Workouts

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?

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!!!

Thinking Out LOUD

It is February...How the heck did that happen? Despite the ups and downs; the dreary and gray weather; January went by surprisingly fast. As we close one month and enter into a new one, I thought it would be a good day to post about those random topics that go through my head and share them with all of you. A short summary of what has been happening in my world. Grab that cup of coffee and read along as to what has been happening these days. Cheers to a fresh new month of only good energy, experiences, food, and happiness! 

Sweet Potatoes are the BEST...I could seriously eat one every night! They are nutritious, delicious, versatile, and so easy to prepare. I keep it simple when preparing mine. Scrub clean + pork with a fork + stick into a preheated over of 450 degrees and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (depending on how crispy on the outside you like it) + sprinkle with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce + serve alongside dinner. 

Sweet Potato Dinner
Sweet Potato Dinner

Tiny Space Workouts are CHALLENGING but FUN...Yes it is winter and gray and cold and sometimes depressing, but that shouldn't stop you from staying active! Make sure to check out this Core Power Workout that is challenging, fun, and can be done anywhere. It is specifically designed to do in a "tiny space", but you can obviously take it to the gym or do it whatever you feel most comfortable working out. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out!

Healthy Dog Treats...YES PLEASE...Thank you to Best Bully Sticks for sending us dental dog chews that are hormone free; drool-worthy; contain limited ingredients; and from what Lucy tells me, they are DELICIOUS! She is a lucky dog and we appreciate gifts like these! 

Chia Seed Pudding Is BACK...I forgot how easy it is to prepare chia seed pudding. It is also a versatile recipe, a great meal to take when on the go, and even better when topped with blobs of nut butter or granola. I will share the recipe soon! Oh and of course it is jam packed with all those healthy nutrients to keep your body happy and nourished! 

Nature's Touch Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Online Dating Is BRUTAL...Because sometimes I need to talk about personal things. There are only so many food photos and exercise routines I can talk about. And dating these days as y'all know is hard, frustrating, confusing, and comical. Can someone please explain to me: 

  • Car Selfies...Shirtless Selfies...Bathroom Selfies??? 
  • The disappearing into thin air act! Raise your hand if you have been texting with someone who you met online and developed a rapport with and then POOF...GONE...And never to be heard from again! Where did they go? And what is the point of engaging with someone if you are going to disappear on them with no explanation? I'm a big girl and can handle rejection. Just tell me that "you are just not that into me!"

On a "Positive Patty" note...High-Fives though to men who take lots of pictures with their dogs! That is always a major plus in my opinion. 

Practicing Slowing Down Feels Really GOOD...I posted this quote earlier this week on Instagram because recently I have had to slow down because there have been multiple times I have felt the burn out coming on STRONG. It has been with work, training, and just life in general. Those mornings when you wake up and look in the mirror and think to yourself "WOW I look really tired!". It was happening too much, so I am taking baby steps to learn to slow down and let life take its course one day at a time. A few of the things that have helped me slow down: 

  • Closing my laptop at 6:00 PM on the dot!!! I typically start doing work on mine around 6:45 AM and throughout the day, so those hours add up fast;
  • No more social media checking after 8:00 PM! This is hard, but when I stick to it, I feel so much better and refreshed the next day;
  • Sleeping an extra 15 minutes! A few months ago, I was waking up at 5:45 AM...YIKES! I was tired and it made the days really long. Now I am sleeping until 6:30 AM. Great progress!
  • And finally my "go to" for slowing down and disconnecting is LONG WALKS with Lucy! I love leaving my devices and just going for a long walk or hike with Lucy and a friend and just soaking up the fresh air and the peace and quiet. It makes me happy to just be in the moment and soak up the beauty and the simple things in life!
Practicing Slowing Down Feels Really GOOD

What is your favorite way to SLOW DOWN?

Do you have a favorite sweet potato recipe? If so, please share with me in the comments!

Getting bACK Into The Routine

I will be the first to admit that after indulging on the weekends, I used to spend way too much time and energy with guilty feelings about eating and drinking too much; exercising too hard to burn the extra calories off; and being very strict with my eats. Guess how much fun that was? FREAKING MISERABLE! Now that I am older, wiser, and happier, I have a much different approach to these situations...Thank goodness! 

