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This post is about as real as it gets (sweaty post-gym attire included!) On a typical day I work 8-10 hours then head straight to the gym for an hour. When I’m done with all that (around 8 pm), the last thing I want to do is think about putting together a healthy meal, even when I’m starving. And that’s when I start making bad meal choices, because I am hungry and I don’t have a solid plan. Read More
When I posted this photo on Facebook and Instagram people kept reaching out like “um what the heck do you do?” So I thought I’d start sharing my weekly workouts.
For those of you that know me, you know I eat mostly Paleo. I basically try to eat grain-free, with the occasional rice or gluten-free item from time to time. Sometimes I eat dairy, but I try not to go nuts.
Seeing what other people eat in a day fascinates me. So here goes!
This blog is about connecting with you, finding things we have in common, and perhaps you can take away of piece of my life and incorporate it into yours. Whether it is fashion or wellness. I like to be helpful when I can.
If you’ve ended up here because you are a fashion-lover like me then you probably also want to FEEL good. And for me, that 100% comes down to what I’m eating. Okay maybe 90% (I know exercise is important, too.)
It’s not a secret that I eat mostly paleo/grain free for health reasons and feel my best when I do. I’m not 100% strict and I won’t die if I eat gluten or grains, but I just won’t feel too hot. So for all the grain-free fashionistas out there, here are some of the grain free things I’ve been picking up from the grocery store lately.
Summer weekends are the best. Traveling to see friends for weddings, drinking at the pool, eating delicious brunches, you name it. But sometimes I go a little to far and the overindulging makes me feel like a bloated balloon that could propel itself to the moon (TMI? sorry.)
As I am getting older I am a lot more in tune with my body. From my years of weekend eating, diet-book reading (it is a bizarre hobby of mine) and personal experience, I’ve figured out some tried and true ways to beat your bloat. Maybe you didn’t drink enough water, didn’t eat enough greens, not enough sleep, too much alcohol, or didn’t take the time to “go.”
When I find myself in a pinch, these are the bloat beating tips that work for me.
Sometimes I like to do at home workouts when it is yucky out or I don’t feel like the whole production of going to a workout class. There are so many great workouts on the web, all you have to do is find your favorites. Or make one up, like I sometimes do.
I was recently sent the TKO Soft-Grip Jump Rope to try out! I was thrilled because I’ve always been an exerciser and I have plenty of equipment, but somehow I never owned a jump rope! It is exciting to harness some creativity and change up your workouts!
The box boasts that you can burn 170 calories for just 15 minutes of jumping! That’s pretty amazing, considering I barely burn 100 calories for a mile on the treadmill.
This jump rope is particularly sturdy and looks super professional. The rope is a durable pvc material, and I like how the handles have grips on them so they don’t slip out of your hands. My hands tend to get sweaty, so the grips are a really nice feature. I also like how the rope swivels, so you don’t become a tangled mess while you are using it.
It was folded really neatly in the box, so I hung it over a door to get out the kinks. The jump rope is really lightweight, and I even see myself throwing it in my vacation bag for some quick cardio. I especially LOVE that it is so affordable at only $13!
So I’ve been going to a crossfit gym in my neighborhood for a couple weeks now, and we did a fantastic workout involving jump ropes. The workout only lasted 24 minutes and it was AMAZING. I was huffing and puffing like a maniac afterwards.
I didn’t want to tell you all these super duper things about a jump rope without giving you something to DO with it! So here is a modified version of the workout I did at crossfit that only takes 20 minutes. I promise you will be feeling your arms and booty after, and probably the next day! All you need is a jump rope and your body (and maybe a towel because you will be sweatin’.)
ps – I highly recommend you download the interval timer app on your phone if you like to create your own high intensity interval workouts. It is free and dings when you work, then dings again when you rest. Just set the high intensity interval to 1:00 and the low to 00:20, for 15 sets. Then all you have to worry about is putting on your jams and getting work done.
Now that you’ve completed your workout, you need to replenish your beautiful muscles! This is my ALL TIME favorite shake. Sometimes I even make it for breakfast.
If you don’t have almond milk, substitute for water or whatever type of milk you like. And if you don’t have protein powder, just use an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder and throw 1/2 banana in so it isn’t too watery.
Something about chocolate and blueberries and cinnamon together is SINFUL! It is so delicious I seriously tell everyone I know about this godly recipe that came from the depths of my mind.
Do you incorporate a jump rope into your workouts? Do you take it on the go? Tell me!
Check out some of my favorite workout gear:
Currently Sipping: A Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie. Yum.
Ever since the weather became more pleasant I have felt more motivated to reinvigorate my workout routine because a) it is much more bearable to walk to the yoga studio when it isn’t -2 degrees b)warmer weather equals the showing of more skin (hello Michelle Obama arms!) and c)the “spring clean” mentality makes my brain think “renew, refresh, detoxify” in all life aspects.