My Top 3 Favorite Free Apps

I love fitness apps and I love free.

Below are 3 apps I love and highly recommend!

My Fitness Pal

IMG_0276This is my favorite weight-loss app. Tracking calories aren’t for everyone but it works really well for me. I have tried many diets (Weight Watchers and South Beach Diet to name a few) and calorie counting has always worked the best for me. I am not trying to be a body builder, I am just trying to be a healthy fit mom. My Fitness Pal gives me a suggested calorie count to reach my goals, and has a huge food database making it easy to list foods.

Nike Training+ Club

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This is an awesome fitness app. It has tons of workouts you can do anywhere. You can find workouts based on level, time, and equipment needed. I workout at home a lot and this is a great option to get your heart pumping!

Map My Run

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I don’t run too often anymore, but I always like tracking my runs when I did. I use to use the Nike running app, but that one always paused randomly during my run! Since switching to Map My Run, I haven’t run into this issue. I only use it to monitor time and distance, and it does the trick!

What are your favorite fitness apps?

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Body Like Jello

Hey guys!

If there are more errors than normal thats because my body is jello. Seriously. I am on day 3 of the Daily Burn’s Black Fire program and it is no joke. I am usually not a fan of workout videos but this is only about 30min per workout and is hard!!! Love it! Today started with Black Fire’s ABC 1 taught by Anja Garcia. I love her and Bob Harper! They are great trainers and really motivate you throughout the workout. The hardest move today was jumping back and forth over our mat while slapping the top of your knees…for 5 rounds. Holy crap.
image1After the workout Olivia, Lola and I picked up some necessities (Diet Coke & Starbucks) and returned home.
IMG_0173Breakfast
After my venti skinny decaf mocha and diet coke, I made an egg white scramble with 3/4c egg whites, 1/4c Trader Joes lite mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 of an avocado with a 100 calorie pack of Coca Roasted almonds –my favorite!
IMG_0181Then I went to Starbucks again (addict) and got a reduced fat turkey bacon sandwich.
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Olivia has been a little crabby today, so it was easiest for me to go through the drive-thru while she napped. Then I consoled her when she woke up extremely upset.
IMG_0194IMG_0199Luckily it was short lived and she’s back to normal!

Hope you all have a great night! See ya tomorrow =)

Friday Fitness!

Hey everyone!! Happy Friday! I hope you have some exciting plans on your agenda! We don’t have too many plans, just dinner out tonight and tomorrow, and a few sweaty workouts! Speaking of sweating, this morning I completed Daily Burn’s Tabata POC. It was a good one. workoutAfter my workout, Olivia and I headed to the pool for week 2 of her swimming lessons. It is so much fun. Next week Patrick is going with me so we can get some water pictures and video. I can’t wait!!
IMG_0285Tomorrow instead of doing Body Pump (Patrick has a dentist appointment and I am not quite ready to put her in the gym’s daycare yet) I am going to complete this HIIT and this upper body workout. Its challenging and quick! You’ll need a pair of dumbbells to complete this workout.

Do each circuit of 3 exercises (12-15 reps) 2 times. Each exercise is linked to show you how to complete the workout. This workout takes about 15min to complete. Limit rest between exercises.
Good luck!

Chest Press (you can do this on the floor, a bench, or a ball-which is what I use)
Chest Fly
Push-up

Reverse Back fly
Bent Over Dumbbell Row, Elbows In
Bent Over Row,

Elbows Out Bicep Curl (do both arms at the same time)
Inner Bicep (do both arms at the same time)
Hammer Curl (do both arms at the same time)

Tricep Overhead Press
Tricep Extension
Tricep Dip

Shoulder Press (I do this standing)
Shoulder Side Raise
Shoulder Upright Row

I’ve Got My Toes In The Water…

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend, and if your like me, I hope you had a great Monday holiday!

My day started out with another Daily Burn workout (Cardio Sports Drill), and an upper body workout (I will be posting it Friday!!). I then quickly showered and Olivia and I met my sister in Los Gatos to head for Santa Cruz! It was over 70 degrees at the beach…absolutely amazing! It was Olivia’s first time and she loved it. I had so much fun! Having a baby makes everything that much better!
DSCF0923DSCF0929DSCF0938We spent most of the afternoon at the beach and then headed home. I had about 5 loads of laundry waiting for me…I swear its never ending! I also started half of my grocery shopping with a trip to target. How does my list of 8 things turn into this!?! Oh…Target, you always win.  I usually do my grocery shopping on Sundays but since I have Tuesday off (in lieu of the Monday holiday) I am taking it easy and will finish up my shopping today. TargetWell thats it for today. I had a pretty low-key weekend and Monday. I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! See ya tomorrow with a peak into a day of my life =)

Happy Saturday!

Wooohooo for Saturday!!!

How are you all doing? I hope well =) Today is a rainy day here in Morgan Hill, but I can’t complain. It’s sad but this weather = “storm watch 2015” on our local news haha
IMG_0043I started my morning with 15min on the elliptical and a body pump class. It was HARD! I haven’t taken it since I was pregnant with Olivia, and the entire time today I was thinking how the hell did I do this when I was 8 months pregnant??? Needless to say I am looking forward to going back every Saturday to get my butt kicked!!

