Average Like Adrienne?

Hello!! Tonight I really want to write from my heart as I feel this is something all men and women need to hear…..

Last week I somehow got into a Facebook conversation with someone whom I have never met in person about me, my page, my training, career, food etc. He said that I was “Average and not exactly Miss Fitness looking” so he was wanting me to “kick up my game a notch so that I would actually be inspiring, look the part, do the work and then post pictures of smoothies”.

Well, this is how I feel about that….First, no tears were shed over being called “Average” as I know that what he was comparing me to was this:Amanda Latona

 

Hannah Davis for Fitness Magazine September 2013 CoverIn my mind this is his picture of “perfect’ which then makes me “average”.

I explained to him that I have different goals. My goals include eating healthy foods, moving my body in all different ways (weights, cardio, whatever) life balance, happiness, being a good mom, daughter, girlfriend, sister, friend and overall good person. I like to cook, I like to be creative, I like to have fun and I like to share that information with anyone that it might help in the tiniest of ways. My goals are different from those of these women. My goals do not include a # on the scale or a certain % of body fat.

I thought about it some more and thought if she is perfect and I am average then I actually think average is pretty darn awesome! I live a healthy life full of balance, trying new things, helping others, not worrying about living up to a standard of girls on magazine covers, learning to love and appreciate my body and encouraging others to build muscle because it makes you happier, healthier & stronger both physically and mentally! My job is to be a personal trainer. My job isn’t to look perfect or be the strongest or leanest or anything”est”. My job is to help people, encourage people, teach them about exercise and food and how they can change their body. My job is to support, inspire and make it fun!

If your goal is to compete or look that way then I have NO Problem with it but there is another set of woman who are trying hard just to lose weight, maintain their fitness, gain mental strength, find happiness, balance, love, direction, inspiration and peace. I am interested in that and if being good at ALL of those things makes me “Average” then I am all about it!! I am a regular/normal gal and I do not need to be anything but that. I chose everyday to be happy & awesome, to do little extraordinary things that may or may not reflect in a picture of me.

What really makes me sad though is thinking about women everywhere that are thinking they have to live up to this perfect woman standard. Guess what?! No matter how hard I try….I will never be taller than 5′.2″, I will always have a booty, a smaller chest, a tremendous get out of bed and look fabulous head of hair,  sparkly hazel eyes, a great attitude, love for all and an inspiring full of energy spirit! I like that! I am happy with that! I like being perfectly “average”! I am not insulted or angry with this conversation we had (in fact this subject matter has been on my mind for a long time) but I would like to use it to show an example of what it is like to be human and how we are all different. It is ok to look and feel different and no one should ever be compared to anyone else. We are human therefore we are unique! We all have something to offer. We all have a different point of view and they are all right because they are ours and we believe in them!

I want women to realize that there are way more important things in the world that matter! It is not about what you look like. Being happy, your mental state of mind, is a goal-a broad one yes, but in my eyes the most important! No one should ever tell you , “why can’t you be more like her?” So my advice, as a personal trainer, is get happy by getting fit and healthy, start to move your body and eat real food and what you look like will be Awesome and if you are lucky maybe even “Average”!!!

This is me and I am awesome!

Adrienne cover model

You should be telling yourself the same thing every single day no matter where you are on your fitness journey & no matter what your story is!! What would your “cover” say???

xoxo-A

 

Kettlebell and dumbbell workout-my favorite!!!

I do this routine a lot with my clients and I do it myself! Very effective and really targets your entire body!!!

3 sets of 15 Kettlebell squat swings-either rows, straight ahead or side to side

2 sets of “Lawnmowers” kettlebell lunges on each side

Plank side pushups-3 sets of 10 to 12

3 sets of 15 on each leg- kickbacks

Shoulder circuit-front, flys, rows and shrugs-3 sets of 12 of each

3 sets of 20 “mountain climbers”

Triceps circuit-extensions, kickbacks and dips on chair or bench-3 sets of 12 of each

Bicep circuit-curls, hammers, overhead curls-3 sets of 12 on each

***All circuits are done with dumbbells all 3 or 4 moves are 12 reps in a row of each then you rest. Use lighter weights because you are doing so many reps at once. Rest for 1 to 2 min between each set-no rest between each move.

