Sunday, December 7, 2014

Body Weight Leg Day! No Equipment Required!

It's pretty outside and I am trying to get back to my routes.... meaning body weight circuits!

This is perfect timing for the Fitbit Blogger Challenge hosted by Shape Magazine and Men's Fitness Magazine. This week we had to break up the monotony of our workouts and still strive towards reaching our 10k daily steps! This workout DEFINITELY helped in that department!

Don't forget to check out Shape.com/fitbit to enter their weekly sweepstakes for a chance to win your own Fitbit Charge!


Body Weight Leg Day went as follows:


One circuit, completed 6 times through (or as many times as you want!):
  • Run around the block OR for .5 mile on the treadmill (I ran around my block which was about .66 miles total)
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 sumo squats with a 10 second ISO hold on the 10th rep
  • 20 walking lunges (I did them to the side of the white dip there on the street)
  • 30 side walking squats (feet shoulder width apart - also done with the white dip in front of me for alignment)
This was about an hour workout for me! The run was hard as it is half uphill.... and quite windy. Nothing like a little wind resistance to amp up the workout right?! =)

Try this one out and comment below how you like it!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Flab2Fab 5: Must Have Holiday Items From Lorna Jane!

I received some pretty awesome gear to try out on behalf of a Fitfluential campaign with Lorna Jane. Needless to say, everything was such great quality and fit like a glove. Best part, no see through pants and the length actually fit, so no pooling at the bottom!

I also received the new Move Nourish Believe Diary to write all of my goals and plans for 2015 in. This diary is beautiful and has everything in it that I need to be successful and organized throughout the year!

These are some of my favorite pages! Along with inspiring words, this diary contains workouts, recipes, and goal setting exercises along with the typical week to month view for your calendars.

Since I loved my gear so much, I decided to throw together a Flab2Fab Top 5 Lorna Jane must haves to add to your holiday gift list this year!

1. The 2015 Move Nourish Believe Diary

This hardcover diary is everything you could possibly want AND MORE! Not only can you write down your plans for the week or month, but it also gives you encouragement and meal ideas! Start your year off right by writing down your goals and aspirations. By the end of the year, you can reflect and plan for 2016!

The diary is 214 pages of pure motivation to get active and accomplish your goals. It is not only a beauty to look at, but it is easy to use and small enough to take with you everywhere!

2. Animania Bra

Not only is this bra for high impact activities such as sprinting and jumping, but it is SO CUTE! I would definitely wear this bra under white tanks or those cute see through shirts (see tank in #3) to show this bra off. It is just my style - girly but sporty at the same time!

3. Firework Excel Mesh Tank

I love this tank for a number of reasons, the biggest one being I can show off my cute sports bras (like the one in #2)! I also love tanks like this because you can rock them to the gym or out running errands and you still look stylish, not like a sweaty mess. I find these tanks to be gym gear gone fashionable without making me look like I am trying too hard. I also love the fact that they aren't tight, but instead give me room to move and are super comfy!

4. Wildside Excel Zip Through


I'll be the first to admit it - I am a HUGE jacket snob. I have a million and I could use a million more!! One I don't have (YET!) is this awesome leopard light weight running jacket. It is fade resistance, moisture wicking, and breathable - what more could you want?! You will definitely be getting some jealous side eyes when you step out in this jacket!

5. Rebel Core Stability F/L Tight

Anyone who knows me or follows me, should know by now that I LOVE anything leopard, tight, studded or bright!! These pants are TO DIE FOR. I have added these to my Christmas wish list and scattered a million post-its around the house to *hint* at what I want from my husband.... and if he threw in the leopard jacket from #4 I would love him forever LOL. I love the style of these and the fact that they have core stability worked into the waistband - that means no falling waistlines!!! WOOHOO!

6. The Move Nourish Believe Website

Ok, I lied.... there is a 6th MUST HAVE....

Not only is Lorna Jane great for gift giving (to yourself or others!), but the company provides an amazing website for healthy living (mind, body & soul). The Move Nourish Believe site includes everything from workouts and recipes to the MNB (Move Nourish Believe) Ebook and videos.

