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Monday, April 27, 2015

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 14 (Season 3)


This week is featuring some of Lisa's favorite workouts so if you've seen the workout before don't worry! And, this is our last week of the HiitMax Challenge so give it all you've got!

Day 67 - Monday

Day 68 - Tuesday

Day 69 - Wednesday

Day 70 - Thursday

Day 71 - Friday
#71

**Finish off season 3 by repeating the Fit Test and feel free to share your results!**

Fit Test Video

WE ARE DONE WITH SEASON 3!!!

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SEASON 1:
SEASON 2:
SEASON 3:

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 13 (Season 3)


This week is featuring the "best of" workouts from the HiitMax challenge so far, so don't let the videos throw you off! 

Day 62 - Monday

Day 63 - Tuesday

Day 64 - Wednesday

Day 65 - Thursday

Day 66 - Friday

YOU ARE ALMOST THROUGH SEASON 3! YOU'VE GOT THIS!

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SEASON 1:
SEASON 2:
SEASON 3:

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 12 (Season 3)


Week 2 of Season 3! Let's do this!

Day 57 - Monday

Day 58 - Tuesday

Day 59 - Wednesday

Day 60 - Thursday

Day 61 - Friday

WEEK 2 OF SEASON 3 DONE! DID YOU ROCK IT OUT THIS WEEK?1

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SEASON 1:
SEASON 2:
SEASON 3:

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 11 (Season 3)


Are you ready for season 3?! I sure am! We're starting this week off with a Fit Test and then moving along just as we have been through seasons 1 and 2, let's do this!

Day 51 (Fit Test)

Day 52 - Monday

Day 53 - Tuesday

Day 54 - Wednesday

Day 55 - Thursday

Day 56 - Friday


WEEK 1 OF SEASON 3 DONE! YOU'VE GOT THIS!

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SEASON 1:
SEASON 2:

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 10 (Season 2)


Day 46 - Monday
#46

Day 47 - Tuesday
#46
#47

Day 48 - Wednesday
#46
#47
#48

Day 49 - Thursday
#46
#47
#48
#49

Day 50 - Friday
#46
#47
#48
#49
#50

YOU JUST COMPLETED SEASON 2 OF THIS CHALLENGE!

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Season 1:
Week 5
Season 2:

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 9 (Season 2)


Day 41 - Monday

Day 42 - Tuesday

Day 43 - Wednesday

Day 44 - Thursday

Day 45 - Friday
#45

MORE THAN 2 MONTHS DONE! ARE YOU LOVING THE NEW YOU?!

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Season 1:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 8 (Season 2)


Can you believe it's been 2 months?! You should definitely be looking and feeling much healthier and much more fit than you did 2 months ago!  This week is "strength week" so let's rock it out!

Day 36 - Monday
#36

Day 37 - Tuesday
#36
#37

Day 38 - Wednesday
#36
#37
#38

Day 39 - Thursday
#36
#37
#38
#39

Day 40 - Friday
#36
#37
#38
#39
#40

2 MONTHS DONE!!!

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Season 1:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 7
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14


BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 7 (Season 2)


Day 31 - Monday

Day 32 - Tuesday

Day 33 - Wednesday

Day 34 - Thursday

Day 35 - Friday
#35

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Season 1:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14


BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 6 (Season 2)



How are you guys doing?  You should definitely be seeing some awesome results by now, just in time for summer and swimsuits!  Feel free to share you results with me!  Let's go!

Day 26 - Monday

Day 27 - Tuesday

Day 28 - Wednesday

Day 29 - Thursday

Day 30 - Friday
#30

HOLY COW! SIX WEEKS DONE!

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Season 1:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 5 (Season 1)


Week 5! You should definitely be seeing results, feel free to share them!  Let's do this!

Day 21 - Monday

Day 22 - Tuesday

Day 23 - Wednesday

Day 24 - Thursday

Day 25 - Friday
#25

SEASON 1 DONE! HOW ARE YOU FEELING?! ARE YOU READY FOR SEASON 2?!

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Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 4 (Season 1)


Day 16 - Monday

Day 17 - Tuesday

Day 18 - Wednesday

Day 19 - Thursday

Day 20 - Friday
#20

CONGRATS! YOU'RE ALMOST THERE!

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Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 3 (Season 1)


Who's ready for this?! Let's smash it out!

Day 11 - Monday

Day 12 - Tuesday

Day 13 - Wednesday

Day 14 - Thursday

Day 15 - Friday
Workout 15


YOU DID IT!!!

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Week 1
Week 2
Week 4
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14

BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 2 (Season 1)



Who's ready for week 2?!  I sure am!  I really loved last week, it was a killer but I felt great!  Check out the previous post (link below) to see how this all works!  Here we go!

Day 6 - Monday

Day 7 - Tuesday
Workout 7 - Lisa's prep talk is awesome today!

Day 8 - Wednesday

Day 9 - Thursday

Day 10 - Friday
Workout 10

WAHOO! YOU JUST COMPLETED WEEK 2!!

