Wow! It’s been a while – Update

Hey everyone!

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post. I’m currently finishing up my semester break from school and starting back up in a couple weeks, full time. I was so pleased to learn that I made president’s honors last semester (woooot woot! Hello 4.0)  I’m so pumped for this next semester to start as it’s one step closer to my career goal!

I recently started Tone It Up’s new challenge, #lookforlove for six weeks. It’s so much fun but let’s be honest…after quite the break and the holidays, it gets pretty difficult to get up extra early to complete 5 daily moves in 42 reps and 28 minutes of HIIT. Tomorrow morning my plan is to set my alarm, away from my bed (so I actually have to get up and turn it off). I don’t know about you, but when I’m up, I’m up…there’s no going back to sleep. I will keep you all posted through my journey.

Also, I recently got engaged to my best friend while vacationing in St. Thomas, for our two year anniversary. It was so beautiful and the way he did it was the best…he popped the question IN THE OCEAN (swoon!). He even managed to set up the camera on video (in a tree) to catch every moment 🙂 🙂 followed by a day in the BVI with our friends, jumping off the top of a ship, snorkeling and walking through the beautiful Baths of Virgin Gorda, BVI. This was definitely a vacation I could never forget.

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Hope you all enjoy your Tuesday and #lookforlove. Happy New Year 🙂

xxo,

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TIU 31 Day Workout Challenge

TIU 31 DAY WORKOUT CHALLENGE : A FALL FAV!

Good morning!

I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted and it’s been driving me crazy! I’ve even written it out in my super awesome day designer, when to post and what about, yet it slips away. I feel like there’s not enough time in a day…between work, class, papers, studying, the boys and their activities, finding time to breathe…. I’m sure there’s a lot of you with me on this! Yeah…It’s that thing called life 🙂 but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

With my vacation creeping up in exactly a month, I thought what better way to start prepping “bikini bod”, with the Tone It Up 31 day challenge. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty intense…but completely worth it.

It’s not just about exercising (I’ll get to that in a minute) but it’s also about eating the right meals, at the right time, and cutting out sugar (which for me has been pretty hard, with my strong love for chocolate).Yesterday while meal prepping I decided to make some of the TIU approved pumpkin muffins (so good and great for Meal 1 or 2 snack).

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This is a breakdown of what my meals look like today >

M1: Scrambled egg with spinach and garlic, 2 bite size pumpkin muffins and cold brew coffee black

M2: ½ cup of Grapenuts with a handful of blueberries with 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

M3: Sweet potato with 4oz of chicken

M4: 3 lean turkey roll ups with spicy mustard

M5: Baked veggies with garlic (by this meal I’m never too hungry)

During the course of the day not only is making sure you get in your five meals important, to speed up your metabolism, but water intake is very important also. Drinking half of your body weight in ounces is a must for so many reasons! I also choose to change it up a bit by adding fruit or spices to it. I’ve found by having a Polar sparkling flavored water, it cures my chocolate craving I’m having and also fills me up.

The Exercise Part

First thing in the morning *TIU Booty Call* 5 daily moves with 31 reps of each and 40 minute cardio. Setting my alarm clock 40 mins earlier than usual and going to bed 40 minutes earlier is a must. If you want it bad enough, you’ll make it work.

Hey I didn’t say it was easy BUT I feel amazing and that definitely makes up for it. If I can’t get in everything before the boys wake up, I make sure I at least get in 20 mins of cardio as soon as I wake. The 5 daily moves can be done before bed if that’s what works for you. I have to say last night after completing my “kettle booty workout” I don’t think I’ve ever slept so good 🙂

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If joining the TIU family is something you’re thinking about or you just want to feel better physically or mentally or both, check out TIU on Instagram. Follow them…see what they’re all about. It’s a big community and it’s a great one to join 🙂 Feel free to email me if you have any questions. It’s something that took me a while to get in to and stick to but now that I’m in I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Side Note: Getting out of bed this morning after two days of intense all over body workout was pretty painful. Pretty sure I just slid off the side of my bed. I know it will get better…but I’m waiting 🙂 74325833f343d542bed94e7f2bc2ec18

Enjoy your fabulous Monday!

Xxo

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Tuesday Pick-Me-Up

Is it only Tuesday?!😳

In serious need of my PerfectFit Awaken tea. You know one of those days you can’t get out of your own way? That’s me today. Could be the result of a Bachelorette hangover, from staying up so late to see the final rose ceremony and of course the after show, mixed with tying up all the loose ends before my classes start at the end of the month. Needless to say it is only Tuesday afternoon and I’m wishing it was Friday already 🙂

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The PerfectFit Awaken tea is the perfect pick-me-up! Green tea with a blend of tropical breeze…reminding me that in exactly 3 months I will be laying on the beach in the Caribbean feeling that tropical breeze firsthand.

Is there anyone else suffering a Bachelorette hangover today?! Any thoughts on the outcome??🌹

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

 

Xxo

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What’s in the Bag of the “Plus 1” – Wedding Weekend

Hey!! I hope you all had a great 4th of July!

