Fab Friday: Fitness Gifts, Gadgets & Gear!

FAB FRIDAY

Fitness Gear & Gadgets

(These are a few of my favorite things!)

Are you still looking for a gift for the fitness enthusiast in your life? Or, maybe you are looking for some fresh new gear and tolls to kick 2017 of right! I have complied a list of some of my favorite gadgets and gear including somethings that are on my personal wish list.

Check ’em out and click on the links below the picture to shop!

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1. Tigger Point STK  2. Trigger Point Grid Mini 3. Happy Hour Sweatshirt 4. Slay T-Shirt

5. Ninja Yoga Capri’s 6. Flight Fitness Kit 7. Nike Medium Resistance Band 8. Nike Gym Bag

9. Yoga Mat 10. Yoga Strap 12. Glass Water Bottle

14. Fitbit Alta ($30!!!)  16. Yes to Cucumber Face Wipes 17. Jump Rope

18. Happy Bud Headphones

Trigger Point STK & Grid Mini: Perfect tools to help relieve and restore those tight, tired and achy muscles. What I love most about these two is that they are small and compact so they can fit perfectly in a gym bag or suitcase.

Graphic Sweatshirt & T-Shirt: Who doesn’t LOVE to rock a fun saying on their shirt. I always find that when I have an outfit that makes me feel good and a little bad-@$$y my workouts are so much better. There are plenty of fun sayings out there, which one speaks to you?

Ninja Yoga Capri’s: These are super cute, high quality and are at the top of my wishlist.

On the Go Essentials: Do you travel a lot? Well now there is no excuse not to miss a workout. These resistance bands are a easy to tote with you in the Nike gym bag or any bag of your choice. I happen to like the look and style of this Nike bag.

Yoga Mat, Strap and Cleaning Wipes: Yoga mats are always good have on hand. I have one for my own outdoor workouts, in house workouts and nicer one for yoga classes. The yoga strap is a great tool to increase flexibility and work on mobility. I also had the opportunity to test out the Seven Yoga Mat Wipes and was pleased with product and they smell great!

Glass Water Bottle: Even knowing the health benefits of using a glass water bottle over plastic I was apprehensive to transition for a long time. I am clumsy and though for sure it would break. I have now switched over and refuse to go back. It also allows me to use my essential oils to add a pick me up to my workouts.

Fitbit Charge 2 & Alta: I happen to find Fitbit and their products perfect for my needs. They are easy to use, sink with your smart phone and the Alta is on sale for $30. You can’t beat that!

Post Workout Needs: Dry shampoo and good cleansing wipes are a must! These are perfect additions to your gym bag for easy use and a quick pick me up so you can run errands after your workout sesh!.

Speed Rope & Earbuds: Two things that can increase the intensity of a workout. A jump rope allows for hard hitting cardio and is perfect for when you are short on time. These earbuds are super cute and music can make or break a workout. Select your butt kicking play list and get moving.

So there you have it.

I am curious to hear from you, What are some of your favorite things?

Leave them in the comments below!

Need A Little Motivation???

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At 6am this morning I crawled out of bed to a freezing cold house and clouds covering the sky. I live in th San Francisco Bay Area and this is supposed ot be the start of our Indian Summer but that has not happened yet.

Today, was one of the rare mornings where I didn’t have early clients. I popped open my laptop with coffee in hand and a blanket across my lap trying to keep warm.

I answered some e-mails, connected with my virtual training clients and watched a little GMA.

Although my morning was open, my afternoon was packed with meetings, conference calls and ends with catching up with a good friend I have not been able to connect with in a few weeks.

As I am cuddled up under my warm blanket I am contemplating working out.

If I wanted to get it in, it had to happen right then and there. If not, something else was going to get knocked off the to-do list as they day went on. I am still on a mission to make this year my healthiest year yet and I didn’t want pure laziness to get in my way.

I needed some extra motivation.

I grabbed my jumprope, bands and ab wheel. I put on a cute workout outfit but even that didn’t seem to help. So I grabbed my essential oils.

I have become fascinated with oils the past 2 months. Originally I started using them to help with my sleep disorder and then saw the benefit the offered when used for anxiousness and stressed. Now, I am trying them with just about everything.

In a world that is moving so fast we forget to stop and smell the roses, I find oils a great way to get the aromatherapy our senses need and also to help regulate our energy forces.

Today I used Peppermint and Motivate to give me a little extra push and it worked! Peppermint helps to promote clear breathing and is a great pick-me-up oil. Motivate, the Encouraging Blend, promotes confidence and courage. It also has a chocolate smell for all the chocolate lovers out there! Together they can give you the boost you may need on tough days.

