My Story

This blog initially started as a way to keep myself accountable throughout my weight loss journey. While it certainly served as a huge aid during that process, it has also developedinto something more. I share healthy recipes, workouts, and tips to make the most of your life.

Given the rapidly rising rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases in this country, weight loss is an extremely relevant and necessary topic. However, I am not a weight loss expert, rather I am just sharing my personal experiences in the hopes that I can provide inspiration/insight/motivation for others. If there’s one thing I have learned, it is that weight loss is not a sprint. It is a marathon. Time, adaptability, and consistency are key. And of course, the lifestyle doesn’t end after you reach your goals – it is a way of life and while the struggles never cease, it is completely worth it.

If you’d like to read more about where my journey began and how I was able to reach my goal weight, read on. This story depicts my journey to who I am now.

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Since beginning my weight loss journey in 2008, I have lost and kept off over 50 pounds. This is my story.


Growing up, I was an active kid. In addition to playing sports (basketball and volleyball), I was just generally active and energetic. Athletics were a huge part of family and I never had to worry about my weight.

Not only that, but I was also pretty unconcerned with what I put in my body. Fast food was a frequent offender. As were salty processed snacks, chips, and everything in between. Veggies and fruits? Few and far between.

When I got to high school, I stopped playing team sports. Instead, I started to work out with friends. Nothing too serious – just the elliptical and Tae Bo a few times a week. I still ate crap, but I managed to stay at a steady weight. I suppose that is the beauty (or maybe the curse) of being young.

That all changed when I had my son. Even though I had him young, my post pregnancy body was completely different. I could no longer eat whatever I wanted without working out – it was time to start being more conscious of my body and what I put into it.

At that time, the Atkins diet was all the rage. The grocery store aisles were packed with low-carb this and low-carb that. Of course, I believed all the hype and jumped on the bandwagon. In all honestly, I lost a lot of weight. With a steady diet of meat and cheese, I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight no problem.

The downfall? Literally, the second I reincorporated carbohydrates back into my diet, I regained the weight. Plus some. I’m pretty sure the low-carb diet totally messed up my metabolism.

Rather than seeing the diet for what it was, I just reasoned that the only way I could lose weight (and keep it off) was to follow a low-carb lifestyle. Because of the nearly instantaneous positive feedback (i.e., the weight loss), I conditioned myself to feel that low-carb was the answer.

But in truth, I had just never really tried any other way to lose weight. The Atkins diet was the first true “diet” I had ever tried. I got pretty great results, so I just latched on to the idea as “the only way.” Over a period of a few years, I yo-yoed a ton. Low carb, low weight. High carbs, high weight. Fun stuff.

Once I started college, I completely abandoned my work-out routine and my low-carb eating went out the window with it. Almost immediately, I was back up to my highest weight.

And then even more weight slowly started to creep on – it happened so slowly that I almost didn’t notice those first 10 pounds! As I gained weight, I also lost a ton of energy. Not a day passed that I didn’t feel tired, sluggish, and just totally blah. Before I knew it I had packed almost 40 pounds onto my 5’4” frame.

In August of 2008, I saw pictures of myself at a friend’s birthday dinner and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was so disappointed in how I had let myself go. I guess I had been in some sort of denial up until then. Pants getting tighter? They must have shrunk. 

Around that time, I can vividly remember standing in a dressing room trying on a size that I had never had to buy. And that size ended up being almost too tight. That did it for me. I had had enough! That was all the motivation I needed.

From that day on, I started going to the YMCA a few times a week. Initially, I would walk on the treadmill or do the elliptical. After about one month, I had lost 10 pounds. I also noticed a dramatic increase in my energy and general mood.

After that first 10 pounds, my weight loss stalled. That is, until of my best friends started planning her June 2009 wedding. She recruited me as her “look great in my wedding dress” work-out partner. We took measurements, weighed ourselves, and vowed to each lose 20 pounds by June [this pact was in January of 2009].