So it’s been some time since my last post – You know summer…it gets crazy with beach trips, weddings, bridal/baby showers and the list goes on 🙂

This past weekend we celebrated the love of a beautiful couple at one of the most gorgeous venues, The Lyman Estate Mansion also known as The Vale, a historic country house located in Waltham, MA on 37 acres of pure beauty.

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Call me a “swooner” but there’s just something about an old Victorian mansion! The wedding was absolutely perfect filled with amazing people, music, food, the best tasting wines and of course, so much love.

Thursday night we had the rehearsal dinner, which was casual but somewhat dressy. I always over pack whenever I go somewhere, mainly because I change my mind way too often when it comes to clothes 🙂 There’s nothing wrong with having tons of options….right??? Who wants to be thousands of miles away and wishing you would have packed something?! 🙂 This was the perfect opportunity to wear my new stitch fix blouse with some gray skinnies dressed up with some heels.  IMG_7341

Friday night…wedding time! My boyfriend was in the wedding party and planned to be gone most of the day so I decided to hang around the hotel, hit up the gym and do some yoga before the wedding. Packing some yoga pants, comfy shorts, sports bra and some sneakers was a must!

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Having trouble deciding what to wear to the wedding?? You can’t go wrong with the little black dress, heels and a bright necklace! Don’t forget pair of flip flops or flats to dance the night away with. Let loose and have some wine! Cheers

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So thankful for this guy! Wouldn’t have wanted to share this fun with anyone else. So glad I got to be his “plus 1” 🙂

Ladies and Gents…My Person

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xxo

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Taking on Week 3 >>BB4

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Time to take on week 3 of Tone It Up Beach Babe 4!

Starting the day with the TIU Rock Your Body workout and the TIU Booty Call (20 minute or longer run, HIIT workout, or class).  I chose one of my HIIT workouts, this morning.

During TIU you learn the importance of 5 meals a day.

M1 – Meta D or Bombshell spell  with egg and some fruit or a Perfect Fit Pancake and some TIU approved coffee or Perfect Fit Awaken Tea. (Black coffee for me is a must!…lately I have been all about the cold brew)

M2 – Mid morning snack. I enjoy making smoothies or if I’m running a bit late in the morning I just grab a piece of fruit.

M3 – Healthy lunch of lean protein and complex carbs with fruit and veggies on the side.

M4 – For my afternoon snack lately I have been obsessed with hummus. I love all the flavors with pretty much any veggie.

M5 – A lean protein with unlimited green veggies and a touch of healthy fats while limiting starches.

Post M5 I enjoy a cup of tea or Perfect Fit Unwind Tea with an occasional splash of warm almond/cashew milk.

As always, before bed, unwinding with yoga is perfect for a great night’s rest. Stay tuned for my 10 favorite yoga poses to do before bed!

So far going on week three of my TIU journey I am highly satisfied! I love the way I feel and I have already seen a difference!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

xxo

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A Thursday Positive : Heartbeat

Happy Thursday!!

I figured I’d start this gorgeous day off with a positive vibe!

 

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“Your heart is as wide open as a dance club on a Saturday night. Remember that old expression your parents used: I love you to the moon and back ? That’s how you feel about everyone. Enjoy this blissful state of love, sweet love. More is coming, too.”

  • The Oracle of E cards (Pam Grout & Colette Baron-Reid)

 

This couldn’t be any more on point… It’s totally me! I have been told so many times “you’re too nice” (to the people who don’t give it in return) and maybe that’s true. I used to hate hearing it over and over and then get walked all over. Through the years I have come to realize there is a happy medium. It is OK to love and forgive but also, it’s not OK to let others hurt you. You are not a human punching bag…and you will not keep letting other’s burn you. You just have to learn from it, remember how it makes you feel and move forward with the biggest heart and a shield on the side 🙂 Why should I change who I am because of another person’s negativity?? DON’T! Stay strong and be you! That’s what’s beautiful. AND DO SOME YOGA!

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“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

Namaste

xxo

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Update to my Fitness Journey

Good morning! It’s FRIIDAYYY!!!

I wanted to fill you in on my recent change in my fitness journey! I completed a month of BBG, which was great, but I have been interested in trying something new…something I can continue to use for however long I want…something more long term without the $20 monthly fee. It’s called TONE IT UP! with Karena and Katrina…If you haven’t heard of it, you should check it out! You pay a flat fee and you can have it for life, with all of the updates even! As I’m waiting for my bundle to arrive I’ve decided to buy all my workout equipment separately, just because it’s a lot cheaper. Things you will want to get:

  • 10lb kettlebell
  • Free weights
  • Yoga Mat
  • Exercise ball
  • Resistance bands (light and heavy) I bought mine in a pack together
  • Foam roller
  • Walking hand weights (the kind with the strap to put around your hand)

Beach Babe 4+Nutrition Plan Bundle

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This is a great investment if you are serious and ready to tackle your journey to a healthier you!

