Category Archives: Fitness

My Journey Back To The Gym


It’s been 5 weeks since I stepped foot back into a gym and I’m so stinkin’ proud of myself!! I started out my first week with just 2 Strength (Lifting) Classes.  My second and third weeks I did 4 classes each week which included both Strength and HIIT classes.  I tweeked something in my back so I had to modify things a bit.  My 4th week, I was at the gym working out 5 days and then this week I will be doing the same…5 60 minute workouts.

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It’s just crazy to think how far I’ve come so far! I’m getting stronger.  I’m losing inches and weight. I am also feeling pretty darn good about myself.  I am loving my workouts and I love the challenges.  I have an awesome workout partner.  We workout really well together! I suggest getting a workout buddy!! It really helps.

Aside from my daily workouts, I’m also tracking my macros and calories every day.  I also walk at least 20 minutes daily and strive to get in my 10,000 steps every day.  This is a job that requires a degree that I do not possess.  It’s so hard to get all of the numbers just right but I think I’m on the right track.  I’m also drinking a gallon of water per day (or at least trying to).  I drink at least one Isagenix Isalean protein shake per day (somedays I do 2). I’m staying away from refined carbs and sugars as much as possible and just choosing healthier food choices.

My muscles were really sore…and I mean REALLY sore…in my first week, I have really enjoyed this journey so far and it’s just beginning.  It hasn’t been as difficult as I expected.  Once I set my mind to doing something though, I don’t look back.  I’m pretty determined to get fit and train hard.

My transformation so far. I can't believe the difference! From April on the right to May on the left.
My transformation so far. I can’t believe the difference! From April on the right to May on the left.

I have been telling myself for many years that I don’t have time to workout.  I just wasn’t ready.  You have to be mentally prepared for something like this.  If you’re not committed, then you won’t be successful and you won’t stick with it.  I lose about 2 hours out of my day 5 days a week because of my workouts but it’s so worth it.  The rewards far out way the time I’m losing.  If you are struggling to commit to daily exercise, reach out to me! I’d love to tell you more about my story and I’d love to hear yours and maybe I can motivate you to get your booty moving more!

Have a happy, healthy day!

~Michelle

My Spring 2016 Favorite Fitness Finds

Well, I did it! After 7 years, I finally stepped foot in gym today. It felt good and even though I was a bit nervous because I’ve not been committed to working out as of lately, I’m proud of myself! I didn’t give up! I pushed through and completed the strength training workout without passing out or throwing up. 🙂 Ha Ha (Kidding, not kidding)

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As a Mom of 4, a PTO President, blogger and a home-based business owner, for me working out has always been just one more thing on my plate every day.  I knew it was important and that I should be fitting it into my daily routine but it was just easier to skip the workouts.  I’ll ride my bike with the kids occasionally or go for a walk or play catch but that’s it for any form of physical activity. Over the years, I’ve purchased so many workout dvd’s and I’ll do them for a bit but I never stick with activity.  My husband has been going to the gym I went to today for the past 5 years or so and he’s always encouraged me to go but until today, I just wasn’t mentally ready. A friend recently joined and also encouraged me to join her.  So, finally I realized it was time! I have this image in my head of what my ideal body will look like.  Now it’s time to do the work.  I’m a pretty determined person and for the most part whatever I set my mind to do, I accomplish.  So, while this will be super challenging it will also be super rewarding and I’m really looking forward to a rockin’ body and feeling amazing!

As I headed back to the gym today, I took with me 4 of my new favorite fitness finds & I thought I’d share them with you.

(1) Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 shoes

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I’m normally not a fan of Nike shoes.  Maybe it’s just because I never found the right shoe for me because these feel amazing on.  My favorite walking shoes are my Hoka’s but these are great for my HIIT classes and strength training classes.  They have some really good cushioning and they are lightweight.  For Nikes, these are pretty amazing!

(2) Thorlo Socks

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I discovered these socks a year or so ago and I love them! They have some really good cushion for your foot and are super soft.  They have extra padding on the ball and heel area as well as an Achilles tendon pad.

(3) Fitbit Blaze Fitness Watch

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I’ve always been a fan of Fitbit Fitness trackers.  I have purchased the first 2 that came out and recently bought this one because I wanted something to track my heart rate for my HIIT workouts. This Fitbit is obviously a bit larger then the other Fitbits.  It resembles an Apple or Galaxy watch. The band comes in 3 colors…black, blue and plum.  You can easily change out the watch bands too.  It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes.  It also has a heart rate monitoring system that can track your heart rate all day or when you want it to.  There is even GPS available for mapping your fitness routes.

