Monday, May 21, 2012

New Fitness & Exercise Programs By Beachbody

For my readers who have already completed the P90X or Insanity workout programs, I’d love to hear your personal success stories! Also, if you liked the program, I’ve got some super exciting news for you: Beachbody has a few new programs and fitness plans in the works.

That’s right, your body sculpting days are only beginning! The fitness geniuses at Beachbody are currently cooking up a few new surprises for you to enjoy: The Body Beast Workout, Ultimate Reset, and a P90X Certification Course.

The Body Beast Workout
While The Body Beast Workout is still in the works, I can’t wait to get my hands on it after I complete P90X and the Insanity workout programs. The Body Beast Workout is an intense workout plan that is specifically designed to build muscle and burn fat, so I can’t wait to try it out!

Sure, I don't want to look as bulk and intimidating as that ripped man in the advertisement, but I think having him as a motivator will definietly get me to where I want to be! 

I can only imagine what I will look and feel like after I complete P90X and Insanity, but picturing myself after also completing The Body Beast Workout just seems unreal. But, that’s the beauty of fitness inspiration: what once was deemed impossible is easily achievable with hard work, dedication, and motivation.

Ultimate Reset Program
If toning isn’t what you’re after, and you’re simply looking for a less intense way to improve your overall health, you’re going to love Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset program. This three week, exercise-free, program is designed to enhance the overall functioning of your body’s system, while helping you to shed a few unwanted pounds.
If you’re thinking this is like those other “diet programs” you’ve seen on unrealistic infomercials, or heard those annoying actresses talk about on the radio, think again. The Ultimate Reset program has nothing to do with a diet or quick weight loss; it does, however, have everything to do with putting yourself on the fast path to a healthy lifestyle. The Ultimate Reset program works with your body, rather than against it.

Don’t Forget To Take It Easy!
While I’d love to pretend that I am a fitness machine made of steel, I have to be honest: I am nothing more than an average woman with a lack of superhero powers. So, thinking that I can simply jump from one intense workout plan to the next is not at all realistic, and will only cause me to feel burnt out and grumpy.

I plan to avoid those feelings by implementing a smooth transition process as I graduate from the Insanity and P90X workout programs and move onto The Body Beast Workout. Even though I love the feeling that I get after a great workout, I know my limits, and you should too. It is so important to never push yourself and to always listen to your body when it is telling you that it has had enough.

Eat up!
For some reason, we get this wacky idea in our heads that working out and eating do not go together. Although I’ve been guilty of this in the past, I can’t stress enough just how terribly wrong and dangerous this is. Of course, I’m not saying you should hit the gym, and then cruise through the Taco Bell drive-thru, but it is essential to replenish your body with healthy foods, snacks, and water.
You're probably thinking this is totally unhealthy, right? Wrong!

Plus, healthy food doesn’t have to taste boring or flavorless; with a few simple modifications, you can re-create all of your unhealthy comfort food favorites while sparing your body of the additional calories, fat, and sodium. I’ve yet to find an unhealthy dish that I can’t re-create, so I know that you can do it too. But, if you need a little help, just let me know!
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Bye-Bye Flab, Hello Fab!

As most of my readers know, I have lost 100 pounds as the result of a complete lifestyle change, and I’m feeling great, healthy, and happy! However, this past weekend I slipped my new body into a swim suit (a bikini even, yikes!) for the first time in a very, very long time, and I must say, I wasn’t nearly as comfortable as I hoped I would be.

Sure, I am exactly where I want to be size and weight wise, but my body is in definite need of some toning. I don’t know about you guys, but I have some serious arm and thigh flab to address. Maybe I’m totally nuts, but something tells me that arm fat shouldn’t flap in the breeze. Am I right?! 

I'd Really like to go from This....

To This. Think I can do it?!

