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Brooke Burke: My Slim Down Secrets

Everywhere I look, I hear about a new fitness fad, a quick fix or some kind of "get in shape fast" scheme - which is something I've never believed in.  I've never quite understood why people don't find a plan they can stick to all year long, instead the scramble to get bikini-ready for summer or January 1 - when they can set a goal and stick to it. My fitness philosophy hasn't really changed but I seem to be working out harder and stronger now than ever before. I totally believe in working to fatigue, which means pushing yourself to feel the burn - and if you dare, moving past the burn - which is when I truly believe your body starts to change. I've always loved the saying, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great" and I truly believe that every day is a great day to work out. I know that exercise is the best medicine ever and the benefits you receive go far beyond just the physical. It gives us more energy, makes us feel better about ourselves inside and out, gives us a sense of accomplishment, increases our libido, makes us feel stronger and it's the best stress-reliever that I've ever experienced. For the past two and half years, I've been teaching my Booty Burn fitness class (oh, how time flies!) and I've witnessed firsthand women of all different shapes and sizes making a commitment, sticking to it and reaping the benefits. My classes range from age 16 up to age 65 and I encourage everyone to work out at their own pace, at their own level - but to push themselves beyond their own limits. As for me, I haven't changed much when it comes to my workout technique.  I still stick to my workout DVD plan when I don't have time to squeeze in a class. It's an awesome way of knocking it out and staying in shape and it takes less than 30 minutes.  I also designed a Sexy Abs DVD which only takes 20 minutes and has three different program options so you never get bored. I think that boredom can squash many fitness goals so it's important to mix it up. One of my best slim down secrets is the Baboosh Body Exercise Wrap. It will help you sweat your tummy off! Want to see your beautiful abs? You have to blast your tummy fat by working out hard, sweating, eating healthy and wearing the Baboosh Body wrap during every workout.  My 30 Day Slim Down gives you two DVDs that you can rotate - a cardio program and a tone and tighten program that you can interchange. I just recently changed up my morning shakes - if you've read some of my blogs before, you know that I never ever skip breakfast, and there's a variety of different shakes I make for myself and my family.  Brooke's Breakfast Shakes for the Whole Family Brooke's Healthy Morning Shake Recipe But after two plus years of the same recipes, even I needed a change.  Here's a new one... it's winter comfort and I love it:   Brooke's Winter Comfort Shake Recipe 8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk Scoop of vanilla protein powder  Frozen cut up pears 1 tsp cinnamon.  Tbl omega 3 6 9 oils  1/4 canned pumpkin    I believe that 95% of getting in the best shape of your life is what you eat and I've always said, eat more to lose weight. Even if you aren't trying to lose weight, designing a healthy eating plan is key to getting and staying in shape.   So don't skip meals and design a healthy eating plan with foods you enjoy so you can maintain it. Also, make sure you know how to find a sensible meal in any restaurant. Eating is so social for many of us and you should be able to find a delicious meal that you can enjoy anywhere you go. Thank God for YouTube because even if you aren't a DVD user, you can find workouts quickly every single day to mix it up and give yourself some movement - any time, anywhere.  

Yes! Yes! Yes!

This morning I was so inspired. To my right was my daughter and my other daughter was close to me on my left. It was an emotional workout as I sat on my favorite bike at Soul Cycle.  Maybe it was PMS, maybe fatigue from maxing out my work out, but for sure it was true love.  The family fitness experience has been motivating and inspiring for all of my brood. The reality of being in a class with my 2 teenagers while all of us were pushing ourselves to our personal limits was a scene I never imagined.  When I looked over at my tween, head down with closed eyes, she was riding like there was no tomorrow.  Pushing herself further than she thought she could, and harder than I thought she would, made me so proud.  One thing I’ve realized as a mama of 4 is the only thing we can really do is lead by example.  I always preach about a healthy life style but its one thing to just say it and another things to really live it.  The only way we can empower our children to be their very best is if we show them how to do it. I’m not talking about fitness, I’m talking about life potential.  Even in a simple activity like my fitness commitment to myself, I show them its importance and how much my push benefits my day to day. One of my fav instructors, @lbuckleyw, said something today that really stuck with me.  I just love a connected and inspiring teacher that gets you to a place deeper than just the body.  I always leave her class with a great take-away.  During the home stretch of class she said, “To someone you are everything.”  I knew that both of my daughters heard that and I wondered if they knew I was thinking of them in that moment.  I wondered if they were thinking of me. Most all of us would say that our children are everything to us.  Mine certainly are and I hope its mutual. Not only in the moments of need but also in the moments of joy that we share.  Today wasn't just about the workout, it was about sharing an experience together and sharing some energy in a crazy hard sweat.  I was touched, inspired and moved. Doing something together with children, not just as an observer but as a participant is awesome.  So this week I’m trying to say yes as much as possible…I’m not talking about giving, I’m talking about doing.  Yes, I’ll bake a cake with you; yes, let’s go to the park, yes, I’ll jump on the trampoline; yes, we can make the best crepes in the world; yes, let’s draw: yes, get in my bath: yes, we can walk the dog; yes, let’s go on a scooter adventure; yes, you can sleep with me; yes, we can make food art.    Yes we can make an art project out of our food!  I know there are so many little things that mean the world to my children - things that are overlooked because of busy days and demanding schedules. For my children it’s often being out numbered by their siblings and sadly for me, just being too busy to stop and settle into some quality time.  It's moments like this morning with my children that mean so much to me.  The take away far exceeds the give.  YES YES YES… By the way, this week I was totally off so we took breakfast too a whole other level :)  yes, I have too much time on my hands LOL. xo - Brooke

Brooke Burke's Healthy Morning Shake

You all know that I'm a big believer in morning shakes. They are a quick and easy way to get energy in the morning and also great to take with you on the road! I posted a blog recently with recipes for smoothies for my whole family that you can also check out here. But this is my latest obsession :)  Vanilla Pear Smoothie 8 ounces Almond Milk handful of Frozen Pears 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp 3-6-9 Omega Oil Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder    

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