Archive for January, 2018

DAY 17!

January 31, 2018

Ladies,

If looking like you could grace the cover of a swimsuit magazine was easy, we’d all be there.  Truth is, IT’S NOT!  What it all boils down to is HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?  That’s what it’s all about….DESIRE.  Where there’s desire and a will, there’s possiblity.  If you keep this is mind, you’re already a step ahead.  Know that every bite of cake that you refuse or every sip of soda you turn down WILL PAY OFF!!  It just takes time.  Just like you won’t gain 5 lbs overnight, you can’t lose it that fast either.  What’s important is that you’re:

1.  PERSISTENT
2.  CONSISTENT
3.  PATIENT

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With that being said, let’s get another step closer to our goals and get another Sunday workout in this weekend for all you 12-WEEK TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGERS!  Who’s in?  RSVP here.  Due to popular request, we’ve changed the times of the 2 workouts to 7:30am & 8:30am, respectively.  Which class time suits your Sunday?

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SOLE SISTERS

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This Saturday, Feb 3, SOLE SISTERS will meet at FIU, in our favorite garage at 6:59am!  I absolutely love this workout!  If you want better cardiovascular endurance, stronger legs & glutes, better stamina for stairs and an invigorating way to kick off your Saturday, then JOIN US!  If you need more info on the exact meeting spot, comment below and you will receive an email with detailed instructions.

Looks like we may have another chilly weekend so check the forecast prior and dress accordingly.

KEEP YOUR GOALS IN SIGHT!

 

DAY 15 – IS THIS YOU?

January 30, 2018

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…If so, you’re not alone.

So why is it that when the sun goes down, it seems like we want to eat anything we can get our hands on?
When you’re tired, everything works at a much slower pace, including your will to resist.  After a long day of work, mothering duties, exercise, dealing with people, etc… you just want to sit in front of the TV to unwind for a few minutes before you go to bed…. and that’s when the munchies come out to play!

LET’s TALK SOLUTIONS:

  1. Eat well throughout the day so that you’re not ravenous when you get home.  FOLLOW YOUR MEAL PLAN.
  2. Limit the amount of junk food available in your home or remove it altogether.  OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND!
  3. Take up a hobby that you can do at home so you can busy yourself with something other than watching TV and eating at night…writing, assembling model cars, painting, etc..
  4. Go to bed at a reasonable hour to avoid getting too hungry.
  5. USE DISCIPLINE – just don’t do it!  Keep your goals close and remind yourself why you’re doing this.  Think of how you’ll feel in the morning, knowing you gave in!
  6. Brush your teeth!
  7. Keep “FREE” snacks on hand … cucumber, celery, green pepper, sugar-free gum, boiled egg whites.

Keep up your efforts, you won’t regret it!

DAY 12 – PREPARE FOR THE PUSHERS

January 26, 2018

LADIES!!

Here’s an important survival tip when embarking on a self-bettering journey….

PREPARE FOR THE “PUSHERS” (sometimes known as the HATERS)!

There will always be people who try to persuade you to go off your diet “just this once”.  Most of the time, it’s those you see often.  I’m sure you’ve heard it before, “Oh come on, just a little bite; it won’t hurt your diet”, or “Just one little sip, there’s hardly any calories in that!”.  And “just this once” becomes time and time again.  Where do you draw the line??

IMMEDIATELY!

You either need to distance yourself from these people or have a serious talk with them about your fitness goals & efforts.  YOU NEED TO PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN!  Think about it…why do people want you to see you fail?  They are either jealous of your will power and ambition, disrespectful of your seriousness and efforts and/or unhappy in their own situation.

Peer pressure doesn’t end when you get older, unfortunately; it’s part of life and is ever-present among friends and family….especially those who correlate happiness with food (most of us).  One solution can be to plan non-food activities with loved ones (bowling, the movies, walks) and work hard to resist temptation when you’re in an environment where food is part of the festivities.  It’s ONLY 12 weeks!  Well, almost 10 now.

……and keep this thought in mind….MISERY LOVES COMPANY (and nobody wants to be miserable!).

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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND and see you all on the bridge tomorrow!

DAY 10 – HAPPY HUMP DAY!

January 24, 2018

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SOLE SISTERS…

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Do you want to start the weekend with an endorphin rush of good energy?

Do you want to burn 500+ calories while strengthening your heart, butt and legs?
Do you want to exercise in a motivating environment among natural beauty?
Do you want to hang out with the coolest people on the planet?

SO, if you answered YES to any one of these questions, then you have to meet us at the Key Biscayne bridge this Saturday, Jan 27 @ 7am for an amazing workout!!

Whether you like to run, walk or lunge, you will get a great workout with the incline and decline of the Key Biscayne bridge.  If you’ve never used this structure for your fitness (and mental health) needs, then NOW IS THE TIME.  You will get addicted and want to return every weekend!  We meet at the start of the bridge in the parking lot.  See you all soon!

DAY 9 – NATURAL IS BEST!

January 24, 2018

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DAY 8 – GET IN THE KNOW!

