Sunday, December 21, 2014

Legs (#LGFitmas Day 30) - 12/22

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Leg day on a Monday is like looking at your week in the face and saying, "you're mine." 
Put all your confidence in yourself this week and go make it great!
Top & Pants: Lululemon
 
Motivation Monday Tip: An intention is nothing more than a thought that leads to something greater. On a simple level, wiggling your toes begins with a conscious intention that turns into an action. Especially during this time of the year, you may be feeling like your wheels are constantly spinning.  During the most hectic times, setting an intention can help you call to your life exactly what you are creating. Below are 3 simple steps that will take you no more than a few minutes to help you create an intention and make this week exactly what you want it to be!
 
3 Steps to Set an Intention:
(1) Take a Moment To Be Still
So often, we are in "go mode" and we aren't aware of our thoughts or feelings; take a moment to just be and listen to what your mind is telling you.

(2) Establish an Intention
When you take a moment to yourself, you will be able to pinpoint what it is you're most desiring in the moment. For instance, my mind and body are rarely in the same place. I'm sitting down for a meal, but I'm thinking about what I need to be doing on my computer, so I've established that being fully present in the moment is important to me, especially over a holiday week.

(3) Remain Aware
Once you've established your intention, keep it at the forefront of your mind. Write it down on a piece of paper or play the ideal scenario in you mind over and over; the more we are consciously aware, the more powerful that intention becomes.

Day 30 Challenge: (( INTENTION )) Share your intention with the #LGAccountability community to bring it to life, then leave some love on the pages of the other ladies!

Instagram Check Ins:
 
Stay accountable! Upload your workout, meal and challenge pictures to Instagram to inspire and be inspired by the community. Use the hashtags #LGFitmas #LGAccountability, and/or #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me, @laurengleisberg so we can all connect!

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Week 5 Schedule (#LGFitmas Day 29) - 12/21

IT'S THE FINAL WEEK OF #LGFITMAS :)
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A huge part of success in any area of life is having a plan and schedule...our health & fitness goals can certainly benefit from spending some time in the planning phase. I created a weekly schedule for you all to track what you're eating, how much water you're drinking, workouts, completed challenges, and check ins with the rest of the community on Instagram! Especially when it comes to meals, it's really helpful to write that down. I ask myself, "is that cookie worth having to write 'snacked on a cookie' in your food journal?"
 
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or
(2) you can right click to save as and print it off

Day 29 Challenge: (( COZY  )) This time of the year is extremely hectic and if you celebrate Christmas, this week may have you all over the place; today, make some time to create a cozy place and share it with the #LGAccountability community. For myself, I'm thinking....robe, slippers, hot tea, and a Christmas movie. What's yours??

This week will really challenge you, so use the community via Instagram to stay connected and motivated! Leave some love on the pages of others!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

PROGRESS CHECK IN (#LGFitmas Day 28) - 12/13

Selfie Saturday Tip & Day 27 Challenge:
Congratulations on successfully completing week 4 of #LGFitmas!
--there's just ONE week left--
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As you know, there are three $30 gift cards (to your choice of lululemon, Nike, Sports Authority or Dicks Sporting Goods) on the line for those who make the greatest progress inside and out over the Five Weeks of #LGFitmas, check in on Instagram the most, and show the greatest level of dedication and inspiration. 
Below are a few ways I suggest measuring your progress week to week. Pictures are without a doubt my favorite tracker; with collage apps, you can compare pictures side by side to note changes in body 
Instagram Check In: 
Stay accountable! Upload your workout, meal and challenge pictures to Instagram to inspire and be inspired by the community. Use the hashtags #LGFitmas #LGAccountability, and/or #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me, @laurengleisberg so we can all connect!

I would LOVE to see your week 4 progress, if you feel comfortable, check in with your #SelfieSaturday progess pictures on Instagram #LGAccountability #LGFitmas
or
Email them to me at laurengleisbergblog@gmail.com

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Back & Glutes (#LGFitmas Day 27) - 12/19

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Friday Fun Tip: It's important to fill your weekends with fun plans, but I know a lot of women struggle to find the balance between healthy and enjoyable activities. I've found there are two great ways to enjoy parties and company without feeling derailed from your health goals.

Top 2 Ways Stay Healthy At Holiday Parties:
(1) Talk Less Eat More
Engage in good conversations; before you know it, you'll get lost in chatter and completely forget about the food spread at the party!

(2) Stand Far From the Food
At parties, there is a lot of mind-less nibbling. If you strategically place yourself a distance from the snacks, you will be less likely to overindulge.
 
