The first week back from vacation and I am craving routine and home cooked clean eating! I had a blast on our trip and no doubt I feel completely relaxed and recharged. Spending the week with my kids, my parents and my husband is exactly what I needed!!! I spent my mornings listening to "Make Today Count" By John Maxwell and game planned my strategy for my team and the next 6 months! I had some great quiet time to reflect and refocus my efforts on what I am here to do. While vacation is awesome I couldn't wait to get back into my routine, the first full day we were home I made our grocery list, meal plan and sent Matt out to the grocery store to stock up the house with our staples.
I also completed Piyo and really wanted to get back to lifting weights. So I am bringing out chalean Extreme and digging into my inner Chalene! It's time to get EXTREME! I honestly loved this program and really saw some great results when I completed it almost 2 years ago. This was the program that introduced me to the power and magic of strength training. I was that girl who never had a clue how to lift weights! I was that girl who thought that cardio could get me lean, sculpted muscles. Boy was I wrong!!! The cool thing with chalean extreme is that she teaches you how to lift weights and heavy weights with proper form. The workouts are 5 days a week and range from 35-45 minutes in length. 3 strength training days and 2 cardio days with abs and a stretch/yoga day.
What Equipment is needed: A yoga mat, a resistance band or weights. I invested in the select tech weights eventually but I did my first round with 5-15 lbs dumbbells. Now my weights go up to 45 lbs.
You do not need a lot of space to do this workout, for the most part you are in one place or slight side to side movement. I like that she combines multiple muscle groups together so that you can increase your calorie burn. For example, doing a squat with a bicep curl. Two large muscles working at the same time means more calories burned!!! Wohoo! Not only am I a busy momma but lets get the most bang for our buck with our workouts! Multi tasking at its best!
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So now what am I going to eat this week!? I get asked this question all the time. "Does your family eat the same things that you do for meals?" The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!! My kids might not love the mushrooms but they at least give it a try. They are required to take so many bites before they can be excused or have snacks that night. I want them to be open to trying new things and I want them to know what a healthy choice consists of! I really love seeing them understand the healthy vs unhealthy concept.
Monday night was shrimp fajitas and the kids ate the shrimp, the black beans and corn minus the tortilla shell, avocado and greek yogurt. But they actually really loved the dinner and asked for more! We had some watermelon for dessert!
This week I grabbed my staple the Kale Salad Mix from Costco and Matt smoked chicken on Sunday so that has gone on my salad the past few days for lunch.
I bought the individual servings of hummus and veggies so that I have an easy snack for the whole family.
We grabbed fruit at Costco and raw unsalted nuts for a snack in the morning. We are ready to rock and roll.
Finally it feels amazing to be hydrated, to sleep in my own bed and to eat clean! As much as I love vacation, I really crave routine and structure. I have 4 weeks until we are off to Scottsdale Arizona for Team Beachbody's Leadership Retreat so it's time to put my best foot forward and just keep it tight!!!!
I'm not letting the fall, back to school and all the obligations that I have ruin my health and fitness. This is my game face and it's time to go! Are you with me?!?! I'm starting a brand new challenge group starting on September 1st! Details to be released! Hit me up if you want on the list now!!!!
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