Market Monday @ Trader Joe’s

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a new post with you! The sun has been shining in Pittsburgh and I have been happy and more motivated to take care of myself! I also just got over the dreaded flu. I also have seasonal depression and it isn’t pretty. The sun makes me crave good for you food. It makes me want to take walks. It also makes me want to redecorate! More about that later….

For now, let’s check out what I bought today at Trader Joe’s. I love it there. I had several things on my list that I stuck to but also just got inspired and added more to the cart as I wandered around. I saw this bag of riced broccoli for example and thought about making some kind of tot, patty or nugget out of them one night for a Max dinner. I would like to say that I cook the same way regardless of who else is home but the fact is I cook three different ways. Myself, Max & I or the three of us. Tim travels, Max is at his dad’s house 50% of the time and then well there is always me. I am the only constant. So, when it’s just me I get more experimental. When it is the three of us I play it a little more safe. As in no quinoa-learned my lesson on that one recently! And when it is just Max and I we have a little more fun like waffles and smoothies or since I know he likes broccoli I can try things like I want to here. I will keep you all posted if anything good comes out of the riced broccoli experiment.

I also got the flatbread for me as something new to try for wraps with the lettuce, feta cheese & chicken. The top picture shows the chicken and dairy that I bought which includes some different Greek yogurts and something new I am going to try in my smoothies: kefir milk with 9 grams of protein per cup and it is packed with probiotics. I would say that beats almond milk. I am also going to add hemp seed as a protein source with 10 grams per 3 tablespoons. So from time to time, I will mix things up and hopefully start to slim back down to my recognizable self. Some other goodies include hummus and mini zucchinis, mushrooms for the chicken and quinoa bake I want to make tonight for myself.

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Recipe for the Baked Mushroom Chicken & Quinoa for One:

Pre-heat oven to 350 and place 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup liquid into a baking dish-I am using vegetable broth since I happen to have some

Add  1 cup sliced mushrooms and a tsp of butter and give it a stir

Place one chicken breast on top of quinoa mixture and top with some sliced onions, salt and pepper.

Cover with foil and bake for 35 min

Remove from oven and keep covered for 5 to 10 more min so the quinoa can do its thing (absorb the liquid)

Update after making it>>>I added a sprinkle of parsley & goat cheese for more flavor and color. I also used a printed plate as it makes it look more appealing! This made enough for me for dinner and a leftover lunch portion. Ok, you caught me, I also had a frozen garlic knot with it too-shhh! It’s fine. It is really easy to make and in a one pan dish so easy clean up as well. I hope you will try it soon.

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I will share a new smoothie recipe soon with the new ingredients that I purchased today for it including the kefir milk, hemp seeds and almond butter. I am thinking banana, frozen peaches, kefir, hemp, flax, almond butter, ice for one. For another, I will try spinach, banana, berries, hemp seeds, kefir, ice and almond butter.

Now about that decorating urge that I had now that the sun is actually shining through my windows…I already had the plant on the far right and have decorative rocks in that one that say “breathe” and “gratitude”. I purchased this one succulent and these tulips today at Trader Joe’s and yesterday I took out an old cubby shelf and replaced it with this amazingness that a friend gave me over the weekend. I also purchased a few new items yesterday to spruce things up like the Bless our Home and Welcome sign. A good reminder that we must surround ourselves with things that we love & inspire us. I know there are Legos on the bottom but my son loves Legos and I love him so I make it work. 😉

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That’s it from me today! I hope this post gave you some good ideas to go out and buy some fresh groceries. Take the time to cook for yourself or whoever you have at your house. If you are like me, depending on the day…a table for 1, 2 or 3, it doesn’t matter. You are enough and you are worth the effort. Enjoy! xo, Adrienne

 

 

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Pesto Chicken Lasagna

Hey all, I wanted to share my recipe for pesto chicken lasagna that I made this weekend. I will try to break it down by each layer to make it pretty simple. It is chicken based so it is protein packed. I went easy on the cheeses and used some Greek yogurt to add moisture and flavor as well.

First: here is everything that I used in this picture. I had boiled and shredded the chicken the day before.

  • 4 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms & white onion with some EVOO
  • 1 15 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 or 4 medium chicken breast boiled and shredded
  • 4 medium stem tomatoes sliced and salt & peppered
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, 2 cups ricotta cheese & a blend of mozzarella, Gruyère & parmesan cheese….or whatever you have 😉 you don’t need that much
  • Homemade pesto or a small jar (about 8 or 10 oz.)
  • Lasagna noodles-I used 9/4 bottom then 3 and 3 for the next 2 layers
  • Seasonings like parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano & basil, salt & pepper

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Second:  cook your mushrooms, onions and warm half of the already cooked chicken in a skillet for about 15 min on medium heat with a little bit of olive oil. Then add half of the pesto and season with parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano to your liking. Meanwhile, boil your noodles according to package directions.

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Third: pre-heat your oven to 350 & begin your assembly line by having your tomatoes sliced and ready, your spinach close by, noodles, the other half of the shredded chicken mixed with the rest of the pesto and the 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Your can of fire roasted tomatoes ready with the liquid (don’t drain) and your 2 cups of ricotta cheese along with the shredded cheese options near by.

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To assemble:

  • Coat your pan with a spray or whatever non-stick option you like
  • Spread some fire roasted tomatoes and liquid on the bottom
  • Place 4 lasagna noodles overlapping each other’s edges just a bit
  • Place warm chicken & mushroom mixture on top
  • Add a layer of ricotta cheese and shredded Gruyère cheese
  • Then add a layer of spinach leaves and sliced tomatoes
  • Top that with 3 more noodles
  • Then the chicken, pesto and Greek yogurt mixture (this can be room temp)
  • The rest of the ricotta cheese and the shredded parmesan cheese
  • Another layer of spinach and sliced tomatoes
  • Finish with 3 more noodles, the rest of the liquid and diced fire roasted tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese

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Cover with foil and bake for 30 min in 350 degree oven, then remove foil and bake for another 25 to 30 min. Let cool for 30 min before cutting.

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I hope you will try this and I really hope you enjoy it!

xoxo, Adrienne

 

Market fresh ideas from me to you

 

Doesn’t that salad look fresh & satisfying? This post is for those of us that are running out of ideas and inspiration to answer the question, what should I eat this week? It’s fall here in Pittsburgh and I am pretty much pumpkined out except I did buy a batch of pumpkin bagels and I am not sorry about that because I also bought a bunch of really nutritious items as well. It’s about balance and I think this picture shows balance. Yes, bagels. Yes, pie. But look at all of those colors in the produce….

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I am going to share a few ideas I have to use up all of these goodies in this post. First, to get this out of the way. Carbs, we need them and I do not feel guilty about those bagels and the honey butter I bought along with it. In fact, I had one as soon as I got home from shopping. It was super satisfying and delicious of course. I plan on eating one each morning because I need food in the morning, lots of it if I am going to make it through the day without turning into a mommy monster or the hangriest lady at Target. I know you know what I mean. It will give me energy to work, mother, wife, think, exercise and function for the day.

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I really wanted to make salad this week so I stocked up and made this huge chopped salad which I will share and bring some for dinner to my parents tonight (along with that pie) and I also made 4 small containers to store and grab. I made the dressing ahead of time too but kept it separate. I may add tuna, salmon or hard boiled eggs to these as well. Because I already have them on hand. Plus protein is important!

Dressing:

  • sunflower oil, olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, water, honey, mustard, garlic, ginger, salt & pepper

Salad:

  • Dice everything as small as you can-honey crisp apple, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, carrots, red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries, arugula, romaine & napa cabbage

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I will attempt this week a recipe that I saw on The Chew for apple stuffed acorn squash so that’s happening. I also want to make a mashed root veg out of the yams, baby reds (that I already have) and the parsnips. I will add some of that honey butter to both of these dishes. I also plan on having smoothies in the afternoon with the Greek yogurt that I have and those bananas once they ripen. Wednesday for dinner, Max and I are going to make mac n cheese and I still need to decide what I am going to do with that artichoke! Sometimes it’s fun to buy things without a plan. I was inspired by it at the store so I threw it in the basket. Suggestions welcome. The cottage cheese is a favorite pre-bed snack of mine. I add cinnamon and eat it out of the container. I also prepped some celery and carrots to dip in that hummus.  I will share the mashed root veg, the acorn squash and artichoke on Facebook when I make them this week. I hope this gave you some inspiring ideas to have fun with your food & change up your variety a little!

