Category: Motivation

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.



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!”


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.


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.


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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