Running on Eagles Wings

God, Life, and Running

Author: Karla Rodkey (page 2 of 65)

JillFit August 2016 #20x20challenge Recap

August 2016 #20x20challenge JillFit Metabolic effect workouts

Jill threw down the #20x20challenge again this year for August! Complete 20 workouts in August that are ~20 mins long. I completed this challenge last year and you can read my recap here.  This year I was SO excited for this challenge. I was coming off a month  of 3 vacations (truly it was amazing!) and looked forward to the challenge and getting back on track!

The basic of the challenge is to complete 20 20 minute workouts(hence #20x20challenge) and be accountable with it- posting to Instagram.  It is a weight training challenge so at least 12 of the workouts had to be weights – not cardio. Workouts are limited to 30 mins tops! This is the metabolic effect way of training and in reality you can’t do these workouts longer than 30 mins!

Thankfully Jill provided workouts for this challenge.  She provided 8 weight training workouts and 6 cardio workouts to mix and match. I tried to loosely follow the schedule she provided. She pretty much had 2 full body workouts per week then 1 upper and 1 lower body workout. These workouts are not for the faint of heart! Here is one of my posts after one of the upper body workouts. I had to sit to rest up before I could even put my weights away!!

Running On Eagles Wings #20x20challenge #day3 JillFit Metabolic effect workouts August 2016

The lower body workouts were a serious challenge for me for this. I definitely had to step out of my comfort zone for them and get back to using the bar for squats and lunges. I also conquered my fear of box jumps and kettle bell swings this last month! The upper body workouts were a challenge too! I’ve been struggling with shoulders after a small injury last year so I’ve been hesitant to really push myself but I figured this was the perfect time. I can definitely see some improvement and I’m really excited to keep it up!

Awesome shoulders and Squats with the bar!

Running On Eagles Wings #20x20challenge JillFit Metabolic effect Squats and shoulders

In this #20x20challenge I really had to push myself to Keep Going. Doing 4-5 weight lifting workouts per week is a struggle. If you aren’t careful you CAN get injured. I’m also a full time mom to two little kids. Sometimes I don’t get that much sleep. Sometimes I’m having to work around my entire family getting the stomach bug. My kids get up at or before 6 am and they are busy pretty much from the moment they wake up! Some days I can get to the gym and all I want to do is meander on the treadmill or sit on the bike and play on my phone – BUT I know and have found that by getting going and doing just those 20 minutes my whole attitude will change. It gives me the energy I need to get through the day. It gives me the motivation to keep going.

To keep going you have to BELIEVE in yourself.  I believed that I could complete this #20x20challenge.  Even when we were all sick with the stomach bug I sat down with the calendar and was counting out the days so I could complete it! I believed that I could do those shoulder workouts which made me nervous. I believed I could do the bar squats and box jumps. Guess what? I DID. I completed all of that. Yes I have my moments of not thinking I’m strong enough, but at the same time I can see the small changes here and there in my arms or my legs that the weight lifting is making a difference!

This #20x20challenge didn’t have a nutrition aspect to it. BUT I know enough about Metabolic effect and earlier this year doing Metabolic Prime – I know the premise and the guidelines for getting your HEC (hunger, energy & cravings) under control and eating well. So this month I challenged myself to step it up and sort out my nutrition. I had 1-2 protein shakes per day. I use either Orgain Organic protein, Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, or Arbonne protein. Then I sometimes would have a couple eggs and one slice of bread as a snack. In general I didn’t feel the need for other snacks even! Just a spoon of almond or peanut butter if I was starving. Then dinner was usually protein such as chicken, a little rice, beans, or potatoes. Typically a lot of protein, limited carbs, and some veggies. I’m not perfect -Yes I ate out and ate other stuff. But in general I felt a lot better and was still FULL.

Results:
I can see some definite improvement in my arms. I can lift heavier and I can squat a lot more. My legs are also getting some better definition.  I also noticed my midsection seemed slimmer.  The truth is the scale – it didn’t change! Its NOT all about the scale! I take measurements on the first of the month (except I forgot August). So between July 1 & September 1 here are the results:
Waist:- 1 inch
Thigh: -0.5 inch
arm: -0.25 inch

DID you read that?! yes I lost an INCH on my waist! No the scale didn’t move but things are changing! That is the most encouraging part! My clothes fit better and that matters!!

