Lean Mean 2015 Burn

2015 is upon us, which means resolutions are in full force. Bring on the Lean Mean 2015 Burn!

Lean Mean 2015 Burn

If already know you want to sign up, click here! If you already know you want to sign up with the virtual 5k add on, click here!

This workout plan is 4 weeks of full body conditioning to help you kick off those 2015 resolutions on the right foot. The Lean Mean 2015 Burn will feature all new workouts!

Why is this Burn perfect for the New Year?

  • To improve/maintain your overall fitness through full body strength and conditioning.
  • If you have your sights set on completing a 5k.
  • There is a max of 6 moves, more often less, in each workout, so you won’t feel overwhelmed by learning new moves.
  • Each workout takes about 30-45 minutes tops!
  • To help you get those New Year’s Resolutions off the ground.
  • If you need a change in, or some fresh air put into, your workouts.

Here is what you will get during the 4 week Burn:

  • 5 days a week of full body workouts
  • 5k Run Plan Add On. This is optional and includes 3 days of running each week.
  • Daily food/eating tips and challenges. (NEW!)
  • Picture sheets of all workouts
  • Optional entry to a virtual 5k at the end of the 4 weeks with some sweet prizes. (NEW!)
  • A weekly Fit Planner to help you stay on track and accountable (NEW!)
  • Membership into a secret Facebook group for tips, motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me as well as other members of the Burn
  • Beginner modifications and advanced progressions for every workout to make it more manageable and more challenging depending on what you need
  • Tracking sheet to monitor your progress
  • Six days a week of motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me (via Facebook)
  • Daily Bonus Workout Challenges
  • Access to your very own personal trainer (me!)

Items you will need:

  • timer/stopwatch
  • free weights
  • space to move, jump, twist, and lay down
  • mat, or soft place for floor moves
  • cardio machine, or a place to walk/run

What is this virtual 5k you mentioned?

The virtual 5k will take place at the end of the Burn as a way to culminate all your hard work, especially if you participate in the 5k run plan add on. As a participant, you will have to send in some sort of check in picture to show that you completed the 5k by midnight on February 1st.  Then, your name will be entered into a raffle!

You could win one of the following prizes: (Prizes are based on participation, not speed. So you can walk, crawl, or skip the 5k and still be entered to win!)

  • 1 winner will receive a free entry into any 2015 Burn
  • 2 winners will receive a 5-day Skoop Challenge pack (PS – This is what got me hooked!)
  • 1 winner will receive a $25 Target gift card.

Registration for the 5k is only $5!

Registration:

The Lean Mean 2015 Burn  runs from January 5 – January 31, 2015. The price of this Burn is $35, but will go up to $40 on Wednesday, December 31! You can also add a registration to the virtual 5k for only $5. (Click the links below to be taken to paypal!)

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email from me. The official welcome email will be sent on Sunday, January 4.

Lean Mean 2015 Burn

Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have at wreckingroutine@gmail.com. If you are interested in online personal training, but this program doesn’t fit your needs, check my Training Services page for other options. I would love to work with you!

You can also read testimonials about training with Wrecking Routine here.

**I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Women’s Fitness Specialist, but am not a Registered Dietician. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise routine or diet.**

RQ: Are you in?

Tall Tales Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Canyonlands National Park at Some Point in Your Life

Utah is one of my favorite states for national parks. Zion, Arches, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands. Every single one of them is jaw-dropping gorgeous.

While Zion remains in the top three of my favorite national parks, Canyonlands makes it a close race. Here are 9 reasons why you need to visit Canyonlands National Park at some point in your life.

Canyonlands National Park

1. The views. Every where you tun, the breath taking views hit you full force.

Canyonlands National Park

2. The ability to stand in front of one of the most photographed places ever.

Canyonlands National Park

3. The dizzying heights. Though they’re not 14ers, with the expanse of land, deepness of the canyon, and openness of the sky, anything you climb feels severe.

Arch climbing at Canyonlands National Park

4. The cairns. Ranger made and tourist made.

Cairns at Canyonlands National Park

5. The slick rock. Except when it rains and truly lives up to its name.

Slickrock at Canyonlands National Park

6. Did I mention the views?

Canyonlands National Park

7. The seemingly endless sky. Anything is possible with that much sky laid out in front of you.

Sky over Canyonlands National Park

8. The cactus flowers. Living in Colorado makes me miss the vibrancy and shock of cactus flowers. Canyonlands has plenty.

