Last Week’s Workouts

Today is May 1. Even as I type that, I just can’t believe it. 2017 is FLYING by, am I right? At this point I’m not complaining toooooo much because if the days go quickly, my summer break will be here quickly as well. Once June 3 hits, time can just slow itself right down and I’ll be a-ok with that. 😉

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Last Week's Workouts

If you remember my post from last week, I’ve been having a rough go lately — I guess that’s just part of life. But luckily, the 2017 Tone It Up Bikini Series arrived Monday morning to brighten me right up. There’s just something about Karena and Katrina and all the positivity they inject into everything they do! One week of the Bikini Series and eating clean and I’ve been feeling so much better. I’m looking forward to week two and even more light and positivity!

Sunday, 4/23/17:

Since I bailed on my run from the previous day, I did 2 miles on treadmill, run/walk/run style. Afterwards, I fit in 20 minutes yoga with a YouTube video featuring Stacey who works at the Tone It Up Headquarters!

Monday, 4/24/17:

This morning was the official Day 1 of the Bikini Series! I did the Tone It Up Daily Moves, which were upper body focused. Think curl-to-press, hammer curls, triceps kickbacks, push-ups, and boat pose presses. I followed it up with another 2 miles on treadmill.

Tuesday, 4/25/17:

Happy Tone It Up Tuesday! Today, Karena and Katrina released the first free workout of the series. I turned the day into a serious HIIT-fest with Tone It Up Daily Moves (lateral step-ups, step-ups, pistol squats, Russian twist, and squat-to-press), HIIT the Beach (the same one I did last week), and their new Sandy Sweat routine. I was sweating A LOT and I truly didn’t know if I was going to make it through the workout. It probably didn’t help that I was fighting a cold for most of the first part of the week.

Wednesday, 4/26/17:

Tone It Up prescribed 30 minutes of cardio, but I knew I wouldn’t have time for that, so I gave the 15 min. Sandy Sweat routine another go. Afterward, I completed Absolutely Bootyful from the Beach Babe 5 series. It was glute and ab focused work out that required no equipment. Typically, I don’t care for those workouts, but I was SO SORE that it was nice change up.

Thursday, 4/27/17:

Today was my mom’s birthday AND my dad’s birthday! Funny, huh? I started my day by wishing them both a wonderful day. 🙂 I usually rest on Thursdays, so I slept in until about 5:15. After I got home from school, I hopped on the treadmill 2 mile run. This was the hardest run of the week. I thought I was going to die and it was only 20 minutes. Am I losing my endurance?! After the short run, I did the Tone It Up Daily Moves (dead lifts, curtsy lunges, burpee-to-plank jacks, and crunches), and then headed out to pick up some dinner.

Friday, 4/28/17:

I was feeling the Beach Babe vibes again on Friday, so I did the Total Babe Workout and the Arms & Abs workout from Beach Babe 5! It was a good total body day and still got my heart rate up with some short cardio bursts.

Saturday, 4/29/17:

Saturday, I took a much needed (and deserved, IMO) rest day. I taught the last round of Saturday school and had to be there before 8:00, so I slept as long as I could and then enjoyed the day with my husband!


#100bySummer tracker by @amylynnntiu on Instagram

I’ll talk more about this later this week, but one of my Bikini Series goals is to get in 100 miles of cardio by the first day of summer. One of the girls in the #TIUCommunity made this wonderful tracker that I’m using. I’m looking forward to this week as well as the rest of the Bikini Series! How are you getting active this week?

5 Minute Abs

Happy Friday, my friends! Today, I’m sharing another workout — this time an ab workout! I know everyone wants abs, myself included, but sometimes I forget that I have to train them. Weird? Yes, I know. Someone told me once, “If you’re training the rest of your body, you’re training your abs too.” That may be true, (I don’t know? Is it?) but for someone like me who struggles with “mind-body connection” isolating areas can be a good thing now and then.

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Plopping down on the floor to do a few crunches doesn’t burn a ton of calories, so if I decide to work my abs, it’s usually in conjunction with upper body and/or cardio. This workout is a great one to tack on to the end of a run if you want to do more, but not a lot more. 😉


If you have more time, repeat the workout!

5 Minute Abs

If you enjoyed this workout, check out more here!

Today, I’m linking this post up for Fit & Fashionable Friday with Nicole, as well as with Smidge of This, Carolina Charm, and Hello! Happiness for 5 on Friday.

Last Week’s Workouts

Last Week's Workouts

What a rough week this past one was. Even though I was coming off a break, responsibility, stress, and general “adulting” hit me like a speeding train. I kept up with my workouts, but my nutrition was completely off. I gave in to cravings, had take out twice, and one night didn’t even really eat dinner. I had some cheese melted inside a tortilla. I mean, that’s like my favorite snack of all time, but I can’t eat like I’m 16 anymore — at least not if I don’t want to continuously feel like crap.