I owe Jill a HUGE shout out. She is amazing. There were a LOT of people participating in the #20x20challenge. Do you know that she spent HOURS on instagram commenting and liking and encouraging people?! She did. She read our struggles and wins and participated. Its one thing to have someone do this when you pay them-  but this – this was for free. So thank you Jill for being so awesome and for offering this again! I can’t wait until next year!

Lastly, one of the perks of participating in this was if you completed it and posted all your workouts to Instagram – you were entered to win some prizes from Jill. Its not the main perk  – really the accountability of the challenge is the main perk – BUT its a bonus. And uhh you guys – I was one of the winners! So stay tuned for what I pick as my reward from the challenge and what this next year is going to look like!

Did you participate in the #20x20challenge? If so, leave me some love & your instagram name and tell me what was the #1 thing you got out of it!

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Mommy and Me Monday | The beginning Ep. 1!

This past week I read two articles about how one person blogs so she can have memories for her kids and another was someone who was very sick and wanted to know what sorts of things she should write in letters to her children. This really really struck me that I want to at least try to record a few things for my kids about what happened when they were little.

Last Sunday we spent a lot of time working in our yard. Our new rental had a pretty nasty yard with a ton of weeds and a garden box – full of mostly dead plants. We finally got everything dead pulled out. Then we bought some new potting soil and planted some wildflowers and sunflowers – a favorite of Hannah! We also used some egg crates to try and start some seeds for spinach and zucchini! I tend to have a black thumb but here’s hoping we can get something to grow!!

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Then our week kinda flipped. I woke up Monday very sick with a stomach bug. Like I couldn’t get out of bed until almost noon! Thankfully hubby was able to stay home and watch the kids. They had a blast playing legos and matchbox cars! But then this bug went through the house. We had a good and easy Tuesday and Wednesday so I could recover. Wednesday evening Teddy decided was the perfect time to get sick. So long night there. We took it easy Thursday. Friday on the way home from the gym Hannah started feeling bad and poor girl got sick during her nap.

Mommy and me - surviving a week of the stomach bug!

Floor cuddles (I have shorts on don’t worry!) on a towel with our bowl nearby…

The stomach bug is no joke. My essentials this week were the following: Gatorade, bread, crackers, cheerios, Diaper sprayer & SprayPal , shout stain remover, and Norwex. My diaper sprayer and spraypal were awesome for cleaning off all the blankets, sheets, clothes, animals that became casualties of this bug! My shout was to try and keep everything clean!! and my Norwex was to first clean everything up ( they hold so much more and clean up better than any number of paper towels) and then since they are antibacterial I used them to clean my whole house!

This may not be the happiest Mommy  and Me Monday but hey we got through a week of the stomach bug so that’s a win in my book!

Sadly my dear hubby got the bug Saturday so we had a low key weekend with lots of downtime and cleaning. Now we are all feeling better so its time to ramp up for a new week! Do you have anything special planned this week?

NEW: LILLEbaby Complete Organic Giveaway!

Lillebaby Complete Organic Review

I’m so excited by the latest LILLEbaby carrier!! They have brought back the Complete Organic! On top of that its YOUR lucky day as the LILLEbaby ambassadors are teaming up for a giveaway! I’ll cover the details about the new Complete Organic and then the giveaway!

LILLEbaby Complete Organic Blue Moonlight

This luxurious Organic carrier is a new version of the original LILLEbaby organic! It has all the current features of LILLEbaby Complete Carrier – 6 carry positions, 2-way adjustable straps, large pocket, flip up next support, and weight range 7-45 pounds! Made from 100% organic cotton for you and your little to explore a beautiful tomorrow.  It comes in 4 beautiful colors – Blushing Pink, Sea Glass, Powder Blue, and Blue Moonlight! The Complete organic retails for $170.  There is a surprise 5th color for a limited time- the Original LILLEbaby Green Meadow!

Our Knight Life - LILLEbaby Complete Organic Green Meadow

Here are Emily and D modeling the Green Meadow! They have quite the history with green meadow that started way back when D was little!

