30 Minute Home Workouts

30 Minute Home Workouts

30 Minute Home Workouts

30 Minute Home Workouts

Are you ready for some new 30 Minute Home Workouts to try this week? Who has time for long workouts?? Not me! Especially in the summer. I am loving my quick but effective workouts. I started doing some tone it up workouts this week and below I have shared what ones I have been doing with my modifications.  These workouts are perfect for busy moms, first & second trimester and post baby.

30 Minute Home Workouts

Total Body Monday:

  • 15 thrusters
  • 30 figure 8 lunge pass throughs
  • 30 single arm kettlebell swings ( alternating each swing )
  • 15 single leg glute bridge – each leg
  • 15 fast step ups

x3

Upper Body Blast:

  • 15 row + kick back
  • 15 curls
  • 30 dumbbell punches
  • 15 plank jax
  • 10 burpee row

x3

Tri set: no rest:

  • 10 db flys
  • 10 db chest press
  • 10 push ups

x2

Bonus: 100 squat hops

Legs & Booty 

  • 15 curtsy pule lunge each leg
  • 20 goblet squat
  • 15 deadlift
  • 60 second band squat walk

x4

HIIT Thursday:

45:15

  • squat jack
  • high knees
  • jumping split lunge
  • burped box jump
  • mt climb

x3

 

 

 

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Having a healthy pregnancy routine is a must if you want to have a joyful pregnancy and birth. A healthy routine includes more than just eating right and exercising daily ! Below I will share my healthy habits, steps on how you can add them into your life and lastly how to commit to your new habits for life .

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

First we need to pick some healthy habits to add to your routine. There are lots of things you can  try , you will need to find what works for you. These habits are what work for me.

Habits:

Starting your day with a positive mindset and a short meditation is an awesome way to relieve stress and we all want a stress free pregnancy. You can meditate throughout your day too if you are feeling tense . Start by taking 5 minutes every morning for you. Read some positive quotes, check out your vision board, list some things you are grateful for, do some light stretching  or visualize your perfect day.

We all know how import exercise is for our growing bodies. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in a gym. There are plenty of non gym activities you can start adding to your routine. Try going out for a morning or post dinner walk to start.

Meal planing is just as important as exercise. We want to fuel our bodies and growing baby properly. Check out these superfoods you can add to your diet. Taking some time once a week to meal plan and prep some easy recipes/snacks will help make your life so much easier.

It’s also important you listen to your body everyday and take some time for you.  Relax with a big glass of water and a book. Even if it’s just enough time to read one chapter . You time is important when it comes to a healthy pregnancy.

Action: 

Next its time to take action with those healthy habits from above. Start slow if you need too. Maybe each week add a new habit. I think stating your day with a morning routine is the most important but feel free to do things differently than me. Each day you can build on your habits. Maybe days 1-3 you walk for 10 minutes , then by day four you jump to 15 minutes. It takes time to build a routine so don’t give up when things get tough!

Make a planner so you can mark off things that you have completed. Write the different habits with different colors on a calendar and check off each day that you complete your new healthy habit.

Commit:

Now its time to commit. Commit to what you can do each day to help make your pregnancy healthy . Please don’t stress out if you miss a new habit every once in a while, that’s okay, we are human !! This is your plan so make it around your life & goals so that way you will stick to it.

I hope these tips and habit help you to have a healthy joyful pregnancy! Id love to hear some of your healthy routines . Get the convo started below .

 

 

 

3 Home Workouts

3 Home Workouts

3 Home Workouts

3 Home Workouts

Hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July! If you are like me and took a few days to enjoy yourself then you are probably ready for some extra home workouts !

Are you joining my free online fitness accountability challenge?? Starting July 8th I’m going to do another 30 day accountability challenge for us! Right after the 4th were we all tend to fall off track! I’ll do some give aways again and this time  I’m thinking a target GC, some bands that I love that I use for leg day and maybe a fun “recovery box ” full of some things we need to help recover from our workouts!!!  If you want in on this group comment below , email or reach out on instagram! 

Legs:

  • 15 goblet squats
  • 15 single leg deadlift each leg
  • 15 side lunge each leg
  • 15 star jumps
  • 15 pulse squats

x3

HIIT Cardio

60 seconds on: 15 seconds rest: x3

  • burpee with push up
  • skaters
  • box jumps
  • plank shoulder taps
  • step up with knee raise

Upper Body

  • 15 curl & press
  • plank row 15 each arm
  • dips
  • side + front raise 15 each
  • 15 push up + plank jack

x3

 

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Pregnancy Super Foods You Should Eat

Pregnancy Super Foods

Pregnancy Super Foods You Should Eat

Pregnancy Super Foods

Being pregnant defiantly makes you think a little more about the foods you eat.  I know I make sure I am eating a balanced diet full of all different foods so I can help my baby grow and develop properly . Below i have listed  some pregnancy super foods you should eat to help nourish your body & baby. If the food is new to you or you’re not sure how safe it is for you make sure to talk to your dr first!! This is just a list of foods I found to be beneficial that I ate while pregnant with Brody and am eating now with baby number two.

