Wellness

Guess who’s back?

Hello World!

It’s 2017, and guess who’s back? Me! I know I’ve been a little MIA due to life, but now I’m in a place where I can actually focus balancing work and a healthy lifestyle again (hooray!). Since we last spoke, I have graduated college and work full time in the “adult world”.

The adult world has some caveats though. I never realized how tiring it is to work a regular 9-5 job. One would think that since I don’t have kids (unless you count my fur-child, Munchie) that I would have all of this energy and time to do things, right? Nope. Maybe it’s part of getting older and being in a routine, but I’m exhausted. Because of that, my health did start to go down hill- not working out as much, eating as many chicken fingers as I want, etc etc. As you can probably imagine, those things don’t necessarily help.

Finally, I decided to make a change. My favorite girl who invented POP Pilates, Cassey Ho, came out with something called PIIT28, which is the pilates version of HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training)! I’ve been a follower of her usual calendars, so when I saw PIIT, I was hooked. It’s about 28 minutes of super high energy pilates- you sweat, you burn, you get sore! Along with those lovely things, you feel STRONG. I’ve been doing it for 18 days, and I can already see my abs getting distinct again. Woo hoo!

In addition to PIIT28, I started the 28 Day Reset today! It’s a meal plan that goes hand-in-hand with PIIT28. You completely omit dairy (easy for me since I’m allergic, lol), gluten, sugar, and processed grains for 28 days, then slowly re-introduce these things while keeping up healthy eating. It’s genius! She gives you a weekly calendar of meals and a grocery list, so you literally just print it and go. I also appreciate that the recipes aren’t too complicated in nature, which makes prepping meals in advance easier. Seriously, if you’re looking for a way to kickstart your body for Summer, this is where it’s at.

If you aren’t already, I definitely recommend following me on Instagram @Happy_Body_Blog! You’ll see my progress through PIIT28 and the 28 Day Reset. Also, if you want to see what these programs are all about, follow the affiliate links below!

PIIT 28 + 28 Day Reset Power Pack

PIIT 28

28 Day Reset

Now in terms of my site, I am super excited to bring about some changes! I’m creating new designs and logos, along with posting twice a week along the same lines of what I’ve always done: fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and beauty! Are you ready? I am!

Peace and love!

Health Challenge

Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge! Part 1

Hello, world!

Woo hoo, it is time to start the Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge! I’m super excited for this, and I hope you guys are too! I apologize for the delayed start on this- I’ve had some technical problems unfortunately, but we are finally up and running!

As I mentioned in my previous post, (read it here!) this challenge is meant for those who don’t exercise and want to start, or haven’t done so in awhile and need to ease back into it! It’s meant to make the transition from a sedentary lifestyle to fitness as smooth as possible. Making life long changes is a marathon, not a sprint! That’s why we will be starting small, and working our way up through the next 3 months!

So for Part 1, I have created a calendar with a small daily workout (approximately 10 minutes), and a weekly food challenge since nutrition and fitness go hand in hand! I recommend either waking up just 15 minutes earlier in the morning to kick start your day, or do it in the evening before dinner time! Either way, you want to make sure you eat afterwards to replenish your fuel.

As you progress through the month, I would love to hear from you all on your progress! Use #happybodyblog so I can see how you’re feeling and doing, or comment below!

Click the image below to see the calendar, or download the pdf to print out!

Calendar: Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge Part 1

Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge Part 1

*One note: for the bicep curls, use a full water bottle, large candle, bag or purse, or anything with just a little bit of weight! Or light dumbbells (around 5 lbs), if you happen to have some πŸ˜‰

Remember to breathe, try your best, and HAVE FUN! If you have any questions at all, comment below!

Peace and love!

Health Challenge

Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge!

Hello, world!

With Spring Break and Summer and other swimsuit-needs fast approaching, I came up with a brilliant idea! It’s this time of year that many wish to becoming “swimsuit ready”, and contemplate going to the gym, eating healthy, etc, but often don’t know where to start, or start out at an extreme and burn out really quickly. Even a lot of programs that are “for beginners” are still a little too challenging and daunting for some. This is where my idea for the Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge began!

In order to increase your likelihood for succeeding, whether it be a nutrition or fitness plan, you need to start small and work your way up. Making a whole bunch of changes all at one time can lead to burnout rather than long term change. It’s like learning a new language- you can’t just jump into Advanced French if you don’t even know how to say “hello”; you’ll get overwhelmed! You start at French 101. The same concept applies here!

With that, I’ve devised a 3 part plan that is aimed towards people who do not exercise regularly as the ultimate gateway into fitness and long term change! It is designed for those who may have a hard time getting started on a fitness routine, or are so incredibly busy that there is no time to even think about working out. So if you’re a hardcore fitness fanatic who runs 5 miles every morning just as a warmup, this may not be geared for you, however it can be a great addition to what you already do! This is also wonderful for those who used to work out all the time, but may have fallen off track for awhile (like me, I was sick off and on for a bit) and need to ease back into it.

Are you ready? I know you are! Here’s how the challenge will work:

  • Part 1: March 1-31, quick daily workout (approx. 15 minutes), and a weekly food challenge
  • Part 2: April 1-30, up the intensity/length of the workouts from part 1, plus the weekly food challenge!
  • Part 3: May 1-31, higher intensity/length from part 2, plus the weekly food challenge!

On the day before, I will post the workout calendar and weekly food challenge here to my website so you all can be ready for day 1 to start! So to make sure you don’t miss out, follow my blog so you’ll receive email updates!

