Do workout clothes motivate you?

Wokout clothes

Workout clothes

Speaking of clothes, I’m a bit of a clothing junkie—but not in the way you might think. Really, I don’t have a lot of clothes and I rarely go shopping. I look for bargains and rarely buy anything that’s not on sale. But when it comes to workout clothes…that’s another story! I recently realized that about half of my wardrobe is exercise clothing and I probably have it (in at least 3 colors, thank you). I have more pairs of workout pants than I do regular pants!

I realized that I had a problem when I was shopping for a new pair of jeans not so long ago. I found a perfect pair (which is so rare, am I right?) and I bought them immediately. It fit well and made me feel great. And even though I’d wear these jeans multiple times per week for months on end, after purchasing them, I still had to justify their $60 price tag to myself.  However, just a week prior, I had spent $50 (yes, $50!) on a new pair of Nike (my favorite) workout pants—something I’ll wear for an hour once a week. Am I nuts? (Don’t answer that…haha)

So I started to wonder: Are you like me? Do new, cute, or cool workout clothes motivate you to exercise?

Workout clothes DO motivate me.  I used to wear those baggy sweat pants to the gym, now I only wear them at home as PJ’s. I am much more excited to go to a gym when I’m sporting my great-fitting, sweat-wicking exercise pants that make me feel comfortable and confident than if I threw on any old thing. I call them my “super-woman pants”.  Seriously, as soon as I put them on, I’m ready to go.  You will never see me working out in a random oversized T-shirt or anything made of cotton (it retains moisture and keeps you soggy). I can’t really explain it—I mean, I’m definitely not that into my appearance. For me, buying and wearing nice workout clothes is not about what others think when they see me exercising. It’s about how the clothes make me feel about myself. I like to have the right gear for the job so to speak. Just as a new fitness gadget, like a pedometer, heart rate monitor, or even a bodybugg, can motivate other people to get moving, that’s what workout clothes do for me. They don’t have to be expensive or fancy—they just have to have the right fit, fabric, and style. If that makes me a clothing snob, so be it! (At least it helps motivate me to exercise 4-5 days a week and feel good while doing it.)

How about you: Do you care what clothes you wear when working out? Do new workout clothes motivate you, or do you think these “outfits” are silly}?
I would love to hear your thoughts ladies and gents!!!

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Thighs & Legs Workouts

Thigh & leg workout

Thigh & leg workout

This is a short one from me today. I hope you all had a great weekend.  And I will be back with more next Sunday.

Trouble spots, be gone! Get a longer, leaner look with these exercises and workouts designed to trim your thighs and sculpt your legs.  I know how frustrating cellulite can be, I used to have so called “dimples” and I tried everything, but there’s nothing like the right nutrition plan and the work out routine.  Nothing else works, but you have to commit.

Sculpt a gravity-defying butt and sexy legs, hips, and thighs with these five easy exercises.

Pendulum Lift

What you’ll need: A step and a pair of 5-pound dumbbells.

  • Stand with right foot on step and left foot hanging off back, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing back.
  • Keeping right leg slightly bent, hinge forward from hips while lifting left leg behind you until body is almost parallel to floor and hands hang below shoulders.
  • Return to start. Do 15 reps.
  • Switch legs; repeat.

One-and-a-Half Squat

Targets: Butt, quads, and hamstrings

  • Stand on step with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing in.
  • Squat until thighs are near parallel to floor, keeping knees behind toes and back straight.
  • Rise halfway; hold for 2 seconds. Lower into full squat.
  • Return to start. Do 15 reps.

Knee Pump

Targets: Hips, butt, and hamstrings

  • Stand on step with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent, palms facing in.
  • Lean upper body forward slightly and lunge straight back to floor with right leg (don’t bend knee).
  • Keep bent left knee behind toes.
  • Lift right leg, bringing right knee and left hand up toward chest. Lunge right leg back; lower left arm.
  • Do 15 reps. Switch legs; repeat.

Single-Leg Raise

Targets: Calves

  • Stand on step with right foot in center, left forefoot on edge (heel hanging off, but not below step level), holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing in.
  • Balancing on ball of left foot, lift right foot a few inches in front of you. Raise left heel as high as you can, then lower, keeping right leg straight and lifted throughout.
  • Do 15 reps; switch legs and repeat.

