Monthly Archives: August 2012

Body Blast Thursday

I seriously think circuit training routines using ONLY your body weight are the best! You can do these routines anywhere, and there is no doubt that you are using your entire body AND burning tons of calories!  Since my blog is still a work in progress, I just wrote up the routine for you all….but I PROMISE soon I will make  ask the hubby take pics of me actually doing all the exercises! 🙂

Anyways, give this one a try and let me know what you think.  For this circuit, you will be performing each exercise for 1 minute and repeating the circuit 2-3x.  I recommend starting off with 2x through, then move it up to 3x! (And Yes I purposely added 4 exercises to the last set just to top things off).  🙂

I hope everyone has a great 3-day weekend. I can’t wait! I’ll take lots of pictures this weekend with my friend in town and I’ll make sure to share them early next week!

Happy Sweating! XOXO

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Got Abs?

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I can’t believe it is already the LAST week of August. Crazy how time has flown by this year.  The hubby and I have now lived in LA for 6 months!! What the heck.  I still feel like there is so much we haven’t seen yet, which I guess is a good problem to have! 🙂 One of my best friends and her husband are coming to visit us this weekend and I cannot wait to show them around and have them here.  I’m counting down the days until Friday.

I don’t feel like summer is ending anytime soon here, so what a great reason to write up a quick beach abs workout.  One of my favorite places to feel sore is my Abs. (Yea, I know that may sound weird, but I love feeling sore. One of my quirks I guess. Lol).

Form Tips:

Planks: High (on hands) Keep shoulders in line with wrists, keep back flat & abs tight

Bicycle Crunches: Relax neck, Curl up higher with each rep

Butt lifts: On back, Legs straight up, Keep back FLAT and lift up butt

Side Plank:  Feet stacked, Top arm on hip, rest on elbow, keep hips UP

Toe Touches: On back, Legs straight up, Try to tap your toes

Leg Lowers: On back, place hands underneath low back, lower legs down straight -stop BEFORE your back arches up. Keep abs tight throughout.

Low Plank: On Elbows (same form as High Plank)

I leave you lovelies with my ab inspirations……..Ms. Alex, Minka, and Stacy!

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Happy Ab Toning!

Run in the Sun

Happy Sunday Bloggers! I love the weekend 🙂

First off I want to thank the few people I’ve interacted with already through blogging.  The sweet comments are really encouraging and make me feel less nervous about blogging.  I’m still learning as I go- but it’s been a great journey so far. So THANKS! This weekend I bought myself a “blogging notebook” to carry around with my as much as possible to keep my thoughts organized and in one place.

Cute right?

Onto my hot run……..

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This is my first summer living in Southern California.  Being from Seattle, I’m used to running in rainy and cloudy weather. It’s been SO great not having to wear my rain gear on my runs- I don’t think I’ve touched them since we moved.

But with that said, I’m not used to running in the heat. I decided to go on a 4-miler yesterday at 2:00 pm. Not the smartest choice. Half way through I could feel my face turning beat red and I felt sluggish. I wasn’t prepared and the run was not that enjoyable. I definitely know better, but I blame it on being a Seattle girl- not used to the sun yet. 🙂

Here are some “exercising in the heat” tips I will remember for next time:

-Decrease the exercise intensity until your body gets used to the heat

-Drink water (16 ounces) 2 hours prior AND ideally, 6-8 ounces every 15 minutes

-Wear a hat to keep the sun off your face

-Try to exercise early or later in the day to avoid peak sun hours

-Take a cold shower before you head out

Here’s a picture of my amazing view during my run. It can’t get better than this, seriously!  Ps. I adore Instagram!

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Random tangent- I need to share my awesome find at Target today…..

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$22.99 by Mossimo! So cute & I adore the color! I feel like this is something that you can dress up or down easily- Wear it tucked into a skirt or pants, wear it with jeggings/skinny jeans and some flats, or wear it over your bathing suit and shorts on a beach day!

Thanks for reading blogger friends!

Living life in a Sprint

This has been one of the busiest weeks in a long time, and it’s only Wednesday! There’s a few therapists that are out on vacation, so that means I’m seeing extra patients.  Luckily, the days have  gone by quickly, but I’ve been coming home exhausted! I’m really looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday already!

I was extremely tempted to skip my workout tonight and just sit at home, but my hubby was already at the gym so I know I had no excuse and I’d feel better afterwards. 🙂  I decided to do a sprint workout today- something quick that’ll make me sweat and get my heart pumping.  Sprint workouts are great because you only need 20-30 minutes and can still get a great workout.

Here’s what I did:

Done!

I feel much better already and now I don’t feel so guilty having a glass of wine and sitting on the couch.

I think next time I do sprints, I’m going to add in some p-ups and dips in between, what do you think?

Until next time! I’m going to head to the couch with some wine and hopefully some trashy reality tv!

Look at those Legs!

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Happy Sunday everyone!   We have had a pretty lazy weekend- sleeping in and relaxing for the most part.  We did meet up with some friends in Santa Monica last night for some dinner and drinks, which was nice to get out of the house a little bit!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite quick leg workouts.  All you need is a stopwatch, some water, and your running shoes, so here it goes….)

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Quick Form Tips:

High Knees- Jogging in place, lifting knees up towards chest

Squats- Begin with feet hip width apart, aim bottom back as if you are sitting in a chair, keep knees in line with 2nd toe on top of ankles

Lunge Jumps- Stand with feet hip width apart, hands at your sides. Lunge forward with your left foot and lower yourself until your right knee almost touches the floor. Again, keep knee on top of ankle and in line with 2nd toe.  Explosively jump straight up and scissor your legs midair, landing with your right leg forward.  Repeat

Squat Jumps- Refer to stationary squats for positioning.  Jump as high as you can using your legs to push you up.  Absorb the landing softly and as you land squat down another 2-3 inches. Repeat.

I leave you with my celeb leg inspiration, Carrie Underwood.

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Enjoy!

Why I Run

Hello Blogging World! I’m so excited to finally be here, this blog has been a thought in the back of my mind for the past year and I finally took the plunge.

I was just reading a “How to Blog” guide last night and it basically said “your first blog post is going to suck, just get it out of your system.”  Ha, well here it goes…

For a long time, soccer was my main sport, until some crappy knee injuries forced me to quit.  When training for soccer, the farthest I’d run was about 3-4 miles and I was happy with that.  I had no desire to run farther than that as I thought it was a waste of time. Oh how things have changed.

I still remember the day a friend asked me if I wanted to train for a half marathon with her.  My initial thought was ‘No way, I can’t run 13 miles, that’s crazy.”   But there was something inside that told me to suck it up and try it.

After I finished the race, I was hooked.  Fast forward about 5 years and I’ve finished one full marathon and at least 10 half marathons.  I’m definitely not an expert at running, but I’ve done it and will continue to do it.

I love setting a goal and working towards it, I love pushing myself farther than I think I can go, I love that you can run at any age and continue to improve, and I love that you can run anywhere you are (for the most part).

I saw this on pinterest and thought it was just perfect!

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If you are a runner, what do you love most about running?

Thanks for hanging in there with me on my first post!