Monthly Archives: September 2012

…..And I’m Off…..

I wanted to write a quick blog post before we take off on our trip!   I won’t have consistant internet access when we’re away, so I’ll be away from the blog for a couple weeks 😦  Our flight leaves tonight at midnight.  I usually go to bed at 10:00 during the week, so I’m hoping I can fall asleep easily.  I usually have a hard time sleeping on planes, but after a busy day at work and finishing up last minute errands I might be really good at it this time!

I was playing on Pinterest tonight after finishing my packing and stumbled upon these lovely traveling ladies…….

I wish this is what I looked like tonight as we head to the airport …..

After 2 days in New York, we are heading on to Europe and the rest of our trip.  I’m a huge people watcher, so I can’t wait to just hang out and observe my surroundings and take it all in.  I know I’ll come back with lots of blogging material about fashion and fitness trends from the different cities we visit.

I’ll be back soon!

-M

Do you get dressed up for the airport?

Can you fall asleep easily on planes?

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Staying Fit When Traveling

The count down is officially on: We leave for vacation in about 27 hours!! Woo hoo! I haven’t taken a long trip like this since our Honeymoon, so needless to say I am ready to get away! (nice rhyme) My packing is about 90 % finished, and I’m taking a break from it now so that I can blog!

I made sure to get in a long run tonight because I know I won’t be able to exercise as consistently when we are away. But I WILL be working out. My husband will not want to be around me if I’m not able to just a little 🙂

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t!” – Elle Woods

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Lol. This is one of my favorite quotes and it’s so true! Now for me, vacations are at time for relaxing, indulging, sleeping, and eating. (Ahhh that sounds so nice) But, there’s no reason to put exercise on the back burner completely. Here are some of my tips:

Explore your City: Walk, Rent a Bike, Go Kayaking or Paddle boarding if the option is there. Be creative. These are probably the best ways to tour your city.

Packing: This is a no-brainier, but pack your workout clothes. I like putting them on, so that I see them right away and can leave them out as a reminder. Also bring a resistance band or jump rope- doesn’t take up much space.

Timing: If you have an hour of down time hanging out in the hotel room, use it wisely. Why not do some push-ups, wall sits, or crunches?

Remember you are on vacation: Relaxing and enjoying yourself should be your first priority- that’s why we take vacations, right? Give yourself a break!

Here’s the cities we are going to see!

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Nice, France

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Munich, Germany

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Rome, Italy

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Okay these pictures just made me that much more excited. I’m going to go finish packing!

XOXO, M

My Passport Is Ready…..

Hi Bloggers! I apologize for being slightly MIA this past week! Life has been busy! Work has been crazy busy and I’ve been madly getting ready for our Europe trip!

Trying to fit all my stuff into 1 suticase for 2 weeks is already a struggle! I’ve always had the problem of overpacking, even if it’s just for 2 days. So, I started packing early to see if that would help and I’m already running into trouble. Lol. This is what I feel like………..

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One of my “things” is that I hate checking my bag. It makes me feel more comfortable knowing that all my stuff is with me at all times, especially traveling abroad. I’m actually lucky that I’ve never (knocking on wood right now) lost any of my luggage. I’ve heard horror stories from people and I think that overtime that has me freaked out. And well, charging for a checked bag is not cool, so that’s another reason I’m not budging. 🙂

So, we are going to 4 different countires and the problem is the weather isn’t the same in all of them. On one end of the spectrum, Dublin is supposed to be 55 degrees and raining- and on the other end- Rome is supposed to be in the low 80’s. This means I can’t just stuff my suitcase with flip flops and sundresses unfortunately. So far I have 2 pairs of jeans, 4 pairs of shorts, 2 sundresses, a maxi skirt, and probably way too many shirts. I’m having a hard time narrowing down how many light cardigans and/or light jackets to bring. And, as much as I love wearing my pretty heels, I don’t think they will be super practical in Europe since we’ll be walking a lot. Right now I think I’m going to just take one pair of flats, 2 pairs of wedges (light and dark) and one pair of flip flops. What do you guys think?

