I used to hate mornings. I can say the word hate because I meant it back then, I really really disliked getting up before 9 AM and saw no reason to be up and ready to roll before that time. When I got certified to be a personal trainer back in 2008, I had to take the shifts no one wanted and work my way up which meant I had to be up at 4 AM to be ready to teach and motivate a group of girls to move and groove before there work day began. This was completely difficult and I soon relied heavily on coffees and pre workouts to keep me energized and ready to go! Who sips pre workout at 4 AM to teach class? ME! After a good three months of 4 AM wake up calls, I soon realized that being up before the rest of the world was a blessing in disguise and 7 years later I LOVE being up before the sun!
This soon became the norm even after I went off on my own and started my own personal training business and continues on to this day. I don’t drink anything but water until about 7-7:30 AM and leave my house at 5:30 AM with a huge smile and excitement for the day to begin. Granted 5:30 is not 4 AM but I could pull a 4 AM’r with that same smile. It took me a few years to develop a routine but after reading a book about a man who started a million dollar business just because he started the day before 5 AM I realized that my work starting at this time was actually a blessing in disguise. So while I am a huge advocate of sleeping 6-8 hours every night, switching off the lights by 10 PM and rising before the sun has become one of the highlights of my day.
I want to share with you four tips to starting your day off on the right foot:
4 Tips to Be More Productive in the AM
I am secretly having a love affair with coconut everything and from my last three recipes I am sure you are onto this affair but I really just CANNOT get enough! At random times I find myself intolerant to certain foods, it is really random but I will eat a ton of almonds for a long time and one day just feel that tight squeeze in my throat and know that my body has had enough. Because of this, I have started to look at some nut free alternatives to some of my favorite baking recipes since many of them call for almond milk, almond butter or some kind of nut butter.
I took to my friend google.com and discovered that coconut butter was a nut alternative and although it contains the word -nut, it is technically not one. I turned to Instagram to find out why coconut has -nut at the end and why almonds do not and how the heck do you know what is classified as a -nut or not? Do-nuts have nut at the end, does this mean they are just crispy fried nuts? How about pea-nuts, which are classified as legumes?
When I decide I want to commit to a fitness program, I fully commit. My husband and I are trying out a new program that consists of split leg days, grueling drop sets + negatives that make you believe there is not an ounce of energy left to continue but we keep showing up and it’s because we use these three tips to keep us going strong and not making excuses for being too sore!
At all times you must listen to your body, not a textbook, not a guru or for that matter ANYONE else but yourself. It took me a few years to really connect with my body but through meditation and just stopping what I am doing and asking myself how I feel I am able to listen up and hear what is going on inside of me. I know it sounds crazy but your body will send you signs if you let it.
3 Tips to Recover From Your Workouts Faster
Do you remember your very first taste of peanut butter? I sure do. I remember licking it off a spoon and deciding that peanut butter was best eaten straight out of the jar with a very large spoon and by the spoonful…I have always been a peanut butter addict and I can even remember the first time I discovered varieties of peanut butter, you know chocolate swirl, extra crunchy, smooth, salty..ok if your mouth is watering right now just thinking about this nutty goodness then you will absolutely LOVE these cookies because not only are they loaded with peanut butter but they are made with gluten free coconut flour…
What I adore about these cookies is the use of healthy fats and the slight amount of sugar from the maple syrup and long lasting energy you get from the healthy fats will keep you going until dinner. Try 1-2 of these around 4 PM to keep you chugging away through the rest of your day.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
When I started going to the gym the only reason I walked in there was to widdle my middle and work off the wine I guzzled the night before otherwise I had no other purpose and I literally hated every moment of it. Funny to think that I became a Personal Trainer after being someone who dreaded the thought of going to the gym and running on a treadmill for an hour!
One thing I teach to anyone that asks me how to enjoy fitness or make it more exciting is to explain how getting fit and healthy should be done not to lose weight or drop the saddle bags but to think of it as:
“YOUR TIME to do something fabulous for YOURSELF and to feel the endorphins from the workout.”
As a fitness expert I can list the best ways to get to your goals, but at the end of the day if you hate pumping iron next to a bunch of dudes or if the thought of dancing and shaking it to a mix of pop hits makes you want to run and hide, then you need to look and find what keeps you excited and makes you HAPPY. When you find that specific activity then your results will happen because you will be consistent with the class or exercise program.
When the purpose of your gym time becomes about YOU and not about weight loss, fat loss or stomach loss this time will suddenly become FUN and not a bore or a drag or an appointment you make every excuse to miss..it becomes a part of who you are. Crazy to think but it really is that simple..become the girl who goes to yoga three days a week, become the chick who can squat her bodyweight or be that girl who is a gym junkie and forces her friends to join along for the ride..this is YOUR choice and there is never an excuse to not do YOU!
Here are 4 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Workout
I am on a coconut kick and I just CANNOT get enough! I was never a coconut kind of girl and I can remember a time I thought coconut water tasted like urine..my have times changed! I now crave and NEED coconut in my life to survive, well not literally.. but I do drink the oil in my smoothie, rub the oil all over my body everyday and enjoy a sweet treat made from coconut flour every now and then. Coconuts have consumed my life and I am proud to say that Thailand has an abundance and free flow of coconuts for me to consume and ENJOY!
One of my big goals this year was to take some time to do something I enjoy and for me that has always been baking. I love baking for a few reasons but the main reason is that I am able to share my work with friends and family and watch them enjoy the fruits of my labor. I guess you can say I am a people pleaser and food is a way to show my love for someone. Another reason is because I am not the neatest cook and being able to stuff a mixture into a muffin tin makes my life a heck of a lot easier than trying to shape and form which is exactly why you will never see me make a cake. I did want to make cookies and although they are not the most beautiful cookies you have ever seen they taste exactly like Chips Ahoy cookies which makes there appearance not so important!!