We started out walking 4 miles a few times a week. Eventually, we built up to running. We’d run about .25 miles, walk, and repeat until we hit 4 miles.

At that point, we both still claimed to hate running. Looking back, I think I was just scared to try something that I knew would be such a challenge. While I have never shied away from intellectual challenges (in fact, I gravitate toward them), physical challenges were somehow more daunting.

Since the day we started our work-out plan, I have surpassed my weight loss goal by about 15 pounds and adopted a healthy lifestyle to boot.

After I had lost the first 20 pounds, something just clicked. I’m not sure how else to explain it. I just intuitively knew what my body needed and I began to exercise for reasons other than weight loss. I love the energy boost that results from a good sweat. There is nothing like it. These days, if I don’t work up a sweat – then that sluggish, low-energy feeling starts to creep back.

Around August of 2009, I stopped eating meat. I read the book Skinny Bitch and from it I learned a lot about factory farming and inhumane treatment of animals. My reason to stop eating meat began as solely an ethical decision and transformed into a lifestyle that I now love!

Today I feel great in my own body. Where I was once hesitant and concerned of what others would think, I’m now confident and secure. A healthy lifestyle has impacted every area of my life: both physical and mental.

So why start a blog? Well, somewhere along my journey, I discovered health blogs. When reading blogs, I couldn’t help but to be inspired and motivated by the writer’s passion for healthy living, exercise, and whole foods.

As my own knowledge of healthy living increased, I realized that I, too, wanted to share my passion for health and wellness with the world. Enter: The New Healthy
 
And the rest is history.

Want more? Check out: My Story: Part II.

Thanks for stopping by. I truly appreciate it. 

 

The Girl Behind The Blog

Hey there and welcome to my blog!

A huge part of blogging involves “getting to know” the person behind the blog, right? You want to feel as if you can “connect” to the blogger somehow and finding a common thread allows you to do that.

However, sharing information about ourselves can often be tricky – we want to share, but we don’t want to share too much. On my blog, I try to keep things balanced by providing a glimpse into my life through a lens that is focused on staying healthy and active in a hectic world.

While the “my story” tab provides a view into why I started this blog (as well as the journey I took to realize what “healthy” means to me), this page provides an overview of who I am currently.

Let me introduce myself.

 

I’m Stefanie.

 

I am:

a graduate student.
Since September 2012, I have been pursuing my MA/PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at DePaul University. While I further my education, I am also working as a research and teaching assistant at the university. The program is rigorous (as PhD programs ought to be) and absolutely fantastic.

Thus far, I have taken courses in Advanced Statistics (ANOVA and Regression), Concepts, Methods, and Ethics in I/O Psychology, and Personnel Selection. I also took a special topics seminar focused on the stages in an employee’s lifecycle. Currently, I’m taking Performance Appraisal, Social Psychology, and Advanced Research Methodology.

I am also pretty heavily involved in experimental research and my current focus in on howothers’ perceptions of parents in the workplace can lead to stereotypical beliefs and ultimately discriminatory behavior (in promotions, hiring, firing, etc).

grounded by family. 
When I am not writing, grading, or reading, I am busy being a mom to an amazing kid (Adam). His intellect, compassion for others, and drive to excel in school never ceases to blow my mind. He keeps me grounded and on my toes at the same time.

 

Adam’s father (Sam) and I have been together for going on 12 years (that’s hard to believe, even for me!). We basically grew up together and we learn more about one another each and every day. I am so lucky to have a significant other who unconditionally supports me as I strive to reach my goals.

 

a cat lover. 
Sam, Adam, and I completed our little family by adopting two adorable cats (Georgie and Brody) from the Humane Society a few years ago.


They both have totally different personalities and we spend way too much time laughing at their crazy antics.

a vegetarian/vegan.
I have been a vegetarian for going on 4 years. Recently, I have adopted a diet heavily based on plants with the goal of living my life in a way that minimizes cruelty and suffering for all.

