My LEAN Life Summer Survival Guide Part 1

Summer Survival Guide

Well, “survival” might be a bit dramatic, but I wanted to share with you guys some of the things I’m loving lately!

1. Aquasana Water Filter

A few weeks ago my friend Elizabeth of Primal Potential did a podcast on water. Usually I’m not freaked out by things like, “the dangers of this or that”, but as someone who has had zero issues drinking tap water, this podcast kiiind of freaked me out. After listening to the podcast I immediately ordered an Aquasana filter.

It’s saving me the hassle of buying cases of water, and saving room in my recycling as well. If you don’t have anything filtering your drinking water, you may want to give the podcast a listen. It was very eyeopening. It’s perfect for the summer months when I’m sure to be drinking a bit more than usual, not to mention thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so I make drinking 3 liters of water per day part of my “LEAN” routine.

Do you drink tap water? Filtered? Bottled? Fill me in in the comments section!

2. Jawbone UP Move

I’ve had my Jawbone 24 for just about a year. A few weeks ago it stopped working. I called customer service and because they didn’t have my model in, they offered to let me have the newest model that just came out, the Up Move.

I don’t love the look of it (I usually wear it so that the blue part is on the other side of my wrist) but what I do love about it is that the battery lasts for 6 months and the little blue part pops out and you can wear it on a belt clip.

This is great for me since I can’t wear the wrist strap doing my kettlebell training and if I don’t want to wear the wrist strap while I’m wearing my favorite bracelets or whatever, I can clip it to my waist band and still track my steps.

I think everyone would benefit from purchasing a movement tracker or basic pedometer (good idea for Father’s Day!). It is really motivating, and like the water podcast, it was very eye-opening. I was shocked to see just how little I actually moved throughout the day, especially on the days when I’m driving from client to client.

Summer vacations can keep us busy, but a lot of the time can also be spent sitting around at the pool or at the beach. This is a great way to stay active and accountable. Just getting up to play a game of frisbee or take a quick walk can go a long way.

Also, moving more can lead to increasing what is called Non- Exercise Activity Thermogenesis or NEAT. Dr. James Levine, who is credited for his research and findings on NEAT states, “You can expend calories in one two ways. One is to go to the gym and the other is through all the activities of daily living called NEAT. It appears that NEAT is far more important for calorie-burning than exercise in nearly everyone.”

I know last summer I spent way too much time sitting on my butt at the pool. I had just started using my Jawbone and that was when I realized just how sedentary I was. This summer I know I have to get my walk in early so that it gets DONE as well as moving more at the pool and the beach.

Do you use an activity monitor? Do you think it helps keep you motivated to move? Let me know in the comments section!

3. Kettlebellssss!!!

I’ve tried to go back to working out at gyms…it’s just not “working out” for me 🙂 It’s funny, I’d never in a million years thought I would be someone who prefers working out at home, but with the boys schedule, I just don’t want to waste time driving, trying to find a parking spot, trying to find a spot in the gym to do my workout, driving home etc…It just takes up too much time and I’m not willing to spend it traveling to a gym.  I do sometimes miss the social aspect, but right now I don’t value it as much as I value my time.

Currently I’m training to take the StrongFirst Kettlebell certification in August, so I ended up buying a few more bells and driving down to RI to pick them up to save the $100+ it would’ve cost to have them shipped.

I’m all about efficient exercise and these bad boys are as good as it gets in terms of getting a big bang for your buck, and now I won’t have to worry about skipping any workouts on my summer vacations, I’ll just toss a couple of these in the car!

Here’s a quick and (not so) easy KB circuit for you! You can play around with the reps depending on the size bell you are using:

4-5 rounds through and you’ll get your push/pull/squat/hinge movements in as well as get that heart rate up!

KB Swings x 10

Pushups x 10

KB Goblet Squats x 10

KB 1-arm row x 10e

Do you workout on vacation or take the time off completely?

4. SO Delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream in Cookie Dough

Whats summer without some ice-cream or frozen yogurt?! I love both ice-cream and frozen yogurt (I more like all of the toppings I put ON the frozen yogurt!) but they don’t love me back. My belly feels awful when I eat too much of either of them, so a friend of mine recommended this brand and although it’s not super “creamy” it does the trick! I love the chunkiness of the cookie dough flavor, it’s not Ben & Jerry’s but if you’re sensitive to dairy it’s a good alternative. It is NOT low calorie though, so like everything else watch your portions.

What is your favorite summer dessert?? Mine is Jello Flag Pie. It’s delicious and doesn’t leave me feeling like an inflated balloon! I substitute with angel food cake, sugar free jello, 1/3rd less fat cream cheese and truvia instead of sugar. It’s a big hit.


I have a few more things to share with you but I figured I’d save them for next week’s post, plus I’d love to hear from you guys! What are some of your survival tips and tools you use to stay LEAN through the summer? Leave me a comment in the section below 🙂



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