Workout is done and I can now go about my day with no regrets!

Have you worked out yet today? Here is a cardio blast workout that can be done anywhere!

Have fun!

~ TIffany G.

Cardio Blast Tabata Style

Thai Tomato Soup

This recipe is from my Healthy Ever After: Fresh Start recipe book! For more info on the program click here

 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp trimmed and finely chopped fresh lemongrass or 2 tsp fresh lemon juice (TIP: When working with lemongrass, trim ends then remove fibrous outer layers prior to chopping.)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp thinly sliced fresh basil leaves, optional
  • 2 cups boiled water, divided

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a blender, combine tomatoes, 1 cup water, oil, lemongrass, lime juice, ginger, garlic and salt. Blend until smooth. Add an additional 1 cup water and blend to combine. Divide soup among serving bowls. Top with basil, heat more if desired.

Do Yourself This ONE Favor…

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Yes PLEASE!!! Health is not a number on a scale or what size you wear. It’s not about hopping on the latest
fitness trend or diet fad. Health is about being strong in mind, body and soul which all stems
from daily healthy habits.

When adopting a healthy life, don’t consider it as a reduction, instead think of it as an addition. What can you ADD to your life that will enhance your health and well being? What daily habits can you incorporate that will improve the health of your loved ones? Think of all those little eyes watching you. How can you ADD more value to their quality of life.

This January I will be hosting a FREE webinar to teach you some simple tools to incorporate healthy habits and what to do when you struggle with the old habits. Change isn’t easy but is the only constant thing in life. Together we will address roadblocks, mindset and define our ideal state of being.

If you are interested in making lasting changes please click here.

 

Keep It Simple Silly!

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It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to fitness, setting a new goal or just trying to get back on track. The key to success is consistency. It is the small simple habits performed day after day that lead to a compound effect over time. Have you ever heard of the K.I.S.S. principal? Keep It Simple Stupid however I prefer to use the word SILLY. The more you can simplify things the easier it will be to adhere to daily habits.

 

Here are some tips to help you remember this principal as you move forward in your journey.

 

Keep It Short

 

There is NO need to spend hours in the gym! We all have things to do, families to see, places to go and friends to catch up with. When done right, you can get a killer workout in just 10-30 minutes. In fact, that forces you to increase the intensity, reduce the down time between exercises, and eliminates the main excuse I have no time!

 

Invest In Yourself

 

I am not afraid to say it….money is a motivator. Think about it. How many times have you signed up for a FREE event and backed out at the last minute? Now compare that to the times you paid for an event. I bet the number is not as high, am I correct? Hiring a coach, trainer, nutritionist or life coach will help you get to where you want to go. Many people object because they don’t have money but will regularly spend $5 a day on Starbucks or at Happy Hours. Basically, by not investing yourself you are really saying that YOU are not worth it.

 

What cost would you put on a healthy life?

 

 

Start Early

 

Sure, it sucks when the alarm is going off before the sun comes up and everyone else is asleep. But that is also the beauty of it! It is the perfect time to get your workout in before the kids are awake, work spirals out of control or you get a tempting dinner invitation. Get it done before your body knows what is going on. It works. Try it two times a week to start and as you get used to that, gradually add on additional morning workouts. (KISS)

 

Socialize

 

Grab a friend. Heck, grab a group of friends, join a boot camp, training club or anything else that brings a community feel to fitness. This will help you stay accountable because you will not want to let others down by being a no-show. It will also increase intensity by providing a little healthy competition. Being a part of a group or having a workout buddy will help you stay true to your goals. They will lift you up when you are down and push you forward when you can push harder.

 

 

So there you have it. Pretty simple but not always easy. Start small, stay consistent and Keep It Simple Silly!

Wishing you a HEALTHY EVER AFTER!

 

~ Tiffany G.

 

 

 

WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: Anywhere Workout

Check out this workout you can do anytime and any place! No excuses 🙂

 

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5 rounds. 30 seconds each.

You don’t need fancy equipment or a special gym to get in a workout. All you need is determination, focus and a strong commitment to your health.  Get after it TODAY!

Are BUSY being BUSY? (Part 1)

You are never too busy for what you make a priority!

Bam. I said it.

This day and age we live in a society that is addicted to being busy. We are running errands, going out to dinner with phones in out hands checking emails, texting others and updating FB statuses. Why? Because most people don’t take the time to think about the things they value most (i.e. family, relationships, health, downtime) before taking on other commitments and in turn those are the things that end up on the back burner. We get caught up in a rat race until we eventfully fall off the track.

