Les Mills Combat Review!

So i just finished my Les Mills Combat program! 🙂

 

My twin sis and I bought each other the program for Christmas.  Haha, side note, you know you have a fitness addiction when you buy programs as gifts!  I started the program at the beginning of the new year and just finished last week.

Having done TurboFire for the last few years, and having just finished P90X i was ready for a change.  I liked the Combat video i got with my PUMP series, so I was bursting with excitement at the chance to do this one.

My first few days were a little rough.  It’s always important to remember that when you’re staring a new program, it will take time to adjust to the moves, timing and sequences.  I, thinking I was all fitness queen, didn’t watch the how to videos.  BIG MISTAKE.  After the second class, I popped that one right in.  I don’t know if anyone else likes to get the most of their workouts, but I DO!!!  I wanted to be sure I was doing the moves right!

I got the full package when I ordered, so I had a bunch of DVDs, including the legs and arms.  I LOVE the variety this program has to offer!  It is not as high intensity on the legs as some of the other DVDs i’ve done.  STILL HARD though!  I honestly have never in my life had bicep sweat until I did these videos! My favorite one… the live 60!  LOVE that one!!

I also really enjoyed the HIITS.  They took me a little while to get the hang of them, but once I did I loved the challenge.  How does Dan do all of those Plyo Lunges so early?  My hammies always feel like bricks until 15 minutes into a workout! I really enjoyed how the group showed a variety of levels.  I never felt like I couldn’t do it.  And, as i said, i started to challenge myself.  By the end of the program, i was determined to get at least 10 tuck jumps with the burpees at the end of the Power HIIT!

One thing I really noticed was my abs.  They really “popped” in this 60 day series. All of the twisting really makes a difference.  And I really liked how I got technique that I was missing, or “skipping over” in my previous kickboxing workouts.  I started doing TurboFire again and I noticed that it’s a lot harder because now i’m more focused on my form!  Technique can completely change a program or more regardless of what you’re doing.

In terms of calendar, I followed it to a T.  I added a few days of legs and abs in with it as well.  The abs video is great because it incorporates a lot of planks.  Planks are, far and away, the BEST ab exercises.  It really challenges you to use your entire core.  That’s the one thing I really wanted to work on in this workout was my love handles and back bulge.  I didn’t focus that much on my back during P90X, well lower back, and i noticed that pocket over my jeans. I don’t have that anymore.  My core is as strong as I think it will ever be!

However, abs are always made in the kitchen!  I followed an entirely Clean diet.  Lots of lean proteins, greens, and I ate my Shakeology muffin every morning for extra protein and healthified yumminess!

The price point was great compared to some of my previous Beachbody programs!  This was was definitely doable for my bank account!

I will be hosting a challenge group coming up after ST. Patty’s day! 60 days! If you’re interested, let me know!  I’ll be doing it with one of my fellow girls, Sara!

Overall, i would totally 150% recommend this program!!  PLUS, who DOESN’T LOVE TO LISTEN TO ACCENTS!!!!!!!!

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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble!

One of the reasons that I joined the social network, like Beachbody and Tone It Up, was to expand my network of like-minded people.  I have a small social circle, and most of my best friends live far away from me.  I have been so fortunate in a short amount of time to meet some amazing, creative and motivating women!!

I was so fortunate to meet a beautiful new friend, Heather, a follow Tone It Upper from CA. We are bi-coastal, but have bonded over our drive to help motivate and encourage other people to get healthy!  That’s all it takes, is one small idea! And a friendship growS!! 🙂

We have joined forces for the last two week… we got together over our boiling pots and wrote a spell for your fitness success!!  Give us 15 days! That’s it!! and we will work with you to succeed.

We have also done this with the focus on our Tone it Up girls and Self Magazine’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, #LivePInk

I just heard that the United States over 8 million dollars on Halloween! Phew!!! That’s a lot of pumpkinS!! So wouldn’t you want to spend your money on an amazing costume and feel CONFIDENT in it??

If you’re interested in more information, please comment below!!

What has been your favorite Halloween Costume so far??