With that, I challenge you to 1) follow my blog so you’ll be notified by email when I post those calendars 2) invite a friend to do the challenge with you 3) HAVE FUN! This will be your opening journey towards life long change!

Keep your eyes peeled on February 28 for the Part 1 Calendar!

Peace and love!

Wellness

3 Essential Parts to a Healthy Lifestyle

Hello, world!

So my life is going through some big changes! I started a new job, gearing up for a move (the boyfriend and I will be living together!), and preparing for my last year of undergrad! Crazy, right?

Of course, nature has the most impeccable timing, so I have actually been sick for 6 weeks! I haven’t been able to work out AT ALL, so in the mean time, I have really focused on cleaning up my eating habits. I’ve made a lot of changes, which I will definitely go more into detail, including pictures and recipes, in my next blog post! (That means you should follow my blog to make sure you don’t miss it!) πŸ˜‰ But now that I am FINALLY getting out of the sick streak, I am trying to figure out a NEW fitness routine! I’ve always been a huge fan of pilates, but I feel I have finally reached my plateau, and therefore need to add other elements in order to see my fitness increase! I’ve even been asked by others to make some workout routines for them! Once I design my new routine and test it out, I will post it on here for you all to try! I can’t wait for that to happen!

Speaking of, I finally have a YouTube channel! Get excited! One evening while avoiding studying for finals, I randomly made a beginner’s plank routine in my room and uploaded it! The angle stinks, but there’s a funny story behind that. I recorded the routine once, then realized I should have played music in the background. So I did it again, but realized I didn’t set my phone right so the angle wasn’t the best. Therefore, I did it again, and it was perfect! However, my phone didn’t register that I hit the record button, therefore it never recorded… By that point it was midnight, and I was like “screw it, it’s fine!” So if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here! I promise my future videos will have much better angles, hehe.

I am of course reading up on different routines and types of fitness. One that sparks my mind (and I promise I’m getting to the point of this post) is Insanity, a crazier version of P90X. My roommate just started doing it a couple months ago, and I admit, I was surprised. It’s not recommended for someone to go from a sedentary lifestyle straight into such an intense workout regimen without getting burned out quickly. Every morning I could hear her doing the workout in her room, and I was indeed impressed. Eventually, she started doing her workouts in the living room, and that’s when I made a realization- she was just doing the “hiphop abs” routine every day, and not the rest of the program. And she stopped doing it all together after a couple weeks. My response to this is as follows:

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Although it’s fantastic that she was up and active, doing the same exact workout every day along with no diet or lifestyle change = no overall change! (Not to mention completely giving up!) It truly saddens me! After a month, there was no difference in her health. If you want to see a difference in your body, you must pay proper attention to all 3 parts of a healthy lifestyle: fitness, nutrition, and mind.

  1. Fitness involves getting your body moving and active. No matter what your style is, true fitness for change requires 2 things: cardio and strength. I don’t care who you are, you need a nice combination of both. Cardio can be any range of things from running, dancing, swimming, biking, etc. Strength entails either lifting weights (increasingly heavier to bulk up, or lighter weights to remain trim) or performing strength exercises, like lunges, squats, pushups, crunches, planks, and things of that nature. Together, you are building a powerhouse in your body- the cardio of course burns calories, but also strengthens your heart and endurance, while the strength training increases power and muscle, which thus increases your metabolism. (A faster metabolism means you burn more calories while at rest- woo hoo!)
  2. Nutrition entails all of the nutrients you intake. What we put in our bodies has such a huge impact on weight loss, health concerns, endurance, mood, skin, everything! If you continue to eat junk everyday, for example ramen, fried foods, and cookie dough, your body will have a very hard time finding the nutrients it needs to recover and strengthen from a workout! It’s like trying to find your lipstick at the bottom of your giant purse- your body has to wade through all of these miscellaneous things just to get to what’s important. These over processed, sugary, and fatty foods decrease your energy levels, make your skin not as clear as it can be, and can even exascerbate health issues! Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean you can never ever enjoy fresh baked Ghiradelli brownies ever again, it just means your overall eating habits should be healthy. So in order to see the best results from your workouts (or even to get the motivation to work out!), you must eat clean! Feed your body with the nutrients it needs from fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  3. Mind involves all things that promote well being and a balanced state of mind. High stress levels and lack of sleep are major inhibitors of healthy body change! It’s true! When you don’t get enough sleep every night, hormones aren’t released to regulate body weight and your likelihood to make good food choices deminishes. You can even read my previous blog about how sleep affects weight loss to find out the science behind it! It comes down to this: if you are eating clean and working out but not getting enough sleep or have chronic stress, you will not see the changes in your body that you should be seeing. Ensuring that your body has enough rest to recover and a balanced state of mind are crucial to the whole process. Taking time to relax and decompress is just as important to making a permanent lifestyle change!

If you combine these 3 areas, you will see changes not only in the shape of your body, but your happiness and well being. Your body image will improve. I can say, ever since I simply began eating clean and making sleep a priority, I can see a huge improvement in my self esteem and body image. I’m even more proud of the changes I’m making! When you put the puzzle pieces together, you can see the bigger picture!

So next time you’re thinking of making a change, don’t just commit to a diet or workout routine- commit to a lifestyle change!

I would love to hear your thoughts on the 3 parts to a healthy lifestyle! What do you think? πŸ™‚

Peace and love!