Posts tagged with "Sweet Success"

May Plank Challenge - Week 1 Schedule!

Posted May 12, 2014 in Sweet Success, planks, plank and 4 more

We're starting the May Plank Challenge today!

This fitness challenge will help you tighten your core just in time for summer! We're not just holding a plank every day, we are going to challenge ourselves with different plank variations to create strong abs!

In just three weeks you will strengthen your core, and feel lean and toned just in time for summer!

A lot of plank challenges have participants hold a regular plank every day for increasing amounts of time. But I wanted to create something that was more challenging.

I've incorporated many plank variations in this challenge to strengthen your core and work your entire body.

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Weekend Recap - Celebrating (a little too much) not having to do a long half-marathon training run

Posted May 13, 2014 in Sweet Success, weekend, food and 5 more

Yesterday was so crazy with the launch of my redesigned blog (!) and the launch of the May Plank Challenge, that I didn't post my usual weekend recap. I wanted to share some things from the weekend because the BF and I celebrated not having to do a long half-marathon training run with an amazing lunch (and a biking adventure).

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Kombucha Round 2

Posted May 15, 2014 in Sweet Success, drink, kombucha and 4 more

Over a year ago, I tried kombucha for the first time. You can read about that fiasco here.

I really didn't like it very much, and didn't give it much thought after that first try. But a lot of the healthy bloggers that I follow drink kombucha (and I like to be part of the cool crowd), and the new Hy-Vee here has a ginormous selection of kombucha (and I feel like I want to buy everything there). So I decided to give it another shot.

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Yoga Inspired Toning + Cardio Workout

Posted May 16, 2014 in yoga, cardio, workout and 5 more

I've been doing the FitFluential Namaste in May Challenge - doing yoga every day this month - and I've also been doing Beach Yoga Girl's May I Handstand Challenge on Instagram. So yoga has been on my mind lately! 

I even got into a crow pose for at least 3-4 seconds the other day! This has been one of my yoga goals for awhile. I really think the handstand practice helped me get here!

All my recent yoga practice inspired me to create this yoga inspired workout for a class that I subbed last weekend. The class at my gym is called Chizzel and it's meant to incorporate toning with bursts of cardio.

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Week of Workouts {May 24-30}

Posted May 31, 2014 in workout, workouts, fitness and 5 more

This week was, apparently, all cardio all the time. I only got in one toning session this week (although Insanity incorporates some toning). I really didn't feel like working out after the BF and I got back from Colorado. Maybe it was the post-travel exhaustion, or feeling low about having to get back to the real world (ie. rental house hunting). 

I also totally slacked on my FitFluential Namaste in May Challenge. I didn't get in one yoga session! I need to get back to it. 

I am definitely hard on myself when I have a week like this. But I need to look at the positives of my week - I ran a race, I worked out 6 days, I went to an intense fitness class, and I got up early one day and went running!

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High Intensity Bleacher Workout {no equipment needed}

Posted June 3, 2014 in workout, summer, fitness and 6 more

About a month ago, my friend Russanne suggested that we start getting together on Sunday mornings during the summer to do workouts at the high school track.

I was thrilled about the idea because I don't usually do intense workouts on the weekends (unless I'm half-marathon training), and I tend to find myself glued to the sofa being lazy on Sundays. I thought this was a great way to get motivated to workout, and I thought it would be fun! Working out with a buddy is always more fun!

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Grocery Haul {June 2, 2014}

Posted June 3, 2014 in groceries, grocery haul, healthy food and 6 more

It's been nearly two weeks since I got groceries! I had made a few too many trips to our new Hy-Vee and my fridge and cupboards were overflowing with food, so I had to take a little break from my new fave store.

But when I was finally out of some staples and totally low on fresh produce, I had to head to Hy-Vee!