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BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 1
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14


BodyRock HiitMax Challenge - Week 1 (Season 1)


Alright folks, I've taken a long break from doing BodyRock, I've tried other programs, I've tried different dieting programs and I just don't get the results that I want.  Soooo, here we go again!  I just love Lisa, her workouts are intense but somehow they go by so quickly, and she's just so motivating and pleasant, she is by far my favorite BodyRock trainer and I was so excited to see that she was doing this challenge! I will be posting my before/after pictures once I complete the challenge so stay tuned for that, and I just completed this first week last week and it was awesome!  The format is just a bit different this time, you will start with the first workout on day 1, and then you will add that workout to day 2, then add both workouts to day 3, etc, until day 5 where you will complete all 5 workouts for the week, I know it sounds tough but you can do it!  And each workout is only about 15 minutes, except for day 5 which is only 10, you can definitely cut out 15 minutes of your day to exercise!  I rocked it out and was exhausted but felt A-MA-ZING! If you are new to BodyRock don't be hard on yourself if you're only able to complete 1 or 2 workouts at a time, I've been there, when I started doing this I could barely do a push-up on my knees and it was all I could do to get through a 12 minute workout, just stick with it and you will see results and before you know it you'll be rocking these workouts!

And, the best thing is that these workouts are FREE! I recently saw a post about a stay-at-home mom that had achieved amazing results by doing the Insanity program through BeachBody, and it sounded great...and then I saw the price tag.  I'm sorry but I just don't think you need to spend $160 dollars on an exercise program when there are so many resources available for FREE! I love BodyRock because the workouts are short, typically 12-16 minutes, they are "high intensity interval training" (aka HIIT) workouts which means they are workouts combined with short intervals of cardio combined with strength exercises and minimal rest intervals which means you will see maximum results in less time.  You really don't need to spend hours in the gym to get the results you want.  I am combining this program with my riding my stationary bike, I ride my bike for at least 30 minutes a day, and I am trying to be better about my portions so I'm feeling super optimistic about this!

Oh, and I've seen some comments that have expressed confusion about the layout of the workout, you will begin with the cardio exercise of the day and Lisa will begin with a strength exercise, it's done this way so you can see what the strength exercise is and how to perform it properly, and then while you do the strength exercise Lisa is doing the cardio, it all works out so don't worry!

Day 1 - Monday

Day 2 - Tuesday

Day 3 - Wednesday

Day 4 - Thursday

Day 5 - Friday

YOU DID IT! CONGRATS ON COMPLETING WEEK 1!!!

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As you can see, this challenge is broken up into 3 "seasons", this challenge was originally posted last year before the holidays so there were breaks between the seasons to allow time for everyone to celebrate those holidays.  Feel free to take a break between seasons if you would like to or if you need to, just don't quit! 


BodyRock HiitMax Challenge Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Season 2:
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Season 3:
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lasagna Roll-Ups


Let me start off by saying that I have been making lasagna this way long before I saw it on Pinterest, I think I was 16 when I decided to start making lasagna this way, I loved the idea of everyone getting their own little lasagna roll, and it definitely makes serving easy! I have been hesitant to share this recipe because I rarely make this the exact same way twice and I don't measure so sharing recipes can often be a challenge! The great thing about lasagna is that you can easily change things up however you'd like to; enjoy!

Lasagna Roll-Ups
1 spaghetti sauce recipe (Hidden Veggie Spaghetti, Simple Spaghetti Sauce
1 large container part-skim ricotta cheese
3/4 C. grated mozzarella
3/4 C. grated parmesan
1/2 C. frozen spinach, thawed (press out liquid with a clean towel)
12 lasagna noodles

-Preheat oven to 350 F, grease a 9x13" baking dish.
1. Combine cheeses and spinach together and set aside while making your sauce. While the sauce simmers cook the lasagna noodles according to the directions on the box. 
2. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water (makes it easier to handle). Pour about half of your spaghetti sauce in the bottom of your baking dish.
3. Lay out your noodles on a clean surface, cover with cheese - about 2 big spoonfuls each - and pat the cheese along the noodle so each noodle is covered.
4. Roll up your noodles and place them in your baking dish. Top with remaining sauce and with extra cheese if there is any remaining.
5. Cover with foil and bake 30-40 minutes. Remove and let sit 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

-Makes 12 individual lasagna roll-ups.

*Feel free to change up your cheese mixture, I don't always add spinach and I often use some pepper jack cheese and a variety of other cheeses, it really just depends on my mood. And, feel free to add a pound of meat to your sauce, I typically use ground beef and season it with salt, pepper, garlic, and onion. This is a very simple recipe and full of potential so feel free to make it yours!*

Just before going in the oven, doesn't it just make your mouth water?!

Right out of the oven!

It is soooo hard to eat just one!

Roasted Red Cabbage


I have an on-and-off relationship with cabbage, and I'm not quite sure why, I really love cabbage but I often forget to buy it...BUT, every time I do manage to get this item in my shopping cart I always end up making something incredibly yummy with it! I decided to try roasting it this time and the results were DELICIOUS! The best thing about roasting any vegetable is you can really change it up every time and still end up with wonderful flavors. 

Roasted Red Cabbage
1/2 head cabbage, sliced
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire, soy sauce, or balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2-1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder OR 2 garlic cloves finely minced
1 tsp. onion powder OR 1/2 onion finely chopped

-Preheat oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with foil and cooking spray

1. Toss everything together in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Pour onto baking sheet and pop it into the oven.
2. Stir after 20 minutes, then return to the oven and let bake 15-20 minutes more. Serve!

-Serves about 4 as a side dish.

Half-way through :)

All done! I love the flavor and texture you get from roasting veggies, and this cabbage was scrumptious!