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Me 100%

One bright spot in an otherwise crappy few days, is that yesterday was my one year anniversary. We shared an amazing weekend together and I’m heading into today refreshed and recharged. Before I do that though, I want to take a quick look back at the last week.

Sunday, 4/16/17:

Rest day on Easter Sunday! We spent the day with family, eating a ton of food and making the trip back home. We watched more of 13 Reasons Why and totally got sucked in.

Monday, 4/17/17:

I enjoyed oooone more day off work and got in a quick upper body workout using the Jillian Michaels app. I was going to run on the treadmill, but thought I might as well take it outside and run with Pippa. Yes, that was this run.🙄 Usually she is the best running partner, but on that day, she was a complete goofball.

Tuesday, 4/18/17:

Back to school! I got in a push day/front of the body workout using Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 5 and added in 10 minutes of sprints.

Wednesday, 4/19/17:

I did some body weight cardio on Wednesday using Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Cardio 2. I also did her free daily ab circuit on the app. This is about when the stress started to take over and I found myself taking advantage of Clear Mood to try and manage my anxiety.

Clear Mood

Just about the only thing that helped keep the stress at bay this week.

Thursday, 4/20/17:

Rest day. And absolutely necessary at that.

Friday, 4/21/17:

I did Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 6, but skipped out on the sprints this time. My allergies and asthma kicked my butt this week, so I decided to take it a bit easier.

Saturday, 4/22/17:

On my schedule, I had planned a run, but waking up to clouds, wind, cool weather, and aforementioned asthma had me changing my mind. I decided to sub in the Tone It Up Daily Moves for upper body, HIIT Abs, and HIIT the Beach from their new Beach Babe 5 series. I can’t resist the Tone It Up marketing. Every time they put out something new, I WANT IT! I’m shocked I restrained myself from buying the new bundle.

The annual Tone It Up Bikini Series starts TODAY and due to all this stress, I’m so looking forward to all the light and positivity the challenge provides. What do you do when the stresses of life start to get the best of you?


Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary. We have been through so much together in the last 12 months. On one hand, it seems like we’ve been married forever. On the other, I can hardly believe it’s already been a full year! One thing is for sure — with all the good, the bad, and the ugly that’s occurred since April 23, 2016, there’s no one I would rather have standing next to me through it all.

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Just a few weeks after we were married, we learned we would be picking up our lives and moving away from the home and family we loved. {I talk about that a little bit here.} Now, let me tell you — if you want to test your marriage, sell a house, move your life into a two bedroom apartment that is infested with mice, start two new jobs, buy a new house, move again, and still try to adult through it all without losing your mind! Friends, it’s hard, but it can be done with the help of the good Lord and your best friend by your side.

My husband is my best friend and I feel so lucky to be able to spend each day with him. He is a cutlery and firearm connoisseur, Corvette driver, video game aficionado, and spicy food chef. He swears he isn’t a dog person, but he spoils Pippa more than I do. He is always on my side, but doesn’t shy away from giving me a reality check when I need one. He’s been apart of my life longer than he hasn’t and I’m so thankful that almost 11 (!!) years ago, he asked if I wanted to go to the Sonic to get ice cream.

Our love story is unique — as all love stories are — and maybe someday I’ll share it. But for now, I just want to give a big shout to my man for being awesome. 🙂

Happy Monday, friends.

Tri-Weekly Tip-Off? aka Bi-Weekly Briefing | #8

Last week, I missed my bi-weekly blog update because I was getting ready to celebrate Easter with my family! So that means this week, you can catch up on three weeks worth of posts. That is, you know, if you’re reading. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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Earlier this week, I shared an honest review of what it’s like to run with your dog. It may all seem like sunshine and rainbows from afar, but sometimes it can be so gosh-darned frustrating! Realest of the real talk though, I love my sweet pup. 🙂

I’m also doing a fairly decent job of cranking out my weekly workout posts. If you’d like to see what I do from week to week, click here, here, and here!

Bi-Weekly Briefing

Speaking of workouts… If you are in need of quick, sweaty total body workout, check out this Total Body Blast I posted last week! Have you added any great workouts into your routine lately?

Free Total Body Workout

Each Spring I like to freshen up my beauty routine a little bit, from skincare down to my lashes. I’ve garnered a few favorites and I shared them a few weeks ago. Check out that post for more info!

Spring Beauty Favorites

I also shared my goals for April at the beginning of the month. That brings me to the realization that I can hardly believe we’re about the enter the last week of the month! This year is flying by and summer will be here before we know it. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂

April Goals

Now, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my weekend — which also means my one year wedding anniversary! One year ago tomorrow, I said “I do” to my very best friend and I would do it again 100 times over. Anyway, happy weekend, y’all. 🙂