Kettlebell Toning {Day 2 | Clean Eating}

Welcome to Kettlebell Toning Day 2!

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Today I wanted to focus on Healthy Living! If you spend any time on social media or the internet you probably have been seeing quite a few “buzz words/subjects” swirling around. “Clean Eating” has been one of the top subjects my readers are emailing me about! Lots of questions are being asked, but the most common are “What is Clean Eating?” and “What do I buy?” So, let’s focus on those! What is Clean Eating? Clean Eating is basically eating as natural and whole as possible. Clean Eating stresses healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. It sound super easy, however it can end up being a little overwhelming and confusing when you are bombarded by processed foods down ever isle at the grocery store. The goal of clean eating is to remove all processed foods, foods with extra additives and chemicals, and refined foods from you diet. Clean eating is not a diet it’s actually a lifestyle! Tips for getting started with a Clean Eating Life Style:

  • Eat whole, natural foods and stay away from processed foods.

This basically means if it’s in a bag, box, can or package you don’t want it {with the exception of bagged fresh veggies} When in doubt don’t go down the inside isles in the grocery store since they are chalked full of processed foods. I personally like to stick to the produce section or better yet shop at a local farmers market or farm.

  • Eat unrefined foods rather than refined foods.

Clean sugars include honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated sugar cane juice.

  • Eat protein, carbohydrates and fat at every meal.

Protein is very important when it comes to muscle-building, and it can also help curb your appetite. When eaten throughout the day, it keeps us feeling full longer.

  • Eat at home NOT out.

This way you know all ingredients you are using , where they are from and the exact amount of calories you are consuming.

  • Remember – Don’t drink your calories.

High calorie drinks such as soda pop can add an extra staggering 500 calories a day!  Remember to ALWAYS choose water first! Now, I know there are a lot of you out there that are not big water drinkers, have no fear I have an easy and oh so yummy alternative…Infused water, this is when you add fresh fruits and veggies to your water and let it sit over night in your fridge! Some of my most favorite infused waters are: Fresh Cucumber and Mint {we grow our own spearmint}, Fresh Strawberry, Peach and  Blueberry! There are tons of other options and believe me every single one is delicious!  Other clean drinks include unsweetened tea, I love this option for both iced and hot, skim milk and unsweetened almond milk {my personal favorite}  A few Clean Eating “Rules”

  • Eat your meals
  • Raw
  • Grilled
  • Baked
  • Steamed
  • Fill at least half your plate with veggies
  • Eat fruit(s) for dessert {In the summer time I like to make fruit smoothies for dessert – frozen fruit and greek yogurt blended until creamy! my kiddos LOVE it!}

Lastly, Drink a gallon of water per day! I know this may seem a little daunting but I promise it doesn’t have to be. A very easy way to achieve this goal is by simply filling a gallon pitcher with water and putting it in the fridge the night before then in the morning start filling you glass. You will be surprised at how quickly that gallon disappears. Confused about what to buy? Clean Eating can be a little overwhelming and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Below I have shared our shopping list for you to print and/or save in ibooks, kindle ect.! I have it broken into categories to make your grocery shopping easy peasy! There are three different printables to choose from {Click image to download pdf}

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{I recommend this one if you are saving the pdf to ibooks or kindle…because its prettier!}

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Black & White 

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Download BLACK & WHITE HERE

Please note that this shopping list is based on the items we regularly buy. There are many other foods that fall under the “clean eating” category we just don’t eat them as much, I left space for you to add other foods.

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Kettlebell Toning {Day 1}

Welcome to 2018 Kettlebell Toning Day 1:

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New to Kettelbell workouts? No worries!

Kettlebell 101:

Kettlebells have quickly become one of the most efficient and effective tools for sculpting and toning a slim & strong physique.

But Why? With a kettlebell you work all your major muscle groups at once, instead of isolating muscle groups like you do when lifting dumbbells. Since the weight isn’t evenly distributed,  you have to work hard and continuously to control the kettlebells shifting center of gravity. {psst. thats why so many muscle groups get toned and sculpted!}

Why I love Kettlebells:

Kettlebells are not just awesome but they are highly effective, they allow you to do cardio and weight training in one workout….at the same time. What does this mean for you? You will be getting a killer workout in half the time! What mama wouldn’t love a time saver like that!