Canyonlands National Park

9. The roads you can drive down.

Canyonlands National Park

10. The huge amount of nearby campsites. Even on the busiest of weekends, you can find a place to pitch a tent or park your car somewhere in, or near, Moab.

Camping in Canyonlands National Park

How can you not love this park just from the pictures alone?

RQ: What is your favorite national park that you have visited or would like to visit?

Burpee Sandwich Workout

Well if I thought last week was hectic, this week is shaping up to give last week a serious run for its money. It’s a good thing I prefer being busy and have my mother-in-law’s delicious Southwest Chicken Soup recipe already made for quick, healthy heat ups.

Southwest Chicken Soup

With limited time, workouts need to be quick and efficient this week. This Burpee Sandwich workout definitely fits that bill. You get a serious caloric burn while working your whole body.

Burpee Sandwich Workout

Can you tell I had a little too much fun with picmonkey? Talk about a serious blogger procrastination tool.

Burpee Sandwich Workout

When completing the v ups and criss cross, keep your core braced. Think belly button to your backbone to prevent your spine from curving in at your lower back.

Time yourself for a bonus sweat fest!

RQ: What is your favorite fast and effective workout? How is your week shaping up?

Skoop Discount Code and ENERGYbits’ Hangover Solution

Hey there, friends!

Sorry for being completely MIA this past week. I’m hoping to share some good news with you next week, which will explain everything.

But until then, let’s talk about some exciting things happening with the Resolution Run prize sponsors! PS – Have you signed up for the run yet? It’s completely free, so really, you have no excuse not to register.

SkoopGiving away 1 bag of B-Strong to a finisher of the Resolution Run.

About a week ago, Madelyn asked me to a Skoop Ambassador! (<–affiliate link). Since I used Skoop daily in my smoothies, and when I run out of smoothie ingredients, I just shake it into orange juice, I was more than excited to join the company’s team!

Skoop Swag

What does this mean for you? Sweet discounts. For instance, use the code CHEERS25 and receive 25% off your entire order! This code is good until January 5.

Skoop Badge

ENERGYbitsGiving away 2 single servings of bits to a finisher of the Resolution Run. 

I find ENERGYbits to be really interesting. They are made from algae, contain no chemicals, and contain 40 nutrients. Their original product is to give you energy for your workouts, but their newer product (or at least newer to me) is made for the masses.

RECOVERYbits help prevent colds, detox your body, build immune systems, and (my favorite) help you recover from and prevent hangovers. With the cold weather and holiday parties, RECOVERYbits might be just what you  need to survive.

RECOVERYbits

I divided my single serving pack into two when all my kiddos were getting sick last week, and I am happy to report that I’m feeling good with no sniffles. (Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself).

I’m thrilled to have both of these sponsors on board for the Resolution Run!

RQ: What would try first: Skoop or RECOVERYbits? 

Mixed Nut Turtles

Happy Hump Day!

I was fully expecting this week to drag since it is right after a break, but I am happily surprised that it is moving at a nice, normal pace. Hopefully your week is feeling similar!

If you have some holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and the like coming up over the next few weeks, consider making these Mixed Nut Turtles! Can’t you just picture them in a mason jar with a holiday ribbon?

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Since I am all about easy baking with minimal ingredients, these turtles are right up my alley. They come together in about 30 minutes or less, depending on fast you work.

Mixed Nut Turtles

As a heads up, the caramel will harden in the fridge, which makes them easier to bite. But if you like the chewiness of caramel, keep them out, they just will be harder to sink your teeth through.

Use dark chocolate to make a little more waist-line friendly!

Mixed Nut Turtles

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Ingredients:

  • 35 bite-sized Caramels
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • Few handfuls Mixed Nuts

Directions:

1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place nuts in small bundles on the cookie sheet.

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3. Melt caramel in a microwave safe bowl. Start with 30 seconds, mix, and then heat at 15 second increments as needed.

4. Drizzle caramel over nut clusters. Work fast as the caramel hardens quickly!

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5. Melt chocolate chips in the same way you did caramel.

6. Drizzle chocolate over the top of the caramel.

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7. Place cookie sheet in fridge until chocolate hardens.

