Last Week’s Workouts & the Last Week of School!

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I am finally (finally, finally!) on summer break. Hallelujah! I am looking forward to reading some good books (I already finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn), sleeping a little bit later, and generally just having things be a bit more relaxed.

I knew this week was going to be a little bit on the crazy side, so I told myself it would be OK if I didn’t get all my workouts in or if my nutrition was a little off (spoiler alert: it was)… But I still tried to be good to myself and treat my body well. What did my workout schedule look like? Scroll down to see!

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Last Week's Workouts

Sunday, 5/28/17:

I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time for running this week, so I wanted to get one in early. I set out for a 5k and I had braided my hair before I left. After about a mile and a half, I realized my braid was unraveling behind me because my hair tie had slipped out, unbeknownst to me. Like, really?! Yes.😂 So I turned around and run home and finished the rest of my run on the treadmill! I also added in a 10 minute ab workout!

Monday, 5/29/17:

It’s so easy to be lazy on a Monday off! I let myself have a very slow morning, but later completed my Memorial Day Tabata workout. It was a sweaty one that left my hamstrings sore for a few days after. Seriously–give it a try if you haven’t! You’ll love the workout!


Tuesday, 5/30/17:

Tuesday, I busted out my mini resistance bands for some booty work. Tone It Up released a new booty video and then I followed it with the 5 Daily Moves. The daily moves were three rounds of 15 reps of banded kickbacks, banded side steps, banded squat abductions, side step-ups, and step-ups. For such tiny little things, those mini resistance bands pack a powerful punch!

Wednesday, 5/31/17:

I felt like my upper body needed a little bit of attention, so I completed the #TIUBodyLove Arms & Abs, plus K&K HIIT!

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Thursday, 6/1/17:

I had planned an afternoon workout, but I was exhausted soooo… Rest day. 🙂

Friday, 6/2/17:

After a good night of rest I woke up and got in Tight & Toned Core. I don’t typically like core only workouts, but I find this one to be so challenging! I know I need to strengthen my core, so I haven’t minded adding it in lately. The Beach Babe 5 program is worthwhile for that workout only. I also got in a quick with HIIT workout with HIIT the Beach. I then headed to work for my last day of the school year! PTL!


Saturday, 6/3/17:

Another rest day. I didn’t complete any formal workouts, but I did spend the day cleaning out my classroom and moving things. I definitely broke a sweat, so it totally counts, right?!

Today, I’m planning my workouts for the coming week and trying to decide how to spend my first week off! How are you getting fit this week?

Linking up for #MotivateMe Monday with Run Mommy Run and Salads for Lunch.

Rainbow Coleslaw: Side Dish for Summer

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Make your summer BBQs a breeze with the easy and beautiful rainbow coleslaw side dish!

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Rainbow Coleslaw Side Dish

If you asked my husband, he would tell you that I’m Type A and need to have a plan for everything. It’s true! Every week, prior to making our grocery list, I sit down to make our meal plan for the following week. I plan breakfast, snacks, lunches, and dinners. But wait… I think I forgot something? Oh, that’s right–a side dish to go with dinner! It never fails. My husband will walk in the door from work when I have dinner 98% complete and he’ll ask, “Ok, so we’re having [fill in the blank], that sounds good. What are we having to go with it?” With wide eyes and heart palpitations I’ll reply, “Umm… More [fill in the blank]?”😳 He loves me, despite my shortcomings.😜

Anyway, in an effort to combat this inevitable event I texted my mom one afternoon in a scramble for a side dish and asked, “I’m making BBQ chicken tonight. What should I make to go with it?!” To which she quickly replied, “Coleslaw?” Thanks, Mom. Saving my life since 1988! This was a fantastic idea since I had some Brussels Sprouts and Purple Cabbage in the fridge that needed to be used up. All I needed was a beautiful carrot and the perfect mix of sweet and savory (plus a little spice for the hubs) to throw it all together. Fifteen minutes later and dinner was ready to go–side dish and all!💁🏻

The result was what I call Rainbow Coleslaw and something I will definitely be incorporating into our meal rotation more often. It can easily be doubled (or tripled) to serve a large crowd and with just a few swaps can be whatever you need it to be. Don’t want mayo? Sub in Greek yogurt! Add some nut butter and suddenly it’s Asian inspired. Throw in some chili powder or cumin and use it to garnish tacos! The possibilities are endless–my favorite kind of recipe!