January 22, 2018

Losing fat is much like math… one of 3 scenarios can occur when you consume energy, a.k.a. FOOD.

At the end of the day (so to speak), when the energy you consume IS EQUAL to the rate at which it is expended, you maintain your weight.
When the energy you consume SURPASSES the rate at which is expended, you gain weight – your body stores that energy it doesn’t use.
When the energy you consume IS LESS to that at which it is expended, you lose weight….  your body seeks to use the fat you have stored for energy and hence, fat loss occurs.

Now keep in mind that your body’s internal processes such as digestion, concentration, breathing, etc… all require energy.  Generally, 1200 calories per day is the MINIMUM a female adult should eat.

Now having said that, you need to be aware of HOW MUCH you are eating.  Eating clean and healthy is GOOD, but you can still gain weight if you are eating TOO MUCH so beware of your portion sizes.

A general rule of thumb for calorie intake – to lose weight, multiply your weight by 10-12, based on your activity level.  To maintain your weight x 15, and to gain weight x 20.

And remember next time you are having a weak moment:

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DAY 7…

January 22, 2018

Entering week #2 – ENJOY THE JOURNEY, remember this is a lifestyle change!

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Great first ‘extra’ workout today ladies!!  I had fun.   Let’s enter week #2 stronger than ever.  If your first week wasn’t as good as you were expecting, it’s OK – start fresh RIGHT NOW!

For those who are following the WOFB meal plan, check your emails.  I’ve listed a few other meal options so you don’t get bored of eating the same foods week after week.  I will add 3-4 more meal options every week.

Here’s one of them:

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Make your own healthy BREAKFAST EGG MUFFIN cups with whatever veggies you have in your fridge. They’re easy to make & perfect for reheating throughout the week!
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Divide veggie mix evenly between 12 muffins in the tin.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, almond milk, salt and pepper until well combined.
  4. Fill each muffin about 3/4 way full with egg mixture, pouring over the veggies already in each tin. If using cheese, add 1 tablespoon on top of each egg muffin.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until eggs are set and puff up in the tin. Let muffins cool for a few minutes, then run a butter knife around the edges of each cup and remove. Serves 6 (2 egg cups each).
NOTES
To meal prep: Make these ahead of time and pack in glass containers with 1/4 an avocado and ½ a cooked sweet potato for a balanced, clean breakfast.

 

DAY 5 – As we head into the weekend…

January 20, 2018

Ladies,

Life is about perspective…it really is.  If you think the weekend is any different for your body than a Monday or Wednesday, then you will treat is as such.  You will allow yourself to do things you normally wouldn’t do during the week.  So why is that?  ONLY BECAUSE YOU SEE IT AS DIFFERENT!  If you treat every day of the week as the same, then you will adhere to the same rules.  YOU ARE IN CONTROL!  You meal prep during the week, so why wouldn’t you on a Saturday?  I think you get my point!  Remember, ONE cheat meal per week will be allowed to satisfy the cravings and stir up the metabolism a little bit, but it’s only been week 1…the motivation is high, the focus is sharp and we are unbreakable!

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See you soon!

Rima A.

DAY 4 – Summer Body in Progress….

January 19, 2018

 

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CHALLENGERS, who wants to tighten the buns?  If so, RSVP here for this Sunday’s first full-body extra workout!  You can choose either the 7am or 8am class.

SEE YOU SOON!

 

DAY 3 & SOLE SISTERS

January 18, 2018

Ladies,

I feel great!  How about you?   This challenge seems like a piece of cake so far.  The motivation is high and the support system is top notch =) !  Let’s try to maintain this all the way….
Please join us in posting on our Facebook group page if you have Facebook.   If you need an invite, let me know.  I’ll be starting a mini photo challenge on Monday.

Let’a talk about CHIA SEEDS!

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What are they?
“Chia” means strength.  They’re tiny, edible, black and white seeds that come from a plant grown in Mexico.  Folklore has it that the Mayans and Aztecs used to use them as energy boosters….that would make sense since they  contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.  Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds which is why I always recommend flaxseed oil.)

Approximately 2 tablespoons contains 139 calories, 4 g of protein, 9 g fat, 12 g carbs & 11 g of fiber (plus vitamins and minerals).   They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into smoothies and baked goods.

TRY THIS for your next MEAL…

CHIA BERRY GREEN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

-2 cups fresh spinach leaves (you can use any greens you like: kale, chard, collard, etc.)  WASHED WELL
-1 cup frozen berries
-1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
-1/2 banana
-1 tbsp chia seeds
-1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein
BLEND WITH WATER & ICE… & ENJOY!

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SOLE SISTERS

Another kicka$$ session at FIU… stairs, incline running and lots of sweating!  So join us this Saturday, Jan 20 – SOLE SISTERS will meet at FIU, in our favorite garage at 6:59am!  I DARE YOU TO TRY THIS!  If you need more info on the exact meeting spot, comment below and you will receive an email with detailed instructions.

Looks like we may have another chilly weekend so check the forecast prior and dress accordingly.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!