Easy Abs for Beginners!

Everyone wants to know how to get abs, but not everyone wants to put in the effort. It takes dedication and determination to reveal those abs. The saying rings true and strong to this very day: Abs are made in the gym, and revealed in the kitchen!

If you’re new to working out and dieting, or you want to make a 180 lifestyle change, here are a few tips and basic moves for you!

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FABUARY CHALLENGE!

Hey guys, I’m going to keep this as short as possible! This month I’ve putting a focus on my abs and back (aka my girdle).

My workouts will be simple:

  1. Running outside twice a week
  2. Dancing more
  3. Abs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

My diet has a couple of rules too:

  1. No alcohol or beverages with calories
  2. No red meat
  3. Caffeine free the first seven days
  4. Eat fish twice a week

Since this has been day 1 of my caffeine cycle, I’m having a fair amount of brain fog. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring a more clear-headed day. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Measure In #4 | No Junk January

Gain this week: 1 3/4 inches

I ended up taking an impromptu but much needed rest week, due to a pull in one of my chest muscles and another in my hamstring. I had a liquid heavy diet, with saltines as well because it felt as though I had a sinus infection – and considering I’ve had a cold for over a month, I’m not too surprised. This happened when I was pregnant with my second son, and it was AWFUL!

Next week’s goal: Lose what I gained, plus 1/4 of an inch!

The week was all right, though not as physically productive due to my body needing a rest. I progressed a lot with my writing and have been writing down little ideas for recipes. Sunday I made a taco pie, which is a brand new one for me! I could barely eat any, but I’m happy to say the guys enjoyed it enough to finish the whole pan! I’m way backlogged on my recipes, but I’ll have extra time this week to take care of that.

That’s all the update I have for you guys, I’ll catch you later!

Better Late Than Never | No Junk January

I know, I know, I completely dropped the ball on my Monday check-ins, but I’m happy to say I managed to maintain my two videos/week goal!

Whew! Where to begin!! I guess I should start with saying I’ve lost a grand total of 11.25 inches in the first two weeks of January! 6.75 in week one, and 4.5 in week two.

I’ve managed to maintain an average of 6 glasses of water a day, but I’m trying hard to keep it at a daily 8. I can’t expect perfection but I can certainly try to get as close as possible.

The downside to my progress updates is that my progress will be slowing down a LOT in these next weeks of January, because I managed to pull both a pec muscle, and a muscle in my lower back.

I’ve been feeling ill this past week as well and I’m not 100% sure why. It could be low blood pressure, overworking myself, stress, I’ll even throw vertigo out there.

My goal this next week is to lose a quarter of an inch per thigh, and to just take it easy on the rest of my body.

Spicy Chicken: Two Easy Ways

I’ve been on an adventure trying to come up with ways to make pretty much all of my food as spicy as I can handle and these two chicken recipes have gotten me pretty darn close to perfection.

This is pretty basic, and definitely not a complicated recipe but you’re going to get your hands messy, so prepare yourself!

This is a great recipe if you need protein for meal prep. This calls for just enough for one chicken breast each! My significant other thinks the hot cheeto one is too spicy, but the cayenne one was just right for him!

Spicy Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 tablespoon cayenne
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
One chicken breast

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Rub the chicken breast down in the oil
  3. Combine cayenne, black pepper, and garlic pepper in a bowl and mix together
  4. Rub the seasoning on the chicken breast
  5. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes (I’d suggest checking every five minutes to see how it’s cooking)

This goes great with angel hair pasta!

Hot Cheeto Chicken

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Pancake mix
2 1/2 tablespoons of Grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Hot cheetos
1 Egg
1/4 Salt
1 chicken breast
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place your Hot Cheetos and parmesan into a food processor (I use a blender so it’s not as well crushed), set aside in a bowl
  3. Whisk together pancake mix and salt
  4. Whisk egg and water (I strongly suggest using a wet hand and a dry hand for this next part
  5. Coat chicken in flour mixture, then dip into egg mixture, and finally dip into Hot Cheeto/Parmesan mixture
  6. Place chicken on a greased (or buttered) baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes

This chicken goes well with rice dishes!

I hope you enjoy!