Then, try and keep your hands off them!

RQ: What is your favorite Christmas cookie? Do you like your baking to be easy or more complicated?

Non-Scale Victories and Non-Food Rewards

As a personal trainer, I try to stress to my clients that fitness and being healthy is not just about a number on the scale. In fact, unless we’re looking at some serious weight loss issues, I encourage my clients not to weight themselves regularly. Why? Because that scale, and it’s number, can turn into a vicious, negative object in your life.

Instead, I have my clients focus on non-scale victories.

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Another issue I stress to my clients is picked a non-food reward for when they reach a fitness milestone. There is a saying, which I hate, but it makes a good point: “Do not reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.” Harsh? Yes. Makes you think? Yes. How many times have you reached a milestone, had a long run, a hard workout and thought, well I deserve to eat this, that, or the other thing?

Instead, I have my clients focus on non-food rewards.

Non-Scale Victories

Rather than looking at the scale every day or week, try these non-scale victories to determine your fitness success:

1. You feel healthier. – Yes, this seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes we can get so caught up in the scale says, that we forget to check in with how we actually feel. Pay attention to your body! and how it feels!

Preparing for the Boomer's Burn

2. You have more positive thoughts when you look in the mirror. – Go ahead, like what you see. When you stop mentally beating yourself up for that touch of cellulite, that one weird mole, or that 3 stubborn pounds and instead start giving yourself an affirmation, you’ve won!

3. Your pants fit better. – These is that age-old “I can fit into my skinny jeans!” victory. It’s there for a reason.

4. You are eating more fruits and vegetables. – If you’ve been making a conscious effort to better your eating habits, try setting a certain number of days to continue that streak. Once you have succeeded, give yourself a pat on the back! It’s not easy to prepare most of your meals and the majority of the population doesn’t do it. But you do, you fit one you.

Healthy Cart

5. You completed a race you trained for. – You’ve trained for weeks and/or months. You’ve put in the time, the blisters, and the chaffing. You crossed the finish line. You better believe this is a huge fitness milestone whether the race was a 5k or a 26.2 miler.

Triathlon Finish!

6. You can lift a case of water/beer/Costco box without leaning it against your torso. – Watch out Hercules, you are one strong mofo! I always know my fitness plans are going well when I can lift these items without leaning them against my body in some way.

Non-Food Rewards

Try one of these as a reward when you reach a fitness milestone:

1. Go Shopping! – I am not a fan of shopping, but sometimes a new pair of running shorts or a kitchen gadget is needed. If you’ve reached a fitness milestone, splurge just a little bit! A new workout outfit, a new work top, whatever it is, you’ve earned it!

2. Go for a night on the town. – This does not mean you go out to dinner and order the most calorie-laden thing on the menu, it means you have a smart meal and then go see a show, watch the street performers, or do something touristy. Make it a special night without the focus being on the meal.

3. Go for a weekend getaway. – I would save this one for a larger fitness milestone. Finishing a race you trained months for, reaching your weight goal, or finally fitting into those jeans you’ve kept in the closet. Hop on Groupon to find a deal, pack a bag, and head off for a weekend of fun!

Rob and I hiking

4. Buy a new book. – Now this one is coming from yours truly, a book nerd and English major. However, I am sure there are some books out there that you would like to get your hands on even if you’re not a reader. You could even do a magazine subscription or ebook instead!

5. Purchase a race entry fee. – So your milestone may have been to complete a race, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sign up for another one! Since race entry fees tend to be expensive, it would be a reward to register for another one. Try a different distance for fun, or the same distance you’ve completed to best your time.

6. Continue with your trainer! – If you’ve been working with a trainer and reached a milestone, reward yourself by continuing on with your trainer. She will help you get to your next milestone, and then your next reward!

Two clients after their Color Me Rad Race!

RQ: What are some of your non-scale victories? What are some non-food related rewards you use to keep yourself motivated?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Super Sales!

Happy Friday!

Hopefully you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family and are basking the post-thankfulness glow.

Wrecking Routine is jumping on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness with some super sales! If you’re looking to get in shape, need help with your workouts, or just want some accountability for the time you’re putting in, definitely consider taking advantage of these savings. I would absolutely love to work with you and help you reach your goals!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Super Sale

To sign up for any of these deals, please email me at wreckingroutine@gmail.com and we will get you started!

