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Insanity inspired workout

I recently tried INSANITY and even though I was very intimidated by the sheer name of it…I actually really liked it!

20130606-210713.jpg{After completing INSANITY for the *first* time!! He kept imitating different moves we did & made it look so easy! <3}

What I liked most about it was that it requires no equipment (at least the workout I did didn’t) and that it  allows one to work at their own pace. I honestly thought it was going to be drill sargent style “do 100 push ups, followed by 1000 situps…etc” but it wasn’t like that at all. I’m NOT to say it wasn’t HARD, because it definitely was, but it was also very doable. Granted, I only did ONE day of it, from that little glimpse, I could definitely see myself continuing on with the program.

So in light of my new found love for quick, HIIT style workouts, I did these two videos from Fitsugar consecutively and felt like I had just completed a workout with Shaun T.

1. 10-minute total body workout

2. 10-minute full body workout with Holly Perkins

My workout: Video 1, Video 2, Video 1, Video 2, Video 1

(After the first video, I skipped the warm ups and just completed actual exercises)

by my last set of burpees, I was every ounce of me felt like JELLO!! 🙂

Speaking of burpees…I actually did them for the FIRST time (I know..who am I!?) a few days ago thanks to this workout. They totaly STINK but are totally worth every aching second of torment.

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Now that I’ve gotten a small taste of INSANITY, I find it less intimidating and could even see myself trying and actually *enjoying* Crossfit workouts, burpees and all! 😉

Obviously I’ve been obsessed with trying new workout styles and had to share this article with you guys on Tabata style training.

Lastly, I can’t forget my team:

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Have you ever tried INSANITY or Crossfit?

Are you watching the NBA Finals!?

❤ Alicia

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Hey Gym,

Nice to see you AGAIN! 🙂

I decided to change things up a bit today and hit up a strength training class at the GYM! I must say…..I’m a total GYM LOVER! Seriously, the entire atmosphere makes me sooo happy! A gal pal and I took a full-body strength class which was similar to Body Pump (Gold’s Gym) only it lacked a bit in the music department (Gold’s Gym seriously has a FABULOUS music coordinator!)

body pump{talk about inspiration!}

 The last time I went to a class….pssshh! Ages ago and it didn’t last long because, well our hubbies had a hard time with two newborn babes to care after for an entire hour & a half or so, so needless to say, our previous gym class bubble was bursted when we realized our newborn babies love their mommies too much to let them get their ZUMBA on at the gym: hence the need to workout en la casa (at home). 😉

I’d say we gave these two cuties plenty of time to warm up to their daddy-o’s!!

A & M{photo taken months ago…ahh! that hair! ❤ LOVE him!}

Of course since it had been forever since I did a complete strength training routine, my arms felt like noodles afterwards but that post-workout burn felt SOOO GOOD! My fitness goals as of lately have been mostly to tone up; I’m at a happy weight, ideally I would like to decrease my body fat but I’m not overly preoccupied with percentages right now since I’m still breastfeeding. {Speaking of BFing, did you know Danica McKeller (Winnie from Wonder Years), breastfed her son until he was 2 & 1/2? SO inspiring!}

Along with today’s strength training workout, my workouts this week have been really good and I’ve been feeling GREAT!!

Mon: 5 minute plank

Tues: 30 min 3 mile(hard) intervals

Wed: 3o min 3 mile (easier) intervals

Thurs: Strictly Strength Class

Fri: Not sure yet, maybe a long distance run?

This week I also signed up to do Giselle’s 3-week Summer Ready Challenge and have been doing these exercises as well & I can already feel it in my tummy. 🙂

challengeI’m ready to get SUMMER Ready!!

Along with getting in some great workouts, I’ve been enjoying more clean eats with salad beasts like this:

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{spinach & romaine lettuce with turkey breast, carrots, broccoli, avocado, tomatoes, blueberries, a side cottage cheese and a smear of hummus!}

Speaking of avocado…I’ve kind of developed an avocado obsession and have been eating it with everything! I wonder if my skin will turn greeeen!? haha! Anything your LOVING lately!?

Have you taken any group classes? If so, which is your favorite?

Well, I’m off to watch my team play and hope they get the job done tonight!

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❤ Alicia

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At home workouts

As much as I’d like to count chasing my little handsome toddler around the casa as a workout….I can’t therefore, in trying to tone up and maintain a regular workout schedule I’ve started some new things that enable me to get my sweat on while at home with my little sweetheart.

