Workout Round Up – Quick workouts for busy days

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Hey guys, happy hump day!  How is your week going?  With the busy summer season in full swing, I know I have been trying to squeeze in workouts where I can.  I figured I am not the only one in need of quick workouts, so I thought I would share a round up of some recent favorite workouts.  All are fairly quick (think around 30 minutes or less) and are perfect for fitting into a busy summer routine.

Do anywhere (no equipment)- perfect for outside or a quick vacation workout (if you are into that sort of thing):

Do anywhere body weight workout

Quickie lower body workout

12 days of Christmas workout (don’t let the name fool you, it’s a great workout anytime

Running in a skirt’s heart racing no equipment workout

Do anywhere running workout

Minimal equipment:

Jump rope tabata workout

3 x 3 workout

Tap it Out workout

Cardio Workouts:

Peanut Butter Finger’s cardio workout

AMRAP workout

Running workout

 

Yoga & Barre:

Bad Yogi’s no mat yoga

Fitnessista’s classic at home barre workout

25 minute vinyasa for shoulders and hips

So friends, where do you prefer to workout? Do you workout when traveling?  I will often try to start the day with a workout while traveling, but make exploring more of a priority.  I find that I am typically walking a lot while traveling anyhow.

Hope you have a great day!

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Friday Favorites – Peonies and Puppy Toys

Happy Friday friends! Hope you are having a great day and looking forward to an even better weekend!

It is a three-day weekend for us and I am very much looking forward to some extra friend and family time. Before we get to the weekend though, let’s recap the highlights of the week.

I popped into Trader Joe’s Tuesday night and was so excited to see all the lovely peonies out on display. I love peonies and could not resist taking home a little bouquet. They have been brightening up my day all week.

I recently snagged some class passes for my favorite cycling studio during a semi-annual sale they were having. I managed to sneak in a class this week, and it was exactly the music bumping awesome time I remembered it being! This class, in addition to my usual Orangetheory, quick cardio workouts and some yoga have made for a great week of workouts

This week I also received some goodies from my friends over at Influenster. They occasionally send me items to try out, and these items were sent to me complimentary for the purpose of review. The dog toy from Barkbox is already a huge hit, little Moglei is loving it!

I have been meaning to start making more of my own snacks each week. I used to make bars all the time, but had gotten out of the habit. These Berry lemon breakfast bars and Chocolate sweet potato bars will both need to happen soon I think.

I had never even heard of a solar oven, but it looks like such a cool activity and I am wondering if my little dude would be old enough for it (with lots of help and supervision of course).

What are you loving this week? Are you heading into a long weekend? Any fun travel plans or adventures? We are not traveling, but have some fun little get togethers and activities planned for this weekend.

Hope you have a great one!

Friday Favorites – 5/4/18 – Give me all the Poke Bowls

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Happy, happy Friday! How was your week? It was a pretty good one over here. We had more packed in than I had initially planned, but if we are being honest, that’s kind of my style. So while busy, I feel like it was a super productive work week.  The babies and I got some good park time and fun hangout time in, and I got some pretty good workouts in.

Being that it is Friday, I am in the mood to talk Favorites, so let’s get started!

First up, homemade poke bowls. I used tofu for these because it was convenient for my meal prep, they were so good! I had one for dinner Monday and then for lunch Tuesday and Wednesday, and was honestly pretty bummed that there wasn’t more for lunch Thursday. They will definitely be a regular in the summer rotation. Let me know if you would like me to share how I make them.

Tuesday night I had an evening meeting at the gym I teach at, and was able to squeeze in a little dinner date beforehand with a good friend and her super adorable baby. We went to Beyond Bread, which is always a favorite, though it had been a while since I had been there. Turns out they came out with some new sandwiches while I was away. This masterpiece below is Tito’s Torta and has ham, bacon, provolone, avocado and a jalapeño spread. Something totally different than the salad I usually get, but also totally delicious.