I am excited to eat these yummy foods this week that are healthy but also extremely tasty. Balance is the key so I encourage you to cook, I encourage you to move your body and I encourage you to be positive and happy. Life is hard, complicated, unfair and crazy unless you step back and realize it actually can be very simple! xoxoAdrienne

 

Oh, hello

Oh, hey all! It has been a while since I last wrote a post but I miss it as my creative outlet so today is the day! I have lots to share and I have been trying to figure out how and what  I want to say so here goes…..

First, it has been a great summer and oh ya we did get married in May! It was small & wonderful and a “perfect” day as one can imagine, of course, there was a catch. I truly wasn’t feeling great for months leading up to it and got sick the week before coughing my head off, lacking sleep etc. But I trucked on through and we had a magical day filled with smiles and tears as I teary eyed & choked through the “repeat after me” part. Tim, Max and I are an official family now and if you have been following me from the beginning you know what the past 7 years has held for me so let us all give a collective “ahhhh”, shall we? 😉

Here are 2 of my favorite pics from the day (photo cred KATHRYN D STUDIOS)

 

So fast forward through a leisurely park going and bike riding summer with Max and finally feeling better after I got a few issues taken care of. I am now no longer personal training but rather decided it was best for me to focus on myself and my family.  I was stressing too much with my own balance and well-being. I  needed to take a break and get re-focused. I know that some of you never struggle with weight or body image issues but for the ones that do it can take over your life and I want to help change that.

If you have noticed I have been sharing articles about the dangers and the pressures that come with being so focused on eating clean and scheduling your entire life around and feeling guilty and unworthy regarding working out. I was doing and feeling a lot of these things. Every day, I wasn’t good enough. Not worthy of even being a personal trainer or giving advice. I was obsessed with thinking the world would only accept a thin size 4 version of me and the truth is I didn’t want to maintain that nor should I have to in order to feel accepted. See the problem there? The point is I had to step away from it to create my own beauty, my own balance so that I can be a good advice giver and my own version of healthy for my own sake. Not selfish by the way. (That was just a note to me)

What I have learned through letting go of these ideas are that I can weigh any number on the scale. I can wear any size in my pants. I can have some or not that much muscle definition. None of it matters if I am not being my best self. What I discovered more than ever is I am my best, most confident, happiest self when I am drinking a beer with Tim, having pizza with Max, working out because I want to not because I have to. Cooking food that isn’t “bad” or “good” for me. Eating because that is what humans do to survive, they eat. What makes people feel good is when they move their body. Heavy, light, fast, slow, run, walk….It doesn’t matter. It will not make you better than anyone else. If you go for a walk or a run and you don’t track it on your Nike app did it really ever even happen? The answer is yes, it did.

I want to keep sharing recipes and motivation because these are my hobbies and nothing more. I recently said I was on an 8-week mission to do 4 workouts a week. That is loosely structured. I am not writing down what I did. I am simply writing DONE in my planner to show myself that I am sticking to a goal. Goals are ok. Frantic obsessions aren’t healthy habits. That is not me stepping back into my old ways. Trust me, I checked myself on that one. The only way for me to feel continuously good in spirit is to move my body. So it is more of a kickstart into regaining those habits so that I can FEEL my best. It does not determine how I will look. I will move my body and I will eat food. That is how much I am simplifying this.

I am working from home now so it is sometimes hard to find the motivation and some days I find it much easier to drink 2 cups of coffee & watch Live with Kelly and her co-host of the day. Generally, though that just doesn’t work for me. The lack of movement catches up to me and eventually my body always finds a way and finds the motivation. I am mostly focused on short 15 to 20 min workouts including warm up and cool down stretches. I am doing intense boxing workouts now with walks throughout the week. It’s working! I am able to manage and balance all aspects of my life. That is where the pot of gold is. I have found the balance. I am having fun. I don’t think I am fat (even though I weigh more than I have in a long time) and I don’t obsess over what I am eating. The stars have aligned. I am strong and not worried about that #. I am stronger than what anyone else’s idea of beautiful is.