Remember consistency is key! On your “off” days…the days you just don’t feel motivated…think about where you want to be! For me right now, I am so excited for summer and I cannot wait to start my 8 week bikini program! I have a wedding to attend this summer and my tropical vacation in the fall to get ready for! Stay tuned for some of my favorite recipes, workouts, motivations, etc.

I can’t be more excited and can’t wait to share everything with all of you.

Cheers to Friday and saying YES to a new adventure!

Xxo

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Perseverance

 

Daily Affirmators!

 

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“It seems you’re on a massive journey right now, and this card has arrived to remind you that you will reach the other side. The mountain you’re climbing is huge and formidable, but so is your ability to climb it. You don’t need to enjoy it, you just need to tackle it. Complain if it makes the job easier. Blow off steam. You think mountain climbers get to the top of Everest on inspirational quotes? No way. They’re grunting, and crying, and cursing like freakin’ pirates. That just doesn’t sell a lot of posters.”

-KNOCK KNOCK AFFIRMATORS!

This card couldn’t have come at a better time for me. It’s perfect! I’m on this journey to a healthier me and it’s not always glamorous…that’s for sure. I am on the final week of my BBG beginner training and then on to the real deal 🙂 . It’s been said that hitting the four week mark you tend to feel your motivation start to slip away…which is so true. Sometimes (well…most of the time) I am so impatient. This just reminds me to think of where I want to be and I will get there with consistency and hard work. Not today…not tomorrow, but I WILL get there and YOU will too no matter what massive journey you are on. Have faith and patience (I’m trying 🙂 ) and GET TO IT!

Enjoy this beautiful Wednesday☀️

Namaste

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LISS vs Pomeranian with ADHD

Yesterday…Wednesday….the day I don’t look forward to…the day I drop my boys off with their dad for the next 3 days. Though, it does make it easier knowing they are having fun at their dad’s. So keeping busy is a must! Which isn’t hard when it comes to work, errands, cleaning, working out and throwing in a date night or two with my guy.

Last night I had a couple hours to myself, which doesn’t happen often, before I met my guy for sushi at one of my favorite sushi places in town. (eeek, spicy tuna roll here I come!!)

But first, time to get in my LISS for the day.

LISS (Low Intensity Steady State // cardio // example : walking)

Trying to accomplish LISS with a Pomeranian who has ADHD can be pretty problematic to say the least.

Cocomo….what’s a Cocomo you ask??? That is my 3 year old wild Pomeranian with ADHD! From the time he wakes up until the time we go to bed he is constantly going! He loves the outside and we are currently trying to leash train him so he can come walking with us. Perfect time to take him with me on my 37 minute walk.

We started out great, he was prancing right along (he really prances – people actually stop and ask if he is show dog…haha no, definitely not, but thanks 🙂 ). Of course, once we get on the trail he needs to lift his leg on everything he spots. Half way through our walk he stops dead in his tracks! SQUIRREL! Of course he would find a squirrel and want to play with it….Our entire walk was STOP. GO. STOP. GO (not exactly keeping a “steady state”) looking for that squirrel. 2 miles later he had enough…couldn’t get him to move an inch. For the first time Cocomo was tired! I couldn’t believe it.

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I only had a couple minutes left of LISS so I bribed him with a treat. He has never run so fast! I managed to get in about 500 more steps than usual from chasing after him to the house. Next time I’ll be bringing the treats with me!

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LISS COMPLETED and ONE HAPPY POMERANIAN

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On the road to a healthier me!

It started when I noticed Kayla Itsine’s BBG program on Instagram. I couldn’t get over the results I was seeing from some of the people I followed that had joined her program! I’m at a point where I don’t want to diet to lose weight and get “skinny” but I want to become strong and lean. I have never been overweight but I’m sick and tired of feeling bloated all the time like I drank tons of soda when I don’t even drink soda or having no energy at all.

Energy is definitely needed when you are a mum of two very active boys 🙂

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It’s not like I was binging on Oreos and Ramen Noodles but pasta and bread were definitely a comfort food and eating my cravings turned into a daily thing. Skipping breakfast here and there or sometimes lunch and not keeping hydrated (yeah, bad…I didn’t realize what I was doing to my body). After reading why we crave the things we do, I figured why not try drinking more water (keeping 8 glasses of 8 ounces at the minimum and pushing myself to exceed that) and suck up drinking those awful protein shakes I have tried and see what happens.

Point is, I have found a protein powder I like (no gritty texture that I can’t swallow) and that seems to hold me over until my morning snack. I do have more energy! I have put my BBG app to use (currently on beginner week 2) exercising every day and adding in my yoga at the end of the day to help me unwind. I know I’m not too far into it but I think for me I wanted to see some sort of result to prove “yeah, this will work and I have faith I will get where I want to be…feeling better physically and mentally.”

 

This goal that I have seems to finally be a motivation! It’s amazing to think by working out daily and eating right I have so much more energy and not feeling bloated at all not to mention I am more positive…happy! Crazy to think I am actually looking forward to my next work out!

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