Lower Body AMRAP Workout!

Today’s Wild Workout Wednesday is a little different than the last few I’ve linked up for! I’m giving you a Lower Body AMRAP Workout that can be done in 30 minutes. In the last few months, I’ve been so busy that I’m all about maximizing my time with my workouts. I need to be DONE in 45 minutes or less so I can move on to the other things I need to tackle during the day.

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Like I mentioned on Monday, I go through phases with my workouts. Sometimes I want to write them all myself. Other times I want a schedule to follow that allows me to mix and match. And then there are still times in which I don’t want to think at all about my workouts and just pop in a DVD so I can be bossed around by someone else for 45 minutes. This is one I created for myself a few months back. It’s sure to work up a good sweat and leave those legs a-quivering!

Equipment Needed:
-Box or Bench

Lower Body AMRAP Workout

If you give this workout a shot, I’d love to know what you think! I’m linking up again for Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!

Workouts to STOP Doing Immediately

Are you miserable throughout your entire workout and find yourself doing nothing more than going through motions? Or maybe you wake up in the morning and don’t feel motivated to even begin the workout you’ve planned. I’ve been there — more than once — throughout my health and fitness journey. In those moments I tell myself, “Ok, THIS is a workout to STOP doing!”

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Workouts to Stop Doing Immediately

I’m not an expert; I’m not a personal trainer. I’m not here to tell you the workout that is best for your body. What I can tell you is that you should immediately stop the workout you’re not enjoying. Ok, maybe you shouldn’t LITERALLY stop your workout immediately. Finish the workout you’re right in the middle of and then reevaluate your next steps. 🙂

Over the last five and a half years, I’ve done many, many workouts and my schedule has changed and evolved based on my seasons of life. When my lifestyle first changed, I was ALL about boutique studios and group fitness. I joined an early morning boot camp that was filled with women on similar journeys. Through boot camp, I received an all-access pass to every single group class the studio had to offer. Between the fantastic price point and the group atmosphere, it was exactly what I needed to kick my first 15 pounds out the door forever.

As the years went on, I was forced to adapt my fitness routine for whatever reason — cost, travel time, atmosphere. I completed Couch to 5K and did The Color Run with some great friends. I found Tone It Up and finally had the courage to pick up a dumbbell and do something on my own instead of always following an instructor (printables for the win!). A little over a year ago, my in-laws passed on their mostly unused treadmill and I cancelled my gym membership! Between that treadmill, my collection of dumbbells and resistance bands, and the array of DVDs I’ve cultivated, I’ve been able to create a home gym that gives me the same results I used to see in the gym.

Workouts to Stop Doing Immediately

As you can see, my fitness needs go through phases. Sometimes I want to write my own workouts. I love being creative that way! Other times, I just want a follow along printable that I can move through at my own pace, and even still, there are times when I just want to pop in a DVD because I want someone else to tell me what to do. (That’s the introvert in me!)

All this to say, do what is best for YOU in the season of life you’re in at the time. If you’re not feeling inspired by a particular workout or program, it’s ok to stop doing it. If you don’t like “lifting heavy” (I actually hated it), then don’t feel bad about NOT doing it. If you like running, then don’t let the Instagram fitness models shake their heads at you for being a “cardio bunny”. What’s most important is that you move your body and create a habit that promotes health, wellness, and fitness throughout all areas of your life. Get your yoga on in the comfort of your home, shake it in your Zumba class, or go to Crossfit if that’s your thing!

Workouts to Stop Doing Immediately

You do YOU and enjoy every minute of it. ♥ Your turn: What workouts have you given up on in the past?

Bi-Weekly Briefing | #5

Happy Friday, bloglandia! I’m a bit behind on blogging this week, so my Bi-Weekly Briefing is coming a day early. 😉 I promise to do better next week and actually schedule some posts in advance instead of piecing them together at the last minute! So that said, let’s get into it.

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First up, check out my Fitness Tips for Teachers post! As a teacher, it can sometimes be SO HARD to stay motivated to work out, fuel your body properly, and not burn the candle at both ends. I compiled some of the things that have worked for me into one handy list.

Fitness Tips for Teachers

Next, I shared some of my favorite running gear and gadgets. I’m running a 5K tomorrow, so I will be decked out in all of these items and ready to go! What items are at the top of your list?

