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BodyRock: Abs Are Made in the Kitchen

19 Jul


Hope you’ve been BodyRock-ing away! Kyle & I haven’t been doing our challenge this week (boo) but we have been keeping up with our workouts. I am sick now, so I am lacking energy, but I’m pushing through.

Working out is obviously very important, but so is eating right. You can’t work your butt off & then go eat a Big Mac and expect results. So this week, I have been really focusing on eating really good foods. I have been avoiding sugar (except fruit) and getting lots of veggies in.

Snack: fruit (peaches, strawberries & melon) & yogurt

Lunch: salad! greens (spinach, arugula), corn & black beans, peaches, 1/2 avocado, asparagus, hard boiled egg & almonds… no dressing.

ingredients to make me better, I hope…

My amazing husband made me some homemade chicken noodle soup… celery, carrots, chicken & egg noodles

We took the pups to the new off leash dog park in Peterborough on Wednesday night… they loved it!

Have you been eating well? I try and add in veggies where I can – spinach with pasta and also spinach in smoothies. Opt for veggies/fruit as a snack as well – celery & peanut butter, fruit & yogurt. Another great snack we’ve been eating is almonds, dried cranberries & dark chocolate chips… it’s a nice treat!

As the saying goes “Abs are made in the kitchen.” You aren’t going to get anywhere if you don’t clean up your eating habits!

fruits & veggies;
mrs tasker


4W2F: Keeping Motivated

27 Jun

So today, I thought I would post about staying motivated. We all need a little push every now & again.

I’ve decided to get myself back into this routine in 4 weeks – but what happens after those 4 weeks are up? I can’t go out & celebrate with beers & nachos… I’ve got to keep this up! And it can be tough to stay in a healthy routine. It can get boring, it can get hard & it can be really easy to fall out of. Some of these tips may be repetitive but this is what works for me, so I am sharing!

1. Set a goal – whether it’s to lose some pounds or inches, run a 5K, to workout everyday, to tone your arms or just to get back into the routine of healthy living – set a goal. Write it down, look at it everyday & blow that goal out of the water.

2. Set a timeline – personally, I am finding that this whole 4 week thing is going really well. It isn’t too long, so I’m not getting bored & it isn’t too short, so I am seeing results.

3. Be prepared – plan your meals & plan your workouts. You’re less likely to fail or make excuses if everything is set out & ready for you.

4. Get some support – surround yourself with people who want you to succeed or who have the same goals as you. I’ve got running friends, bootcamp friends & a hubby who is getting back into working out, so I’ve got lots of support! And hey, if you need support – you’ve all got me! Seriously, leave comments here, Facebook me… I can’t imagine not having the people in my life that are really routing for me. I want you to succeed in your goals!! I’m no fitness expert, but I make a great cheerleader.

5. Stick with it – find some willpower & tell yourself that you’re going to meet your goals and work your butt off to get there. Hard work pays off – there are no shortcuts, so just say no to that donut, you won’t regret it.

6. Don’t make excuses – we all do, but stop! There is always someone busier than you, so trust me… you have the time. I am busy: I have two dogs, a house, a hubby, a job, family & friends to spend time with… and I make it work. Yes, there is someone out there who works crappy hours, has babies & pets & a life, but they make it work, too.

If you haven’t already, start this today! Don’t wait until Monday or tomorrow… leave your excuses at the door & GO!

I am planning on taking this one month at a time, that way, I don’t get overwhelmed with meeting goals in the big picture. You might work best thinking… a year down the road I want to be at this weight, if it works for you, do it!

After this 4 weeks is up, I’ll be back at it again. I’ll set out a plan, switch up some of my workouts & keep on going!

Tuesday – I did a 12 minute workout from bodyrock.tv (if you “don’t have time” these workouts are amazing) in the morning. I did my burpees (15) & had volleyball as well – we won 2/4 games! I saw Rock of Ages last night, too… I stole some of Amber’s popcorn & a couple pretzel M&M’s.

What motivates you?

keep on truckin;
mrs tasker

4W2F: Day 3/Meet Danielle!

14 Jun

Wednesday – the day I have to be out of bed, eat breakfast and drive to Danielle’s place for our 6AM workout. In true Tasker fashion, I am usually a bit late.

breakfast on the run – 1/2 banana

Danielle & I have been focusing on upper body workouts. They usually last around 35 minutes & they usually suck pretty bad (in a good way). It’s awesome to have someone to workout with who actually knows what they’re talking about.

Today, we focused on arms/abs. We used 3LB & 1LB weights and did various punches, worked on abs and threw some pushups in there – 210 to be exact (I was happy to have my 200 pushups out of the way even before 7AM).

We did a bunch of different sets, one example;

20 punches – 3lb weight (standing, hands by your face, normal punches)
20 uppercuts – 3lb weight (standing, hands by your chin, punch upwards)
20 shoulder punches – 3lb weight (standing, hands by your face, punch behind your shoulder)
20 pushups – from toes
repeat 5 times

When I got home, I took the dogs for a little walk – they need their exercise, too!

Fozzie & Winnie getting some fresh air

Food summary of the day:

after-workout snack: smoothie (berries, milk & pb)

Wednesday’s Food:
snack – 1/2 banana
lunch – black beans & corn with tuna
snack – watermelon and cantaloupe

Dinner – mushroom/herb&garlic cream cheese stuffed chicken breast, jasmine rice & broccoli & cauliflower

The girls came over last night for movie night. We had some watermelon/cantaloupe & kettlecorn to snack on!

I wanted to touch on something that has really helped me throughout this process and something that I think is really important… SUPPORT! I needed it & I had a lot of it when it came to working out and committing to a fit lifestyle.

The person who really got me into being fit is Danielle. You’ve already heard her name a lot and that’s because she has really helped me this whole time. She took my sorry butt and turned me into a workout-loving, 10K-running, healthy-eating, (mini)pushup-doing girl.

Danielle & her pipes

Team Re-Newall: 5K 1st Place

She is the owner of Re-Newall Fitness, she teaches bootcamps, does personal training, running groups, meal plans, kettlebells, sports agility (to name a few) & she’s a pretty good dog-sitter, too. She can kick your butt in a push up competition and is the only person I’ve ever known who actually likes burpees.

Danielle lives & breathes this lifestyle, she is so passionate and dedicated. She knows her stuff: if you have fitness questions, she’ll find the answer. If you haven’t tried one of her classes, you should – you won’t regret it.

She has supported me a a lot of ways – she answers any questions I have, she’s got great advice about fitness, she trained me for 3 months, she taught me how to run, she gives me recipes and meal ideas, gives me weekly challenges… the list goes on! So my advice is – get some support! Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed in whatever you’re doing & you will. As the month goes on, I’ll introduce you to the other people who’ve really helped me along the way, too!

Who supports you? Do you support your friends and family, too?

until day 4,
mrs tasker

ps – I hope all of you are joining in with our 200/day pushup challenge!