Friday, March 27, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 12

Hi loves! This week was definitely not one of my most productive workout weeks, but it's okay! There is always next week, right? :D I will probably be doing some lighter exercise (not as much dancing) starting tomorrow. I have had some trouble with my hips lately... dancer problems ;). Anyways, I probably should not have danced at all this week, but I did. You live and you learn, as they say! Did you enjoy last week's challenge? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday I went for a long 5 mile walk!!! I haven't been on a long walk since the end of September because of the weather. I have missed it so much! My town has pathways all over that look like mini roadways for people to walk and bike... It's fantastic! I'm so excited to start walking and hiking again! :D Wednesday I stretched for 10 minutes and danced for 25 minutes. I also did my Bomb Butt Workout from last week (see it here). Yesterday I stretched for 15 minutes and danced for 35 minutes. Today I stretched for 10 minutes and danced for 40 minutes.

~Challenge~ 

These past four weeks I have created workouts targeting different areas of the body. Each workout was the challenge for that particular week. Your challenge is to do all four workouts at least one time this week!

Workout #4: Bomb Butt Workout

What do you think about this challenge? Let me know in the comments below!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 11

Happy First Day of Spring!!! Finally! I'm officially on Spring Break, so one goal of mine is to rearrange my closet. I find joy in reorganizing... Plus, since it is now Spring, I'm going to put away all of my fall/winter clothes and get out my spring/summer clothes. Trust me, it's going to be a real party. What are y'all doing for Spring Break, or what did you do? Let me know in the comments below!

Let's talk fitness! Monday I stretched for 20 minutes and danced for  42 minutes. I also did my Lovely Legs Workout, which was the challenge last Friday (see it here). Tuesday I stretched for 20 minutes and danced for 38 minutes. On Wednesday I stretched for 22 minutes and danced for 48 minutes.

Yesterday I stretched for 10 minutes and danced for 30 minutes. I did not have much time to workout! I cannot seem to get used to the time change. I always have no problem adjusting, but this time it's just not working out! haha

Today I went to Barre Buns. It was difficult! My instructor introduced so many new exercises- I was definitely feeling the burn. I went on the elliptical on an easy level 3 for 20 minutes afterwards. When I got home I decided to challenge myself even further by also doing my Lovely Legs Workout.

~Challenge~ 

Your challenge is to complete this workout 1-2 times this week.


Some notes for the workout: 

-Glute Kickbacks: Stand up straight with your feet together. Kick one leg back behind you, feeling your glutes contract, and bring it back towards the ground (let it hover a few inches above the ground). Continue and repeat with your other leg.

-Donkey Side Kicks: Starting on all fours, lift one leg up to the side and back down. Not only should your leg be at a 90 degree angle, but you should raise your leg to the side until you reach a 90 degree angle. Continue and repeat with your other leg.

-Donkey Side Kick Extensions: On all fours, lift your leg up to the "top" of your donkey side kick. Instead of bringing your leg back down, extend your leg out. Do not just straighten your leg. Make sure to extend your leg directly behind you.

-Lying Down in L-Position Leg Lifts and Leg Circles: Lie down on your side with one arm supporting your head. Bring your legs directly in front of you, creating an L shape. Lift the top leg and bring it back down. Switch sides to repeat with your other leg. The leg circles should be done in the same L-position except you are keeping your leg lifted the entire time and circling it. Make sure to do your circles in both directions!

What do you think about this Bomb Butt Workout? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Rainy Day

 Raincoat: Calvin Klein // Shirt: +Alprausch // Purse: Rampage// Boots: Twiggy London

The weather right now is in an in-between stage where we are not in winter anymore, but we are not in spring yet. What follows is a frustrating decision on what to wear. Thankfully it was raining, so what to wear started and ended with my Calvin Klein raincoat. I finally had the chance to wear it! I posted a FAB Finds on it back in December (see it here). It was snowing at the time.

I really love the pleat on the back of this raincoat. It draws your eye down the back, creating a slimming effect. I wore my +Alprausch long sleeve shirt with it. Hearts are my favorite shape, so naturally I love the design on this! I think the large heart with the little hearts and stars around it is fabulous. I wore the scarf my friend gave to me as a gift (see my post on it here). Overall, I love this look! It is really casual and warm: two things you want at outfit to be on a rainy day! 

What is your favorite thing to wear on a rainy day? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 10

Last week it was all about abs. How did you do on the challenge? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below! This week it's all about legs. Get ready for the challenge! ;)

Monday I stretched for 22 minutes and danced for 36 minutes. I did not have too much time to workout, so it was a pretty quick dancing session. On Tuesday I stretched for 25 minutes and danced for 38 minutes. I also did my Awesome Abs Workout, which was last week's challenge (see it here).

Wednesday I went to the gym. I did the spin bike for 45 minutes. I did 5 minutes on easy, 20 minutes on medium, 10 minutes on hard, and 10 minutes on medium. Afterwards I went on the elliptical for 15 minutes on level 4.