I know a lot of you struggle to find the time, the motivation and the balance so my advice to you is to just let it all go for just a little and really think about your thoughts that you are having about yourself. Are you eating kale and going for runs to punish yourself because you think all your problems will go away if you do? The truth is we can do a lot more damage than good when we do things the extreme way. I am just urging you to be a little more gentle on yourself. Strive for love and balance and I bet you will also see the light just like I did.

I hope you find this helpful! I look forward to posting more often and connecting with you all again!

 

All my best, Adrienne

Blackberry & Coconut Smoothie

Hello! It’s been a while since I have done a new blog post.

I have been taking it easy and getting my mind and body back on track (actually a different track)!

I will write about that soon!!

For now try this new smoothie I came up with! I am sure it would taste just as good if you used any type of berry instead of blackberries if you don’t have them.

What you will need:
1/2 c frozen banana slices or 1 small banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

1/2 c Silk unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 c fresh or frozen blackberries

3 tsp ground flaxseeds

2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp cinnamon

a few ice cubes

Blend well and enjoy!

xoxo

Adrienne 

 

 

Red Cabbage Smoothies

 

These magical drinks will have you feeling awesome and energized!

I have been using red cabbage in my cooking and in my smoothies over the past two months and I know it is aiding in my overall health. I can feel it! It is very affordable. extremely nutritious and can be used in salads, casseroles or smoothies 😉 I buy one head of cabbage and use 1/2 of it fresh in salads or dinner dishes and then cut and freeze the rest.

Some of you may be thinking gross….it has such a strong taste so how can THAT be good? When you add kale and spinach you can’t taste it so it is the same theory. Trust me.

I will prove it to you!

Smoothie Recipes:

Powerful purple smoothie!
1/2 c shredded raw Red cabbage (I keep some frozen in my freezer)

1/2 c Mixed frozen Berries (blackberries/blueberries/strawberries/raspberries)-any combo

1/2 of a large Apple

1 c Milk (I used unsweetened coconut/almond milk blend by Silk)

1/2 c Greek yogurt

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp honey

2 tsp Hempseeds, ground flaxseeds or chia seeds

Blend and enjoy!

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Pretty Purple smoothie:
Small handful of kale or spinach
Small handful of shredded raw Red cabbage
1 cup milk
Ice
2 tsp hempseeds
1/2 of a ripe banana
1/2 of a ripe avocado
1 tsp honey
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend

IT IS DELICIOUS!!

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I hope you guys will try one or both of these.

Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone!

xoxo

Adrienne

Nutritious Blender Muffins

 

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I have noticed….I haven’t been eating as clean as I used to and I am really trying to get back into it because it is just plain better for my body. It really makes me feel better overall. Sometimes you don’t notice when something is making a difference until you stop doing it as much 😉 Also, when I spend my time cooking or baking (this is the extent of my baking) I am happier. It is a hobby that I enjoy. I love to be in the kitchen! I know some of you feel pressed for time but if you just make it a priority you CAN eat less processed food and you CAN make meals and snacks ahead of time. No excuses 🙂 Just do it!

I made these muffins this morning and I wanted to share them with you! They couldn’t be easier as you place ALL of the ingredients into the blender and pour directly from there into your muffin pan.

Ingredients & how to:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (I used peanut butter)
  • 1/2 c Plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c honey

I used liners but if you don’t make sure you spray or use oil to coat your muffin tins

>Place all ingredients into blender and pulse or blend until smooth

>Pour into muffin tins about 3/4 of the way up

>Bake at 350 for 18 to 20 min until tops are golden brown

Makes 12 muffins

Great for a snack or for breakfast (whatever-anytime!)-they are filling!

Hope you enjoy and feel free to make them your own by adding other goodies like berries or dried fruits, different butters or nuts.

xo-A

 

 

 

 

4 months until Married!

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Wedding plans are set and in 4 months we will get married! I am writing this post to tell you exactly what I am going to do to get ready for this wedding! I know what you are thinking or what you may have done in the past….cardio for hours, fasted, cleansed, juiced, boot camped….drove yourself nuts trying to change magically into someone that you really aren’t! That is the opposite of what I want to do. All I want to do is marry Tim and feel great that day AND MORE IMPORTANTLY…for the rest of our lives together! So why would I punish myself for weeks or months leading up to it and then immediately go back to who I was when he actually asked me to marry him?