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Week of Workouts {May 31 - June 6}

Posted June 7, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 6 more

After my workout-filled weekend, I spent the week without a lot of energy. It may have been the weather. It was pretty hot most days this week. That tends to suck my energy until I get used to the summer heat.

But I still managed to get in three toning workouts, a yoga workout and my usual cardio.

I set my alarm every day this week to get up early and go running before it got hot outside. Every single day I hit snooze and didn't get up until I had to get ready for work. I'm going to keep trying! I'm determined to start a morning workout routine!

How do you motivate yourself to get up early?

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Weekend Recap {June 6-8}

Posted June 9, 2014 in weekend, health, healthy and 9 more

How is it Monday already? I think we should all sign a petition for three-day weekends during the summer. 

I had a surprisingly busy weekend. I went into the weekend without tons of plans, but I was on the go constantly.

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Week of Workouts {June 7-13}

Posted June 14, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 3 more

This week was a little light on workouts, especially cardio. I was out of town for a couple of days for a work trip, and wasn't able to get in a lot of working out. I only got in three days of cardio - I usually do cardio nearly every day. 

I did make it to an Insanity class though. That class is so tough! I have a love/hate relationship with Insanity. I don't love it while I'm doing it (all that jumping!), but I love the way I feel when I'm done. I feel like I really worked my ass off. There's always a pool of sweat at my feet when I'm done.

Have you ever tried insanity?

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What I ate while traveling for work

Posted June 15, 2014 in travel, work, healthy eating and 7 more

Traveling is, by far, the hardest time to stay healthy. You have very little control over what you'll be eating, you may not have time to workout and long flights or drives can leave you tired and craving unhealthy foods.

I took a quick trip to Pittsburg, Kansas for a conference for work late last week. 

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Partner Track Workout {body weight toning + cardio}

Posted June 18, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 6 more

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My friend Russanne and I met for another round of Workout Club over the weekend. Workout Club is basically just the two of us getting together to workout, but we like to have formal titles for our get-togethers.  

Last time, we did a bleacher workout that included intervals of toning and cardio (stair runs!). For this week's workout, we stayed on the track and went back and forth between running laps and doing body weight toning movements.

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New Yoga Playlist!

Posted July 7, 2014 in yoga, playlist, music and 4 more

If you've been reading my Week of Workouts posts, then you know that I've been doing yoga a lot this year. I even did the FitFluential Namaste in May Challenge, and tried to do yoga every day!

It was one of my New Year's goals to do more yoga this year. It was one of the best goals I could have made because I truly feel that it has been life-changing!

I take so much of what I learn in yoga into my day-to-day life. When I'm feeling stressed, I'll stop and just breathe deeply and say a few affirmations to myself. I often set intentions for the day or week. I have also been trying to be more positive (I am often a cynic).

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Happy National Chocolate Day + Almond Butter Chocolate Sauce

Posted July 7, 2014 in recipe, chocolate, dessert and 5 more

I know you're trying to get back to the real world after celebrating the Fourth of July, but you must keep the party going! It's National Chocolate Day! 

Chocolate is definitely my fave sweet treat - chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream. Mmmmmm. I could eat chocolate every day.

But sadly, I can't sustain myself on chocolatey desserts. So when I'm craving chocolate, I make this amazing, healthier chocolate sauce.

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Create a sleek, sexy and powerful you!

Posted July 10, 2014 in Piloxing, workout, fitness and 6 more

Do you want to feel strong and sexy?

I know you do! My upcoming Piloxing class will help you sculpt beautiful muscles, improve your flexibility and improve your cardiovascular health. 

What is Piloxing? Well, Piloxing is 60-minutes of heart pumping boxing, challenging standing Pilates and fun dance intervals. It's tough, it's fun and it's a great workout!

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Georgia Food Adventures

Posted July 11, 2014 in travel, Atlanta, Georgia and 6 more

One of my favorite things about traveling is eating! I love to try new foods from the area I'm in.