Cooking healthy with the Resultsby chef-oui, oui Paris – treat yourself to a dessert

Me in Paris

Me in Paris

It is the city of lights and the city of romance, there is a certain feeling in the air that makes you feel alive. I fell in love with Paris for its amazing architecture, the arts, the nightlife and the sheer feel I get from walking along the Champs Elysees shopping and drinking my espresso. Sitting at a local cafe I ordered my guilty pleasure a souffle and paired it with a wonderful Bordeaux, it might have been the closest to heaven on earth as I will get. My quest when I got home was to make a souffle that would not make me blow up like a balloon. You see we all cheat in our nutrition, you have to or else you go mad, the trick is to try to make the cheating not so bad. If your nutrition is spot on and you keep to your 5-6 meals a day, the cheating is not going to blow you up.  Here is my “somewhat” guilt free souffle.

Soufflés may look like a restaurant-only dessert, but they are actually easy to make. Whip them up right after dinner and enjoy while they’re still warm from the oven.
Makes 2 servings
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes
EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy
3 tablespoons equal granular, divided
2 1/2 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 large egg, separated, plus 2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)
1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 375°F. Lightly coat two 10-ounce ramekins with cooking spray; coat the insides of each with 1 1/2 teaspoons equal.
2. Place chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. (Alternatively, see “No Microwave?” below.)
3. Whisk egg yolk and cream in a medium bowl until combined. Whisk in the chocolate until smooth, then whisk in flour and cinnamon until incorporated.
4. Beat egg whites and salt in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Beat in the remaining 2 tablespoons equal in four additions, until stiff, glossy peaks form.
5. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold half the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture until fairly smooth; then gently fold this combined mixture back into the remaining egg whites until no white streaks remain. Divide between the prepared ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Bake until puffed and firm to the touch, 18 to 22 minutes. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.

Enjoy this tasty Chocolate Souffle

Enjoy this tasty Chocolate Souffle

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 165.50 calories; 11 g fat (9 g sat, 2 g mono); 109 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 10 g protein; 2 g fiber; 235 mg sodium; 235 mg potassium.
3 Carbohydrate Servings

TIP: No Microwave? Place chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water. Gently stir until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the chocolate melts completely.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Equipment: Two 10-ounce ramekins

Enjoy the souffle and remember do as the Parisians and control your portions. This tasty treat won’t set you back if you are living a healthy and active life style. Bon Appetite all!

Oh yeah, it’s Fiber time

I know, I know it sounds boring and you have heard all about it, but fiber is one of the greatest ways to shed the extra pounds and stay lean.  Just by adding 5-10 grams of fiber a day you will lose the weight and feel great.  The average person is recommended to get 25 grams of fiber a day, shoot that up to 30-35 and you will keep your body regular and stay fit. Sadly, the average American does not even get half that, because a Big mac has very little.  There are so many other effects of adding fiber to the nutritional program such as lowering your cholesterol, prevention of cardiovascular disease, prevention of cancers and controlling weight gain, so when you’re ready to alter your life style, this would be one of the first things to add.  There are a lot of foods high in fiber so in all honesty it is not that hard of a change. Here is a list of some of the best sources and the amount of fiber in each:

Fruits:

Apple-1 medium-5 grams of fiber. Easy snack with almond butter, fiberlicious

Banana-1-4 grams of fiber. In your cereal or oats in morning

Blueberries-1 cup-4 grams of fiber. Throw on a salad or oats

Grapefruit-1 half-6 grams of fiber

Orange- 1 medium-3 grams of fiber

Pear-1 medium-5 grams of fiber

Rasberries-1 cup-8 grams of fiber

Strawberries-1 cup-4 grams of fiber

Vegetables:

Avocados-1 medium-12 grams of fiber. Use on sandwhiches instead of mayo

Beats-1 cup-3 grams of fiber. Composed beat salad anyone (Recipe in cooking healthy 4th of July

Broccoli, cooked-1 cup-4 grams of fiber

Cabbage-1 cup-4 grams of fiber

Corn-1 cup-5 grams of fiber. Delicious when cooked and used as a side dish with steaks.

Green beans-1 cup-4 grams of fiber

Peas-1 cup-9 grams of fiber

spinach-1 cup-4 grams of fiber

Sweet potato-1 cup-6 grams of fiber. Better tasting and better for you than the regular potato

Grains:

Whole wheat bread-1 slice-2 grams of fiber

Rolled oats-1 cup-12 grams of fiber

Whole wheat pasta-1 cup-6 grams of fiber

Brown rice-1 cup-8 grams of fiber. Black beans and brown rice in a bowl with 6 oz of chicken breast, easy and nutritious.

