Wednesday, October 30, 2013

5 Simple Moves for a Butt that Pops in Yoga Pants


Ahh fall. The season of pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice anything... and yoga pants.


It's considered to be more socially acceptable to be wearing your gym gear in your everyday life. Who among us hasn't rocked an oversize sweater with yoga pants tucked into boots? Blame Pinterest if you must...but there's tons of cute ways to rock yoga pants or other leggings while out and about.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Easy TJ's Tortilla Soup

Hey y'all, happy Thursday!

The World Series started last night, anyone watching? I'll be honest, I didn't. I'm not a huge fan of either the Red Sox or the Cards, I guess I'm going Cardinals because they're in the National League?

In other exciting news, I mentioned on Facebook that I was trying Body Combat class. It was a blast! High-energy music (perfect because I totally forgot headphones yesterday), a good hour of cardio, a little strength training...my shoulders were burning from throwing over 1200 punches!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

15 Minute Plyometric Circuit

I met up with one of my girlfriends for a walk yesterday, trying to get in that cardio thing, and I was way early.


For those who don't know, I hate being late. Hate it to the point that I'm often accidentally 20-30 minutes early because I've allowed so much extra time for being stuck in possible traffic but still get there on time. Since I was already in workout clothes, I figured I'd just do a quick circuit instead of goof off on my phone for the 25 minutes I'd have to wait until the scheduled meeting time.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Weekend Wrap-up - Outdoor Yoga and a Baby Shower

This weekend was a kind of a reset for me. The 12 week cut is not really going as I anticipated... I had forgotten how hard (physically and mentally) it is to lose fat. I took a break from it all this weekend and really ate whatever looked good, didn't count calories, and didn't work out intensely. I have to say, it felt good. :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Can You Train While Tired?

We all know that we're supposed to be getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night. (Right??) That's the number that's been thrown at us in school, our doctor's office, magazines, the news, etc. But how many of us really make sleep a priority? I've been known to get less than 4-5 hours of sleep on occasion. I try to not make it a regular thing, but it happens.

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When you get less sleep than you ought to, you feel a certain way the next day. Your eyes have a hard time staying open, your ability to concentrate goes way down, your limbs feel heavy, everything sounds kinda fuzzy (that last one might be one of my quirks, but that's the one that drives me nuts)... It's just not a great time. But what affects can sleep deprivation have on your training?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Crossfit Style KB Workout and Carrot & Leek Chicken Stir Fry

Yesterday was one of those "get things done" days, I completely embraced Monday.



I think doing laundry, a crossfit style workout in my kitchen, roasting a leg of lamb, making chicken stir fry, and kicking butt at work qualifies as a strong start.

3 ways I like to start Monday off strong
1.) do a household chore, you start the week off having accomplished something
2.) work out, endorphin rushes on Mondays are better than any others :) (debatable?)
3.) cook at least one big meal so you have leftovers, saves you time later in the week

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Farmer's Market Haul

Do you ever wake up in the morning and come to one of those realizations that you wish you could have come to sooner?

Today, I signed up for a CSA box. I have wanted to do this for SO long, I don't know why I waited. My co-worker was telling me about one she found, there's a drop off location less than a 5 min walk from our work building, I've been way disappointed with the quality of the veggies in the supermarkets around my place, and I already spend way too much time underneath fluorescent lighting to be shopping for my food underneath them a few days a week.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Please excuse my brevity this morning, I spent most of last night running through a corn maze trying to escape a chainsaw wielding zombie, got home around 2am, and then got up at 6am to drive someone to the airport. My first two cups of coffee were enough to get me back home safely after a drive to San Francisco and through my mini-baking sesh, but I can feel myself slowing down. A long nap is in order before football starts. :)

How do some fall-flavored superfood based muffins sound? 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

10 Tips for a Healthier Work Lunch



When I first started my "get healthy" journey, my lunches were the first thing that I started improving. Breakfast was hard because it was at the beginning of the day and this was still at a time when I didn't think I *had* to eat breakfast. Dinners were with family and they weren't about to start changing... so lunches were up! I thought y'all might find some of these handy.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SMART Goals

One thing that ACE is big on is SMART goals. I mean... who wants a dumb goal, right?

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I know, I'm sorry.

SMART is an acronym for everything a goal should be. I'll give you two examples and let you guess which is the SMART goal.

A.) I want to exercise more and increase muscle tone.
B.) I want to exercise at least 3 times per week and lose 5lbs in 10 weeks.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

WTFitness: DOMS

All about the DOMS. You're not acquainted with our friend (HAH!) DOM? Let me paint you a picture.

You and your gym buddy get to the gym, you're totally stoked. They ask you if you wanna hit the treadmills...

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So you guys hit the weights.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Medicine Ball Circuit and Pumpkin Cookies

Hey y'all!!! Fall is so officially here. It's getting colder out and I am so freakin excited. Fall is my favorite season, football, baseball playoffs, I get to wear my boots, baking...hence the pumpkin cookies. :)

All that is great, but the baked goods can take a toll if you're not careful. SO, I'm giving you a workout along with the cookie recipe.

The Medicine Ball Circuit. I did this yesterday and it was pretty intense. I've never really had sweat drip into my eyes before...or inhaled sweat into my nose... that was interesting and gross.

Anyways! All you need for this workout is a medicine ball, kinda like the one I got at Goodwill a few weeks ago.

Gotta love a workout that's light on equipment, right?? :D
Your moves: thruster, russian twists, burpee jacks, uneven push-ups (from your knees or toes), and pass-through lunges.