Furthermore, through my weight loss journey, I developed a passion for health and nutrition. I truly believe that a healthy diet is created through moderation. Perfection is not the goal; rather, I operate on the 80/20 rule. That is, I am on my game 80% of the time and the 20%, I give myself a break (cookies may not be healthy, but they sure are delicious).

In addition to eating a balanced, plant-based diet, I love staying fit and active. Nothing beats the energy-boost from an intense run or a great weight-lifting session.

In a nutshell, I am devoted to school, family, and health. In addition, I believe that as humans, we have duty to live with compassion and respect for all.


So there you have it – a little glimpse into my daily life.

I should note that since starting grad school, I have struggled with finding the time to update my blog. While I used to post multiple times a week, I now post a few times a month.

However, blogging has a been huge source of inspiration (as well as a way to keep myself accountable) over the years – so, The New Healthy is here to stay.

Food Amnesia + Vanilla Socca Eggcake

Hey! Happy Friday!

I’m glad there are a few other Pirates (of the Caribbean) fans out there – I definitely agree that the Orlando Bloom eye candy is a plus.

Random fact – did you know that you can change your Facebook language to ‘pirate.’ Totally random, and totally weird. But hey, it could be fun!

I spent the majority of Thursday running errands, cleaning, and enjoying the little thing I like to call the sun. Welcome back warmth, you were missed. Please say you’re here to stay.

While I worked outside, Adam rode his bike up and down our road. We’re fortunate enough to live in a cul-de-sac that’s relatively free of traffic – so he can ride without me putting on my worry-wart pants (okay, so I put them on no matter what – but in this case they’re extra small).

Adam discovered that he can use my Garmin to track how far and how fast he’s riding – I think I’ve created a technology monster! He spent about 20 minutes trying to beat his best speed! Each time his speed improved, he said “oh my gosh, I feel so amazing right now!”

Adrenaline junkie?

It’s taken minimal effort and my plants are still alive and kicking – woo hoo!

Mom, you were right. Tending to my plants is therapeutic and calming!

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After making socca pizza and sweet breakfast socca, I totally forgot about my chickpea flour. I tend to get food amnesia a lot!

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s actually a good type of amnesia because then I can rediscover old favorites!

This time I used my chickpea flour to make a vanilla socca eggcake (inspired by this delicious protein muffin)!

The lovely vanilla flavor is all thanks to the super generous people at NuNaturals. They sent me an amazing array of products to try. This is only the beginning – more recipes to come!

So how about that vanilla socca eggcake?

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C. chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1/4 C. egg whites
  • 1 T. vanilla almond Vegashake n’ go smoothie mix
  • 2 T. coconut milk
  • 7 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia
  • 1/4 t. baking powder

Simply whisk together all the ingredients. Add the mixture to a bowl misted with nonstick spray. Microwave for about 2 minutes!

Before

after

This was dense and delicious – but it needed a little more moisture. Next time I’ll add more coconut milk, but this time I simply ate it with almond milk!

 

Worked like a charm!

I’m off to the Midwest Yoga Conference. I’m so excited to get my yoga on!

Have a wonderful Friday!

 

Ancient Grains Granola Almond Butter Balls

Quick, think of granola. Now think of how you eat granola.

What combinations come to mind?

For me I associate granola with yogurt, parfaits, and almond milk. Sound similar to what you were thinking?

Just wait. It gets SO much better than this.

A little over a week ago, I was kindly offered to try Kirkland Signature’s and Nature’s Path newest product: Ancient Grains Granola with Almonds.

Ancient Grains Granola is a USDA-certified organic product that is made up of high-fiber whole grains that have been eaten since ancient times.

You had me at organic. Wait, scratch that, you had me at Nature’s Path and Kirkland Signature.

Nature’s Path is a privately run family business that has been committed to sustainability and organics for 25 years. Now that is a company I could get behind. What’s not to love?

Um, can we just get married? Or is it too soon?

Words to live by folks. Love.

While you ponder my sanity after my marriage proposal to a company, I’ll give you some more info on the star of this post.