Our first flight is a red-eye and I want to be somewhat ready for the following day so my plan is to wear this to the airport. (Sorry the pic. quality isn’t the best, but it’s just a tank and a grey maxi skirt)

I can wear a little cardigan over and it’s pretty comfy so I’ll be able to fall asleep!

And here is my current suitcase situation, I’ll make sure to take an updated picture on Tuesday when I have it perfectly ready 🙂 (I’m hoping at least)

Do you have trouble packing or knowing what to bring?

Do you have any packing tips? Please share, I need help. Ha!

I’ll be back before we leave with another fitness related post. 🙂

Cheers!

-M

The Mat Workout

Not having  a gym membership is no excuse to let your fitness level decline.  In fact,  there are PLENTY of routines that you can do at home to stay in shape.  I don’t belong to a gym and haven’t in over a year and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life.  If you have been reading some of my other workout posts, you know that I am slightly obsessed with at-home workouts, especially circuit workouts.  This type of workout is great if you are short on time, and want to burn tons of calories.  Since most of these workouts are timed, you can challenge yourself and try to do more repetitions each time.  The more you put in, the more you can get out.

Have you ever used a yoga mat as resistance during your workout??  Give this workout a try, all you need is a yoga mat, a timer, and some water.  To track your progress, tally how many repetitions you can complete of each exercise and watch those numbers increase in time.

I have included some pics below of the exercises included in the circuits.

Complete each exercise for 1 minute and repeat each Circuit 2x.

After finishing Circuit 3, Complete the last 2 exercises for the grand finale! 🙂

Want to increase the difficulty?

Add in 2 minutes of Cardio in between each Circuit. (Examples: Jog in place, Jumping Jacks, Burpees, Star Jumps etc., this will keep your heart pumping for sure)

Circuit 1:

Form Tips: Mountain Climbers keep back flat and abs tight throughout.  Triceps Pulses: Keep arms straight and pulse arms up and down in 2-3″ inch motions. Squats: Don’t let knees go past your toes and keep them tracking in line with ankle and 2nd toe.  Press mat straight out in front of you at chest height.

Circuit 2:

Form Tips: Jumping Jacks: Keep the pace up and press mat overhead every time you jack your legs out. Staggered P-ups:  Try at least 1 from your toes.  Switch arm that is elevated on mat the 2nd time through the circuit. Toe Touches: Keep legs straight and reach arms up to toes, squeezing your glutes, and trying to lift your bottom off the ground. Don’t let momentum take over.

Circuit 3:

Form Tips: Skaters: Ditch the mat for this one.  Keep butt low and core tight throughout. Lunge: Same with squats, keep knee stacked on top of ankle, not past your toes- focus on your front quad lowering you down and pressing you back up (shouldn’t feel all the work being done in the calf of your back leg). Press mat up as your straighten your leg, switch legs for the 2nd time through the circuit. Dips: Keep arms close to your side, bend elbows straight back (not just lowering your butt), and keep your bottom close to your mat.

Don’t forget to finish with a 1-Minute Plank and 1-Minute High Knees!

Phew all done! 🙂

Do you like circuit workouts?

Do you exercise at a gym?

Exciting news- in ONE week the hubby and I will be going on a 2-week vacation in Europe. I’m so excited and am so ready to get away from the daily routine and see some new places.  Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to take A LOT of pictures!!  I’m literally counting down the days and have already started packing early, ha!

Alright, off to eat dinner with the hubby and have a glass of vino!

XOXO, M

Listen to YOUR Body!

I’m not someone that needs to be motivated to workout, or one to make excuses not to workout. I have found that I am on the opposite side of the spectrum, in that I don’t always give my body much of a break, and I keep pushing it when I don’t need to. With time I have learned that listening to my body each day is the most important thing. If I feel like I can workout harder or run faster, then I do it. If I can only make it to mile 6 instead of mile 10, then so be it- I’ll run 10 miles next time.