I AM NOT GOING TO DO ANY OF THAT!!!

What I am going to do is:

1.Love myself as is (see picture above) in all ways! Self care being the focus here….to help this along I am going to ensure I get enough sleep. Turn off the TV, the phone etc. Sleep is so important for your body to recover! It’s winter so it’s the perfect time to hibernate anyway!

2. Keep challenging my body by working out mindfully-increasing weight/variety of movements and spiking my heart rate with fat burning intervals. 3 to 4 times a week for 20 to 45 min each time. My goal (because goals are good) is to work on my push ups-doing them daily or every other day to build up the number I can do in a row.

3. Keep eating mindfully-planning meals ahead of time 80% of the time so that I don’t skip meals or make non-nutritious choices. My goal here is to drink less alcohol because I know for a fact that alcohol kills your ability to keep muscle and I want as much muscle tone as possible.

Here are some ideas I came up with that are almost too easy not to do weekly: And you don’t have to do them on Sundays. You can do them whenever it works for you. On the spot-but make sure you have the ingredients, Every few days even…there are no rules!

Okay, one rule-eat balanced:protein (tuna, chicken, turkey), carbs (potatoes, rice, oats) and good fats (nuts, oils, avocados) and lots of veggies and fruits and water EVERYDAY 🙂

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This is a tuna salad I made today because I was starving and needed something quick!

One 5 oz can tuna

2 heaping tbsp plain Greek Yogurt

Some dried cranberries, sliced almonds, diced apples, lemon juice, salt & pepper and some dried parsley

Great choices can be made even on the spot if you stock up on the good stuff!

So, Who is with me? Who wants to “get ready to get married” with me??

XO, A

You-are-enough

Super Inspired 2016

Oh man! I am rocking it out in 2016 so far! I know it’s only the 12th but I already feel like I have come a long way since last year! Last year was a crazy year for me, such highs and such lows and I experienced them all off of the pill which-wow-I had no idea what that would be like. Let me explain….I stopped the birth control pill towards the end of 2014 and immediately I felt like my head was more clear but as you know I instantly gained 13 lbs in that first month. I was shocked and then sad and started to panic almost every single darn day. Why did this happen, what am I doing wrong to cause this? Was it the fact that my hormones were changing because I was approaching 35? Did I have two too many IPA’s with Tim-you can’t blame others 😉 Why do I feel gross? Why am I even a personal trainer when all of 2015 I kept gaining weight rapidly….what business do I even have doing this when my body is completely out of control!

All year I went wallowing/beating myself up and and trying to figure out what was wrong with me. For an entire year-wasted time-wasted happiness-wasted interactions with loved ones. And being off the pill I experienced every move my body was going through ALL month long-it was freeing and also awful almost every single day. The symptoms you hear about are real and I had them ALL! I had been on the pill for so long I had no idea what it actually was fully like to experience ALL OF THAT. The reason I went off it truly was because I was being exposed to so many articles telling me that I “shouldn’t be on it”. What I have come to realize because my gut was literally telling me, was that my body needed those hormones, my body really really needed those pills and there is nothing wrong with that! THAT IS WHAT WORKS BEST FOR ME. I am glad I stopped it because I learned so many lessons from it. Everything is an experience with lessons attached to it.

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Which brings me to my next lesson-ah, so many lessons last year…..YOU MUST DO WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU. Social media has exposed us to so much “should and shouldn’t” that it makes me want to just go into hiding. Should I brush my teeth with coconut oil? Should I say “I love you” to my son more or less than 5 times a  day? Should I eat bread? Ohhh myyyy goshhhh!! Make it stop! Here is what I learned: No I shouldn’t use coconut oil in MY mouth because it actually causes a rash on MY face and I should say I love you so many times to Max because it makes him feel loved and YES, 100% yes I SHOULD EAT BREAD!! Gah.