Day 27 Challenge: (( NAILS )) Whether you're hitting up the salon or giving yourself a manicure this weekend, share your holiday-inspired nails with the #LGAccountability community

I think shellac/gel nails were created for women who lift weights since they rarely chip! I do love a deep red or plum for the holidays, but I saw these white + metallic combinations on Pinterest.

 
Instagram Check Ins:  Stay accountable! Upload your workout, meal and challenge pictures to Instagram to inspire and be inspired by the community. Use the hashtags #LGFitmas #LGAccountability, and/or #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Arms (#LGFitness Day 26) - 12/18

 
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Top & Pants: Lululemon
Shoes: Asics
Thoughtful Thursday Tip: The theory of accountability is a well studied and discussed field in sociology and psychology. Accountability consists of some sort of expectation in account-giving behaviors. We often feel compelled to this account-giving either by carrying out the appropriate action or finding some excuse. In our jobs, we complete tasks because we are held accountable by our bosses, co-workers, clients, etc; we rarely even consider not doing our jobs because it's a very clear expectation.  However, in our health and fitness journeys, we often lack that accountability. In my opinion, there is no greater force for making healthy lifestyle choices than having someone to keep you focused. Find someone in your life (physically or virtually) who can share in accountability keeping; simply hashtag #LGAccountability to join our community and share in motivation with others.

Anthony & I are home in Wisconsin for Christmas. While our schedules and routines aren't what they normally are, we're doing our best to have the healthy choices outweigh the bad. Sometimes all it takes is one person's encouraging words to make all the difference!

Anyone else take advantage of basement workouts?!
The basement is where I started my fitness path!
Day 26 Challenge: (( RAINBOW )) I find it fascinating that the colors of fruits and vegetables relates to the nutrients they possess; for that reason, try to include a rainbow of food items on your plate. Share your rainbow meal(s) with the #LGAccountability community

Instagram Check Ins:  Stay accountable! Upload your workout, meal and challenge pictures to Instagram to inspire and be inspired by the community. Use the hashtags #LGFitmas #LGAccountability, and/or #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upper Body Weight Training Circuit (#LGFitmas Day 25) - 12/17

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Upper body training is easy to skip because it isn't as "fun" as other muscle groups,
but there's something about upper body strength that infectiously translates into inner strength,
so don't forget to get in upper body work!
Top & Shorts: Lululemon

Workout Wednesday Tip: Looking for some push up tips? Push ups and pull ups are two staple exercises that many women aim to improve. I suggest devising a plan to increase strength for these exercises that actually don't involve either of those two exercises. Let's take the push up for today's example. When you're looking to improve your strength and performance on a particular exercise, it's wise to work on movements that target the muscle groups needed to execute that exercise. So, in our example, I suggest incorporating exercises like the bench press, dumbbell/cable flyes, dumbbell chest press, and cable cross overs; additionally, secondary muscles such as the triceps and shoulders aid in performing a push up, so movements like push downs, extensions, presses and side raises will also be beneficial.

Day 25 Challenge: (( PUSH UP )) Challenge yourself to complete a push up personal record! Go until you cannot complete another rep without sacrificing form! Remember, it's a YOU vs YOU competition, so share you progress with the #LGAccountability community!

Instagram Check Ins:
 
Stay accountable! Upload your workout, meal and challenge pictures to Instagram to inspire and be inspired by the community. Use the hashtags #LGFitmas #LGAccountability, and/or #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me, @laurengleisberg so we can all connect!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Legs Superset (#LGFitmas Day 24) - 12/16

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About that ridiculously long pony tail...I cut it...myself! Just a few inches! I have been feeling so empowered by riding my life of all dead weight: people, situations, thoughts, etc. I got a bit carried away! I guess that is the definition of #longhairdontcare

Also, I'm sorry for the delayed post yesterday! I post my blogs every night at 11 PM CST to ensure those who workout in the AM have access to the day's workout, but yesterday I simply forgot. I received A LOT of messages & emails about that. It's proof that I'm human and by no means am perfect. I'm sorry if your Monday workout was off because of it!
Top & Crops: Lululemon

Tasty Tuesday Tip: Reinvent to create new things! We all have our favorite food items - they're the ones we consider staples and never fail to pick up at the grocery store! While I do think it's beneficial to try completely new things in terms of meals, I also like to suggest taking what you already love and prepping it differently to create a completely new meal! All this requires is a quick Google or Pinterest search. If, for instance, you love salmon, type in, "healthy salmon recipe" and see how others are cooking salmon dishes! Creativity helps with consistency because it decreases diet boredom!

