Fabulously Fit Friday 59 – At Home Workouts

Today on this Fabulously Fit Friday I’m sharing with you my favorite AT HOME workout options!

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It is absolutely freezing cold outside here and there is zero chance that I will be doing a workout outside or trekking to the gym. I have a feeling you may be in the same boat.

Luckily, I’ve been primarily doing at-home workouts, so I really have zero need to emerge from my house. I even do some of these at work (granted I have a lot more space, privacy and freedom at my job than many people have). So, here are my favorites or things that I know many fit peeps like doing in their homes too. Minimal equipment (because the point isn’t to build a gym in your house, right?).

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BBG – I’ve been doing Bikini Body Guide workouts for 8 weeks now! It takes 30 minutes, can be modified based on what you have, and is really effective. My husband is doing it too and has really trimmed up. I love that I can just tell myself “you’re almost done!” through the whole workout. Basically, you pay for a 12-week guide and you follow it. Three days a week, you’re doing fast-paced body-weight exercises in circuits. I love this because if I can’t finish the reps for a particular exercise, I just move on to the next one on the list; just keep moving.

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TIUTone It Up is my other favorite for at-home workouts. The weekly workout list is posted every Sunday (for free) and you can follow it or pick-and-choose. I love that each of the videos targets a body group and they’re SHORT! Like, 10 minutes. And you can repeat them if you want to, do another one with it, or just call it a day! The trainers, Karena and Katrina, are super bubbly. When I first started doing their workouts a few years ago, I thought “this is going to drive me crazy because they’re not “mean” enough”, but instantly I was hooked. They’re nothing but positive, they giggle and smile through the whole thing (or tell you they’re dying from the workout too), they’re real women (Katrina’s weightloss story is featured on their website if you want to read it), and I just love them. Every so often they host challenges that you can partake in, and the community of women doing them are so encouraging.

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Yoga With Adrienne – I’ve only recently starting doing Adrienne’s YouTube videos. She’s really cool. Like, laid back, not hippie-dippy, isn’t super strict. She puts out yoga videos of all different lengths and styles (Need back work? Want a slimming one? Just want to stretch? Legs?). Highly recommend her! I did one of her 40 minute ones (I think it was called “Yoga for Weight Loss” maybe?) and the whole next two days I was sore! That never happens to me with yoga! And then I did one of her calming ones and was just so relaxed. Awesomeness.

 

Tara Stiles – Tara founded Strala yoga, which is this really organic, movement-filled yoga. She encourages you to wiggle around, mellow into each move and not get stuck there. I love it. At first I wasn’t so sure about her voice (I’m strange about whose voice I can tolerate during yoga…sorry), but I have been doing her “Wake Up Flow” for over a year now and I love it. Here’s the deal: she has a newsletter; sign up for it. I signed up for it and that is how I have some of her workouts for free. Every so often she emails out a free download of a yoga flow and I download it, save it to my desktop, and then I have a new flow to do on a day at home. They’re super short (15-20 min) but really effective because you feel relaxed and calm afterwards. I love it. She also has a YouTube channel, but I’ve heard that some of her workouts can get to be too fast (which isn’t the case for her download ones), so just do what you can.

 

My workouts! In the past, I’ve posted workouts under Fabulously Fit Friday. They’re every-so-often, so you have to just skim back, but here’s a good circuit workout you can do at home!
I’m really looking forward to some warmth and sunshine so I can walk my restless pups outside too! 

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What are your favorite at-home workouts? Which are you dying to try?

Fabulously Fit Friday 58

It’s time for another Fabulously Fit Friday! Let’s talk about twitching muslces (ew), getting a cold and that looming Valentine’s Day. 

Hey! Hope you had a fabulous Superbowl Weekend last weekend! I did!

I wasn’t a big fan of either team, but I won the bet I placed with my dad so that’s all that matters! Hooray!