Week in review… via instagram

Hey all,
Here is my week in review via my instagram photos.  (Is anyone else sort of in love with instagram?? i actually woke up the other day and liked because i wasn’t 100% ready to get out of bed yet… just me?? Okay, i can accept that!)

I’ll start with my foodie successes!! I usually eat the SAME things every other day!  Habit?  Easier to track my food?  I’m boring?? All of the above?  It’s easy to eat the same things that you like when you’re single!  Probably the only perk of living single.  I can the same things, AND i can have breakfast any time i want!  I will have to find a man that likes breakfast for dinner!!

BUT, back to my successes.  I made both a fantastic gluten free/dairy free cauliflower crust!  🙂  I had a fouled attempt earlier this week… but the second try was WELL worth it!!!  The first round was delicious, but it just didn’t crust like it should have.  I tried to be sneaky and use Coconut Flour.  I have the WORST luck with coconut flour?  I’m starting to think that it dries out so quick because of altitude.  Well, second time around I used Caralyn at Gluten Free Happy Tummy’s recipe!  It was yummy!!! Found here: http://glutenfreehappytummy.com/2012/07/21/cauliflower-pizza-party-a-graduation-gf-v-bed-scd/  I also added some spices to the mixture.

I really need to work on my presentation for photos… I loved it! I actually used half of it for dinner, and saved the other for lunch the next day.  The second day was actually pliable and I was able to use it as a wrap! Even better! Two recipes out of one!!

The second one I made was from Laura at Sprint2theTable.  I am now obsessed with recipe, plus a few others of hers!! It seems like I have a very similar palate to her.  I made her PB & Aggs recipe!!  It was delicious!! http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2012/08/pb-aggs-wiaw/ I think i also added 1/2 banana to it too, and then I put the mixture into a left over Peanut Butter container.  I LOVED it! and I wasn’t hungry for a while… even betteR! Protein does that for you!! The bread in the photo is the Julian Bakery Paleo Coconut bread.

I HIGHLY recommend anyone following a gfree diet follow these two gals!!  They both have a wonderful variety of documentation on their recipes and meals.  🙂
In regards to my fitness… I took a challenge via the gals at Tone it Up from Instagram yesterday!  They said “drop and give me a plank”, SO I DID! 🙂

The other big accomplishment in my “Allergy Fitness” life, was that I completed my Hybrid of Chalean Extreme and TurboFire.  I am going to miss my program until I come back to it.   I hadn’t done Extreme in a while, but wanted to a change from the heavy cardio.  This is a great hybrid, because it gives you a mix of both worlds.  You don’t get bored easily!!

I also took my “After” photos for the FIRST TIME EVER!  Does it ever get easy to pose in a bikini??  And then post the results??

:sigh:: i did it!!

very pleased with the results, but embarrassed… that’s my old insecurities rearing their ugly head…

I will have to do this on Friday’s from now on!  Considering almost all my photos go up on Instagram.  I could post for days of all of Fumble’s photos too! lol!

Just as an aside… it’s a full blue moon today.

Breakfast for Dinner???

I am an avid follower of MANY blogs (I get over 150 emails a day).  I know that sounds crazy, but I do love to read about other people’s success stories.  I think a lot of it has to do with my yearning to do the same thing, but fear of getting started. BUT, here i am!! Ready to start.  Taking the leap!

So here’s my first recipe of something i LOVE TO MAKE AND EAT!

Does anyone else love breakfast for dinner??  I have a tiny little addiction to egg whites, because they’re such a great source of protein.  I also love, LOVE, LOOOVVEE anything related to pancakes, waffles… you name it!  Favorite meal of the day!!

I make this thing called a protein puff.  Have you ever had a Dutch Baby?  Or is that just a Pennsylvania thing?  Well basically, a dutch baby is a pancake that fluffs up like a souffle in the oven, but is one large pancake.  It’s yummy, but SUPER high in calories.  My **TwIN** and I used to make them, years ago, when we lived together on Cape Cod.  We got a recipe that was lower calories and ‘better for you’.  We would make the basic pancake and jazz it up as much as we could with other healthy toppings, ie apples, bananas, strawberries.  We tried to be as seasonal as possible!

