Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm Back!


After about four months of being MIA, (since April 16th to be exact) I am finally back! I know it’s been awhile but sometimes you need to just step away from some things and take a break.  There was a bunch of changes happening in my life, and along with work, working out, blogging etc. something needed to give and I needed some ME time, so that’s exactly what I did. But I now feel refreshed and refocused.

I have a new workout partner and a new workout mentality. I still love those focusing on achieving those cut abs like everyone else, but I am shifting my workout regimes to make them much more weight training focused. I am working on pushing my weights and getting stronger. Strong is the new skinny and I am 100% on board.

So what can you expect from 9toFit going forward?  Don’t worry the cardio and ab workouts are going anywhere! I still complement my new lifting routine with all the old favorites (cardio ladders, elliptical workoutsendurance rides ) and ALWAYS end every workout with at least a couple minutes of abs (six pack ab training plan). But now I will be posting more lifting workouts. The exercises I’m doing, the weights and reps I’m hitting, and the food/supplements I’m using to fuel it all.


I’m excited to start this new chapter of fitness and hope you guys come along for the ride. As always you can follow exactly what I do on Cody, or Instagram


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Guest Post } Easiest 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Recipe

Hi everyone! I'm Erin and I blog over at The Almond Eater! Yes I love almonds (bet you couldn't have guessed...) but I also love working out, healthy recipes and fashion as well. When Elise asked me to guest blog I didn't have to think twice--OF COURSE! The trouble was deciding what to write about. Then I thought about one of my current favorite foods: sweet potatoes. 


Sweet potatoes oh sweet potatoes, why are you so sweet?? No but really.... 

Though I'm a BIG fan of sweet potatoes as of lately, that wasn't always the case. In fact, every year on Thanksgiving my family would make sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and every year I would pass with a "blechhhh" look on my face. They were just too sweet!! ....which is actually crazy because I have a major sweet tooth but in this case, not so much.

Though my opinion has slightly changed, I still don't like my sweet potatoes TOO sweet. One of my favorite things to do is to cook them in coconut oil--that way, they're not too sweet but just sweet enough! However, sometimes I get bored with that and want my potatoes a bit more savory if you know what I mean.. 



In comes this 3-ingredient recipe. 1. the actual sweet potato 2. olive oil and 3. bread crumbs. I could almost guarantee most of you have those ingredients in your pantry right now. This simple recipe is just as easy as adding coconut oil but gives the potatoes a bit more flavor in my opinion. Plus, if you're anything like me and think sweet potatoes can be TOO sweet sometimes, then this recipe is for you!

Ingredients:
1 sweet potato
2. 1-2 tbsp olive oil
3. 1-2 tbsp bread crumbs (I use Italian Style)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°
Cut sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl.
Pour olive oil overtop potatoes
Place potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet; sprinkle bread crumbs overtop
Bake for 15-20 minutes

Enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

{Guest Post} Finding the Right Yoga for You

Hey Guys! So right now I am somewhere exploring through the Grand Canyon! Busy season has finally come to an end, therefore it was time for a much needed vacation. But don't worry I left you in great hands. This week I have some great quest posts for you all, starting off with one of my favorites Kim!


Hi 9-to-Fit readers! My name is Kim and I blog over at BusyBod!


I’m so thrilled to be guest posting today for Elise. Our blogs have similar themes – staying fit with busy lives – and she is one of my favs! Plus, I have big plans for her to kick my butt in some workouts once I move to Boston next month (yay!).

One of my biggest health and fitness passions is yoga. I think my instagram makes that pretty obvious. I’ve been practicing for over ten years, but recently I’ve committed myself to a daily practice and it has been amazing.



When I talk to people about yoga, I tend to hear a lot of the same things:

·         “Yoga is just too slow for me.”
·         “I tried it once but I couldn’t keep up.”
·         “It’s so funny, I tried it once and hated it, then years later I tried it again and now I’m in love!”

Most people who don’t practice yoga (and even some who do) think that all yoga practices are the same, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! When people try yoga and don’t initially like it, the problem is almost always that they tried the wrong kind of yoga for them. You can think of it like this: sprinting is very different than a marathon, but they are both running; ballet is different than hip-hop, but they are both dance. Yoga is the same way.



For example, I LOVE yoga, but there are styles of yoga practice that I don’t enjoy at all (like Hatha), which just goes to show how dramatic the effect of finding the right style can be. This is often why people try yoga once, think they hate it, and then years later find they love it – usually they tried a different style!

So what is the right style for you? There are lots of styles of practice, but I’m just going to talk about a few of them. I’m also only focusing on the physical side of the practice. Any of these styles can have profound effects on the mind. They can also be more or less spiritual depending on the instructor and what you want to get out of your practice.





Ashtanga: Ashtanga is an incredibly vigorous, powerful practice. There is a fixed sequence of postures and you progress into deeper variations of the poses as you advance. In addition to being rigorous, Ashtanga can be a very rigid practice and studios require near daily practice and a number of other commitments. Not for the faint of heart!