Best Running Gear & Gadgets

Last week, I also shared a go-to breakfast recipe that’s perfect for busy weeks. Try out my Overnight French Toast Casserole for a great family breakfast! This recipe is in my rotation every few weeks or so. It’s quick, easy, and really so good!

Overnight French Toast Casserole

You know I mentioned I’m behind on my blog game this week? Well, that’s been the case all week long. Monday, I did a life update via Instagram, or Instagram Lately. Follow @teacherfit.jess on Instagram to keep in the loop in real time!

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And finally, on Wednesday of this week, I shared my March Goals, as well as an update on where I’m at with my 2017 goals. I’m the worst in the world about setting goals in January and then never looking at them again. This year, since I’m working on balance, I’m also working on not letting my goals slip by me.

That’s it! I am one week away from getting ten days off, y’all. I promise to take advantage of those days and bring it with my blog A-game in the weeks to come. 😉 Have a fantastic weekend! ♥

Checking In: 2017 Goals & Word of the Year

Here we are! A full two months into the new year. Both January and February have now come and gone. I have just eight days until my spring break begins! Before we know it, summer will be here showing its pretty face. 🙂 Late, late last year and then early this year I talked about my word of the year as well as my goals. I’m so good at making goals and then never thinking about them again, so I want to take the time to reflect on the last nine weeks and see where I’m going from here!

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First up, my word of the year: B A L A N C E.


The year 2016 was an awful year for me when it comes to balance. In the latter part of the year, especially, I was stressed out, exhausted, and over-worked. This affected every part of my life in a negative way. Once Christmas break hit, I made a mental plan to practice balance moving forward (and maybe ordered some Clear Mood as well). I’m pretty proud of the way I’ve balanced things so far this year

In Fitness:

Although I’ve been feeling a little uninspired with my strength training lately, my balance efforts have been right on point! I’ve been running three times a week, doing two days of strength training, plus a day of yoga (or pilates or a combination of the two). I love yoga and all the benefits it brings to my other forms of training. I’m so glad I started practicing again! If I could just remind myself to foam roll more than once a year, I’d be in great shape! 😉

In Work:

As far as my work-life balance struggles, I’ve been doing much better. I’ve been working at home less and less and prioritizing things at school better. I started tutoring a couple of weeks ago, so I’m hoping the extra time doesn’t kill my motivation!

In Life:

I mentioned earlier this week that my husband has been traveling for work a lot. That SUCKS, womp womp. But we work very hard to make the most of the time we have together! We cook together and make sure we talk about our days. My husband LOVES The X-Files and goes through phases of bingeing on Netflix. We recently started watching an episode or two a night and it’s fun to giggle about the silliness of an episode, or at the terrible 90’s fashion that burns your eyes through every episode.

Next up, my G O A L S. At the beginning of this year, I set seven goals because I liked how “7 for 2017” sounded! Let’s look over them and see how I’ve done so far.


ONE // Complete the Tone It Up #LookForLove Challenge, start to finish (and follow the meal plan as closely as possible) 

This goal is complete! Well, mostly. I didn’t do a great job of following the schedules, but I sure did check in each day! I also didn’t do a great job with my nutrition through a lot of it, but I still lost a few pounds. Read my recaps here, here, and here! I’m now looking forward to the annual Tone It Up Bikini Series starting soon. 🙂

TWO // Blog at least two times a week

So far, so good! I have, in fact, blogged at least three times each week. We’ll see how well I can keep this up for the rest of the year.

THREE // Read 12 Books

I’m pretty behind on this goal. I started Red Queen and haven’t gotten more than four chapters in. I’m so zonked by the end of the day, I have no energy to read. One of my students is badgering me to read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, so maybe I can make it through a kid’s book. 😉

FOUR // Complete a runDisney race

This goal won’t be completed until November, but I’m already falling into the Disney rabbit hole! I have a race this month for which I’ll submit proof of time. My husband and I are finalizing our trip details so we can book by April. I’m pinning anything and everything runDisney/adult Disney trip. I just.can’t.wait.!!

FIVE // Close my old 401K

I’m making strides with this one. I’m just waiting on the paperwork from my old job so I can get the ball rolling.

SIX // Start running again

Done! I have been running three days each week since the beginning of the year. I’m doing my first race of the year this Saturday and have a 10K on the 25th. Since I’m running Wine & Dine in November, I anticipate I’ll be running regularly through all of 2017.