I want you to grab a pen and paper and write down what your top 3 priorities are in your life.  What is it that you value most? These are the things that are the most important to you. They are non-negotiable.

Now I want you to take a look at your calendar and see how much time you are devoting to these things each day and each week.  Does it add up? If so great, but I am pretty sure for most people reading this it may be pretty eye opening. Where are you really spending most of your time?

In my 10 year career as a fitness professional the most common and frustrating excuse is, “I don’t have time or I am just to busy.”  And this busyness doesn’t just lie in one not taking care of ones health and fitness. It carries over to family, to social circles and the need to feel that we have to do more so that we don’t let others down. Tell me, where do those “others” rank on your priority list?

When is enough…enough?

The most important thing I learned when starting my own business was that a jack-of-all-trades is broke. Basically you can’t do everything and you can’t be everything to everyone. Pick what you value most, dedicate the majority of your time in those areas and don’t settle for mediocrity. Be world class in what you choose to do.

If spending more time with your kids is important to you, limit the number of extra projects you take on and schedule more hours in the week to spend with them. If your health and fitness is important to you, treat your workouts as if they were doctors’ appointments. If you feel you need more time to yourself, write in your calendar “date with yourself” on a weekly basis. Remember, these appointments are non negotiable. Don’t erase, delete or blow them off.  Everything else you take on has to fit around these appointments.

Failure to prioritize the things you value most in LIFE will leave you resentful and always feeling behind on what it is your are trying to achieve in LIFE. Learn to LIVE the LIFE you LOVE.

Cauliflower Pizza

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

 

Ingredients:

 

1 small-medium head of cauliflower or 3 cups of cauliflower florets, stems removed.

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 cup organic, shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg

 

Directions:

 

1.  Place cauliflower pieces through the feeding tube of the food processor using the grating blade; pulse until all the cauliflower is shredded.

2.  Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cooled, about 15 minutes.

3.  Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F.

4.  Stir ingredients into cauliflower until evenly incorporated and pour mixture into a pie pan; press and shape into a pizza crust.

5.  Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!!!

You are at the starting line, your heart is racing, your head is pounding…what the hell have I gotten myself into?

Yes. That is the normal thought process of those people who are taking on a new challenge and have no idea what the outcome may be. The only thing they do know, they need to take action, and there is no turning back.

That is exactly what Meg Burton did on March 8th!  Meg joined my online challenge community in May of 2013. She was determined to make her health and fitness a priority and she took one step forward and never looked back.  She committed herself  to her goals, shared them with co-workers, inspired friends and the online community to keep pushing forward.

Meg at the starting line before the Giants Race in Scottsdale Arizona

Meg works long hours in the operating room and on top of that she has the nights shift but she never used that as an excuse. She kept her goal to become more fit and healthy in mind and didn’t miss a workout or a check in. She has been on a roll!

I made it a goal of mine for 2014 to run a competitive race at least once per quarter. I wanted to get back into competitive sports and not just rely on doing things recreationally so in November I started recruiting friends to participate in the San Francisco Giants inaugural Scottsdale Giants Race. I have ran the race in SF before but there is nothing like Spring Training and having lots of friends that already live in Arizona made it a perfect girls getaway.

Well as the date drew near some people had schedule changes, some had different goals and in the end the only ones left running were Meg and myself. Then the night before I left I had x-rays on what I thought was just a sprained ankle turned out to be a broken bone in my foot. I was ordered to keep off of it. No race for me.

I was devastated and felt bad for Meg. This was going to be her first race ever! She was the lone survivor but that didn’t bother her and she did not back down! She ran that race. And when I say she ran it, I mean she RAN IT! She didn’t back down from the challenge even though she was running it alone. She was committed to the run, to her training and she succeeded with a great time.

After race victory!

I can’t express how proud I am for her and to see her cross that finish line. She and I go way back. She was the first child I ever babysat. To this day I am not sure how I was held responsible for such a young girl, when I myself was so young, but we were definitely meant to be in each others lives. Our families had vacation homes across the street from one another for many years but life takes its course and eventually people moved, but through the power of Internet we remained connected. That day was the first day I spent with her since she was 8 years old and I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way.

Meg decided to take responsibility and take action which lead her to results!

So many of us wait for motivation to take action but action breeds motivation. Meg is already trying to recruit people for her next races and we are planning to run the Giants Race in SF this year. Crazy costumes and all!

So if there is something you want to accomplish, make a conscious decision and start putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t wait for perfect timing, a sign or someone to give you permission.  Heck, I will give you permission. GO DO IT!

Are you ready?

On your mark…

Get set….

GO!!!

Then and now!