Here are three of my favorite articles from each category:

Move: BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT WITH ZUZKA LIGHT | ACTIVE LIVING WORKOUT SERIES

Nourish: PRE & POST WORKOUT PROTEIN FIXES: AS SEEN IN THE ACTIVE LIVING MAGAZINE

Believe: A LITTLE INSPIRATION…. DUDE, WHERE'S MY MOTIVATION?​

Lorna Jane has stores in CA, WA, OR, AZ, TX, NV, and is coming to the East Coast in 2015. Find your closest store here - > http://www.lornajane.com/store-finder/list or shop now on lornajane.com

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Lorna Jane.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Cardio Workout For The Non-Cardio Person!

Cardio isn't my go to for my favorite exercise... and it isn't for MOST people. So here we have a cardio workout for the non-cardio person! This workout breaks down a tedious 30 minute session into quick 5 minute blocks!

For Reference......

*** Treadmill or Elliptical (TorE) : Jog or Stride at a moderate pace for 5 minutes (pace should induce heavy breathing but not be an all out sprint) - I did the elliptical today.

Tank - FlexItPink
Circuit I - complete 4 rounds

-TorE
-Walking lunges with a switch hop (video) - 10 one way, 10 back


Circuit II - complete 4 rounds

-30 body weight squats
-20 toe touch crunches
-1:30 minute forearm plank


Circuit III - complete 4 rounds

-Dumbbell chest press - 12 reps 
-10 side plank reach throughs - each side
-30 second isometric hold of DB's at halfway point
-Dumbbell chest press - 7 reps - straight from the ISO hold, no break
-TorE


BOOM - 40 minutes of cardio in the books!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shape & Men's Fitness FitBit Charge Blogger Challenge!

East coast VS. West coast, who's going to win bragging rights for being the most active??? West coast, best coast of course! Ok, maybe I am just a tad biased...

Shape and Men's Fitness have joined together to challenge 10 East Coast and 10 West Coast bloggers (including ME!) to test out the new FitBit Charge. Each team will be tracking their total distance and steps taken to compete in winning the title of the most active coast!

Both Shape and Men's Fitness will keep track of our progress on scoreboards so you can follow as we all increase our stats! You can view the scoreboard on Shape.com or MensFitness.com. Make sure you check in every week and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win your own FitBit Charge! One winner will be announced EACH WEEK! Woo!

Week One Challenge:

This week, we have been challenged to take our workouts outdoors and discover new trails and hiking spots. Lucky for me, California has PLENTY of sunshine to soak up!

So, I challenge YOU! Get outdoors; hike, run, walk - whatever!

What I love about this challenge is that it forces us to do something new and fun while getting active! My doggies are very appreciative as well =)

So, what will you do this week to get active and complete this challenge?! Tell me in the comment section below!

And don't forget to check out the scoreboard and enter for your chance to win your own FitBit Charge!

This post is sponsored by the Shape/Men's Fitness FitBit Charge Challenge.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Reebok Fit Hub - Victoria Gardens Grand Opening!


I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Reebok's newest Fit Hub in Rancho Cucamonga at Victoria Gardens as part of a FitFluential campaign. Let me tell you, both the event and the store were rockin!

I could see from the moment I stepped inside, this store was cooler than most. Not only did they have some of the most eye catching gear, but the displays themselves were works of art. Each display is a functional piece of equipment - from boxes to bars and rings - that will be used for actual in-store workouts. If you are a crossfitter, this is the store for you! If you are like me, and aren't necessarily in the crossfit game, you are welcomed with open arms too!

The staff is very knowledgable about their gear, their store, and anything else you could think to ask.

The store manager (featured above) was super friendly and offered help whenever needed. I appreciated the fact that she came over to talk with me and brag about her store. Having pride in your company and brand is crucial, and everyone who was working the event had that.

Along with being able to attend the event, Reebok sent me a fabulous package of goodies to try out!

I have never really worn any Reebok gear.

Reebok has a new fan! I was really surprised to see just how much I loved all of their gear. From sports bras and jackets to awesome pants and tanks - I thought it was all really eye catching and good quality.

The gear I got to sport was their ONE Series cuffed capris, track jacket, strappy bra, printed tee, and their ZQuick Electrify shoes.