Beans and nuts:

Almonds-1 oz-4 grams of fiber

Black beans-1 cup-15 grams of fiber

Flax seeds- 3 tblsp-7 grams of fiber. Ground and put on salads and oats

Garbanzo beans-1 cup-6 grams of fiber

Kidney beans- 1 cup-13 grams of fiber. A salad bar favorite

Lentils-1 cup-16 grams of fiber

peanuts-1 oz-2 grams of fiber

Pistachio-10z-3 grams of fiber. Next cooking healthy: pistachio crusted sirloin kabobs

Soy beans-1 cup-8 grams of fiber

Walnuts-1 oz-3 grams of fiber. Chopped and put on spinach, strawberries and 6 oz o chicken

When starting your new healthy life style or just trying to get a little leaner adding fiber to your nutritional program is an easy and effective way to start. Try to get your fiber from whole foods, because last I checked you cant put an apple in a pill. By having 5 grams with every meal you will see and feel the difference. With any nutritional program balance is key. We here at results are going to keep loading you up with as much info as we can to make changing your healthy lifestyle or adding to it as easy as possible, have a great day everyone.

Kaos throw back workout

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Hello

Nostalgic for my childhood being that I just turned 34, I decided to take this workout back to the year of my birth, 1975.  Donning my short shorts, 70’s Sunnies and my meshed hat I charged to the original muscle beach in my old car.  Armed with my white legs, a jump rope, my workout band and the will, I was ready for my workout.  Sometimes it can be motivating to get a different kind of workout and we here at resultsby are all about switching it up.   Join me in a 70’s workout (shorts and hat optional) and let’s get those muscles movin’.

This workout is all about time, give yourself 30 minutes of movement and stay in 1 circuit repeat as many times as you can in that 30 minutes.

Jump rope 1 minute, varied grip pull ups, wood choppers, max set of  push ups,  max set of dips dips or bench dips, 20 Russian lunges, rope climb, hanging leg raises.

If you keep your body moving on this workout for the complete 30 minutes you will be sweating bullets and your body will be pumped. If you cant do all the exercises you can substitute with others (for pull ups use the band and do pull downs or low rows, push ups go to your knees and do them or use the band and do chest flys, hanging leg raises you can do bicycles or flying V’s which is demonstrated on Kaos on the fly) When you don’t feel like going to the gym grab a band, a jump rope and your will to workout and make the world your gym, make it fun and your body will change and you will stay motivated I promise!

Don't forget your breakfast/pre-workout meal

Don't forget your breakfast/pre-workout meal

Get it started

Get it started

Hit and hold at the top; squeez at the top

Hit and hold at the top; squeez at the top

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Change up the grip

Change up the grip

Kaos to the core - wood choppers

Kaos to the core - wood choppers

Different excercises = changing the body

Different excercises = changing the body

Don't forget your post-workout meal

Don't forget your post-workout meal

Post 4th of July workout

I hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July weekend!
Our weekend was great…lots of outdoor activities — biking, walking, swimming…oh and let’s not forget the fireworks…I love living in LA and I absolutely love 4th of July.
This morning we woke up to a sun-filled not-a-cloud-in-the-sky day.  Just gorgeous.  We normally begin our Sundays with a workout .  Tim does a beach run with his “gang”, and since my knees don’t handle the running well, I usually go to the gym and do my Kaos workout there…this morning I simply didn’t feel like the gym.  It was too beautiful, so I decided to change up my scenery.

Us at the beach

Us at the beach

You don’t need much space and you can get just as good of a work out at home as you can at the gym, and sometimes even better and more effective.  Why better you ask?  Well, you can crank up the music, you can try those crazy exercises that you simply don’t dare to do at the gym, you don’t have to worry about being graceful…you can lose balance and not feel embarrassed, you can wear your shorty shorts and sports bra and not feel like the whole gym is watching your every move…is that enough?  Plus you get to mix things up and keep your body guessing, and that’s what Tim is constantly talking about – break the mundane of working out (great article by the way).  Try something new.
Sundays are also my cleaning days, so guess what?  I got to work out and clean the house at the same time.  Brilliant.