(4) Hint Premium Essance Water or Hint Kick Essance Water

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This water is naturally flavored with no artificial sweeteners, sugara, dyes or chemicals. It’s preservative free, vegan and gluten free and is made from non-GMO plants.  What I love about this water is that it has a great fruity flavor without the nasty aftertaste that you get with some fruit flavored waters. The Hint Kick contains caffeine from coffee beans and is great when you need a little pick-me up!

Whether your like me and returning to the gym after a hiatus or you are a gym rat, I hope you find my favorite fitness finds helpful.  If you try them, I’d love to hear what you think.  Please feel free to share your comments below. I’m always on the hunt for great new finds so please feel free to share.

Have a happy, healthy day!

~Michelle

New Year, New Level, New You…6 Tips For Making 2015 Your Healthiest Year Ever!

Wow! Isn’t it hard to believe that 2014 is over? What a year it has been!! I received so many unexpected blessings and some of those blessings have left me scrabbling to keep up with everything, thus my MIA blog posts.  It’s all good though! I’m back and my life is back to my “normal” and I am ready to jump back in to helping educate others about the importance of good nutrition & staying healthy in 2015 and for many years to come. I am always aware that there is a greater plan in store for me & that He has my back.  Everything in life happens for a reason! That is what I say to myself when things don’t go the way I think they should.  2014 was a great year! I made some big changes in my life as far as my health & wellness goes and my personal business.  2015 is going to be even more exciting and more amazing! I have big goals to help even more people attain their own personal health and wellness goals.  I’m taking things to a new level in 2015.  I’m inspired to help you create a new and improved you.  So, with that I would love to share my 6 tips for making 2015 your healthiest year ever!

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NEW YEAR, NEW LEVEL, NEW YOU…6 TIPS FOR MAKING 2015 YOUR HEALTHIEST YEAR EVER!

Tip #1: DRINK YOUR WATER

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Drink your water…1/2 of your body weight in ounces daily

This is SO much more important than people realize.  Drink your water people! Put down the soft drinks, sports drinks, flavored waters, teas and coffees and DRINK YOUR WATER! You should be drinking 1/2 of your body weight in ounces.  So, if you weigh 160 pounds then you need 80 ounces of water A DAY.  Keep track of your water intake.  Chances are if you are a water drinker…you don’t drink as much as you think you do.  Water fills you up, so drink a glass before each meal.  I like to start my day with a glass of ice cold water…it gets my metabolism charged and ready to go for the day.

Tip #2: WALK MORE

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Walk more…aim for 10,000 steps per day.

I recommend getting a step tracker.  There are many of them on the market.  Choose the one that’s right for you and aim for 10,000 steps a day.

Tip #3: KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL

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Keep a food journal to see just how many extra calories you are consuming every day.

This is one of my favorite tips.  Most people don’t realize how many mindless calories they consume a day.  Write down everything you put in your mouth and then total up those calories.  I’m sure you will be shocked by how many calories you are consuming that you shouldn’t be.  Simple changes in your eating can make all the difference.  I do not suggest anyone go on a “diet”.  We all know they help us to lose the weight but then we eventually gain it all back (and more) when we go off the diet.  I suggest  you simply make healthier choices every day.  Give your body the proper nutrition it needs to work at it’s very best.  It’s ok to treat yourself and it’s ok to splurge on occasion.  Just don’t do it every day! 😉

Tip #4: CONSUME LESS CARBS

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Know the “good” low glycemic carbs from the “bad” high glycemic carbs

I’m a big fan of a low glycemic carb lifestyle.  We eat WAY TOO MANY carbs on a daily basis and these carbs are wrecking havoc on our bodies.  Eating carbs such as breads, potatoes, crackers, chips, cookies, cereal and etc. repeatedly spike our blood sugar levels which stimulates the release of insulin in order to bring the blood sugar level down.  This process over and over causes overeating and increases inflammation in the arteries.  When you stop spiking your blood sugar levels, you stop the cravings for these high glycemic carb foods.  When someone eats a high glycemic meal that spikes the blood sugar (a sandwich, chips, cookie & soda) they will eat 80% more food the rest of the day!! That’s HUGE!! Isn’t it? I also recommend eat no carbs after 6:00pm.

Tip #5: SUPPLEMENT

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Supplementation is key to giving your body the good nutrition it needs to function at it’s very best.

Taking high quality nutritional supplements is crucial these days.  Not only does it promote health benefits but supplementing gives your body the important nutrients we simply are not getting from our foods these days.  Our soils are depleted of the rich vitamins and minerals that it once had, thus our produce is also depleted of these vitamins and minerals.  It’s virtually impossible to eat only the best organic raw food diet and still get all of the nutrients your body needs.  Supplementation is the key to feeding your body and helping it run at it’s very best.

‘Tip #6: DETOX & CLEANSE

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Are you toxic?

