Category: Fitness

Get Moving + Cardio Core Circuit

Today after school, I practically begged myself to get up and get moving. I knew I’d feel better if I worked out than if I didn’t, but I still had trouble talking myself into it. Luckily, I have a really simple workout in my back pocket at all times. Not literally, but you get the drift. It includes a few fun moves, like twisting knee tucks. They kind of make you look like a drunk frog, but whatever.

twisting knee tucks

After my quick circuit, I felt so good that I actually kept working out. I went to the gym and took a class. I know. My mind is blown, too. I don’t work out for days and then I do more than I have all month. I guess sometimes you really do just have to force  yourself to get going. Momentum is real, y’all.

Cardio Core Circuit

And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Twisting Knee Tucks: Begin this move in plank position, with your feet together. Quickly jump your feet towards your right hand and then back out into plank position. Repeat on your left side. Continue alternating sides until your time is up.

V Sit Ups: Lie down on your back with your legs together and your arms by your side. Raise your shoulders off of the ground and lift your legs to about a 45 degree angle. Brace your core and lift yourself into a “V”. Your legs can remain extended or you can bend them as you sit up. I need to work on keeping my torso straighter and my core tucked. My body rejects these. Keeping my arms a bit higher would help.

Plank Jacks: Get into push up position. While bracing your core, jump your feet out as wide as you can and then jump them back together. This is one of my favorite ways to easily spice up a boring old plank. Oh, and sweat a lot.

Alternating 2-Point Plank: Begin in plank position, with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping your torso as straight as possible, lift your left leg and right arm so that they are parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds and lower. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

High Knees: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your right knee toward your chest and quickly place it back on the ground. Do the same with your left. Continue to alternate knees as quickly as you can. Seriously, this is really just running in place while trying to look goofy by slapping your knees into your chest. No big deal.

Plank Side Walk: Begin in plank position. Cross your right hand over your left while you step your left foot to the left. Then step your left hand and right foot to the left, so you’re back in plank position.That’s a lot of lefts, y’all. I hope you followed that, because I did it and I still just got confused. Thank goodness for the pictures.

Mountain Climbers: Get into push up position with your right leg toward your chest. Explosively switch positions of your legs, kicking the right leg back while tucking the left leg under your chest. It’s basically like running parallel to the ground, at least that’s what I tell myself.

Well, it’s 9 pm (aka my bedtime) so I better go. Let me know if you try this one! I know I did it before I lifted weights, but I think it would work better as a “finisher”, you know? It’s also just fine by itself, though, I promise. :)

Weekend Recap + Every Little Bit

This is the first time I’ve gotten to sit down at the computer all day. I forgot what having a schedule was like. It’s rough and I don’t like it. Anyway, it’s Monday so that means I get to post pictures of the weekend for posterity’s sake. Oh, memories. I feel like a lot of stuff and nothing at all happened this weekend. I realize that probably only makes sense to me. Instead of a play-by-play, let’s play a game called “one sentence per picture”. That’s not really a game, but it is an excuse for me to write less.


Aviators make me feel like I’m a cop, but they make me look like a bug.



My child came home from school covered in orange food coloring, so I guess it was a good day.



After a quick change of clothes, he drenched himself in cheese dip and salsa.

chips and salsa


I hope heaven has buffalo sauce and sour cream.

tater tots


Because one potato-based side is never enough.

veggie burger


It seemed like a good idea at the time.



I’ll take another round of icing, please.



This weekend went by too quickly, y’all. We went to Clemson Saturday to move my cousin into her dorm room, we went swimming and ate cake for dinner Sunday because we’re the best parents ever, and I once again skipped all my workouts. It’s cool. It happens. That being said, I did work out tonight. I did a few sprints and a barbell complex. I spent maybe 20 minutes in the gym. At this point, I need to just get back into the habit of working out. The fact that I did anything at all after spending the day in my classroom is a good start. Every little bit counts, right? Tomorrow is the first day for the kids, so I was basically running around like a madwoman. I AM FREAKING OUT. 20 kids who’ve never really been to school before will walk into my room at 7:30 am. I mean, what could go wrong? ;)  Tomorrow will be the real test. If I can get a workout in after all of that, I know I’ll be able to get back on track. Wish me luck?

