Fitness

A WEEKEND ALONE + NEW WORKOUT

Hi Friends! Happy Hump Day! How have y’all been? It’s hard to believe it is already the first of May, but here we are. The weather has been outstanding and I have been able to get in some pool time over the past weekend, a long walk on the beach with Lucy, and just soaking all that Vitamin D UP UP UP and UP and it feels OH SO GOOD! I am ready for mermaid hair and sun-kissed skin.

A WEEKEND ALONE + NEW WORKOUT

I was alone from Wednesday until Sunday, because Shannon had to head home to Wisconsin for a few days to close up some odds and ends, so it was just me and my girl doing our thing, which really wasn’t much of anything. LOL! It was the perfect weekend to press restart. To embrace the alone time. To be able catch up on all my shows and to just do me for a little bit.

SUNDAY NIGHT NACHOS

It is amazing how quiet the condo was without Shannon in it and by Sunday morning I was ready to have him back. I missed him. During the weekend I was having some serious FOMO and kept toying with going out, but at the same time I was just tired. I knew it was a sign that I just had to BE. To slow down. We have some busy weekends coming up and as hard as it was, I know it was necessary and I am glad I was able to catch up on work, clean, and organize my life a little bit.

With that being said, he’s back and we’re back at it. And it feels good! xo

A WEEKEND ALONE + NEW WORKOUT

And because it has been WAY TOO LONG since I have shared a workout with y’all…It has been THREE months! YIKES! I was inspired to put together another one of my challenging “GET IT DONE” workouts, because with ALL the classes that I have been taking at The Works, I remembered how much fun, effective, and hard full body workouts are with no weights. Lately these kind of workouts have been my cup of tea, so why not spread the sweaty LOVE!

Why do I love these kind of workouts?

  • You can do them anywhere;

  • No gym or equipment required;

  • It is versatile, so you can make it work for you, your schedule and your goals!

How do you make this kind of workout fit your needs?

  • If you have more time in your schedule, do the workout as long as you want!

  • If you want to increase your strength - grab a pair of dumbbells!

  • If you want to increase your endurance - add more repetitions!

  • Have more time and want to take it up a notch? Run 5 - 10 minutes before each round! BOOM!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

MONDAY MOTIVATION

Raise your hand if you want more workouts!!!

Do you enjoy “alone time” or do you need and thrive off busy weekends?

HERE WE GO...

AHHHH...Friends! Do you know how many times in the past month I have opened up a blank Google document ready to write and share with y’all, but writer’s block and time just have not allowed me. It is hard to stare at this white page and to only write a few sentences and then just hit a wall. It is frustrating, because throughout the day all of these ideas come to my head and I am jazzed up and ready to ROCK and then I sit and then...NOTHING! And also work too...Managing 5 brands is a lot, but I want to make time for this space...badly, without forcing it, and keeping myself happy and YOU happy.

BUT...I think I have found a way to hold myself accountable. I want to be back in this space. I want to write...to share...to inspire...to have fun here again. In the beginning of the week, I posted on social media that I wanted to hear from YOU and what you want. There is going to be more personal “stuff”...workouts...and, of course, food tips and recipes. YES it is time to just DO IT and make the time to connect with you and to get back into the routine of writing.

This space is important to me. It is a place that allows me to just let it ALL OUT and I have missed that. I am going to ease into writing again and start with the things that come naturally to me…FITNESS.

HERE WE GO...

The personal “stuff”, well that takes a little bit more time and emotion. I KNOW that I still need to write about the Shannon and Katie story and I PROMISE that will be coming soon too. Here’s the deal with the personal stuff. For so long I was afraid to open up...To talk about my successes, my failures, my relationships, my personal SHIT. But things have changed in 2019, especially after my retreat to Tulum a few weeks ago. In a nutshell, I decided to do this retreat, because I had things that I needed to LET GO of personally. I needed to remove that toxicity from my life. I needed to stop worrying about things and just do ME. I worked hard on me. I surrendered to it. I leaned on the women who were with me. It was powerful. It was intense. It was exhausting. It was also freeing. So YEAH, I am stronger. I am ready to just do ME and not worry about what others think or say. It is not about the followers, the likes, it is about REAL connections. It is about surrounding yourself with people who LOVE, SUPPORT, LIFT YOU UP, and always have your back. But it’s just as important that I LOVE, SUPPORT, and LIFT MYSELF UP as well too.

HERE WE GO...

See...I told you the personal “stuff” is real and intense and then I start to go onto a major tangent. I actually have a blog post that I am working on called “SHOWING UP FOR YOURSELF” and trust me, it’s going to be a good one, but for now, let’s focus on some fitness. Creating workouts, motivating YOU, and talking about fitness, comes very naturally to me.

