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She {hearts} Fit2B Studio (update!)

imageSo it’s been a month since I told you all about my Fit2B Studio personal challenge!  I’m going to be upfront and honest, since that’s how I like to be.  I made it through the first three weeks just fine, but now that the weather is nice, I find myself putting off my workouts.

I was fairly consistent with working out 3-4 days per week for the first three weeks, and it felt good.  However, I definitely have noticed how very weak my core is, and that tells me I have a long road ahead of me yet.  Thankfully, I will have Fit2B Studio to help me regain my strength.

Did any of you jump to the challenge?  What do you like to do to keep your body healthy and your core strong?

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She {hearts} Fit2B Studio

imageI struggle with exercising.  I find that I dread the thought of high intensity workouts that leave me hurting and exhausted.  I also realize that my core needs some real help after birthing four babies.  I have something called diastasis recti, which is a separation of the abdominal muscles.  Many women have it and have no idea.  It can cause all sorts of issues.

About a year ago I came across a fantastic website called Fit2B Studio.  The workouts are gentle yet effective, totally tummy safe (for those with core issues) and I really appreciate that Beth Learn, the founder and personal trainer in the videos, dresses modestly.

Fit2B Studio offers almost 100 streaming workout videos of varying difficulty.  Membership also comes with great personal support from Beth, member forums, even a Roku channel for those that have Roku.

I have challenged myself to one month of consistent Fit2B workouts, and I want to share my journey here.  Starting this week, for the next four weeks, I will be doing at least three or four workouts per week.  I hope to work toward healing my core and becoming a stronger version of me.

Feel free to join me!  I’d love to have some accountability.  Membership is $9.99 per month or $99 per year.  Stay tuned as I update, and maybe even offer something special for our readers.

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She {hearts} Oatmeal Bake

Have you read about soaking grains? There is a lot out there, so I will break down what I’ve learned to the basics (ie. what I actually understand) soaking aids in digestion of your food.

My conclusion, soaking = better digestion. (But you don’t have to take my word for it, read up on it yourself!)

This recipe, passed onto me by a friend, turns oatmeal into a delicious treat.

 

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Oatmeal Bake

Oatmeal Bake

Served warm the combined flavors from the coconut oil and molasses makes for a happy mouth and comforted belly, or you can eat {the leftovers} straight from the fridge cold making for an almost cake-like consistency. Also, this bake is easily halved, which is how I usually make it (in a large pie dish).

    To Soak:
  • 6C dry oats
  • 2C water
  • 1/3C yogurt/whey/kefir
  • 1C soft/melted coconut oil
  • Next Morning:
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 2tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2tsp vanilla
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2C molasses (1/3 C if using black strap, as it is so strong)
  • 1/2C raisins (optional)
  • Additional Toppings:
  • shredded coconut (optional)
  • brown sugar (optional)
  • additional yogurt or milk (optional)
  • honey (optional)
  1. Combine all "to soak" ingredients in glass bowl and leave on counter, covered, overnight or for 24 hours
  2. The next morning, pre-heat oven to 350
  3. Grease 9x13 pan
  4. Add all "next morning" ingredients to the soaked oats and scoop into prepared pan (optional: sprinkle top with shredded coconut and/or brown sugar)
  5. Bake for 30-35 min
  6. Serve warm or cold (optional: top with additional yogurt or milk and/or drizzle honey on top)

She {hearts} Avocado & Black Bean Salad

My family loves Mexican cuisine.  I think we could eat it every day of the week.  We love the lime, cilantro, and chili flavors all married together in one simple dish.  Since we eat it quite often, I try to switch up my recipes so it doesn’t feel like we are eating the same foods all the time.  I love avocados (it just might be the way to my heart… avocados!), so when I found this recipe I was stoked!  It is full of good fats, proteins, and is “clean” eating for those who are health conscious, not to mention it is easy and cheap!

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avocado & black bean salad
  • 1 can organic Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ripe Avocados, diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, finely diced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Mix the first 3 ingredients together.
  2. Combine olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper over the salad until the taste suits your fancy.
  3. Stir, chill, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this quick, easy, and cheap recipe!  I love that I can serve this independently, alongside another dish, or wrapped in a warm tortilla with fajitas and tacos.  It is super tasty and totally versatile!

Original Recipe adapted from here.

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She {hearts} Teeccino Herbal Coffee

I’m a coffee lover who has given up her coffee to become even healthier. It was tough, and believe me when I say I didn’t want to, but I did it! Over a month without my morning cup (coffee lovers feeling sorry for me yet?). The headaches lingered for a while, but then I was fine without it. Very sleepy, but ok. I would long for it when I smelled my hubby brewing his half a pot in the morning, but I sucked it up and even fixed his cup for him. I know some of you are saying, just drink it already. But I can’t. At least for now. I’m dealing with some health issues and we’re trying to find out what’s making me sick. I’ve been reading up on the benefits of eating more of an Alkaline diet, and well, coffee is very acidic.  Upping the fresh veggies, herbal teas, water, and cutting out A LOT. But I’m getting better and feeling better, so this is a good thing.

