3 Day Cleanse

This morning I started my 3 day cleanse from South Block. I've done a lot of research on cleansing and I think it has a lot of benefits. It's not going to help you drop the freshman 15 or work like a colonic, but there are benefits that aren't that widely promoted.

Before you make a decision about anyone's opinions, it's important that the opinions have some credibility. As a certified nutritionist who grew up on food from the Health Food store, I began learning about this stuff from an early age. I also spent a few weeks in Thailand doing an intense cleanse and have read almost 100 books on the subject so I'm not some fitness wannabe advocating drinking green because it's the hot trend. There is a method to my madness.

A 3 day cleanse is great for when you have been eating junk and clean your diet. I've also found its been great when I'm feeling sluggish and need more energy. Often times all the packaged goods are void of the nutrients we need so a cleanse will help inspire you to eat more vegetables and fruits. 

So here I am finishing day one. I had 6 drinks and the last one is the yummiest! I started off the day with a 7 mile run on an empty stomach and I usually eat before I run, so that made my recovery tougher. I had a drink #1 but then did not have another drink for 5 more hours. Because there had been so much time between drinks and I had ran this morning, I was really fatigued and took a nap. I spent 90 minutes moving heavy stuff which turned out to be really exhausting but somehow I still managed to make it to the gym to get in 20 minutes on the stepmill and 20 minutes of Core work and stretching. I did have some fresh cherries which helped keep me awake and some green beans. But overall my skin is glowing and I am excited that I survived day 1 of the South Block cleanse!  #mypowermoment

 

Day 1 of South Block Cleanse

Day 1 of South Block Cleanse

The Nutrition Challenge

I'm sure you've heard the saying that results are 80% diet and 20% fitness. Well those percentages aren't the same for everyone but what you eat affects your energy levels, performance, and your overall body composition.

 

This month I am going to get naked. No, wait! I'm not doing a photoshoot for Playboy. What I meant to say is that I'm going to be brutally honest and not try to talk like the movie stars who claim to eat whatever they want and still way 95 pounds. I'm going to tell you what I struggle with and what tools I've found that help me overcome those obstacles. So get excited because I'm going to share with you all of my shortcomings and all of my secrets. So I know you all have your own great tricks so I am going to offer you a prize for getting involved! 

Win a private tasting with me and a local @mypowersupply chef at a really fun event with some other fun prizes. All you have to do is repost any of my Instagram posts, blogs or Facebook messages and tag #mypowermoment and you will be entered. The person with the most posts will get a SWEET prize. So what are you waiting for? Repost this and tell the world you too are going to eat healthier this month because you deserve to treat your body good!

In Health and Happiness, Madeline

 

Share my tips & yours and use the @mypowermoment hashtag

Share my tips & yours and use the @mypowermoment hashtag

Race Deal

I love signing up for races because it makes me commit to my training. It's also a fun way to spend time with others doing something positive for our bodies and minds. I had a blast running a half trail marathon with my friend this past weekend so I'm inviting you to join me for an upcoming Reebok Spartam Race at a significant discount! Use the code MEMORIAL to save money on your next Spartan Race and comment here on which one you sign up for and I'll send one lucky person a free race code! 

See you in the mud!

 -Miss Madeline

www.Madfitness.com

 

#spartanrace #spartanup #reebokONE #beMoreHuman #reebokWomen #fitfluential #oxygenmag

#spartanrace #spartanup #reebokONE #beMoreHuman #reebokWomen #fitfluential #oxygenmag

Mad Protein Pancakes

A lot of people think that if you work out, you can eat whatever you want. Sure I can eat whatever I want, but I will also gain weight and not be as effective in accomplishing my goals if my nutrition is poor. If I gain 5 pounds, I have to exert more effort to run. It becomes a lot harder to lift myself over a wall when I am doing a Spartan race and yes I will need to lay down on my bed to zip up my already tight jeans. When I eat a lot of processed, trans fats or sugary meals or go hours without eating, I don't have as much energy. Without proper fuel, I cannot react quickly or live up to my nickname the "Energizer Bunny" so I am making my nutrition a priority. I consulted my friend Elspeth who is a fitness celebrity and fellow Reebok ambassador and made some tweaks to create a breakfast that is yummy!

Start off your day right with my Mad protein pancakes. I love them because they taste good, give me energy and have the nutrients I need. The best part about it was that I made a batch on Sunday night that last me through the week. Check out the recipe below and let me know how you fuel your day.
 

Mad Protein Pancakes

  • 2 scoops of Supreme Protein powder 
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of egg whites
  • 1 cup of Light and Fit greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of Sugar-Free Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Pancake mix
  • Dash of Liquid Stevia 
  • Cinnamon

Nutritional Content: Makes 6. Per serving: 144 cal, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of protein and 1.3 grams of fat. 

I add a little bit of coconut oil for good fat and a little sugar-free, low calorie syrup. You can get any of these ingredients at your regular grocery store. I also have 2 strips of turkey bacon or Veggie bacon along with my cup of coffee to make my breakfast complete.

Fuel your day with Mad Protein Pancakes. Don't have time, make it at the beginning of the week so you can have it on the go!

In Health and Happiness,

Miss Madeline

www.Madfitness.com

 

Failure

I have the amazing opportunity to create a new cycling program. After 16 years of teaching, 69 certifications, hundreds of conferences, thousands of miles on a bike, I get to take everything I've learned and create a dynamic, fun, sweat-inducing cycling program. Creating something new is extremely fun but the real work goes into being able to teach and communicate it effectively. 

As I look back on my experiences, I realize that failure has been an integral part of my success. I grew up dancing in my pajamas and even with formal dance training, I still had to spend several hours practing rhythm with the choreography for my cycle classes. Even after running 22 marathons, I still have days where I feel like 3 miles is impossible. I can remember puking on a run and having the worst ever sinus attack where I could barely keep my eyes open during a spin class.

Rather then let my failures define me, I used them to reassess my situation and make the necessary changes. I remind myself that I'd be bored if it was easy. I now understand it is the hard work that has given me confidence and made me a better person and instructor.

Don't worry about failing. Sometimes it's just the medicine you need to remind you that more focused efforts will help you achieve the desired results. Use your failures as motivation to be the best person you can be.

In Health and Happiness.

Miss Madeline

www.Madfitness.com

BeMoreHuman #ReebokONE #lavabarre #firedup #spartanup #BreakYourSelfie #fitfluential

Breaking through the barriers

Breaking through the barriers

Finding the Motivation

 This was an especially long week and I didn't get a lot of sleep but I didn't want that to stand in the way of me achieving my fitness goals. When I got home from work today I was exhausted! I purposely signed up for an Orange Theory class at the beginning of the week so I'd be motivated to go, but it was 5pm and all I felt like doing was sleeping. I started t focus on how exhausted I was and then I read a post about my fellow ReebokONE ambassador who would be competing in her first NPC Bikini competition. I thought about how much effort she invested to both an intense training and eating plan and then I stood up and changed my clothes. I went to class and killed it! I ran until I was breathless. I grabbed heavier weights that made the exercises really hard. I was sweating and delirious, but an hour later, I felt like a Rockstar!

Don't spend time focusing on excuses because that will never help you. Instead focus on your goal and how the action you are about to take will help you achieve that goal.  

What you put in is what you'll get put of it. 

What you put in is what you'll get put of it.