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    4 Cable Exercises to Shape Your Booty

    Since my journey to getting my muscles back, my butt has always been one of my main concerns.  Lets face it, I am not blessed with natural curves, aka no boobs or butt, however with hard work, the right diet, and the right workouts I know I can grow my butt. One thing I wanted to do different this time around was really focus on my butt muscles and concentrate on those muscles instead of just doing “leg” day. I tend to grow my quads faster than any other muscle in my body, and what I didn’t want was overly exaggerated quads. So with tons of research I found these four workouts to be some of the most effective workouts to exercise your booty on the cable machine. If you watched my previous video 4 Exercises Using The Lat Pull Down Machine, you know I am a big fan of cable exercises. Cable exercises are a great way to workout to target specific muscles and offer a full range of motions. These  4 Cable Exercises to Shape Your Booty are four exercise you will want to incorporate in your routine. Watch the video and read the description below!

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    8 Daily Activities You Can Do to Stay Fit Without Having to Go the Gym

    8 Daily Activities You Can Do to Stay Fit Without Having to Go the Gym

    Can you believe it in one month summer will be soon upon us, and I know what you are thinking bikini season! But who has time to go to the gym, juggle a career, work on a blog, and manage time with their family? I know I don’t! Trying to fit in time to go to the gym is nearly impossible. So how do I stay fit and active without going to the gym? You can check out my post pregnancy transformation here. Mom’s this one’s for you, because I get it. I use to be the biggest gym rat before I had Jayden, even worked out during my pregnancy, but after I had Jayden I realized it wouldn’t be that easy for me to go to the gym everyday. So I improvised, and found everyday things I could do in my own home with my little man that helped me shed the baby weight and keep it off. Here are eight daily activities you can do to stay fit without having to go to the gym.

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    10 Bad Habits to Ditch this New Year for a Healthier and Happier You

    10 Bad Habits to Ditch this New Year for a Healthier and Happier You

    This New Year I’ve made some resolutions to become a happier healthier me. Being a mom has made me realize how important my health and well being is. I know with my little kiddo getting more and more active everyday, I want to make sure I am in the best shape to keep up with him. It was a challenge for me to learn how to balance being a mother, a wife, and my own personal life. Blogging, starting a photography business, working part time, and trying to juggle all my other roles consumed me, and I had no time for my fitness. I needed to make a change and ditch some bad habits that were holding me back from reaching my goals. So here are my top 10 habits to ditch for the New Year for a healthy and happier you. Continue reading

    Food

    Gluten Free Frosted Raspberry Protein Muffins

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      What if I told you the frosting was fat free and protein packed? Yes you can have your frosting and eat it too! Less than 70 calories a muffin and with 9 grams of protein This is a great morning snack to kick start your day! In less than 6 easy steps you can make this delicious treat.
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    Ingredients:

    3 scoops or whey isolate of choice
    1/2 cup rice flour
    1.5 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 cup granulated stevia
    4 egg whites
    1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    2/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    3/4 cup fresh raspberries, halved

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    2 scoops vanilla whey isolate of choice
    1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbs of vanilla extract
    1/3 cup fat-free cream cheese

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    3. Combine all cupcake ingredients except the raspberries into a food processor and mix together until smooth. Gently fold in the raspberries and mix together until smooth.
    4. Evenly pour into each of the muffin cups and put in oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and tops are firm. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
    5. Prepare the frosting by combining ingredients into food processor (or by hand) and blend or mix until smooth. Put in piping bag (if you have one) and place in the fridge to firm up.
    6. Squeeze frosting from the piping bag (or simply use a knife or spoon to spread) onto the tops of each of the cooled muffins.

    Enjoy!

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. For more fitness tips and motivation follow me on Instagram @dawnpdarnell_wefit!

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    Fashion, Fitness

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    Sports Bra: Fox/ Rebel Gypsy tank: Billabong/ BKE Sport Reversible Active Tights/Reebok Sneakers (similar style)

    Sometimes it takes a really cute outfit to motivate me to go the gym. I purchased this super cute outfit from the Buckle. The bralette is made by Fox, and I love the mesh neck detail. I love this soft tank from Billabong. It’s a great lightweight tank for the summer and such a steal for less than $25! But the best thing about this outfit is the reversible workout pants. I can actually wear these inside out as a pair of black capris. How cool is that!

