Posts tagged with "exercise"

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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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 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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May Plank Challenge - Week 3 Schedule!

Posted May 26, 2014 in workout, plank, fitness and 4 more

It's the third and final week of the Sweet Success May Plank Challenge!

How have you been doing so far? During Week 2, we added more time to our regular planks and we added in some challenging side plank variations. Since your arms and abs are getting stronger, this week will be the most challenging yet!

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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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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 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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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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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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How I plan to stay healthy during my trip to Georgia

Posted June 25, 2014 in travel, Georgia, healthy living and 6 more

Staying healthy while traveling is hard! Airports don't usually have tons of healthy options. You have to eat out for nearly every meal. When you go-go-go, you are exhausted and crave carbs. And you give yourself an excuse to eat all the food because you're on vacation!

I do believe it's possible to have a healthy vacation. But it takes planning!

I'm heading to Georgia this week for an 11-day adventure - FitBloggin Conference in Savannah + vacation time + being a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding in Atlanta. I want to feel fit, healthy and full of energy during this trip, so I'm planning ahead to make sure this trip is a healthy one.

Here's my stay healthy plan:

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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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Pink Barre Review

Posted July 9, 2014 in barre, travel, workout and 6 more

I've been wanting to take a barre class forever so when I found a class on Go Recess at Pink Barre in Atlanta, I signed up immediately!

I booked a class at the Pink Barre location in Buckhead near my cousin Kristi's apartment where I stayed for a few days. Kristi generously let me stay with her after FitBloggin in Savannah and before the BF arrived in Atlanta and we checked into a hotel. Check out my FitBloggin Days 1-2 Recap and my FitBloggin Day 3 Recap.

If you are traveling, I highly recommend using Go Recess to book fitness classes. I just put in my cousin's address and I found a bunch of fitness classes near her place. This Pink Barre location was just a couple of miles from her apartment.

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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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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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I will buy ALL the workout clothes

Posted July 23, 2014 in workout, shopping, Fabletics and 5 more

I am addicted to buying workout clothes. Like, totally obsessed. I can't stop.

My fave fitness apparel to purchase - workouts pants. I love crazy prints and bright colors. So if I see a colorful pair of workout leggings, I have to have a deep heart to heart with myself. "Do you really NEED these pants?" "How often will you wear them?" "Do they really look flattering on you?"

Most of the time my answers are "YES!" and "All the time!" and "Duh!"

Some of my fave purchases have been...

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Week of Workouts {July 19-25}

Posted July 26, 2014 in fitness, workout, exercise and 8 more

I admit, this week's workouts are kinda lame. I only worked out one time outside of the fitness classes that I taught!

However, I did feel pretty sore the days after I taught Piloxing. I'm still trying to get into a routine at my new house with the BF, while unpacking, while taking my online classes, while teaching five classes a week, etc.

I did increase my steps a couple of days this week though! I hit 15,000 on Tuesday!! (I'll share more on that later).

My goals for next week are to do yoga and get one or two more strength workouts in (I get some strength building with Piloxing).

Here are my workouts for the past week...

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Does your desk job really cancel out your workouts?

Posted July 30, 2014 in fitness, sitting, Runner's World and 7 more

I recently read this article on the Runner's World website on how much sitting negates workout benefits. Let's just say, it was depressing.

Here's what the Runner's World article said...

"According to a research team from the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, each time unit of sitting cancels out 8 percent of your gain from the same amount of running. In other words, if you run for an hour in the morning, and then sit for 10 hours during the day, you lose roughly 80 percent of the health benefit from your morning workout."

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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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Week of Workouts {Aug. 2-8}

Posted August 9, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

I've been working to incorporate more of my own workouts into my routine since I've been teaching so many fitness classes lately (6 classes this week!).

The BF and I are doing the FitFluential August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge, which has been motivating me to get outside everyday. I've loved it so far. Most days, I've only been able to get in a walk since my classes take a lot out of me. But I've enjoyed the time to be outside, get some sunshine and clear my mind. 

Also, my steps have been amazing this week! My best day was Thursday - 16,060 steps! I use my FitBit to track my steps everyday. I absolutely love it. You can get Free shipping with orders over $50 at Fitbit.com! .

I still need to do better at adding in more of my own strength workouts. I seriously need to figure out how to get out of bed earlier. 

Here are my workouts this week...

