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Month: March 2014

What Defines You?


When I first started Daily Routine Blog back a few years ago, I made a commitment to myself that I would be as authentic and transparent as possible in my posts. Today I am struggling, and this forum once again, will be my outlet.

I have mentioned in previous posts about my battle over the last 7 years with hypothyroidism, which is simply explained as a “less-active” thyroid. Negative effects of hypothyroidism are fatigue, joint pain, hot flashes and slow metabolism, to name a few. Over the last few months I have been struggling in these areas along with feelings of sadness, directly related to my imbalanced hormone levels. I finally decided to go see my doctor again, and after reviewing my most recent blood work, I was informed that my thyroid levels had dipped very low once again. In that moment, I felt complete anger, sadness and frustration all at the same time. I had been working so hard to naturally balance out this problem, and it felt as though I was back to square one. I wanted to scream out to God “WHY?” I have been so focused on my health and fitness, how could this be happening to me? The motivation to correct this imbalance is much more than wanting to look good in a bikini, it’s about the long-term heath of my body, my ability to one day have more children and enjoy the activities I love for many years to come.

I woke up the next morning with a fire in my belly. I started to feel a determination well up inside of me that wasn’t going to just accept this diagnosis, but I was going to figure out a way to beat it. I started to do some more research, and I headed down to Natures Fare Markets to purchase a few natural supplements that my body and thyroid were deficient of. My doctor also recommended that I continue an intense training schedule, as that will naturally boost my metabolism and help my thyroid. I am now more motivated than I ever have been to step up and fight this with everything I have.

The few days following my test results were spent with friends, family and some great training sessions with my amazing clients. I was once again reminded of the blessings in my life, and that everyone has their own mountain that is staring them in the face. Whatever your battle is, know that you have the power to overcome it, and there is grace available along the way. Your mountain does not define you, it’s the journey up and over the mountain that builds character and gives you the experience to one day help someone else on the same accent.

Workout Video: Full Body Workout

Warning, the following workout is going to kick your butt! This full body workout is an efficient way to target multiple muscle groups and will no doubt have you sweating in minutes! When you analyze your workout routine that is planned out for the week, this type of full body workout is a great way to fill in any gaps in your training, especially if you find yourself short on time. These quick, powerful workouts kick your metabolism into overdrive, burn tons of fat, and allow you to retain that lean muscle you have been working so hard to build.

All you need is a set of free weights to complete this workout.

Do 12-15 reps per exercise, with as little rest as possible between exercises. Set your clock for 20 minutes and see how many rounds you can complete! Write down where you finish off at the 20 minute mark, and try to beat it next time.

Here is a quick list of all the exercises performed in this video, in sequential order.

  1. Squat
  2. Weighted Squat
  3. Burpees
  4. Shoulder Press
  5. Burpees
  6. Body weight push up
  7. Plank Row
  8. Plank Row Turn
  9. Jump squats
  10. Weighted squat
  11. Snatch
  12. Squat Jumps
  13. Tricep Kick-Back
  14. Over-Head Tricep Extension
  15. Tricep Push Up
  16. Jump Squat
  17. Bicep Curl
  18. Jump Squat
  19. Around The Worlds
  20. Jump Squat
  21. Star Crunch
  22. Frog Leg Crunch
  23. Leg Climb
  24. V-Sit