Everything in the ONE Series line is amazing quality. I especially LOVE the cuffed capris - they are thick, stay in place and hit my leg right below the knee (which is my new fave spot lol).

I am pretty picky about my shoes - I typically stick to the ones I know I like. Reebok ZQuick shoes are awesome. They fit my foot very well (I have a very high arch which makes it tricky sometimes to find good shoes) and I absolutely LOVE the look of them! They also have higher sides that help to support my ankle.

Overall, I just really love everything about Reebok. I think they have done an amazing job at reinventing themselves (in my mind) to be hip, fun and a brand I would love to rock in the gym or just while running around during the day. High quality gear, a fun atmosphere and a place to workout (that's right, everything can be rolled away in store for their workouts they do!) makes this Fit Hub the perfect place to check out if you are in the area! You won't be sorry!

Check out Reebok's Victoria Garden's Fit Hub location:

ADDRESS:

7833-7835 Kew Avenue

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

HOURS:

Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm

Friday-Saturday: 10am-10pm

Sunday:11am-7pm

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reebok.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sizzlefish.... Sizzlin' Magic!



Have you ever wanted some fresh seafood, but didn't want to put on your boots and slosh around the ocean for the catch of the day?? Yeah... I have too!

With Sizzlefish, you can have your scallops and eat them too!

Sizzlefish is an awesome company that provides the freshest, untreated fish delivered right to your door. It is the best investment you can make towards your health and fitness goals.

Each delivery arrives in a sealed cooler filled with dry ice. There are numerous packages you can choose from that include a variety of different options. This makes it so easy to break out of your rut and try new things! Each package typically contains 14 4oz portions.

Each piece of seafood is vacuum sealed and hard frozen. I can't tell you how much I enjoy not having to portion out my own filet! Sizzlefish guarantees their items or they will replace anything that is thawed or materially damaged. With a guarantee quite like this, what could you possibly lose?!

I received a package with haddock, sea scallops, atlantic cod, coho salmon, atlantic salmon, sablefish, and rainbow trout. I couldn't contain my excitement seeing all of my delicious forzen seafood!

The next day, I thawed out a portion of sablefish (something I had never heard of before!) and whipped up a delicious and EASY lunch!

Click here for my sablefish recipe (featured in the photo above).

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Overcoming Hills

Have you ever achieved something you wanted to immediately tell someone about? Write about? Cry about even?

Now, let me rephrase that question. Have you ever achieved something so important to you, you wanted to share it with someone, but then convinced yourself that it was less than important? Maybe you told yourself someone completed the same goal quicker, better, etc and that what you did, was not as good - therefore not worthy of a share?

In a world that has become so unimpressed with everything, what is the importance of self victories and why should we share them with others?

Today, I completed something I never dreamed possible. I ran 6.3 miles - half on a steep uphill climb. Now, as I told myself, some people might be unimpressed with this. I know it is easy for some people; I mean, I've watched some of those people run it for years now.

I started (barely) being able to walk this 5 mile hike. People would constantly pass me by; I'm sure with that "look" most out of shape (and for me, obese) people get. My legs always hurt and I had to stop numerous times before hitting the top. Out of breath and embarrassed, I always wanted to give up.

Today, I decided I wanted to run this hill. I wanted to come full circle. I wanted to do what I had watched others do so effortlessly for years. Instead of being the one who stopped, I would be the one others watched in awe. I've always wanted to be that person so badly.

Sure, it was harder than hell - in fact, this was one of the hardest things I have done in a long time. My lungs hurt, my face was beating and red, and my eyes were flooded with tears by the time I got to the top.

Today was a great day to achieve something important to me.

This is the no filter face of a girl who has achieved something she never dreamed possible.

I wanted to share my victory with the world - because I want to remind everyone that sometimes what others see as a small accomplishment, might be huge to you. And, it's OKAY to celebrate yourself and what you have done.

Just because something hard for you comes easy for someone else, it doesn't mean it isn't important. This goes right along with encouraging your friends, family members, hell, even strangers! If you can do something and they can't, encourage them to reach their own goals. Be that rock for them.

Encourage, remind, and help others. And when you reach the top of a steep hill, celebrate yourself. You are important, your goals are important, and you are worth celebrating.