I workout like a NUT job, but as I always say, I am a better person when I sweat. I love to sweat. I love to push my body. I love the way the movement makes me feel. And HELL YEAH I like the way it makes my body looks. Training hard and eating well is not easy and takes a lot of work, but I 100% believe it is totally worth it. And remember...I do indulge...I do take some rest days...and I enjoy LIFE! With that being said...

Who wants more workouts?

Do you want more quick workouts like this?
I think I will start sharing more moves that I love on my IG stories. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, well you are just missing out on ALL the fun. Click HERE to join the party!

Before I keep chit chatting away…Here is the WORKOUT…Look it over…Let me know if you have any questions.

15 Minute "GET IT DONE" Workout

I love these kind of workouts. They are versatile...challenging...and can be done everywhere. Everyone has different schedules, body types, injuries, needs, and goals, so do what works for YOU. A few ways to spice up this workout if you have extra time:

  • Run for 15 minutes…Do the workout…Run for another 15 minutes;

  • Use dumbbells if you really want to increase your strength, core, and balance;

  • Grab your friends and make it a challenge to see who can do the most rounds in 15 minutes!

Where am I currently training? What do my workouts consist of?

  • The WORKS - I am here a lot. I try to go at least 3 - 4 times a week. My body is craving the heated room, the sweat, the killer workouts, and the community.

  • MethodRide - Spinning is great way I need to flush it out and to get in a good cardio session. I love to cycle, but the roads are not safe here in Charleston, so I am glad that I have a spin studio that is less than 2 miles from my condo.

  • Pivotal Fitness - When I need the StepMill and weights it is where I go to do the above workout or use the machines, when I get the urge to lift heavy things.

  • Sullivan’s Island - Whenever the sun is out and it is warm, you can find me and Lucy at the beach walking. If it isn’t nice, I still take her daily for a 30-minute afternoon walk around the neighborhood.

I am itching to get outside and RUN, but the weather has been grey, dreary, and cold. And I have become a full on pansy when it comes to the cold, so if I can’t run in shorts, I won’t be out there. Until that sun comes out and the days start to warm up, you will find me on my yoga mat, spinning, doing strength workouts like the one above, or walking Lucy.

So tell me…

What do your workouts currently look like?

What are the chances of you trying this “GET IT DONE” workout?

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

The storm has passed and thankfully we were not hit! We were one of the few who decided to stay and I’m glad that we did, but OMG did I get stir crazy!!! I didn’t mind that I was able to do a ton of work, but it’s only Wednesday and I’m pooped. I did a lot of work, I worked out, and we took drives for whenever I needed a break. YES, I am a workaholic, but it kept me sane during the storm…You know what else helps me stay sane?!?!?! You know the answer…a good sweat session!

As we say goodbye to summer, it is time to welcome in a new season with open arms, a positive outlook, and motivating fitness tips to start or continue your fitness journey through Fall. This is the perfect time of year to change things up...try new things...and challenge yourself to be the best version of you inside and out. Whether you are a veteran fitness junkie or you are wanting to take that first step into becoming more active, this post is all about helping you fall into FALL inspired and ready to GO FOR IT!

Sign Up For A Race - Even though I love the heat and humidity, a lot of people don't, so Fall is the perfect time to sign up for a race and to start training in the cooler temperatures. Watching the sunrise and seeing the leaves change in the early morning hours is the perfect way to start your day. Getting outside each day is a healthy way to get that Vitamin D, move your body, disconnect, and start your morning on the right foot.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

There is a plethora of 5K's, 10K's, half-marathon, and marathon options for every level in every state. And for each kind of race, there are great training programs to help you get started. Each time I sign up for a half marathon, I like to print my training schedule and put it on my refrigerator so each day I can cross it off. Having a race to train for and look forward to, helps me stay motivated and disciplined. I believe having this kind of structure is good for anyone who wants to stay active through the Fall season.

Try A New Fitness Class - Everywhere you look there are new gyms, yoga, CrossFit, Orange Theory, and spin studios popping up and offering incredible deals to get you to join. So why not take advantage of it and TRY IT OUT! If you don't like it, who cares, you gave it a shot, now go try something else until you find something that works for YOU! And why not bring a friend or your partner to join in the fun too, that way you both can sweat it out together; have some fun; and keep each other accountable.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

Confession - I have a love/hate relationship with SPIN. I used to honestly dread it, but I wanted and needed to add some more variety to my workouts. I needed to shake things up, so when I found out that there was a new spin studio less than 2 miles away from my condo it was a no-brainer. Method Ride is AWESOME! The studio is spotless, the teachers are kick-ass, they have a decent amount of classes, they offer daycare, and they have a killer selection of apparel. Each class is 45 minutes and they do some weight training with 3-pound weights, which I LOVE! It is a hard, fun, and an intense workout that trains your entire body and leaves me feeling pretty badass. WINNING! I even got the significant other to join too...BOOM! If you live in Mount Pleasant...COME JOIN ME!!!

