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EARN your thunder thighs!

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Wall Squat

Lean head, shoulders, lower back, and butt against a wall, with feet about 18 inches in front. Click arrow to see the next step.

Muscles it works: Quadriceps, butt and hamstrings

 

Stair Climber

Stand sideways at the bottom of a staircase. In a scissorlike motion, cross your outer leg to reach the step. Click arrow to see the next step.

Muscles it works: Entire leg

 

Lunge

Stand with hands on hips, legs hip-width apart.

Muscles it works: Hamstrings, butt

 

Ball Squeeze

Sit in a chair, leaning slightly forward, arms at sides, feet flat on the floor. Place a medium-size ball between your legs above your knees, with just enough pressure to hold the ball in place.

Muscles it works: Inner thighs

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This is AWESOME! I get this question at least 3 times a week….

This is AWESOME!

I get this question at least 3 times a week. You guys know that I  personally blend, however I think juicing is great too! I’d be lost without my morning fruit smoothies.

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Bikini Bikini Bikini!!!!

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If you’re having a hard time getting yourself motivated to workout during summer, remember your goals. WHY do you want to workout? Imagine how you’ll feel tomorrow when you look back at today. I bet you’ll say “Why didn’t I just get up and do it?” You’re always going to regret the things you don’t do.

If all else fails; get up, put on your bikini, and look in the mirror. If you’re happy with what you see, sit back down and keep reading my fabulous blog anyway. If you’re not happy and you want to see improvement…. GET YOUR BUTT OFF THE COMPUTER AND GO WORKOUT! .. Then come read my blog when you get back 🙂

Bikini bikini bikini!

 

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of Push ups-

Good form is SO important when you’re doing push ups. Doing them the wrong way will minimize the effect of the exercise, not to mention potentially strain your neck and wrists.

If I can do these push ups in heels and a dress, you can do them in a sports bra and sneakers!

DON’Ts

  • Don’t stick your butt up in the air
  • Don’t put your hands too close together
  • Don’t strain your neck by trying to look at your toes
  • Don’t forget to breathe between each push up

DO’s

  • Do Have a flat back
  • Do look a little bit in front of you
  • Do put your hands chest length apart
  • Do put your elbows at 90 degrees
  • Do always keep your arms over your wrist

Pushup

Notice how my butt isn’t sticking up, and my elbows are over my wrists!

These may seem like a lot of steps now, but if you keep practicing the right way to do push ups  it will get you to your goal body WAY quicker- and without damaging your precious self.

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Change Your Running Style to Target Different Muscle Groups

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  • Abs: Slow down your pace slightly and run with high knees up to the chest; you can also run with knees out to the sides to target the obliques
  • Abs and quads: Run with straight legs, scissor kicking your feet straight in front of you.
  • Abs and calves: Do a running skip, kicking one knee high into the chest with each hop.
  • Calves: Land softly only on the balls of the feet, as if tiptoe running.
  • Calves and hamstrings: As you run, kick your heels into your glutes.
  • Hamstrings: Run backwards; alternate looking over your right and left shoulder to avoid bumping into anything.
  • Inner and outer thighs: Run sideways crossing your back foot over your front with each step; alternate leading with the right and left legs.
  • Outer thighs and glutes (aka saddlebags): Run with legs slightly wider than hips-width distance apart.

(thanks to fitsugar.com)

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Body Revolution- My progress so far! (week 3)

Week 3

Goal: to go from that “skinny blonde girl” to that “healthy toned/fit girl!”

Today I finally reached week 3 of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution, and I’m so excited with my hard earned progress!

I didn’t realize just how much more toned I’ve become, until I put week 1 and week 3’s pictures back-to-back! I’ve come pretty far in 2 weeks, however, I’m still not anywhere near where I want to be. At the end of this 90 day challenge from Jillian Michaels, I plan on being one blonde-toned-fit-machine!

Looking at this back-to-back photo, it is incredible what the combination of eating healthy and working out can do.

My Eating Habits:

In the last two weeks, i’ve been sticking to my 80/20 diet: 80% healthy food, 20% freedom (what ever I want to eat.) I begin EVERY morning with a fruit smoothie & eat CONSTANTLY throughout the day (making sure to have purse snacks on me at all times.)

Breakfast- Eat like a Queen (or a King) *Two glasses of water*

Healthy Snack

Lunch- Eat like a Princess (or a Prince) *1-2 glasses of water

Healthy Snack

Dinner- Eat like a pauper *1-2 glasses of water

(sometimes a snack, depending on what time I’ve eaten dinner. I also like to get in an extra glass of water if it’s early enough before bed.)

Blogging won’t magically get you fit- EARN IT:

Let me make this clear guys, health blogging is great… but I didn’t begin to form these muscles by sitting on my computer reblogging pictures of fruit and toned butts… If you want to see positive changes, you have to sat goals, and take steps to complete them. You have to break bad habits and make positive changes in your daily life.

If I can do it, so can you.

Progress:

15 days down, 75 more to go!

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Kiss that dreaded pooch goodbye!

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I got an awesome groupon for a SPA pedicure, and while the lady was frenching my little toesies- I stumbled upon this awesome tip in the latest issue of Share magazine!

The Pooch- (not your dog) it’s the annoying little hard to lose area on your lower stomach that covers those abs you’ve worked so hard for.

Try out some of these awesome tips from this article, and let those abs of yours come out from were they’ve been hiding.
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