Ingredients:
1 c. Brussels Sprouts (4-5 sprouts), chopped
1 c. Purple Cabbage, chopped
1 Carrot, shredded
1/2 tsp. Sriracha
1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
2 tbsp. Mayo
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp. Lime Juice
2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:
Wash/chop Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage
(I used my One Second Slicer to make this a breeze!)
Shred carrot
Mix cabbages and carrot in a bowl
Add in other ingredients and stir until well combined

This recipe serves approximately four people.

Rainbow Coleslaw Side Dish

Question: What is your go-to side dish when you’re in a pinch for something quick and yummy?

Today, I’m linking up for Foodie Friday with The Fit Foodie Mama, Fairy Burger, Chocolate Runner Girl, and Hello to Fit!

7 Hotel Room Workouts Using Little to No Equipment

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Traveling doesn’t mean your fitness has to slip! These hotel room workouts will keep you fit while still enjoying your time away from home!

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Hotel Room Workouts with No Equipment

I know you are SO TIRED of hearing this, but I’m in my last week of work for this school year and itching like crazy to start my summer vacation! I’m constantly day dreaming of sleeping in, taking my time to get ready, and drinking coffee on the couch until midmorning. Ahh…🙃  I’ve also been dreaming about travel and all the places I want to go! Right now, my husband and I only have one trip planned, but I’m hoping we can squeeze in a long weekend away or two.

When health and fitness is part of your everyday routine, it’s not something you want to sacrifice, even when away from home. For this reason, I always pack workout clothes and try to be prepared. When traveling, you don’t always have the freedom to do what you want (see: family vacations). Or if you do, you might rather spend your time exploring or enjoying good eats (my favorite part of vacation😜) than be sweating away in the hotel room. I have a few tried and true travel workouts that are short and sweet, but don’t compromise intensity (so I don’t feel guilty for ordering dessert!).

HIIT/Cardio

Most of the time when I’m traveling, I opt for a body weight cardio workout to get my heart rate up and burn some calories. I love cardio! I realize that probably makes me sound like a weirdo.

7 Minute HIIT (Tone It Up)

My recommendation for this workout, is to go through it twice or three times (if you have 21 minutes!) to really get a good sweat. It alternates between cardio bursts and body weight resistance to give a total body workout. I have this programmed into my interval timer and usually complete it at least once a trip!

Running!

What better way is there to explore than by going out for a run?! This requires a certain level of bravery, especially if going alone. I’m always afraid I’ll get lost and not be able to find my way back, ha! But running in a straight line for a few minutes and then turning around to head back to the room should be simple enough.

K+K Slay (Tone It Up)

This workout can be done on YouTube or using the printable move guide! It’s another great mix of cardio and body weight resistance. I prefer total body workouts and this one is definitely a favorite!

HIIT 15 (Turbo Fire)

Y’all know I love Chalene Johnson! I attribute her TurboKick live program to my lifestyle change. It was the first workout I ever did that I truly enjoyed and I was pumped to find she’d created a similar program for Beachbody. HIIT 15 is only 15 minutes (duh) and will have your heart rate through the roof and your body dripping in sweat verrryyy shortly!

Yoga/Pilates

After an indulgent few days on vacation, it can be so easy to get into the “punish your body” mindset. But sometimes that’s not what we need at all. Your body may be crying out for a good stretch!

PiYo Strength Intervals (PiYo)

Again, I’ve sung my praises for PiYo on the blog before. I love it! I love the dynamic yoga element of PiYo and there’s always a few burpees mixed in. Who doesn’t love burpees?! Plus, with the addition of Beachbody On Demand, it’s become so easy to stream PiYo and Turbo Fire and so many other Beachbody workouts straight from your phone.

Strength/Resistance

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is sneak in a little bit of toning between activities. In the room after lunch with a couple of hours to spare before heading back out? Throw in some toning and resistance! I believe something is always better than nothing, no matter how short!

String Bikini (Beach Babe 3)

This workout requires nothing but a resistance band — the most portable exercise equipment! It’s short enough (about 10 minutes) to complete a couple of rounds. Overall, the Beach Babe 3 program is a great one to have and is available as a digital download. I keep it on my tablet so it’s readily available for travel.