As I mentioned earlier, it was also a pretty good workout week. I managed to make it to Orangetheory twice (and resolve my heart rate monitor issues, yeah). Last night, I also hit up a yoga class, which was exactly what I needed after a couple of days of heavy strength and cardio workouts. I was also able to get in plenty of walks in the beautiful spring weather we have been having. Sadly, my allergies have not been loving the weather, but it’s just to nice out to not be outside as much as possible.

In the blog world this week:

I stumbled across a gallery photo wall post with templates and measurements that I am pretty excited about. Decorating is not a strength of mine (I tend to be pretty minimalist and will leave walls empty for ages), but I really want to figure out a nice display of baby pictures. I’m thinking this will help me a lot.

How cute are these DIY succulent soaps from Pretty Simple Ideas?

These Amish sugar cookies sound so good, and I am pretty sure I have all the ingredients on hand, so they maybe happening this weekend.

I am forever on the hunt for new workout music, so I was pretty excited to see this new playlist Gina shared.

So friends, what are you loving this week?  Poke bowls yeah or nah?  Any great workout songs to share?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Do Anywhere Body Weight Workout

Hey friends!  Hows your week going so far?  It has been a pretty good one over here.  I had made plans a week or so ago to have a later dinner with a friend last night, but had to cancel because the hubs had a work thing.  As it turned out, he ended up not having to work, and I was able to make dinner after all.  Score!

We are also in that Arizona sweet spot right now, were it is nice a lot of the day (though already roasting mid-afternoon), so I have  been enjoying a lot of outdoor family time, as well as workouts while I can.   It has been fun to be able to finally bust out some cute tank tops I got for Christmas for my workouts.  These two below make me so happy!

In honor of workouts you can take outside, I wanted to share a quick do anywhere workout with you all.  This is an AMRAP or “as many rounds as possible” workout, with 3, 8 minute blocks of work.  It is a quick and effective total body workout that can be done anywhere!

 

As always, feel free to customize to meet your needs and check-in with your doctor before starting on a new exercise plan.

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 4/20/18 – Who doesn’t love shoes and snacks

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Happy Friday friends! I can’t believe how fast this week has gone by.  I feel like I blinked and we were at the end of the week. How was your week? Was it a fast one or a slow one for you?

I was actually expecting the week to drag a bit, mainly because it has been super windy recently and my allergies have been flaring up.  But despite being a little foggy headed all week, it was a productive, fast and fun one.

Now let’s check out some weekly highlights. I always love hearing about your favorites, so let me know what you are loving this week in the comments.

First up, new kicks! I had been wanting some casual sneakers to wear while chasing kiddos. Not gym shoes, just comfy go with everything sneakers. I was thrilled to find these white Pumas at Costco for 25 dollars, they are comfortable and just what I was looking for. I found a similar style here.

I also ordered these Madden Girl sandals from Thred Up recently. They don’t look like they have ever been worn and fit perfectly. I think they will get a lot of use this Spring and Summer.

The kids and I have a deep love of the unsweetened dried mango from Trader Joe’s. It is so good.  Which ends up meaning the bag is almost always gone the first time it is opened. We were delighted to find a big bag of unsweetened dried mangoes at Costco! Yes to a bag that lasts!

I have also been loving some yoga this week. I had an especially challenging strength workout Monday that left me pretty sore. I attended a sweaty vinyasa flow class Tuesday that helped to stretch out those achy muscles, and a super relaxing yin class last night. It was glorious.

In parenting related chuckles, a friend sent this to me a week or so ago, and it still has me laughing. Bedtime can be a struggle!

Some online favorites this week:

These BBQ Tempeh Chips from Eating Bird Food look awesome!

Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake share these delightful looking meal prep breakfast cookies I am looking forward to trying.

This Thai curry from Tastes Lovely looks right up my alley, I can’t wait to try it.

So friends, what are you loving this week?  Any big weekend plans?  I have book club this weekend, and am a little nervous because I host in May, so I have to bring book options to vote on to this meeting.  Any book suggestions?  Especially anything you loved that maybe wasn’t a really well-known book?

