Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Favorite At-Home Workout Videos

I can't believe we are almost done with February! This month has been pretty good to me, but I still can't believe how quickly it's gone by!

I started the Kayla Itsines BBG 12-week challenge... but those workouts are so challenging to do at home with no real gym equipment. Some of the weeks require multiple benches and multiple sets of weights... and I have two hand weights that I got at Walmart and a chair from my dining room table. SO I've had to improvise!

I still do the scheduled out days from BBG (Mondays - Legs, Tuesday - low impact cardio, Wednesday - Arms/Abs, Thursday - high impact cardio, and Friday - full body), but instead of the four 7 minute circuits I've been following along with videos on Youtube. Today I've rounded up my favorites to share with y'all!

LEGS:

Victoria's Secret Model Workout (10 minutes) // I'll pretty much do any workout with "Victoria's Secret Model" in the title. This one is solely focused on legs, is low impact, and (hello!!!) is only 10 minutes long.


Lazy Girl Booty Workout (15 minutes) // I did this workout on Monday and really felt the burn!! This trainer is awesome too, which is always a bonus in online videos!


Legs and Arms with Sadie Lincoln (10 minutes) // Sadie Lincoln founded barre3, which is one of my allll time favorite exercises. Barre3 is all about small, isolated but repetitive movements that really makes you shake all over... but it works! This video is harder than it looks, I promise!

ARMS:


Total Arm Workout (10 minutes) // Arms are easily my least favorite thing to workout, but they're also where I want to see change! This is a short workout with a great and energetic trainer, so the 10 minutes go by pretty quickly.


Lazy Girl's Arm Workout (5 minutes) // I tried this the other day and I totally felt the burn without even leaving my seat! Bonus points for anything I can do in my PJs, extra bonus points for only being 5 minutes long!!

ABS:

Butt and Abs Pilates Workout (30 minutes) // This one is a little longer, and has a few wide-range motions (like high kicks) so might not work in every space, but I'm willing to workout longer for a flat stomach and lifted butt!


Victoria's Secret Abs (10 minutes) // I haven't tried this video yet, but like I said... anything with Victoria's Secret in the title and I'm game. Plus, everyone in the comments LOVE this trainer and some even say that by doing this every day they've lost 10 pounds!!! I'm not sure if we should believe that, but hey... that's motivating for sure!


Barre Abs (10 minutes) // SURPRISE it's the same guy trainer that I love so much! Barre abs BURN! I did this video yesterday and couldn't even make it all 10 minutes without having to stop!


No More Muffin Top (10 minutes) // I did this last week and I was sore for DAYS! I can't wait to do this one again. I also love how this video has the exercises and times listed out so you can easily save them on a note in your phone and do them anywhere without having to watch the video.

FULL BODY:

Total Body Tone Up (15 minutes) // This is a full video that really burns, but I love the positivity. I felt this in my abs, legs, arms... all over! Truly full body and super short.


30 Day Shred Level 1 (28 minutes) // I love Jillian Michaels' workouts. She has a killer body and is obviously great at what she does! My mom and I actually do this on a DVD sometimes and it is SO hard but successfully completing it feels AMAZING! This is the first level, but the second and third are also available on Youtube!


Victoria's Secret Model Workout (20 minutes) // One last VS workout to round out the post! The main trainer in this video trains Alessandra Ambrosio, who looks AMAZING after two kids (!!!), so a workout that is good enough for her is definitely good enough for me!

So there you go! These are some of my favorite videos that allow me to feel like I'm in the middle of a group exercise class from the comfort of my living room floor! The next thing I have to figure out is how to get in some high-intensity cardio without leaving too! I might never step foot inside a gym again ;)

If you try (or have tried, or want to try!) any of these videos, or have favorites of your own that I should try out, please let me know!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Clear Eyes, Full Heart

I have to be honest with you all... the past week truly got the best of me. Attitude wise, confidence wise... I was struggling. Job searching is tough. It's demoralizing, it's mentally taxing, especially when you feel like despite having the experience needed for a job you're just not good enough to actually get it.

So... I ran away from it all.


