Workout Wednesday: Leg and Booty

Today’s workout wednesday challenges you to work your legs and booty a little harder! These three moves will are slightly different than normal because they incorporate balance and resistance bands. We haven’t done too much with either of these things, but it’s great to switch up your workouts to keep your body guessing!

Try this workout series out and let me know if you feel it!

Sweet potato salad

This is my favorite lunch! I used to get something similar to it each day at my local coop but I figured out how to make it on my own and now I just make big batches of it! It’s filling, healthy, and tasty!

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Sweet Potato Salad
serves 3

ingredients
3 sweet potatoes, chopped
5 celery stalks, chopped
1 small shallot, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Put the diced sweet potatoes into a large pot with enough water to cover the top of the sweet potatoes. Boil for 15 minutes.
2. Put the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. Once the potatoes are done boiling, drain and add them to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Toss until everything is well combined.

Keep this in a large container in the fridge and just serve yourself throughout the week!

Workout Wednesday: The study break ab workout

This time of the year means a lot of sitting for me because of the countless midterms and projects that all my teachers insist on cramming into the same week. Because of this, it can be hard to get a solid workout in. I recently came across this ab workout that is actually really great at toning your belly and you don’t even have to leave your chair to do it! It’s actually a super sneaky little workout. All you have to do is sit in a chair, put your hands on the side of the chair as support and lift your butt off of the seat by crunching your knees and chest into a ball. You hold this for 10 seconds and repeat it 6 times.

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I love this workout because you can sneak it in while you’re studying at the library and no one will even realize what you’re doing! Plus it’ll make you feel a little better about having to sit all day to study. Exercise your mind and your abs!

Happy studying for midterms everyone!

Self Talk

“Like food is to the body, self-talk is to the mind. Don’t let any junk thoughts repeat in your head.” -Maddy Malhotra

I talk a lot about food and fitness but a huge factor of health is also how you talk to yourself. Self talk can either help or hinder you, depending on what’s going through your mind. Plenty of people don’t believe that positive self-talk actually does anything, but there is actually scientific research backing it up now. The mind can’t differentiate between reality and the stories that you keep telling yourself (as long as you believe those stories to be true). If you keep telling yourself that you’re fat, ugly, stupid, or any anything else, your mind is going to believe it’s true. However, if you look yourself in the mirror and repeat that you are beautiful, smart, worthy and fit, your brain will start to believe it. Funny thing about the brain, it really does create your reality. Once you believe that you are smart, healthy, fit, worthy, and beautiful, your brain will start making it happen. 

I challenge everyone to write on your mirror a positive affirmation to repeat every day, out loud, at least 12 times. Look yourself right in the eye and say those words. Do this for a month and see if your mood starts to lift, if you lose that extra weight or if you simply just feel happier. 

I write my own affirmations on my mirror at home to repeat to myself every day. I switch it up depending on what I am currently having issues with. If I’m feeling insecure I’ll write “I am confident and strong”. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll write “I am determined and disciplined”. It feels awkward at first saying these statements out loud to yourself, but it’s what you have to do. Say it without hesitation or else it won’t work. 

I also just found a product that I am in love with. The company is called Conscious Ink and they make temporary “affirmation” tattoos. They actually look like real tattoos as well so they can be trendy while also serving a purpose! Plus, they last a few days and then you can change your affirmation to something else!

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In these photos, I’m wearing “You are beautiful”. It’s a great constant reminder to practice positive self talk. Plus, they’re super cute which is a nice bonus!

Try out some positive affirmations and notice your life start to feel lighter and more manageable! If you’re a skeptic, do some research. So many lives have been changed from positive self talk so it’s at least worth a try!

Workout Wednesday: Lean Leg Day

Summer is getting closer! It’s crunch time for getting summer ready! Today, I have four more leg workouts to follow along with that will help get you lean and defined. I go through two sets of these workouts, but you can do up to three sets if you’re able to. 

If you get tired and feel like you can’t continue, that’s fine! Take a break! Don’t feel bad for taking breaks. Just remember that you’re one workout closer to your goal than you were yesterday!

Try the workouts out and let me know how you like them!

Workout Wednesday: Balancing

Balancing is definitely not the first thing that you think of when you want to work out. In my opinion, it’s underrated and everyone should do more of these types of workouts. Balancing workouts engages and tones your entire body without having to use any weights. I do balancing workouts 2-3 times a week for the greatest benefit. These exercises will feel awkward at first if you don’t normally do any balancing, but you’ll get the hang of them within a week.

This is a full workout so just hit play and follow along!

Try these out for this weeks Workout Wednesday and let me know how you like them!

Mexican cravings made healthy

I grew up eating a lot of Mexican food. Like, a lot. Being from LA, we have Mexican restaurants on nearly every street and you grow up loving it. Sometimes, a big fatty burrito sounds way better than a skinny little salad. And when you have that craving, it won’t go away until you get one. I came up with a healthier burrito that will satisfy your craving but will still keep you on top of your health and fitness goals.

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Mexican Burrito Made Healthy
serves 1

Ingredients
1 large flour tortilla
1/4 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons of your favorite guacamole

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a pan, add the olive oil and heat to medium. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for one minute. Add the zucchini and bell pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the corn and cook for one more minute. Add in the beans, rice, chili powder and salt and combine everything while cooking for one more minute. Take off of the heat.
3. Lay your flour tortilla down into a casserole dish. Add the veggie mixture into the middle of the tortilla and roll it into a burrito (there are YouTube videos online that help you with this).
4. Put the burrito in the dish seam side down. Pour the enchilada sauce on top and bake for 10 minutes. (If you don’t like wet burritos, then you can put it in the oven without the sauce)
5. Once out of the oven, transfer it to a plate and add the guacamole.

Try it out and let me know if it satisfies your Mexican food cravings!

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