Yesterday I stretched for 18 minutes and danced for 56 minutes (almost an hour). Don't ask me why I stopped at 56 minutes... haha I really have no idea. I also did my Awesome Abs Workout. Today I went to Barre Buns. It was really challenging, especially since we did a lot of work with weights. Afterwards I went on the elliptical for 20 minutes on level 3.

TIP: Always make time to stretch! I love, love, love to stretch, which is most likely because I have been in dance and gymnastics most of my life. I believe that it is extremely important. The Mayo Clinic states on their website that stretching is thought to improve athletic performance in some activities, decrease your risk of injury, improve flexibility, improve range of motion in your joints, and increase blood flow to the muscle.

~Challenge~

It's true. We all want legs for days. I put together this workout so you can start to transform your legs into the lovely legs we all dream of. Complete this workout 1-2 times this week. Really work on your form to maximize your results. 


No one would say no to lovely legs, so what do you think of this Lovely Legs Workout? Will you try it out? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Color of the Month - March

We are a week into March and I can't help feeling like this year is starting to fly right by. It seems like we just had Valentine's Day, but when I go to the store the St. Patrick's Day merchandise is 75% off and the Easter merchandise is 25% off. One word: consumerism. We can't let a holiday just simmer and enjoy it because we are already two holidays ahead. No wonder it seems like time is just escaping right before my eyes! Aside from that, 2015 is shaping up to be a really good year! Maybe I should look at it from a different perspective: time flies when you're having fun! 

The color of the month is Fair Aqua, which is a beautiful light mint green. This color evokes clarity and aids in trust. It can help to open up your imagination and invoke inspiration. Fair Aqua can lift your spirits when life seems too drab or mundane.

Three characteristics that describe this color are... 
 
Intuitive 
Subtle 
Empathetic

You can wear or surround yourself with Fair Aqua as an aid to sleeping and dreaming. 

How do I know about the color of the month? I found all of the information in the book Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt. You can find it here

Fun Fact: Neptune, god of the oceans, presides over the month of March.

What do you think about the color of the month? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 9

Hi loves! How did you do on last week's challenge? Did you try out the workout? Let me know in the comments below! This week I did a lot of dancing, my favorite form of exercise. :) 

Saturday I went on the elliptical - 10 minutes on level 5 and 5 minutes on level 4. Then I went on the spin bike for 30 minutes. I did 10 minutes on easy, 10 minutes on medium, and 10 minutes on hard. I walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes on a 6% grade at 4mph. On Monday I went to Zumba (big surprise lol). Tuesday I did my Fabulous Arm Workout, which was last week's challenge (see it here). I also danced for 28 minutes. 

Wednesday I stretched for 19 minutes and danced for an hour. I did a combination of Matt Steffanina and Club Fitz. I also taught myself a new dance! Julianne and Derek Hough recently revealed that they will be going on tour again - Move Live on Tour. They performed a dance on The Ellen Show and naturally I fell in love with it. So, I taught myself it! You can see their performance here

Yesterday I did my Fabulous Arm Workout again. I also danced for 50 minutes. Today I went to Barre Buns. We used resistance bands in class. Oh was it difficult! Afterwards I went on the spin bike for 45 minutes on medium. 

TIP: If you are dancing at home as a workout (as I do), I suggest you have all of your dances prepared beforehand. I like to dance to Matt Steffanina's choreography and dance along with Club Fitz choreography. I have all of the videos up before I start working out. This way when I am dancing for 30 minutes, I am not stopping. I just keep going. This allows me to get a better workout in because I am not letting my heart rate slow down.

~Challenge~ 

This week it is all about abs!! Your challenge is to complete this workout 1-2 times this week. 


Some notes for the workout: 

-Your legs should preferably be straight for the V-Sit-ups. 

-Single Leg Extensions: Lie down on your back and lift both legs up about 1 1/2 feet above the ground. You can bring your legs further down or further up depending on your fitness level. Bring your head up off the ground. Bring your right leg into your chest and slightly twist towards it, placing your left hand on the inside corner of the knee and letting your right arm extend straight and parallel to the side of your right leg. Alternate - now your left leg should come into your chest and you should slightly twist towards the left. Your right hand should be on the inside of your knee and your left arm should be extended parallel to your left leg.

-Single Leg V-ups: You can keep the leg that is not moving either straight or bent, depending on how difficult you want the exercise to be. 

-A Hand-Touch Plank is a regular plank; however, you touch your right hand to your left hand and then your left hand to your right hand. You continue to alternate, keeping your core stabilized. You don't want to be moving anything but your arms.  

-Sliding Plank Crunches involves a small hand towel. Put both feet on this towel, starting off in a plank position. Then, slide your feet in to your hands (this is the crunch) and then back out. 

What do you think about this Awesome Abs Workout? Will you do it? Let me know in the comments below!
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