Thursday, November 26, 2015

#LGFitmas Challenge: Total Body Do Anywhere Workout (W1D4)


Traveling today & don't have dumbbells? Why not fill up a milk jugs with water or use your & your mother's purse as a substitute ;)

Training Tip of the Day: Active rests... let's talk about them. In case you haven't notice, I'm all about them weights, bout them weights no cardio ((well maybe sometimes lol)) And now we will have that Meghan Trainor song stuck in our heads all day! There are ways to rev up the intensity of a workout without actually changing the workout ((exercises, sets, reps)) without adding extra time! We're all about training smarter not harder! Active rests mean that during your workout, instead of stopping to rest, you remain active, such as by doing light cardio, stretching or anything else that keeps your heart rate slightly elevated. To science geek out on you again.... when we weight train, we feel a "burn" which is a build up of lactic acid produced under an oxygen deficit. By actively resting, this lactic acid can be lowered or buffered by the presence of oxygen brought in through the bloodstream by an additional movement: the light cardio or stretching! Active rests help us burn more calories, increase strength and stamina, and lead to a "feel good" workout with that post-workout high. 

Try out active rests with this workout, after you complete 1 minute of the movement, instead of sitting or completely resting, bop up and down on your feel a little bit! Let me know what you think :)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#LGFitmas Challenge: HIIT Cardio & Abs (W1D3)



Watch a quick video demo on some of the above exercises HERE

Why Not Wednesday Tip of the Day: Why not talk about HORMONES today?! Nerd alert...I have a background in Biology, so I'm super interested in how our bodies work in order to create the most effective plans for you, so excuse me while I geek out on endocrinology. I will argue that hormones affect our ability to lose fat and get fit more than any other variable out there, so why look on this cellular level in terms of seeing out results?! If you're struggling with stubborn fat, this tip is certainly for you!

One of my favorite hormones is leptin. When I think of leptin, I think of a fit bombshell, yelling "okay girl, you're good... put down that fork" because that's just what leptin does; the role of leptin is to signal the brain to tell you when you're full.  Sounds great, right?! Are you thinking, "hey I like leptin" lol?? Here's the problem...that process is often impeded. One way that can happen is through excess consumption of fructose ((yes, the natural sugar found in fruit)) In small amounts, fructose is okay, but too much fructose as well as added sugar in processed food provides too much for the body to utilize as one time, so it converts it into fat cell, which then give off leptin. Too much leptin (or any hormone) creates a resistance, leading to the brain missing the full signal and preventing you from feeling full and increasing the likelihood you're overeating and storing fat. Intriguing, right?!

This is a great example of why too much of even a good thing can be a bad thing, and it's why the nutrition system I teach in Eat Your Way Lean is so beneficial to helping you see physical results! As you proceed through LGFitmas, keep focusing on the portion guideline in Eat Your Way Lean to ensure you're seeing results by working smarter not harder!

If you're interested in reading more on this, check out "The Science" Section in Eat Your Way Lean, starting on page 5 ((Black Friday is the biggest sale of the year at, so if you're thinking of downloading that ebook, hold off until then and you'll be happy you did ;))

My idol is my mom, Debbie :) She's the most selfless person I've ever known who is so full of love  and you can feel it when you're in her presence. I strive every day to be more like her in that way!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#LGFitmas Challenge: Biceps + Triceps (W1D2)



Watch a quick video demo on some of the above exercises HERE

Tasty Tuesday Tip of the Day: A foodie's favorite day of the week here at TASTY TUESDAY :) Today's tip is about how to enjoy without overindulging. As many of you know, I talk about a place of "enough without the excess" when it comes to nutrition; it's a sweet spot where we are eating enough that our bodies can synthesize muscle to achieve that fit look without the excess so that we're not storing fat. One way to ensure you're doing that is to create single serving meals. I find this especially helpful when it comes to carbohydrates and treats. I mean... when's the last time you went crazy overeating grilled chicken and felt guilty about it haha. On the other hand, I can recall a few times where I reached for a flaming hot cheeto only to realize I ate the entire "family size" bag ;)

2 Ways to Set Up the Single Serving
(1) FOOD CONTAINERS: Since too much of even a good thing can be a bad thing, food containers are a great option for holding 1 portion of a complete meal. When you meal prep, use your portion hand guide found in Eat Your Way Lean to "measure" out proper portions and place them into containers. There's no temptation to sneak extra this way!

