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Treadmill workout, best yogurt ever, music, and a new passion!

January is almost half way over, but I have to say this has been one of the best January’s we’ve had in a long time.  Our weather has been so nice!  My goals are in full swing.  January is one treat day a month.  I’ve wanted to drop 5 lbs. and tone up!!  What should you do?  CARDIO (:  I’m usually a weight lifting fanatic, but cardio burns the calories, especially HIIT cardio.  Tomorrow I think I’ll crank up the new treadmill and try this workout.  I tried half of it on Saturday at the gym and loved it.  Made the treadmill time fly!  I love sweating (:  I snapped this on my phone and I don’t know where I found it.  There’s a billion of them out there.  I think I’ll try 3 different ones this week!

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Next, one of my favorite followers (: shared an amazing yogurt that she bought at Whole Foods.  I rarely eat yogurt because of all the extra stuff in them and the sugar.  This is an organic plain yogurt that she added berries too and she couldn’t say enough of how good it tasted and how it filled her up for hours.  I’m on this!!  Here’s a pic. I found on the internet!  I love walking though Whole Foods.  I wish we had one close to me!  P.S.  I almost forgot she adds a heaping spoonful of chocolate whey protein.  Now I want this yummy dessert!

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My MUSIC today is a story about the BEST birthday present I’ve ever given.  This little gal of mine had a birthday last week!

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Several weeks before Christmas an amazing thought came to my mind.  I should get concert tickets for Erika.  She has a birthday right after Christmas so I planned it to be a birthday gift.  She loves Taylor Swift and One Direction.  We’ve seen Taylor Swift twice and just recently she has fallen head over heels in love with One Direction.  I accidentally forgot to buy her their new CD for Christmas.  I got her a DVD however and as we watched it together she was screaming and crying about how much she’d love to see them in concert.  I had the hardest time hiding my secret (: Early in December I looked up the One D tour and sadly they weren’t coming to Salt Lake, HOWEVER, a close second was San Diego!  The wheels in my mind started turning!  My brother lives in San Diego.  I could get tickets for the two of us and we could drive or fly out there to see the concert!!  The July date was perfect and after a little persuasiveness with my husband, I bought the present!!  I put the tickets in the CD case and wrote a little note from Harry to her.  I loved it so much and she is soooooooooo excited!!!  Can’t wait!

Lastly, my new passion (like I need another one!) is skiing!  This year we got season passes to Snow Basin.  The kids love it and I love it!  I skied a little as a teen and I taught my 16 year old when he was 6.  I took many years off because my kids were small and it’s so much work.  It’s different now that the kids are older.  Once we get up to the mountain, it’s breathtaking and I love flying down the hill.  I’m taking lessons and both my instructors couldn’t believe I’d never had lessons and one of them asked what sport I played!  He said he could tell I was an athlete.  I love that compliment!  Here’s me and my little girl.  We had such a fun day together!

photo 3I think this post has turned into a novel.  Good thing I type fast (:  Have a wonderful night.  It’s been snowing today.  Time to get up skiing!  Enjoy one of my favorite One Direction songs.  Night Changes.  Work Hard…Always!

Time to get serious!

OK!  First post of the NEW YEAR!!!  Yes, the buzz is around me!  Exercise more, eat better, lose weight.  I’m on board.  I debated about which diet to try…my brain is in constant motion pertaining to health and fitness.  South Beach? Burst Cycle Diet? Whole 30? Vegan?  The list could continue forever.  I get a little crazy when I follow a plan and always seem to fall off the wagon when it’s over.  For this month and next, I’m eating clean and healthy.  That’s it.  Very low sugar.  3 things I’m working on:

  • More Protein
  • A gallon of water a day
  • Less carbs

PROTEIN: I quickly googled the top 10 protein sources.  Put them on your shopping list!