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 9-15}

Posted August 16, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

For the past few weeks, I've been struggling with adding in my own workouts on top of the 5-6 fitness classes I've been teaching each week. I've written about it in my last few Week of Workouts recaps (here and here). But this week I gave myself a break.

After last Saturday's 65-mile bike ride, I felt stiff and tired…for most of the week. I just never got my mojo back after that ride. I was dragging! I decided my body probably needed a bit of a rest. So I taught my classes and tried to get in my FitFluential August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge workouts in (4 out of 7 days). 

One of the most important things about working out is listening to your body! Overtraining can lead to injury. It can also make you burned out from exercise. When you feel like you need a rest day, take it!

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8 Tips for Staying in Shape on Summer Vacation

Posted August 22, 2014 in travel, healthy travel, Vegas.com and 7 more

*This post is written in partnership with Vegas.com, but all opinions are my own

How many times have you returned home from vacation and felt like your pants were more snug than when you left? Almost every time right? Eating out constantly, indulging in more treats and booze than usual and getting away from your usual workout routine are all culprits.

But I totally believe you can go on vacation, have fun, indulge and come home feeling the same way you did when you left home!

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 16-22}

Posted August 22, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 7 more

This week, I tried to mix up my FitFluential August Fresh Air Challenge workouts. For most of the month, my outdoor workouts have been bike rides, walks and the occasional run. But I thought it would be fun to change things up!

I love that this challenge is getting me active outside (almost) every day! I feel like I've been able to enjoy the end of the summer more. I also have something planned for this weekend that I've never done before!!

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Join me for six weeks of Piloxing!

Posted September 3, 2014 in Piloxing, workout, fitness and 4 more

My next 6-week Piloxing session through Kearney Park and Rec begins Monday, Sept. 8!!

I'm so thrilled to start another session. Everyone who took my last class totally rocked it, and I could see changes after just six weeks! I couldn't believe how much stronger everyone was!

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 30 - Sept. 5}

Posted September 6, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I took it easy this week because I thought I would start teaching my next six weeks of Piloxing through Park and Rec Monday, and I'd be going back to teaching five classes a week. But I found out Friday that I didn't have enough registrations and the class was cancelled!

I'm bummed, but I also think everything happens for a reason.

The FitFluential August Fresh Air Challenge ended Sunday. I loved that challenge! I went outside to workout nearly every day in August! (I missed the last two days).

Here are my workouts this week...

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Confessions From a Group Fitness Instructor

Posted September 11, 2014 in fitness, fitness classes, fitness instructor and 4 more

I became a certified group fitness instructor in February 2012, and I've loved every moment! I started teaching because I loved taking fitness classes and attended so many classes I could practically teach them myself! One of my instructors, Jolene, actually encouraged me to start teaching.

Fitness classes are what helped me start losing weight, get in shape and gain confidence. I hope I've been able to help at least one person the same way in the past two and a half years that I've been teaching!

But I remember what it was like to attend a fitness class for the first time. It can be intimidating!!

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 20-26}

Posted September 27, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

My week got off to a slow start, but I ended up teaching four classes, attended a yoga workshop and got in a (very) short run.

I subbed the water jogging class at my gym and I was reminded of how great of a workout it is! It's an hour-long class and I definitely felt like I got in a good workout.

I'm going to do a full post on my yoga handstand workshop, but I'll tell you now that it was an awesome experience.

My 1.3 mile run may seem weird, but I actually just had to go somewhere so I ran there. Trying to fit fitness into my routine!

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 27 - Oct. 3}

Posted October 4, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I admit, my workouts this week were mostly classes I taught. I did, however, get in a fabulous hike and a good run.

I've been slacking on getting in additional strength workouts - something I need to do. But I was feeling a bit sluggish this week, which made doing workouts in addition to my classes a struggle. Luckily, I get good workouts teaching my classes!

Next week, I'm teaching seven classes! I'll start teaching two Piloxing classes a week at K-Town Shakedown, and I'll be teaching two core classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center

I'm also doing the Lorna Jane Burpee Challenge, which began Oct. 1. 

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Week of Workouts {Oct. 18-24}

Posted October 24, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workouts, fitness and 6 more

I'm sad to say that my workouts from the past week are a bit boring - ALL of my workouts were classes that I taught. 

Right now, I'm teaching 5-6 classes a week. I won't be teaching those noon core strength classes at the university anymore. They cancelled all the noon classes because of low attendance. I'm not too disappointed. Teaching seven classes a week was a bit too much. 