I learned this the hard way in college when I tore my ACL. At the time I was playing in some adult co-ed leagues and being me, I hated missing workouts. I still remember that day I was feeling sick that morning, but I didn’t want to skip. So needless today, since my body wasn’t 100% in it, I took a misstep and hurt my knee. I definitely missed some workouts for a long while after that. Going through this injury and the long rehab process, I learned that skipping one or two workouts is way better than not being able to run for 3 months!

Now I ran into trouble with this same problem again when I started training for races. Some of the first training plans I followed wanted me running 5+ days a week. I tried to do this, but my body hated it. Towards the end of the week running felt like a chore and my body was tired, sore, and run down. I decided to cut down to 4 days a week and it made such a HUGE difference. WMy training runs were more effective and I felt like I had more energy for the long runs. Even when I was Marathon Training, I ran no more than 4 days a week, and it worked for me.

Right now I workout about 5 days a week with a mix of running, barre classes, and at-home circuits. And tonight I did a quick sprint workout and it felt great. I got a good sweat on and now I’m relaxing on the couch. 🙂

Here’s what I did:

What are your workout routines?

How many days a week do you run when you are training for a race?

Do you feel guilty when you miss a workout?

Until Next time! -M

I’m SORE!

So I tried to stand up after watching football for a few hours this afternoon and it was not pretty.  My legs especially feel super stiff and also like they weigh 100 pounds each.  Lol!  I’m thinking my body is telling me to take a break.  I’ve been working out consistantly the past 4 days, and I went to Bar Method (which is AMAZING and I will dedicate a post to very soon) this morning and my body is done! This is how I felt:

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It got me thinking about the continued debate in the fitness world about what the actual cause of muscle soreness is and what we can do about it.   One of the biggest myths out there is that Lactic Acid is the culprit.  I remember learning about this in my Exercise Physiology class in college and I was intially so surprised.   Lactic acid actually washes out of our muscles within 30 min-1 hour after exercise, and since DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) doesn’t show up for at least 24 hours later, researchers are still on the search for another explanation.

The most accepted idea right now is Skeletal Muscle Damage- meaning you cause microtrauma to the muscle fibers.  The swelling and inflammation can build up days after a workout, which is why muscle soreness may be worse TWO, THREE, or FOUR days after a workout.

Here’s some treatment options that I’ve tried at some point in my exercise career:

Stretching

Ice Bath

Anti-inflmmatory Medication

Massage

Topical creams or Sports Balms

Low Intensity Exericse (slow walk for example)

So what did I do today?  I took a slow walk down to the nail salon and got a manicure and a pedicure. Ha. That worked for me.  I’ll probably do a light 20 minute jog tomorrow evening and make sure to stretch afterwards. 🙂 And then hopefully I will feel like this:

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How do you deal with Muscle Soreness?? I’d love to hear other tips that may have worked for you!!

I have an awesome week ahead of me: Hubby’s birthday is on Wednesday and Thursday night we are going to Vegas for a couple days. I cannot wait! Have a great Sunday evening everyone! XO

Motivation & Kick your Butt Circuit

Hello All!

I read an awesome post this weekend from Kacie at “Savvy Sassy Me” & it got me thinking more about how we all can get caught up in doing what other people want, and not listening to our inner voices.  Such a simple concept, but can be easily forgotten. I know I need a reminder every now and again!

For me, it all comes back to why I started this blog.  I have been an avid blog reader for about a year now and was just too overwhelmed and scared to start my own.

Will people read it? Will they like what I have to say? (or care?)

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I found this quote on Pinterest last month, and it was about a week later that  Fit Girl in a Pretty World was born!  I have always enjoyed writing and even more so when it comes to anything fitness.

So I’m happy to say that I’m offically a blogger! Whenever I’m having a tough day or am feeling confused, I re-read all my pinterest quotes, and that seems to relax my mind.  Here’s another one of my favorites:

Onto the workout, here’s a quick (and effective)  full-body at-home cirucit.  And again, all you need is yourself, a stopwatch, and some water.  It’s easy to do in between shopping sprees, brunch dates, or cocktail hour.

Off to watch some College Football with the Hubby!

~M