This is one of the most important tips I can share with you because this is the missing link for most people.  There are LOTS of cleanses and detoxing products out there.  I know…I’ve tried many.  However, the BEST way to detox your body is to do a nutritional cleanse.  One that not only removes the toxins from your body but also feeds your body the essential nutrients it needs.  When you add the best possible nutrition plus a cleanse that removes the toxins, you get amazing results.  Not only will you SEE the results but you will feel them too.  Most who do a nutritional cleansing program, have more energy, less joint pain, less anxiety, sleep better, lose weight, notice inch loss, and much more.  Please feel free to reach out to me or check out this video here for more information on the nutritional cleansing program I use & recommend.  It’s whole food nutrition that is all natural, organic and non-GMO.

I wish you all the very best in 2015.  If you desire to lose weight and just get your health back, I would love to help you with your goals.  I have a money back guaranteed plan for you that will work and will produce results for you! Let’s make 2015 the year that we lose the weight for good and live our healthiest lives ever!! I believe in you!! You can do it!! Please share your comments down below.  Subscribe to my blog or email me your questions and concerns to happycleanlife@gmail.com.

The ultimate “Must have” fitness gear

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First off let me say, that I am NOT a runner…every time I try to run I get the worst chin splits. Even walking too fast can cause them. But I do enjoy a good walk or bike ride.  I have to admit that I don’t always make fitness a priority in my life.  The kids, household chores, hobbies, school volunteer work, my business and etc. often come first and if there’s no time left in my day then it sadly just doesn’t get done.

When I came up with my idea for the 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge, I knew for me it was just the kick in the butt that I needed to get moving regularly and to be held accountable for doing so.  I’m excited to get started on Monday, September 15th.  If you want to join us, please do so here: 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge Facebook Group. You can walk, jog, run, or bike at least 1 mile a day for the next 30 days.  Of course there may be days that you don’t get your miles in, so just make them up the next day or over the next several days.

I thought I’d share my ultimate “must have” fitness gear finds and if you have any to add, please feel free to share them in a comment below or on our Facebook Group page.
My ultimate “must have” fitness gear….

(1) Spotify app for ipad, iphone or android smartphones

(You can save your own playlist, share your list with others, and stream music radio. I will share some of my favorite playlists in a post on our Facebook Group page)

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Spotify is a music app for your smartphone that let’s you create your own playlists, share playlists or stream music radio.

(2) Beats headphones

(Mine are lime green too)

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(3) Flip Belt

(For holding my keys if needed. It used to hold my iphone but my Galaxy is too big)

To order your Flip Belt on Amazon, click here: http://amzn.to/1q0mTg4

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(4) Thorlo padded socks

(These are SO worth the money! I get mine at Dicks)

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(5) My Asics

(I’ve tried all brands…Nikes, Brooks, etc and these are by far the most comfortable for me)


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(6) Map my Walk (or Ride) app for iphone or android smartphones.

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I hope you join us for our 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge! Please feel free to share a comment below or email me at happycleanlife@gmail.com.  Let’s getting moving!!

30 Miles In 30 Days

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Who’s ready for a new 30 day fitness challenge? I’m sure you’ve heard before that it takes 21 to 30 days to break old habits and create new ones. I love 30-day challenges because it allows you to build healthy habits that may stick with you for life. It can also help to prevent boredom by changing things up.

Are you ready to commit to 30 days? It’s time to get excited for a new challenge. Whether you want to lose weight or run faster, test yourself…move a mile a day.

I’m really excited about this challenge because it’s not like any of the 30 day challenges I’ve attempted so far…squats, planks, etc.  All you have to do is move your body forward for at least 1 mile, every day, for 30 days. You can run, jog, walk, crawl, bike or swim. Just break out of your normal routine and move a mile a day.

Your goal is to create better habits.  Real change comes from real change, and that requires a re-patterning of your lifestyle. Lacing up every day will help you learn how to make time for fitness.

Before you put on your running (or walking) shoes, you need to figure out your base pace. At the beginning of your 30-day challenge, track how long it takes you to run or walk your first mile. Jot that time down. There’s your base time. You can also use the numerous apps available for smartphones like, Map My Ride, Map My Walk, Map My Run, Run Keeper, Etc.  No need to sprint a mile a day, just keep track of your pace and improvements throughout the month.

Write down how many miles you run, walk, swim or bike every day and at what pace.  You should notice you gain strength and speed as the days go on.

I would like to start this 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge on Monday, September 15th.  I have a Facebook group set up at https://www.facebook.com/groups 261124897431523/ so that we can share encouragement, inspiration, motivation and hold each other accountable for sticking to this challenge.  Please join this group and feel free to add your friends! The more the merrier!!

Always check with your health care professional before starting a new workout routine.  Don’t forget to stretch before and after your workout.