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So I can’t believe I’m in Week 6 of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG). In case you missed it, I’ll fill you in quickly. BBG is a 12 week guide, set up: Mon, Wed, Fri is a fast-paced resistance exercise that takes 30 minutes, then Tue, Thurs, and Sat are “LISS” which is basically walking for 30-45 minutes. Plus lots of stretching. I add in yoga and the occasional Spin class because I’m dedicated to them. There are some incredibly inspiring women all over Instagram doing her workouts, so you should check it out! I tend to post pictures of BBG on my other Instagram account, tiu_treatswithatwist.

Ok, now that’s out of the way, I’m in Week 6! Any big changes? Well, no. Actually I’ve been trying really hard not to get down on myself because I’m working very hard and I’m noticing some strength changes, but no physical changes. Except…I have this super creepy twitch in my abs. Like, twitchy muscle that’s driving me crazy. I usually get this in my legs, but in my abs? So bizarre.

And now I think I’m getting a cold! Eek!! 

 

Next weekend is Valentine’s Day! Can you believe it? I know that the Tone It Up: Love Your Body Challenge was geared towards building your self confidence so you’ll be glowing by V Day. Did anybody participate? Or perhaps just read all of the blog posts and watch the YouTube videos (like I did)? Tell me tell me!!

 

Have a Fabulously Fit Friday

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Fabulously Fit Friday is getting snacky! I’m going to share my favorite fit snacks with you, and I want to hear yours! 

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So I last time we talked shop, I blabbed all about my new favorite workout tunes and little finds. Fun! Ok, since then, I’ve endured two more weeks of grueling Bikini Body Guide workouts. I love it though! I feel so so motivated to keep going.

I think my primary motivation to keep participating is my husband. I’ve never seen him so dedicated to a challenge, especially fitness-related. And he has lost 10 pounds as of last week! That’s so crazy. His heart is so big and he’s so driven right now. And he loves the way he feels.

I don’t know how much of a physical change I’ve gone through over the last 4 weeks, if any, but we have “progress pictures” to take Sunday morning. I’m so nervous about that! But I know that I’m more motivated to see my progress after week 12, and I’m more excited about the mental progress I’ve made.

Ok, so today’s fitness theme just has to be snacks!

A few of my favorite snacks while staying healthy are:

Greek yogurt with toppings (I reach for a healthy granola with low sugar, nuts, nut butter or/and fruit). For a dairy-free option (which I reach for just as often), I like cultured coconut yogurt or almond yogurt. 
Protein shake: I love Vega protein powders for a vegan shake (they just released two new flavors!), or Quest protein powder for a whey shake. * 
Protein bar: I’m VERY picky and rarely reach for a bar. Sometimes a Luna bar, Kind bar or Quest bar is thrown into the rotation, but other than that I steer clear.
No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites: This is an old recipe I’m going to remake soon, but it is still SO good. They make healthy cookie bites which are actually perfect snacks
Veggies with hummus: I’m currently hooked on Sabra’s Tuscan Herb hummus!
Fruit: I have really been on an apple with peanut butter kick lately! Yes!

What are your favorite healthy snacks lately?

 

We are now entering Week 5 of BBG! I can’t believe it! 

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Another note: I’m going to rearrange some of my Fabulously Fit Friday posts, renaming them with numbers (like this one is) so they’re easier for you to keep track of! Love ya! 

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Fabulously Fit Friday is here again! I can’t wait to update you on all of the fit activities I’ve been doing and I want to hear all about yours! 

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I can’t believe Friday is already here again!

I’ve survived a grueling Week 2 of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide! I feel like I deserve a giant cake or a new pair of shoes or something. And after Week 1, my husband weighed himself and he’d lost 7 pounds!

This week was killer. The first workout completely killed me! It had a ton of plyo moves in it and I felt like I just couldn’t jump that much! In fact, I can’t. But maybe soon? Hopefully my jumping gets better. I’m pretty sure I don’t leave the ground when I’m jumping around. Workouts 2 and 3 were just awful and I found myself collapsing to the ground, unable to do one more pushup! Sheesh!

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 ^^packing!^^

But I did it. And I had to squeeze in all of those intense workouts before the weekend, because I’m on my way to Washington DC! I’ve never been there and I am just so excited to see all of the monuments and catch up with my best friend, whom I get to see once or twice a year!

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I thought I’d share a few workout favorites with you, and then you can tell me yours!