The Jillian Michael’s App

I looove Jillian Michaels’ new app! It’s completely customizable, making it perfect for travel. It can be programmed for lots of equipment or no equipment, 5 minutes to 30 minutes — not to mention the full programs available! Pick your body part for a strength workout, or request cardio a la carte and “gargle your heart”😏 as Jillian likes to say.

There are so many ways to stay active while traveling! These are just a few that present some of the easiest options. I also love 12 Minute Athlete (traveling or not), 21 Day Fix Extreme, and of course, my 5 Minute Abs workout!

Question: How do you stay in shape while traveling? Do you hit up the hotel gym, or forgo that for a body weight burn? Tell me — I’d love to know!

Linking up today for this final Wild Workout Wednesday in May with Annemarie, Jen, and Nicole! Thanks for hosting, ladies! I’m also linking up with Rebecca for Your Whims Wednesday–been following her on IG for a while and had no idea she hosted a weekly link-up! 🙂

Last Week’s Workouts & Memorial Day!

Today is Memorial Day. I’m so proud to be an American and I’m so thankful for the men and women who serve so that I may have a better life. THANK YOU!🇺🇸

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Last Week's Workouts & Happy Memorial Day!

Now, if I’m being honest, I’m thankful for servicemen/women, but I’m equally as thankful to have the day off today to sleep in and rest. School last week was chock full of activities from field trips, to field day, to talent shows–there was no down time! Friday, my younger brother graduated from high school (😢he’s not a baby anymore!), as did my husband’s cousin, so we made the trip home to watch them walk across the stage! We drove back late that night and finally crawled into bed around 12:30. The rest of the weekend was spent resting and recuperating from the hustle and bustle.

Sunday, 5/21/17:

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. I love doing yoga on Sundays! Yoga and Sunday is the perfect pair. I also like matching up my yoga with some total body strength so I can get a good sweat going before bringing my heart rate down and stretching it out. On this day, I completed Total Body Tone Up from Beach Babe 4 with Emily DiDonato’s Yoga Flow!

Monday, 5/22/17:

This year for the Bikini Series, K&K have being doing a lot of live workouts via Instagram. Very cool concept, however… Since I have a job those workouts really aren’t an option for me. Luckily, they’ve slowly been adding them to YouTube, so I’m trying to work my way through them all! I completed a “live” upper body workout, plus a years old Bikini Abs workout and Beach Babe 5’s HIIT the Beach. That one has been a weekly staple for me. I love it!

Tuesday, 5/23/17:

Tuesday was such a strange day. I took the day off, but I still had a million one things to do, so I adhered to my 4:15 a.m. wake up call. It was #ToneItUpTuesday, so I tried out the new Toned Abs routine (burned so good) and did two rounds of Totally Toned. That afternoon, I took Pippa out for an easy run to clear my head. We got in about three miles and she loved it! I did too. 🙂

Wednesday, 5/24/17:

Wednesday morning was back to the grind, so I got in the Rooftop Total Body workout. This was another “live” workout that was later added to YouTube. I had intentions to get in another run that afternoon, but I didn’t leave work until 5:30 and it just wasn’t going to happen. #life

Thursday, 5/25/17:

I typically do an afternoon workout on Thursdays, but I really needed to get to the grocery store… So I sacrificed some sleep for another 4:15 a.m. morning. (Maybe that’s why I’m so tired–because my mornings start in the middle of the night?!) I completed Bootylicious from Beach Babe 5, a kettlebell/body weight booty workout that will kick your tail. (Pun intended) I ended my workout with a 15 minute HIIT!

Friday, 5/26/17:

Fridays are for flexing, and Tone It Up has a workout for that! I did the TIU Flex Friday workout and HIIT the Beach again. I’m currently up to 52 miles for my #100bySummer goal. The first day of summer is June 20. At my current rate, it’s going to be tight, but hopefully I’ll make it!