Since going gluten and dairy free, I have struggled to find the right combo of flours and mixtures that will bake properly, stay fluffed and taste good.  I try to stay away from carbs in the evenings, so I also struggled with the flours.  I’ve used everything from garbanzo bean flour, coconut flour, almond flour… all too dry.  It took me a while, but I was reading another blog.. I think it was Purely Twins (I hope i can put them in here, i haven’t gotten as far as how to reference others in a blog.. sorry if i took a mistep).  I love their blog because not only are they twins, duh!? but they’re also healthy fitness lovers who eat gluten and dairy free!  When I read their blog, I feel like I could be their triplet!  They posted a recipe for a protein pancake, and I figured if I tweaked it a little, I bet I could fluff up my dutch baby to work!

Gluten Free HIGH PROTEIN Dutch Baby

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1/4 C Egg whites

1/4 C water (or almond milk)

1 Scoop Protein Powder (I use Raw Vegan Sunwarrior Blend)

1 T peanut flour

dash of salt

seasoning as you like… i use pumpkin pie spice, you could add 1 T of cocoa powder… jazz it up as you like!

1 egg white beat until peaks form

Extra virgin olive oil spray

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

I mix everything, except for the egg white in to a bowl.  In a separate bowl, I beat the egg white until soft peaks form.

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In a small frying pan, I spray a little EVOO into the pan and then place it into the oven for approx 2 minutes.

I slowly fold in the whites into the protein bowl mixture.  Be careful not to break the fluffy whites!

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Once incorporated, take your pan out of the over (use a mitt!!) and spray again with a little EVOO.  Slowly place the mixture into the pan and then flatten it out a little.

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Place into the 400 degree oven and bake for approx 20-23 minutes.

When it comes out it will be a little fluffed up, let it cool for 3 minutes.  And there you have a protein puff pancake!  I put a little spray butter on mine and top it with either more PB or put  a banana, apple slices, dip it cranberries… you name it! The nice thing is that this is a blank canvas for you to jazz up depending on how you like flavors!
I also will sometimes make it in a muffin pan and split it into 2 servings and save one for a snack the next day!

Hope you like it!! I haven’t tried it with other protein powders, so you may have to play with the amount of powder you add!

🙂  GOod  Luck and Happy Wednesday!!

PS, did you get your workout in today??? I DID!! I was wide awake at 4:10 am for NO APPARENT REASON.  So, rather than stare at the ceiling, I went down and got my Chalean Extreme Get Lean Intervals done! 43 Minute work=CHECK!!! 🙂

Beachbody Challenge, Try it now for $14.95!

We may be nearing the end of bikini season, but that doesn’t mean you need to forget about your body!!

Why should you choose the Beachbody Challenge?

  1. It comes with a scientifically designed workout, and there are enough to choose from, we can customize to meet your needs.
  2. It comes with a diet plan that will help you maximize your results from the program.
  3. It comes with Shakeology, an amazing meal replacement that assists with your weight loss, provides energy, and aids with digestion.
  4. More meal plans available online through your VIP membership.
  5. Can be entered to win prize $$ for your results, keeping you more accountable!
    • Daily Prizes*: $500 or $1,000
    • Monthly Prizes: $1,000
    • Quarterly Prizes: $5,000 and an expenses-paid trip
    • The Grand Prizes: $100,000!
  6. Connection to others who are using the same program as you.
  7. AND SUPPORT and motivation from ME! I have done Turbofire and am in contact with those who have done Brazil Butt Lift and P90X. I will be there to support you with every step of your fitness journey.

These programs can cost as much as $215, but this pack is available until July 31, 2012 for only $14.95. **If you’re interested, you can even sign up to coach for free!** See details below

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To sign up, please go to My Beachbody Site and click on Join to create a FREE membership.  Then contact me for me info on how to sign up!

PERKS for signing up to COACH

  • 25% off anything after the Challenge Pack Costs (ie, Shakeology, any future programs).
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