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I was at Whole Foods a few days ago and was looking for Chicory leaves, hoping it would satisfy my coffee craving, but I couldn’t find it. Which is fine, because I found something even better. Herbal coffee grounds! I can actually BREW a cup of herbal tea, in my Keurig! I am a happy girl! Those of you that love coffee know it’s just a nice feeling to be able to have a fresh cup of coffee. I’m so glad I don’t have to miss out on one of my favorite things anymore! I’m really impressed withTeeccino! So many flavors to choose from. And trust me when I say, delish!

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Teeccino coffee is available in 2 lines of flavors and can be purchased at teeccino.com from $2.50-$55.99.

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She {hearts} Knocked Up Fitness

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Let’s face it, staying in shape is a tough thing for many women, especially while pregnant (and not to mention being pregnant while chasing one or more other little ones)! Through my three pregnancies, I have tried different plans and dvds to try to stay in shape, only to quit after just a few workouts. Exhaustion and boredom quickly set in for me when it comes to working out, and during pregnancy I need something that not only catches my interest, but gives me results and makes my tired body feel good, rather than, well, more tired.

Knocked Up Fitness provides a pregnant mama a doable, safe workout suitable for all stages of pregnant. Erica Ziel, founder of Knocked Up Fitness, created these workout DVDs (Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness and Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts) to help a woman have a more comfortable pregnancy, have an easier labor and delivery, and help her get back to her pre-baby body more quickly after baby. Knocked Up Fitness relies on pilates, which, according to Erica, is the most effective and safe form of exercise for a pregnant woman, since it incorporates the strengthening of deep core muscles. When performing the exercises on the Knocked Up Fitness DVDs, Erica encourages mom-to-be to take it slow, drink water, and listen to her body, taking breaks when needed.

Knocked Up Fitness sent me both videos to try, and I am super impressed by them. Erica’s workouts are easy to follow, without too much instruction (I like it to be to the point!), and are between 30-60 minutes, which is doable for me. I have been following along with the DVDs for a few weeks now, and at 25 weeks I am still able to do the exercises with relative ease (but perhaps not look as great as Erica does in the process!). I am familiar with pilates and have always been relatively active exercise-wise, but I feel that even a exercise novice could pick the exercises up quickly and easily. I feel like I will be able to continue these workouts throughout my pregnancy, modifying when needed.

The Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness DVD encourages a combination of different workout segments and suggests a weekly schedule that changes up the exercises depending on the day of the week. I especially loved the variety of this DVD! My favorite workout segments were the pilates arms and total body pilates. I love how Erica encourages you to “hug your baby” as a means of keeping your core muscles tight and engaged. The Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts DVD is a little more straightforward with a simple core cardio segment and pilates yoga segment, as well as a short core “crash course” segment. I love the variety of this DVD as well, and definitely have felt the “good sore” feeling after following along. I am excited to continue these workouts throughout my pregnancy and look forward to seeing the results of my work after my pregnancy as well. It also doesn’t hurt to hear my three year old daughter encourage me while she watches me work out. She throws out plenty of comments, like “That’s very great, mommy!” and “Bravo, mommy!” and “Maybe someday I will do those exercises with you.” and “I really love to watch you exercise!” She kills me! On one occasion, she even got out one of her small inflatable balls and tried to do the workouts involving the exercise ball along with me. I love setting an example of enjoying fitness for my daughter, and these videos have definitely given me the opportunity to show her that even though mommy is pregnant, mommy can still stay fit and healthy.

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The Knocked Up Fitness DVDs can be purchased on amazon.com. Individually, they are $19.99 each, or you can purchase a combo pack (including a free exercise band) for $36.99. You can also find Knocked up Fitness on Facebook and Twitter.

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She {hearts} alternaVites Kids

My kids love taking their morning vitamins.  If I forget to give them out, the kids are on my case!  We recently had the chance to try something new and fun in the world of kids vitamins.  alternaVites Kids sent us a box of their one-of-a-kind crystal powder vitamins.

Rowan and Bria both thought they were the coolest thing ever!  They loved to just pour it slowly into their mouths and let it melt away.  Other options are stirring it into yogurt, adding it to a smoothie, or even a bowl of cereal.

alternaVites offers a great option for those who normally don’t like crunching down on a chalky vitamin.  alternaVites Kids are definitely a high quality vitamin without a bunch of nasty additives.

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She {hearts} Savings

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She {hearts} Freebies

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Visit the alternaVites website and then post a comment with one thing you’ve learned about the company or their products.

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