As I've mentioned before, I do get a decent workout in all of the classes that I teach. But I do need to start incorporating more of my own workouts into my routine. I haven't been doing enough toning/strength training (as usual) and I would like to be running more. My November goals include doing my own workouts! 

Here are my workouts from the last week...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 15-21}

Posted November 22, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 8 more

I had another rough week. My headaches/migraines have returned! I woke up Tuesday and Thursday with massive headaches that turned into migraines by the afternoon. 

I've gone months headache free, so I was super bummed that they have come back. Wearing my night guard has really helped. I clench my teeth while I sleep, which causes headaches. Wearing a mouth guard has helped.  I'm really not sure why I'm suddenly feeling pain again.

Usually workouts or caffeine help relieve my headaches, but not this week. Working out made me feel worse, and coffee was no help. I'm going to start keeping a headache journal again to try to find a pattern. 

Despite my headaches, I taught a lot of classes - seven this week! I'm still struggling to fit in my own workouts. I decided to take it easy last weekend because I was feeling so sore from teaching so much (and I'm having some hip pain). It did help me go into the week feeling rested and more recovered than usual.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Thanksgiving Recap + Black Friday Bootcamp

Posted November 28, 2014 in Thanksgiving, Black Friday, workout and 6 more

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

On Wednesday night, I dragged the BF over to my parent's house to look through Black Friday ads. 

He was happy in the end because my mom made us a pumpkin pie. I made the homemade whipped cream. Seriously, never buy storebought whipped cream again (it's full of junk anyway!). This will change your life - 2 cups whipping cream, 4 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract. Whip in a mixer until stiff peaks form. Feel like a domestic diva.

My Thanksgiving day started with a gratitude meditation and a yoga class. My gym offered fitness classes Thanksgiving morning!

It really helped me take some time to think about what I'm thankful for. This year has been full of so many exciting changes! I'm especially grateful for all of you! Thank you so much for reading my blog, interacting with me on social media and supporting me! It means so much to me.

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 6-12}

Posted December 13, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workouts, yoga and 7 more

I was coming off of a week of headaches last weekend, so my Week of Workouts was a bit lame. 

This week, I felt back on track. I taught lots of classes and I also got in a couple of runs! One of my Decemeber goals is to run twice a week. It's been hard to fit in with all of the classes I'm teaching, but I'm fitting in short runs!

Also, one of my December goals is to do yoga every day. I didn't get yoga sessions in every day, but on the days I did yoga my sessions were short (10 min.) practices on my own without a video. My goal next week, is to get in longer yoga sessions every day! 

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 13-19}

Posted December 20, 2014 in Week of Workouts, yoga, hot yoga and 6 more


I can't believe another week in December has gone by! This month is just flying!

This week was all about yoga. One of my goals this month was to do yoga every day. Well, that hasn't exactly happened. But I decided to recommit this week. I signed up for Gaiam's 12 Days of Gratitude. They send you a new yoga video every day until Christmas. I did the videos most days. On the days I didn't do the video, I just did my own quick yoga practice, a DVD or took a class.

I love doing yoga every day because it stretches out my sore muscles and it gives me an opportunity to get centered and step away from my daily stresses. Even if I only get in 10 minutes, I can still feel the benefits!

Here are my workouts from the week...

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Week of Workouts {March 14-20}

Posted March 21, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, BodyPump and 7 more

Happy Spring!

I'm beyond thrilled that spring is finally here. I love the beginning of a new season, especially spring. Spring, to me, is all about renewal. It's a good time to think about your goals and dreams, and recommit to your plan of action.

In addition to renewing my energy to work toward my goals, I also like to give myself a little renewal. Toward the end of winter, there were days that I wore black top to bottom. It's time to brighten things up! I'm excited to get out my spring and summer clothes, get a bright pedicure and change up my makeup. I'm ready to get out of this winter rut!


Last night after work, I totally wanted to come home put on my comfy clothes and lounge on the couch. But at the last minute, the BF and I decided to go out. As soon as I put on my purple maxi dress, put my hair up and refreshed my makeup, I felt so much better! A good start to getting out of my winter funk.

How do you change things up when spring arrives?

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Get a Stronger Core with These 3 Moves

Posted November 16, 2015 in core, fitness, exercise and 8 more


*I'm a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I'm participating in the Holiday Sweat Challenge on my own. This isn't a sponsored post.

When you think about strengthening your core, you're probably thinking about six-pack abs. But having a strong core is about so much more than some muscle lines.