The grains that make up this granola:

Spelt: an early form of wheat which contains notable amounts of iron, amino acids and fiber.

Kamut Khorasan Wheat: which contains high levels of lipids, amino acids and vitamins

Amaranth: This grain was so important to the Aztecs that Cortez, in an effort to destroy the Aztec culture, declared that anyone growing amaranth crops be put to death. <—Whoa! Thanks to some seeds that were smuggled into Asia, you can enjoy its lively, peppery taste and high quality protein.

Quinoa: a complete protein, which means it includes all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make by themselves. Yes, please!

Oats: an excellent source of iron, dietary fiber and thiamin.

Okay, so this stuff is organic, nutritious, and produced by a company after my own heart—but how does it taste?

One word: delicious! Lightly sweet, crunchy, and with a  hint of cinnamon, this granola is definitely a winner!

Included with the granola were a few unique recipes.

One in particular caught my eye.

Of course, I took their recipe and put my own spin on it!

Ancient Grains Granola Almond Butter Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C. Creamy Almond Butter
  • 1/4 C. Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter
  • 1/2 C. Squeezable Local Honey
  • 1/8 t. Freshly Ground Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 C. Ancient Grains Granola
  • 1/4 C. Cacao Nibs
  • 1/4 C. Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 C. Dried Cherries (chopped up)
  • 1/2 C. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Directions:

  1. Place almond butter, honey, and salt in food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Add Ancient Grains Granola. Give the processor a whir.
  3. Add cacao nibs, chia seeds, and cherries and blend until mixture forms a mass.
  4. Spread shredded coconut on a flat surface. Or, like in my case, on a plate.
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Or just leave it in the processor bowl if you don’t want any more dirty dishes!
  6. Form balls of desired size and roll in shredded coconut until coated. Be generous here!
  7. Place coconut-coated balls on a cookie sheet and cool in the fridge for about 45 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

The star on it’s own. See the almond slivers?

Cherries & Cacao Nibs, Granola, Almond Butter, and Honey. Respectively.

Mm, delicious swirls of honey and almond butter!

Ready for rollin’.

The finished product.

We should add the word ENERGY somewhere in that name because these balls are jam-packed with energizing ingredients.

Make them. Devour them. Heck, marry them if you want! I won’t judge you if you won’t judge me.

Disclaimer: While Nature’s Path generously sent me this product(THANKS!), these opinions are all my own.

There was also a recipe for an Apple, Celery, and Ancient Grains Granola Salad that I foresee making an appearance in my very near future!

Have a great Sunday guys!

Three Easy Vegtastic Meals

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I’m pretty sure I say that at least once a week—but this week flew by especially fast.

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? 😉

As promised, I have some black bean spaghetti food porn for you all.

This stuff is nutritionally amazing! It’s packed with protein and low in calories.

All it takes is a few minutes in boiling water and it’s ready to eat! I love simplicity when it comes to a meal—so for me, that’s a big plus.

The Sauce

Throw all of your ingredients into the blender (or food processor) and let the blades do their magic.

  • 4 roma tomatoes (on their last leg)
  • baby spinach (sneaky greens in the sauce)
  • tomato puree
  • tomato paste
  • crushed garlic cloves
  • spices to taste (thyme, rosemary, cayenne, Italians seasoning, oregano)
  • stevia (a hint of sweetness to offset the spiciness)

Once the sauce was nice and creamy, I warmed it up on the stove. So good!

The Veggies (steamed of course)

The Base (black bean pasta + spaghetti squash)

Veggies.

Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs.

The final touch.

Simple, delicious, and nutritious.

Sam loved it too!

Of course I used the leftovers for lunch—wrap-style.

Keeping in line with the veggie theme, I had a nice salad last night with a new product:

Zesty Lentils & Peas from Tasty Bite! The ingredients are simple (which is a must for me):

Water, Bengal Lentils, Green Peas, Yellow Peas, Red Pepper, Coriander, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Chilies.

All of their products are vegetarian and all natural. They’re the perfect addition to a meal when you’re short on time—or if you’re like me and you just prefer easy peasy meals!