Well, to send my arm flab packing, I’ve decided that instead of placing my main focus only on weight loss and healthy eating, I’m going to extend my focus to include something totally new: toning exercises.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I am a complete weakling; thank goodness I have a strong boyfriend to carry heavy things for me, or I would be in a world of trouble. I’ve done some researching, and I think I’ve found the perfect resource to get my flabby butt into a tightly toned physique: Beachbody Workouts.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Whoa, Kate! Take it easy! Beachbody is the makers of those super hardcore P90X2 and Insanity workout programs.” Well, you’re exactly right! If I’m going to get toned up, I’m not going to mess around; which is precisely why I am opting for Beachbody workouts; I only want the best. 

Allow Me To Introduce You To My New Best Friend, Beachbody!
I’ve never tried Beachbody's ever so popular P90X2 or Insanity workout programs, but I have always wanted to. And not just because everyone I talk to who completes these programs undergo a total body transformation, but because these programs actually make sense! 

Unlike other fitness plans, they don't make false promises; they tell you straight up that these programs are not the work of magic, and that they take nothing less than everything you’ve got. Since I am the type of person who gets a personal high out of challenging myself, I am confident that these programs will work wonders for my body.

Yes, I know how scary they look...Bring it on!
The best part? Beachbody has tapped into my iPhone addiction and created a P90X iPhone app that will allow me to track my reps and weight usage, view my very own customized progress reports, keep a detailed log of my nutrition, and share my results with others!

My plan is to combine P90X2 workouts with the Insanity workouts so that I’ll get maximum results. I’ll keep you informed as I begin the program, and I’ll post weekly pictures and measurements as I go through the process.

I am absolutely thrilled to start this journey, but I’m even more excited to share it with my readers. Once I complete the Insanity and P90X2 workout programs, who knows what kind of fitness goals I’ll be able to achieve? But, I can’t wait to find out!
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Healthy Summer Recipes

Hey everyone! Well, summer is here and you know what that means: patio dinners, picnics in the park and, of course, some tasty adult beverages. Now, before you start thinking that you can’t do ANY of this because you don’t want to blow your healthy eating plan, think again. I’m here to share my favorite healthy (and freaking amazing) summer dishes with you! So, sit back, enjoy, and start soaking in all of this summery goodness!

Grilled Steak & Chicken Kabobs – Oh my, I don’t quite have the words for these tasty treats, but let’s just say you can eat a few of them and not feel one ounce of guilt! This recipe is pretty easy, simply marinate/season your meat in your favorite flavor, slap it on a skewer with some yummy vegetables, cook until it’s done, and then voila! It’s done! But, for those of you who are like me and require a recipe to follow, check out this link:

Scallop Tacos – I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore seafood and everything about it. So, what better way to enjoy it than by putting it in tacos, right?! Check out this recipe for scallop tacos; you won’t be disappointed!

Whole Grain Pasta Primavera – Just because I’ve lost 100 pounds doesn’t mean that I’ve lost my pasta cravings. Seriously, I eat pasta at every chance I get, and pride myself on my ability to make it healthy! At least two nights a week you can find me in the kitchen whipping up a healthy pasta creation that weighs in around 210 calories, but tastes every bit of 1700 calories. This whole grain pasta primavera recipe does exactly that! Pair this delicious dish with a side of fruit salad and a guilt-free cocktail, and you’ve got yourself the perfect little summer dinner!

Mini Sweet-Zza’s – Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to send your sweet tooth packing; embrace your sweet tooth! You’d be amazed at how easy it is to make your favorite calorie packed dessert into a healthy treat. These mini sweet-zza’s are no different; they take the idea of pizza and use it as inspiration for this healthy little snack. Serve these adorable little desserts at your next barbeque, and you’re sure to become everyone’s favorite host. 

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps – Hate eating your vegetables? Not anymore! These zucchini parmesan crisps make eating your vegetables so freaking good, you’ll swear you’re eating French fries. I never used to like zucchini until I discovered a way to make it taste like it’s been deep fried in oil and cheese. But, who can blame me?!

These are just a few of my favorite healthy summer recipes; if you want to find out more of my must have dishes, follow me on Pintrest, or check out my Nutrish & Delish board, here!

Happy Summer, Everyone!

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