2 Minute Breakfast

  

  Here’s the deal…

If you’re like me, on workdays you get up at the crack of dawn, want to get in as much sleep as possible, and hate the thought of having extra crap to do before work, even if that extra crap is making breakfast.

I’ll admit to stopping at Dunkin Donuts, which of course, is right around the corner from me…and grabbing some non-nutritious, toxic-if you really look at the ingredients, egg white sandwich & coffee. $6 later I’m off to work, with at least a 5 minute detor, and end up naturally hungry again within the next 60-90 minutes.

Yuck! 

One solution can be meal prepping your breakfasts in advance. Egg white/egg “muffins” with protein and veggies, or overnight oats are great options that’ll only take you about 15 mins to prepare for the next day. Much better than that coffee shop temptation.

But what if you want to save even more time?

SHAKEOLOGY!!!!

I am so happy I’ve gotten back into drinking this superfood powerhouse each morning. And best of all, it takes maybe 2 mins to make!

I do the following:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • Handful ice
  • 1 scoop Shakeology
  • Unsweetened almond milk

Throw it all into a blender, blend, and GO!

  
And really best of all, the nutrition:

  • Ingredients derived from whole-food sources deliver the daily vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to curb cravings, allowing it to shed stored fat.
  • Over 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Fiber, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes help your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently and promote better absorption of nutrients.
  • Protein and essential amino acids help build muscles and reduce food cravings.
  • Prebiotics and digestive enzymes aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption.
  • Antioxidants and phytonutrients help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases.
  • A daily dose of vitamins and minerals provides your body what it needs to function for optimal health.

AND you aren’t left feeling hungry an hour later!!!

Check it out for yourself:

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PiYo Persistance

Do you surround yourself with people who keep you motivated? People who support you as you work towards your goals? People who will push you to keep doing more?

One of the many things I love about teaching fitness classes is the motivating people I get to spend my days with. I am constantly meeting new people who are making lifestyle changes for the better, strengthening relationships with those who have been coming regularly, and finding myself pushing harder when I see others keeping themselves pushing past their limits. 

Especially with PiYo, I am privileged to see people be PERSISTENT with it and constantly reach new achievements.

Its easy to give up when something gets hard…And let me tell you, things get very challenging in PiYo, but when you PERSIST and stick with it, its amazing the things that can be achieved!!!

Remember, anything worth working for will challenge you. It will test you. It will make you SWEAT

All of that stuff is worth it! Burpees might seem like something you’ll never do. But get rid of that mindset! Break a challenge down into more doable steps.

Rather than starting out just saying “I want to do three tricep pushups,” break it into steps, such as:

1-Hold a plank on your knees for one minute.

2-Now hold a plank on your toes.

3-On your knees, lower down as far as you can while keeping your elbows tucked in to the sides of your body. When you feel your elbows chicken wing out, push back up. Gradually get lower and lower towards the mat.

4-Start on your toes. Lower down, keeping elbows tucked in, lower down to knees while at lowest point, and pushup on knees.

5-Once you can do approximately 8 of step 4, attempt the full tricep pushup on toes going down & up. Strive for once at first, return to knees when needed, and keep progressing with how many you can do on your toes from there.

Persist with PiYo by breaking it down into doable segments. EVERYONE can be successful with this fitness format, that is the beauty of it!

Keep going! And if you are considering PiYo, or any new workout format, GO FOR IT! Set realistic, but limit-pushing goals along the way! :)

  

Fitness Fun

One of my favorite outlooks and things to remind people of while on their fitness journey is to never take themselves too seriously along the way!

If you can have fun while you workout, have friends who workout with you and you can enjoy your time with, and don’t get caught up in the small stuff, you’re SO much more likely to stick with it & not get frustrated with the progress, no matter how small.

So today when I was at my grandmother-in-law’s and I didn’t bring my bathing suit, I decided to try on one of hers haha, and of course take a short ab video!

I’ve struggled with body confidence in the past, so screw it! is my philosophy now. 😉

So here is a little piyo/pilates-inspired ab work. Repeat these exercises at least 3x through.

Everything can be modified and done with your back down on the mat (or towel😉), as well.

1-Single Single Double Alternating Knee Pulls (Barely in the video :( )

2-Crisscross-Opposite shoulder towards opposite knee.

3-Seated Double Leg Stretch

4-Leg Lifts

5-Low Crisscross Legs

Make sure to pull your bellybutton in towards your spine the whole time and BREATH! Six packs, here we come! 

PiYo Live Formatting

So you’re thinking of trying out a PiYo Live class at your local gym?
Putting yourself into a situation where you’re outside of your comfort zone can be scary, but it can also be AWESOME! And can help lead to amazing results that you never would have imagined possible.

I always tell my classes that the space outside of your comfort zone is where great things happen, where changes happen!