Served with a side of my favorite Crunchmaster crackers for the necessary dipping! I literally put a big heap of salad on each cracker for a delicious combination.

Once I get off of work tonight, I have a date with my treadmill and the latest episode of Biggest Loser. Then it’s family time.

What are your plans for this lovely Thursday evening?

I’m crossing my fingers for good weather tomorrow—it’s my day off!

 

Peanut Flour Chocolate Chip Dip

An epic blizzard is said to be in store starting this afternoon.

According to an interesting Chicago Tribune article:

The snowstorm predicted for the Chicago area this week has revived memories of the record blizzard that paralyzed the region 44 years ago.

Over the course of 35 hours on Jan. 26 and 27, 1967, 23 inches of snow fell on Chicago, clogging streets, shuttering businesses and paralyzing the city for days.  Roofs collapsed. Hundreds of stalled vehicles sat helpless in the streets. Dozens died.

Pretty crazy, huh? I’m normally not one to get all worried about big storms—I mean it’s not like we don’t normally get a boatload of snow every single winter! But when milk, eggs, and bread are flying off the shelves like it’s the end of the world and Adam’s school is already announcing early dismissal—well that at least gets my attention.

So I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon and grab the necessities after school last night. I stopped at Target to stock up a few essentials (coffee, cereal, hummus, and water…no joke). I never buy bottled water (why contribute to the landfills when you can use a Brita?!) but I planned on picking up a few jugs just in case.

Well I browsed through Target, spent 100 dollars on who-knows-what, and got back home only to realize that I forgot the water. Yep, way to go Stef.

Hey, at least I found the new Cinnamon Cheerios. Priorities people, priorities. I mean who needs water when you’ve got Cheerios anyway?

We’re stocked up on veggies and beans.

Our fridge is filled with fresh fruit.

Our foyer no longer smells like the world’s largest donut.

We have a huge container of Mediterranean Veggie and Chickpea patties. (I <3 Costco!)

And we have all the ingredients for our new favorite snack.

  • 2 T. peanut flour
  • 1/2 T. ground flax seeds
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 T. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • stevia
  • 1/2 C. coconut milk

Blend all the ingredients up in a blender/food processor.

Top with more chocolate chips + whipped cream!

Serve with a side of Food Should Taste Good chocolate chips (our choice), apple slices, or pretzels. It would be great drizzled over oats too!

And of course, we have unlimited movies on Netflix and on demand.

Yep, we’re ready for a snow day.

 

Sweat it Out Saturday – Lean Legs Workout

Well, hello there June. We’re at the halfway point of 2012. I’m not certain how that happened, but I’ll roll with it. Let’s start the new month out right with a week of workouts!

After taking a full week of rest, I was more than ready to get my butt in gear and sweat it out this week!

So, I don’t have much time to chat today because I’m out selling up at a storm (a girl can dream) at our annual neighborhood garage sales.

Let’s go!

I show you my dedication by posting my weekly workouts.

I try to spread motivation by sharing motivational quotes, upbeat songs, fun new work out gear, and much much more.

Finally, I invite YOU to participate by linking to a post you’ve written about anything sweat-related during the week. Through your post, you can show us all your dedication and also help spread the motivation!

Everything has to make you sweat, motivate you to sweat, or accompany you in your sweatiness.

Weekly Workouts

Sunday – REST

Monday – 4.5 mile outdoor run/walk

Tuesday – 3 mile treadmill run

Wednesday – boot camp + leans legs workout

Thursday – REST (garage sale prep = running around)

Friday – REST

Today – walking around to (you guessed it) garage sales

Tune of the Week – Wide Awake by Katy Perry

 

Get your SWEAT on with the lean legs workout!

When we finished our workout at boot camp on Wednesday morning, our coach said – “oh no, you guys aren’t done. I have one more thing for you to do!”

Then she hit us with THIS. It was the perfect way to end a quick and sweaty 20 minute workout. At that point, I knew exactly what I’d share with you guys today!

