*HEALTH AND FITNESS EDITION*
Fun Fact: I danced all my life growing up and definitely was a “leader” for a dance to this song when I was about 12. I wore the puffiest, most pastel skirt ever and carried a sheep herding staff. Man, do I wish I had a picture.
Today I thought I would tell you guys some of my favorite things in the whole wide world. Now I am definitely one of those people that has a million and one favorite foods, every movie I see is my new favorite, I have 11 favorite TV shows, and I have 7 favorite shirts. To sum it up, I am extremely indecisive. So for these things to make my list, they must really rock my world! These are things (or people) that I use and/or take advantage of on an almost daily basis. I’m going to start making this a weekly thing if it’s popular, and this week will focus on nutrition, health, fitness, working out, etc. All that kinda stuff. Enjoy!
#1: Tone It Up: I admire Karena and Katrina probably more than they will ever know. I came across these girls probably in August of 2012 and bought their vegetarian nutrition plan about a month later. Although I don’t follow it as much as I would like to, I am determined to start. I am obsessed with the SoCal lifestyle they lead and am determined to live it myself one day. I do however keep up with their workout schedule pretty perfectly. It has definitely improved my muscle tone and increased my cardiovascular abilities. I know that once I am able to stick to their nutrition guidelines, my body will feel even better and develop into exactly what I want it to. Since I’m a personal trainer, the last thing I want to do is make up workouts for myself as well. The girls make exercising fun, easy, and convenient for me. I love them. Buy the DVD. Buy the nutrition plan. Follow the workouts. Watch their videos. I feel like an infomercial, but they will help you to be the best version of yourself if that’s something you’re looking for. Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested!
#2: Gaiam foam roller: I only got mine from Target a few weeks ago, but I have noticed such significant changes in my body that it’s made the list! I love using this to wind down at the end of the day. Even though it kills my muscles at the time (especially my calves), I feel loose, relaxed, and refreshed the next morning. My favorite place to use it is on my back. I can feel everything opening up and relaxing. Such a great feeling! I highly advise you to invest in one of these if you frequently participate in high-intensity exercise or even if you’re just looking for a new way to stretch your body.
#3: Zico coconut water: First of all, I love that this is a “health” food you can get at Target or random grocery stores. I really, really, really hate this word, but this water is extremely refreshing (ugh, does the word refreshing just make anyone else cringe?!). It’s awesome before or after a workout or basically anytime at all. The chocolate flavor is my favorite by far, but I also enjoy the mango and pineapple ones. I love going to hot yoga and then having one of these. I feel on top of the world.
#4: Nike training cross fit shoes: Love love love love love times a million these shoes. They don’t have a “tongue” that pops out like most shoes do, so they basically mold to your foot the first time you wear them and stay that way. I do many different types of exercise (running, walking, jazzercise, strength training, boot camp style classes, etc.) and these shoes honestly support me during everything. If you’re like me and like to do a million different things, these are a great pair of shoes to have! And these are exactly what mine look like; aren’t they cute?!
#5: My Tech4o watch: First of all, it’s cute. And cute workout gear motivates me. Sorry. Second of all, it does a million things. It’s a pedometer, calorie tracker, activity level recorder, data saver, and stopwatch. That’s only to name a few things it does. Those are probably just the things I use it most for. I love to see how many steps I’ve taken during the day, just for my own reasons. I have yet to invest in a heart rate monitor. That may just be next.
#6: Lucy “lotus power” capri pants: These are the bomb. They don’t dig into your midsection causing that unflattering little ring of flab. They don’t move around when you move around. The slit in the back gives you a little bit of extra breathing room. They’re cute. AND mine have purple stripes on the sides. Score. I really don’t ever buy clothes from Lucy, simply because it’s so expensive. I usually stick to the Champion line at Target, which I also love. However, these pants were on clearance. So I took advantage of that. I have a couple other pieces of clothing from Lucy, but not enough in my opinion. I’m waiting for another huge sale to go back.
#7: Kashi GoLean! Chocolate Peanut Bars: Yum. That’s all I have to say. At least for me, this is the perfect pre-workout snack.
#8: My iPad: This one may sound kind of silly, but I use my iPad for so many fitness related things. I have a ton of apps that I utilize, I watch my videos on here, I read my blogs on here, and I basically store all information that I want to remember on a regular basis here, since it’s so portable. Luke bought this for me for my 21st birthday, and I am very grateful to him for that! It helps keep me organized and on top of things. This is the same case I have..super cute!
#9: This song: Enough said. Motivates me like craaaaazy.
#10: I don’t want to get all mushy and sappy, but you guys!: Ever since I started blogging, I’ve just found this sense of camaraderie that I never had before. You all motivate me like you wouldn’t believe and give me ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. So thank you
I’ve decided to attempt (key word being attempt….) to train for the Detroit marathon in October. Does anyone have a good training plan they like?
*****ALSO, JUST A HEADS UP***** I’m in the process of making some changes to the blog. If it’s funky or “off” within the next couple days, I’ll fix it; promise.