Last Week’s Workouts & the End of #TIUBikiniSeries

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Last Week's Workouts

Well, today is the last day of the Tone It Up Bikini Series! It’s been a fun eight weeks and I’m sad to see it come to an end. I’m already in the habit of working out regularly and trying to eat as clean as possible, so for me it’s not a lifestyle change, but I love getting to try all the new workouts! Truthfully, I went rogue with the schedule a bit this week. I always do that toward the end of programs — I guess I have trouble with follow through. Oh, well! I start training for my next race soon, so this week I tried to crack down on “training for my training”.

Sunday, 6/11/17:

Sunday was my PiYo day. I completed the “Drench” workout and it kicked my tail. Think down dog splits into flipped dogs. My hips were FEELING it on Monday. But in a good way. 🙂

Monday, 6/12/17:

This week, I started a new strength program, Lauren Gleisberg’s Home Weight Training Plan. I’ve followed her on Instagram for a couple of years, but never really looked into her programs, so I finally decided to give it a try. She divides her upper body in push/pull splits which I love. Monday was a push day, which I followed with a plank workout (also by Lauren Gleisberg), and a 40 minute run.

Tuesday, 6/13/17:

Leg day! And my first “heavy” one in quite some time. The program compiles legs, HIIT, and abs together to really getcha sweat going.

Getting up early to workout is always a lot more fun with new pretties from Academy Sports + Outdoors!

Wednesday, 6/14/17:

My husband had the morning off, so I elected to do my 5k on the treadmill, so I could hang out with him for a few hours. I also completed a weighted abs workout by, you guessed it, Lauren Gleisberg. I have a pretty weak core and I want to focus on strengthening it for my upcoming long runs, so I’m adding in a lot of extra ab work in the coming weeks.

Last Week's Workouts

Thursday, 6/15/17:

Rest day. I actually spent the entire morning in an HR meeting, which meant my booty was glued to a chair for hours. Not my favorite way to spend a rest day!

Friday, 6/16/17:

Friday was pull on my new program and I loved it! After hubby left for work, I squeezed in a few ab circuits and headed out for 4 miles before it got too blasted hot. It was still blasted hot and at some point hit about 111 degrees. What the what?!


Saturday, 6/17/17:

I rounded out the week with a 24 minute HIIT workout using Lauren Gleisberg’s 30×30 Fat Loss Shred. I always say “Oh, I love HIIT!” But then I do one and find myself struggling to make it through the intervals and I’m like, “Wait… I don’t love this.” But at the end of the day, I totally do!

That was my week in workouts — full and fun, just the way I like it. I hope you stick around for the fun stuff I have coming up. I’m sharing some tips and gear for running in the heat AND my summer reading list. But first, I have to share my adorable new shoes with you. They’re Nike Tanjun Shoes from Academy Sports + Outdoors. They’re perfect for all my non-running workouts. And the best part — they were only $50. I would buy them in all the colors (I love the gray!), but my husband might not appreciate that. 😉

Question: Do you always follow through with your programs, or do you tend to go rogue?

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20-Minute Upper Body AMRAP Workout

When you have less than 30 minutes to fit in a workout, this 20-minute upper body AMRAP will leave you dripping in sweat and out of excuses!

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Upper Body AMRAP Workout

Sometimes, even taking 30 minutes to fit in a workout seems impossible. I understand — I face that circumstance more often than I care to. However, working out makes me better in every way. I’m a better wife, daughter, dog mom :), and more productive overall. This Upper Body AMRAP Workout is the perfect option when I’m having “one of those days”…I just need some dumbbells and a timer, and suddenly my day is exponentially better.

Equipment Needed:
-Timer
-Dumbbells
-Mat (optional)

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Upper Body AMRAP Workout

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I consider this to be a “no excuses” type of workout. Twenty minutes is just the time frame I chose. You could make this workout 10 minutes, 15 minutes, even 30 minutes! Adjust the time limit, adjust the reps, and customize the workout to fit you and your schedule. If you try this workout, I’d love to know!

Question: How do you fit in fitness when you’re short on time?

Linking up today for Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!

Second Day Hair After a Workout: Save Your Hairstyle!

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Save your hairstyle after a tough workout with this simple hairstyle for second day hair.

Second Day Hair

How often do you wash your hair? Until a few of years ago, I washed mine every.single.day. No matter how many beauty articles I read saying otherwise, I just couldn’t behind it. I finally decided to “train” my hair to last just one more day and worked on getting the hang of dry shampoo. This revolution came about the same time as my submersion into fitness, which presented its own set of obstacles (read: lots of scalp sweat). Over the years, I’ve developed a routine that allows for about three days between washes, even with the toughest workouts in between.

