FREE Atkins Bars & Weight-Loss Kit!

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FREE Atkins Bars & Weight-Loss Kit!!

Register now on the Atkins Community and receive your Free Quick Start Kit!  Registration is quick and easy and you’ll receive 3 Atkins bars and a Quick Start Kit all for FREE!!

I requested these last year and let me tell you they are really tasty!  I have special diet requirements and these bars fit right in.  So these are perfect to throw in my bag for when I’m on the go or have a long day of shopping ahead of me.  :)

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5 Easy Home Workout Routines Without Weights

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Home Workout Routines Without Weights

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There is no need to spend money on a gym membership as you have everything you need to get fit. One of the biggest fitness trends in 2014 is strength training without weights. Here are a few Home Workout Routines Without Weights that will help you drop the weight and get fit.

1. Planking. The plank works the entire front side of the body and helps to tone your muscles and works the core like no other exercise. Getting into the Plank position easy as you just lay down on the floor and then come up onto your forearms and toes. You can do this with or without shoes on. Create a straight line from your neck down to your feet and make sure your butt does not arch down and hold your stomach in engaging your core muscles. Keep this taunt plank position for 30 seconds, relax for 30 seconds and do it again 3 times. The goal is to be able to hold this for two minutes.

2. Burpees. This is one of the hardest exercises to do but will burn a ton of calories, plus it tones every muscle in your body. To begin, stand upright and then drop down to the ground into a push-up position. Do one push up and then bring your legs back to your body and then jump up with your arms reaching high into the sky, then come back down from the jump into a standing position. Can you believe that was just one rep? Start doing 3 sets of 5 burpees and when you are stronger do 3 sets of 10 burpees. Rest for a minute in between each set.

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Insanity Workout – Week 4 Complete #Fitness #Insanity #Beachbody (I Fit in My Skinny Jeans)

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Some of you may already know that I’ve been doing the Insanity Workout.  You can read more about the Insanity Workout and my thoughts on Day 1 here.  There has been a lot of discussion on The Coupon Challenge Facebook Page, so I wanted to give you all an update – I fit into my Skinny Jeans today!  I slipped them on without any jumping, tugging or wiggling (you all know what I’m talking about!)

Here is a bit of am Insanity Workout Review:

I’ve completed Week 4 and start my Recover Week tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to a week of recovery, but I have no doubt that the week will still provide an intense workout.  I’m more nervous to start Week 6 which includes a new round of DVD’s for a Max routine.  I’ve definitely improved in my stamina, speed and power over the past 4 weeks, but I’m not sure I’m ready to take it to the next level!

My 4 weeks of the Insanity Work has changed my body and shown me that I really can “dig deeper” and improve my health.  Although, I both look forward to and dread working out each morning :)

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Insanity Workout Day 1: The Fit Test Kicked My Butt!

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If you’ve been following along on The Coupon Challenge Facebook Page, you know that I ordered the Insanity Workout.  There was so much discussion on my Facebook posts that I decided to share with you all as I make my way through the 60-day program.

I ordered the Insanity Workout on Amazon for $144.80 shipped – this is the same price as on the Beachbody website, but I had Amazon gift cards to help lower my OOP expense.  The price does vary on Amazon, so just be aware!

A Bit About Insanity: Shaun T’s Insanity workout is designed to be completed in 60 days.  The complete set includes a Elite nutrition guide, calender to track your progress, and 10 intense DVDs.  Each workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your max.  One reason I chose this workout is that no exercise equipment is required.  I also liked that I could have a “beachbody” in just 60 days!  We shall see….

I thought Day 1 would be easy peasy.  I mean, all I had to do was watch a short video outlining proper form and do a Fit Test.  How hard could that be, right?  WRONG!  The Fit Test kicked my butt.  Seriously, I had to stop the video 3 times and take a break!

Now, I’m not in bad shape.  I workout 5 or 6 times a week for about 1.5 – 2 hours each day.  My workouts include cardio, weights, floor exercises and stretching.  I can run on the treadmill and bike for miles.  Apparently, I was totally unprepared for 1 minute full-on Power Jumps, Suicide Jumps and Push-Up Jacks.  I was even winded after the warm up for Pete’s Sake!

What did I learn from Day 1 besides the fact that I’ve signed myself up for 2 months of pain?

  • Set up a small fan in the living room – that ceiling fan just doesn’t cut it!
  • A Towel is totally necessary
  • Working out in pants and a t-shirt is way too much clothing
  • It’s okay to hit pause, just do what you can and watch your form
  • WATER!

In addition to the Day 1 DVD, I took my before pictures and measurements and determined my necessary caloric intake for the next 60 days.  I should be consuming 1,900 calories by eating at least 5 meals per day.  That number includes my desire to lose weight (5-8lbs).  There is a pretty scientific formula included in the Elite Nutrition Guide to help determine your needs.  Had I wanted to maintain my current weight, I would have needed 2,400 calories per day!  That just tells you how intense these workouts are!

Tomorrow the actual workout begins with the Plyometric Cardio Circuit – oh my!

Have you tried the Insanity Workout?  Feel free to share you thoughts or journey with us.