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tap It Out Workout

Hey guys! Happy Friday Eve!

How are you today?  After catching up on sleep Tuesday night, I was feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day yesterday.  It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for you.  Sometimes it’s just not possible to get a full night’s rest with the little guys, but how I felt Tuesday compared to yesterday was definitely a good reminder as to why sleep is important!

Anyhow, it’s been a minute since I have been able to share a workout with you, but I finally got it together enough to type one up and I wanted to share today. Please see movement notes under the workout.

1. Single arm row + lunge tap back: Start in a high squat position, feet hip distance apart. Weight starts on the side that will be tapping back first. Tap foot to a lunge position, perform one single arm row when you return foot to a high squat position.  Perform on one side, then on the other side

2. Single arm fly + side lunge tap:  Maintaining the high squat position, with a bit of a hinge forward originating from the hips, tap one foot out to a side lunge position, while completing a single arm fly on the same side.  Perform on one side, then on the other side

3. Bicep curl + knee raise: Complete single arm bicep curl while raising the knee on the same side. Perform on one side, then on the other side

4. Toe-reach crunches:  Laying on back, extend legs straight in the air (a bend to the knees is ok), flex toes and crunch up, reaching towards your toes and bringing the shoulders away from the ground.

5. Toe tap downs: Lay on back and place hands under hips for support, left legs to a table top (bent knee) position.  Moving from the hip, tap foot down and up, alternating sides.

6. Side to side taps: Laying on back, bend knees and bring feet close to your bottom.  Elevate the head and shoulders off the ground and crunch from side to side, reaching for your heels.

Bonus circuit: For the squat to lunge backs, start in a squat position ( this can be a higher squat) and lunge back with a straight leg (slight bend to the knee to avoid locking), alternating sides.

For the plank shoulder taps: holding a plank position, tap the opposite shoulder with your hand, alternating sides. Work on keeping the body from rocking.

One day soon, I hope to be able to share images to help explain as well. As always, listen to your body and consult with your doctor if you have any questions or are new to exercise.

Hope you have a great day!

40 Days to Personal Revolution update

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Hey friends, thanks so much for all the congrats and well wishes about the new house. I really appreciate it, you guys are just the best!   I think we will be unpacking and decorating for a while, but we are very happy to be getting settled in.

How’s your week going? With everything going on, the days and weeks have been flying, I can’t believe there is only a week left in February. Where is 2018 going!?!

Today I thought I would do a little check in on the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program I am doing. If you missed my intro post, you can find it here.

We are now in week 5. The program has four components: yoga, meditation, diet, and journaling. I will address progress in each component.

Yoga: I was pretty spot on with my yoga practice weeks 1-3, and have found that I really love waking up with some yoga. In week 4 and going into this week, I have not been able to fully keep up with the practice. It is not a lack of desire, but rather a lack of time. With the move, my schedule was everywhere last week, and even though we are a bit more settled now, I would have to get up before 4 am to get in a 75-minute yoga practice in the morning. I just can’t bring myself to that. Instead, I have been focusing on spending 15-30 minutes practicing yoga each morning, and have been adding in another shorter session in the evenings as often as I can. I have also been taking more in studio classes or doing online videos instead of following the planned practice from the book. The first few weeks I did the exact recommended practice, but I have a hard time being on my own with a long practice. Even though I’m not getting all of the recommended yoga in, I do feel it makes a huge difference in my mood and I feel that I have gotten stronger and more flexible over the course of the program.

Meditation: Meditations are twice a day throughout the entire program.  They started as 5-minute meditations and increase by five minutes in duration each week. This is another area that I have to be honest and admit that it has been difficult for me to fit in 20, and now 25 minute meditations last week and this week. I have meditated twice a day, every day since starting the program though. I consider this a huge win since I have never had a consistent meditation practice before. I have been doing my second meditation at lunch when I can and I feel like it has refreshed and energized me for the second half of my day.