The  Complete Organic is super soft &snuggly and is sure to come with lots of sleepy dust! It is the same style as the Complete Original carrier.  Want to know more about the LILLEbaby features and carry positions? Here is our Complete All Seasons Review and our Essentials Review! Check out the adorable Blushing Pink! Who else wants another baby after seeing this picture?

LILLEbaby Complete Organic Blushing Pink

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So head over to LILLEbaby and grab yours today!

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Tell me – Where is your favorite place you have taken your Lillebaby on an adventure! Or where would you take this Complete Organic if you won it in the giveaway below?

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Summer Fun Giveaway with MBA!

Hey Friends! I’m teaming up with Mama Banana’s Adventures for this awesome Summer Fun Giveaway! Join us for some great summer products! While summer is nearing the end and everyone is prepping for going back to school, these are some great products that can be used year round – especially here in SoCal and other southern places where its still going to be warm for a few more months! We love to play outside and so great products like an Anti-UV Suni sun tent from bbluv, sun protective cream from Les Produits De MaYa will help keep your kids protected and having fun.  One lucky USA or Canadian resident can win below:

 

     The bbluv baby and kid sized Anti-UV tent Suni pops up and folds back down into a disc. It’s lightweight and protects from both UVA and UBV rays, as well as wind. With a vent flap in the back, a carry bag, and 3 pegs to secure in the ground, this super lightweight tent is easy to carry to the park or beach. You can get one on Amazon with prime today and be ready for this weekend!
     Swim diapers are one of my favorite summer items! They prevent anything unwanted from making it’s way into the water. Bummis, offers swim diapers in a one-size design, fitting babies from approximately 10-35 pounds, and multiple patterns and colors these are great for cloth diapered and non-cloth diapered babies alike. You only buy one and easy to wash and reuse it! With a snap-closure and double gussets, these swim diapers are accepted by swim classes and pools.

 

     Time in the sun wouldn’t be complete without baby safe sunscreen. This sun protectant cream by Les Proudits de MaYa is made from natural, organic and whole ingredients safe for kids and babies. With zinc oxide as the sun-protecting ingredients, this blend is made from organic extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic yellow caranuba wax, organic shea butter, zinc oxide with no nano and Vitamin E for preservation, this cream smells great and protects well too. It is great for little ones sensitive skin!
     For the giveaway- One lucky USA or Canadian resident will win all of these items. Legal, 18+ residents, void where prohibited. Good luck and thank you for stopping by! Please make sure to show some love to the participating bloggers, your facebook likes and follows on our accounts mean the world to us! Good luck!

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Protein Superfood Pudding!

Snacking is hard! You are hungry but maybe want to eat junk – maybe you don’t! You want to snack healthy but want yummy treats! Protein superfood pudding to the rescue!! This yummy treat is simple, dairy free, & filled with nutrient dense plant-based protein!

I am working with Amazing Grass to share about their new Protein Superfood! It has 20g of plant-based protein, 7 alkalizing greens & 2 servings of fruits and vegetables!  If you are in a rush or even just lazy (I know it happens!!) Then this all-in-one superfood will help you be fuller & healthier! Plus the flavor is Chocolate Peanut Butter so I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong!!!

Protein Superfood Pudding with Amazing grass, Dairy Free treat!

Protein Superfood Pudding
 
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Dairy Free, nutrient Dense pudding!
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¾-1 c Almond Milk (or other milk)
  • 1 serving Amazing Grass Protein Superfood
  • 1 frozen Banana
  • up to 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in the blender & blend until smooth.
  2. Chill for 30 mins or until time to serve
  3. Top with chocolate chips or sprinkles for a fun treat!

I love having this in the evenings. As a nursing mom, I always get hungry about 10 pm! I really struggle with finding something yummy to eat! Sometimes I have apple & almond butter or just a little protein and milk, but this is totally going to be my new go-to evening snack! Its so filling as well! Best of all – my kids both LOVED this! What is a better snack than something which already has fruits & veggies in it PLUS chocolate? I can’t think of much else!

How do you like to snack? What is your favorite snack?

* I was provided samples of the protein for my review. Affiliate links may be used in this post. 

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