No One Can Motivate You But Yourself

In the first week or so of 2018 – and of having a motivation/accountability group – I’ve noticed that most people don’t make their health a priority. It’s not my business what someone looks like or how high their blood pressure is or what their TDEE is… except when someone asks me for help.

The whole reason I got my personal training certificate was so that I could help people, and then after I had my baby, I would have the knowledge to help myself. The first step to all of this is having the motivation to do it.

Anyone can say they want to lose weight, but if you don’t have the motivation, it’s not going to happen. I see people using humor as a defense mechanism, or complain about the way they look, but make excuses for not making changes.

If you can only make excuses, then you need to stop making statements of what you want. “I want to lose weight, but my knees/shoulder/tendons hurt”, or “I want to workout, but I don’t have any time”, etc.

You’re not handed a perfect bill of health, you have to work for it. These are the only reasons I can think of that might convince others to change their lifestyle:

  • Lack of exercise increases body fat. You are meant to have a certain amount of fat on your body, but increased body fat shows in between your organs (it’s called visceral fat). Too much body fat between your organs can cause: coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, sleep disorders, depression, etc.
  • Not eating healthy can result in nutrient deficiencies, which results in anemia, defected bone growth, muscular dystrophy, higher risk of chronic diseases, accelerated aging, and a decline in mental health
  • Lack of exercise can result in high blood pressure, osteoporosis, easily getting winded (grocery shopping or walking up stairs could become a challenge), slower metabolism, prone to injury, sexual dysfunction, etc.

No Junk January

Every month I’m doing a special challenge. Something that will push me to my limits. I’m someone who has a violent relationship with food, so naturally I need to start the new year with a bang.

January is a month where despite restrictions, I want to harness my inner mental health heroine. This month is a HUGE mental challenge for me. My eating disorder is not allowed to resurface this month, this year, and hopefully not ever again.

My own PERSONAL rules:

  • No fried food, salty or sweet stuff (cookies, pretzels, chips, candy), nothing with added sugar or salt (i.e. if it doesn’t need it for baking or cooking purposes, it’s a no), fast food is a big no (unless salads are optional), no alcohol
  • Photograph meals and snacks, to be posted at the end of each week
  • Measure every Monday
  • Cardio 4-5x/week
  • Legs-centric month

My body goals are to build my running legs for later 2018 challenges. I want to lose an inch of fat overall (so half an inch per thigh), but measurements are hard to determine especially with muscle growth vs fat loss. I’ll be taking body progress photos every week, but I probably won’t post until the end of the month. ANYWAY, enough rambling that I know you probably aren’t interested in hearing…

I hope everyone has an AWESOME month!

My New Years Resolutions | JOIN ME!

It’s the day before 2018, and that means my butt is resolving to make some changes! I have a LOT of changes that I want to make and this post in particular includes all of my health-related goals! Naturally I’ve made a list that I can hang up and touch! Something that makes it real.

I also wanted to make this post as an accountability thread! These are all realistic goals, and I can take photos/videos to keep me accountable for each of these goals! Remember, this is just health-related and it’s not even my full list!If that’s too hard to read (which it probably is, my bad) here it is below:

  • Wear a bikini (with confidence) by swimming season
  • Improve form and posture
  • Two Macrobabe videos per week
  • Experiment with new recipes
  • SPREAD POSITIVITY

Now I’m going to break it down for y’all!

Wear a bikini with confidence for swim season! I’ve literally never worn a bikini before, but my body is at the point where I cannot afford to care about the extra skin and chunk around my arms, back, belly, thigh. I’m doing something called a “Supermodel Mom” year, but that doesn’t mean my body is going to look like a supermodel, but it definitely has something to do with having the confidence, self-reliance, patience, and discipline of a supermodel – but in a mom kind of a way.

Anyway, back to the point, it’s not necessarily my body that I want to change (though I do want a stronger, leaner body) but I want the CONFIDENCE to wear a bikini! I grew up in a household where bikinis weren’t an option, but now I have the option and I really want to wear one! A Wonder Woman one would be awesome, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Confidence first!

