Quick Arms and Abs Workout

Do you ever get tired of doing the same workouts over and over and not seeing the results you want?!  That was me a few weeks ago.  I was stuck in the same routine and realized that my body wasn’t changing because I had plateaued (you have to keep your body guessing in order to become stronger and to see results).

So, I went from circuit training and HIIT workouts to doing Tabata.  And I have to say that I love it!  I look forward to my workouts and I do feel that my strength has increased.

Tabata is basically doing one exercise for a designated time amount, having a small break, and then performing the same exercise again.  There are many different styles of Tabata.  Lately, I have been doing one exercise for 20 seconds, with a 10 second rest in between, for 8 rounds.  Other variations include doing an exercise for 50 seconds, with a ten second rest or even one exercise for 50 seconds and another for 10 seconds.  There are many variations but the key is repetition!

I have two Tabata workouts on my Youtube playlist and think that they are both effective (although I am a bit biased :). ). Here is the Arms and Abs Tabata if you want to give it a try.  All you need is a pair of dumbbells (or water bottles), some comfy clothes and some water.  In addition, this workout is less than 20 minutes so it can easily fit into a busy day.

Have a great workout and please let me know how you feel about Tabata ❤

My Lyme Disease Treatment (part 1)

Lyme Disease can be extremely difficult to diagnosis, but what is worse is trying to figure out how to treat it.  The symptoms can vary from person to person and not all treatment fits all.  Most people will try many different options and at a huge cost (since insurance does not cover treatment past the initial round of antibiotics).

What I found was that healing holistically worked the best for my body.  But before we get into that, let me tell you where my treatment began….

When I first received my initial diagnosis, my doctor prescribed one round of doxycycline.  Although I normally do everything I can to avoid antibiotics, there was no hesitation to get started immediately.  I was on this for three weeks and I believe that we tried one more dose as well.  When my symptoms were still present, my family doctor basically told me that I would have symptoms for the remainder of my life (read more details about this in yesterday’s blog).  This was simply not an option.

At this point, I was referred to a holistic chiropractor who had helped a friend “heal” from her debilitating Lyme Disease (I use quotations here because I don’t know that you can truly ever completely heal, but she was close).  He was a wonderful man and did help my symptoms a bit.  However, I was paying close to $1000.00 per visit and was taking 90+ supplements per day.  In addition, the recommended diet consisted of chicken, eggs, wild rice, some veggies and very little fruit.  I saw him for 3-4 months before I was no longer able to financially support this treatment option.  When I left, I was still struggling with constant muscle pain, digestive distress, fatigue and anxiety.

From there I was on my own…..until the Universe stepped in…….

A good friend of mine happened to stumble upon a radio show about Lyme Disease from a man who was referred to as Medical Medium.  He discussed foods that you could use to heal from Lyme including celery juice, cilantro, and wild blueberries.  He recommended mostly a plant based diet (definitely not any chicken or any eggs!).  So I started doing some research, found that there was a vast community of people who had been successful with his methods, and I dove right in.  Within thirty days, I felt so much better than I had in years.

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*Holding Medical Medium’s Life Changing Foods Book

 

Medical Medium and his books were definitely a step in the right direction.  There were some other methods that helped speed up my recovery but I will save those for tomorrow…..

In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more about my story and about Medical Medium’s books, check out my Lyme Disease videos on Youtube.

SAVE THE DATES: Fall Events and Online Programs

Hello everyone,

I am super excited for Fall and for the approaching holiday season.  I have two events coming up that will help us all feel more healthy, happy and confident for those family pictures and gatherings.

The first is one that everyone, all over the world, can participate in.  I am running a “Fall in Love with Fitness” online challenge.  It will consist of short workouts that can be done from the comfort of your own bedroom (I personally love to workout in my pajamas).  It is only $25.00 for the entire two weeks and starts on November 5th!

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The second event is for all of my local friends.  I am co-hosting a “Fall in Love with Food” Vegan Cooking Class on November 8th from 6:00-7:30pm.  During the class we will eat a 5 course meal (including wine) and will learn some basic cooking skills.  Everyone will leave with a recipe packet so that you can make these amazing meals at home (and for those holiday gatherings).  The entire evening is only $55.00/person.  *Please note that you absolutely do not have to be vegan to attend.

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Please contact me to sign up for either one of these events.  Also, please share with anyone who you think may be interested.  I truly appreciate all of your support!

No Equipment, No Problem! Perform these exercises anywhere!

Do you ever get the urge to workout but stop yourself because you don’t have any equipment?!  No equipment, no problem!

Try these 3 exercises in your bedroom, in a hotel room or even at a park.  All you need is a chair, a bench, a couch or a bed frame.

Perform 10-15 repetitions of each exercise, 3x through.  Please note that with exercise #2, you will need to perform the exercise on each side.

I hope that you enjoy.  For full body workouts in real time, please visit my Youtube channel.

Two Exercises to Give You Tank Top Ready Arms

Happy Fitness Friday all!

Here are two exercises that will help strengthen your upper body and give you those tank top ready arms.

1) Up Downs: go up into your push up position and then down into a forearm plank (up, up, down, down)

2) Push up variation: push up, shoulder tap each side, hand together each side. Do this with wide legs for a stronger base.

To modify, try these exercises on your knees.

10-15 repetitions of each.

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Please let me know if you would like more workout videos like this one ❤

Plank Variations for Fitness Friday

Sometimes in fitness (and in life!) staying still is the hardest. However, it can also be the most effective
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Try these plank variations that will challenge you to stay still:

1) Knee to elbow hold

2) Side plank angel

3) High plank lifting one leg

Try to hold each for 30 seconds and make sure to perform them on both sides.
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Enjoy and happy Fitness Friday!