cutting back the amount of caffeine that you consume, you are allowing your body to function the way that it needs to. Of course, many people will find this a difficult step to take, so you can begin by eliminating one cup of coffee or soda each day. Then cut back even more as you get comfortable with that amount. Your goal should be to cut caffeine out of your diet completely.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sushi Par-tay!

I know that sushi is a staple in some people's monthly diet, but I'm not very knowledgeable about sushi. At all.

We have a gourmet group where we host dinners with eight other couples. This quarter we did a sushi party. The general theme was Asian cuisine. Because we didn't know HOW to make the sushi, we hired a local chef, Becky Ringsby to help us. She was Ah-maz-ing!

Our menu consisted of:
Egg rolls
Pork tacos
Miso soup
Fried bananas
Green tea ice cream
Mai Tais
Japanese beer

The Asian Pork tacos were a hit as well as the Egg rolls. This was a great appetizer before the Sushi meal!


The hostesses with the mostesses and Becky Ringsby. If you need a chef in the Central Iowa area, I highly recommend her. Here is her contact info.

Getting ready for our sushi demonstration.

Becky demonstrating how to roll sushi.

Some were better than others.

And now we're ready for the meal at the beautiful place settings.

And before Sushi we had Miso soup.

And we can't forget the drink: MaiTai

 And what's a party without games:

If you have any questions about having a Sushi party, comment below.

What parties are you planning?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Being healthy is a choice and I chose now

Okay I'm sure you are all asking, what is she doing? I'm seeing all these posts about some 21 day thing...what is it, and why is everyone is talking about it?

The 21 Day FIX is a 21-day program of simple portion control and 30-minute workouts that anyone can do. You can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days! The portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of losing weight, it's the simplest way to control how much you eat.

I personally love the 30 minute workouts, they are quick, and include the warm up and cool down in the 30 minutes. As a busy mom, I don't have time for a long workout, since I exercise in the mornings. The workouts are intense enough for me to work up a sweat, but they are NOT hard on my joints. With my busy schedule I need something that is going to deliver results in a short amount of time. This did it!

I was NEVER, ever hungry! I'm more energized, I'm happier and more patient with my kids. I'm more alert at work.

People want to know, how does this really work? I'm here to tell you this is the best plan to help guide you to the goals you are looking for!

The eating plan shows you how to use the portion-control containers based on your weight.  You simply put your choice of food in the color-coded containers and if it fits, you can eat it!

The greatest part of this plan is it is life sustaining. You learn about portion control and see what portions really look like. Plus, you get to eat what you WANT to eat and what you LIKE to eat.

The 21 Day FIX isn't:
A fad diet.
Starving yourself.
Replacing your gym membership.
Drinking a protein shake as a meal replacement.
Counting calories.

Anyone can have success with this simple program.  It's sure to bring you amazing results. It did for me and I'm still losing weight and gaining muscle!

Some of my last Challenge group members said:
"I have more energy this morning than I have in a long time. I'm talking probably craving for sugary cereal. I want this to last"

"I'm feeling the lower body workout! I love being sore, it means it's working!"

"It's time for my next meal and I'm NOT hungry! I don't think I've ever said that in my life."

"I honestly, totally, humbly and whole-heartedly feel better than I have in quite awhile. I'm energized, motivated, impressed and determined. My clothes fit better! I don't need a cat nap! I'm not hungry! I love this way of life."

Don't wait, you can make a change right now and order on my website or contact me for more information:

Healthy Tip of the Day - Sleep
Everybody needs a good nights sleep. Every person's body varies in how much sleep is necessary. That amount can also change depending upon the amount of activity each day. By ensuring that your body gets the amount of sleep that it needs each night, you are helping your body stay healthy and happy. The average sleep needed for an active adult is 6 - 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Sleep in a dark, quiet room and allow yourself enough time to get the sleep you need. Your body will tell you how much is necessary. Getting enough sleep will help your mood, your metabolism, your immunity and almost every other aspect of your health.

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