Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast DVD Review

Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast DVD Review March 3 2015

I have to admit that these were the very first Tone It Up workouts that I’d ever done. You’ve most likely heard about Karena and Katrina at some point. They have their own website as well as lots of workouts on their youtube channel that you can check out.

The One Day Fat Blast DVD has two workouts on it. The first is a total body workout and the second focuses on your butt and core. Neither workout uses any equipment so it’s perfect if you’re skipping the gym and working out at home instead. Both workouts were 30 minutes long.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I did my first One Day Fat Blast workout, but I have to admit that I was impressed when I finished it. The instructions and form tips were right on. There were lots of compound movements. This means that you workout more than one body part at a time, which is great when you’re short on time.

I thought this DVD was great. The workouts were tough without being too hard. You could do modifications to make it a bit easier or harder, so this DVD would be suitable for most people. It didn’t take long for me to be sweaty. My core was sore after both workouts as well.

Both Katrina and Karena come across as really friendly. They have a much different approach than Jillian Michaels who is more drill sergeant like. They’re encouraging and feed off each other. It was nice to have one of them doing the exercise while the other one pointed out things to be aware of.

Another thing I liked about these workouts was that they took water breaks. I never knew I wanted a DVD workout to do that until Tone It Up did it. It’s so handy to have a bit of time built in to take a drink from a water bottle instead of having to pause it or miss a few reps from the next move. It was seriously handy.

What’s your favourite Tone It Up workout?

Looking Back at February 2015 and March 2015 Goals

How is it already March? I know February is a short month, but it in no way feels like it’s March already. I’m definitely ready for spring when it finally decides to arrive though! I’m over the snow and cold. Before I talk about what I want to accomplish in March, let’s look back at February for a minute.

March Goals March 2 2015

February Goals

One of my goals for February was to go to bed earlier. I did awesome with that. With the exception of a few date nights, I was in bed with the light off my 10 every night. It makes such a difference in the morning when I make the effort to do that.

I also wanted to stop looking at my phone first thing in the morning. This goal made a huge difference for me this month. I had no idea how much time I was wasting until I stopped wasting it! Seriously, what felt like 5 or 10 minutes were actually more like 20 or 25 minutes. Now that I realize how bad it was, I doubt I’ll go back to doing it. I’d much rather spend that time waking up or putting together a healthy snack or lunch to take to work with me.

The last thing on my list for February was to workout 4 times/week. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. One of my bosses was awesome enough to get me more hours so I can put some extra money into my savings, and because of that it’s tougher to get my workouts in. I know I can do it if I try hard and plan, so I shouldn’t be using work as an excuse.

February Posts

I thought I’d also share of a few of my favourite posts that I wrote in February. I did a few reviews of DVD’s (Power Yoga and Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred). I’ve been doing Power Yoga on and off for the last 10 years probably. I thought Beginner Shred was an awesome starting point for people new to fitness.

I also wrote a post about the 6 things I wish I knew before going to my first yoga class. I walked into my first yoga class pretty nervous and anxious. Little did I know what an awesome community it would be. In addition I shared my favourite hair products. I have fine hair with little to no volume, so I’m always on the hunt for products that will give my hair some lift.

March Goals

I really want to get back on track with working out 4 times/week. I’ve decided to start a workout log to keep track of what workouts I’m doing, when I’m doing them, and the progress I’m making. I figure it’ll help me plan out my workouts for the week and keep me from getting bored. I think it’ll also help with motivation if I can look back and see how things have become easier over time.

My eating hasn’t been great the last week or two. I’m going to blame this on working more (excuses, I know), but it’s tough to motivate myself to make something healthy and labour intensive when I’m tired after a long day. I’m going to track what I’m eating on My Fitness Pal 6 days/week. I’ve done it consistently before and it really doesn’t take very long, but it makes such a difference in how I eat if I know I have to be accountable to myself.

Leave me a comment with a goal of yours that you want to accomplish in March.

Weekly Workouts February 22 to 28, 2015

Make sure you read to the end of this post for the Manitoba Harvest hemp heart giveaway winner!

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Sunday, February 22 I started off the week with a rest day. Last week was crazy busy, so I needed a day where I could sleep in and not worry about getting up in time to get in a workout. It felt pretty luxurious to be able to do that.

Monday, February 23 I did this upper body superset workout from Julie’s blog, pbfingers.com (scroll down halfway through the post to find it). My arms were burning by the time I was done, so I know I worked hard at it. It was my first time doing this workout, which I really enjoyed so I can see myself putting this one into my rotation regularly.

Tuesday, February 24 This was one of my super early days at work so I took a rest day.

Wednesday, February 25 My alarm went off, I press snoozed, and then I decided to stay in bed rather than workout. I was just exhausted and just needed more sleep.