This past weekend was the perfect example! Instead of waking up on Monday morning worried about what happened, I was grateful and happy that it ALL happened! Because summer on Nantucket is amazing and it is all about FUN and living in the moment.  I wasn't 100% that morning, but I knew what I had to do, to get bACK into my routine to feel my best inside and out. Here are a few of my tips + a FUN workout to get you outside and SWEAT IT ALL OUT! 

After a summer weekend of indulging the best way to get bACK into the routine is: 

  • Don't beat yourself up..just move forward;
  • Drink lots of water;
  • Sweat it OUT;
  • Get a good night's sleep;
  • Eat lots of vegetables, healthy fats, and protein;
Getting bACK Into The Routine
Getting bACK Into The Routine

And now it is time to SWEAT IT OUT...

Grab your yoga mat, a set of dumbbells, your AMAZING body, and GET OUTSIDE and tackle this fun Boot Camp Workout!!! I put this beauty together last week while at the gym and it is good one. Most times when I head to the gym, it is usually in the car when I decide what I am going to tackle as far as cardio. Then while doing cardio, the workout comes together in my head and I give it a go...I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! If you have any questions, you know how to reach me. Here are few additional tips: 

  • Do 3 rounds of each circuit;
  • Rest 30 - 60 seconds after each round;
  • Do each move for 1 - Minute;
  • When doing the planks, add a little variety...Side Plank...Forearm Plank...Knee to Elbow...
  • Remember to take some time and stretch after the workout and hydrate!
Boot Camp Workout

How do you get back into your healthy/active routine?

What type of workouts are you currently loving?

Walgreens #DoDEOBetter

*Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own.*

I never hide the fact that I sweat a lot and that I wear men's deodorant! I train hard and sweaty workouts are the norm all year round. During the Summer months, I try to take most of my workouts outside, because that Vitamin D, the salty air, and the ocean breeze feels fabulous on my skin. This is what Summer is about...It is about BEING OUTSIDE! Running, walking, and quick at home workouts are happening a lot, because, during these busy days, it is important that I disconnect for a little bit and enjoy what this island has to offer during these quick months. And of course,  Little Lucy is always by my side...Wait who am I kidding, she is ALWAYS by my side! 

Walgreens Do DEO Better

Most days during my workouts this time of year, the sweat is pouring off my nose and dripping down my shins. So let us just say that I need the strong stuff! I am excited to have teamed up with Walgreens today to spread the word about their deodorants and the different kinds that you can find online or in stores! Because as you know, everyone is different and everyone needs the right deodorant to keep them smelling fresh and staying dry. There are four different categories of deodorants that you can find at your local Walgreens and on Walgreens.com/DoDeoBetter:

4 Categories:
                •       Dry Sprays – Goes on instantly dry
                •       Care – Cares for your skin
                •       Motion Activated – Protects for 48 hours with Motionsense® technology
                •       Clinical Protection – Defends with clinical strength wetness protection

For me personally, I need "Motion Activated" and lots of protection, so 48 hours sounds good to me! I need a deodorant that is going to help me stay fresh through training clients, my workouts, and then while I am at home working away on the computer. My days start at 6:00 AM and end anywhere between 6:00 and 7:00 PM, so that is one heck of a day. And who has time to worry about whether or not their deodorant is going to keep them so fresh and so clean...LOL! Not me!

Since I live on an island 30 miles out at sea, I do my Walgreens shopping online, but if you are on the mainland, make sure you stop in a store closest to you and save on these deals and find a deodorant that works best for YOU this summer! Here are some offers to check out: 

Clip 2 Card Offer: Save $1 on Dove, Dove Men+Care, Degree® Women, Degree® Men and Axe Deodorants. Coupon Expires 8/28/16. See full terms and details at Walgreens.com/Balance.
BOGO Offer: Buy 1 Dove, Dove Men+Care, Degree® Women, Degree® Men and Axe Deodorants, Get 1 50% off *Offer good 6/26/2016 – 7/30/2016. Excludes trial size. Due to state and federal laws, points cannot be earned or redeemed on some items, and points will not be earned in a transaction where store credit or redemption dollars are used. See full terms and details at Walgreens.com/Balance.

And because I have talked so much about being outside and moving your body this Summer, here is a quick workout that I found, that is perfect for getting your heart rate up, building your strength, and testing out that new deodorant.

GIVEAWAY OPTION...Leave a comment on this post as to which deodorant you would use and you could win a $50.00 gift card to Walgreens...Easy as that friends! HAPPY FRIDAY! (US Residents only and I will randomly pick a winner tomorrow morning...xoxo)

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.