Power: Power is really based on the Ashtanga discipline but without the rigidity. If you’re looking for something fast and strong but less rigid, this is a great option. Power is usually my recommendation for anyone who thinks yoga is too slow or too laid back (that or Vinyasa, see below).



Hatha: Hatha encompasses an extremely wide variety of practices, but generally speaking it moves at a slower pace. Poses are held for longer, so if you are looking for more stretching and relaxation with less movement, this is a great place to start.

Vinyasa Flow: Vinyasa flow is also loosely based on Ashtanga tradition in that it links breath with movement, hence the flow. Since the element of flowing from one posture to the next is really what defines this discipline, it can encompass a large range of styles. Vinyasa is my personal favorite and is great for anyone who wants to move but also wants a lot of variety.



If you interested in trying yoga, definitely do some research on the types of classes available near you to find a style that fits you. If you try it and don’t like it, don’t give up! Try out a few different styles before you decide yoga isn’t for you.

Have more questions about these or other styles? Have questions about yoga in general? Please feel free to reach out! Yoga is one of my favorite things to talk about, so comment, stop by the blog, shoot me an email, or stalk me on social media. I would love to hear from you <3

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes


Every once in a while I get on a kick for a certain food, and recently this kick has not been a healthy one my friends. For some reason I have been craving bacon like no other. Believe me I know that when you think of a healthy living/ fitness blog, bacon would not be what comes to mind. But I try to keep it real here on 9toFit, and this is something I made the other day and LOVED It.. so I had to share.  And hey it has sweet potatoes in it, those are healthy right?


Bacon is one of those foods that you could literally wrap around anything and I'm pretty sure it will turn out great. But honestly I do think I found my all time favorite bacon wrapped food.. Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes! This recipe combines the perfect amount of salty and sweetness that makes for the most mouth watering appetizer for your next party. 


Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes:

Ingredients:
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
- 1 lb Bacon
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1/2 Tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- Maple Syrup to taste (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Meanwhile, peel and cut the sweet potatoes into bite size pieces.
2. Melt butter over low heat and stir in chipotle chili powder and sea salt.  Once melted toss the potatoes in the spiced, melted butter until coated.
3. Cut the bacon slices in half, and wrap the sweet potato bites in bacon, securing the bacon with toothpicks.
4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, flipping once mid way through. When the sweet potatoes are fork tender, they are good to go.
5. Drizzle with maple syrup and let cool before serving!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Green Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie




Green smoothies are literally everywhere and that is not a coincidence. They are quick, healthy and delicious, duh! Also compared to a juicer, the clean up is amazing. When I am in a rush, a green smoothie is definitely a go-to. The other day when I needed something fast, that would get me going for my day, this is what I decided to go with. I mean can you ever go wrong with peanut butter and banana.. nope!

Ingredients:  
- 1 Banana
- 2 Tsbs peanut butter
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- Big handful of spinach
 - 1 Tsbp honey

Directions:
- Toss all your ingredients in a blender and enjoy!



Monday, March 31, 2014

Cardio Ladder

And the at home workout trend continues! I know I posted an at home cardio workout last week but I am back with another one. Can't ever have too many workouts you can do in the comfort of your own home right? Since it's the last week of my boot camp, I decided today I wanted to change it up a bit. I put together a few cardio ladders to hit them with bright and early.. they are going to love doing these first thing in the morning..

Anyways all the cardio ladders I've been making lately start with exercises for 10 seconds then I work my way up to one minute, in increments of 10 seconds. Once you hit the 1 minute mark, you then work your way down the other side of the ladder. I love these workouts because you are able to raise your heart rate, hit a peak, then slowly cool down. 6 Minutes of work never went by so quick!



Exercises:
- Plank Jacks (workout dictionary)
- Sumo Kicks (workout dictionary)
- Side Burpees(workout dictionary)
- Skater Hops(workout dictionary)

How was everyones weekend? Anyone trying any new workouts lately??


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ab of the Week: Alternate Arm Alternate Leg


Remember the good old days when I would post an Ab of the Week every week before busy season at work hit? Yes, me too. Sadly the ab workout posts have been slacking, but that doesn't mean that I have been ignoring my abs. On the contrary, if anything, when I'm busy I still always find time to fit in some abs (if nothing else)!

Today's Ab of the Week comes from one of my favorite Ab routines, the "Dead Bug". This routine is part of my first Ab training plan that launched on the Cody App (You can get it here!) The dead bug routine is a 8 minute routine comprised of 8 moves done for 1 minute each, with no breaks. I have been using this at the end of every Wednesday's boot camp and let me tell you, it's growing on them! I think they resisted at first, but now they are pros and love to hate it.



This alternate arm alternate leg move is one of my favorites in the routine. For this move you will begin in a position with your knees bent, legs at a 90 degree angle. Your arms should be straight in the air. In one motion, straighten one leg, and raise the opposite arm overhead. Finish by crunching forward into the starting position, then repeat with the opposite arms and legs. I usually do this move for 1 minute without stopping to get a solid burn.

What areas/ workouts do you get in no matter how busy you are?