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Abs Are Made In The Kitchen

Day two of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge! I often have friends or family members tell me that they really want to start eating healthier and getting back in shape, but they aren't sure where to start, or that it all seems so overwhelming.  I can always understand where they are coming from because that is exactly how I felt when I first got started!  Although I had been an athlete for most of my li ...[Read More]

Want Some Free MRM Samples?!

MRM Free Samples Sports Performance Kit

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, “what supplements do you use”.  For the past two years I have used MRM supplements.  I like this company because they use really high quality ingredients (for example their whey protein comes from domestically sourced cows where no hormones were used in the cows and the cows are predominantly grass fed, their salmon oil comes from salmon who weren’ ...[Read More]

Teaming Up with MRM!

MRM Whey Protein

I have a really exciting announcement to make!  I have decided to partner and team up with the nutrition and supplement company MRM (Metabolic Response Modifiers)!  I began using their products about two years ago when I started getting into shape.  Their whey protein and SmartBlend capsules are in Jamie Eason's LiveFit stack on and when I started her program I used the recommende ...[Read More]

First Workout After Baby Was Born

First Workout After Baby Is Born

I had my first workout in the gym today since my little girl was born.  Most doctors or midwives tell you to wait 5-6 weeks before working out again.  Because I had stitches after Phoenix Rae was born I needed to wait the full six weeks post partum to start any kind of workout.  But, I finally got clearance from my midwife to start working out again this week (Phoenix will be six weeks old on Wedn ...[Read More]

Clean Eating Works!

Clean Eating Works! Awesome website from a mom who gained 60 lbs during prenancy and got back into shape. She shares recipes and workouts for free!

Clean eating works!! I wish so badly someone would have told me this after I had my son. I gained 60 lbs when I was pregnant and had a really hard time losing the weight. I always thought I was eating "healthy" but what I know now is that pre-packaged foods with a ton of ingredients and a lot of sugar won't get you lean and toned - even if the label says, "healthy". I didn't get lean by any crazy ...[Read More]

Benefits of Keeping a Workout Log

Workout Log Workout Journal

I always bring my workout log with me EVERY single time I go to workout, here is an example of a page from my log back in November 2011. I just bought a small 100-page Mead notebook at Office Depot (I put my hand there to give you a perspective of the size). There are a lot of different ways to track your workouts, this is just how I like to do it. I used to print off the logs from ...[Read More]

Using the Lat Pulldown

Lat pull down

100 lbs 4 sets of 8 reps. A lot of girls don't realize (I never used to either) that if you want to look toned in regular clothes you have to lift heavy in the gym. My muscles always look big when I'm lifting but then when I'm in my regular clothes it just looks nice and toned and not bulky at all. If you want to look toned don't be afraid to lift heavy. Natalie

HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training

HITT Training

Here are a few HIIT workouts I like to do: #1 3 minute warmup at 3.5 15 minutes of all out sprints 30 seconds at level 12.0/60 seconds rest (shown in this video) 2 minute cool down at 3.5 20 minutes total #2 3 minute warmup at level 3.5 (no incline) 15 minutes of thirty second sprints/30 second rest at level 10 or 10.5 (depending on how I feel that day) For the last 5 minutes I do thirty second sp ...[Read More]