    Four months postpartum and I still have my hormone line going down the middle of my stomach. I have loose skin from my pregnancy, but it is getting better with the right diet and exercise. For more on my fitness journey to getting my body back better than ever follow my Facebook page.

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    Thank you all for the encouraging and kind words and for motivating me to work hard towards my fitness goals. I did a fun little Mommy and Me workout video for ya’ll to check out below. It has my new favorite song from Taylor Swift to get you motivated. Hope ya’ll like it!

    <3 Dawn

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    30 Day Challenge – May Resolutions

     

    Hey guys, so my first 30 days are done! Goodbye April, hello May! So how did I do? Well I didn’t get to accomplish all my resolutions but I was still very please with how much I did get done.

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    My Diet

    I was very good about not eating out unless it was to celebrate an occasion, but I did on occasion, when I was at work, eat at Chic Filay more than once in a week; however, I always had the healthy grill chicken pieces and fruit option so that was a plus. I will continue to get better at my April resolutions in addition to my new resolutions for this month. Here are this month’s diet resolutions.

    1. Before I start breaking down my macros and creating a meal plan, I will be tracking my calories  on My Fitness Pal. This will allow me to see what is working and not working for me when I start making adjustments to my diet next month.

    2. I will cook something new once a week. I will be honest with you, I am spoiled by my family and husband. But I know I need to improve my cooking skills and plus soon my son will be old enough to start eating solid food. I can’t shy from my responsibilities any longer so be on the look out for future food posts!

    My workout

    I was very pleased with my results, even though I only strength trained once a week,  the other times I did cardio or plyometric workouts with my son at home or at the park. I still noticed such a big difference in my strength. I was noticeably stronger by the end of the month. I only took one group class this month, and my goal was two. I will continue to try to make it to two group classes a month. For my gym routine I will continue following Jamie Eason’s 30 Day Total Body workout plan from my previous post. Here are my May workout resolutions:

    1. Increase my strength – Increase my squats by adding 20 lbs

    2. Increase my endurance – run 5 miles

    3. Take 2 group classes

    My spirit resolutions

      I was able to go to church once and have date night with my husband. It felt really great to have a personal life balance and to make time for what matters to me most. I’m definitely a happier mother, wife, friend, business entrepreneur, and overall just a happier person when I get to spend the time I have doing what I love with the people I love. I know I don’t get to go out as often as I did before, but when I do go I make most of the time I have. Plus it’s the quality of how you spend your time not the quantity of time you have. We all have twenty four hours in a day, and that will never change. It’s what we decide to do in those twenty four hours that we can change.

    My results

     I lost 3 lbs from 121 to 118. I’m 3 lbs from my pre pregnancy weight. You can see my mid section tighten up. My hormone line down my belly is still visible but slowly fading away. I still have work to do, but I am very proud of my results and all the hard work put into it. Progression not perfection.

     

    Thanks for following me on my journey!

    <3 Dawn

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    Getting started at the gym and developing a work out plan.

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    To be succesful at anything in life you have to set a goal and create a plan to achieve it. If you are looking to get fit you are going to have to plan uninterrupted times to workout. Some of you might be starting off, others might be getting back on track, but whatever stage your at set a goal, create a plan, and work for it.  It’s creating little habits that lead to bigger successes.

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     First look at your schedule and plan at least 3 days where you have one hour or two hours blocked off to either go to the gym, complete a workout video, attend boot camp, walk or run around your neighborhood. If three days are all you can afford right now, then do it. If you go more than three days, then do it. Schedule it in your planner. Like they say,  think of your workouts as important meetings you’ve scheduled for yourself. Bosses don’t cancel.

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    If you’ve never been to the gym and just don’t know where to start, try a group class. Every week get out of your comfort zone and try a new class. You might be surprised how much you learn, and you might find a new workout buddy! Sometimes it’s the fear of the unknown that keeps us from reaching our goals.

     When planning a workout plan I recommend breaking up your body parts. Your workouts should change monthly  to prevent your body from plateauing. As your body changes and becomes stronger you have to challenge it with different things to keep progressing. Here are some helpful links of workout plans from beginners to advanced.

    Beginner Weight Training Guide

    30 days Knockout Total Body Workout

    Bootcamp Workout

    Remember set realistic goals and create a schedule that works for you. Challenge yourself every day, every week, every month to do a little more than you did before. If you want this bad enough you will make the time. It takes 21 days to make a habit, 12 weeks to see changes, and never quit to make it part of your lifestyle. You can do it!

    ? Dawn

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