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I try to keep my getting ready routines simple and spend maybe 15-20 minutes getting ready (hair and makeup both!). My husband appreciates this when we have somewhere to be and most days I’m too busy to want to spend more time than that. This second day hair tutorial takes me no more than 10 minutes start to finish!

1 // Build a good base

I find the key to making your hairstyle last begins the day you wash your hair! On Day 1, I typically shampoo, condition and blow dry my hair. I don’t care for the feeling of product buildup on my scalp, so I don’t use products prior to drying. I curl my hair in layers, away from my face, using a 1 in. curling wand (I love this one by Hot Tools) and end with a light spritz of hairspray. Right now, I’m using Redken Quick Dry 18. It’s not too heavy, but it keeps my baby hairs out of my face. Throughout the day, try to keep your hands out of your hair as much as possible.

2 // Take your hair down after activity

On Day 2, after you’ve completed your workout, take your hair down. I typically workout first thing in the morning and as soon as the sweat on the back of my neck has dried I pull it out of the ponytail. This is possibly the most important step in saving second day hair. This helps to prevent a hair tie crease and also keeps my sweaty scalp from just melting my hair. If you work out in the afternoon, don’t skip this step!

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Real life–right after my workout on Day 2!

3 // Shower! (Or skip to step 4)

The first 15 minutes after my workout are usually spent making breakfast for my husband, but as soon as the eggs are done I hop in the shower! I just twist my hair  back and up and secure it with a claw clip. If you don’t intend to shower after your workout, skip to the next step.

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4 // Comb it, blast it with a cold shot, & dry shampoo it!

After getting out of the shower, I comb through the ends and blast my roots with the blow dryer using the cool setting. I use this one by John Frieda. I’ve yearned for a pricey blow dryer for years, but this one does a fine job and I’m pretty cheap. 😉 I also take this time to use a little dry shampoo if I feel my hair needs it. Like I said, I don’t like product build up on my scalp, so I try to wait until the day before I plan to wash again to use dry shampoo. However, if I’m especially greasy around my hairline, temples, or ears on Day 2, I use Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Dry Shampoo in those areas.

Second Day Hair

Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Dry Shampoo found at Target!

5 // Smooth at the roots

If your hair has a tendency to get a bit frizzy, like mine does, grab your flat iron and smooth the roots. I focus my smoothing efforts around my hair line, my part, and sometimes the nape of my neck if my frizz is out of control. This helps tame the beast, but also gives a volume boost I might not otherwise have. A few years ago I picked up this Hot Tools Digital Salon Flat Iron and it’s been great!

Second Day Hair

Fun fact: That faint scar on my lip is from a dog bite I sustained around age 4.

6 // Touch up curls

Using my Hot Tools curling wand, I touch up any curls that might’ve lost their bounce in the last 24 hours. Using a smaller curling wand on Day 1 helps my curls hold, so I spend a few minutes on the front pieces and any pieces in the back that might have a slight crease.

Second Day Hair

7 // Defrizz and hairspray

Finally, I use a very light spritz of Moroccan Argan Oil to battle frizz a little bit more. I spray my hands and then lightly rub it through the ends. I use OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and I find it at Target! Another light dusting of Redken Quick Dry 18 and I’m out the door!

Second Day Hair

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By Day 3, I’m usually rocking a messy bun, or at the very least, pinning my hair half up. On the days I wear my hair half up, I follow all of these same steps. I also follow these steps on days I straighten my hair, I just skip the curling step. Obviously. 🙂

Second Day Hair

Question: Do you rock second day hair after a workout, or do you start from scratch?

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Active Fashion & Last Week’s Workouts 

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Active Fashion

Tank (similar) // Capris (similar) // Sports Bra (similar) // Sneakers

The outfit above is one of my favorites and is constantly on repeat. The pants are Adidas, the shoes are ASICS, and the top and bra are both Fabletics. It took me FOREVER to find a good bra from Fabletics, and now they don’t seem to be making that one anymore. Oh well, I still have all of these. These items are old (a year+ in some cases!), but I’ve linked some similar items if you’re interested.

Last week was my first week on summer break. Are you tired of me talking about having the summer off yet?! I let myself sleep in most days and be a little lazy, which felt amazing. This weekend, I’m switching back to my early (4:45 a.m.) wake-up calls so I can fit in my workout before my husband leaves for work.

Sunday, 6/4/17:

I had to work last Saturday morning and then my husband and I spent the afternoon cleaning out my classroom. That left me wanting a good stretch on Sunday! I did one of the PiYo Strength workouts (Full Body Blast). I have sung my praises for PiYo here and here before, but these workouts use sliders to kick the stretch up a notch. For such tiny pieces of equipment, the sliders kick my butt.


