Jun 29, 2015

Simple Summer Circuit (and a Casio watch giveaway!)

When I'm in a hurry, one of my favorite workouts is a high intensity circuit training. This simple summer circuit will only take 15 minutes. Set your watch timer for five, one-minute intervals.  Do as many reps of each exercise as possible for one minute each, when you're finished take a one minute break... then do it again two more times! 



I've been using my new Kohl's Casio Active Watch to time my intervals and it's been so helpful to transition seamlessly from one exercise to the next. I forgot how much I love wearing a watch!  Kohl's Active Watches are a great fitness tool when going for a run, timing intervals or even set reminders. In an age where we are constantly attached to our cell phones, wearing an active watch allows us to shut out the emails, etc and focus on our workout. Lucky you, I'm hosting a giveaway for a Kohl's Casio Active watch!


Enter To Win: For your chance to win a Kohl's Casio Active watch in Pink or White (as shown above), follow Kohl's on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and tag a friend on the @beachbabefitness Instagram Account. You can enter as many times as you like, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 1st via social media so make sure you follow along. Happy Tagging! xx

Jun 24, 2015

Summer Workout Playlist

Long summer days are here at last and so is some brand new music to get your bikini bod in tip-top shape. Here's my Beach Babe summer workout playlist. With feel good vibes, I hope you love it as much as I do!


Jun 16, 2015

The Perfect Summer Day

Summer has arrived at last! While last summer I stayed busy taking care of my newborn, this summer I’m soaking up the sun and doing my best to stay active.

Recently, Athleta sent me some new pieces from their summer collection. It was the perfect attire for an active summer day. Athleta took me from the sand, to the water and even to the shopping mall. 


I started my day feeling supported and stylish while teaching yoga in the Stripes Chaturanga Capri and Palm Cove Bikini Top.


The Palm Cove Bikini Bottoms took me from the sand to the water where the Stripe Rash Guard was the perfect pairing to provide extra sun coverage. Side note: The Rash Guard also makes a super cute top with jeans… who would have thought!?


From the beach, Hubs and I took a stroll around Fashion Island with our toddler (can you believe he’s one already!?).  Strolling in the Striped Serenity Trapeze Tank and the Brilliance Vest, these two pieces have quickly become some of my favorites in my entire wardrobe. They are seriously soft and go with everything. I am in love.

I had a perfect day to kick –off summer, and I even popped into my new fav store, Athleta. Don’t you just love going into a store wearing all of their clothing? (wink, wink)

I am so impressed with the fit, functionality and quality of Athleta. I continue to wear my new pieces both on and off the beach and in and out of the gym. A big thanks to Athleta for my new summer wardrobe!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Athleta through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Athleta, all opinions are my own.

Jun 15, 2015

Body After Baby (it's true what they say)

It's been over a year since I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. And what a year it's been. Sometimes I feel so guilty for not posting more to BBF but then I'm reminded that these first few years with my boy is time that I'll never get back. Soon I'll have more time to post... for now my priority is as a mama! But I still love you!

As a follow up to my body just a couple of weeks after baby (yikes!)  and again three months after baby (here), I'm so ready to make my one year report. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the photos, and in case you missed it, here's my unmedicated birth story.


Weight
I gained around 40 pounds during my pregnancy and I lost about 30 within the first three or four weeks. While I don't own a scale, I continued to weigh myself at the gym about once a month. I hovered about 10 pounds over my original weight for  5-6 months. It wasn't until the 9 month mark did I feel like my body was back to it's original shape and size. You know what they say, it takes as long to take the weight off as it is to put it on! At a year I'm back to my original weight (plus or minus a pound or two as usual)

Body
I'm fortunate to say that the stretch marks on my tummy have completely faded. It's true what they say though. Perhaps it's mental or perhaps it never will be the same (which is totally worth it btw), but my skin is much looser and my belly button is different. My tummy also has a little bigger pooch to it that doesn't "tone up" as well as it used to. I'm attributing that to the diastisis (aka abdominal separation) that I've been working on. It seems that the more abdominal exercises I do the worse my tummy looks. So frustrating! It continues to slowly improve, but if this is as good as it gets thats a-ok in my book. I did make a human after all. #mombod

Nursing
At 13 months, I'm still nursing 2-3 times a day. My goal was to go a whole year and it just seemed that by the year mark it was easier (and cheaper) to continue to nursing than to wean Christian. He literally nurses for like 5 minutes three times a day so while I've been tempted a few times to give it up, it's comforting to know he's still getting all those antibodies.

