Barre in the Park

Shake, Shake, Shake….

Yesterday Erica and I went to Barre in the Park with The Barre Code- Design District at Lee Park in Dallas, TX  for a free Memorial Day workout.

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Neither one of us have taken a Barre class in 3 years.  Erica was a Barre instructor at a local studio prior to the twins and got me involved in classes when she had to do a testing.  There was no better way to get back into Barre then a early morning class in the park!

The class yesterday reminded me why I liked barre so much.  A great workout that truly challenges my body.  It’s a great workout targeting specific muscles with isometric and small dynamic movements.  The humidity in Dallas was bad so we got a nice sweat in.

My legs were shaking and I loved it! If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t make you better.  I really had to dig deep to make it through the class. I always feel like I accomplished something after a Barre class.

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Thanks to The Barre Code- Design District for RE-igniting my love for barre. Erica and I will for sure be heading to the studio for more classes!

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Weekend Hustle


For the past two weekends I have taken “quick trips”. Those are, fly in early Saturday morning and fly back home Sunday night! Last weekend, to Indiana, to help my beautiful cousin celebrate her baby shower for her little girl due in June! This weekend, to Chicago, with my cousins to see Beyoncé! 

Traveling can be hard on your body and it’s not always easy to find those healthy food items or even time to get in a quick workout. 

Here are some tips on staying fit while you travel… 

1. Get your steps in! Trying little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator to your room. Walk to your destination and ditch the uber! Take a run (if possible). Don’t just sit at you gate your gate waiting for the flight, take a walk around the airport. 

2. Fitness Room: Most hotels have a fitness room you as a guest can utilize! The hotel in Chicago had a yoga mat in the room which was awesome for a morning yoga stretch sequence! 

3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! Enough said!

4. Check out local activities and see if they offer any classes or have a park/playground where you can get in some type of workout! Definitely got a workout in at the Beyoncé concert, sitting was not an option and she is an amazing performer! 

5. Bring your own snacks, so that you aren’t grabbing candy, chips or whatever while at the airport! I love almonds as a quick snack! 

Sightseeing in Chicago today so I will be sure to get my steps in! Wheels up tonight and back Dallas to the hubby and littles to celebrate Memorial Day! 

-E

Foodie Friday: Strawberry, Watermelon & Coconut Smoothie

With summer right around the corner I had to try something with watermelon! When thinking about what to pair with it, strawberries and coconut were a no-brainer, and thus the Strawberry, Watermelon Coconut Smoothie was created!!!

It is extra yummy and it got the thumbs up from my trio! Perfect for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 cups watermelon seedless
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I used Silk Almond Coconut Milk)
  • 1cup plain greek yogurt (I love Chobani)
  • 2 cups ice

Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour and enjoy.  A mason jar is definitley my cup of choice, this recipie makes 2 servings!

Cheers to Summer 2016

-E

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Recovery Essentials

“I need help” yep I said this out loud with both dogs looking at me like I was crazy.  I had just returned home from the gym and was getting ready for my shower.  I  had a problem,   I was so sore I was struggling to lift my arms above my head.

I’m a fan of the “feel good hurt” following a good workout.  You know  the feeling you get the next day to two days after a solid workout, when your muscles say, “HaHA you haven’t done that lately and I’m going to make you pay!”  Okay maybe not quite that but the soreness after a workout.   This is also know as DOMS (Delayed  Onset Muscle Soreness).   It reminds me that 1) I’m way out of shape or  2) That was a solid workout.

Well, it has been BAD like really BAD. I know I over did it.  It was past the point of soreness to just plain old hurt.

As you know I’ve  been trying to get back into this fit lifestyle.  I started with spin class 2x/ week 2 weeks ago and this past weekend decided to weight lift again.  Yes, I’ve done some body weight workouts here and there and maybe some bicep curls, shoulder press and tricep extensions as I passed dumbbells in my bedroom but nothing too crazy.

After leaving the gym this weekend I knew I was in trouble when my arms felt fatigued while driving home.  I knew I was in BIG trouble when I struggled to get undressed.  The next two days I struggled to wash my hair, put on a seat belt, lift a cup to get a drink of water and continued to struggle getting dressed.   I really wanted to cry at one point when i felt  trapped in my sports bra (This is the worst).

I began to think to myself this is ridiculous I need to do something.  This has lead to my post about my three must haves for recovery.

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  1. Epsom Salt- A nice long soak in a warm bath with Epsom salt
  2. TheraCane – A deep pressure self massager that reaches the hard to reach spots.  I’m able to pinpoint a spacific area of soreness.
  3. Foam Roller – A self massager for my bigger muscle groups

I put these tools to work and good news, I’m feeling 100% better!  I’m able to get my seat belt on like normal and  push up my glasses when they slide down my nose.  It’s the small things in life!

