How to Flip the Bird to the Halloween Candy Binge! (and other events that test your resolve)

We’re nearing the end of my first 5-Week ‘Change You’ Challenge (it’s going fantastic! Squee!) and at the end of last week’s meet-up, as we were talking about the importance of staying the path before next week’s fit test and measurements, someone gasped, “Oh no! Halloween is this week! I always binge on my kids’ candy!” Then another person chimed in, “And I’ll be drinking! So my guard will be down!” Halloween isn’t the only challenge we’ll face. We will be faced with opportunities that challenge our resolve often. So how do we handle them? Do we stand our ground and resist all temptation? (And say no to every party invitation until the end of time.) Or do we chalk it up as “it’s just one night” and binge away? Here are several tips for dealing with Halloween and other such temptations (including some no-nonsense, tough love advice for those who respond best to a verbal smackdown): 1. Get Full If you’re worried you won’t be able to stop grazing the buffet table once you arrive at a party, eat before you go. Eat a LOT. A lot of high-fiber, nutritious foods. Think protein + veggies + healthy fats. That will ensure you don’t hit the buffet table first thing upon arrival, cutting down on the sheer number of hours you’ll want to stuff your face, and arriving full makes it easier to make sane choices. When you’re starving, everything sounds good. When you’re full, you might still want some of your favorite foods but you’re more able to skip over other options. Get full before you Trick or...

5 Ways Tight Muscles Will Ruin Your Life

Ruin. RUIN I say! Sorry, just experimenting with those shocking headlines to get more notice. *shrug* But for realz, people, tight muscles aren’t just uncomfortable. They can be downright hazardous to your health. And THAT’S that truth. I’m going to tell you how tight muscles will ruin your life hold you back, but first, a story. It begins like this – I started up my daily morning yoga again! I’m one day in! :::pats self on back::: Did I ever tell you about my daily morning yoga challenge? In December of 2012, I challenged myself to do 10 sun salutations first thing every morning. First thing. In my pajamas, before coffee, before brushing teeth (ew gross!), before I could begin fretting over my to-do list, before email…. FIRST THING. It was a brilliant way to start my day and I quickly became hooked. I thrive well under deadlines and pressure and competition (in case, cough, you hadn’t noticed), so committing to every day ensured I did it. I marked it on my calendar. I liked checking off little boxes marked “complete” because I’m super nerdy I need the visual affirmation and reminder. I even found myself a handful of times doing my 10 sun salutations just before midnight because I’d forgotten, or otherwise hadn’t gotten to it that day. God forbid I missed a day! That was unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE! Take a breath, Laura. Well, I began falling off the wagon in May, which is, incidentally, when I launched This is Fit Workouts. June was pretty spotty. In July, we hosted a huge Superman Man of Steel movie premiere party...

12 Days of Kicking Ass Workout Challenge – Day 12! We Did It!

Merry Merry! You made it! It’s Christmas! It’s Day 12 of our 12 Days of Kicking Ass workout challenge! I won’t take up a lot of your time. Today is a day of celebration, family, faith, food, and fun. And if you wanna make room for all those holiday goodies, hiit this workout before you head to Grandma’s house! You know what my favorite exercise is, so no one will be surprised that the last challenge of our 12 days is a 3-way burpee challenge!  From my family to yours, I hope you have the merriest of holidays! Catch you on the flip side!  ...

12 Days of Kicking Ass Workout Challenge – Day 11!

On the 11th day of Kicking Ass, Laura gave to me….. Hmmm, what to do, what to do. I mean, we’ve hiit legs. We’ve hiit arms. We’ve hiit abs, and we’ve hiit cardio. What else can we hiit? How about all of the above? Today’s challenge is a full-blown Quickie Workout! This one is called Crush and Burn! In this workout you’ll sculpt strong shoulders, burn fat, and cardio UP in challenging high-intensity intervals! Burpees, hellraisers, kneeling get-ups, and a jump lunge variation mean this workout is loaded with intensity! Lace up your sneakers, set your timers, take a few deep breaths, then get ready to Crush & Burn this HiiT workout! Learn the exercises – plus make-it-easier modifications – by watching the workout preview below. Then set your timers for 50 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, and do this quickie as many times through as you can!  Beginners – aim for at least 2 times through. Take breaks between rounds if needed. Intermediate level – you get 3 rounds for sure. Advanced – HiiT this one 3-5x through! Merry Christmas Eve to y’all, and come back tomorrow for our big hurrah final workout challenge! For this workout, you’ll need paper plates as sliders, light sandbells or weights, and a mat.   Related Posts: Day 1 – EMOTM Challenge Day 2 – Legs on FIYAH! Day 3 – 8-Minute Abs Day 4 – Jumping Rope! Daaaayyyyy Fiiiiiiiiiiive – Stairs & Squats! Or Stairs & Burpees! Day 6 – Push-Ups, Push-Up, and more Push-Ups! Day 7 – Wall Sit Challenge, Bitches!  Day 8 – 3 exercises, 1-minute AMRAP each Day 9 – 3 rounds of 1-minute AMRAP knee tuck...

12 Days of Kicking Ass Workout Challenge – Day 10!

Only 3 workout challenges to go! Only 3! Just 3! 3! So remember? That one time? When a bunch of fitness professionals shared their #1 favorite exercises?  That..  that was awesome. (Name that SNL skit.) And today, we’re gonna DO their favorite exercises! Surprisingly, none of them chose the same exercise! So we can make a super-awesome Quickie Workout out of their favorites! You’re going to do 10 reps of each of the 5 exercises, and repeat that for 2-5 rounds. If you do five rounds, that makes this a 250 reps challenge! You can do them in any order you want. I will recap the 5 exercises for you, then share how I would order them. Neila Rey, popular Google+ personality, chose the push-up.   To make push-ups harder, you can place your hands on dumbbells and add a row after each one! To make them easier, you can do them on your knees, or with your hands elevated on a step, chair, or even the counter top! Jeff Oriente, another Google+ rising star, chose the squat. Revisit the original post for detailed instructions on proper squat form. To make this harder, you can hold dumbbells at shoulder level, or a barbell on your back! Next, Justin Glenn shared his favorite exercise, the dead lift. To do a proper dead lift, bend your knees, sit your weight back, and place your hands about shoulder width apart on a barbell (or dumbbells) that is right in front of your shins. Press your feet into the floor to lift the bar and stand, keeping your chin and chest lifted. Do...