Do it then let me know how great you feel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxo-A

The amazing avocado!

AVOCADO!

HOW

AMAZING

ARE

YOU?

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing with you 2 of my favorite ways to eat avocados! On the left- Egg white, mozzarella cheese, salsa and avocado breakfast sammie and on the right- Avocado and orange salad with pinch of sea salt and dash of olive oil!

Health benefits of avocados and other “good” fats:

“Avocados have a mild, nutty taste and creamy texture. This makes them suitable as a substitute for unhealthy fats you might normally add to foods. For example, spreading a bagel with 1 oz. of mashed avocado rather than butter can save 18g of fat and nearly 150 calories.”Read more:
 
 
 
Breakfast or anytime sandwich made with “Flatout” Foldouts 5 Grain Flax flatbread-I really enjoy these!!! This is what I used in the one pictured.
 
 Healthy fats: Remember 1 part good fat per meal! Food 101 tips:
 
Other “GOOD” FATS and more info:
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
  • Peanut butter
The avocado and orange salad that I will have for a “snack” is drizzled with olive oil-drizzeled not drenched remember…..good fat is still fat.
Later in the afternoon I will have a handful of almonds-so by the time dinner rolls around I will have had 4 servings of “good” fats that are delicious and so good for me!!! My snack this evening will be celery and peanut butter so all in all 5 good fat servings by the time my head hits the pillow tonight. That makes me happy!
 
Hope you realize that there is a better way to eat after reading this post. A better, cleaner, do good for your body way to eat….once you turn the corner you will never look back. Start today my friends!
 
xoxoxo-A

We will Win today!

 

What will you win today? What will you imagine and then actually go and do? So many things are under our control if we will just do them! What does it take to win, to have what you want??? It takes work , action, determination, belief, passion and mind control! Think about it on the smallest scale….then turn it around to the biggest of your dreams, the biggest goals your mind can think up, the picture of your body in your head. Think and visualize in great detail what you want to look like, feel like, do, achieve,habits you want to kick, habits you want to form, all of it. It is ALL possible!

 

Use your mind to take over your body and I promise you will achieve what you want. It is all in your mind-winning and doing are all in your mind. Once you can overcome your own mind you will overcome your body. Try a little thing today and build on that. Today I will win by not having sugar in my coffee and not let my mind say just a little. Today I will run the entire time and not let my mind tell me to stop when it gets hard. Today I will take a walk. Today I will do something nice for someone else without expecting something in return. Today I will find happiness in making others happy. There are endless “daily wins” you can achieve and I assure you when they all add up, you use your mind and all of its power, you will win and it will become contagious and addicting. You will continue to win on a daily basis because you know what its like to lose and losing isn’t what you want (unless you are losing fat-that is great!)

Your attitude runs your life-if you say you can’t then you won’t. If you say you can then you will. Expect more for yourself and the best part is you are the only one that can make a change so YOU will only have yourself to thank! Having a sense of pride is crucial to wanting to continue to win. Will your name be up in lights on the big screen for winning today? No, probably not but inside where it counts most to yourself is where you will feel like a superstar! Once you start winning you will know that you deserve to win and winning will become what you do…..Once you win you will want to repeat what made you win the first time. You will change those habits into winning ones with ease after you experience the feeling of winning. It will come natural.

Daily wins=Big life changing wins! 

Go you!

xoxoxo-A

 

Jambalaya Recipe

JAMBALAYA!

I started with this recipe I found from Emeril when I got the notion that I wanted to make a jambalaya:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/cajun-jambalaya-recipe2/index.html

Then I saw that I had on hand already “baby salad size frozen shrimp” and “spicy chicken sausage” so I bought the chicken and went from there….Protein is most important to me so that is what I tend to focus on the most and then let the rest fall into place.