Monday, 6/5/17:

I kicked the week off with a quick upper body and abs circuit using the Jillian Michaels app and then went out for a run. Pippa and I go in about 3.25 miles and she loved it. Speaking of running with Pippa, did you see that we were featured on Running With Ollie a couple of weeks ago?!

Tuesday, 6/6/17:

Tuesday I was completely draggy. I was already starting to fall into the pattern of laying around and not knowing what day it was. This was one of those days when the best part of the workout was when it was finally over. I did Sunset Sweat, a total body workout from Beach Babe 5, and the new Tone It Up Ball Workout. Honestly… I hate stability ball workouts. Due to my lack of core strength, balance, and just my general awkwardness, they’re difficult for me. I felt like it was a waste, so I tacked on the BodyLove booty workout too.

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Wednesday, 6/7/17:

Wednesday totally redeemed itself, being Global Running Day, and all. 🙂 I got in Absolutely Bootyful, a no-equipment booty and abs workout from Beach Babe 5, and 3 miles with Pippa. By the time we finished it was so hot, but as always, so worth it.

Tank from UnderTheSeaVinyl on Etsy

Thursday, 6/8/17:

Rest day. Total rest, not active rest. This is rare for me!

Friday, 6/9/17:

On Friday, I got in an upper body workout (the #TIUFlexFriday workout), and followed it up with a 3.25 mile run. It was one of those runs that even though it was the same route and same distance that I’d done 100 times, it just felt hard. I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

Saturday, 6/10/17:

I wrapped up my week of workouts with “The Bobby Call”, which is a hilarious HIIT featuring Karena’s husband, Bobby. I’m always trying to convince my husband to work out with me. He always says no, but if he ever said yes, I imagine it would go something like this. Kudos to Bobby for putting himself in the hot seat!

The rest of Saturday was spent like this. Lazing around and moving as little as possible.

Tomorrow begins the final week of the 2017 Tone It Up Bikini Series. I know I gush about TIU all the time (#TIUgirlproblems), but this is the first challenge that I’ve stuck with start to finish! I’m a little bit sad to see it go, but excited for what’s to come. I’ve already started researching what I want to do next. I begin half marathon training the first week of July, so I want to get something nailed down soon!

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Last Week's Workouts

Question: What does your favorite active fashion look like? How are you filling up your workout calendar this week?

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June Goals & May Recap

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June! I can’t believe it’s June! I’m still clearing out shows on my DVR from late April, so the fact that it really is June just blows my mind. With a new month comes new goals and a reflection of the goals set for the previous month. Let’s get to it!

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May Goals

ONE // Run 2x/week and begin to increase my mileage again

Grade: B+

The only week of the month I didn’t run twice was last week. I’m not really sure how I managed that, but I’m darn proud!

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TWO // Leave work most days by 4:15

Grade: A

This was possibly the easiest goal to achieve. In fact, most days I was out the door by 3:45.

THREE // Eat clean 90% of the time

Grade: B+

Last week was rough, but I managed and this week is already off to a better start.

FOUR // Lose 3 pounds

Grade: F

Well… I didn’t gain any weight so that has to count for something, right?

FIVE // Catch up on house cleaning 

Grade: F

Fail, fail, fail. FAIL.

June Goals

ONE // Catch up on housecleaning

Because I’m out of school for the summer, my to-do list has suddenly become a mile long. As you can tell from my April goals, I completely neglected my housekeeping. I’m spending this week doing the “big uns” and hope I can just maintain in the weeks to come.

TWO // Read two more books

Remember how in January, I set a goal to read 12 books this year?! Well, I’m failing miserably at that. BUT! I finally made time to read and finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (I’m a sucker for suspense thrillers). I immediately downloaded The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Have you read that? I’m hoping it’s good!

THREE // Plan the first month of training for the Run Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

I already have a pretty good idea of how I expect to plan this, but I want to sit down and put pen to paper and knock it out. The last time I trained I used a Hal Higdon program, but this time I’m thinking of doing a Jeff Galloway plan.

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FOUR // Find an eye doctor and schedule an appointment

Like I said, my to-do list has suddenly become a mile long. I also need to get a haircut, organize our closets, declutter (a lot), etc., etc… But I think making sure my eyeballs are in working order is at the top of the list. 🙂

I’ve been wearing my glasses more and more because I feel my contacts becoming less effective.

FIVE // Eat clean 90% of the time

I have a terrible tendency to get chubby during the summer. I let my meal planning/prepping routines fall by the wayside and snack willy nilly on whatever I can get my hands on. This summer, I want to fight that head on!

Question: What goals have YOU set for the month of June?

Linking up with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday!