Motivation Station, Y’all {Giveaway}

The following post and giveaway are sponsored by Kohl’s.

Happy Tuesday! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in twice in one week, but what can I say? I’m feeling extra productive right now. I’m totally kidding, by the way. I just had a few minutes to pop in, so I decided to use it wisely.

Let’s talk motivation. It’s no secret that I can lack it from time to time. And by that I mean, like, weekly. One thing that always works? New gear. Call me a consumer. Call me a sucker. But call me motivated. Recently, Kohl’s reached out and asked if I would like to hit up the store for a little fitness-based shopping spree. I immediately said yes for three reasons:

1.) they have insanely cute and affordable workout clothes,

kohl's activewear

2.) they sell this t-shirt,

kohl's quote tees

and 3.) they have just as much gear as they do apparel. I shop at Kohl’s pretty regularly, but I had never made the time to check out just how many of my workout needs could be met there. For instance, I had no idea they sold fitness watches. And, yeah, it’s pretty lame under my rock, y’all. Don’t worry, though, I’ve seen the light. <-Literally. The backlight on my new Casio running watch is fantastic.

casio kohl's

I’ve already taken my watch for a few test-runs, and I have to say that I love the simplicity of it. For the most part, I run routes that I know the distance of. What I really mean is that I don’t have a ton of “free time” for running, so it’s the neighborhood or nothing. I don’t need a ton of bells and whistles. I’ve been running with my phone for a while now, but I love having something on my wrist again. No almost tossing my phone straight into the street (hello, butterfingers) and no being tempted to respond to every single text or notification. And when I run with the stroller, being “handsfree” is essential. I mean, you do have to hold on to that thing…

casio watch run

Okay, back to the watch. I have the Illuminator Tough Solar Digital 120-Lap Chronograph. The function that I use the most is the basic lap function. I typically run a two, three, or four mile loop in my neighborhood. When I hit certain houses, I know exactly how far I’ve gone. I hit the button to keep track and keep on trucking. I can see my pace during the run and I get a more detailed look at the end. Sometimes simple is better, am I right? I still get all the motivation and information I need, without spending a fortune on a watch with more features than I can even understand. Oh, and I don’t have to charge this one. Or wait twenty minutes for a satellite signal that may or may not go out when I run under a single tree. WIN.

casio active watch kohl's

Now for the fun part: a giveaway! One reader will win a Casio Illuminator Tough Solar watch. The giveaway will end on 7/1/2015 at midnight. Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and happy training! :)

Weekend Recap + A New Challenge

Happy Monday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a weekend recap, but I figured there was no better time than the present. We’ve recently gotten into the habit of letting our two-year-old plan our weekends, which has been surprisingly fun. We get Japanese and Chick-fil-A on the reg, we play with the water hose like it’s going out of style, and we always make time for dessert. It’s like the best life ever, y’all.

Friday night, after stuffing ourselves with hibachi rice, I’m pretty sure we just went home and passed out. I recall nothing, but we probably read some books and did some puzzles. I really need to start photographing everything like I used to, because remembering things is not my strong suit.

Saturday morning I headed to Pure Barre Augusta with my friend Molly. It was only my second class, but I’m already starting to understand the process. Sort of. I’ll get there.

pure barre augusta

I met the fam at the market afterwards, where I was greeted with purple mouths and dinosaur balloons. The kid gets what he wants these days, remember?

augusta market

I’m honestly not sure why there have been bouncy houses downtown every single weekend, but we’re digging it. He was terrified of them for the longest time, but he broke through the fear a week or so ago. Oddly enough, we’ve run across them several times since then. No complaining here.

bounce house augusta

It had been too long since Ryne and I took pints of ice cream to the face while watching a Redbox DVD, so we clearly had to make that happen. He got chocolate something or other but I got cheesecake, which in my humble opinion, is Bruster’s best flavor by far. You’d have to be an idiot to get anything else. Sorry, Ryne.

best night ever

Sunday was spent swimming and doing yard work. I did something in the middle of those two things. I put my feet in the pool and pulled random weeds within arm’s reach. Hard work, you guys. Hard work.

yard work

Oh, remember when I said I was going to run more? Well, I didn’t do that this weekend. And now I’ve totally just committed to something else instead. You think I have a bit of a commitment problem? I should probably work on that. Eh. What am I saying? I’ll never learn.

Today I signed up for my first full month of Pure Barre and it happened to coincide with the first day of a 20 out of 30 challenge. So now I’m going to try to make 20 classes this month. Partly because I’m insane and party because I need some motivation in my life.

pure barre augusta

The fact that I worked out all of 2.5 times in May probably has something to do with why I’m actually really excited to sign my life away for a month. I need the push. And, on the plus side, I tend to improve in a lot of areas when I start to work on just one. I bet I’ll run more often, clean the house with a little more oomph, and eat less donuts or something. I’m kidding about the donuts. Some things never change. Ever.