I gotta tell you, there's nothing quite like the rocky mountains to clear your head. (The fact that you can't really apply for jobs on a ski lift definitely helped too.)

Bring it on, Monday.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly Recap

Was it just me, or did this week seriously fly by?! Someone asked me on Wednesday what I did over the weekend and I just couldn't even remember, it felt like so much had happened since then! (I remembered later on that I went to see Hidden Figures... 10/10 would recommend to anybody!)

This weekend I'm looking forward to doing a little bit of shopping and relaxing on Saturday, and then preparing for the Super Bowl on Sunday! RISE UP!

 

The Cutest Falcons Fan // If you only watch/read/click/pretend to click one of the links I share today... make it this one. I saw this picture on Facebook and thought it was so precious, and now I think so even more after learning the back story. I'm so nervous for the game on Sunday, but I hope the Falcons can pull it out for Wyatt! (...and me)

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles // I'm trying to get back into a good skincare routine. Now that I'm living at home, I don't have the "college excuse" (going out, studying late, being extremely tired) to not take care of my skin! One thing I've really noticed is that I have dark circles under my eyes, even though I definitely get enough sleep, hydrate all day, hardly drink alcohol, and generally stay away from salty foods. I'm definitely going to try some of these concealers and creams mentioned in this article... but do y'all have any advice??

Budweiser Super Bowl Ad // I usually try not to watch Super Bowl commercials until the night of, but Ellen DeGeneres shared this one and I gave in. I love it. I think it's timely and well-made, and I seriously applaud Budweiser for creating it.

NFL Bad Lip Reading 2017 // And to finish it off... the NFL bad lip reading is here! These videos always crack me up. This year's is no different.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Goals

I can't believe February is already here! This year is already flying by. Today is also Groundhog Day... here in Georgia, our groundhog didn't see his shadow so spring is coming early, which is fitting since the highs for the rest of the week are in the upper 60s, some even in the low 70s.


I have a lot of goals for February!

Read new books // I spent the month of January re-reading my Harry Potter books... oops! Technically, that means that I read 7 books in one month. On the other hand, I've read all of the books multiple times so I don't know if it really counts! I need to start reading new books in 2017, which won't be hard because when I was cleaning out my wallet I found an unused Barnes and Noble gift card! Now I just need to go and browse!

Join a gym // I'm working on a post now about my favorite at-home workout videos, and I'm so excited to finish it and share it with y'all. However, as I was trying out all the videos... I realize how much I missed having and going to a gym! Working out at home is hard for me since I live with my parents, who each have their own routine, and have to do it in my room... which means no jumping and I'm always a foot away from my bed... which is so cozy and warm! And honestly, I miss the treadmill and being able to RUN! (My neighborhood is extremely hilly... no thank you!) This month I'm going to start looking for an inexpensive gym to join in my neighborhood.

Get back into regular posting // I really want to get back into the swing of things with posts! Since my schedule was so crazy last semester I let the blog suffer... one of my goals for February is to post more consistently. I've also been toying with the idea of adding a vlog feature or even a newsletter... I'll definitely be brainstorming about those ideas more this month too.

Journal more often // Journaling was one of the things that I wanted to do more of this year... and so far I haven't been all that great at it. I'm trying to slowly get in the habit of journaling before bed each night to clear my head before going to sleep.

Do more outfit posts // Ok this is the last goal for the month, and it's also the goal I'm not 100% set on. In Columbia I had roommates and sorority sisters and other friends to take pictures of me for the blog... and now I have my mom (who doesn't even really know how to take pictures on her phone!). Hopefully I can at least brainstorm on how to start posting outfit pictures again this month, and then actually do it in March.

What are your goals for the month?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

GIRL TALK #2

If there's one thing graduating early has made me realize... it's how much I miss my college friends!!! Seeing them all together while I'm at home (still) looking for a job is SO HARD. Especially on the weekends!

I'm in desperate need of some girl talk, so I decided to bring back a post I did a while ago that got so much positive feedback. I'll write some questions below, answer them, and then it's up to you answer them in the comments below!