Step 1: cube about 1/2 lb. chicken breast and cook on med  heat with the following seasonings:1 teaspoon each paprika, oregano, blk pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic powder and dash of cinnamon (place together in a small bowl and stir as you will need half of the mixture for the shrimp/sausage in a min)  for about 10 to 12 min using a teaspoon of olive oil to coat the pan prior.

Step 2: cook the shrimp and sausage (use about 1/2 lb combined of both) with the same seasoning mixture you used on the chicken (you should have about half left over) on med heat for about 6 to 8 min.

 Step 3: chop 1/2 c each spanish onion, green onion, green pepper and sautéed those in a deep skillet on low to med for about 8 min with a little bit of olive oil.

Step 4: chop 3/4 c tomatoes and 1/4 c fresh parsley and add to the veg mix, stirring for another 4 min.

Step 5: add all protein to veggies in deep skillet along with 2 cups rice (brown or jasmine) and approx 3 cups hot water. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for about 15 min until the rice is cooked-but has not soaked up the liquid….you need and want some liquid when all said and done! Feel free to add hot sauce to kick it up a notch here…mine was only med spice temp.

I took his recipe and tried to make it budget (I didn’t use all of the Emeril suggested ingredients) and a little more health friendly!

Try this with all recipies…..you can see from his picture in the recipe and my picture they don’t look the same but it still tasted incredible!!!

Enjoy!

xoxoxo-A

Healthy balanced meal-smashed black beans topping roasted sweet potatoes with asparagus, mushrooms and chicken

3 oz chicken, handful of mushrooms, steamed asparagus made only with lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, roasted sweet potatoes brushed with olive oil, cinnamon and black pepper then topped with smashed black beans.

Let me tell you some of the awesome health benefits of this meal! Not only does it include roughly 1 part good fat, 3 parts carbs and 2 parts protein but it is packed with  vitamin D, high in fiber, vitamin A and C-these antioxidants also work as anti-inflammatories, and can reduce the symptoms of arthritis and asthma. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of copper, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin B6. They also contain thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. I cannot say enough awesome things about sweet potatoes!!! The black beans are packed with vitamins,  minerals, fiber and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids! Then there is the asparagus-deliciously made with only lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Asparagus has hardly any calories, no fat, no cholesterol and no sodium….it may make your pee smell but the folate-good for heart health, the fiber and the inulin-good for digestive health is well worth the trade off!!! This meal makes me smile big! It tastes so good and is so ridiculously good for you!

Enjoy!!!

xoxoxo-A

 

Some tips & tricks to getting your fit on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know, I know….you “don’t like water”….you “don’t like salad, you don’t like veggies, you can’t run, you don’t have time, it cost too much to eat healthy”….if I had a dollar for every time I heard something like this, I would be rich or at least be able to buy a real Louis Vuitton bag!!!

Tip #1: Stop with the excuses! They will get you nowhere fast!

Tip #2: Yes you can! You really can! I promise! Don’t say I can’t and do not say I Don’t….only speak the words I can and I do and my favorite I did.

Tip#3: Drink water all day, everyday by adding fruit to it. I do this almost daily by filling up my DD Iced coffee cup that I usually get in the morning with water and fruit, whatever I have on hand.  I drink at least 3 of these 32 oz size cups on top of the iced coffee that I already had out of the same cup that morning. Drinking water is like a daily cleanse for yourself….it gives you clearer skin, it flushes all of the bad out of your system and your body literally needs it to survive! I do not drink enough water throughout the day without this cup, not joking, it’s like my security blanket.

Tip #4: Get a fitness buddy-they will help encourage you and keep you motivated while having fun with a friend!

Tip#5: Buy the same things over and over at the store. Pick your daily foods that are healthy and stick with them. This is what you eat now….there is no thinking, “hmmm what am I going to eat?”. You already know and you know its good for you. They will become your staples and then spice them up from time to time with different fruits, veggies, spices and herbs. For me this is usually chicken, ground turkey,  sweet potatoes or yams, rice cakes, peanut butter, almonds, Greek yogurt, granola, oatmeal, brown rice, milk, cheese, lettuce, fruits and veggies. I save so much time at the store and at home!

