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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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Strong Shoulders are BEAUTIFUL

I love strong upper bodies on both women and men. I think it is sexy to have defined arms and shoulders. I am NOT talking about bulging biceps and veins popping out, I am talking about this kind of look...Let us take a minute and just soak up this eye candy. I mean who would not want to be wrapped up by these beautiful men?

Okay I digress, but seriously...GORGEOUS!

Back to reality...I have found that training my upper body takes a lot of work! Yes, I love the way my upper body looks, but it is more than that. All the work that I put into training these muscles helps me with my posture; keeping my core strong, and most importantly helps with my daily activities...Like lifting 45 pounds of Lucy into the back of my car; taking garbage to the dump; doing yard work...You get the idea! And yes I train hard because I like the way my upper body looks in tank tops and sleeveless dresses...And yes I like feeling and looking STRONG!

Today we are going to focus on some shoulder exercises today. The extra bonus about these exercises, is that they not only target your shoulder muscles, but they also help strengthen your core as well as many other muscles in our beautiful bodies. I am always ALL about functional and efficient movements. 

Try adding these exercises into your next workout or do all of these exercises in one workout. I am using 5-pound dumbbells in these videos, but obviously, you can use whatever works best for you. 

Here are a few tips before you get started: 

  • Perform 3 sets and 10-15 repetitions for each exercise;
  • Rest 45-60 seconds between each;
  • Remember to always engage your core and breathe!

Reverse Lunge With Lateral Raise

Narrow Push Ups

Frontal Raise and Lateral Shoulder Raise

Bent Over Fly-Row

Shoulder Raise With Bent Arms

I hope that you will try a few of these exercises in your next workout. If you have any questions or concerns, please know that you can ALWAYS reach out to me. I am more than happy to help, plus I love hearing from YOU! Have a wonderful day!

Which shoulder exercise are you going to try first?

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