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Rock Out Your Workout!

It’s no surprise that both Hannah & I are huge music buffs, but we never knew what a BIG roll it would play in both our weight loss & maintenance journey! Here you will learn more about natural TCGF for a healthier lifestyle !
A good music playlist is just as important as the workout itself. Music will motivate, inspire, and give you a good butt kicking when needed! We guarantee that great music will push you to workout 150% harder than without it. Think about it….how many times have you taken a group fitness class & although the workout was good you left not liking it because the instructor played El Crappola music? (yes, that is the technical term) Anyway, you get where we are going with this.

There are so many places these days to obtain great music.  iTunes on its own provides more musical fun for your ears than they could ever take in in a lifetime.  Although, we are avid iTunes fans, we are also loving Spotify these days.  You can find all the information for this program at Spotify.com.  Spotify also has an amazing app in addition to their awesome desktop version.  So, for those do you still saying “But guys….I don’t have time to look through that music & I wouldn’t even know where to start…”. Fear not….we have something for you too…we wouldn’t leave you hanging like that!  For you there is an awesome app we both have been listening too lately.  FIT Radio is a great app that provides tons of channels in TONS of genres.  There is something for everyone & they even feature guest DJ’s to mix up your favorite tunes!  The app is specifically designed for exercise so it’s perfect for workouts!  See…soooooo many options to get your groove on.

Ok, since so many of you ask us what we listen to….we thought we would compile a small list for you.  It’s only a top 10 because it basically changes with the wind. ☺. We will update now & again so you will have to stay tuned for new lists!  Ahem…Pun intended.

Hannah & Olivia’s Butt Kicking Workout Jams:

1.  David Guetta – Turn Me On feat. Nicki
2.  Flo Rida – Wild Ones feat. Sia
3.  Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
4.  Skrillex – Bangarang
5.  Robyn – Criminal Intent (you must always have some Robyn)
6.  Kanye West – Gold Digger
7.  Bruno Mars – Marry You (How Bob Harper first proposed to Hannah…she fell off her spin bike
8.  Jay Sean & Nicki Minaj – 2012
9.  Outkast – Hey Ya!
10.  T.I. – Dead & Gone
**All of the above are available in radio friendly tracks which is appropriate for all ages. We love that!

So, now you have NO excuses!!  Get out there and have a dance party at your gym…or wherever.  Let us know in the comments what songs you workout to!!  We can always use an excuse to buy more music! Wooohooo!!

Health & Happiness,

Olivia & Hannah
xxxooo

Obsession Confession: Bars!

No, not that kind! The protein/nutrition variety :). Today we’re talking about NuGo (they sent us some) and Larabar (we bought those). These are great tools and some of them are very tasty so press play and then let us know what YOU like and don’t like.

xxoo Hannah & Olivia

It’s Time to Treadmill

This is my weekly blog post from the Fitness Magazine Half Marathon Diaries…make sure to read it every week until the big day in April :).

Now that we are less than a month away from the big day, I thought it would be a great time to talk about treadmill training! Have you ever heard of MyFitnessHub? a website that has helped many individual who wants to be healthy and fit.  First off I have to admit something to you…I am a HUGE wimp when it comes to the elements outdoors. I am not joking. If it is sprinkling out I am in the gym on a treadmill. So, as you can imagine that makes it a little tough to get the miles in when you live in NYC and it is like the Arctic Tundra outside. Yes, I admit it…I have done a lot of my training on a treadmill. That being said I wanted to share with you all the details of the treadmill I chose to have in my home.

I keep this cutout close by in case I need even more motivation to get on the treadmill!

From the day I left The Biggest Loser Ranch I have been doing research on treadmills. I spent so many hours running on a treadmill at the ranch that I knew it would become a very important piece of equipment in my maintenance journey at home. After looking at what felt like hundreds of treadmills and reading thousands of reviews I chose the NordicTrack C900 Pro. I really felt like NordicTrack had such a good track record with “at home” equipment. Let’s face it…as much as I would LOVE to have a huge commercial treadmill at home, they are just plain huge & extremely expensive. I’ll just enjoy those at my gym Crunch. 😉 Anyway, I was extremely fortunate that NordicTrack and Sears were gracious enough to gift me with the C900 Pro. It now sits in a proud spot in my living room! Yes, that’s right it’s in my living room…right smack in the middle. I love watching people’s reaction when they come over! I figure you can’t ignore a machine like that when you see it everyday….AND I’m proud to say not only have I used it everyday, but there had never been a single pair of clothing hung on it. Hahaha!

I had a lot of help in the beginning from a running coach who gave me some instructions on how to train for a half marathon in a treadmill and the canary wharf personal training guide and routine. Unfortunately, it would probably not be super beneficial to just run on a flat treadmill for 10 weeks. I knew I had to prepare for those hills in Harlem right? So, the C900 has been amazing for incline work! I find that most indoor at home treadmills feel extremely “rickety”….you know what I mean? That was what sold me on this NordicTrack model…it was the stability! Even on an extreme incline the treadmill stays very still & stable. I love that…and that is saying a lot because it goes all the way from 0-15% incline. There are very few other at home treadmills that have that capability at such a great price. Oh, AND it folds up when you’re done! For those of you spec people out there (type A folks raise your hand) it also has a 3.0 CHP DURX commercial motor & 20″ X 60” tread belt. What does all that mean…well, basically it is comfortably wide & long in addition to being very quiet. I find because Im pretty tall that I love the length of the tread belt…on some treadmills I feel like I’m going to fall off the back!! It has an awesome backlit display with tons of course options and it’s compatible with iFit Live with Google maps. I love the iFit Live because I downloaded all the Jillian Michaels programs & she has been coaching me every step…just like at the ranch! Love that! Lastly, it has an iPod port & speakers which is my favorite part because I love to rock it out when I run.

Seriously, I can’t say enough amazing things about this treadmill I have been using it for over 3 months now so I feel like this is a real tested review. Of course there are tons of other things this machine does, so if you are interested in checking out ALL the specs click on the link below for more information!

Many thanks again to NordicTrack and Sears for this amazing gift…it has been a lifesaver in more ways than one! If you are thinking of buying an at home treadmill go and check the C900 Pro out. You will love it….trust me.

http://www.nordictrack.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_-1_10301_12401_59002_182219

xxo Olivia

Ode to Ms. Sweeney

So, this post is not going to came as a surprise to anyone or provide any new information.  That being said we had to push forward and post anyway.  Hannah & I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Alison Sweeney!!! See, I told ya…no new information here. 😉

Biggest Loser filming in New Zealand 2011

Most people know Ms. Sweeney is the hostess with the mostest on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.  She is the person who brings the twists & turns…& at times keeps the peace.  BUT, that is such a small piece of the role she plays on the show.  Behind the scenes to all the contestants she is the mother, caregiver, advocate, therapist, mediator, & most importantly: friend.  No matter what she ALWAYS has the contestants’ best interest at heart.  I can’t tell you how many times she would come & hang out with us during long shoots…even when it was freezing & she had a nice toasty trailer just waiting for her.  If we were freezing…she was freezing.  While we were at the ranch she reached out to many of our families on FB/Twitter so they would feel a part of the process.  After the confetti falls at the end of a season you would think a celebrity of her stature would move on to the next bunch.  I can tell you truly she continues to keep in touch with all of the Biggest Loser Alumni…in her eyes we are a family.

Way BEFORE Biggest Loser 2003

Yes, the trainers are one of the most important elements of the show & they are highlighted as such…as they should be.  I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that Hannah & I wouldn’t have been nearly as successful on the show had Alison not been there.  Her piece of the puzzle goes way beyond…”your current weight is…”

Alison, we love you…you are the best!  Congratulations on your new show “Hollywood Girls Night“…we will all be watching!!  We look forward to many more years of friendship & family!!

Love,
Your Purple Sisters

Take a look at this amazing shout out Alison gave Hannah & I on “Live with Kelly”!!!  Click on the video below!!

Obsession Confession: True Lemon

True Lemon with Iced TeaHello Beauties & Gents!

Welcome to your latest Obsession Confession! Well I have to say, I’m not one of those people that can eat the SAME thing everyday. Let’s face it, it’s boring and you feel deprived and deprivation leads me to The Cheesecake Factory so I like to switch things up. But, as a single traveling girl I need portable things I can throw in my suitcase….

Enter True Lemon and cue the angelic music…ahhhhhhhhh! It was a stormy Saturday afternoon and a bright, yellow, sunny box arrived.

True Lime

I opened the box and an array of true lemon products arrived! Lemon, lime, and orange shakers, drink mixes, recipes all made naturally!

As most of you know I’m a Southern gal and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my tea! So I always order unsweet tea (no more sugar) with lemon or I make my own, but I can’t tell you how many times my lemons go bad!! (why does that sound like I’m talking about my chest?) Anywho, I put it in my tea with my stevia and it was just like real lemon!! It was amazing. Then I tried one of the water packets (raspberry lemonade) and mixed with my water. It was amazing, no artificial taste and it was light and refreshing! True Lemon has so many products: orange, lemon, lime and more. You can use the shakers in liquids and also to season your food! I have used the lemon on fish and the lime on tuna and the orange in my fruit salad! I love a multipurpose product that I can carry on the go and travel with! I give true lemon two thumbs up!! They even come with recipes on the packaging!!!

Have you tried it?