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Echelon Fit

I loved spin class when I was a member at a gym (nothing is close enough now where we live) and my husband likes a stationary bike for exercise. Cardio is hard on his knees. So we’ve talked about buying one for at least a year now. Obviously there is a lot of hype around the Peloton and I have numerous friends who have one, so that was a great gauge. But my husband set out to do some comparisons as well.

And boy did he compare. He literally spent weeks comparing different bikes. He got it narrowed down to two – Peloton and Echelon Fit – then did a week or so more of comparing and contrasting. This is not a cheap purchase, so we wanted to be sure about out decision! There were obviously pros and cons for both, but ultimately we went with the Echelon Connect Ex-5 Bike. It was significantly cheaper then the Peloton and still had great reviews. The main complaints were about the app, but we figured we’d try it and at the very least subscribe to the Peloton app instead. And Echelon had a deal that included a free iPad, which we figured would be more useful than a screen connected to the bike. So here’s what we think.

We love it! The shipping took a little while – we pulled the trigger and ordered right when we started to work from home. But it came in one giant (and heavy) box pretty much ready to go. As with anything, it took a little while to put together and some instructions were a little vague, but it wasn’t bad. This was one difference between the Peloton is that they set it up for you. But we also didn’t want anyone in the house by then.

I have already been doing Beachbody for a while, so I don’t use it every day, but my husband uses it most days. He’s had a few issues with the app syncing the workout but overall we’ve loved it! He likes the scenic routes and I’ve done both scenic rides and on-demand classes. There are also live classes, which we have not done yet. The on-demand classes I’ve done so far are great. I’ve tried a handful with different instructors and enjoyed them!

Overall, we love the bike and am so glad it’s an option for at home exercise. Let me know if you have any questions about it!


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BeachBody

Last summer, I was looking for a way to get back into a fitness routine. In the past I’ve been a big runner, did a stint of sprint triathlon training, then did a year at Pure Barre (which I loved), but when we moved there wasn’t anything close to go to and I was having trouble getting back into running. One of my closest friends from college had gotten into BeachBody and was really enjoying it, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve now done 3 different programs so I thought I’d give a little review of each for anyone trying to find a program or who might be interested. Check out my awesome coach, Meghan, if you want to give it a shot!

My favorite has been 21 Day Fix [Real Time] but that’s just me! People enjoy and are motivated by different types of workouts. What appeals to me may not appeal to you so this is just my opinion!

21 Day Fix [Real Time]

  • What I like: It is a true total body workout and you focus on something different each day. Each week builds on the last and makes it a little more difficult to really push yourself. There are modifications if you need it and the workouts are pretty basic moves. The 30 minutes includes warm up and stretching at the end. The group interacts a lot and has fun, which makes me have more fun! There are short breaks to catch your breath and get water.
  • Didn’t like so much: No music playing with the workout. Autumn talks a lot. And word vomits out a lot of cheesy cliches and motivational lines. It works for some people but I personally don’t need it. I wish there were a timer – either with the overall time and/or a minute timer for each move.

Morning Meltdown 100

  • Second program I did. 100 workouts, 30 minutes each. Ideally done in 100 days but doesn’t have to be.
  • What I liked: 30 minutes includes warm up and stretching at the end. Music playing during workout (there’s a DJ). High energy. Good total body workout that is challenging. There are short breaks to catch your breath and get water.
  • Didn’t like so much: There are definitely some nontraditional moves that are more challenging depending on your fitness level. I definitely felt like I couldn’t do some of the moves even by the end. The group is a little too serious which may just be the feeling after doing 21 Day Fix first that feels more laid back.

T25

  • I was looking for a new program to do in the new year and I know I can’t commit to anything longer than 30 minutes a day. 25 minutes (not including stretching).
  • What I liked: Challenging workouts – I sweat more during these workouts than any of the other programs. There is an overall countdown plus a progress bar for each move. It’s not supposed to be 7 days a week, but 6.
  • Didn’t like so much: This workout is very cardio heavy. I could just feel my arm strength waning. The way they want you to do it is confusing. You definitely have to print out the calendar and you’re doing the same 6 workouts in a different order each week – so after 2 weeks I was bored. There are no breaks at all, even short ones, to catch your breath or get water.


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Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl

This is a delicious recipe that my sister-in-law made for us and shared with me. Plus it’s quick and healthy! We love asian food and this is a great way to make some at home. Add some rice and some frozen wontons from Costco and it’s a perfect meal! We made one recipe and it fed 2 of us for 2 nights (so 4 servings). We’ll double it next time so we can stretch it a little longer and for some lunches. See some steps here and get the full recipe below. Enjoy!

Gather your ingredients and do some prep (chopping onion) because none of the steps take long. Please excuse the haphazard ingredient pics!

First sauté the onions and garlic. My husband doesn’t like the white part of green onions, so we left those out but I love them. Just a personal preference!

Add the pork, ginger, salt, pepper, and Sriracha. We used the full tablespoon of Sriracha and it definitely had a kick to it. If you’re afraid of spice, you may want to cut back the first time you make it until you figure out how much you want (if any). Sauté until pork is cooked.

Add the coleslaw mix, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Sauté until coleslaw is tender.

Serve topped with green onion and sesame seeds if you have it. We didn’t have sesame seeds and I don’t think we lost anything.


Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 C onion, diced
  • 5 green onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • 14 oz. bag coleslaw mix
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil in large skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, onions, and white part of the green onions. Sauté until onions are translucent and tender.
  3. Add ground pork, ground ginger, sea salt, black pepper, and Sriracha. Sauté until pork is cooked.
  4. Add coleslaw mix, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Sauté until coleslaw is tender.
  5. Serve, topping with green onion and sesame seeds.

Find the original recipe here: Peace, Love, & Low Carb