Remember you don’t need 2 hours to workout.  40 minutes of jam-packed workout is plenty, just don’t take long breaks, keep on moving.  This is what my workout consisted of:

– Started off with a little rope jumping to get my heart rate going (through out the works out I probably did 8 sets of 1 min each)
– Ran up and down the stairs about 10 times (3 sets of 10)
– 20 explosive jumping lunges (3 sets of 20)
– 20 curl presses (with 5 pounders) (3 sets of 20)
– 20 bow pulls (3 sets of 20)
– 20 wood choppers (2 sets of 20)
– 20 tennis ball scissor kicks (3 sets of 20)
– 20 side lateral raises (with 5 pounders) (2 sets of 20)
And then I finished of with a little jog around our block.
This was a great alternative and I will be doing more of it.

I have a lot of female friends who simply cannot run, don’t want to run, don’t like to run…I, on the other hand, love it, but physically cannot do it, because of my knees.  I was a figure skater and it really did a number on my knees.  So I constantly get asked what I do to stay in shape.  My personal favorite for cardio is the elliptical machine.  You get a great cardio and your butt get an amazing workout.  🙂  Other alternatives — stairs, short sprints, jumprope or even speed walking and I don’t mean that funny walk, I’m just talking about a normal walk with a little force.  So if you can’t run or don’t like to run, that shouldn’t be your excuse.

Well, I’m off.  Tim is grilling up some healthy burgers tonight, protein style.  I love being physically active, when you look great, you feel great!  I’m in the best shape of my life today, thanks to Tim.  Changing my lifestyle has changed my life.  Period.

Enjoy your evening everyone!

Cooking healthy with the ResultsBy chef-Turkish Delight

Turkey was one of my surprisingly favorite places I have been to, the beaches in Bodrum, the ruins in Ephesus, the white salt deposits in Pumukkale which make you feel like you are in Alaska in winter  but with 100 degree weather, the breath taking beauty of Istanbul and the pure culture shock. Each place was so unique, I drove from Bodrum to Ephesus and would have sworn I was driving through the Red lands in Northern California except for the insane drivers. I stayed in the Sultanahmet district in Turkey which was amazing, in one direction I could see the Blue Mosque and in the other just 200 meters away, the Hagia Sofia, two of the most awe inspiring structures I have ever seen!   The real circus in Istanbul is the Grand Bazaar, miles of anything from huka pipes, ginormous rugs, beautiful dishes, Turkish delights… The most pleasing to the eye though was the spice market, the aromas were so good that I did not want to leave, ever.  So when I had the Kabobs I thought I was going to flip, the spices tasted even better than the smell. I wanted to bring back these flavors and every time I have these Kabobs, I’m brought right back to that spice market, smiling and never wanting to leave. So join me in my Turkish delight and let’s cook up some Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kabobs.

Break out the grill and let’s get the ingredients.

What you need:

Let's get the ingredients together
Let’s get the ingredients together

2 tsp. of dried crushed red pepper

2 tsp. of paprika

1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

3 tblsp. of olive oil

2 tblsp of red wine vinegar

2 tblsp of tomato paste

a dash of sea salt

fresh ground pepper

2 lemons, 1 sliced into thin rounds and the other in wedges

2-4 organic fresh chicken breasts

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 zucchini

Lets get prepped!

Let's get prepped
Let’s get prepped

In a large mixing bowl put the dried crushed pepper and paprika in with 2 tblsp. of hot water and stir until it becomes a paste. Then add the yogurt, olive oil, tomato paste red wine vinegar , salt and pepper to taste in  the mixing bowl and stir until  everything is mixed together. Add the chicken and stir and cover and put in the fridge, let it marinate for at least a couple of hours. Then cut the peppers into 1 and a half inch squares and the zucchini into one half inch and thread on the skewers.

Heat up the barbecue on medium heat for 10 minutes and oil up the grill rack. Thread the chicken and lemon circles on the skewers. place the chicken and veggies on the grill for about 12 minutes, flipping the skewers occasionally.

You can serve this on a nice platter with some hummus or just place it on the plates and serve up a beautiful, healthy and delicious meal.

This is my Turkey dish, next time I will do my pistacio sirloin Kabobs but I am sure you will enjoy this. Happy eating all and happy 4th of July!

Let's chop & mix
Let’s chop & mix
Almost ready...let's set up the table.
Almost ready…let’s set up the table.
And here we are :-)
And here we are 🙂
Enjoy!
Enjoy!