Improve form and posture! My posture is awful and I really can’t tell my kids to sit up straight if I’m hunched over my laptop like a troll. So I’m determined to straighten my back this year. As for my form, I really want to have better form in my workouts – I don’t exactly look graceful when I’m doing my workouts so it would be nice to actually look halfway normal whilst recording my workouts! Which brings me to my next resolution:

Two Macrobabe videos per week! I want to keep my progress updates – which is Macrobabe Monday, of course. But I also want to do an extra video each week. That might be something like debunking a food myth or another lie that Freelee the Banana Girl has said, or a recipe, or something inspirational. Who knows! But I want to maintain a two video/week schedule for the entire year!

Experiment with new recipes! We all know I’m no stranger to trying new things – we almost always have something new every Sunday for family day. But I want to go wild this year. Different flavors, different dishes, nothing is off limits (except of course cannibalism).

SPREAD POSITIVITY! My final resolution is to not only be more positive, but also to spread positivity and joy! I want to learn how to manifest the feeling within myself and gift it to others. I want to stop letting other people’s negative attitudes and fakeness, if we’re being honest, affect my ability to be the best me! I’m all for staying guarded around the people who just want to be nosy and secretly hope for my downfall, but I don’t want to let that stop me from having an awesome time around the other people I actually care about!

What about you? Do you have any resolutions? Do you want to be a part of a Supermodel Mom Year? If so email me at raineaugust@gmail.com, or join my SUPER HUMANS group on facebook!

Christmas Coal Recipe

Tis the season! It’s also the season of figuring out what to put in those stockings, and this is an easy, delicious snack that the kids will love finding (whether they’ve been naughty or nice).

This was so fun and easy to make, so parents gather around. You don’t need a whole lot, just a bit of butter, mini-marshmallows, chocolate rice crispies, and semi-sweet milk chocolate chips!

I’ve been trying to post more on my facebook page (which I’ll obviously be sharing this on) and managed to figure out how to do page stories! You guys already know how much I love doing instagram stories!The first thing you do is melt the butter, then add the mini marshmallows. The reason we do mini, is because A)¬† they blend better and B) it’s easier to measure the minis since there’s less airspace. Look at those and I tested these a couple weeks ago with the boys. They INAHLED these! “Mommy, this is GOOD!” is something I heard a lot during this little trial, so trust me when I say, these are immediate winners!These don’t really need any garnish, but I wanted to give it a little something special so I added some gold luster! It’s not necessary but if you have some extra time, it gives it a bit of mining sparkle!

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter
3 cups mini marshmallows
3 cups cereal
*gold or silver luster
*a couple drops  lemon or vanilla extract

*Items optional

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and combine the mini-marshmallows until dissolved and well blended
  2. Add in chocolate cereal and fold the cereal into the mixture until once again it is well blended (take a shot every time I say that… just kidding, don’t do that)
  3. Spread into a pan and let cool (I put it in the freezer with a plastic cover and left it for about an hour)
  4. After the coal is cooled, shape them into little balls
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and roll the balls into melted mixture before placing on a sheet and cool them in the freezer
  6. This part is optional: Use the luster and a couple drops of extract and brush it on the cooled chocolate coal to give it a fun little finish

I hope you guys have fun with this and have a great weekend!

I Resolve | The Importance of New Years Goals

I see way too many skeptical, pessimistic posts about people making goals for the New Year. What’s worse is that those posts can actually put a damper on other people who are making resolutions.

The guiltiest to be making those posts are unfortunately part of a community I love, which is that of fitness! My nearest and dearest friends in this community are luckily the types to encourage people to start a healthier lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see all of the negative posts and comments.

Here’s the thing. The first step to knowing what you want is often times the simple act of sitting down and writing out your resolutions. Taking time out of your day to say, “What should I get done this next year?” can open you up quite a bit. That’s exactly what I did and I’m going to be doing it every year, even if I fail! Why? Because it gets me closer to what I want! Less fat, more muscle, organize more, upload more videos, etc.

2018 is going to be a big year for my writing and my body. I have zero plans for any more children (sorry to disappoint some of y’all), which means I can push my body to its limits. If I have to stop after the first month or two, the point is I’ve made an effort to get closer to what I want! Who cares if I don’t self-publish 12 books and I’m not “bikini body” ready?

Making resolutions isn’t about the success rate. It’s about the effort you put forth. It’s about figuring out what you want and doing what you can to get there, or as close to there as you can get!