So back to yesterday, Olivia had her 6 month checkup (which included shots). She is growing big! She weights 14.3lb and 2ft 2.25in. She is in the 16.13 percentile for weight and 69.27 percentile for height! She has always been a skinny tall baby, my husband is 6’5. Everything else seems on point with her. We are also reducing her Zantac (she has silent reflux) so I am excited for her to grow out of that.
IMG_0018IMG_0017IMG_0013After her appointment we headed home and her grandma stopped by (my mother in law) and I went to the gym for a little bit. I already ran earlier that morning, but I figured I should take advantage of the babysitting. I did the elliptical for about 35min while watching the Bachelor and called it a day. Then on my way home I stopped at Peet’s Coffee for a iced decaf sugar free nonfat vanilla latter.. It was delicious.
IMG_0006IMG_0029Once I got home I did some more laundry, finished the bachelor and cruised the internet until Patrick got home. We ate dinner (leftover tacos for him and an egg while omelette for me), and played with Olivia. Once we put her sown we did a Daily Burn workout (Pilates Flow Phase 2) and it was tough!! I really enjoyed it though.

Well that was my Friday night! Ha. Things are going to be low key around here today. We are meeting my sister and brother in law for lunch, running a few errands, doing some chores around the house and meal planning for tomorrow’s grocery shopping trip.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Talk to you tomorrow!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!!!

I especially love Fridays because I get to stay at home with Olivia! Except today is her 6 month checkup which includes shots :/ but she’s usually a champ!

Anywho, I wanted to share with you some Friday favorites!

Enjoy!

Body Pump
Body PumpIm going to Body Pump tomorrow and I cannot wait! I did it 3 times a week while I was pregnant and I truly feel this made my recovery so easy! Excited to get back into it one day a week!

A Beautiful Sunrise
sunriseThis was my morning view at work yesterday! Makes waking up at 5 a little easier!

A Nice Run
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This morning I went on a run with Olivia and Lola. We were able to get in 2.7 miles before the storm comes in later this afternoon. Perfect running weather! I also tried out the Map My Run for the first time, (the Nike Run app doesn’t work for me, always pauses workout) and I am happy to report this one worked great!

Tone It Up
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I am a TIU member and I just love it! The love and support that comes from the team and the two trainers, Karena and Katrina, is outstanding. Check them out!

Well I gotta run and get Olivia up for her appointment. Have a great day!!

Working Out At Home

Hello! Hope everyone is off to a great start this morning!

Finding time and motivation to work out can be difficult. Throwing a baby into the mix can make it nearly impossible. Here are some tips and my go to workouts to keep things consistent and get/keep a toned lean body!

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•Schedule in a workout! I am lucky, Olivia sleeps through the night (has been since about 2.5 months old). She also naps long enough for me to squeeze in a workout.

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When she was waking up later (8am) I would wake up at 6:30am on days I was off and workout before she woke up. Now that she is waking up around 7am, I workout during her nap. Normally I can rely on at least a 45min nap, which is just long enough for me to fit in a great workout! I’m not always able to shower right away, but at least my workout is done! 😉 I am also lucky that I have a wonderful husband that understands my need for time to workout. On the weekends I will go to the gym in the morning and he will take care of Olivia while I am away. A typical week’s workouts will look like this:

-Sunday (off work): Gym-usually 30min elliptical, 30min hiit treadmill
-Monday (at home with Olivia): T25 and a Nike Training Club workout-LOVE both of these!
-Tuesday (at work): 30min elliptical, 30min some type of strength/stretch.
-Wednesday (at work): 30min elliptical, 30min some type of strength/stretch.
-Thursday (at work): 30min elliptical, 30min some type of strength/stretch.
-Friday (at home with Olivia): T25 and a Nike Training Club workout
-Saturday (off work): Gym-elliptical and Body Pump

I am lucky at work I get an hour lunch break (instead of 30min) if we workout. We have an elliptical and an area to do whatever else we want. Since there is no extra equipment and I don’t want to get too sweaty (no shower either) I take it easy for 30min on the elliptical while watching a show on my IPhone and then I do some other workout from a YouTube video, printouts, etc…

Workouts I live by:

•T25-Sean T is awesome. 25min workouts are perfect, I love this! I personally wouldn’t be interested in following the plan, I like to change my workouts too much, but this is perfect to get in cardio at home!

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•Nike Training Club-This app is great! I usually pick the 15min “Get Focused” and do it after a T-25. Some of my favorites include: Cardio Killer, Better Butt, Leaner Legs, Butt Buster, and Cardio Burst. They all require little to no equipment.

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•Jogging-We have a BOB stroller, I love it! This is a good option because I can take Lola on a run as well. Olivia loves being outside, so its a perfect option when we want to get out! I will usually go on a 45min jog around our neighborhood.

Daily Burn-I haven’t done any of these workouts yet (I plan to do my first today), but this is also another cheap option to do at home or on the go.

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•Internet-You can find all sorts of workouts by a quick Google search! PBFingers, Fitnessista, ToneItUp all offer workouts for the gym and at home!

Well there you have it! All of my go to workouts. Hopefully you can take some of my tips and implement your own schedule. My number one piece of advice, schedule your workouts by the week or month and it will make your workouts a no-brainer!

Happy sweating!