Disclosure:  I am not being compensated for this post nor am I affiliated with Beachbody.  I’m just sharing with you my journey to get Fit.

 

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Protein, Kale & Berry Smoothie – Whey Protein Smoothie Recipes

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Protein smoothies are a great post-workout meal.  They fill you up and provide your body with the nutrition it needs to repair muscles and recover from a workout.  I like to make my own smoothies at home since purchasing a pre-made smoothie can be expensive.

Kale is always in my smoothies. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition.  If you don’t have kale or want to switch things up a bit, use spinach.  I purchase kale in bulk and freeze.  The same goes for berries and bananas.  They freeze well and can save you a ton of money overtime.

Whey Protein Smoothie Recipes:

Ingredients:

1 Scoop Whey protein
1 Cup fat free milk (or water)
1 Cup fruit (I always do 1 banana plus a little bit of berries or peaches, depending on the season)
A few cubes of ice
Kale (to taste*)

Directions:

I start my blender with milk and kale since the kale needs to be pulverized more due to it’s tough cell walls.  Then add all your remaining ingredients to the blender.  Serve immediately.

Green Smoothie Recipe

*Add more kale gradually to your smoothies as you get used to the taste.  Adding just a few strawberries or blueberries helps mask the taste and allows me to add even more kale.

Kale Banana Peach Smoothie

In the image above, you can see the kale mixed with the milk at the bottom of the blender then the protein powder and topped with fruit.  You will also notice a bit of froth from blending the milk and kale.  Try not to add much more than a cup of fruit.  You don’t want too much sugar!

This is actually a double batch for hubby and myself :)

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**Kid Tip:  Blend the smoothie without the protein powder.  Fill a cup for your child, then add protein powder and blend your smoothie.  Kids won’t even know you snuk green goodness into their drink :) If you’re trying to hide the green, the top image is made with more blueberries so it hides the green color.

Want more smoothie recipes?  You might like Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss – 30 Delicious Detox, Cleanse and Green Smoothie Diet Book by Troy Adashun.

What are your favorite Whey Protein Smoothie Recipes?

Try these Home Workout Routines Without Weights to save on a gym membership and get fit at home.

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Amazon: Get Fit with Mel B Game for PS3 {Save 84%}

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You can get a great deal on the Get Fit With Mel B for the PS3 on Amazon right now. Pay just $6.25 – was $39.99!!!

  • Using a proprietary engine featuring a sensational full-body detection system, Get Fit With Mel B enhances the exciting new gameplay capabilities of the PlayStation Move, Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii
  • Players will appear on screen alongside celebrity superstar Mel B receiving her real-time feedback in several disciplines like dance fitness, cardio, step and kickboxing
  • Get Fit with Mel B delivers a personal nutrition program including 6 different meal plans and 140 recipes
  • Tailored to meet your personal fitness goals, she will increase your workout level as your skills and endurance increase
  • Supporting the use of a wide range of fitness accessories such as medicine balls, step platforms and resistance bands, Get Fit with Mel B is must-have for anyone seeking to improve their fitness and quality of life

Your order will qualify for FREE shipping with Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25 or with Amazon Prime.

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Thanks, Passion for Savings!

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Amazon: Tone Fitness Toning Wheel $9.70

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Amazon has the Tone Fitness Toning Wheel on sale for $9.70 was $15.99!  This might be good for you if you hate doing sit-ups.

The Tone Fitness abdominal toning wheel is an easy to use exercise equipment that can help to add strength to your core and tighten the abdominal muscles. At the gym or in your own home, you can use the wheel to help work out your lower and upper back, hips, chest, arms, butt and legs. These wheels are portable and easy to store just about anywhere. Non-slip wheels provide stability. The contoured grip handles allows for a smooth and comfortable workout. Warning: This product contains one or more phthalate chemicals known to the state of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Consumer may return the product for a full refund, including shipping cost for both receipt and return of the product within 15 days of his or her receipt.

Your order will qualify for FREE shipping with Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25 or with Amazon Prime.

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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FREE Atkins Bars & Weight-Loss Kit!

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FREE Atkins Bars & Weight-Loss Kit!!

Register now on the Atkins Community and receive your Free Quick Start Kit!  Registration is quick and easy and you’ll receive 3 Atkins bars and a Quick Start Kit all for FREE!!

I requested these last year and let me tell you they are really tasty!  I have special diet requirements and these bars fit right in.  So these are perfect to throw in my bag for when I’m on the go or have a long day of shopping ahead of me.  :o

Thanks Raining Hot Coupons!

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Amazon: Jillian Michaels Fitness DVD’s as low as $4.69

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I’m reposting this as I eat an oatmeal cookie and drink coffee :)

Eat too many Christmas cookies this week?  Take a look at all these great fitness DVD’s from Jillian Michaels.  I have friends that swear by these videos.

Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred$6.99-save 53%!

Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack$5.87-save over 60%!

Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix$9.67-save 32%!

Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed & Shred$8 -save 47%!

Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom$4.69-save 69%!

Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones $7.32 – save 51%!

Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping System DVD Set$99.95-save 23%!

Zumba Fitness 2$39.12

*Prices keep changing slightly.

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Thanks, Mom on Dealz!

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