Ideally, I’d love to go to the gym and get in a nice, sweaty workout in using machines and free weights..but when you become a mom, priorities change and having enough time for everything is something you are forever seeking.  The thing I love most about them is how convienent they are-if he wakes up, I just tend to him in an instant, and pick up right where I left off, it’s a win win for everybody! 😉 I usually do them when the little one in napping or in bed for the night (weights and circuits during the day and interval & distance runs in the evening). {Never in my life did I think I’d ever be doing two-a-days again…haha!}

Here are some of the workouts I’ve done this lately (& LOVE):

1. Arms & Core Workout

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2. 5 minute Plank via Purely Twins

3. Interval Running

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4. Arm Slimming Exercises by Sarah Fit

5. 30 Minute Treadmill Interval Workout via PB Fingers20130410-125232.jpg

6. Quick 20 minute workout via Tales of a Domestic Mama workit2

7. The Butt Bible Lower Level 2 via Renee @ Fit for Motherhood

{did this one today and WHOA! I can feel it!}

For more awesome workout ideas check out my lovely friend Renee’s blog post here.

So tell me, what are some of your favorite at home workouts!?!

❤ Alicia

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Plankin’ it

As a busy mommy, I can’ t always get a good 1.5-2 hour sweat session in, so I’m always looking for simple ways to get in a fast but tough workout throughout my day. Usually, I do a Blogilates video to tone my tush or do an intense arm or ab workout or a combo of a few videos when I get the chance. When I was on Pinterest, I was always pinning various online sources for quick and easy workouts to do around the house, like these:

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However, I recently stumbled across the purely twins 5-minute plank workout and let me just say…WHOAAA!! it ROCKS!! I did it the other day with a handsome little toddler hanging all over me while I was plankin’ it (hey an added 20 pounds is tough!) and let me just say I was SUPER SORE the next morning! 5 minutes, that’s all you say but I swear this workout strengthens every part of your body! 5 mins and I works various places? YES PLEASE! 🙂

DO IT!!! 🙂 You’ll feel it tomorrow!

Here is a little motivation, since its motivational Monday & all! 😉

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What are some of your favorite quick, easy, do-it-anywhere type workouts??

❤ Alicia

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A double munchkin meal win kind of Monday

Happy Monday ya’ll! I swear the weekend comes and goes SO quickly and Monday creeps up on us all the time.

Although, the semester “technically” started on Saturday, I finally opened up my textbook and read through each of my syllabi today….and you know what…I’m pretty EXCITED!! While I must say I greatly enjoyed the winter break, I immediately started to feel bored…I kept thinking to myself “what should I do now?!” lol I guess I’m just a busy body, or better put…. a *busy-brain,* always needing something on my mind to keep me challenged and focused.

While the challenge this semester is definitely going to be juggling classes and keeping after little Mr., I’m still planning on being more accountable fitness wise as well. I need to get into a workout routine and stick to it. I’m trying, really trying to workout early in the morning as a jump-start to my day…but everytime my alarm goes off it is just SO much easier to hit the lovely snooze button over and over again..lol But, I know that by getting into a regular routine of working out in the morning will help allievate the anxiety I get towards the end of the day when I’m trying to cook dinner,  chase a cute little 10 month old, and converse with the hubby. I hate looking at the clock and seeing it’s dinner time and I haven’t even workout yet…that totally kills my motivation and makes me a total grump.

So….any tips for getting into a daily EARLY morning workout regime??

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Now to the good stuff…my Monday was pretty stinking Marvelous because…

1. I actually read my first chapter for this week’s assignment earlier rather than later…(waiting til the last minute totally stinks…and I’ve promised myself to be more accountable this semester and read ahead/as early as possible!)

2. I got to *sleep in* this morning, thanks to my super sweet hubby! ❤ YAY for 9 am wake ups during the week!

3. I experimented with two of A’s meals today and they were both a hit! I made him blueberry oatmeal pancakes for breakfast & a mango-banana yogurt & oats smoothie for dinner. 😀 It was my first time making him a smoothie and he wouldn’t put the cup down! *insert proud mommy happy dance here*

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(REAL MEN use their g/f’s pink cup! 🙂 lol)

4. I saw this awesome quote while browsing pinterest and HAD to share it!

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5. And last but not least….today is my brother’s *19th* birthday!! Happy Birthday Vince! ❤

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Hope you all have a *Marvelous Monday*!

❤ Alicia

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New Year’s Resolutions!!

It’s hard to believe we’ll be say goodbye to 2012 and HELLO 2013!!!

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I must say, 2012 has been one of the greatest years of my life, if not THE  ABSOLUTE BEST! ❤

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With each new year I promise myself to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, especially after indulging all on the Thanksgiving-Christmas goodies! ❤ This year, while I do plan on focusing on maintaining a healthier lifestyle (physically), I also want to acknowledge and improve my mental and emotional health. I want to STRESS LESS and be more mentally fit. So my New Year’s resolutions are:

1. Eat Clean, less processed junk with some necessary indulgences {like fro-yo} from time to time.

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2. Create a workout plan and STICK TO IT! Including getting back into the gym to lift weights again! 😀

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3.Be smart with our finances & SAVE SAVE SAVE!