Tip #6: Be “that guy” when ordering at a restaurant. Feel free to ask for things the way you want them and should be eating them-steamed, grilled, no sauce, no cheese, etc. They might find you annoying but smile big and thank them so much…its worth getting a strange look or a roll of the eyes over putting empty junk in your body just because that is the way it is listed on the menu.

I hope these help you! I know they help me!

xoxoxo-A

Love this workout-@ home or at the gym!

 

Start out with 5 min warm up on cardio machine or run outside and stretch out for a few min…..

 20 on each leg:

  1. Pilates leg lifts
  2. Back kick plank-this incorporates your abs also
  3. Side hip lifts (fire hydrants)

Repeat 1., 2. and 3.

3 sets of 20:

  1. Bridge lifts (pelvic thrusts)
  2. Oblique twist on mat with ball or dumbbell weight
  3. Sumo squat swings into triceps extensions with dumbbell weight, ball or kettlebell

20 min on cardio machine or run outside

Stretch 5 min

When doing all of these exercises it is so important to make very deliberate, slow and controlled movements. It is not a race. Make each one count. Squeeze the muscle you are focused on and feel the progress as it’s happening. Visualize your body changing form and concentrate only on the task at hand for that moment.

DONE and DONE! Should take just about an hour or just under!

Karate chopping intimidation at the gym!

 

So I have been hearing from some friends that “they don’t belong at a gym”….they are “intimidated by the other people there that are in better shape than them” ….(insert any other excuse, I mean reason, here) etc. Well let me tell you a secret,  I was once a scared little puppy just like some of you and I want to help karate chop that intimidation for you right now. I am clumsy. I am not coordinated. I had no idea what I was doing 2 years ago when I first started. I wanted to keep to myself and I didn’t want help. I didn’t feel like I fit in there either. Now, 2 years later I could care less about who is there, what they look like, what they are wearing or what they are doing. I am there for me and for my development. I am in the zone from start to finish. I observe what others are doing so that I can try new things and see whats going on in the world of fitness but I am there with my goals to accomplish and that is that. Remember, “those people” were not born physically fit perfect specimens. They also stepped into the gym for the first time one day and needed to lose weight or get ripped, toned and killed just like you. If you dare enter the gym you will be surrounded by people with like goals which is so important in staying motivated when trying to transition yourself to a healthy lifestyle. The gym is my happy place. Exercise releases endorphins. Think about it, you are going to one of the most happy places on earth, there are endorphins flying around everywhere! Laugh at the gym. It’s a FUN place to be! Above all else, please don’t be afraid to go to the gym, to try running in the park, to try a spinning class….. to do anything. Life is too short to be scared of anything.

Be bold, be brave, be yourself.

Now go…karate chop your fears. You are awesome!

xoxoxo-A

Shoulders/Chest workout!

 

This is my workout from this morning! Shoulders and chest done with my first “test client” Elena-a dear friend of mine! She is letting me experiment with her in exchange for a pretty awesome day at Jimmy Buffet next week! That’s our reward for being so awesome. BGTB-Be Good Till Buffet! Ha that’s our motivation to be good, do work and get results. We are not thinking months ahead or even weeks-just a week and a half of goal setting and getting it done (we started this past Monday). Then, after Buffet we will set new goals and keep going…..

Speaking of which, I have been laid off for 2 weeks now and I can honestly say that I have been to the gym, ran or both 10 out of those 14 days. I see and feel results. With extra time I have been able to concentrate more on my body and it is showing. So 2 weeks of dedication and commitment equals one happy girl! I have been more productive and motivated in these past 2 weeks than ever in my entire life. That is how you get results by being excited and committed to the cause-whatever that may be. Enthusiasm goes a long way!!!

You can see from my BodyMinder what exercises we did and also what I ate and drank so far today. Don’t forget to get some protein immediately following your workout! Your muscles are craving it-don’t upset them! Hmmmm….Its almost time for lunch as I write this-I’m excited!

You have the plan now go kill some shoulders!

xoxoxo-A