Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Piyo Sculpt Review

This work out was all about making your muscles BURNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.  About the time you think you cannot do anymore, she finally moves on to a different body part or side. I could not feel my legs at one point. At another point I thought my arms were just going to give up on me. It was crazy intense and a few hours later I can still feel the soreness in my arms. (**note: next day, arms are sore, legs are sore, not to the point that I cannot move, but I can feel the work that was done)

Great work out using your body and a chair (if needed), all in 30 minutes. Who doesn't want that in this busy world of ours!

Here is the :
Piyo Sculpt Video Review

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Piyo Hard Core Hit The Floor Review

Whew this is a total core work out. All floor work. It starts out very intense, ends with back work and a stretch. I was sweating. I am really really impressed with this program. I am not working my lungs like I normally do but wow I am still getting a great work out. I am definitely seeing changes to my body, especially my arms and mid section. Today's work out was wow! Intense but felt good and was doable.  **note I am finishing this post the next day.. wow my obliques are sore...**

33 mins of different dynamic moves that definitely help define your core area. I am so much stronger since doing PIYO, I can hold a plank for a very long time now, pretty sweet! If you are looking for an amazing core work out.. Hard Core Hit the Floor is the one for you!

Video review:Hard Core Hit the Floor Review

Thursday, September 25, 2014

October Challenges

We have TWO challenges for the month of October with Fitness with Jamie:

1. Move Your Body October: Back by popular demand, we are upping the ante this month.   We are going to move at least 1000 minutes which breaks down to roughly 33 minutes a day. So not too much more than September.

All activity counts even trick or treating with the kids!  Doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you do it! Let's move those bodies!!!!!


2. Oblique Crunch October: Try to total 2000 oblique crunches total for the month of October... that equals to 1000 each side roughly (65 total / 33 each side per day)  Not so bad right?  You can do them on the floor or standing.. whichever you choose. or spice it up and switch off each day!

Let's make some sexy waist lines this month!

Choose one or both!  We would love to have you and feel free to invite others!

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Piyo drench review

Wow that was INTENSE!!!   50 mins of legs, upper, core, basically every muscle in your body!  My arms are jello!!!!  Warm up slowly. Get that heart rate up wit legs. Do a little core. Do an all body flow for 13 plus mins. (Yowzers) I had to cry uncle at one point. A little plank and a Good stretch at the end! Intense intense intense! Definitely end up drenched in sweat!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Water is good

We all know water is good for us. especially if you drink it as soon as you wake up. It helps get all your organs awake and functioning properly. I do this daily, I finish whatever is left in my water next to the bed, then I drink two 32oz glasses of cold water, fill it up again and drink the rest while I work out and get ready and go to work. By the time I am at work I  have had anywhere between 4 to 5 32oz glasses of water.. that is 128oz (16 -8oz glasses) to 160oz (20 -8oz glasses). That is a lot of water if you think about it. But it sets the tone for my day and gives me a leap start in staying hydrated.

Here are 5 reasons to drink water first thing in the morning:

5 Benefits of Drinking Water In The Morning

My sweet husband found this article which I thought was a great reinforcement of what I was already doing:


Also, drinking a glass of warm water, or eating (drinking) a bowl of warm brothy soup before each meal, aids in digestion.  Some say to drink it in the morning warm instead of cold.

Moral of today's post.. water is good (cold or warm).. drink lots of it and drink lots first thing in the morning, as well as continue to do so all day long!

Why not give it a go for 2 weeks to see if you notice any changes? What do you have to lose? It is free !!!!!

How do you drink your water?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Losing weight and hoarding have similar traits

Someone mentioned to me that, they felt so overwhelmed with how to even begin to lose weight. Which made me think to all of those "Hoarders" shows that I have watched (don't judge) and how they feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin. Hoarders do have a lot of similarities to those who want to lose weight

Some ways hoarders are like those who need to lose weight:

1. They both do not know where to begin. With hoarders, its all too overwhelming, where do they begin, which room and will it even matter?  Same with weight loss,  I remember when I was at my largest, I knew I needed to lose weight. I knew that it took me moving my body and watching what I ate, but I just could not figure out how to begin and keep it up.

2. Results do not happen over night.  Just because you start cleaning doesn't mean every thing will be spotless over night. It is a progression.  Most people when they begin a work out regimen, they want to see results NOW. They forget, that the weight did not appear over night, it isn't going away over night (same with the clutter and trash). I used to be the same way. Then I took one day at a time, the weight started to fall off, I did a little more. The more turned into more weight loss until I hit my goal! 

3. Begin and start small.  You have got to start somewhere, first step is beginning, the second is  to  start small and work your way up to more. When I started, I added in work outs first, once I started seeing weight loss, I changed my diet, once that stagnated, I changed my work outs to have more intensity. But I started SMALL. I started with back to basics. Start with what YOU can handle. What YOU will stick with. Does not matter how small, just matters that you BEGIN!