4. READ MORE, watch TV less.

5. READ to Aiden. I want to start a weekly reading link up. I want to focus on making time for reading to our babies, no matter what age they are, ALL children benefit from read alouds, even 18 year-olds! 😉 For this I want to choose one or two NEW books a week and read them to A throughout the week. (One week you may be able to read the book 4 times and the next only 2 but that’s ok, ANY rereading of the text is GREAT!!) So over the course of a year, your child will be exposed to atleast 52 NEW PIECES OF LITERATURE!!! 😀 I hope to read your comments on the new books that you are reading with the little ones you love. When I was preggers, the hubby would always read Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks to my belly and baby A would always kick around and I swear to this day, he LOVES that book and will literally sit still when it is read to him! ❤ {P.s. OBVIOUSLY, you can tell I’m an education major and LOVE all things related to education…hope you don’t mind my passion for education pouring out of me here on the bloggy)

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6. Create better meal plans and experiment with NEW recipes!

7. Pray MORE. 

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8. Love more! ❤ Send sweet notes to those I love; smile more; see the positive in all things instead of dwelling on the negative. Basically just do anything that I can to LOVE OTHERS MORE!

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In January I’ll be taking two new grad classes and though it’ll be tough to follow all of these resolutions, I feel that by sticking to them, I will overall be a better, healthier, happier ME!! 

Do you every have New Year’s Resolutions??! If so what are some of yours?

❤ Alicia

Awesome links for reading:

Benefits of Reading

Sciene Daily article

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Zumba-love& Baby steps

The day of my 6 week post-baby check up, after getting the clear to workout, I hit the ground running by joining my gal pal at a Zumba class. I instantly fell in love with Zumba all over again, even though my legs were like noodles and my hips completely forgot how to shake it. 😛

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One thing I noticed was that my stamina was super low; it was as though I had forgotten how to breathe during a workout. I could tell that my body would need some time to start up again and I couldn’t just push myself over the top during workouts like I did before.

The hardest thing about getting back into the workout groove for me was letting go of being on mommy duty and just working out for ME without feeling guilty. Working out has always been a big stress reliever and a mind clearing therapy for me. I’d go to the gym when I was upset, stressed, overwhelmed, or flat out furious. Sweating helped me release all of those worries and I could breathe yet again and go on happily with my day 100% better. But now as a mommy, I couldn’t help but feel like I was being selfish for taking time for myself when I had a newborn baby to look after. It got so bad that I would find any little excuse to not go to the gym, so that I didn’t have to worry about being away from my little guy while there. With that I started to workout at home, though I still felt a bit worried, I knew I needed to have my time and also let Daddy bond with Aiden. This totally worked at first, but the minute I’d hear the slightest cry, my focus would break and I’d run upstairs to make sure everything was ok. :-/

Thankfully with practice it got better and eventually I  just had to learn to let daddy handle things during this time. I will say that being 10 seconds away from baby instead of 15-20 mins is much much more relieving for me. (It’s all about baby steps!)

Zumba and weights were all that I stuck to in the beginning. I kept telling myself I wanted to start running but the minute I’d see the treadmill, I’d shiver with fear. I don’t know why because before I was preggers the treadmill was my best friend. Each day, I’d tell myself “I’m going to run today!!” Then I’d put my shoes on and go downstairs….and then I’d think “Nah! I’ll Zumba instead…”

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Finally, I worked up the courage and I did it! I blared the Fit Radio app and jumped on the treadmill without hesitation. I didn’t run 5 miles, nor did I run super fast. I simply did an interval walk/run jog for 30 mins and it was GREAT yet super super TOUGH. I literally felt like I had 10000 bricks on my chest the whole time, it was as though my lungs were having trouble opening and letting the air in. WEIRD! Guess they haven’t had to open up that much in a while…??

In all actuality, it wasn’t bad at all. All that I needed was that first step and though it was tough, I got that post-workout high that I love which remined me of how much I enjoy running and how the hard work pays off. Plus with good music anything is possible! 😉

{Love FitRadio!}

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Speaking of music, I totally have to create a new workout playlist. I swear every playlist that I have holds sooo many memories and I can pinpoint where I was and how I felt during the workouts. This new one will have to be my *new mommy playlist!* ;-D

What’s your favorite workout? Cardio or Weights? 

Favorite workout song right now?

❤ Alicia

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