Free Workouts: Hang Tight with MarC

There is nothing more that I love than free workouts. I do have a gym membership, but fitness doesn’t need to cost you money. All you need is the desire to get yourself into shape in the comfort of your own home, on the track, pool, or great outdoors.

However, sometimes it’s great to have someone to push you. That is one of the main reasons that exercise DVD’s are so popular. You have someone to guide you and motivate you into shape. The downside is that these videos can get pricey, many of the Beach Body programs are over $100, which is cost effective if you use them religiously, but $100 is still $100. After a while though, you get used to doing the same old routine, you’ve memorized Shaun T’s lines, get bored and slack off. That is why YouTube is so great for fitness, you can get a fresh workout everyday. 😉

Avoiding spending money is what led my to and Zuzka Light, but it also introduced me to a bunch of other awesome online fitness personalities. One of these is Hang Tight with MarC.

What I like about MarC is her abilty to breakdown each workout, spending time on going over proper form and offering variations for different workout levels. For this reason I think that she is GREAT for beginners at interval workouts. Both Bodyrock and Zuzana can be a bit much for someone starting out without already knowing proper form. MarC’s workouts can be equally challenging if you make them so. She offers new workouts on an almost daily basis, so please check out for videos when you get the chance.

Wellness update.

Everything has been going well. My insides seems to be happy and working at almost full capacity. 😉 I decided to ditch the medication, lower my water intake to 6 glasses a day, and start drinking kombucha tea daily. This seems to be working well for me so far. I just have to start making my own kombucha because it is pricey stuff.

I have another obstacle which might inhibit my digestive and exercise progress, but it’s not IBS related.

I have a GI appointment tomorrow, do we’ll see how that goes.

LydVicious Fitness

Sometimes even I need help with it. I bet you didn’t think so, did you? Yes, it’s true! Let’s take today for instance. It’s dreary & raining outside, which is tough even for a normal person I think (been a long time since I’d consider myself  “normal” so I’m only guessing) 😉 For me though, rain flares up my rheumatoid arthritis, making all my joints ache & scream. The very LAST thing I want to do on a rainy day is get out of a warm bed. Add to that today is Day 1 of my competition “diet” (I hate that word, gotta come up with something else to call it. It’s really just eating clean. No sugar, no salt, no dairy, no breads, yadda yadda yadda… can’t give you guys the full details otherwise how will I ever make a living?) 😉 So anyway, yeah today is Day 1…

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Rethinking Breakfast: Cinnamon Sugar Quinoa with Greek Yogurt.

This is something I’ve been making quick either for breakfast or for a quick energy snack. It’s a nice change of pace from oatmeal and kids tend to like it.

All it requires is:

  • Cooked quinoa (I cook a whole batch in the rice cooker and then re-heat during the week as needed)
  • Brown sugar (I use Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Sugar and I only use 1/2 teaspoon for about a 1/2 cup of quinoa.)
  • Cinnamon to taste.
  • Greek Yogurt (I use Fage 0%) – optional

Combine the warm quinoa, brown sugar and cinnamon together until quinoa is evenly coated. Then add a dollop of Greek yogurt (or more, if you’re like me) on top if you so desire. I told you it was easy. 😉

Enjoy. 🙂

Drink review: GT’s Kombucha Cherry Chia

GT's Kombucha Cherry Chia and my desk clutter 😉

Kombucha is a drink that I heard about, but flew under my radar fro some reason. I just happened upon this bottle of kombucha whilst scoping out my local Whole Foods for lunch options. I was think about picking up a can of green tea when this bottle containing chia seeds caught my eye. I had to have it. There was a choice between Raspberry, Grape and Cherry. I chose the cherry obviously.

I glanced at the Nutrition Facts

1 bottle contains 150 calories. Not bad. I was purchasing a low cal tofu salad, so I could handle the extra 150 kcal. What I LOVED was that the whole bottle contained 8g of fiber. Hello! Welcome to my life. In addition to this, was added the probiotics and antioxidants.This is an IBSer’s dream drink. lol.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that is, from what I’ve read, an acquired taste. What GT has done here is mixed the kombucha with juice to mellow the flavor – the ratio is 95% tea to 5% juice and the addition of chia seeds. Also of note is that this is a raw drink, so most of the nutrients should be alive and well. 🙂

When opening the bottle, you get a bit of a vinegary smell from the fermentation, don’t let that sway you. The taste is tart with a bit of fizz from the fermentation and crunch from the seeds. I really enjoyed this. It’s kind of like candy, but good for you. 🙂

If you see this drink at your local health food store, give it a try.

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