Category: Motivation

Friday Favorites + Eating Clean with Urban Remedy

It’s FRIDAY, y’all! Get excited. I typed this post up on a four hour ride to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I swear I’m torn between the beach and the country. I don’t really need to worry about that, because I don’t have the money to move to either of them. One day, y’all. One day. Anyway, the end of the week means a new round of Friday Favorites. Let’s just get right to it.

 

Urban Remedy

For the past three days, I’ve been experimenting with cleaning up my eats. I will be the first to admit that I rely heavily on sugar, caffeine, cheese, and bread. They are typically present in every single meal I eat. It was getting out of hand. Urban Remedy recently reached out and asked if I would like to try out some of their products. A total juice cleanse is something I wasn’t interested in, but I really liked the look of the Beauty Kit. I decided to give it a try, but I was legitimately 100% nervous to cut out all of my addictions at once. Thankfully, I was distracted by the delicious food they sent me. (PS: one set of juices missed the picture. Whoops.)

urban remedy beauty kit review

My favorite thing, by far, was the raw vegan chocolate mousse. There are no words, y’all. Overall, I’m really glad I decided to try this out. It was three days of clean eating, and I truly feel like my palate was “reset” afterwards. I supplemented the plan with some grapes and apples and they tasted so much sweeter than usual. I definitely feel better in general and I’m just going to pretend that eating veggies for 72 hours made me more beautiful. ;)

The only downside was cutting out caffeine. I swear I couldn’t have spelled my name yesterday for a million bucks. I was out of it, but it just goes to show how dependent I had become. I still plan to eat sweets and drink coffee, but I want to do it on a much smaller scale than I had been doing lately. I know for sure that making these changes would have been harder for me if I hadn’t found a quick “plan” to follow. If I had been left to my own devices, I would have been chugging lattes and burying my face in a carton of ice cream the first night. Three cheers for some structure up on my life! If you have any other questions about the Urban Remedy Beauty Kit, just let me know. I’m more than willing to share even more details if you want them.
 

Runner’s World Cookbook

To continue the clean eating theme, I’d like to send a huge shout out to the Runner’s World Cookbook contributors. Those people know their food. I finally snagged a copy of the cookbook on Friday and I’ve already bookmarked about thirty things I need to eat immediately.

runner's world cookbook

I was able to try a few things over the weekend, but my favorite was the Mushroom Tacos al Pastor. I don’t even like mushrooms. They were just that good. I also heard rave reviews about the homemade energy bars, but I was too busy eating corn bread and butter. I plan on making the bars soon, though! I think they would be the perfect grab-and-go breakfasts for Maddux and me. I’m sure I’ll share they details once I try them out.

 

Fall Traveling

We have been out of town for the past three or four weekends. Normally I’d be pretty exhausted, but right now it’s a good change of scenery. Fall hasn’t quite reached my neighborhood, so I’ve gotten my crunchy leaf fix elsewhere. As much as I love the spring and summer, there is something about fall colors that can’t be beat.

mountains

In other news, I think I’m officially an old lady. Who else waxes poetic about the seasonal changes? I need to get a life, and it needs to happen soon.

 

Continuous Learning

When it comes to all my hobbies and passions, there is so much more to learn and so many more ways to grow. This weekend I was able to listen to people who are a heck of a lot smarter than me and I am so much better off because of it.

First up was a quick breathing lesson from Budd Coates, the author of Running on Air. He’s one of the best running coaches on the planet, so I decided I should probably pay close attention.

budd coates

I don’t notice my breathing pattern all that much when I run. I mean, I’m just usually happy that I am breathing at all. Budd taught us how to monitor our breathing in order to get the most of each run and to ultimately become better runners. I read his book on the flight home and my mind basically exploded. I would explain the process to you, but I’m sure I’d butcher it completely. Read the book, y’all.

Then came a form lesson from Golden Harper, another total authority on running. He only, like, invented his own shoes and stuff. No big deal. Seriously, though, if you haven’t tried on a pair of Altras, you’re missing out.

golden harper

He basically taught me that I know absolutely nothing about running properly. I’m now working on having a proud chest, short strides, tucked back elbows, and soft knees. No injuries for this gal. Seriously, though, I know I just run for fun but I loved learning more about the sport. Maybe one day I won’t have horrendous race photos when I learn how to actually run. Wishful thinking?

Well, I better go. We have Toy Story on the TV and nachos on the way to the house. It’s getting pretty serious over here. Have a great night!

Question: What have you been learning or trying recently? I think it’s hilarious that I’m so interested in things (running well and eating clean)

I’m so terrible at right now. Gotta love it.

Fitness Meets Fashion: Target® C9 Collection

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

Today’s post is one of my favorites of the week for two reasons: I got to go shopping at Target® and I got to pose awkwardly in the clothes I found before writing it. I never need an excuse to shop at my favorite store, but embarrassing myself is icing on the cake. Luckily for me, the clothes steal the show so you don’t notice my insanity quite as much.
target c9 collection

During my little fitness shopping spree, I chose the C9 by Champion® Paisley Legging and Cowl Neck Layered Tank. I’d be lying if I said it was an easy decision. I mean, I wanted to try so many different outfits on. Is this not the typical Target® problem or what? So much good stuff, y’all.

Ultimately, I decided to go with a combination I didn’t have much of: printed leggings and a bright tank top. I really, really love the pieces I ended up with. They even inspired this emo-style selfie, so you know it’s real love.

target c9

I told Ryne this was my “bae caught me slippin” look but he didn’t get it. He’s getting old. Anyway, back to the clothes.