Favorite new song in my workout mix:

Ariana Grande ft Weeknd: Love Me Harder
I know I know, so pop. But I love it. I love pop. And I love how songs that have a beat that picks up make me MOVE. When I’m doing knee-ups on an overturned dresser drawer, I tend to hike up faster when the song gets going.

Ingrid Michaelson: Afterlife
I seriously can’t get enough of this song. Her voice is AHmazing and it is just power.

Honestly, I turn on Spotify and type in “One Direction” and just let it play! Don’t hate.

 

Favorite waterbottle:

This one I posted on IG and in last week’s post. It’s super sparkly and pink and my sister-in-law got it for me for Christmas. Does she know me or what?

 

Favorite breakfast:

I switch between a big bowl of Egg White Oats (I usually shred up zucchini and mix it in, along with maca and banana slices or blueberries) and my Green Protein Pancakes made with Vega Sport Vanilla.

 

Favorite protein dessert:

I switch between a warm Quest bar slathered in Jif Whips peanut butter (any flavor!) or a mug cake that I make from Quest protein powder, which I have in the Peanut Butter flavor (I posted a quick recipe in the comment of this picture).

 

What are your favorites lately? Find anything new after making New Year’s Resolutions?

 

Have a great weekend!!
xxoo

PS I have a giveaway going on! You’ll want to check it out!! 

Fabulously Fit Friday 55 in 2015!

It’s 2015! And I know you have lots of fitness goals (maybe?), so what perfect timing for Fabulously Fit Friday!  

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Happy 2015!! I hope you read my Hopes and Goals for 2015 post…if you didn’t I’ll wait while you do …

Ok now that that’s out of the way I want to share with you what my husband and I have been up to, fitnesswise…

We started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide! Yes, that CRAZY 12 week guide with amazing before-and-afters you may have seen all over Instagram! [her handle is @kayla_itsines]

We started on Monday, so as of today we have completed 5 days! And we are so sore! My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are doing it too in Dallas and we all started on the same day so we can text each other and encourage each other through the whole thing (ie bitch about how sore we are).

I swear, by the end of this, I’ll look exactly the same and my husband and his brother will be all ripped. Kidding. Maybe. Not.

SO! I’m telling you this because: 1. The BBG workouts will probably be my subjects of Fabulously Fit Friday for awhile (hopefully 12 weeks!); 2. I will be posting about it on my fitness Instagram (and probably my regular Instagram too) so please follow me and encourage me and tell me my food is pretty; 3. I want you to do it with us! If you were wondering which program you should do to kick off the New Year, then join this one and let me know and I’ll be your cheerleader too! Go you! You don’t have to start at the same time as us to be included, in fact I think even Kayla herself is going to do her 12 week guide starting Monday, so you can join anytime. Just do it! (don’t sue me Nike!) 
[I'm hoping to do some Instagram giveaways too, so look out for those!]

Another fitness challenge that started just recently that you may want to join in on is the Tone It Up: Love Your Body Series. This one is a 6 week challenge and should be very positive and encouraging and you will be smiling all the way through it. I totally recommend you join that one if you just aren’t sure about the BBG one (plus, it’s FREE)!

I love both of these options because they can be done from home! You just need a few basic fitness things (and even then, you can find other options or do without them all together). I think you just need some dumbbells, a medicine ball, a step (or a chair or bench), maybe a kettlebell (for TIU), some fitness shoes and a jumprope (I totally fake it and just jump a lot). I collected all of these things overtime and have mis-matched sets; anything works!

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(Oh hey, look, I still go to yoga too!)

I hope you all had an amazing New Year’s and can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for all of us!!

Tell me tell me: what are your goals for 2015? Have you started a fitness program or do you need help finding one?! Let’s talk!

 

Oh, also, this is really random, but I’m totally addicted to Snapchat! Do you use it? My little brother got me hooked on it because he doesn’t answer text messages anymore (no idea why), but now my friends and I are on it ALL the time. Anyways, if you are on it or you join it and you like to watch other people’s daily “stories”, I fill mine up with random things from my day (mostly cooking) and you can totally follow me: Mking3000 .

 

xxoo

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