  • Turkey or Chicken breast
  • Fish (Tuna, Salmon, Halibut)
  • Cheese (non-fat mozzarella, cottage cheese
  • Pork Loin
  • Lean Beef
  • Tofu
  • Beans (soy beans, kidney, black, white beans)
  • Eggs (especially egg whites)
  • Yogurt or Milk
  • Nuts and Seeds (Pumpkin, almonds, peanuts)

thWATER:  Super important.  Everywhere and in every diet or weight loss plan, MORE WATER is recommended.  I think the majority of people get busy and forget to drink, me included.  I’ll be filling up my water bottle several times each day!

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th-2My exercise plan is simple right now.  6 days a week as usual.  I’m going to up my running and cardio and or course lift weights 4 times a week.  I’m still working on my 4 day a week workouts.  I’ll have to post them next time!!  LOVE LOVE lifting weights, eating healthy, and then seeing results!!!  Keep at it!!  Work Hard!  And surround yourself with uplifting people who are on board with you as well!!

I’ll end with a SWEET SWEET song!!  I just took on the job of directing our elementary school play, Aladdin Jr., and I’m in heaven each day watching the kids sing and dance!  My little 2nd graders are going to sing this song as a pre-show.  Let’s go fly a kite.  This version is from the movie Saving Mr. Banks.  Such a GREAT movie!  Listening to it always makes me happy.  Love Mary Poppins!  Have a great day!

 

 

Bring it on! Goals, workouts, discipline.

Hello and happy last post of 2014!!!

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Today and tomorrow are my days to get things done!!  Thanks to my MOM, she has instilled a superstition within me!  Whatever you leave unfinished in the old year, you’ll be behind at through the new year.  So….laundry, cleaning, errands…the list continues.  I guess I should thank my Grandma!  So, this will be quick since I gotta get crackin’.  I am so very excited to start 2015.  I thrive on challenges and goal setting.  This last Sunday we heard a talk in church about goals and New Year’s Resolutions.  Everyone laughs a little as the statistics are presented.  Why set goals, if you aren’t going to keep them?   Why set yourself up for failure?  WHY???  Blah. Blah. Blah.  Not my kind of attitude.  M. Russell Ballard said:

“I believe you can train yourself to become a positive thinker, but you must cultivate a desire to develop the skill of setting personal worthy and realistic goals.  Let me tell you something about goal setting. I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principle of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.”

I LOVE this!!  To reach my full potential is what I strive for.  This is why I set goals.  And if I don’t keep them, I make new ones!  I’m usually pretty good with the New Year’s Goal.  Last year, I didn’t have candy all year!  And I didn’t, minus homemade Christmas candies!  And, ya know what?  I’m not going to have candy again this year.  I need to update one of my goals I posted in the last post!!  I talked about not having white flour and white sugar.  Well, I’m already not going to have that 6 days a week so my new mini goal is to eat within the first hour of waking up and every 3 hours.  Here’s the updated list:

2015 #1 GOAL

Healthy eating 6 days a week!

6 MINI GOALS

JAN-FEB: One treat day a month.

MAR-APR: Keep a food journal.

MAY-JUNE: Eat first hour of waking up and every 3 hours.

JUL-AUG: Daily vitamins and 80 oz. of water daily.

SEP-OCT: No eating past 8:00 p.m.

NOV-DEC: 6 days a week of Jamie Eason Live Fit.  

I always start JAN. 1 regardless of what day of the week it lands on!  This year it’s a Thursday.  I think I’ll do a little detoxing for 4 days with smoothies and soups!  Several Christmas presents this year will motivate me to stay on track!!!  I got a treadmill and some new workout clothes, one can never have too many!  I got two new books!  One is used to track weight workouts.  I’m excited about this.  I’ve always wanted to be better at keeping record of my sets, reps, and weight.  The second is a body part I’ve been wanting to improve (:  The funny thing is that half of the book is about how and what to eat!!  So true!!

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60-days-promo-desktop-final-3I liked it because it’s 4 weight workouts I week.  I’m always doing extra classes so this works perfect!

Shoulders/Traps

Back/Biceps/Forearms

Chest/Triceps

Legs

You can download the whole program that includes nutrition at Muscle and Fitness.  He uses the theory of having light and heavy lifting days.  On the other days I’ll be doing boot camp, HIGH fitness, combat, or running.  Can’t wait!!