Question: Have any of y’all ever completed a workout challenge? Did you survive to tell the tale? ;)

I’m Still Around, Sort Of.

I totally still exist, I swear. Until I figure those whole work-life-blog balance thing out, I thought I’d check in and show you guys what I have been up to lately. I’m definitely still having fun making workouts like this “Quick Core Circuit” post for Bumble Bee. I’ve been working with them for a few months and it’s been a blast.

quick-core-circuit

We’ve also been working on our blogging game at work. Augusta Active has been publishing some fun workouts as well. These are pretty sweet, because other people have to pose for them. It’s way better on the other side of the camera, y’all.

Other than that, though, I haven’t been up to much of anything blog-worthy. I do have big plans to start running regularly again, so I’m sure my blogging will resume when that happens. I keep getting in routines with the miles and then something will change and knock me off course. Struggle bussin’ it all day, every day.

See you all soon!

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

I’m still not ready to post regularly again, but I thought it would be fun to check in really quickly. I swear I have actually done some stuff other than embarrassing myself on a daily basis. I guess I just want to prove that, y’all. Indulge me?

Family

fishing

My toddler is now a full-on kid, and I don’t know how or when it happened. He recently told me what an Octagon was and then proceeded to explain to me that if I added red and yellow, I would get orange. He knows so much new stuff everyday that I seriously can’t keep up. The only thing I can’t get him to remember is that some special occasions are once a year. Last weekend he said, “It’s never my birthday, Mama.” Tough life isn’t it, kid?

Fitness

running weather

It’s no secret that I’ve been in a terrible workout slump for the past few months. That being said, I’m actually optimistic that things are really going to improve this time. I’ve started running outside again, thanks to the later sunsets. <-Who else is excited about it? I also went up in my squat weight, which is insane since I haven’t been doing them at all lately. Rest clearly does you good, y’all.

Food

small cakes augusta

Um, I’ve been hitting the sugar hard to say the least. Instead of letting it get me down, I’m just going to remember that it always comes in waves for me. Pretty soon I’ll be bored and be begging for a change. Or, you know, a veggie. But, right now, I have Smallcakes on speed dial. I’d say it was an issue, but it’s been pretty freaking delicious. Get the salted caramel ones and thank me later.

Health

pendulum appliance

I know. I need to cut back on the sweets. Other than that, I’m feeling great. In related news, I’m working on my dental health. I can’t believe I didn’t mention this last month at all, but I got a pendulum appliance (that hideous thing up there) put in the roof of my mouth. I sound ridiculous when I talk, but it won’t be long until I switch it out for Invisalign. Which, as I’ve heard, will continue to make me sound ridiculous. All in the name of healthy, pearly whites, am I right?

Travel

sfia

I feel like I never properly recapped Vegas and then I was immediately flying to DC. Instead of trying to recap them both now, I thought I’d just touch on how much I appreciate the experiences I’ve had lately. Heading to DC was especially amazing, because we were able to lobby for things I’m passionate about: health, fitness, and children. It’s official, I Love. My. Job.

So, that’s pretty much it. Thrilling, right? Pick and topic and update me on your life now!

My Favorite Bodyweight Workouts

Happy Monday! I’ve got a busy week ahead of me, so I don’t know if I’ll check in here all that much. What I do know is that I miss blogging something fierce. I don’t know how I’ll fit it back into the schedule, but I’ll find a way eventually. Until then, I wanted to do some fun round ups in case any of you are new around here. Today’s post? Bodyweight circuits. I like lifting heavy when I can, but for the most part I don’t have a lot of time to put into my workouts. It’s a sad reality, y’all. Bodyweight moves are perfect, because you can basically bust ‘em out anywhere. I mean, I don’t usually do jumping jacks in the freezer section of Kroger, but I totally could. Actually, I dare one of y’all to do that soon. ;) Anyway. Back to the workouts. Geez, you guys are always getting me off track. Click each image to be taken to the complete post!

The Chair Workout

chair workout

Hotel Room Workout

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Stability Ball Circuit

stability ball workout

Birthday Workout

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The Playground Workout

playground workout

Thirty-Minute Tabata

thirty minute tabata-style slim down

Let me know if you try any of them out! Comment and share a link to any of your favorites, too. I’m always on the hunt for new workout ideas, and I’m sure everyone else would love to see ‘em as well. Have a great night!