October 20, 2016

My #1 Pick for a Health / Fitness tracker

Do you guys use some sort of smart watch or fitness tracker to keep track of your calories burned or steps? When I started personal training in June, I decided I needed some type of 'smart' watch to help me at work with timers and keeping track of when I had clients coming in.  I started out with the Fitbit Flex - which I liked a lot for basic tracking. It did a great job with keeping track of my steps and my calories, but seeing my sucky sleep pattern was disheartening, so I got rid of it, haha!

Next I moved on to the Garmin Forerunner 235. This was SUCH a cute watch - I got it in teal and it was so perfect! The Garmin was also great for tracking, and it even had some smartwatch capabilities, it would tell you when you had a text or email come in and it had a great timer as well, but after just one day of using it, I decided I wanted a watch that had MORE of a smartwatch feel.

Yup, you guessed it, I went and exchanged the Garmin for an Apple Watch. It's been my favorite purchase of the year! I was a bit skeptical at first, after all its Apple, there was SO MUCH hype about it. But the watch tracks my calories, my exercise, my standing hours. It reminds me when I should stand up and move if I have been sitting for most of the hour. It shows my calendar events, and it's easy to check briefly if I'm working with a client - to make sure there are no important events or texts that I'm missing (or calls from school, which I'm super paranoid about!). My favorite part of the watch is the exercise app. You an set yourself an active calorie burn goal and in the middle of your workout, it will tell you when you have hit it! Or you can set a time for your workout and it lets you know when its up! Its so easy and convenient!

If you are looking to switch things up for your fitness tracker, or even try one out for the first time, I highly recommend the Apple Watch!


October 18, 2016

At Home Workout!

Getting back into my training groove finally - and excited to start sharing some at home workouts and fitness tips!

Here is a quick burner for when you / your

  • Kids are napping - or watching tv.
  • Husband is playing with the kids outside.
  • Wakeup before anyone else in the house.
  • Just have a few minutes to get some fitness in!
15 min AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible)

50 Single or double under with jump rope (or pretending to jump if you don't have a rope)
40 Air Squats
30 Sit-ups
20 Burpees
10 Push-ups

Have fun!  Youtube any movements you aren't sure about, or if you need a modification for one of the movements, just ASK ME!

Go get your fitness on!


October 17, 2016

Disney Birthday for the BIG 3-0!!!

I turned 30.

I started a whole NEW decade!

I decided to kick it off in the happiest place on earth!  DISNEYLAND!!! I harassed my sisters and forced them all to go spend a ton of money with me in SoCal and had an amazing time. Here is just a few pictures to get me through another month of no longer being at Disney *insert extreme sad face*.

I'm so grateful to have 4 sisters who love me enough to spend their time (and money!) coming all the way down to California to celebrate with me.

We spent the whole day Friday (my birthday) in Disney and then Saturday we spent hanging out around Huntington Beach, getting mani-pedi's and eating AMAZING breakfast burritos from Nick's in Seal Beach.

30 is going to be a great, great decade.


October 14, 2016

Fitness for your Mind and Body

This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a Holy Yoga class and it was AMAZING. When working out I never have related my body movement and thoughts with my relationship with God, but the more I moved through this class the more I felt Him speaking to me. Working through my family woes, my heartbreak over things from years past - I could just feel him pushing His way into them. Things that I had been shoving inside deeper and deeper into my heart where I wouldn't have to think about them, but always felt them lingering.

At the end of the class we laid in childs pose or on our back and the instructor came by, anointed us and prayed over us individually while she manipulated our postures to be better (if we needed) and even rubbed my shoulders briefly . As soon as I felt her push on me it was as though she was helping me push those old harbored feelings and thoughts out - in that moment I felt God and released those bad feelings and cried. Shake cried. It felt amazing.

Afterwards, we packed up our stuff and hiked up a beautiful trail to a waterfall. My heart is so full after this weekend spent in a lodge with God-fearing women. It was exactly what my soul needed.

All this to say, God works in ways we can't imagine. He knows how much I love working on my body and exercising and I can't believe it took me this long to use this time to keep my focus on Him.

Get your mind, body and your soul right!

This is the passage that was read to us before we started our class : 2 Chronicles 20:9-23