Having a strong core improves your balance and stability, which can be helpful for every day tasks or for running, participating in sports and doing other forms of physical activity. When your core muscles are weak, you could experience back pain, poor posture or injuries (source).

I'm talking about strengthening your core today because it's the theme for the Holiday Sweat Challenge this week. I'm staying active and healthy this holiday season thanks to this challenge, which is sponsored by Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish.

The focus is on the core because a strong core improves your overall fitness and performance. So I'm sharing my three favorite core strengthening moves. And they're all yoga-inspired!

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 14-20, 2015}

Posted December 21, 2015 in workout, fitness, sweat and 6 more

I'm starting to regret offering to sub extra fitness classes during the holidays!

I taught seven classes last week!! My busy schedule caused me to feel pretty run down by the middle of the week. I had a pretty terrible headache for a couple of days and just felt exhausted.

So I really didn't get in any of my own workouts. However, I was sore for three days after I taught Monday's strength training class. I'm going to share the workout with you this week! It's a good workout you can do at home.

Since my teaching schedule was full, and I knew I wouldn't have the time or energy to do my own workouts, I did most of the workouts with my classes. In some classes, I just instruct, but in others I'll actually do the workout with the class. My Monday night HIIT class was the only one that I just instructed.

Next week, I'm teaching eight classes but I'll be off work for most of the week so hopefully it won't feel so exhausting.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Posted January 5, 2016 in getting back on track, healthy eating, weight loss and 8 more

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While I do make time to exercise and make it a priority to eat mostly healthy meals during the holidays, I definitely indulge more than usual.

I ate more sweets than I typically do, I indulged in a comical amount of cheese and I drank wine almost daily during my nearly two weeks off from work. 

So, like you, I'm feeling the need to get back on track now that the holidays are over. 

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Learning to Love Yourself More {Part 4}

Posted February 25, 2016 in self-love, Self-Love February, running and 9 more

February has been all about feeling the love! We've been focusing on learning to love ourselves more through self-care, by being our authentic selves and by being diligent about self-love even as our bodies change.

Make sure you check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 3!

Movement and physical activity are some of the best ways to begin feeling more love for your body and to build your self-confidence.

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 11 & 12

Posted April 23, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more


The half-marathon is a little over a week away! 

I've been making my long runs a priority, but I've still been strugging with getting up before work on weekdays. Ugh! Weekday evenings are usually full with health coaching and teaching fitness classes, so working out in the mornings would be ideal. 

However, I really hate working out at 5:30 a.m. My body just isn't functioning at that time. 

Stress was also an issue during week 12. I MUST manage my stress in the week leading up to the race!!

Here's a look at the last two weeks of my training...

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5 Tips for Creating Consistency with Your Workouts

Posted September 7, 2016 in workout, fitness, workout motivation and 6 more

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The body loves consistency. 

When we feed our bodies nourishing foods throughout each day, our bodies stay healthy and we have vitality and energy. When we move our bodies every day, we are strong and full of energy.

So if being consistent makes us feel so freakin good, why is it so hard? 

A full schedule, stress at work, stress at home, family responsibilities, the list goes on and on. We often think of all the reasons why we can't do something rather than trying to figure out how to make it work. 

Besides helping you lose or maintain weight, consistent exercise helps improve your mood, boosts your energy, promotes sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts creativity, strengthens your heart, protects your vision, helps build confidence, strengthens bones, makes you look younger, improves brain health and adds years to your life. 

Unfortunately, you're not going to experience those amazing benefits by going to the gym once every few weeks! 

To help you create consistency with your workouts, here are four simple tips:

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Booty Lift Workout

Posted September 9, 2016 in workout, at-home workouts, Booty Lift Workout and 5 more

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This series of exercises is one of my absolute favorites!

If you've ever attended one of my toning classes, then you've done these exercises with me. I love this series of movements because you feel the burn quickly, and I'm always sore the day after.

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Two Things I Do Even When I'm Crazy Busy and Overwhelmed

Posted June 15, 2017 in overwhelm, self-care, meditation and 5 more

When life gets busy or you overbook yourself, avoid burn out by using these two simple tips. 

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I admit, I overbooked myself this month. 

This isn't something that's new to me. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I tend to overcommit. 

My tendency to over schedule myself usually leads to me feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and eventually totally burned out. 

While I've overbooked myself once again, I'm doing two things differently that are helping me manage my stress. 

If you're an ambitious, worker bee like me, then this is for you!

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