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The Quickest Way to Get in Shape

Let me tell you the quickest way to lose weight + get in shape.

The quickest short cut to losing weight is knowing that there is no short cut.

Going on and off diets, over-training, following crash diets in the hopes of dropping pounds fast all lead to just one thing:

A damaged metabolism...which means you gain weight back and now your body has a hard time burning fat.

Yuck...so lame.

Tough love time:

You MUST make habit changes that will last.  That is the ONLY way to be fit for life.

In my experience the people who make changes stick and get INCREDIBLE results are the ones who take baby steps.

Focus on ONE thing at a time that will get you results.  Stick to that for 2 weeks and then add on one more change and so on.

If you stay consistent with this method, I promise within a couple months you will be seeing REAL + LASTING results.

Word.

Here is where I would start--

Habit #1: Drink 80-100 oz of water per day (already do that? move on to #2)

Habit #2: Get at least 10,000 steps a day (already do that? move on to #3)

Habit #3: Eat a variety of vegetables with at LEAST 2 meals per day (preferably 3)

Okay- that should get you started!

Since today is the first day of August, I have for you the Stress Monkee Calendar

It's a fun and simple way to keep your health + fitness at the forefront every day.

Daily tips. Mini workouts. Simple recipes. Loads of motivation.

Just click here to grab your copy.

(If you want to save on ink, here's a version with no pic :)

XO

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A Workout to Burn Fat and Build Lean Muscle

Howdy!

If your goal is to lean down and build some lean muscle mass, boy oh boy do I have a workout for you.

This workout will get your results...quick.  BUT, you're gonna have to push yourself.

(I filmed myself doing this awesome workout this morning in the gym, so please forgive the dingy lighting.)

This workout is a type of metabolic conditioning workout.  It is a "hybrid" workout.

Here's how you do it:

Pick a set of dumbbells that are light enough that you can keep your form intact and be able to move a pretty good pace, but heavy enough that you can't really do more than 12 reps.  (I suggest you try in the 5-12 pound range to start).

Do 8-12 reps of each of the 4 exercises.

Set a timer for 15-25 minutes and go through the exercises as many rounds as possible (AMRAP).

Rest only when you absolutely need to.  Work until you have to stop, rest until you can get back to it.  You need to push yourself out of your comfort zone though.

The four exercises are:

  1. Squat Press
  2. Reverse Lunge + Curl
  3. Renegade Row (can add a push up)
  4. Bulgarian Split Squat with tricep kickbacks

Watch the video below to see me run through the circuit once (this was my 3rd time through so I'm kind of gassed in the video :)

Let me know how you do!

Here's to being lean + feeling amazing...

Alicia

IMPORTANT NOTE: As with any fitness program you should always consult your physician before beginning an exercise regime. Be sure you are in good health before trying this or any other high intensity workout.  Be safe!

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Better Than Exercise for Weight Loss

We seem to be obsessed with finding the latest + greatest type of workout to help us get fit + lean.

When most people want to lose weight they usually talk about all the exercise they'll be doing, "I'm going to start running again, hit the gym and squeeze in that yoga where everyone sweats their ass off."

But here's the skinny:  there's something that has a bigger impact on your metabolism (our friend responsible for burning fat) than exercise.

Dun, dun, dun!!!!!

Don't get me wrong, I believe exercise has an important role and we should all fit it in, but when you are wanting to lose fat, the model we've been taught: Eat Less, Exercise More is actually responsible for damaging our metabolism.

The truth of the matter is, Eat Less, Exercise More does not work if you want long term results. It usually ends up over-stressing our body, which in turn makes us store fat instead of burning it.

So, you ready to hear about what impacts your metabolism more than exercise?

Watch this short video below and get ready to have your mind blown.

Until next time,

Alicia

PS- I have a new program coming out very soon that I can't wait to share with you!  It's called the 30 Day Body Reset.