You can also continue to eat these foods post baby if you are nursing to help make sure you keep your supply up and are feeding baby the best way you can! I also added a lot of pineapple juice to my post baby diet. I heard it helped with milk supply and to help avoid getting clogged ducts.

Pregnancy Super Foods You Should Eat

  • bananas. helps avoid hyper tension
  • berries . vitamin C, fiber, folate and fluid.
  • pineapple . Vitamin C
  • dates.  Energy boost
  • bell peppers. Red bell peppers for vitamin C
  • sweet potatoes . Vitamin A
  • almonds – vitamin E
  • Eggs. not just egg whites! Vitamin D and choline for baby brain
  • yogurt. Calcium
  • avocado. Potassium and healthy fats
  • Quinoa . Protein
  • chia seeds. Loads of micro nutrients
  • coconut oil . Healthy fats

These are my go to pregnancy super foods that I could eat daily/ weekly without getting sick of them ! I tried adding a few of these foods to each meal throughout my day to help keep me full and fueled properly. Good nutrition is so important especially for us active pregos!!

Id love to know your go to pregnancy super foods? Comment below , Id love to hear from you

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How Long Should My Workouts Be

How Long Should My Workouts Be 

How Long Should My Workouts Be 

How Long Should My Workouts Be 

How long should my workouts be, I get asked this question all the time . Personally I think everyone is different and what works from me might not work for you. That being said I have done lots of different kinds of workouts at all different lengths. At crossfit , the classes where an hour-long but we did not workout that whole hour. After the strength portion the actual workout was anywhere from 8-20 min  on average . Post Brody I started with 30 minute workouts , mainly 21 day fix, max 30 and 21 day fix extreme. I had great results with those quick workouts . I also did 80 day obsession after Brody , those workouts are longer , between 30-60 min. Honestly didn’t love the longer workouts anymore! Mentally, I believe it’s easier to  motivate myself for a 30 min workout.

Why I love shorter workouts:

30 minute workouts are my jam! 45 minutes is my limit . Being a mom is busy and finding the time to get a workout in can be hard BUT we can all mange 30 minutes a few times a week. I found with the longer workouts I skipped them more or Brody was over it by 40 minutes and Id have to stop anyway. The best results I have seen are when I do quick effective workouts with a combo of weights & cardio. Honestly,  I went from skipping /dreading my longer workouts  to looking forward to my quick short ones . I always feel great after. Remember no matter how long your workout is quality & focus  is far more effective than quantity.

Remember everyone is different and you might have to test out some workout times, programs , classes ect to find what works best for you.

Pregnant:

I find 30 minute workouts are perfect when pregnant . Always remember to listen to your body, rest when needed and modify as your pregnancy progresses . As you get further along you may want to shorten your workouts even more, maybe to 15-20 min . I typically do about 30 minutes and that’s just perfect for this growing body. I aim for 4-5 workouts a week but I will include a long walk as my workout. It doesn’t all have to be in the gym. Remember short workouts are still effective !

After baby:

After having Brody quick 30 minute workouts were a must! No mom as time for an hour-long workout unless your gym has a day care! I plan to stick to my 30 minute workouts after baby number 2 comes this fall.

How to  have short effective workouts:

  • plan your workouts / follow a plan and be ready. Have your mat, weights, timer whatever you need ready for the workout
  • limit your rest periods
  • focus on the workout . Turn your phone off. It’s crazy how much time can be wasted checking our phones  during a workout
  • try timed workouts . Do circuits that are timed out or set your timer for 30 minutes and see how many rounds you can get done in the time frame
  • make a playlist. Make a 30 minute play list and stop skipping songs. Here is another big time waster . Changing the song searching for the right one can add a few extra unwanted minutes to your workout
  • find a workout video/program that is only 30 minutes and follow along

How long do you typically workout for? Do you love quick 30 minute workouts like me or do you love those longer ones?? Id love to know, comment below and get the convo started.

 

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Avoid Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

Avoid  Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

Avoid  Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

Avoid  Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

There is no actual evidence that  there are ways to avoid stretch marks but us pregos will try anyway !   Her are some tips that maybe could help avoid stretch marks and some advice on how to help them fade if you do end up with some . I am also sharing some other tips for some of those not so fun pregnancy symptoms like back pain, heartburn , cravings and boob size!

How to ( try to ) avoid stretch marks:

  • Itchy skin & want to avoid stretch mark? Grab some lotion. I tend to have dry skin when pregnant and go through a lot of lotion. I would lotion my belly ( and rib tattoo) 2-3 times a day when I was pregnant with Brody. I did not get stretch marks ( who knows if it was the lotion! ) If you suffer from itchy skin try adding lotions with oatmeal, avoid tight-fitting clothes and try not to take hot showers. I made my own lotion this time around, here is the recipe 
  • Guzzle that water! Staying hydrated can help keep skin elasticity . So drink that  water to help hydrate you from the inside out
  • If you do end up with some ( its okay!!) Research has shown that they can fade over time.
  • Genetics plays a role. If your mom or sisters got stretch marks there’s a chance  you could too!

Do you suffer from back pain?

