Killer Tabata Workout

This week is flying by. Honest to pete, I feel like it was just Monday and crazy snowmagadon (SPELLING?) HA!  So did you guys sign up for The Skimm?! Are you loving it and feel like you ready to battle your friends in a debate with all your current event knowledge!? Okay, on to the real fun!

What is your favorite workout to do?! What do you find fun? As a fitness instructor and personal trainer, I get to teach to a variety of different populations and classes .  I LOVE to take group fit classes, always have.  My all time favorite is step aerobics.  I can’t be alone on this?!? I just love when the music is super loud and all you can think about is not falling flat on your face, on top of your step. Yea, that’s never happened to me! ;) And before you know it,  the whole hour is up.   So when I get to workout on my “own” time, I simply forget what I enjoy because it’s not in front of a group.  Strange right?! However, I do know that I like workouts that are straight to the point.

I am loving the Tabata style workouts right now.  I love them because they instantly increase your heart rate, get  blood pumping and sweat pouring.  I love incorporating them into my classes like step, spin, and basic aerobics.  When working one on one with clients, this is always a great go to workout to get them working hard and the time flying by.

Killer Tabata


It mixes in easy and basic exercises with some challenging go to’s.  Want a real challenge, repeat whole series TWICE! I hope everyone has a fantastic Thursday! and YES, tomorrow is FRIDAY! WOO!

What is your favorite exercise? Do you like Tabata?

What about Step aerobics?! 

Oodles of Zoodles

We made it, we are half way through the week! Hopefully its going well for you, so far so good over here! I have been trying to stick with my meal planning program and keeping healthy choices all around. #thestruggleisreal
I love pasta, and in my opinion, not much can replace it. Right?! Doughy, addictive, saucy, and cheesy pasta! I mean, I LOVE spaghetti squash and other alternatives, but lets be real…nothing can necessarily totally replace pasta. However, we can have a lot of fun trying!
For awhile now, I have been wanting to try ZOODLES! “Noodles” made from zucchini! A pretty cool alternative and significantly lower in calories. I have been seeing it all over blogs, websites, and magazines. I finally caved in and ordered a SPIRALIFE from Amazon.

Well last night, I finally made the zoodles! and ladies and gentlemen….they were a total hit!!!!

zoodlesIt took two zucchini and about 68 seconds to do this. I had loads of zoodles. I then sauteed them in a little olive oil, salt, and garlic….top with some grilled chicken sausage and pasta sauce! Voila! Healthy, low carb meal that was surprisingly very satisfying! Very low in Weight Watcher points too! I loved it and it was very tasty, more so than the other squash! I already can’t wait to try it again, a few different variations! I’m thinking sweet potatoes…stay tuned!

So are you ready for the Super Bowl!?! I love all the talk about the commercials.  I have seen lots of appetizer recipes floating around.  Lots of dips, spreads, and finger foods! Allllllllll my favorites! I love a good app spread, again #thestruggleisreal . And lets be honest, enjoy yourself, everything in moderation!   Here is one of my favorite appetizer recipes, super easy, and everyone always wants the recipe! I have never made the recipe exact, I always make it into my own, but here is the original! Its Easy Feta dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything


Have you ever tried Zoodles?

Whats your favorite super bowl snack? 

The Skimm

Hi guys, this post is short and sweet, right to the point! What do you know about current events?!

Have you ever been asked about a current event and have nothing to say or maybe while at a party there is group of your friends talking about a hot topic, and your like UGH what?!?!   Ya, use to happen to me all the time. I’ll admit it! I mean, yes, I read the news, and would follow certain stories but I never knew enough to really engage in a conversation about it!   So a few months ago, a friend told me I should look up The Skimm…I said that WHAT?!image1

So I signed up.  I LOVE it.  Every weekday, I get an email from The Skimm.  Pretty much, they “skim” the top news stories from around the world.  You get a glimpse of all current events, and its so easy to understand! I love that its short and right to the point!

I would highly suggest you all go right now to sign up… The Skimm!

This is  based from my opinion, I was not asked to post this, I simply just love to share my thoughts and truly love it! 

How do you get your news?! How do you stay up to date?!



Toxins in our Daily Products

Is it Friday yet? Man…what a CRAZY week it has been! I can’t wait for Friday, one of my best friends will be in town, I will get to see her and her boyfriend for dinner/drinks/loads to catch up on, and I simply cannot wait! 
Okay, so last night, I taught a class on the basics of essential oils.  It was great, always fantastic to be surrounded with like minded individuals who share the same viewpoints on wellness . We chatted about peppermint, lavender, and lemon, and why essential oils are so incredibly awesome.  As the night went on, we started to talk a lot more about all the TOXINS and CHEMICALS in our daily products.  I started to chat and share some of my resources and research. Some of the ladies were just appalled at what I was talking about. So I thought I would re-post one of my older posts about the top 12 toxins to avoid! 
Those who know me know that I am a total product junkie! I could spend hours (and tons of money) in Sephora/Ulta.  I love new shiny pink bottles, trying the latest mascara, or even a new fresh smelling lavender body wash.  You name it, I have probably tried it or wanted to!  However, have your ever taken the time to look at the ingredients of your favorite products? You might be surprised what you find! 
Many of us are becoming more aware of the hundreds of chemicals that are added into our foods.  America is slowly learning that the food we eat is filled with ‘crap’.  We have become aware of the pesticides/chemicals that  are sprayed onto our fruits and vegetables. Therefore, some of us choose to buy Organic groceries.  Have you ever thought of the harsh chemicals in our daily products such as make-up, tooth paste, face wash, facial moisturizer, and everything else you use in a day?  Right now, there are no regulations in the personal care industry.  What does that mean? Companies can put just about anything into our personal care products that could potentially be linked to chronic illness, cancer, or even simple problems like acne. The list goes on…and on.  
top 12 toxins
I encourage all of you to take a look at your favorite products. What exactly are you using on your face and/or body? Find out what ‘ingredients’ are used.  Are any of the above toxins in your personal care products? There are MANY companies our there that promote products that will not cause harm. The goal is to become aware.  Ask questions.  Become curious of what the companies are putting in your favorite foundation, your mouthwash, or even soap.  Will I stop using certain products? Maybe…maybe not. I will forever remain a product junkie… but, it may make me think twice about purchasing it.  For more information, check out the amazing Skin Deep Database OR read the book Not Just a Pretty Face. 
I think you will be surprised at what you find. Do you use organic personal care products? What are your favorites?