I am a huge fan of apples, especially for a post-workout, fast acting carbohydrate! Scroll down or click here to check out my simple Roasted Cinnamon Apple Recipe

Day 24 Challenge: (( NEW )) I challenge you to create a new meal today! Share it with the #LGAccountability community and peruse the hashtag to gain food-spiration ((did I just invent a new term)) from others!

Instagram Check Ins: 
Stay accountable! Upload your workout, meal and challenge pictures to Instagram to inspire and be inspired by the community. Use the hashtags #LGFitmas #LGAccountability, and/or #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me, @laurengleisberg so we can all connect!

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HEALTHY ROASTED CINNAMON APPLE RECIPE

We all have our favorite food items - they're the ones we consider staples and never fail to pick up at the grocery store!  I suggest taking what you already love and prepping it differently to create a completely new meal! All this requires is a quick Google or Pinterest search. 

I love apples and eat one almost every day after my workout for a quick-digesting carbohydrate source! This recipe is a great way to switch up a traditional apple!

These roasted apples are especially delicious on a cool, winter day!


Ingredients:
1 apple
1 tbsp raw honey
Ground cinnamon to taste

Prep:
(1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
(2) Slice the apple in half, removing the core
(3) Drizzle honey on top of each apple; 1/2 tbsp on each 
(4) Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top
(5) Bake for 30 minutes

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HIIT Cardio & Bosu Ball Abs (#LGFitmas Day 23) - 12/15

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Motivation Monday Tip: Be intentional about bringing excitement into your healthy lifestyle. I'm sure you've heard people say ((or perhaps thought yourself)) that working out and eating healthy is boring. Well, I once had a babysitter who would reply to my "I'm bored" whines that, "only boring people get bored." How true is that though?! When we learn to draw exciting things into our routine, it become fun! Think small and allow it to naturally build. For instance, I'm all about shopping with my girls and cute clothes, so I enjoy hitting up Lululemon, Nike, Reebok, Forever 21, and TJ Maxx to peruse to workout apparel with friends ((see ridiculously bright tank top pictured below)) If you're someone who loves to be girly and try new hairstyles, create a new gym look with a simple pony tail ((see hair tutorial below))! 
What do you think of this pony tail??

I love a braided pony tail to prevent the hair sticking to my sweaty back, and this was such a fun twist
{ TUTORIAL: POOF PONY TAIL }
Begin with a high, tight pony tail

Add invisible hair bands to different sections of the hair; the amount and distance between each will depend on the overall length of your hair

Hold the bottom of your body tail as you gently tug on the hair in between each invisible hair band to make it appear poofy
  Top & Crops: Lululemon

Day 23 Challenge: (( BOOK )) Books can bring such excitement to your daily life and it's quite a healthy habit! My favorites are healthy living and personal development reads! Who has good book suggestions they can share with the #LGAccountability community??

Instagram Check Ins: 
Stay accountable! Upload your workout, meal and challenge pictures to Instagram to inspire and be inspired by the community. Use the hashtags #LGFitmas #LGAccountability, and/or #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me, @laurengleisberg so we can all connect!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WEEK 4 SCHEDULE (#LGFitmas Day 22) - 12/14

Happy Week 4 of #LGFitmas!
Can you believe we're over half way done??
((click here for more information on the Five Weeks of #LGFitmas Challenge))

A huge part of success in any area of life is having a plan and schedule...our health & fitness goals can certainly benefit from spending some time in the planning phase. I created a weekly schedule for you all to track what you're eating, how much water you're drinking, workouts, completed challenges, and check ins with the rest of the community on Instagram! Especially when it comes to meals, it's really helpful to write that down. I ask myself, "is that cookie worth having to write 'snacked on a cookie' in your food journal?"
(1) You can pin this weekly schedule to your Pinterest account

or
(2) you can right click to save as and print it off

Day 22 Challenge: (( GROCERIES )) When you fill your refrigerator and pantry with nutritious items, you're more likely to grab those over junk. Look at this approach as focusing on choosing more "good" over worrying about eliminating the "bad." Share with the #LGAccountability community what you picked up from the grocery store, your fridge, and/or your pantry!

We're in the home stretch ladies; this is when it gets tough, so use the community via Instagram to stay connected and motivated! Leave some love on the pages of others!

PS - I highly suggest you quickly jump onto my mailing list for exclusive promotions, workouts, recipes, tips, and some pretty darn awesome news that's waiting to drop!