C9 by Champion® Paisley Legging: While the look of these leggings initially caught my eye, the fabric’s feel and fit is what ultimately won me over. They are extremely comfortable yet tight enough to stay put during even the toughest of workouts. I run in these and they are perfect. Not to thick and not too thin. Plus, hello, they’re paisley.

C9 by Champion® Cowl Neck Layered Tank: I cheated a little on this one and chose a tank that I already owned, just in a different color. Why? Because it’s amazing. The built in bra is actually thick and supportive, which is usually not the case with these types of tanks. The top layer is flowy but very flattering. Definitely a keeper.

target c9

One of the best parts about my new outfit is that it’s perfect for fall evening runs. Right now it’s not quite cool enough to bring out the winter running gear, but the slightly cooler temps mean that my legs are loving a little covering. When it does finally get chilly, all I’ll need to do is grab a jacket on the way out the door.

night run

And with skies like that, I hope I’ll be outside more often than not. What about where you live? Have you busted out the cold-weather gear yet? We’re in this weird “60 degrees one day, 90 degrees the next” phase which means it’ll be 30 degrees before you know it. ;)

Busy, Busy, Busy + Football Game Workout

I feel like I’ve been super busy this week, but it’s just that “fake” busy that people are always talking about. The kind where you are just rushing around doing nothing of real importance and then complaining about it to anyone who will listen. Anyway, that’s just my weird way of telling y’all that I didn’t have a post planned for yesterday and I still don’t have one today. Whoops.

I did share a post recently on the FitFluential blog, so I’ll share the image and pretend like it’s new information. This is the perfect workout for when you just aren’t all that into the game. It happens.

football-game-workout



 

For a complete breakdown of the moves, head on over to the original post. I hope to have some new content pretty soon, but I appreciate your patience in the mean time. I have so many ideas for fun workouts, but I haven’t gotten off of my butt to take pictures or write them out. See y’all soon!

Question: Would you work out during the game? Let’s just say, with the way my team is playing, I need a distraction. Kidding. Sort of.

Dumbbell Workout: Combo Moves Are Hard, Y’all

Other than a slight cough and an oddly manly voice, I’m feeling 100% back to normal today! Exciting stuff. I’m hoping to get back into a workout routine now that I can breathe again. After work I headed to the gym for a fun tabata class, which was exactly what I needed to motivate me.

Now that I’ve filled you in on today, let’s rewind to the workout that never happened last Thursday. I’ve completed it a few times in the past, but I can’t wait to redeem myself after that embarrassing fail. Maybe tomorrow? Speaking of fails, look how close I got to centering my body on the mat. Head, meet pavement.

hip bridge chest press

 

The workout includes five combo moves using two dumbbells. I love how total-body moves challenge my strength and coordination. I have all the gross motor skills of a toddler, so I love this workout for helping me out with that.

 

dumbbell circuit workout



And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Romanian Deadlifts + Upright Rows: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Holding a pair of dumbbells in your hands, slowly hinge forward at the hips until your torso is as low as you can get it without bending or arching your back. Return to standing by squeezing your glutes. Immediately lift the dumbbells to chest height, keeping them close to your body with your elbows out to the sides. Return to the starting position.

Forward Lunges + Overhead Presses: Stand with your feet together, holding a dumbbell in each hand just above your shoulders. Step your right foot forward and lower into a lunge, while pressing the weights overhead. Push yourself back up to standing and lower the weights back to your shoulders. Repeat with the leg left. For the purposes of this workout, that’s one rep. I know, I’m so wrong for that.

Hip Bridges + Chest Presses: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold a pair of dumbbells directly above your chest with your palms facing away from you. Lift your hips off of the floor until your torso forms a straight line, bracing your core to help stabilize you. Next, press the weights straight up and then lower them back to your chest. Lower your hips to return to the starting position (but don’t let them touch the floor).

Sumo Squats + Bicep Curls: Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, turning your toes out. Hold a pair of dumbbells in your hands with your palms facing out. Bend your knees and slowly lower yourself into a squat, while contracting your biceps to perform a curl. Push yourself back up to standing while lowering your arms. To me, this is like rubbing your belly while patting your head. I’m working on it.

Reverse Planks + Tricep Dips: Sit down with your legs extended straight in front of you. Holding two dumbbells, reach back a comfortable distance behind your hips and press yourself up into a reverse plank. Your torso and legs should form a straight line and your shoulders your be over your hands. Slowly bend at the elbows to perform a tricep dip. Start over. Yeah, these can be rough.

 

Hope y’all are having a good night, too. Let me know if you try this workout, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Labor Day: Pretty Typical

Yesterday was a pretty typical weekend day that just happened to take place on a Monday. You have to love Labor Day, huh? By the way, by “typical” I mean I was a mess. We were all still sick and tired, but I decided I was going to try to relax outside in the sun while the boys rested. It started out all “Man, it’s hot! Pass me a water!”

sunshine

Cut to five minutes later, when I was totally covered in shade. And, yes, I had made a pallet on our patio, because we don’t have lounge chairs. Relaxing in the sun? Nailed it.

fail

Later in the afternoon, we decided to get it together and actually leave the house. We hit up the pool and I think it helped us all feel a little better. Shooting me with the water gun sure cheered them up, at least.

pool time

Today I’m feeling almost back to normal, but now we’re dealing the the dreaded two-year-old molars. I swear that kid can’t catch a break. And, if I’m being 100% honest, I’m also in a total funk right now. Suffice to say that every little thing is frustrating me. Just the fact that it was storming when I wanted to run had me in almost total meltdown mode. I forced myself to head to the gym for a quick class instead. When I left, the skies had cleared and the storm had left behind a little message for me.

rainbow

That message? “Suck it up, buttercup. You’re embarrassing yourself.” I needed that. Time to kick it into high gear and end this week on a positive note. Who’s with me? ;)

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