O.K.  I’m set for the new year!  I’m going to try and be better at posting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Monday will be food related, Wednesday is for workouts, and Friday is fashion and fun!

Keep working hard and loving life.  Get after it and believe in yourself.  See you next year!!

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The JOY of Christmas!

Besides my crazy obsession with health and fitness, I have an equal passion for beautiful and inspiring music.  As Christmas approaches my heart is reminded of the REAL meaning of Christmas!  Take a break from the holiday rushing and festivities and enjoy two of my favorite Christmas videos this season and #sharethegift.

Working out and the biggest 2015 fitness trend

HELLO!!  I’m ready to start a great December week!  I mentioned in the last post about leaning out in December.  I’m still on board, but I forget each year the outta control partyness that goes on all month!  I’m not going to be as perfect as I wanted to be this month, but I’ll be close.  I’m lookin’ ahead to Jan. for my serious push!  Here are a few tips to stay on track!

Drink water!!!!  Especially a big glass before a foodie event!  This will calm your cravings and appetite.  And if you do splurge, drink water again!!  You’d think I’d drink a lot of water, but I have to remind myself to drink sometimes because I get so busy that I forget!

  • Plan your week out!  Consciously think about your schedule and what parties you have and then eat super healthy all around them so you can relax at the party.
  • Plan your workouts!!!  I told my friends during our run today that I honestly LOVE sitting down and scheduling my workouts for the week.  Weird I get excited about that (:
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you have a mess up day.  Get back at it the next day!

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O.K.  Fitness tread for 2015…drumroll… It’s one of my favorites for it’s simplicity and old schoolness.  BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES.  Think squats, lunges, pushups, planks, maybe burpees (:  This is how I roll!  Kinda funny that it’s nothing new.  2nd place is still HIIT workouts.  Another favorite of mine.  Personal training is number 3!  Love that.  Spinning and Zumba are going out the window.  So, don’t think you need too much to get in shape!  Here’s a quick and simple one you can try anywhere:

4 ROUNDS (25-20-15-10 reps)

* Do 25 of everything on round one, 20 on round two, etc…

Prisoner Squats

Hand Release Push Ups

Sit Ups

Burpees

Side Lunges

Mountain Climbers

Side Planks 

Switch Lunges

And!  I just made that up!  I know that’s not that exciting (:  I’ll have to try it out with my workout group this week.

I’ll end with a few of my favorite workout clothes these days.  Think Christmas gift ideas of course.  Lulu shorts are my fav. after trying MANY.  In fact, everything in these photos are LULULEMON.  You can’t go wrong.  Comfy and great for any workout!

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Tank-105 singlet. Shorts-Run times short. Bra-Energy bra

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Tank-cool racerback.  Shorts-Run times short

Tank-cool racerback. Shorts-Run times short

My shoes are Nike Vomeros!  My favorites for running too.  Well…I have a sick kid that’s acting like Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  He’s 16 and he wants to snuggle (:  Delirious?  Have a great week and Work Hard Always!!

Pre Thanksgiving Turkey Burn

Happy favorite holiday of the year!  For as long as I can remember, my Mom has hosted the annual Thanksgiving dinner.  I’ve helped her with the whole process every year and I’m grateful I still live close to my parents so that I can be a part of the tradition.  This year, the party will be at MY HOUSE!  I love the smells, food, the crisp Fall air, and the constant talking and laughing with cousins, aunts, and uncles.  Gratefully, our family enjoys being together!!  It is a simple holiday that doesn’t receive much fanfare and it’s all about GRATITUDE and HAPPINESS.  That’s why I like it!

This morning, last year’s Thanksgiving came to mind and I remember telling myself I wanted to fit into my white pants and wear them on Thanksgiving!  Here I am last year!

securedownloadI’m happy to report that I tried them on again and I think they fit me better this year!  Yay for the old 40 year old (: I won’t be wearing them tomorrow!  I’ll think of something else!  It does look like the weather was nice last year and once again our weather will be beautiful!!!

