A weekend with the Abundance Guy.

Hi friends, how is your weekend? I think we had a great workout at Red Rocks — at least I was very happy with it . . . I love how many people are up there working out, it’s crazy. And then there are all these tourists from other countries taking pictures of the crazy Americans working out. And how is it that we are still such a fat country? they are thinking.

Anyway, I’m in Breckenridge for the weekend. I got married here once — I love it, it so scenic and I love how the sun feels on my skin. We are hanging with my bf’s best friend — who has come to be a friend of mine. He has a very interesting business¬† — he consults with people on how to help them have abundant lives. It’s really better if you look at his website, it’s hard to explain.

He often visits us in Denver and in the morning he makes the best smoothies. As you know, I am a BIG fan of the morning smoothie. It’s a great way to start your day. You can load it up with fruit, veggies, protein, fish or flax oil and get all the nutrients you need for the day. It is great to fix in a pinch. I can make one in minutes before I race out the door with my kids. It is hands down one of the best habits that I have. Try it.


Dinner tonight

I know it looks a bit like vomit, but this is what I had for dinner. It was really good! As you know, I’ve been a little obsessed with quinoa. It is so versatile and you can literally add any flavor and it tastes fabulous. And I love that it’s gluten free. I added a lot more lemon than the recipe called for because I love lemon with quinoa. This was a side dish to accompany grilled chicken breast (on the bone) that I just topped with lemon, salt and pepper. Healthy & delicious. My children ate it up!

Recipe from Epicurious

Monday Move

Happy Monday, how was your weekend? I was a bit of a social butterfly and am definitely feeling it today — I think I’ll be taking the week off of all most alcohol. Red wine is still necessary an option.

I’m still obsessed with finding the perfect butt routine (hence Kim Kardashian’s rear), I’ve heard her ass was surgically enhanced — what do you think? Ahem, anyway, I have some trainer peers who were featured in an article on the best butt exercises. So, I thought I’d share them with you. Since the people who shot my video seem to either be on vacation, or they’ve gone out of business.

Here is the link to the article. Enjoy — these are Teddi approved — I used one last week in my butt class.

Recipe tomorrow . . .

Getting back on track

We’ve all fallen off the wagon. And, it’s easy to do — especially when you are out of your routine. Vacations often throw people off, because, well, you’re on vacation. And it’s those times in your life that I think you should be allowed to eat desserts and imbibe more than usual (I don’t mean you should get ridiculous, but I think you knew that).

Just so you know, I am human. I fall off the wagon too. Lately, I’ve been eating lots of bread from the basket at restaurants (instead of nibbling on just one piece), eating dessert pretty much every day, crackers and cheese and lots of wine/scotch & vodka. I tell you this, because I struggle with the same issues that you do. I guess the difference is that I feel bound to higher standard since I am the trainer and it is my job to be a good example. And, truth is, most of the time it’s easy for me. I think mostly because this has been my lifestyle for 25 years and I have years of good habits behind me. So, when I do “fall”, it’s not too tough for me to get back to where I was. I know this may or may not be the case for you. Maybe you struggle to get to the gym/a class. Or, eating the right things is really tough. But what you do need to know, is that having a healthy lifestyle is practice and effort. And sometimes you get it right and sometimes you don’t. But, you don’t give up.

What do I do to get back on track? Well, I pretty much cut back on all gluten (my diet is basically gluten free anyway) sugar and alcohol. I focus on eating clean. In addition, I step up my cardio routine. I do cardio (in addition to my regular daily workouts) every day for at least 30 minutes. With that extra bit of focus on diet and adding cardio to the mix, I usually see a change within a week. And once I start to feel and look better, that’s usually all the motivation I need.

What do you do to get back on track? I’d love to hear.

Embracing My Culo

I’m about to board an airplane to Miami and usually before I go on a beach vacation, I’ve honed my body for weeks in preparation. Not to say I am not on consistent body maintenance, but before a trip, I definitely step it up a bit. But, things are a bit different this time. So I’ve decided to embrace my inner Latina and accept what’s happening to my ass. (No offense to my Latina friends) I know what you’re saying to yourself, but I know my body. And, as of late, I’ve had to do less cardio to save my arthritic knees. And, I’ve seen some things happening back there. Oh well. I can’t run with any consistency anymore, so I’m going to have to come up with some alternatives. I’m not really giving up — but I am on vacation and I am not going to obsess and ruin my good time. Which is really what I’m trying to tell you in this post. Sometimes you have to let it go.

I’m off to Miami, where people boldly go and wear thongs on the beach — even when they probably shouldn’t. And where I will be eating tostones and drinking beer . . . and enjoying every minute of it.

Have a fun weekend!

Hi my friends, what are you doing this weekend? We are headed back up to Red Rocks again for another killer workout. If you are in town, you should come join us! Details will be on the Hot Mamas Facebook page or on my website.

I completely forgot to tell you that I am going on vacation! We had been debating for a couple months about where to go, but in the end, we decided on Miami again. We both just love the heat and the culture. I’ll be posting intermittently, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are some fun things I found on the web this week:

Knuckle Tattoos (as seen above) look fun and ghettolicious

Stylemint— Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen’s new brain-child. Fabulous, and I’ve already ordered my first tee!

Cool tees/dresses from Surf Bazaar in Montauk

Even in this heat, I’m loving these boots!

I’m making these tonight — Delicious with a skinny margarita!

Nowness — great photography

New joint from Robin Thicke — love his new sound.

Love these high-tops from Nike!


Winning! Never interested in 2 and half men until now . . . .