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zucchini pizza cruise ships + single leg deadlifts


that caption is PERFECT!!!  i freakin’ love this picture.

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i don’t know about you, but i need my daily dose of endorphins!  i got some this morning in the form of Total Conditioning. can you tell by those sweat stains?  afterwards, i took a moment to focus on my exercise pick of the week: single leg deadlifts.

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1. start in a standing position; knees soft, back flat, feet shoulder width apart, weights in front of your thighs, shoulders down and relaxed.  lift right leg slightly so foot is off the floor.

2. lower your torso forward/downward.  at the same time, raise your lifted leg, keeping it straight.

3. once stretch is felt mainly in your hamstrings and lower glutes, return to original position by raising torso and lowering the lifted leg.

4. straighten the knee of the supporting leg as torso becomes upright. try it again on the opposite leg! 4 sets of 12 on each leg with heavy 😉 bells.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • the heavier the weight, the more challenging the exercise
  • keep your back flat all the way down and all the way up
  • hips remain square; try not to tilt or twist them. torso should face the front at all times.
  • go as far down as YOU feel comfy, not as far as your neighbor is going!
  • you can modify this exercise and keep your back toe on the ground for balance
  • keep your dumbbells super close to your body all the way down and all the way up.
  • which ever leg you are standing on should keep a soft knee ensure the weight is in your heel and not your toes

what they work: those glutes, hamstrings, lower back, core, trunk.

awesome. on to tha fooooooood!

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Zucchini Pizza Cruise Ships

the stuff:

  • 2 raw zucchini
  • 1 cup extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella almond cheese
  • 1/4 cup low sodium pizza sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash tomato basil no salt seasoning
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil

do this:

preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

halve raw zucchini (long ways) and scoop out the seeds and insides.  they should look like empty canoes once done. (don’t discard the insides! you can actually cook them back in with the meat if you’d like or eat them separately at a later date. either way, don’t waste!)

in a large skillet, set your burner to medium-high heat.  add chopped garlic and onions and sauté until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  add in your extra lean turkey meat, liquid aminos, pepper, dried basil, and Mrs. Dash seasoning.  stir/saute until cooked through completely and there is no more pink.

in a separate bowl, combine the pizza sauce and turkey meat crumbles.  then, divide and spoon this mixture evenly amongst your zucchini shells.

top the ships with your sliced tomato, shredded almond cheese, and finally, the chopped basil.

bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until your desired zucchini consistency.

serving size: 4 ships

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approximate stats for the entire recipe! (*remember, ingredients vary by the brands you use*)
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Q: how much does ‘heavy’ weigh?  

A: i am so sure i have answered this before, but here it is again!  you gotta implement a little trial and error.  i usually do 12-15 reps per set.  so, heavy for me equals pretty much struggling to finish on rep 8-10. it varies per exercise though! there is no set number across the board so to speak… you must see for yourself.  write your beginning numbers down to track your progress, and add weight gradually over time to get better , bigger, and stronger.  you’ll start seeing muscles you didn’t even know you had, watch!

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weight lifting has transformed not only my body, but my mind. confidence booster? heck yeah!  i no longer dread the dressing room mirror and i find myself trying on items i would normally shy away from.  better fitting clothes is definitely an advantage worth working for! i get emails here and there concerning that darn scale and how insecure it makes people feel. you are worth so much more than a silly NUMBER.  i don’t watch my weight anymore; i watch my body!

le

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  1. LAST PARAGRAPH: THIS!! Yeas mam. So It’s official, I’ve gone back to the gym. I can admit that when I walk out, I look for a soft place to fall. lol. (but really). I have been sore SINCE Sunday, but I’m actually proud of myself. This week I’ve burned about 1600 calories. That may not seem like a lot to some… but any journey is accomplished ONE step at a time. Thank you for being a fit-motivator. Love ya! Peach (missin TiTi’s big boy = CHISO!!)

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    • one day at a time, my Peach! i am so, so, excited for you. i know what your body can do and i believe you are starting to realize it too! Chiso is ready to WRESTLE so keep pumping that iron lol. LOVE YA right back 🙂

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  2. Hello Leah! Is lifting weights the best way to lose arm fat? Or overall cardio? Any recommended tips for upper body exercises that burn fat? Thanks!

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    • hi Vanessa! thanks for your question, lady. a combo of both would yield maximum results. it’s true what they say, ‘you can’t spot train fat loss’, so when it comes off (via HIIT, steady-state cardio, etc.), it comes off everywhere. to tighten, tone, build and define your arms, that’s where the lifting would come in. if you have more questions please email me @ leah.egwuatu@6packusa.com or visit http://www.6packusa.com- we specialize in this stuff;)

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