Category: Fitness

Friday Favorites: I Feel Like a Genius

Happy Friday! Today wasn’t all that great, because my family has come down with the plague (aka the common cold). I’m still 100% excited that it’s Labor Day weekend, though. Bring on the sunshine and laziness. ;)

Today’s Friday Favorites all have one thing in common: they prove that I’m the smartest human alive. Well, fine. They just prove that some of my brain cells work some of the time. Whatever. Same difference.

Ensō Roller

enso muscle roller

When EvoFit generously sent me an Ensō Muscle Roller to try, I have to admit that I had no idea what to do with it. At first glance, it just seemed so complicated. I mean, there were parts to it and I had to move them. I wish I was kidding when I say that I didn’t try it out for a few weeks just because I was nervous about it. In reality, the Ensō ended up being so much better than a traditional roller. There is a slight learning curve, but it really didn’t take any time at all to fall in love with it. I feel like a genius for figuring it out, even though I know it’s actually pretty simple. Once you find the adjustments that work for you, it’s an amazing addition to your warm up/cool down/rest days. The eight disks can be positioned in a ton of different ways (they can even be removed altogether), so that it can truly work for anyone. The following are features that they explained so much better than I can:

  • Elongates muscles, relaxes tight muscles and aids in breaking up scar tissue, increases circulation and flexibility
  • Customizable design supports and works targeted areas without pressure to surrounding muscles and bones
  • 8-disc design can create a one-of-a-kind fit for your body shape and training needs
  • 13in proves to be the most versatile length for most body types
  • Rollers are constructed with a lightweight EVA foam and are supported by durable molded plastic discs and an anodized aluminum core
  • Grooved notches on tube position rollers to not slip out but adjust without friction for a micro-tuned disc arrangement
  • Weighs 2.13lbs

enso

I highly recommend it if you struggle with regular foam rollers since this one is so customizable. Don’t let the looks of it intimidate you like I did, either. This thing is a miracle worker.

Noosa Yoghurt

noosa yogurt

I love, love, love Noosa but the yoghurts are usually 2 something a pop. That’s caviar-and-champagne-style money in my world, so I usually only grab them as a special treat. I realized recently that they go on sale pretty regularly at Kroger. When that happens, I stock up. I suggest you do the same. They are delicious, and I love that they care about the ingredients that they are using in each flavor and that they don’t use weird fillers to create a low-cal or low-fat product. This stuff is the best, and the honey flavor is my absolute favorite. Try it!

Steam Mop

steam mop After a few years of cleaning my hardwood floors on my hands and knees (seriously, that’s the only thing that worked), I finally bit the bullet and bought a steam mop. I figured that they probably didn’t work all that well, but I was so wrong. I’m so glad I snagged one when I found it on sale. Under $90 was totally worth it to not have to clean like Cinderella anymore. I also love that I can use just the steam alone, which limits the amount of cleaner I have to purchase and use in my house. Small wins, am I right?

Snickers Peanut Butter 

peanut butter snickers

While everyone else is all “OMG PUMPKIN” right now, can I just throw it up for peanut butter? Drop whatever you’re doing right now and go buy some Snickers Peanut Butter Squared minis and thank me later. I really have nothing else to say about this.

 

Space Jam

space jam

Last, but most certainly not least, I just have to say that finding this movie at Target for five bucks made my life. I don’t see how people weren’t literally fighting over these. Do they not realize the genius that is Space Jam? I believe I can fly, y’all. I believe I can fly.

 

Question: What was your best purchase or idea recently? I’m pretty sure mine was that steal of a movie. My muscles would probably say the roller, though. Tie?

 

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So, Tonight Was a Huge Fail

All I can say on the football front is that I hate it. Well, I hate losing with a passion. I’m just going to pretend like sports don’t even exist for a while. In addition to that, I’m also going to try to ignore the fact that I poorly planned my afternoon and evening yet again. I had some unexpected things to deal with after work, and then I decided to photograph a workout for my post today before tackling the rest of my to-do list.

dumbbell workout

Um. I took pictures and everything, but then I didn’t actually work out or create the workout post I had intended for today. I am a freaking champ, you guys. I would continue to complain, but I’ll just go cry into my pillow instead. I’m totally kidding, by the way. I should be embarrassed by my lack of working out and posting, but I got to eat three different kinds of delivery pizza, hang out with my family, and watch a football game. Not a bad day, right? I think I’m just doing what I said I wish I could do the other day. Oh, snap. Did I just turn that loss into a win?

Question: What did you “fail” at today?

Challenge: Spin that situation into a win! ;)

Wednesday Rambles + {Healthier} After-School Snacks

The “After-School Snacks” portion of this post is sponsored by Foodie.com.

Look at me posting at a reasonable time tonight. Too bad it’s just a post full of random thoughts. Sorry about that, guys. Without further ado, here’s the junk that’s on my mind:

1.) On the days that I’ve actually worked out recently, I’ve been jammin’ out. My music tastes are all over the place, but one song seems to be stuck in my head more often than not. By the way, B.O.B. makes me want to turn my name into an acronym, but I think P.R.E.S.L.E.Y. is a little long. Whatever.

favorite workout songs

 

2.) Speaking of working out, I feel like I need to grab some workout DVDs. I think I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I never found any that sparked my interest. I need to sweat. Jane Fonda ain’t cuttin’ it. Fun Fact: I had to stay home from school one day in elementary school after hurting my neck doing “crunches” with the ol’ Fonda. Oh, memories. Form is clearly important, y’all.

3.) I’ve been working with Verizon for a while now, and I love them more and more as I get to know them as a “brand”. They sent me a new tablet a few weeks ago, but I need to step up my app game. I’ve been looking for some educational ones  to download onto the Ellipsis 7. Any suggestions?

verizon ellipsis 7

 

4.) This is so random, but Ryne and I were talking about drone delivery the other day. I guess he saw something on the news about it. Anyway, if they could deliver coffee, waffle fries, and cupcakes, I’d be set for life. I’d never leave my house.

5.) In less than a month, we’ll be heading to Disney World with Maddy and her family. I am so excited. Maddux has been loving Mickey Mouse lately, so I hope he is a little less scared of the characters this time. I’d love to have some pictures where it doesn’t look like we’re torturing him by walking too close to anyone in costume.

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6.) While we’re on the topic of my child, I just want to mention that I have no freaking clue how he eats as much as he does. I swear he eats more than two grown men could. While he definitely gets treats often, I also want to make sure that I’m filling him up with good-for-him stuff, too. I usually try to sneak in some extra fruits and veggies in his after-school snack. While smoothies with hidden spinach are a go-to at our house, I compiled a little list with the help of Foodie.com to remind me to switch it up from time to time. Hope you find it useful, too!

Check out Brain Food: After-School Snacks That Make The Grade

by Presley at Foodie.com

 

7.) Thanks for listening to me vent yesterday! I’m glad I’m not the only one who should cut back on the items on my to-do lists throughout the week. I’m going to really make a conscious effort to manage my calendar better. I don’t have to say yes to everything and I certainly don’t have to get bummed out when I’m not effortlessly checking off a million tasks a day. Let’s all skip something lame and do something awesome today. ;) I’m going to ignore the laundry and drink wine and read blogs instead. Ballin’.

Question of the Day: What is your go-to healthy “after-school” snack? We could always use more ideas!

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. :)

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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. :)