It's all about rebalancing your metabolism so that you can naturally + effortlessly burn fat.  It's going to be awesome! Stay tuned.

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Why Diets Make You Fat

Do you feel like nothing you do seems to get you in the shape you want to be in?

And do you feel like you've tried just about every-damn-thing there is out there?

Here's the thing-- 

most of the time, the diets we follow in hopes to get a bangin' bod actually end up making us gain MORE fat.

I hear you, wtf?! 

Check out this stat:

90-95% of people who lose weight by dieting gain it all back.  Yep, 90-95%

And about 60-65% actually gain back MORE than when they started!

Why is this?

Diets make you fat.

In this video, I go over some of the reasons that diets slow down your metabolism and mess up your hormones (the driver of the metabolism).

This is Part ONE in a 2-part series (stay tuned for Part 2).

After you watch the video, be sure to grab the Handy-Dandy Cheat Sheet I created for you: DITCH THE DIET, 2 Shifts To Start Seeing Results

Grab your cheat sheet here

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.  Do you think you suffer from a less than stellar metabolism?

See you soon sweet thang,

Alicia

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The Truth About Weight Loss

Changing your health + body is all based on ONE thing...

HABIT CHANGE

This is the path to results that actually last.

Did you know that 95% of people who lose weight by dieting gain it back?

This is because most weight loss programs don't focus on changing habits.

They're nothing more than a short-term fix.

I've been working on a program that uses a habit-based approach.

The program focuses on rebalancing your metabolism...because if your metabolism is out of whack NOTHING you try will work in the long run.

I'm going to release it at the end of summer and I can't wait to tell you more!

Today though, I'd like to give you the Stress Monkee Calendar.

It's a fun and simple way to keep your health + fitness at the forefront every day.

Daily tips. Mini workouts. Simple recipes. Loads of motivation.

(If you'd like to save on ink, Click here for a no-pic version)

Baby Steps = BIG Results

XO

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A Trick to Get A Stronger Core, FASTER

"Core" has become quite the buzzword and for good reason.

Your core is your powerhouse, but there are other benefits of a strong core...

A well-trained core will help prevent injuries, protects your central nervous system, helps to alleviate lower back pain and damn, you just look really good with a nice, strong core.

Alright, you get it, we should all strive to train our core.  Which brings me to why I'm writing this post.

Most people do their core work at the END of their workout.

There's a better way.  

If our core is so important, then why wouldn't we train it at the START of our workout?  When we're fresh and loaded with energy.

If you do your core work at the beginning of your workout, you can give it the attention + effort it needs.

So, give this a try.  Do some dedicated core exercises at the beginning of your workout.

And I have a great series of core exercises for you today.  I call it...

The All-Out Ab Assault

Just do a clickity-click on the image below to check it out.

After you watch the video be sure to grab the Ab Assault Guide that goes with the video.

GET IT HERE

 

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Mini-workouts, Nutrition Ideas + Daily Tips = Awesome Sauce

Summer, summer, summer tiiiiiime!

Every year around this time I tell myself, "I mean it, this year I am going to bust my ass and be in the best shape ever by my birthday!" (I'm a June baby)

I overload myself with all these health + fitness "to-do's"...after a couple weeks my sub-conscious mind is like, "Hey, yo- screw this. It's time for some summer fun!"

So my plan this summer is to focus on the process and not the outcome.

Rather than focusing on the hopes of one day having a body like Elle Macpherson (teehee), I will be focusing on my best daily practices.

The tool I use to help me with that is the Stress Monkee Calendar.

Daily tips, mini-workouts + nutrition ideas to help you be ridiculously fit, inside + out.

By focusing on something small each day I'm able to stick to my health + fitness priorities without feeling overwhelmed.

And there's one thing I know for sure, consistency is the secret to being fit.

Be sure to grab this month's Stress Monkee Calendar + follow along with me.

If you'd like to save on ink, here's a version with no picture.

Follow along with me + let's do this thang!

