{ladies, let’s grow some muscle}

I read a good article the other day {I will share it if I can find it} and it really hit the nail on the head on how women need to change their way of thinking when it comes to building muscle. So many women have this misconception in their mind that if they build muscle they are going to get huge, manly muscles, so they use the word “toned”. “I don’t want big muscles, I just want to be toned.” What does toned even mean? Are you saying you want arms that don’t jiggle,  a nice shapely shoulder? Or maybe you want a butt that isn’t flat or doesn’t jiggle? Do you want lean {tight} legs, and maybe be able to see some abdominal definition? Guess what, to have that “toned” body you are after you have to grow some muscle! It’s your body fat percentage that is going to determine how much of your muscle is going to show. That is, if you have muscle. Go check out the get in shape girl. She wrote a blog post all about this topic. Here is a small excerpt from that post written by Kyra Williams:

First of all, we all have muscles.  Some folks have bigger muscles than others just by their genetic make up.  Some have worked hard to develop some muscles more than others.  If your goal is to have lean muscle tone, then you desire the appearance of muscle with little body fat.  If this is what you want, you must develop your muscles.

 If you have a low body fat with underdeveloped muscle tissue, you are not going to see muscle tone or definition.  Think, skinny arms, flat stomach, skinny legs, little butt, etc.  If you have low body fat with developed muscles you will see a nice round booty, a side sweep of the quad, shoulder caps, abs, etc.  But you have to develop that muscle!

She also explains a scenario of someone who has a larger number of body fat to lose, and how gaining and building muscle is very important. When you gain muscle, it speeds up your metabolism!

Normally I like to keep my blog posts short, but this one got a little longer. I practice what I preach, and here is my muscle building workout I did today, give it a try! I warmed up for 10 minutes on the elliptical in cross country setting, think hills, big hills. Total workout took me under 40 minutes!

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Now let us all embrace the word muscle!

Peace Out,

Nicholle

{wod}

It’s kind of crazy right now with harvest season in full swing. AND my allergies or something is making me feel like crap, especially in the morning. Which is when I normally workout. AND my eating hasn’t been as good as I would like it. I am still doing pretty good meeting my macros, but I just feel a bit sluggish the last week or so. I got up yesterday morning at 4am and started getting ready to go to the gym to lift legs, and I just couldn’t do it. I was up, had my workout written out, and went back to bed. Sigh. My throat hurt bad, I wasn’t tired but just didn’t feel good, and I knew I had to have a Remicade transfusion later that day and the last one I had made me even more sluggish.

Instead of just giving up and counting yesterday as a rest day, I had a coffee at 5pm, got the boys to bed, and picked out a  30 minute workout on my nike training app on my phone. I busted out a 230 calorie burner in 30 minutes! No excuses! I have a goal and want to achieve it, I felt great getting that workout in. I woke up this morning and was pumped to hit the gym and finally get my leg workout in.  Here it is, let me know if you try it out. I did 4 sets of each group. It was about a 60 minute workout and a high calorie burner!

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I have a post on coconut water coming soon, and also a recipe for my harvest squash soup…stay tuned for these future posts!
Peace Out~
Nicholle
p.s. that should read 30sec. jog, not 3!

{work it out}

latter I did this workout today, let’s just say if you don’t want to sweat…don’t try this workout! Started with a warm up of 20 seconds on with a 10 second break doing hand to hand swings, four times total. Then set the timer to 30 minutes and got to work on the latter. This is a go at your own pace workout. You can go heavier and slower or lighter and faster, being able to make the workout to your liking! I was able to get two rounds of the latter in within 30 minutes and burned over 330 calories! Thursday I did a quick chest and back workout, and then did a kettlebell workout. If I get a chance I will post them tonight!

Is Friday your rest day? Or do you hit it hard before the weekend? I tend to do a combination of both, just depends on the week and how I am feeling!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{waffles}

ImageI’ve been making lots of protein pancakes, but have yet to bust out the waffle maker…until now! These protein packed waffles were so good, quick, and easy to make. Protein waffles are now a must in my weekly eats!

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I set my waffle maker to heat level of 3 (it goes up to 4), mixed all of the ingredients for the waffles together and then made two waffles {or you could make one really big one}

For the topping I mixed the regular pb2 with the caramel sauce and almond milk {start with 1 Tb. of milk and increase to get desired thickness} and plopped it on top. Then I mixed the chocolate Pb2 with almond milk {I made the first sauce thicker and then this one thinner} and drizzled over all of it. Topped it off with some raw coconut flakes and dug in! These were seriously good!

The macros for these waffles with the toppings are:

Calories: 423 I Protein: 60g I Carbs: 25g I Fat: 12g

Go make some healthy, protein packed waffles!
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

{workout wednesday}

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In the last three days I have lifted arms and shoulders, and then chest and back, and then did this beast of a workout. It doesn’t seem like much, but I can honestly say my shoulders feel like they are going to shred right off of my body!  So, the 20/10/20 format for these movements go as follows, 20 seconds in the movement, followed by a 10 sec static hold of the movement, followed by 20 more seconds of the same movement. Then a 10 second break and right into the next movement. I complete this entire circuit 4 times and it was about 30 minutes long, burning just over 300 calories!

One handed Kettlebell thrusters, this is essentially a squat with a press at the top. With this movement you can either have the static hold be in the press position {fully locked out} or in the squat position.

V-ups, the static hold is in the V shape!

Walk-outs, hold in a plank.

Mountain climbers, also hold in a plank.

Snatches, static hold at the top of the snatch.

Just like any of the workouts I post, this one can be modified and changed by adding in different movements. This is a lot of shoulders and upper body, maybe give it a try with lunges and more legs and glutes movements?!

Let me know if you give this bad boy a try, be prepared to feel the burn!
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