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Saturday, 5/27/17:

As I mentioned, we went home on Friday night for graduation. Small town graduations last FOREVER, so it was dang near 9 p.m. by the time we got out of there. We visited with my husband’s cousin while she opened her graduation gifts and it was almost 10:45 when we left to make the hour and a half drive back. I suck at staying up late and felt like crap all day Saturday… So I took it low intensity and stretched it out with some PiYo Sweat. There are about 16 burpees in that workout and that was more than enough to get my heart rate up for the day!

Today begins week 6 of the Tone It Up Bikini Series. I’m starting to feel the itch to try something new. I’m the queen of quitting programs and challenges or getting bored with a set schedule (a lot like I did during #LookForLove this year). With only three weeks left I’ll be so angry at myself for giving up, but I think I’ll definitely start mixing other things in. It’s always nice to be reminded how much fun other workouts can be!

I’m linking up this post for #MotivateMe with Salads 4 Lunch and Run Mommy Run!

Last Week's Workouts

Flashback Friday: Disney Dreaming

It’s happened. It’s finally happened.

I have four, that’s right, F O U R, days of school left before I’m officially on summer break! (Bless you, Memorial Day Weekend) That just makes me as happy as a clam. Tonight, we are headed home for my younger brother’s high school graduation. It’s also my husband’s cousin’s graduation from the same school. It’s sure to be a treat, and of course, gets me all nostalgic about my own time in high school (10 years ago, say what?!). When I was a senior, we had a senior trip to my favorite place ever (Walt Disney World, duh), and since my hubs and I have a trip coming up this year, I’ve really got Disney on the brain lately.

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Today, I thought, I’d take a stroll down memory lane and relive some fun times in the Disney parks. Please fasten your seatbelt and make sure your arms stay in the ride at all times.

2015: Most recently, I was so blessed to go to Japan in 2015 to visit my cousin. Before heading back to the city she lived in, we stayed in Tokyo a few days. We visited Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea and I loved every minute of it! These parks have all your favorite rides — Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, and my favorite, Space Mountain (plus many, many more). It was so interesting to experience these rides I’ve loved for years with a little twist and a lot of Japanese narration.

Tokyo DisneySea reminded me a lot of Hollywood Studios in WDW. It even has the Tower of Terror, although it’s not the Hollywood Tower of Terror and the storyline is completely different. My favorite part of the park was Mermaid Lagoon. Isn’t it beautiful?

 2013: In 2013, I went back to Walt Disney World for the third time. I am lucky to have a best friend who has been literally like 15 times and has dragged me along twice. I mean, she really had to twist my arm, y’all. Just kidding.

We stayed at the beautiful Boardwalk Resort and loved having JellyRolls within walking distance. A dueling piano bar?! Yes, please! Going to Disney as an adult definitely has its perks. I keep telling my husband this, but I’m not sure he believes me. 🙂 On this trip, I took complete advantage of the dining plan and had dessert with every meal. We added the dining plan to our trip in November and the glutton in me can’t wait.

2007: Myself and eight friends visited in April our senior year of high school to celebrate our impending graduation/the fact that we were done with standardized testing while the rest of our peers stayed back in Texas to take four days worth of tests. When I sat down to write this, I went hunting on Facebook for the pictures from that trip… But remembered I took them down when I graduated college and started trying to find a job. 😀

Just imagine nine teenagers at the Pop Century Resort with Extra Magic Hours in an off season. Our chaperones met us at 9:30 each morning to pass out our cash for the day, but other than that we were pretty much on our own. We also spent a few days at Universal Studios where we were even less supervised. Looking back as an adult, this was a terrible idea and probably why senior trip is no more. But it sure was a lot of fun! 😉

2001: My first trip! I attended with aforementioned friend and her family and I instantly fell in love with the parks. I think I was probably terrified to leave my mom, as it was really only about the second time I’d ever even left Texas and maybe the third time I’d been away from her for more than a couple of days. I remember running through O’Hare because we thought we might miss our connection. At that time I thought, “Is this even worth it?!” But as soon as we arrived at the Beach Club, I knew it was. 🙂

Flashback Friday: Disney Dreaming

Next trip, 2017: …For the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend later this year! I am ecstatic and have loved every step of the planning process. This will actually be my husband’s first time visiting as an adult and it’s my first time planning the trip myself.

All of you veterans, if you have any tricks of the trade, I’d love to hear them! Happy Friday, y’all! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Today, I’m linking up these five years of memories for Five on Friday!