Buying Kettlebell:

If you don’t have a Kettlebell don’t worry you can get a number of different kettlebells at most sporting goods stores,  even walmart has quite a few on their website!

Remember that not all kettlebells are created equal. TIP: be sure you look for kettlebells with a wide enough handle that you can grip it with both hands, and make sure there are no rough edges that will cut up your hands {if this worries you rest assure there are Kettlebells that are plastic coated}

Before you buy pick the right Kettlebell weight for you:

If you have never used a Kettlebell start of lighter, women should start with a 10 or 15 pound kettlebell {depending on your fitness level you can absolutely start with a 5 pounder!}

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Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Kettlebell Swing: 

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  • Hold kettlebell by handle with both hands
  • Swing kettlebell between legs act like you are trying to hit yourself in the butt
  • Thrust hips forward, straighten knees, and squeeze glutes to swing kettlebell through legs and up to chest height
  • Allowing gravity to assist, swing weight down, hinging at hips and pressing butt back to bring kettlebell through legs
  • Immediately go into another swing, bringing kettlebell to chest height

Why Kettlebell Swing?

Looking for a quick and easy yet challenging cardio? The Kettlebell Swing is for you! Doing this simple move can burn up to 20 calories a minute…Thats huge!

This Kettlebell swing will effectively work pretty much your entire body! Muscle groups engaged are:

  • core
  • lower back
  • shoulders
  • arms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps

To give you a little boost I have a 30 Day Kettlebell Swing Challenge for you! Print out this baby and get swinging!

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31 Day Fit Challenge: DAY 12

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DAY 12:

I’m so happy it Friday…this was a REALLY long week!

Let’s get started with Day 11!

Grab your Progress Log {click image below to print} and get ready to track todays workouts!
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With increased time:

Day 11: Crunches 113 | Day 12: Crunches 116

Day 11: Push Ups 52 | Day 12: Push Ups 55

Day 11: Squats 88 | Day 12: Squats 92

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31 Day Fit Challenge: DAY 11

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DAY 11:

Happy Thursday! This morning I woke up…feeling…well horrible 😦 My head hurts, my ears are sore and feel clogged and my sinuses are hurting blah! Emergen-c here I come! Thankfully this is one of the few challenges that unless you have a cough or body ache you can do!

Let’s get started with Day 11!

Grab your Progress Log {click image below to print} and get ready to track todays workouts!
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With increased time:

Day 10: Crunches 107 | Day 11: Crunches 113

Day 10: Push Ups 50 | Day 11: Push Ups 52

Day 10: Squats 85 | Day 11: Squats 88

Even though my head hurts that felt great and I’m so glad I did it early!

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31 Day Fit Challenge: DAY 10

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DAY 10:

 

I cannot believe we are already half way through this week, an you? Wow time is sure flying!

Let’s get started with Day 10!

Grab your Progress Log {click image below to print} and get ready to track todays workouts!
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With increased time:

Day 9: Crunches 104 | Day 10: Crunches 107

Day 9: Push Ups 46 | Day 10: Push Ups 50

Day 9 Squats 82 | Day 10: Squats 85

That really felt so good!

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31 Day Fit Challenge: DAY 9

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DAY 9:

How are you liking this new increased time? I’m loving it and really feeling good and dare I say I think my clothes are fitting looser!

Let’s get started with Day 9!

Remember we are increasing our time from 1 minute to 1 minute and 20 seconds!

Grab your Progress Log {click image below to print} and get ready to track todays workouts!
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With increased time:

Day 8: Crunches 99 | Day 9: Crunches 104

Day 8: Push Ups 45 | Day 9: Push Ups 46

Day 8: Squats 80 | Day 9 Squats 82

OH YEAH!

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31 Day Fit Challenge: DAY 8

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DAY 8:

We’re movin on up! Today will mark our weekly fitness test…remember all this means is we will have a starting point and a number to beat for the next week!

So let’s get started with Day 8!

Remember we are increasing our time from 1 minute to 1 minute and 20 seconds!

Grab your Progress Log {click image below to print} and get ready to track todays workouts!
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With increased time of 1 minute 20 sec:

Day 8: Crunches 99 

Day 8: Push Ups 45

Day 8: Squats 80

I’m not gonna lie…wow I was winded after that!

How did you do today? Let me know using #31dayfitwithbrit I cannot wait to see!

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