XO

Alicia

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Butts + Guts Workout

Hello there sunshine!

How many times have you really wanted to workout, but you're just too busy?

Spending hours in the gym is not a requirement for being fit.

What's the secret when it comes to exercise and being fit?

Intensity, intensity, intensity.

Even if you only have 10 minutes, if you can really push yourself for those 10 minutes AND you stay consistent, you will see results.

And there is a dark side to doing marathon sweat seshes... when you overtrain you over stress your body, which will actually cause your body to store fat (say what?!).

All those hours in the gym wasted.

So, what kind of a short, yet intense workout am I talking about?

Don't fret, I have one for you here today :)

Below is a workout I filmed for the Skechers blog.

I call it Butts + Guts.

It won't take you long, but believe me, you'll feel it in all the right places.

Just give the image below a little click + check it out.

Oh! ANd when you're done watching the video be sore to download the BUTTS + GUTS WORKOUT GUIDE I created for you.

You can download it as a pic to your smartphone so that you'll have a reference guide of the workout with you wherever you go.

Let's do this workout twice this week...you in?

Mad Love,

Alicia

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The Simple Shift to Turn Your Food into Fuel Instead of Fat

Hello love bug!

I have spent so many years struggling with my weight.

Obsessing over every morsel of food I put into my mouth + exercising like crazy, only to not see results.

The irony is the more I tend to complicate it, the harder it becomes for me to be in the shape I want to be in.

Simple is the answer.

Today I'm bringing to you a Simple Shift that can help your body turn the food you eat into fuel, instead of storing it as fat.

This is something you either don't think about often OR maybe you've never even heard of before.

Watch the video below to find out more.

After the video be sure to grab this week's FREEBIE.  It's simple and it works.

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Can Something So Simple Actually Help Me to Get in Summer Shape?

I can't believe it's already May!

Summer is right around the corner and so many of us start to get super busy at this time of year.

I know for us we have end-of-the-school-year events, planning family summer trips, lining up summer activities for our son... oh the mayhem! 

And every May I set out to get my body in "summer shape".

The irony of course being that when things start to get busy (busier I should say) the FIRST thing that starts to suffer is the very things that help me to be healthy + fit. 

Less trips to the gym, less time spent on meal planning, more mindless snacking, you get the picture.

Here's my strategy to stay on track with my health + fitness this year: 

I am going to follow along day by day with the Stress Monkee Calendar.

It's so simple and yet it works.

Daily tips to help you be ridiculously fit, inside + out.

By focusing on something small each day I'm able to stick to my health + fitness priorities without feeling overwhelmed.

And there's one thing I know for sure, consistency is the secret to being fit.

Be sure to grab this month's Stress Monkee Calendar + follow along with me.

If you'd like to save on ink, here's a version with no picture.

Here's to less drama + more joy...

XO,

Alicia

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I Gain Weight So Easily...It's Totally Genetics

I gain weight so easily!  It's totally genetics.

I hear this ALL the time.

And maybe this is you.

But what if I told you that DNA does not determine your fate when it comes to your health and your weight?

There is something that plays a much bigger role.

Watch the video below to find out what it is.

After you watch the video be sure to grab this week's FREEBIE to help you take charge of the fate of your health + body weight.

XO

Alicia

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A New Way to Get a Strong Core

Your core is your powerhouse.

A strong core will not only slim you out in your midsection, but it also helps to get rid of annoying low back pain & knee pain.

Here's a fun fact: Did you know that your glutes are part of your core? (Just in case your wondering what in the hell glutes are, that means your booty.)

I filmed a brand-spanking new core workout for ya!

This workout has a new twist to give you a strong + smokin' core.

Watch the video below to see what this new twist is...

BEFORE YOU GO- Be sure to grab the Handy Workout Guide I made for you to go with the video.

You can download the guide right to your smartphone pix so that you can take this workout with you anywhere!

Summer's around the corner...let's get to work :)

XO,

Alicia

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