{oh my quad}

I slept in yesterday morning, meaning I did not get my morning workout done. This meant I was going to have to hit up the gym late, after all the boys were in bed and my better half got home. Come 9:30 pm I am getting up and getting ready to go to the gym {that might not sound late to most, but for this mom of 4 consider it midnight!}. I wanted to work legs hard and had my workout all planned, that is until that better half convinced me to just stay home and workout. I was reluctant, I just really wanted to go to the gym {that’s my “me” time}. He convinced me by saying he hadn’t seen me all day and wanted to spend some time together, but mostly because he said he would do it with me! I think he regrets agreeing to this today, but it was good for him! I then had to get my head out of gym mode and come up with something that I could do at home, but would still really get that burn going. Umm, yeah, this did that. My quads were on fire, just screaming at me!

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I got my gymboss timer out and set it to 00:30, 00:20. We did 30 seconds for each movement with a 20 second rest in between movements. After the first six movements we finished the round with a 1 minute wall sit. Just got nice and cozy up against a wall and let our quads SCREAM! Then we had a 40 second rest in between rounds. We did six rounds all together, and then finished up with a few rounds of different abdominal movements. I slept in this morning again, i might need to set a double alarm! Now I need to figure out what kind of workout I want to do today and the even bigger unknown for me is when I will get a chance to do it.

No excuses, if you want it bad enough, you will figure out a way to get it!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{glutes and hiit}

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This is was my Sunday Funday workout, love working on those glutes! Get it right, get it tight!!!

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I did NOT want to get up this morning, I seem to drag to get to my HIIT workouts. I am always glad after I go and feel great, but I just don’t get excited to go do it like I do with a lifting workout.

Did you get your Monday workout in?
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{600 ~ WOD}

I burned 600 calories this morning with the perfect WOD {workout of the day}, LEGS & ABS! These two are my weak point. I have “chicken legs” and with the amount of stretch marks I have {tons} I have loose skin at the bottom of my stomach. With that being said, I don’t dislike these parts of my body, in fact just the opposite, because that just means I can work a little extra hard on these areas;)

My workout was a mixture of HIIT cardio, supersets, trisets, and some plyo. Seriously, it was the perfect combination and I really loved this workout! If you try it, let me know what you think!

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Have an amazing weekend!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{flex friday}

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A little bit of transformation action being thrown in there with my flex friday shot this week. As you can see in the picture, my tiny baby abs are getting better and better! I thought my days of being bloated would never go away {I do have ulcerative colitis, and I thought it was the reason I was always bloated}. Now, with IIFYM, lifting, and HIIT workouts I have been bloat free for weeks. I feel amazing!

Another secret weapon in my “find those abs” mission is Tiny Tea by Your Tea. This teatox, as they call it, has left me feeling so refreshed and just plan good. The bloating is gone, the afternoon energy crash I ALWAYS had is gone, munchy cravings are gone. I really can’t say enough good things about Your Tea, they have amazing teas that will just make you feel good! You can check them out on instagram @yourtea or online http://www.yourtea.com. Guys, they also make a His Tea that is suppose to help those that lift.

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I had a crazy day {to say the least!} yesterday, so today is my rest day. I will hit it hard tomorrow!!! Abs and Cardio, baby! Yesterday I got up super early and killed my chest and back {seriously, lifting chest & back is by far my favorite!} What is your favorite muscle group to workout??

Smile, it’s FRIDAY!!!!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{do you even}

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IIFYM {if it fits your macros} makes me happy. So happy! Again, I am very new to keeping track of my macros and am by far no expert. I’m just here on a mission, trying to find what works best for me. Maybe it will work for you, too. But, maybe not. Find what works, and run with it! {the picture is from my instagram, and was after either 3 or 4 meals that day. I’m trying to hit my macros with 168g protein/168g carbs/37g fat…but please figure out your own macros as this was calculated to fit me and everyone is different!}Instagram
To learn more about Macros and Micros in terms of nutrition, I really like this article from doyoueven.com. Here are a couple of excerpts that really stick out for me and one of the main reasons I wanted to give tracking my macros a try:

IIFYM is a flexible dieting approach where you disregard arbitrary food labels such as “junk food” and “clean food” and focus on your total caloric intake (calories in versus calories out), your daily set macro-nutrient targets (your fats, carbs, protein), and your micro-nutrient goals (your vitamins and minerals) in order to achieve your desired body composition.

IIFYM is designed to ensure that you hit your desired body composition goals while still maintaining a balanced social life with a healthy eating lifestyle.

If you want to calculate your macros, and give this do you even flexible eating a try click here and you will be redirected to a macro nutrient calculator. Right now I am currently trying to keep my macros at 40/40/20. Which means out of my daily caloric intake, 40% will be from protein, 40% will be from carbs, and 20% from fat. I might even try to up my carbs to a 30/50/20 intake, GASP!

One of my favorite things about this, is that I don’t really feel like I have “cheat” meals. Cheat meals are great, and everyone needs to have them but they would still make me feel like I should not have eaten that and then in turn kind of make me feel bad about myself for eating something not healthy. Now, I don’t sweat it. Hey, if it fits my macros, imma gonna eat it!

Let me know if you already are or are going to try out IIFYM!
Peace Out~
Nicholle