Monthly Archives: May 2013

At Home Full Body Chair Workout

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately coming up with my own at home workouts.  As you all know, I cancelled my gym membership a couple of months ago and have soley been working out at home.  With limited equipment, this requires that I get creative with the items I do have.

Since I know a lot of my readers also workout at home, I challenged myself to come up with a workout routine where all you needed was your body and a chair.

This is the Workout Breakdown: Its a circuit style workout with 6 exercises performed back to back for a total of 3 rounds.

1. Chair Step-ups: 10 reps on each leg

2. Chair Tricep dips: 15 reps total

3. Bulgarian Split Squats: 10 reps on each leg

4. Chair Pushups: 12 reps total

5. Mountain Climbers: 30 reps total

6. V Crunches: 10 reps total

It took me about 12 minutes to complete this workout. I try to move fast with little to no rest in between rounds. However, feel free to rest in between circuit rounds for 20-30 seconds.  You should try no to rest inbetween the exercises as this will keep your heart rate elevated and make it a cardio workout along with a stregth training workout.

If you try it, please let me know what you thought of it!

Get up and move!!!!


The Eat Clean Diet Book Review + Giveaway

To Enter the giveaway you must:

1. subscribed to my YouTube page.

2. Like the video

3. Leave a comment stating why you want to be fit and live a healthier lifestyle.

I first bought the Eat Clean Diet book by Tosca Reno back in 2009-2010 after I had gained around 25-30lbs my junior year of college.  I already knew how to workout but I knew nothing about eating to lose weight in a healthy manner.  After some research on the internet, I bought the book and managed to drop down to my normal weight range of 123-125lbs using Tosca Reno’s clean eating principles.

The Eat Clean Diet is a sustainable lifestyle and I personally feel it is more of a meal planning guide than a diet. Tosca discusses the clean eating principles which include eating 5-6 small meals a day, avoiding processed foods, staying hydrated and much more.

The book provides step by step guides for grocery shopping, food combining as well as how to deal with ordering clean meals at restaurants. You will also get individual, family, gluten free and vegan meal plans. Not to mention you get over 50 recipes that will help add variety to your meals.

Overall this is the #1 book I recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to lose weight and keep it off for good.

I hope you all enter the giveaway!

10 Foods to Eat to Lose Weight


This weekend I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s to share with you the top 10 foods to eat to lose weight.  In order to lose weight you have to consume less calories than you burn off in a day. Additionally you need to make sure these calories come from clean natural whole foods.

The foods I get at the grocery store to help me lose weight all contribute to my daily macro-nutrients of protein, carbohydrates and fats.  They all consist of one ingredient (no added preservatives or processed foods) and as long as you eat them and do not go over your daily calorie amount, they will help keep you fuller longer and lose weight.

Here is the list of 10 Foods to Eat to Lose Weight:

1. Oatmeal

2. Apples

3. Brown Rice

4. Avocados

5. Almonds

6. Chicken Breasts

7. Ground Turkey Breast

8. Frozen Veggies

9. Greek Yogurt

10. Egg Whites

If you are more of a visual person, take a look at my shopping trip to Trader Joe’s on my YouTube Channel Clarissa198.

Which of these 10 foods will you be adding to your grocery list?

DIY Workout Equipment: Dumbbells

In order to build muscle you need resistance.  However, dumbbells and workout equipment can get expensive.  If you are low on cash and want a way to incorporate weights into your workout routine, the only option is to make your own.  In the video below I demonstrate how to create dumbbells out of an empty gallon and water.

Have any of you created your own workout equipment? If so leave a comment sharing what you created and how you did it.

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race


It has taken me 1 whole year to get to this point in my fitness journey.  I started in April 2012 with a online nutritionist and using Tone It Up meals to keep things interesting.  By August 2012 I had lost 10lbs.  I was losing about 0.5-1lbs per week, which is what is recommended for healthy weight loss.

Today a whole year later, I weigh 134lbs.  I maintained the weight I had lost and my body fat percentage has continued to decrease. (I started at 29% and I am now at 22%.  My goal is to reach 18% by the end of June.)

The funny thing about weight loss is, the number on the scale can play so many tricks on your mind.  When you don’t see the number decreasing its so easy to get discouraged.  There were so many times where I just wanted to say “F*** It”, this isn’t working so I might as well just have that brownie I’ve been craving for the last 5 weeks. But I didn’t, and I haven’t given up.

I hit a plateau in my scale weight a while ago.  Until last week I wasn’t losing weight but I was “getting smaller”.  I routinely take progress pictures like the one you see above and I see the changes my body is making even if the scale isn’t budging.

If I ever want to reach my goal, I can’t let a stupid number dictate my motivation. The only thing I can do at this point is make sure my diet is clean, that I get up and do cardio and bust my butt weight training 3x/wk.

I have to be consistent, but and most importantly I have to be patient.

Who am I racing against? This journey is for me, so  what if it takes me another year to get in the best shape of my life?  So what if it takes me another year to step on stage for my 1st bikini show? I am learning to take it all in, and making eating clean and exercise apart of my life.  I am keeping it slow and steady.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristole