Saturday, December 31, 2011

24 hour fitness free 7 day pass

I don't have a 24 hour fitness in my area but wanted to pass along this great deal . They are offering a free 7 day pass. They have been a sponsor of the biggest loser tv show for years.

They seem to have great offering especially on their group class schedules.

Zumba at 24 hour fitness

The Zumba® program, created by Beto Perez, fuses Latin dance rhythms with easy to follow dance moves. The result of this fusion is a fun workout that feels more like a night out dancing than a "work" out in your health club. Yes it is a blast I have done the wii workout at home.

Body Pump Classes at 24 hour fitness

BODYPUMP® is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. This 60-minute workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls. Great music, awesome instructors and your choice of weight inspire you to get the results you came in for – and fast! I have done this class at my local gym over the years. It is so much fun.

Turbo Kick and Kickboxing at 24 hour fitness

Turbo Kick is the fitness club version of Turbo Jam and Turbo fire by Chalene Johnson. Learn kickboxing skills choreographed to energizing music. Using no equipment, this kickboxing workout incorporates a number of upper body punches and lower body kicks. Most suitable to participants of medium to high fitness levels, but newcomers are always welcome.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jillian Michaels iFit Workout Card - Lose Weight

I recently bought a new treadmill that has ifit technology. Ifit technology is like having a personal trainer with you . An ifit card is a preprogrammed memory card that you plug into your treadmill and will have 8 weeks of workout and will automatically adjusts the speed and incline of the treadmill. .However you can override the card.   My new proform treadmill came with Jillian Michaels level 1 lose weight ifit card. This is progressive, 8-week program will increase your workout each week

As a Jillian Michaels and Biggest Loser fan who has done her DVD workouts on and off for years, I was really excited to try it. The treadmill  work out is kicking my butt and I am really loving it. I feel like Jillian is right next to me inspiring me to keep going for my fitness and weight loss goals. She has quirky little saying. The Level 1 only card only goes to 3.5 miles per hour but she has you on an incline at 10% so it does get intense Interval training will really works and helps burn the calories.

I would really recommend if you have an ifit compatible exercise machine, I would highly recommend getting an ifit card.  She also has level 2 and level 3 which I am looking forward to trying out once I complete the 8 weeks.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Butternut Squash fries-healthy french fries substitute

Sunday night in our house in we have “grill night” that means steak and French fries, burgers and French fries  or oven roasted potatoes.   While I love French fries  I really do not like the calories or all of the fat in there.   I have substituted sweet potato fries in the past and they are very good.  Actually love them but while I am  clean eating and low carbing for a while I want to stay away from them.   I have a found a great substitution for potato fries cravings- Butternut squash fries. 

squash fries

Yes you heard that right butternut squash.  I found about butternut squash fries from Hungry Girl   I don’t even like butternut squash, but I absolutely loved these.    One cup of butternut squash is 63 calories.   
I am lazy so I don’t buy a whole squash my local supermarket sells they sliced up in chucks or a butternut squash already peeled.

Here is how I make them
 I will cut them into French fry shapes.
I will mist them with some olive oil and add a little bit of garlic salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, turning the fries over halfway through baking. Fries are done when they are starting to brown on the edges and become crispy.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Low Carb Portobello Mushroom Crust Pizza

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Saturday nights at our house are pizza nights!  With 3 boys we are running around with sports, cub scouts etc.  Sometimes it is take out, sometimes thrown on some Boboli and sometimes just frozen pizza.  As I am really trying to cut down on the starches and sugar, none of those are really 100% appetizing to me.

Low Carb pizza bowl recipe

I usually do a pizza bowl.  I get a decent size soup bowl. Spray the bottom with oil, put a bit of mozzarella cheese, pick a couple of pepperonis from their pizzas, do some red onion, lots of tomato and a bit of sauce and some mozzarella cheese on top.

Low carb portobello mushroom pizza

This week I came cross another great idea and I think it will be my go to for pizza as it was so filling.

Basically they are stuffed portabella mushrooms with pizza stuff! I got 2 large portabella mushrooms and baked them at 400 for 5 minutes and then put some mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, a couple of pepperoni slices and  onion. You  can add peppers, sausage

I was so full after I ate them.... that I didn't go near the kitchen for the rest of the night!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I am addicted to carbs

Baby crawling at L.A. County Fair
I am crawling back.... I gained some weight back and I have come to the conclusion that I am addicted to carbs!

 The last time I posted was October of 2010.... I had been doing so well. I got down to 197lbs by "clean eating" primarily South beach diet style. I had a business trip to Las Vegas and then a 40th birthday trip to New York City plus a whole bunch of white crappy carbs. The first week of November last year I hurt my foot. It hurt to put any pressure on it. And then of course work got busy so no exercise for close to 2 months plus totally crappy eating-lots of bad habits. White bread, potato chips creeped back into my diet.

 I am back over 200lbs which I never really wanted to be. My face is gains the weight plus my boobs. I get so top heavy looking. So with my head hung low I am getting back on track. I bought a new treadmill a few weeks back and making sure I am getting my but on that each week.

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