Diet: The program focuses on eating healthy, nourishing food and paying attention to when your body needs more cleansing (fruits, less dense foods, smaller portions) and when it needs more building foods (larger portions, proteins, spicy foods). Week 4 also had a 3-day fruit fast. I ended up doing a 2.5-day fruit fast because I wanted to go take an OTF class and felt I needed more substance prior.

The fast included avocados, tomatoes, zucchini’s and other produce I don’t necessarily think of when I think of fruit.  I included tomato soup and avocado in mine for meals with a little more substance and less sweet.  I also had some plantain chips for a little texture variety.   There is no coffee or alcohol during the fast, and I definitely missed my coffee, but otherwise, it went well. I wasn’t hungry during it. I wouldn’t say I felt much different following the fast.  Though I do feel like I focused more on how what I ate made me feel both during the fast and the few days following.

Journaling: The journaling portion of the program has come least naturally to me. I did the journaling weeks 1-3 and did find it to be a good reflective exercise. However, I delayed it as much as I could. Our weekly meetings are Saturdays and I would journal Friday night or Saturday morning. I totally spaced doing week 4’s journaling with the move, but am planning to do it this week.

So far I am really enjoying my program. I wished I had been able to devote more time to it over the last couple of weeks, but I kind of think it helped to keep my stress in check during what has been a very stressful time. Even though I have been doing a somewhat abbreviated version.

I will do a full recap once I finish, if you have any specific questions, just let me know.

Question: What do you do to manage your stress?


Hope you have a great day!

3 x 3 workout

Hey friends, how are you today? It may just be me, but I feel like this has been a super long week already, especially considering I had Monday off.  I already have my eye on the weekend prize, lol.

While this week hasn’t been quite as crazy as last week, it’s still been difficult to make it to the gym or classes (I miss you spin class, I’ll be back soon).  So I have been relying on at home workouts a lot. Even when things are super busy, I try to squeeze in at least 20-30 minutes a day for a workout. It is a huge stress reliever for me and always ends up being time well spent.

I put together this workout recently and really enjoyed it.  It starts with longer, tougher rounds, and decreases in duration each round. Which is one of my favorite style of workouts.  The whole thing should take under 30 minutes.  A pair of dumbbells is needed for the bicep curls and tricep extensions, but you could sub in push-ups and tricep dips for a no equipment, do anywhere option.

As always, check with a doctor before starting a new workout routine and listen to your body.  Hope you enjoy this workout!

Quickie Lower Body Workout

Hola! How are you today? As I mentioned yesterday, it has been quite the busy week so far.  No complaints, sometimes busy is good, but I have not been able to make it to any of the workout classes I normally try to catch.  Instead, I have been squeezing in quick workouts where I can.

I love getting a nice, hour-long workout in, but sometimes all ya got is 10-20 minutes. This quick lower body workout is perfect for when you want to get some real work in, but are short on time. It is a do anywhere workout, that can also be paired with a cardio session (time permitting of course). While it focuses on the lower body, it will definitely work into the core and arms a bit as well.

Let me know if you give it a try.  Are you a fan of quick workouts? I used to be more all or nothing about workouts and would end up skipping the gym if I didn’t have as much time as I needed for the workout I wanted to do.  Nowadays, I am all about quick, do anywhere workouts, and really savor it when I have the time for a longer gym session.

See you tomorrow for some Friday Favorites!  Hope you have a great day!

12 Days of Christmas Workout

Happy hump day friends!  Hope this week is treating you well.  I feel like between work and after work activities, it has just been blowing by.  Last night we celebrated my momma’s birthday, and today an old friend who is in town is coming over for dinner.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a little holiday-themed workout I put together for my class.  This workout pairs just beautifully with my Holiday Workout Playlist, if you really want to get into the Christmas spirit.  Warm up first, then complete in the style of the 12 days of Christmas.

jollyholiday

As always, listen to your body and feel free to adjust as needed to accommodate your fitness level and needs.

Let me know if you give it a try.