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

OGX Moroccan Argan Oil and Redken Quick Dry 18 can both be found at Target!

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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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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I looove this tank from Abundant Heart Apparel!

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.