Sometimes feeling a little more prepared for those situations can help, though.
So here is a basic format of a PiYo Live class.

Every class is based on choreography that we’re given, as instructors, and the music and choreography should be pretty much the same no matter where you are. That’s the beauty of a class like PiYo, whether you go to a class in LA, Florida, or NYC, the basic format should be the same and you should be able to follow along regardless of where you’re used to taking PiYo.
Every instructor naturally puts their own spin and personality on their class, might do more or less reps of something, depending on their familiarity and their class’s familiarity with the lesson (each different PiYo class is called a “lesson” and we are currently on Lesson 40!).

The class starts with a
WARM UP-The warmup always stays the same, for the most part.
HEAT BUILDING-This section gets you ready for what’s about to come and is filled with sun salutations, different variations of sun salutations, and lunges.LOWER BODY-Squats and lunges, mostly, and different variations of both! Time to get that booty to the ground ;)
FULL BODY FUSION-Starts with “PiYo Pushups” and then moves through 3/4 different exercises that flow together. If you go to my class, we like to say “BAM” when getting up from our pushups :) SO FUN!!! One of my favorite parts of class!!!
POWER-Bring on the cardio! Burpees, knee pulls, power squats, plyometric options abound in this section, IF you want to take it to a higher level. All classes should show you lower impact options of these moves throughout!
FLOW-Slows things down a bit to really hold those yoga-based poses. We do speed it up a bit, but you get a great stretch (while strengthening) during this section!
CORE & MORE-Just as it says, LOTS of CORE-Crushing moves!!!
STRETCH & STRENGTH-Stretches with different strength-challenging moves throughout. Just when you thought you were safe with stretching, we make you do pushups, squats, etc. MWAhahaha ;)
COOLDOWN-You’re safe! Push the limit with the stretches to really get the most out of them when your body’s nice and warm and you can really increase your flexibility and prevent injury.

And that’s about it-When my class is lucky, we throw in extra of a certain section, though :)

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FroYo-Go to 21 Day Fix Snack

This snack helped me survive and thrive on the 21 Day Fix!
If you eat dairy/nut butter, you’ve gotta try this out! Or I’m sure it would be easy enough to sub coconut milk yogurt/nut butter alternative :)

Super easy snack-On or off of the 21 day fix!
froyo
Ingredients:
1 Red container of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (Red is a Protein)
2 teaspoons nut butter
1 Purple container of frozen blueberries (Purple is Fruits)

Mix the ingredients together (I find that using frozen blueberries, or whatever fruit you’d like) helps give a nice frozen consistency a lot faster than using berries from the fridge, and put in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes. ENJOY!!!

21 Day Fix

Another great program that Beachbody (the company that brings you PiYo) is the 21 Day Fix.

What is the 21 Day Fix?
Simply put, the 21 Day Fix makes nutrition easy! It takes the guess work out of portioning, and also does an amazing job of giving you the food you need to fuel your body without making you feel deprived or starved.
It comes with different color-coded containers, different sizes depending on which food group the container is for, and based on your weights and activity level you are assigned a plan with a specific number of each container to eat each day.There are also daily workout dvds that get your blood pumping and are easy to modify for those newer to working out, but challenging enough for advanced athletes!

But does it work?
Here are my results from the 21 Day Fix.
Left is the first day of my first round of the fix. Right in each photo is after the 21 days :)
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But more importantly than my results was how I felt while doing the 21 Day Fix.
I felt strong, lean, and powerful. Powerful? That sounds weird
But seriously-I tend to eat too many carbs, even though they’re healthier carbs, I just know in my “normal”-non-21 day fix eating, I eat more than I should. And this program showed my the amount of carbs I should be eating for the activity level I live. And I felt amazing eating this way.

Where can I get my own?
Easy! Check out beachbodycoach.com/angelinafitness
Click shop-And find the 21 Day Fix under fitness programs!

Being on track

So…I just got home from getting married! Woooo!!!
And it made me think of this blog and the horrible job I’ve done of updating it.

To update a little on where my life is-Rather than doing a lot of at home PiYo, I’ve actually made quite a bit of progress by teaching more PiYo Live classes at the gym.
If you’ve never taken a PiYo Live class, you’ve gotta check out what gyms around you offer it and get out there. It takes, in my opinion, the best parts of the at home PiYo program and puts it into one crazy hour.

But regardless, both workouts have become my favorite workout because they incorporate so many different aspects of fitness into one workout. You get strength, stretch, some cardio, and it does it in a way that is good for ANY fitness level.  Advanced athletes can make it more challenging, adding in plyometrics and getting reallllly low in your squats and lunges. While those newer to working out can still get a lot out of it and find  modifications that work for them.

So now I’m trying to get back on track with blogging about health & fitness tips, ideas, workouts, etc.  We’ll see where this blog goes from here!

Would you take a PiYo Live class? And if not, what’s holding you back?! :)