Friday Favorites + Aurorae Yoga Mat Giveaway

It’s FRIDAY, y’all! I complained today on Instagram about having to go to a training session for work today, but it ended up being very interesting and engaging. Don’t you love little surprises like that? I’m still glad to be out of it now, though, because it’s time to do nothing. I wish that were actually true, but it was fun to say anyway. Before I get my weekend started, I wanted to share some things I’m currently loving. The first one is really and tried-and-true favorite, but I will never get tired of purchasing them each and every year.

New School Supplies


Nothing, and I mean nothing, screams back to school more than brand new Sharpies. Ultra Fine is where it’s at. I have a feeling I will wear the pink one out first. When I snagged the permanent ink, I also saw these highlighters. I must have been living under a rock because I swear I’ve never seen retractable ones. Kids have everything these days. I’ll probably go buy them and never use them, just like every other highlighter I’ve ever owned. I’ll force myself to move on, because I promise you I could talk about school supplies all day. #WhiteOutAllDayEveryDay


Altra Running Shoes


I’ve had these shoes since January, and I’ve just started to regularly wear them.  I feel really stupid, because I freaking love them. I do better with lower drop/more minimalist shoes, but I forget that occasionally. I’m glad I hopped back on board, because my feet, shins, and knees are very happy right now. I’m about to start training for an upcoming half, so I’m ready to break these bad boys in more.




I truly thought I hated smoothies. I mean, I would go on rants about how dumb they were and how I’d rather eat real food. I was actually just using a crappy blender. FitBloggin’ attendees were given the chance to try out a Nutri Ninja. I can honestly say it’s made all the difference. Smoothies can be smooth. Who would have thunk it? I highly recommend getting one if you aren’t happy with your current blender.


Aurorae Yoga Mat

aurorae yoga mat giveaway

Aurorae recently contacted me and asked if I would like to try out one of their products. I was ecstatic. I hate walking into a yoga, Pilates, or other class without a decent mat. It’s embarrassing. Now I can show off this beauty. In addition to being gorgeously green, it’s also easily the best mat I’ve used. It doesn’t slide around, I don’t slide around on it, and it makes every pose or move that much easier to get into and out of without looking like an idiot.

aurorae yoga mat review

I went with the Classic Mat in Seamist. It’s really hard to convey just how pretty the color is in photos, but just trust me on this. Apparently the color should represent my inner self (“Soothing, Renewal, Intellect, Nature, Self-Control, Gentle, and Harmonious”), but I have a lot of areas to work on. ;)

Here are a few stats about the mats:

  • Specially Designed 1/4″ (6mm) Ultra Thick Memory Foam. 72″ Long with our Rising Moon Focal Icon. Free from Phthalates, Silicone and Latex.Toxin Free. 100% guaranteed
  • Durable and Long Lasting material/ SGS approved Free from Phthalates/Latex
  • Colors that Define your Inner Self/ Focal Point Icon to help concentration

I’ll quit bragging about my new mat now and give YOU a chance to win one! The giveaway is open to US residents and will end on 8/21 at Midnight. A winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!


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Two Word Weekend Recap

I have officially said goodbye to summer break. This is my first work week in a while and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I pretend like I’m awesome and love to go with the flow at all times, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t prefer routines in general. I guess I am just old now. Anyway, I should really be leaving the house soon. Tomorrow I have to go to school, so today I’m trying to get all the last minute things done that I’ve put off all summer. Anyway, a “two word weekend recap” sounds like a perfectly good excuse to show pictures without having to actually do work like write real sentences.


Friday Route.



Shoe swap.



Always fries.

best salad


“Mom, mine.”

not sharing


Closet purge.

old clothes


An addiction.

grilled pizza


That was absolutely thrilling, huh? I guess my weekends aren’t very exciting. I watched some golf (next time, Rickie, next time), tried to teach my child how to share cookies with me (emphasis on tried), grilled pizzas in the rain (that didn’t go well), skipped Saturday and Sunday’s workouts (whoops), and got my hair done (bye roots, see ya never). Boring, but pretty typical. I really need to get back into weekend workouts because I have a feeling I’m going to be pretty prone to skipping them during the week now, too. I swear I’m not lazy. Well, maybe a little. I’m working on it! Summer ruins me every year. #teacherproblems Hope y’all have a great Monday!

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