Tackle This At-Home Workout -

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

If you are on a budget or not ready to do a workout in a gym, then here is a great workout that you can do anywhere. Do it while you watch the morning news...Take it to the park with some of your friends...Do it in your driveway. Not only can you do this anywhere, but you can also do it to fit your needs. Have more time? Keep going as long as you want. Want to challenge yourself? Add dumbbells to some of the moves. Watch the video to see how to do it and then tackle it and let me know how it goes.

What is something NEW you are trying out this Fall season?

What races have you signed up for?

SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

Summer is officially here, so I am going to be sharing a workout series that is PERFECT for getting your CORE ready for Summer. Yes, it is great to have a strong sexy core that looks good during the summer, because let’s admit it, we all wear a lot less clothing, and who doesn’t want to rock their swimsuit?!?!? But building a strong core is not just about the physical appearance. When your core is strong, your posture is better, your overall training is more efficient and effective, your daily activities are easier, and doing all those fun summer activities are a heck of a lot more fun.

SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

This core workout that I have put together for all of you is versatile, challenging, can be done anywhere, requires no equipment, and strengthens not just your core, but your entire beautiful body. A little-known fact about my workouts...I make sure that they are efficient and effective because I know how busy everyone is these days, so I make sure my workouts get the job done!

Here is what you need to do for this core workout series:

Crunches - Dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slowly come up to a seated position and then slowly lower back down. Inhale when you come up and exhale when you come down. 3x sets of 15 repetitions.

Side Plank with Hip Raises - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulder and your feet are stacked while keeping your legs engaged. Slowly lower your hips towards the ground and then slowly bring them back up. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

1 - Leg Crunches - Just like crunches, dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slow and steady wins the race with this move. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

Plank to Forearm Plank - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulders. Keep your legs engaged, neck in a neutral position, and suck that belly to the back of your spine. Slowly lower down to your forearms and then slowly come back up to plank position. 3x sets of 10 repetitions.

Here are my tips when doing this core workout series:

  1. Keep everything ENGAGED! This is key for not only strengthening your core but also for building your overall strength and balance.

  2. SLOW and STEADY! There is no need to rush through these moves. The slower you go, the more effective the move is, and the better the burn!

  3. Focus on your breathing...Remember to always exhale when you are going against gravity.

  4. Think outside the box! Do this workout all at once...Add one or two moves into your next strength training workout...Add more sets or repetitions depending on your strength and energy levels.

  5. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!!!

Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Cheers to summer and looking and feeling your best inside and out! ENJOY!!!

GET IT DONE WORKOUT - STRAWBERRY SALAD

Time is flying and it is already basically the middle of April. I am loving the longer evenings, the warmer weather, and being able to start running outside without layers. I am one of the few people who does not mind the humidity. Call me crazy, but I just feel healthier...My skin has that dewy glow...It feels good to sweat (okay fine, I’ll admit that the only time I really would rather not look like a hot mess, is when I am actually trying to put on other clothes, besides Lululemon)...And my body just craves big salads, fresh produce, and lighter refreshing meals (I’ve included a deliciously simple salad below by my good friend Valerie for you to try as well). But before we talk about food, let’s talk about a NEW workout!!!

I might be repeating myself, but I love to create workouts! It is fun to put them together and have friends try them out and give me their honest feedback. It is another way for me to get creative, have some fun (yes I consider putting workouts together FUN), and enjoy motivating others to try new things and challenge themselves. With that being said, here is another challenging “GET IT DONE WORKOUT”.

GET IT DONE WORKOUT

Look it over...Give it a try...And of course, if you have any questions, just ASK, because I love hearing from all of you!!!

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You have completed your workout, you feel AMAZING, you are ready to tackle anything that comes your way, and of course, you need to EAT, because those muscles need to be replenished with all the good stuff. Let's start talking food and food that is simple, refreshing, healthy, and delicious. Because if you know me, I am all about SIMPLE and easy meals and nowadays, everything gets thrown into a bowl and devoured. 

A few weeks ago, I met up with another Charleston foodie, influencer, and chef. Like I said in last weeks post, as I go into my second year here in Charleston, I really want to connect with local businesses and influencers to support them and to ask them to support me. Valerie of Thyme and Joy is one of those people. She's a Jersey girl. She's passionate about food, her job, and creating recipes for her clients and blog. And each time we meet up, she brings me food to try. WINNING!!! 

Make sure to check out her latest recipe, that is perfect for Spring and Summer. This salad is easy to make and can be eaten for lunch or dinner. Pair it with some grilled chicken, steak, or salmon for added protein and you will be good to go. Bring on that warmer weather and ALL the big ASS salads!

Strawberry Balsamic Caprese Salad

Strawberry Balsamic Caprese Salad

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