Ready to lunge and squat your way to lean legs and a sculpted tush? Good!

Enjoy!

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Make it a great one!

 

Sweat it Out Saturday – CORE Madness

It appears that I have now gone TWO weeks without sweating it out on Saturday. Well, that is not entirely true. Last Saturday, I was busy getting DIRTY (and getting my sweat on) to actually post about my workouts.

So what do you say? Ready to get back to it? I sure am.

For any newcomers, here’s a little breakdown of what sweat it out Saturday is all about.

I show you my dedication by posting my weekly workouts.

I spread motivation by sharing motivational quotes, upbeat songs, fun new work out gear, and much much more.

Finally, I invite YOU to participate by linking to a post you’ve written about anything sweat-related during the week. Through your post, YOU can show us all your dedication and also help spread the motivation!

There is only one rule:

Everything has to make you sweat, motivate you to sweat, or accompany you in your sweatiness.

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Weekly Workouts

Sunday – REST

Monday – 3 mile run + 1 mile walk

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – 1 mile run + 1 mile walk

Thursday – 3 mile walk/run + 2 mile bike ride

Friday – 5 mile hike

Today – Today I’m running a last minute 5k. I haven’t been running as much the past few months so I am not really in “running” shape. No worries—it will just be a fun 5k.

Exercise Truths

Tune of the Week – Work it Out by Jurassic 5 ft. Dave Matthews Band

Get your sweat on with the CORE MADNESS workout!

This was our boot camp workout a few weeks and while it is only 20 minutes, it’s a killer! It also flies by extremely quickly since you are constantly moving from exercise to exercise.

[Perform each move for 1 minute with NO rest in between. Just move from one move to the next after the minute is up. Take a 1 minute rest after all 10 exercises are completed and then repeat.]

Descriptions

Triangle—lie down on the ground (on your back) with your arms flat at your sides (palms down). Slowly lift your legs toward the ceiling while simultaneously moving them out to your sides so that they form a V or a triangle. Circle them around to the center (over your torso), cross your ankles, and slowly lower down. Repeat.

Reverse crunch—lie down on the ground (on your back) with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Lift your feet off the ground so that your legs form a 90 degree angle. Pull your knees toward your chest and then slowly lower back down without touching the ground. Repeat.

Armbar rotation—lie on your back with your legs straight in the air (keep knees as straight as possible). Lift your butt off the ground and then rotate to the right using your core. Move back to the center and then rotate to the left. Make certain to rotate while you are lifting your butt off the ground.

Plank jacks—get into a plank position. Keep your back straight and butt down. Do the jumping jack motion with your legs while keeping your hands stationary.

Flutter kicks—lie on your back with your palms facing upward. Lift your legs about 8 inches off the ground. With your toes straight, “flutter” your feet up and down quickly but steadily. Your feet shouldn’t move very far, but you should feel this in your core!

Plank rolls—get into a side plank position with your supporting arm straight (not bent at the elbow) and feet stacked. Using your upper arm (the one not on the ground), turn forward slightly and reach underneath your body. Slowly raise back up and repeat. This is a balance core move!

Your core should be on fire by the time this is over!

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Have a fabulous Saturday!

 

Full Body 100 Rep Workout

Each week I post new workouts on the blog for Sweat it Out Saturday, but this workout simply couldn’t wait.

After getting home from work last night, I wanted to do something quick and sweaty. Adam had friends over to watch a movie so rather than using the treadmill, I grabbed a few sets of weights and headed to my bedroom.

I flipped on Girl Talk Pandora (which is amazing, by the way) and the full-body 100 rep workout was born!

All you need is a pair of dumbbells, some open space, and some drive to get you going!

Note: for v-ups, lay flat on your back with your arms extended above your head. Simultaneously lift your arms and your legs up and meet your fingers to your toes. Slowly lower back down (engaging your core the entire way) and then repeat.

Once all is said and done, you will have pushed through 100 reps of each strength move hitting your biceps, your core, your glutes, and your legs! You’ll also have 8 minutes of heart-healthy cardio bursts under your belt.