Just remember muscle recovery is just as important as your workouts.  Take care of those muscles so you can keep chasing your goals!

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Playground Workouts

“Can we go to the park”, as a mom this is probably something you hear a lot now that the weather is nicer and if you have kids like mine that LOVE to be outside! I used grab a book and say ok, but now I throw on some workout clothes and say “Let’s go!”

Taking the littles to a park provides a great opportunity to get in a good workout! All of the equipment can totally be used for you to get a full body workout. You definitely can get the littles involved in your workout; a nice run around the playground could be your warm up. Ways to utilize the playground equipment include…

Park Bench: Step-ups, Dips, Single Leg Lunge, Incline Push-ups,

Slide: Jump Squats, Decline Sit-ups

Monkey Bars: Chin-ups,

Swing: Pikes, Knee tucks, Tricep press

And many more!

The workout can be fun and you are able to engage with your littles at the same time. Praying for nice weather so I can get out with my trio and do this soon! Head over to our Pinterest page for more playground workouts https://www.pinterest.com/reignitefitness/back-on-track/

Love this pic of the twins enjoy each other on the playground.

-E

The Rock Clock

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about early morning runs and the multiple alarms I would set in order to wake up.

Times have changed my friends!

Last week I found the BEST alarm clock for me.  THE ROCK CLOCK!

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So I  have always been a fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and he is big into fitness.  He made this app and it’s awesome.  He actually has a whole project that The Rock Clock is a part of.  Check it out here  http://projectrockofficial.com/

I wake up to him singing to me!  “Good morning sunshine, Yeah that’s what The Rock just said..”

There are several different alarms to pick from but him singing is my favorite.

Anyway… You pick a preset goal or make your own.  You set your time to wake up or  can wake up on “Rock Time”.

Once this is set you sleep and wait for the alarm to wake you up.  Here is the kicker…There is no snooze button. This is great for me.  No excuses..

Once you turn off the alarm he has either a motivational video he has recorded or a motivational quote to start your day.  I have truly enjoyed these and they have me looking forward to waking up to see what he has for me that day.  It is great motivation for me!

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Foodie Friday: Sticky Chicken Tenders

20160413_182842This is one of the recipes I talked about in my meal prep blog.  The recipe is also on our Pinterest board.  https://www.pinterest.com/reignitefitness/eat-right/
Ingredients
  • 3-4 chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thickness
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 eggs + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
sauce
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Slice chicken breasts into strips.
  3. Coat chicken with flour
  4. Place Panko crumbs in a bowl. In another bowl whisk together eggs and water. Dip flour-coated chicken strips into egg mixture, then toss in Panko crumbs to coat.  (I have found it easiest to stay clean if I use my left hand for dry and use my right hand for the egg mixture.)
  5. Place coated chicken pieces on baking sheet  Bake 15-20 minutes until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  6. While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Add brown sugar and hot sauce to a medium sauce pan and stir over medium-high heat until melted and mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in garlic powder and water until smooth.
  7. When chicken strips are done cooking, toss in sauce.
  8. ENJOY the YUMMY Goodness!!!!

Summer Fun with my Littles

Two years ago my mother gave me the book The 5 Love Languages of Children by Dr. Gary Chapman & Dr. Ross Campbell. Before we got married and while in marriage counseling with our pastor I read The 5 Love Languages (adult version), it was very informative in understand how other people feel love/appreciation. This book has been great in understanding and knowing how to spend time with my littles.

With the summer right around the corner this means more times with my children! As a teacher I am never without kids, but during the summer I get to enjoy the ones that belong to me! I enjoy having the summer off and being able to do all sorts of fun things with them!

With an 11 yr. old and 2 yr. old boy/girl twins, they have very different “love languages”. My oldest is, my twin boy is and my twin girl is. I have to be creative with what we do during our summer vacation! My oldest will do one week of a sports summer camp where she can enjoy time with kids her age! For the twins I try to do lots of arts and crafts (they love to get messy…surprise….surprise).

This summer I decided to create a Summer Fun List or a list of things that we would/could do during the summer. Most of them are no/low cost and are really about just spending that quality time that we do not get to do during the school year. We all chipped in on creating our summer fun list, my oldest and I wrote the list and the twins added the colorful decoration! Some things that we have on our list include…

  • Visit a farmers market
  • Ride a bike
  • Have a picnic
  • Ice cream party
  • Painting party
  • Sidewalk chalk art
  • Visit a new playground
  • Set up a lemonade stand
  • Play with bubbles
  • Family game night
  • Library Reading program
  • Water Play Day
  • Zoo day
  • Children’s Museum Day
  • Kids plan dinner

These are just a few our total list is 102!!! We will not have a boring summer, because I am sure my littles will make us check off everything on this list! Summer 2016 here we come!

-E