5 Simple Tips for Pushing Through a Hard Workout

5 Simple Tips for Pushing Through a Tough Workout - lemonadeandlunges.com

When you are in the middle of a long run or a tough workout, and you feel like you’re going to die…  Or at least give up and quit, there are several things you can do to help keep your head in the game!  Here are five of my best tips for keeping yourself going when you are tired and just want to stop.

Put on Your Favorite Song

There is nothing that keeps me going better than a song with high energy and good rhythm (think Gangnam Style or Pitbull’s Give Me Everything).  If it makes you want to shake it, play it!  On more than one occasion I have paused my workout DVD to grab my phone and put on a good workout song.  The mood boost it provides always keeps me going so I can finish my workout strong. Read more

5 Inspiring Quotes to Turn Around a Bad Day {or week}

5 Inspiring Quotes to Turn Around a Bad Day or Week - lemonadeandlunges.com

When I was in high school I was known for being friendly, cheerful, and optimistic (not sure what happened to that girl!).  In fact, it’s one of the things that attracted my now husband to me initially (Yes we met in high school).  I can’t say I’m still that overly optimistic person, I find it gets harder as you get older and see more of the bad that happens in the world.  However, I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking.  That’s why I’m going to lead off this countdown with some very wise words from Theodore Roosevelt. Read more

My Thoughts on JNL Fusion as a Certified Personal Trainer

JNL Fusion Review by a Certified Personal Trainer - lemonadeandlunges.com

I purchased JNL Fusion relatively soon after I finished the 30 Day Shred (read my review of the 30 Day Shred here).  That was back in 2012, and I still LOVE this set.  Like really love it.  These DVDs are still my favorite workouts, almost five years later.  Jennifer Nicole Lee did a great job with these.  The workouts are fun (as far as workouts go) and challenging.  She uses some unique moves that I haven’t seen in other workout videos, and the set does a good job of covering all muscle groups.  Keep in mind that I purchased this set myself, I was not sent it free for review, so these are my honest thoughts and opinions on the workouts (as a certified personal trainer, and as a mom who is always struggling to stay fit myself). Read more

The Pros and Cons of Weight Watchers

The Pros and Cons of Weight Watchers According to a Personal Trainer. lemonadeandlunges.com

If you happened to read the about me section of my blog, you’ll already know that I’ve tried a lot of the weight loss programs out there.  In my experience, they all work if you stick with them, so it’s really a matter of finding one that works for you- one you can stick to without being miserable in the long run.

I initially tried Weight Watchers before I got pregnant with my first son, to try and get some extra college weight off.  At the time I really liked the flexibility it gave me.  I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted as long as I watched my portions and was mindful of including healthy foods.  I liked the flex points because I could save them and use them for a splurge sometime over the weekend.  I lost weight pretty easily this time around, granted I was young and had a pre-baby body back then. Read more