4. Food and stuff are comforting.  People do not want to have a messy house or to be over weight. Both things happen gradually, some people it happens because they find comfort in food and/or stuff. It is fun to go out to dinner with friends and it is hard to not eat. You had a bad day, or you broke up with someone, so you eat a pint of ice cream or a package of cookies, or go shopping for more clothes you do not need. You see where I am going with this. Everyone has their way of comforting with things. Me, mine used to be shopping, I finally stopped going to the mall without a list of that I needed. I still do not like to go shopping because I am so afraid I will need 5 closets again (okay not that many but I did have A LOT of clothes)

5. They quit trying. You cannot quit.  Just because you make some progress and you are almost where you want to be or where you want to be with both a clean house and weight loss goals, doesn't mean you can quit. It is a new path (both things), not a race. There is not an end to either lifestyle changes. If you do not continue to clean, work out, watch what you eat, then you end up right where you began and probably in a worse spot. DO NOT QUIT!

Do any of these ring true for you?  If yes, know you can overcome them!  Yes you can!  It takes some practice and determination, but only YOU can make the changes by doing the work. Neither clutter nor weight happens over night. Work slowly and steadily to get to your goals, then continue with new goals to maintain. Know that it is okay if you fail, you can always start back. It is truly up to you to make the changes you need to be a better version of you. I know  you can do this!

What are some ways that you made or kept  your lifestyle change?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Piyo strength interval review

Today's work out was amazing. 25 mins of High intensity intervals mixed in with strength training. All with just your body weight!  It was awesome. And the end stretch showed me how much my flexibility has improved with Piyo just in the past 3 weeks! I really really enjoyed this work out. It was the perfect mix of  cardio and strength training and boy have i missed cardio with this program. I love cardio so this video made my day and probably is one of my fave of this program!

My video review: http://youtu.be/GVj7NwH2qNM

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Exercise helps you be happy!

Exercise is one factor in having a very happy life. Good endorphins flow when you exercise, and in the words of Elle Woods "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't shoot their husbands....they just don't"

Some tips to help you exercise and not shoot a spouse or co-worker are:

  • Exercise in the morning, even if you are not a morning person. Not for any other reason other than, as the day goes on, you can always find excuses (and sometimes really good ones) for not exercising after work/school.  You have a late meeting, you have to grab the kids, traffic was bad etc. Plus you can mark it done for the day. For me, it also helps me wake up, and starts my day off right. I love love love working out in the morning, and I am not a morning person.

  • Never skip a Monday work out, and while you are at it, never skip two days in a row. Mondays set a pattern for the week, as well as if you skip 2 days then you make the excuse it is okay to skip a 3rd and next thing you know you are back to being a couch potato 50 lbs over weight. 

  • Limited time to exercise and clean yourself.. no problem,  find a way to exercise that doesn't require you to shower afterward. Weight training or walking indoors are some good ideas. 

  • Begin, even if you have to bargain with yourself that you will only do a small amount.  More than likely once your start, you will finish, but if you do not, that is okay too, 10/15 mins is better than no minutes. 

  • Think positively- I personally do not LOVE yoga, but I am doing a Yoga/Pilates hybrid (Piyo) and even though it is hard (yoga is hard don't let anyone tell you differently) I remember that I love the feeling I have after the work out and the next day. I also barter with myself that I only have to do half of it, and I always end up finishing. Think about the things you love about the work out you dread.  Hate running, think about how good the sweat feels when you are done, how accomplished you feel when you have logged in the miles. Positive thoughts go a long way!  If those do not work, bribe yourself :D

  • Make sure you get in 3 to 5  exercises a week, if you keep that up, you are more than likely to make it a habit and keep going. 

  • Make sure you have the clothes - I sleep in what I am going to work out in, (I work out at home) that way as soon as I get up I know I have to work out. If you work out at the gym, pack your bag the night before and lay it on your drivers seat, that way you remember to work out and you don't forget anything like shoes or shorts. 

  • Make exercise affordable. You do not have to pay for a gym membership, especially if you will not go. My husband used to pay for 2 gym memberships to make sure he went to at least one gym. I hate the gym, I work out to exercise videos at home in my underwear (don't judge) or I go running with my infant (with shorts on). For me I am okay paying $50-100 for a work out video that I will use for 3- 6 months then again later, as I know I will waste $10-25 paying for a gym membership that I will not use,. Where my husband, need to go to a gym to work out and the videos would be a waste of money to him. Find what works for you, and know you and do things that cost little to no money. Cable companies and Amazon have free videos, I have tons of work outs in this blog you can use which require your body and a timer. So money is no excuse!
Make exercise an integral  part of your life. Make it and yourself a priority, it will help you in all aspects of your life. You will feel better, you will have more mental clarity and you will be happier!

What is your favorite tip to ensure you exercise?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Piyo buns review

This morning was Piyo buns. It was awesome. I had a little helper who added 20 lbs to my work out as he wanted to be held or to climb on me during the while thing. Lots of different types of lunges, squats  and some plank work. Was 30 mins which is great for the busy person and I definitely got my sweat on.  I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow.

The first part was all standing and the last. 10 mins was floor work. I'll be sore later! Good work out!  Video review is: Piyo Buns

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