During my recent trip to Georgia, I ate some memorable meals including some delicious southern food! When I travel, I try to eat healthy most of the time and indulge in some of the regional food, special desserts or drinks. I ate healthy breakfasts every day on my trip. I picked up groceries and had oatmeal and a banana nearly every day in my hotel room in Atlanta. I also worked out, hiked and did lots of walking every day. So I got to enjoy some indulgent meals, guilt free!

Scrolling through these photos, it may look like a lot of indulgent meals, but keep in mind that I was there for 11 days! I ate pretty healthy while I was in Savannah for FitBloggin and the first few days I was in Atlanta. When the BF arrived after I had been there for six days, I indulged a bit more.

These are my absolute favorite meals from my trip...

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Raspberry Passion Fruit Smoothie

Posted July 17, 2014 in smoothie, drink, fruit and 5 more

I have this habit of impulse buying produce that I 1) have never tried before or 2) have never heard of before or 3) have no idea how to prepare.

When I see something new in the produce section, I get excited and things go in my cart.

My latest produce impulse purchase was a passion fruit!

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Celebrating 4 years with the BF!

Posted July 18, 2014 in dinner, relationships, love and 5 more

(In our new house!)

Last night, the BF and I celebrated our four year dateiversary!

Yep, we met four years ago on a double date/set up/group outing thing. So July 17 isn't technically the day of our first real date, but we can't quite remember that date. We do, however, remember meeting on July 17, so we celebrate!

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Week of Workouts {July 12-18}

Posted July 20, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 7 more

It's been a little while since I've written a Week of Workouts post! I got a little off when I was in Georgia earlier this month.

But I'm getting back into my routine, and I'm working out somewhat regularly again. Well, let me clarify…I'm teaching five fitness classes a week right now. So my workouts are the classes I'm teaching mostly. But I actually do the workouts in all of the classes I teach. You know how in some fitness classes, the instructor doesn't do the workout with you. I'm lucky enough to be able to workout with the people I'm teaching. I am drenched in sweat by the end of my classes!

I haven't done much more than my classes because I've also been spending every evening after teaching unpacking and organizing my new house. I've been exhausted!

I am planning on getting back to biking though. If you remember, I'm training for a 60 mile bike ride! With my trip to Georgia and moving, I took about 3 weeks off of training. Yikes! I have just three more weekends before the ride. I'm hoping to get my mileage up to at least 40 miles, so 60 won't feel too much like death. 

Here's what I did this week….

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Chocolate Coconut Banana Trail Mix

Posted July 31, 2014 in snack, coconut, dark chocolate and 9 more

I LOVE trail mix. It's such a satisfying and delicious snack that provides you with lots of energy. 

But when I buy a bag of trail mix or make a large batch at home, it's hard to stick to just one serving size. A serving of trail mix is usually just 1/4 of a cup or so.

That's why I like to make a single serving of trail mix for a quick afternoon snack, to eat before a workout or to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Week of Workouts {July 26 - Aug. 1}

Posted August 2, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 8 more

Although this week wasn't much better than last week, I did manage to squeeze in a couple of my own workouts outside of the fitness classes I teach.

My struggle is still getting up in the morning before work to workout. Since I teach all of my classes in the evenings, the morning is the only time I have to exercise. And when my alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. every morning, can you guess what I do? Snooze. Snooze. Snooze. Off.

I don't want to discredit the workouts I get when I teach. I work hard in my classes, especially Piloxing. I leave that class dripping in sweat. But I definitely need to add in some of my own strength training, cardio and yoga.

I had a heart to heart with the BF and told him I needed a bit of motivation. I convinced him to join the August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge through FitFluential with me. We will workout outside for at least 30 minutes every day this month! I'm excited to to get out of my comfort zone a bit with my workouts. 

Our Aug. 1 workout was just a 30 minute run, but it felt pretty brutal. Since it got hot, I haven't been running a whole lot. So this challenge will be good for me.

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