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Next lesson: WHEN I HELP PEOPLE I ALSO HELP MYSELF. So far this year I have 3 steady in home clients and have written 3 at home workout plans for 3 different people. I also help people in group fitness class get stronger, healthier and happier if only for 45 min 2 times a week. But guess what? All of that actually helps me stay focused and want to get better and do better. So please, I urge you to find your passion and help others-it’s a win/win!

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My 2016 Motto: BE ENJOYABLE-life is short and a lot can happen in a short time. You must be able to find joy and then actually be enjoyable!! Life is too short! My brother was here and then like that he is up in Heaven (cheering on the Steelers right now for sure!). I didn’t get to say good bye or I love you no matter crazy you drive me because just like that it was his time to go. BUT I am not one to live with regrets. So I keep moving forward! This year I will marry by best friend (for real, he is) and I will cherish every moment I have with my son. Remembering always that life is too short to spend half of it worrying about how I don’t have him half of the time. 2015 was just too much and I am still possessing it-so many good and unexpected things happened! Max got a surprise baby brother, we went to Disney, Max started 1st grade, I got a new car, heck I even got my first iPhone, I went on a crazy 3 state trip and got engaged to Tim! Sometimes I think if I blink I will just wake up and it will have been a dream. It all happened so fast and I promise to not take it for granted. The holidays came and then they went and what I am left with is 2016, NOW,  a year to be super inspired and another chance to be awesome!

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I am back on the pill and already I feel tremendously better in just one week. It may not be the actually pill itself but the idea that I paid attention to MY body and did what was best for ME. I am in control. I love the start of a new year and all that comes with it. I do not feel the absolute need to change. I feel the complete want to change and just BE ENJOYABLE. I have learned so many valuable lessons in the past few years because I became aware and sought out those messages and lessons. I am an Aries and by nature I love ideas/taking chances-some are good and some are bad but one thing is for sure I was born to create and that is what I will keep doing for myself and for others. I am naturally curious and full of all kinds of wonderment and I hope I can share a little bit of that with you! My blog is simply about my ideas and a way for me to share them with you. I am not here to tell YOU what you should and shouldn’t do. I have knowledge and a healthy perspective into the fitness world. I have found a way to balance this thing we call life and that is what I want to share with you. I am always learning and always changing and that my friends is a very good thing! I hope the same for all of you reading this!

Cheers to this year, this day and this moment!

xoxo

Adrienne

 

 

 

 

Body Balance Ball Workout

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Hello! As you may have seen on my Facebook page I got a new piece of fitness equipment to use at home this week!

I have been using it everyday since Sunday and I am loving it! It is a body balance ball (half ball/half flat) and you can do so may things with it!

Today I wanted to share the workout I did with you! This is core focused but will work your entire body! Quick, hard, effective….just what you need.

Supermans-lying on your stomach on the ball and lifting your legs and arms straight out and holding for 10 to 30 seconds (do what you can) x 3

Bridges-lying on the ground with your feet on the ball and lifting your butt up off the ground as high as you can while squeezing your glutes (the muscles in your butt) and your core for 30 reps up and down x 3

One arm push ups-one hand on the ball and one on the ground-perform a push up, full or on your knees, 10 on each side x 3

Squats-stand on the ball and perform a squat with your arms behind your head or holding them straight out 30 reps x 3

Planks-flip the balance ball over and use the flat side to hold a plank for 45 sec to 1 min x 3

Side leg lifts-lying on your side balance yourself on the ball and lift your bottom leg holding it straight up off the ground while you lift the top leg up and down performing 15 on each side x 3

***with all of my workouts do what you can as far as the reps and rounds go. I am more advanced but if you are a beginner just start slower doing less overall and work your way up. It will come easier than you think! Check with your doctor first if you are a beginner!

I followed this workout with a delicious green smoothie made with:

1 handful Kale, 1 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt, 3 tsp Flaxseed, 1 small Apple, 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder, 1/2 c water, 3 to 4 ice cubes-Blend!

Also, I have been drinking water with a cinnamon stick and a 1/4 of an apple sliced up and it is a great break from the norm! Last for 2 days if you keep it in the fridge 🙂

I also had my B complex supplement and my probiotic!

I hope you like this workout and maybe even try the smoothie or the apple cinnamon water!

Have an awesome day!!

xo

Adrienne