Want to make it more challenging?

Add a jump into your squats or grab your dumbbells for extra weight.

Add in a 1 minute plank after each cardio burst.

Do a fifth set of exercises to make it 125 reps of each move and 10 minutes of cardio bursts!

Now I’d call that a successful sweat.

 

Sweat it out with Stefanie – The 30 Rep Workout

Here in the Midwest, we are in the heart of summer. Call me crazy, but I actually love the heat. However, it does make working out a bit more challenging. Running? It has to be done early in the morning or later in the evening. And on some days, it doesn’t even cool off during those times!

Insert: DVD’s, treadmill time, and gym workouts. As you long as I get my booty moving a bit each day, than I’m good. And the whole sweating thing? Yeah, that isn’t too hard with this heat. Just walk outside and you’re sweating it out.

I show you my dedication by posting my weekly workouts.

I try to spread motivation by sharing motivational quotes, upbeat songs, fun new work out gear, and much much more.

Finally, I invite YOU to participate by linking to a post you’ve written about anything sweat-related during the week. Through your post, you can show us all your dedication and also help spread the motivation!

The RULE?

Everything has to make you sweat, motivate you to sweat, or accompany you in your sweatiness.

Let’s go!

Weekly Workouts

Sunday-Tuesday – birthday bash! Workouts were nonexistent but I got a lot of walking in!

Wednesday – 2 mile walk + Insanity Cardio Abs

Thursday – the 30 rep workout (see below)

Friday – 4 mile walk (2 miles on the treadmill with an incline; 2 outside)

Today – lounging by the pool! And maybe a workout if I’m feeling it.

Get MOTIVATED!

 

There is no such thing as perfection. If you’re striving to be perfect, then you’re setting yourself up for failure (or at least disappointment).

Celebrate the small victories. Can you hold a longer plank? Did you run a longer distance than you did before? Can you make it up the stairs without getting out of breath? AWESOME. Celebrate that. Because that, my friends, is progress.

Get your sweat on with the 30 rep workout.

Thursday was one of those days where I kept saying that I was going to workout, but I never got around to it. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Oh, I’ll run after breakfast. Oh, it’s lunch time—I’ll eat and then do a DVD after my food digests. Hmm, a midafternoon nap? Sure, why not. Then before you know it, it’s 8 PM and you never got around to that workout you kept thinking about.

Rather than forget my workout altogether—I did this 30 rep workout while watching Puss in Boots with my son. It felt great to get a little something in. And that little something turned out to be a pretty solid circuit workout.

Descriptions:

Chest Press-get a pair of dumbbells (20lbs each for me) and lie on your back with your knees bent. Hold the weights with your elbows bent at a degree angle. Press the dumbbells up toward the ceiling and then lower then back to the starting position.

Shoulder press-get a pair of dumbbells (12lbs for me) and hold them near your shoulders. Press the dumbbells up toward the ceiling and then lower back to starting position.

 

Alternating Lunges-stand with your about feet hip width apart. For a forward lunge, step forward with one leg and slowly lower your body until your front leg is bent at a 90 degree angle to the floor. Push back into standing position and repeat with the opposite leg. For backward lunges, do the same thing only step back with one leg and keep the front leg at a 90 degree angle to the ground.

Walk-outs with Push-up-start in a standing position. Keeping your legs as straight as possible (bend if needed), place your hands on the ground and walk yourself out into a high plank. Do one push-up (or two if you’re feeling energetic) and then walk your hands back in and stand up. That’s one rep.

Rollover Side Plank-get into a side plank position (either on your elbow or with your arm extended) and raise your upper arm into the air. Slowly roll forward with your top arm and reach behind your back. Come back to starting position and repeat. Slow and steady is key with this move as it challenges your core strength and balance.

Up and Down Side Plank-again, get into the side plank position. Slowly lower your hips to the ground and then back up again. Repeat. To make this easier, place your bottom knee on the ground.

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