How I Use Peppermint Oil!

As most of you know I am a Wellness Advocate for DoTerra Essential Oils.  I am always getting many questions about HOW to use certain oils and why.  So I wanted to share how I personally use Peppermint.  Peppermint is one of my favorites! I use it almost every day.  Honestly!

Peppermint_15mlHow I use:

  1. One drop of doTerra’s peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea! WHOA! So I am huge mint tea drinker, always have been.  Its my favorite flavor.  So naturally, I often will put a drop in my tea to give it an extra boost of flavor.
  2. In the middle of the day if I have the two thirty feeling, I will often take a big ol’ whiff of peppermint OR place a few drops in my diffuser! It makes me feel much more alert. I also will add a drop to a glass of ice water!
  3. I place a few drops on a cotton ball and place on my car air vents.  A simple air freshener.
  4. When I have a stomach ache or am feeling nauseous, I put a few drops on my stomach with some coconut oil, it makes ME feel better. Or a drop in some in my peppermint tea like I mentioned above.
  5. When I have a headache, or feel I have one coming on, I simply take a drop and place it on the back of my neck and temples, avoiding the eyes.
  6. For a breath freshener! A simply put a drop under my tongue!
  7. Oh, and a few nights ago, I had bad heartburn….?!?! SO I took a drop of peppermint, and I was able to go back to sleep!

Peppermint oil is a great NATURAL alternative. This is a great oil for someone to start off using because it does have some many versatile uses.  As always, let me know if you have any questions about essential oils!

Do you have a favorite alternative for common health issues?! 

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How is your week going? What’s new and exciting?! It is SO FREEZING here in Pittsburgh, I am just trying to stay warm!! 

Core Crusher

WOW, its cold in Pittsburgh. As expected,it is January. But still, it’s just shockingly (is that a word?!) cold!!!

So I have a great core workout for you to warm up the body! I am not a fan of “AB” exercises.  They aren’t my favorite, unlike squats, I could do those for days (I know, strange!) But I find core circuits to be fun and a challenge that I like.  There are several different exercises on here, so its a good variety.  I created this for my own  workout but also tried  with a client, and she loved it! If you try it, let me know what you think!Core Crusher

Now, on to food. I am always looking for healthy recipes to try to  and also keep my interest in meal planning! I love to cook! So, I was searching SkinnyTaste which is one of my favorite spots to go to find new recipes…and This recipe sparked my interest.  Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast.   Guys, it was SOOO good, you have to try it! and anything in the crock pot is a WIN! I made it on Sunday and ate it on top of a large salad and same with Monday night. It had SO much flavor! I did splurge on a pork shoulder from Whole Foods simply because I am trying to buy better animal products when I do eat them. (That’s a whole post topic in it of itself) I feel it was definitely worth it.  Also, if your counting Weight Watcher Points, it was 5PP for a 3 oz serving! You must try it!

Have a fantastic Thursday, stay warm!

What are your least favorite types of exercise?! Do you have a must try recipe?!

The Idea of Yoga

How was everyone’s Monday?! Yesterday, was great! Jumped right back into the swing of things. It was a day of catching up on lots of emails/calls/and work. It was definitely a long Monday! I even ended my day with a little body pump!IMG_3020


Oh and can we talk about The Bachelor?! Can you say #drama My goodness! Lots of crazies and fun! Who do you like so far?! I still think it’s too soon to tell, but I did like Brit! I can wait to see what this season hold, my total Monday night guilty pleasure!

Today, I am trying a yoga class. I don’t really “like” yoga but I think I love the idea of yoga. I personally feel It’s too slow, leaves me with my thoughts, thinking of everything else I could be doing, makes me feel anxious… Not sure why?! You may be thinking… Then why are you going to a yoga class? #weirdo
Because my friends, I feel need it. I need the movement, I need the calmness, stillness, and to learn how to center my thoughts. I’m not even sure I know what the means. But the “idea” of centering my thoughts sounds like what I need. I constantly crave the feeling that yoga gives…Or maybe it’s the idea of yoga I crave. That “let it be” motto, go with flow attitude, calm ora that I’m striving for in 205. Is that real life? I mean, come on?! Any yogis out there, can you justify!
One of my “intentions” for the new year is to be more mindful. More mindful in all I do! To be present in all moments. And that folks, is hard for me! I think it’s hard for most, right?! I can’t be alone in thinking that! That’s why yoga and meditative practices are so challenging for me. I mean, #TheStruggleIsReal.
I came across this article tonight and wanted to share and thought you guys would like it… 12 ways yoga changed my life.
Do you take yoga? How do you practice mindfulness?