SEVEN // Finish putting our house together 

This is also done! I still have a few organizational projects I want to tackle, like cleaning out our closets, but our house is done. We have things hung on the walls and everything has its place now. I love making our house a home!

There’s something truly accountable about writing down your goals and putting them out into the world. I want to set a few G O A L S for the month of March and check back in at the beginning of April!

March Goals

ONE // Clean out our closet/send off a bag to thredUP

I’ve never done this before, but I’m sure to have at least as much luck as I have with Plato’s closet!

TWO // PR my 10K

Does it count that I’ve never run a 10K race before? 😉

THREE // See Beauty & the Beast!

I will be on Spring Break on the 17th when it comes out. I’ll go to the theater by myself if I must.

FOUR // Follow the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan (or at least the guidelines) more consistently

I’ll try. I need to get better about my nutrition and tracking my food, regardless. I need to stop munching on candy throughout the day, so that will be my main focus!

FIVE // Have a restful and relaxing Spring Break

No work! No lesson plans! No grading! Ok, I’ll probably have to bend on that last one, but I’m going to put my work-life balance efforts into practice and focus on self-care for the ten days I’m out!


I’m linking up with some of my favorites, Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen, for Wild Workout Wednesday!


Your turn. What goals are you setting for the month of March?


Instagram Lately

When it comes to blogging, sometimes I’ve totally got my game together. I’ve got posts scheduled, or at least planned, for weeks out with fun, quality content. Other times, I stare at my computer on Sundays and think, “What the heck am I going to write about?” This was one of those weeks. 🙂 In those cases, I feel life updates make for interesting topics, so how about one via Instagram? You can always follow in real-time on Instagram, username @teacherfit.jess!

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This past weekend was a great one. I didn’t want it to end! My husband has been traveling a lot for work, so it was great to finally have him home. We took his Corvette out Saturday afternoon, which turned into an impromptu date night at one of our favorite restaurants! We enjoyed the quality time together. 🙂 Even with all the traveling he’s done lately, he didn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without a sweet surprise.

Since we are taking a Disney trip in November, we decided to cut back on gift giving this year. But he just couldn’t resist spoiling me a little bit! “Now you have a shirt to wear when we’re in Disney,” he said. He doesn’t have to twist my arm! 🙂

That week was particularly stressful because one of my teammates was out sick for two days. She was unable to find a sub, so for those two days I had extra students and longer classes. I did my best to roll with the punches, but the stress got the best of me!

I rounded out the week with one of the best runs I’ve had since I picked it up again and then hit the road for an amazing, whirlwind trip to see my family. Since we moved in July, our quality family time has been cut drastically. My heart needed some time with my mama!

I had last Monday off for President’s Day (and all the teachers said, “Amen!”), so I spent it catching up on a million and one things. I still made time for rest and activity though! My activity just happened to involve cleaning my house top to bottom in addition to my planned three miles.

I usually do my meal prep on Sundays, but since I was out of town and off on Monday, I used the extra time on Monday to prepare for the week.

I made my favorite Overnight French Toast Casserole for breakfast and it made the rest of the week run so much smoother! If you want to try it out, find the recipe here!

On Wednesday, I got in another treadmill 5K and was reminded that not all runs are great. I’ve been having SO many good runs lately, I had forgotten how hard it can really be.

I was miserable the entire time and throughout the no-crunch ab workout I did afterward. Luckily, my Saturday run went MUCH better! 🙂

On Friday, I did a total body workout in the new Jillian Michaels app. I’ve been using it since about the beginning of the year and I really like it. I think I’m going to switch things up this week though.

The programs she offers are fantastic, but they don’t exactly fit with my goals right now. On the other hand, the workout generator seems somewhat haphazard and I haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyone else tried Jillian’s app? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Saturday I made a bomb smoothie after my run! I don’t even talk like that, but it was just that good.

It was nothing more than protein powder, almond milk, dark cherries, and strawberries. It was amazing. Or maybe I was just that starving after those four miles. 🙂

Yesterday, I did one of my favorite Tone It Up workouts — kettletoning. Find it on YouTube here! It’s a fantastic mix of yoga and kettlebells and really got me sweating! Love, love, love it!

What’s been going on in your life lately — Instagram or otherwise? Tell me! I’d love to hear about it!