Confederation Park February 2015

Thursday, February 26 After I got home from work and ate I went for a walk. It was deceptively cold out because the sun was shining, but it was pretty windy. It was nice to get outside though. I walk a lot more when it’s not cold and snowy. This winter has felt like forever, so I’m more than ready to spend more time outside over the spring and summer.

Friday, February 27 I ended up doing a Jillian Michaels workout, but I can’t remember which one because I didn’t write it down. I can’t believe I can’t remember something from only 48 hours ago, but it’s gone. However, I do remember than I was super sweaty by the time I was done, so whatever workout I did, it must have been good.

Saturday, February 28 After getting up early all week for work I decided to not set my alarm and let myself sleep in instead of workout.

Hemp Hearts Giveaway Winner

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Granola February 25 2015 (1)

I’m happy to share that Brenda won the hemp hearts giveaway! As the contest closed last night at midnight this morning I put the names in a hat and picked out Brenda’s. Congrats!

Fun Facts Friday: Food and World Cup Edition

Technically I was supposed to have this written and posted yesterday, but that obviously didn’t happen. Whoops. Luckily I sat myself down and got it done today though. Just a reminder than you have until tonight to enter my giveaway for Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts.

Frozen Yogurt February 2015

I stopped by a new to me frozen yogurt place this week. I drive by every day on my way to and from work, so I figured I should try it out. I got cake batter yogurt with Reese’s Pieces (do they make anyone else think of ET?), Skor crumbs, mini caramel chocolates, and Smarties crumbs. It was pretty good, and I’m sure I’ll find myself there again.

Women's World Cup 2015

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I got myself and a friend tickets to the Women’s World Cup this summer! I’m super excited to be able to see some of the best soccer players in the world play in person. Obviously I’ll be cheering for Canada. I even have a red jersey ready to wear to the game. To ensure I got to see Canada play I got tickets to a double header on the second day on play in Edmonton. The first game will be China v Netherlands, and second will be Canada v New Zealand. I’m hoping that Canada plays well and we make it to the final match.

Cranberry Orange Scone February 2015

One of my favourite things to get at the farmer’s market are these cranberry orange scones. Every once in awhile they’ll be sold old, but I managed to get my hands on a few this week. They’re the perfect mid afternoon snack, flavourful with a little bit of sweetness from the orange to counter the tart cranberries.

Rice Chips February 2015

I haven’t had these chips in a long time, so when I walked past them at the grocery store I thought I’d get myself a bag. I forgot how good this flavour is. For someone who doesn’t likes super spicy food, these have just the right amount of spice to them without overwhelming my mouth.

Rock Creek Pear Cider February 2015

I found a sampler pack of these Rock Creek ciders from Calgary’s own Big Rock Brewery at the liquor store this week. (Fun fact for my American readers – alcohol can only be sold in liquor stores in Canada and not in grocery stores.) The box says that they’re a limited edition thing, so when I bought a box of them over the summer I figured I wouldn’t have a chance to get them again. I took advantage of the fact that they made a reappearance though. The cherry one is still my favourite with pear being my least favourite.

Who will you be rooting for during the Women’s World Cup this year?

Granola Recipe & Manitoba Harvest Giveaway

I received a bag of hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest in exchange for posting a recipe using the hemp hearts. I received no other compensation.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Granola Pinterest February 25 2015 (16)

I’m pretty excited to host my very first giveaway here on Get Fit Fiona! Big thanks to Manitoba Harvest for the prize. Before I get to the details of the giveaway, I want to share a delicious granola recipe with you that includes hemp hearts.

If you’re anything like me, in the mornings I like breakfast to be quick and super easy to make. Most of the time I’m only half awake still by the time I make my way to the kitchen for breakfast. I used to make granola all the time a few years ago, so I thought I’d bring it back. Here’s my take on granola with cranberries and hemp hearts.

Granola Recipe

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Granola February 25 2015 (7)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3.5 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
  • 1 cup cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (140 degrees C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the maple syrup, vanilla extract, honey, and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and hemp hearts to the liquid mixture in the mixing bowl. Combine all ingredients together so the dry ingredients are completely coated.
  4. Divide the granola in two on the parchment lined baking sheets and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven, add 1/2 cup of cranberries to each tray. Stir the granola, then put in oven for another 15 minutes.
  6. Cool baking trays on wire racks until completely cooled. The granola can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Recipe adapted from Simply Great Food by Patricia Chuey, Eileen Campbell, and Mary Waisman.

It has a little sweetness to it without being overwhelmingly sweet. Not only is this granola great for breakfast, I’ve also added it to yogurt for a mid afternoon snack. I’ve also taken it to work with me when I’ve needed a little something mid morning.

Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Now for the giveaway! First off, this giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US. The deadline to enter is Sunday night 11:59 PM MST. To enter:

  • Follow Manitoba Harvest on Instagram and Twitter.
  • Tweet about this giveaway.
  • Once you’ve done both these things leave a comment below.

And that’s it! Once the contest closes on Sunday I’ll choose a winner and email them for their info. Good luck to everyone who enters!

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW 2015

As always, thanks to the wonderful Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting. If you’re wondering, Jenn said today that WIAW will live on thanks to some blogging friends! I’m pretty excited as I was bummed that she was considering ending it last week. I love seeing what everyone else eats, so make sure you link up next week.

WIAW Breakfast February 25 2015

This morning’s breakfast consisted of my usual cereal, orange and strawberry yogurt. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit when I’m only half awake in the mornings trying to figure out what to eat. This orange was really good – perfectly sweet and oh so juicy.

WIAW Lunch February 25 2015

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make for lunch until I found some tortillas in the pantry and some cheese and peppers in the fridge. I figured a quesadilla would be pretty good, so that’s what I made. I chopped up some red and green bell peppers which I added to the tortilla with some shredded cheddar cheese. In no time at all both sides were perfectly brown. I dipped it in some sour cream cause we didn’t have any salsa.

WIAW Dinner February 25 2015

Apparently I was in a Mexican frame of mind, because I then had tacos for dinner. I topped two tortillas with lettuce, shredded beef (so incredibly tasty), tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. I probably should have added in the rest of the peppers from lunch, but for some reason I just didn’t think of it. Tell me I’m not the only one who puts way too much filling in their tacos and then has a very messy time trying to eat it. I swear half of it ends up on my plate and I have to use a fork to eat it. And it’s not just once in awhile that I do it, but all. The Time. When will I learn?

What’s your favourite kind of Mexican food?

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVD Review

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVD Review February 24 2015

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is a bit different from other DVD’s from Jillian Michaels. First off, there’s quite a few people in the background doing the workout with her. Usually she only has two other people. I have to admit that I kind of like having more people. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m i like it.

Second, this is also the first DVD of hers that I’ve done that uses a resistance band. While it’s only used for a couple moves in two or three of the workouts I like that she changed it up a bit. Since I didn’t have a resistance band at home I was able to use a pair of dumbbells with a little bit of a modification. In other words, the workouts are definitely still doable if you don’t have access to a resistance band.

Workout 1 I liked that the first workout on this DVD was easy for a Jillian Michaels one. Instead of working multiple body parts with each move, this workout involved focusing on just one body part per move. It was great to get reminded about proper form. I think it’s a great beginner introduction. I found Jillian the most motivating in this workout. Maybe it’s because it’s the first workout on this DVD and she wants people to follow through on the other ones. I felt pretty good by the time I was done, even though I was super sweaty. This workout focused mainly on the quads, core, shoulders, and triceps.

Workout 2 I found this 35 minute workout also great for beginners. It was easier than I was expecting, but I still got in a great workout. This time the body parts worked were the hamstrings, butt, and back for the most part.

Workout 3 This is the first workout on this DVD that uses compound moves. It was nice to get back to the typical Jillian Michaels workouts. She built on the single moves from the first two workouts so you have the confidence to know that you can do it. My favourite move from this workout was the sumo squats. The first couple times you do it, you think they’re easy, and then they somehow get really tough. This workout was also 35 minutes long.

Workout 4 This one was on par with workout 3 in terms of toughness. It was harder than the first two as it included compound movements. In 35 minutes I managed to work up quite a sweat. Lunges are tough for me, so when she started doing side lunges with bicep curls I knew I was trouble. I was so sore the next day from them!

Workout 5 This workout was different from the all the other ones. It was pure cardio. Each move was done for one minute at a time and repeated throughout the workout. They were spaced out perfectly though because the 25 minute workout held my attention. The mini suicides were the hardest of everything in this workout. I can see this workout being thrown in between the other four workouts on this DVD to break up the strength training a bit and add in something a little different.

You can check out my other reviews here.

What’s your favourite strength training move?

My Favourite Hair Products

My Favourite Hair Products Pinterest February 23 2015

I thought today I’d write about my favourite every day hair products. First off, I have straight, thin hair. I’ve always wished I it was thicker. It’s naturally dirty blonde, and I don’t color it. It’s pretty healthy even though I blow dry it every day. Now that you know about the state of my hair, let’s get onto the products I like!

Favourite Hair Products February 23 2015

Dove Strength and Shine Hairspray (affiliate link) I use hairspray every day, mostly around my bangs and my part. It drives me crazy when my hair is in my eyes, so I hairspray them to the side. Some other hairsprays I’ve used have been way too strong and make my bangs look like they don’t move at all. I prefer a little movement so that they look more natural. It also holds all day so I’m not fighting with my hair once the afternoon arrives.