This week at my church workout I did a super intense and fast cardio Thanksgiving burn!!  It was a two part workout!  I called the Batgirl one the 30 minute warm up.  The 100 rep one I had to cut down to 50 reps.  Weak I know!  We didn’t have enough time!  Give them a try!!  No breaks.  Super sweaty.

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100 REP Challenge

10×10

Front Raises

Curtsy Lunges

Tricep Extension

Snowboarders

Push Ups

10×10

Thrusters

Bicep Curl

Stiff Leg Deadlift

Sit Ups

Burpees

I took it easy this week due to a yucky cold!  I’m looking forward to hittin’ it hard starting tomorrow and throughout the weekend.  The evening of Thanksgiving we’ll be heading to St. George (70 degrees!!!!!!)  I already have my workouts planned out (:  I’ve been in the mood for some weight lifting ipod time! And of course pool and shopping time!  

Enjoy Thanksgiving Day!!  Be safe and healthy!  Eat as much and whatever you like!!  It’s not so much about what you eat on Thanksgiving, it’s about what you eat on all the ordinary days throughout the rest of the year that adds up!! 

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3 favorite foods you should be eating

Happy Monday!!  Today I have GREAT food ideas, killer workouts for the next 2 weeks, and a sweet outfit (:  FIRST off!!!  I have been so happy with myself for staying strict on my eating.  I am 2 lbs. away from my Nov. 15th deadline and I feel great!  I even ate two treats over the weekend in complete MODERATION!!  That’s my weak spot!  Nothing new about what I’m eating.  Protein shakes, veggies, fruit, and lean protein.  Small servings and lots of workouts since I will be reaching this goal!  I have 3 favorite foods right now!!  SOUP, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, and PESTO (not really a food but a divine flavor!)  Yesterday, I baked a squash in the oven and scraped it out with a fork.  It looks like spaghetti with MUCH lower carb count than regular pasta.  I put a small amount of spaghetti sauce on it, steamed some broccoli, and added a little pesto for flavor!!  SO DELSIH!!!  I didn’t take a pic. but I found this on Pinterest!  FYI!!!  There are so many spaghetti squash recipes on Pinterest!  I think I’ll be trying many of them!!

Cut in half, scoop out seeds, brush with olive oil, bake at 375 for 30  minutes.

Cut in half, scoop out seeds, brush with olive oil, bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

This is what I buy at Costco.

This is what I buy at Costco.

As for SOUP!!!  This is how I warm up in the winter.  Our temps just dropped 20 degrees and I’m feeling it!!  One of my FAVORITE soups is the tomato basil soup from ZUPPA’S.  I need to look up that recipe.  On Saturday we were at Zuppa’s and all I ordered was a large bowl of this MINUS the orzo pasta.  SO GOOD!! Tomato_Basil OK!!!  Next up, WORKOUTS!!  I workout too much I know.  This week and last I’ve been on a mission, but normally (: I’m not that crazy!!  You have to look up Jamie Eason’s last 2 weeks of her 12 week trainer.  This is what I’ll be doing for the next 2 weeks.  I’m a little scared! 0001KMEvery day is a different body grouping.  This one appears to be LEGS!  Yikes!  I’ll fill you in later this week on how things are going! I’ll finish up since I don’t have as much time this week!  Early out schedule for the kids takes away 2 hours of my day!  I’m going to get cooking!  I’m making a few meals tonight for friends.  Torture for me because I’m making my favorite rolls!  DIET TIP 101!  Don’t eat any, save a couple and put them in the fridge for later.  Then you don’t feel like you’re missing out!  This will be a fun week of meetings, kid stuff, and my youngest child’s birthday party!  Two parties I might add.  My baby is 6!!  WHAT!?  Have a splendid day!  Work Hard ALWAYS!!!! Here’s my Sunday outfit!  I fell in love with the color of this skirt and then of course I had to have the birdie sweater to go with it!  I can’t remember, but I think it’s all from Banana Republic! The button down shirt is J Crew.  Until next time! photo-66