  • Try to squat rather than bend at the hips when you are picking things up
  • Ditch the heels. I feel like this is a no brainer ! But then again I’m a personal trainer and am home most days not in an office setting.
  • Exercising regularly can help reduce back pain. Just make sure you are careful and you are performing the moves with proper form
  • If the pain is too much try adding a heat pad for you back ( back only, not your belly)
  • Prego pillow! Get a nice comfy pregnancy pillow to help you sleep better and to help with back pain. I loved mine when I was pregnant with Brody, I am looking for a new one now since the dogs over took mine!

Heartburn?

Try adding apple cider vinegar to your daily routine . Add 1-2 tsp to your water . I know it sounds counter productive but people swear by it!

Craving candy or sweets?

Sweet tooth driving you crazy? Eat dried fruit. A lot of them taste just like candy . My go to right now is dried mango!

Bikini problems?

If you are like me and are still wearing bikinis throughout your pregnancy , high-five! My main issue is my tops are all way too SMALL. Instead of spending the money on tops that will never fit me again I bought three new tops from walmart. They were super cheap , I’ll wear them all summer then toss them without feeling bad that I wasted money.

Id love to here some of your pregnancy tips!! Share below what your favorite hacks are. 

 

Where Does The Pregnancy Weight Go

Where Does The Pregnancy Weight Go

Where Does The Pregnancy Weight Go

Have you ever wondered , where does the pregnancy weight go ? When we are pregnant we are told it is healthy to gain 25-35 pounds on average.  Below is a breakdown of the average weight gain and where it goes. Of course everyone is different and these weights are only guesses but it’s still fun to read about!

  • 1.5 lbs :  placenta
  • 7 lbs : fat, protein & nutrients
  • 2 :  boobs . Thats it! They seem so much bigger and heavier!!
  • 7-8: baby
  • 4:  fluid
  • 2: amniotic fluid
  • 4: blood volume
  • 2 :uterus

total about 30 pounds

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Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Brownies

I made these brownies last week and they were so good! If you are a chocolate lover then you must try these!!

Ingredients :

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or unrefined sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup  unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for the gluten-free version
  • 1/2 cup  Dutch-process cocoa powder (using regular cocoa powder may result in cakey brownies)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups peeled and grated zucchini
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + 1/2  to sprinkle on top

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F .  Line an 8″x8″ pan with parchment paper or spray with baking spray.
  2. Mix together the eggs, vanilla, coconut sugar, and apple sauce , let this sit for a few minutes to let the coconut sugar dissolve.
  3. I another bowl,  mix the flour, cocoa powder , baking soda and salt. Make sure there are no clumps !!
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet, gently stir until combined. Be sure not to over mix! The batter will seem thick- thats okay
  5. Next fold in the zucchini and 1 cup chocolate chips. The zucchini is moist and will help make the batter less thick.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and even the surface with a spatula.
  7. Add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle doesn’t come out gooey.
  9. Store in an airtight for up to one week in the refrigerator. These brownies are moist so I recommend storing them int he fridge.

 

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Second Trimester Summer Workout Tips

Second Trimester Summer Workout Tips

 

I love summer! I was pregnant throughout the summer with Brody and it really wasn’t too bad! But this time I’m due in October not Jan so I have a feeling this summer pregnancy is going to be a lot hotter ( not to mention I will be chasing an 18 month old around )

If you are feeling great and keeping up with your workouts make sure you read my second trimester summer workout tips to stay safe .

 

    • Avoid high heat times if working out outside. Try to get your workout in first thing in the am or later at night  when it’s not super hot ( and be careful of high humidity) .  Us prego moms are already hotter than normal so make sure you plan ahead , if its super muggy or already into the 90s I would move your workout inside .
    • Stay hydrated.  You might already be peeing all day , but you need to drink more if you are working out in the heat . Make sure you drink a glass or two before you workout to make sure you are not dehydrated. Keep water with you while you workout and take breaks to sip on that water. If you are sick of plan water add some fruit to it!
    • Don’t over heat / wear loss clothes . Wear light-colored clothing that is not form-fitting . Try and pick a fabric that wicks away sweat. 
    • Sunscreen. Make sure you put a safe sunscreen on .  Do some research CLICK HERE  and avoid those sunscreen with “fragrance ” , methylisothiazolinone, oxybenzone.. there’s a ton of ingredients to avoid ( too many to list!) I use babyganics & blue lizard on Brody and I just bought this Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch.


  • Swimming/ water workout. We live right by the beach so I love doing workouts that involve the water.  Try swimming lap or some type of water aerobics. I like to do my workout on the beach and jump in whenever I am feeling hot!!
  • Monitor heart rate. I have a fitbit that tracks my heart rate and I know there are tons of monitors out there. Watch yours and make sure it doesn’t get too high.

Remember , I run a FREE group on Facebook full of moms who are working towards a healthy lifestyle for them and their families . I would love for YOU to be apart of our MomUnity!!!  Find me insta ,  FB or comment below and I can add to you fitfam or we can just connect and chat

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Boy or Girl

Boy or Girl

 

Everyone guessed girl…. and they were right! We found out this am that we are having a girl!!!