Guest Post: 5 Ways to Stick to Your Fitness Program

Good morning!  I’m coming at you with another guest post today.  I know that’s two in a row and I promise I’m not abandoning you, but I just can’t resist sharing some of my favorite fellow bloggers with you!  Today, Heather from Mrs. Murphy’s Law of Fitness is sharing with us her tips to stick to your fitness program.  I thought this was appropriate with the start of the new year upon us and this being the time of the year when many of us make a goal to start a new fitness program.  This can be a daunting goal for some, especially if you are new to fitness, so Heather’s tips come at a perfect time!  And by the way, if you haven’t visited Heather’s blog yet, it’s a must read! She’s a certified personal trainer, talented yogi and full of intense (and quick!) workouts that I absolutely love.  In addition to great workouts, Heather is all about finding balance in your life, which I really appreciate.  Plus, she’s a super cute southern gal with an equally adorable baby boy, of whom she shares plenty of pics that always put a smile on my face!  (and when you see her bod…yes she’s had a baby…) Impressive, I must say. 😉

Here’s Heather!

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Hi Sit-ups and Sequins readers.

I am Heather from Mrs. Murphy’s Law of Fitness and I’m extremely excited to be hanging out with all you beautiful people! I love Christa because she is just as crazy about fitness and healthy living as I am, so when she asked me to guest post for her I jumped at the opportunity.

Since it is the beginning of the year, and I am sure some of you have set some high expectations for yourselves to lose weight and begin an exercise regimen. As a personal trainer, and health nut, I know a thing or two about how to stick to a fitness program, and wanted to share a few with you.

5 tips

1. Take baby steps- This is crucial. Too many people vow to exercise six days a week, cut out sugar completely and lose 15 lbs. in a month. It’s too much pressure! You’ll be hitting up happy hour and canoodling with Ben & Jerry’s in two weeks.  Start out by making an effort to get in some sort of physical activity everyday- even if it is just a thirty minute walk after dinner, or a few quick, intense workouts throughout the day- just move! Once you realize how great it makes you feel you will enjoy working out and make it a priority.

2.  Create a great playlist- It seems simple, but sometimes I will workout because I want an excuse to listen to music. Save certain songs for the gym so you won’t risk getting tired of them and you’ll be more motivated to go! Music can define your mood and determine how motivated you are, so choose wisely!

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3. Make it personal- Everyone wants to look good and feel confident about their bodies, but if you want to stick to your new exercise program you have to realize why you haven’t been successful in the past. Do you binge eat when you are stressed? Are you lonely or depressed? Maybe you are just bored. All of these things will hinder your weight loss. Exercise will help with these issues, and ultimately, working towards fixing them will be what keeps you doing the squats and running that extra mile.

4. Find a friend- This is especially beneficial in the beginning when you will find any excuse to skip your spin class. You are less likely to bail when you know someone is counting on you to be there.

5. Keep it interesting-

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People quit working out because they are bored or have hit a plateau. Keep your workout interesting by changing it up frequently. Try out different exercise classes, or one of the million workouts you’ve found on Pinterest.

Good luck with all of your goals and stay positive!

Guest Post: Smoothie Recipe from Jessie Loves 2 Run

I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and feature another one of my fellow bloggers. Today, Jessie from Jessie Loves to Run was nice enough to write a little somethin-somethin for ya! I stumbled across her blog a few months ago and it’s one of my favorites. First of all, she’s so adorable you just want to put her in your pocket 😉 but more than that, she is incredibly thoughtful and funny, and I love the positive message she sends with her blog. I always look forward to her recipes- especially her smoothies- so I thought it would be great if she could share one with you all!  If you haven’t stopped by her blog yet, please do!!!
So, without further ado, take it away Jessie!
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Hello Sit-ups & Sequin readers! I’m Jessie & I blog over at Jessie Loves To Run
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Words cannot express how excited I was when Christa asked if I’d write a guest post for her. I only started following Christa’s blog a few months back, but its quickly become one of my favorites. Christa’s not only beautiful, but her sweetness & honesty shines through on a daily basis. I can only wish her the greatest success in life.
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Even though I’m sure many of you are dealing with freezing temperatures this time of the year, I see no reason why cold beverages can’t be consumed. If you happen to be a faithful reader of mine for even a month, you’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a huge smoothie fan. Negative degrees – no problem, grab a blanket & turn up the heat.
A couple months back I purchased a Keurig & have quickly become obsessed. For someone who used to never drink coffee, I’m finding myself having 2 glasses of iced coffee with peppermint extract daily. #sorryimnotsorry.
Up until this past week, it’s never dawned upon me to swap out the milk/water in smoothies with chilled coffee. Sure I’ve seen recipes involving instant coffee packets, but never with actual brewed coffee. I figured this would be the perfect time to share a smoothie I’ve been loving.
Breakfast in Bed Smoothie
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Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop CLICK Vanilla Latte Protein Powder or Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 cup brewed & chilled Medium Roast Coffee – I use Wolfpuck Breakfast in Bed kcup
  • Silvered almonds & Unsweetened coconut flakes for topping
  • Xanthan gum
  • 6-8 ice cubes
Preparation:
  • Add protein powder, coffee, xanthan gum, and ice cubes to blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Put in freezer for 30-60 minutes
  • Add silvered almonds & unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Enjoy!
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 This smoothie is the perfect beverage to get you moving first thing in the morning. Feel free to include some spinach for added nutrients – I promise you won’t taste the greens one bit.
  • Have you ever used brewed coffee in your smoothies?
  • Any other ways you’ve used coffee? I just tried brewed coffee in my oats this week – delicious!