Tresemme Extra Firm Control Mousse (affiliate link) I use mousse to give my hair some volume, as it naturally have absolutely none. I’ve tried one or two in the past that have given me way too much and my hair was really big. I know some people like big hair, but it just looks weird on me. I’ve found that with Tressemme Extra Firm Control Mousse it gives me some volume (but not too much), while not fading throughout the day.

L’Oreal Volume Thickening Shampoo (affiliate link) I always try to use a volumizing shampoo. Every once in awhile I’ll try something different, but I seem to constantly come back to trying to add some volume. L’Oreal Volume Collagen shampoo manages to get my hair clean every morning while not stripping my hair of the good stuff.

L’Oreal Volume Thickening Conditioner (affiliate link) I get compliments from my stylists when I get my hair cut that my hair is so soft. I attribute that to using conditioner every day and not using my flat iron very often. The fact that I have slightly longer than shoulder length hair means I have to use conditioner or else my hair gets really knotty when I try to comb through it after a shower.

I’m on the search for a great hairdryer. The last few have been duds and only lasted a year or two. I have no idea what I do to them to make them break so fast. The one I’m currently using is on it’s last legs. The last good one I had I got from the salon I go to, but they don’t sell that model anymore. It last for 5 or 6 years, which is unheard of for me.

Now that you know my favourite hair products, leave me a comment with some of yours. Do you have a hairdryer you love?

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Weekly Workouts February 15 to 21, 2015

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This week has absolutely flown by! I can’t believe that it’s already Sunday afternoon. I’m really grateful that I was able to pick up some extra hours oat work this week (I’m trying to save as much as I can since I start school in September), but that hasn’t left much time for blogging or working out.

Sunday, February 15 I started off the week with a rest day. My arms were pretty sore from my workouts over the previous few days, so I decided to listen to my body and take it easy.

Monday, February 16 I decided to do workout #5 from Jillian Michaels Body Revolution (affiliate link). It was the last workout from the DVD, so expect a review of it in the next few weeks. It was 25 minutes of cardio, which was actually pretty fun. I think I’ll end up using this workout in the future when I want to add on to a strength training workout, so I can get the best of both worlds.

Tuesday, February 17 Since I had to be at work really early I took another rest day. There’s no way I’m getting up before 3:45 am to get in a workout before work.

Wednesday, February 18 I went for a walk in a nearby park after work. It was sunny, but the wind was pretty gusty so I cut it short and only stayed out for 30 minutes. There’s always lots of people in this park as the paved paths always get cleared of snow pretty quickly when it snows. Being able to walk in snow free paths is such a treat.

Thursday, February 19 I planned to take Thursday as a rest day, so that’s exactly what I did. It was a gorgeous day out, so I was tempted to go for another walk, but by the time I finished my homework after work the sun was already going down.

Friday, February 20 I’d set my alarm and was planning to get in a workout before work, but I couldn’t convince my sleepy self to get up. I kept pressing snooze and by the time I finally talked myself into it, I didn’t have enough time left.

Leave me a comment with your secret to getting up early for a workout when you really don’t feel like it.

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What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW 2015

As usual, thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday.

WIAW Breakfast February 18 2015

Breakfast was my usual combination of cereal, fruit, and yogurt. This time the cereal was Oatmeal Crisp, an orange, and cherry yogurt. I’ve really been enjoying the Oatmeal Crisp lately. I think I’ve had it just about every day for a couple weeks now.

WIAW Lunch February 18 2015

I have Thai vegetable curry leftovers for lunch. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without leftovers. Sometimes you just need something quick and easy when you get home from work. It had big pieces of cauliflower, potato, bamboo, zucchini, and peas. My favourite part is when the rice soaks up the liquids and adds flavour to it. I buy this at the farmer’s market and the guy who sells it officially remembers me now. I know he must be happy to have a regular customer, but it’s kind of embarrassing. It makes me think of that scene in Sex and the City when Miranda calls to order Chinese delivery, and the lady who answers the phone remembers her order and Miranda looks mortified.

WIAW Dinner February 18 2015

Dinner was butter chicken. Butter chicken has to be one of my favourite Indian dishes, it’s just so tasty. I tried a different rice than I usually make, so I wasn’t sure how I’d like it. It turned out really good, and I’d definitely eat it again. Unfortunately I wasn’t as impressed with the butter chicken. I felt like it was missing something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I think it was missing that creamy texture that I’m used to. It was definitely still edible, I’m just not sure if I would use the same recipe again.

Now that you know what I ate, leave me a comment telling me about your favourite Thai or Indian foods.