-50%off the first four weeks of 1-on-1 AND Group Strength, Fitness, and Conditioning Training (this does not include Burns).

-20% off the first four weeks of A La Carte Training.

-$5 for the Holiday Burn which is 4-weeks of full body conditioning and an optional run plan. 100% of the registration fee goes to Feeding America.

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-50% off the first four weeks of 1-on-1 and Group Race Training for BOTH a single race and race season.

-Discounts on both One Month and Two Month 5k Run Plans.

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Two Month 5k Run Plan - Price Cut

-FREE entry into the Resolution Run Virtual 5k. This is free anyway, but I thought it was worth mentioning again.

Resolution Run

Please feel free to email me at wreckingroutine@gmail.com if you have any questions, or need any clarification on things. You can also read some testimonials of those who have trained with me in the past. These sales are good through Monday!

RQ: What are your favorite sales to peruse? Are you a Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday shopper?

Pre-Feast Workout

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before you hit the deliciousness of this holiday, try out this pre-feast workout. Enlist a friend and try to beat each other on how many rounds you can do!

Pre-Feast Workout

You can do this workout anywhere since you don’t need any equipment, so if you’re traveling, this is the one for you!

Now I’m off to eat a whole bunch of delicious food! Enjoy this holiday with your family and friends!

RQ: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Cranberry Apple Spread

Confession time.

I am absolutely obsessed with this Cranberry Apple Spread. To the point where it’s getting slightly inappropriate.

Cranberry Apple Spread

It is easy to make, it involves cranberries, which I can’t get enough of during the holidays, and it tastes delicious on just about anything.

I’ve spread this spread on bread, turkey roll ups, breakfast sandwiches, and on a cracker with brie. Holy wow, is that last one good.

Cranberry Apple Spread

Tart, sweet, tangy, and drool-worthy. I highly recommend making this deliciousness (while cranberries are on sale!) because you are going to have leftovers from Thanksgiving and you are going to want to spread this on everything. Trust me.

Cranberry Apple Spread

Cranberry Apple Spread

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Cranberries
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 Apple, peeled and diced small

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot. (I used a thick soup pot.)
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil, stirring constantly so honey doesn't burn.
  3. After 2-3 minutes boiling, lower heat to medium-low.
  4. Once most cranberries have popped, and mixture has thickened (about 20-25 minutes), transfer to a blender.
  5. Blend to desired consistency.
  6. Transfer to jars and let cool.
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This recipe made 24 ounces, or 4, 6-ounce jars. One jar will keep up to 4 weeks in the fridge, or 6 months in the freezer.

RQ: Are you a cranberry fan? What is something you’re eating a ton of right now? Do you have any spreads that are so versatile? 

Tall Tales Tuesday: The Magic of Muckross Abbey

Before I started sharing specifics of Rob’s and my Irish honeymoon with you all, I talked about the general slower pace of life I felt while there. What I think I failed to mention is the complete magic of the country as a whole, but especially at Muckross Abbey.

Muckross Abbey

Along the Ring of Kerry, in Kilarney National Park, is Muckross House. Rob and I were able to catch the last tour of the house for the day and our tour guide kept mentioning the Franciscan friary on the property. By the time our tour ended, we were too hungry to do anything but find food.

Since we planned to drive the Ring of Kerry backwards the following day, we woke up early and took the short walk from the parking lot to Muckross Abbey. It ranks as one of my favorite sites of the trip.

Muckross Abbey

As most tourists hit Muckross last because of the direction they’re encouraged to drive the Ring of Kerry, we had the entire monastery to ourselves, which is absolutely the most perfect way to see it. (We had decided to drive the Ring backwards.)

Muckross Abbey

There was something magical in those walls, halls, and stairs. I’m not sure if it was the misty Irish morning, the silence, or history.

Muckross Abbey

However, the truly the magical part was the large, twisting-trunk tree standing majestically in the center of the Abbey, growing up past three flours.

Muckross Abbey

Something about that tree demanded a stillness and peacefulness. It was the kind of place you wanted to bring a book or notebook so you would have a reason to sit beneath it all day.

Muckross Abbey

For it’s magic, Muckross Abbey should not be missed.

RQ: Have you ever been to a tourist spot when there were no other tourists?