(2) MUFFIN TINS: Muffin tins are a great way to make different meals from mini quiches (recipe here) to mini meatloafs and to take into consideration portions! If you're someone who has a difficult time drawing the portion line, you will love meals made in muffin tins for the boost in self control!

Here's a single serve Baked Cinnamon Apple Recipe you'll love this Thanksgiving!

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As you know, I love, love, love quick and easy meals. I especially love that this cinnamon baked apple recipe is perfect for this holiday week.

In today’s Tasty Tuesday Tip of the Day, we’re talking about single serving options… enjoying without over indulging. This is certainly something that you can make for yourself and once it’s gone, it’s gone. No overeating, which is so key for keeping it tight and right on Thanksgiving!

This recipe is so simple that you'll want it for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

Feel free to mix it up too. I used honey, but you could use good quality maple syrup. I sliced the apples, but if you're feeling like you want to make it really visually stunning, you could core out the apples and stuff them with the oats and honey.

1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 red delicious apples or Granny Smith apples
1 tbsp organic honey
1/4 cup gluten-free oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground sea salt

Eat Your Way Lean Food Plate Sections Fulfilled: carbohydrate, extra

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a small ramekin with olive oil.

Peel and cube the apples. Place them in a small bowl, and toss with honey, oats, cinnamon and sea salt.

Stir well and pour the mixture into the ramekin

Bake until apples are softened, about 25 minutes. 

I've been receiving A LOT of questions on the LG Meal Plan lately and how it differs from other nutrition plans out there. Here's how I describe it best... there's healthy eating & then there's eating healthy food in a specific way to lose fat & get fit. Most plans teach that general healthy eating, which often leaves women feeling "stuck" with physical results. I teach what to eat (you get to choose the things you love), how much and optimal timing for results; it's most likely just a tweak of what you're already doing but it's super easy!

Spoiler Alert.... Black Friday is the biggest sale of the year at, so if you can, hold off until then if you're thinking about snagging the ebooks in the LG Meal Plan ;)

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Monday, November 23, 2015



Watch a quick video demo on some of the above exercises HERE

Motivation Monday Tip of the Day: We aren't much without are goals, are we?! Goal setting is something I'm sure you've heard many times, but if I can share why it's so important as well as how I suggest goal setting, I'm confident it's something you'll see great results with! 

WHY.... why is goal setting so important? 
I think of it as a home builder without a blueprint or a driver without the map. Our time and energy is incredibly precious, so we need the most efficient & effective route. Goal setting helps put clarity in your path. It makes it easier to say "yes" to this and "no" to that. It also helps rid your life of a lot of fear and anxiety associate with the unknown. 

HOW.... how do I suggest goal setting. 
At we're about a happy, healthy life. A great body is just one piece of that amazing puzzle, so I set goals in 4 categories: professional, personal, fitness and nutrition. It's amazing how much these overlap. Just the other day, I was faced with a dauntingly long day of work ((one of my goals was to launch LG Fitmas with both gym & home workouts)) I also have a fitness goal of attending a restorative yoga class every week, and it happened to fall on that hectic work day. Still, one hour of yoga left me with the clarity and focus I needed to succeed in my work day. By setting goals in and out of the gym, you'll be creating a lifestyle the promotes your goals in all areas!

Today, I'm sharing a quote that's motivating me with my goals as well as a goal I have in each of those 4 categories:

Professional -Launch something so huge in January that I have to keep it a secret for now :(
Here's a hint #LGAccountability x10000000

Personal - I work a lottt and it's because I really enjoy it, but that doesn't always leave a lot of time for family & friends; getting married this year showed me how special that part of life is & it deserves my attention, so I've committed to a weekly date night with my husband, Anthony

Fitness - complete 10 pull ups (right now I'm stuck at 7)

Nutrition - get back to eating gluten free (I have a slight intolerance,)but I honestly just get lazy with it, so I need to focus on cutting out the gluten

Can't wait to read yours!

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