Posts tagged with "Tone It Up"

Week of Workouts, May 3-9

Posted May 10, 2014 in Tone It Up, workouts, yoga and 2 more

After running the Lincoln Half-Marathon on Sunday, I took it easy this week. I did lots of yoga and some toning workouts.

I ended up running on Thursday, and it felt pretty decent. My hamstrings were still a bit tight from the half-marathon, but I did yoga later and felt better.

Here’s what I did this week…

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Week of Workouts {May 10-16}

Posted May 17, 2014 in workouts, fitness, exercise and 5 more

My workout motivation was lacking this week. I think it was the gloomy, cold weather. It's the middle of May, I'm ready for sunny, warm days! 

I was also feeling pretty bummed this week. I'm looking for a house or apartment to rent (the BF and I are moving in together!), but I can't find anything! This is such an exciting time, and we're making such a big change, yet it's totally frustrating and disappointing to have so few options. 

Having stress like that totally impacts my motivation to workout and eat healthy! Despite my stress level, I had decent workouts this week. I didn't get in any runs, but I did lots of at home workouts and I'm still sticking to my Namaste in May Challenge. I also stuck to the Sweet Success Plank Challenge! Are you still doing your planks?

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Week of Workouts {May 17-23}

Posted May 24, 2014 in workouts, fitness, workout and 6 more

Yesterday, I wrote about how I've been in a funk for part of the week and that I didn't feel like working out. But then I typed out my workouts for the week, and realized that I was probably being hard on myself. I did workout every day this week. My workouts may not have been super intense, but I did something every day. 

I'm still following the Tone It Up Bikini Series (I attached links to all those workouts), but I've been slacking on my FitFluential Namaste in May yoga workouts. I only got in two yoga workouts this week (my goal was to do yoga every day in May). I did pretty well the first two and a half weeks of the month. 

I also missed a day or two on my Sweet Success May Plank Challenge workouts. I feel like I'm doing too many fitness challenges right now! How are you doing with your planks?

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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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Week of Workouts {June 14-20}

Posted June 21, 2014 in workout, workouts, fitness and 7 more

My new routine of doing tough workouts on the weekends has been great! It allows me to take a day or two off during the week, which makes life less stressful these days. I've been crazy busy packing up my life to move in with the BF and getting ready to leave for 11 days to go to Georgia!

I usually don't count household tasks as exercise, but packing and painting are definitely workouts! I spent about three hours painting Thursday night and woke up with sore arms and shoulders!

Here is my week of workouts...

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 6-12}

Posted September 13, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, yoga and 5 more

I had a great week of workouts this week! 

I switched things up a bit. I went to the gym and did the stair climber. That thing is no joke! I was ready to get off the thing after 10 minutes, but I pushed myself to keep going until I hit 20 minutes. I was dripping in sweat!

I also tried out a new fitness studio - K-Town Shakedown. I took a yoga class there, but they also offer Zumba, cycling, toning and other classes. 

Remember last week, when I said I was bummed because my Piloxing class through Park and Rec got cancelled, but I believed it happened for a reason. Well, Elaine, the owner of K-Town Shakedown asked if I would like to teach Piloxing classes there! I'm going to teach a preview class Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m., and then I'll be on the regular October schedule. I'm super excited about this opportunity! And the fitness studio is donation based to make fitness accessible to anyone. I love that concept. Fitness classes are how I got into shape, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to take fitness classes and be fit and feel fabulous!

So trying out a new fitness studio turned into a job opportunity! 

Anyway, here are my workouts from the past week.

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Friday Faves {April 17, 2015}

Posted April 17, 2015 in Friday Faves, running, BelleCore and 8 more

Happy Friday! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

The BF and I are taking a little road trip! I'll share the details in my Weekend Recap on Monday!

Today I'm sharing some of my recent fave things. It's pretty random, but fun!

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Week of Workouts {April 11-17, 2015}

Posted April 18, 2015 in Week of Workouts, running, half-marathon training and 9 more

Happy Weekend!

How were your workouts this week?

I got in three of the four of my half-marathon training runs (and two of them were good runs!). And I added in a bit of strength training!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Friday Faves post, I started doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series workouts this week. I've been loving these workouts because I can do them at home and they are pretty quick. I also feel like they're effective - I felt a bit sore the day after I did The Mermaid Workout and the Beach Ball Workout.

I feel like this week was a vast improvement from the past few weeks. The only thing I would like to work on is getting up before work to get my workouts in! I hit snooze every single morning! I also didn't do yoga this week! I slept in and missed Wednesday's 5:30 a.m. class at my gym and didn't do any at-home practice.

So next week, get up early and do yoga!

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {April 18-24, 2015}

Posted April 25, 2015 in Week of Workouts, fitness, workout and 6 more

The Lincoln Half-Marathon is just eight days away!!

I was able to get three out of four training runs in. Seems to be all I can make work. I even took some time off from teaching fitness classes this week! I only taught two classes. The break was much needed and I didn't feel nearly as sore during my runs this week.

However, Thursday's five-miler wasn't pretty. I felt decent the first half of the run, but the last half of the run was into the wind. Running against the wind takes so much out of me physically and mentally. I wanted to give up, I wanted to quit running altogether and I felt weak. When the run was over, I felt angry, frustrated and annoyed. Usually, I have a pretty decent runner's high going on after a run. It took me awhile to get out of my funk, but I finally realized that not giving up was a huge accomplishment.

Lesson: Celebrate your accomplishments, even if it sucked getting there!

I've been doing lots of Tone It Up workouts this week, and I'm feeling really good! I absolutely love these workouts because I can do them at home, and they are pretty quick. I'm also getting in some strength training, which is a challenge for me.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {May 2-8, 2015}

Posted May 9, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

I can't believe it's been almost a week since the BF and I ran our half-marathon! It actually feels like it was forever ago.

I felt pretty sore the day after the race. My hamstrings, glutes, back, the bottoms of my feet and my knees hurt. My mom asked if I wanted to go to a Zumba class with her Monday night. I was excited because she had never been to Zumba before, and I thought it would be a good way to shake out my muscles a bit.

It was a lot of fun! I haven't been to a Zumba class in years. Zumba doesn't feel like a workout, and the time flies.

On Wednesday, I decided to try a strength training workout. It felt super hard, and when I was done I laid on the couch for about an hour. I probably could have used a full day of rest or some foam rolling.

My muscles were feeling better Thursday, so I decided to try a HIIT workout. I felt really sore on Friday, so I decided to take a full day of rest.

I probably didn't recover as well as I could have. I really need to do some foam rolling and yoga. My hamstrings are still sore, the bottoms of my feet still hurt and my knees are still a bit achy.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {May 9-15, 2015}

Posted May 16, 2015 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

Happy weekend!

The BF and I took a little over a week off of running after the Lincoln Half-Marathon, and now we're back to training! We're running the Yellowstone Half-Marathon in just five weeks!

I'm teaching fewer fitness classes this time around to try to relieve my chronic hamstring pain. I'm also going to listen to my body more!

I admit, I don't always listen to my body when it comes to working out. I push myself hard during workouts and I push through aches and pains to teach fitness classes.

But running the Lincoln Half-Marathon with so much pain in my hamstring made me realize that I need to get it together.

I didn't do all of my training runs this week, but I did listen to my body and do what felt right.

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