20-Minute (at home) Circuit!

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!!!!

(Sorry if my cheery attitude makes you want to punch me right in the mouth - but I'm just trying some reverse psychology on myself. Maybe if I pretend that I like Mondays and they're super cool, then I'll be able to cope. Ok? Great. Settled)

This morning I woke up, immediately changed into my workout gear, and magically something happened ... I found myself a teeeeensy bit more motivated to attack the day! I've been trying to kick it up a notch in the workout department with spring basically here (in New England) and summer well on its way! On days that I can't squeeze in a workout at the gym - I try my best to make it up at home with a quick circuit like the one below! Anything that gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat a little is a win for this mama!

Guys...it's 20 minutes. Let's be honest, we sit on our phones checking Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for longer than that (Just me). I hope you can find the time to jump start your Monday! Let me know what y'all think!

*Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, rest for 15 and repeat 2-3 times

Set A

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Squat Jumps
  • Plank Jacks

Set B

  • Burpees
  • Front Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Lunge Jumps

 

Stack'd Pancakes

I know what you all are thinking..."all she ever blogs about are pancakes..." and you may be right. Hashtag pregnant. 
I promise I will step up my game, and this will be my final pancake post ever (that's a lie). I will be limiting the pancake posts from now on though, and leave you with the amazingness that is STACK'D. I was first introduced to these protein pancakes by our friends in Portland and was sold as soon as I tried them. Let me tell you a few reasons why these should be the healthy pancake alternative for you.
1. They contain whole grains; 100% whole wheat and whole grain oat flour
2. You get COMPLETE proteins with every serving; 25 grams of protein to be exact
3. There are no refined sugars, sugar substitutes, or artificial sweeteners
4. Lastly, THEY TASTE AMAZING!
Chris and I have tried the Cinnamon Roll and Original Buttermilk flavors but they have others you can choose from! They are super quick to make (we had them before work this morning) ... and all you need is water and an egg white, plus the mix of course. I definitely look forward to eating them, especially knowing that they're GOOD fuel for my body! You can purchase the mix online ... so check it out and let me know what you think! 

 

 

"Snowed-In" Workout!

Are you snowed in and can't possible fathom the idea of walking or even driving to the gym? It's cold, wet, slippery...why not get a good sweat in at home?! Better than skipping out all together - and this workout will definitely get the heart pumping! 

*Complete this rotation 3x (take a short water break at the end of each!)
- Jumping Jacks x 50
- 30 second plank
- Burpees x 15
- 30 second right-sided plank
- Squat jumps x 25
- 30 second left-sided plank
- Tricep Dips x 25
- Mountain climbers x 50
- Bicycle crunches x 50
- Knee ups x 1 min

Let's Get It: LEGIT Cardio Workout...

I did an AWESOME cardio workout at the gym last night that I wanted to share with you all. I don't know about you, but I think cardio machines are PAINFULLY boring, and lately I've been avoiding them at all costs. I knew it was time to change up my routine, so I was searching around online for new workouts (and also for my motivation!). I am happy to say that this treadmill workout is LEGIT and also kept me engaged the entire time. It went by super fast and gave me a great sweat! Here it is below, broken down by minutes and it looks a little crazy. All I did was write this in the "notes" section on my cell phone, and just kept it pulled up on the screen to follow along during the workout. Enjoy!

0-6:30- 4.5 speed / 0 incline 6:30-7:30- 5.0/0.0 7:30-8:30- 5.0/15.0 8:30-9:30- 5.0/0.0 9:30-10:30- 6.0/10.0 10:30-11:30- 7.0-9.0/5.0 11:30-12:30- 3.0/0.0

12:30-13:30- 3.0-4.0/0.0 13:30-14:30- 8.0-10.0 14:30-15:15- 3.0 15:15-16:00- 8.5 16:00-16:30- 3.0 16:30-17:30- 9.0 17:00-18:00- 3.0

18-19- 6.0 19-20: 6.5 20-21: 7.0 21-22: 7.5 22-23: 8.0 23-24: 3.0

24-24:30: 6.0 24:30-25:00- 6.0/6.0 25:00-25:30- 6.0 25:30-26:00- 8.0 26-26:30- 3.0 26:30-27:00- 7.0 27:00-27:30- 7.0/6.0 27:30-28:00- 7.0 28:00-28:30- 8.5 28:30-29- 3.0 29-34= Cooldown

Turkey Chili: The Easiest Chili You'll Ever Make

I think I have finally perfected my recipe for turkey chili and it is mmm mmm good! As soon as football season arrives, Chris starts requesting me to make this for him so 5 weeks into the NFL season, it seemed like the perfect time for it! This is the easiest dish to make...you can literally throw all of the ingredients together in a crockpot or pot on the stove and let it go! I love making chili for a few reasons...first, it's obviously delicious, second it covers a solid three dinners (and some lunches), and finally - it's extremely healthy! 

Here's what you'll need:

- 2 lbs lean all-natural ground turkey

- 1 red or yellow onion

- 1 green pepper

- 1 large can diced tomatoes

- 1 15-oz can kidney beans

- 2 T tomato paste

- 4 tsp chili powder

- 2 tsp oregano

- garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste

Optional Topping:

- Avocado

- shredded cheese

- plain greek yogurt

Directions for cooking stovetop:

Heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add chopped pepper and onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Brown turkey in separate pan on medium heat, then add to pot (which should now be on medium heat). Let turkey cook with peppers and onions until cooked through. Add rest of the ingredients/spices and simmer on low until you are ready to eat (and chili is hot throughout). Top with sliced avocado, cheese, and plain greek yogurt (in place of sour cream!)  Enjoy! 

Fitness Fashion!

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Here are my top picks!