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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pump{k}in It Up – Cardio Workout

Pump{k}in It Up – Cardio Workout

Finally back at it!  Between no internet, a baby waking up before 5am, teaching classes, and trying to nap, there hasn’t been much blogging time!  I wish I was a night owl, but I am definately not!  Anyways…

There are only about 10 days til Halloween.  You know what that means right?!  Halloween candy is on sale ;)!  Like all the kiddos aren’t going to bring home enough – right?!  Well to keep that figure in tip top shape here is another workout for you.  Think of it as a jump statrt to keeping off those holiday pounds that often creep up on all of us.

I often use this format in my group cycling classes, but you can use it on any cardio equipment, or even outside.  Just follow the directions and have FUN!!!  And for all of you beginners…don’t freak…do what you can:)

Also, to help motivate all of you, Tabata type workouts are the Hot New Trend these days.  It is proven that “Tabata boosts not only your cardio-repiratory fitness, but your muscle power too.” {Carl Foster, Ph.D}  Double the benefit in less time!

Below you will find a printable of the workout.  Print it out and take it with you 🙂


Right Click and “Save As” for Printable






All You Need Is One…

All You Need Is One…

Today was the last day to register to vote in Colorado.  It got me thinking.  There are many times that I have asked myself if my vote REALLY matters.  When it comes down to it can I really make a difference.  I know it is my civil liberty and my moral obligation to vote.  I know I am blessed to live in a country where we are able to vote and have freedom.  However, in all honesty, I didn’t really feel like it mattered.  I have cast my vote in every Presidential election since I was 18, but I never really thought it made an impact.  After all, the electoral college votes are really all that count…right?  However, after our message at church on Sunday, my thoughts were changed.  How many times has a SINGLE person done AMAZING things and changed the whole WORLD?!

I ask you this, with one of the most polarizing elections in my day about to happen, with our country on the brink of life altering decisions, I ask you to be that ONE who can make a difference.  Potentially change the way this country is headed.

What if…

  • Abraham Lincoln never abolished slavery?
  • Martin Luther King Jr. never stood up for Civil Rights?
  • Winston Churhill didn’t stand up to the Nazi war machine?
  • Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb?
  • Alexander Flemming didn’t discover Penicillin?
  • God never sent His son to go before us so that we may live?

Our world would probably be a not-s0-fun place to be in.  Full of violence, sickness, and darkness.  These were all single people that made big differences, against much adversity. What they also had were people that helped them, encouraged them, and supported them throughout their journey.

What I ask of you is to be that ONE.  Be the ONE that votes to make a difference. To support the candidate you believe in.  Not because they are cool.  Not because they are funny.  Not based on your political affiliation, geographical location,  your relgious denomination, or your racial obligation.  Vote based on your VALUES and what you believe in.  Be the change you want to see and uphold the freedom that this country was built upon.

I encourage you to watch a sort video that they shared with us.  It is 7 minutes and TOTALLY worth!




WIWO {What I Worked Out}

So, I often see other bloggers doing a What I Wore post, but who am I kidding.  Between teaching fitness class and chasing after a toddler, I often don’t get to shower until 4pm, let alone put on anything other than yoga pants and a tank.  So, I decided to switch it up and do a What I Worked Out post.  I am going to share with you either what I worked out that day, or some of my favorite workouts.  Hopefully they will keep you motivated or inspire you to try something different!

With Halloween coming up I put together a Scaredy Fat Workout.  This workout will have that fat melt away in NO time flat!!!  It is a high intensity, full body workout.  At the advanced level it is a 30 minute workout.  Perfect to fit into your busy day or to do along with some cardio if you have more time!

Here is your Printable to take with you!  Now go at it:)

Right Click and “Save As” to print



Favorite Things {Food Edition}

Who am I kidding. I LOVE to eat. I workout so that I can eat. Especially so I can eat dessert. I try to cook and bake as much as I can, but again, who am I kidding. I have a 17 month old…sometimes speed is necessary. That’s where my Favorite Things {Food Edition} comes into play. Here are 5 edible things I am loving right now:

1.) Healthy Choice Frozen Greek Yogurt: Holy Shmoly…these things are SO SO SO good! They are single serving FroYo’s from heaven. Each is 100 calories {when extra caramel sauce is NOT added…who would EVER do that 😉 }. I have had the Blueberry and Vanilla Bean. Both are delicious and my kid would agree.

2.) Honey Maid Lil’ Squares: I have a problem with kid-sized snacks. If it’s small and cute, like my kid, I buy it. These are no exception. They are teeny,tiny graham cracker snacks. I bought them for E, but I have had my fair share. What I love most: they fit into his little snack cup!

3.) String Cheese: Nothing new, or exciting with this one. It is so simple and convenient though. Grab, extract from wrapper, eat. Quick snack for Mom when she realizes she forgot to eat, and great snack for E on the go. Did I mention they make GREAT teethers?! E can shove that sucker way back towards his molars!

4.) Earth’s Best Chicken Nuggets: My kid loves these. He probably will turn into a chicken nugget. I admit I have some mommy guilt when I feed him these all the time, but he can be picky. If I want him to eat, I better give him what he likes. I like that these are “healthier” than the other brands out there. If I had it all together I would make my own…but since I don’t…these are the next best thing!

5.) Nature Valley Granola Thins {Dark Chocolate}: Dark Chocolate and Granola = a match made in food heaven! These are one of my go-to snacks. I feel as if the granola cancels out the chocolate making it a healthy snack. Also the fact that they are only 80 calories also makes it a total score! Great for a pre- or post-workout treat!

What are your favorite snacks these days?