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Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekly Challenge #35: Try something NEW!

As the summer comes to an end, I have been finding myself in a rut. I am doing the same things on the same days week after week after week and it feels like Groundhog Day. Nothing feels new or fresh? Am I alone? Or do some of you feel the same way too?

This week's challenge is about breaking out of the rut, monotony, doldrums or whatever you want to call it...Trying something new might lead to a fun new hobby, a healthy new habit or even new friends or adventures.

Your challenge: Try something NEW! Try a new workout class, a new recipe, a new activity, a new book, etc. Change things up a little bit, and enjoy!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekly Challenge #34: I'll have a side of Butt and Thighs please!

This week is all about adding a little bit of butt and thigh work to your regular workout. All it takes is 5 to 10 minutes a day to get even more Bootie-licious than you already are!

Here's the workout:
Butt Bumps
Butt Blasters
Leg Lifts

Your challege: Do 4 sets of these moves, with 20 repetitions of each, every day this week.

Order up a set of butt and thighs with your regular workout this week. Your body (and your BOOTIE) will love you for it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Weekly Challenge #33: Fueling up with protein shakes

(Image via Get Natured)
With the overwhelming variety of sports foods available today, it can be difficult to figure out what to eat to fuel your workouts. Before gels, bars, or sports drinks, though, it is important to note that the best way that you can prepare your body for a workout is to properly recover from your previous workout. Your recovery foods should include protein for muscle recovery along with glycogen-replenishing carbohydrates.

Benefits of protein:
  • Builds lean muscle tissue and aids in muscle recovery after workouts
  • Helps to keep blood sugar even to avoid "bonking" during exercise
  • Prevents carb and sugar cravings and mood swings that come with fluctuating blood sugar levels
  • Works with carbohydrates to replenish your glycogen stores after long workouts, helping to prepare your body for your next workout
  • Gives your meals staying power by helping you to feel full longer 
How should I refuel after a workout?
Most dietitians recommend consuming a post-workout snack or meal that contains a moderate amount of protein (10-20 grams) within 30 minutes. A 2009 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that consuming more than 30 grams of protein in a single sitting didn’t help muscles any further than more moderate amounts. Active.com recommends following the 30/30 rule: eat less than 30 grams of protein in less than 30 minutes post-workout. (source)

Mama Bootcamp is now offering Shakeology protein shakes! Check with a coach for a sample!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Weekly Challenge #32: Do Unto YOURSELF

This week is all about YOU. Be kind to YOU. Do nice things for YOU. Remember what is special and what you love about YOU.

This challenge may seem easy, but I'm betting many will have a hard time with it.

Your challenge: Say one nice thing about YOU to yourself daily! Extra bonus points for writing that nice thing down and posting it where you can see it often.

There is only one YOU in all time. How amazing is that?

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meet Coach Sharon

How did you find Mama Bootcamp?
While I was welcoming guests at our annual New Year's Eve party my neighbor asked me to consider starting the year with a new routine. She had previously attended Mama Bootcamp and wanted to get back in the lifestyle of healthy eating and fitness.

What is your favorite healthy snack?
Baked chips and salsa followed closely by celery and almond butter.

Besides being a Mama Bootcamp Coach, what other ‘hats’ do you wear?
I am a wife, a mom to two teenage boys, and work as a systems analyst for a non-profit mental health agency. I serve as the minister of music and small groups' minister at my church. In the my churches denomination I serve as the network leader and am in charge of facilitating connection, communication, and care.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time is a rare commodity, but when I can find it I love to spend time with the family either playing games or enjoying the outdoors together. Now that I am getting back in shape I hope to spend my summer on the kayak and my winter on the ski slopes. I look forward to returning to the top of half-dome and hope to pick up rock climbing in the near future (El Capitan, here I come!).

What is your favorite part about being a coach and being on the Mama Bootcamp team?
My favorite part of being a coach is definitely the mamas. They are an exceptionally encouraging and empowering group of women. I am thrilled to have a part supporting and assisting each of these lives in their pursuit of being the strong women they have decided to be.

Sharon before and after: