Last Week’s Workouts

Today is Monday, May 22. Say what?! How (no, really, HOW) are we heading into the last full week of May? It seems like 2017 just started last week and I was juuuust sitting down to write the first few posts of this here blog. Yet, here we are with Memorial Day a week away and summer right around the corner. Not that I’m complaining — 2017 has had it’s rough patches.

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Today begins Week 5 of the Tone It Up Bikini Series and as cheesy as it sounds, this challenge has been the light at the end of the tunnel for me on rough days these past few weeks. When I feel as if I’m being bombarded with negativity, it’s fun to wake up to the positivity of Karena and Katrina and now that I can escape with a good sweat and spend some time taking care of myself. That said, here’s how I escaped last week.

Last Week's Workouts

Sunday, 5/14/17:

The day before, my husband and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Because I just CANNOT go to the movies without getting popcorn and Raisinets, I of course ate way too many of both. So Sunday, I completed K&K’s BodyLove Total Body Workout (with Jillian Michaels too!) and followed it up with an old school Bikini Yoga video from a years old challenge.

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Last week’s meal prep was BEAUTIFUL!

Monday, 5/15/17:

I woke up EXCITED to workout Monday morning (I usually do). I completed Tight & Toned Core (that’s a burner) and Beach Babe 3 Beach Arms. I have decided that I really need to start “training for my training”, so I got in a very hot run of 3.2 miles that afternoon. A lot of my half marathon training will be completed when it’s hot outside, so it’s time I get used to being out in it.

Tuesday, 5/16/17:

It’s Tone It Up Tuesday! Today, I did two rounds of the new Booty Burn workout, as well as the 5 daily moves. The daily moves consisted of 3 rounds/15 reps of Kettlebell swings, Kettlebell squats, Kettlebell sumo squats, curtsy lunges, bridges. My lower bod was really feeling the burn.

Wednesday, 5/17/17:

Wednesday was such a fun day! I woke up for my #tiubootycall as I usually do. I decided to try out the only workout from Beach Babe 5 I hadn’t done yet — Sunset Sweat. It was pretty short and a great start to the day, but my real workout came that evening. I tried out CycleBar for the first time and completed a class with some other TIU girls from my area! Gotta love Instagram. 🙂

I was blown away by the whole experience. If you read my post last week on home gyms, you know it’s been YEARS since I’ve taken a group fitness class (much less spin). I forgot how challenging they can be. I had jello legs walking out of there!

Thursday, 5/18/17:

Rest day! I had intended a run for the afternoon, but learned I was tasked with working my school’s dance. Between set up, the actual dance, and tear down, I wasn’t going to have time, so I just made it a rest day.

Friday 5/18/17:

Karena and Katrina released another new workout today — TIU Flex Friday — an upper body circuit workout that gave me a serious shoulder pump and tricep burn. I followed that with HIIT Me Up from Beach Babe 4 and quickly appreciated my rest day from the previous day. My quads were definitely still feeling the DOMS from Wednesday’s spin class.

Saturday, 5/19/17:

By Saturday, I was good to go and hankering to hit the streets for a run. I did just that! I got in almost 4 miles after completing Sunshine Sculpt. I spent the rest of the day hanging out with my husband and working on my #sidehustle (lol).

Last Week's Workouts

I’m to 40 miles on my #100bySummer goal! #100bySummer goal by @amylynnntiu on Instagram

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

How did you choose to sweat it out last week?

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week turned out to be a lot more busy than I anticipated. Or maybe I was just a lot more lazy than I anticipated? I guess we’ll never know.🤷🏻‍♀️ Either way, I was pretty silent and for the first week all year only posted once. Whoops.

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Last Week's Workouts

At the beginning of the week I got in a lot more walking than I usually do due to state testing and active monitoring. #teacherlife It went by pretty quickly though, so I didn’t mind too much! I allowed myself a nice reset over the weekend, and even took in a movie with my husband. This week, I’m looking forward to more great workouts and getting that much closer to summer break! I would be lying if I said summers off was not one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher. Obviously, it’s not the only reason, nor is it the biggest, but it sure is nice to be able to have that built-in work-life balance aspect!

Anyway, let’s get into last week’s workout journal! If you’re interested, you can get all of these updates in (almost) real-time by following me on Instagram, @teacherfit.jess!

Sunday, 5/7/17:

Last weekend we traveled home for our nephew’s first birthday party, so obviously there was cake involved. Due to that, I wanted a little more intensity than my typical Sunday yoga routine. I chose to do the HIIT Abs routine with the Tone It Up girls and Jillian Michaels, followed by this 15 minute yoga flow. It was the perfect balance of strength and stretch.

Monday, 5/8/17:

I kicked off the work week with some HIIT! I love doing that. Specifically, I did one of the new Bikini Series workouts, Sandy Sweat HIIT, and the 5 Daily Moves, which were all HIIT based. After getting to work, I did four hours of “active monitoring”. This means I walked around in circles and weaved between rows of desks for four hours straight.

Tuesday, 5/9/17:

On Tuesday, I had four more hours of “active monitoring”, but also got in another early morning workout. I did a total body routine called Sunshine Sculpt, another perfect balance of stretch and strength, followed by two miles on the treadmill. After school, I got in another round of Sunshine Sculpt to end my day.

Wednesday, 5/10/17:

Wednesday morning called for some upper body work using BeachBabe 5 Arms & Abs. Afterwards, I did about 15 minutes of some treadmill HIIT to add to my #100bySummer total.


Thursday, 5/11/17:

I absolutely LOVE getting my workout in before the sun rises. But… I also love sleeping in on Thursday mornings! That afternoon, I came home to HIIT the Beach from the BeachBabe 5 series and did the 2016 TIU Bikini Series Arms & Abs workout. It was about five minutes long and I just tacked it on because I was feeling a little something “extra”. 😉

Friday, 5/12/17:

Friday morning I was back on my grind with the Total Babe Workout, again from the BeachBabe 5 series and Tone HIIT Up, a HIIT workout from a previous challenge. It’s a major #tiugirlproblem that once you drink the koolaid, you have an exorbitant amount of workouts lying around (or using up Google Drive storage😜) and not enough time to do them all.

Basically, these posts are just a lot of PWO selfies.

Saturday, 5/13/17:

My ideal Saturday workout is a nice run before it gets too hot (we’re already having highs in the 90s here!), so that’s exactly what I did. I hit the streets for 3 miles after a quick body weight booty workout, Bombshell Booty. I polished off my workout with a few ab exercises and called it good.

As of today, I’m up to 30(.9) miles for my #100bySummer goal! Will I make it?! #100bySummer tracker by @amylynnntiu on Instagram

I hope you have a fantastic week! Get your sweat on, eat like you love your body, and enjoy this beautiful life. ♥

Last Week’s Workouts

It’s Monday and that means I’m back for another recap of my workouts from the previous week! Today begins a few days of state testing for my students and many, many others across Texas. I’ll be getting in four hours of “active monitoring” while my kiddos strut their stuff and show what they know. We’ve been working up to this since August and I’m proud of them already just for trying their best.

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Last Week's Workouts

To take my mind off some of the *stress* and *pressure* of standardized testing, let’s talk about something a little bit more fun — like the workouts I completed last week. 😉 This was Week 2 of the Tone It Up Bikini Series, so how did I fare? Let’s see.

Sunday, 4/30/17:

I love doing yoga on Sundays, so I used the Tone It Up Beach Babe 4 videos to create my own workout. I completed a cardio flow followed by a flow using the kettlebell. It was the perfect balance of stretch, strength, and elevated heart rate.

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Monday, 5/1/17:

I started off the month of May with some serious HIIT! I did Beach Babe 5’s HIIT the Beach (the same one from last week!) and the Tone It Up 5 Daily Moves. Today, those consisted of 3 rounds of 15 reps of bridges, curtsy lunges, stationary lunges, kettlebell swings, and kettlebell squat-to-press. My booty was feeling it for days.

#100bySummer tracker by @amylynnntiu on Instagram

Tuesday, 5/2/17:

For this week’s Tone It Up Tuesday, Karena and Katrina uploaded a new workout to YouTube called Totally Toned. It was a total body routine and you already know I love total body workouts! I followed that quick workout with 2 miles on the treadmill. When I was closing up the treadmill for storage something went flying and I thought for sure I had broken it. However, my awesome husband fixed it for me, so we’re back in business. 🙂

Wednesday, 5/3/17:

I tested out another new workout from the Beach Babe 5 series, Tight & Toned Core. It was a nice, equipment free break, but still buuuurned like crazy. I also did HIIT Me Up from the Beach Babe 4 series for another 1.5 miles of cardio toward my 100 mile goal!

Thursday, 5/4/17:

On Thursday, I slept in (until 5:15!) and fit in an afternoon workout. I took Pippa out for a run and thankfully, she did much better than she did last time. 🙂 When we got home, I did the Tone It Up Daily Moves, which were upper body focused. I completed 3 rounds of 15 reps of curl-to-press, upright rows, plank tricep kickbacks (these are hard!), bridge chest flys, and cross body hammer curls.

Friday, 5/5/17:

Friday, I tried out yet another Beach Babe 5 workout — Bootylicious🍑. (Yes, sometimes I feel ridiculous writing/typing/speaking their workout titles.) Additionally, I did the K+K HIIT workout from Karena and Katrina’s Look for Love/Body Love series. If you can’t tell — I love quick HIITs of mixed strength and cardio work.

Saturday, 5/6/17:

Our nephew’s 1st birthday party was this weekend, so my Saturday workout was cut a little short so we could get out the door! I did a 30-minute Beach Babe 5 workout, 30 Rep Challenge. Think 30 reps of every exercise using a variety of weights. I can totally see how this workout can be used to build strength because you can use whatever weight you want to get those reps in! Except for push-ups. I am awful at push-ups and I definitely didn’t get in 30 reps.

This week, I’m looking forward to Week 3 of the Bikini Series with some extra walking, thanks to active monitoring. I always get my steps in early on those days! Are you filling your schedule with any new workouts this week?

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?

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?