Starbucks order: In the fall I only order pumpkin spice lattes (I'm obsessed with pumpkin EVERYTHING), and the rest of the year I just get regular iced coffee! If it's warm in the fall (which it usually is where I live) I'll sometimes get iced pumpkin spice lattes.... SO. GOOD.
(Appropriate) guilty pleasure: Keeping Up With The Kardashians... both the TV show and stalking each and every social media account the sisters have!
Which Disney Princess you'd like to be: Definitely Elsa. I love snow!
Pet Peeve: People not responding to my emails/text messages. Just let me know you read it, I know you're always on your phone!
All-time favorite food: Buffalo Chicken Tacos from Cantina 76. I'm having serious withdrawals!

Alright, it's your turn! I can't wait to read your responses!

Starbucks order:
(Appropriate) guilty pleasure:
Which Disney Princess you'd like to be:
Pet Peeve:
All-time favorite food:

P.S. Read (and answer!) Girl Talk #1 here!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Chicken + Pasta (Less than 400 calories!)

This is one of my all time favorite meals. It's super quick, super easy, and super filling. When you're trying to eat healthy, a lot of the time you hear about "no-carb" diets, but a world without pasta is just not a world that I'm interested in living in. (And don't get me started on zoodles!!!!)'

This dinner takes 30 minutes and can be modified however you like! It also makes amaaaazing leftovers.

What you'll need:

2 chicken breasts
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 small zucchini
cherry tomatoes
whole-grain pasta
seasoning of your choice (I used Italian seasoning)


Season your chicken and then slice it into cubes. Cook over a medium-high heat until no longer pink. Remove from heat and set aside.



While your chicken is cooking, bring water to a boil and slice your zucchini and tomatoes. Once the chicken is done, begin to cook your zucchini on a medium-low heat. Once the zucchini is a little browned, add olive oil and tomatoes.




























When your pasta is almost done, and the tomatoes are sautéing nicely in the pan, add the chicken to the zucchini and tomatoes. Add more olive oil if necessary.


Scoop out some of the pasta water and set aside. Drain the pasta and mix it all together. If it looks a little dry, add a little of the water to help. Finish off with a little more olive oil and voila! 


A delicious and healthy dinner that doesn't sacrifice any of the good things life has to offer (carbs).

Serves 2. Calories per serving: 385; Protein: 30g

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly Recap

I feel like this week flew by! I spent a lot of it applying for jobs (I hit the big 5-0 mark this week... yikes), but I scored a couple of interviews with amazing companies so hopefully something will work out!

As I'm sure you all noticed, social media this week was pretty wild. Amongst all of the political debates, there were still some great articles and videos that I found and wanted to share!


(Speaking of social media this week... it has really made me want a margarita the size of my head, just like this one I had during finals week last year!)

Aziz Ansari SNL Monologue // It's not exactly a secret that in the past couple of years, SNL has really lost its fire. People were skeptical of the new cast and unwilling to let go of the "glory years" of Tina, Amy, Kristen, Andy... etc. During election season SNL got a lot better and I'm really excited for the future of the show. Aziz Ansari is one of my favorite comedians and he NAILED it with this monologue.

This Is Us Renewed // If you haven't started watching This is Us... better start now!! This is one of my new favorite shows. It truly has it all: every episode makes me laugh and cry and feel good and think about every aspect of my life. SO GOOD. And the episodes are only getting better as the season goes on!! I can't wait for what seasons 2 and 3 have in store.

Parks and Rec Jokes // I think I've mentioned on here a few times that Parks and Recreation is my all-time favorite TV show. If you didn't know that, well you do now! I just finished it on Netflix (for like the 10th time) and I'm pretty close to just starting it over again!

Crock Pot Queso Blanco // I was brainstorming with my mom yesterday about what to make for the Super Bowl party she hosts annually. This year will be fun because not only will I be home for it, but my hometown Atlanta Falcons are playing!! I'm so excited and actually cried when they secured their spot in the game! This cheese dip looks amazing, and really, what is a Super Bowl party without queso?!

I hope you all had a great week, and an even better weekend!

P.S.: Read about my experience at the Women's March in D.C. here!

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