It's interesting how my body continues to change with the frequency of nursing. It's true what they say about burning calories! I love food and particularly through pregnancy and nursing I've become obsessed with trail mix and almond butter. While it's a super healthy snack, almonds are highly caloric... I have to watch my extra snacks now that I don't need the extra fuel for breast milk. While before I was stuffing my face because I was ravenous, I have to make sure I'm not just snacking out of habit anymore...Very sneaky stuff!

Workouts
I went back to teaching just 6 weeks postpartum. I continue to teach 6 classes a week and I love it. My workouts are my alone time. They make me appreciate the time with Christian so much more. The fact that I'm doing something that makes me feel and look better is just a bonus to have some time to myself. 

Sleep
So I just read my three month update on sleep and I literally laughed out loud. "Christian is a great sleeper" Um, false. Christian just started sleeping through the night. I mean never not once in a whole year did he sleep for longer than an 8 hour stretch (keeping in mind that he supposedly should go 11-12 hours). At about the 6 month mark (I blame teething!), things took a turn for the worst. He was up every couple of hours and wouldn't sleep with me or on his own. I tried sleep training and while it drastically helped, it just didn't feel right to me to continue to "train" (aka let him cry) my 7 month old to sleep. Alas, we had night after night of 3am nursing and on his one year mark, Christian finally decided to sleep from 7:30pm-6:30am and there have been no interruptions since. He's now on a 7pm-5:30am schedule. We are currently working on a later wake up but... progress!

Me oh my,  I'm so fortunate to have a healthy, happy baby boy but being a mama is no joke. It's true what they say... it's the hardest job in the world. But it's also the most rewarding. I feel beyond blessed to be a mama and we hope to try for number two by the end of the year.... I'll keep ya posted beach babes xx

May 28, 2015

Turkey & Vegetable Meatballs


Since my son turned one (Body After Baby update coming soon!), signs of toddlerhood are slowly emerging. When we introduced finger foods at 10 months, I couldn't have been happier that some of his favorite foods were broccoli and green beans. Such a healthy boy! However, over the last couple of weeks, he really only wants meat and fruit and getting him to eat his vegetables is becoming harder to achieve. Enter Turkey Veggie Meatballs.... life savers.

These bad boys are so delicious Christian hardly saves any for me and my husband. It's been a real treat for the whole family. Loaded with protein, they are the perfect snack on the go or for a tasty meal around the table. 

Ingredients
One Package of Organic Ground Turkey (97% Lean)
2 Cups Frozen Organic Stir Fry Vegetables*
1 Organic Free Range Egg

Suggested Seasonings 
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Salt (Pink Himalayan or Sea Salt)
1/2 tsp Coriander
1/2 tsp Cumin

To Make
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly steam or boil frozen vegetables for approximately 7 minutes. Once cooked, chop vegetables into small pieces and use a paper towel to absorb excess water. Mix together turkey, chopped vegetables, egg and your favorite seasonings in a bowl.  Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Use your hands to roll the turkey meat into 2 inch diameter balls and place 1 inch apart on baking tray. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Makes about 12 meatballs. 

Pair it with your favorite sauce or make a protein packed salad by serving them over a bed of greens  with avocado and your favorite dressing. 

* I buy the frozen Organic Stir Fry Vegetables from Whole Foods, which is a blend of green beans, broccoli, onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms and carrots
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