TIU Bikini Series: Week 1

I’m a little late posting this as the second week of the challenge has already begun, but better late than never. Here we go!

The Meals

food collage

I’m a picky eater, so I was most worried about sticking to the Tone it Up meal plan, but so far it’s been pretty easy. Here’s a look at what I ate this week.

Breakfast: 1 cup of Barbara’s High Fiber Medley Original and TIU Bombshell spell

Mid-morning snack: Blueberry protein chia muffins (So good!)

Lunch: K & Kale salad – kale, sliced red peppers, red onion and carrots topped with chicken and dressed with balsamic dressing.

Afternoon snack: Sliced red peppers, baby carrots and celery with a pesto dip.

Dinner: Chickpea pasta with butter (used sparingly), a tiny bit of olive oil and black pepper. I made one other dinner last week, but I can’t remember what it was!

The Workouts


The workouts were a mix of strength training or HIIT followed by cardio a few days a week. The longest workout was 40 minutes and the shortest was 25. I’m a huge fan of the TIU workouts, so I knew this portion of the plan wouldn’t be a problem. All of the workouts can be done at home with minimal equipment – dumbbells, a yoga mat, resistance bands. The videos didn’t disappoint. I was sore by the end of the week, but in a good way. I can already see more definition in my arms.

Overall Impression

I was happy with my consistency. I got in all of my workouts and I stuck to the meal plan with just a few minor slip-ups. The hardest part for me has been the meal prep. While it makes the rest of my week much easier, it takes a lot of time on Sunday to chop my vegetables, cook my meat and prepare my snacks. That’s taken some getting used to. I have enjoyed the minimal cooking during the week though.

That’s it for week one of the Bikini Series challenge. Week two is already in full swing. I’ll post a recap next week.

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TIU Bikini Series 2017

It’s been over a year, but I found my way back to this blog. I got engaged, bought a house, got married and adopted a dog. A lot has changed and as busy as life has been, I missed this place, so I’m back.

Although things may be different on the outside, not much has changed when it comes to health and fitness. Exercise and healthy eating have continued to be important parts of my life and I’m now gearing up for the Tone it Up 2017 Bikini Series challenge. I’ve been a TIU nutrition plan member for about two years now and I loosely did the challenge last year, but didn’t blog about it. This year I’m going to track my progress here.

For anyone who doesn’t know about the Bikini series, it’s a free 8 week fitness and lifestyle challenge with daily workouts, healthy recipes, social media check-ins and prizes. It starts April 24th, so if you haven’t signed up yet there’s still time!

As a TIU member, I was able to purchase the TIU bikini bundle at a discounted price. The bundle includes exclusive digital workouts and some awesome swag to get you ready and motivated to rock the challenge. I can’t wait to start! If you’re interested in learning more about the workouts and meal plan stop by here for weekly updates.

See you soon!







I’m Engaged!

I know I have been a horrible blogger and I have not kept up with posting at all in the last few weeks, but I had to stop in and share some exciting news. I’m engaged!

Vera Wang engagement ring

Brian proposed to me last Tuesday (July 14th), which also happened to be my 28th birthday. Needless to say, it was a night to remember. When I came home from work that day, he had set up a scavenger hunt with little gifts and notes that eventually led me to this beautiful ring. I am SO excited and have already become absolutely addicted to Pinterest for wedding planning. As of now, we are thinking of an October 2016 wedding. I live in Massachusetts, which is beautiful in the fall and I can’t imagine a better time of year for wedding photos.

If any of you married readers out there have any advice on planning a wedding, let me know!.

For now, I’m going to enjoy being engaged and hopefully start blogging on a regular basis again!



Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 6/26

Happy Friday! Today is my last day at my current job. My lovely coworkers took me out for drinks last night and it was definitely a night to be remembered. I’m happy and sad at the same time. I’m happy to be starting a new adventure, but sad to leave behind so many great people. I do ultimately believe I’m making the right decision though to move on.

Anyway, enough about work stuff. Let’s get to my Friday Favorites. As always, I invite you to play along in the comments and share some of your favorite things from the week.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

I saw this movie in the theatre when it first came out and I thought it was great. I had read the book too and even though it’s not my favorite Gillian Flynn novel, I did really enjoy it. Brian and I watched Gone Girl again this week and I liked it just as much the second time around.

H&M Bikini 


Love this pattern! Even better, the top is only $17.50. I have a vacation planned to Florida soon and I’m thinking this bikini would make an excellent addition to my suitcase.

Essie’s Mod Squad (picture via Spaz and Squee)

Essie Mod Squad


Of course I had to throw in a nail polish lol. Is anyone surprised? I switched out my new Essie Peach Side Babe for Mod Squad two days ago and I’m loving it!

What are your favorite things this week?


5 Links to Brighten Up Your Day

Whenever I need a quick break from work, I take a few minutes to surf my favorite websites and absorb some light, fluffy content to take my mind off the task at hand. It’s the perfect little refresher.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week:


Watermelon wine spritzer via


Updating Summer Dessert via Cupcakes and Cashmere. As an ice cream fanatic, I am totally on board with this!


Top 3 Color Combo Searches of 2015 via Apartment Therapy/Sherwin Williams


The Rejected Hybrid Dinosaurs of Jurassic World via The New Yorker—I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I’m hoping to this weekend. I was a huge fan of of the original Jurassic Park back in the day.


What Classic 90s Bath & Body Scents Smell Like to Adult Women via Buzzfeed. Cucumber Melon used to be my jam!

Have a great Thursday everyone. I will see you tomorrow!

Life Lately

Life Lately…

Life Lately

Current TV show…..Orange Is the New Black

Current nail polish...Essie Peach Side Babe

Current read...Inferno

Current obsession…white flowers. I want to buy a vase full for my bedside table and my desk.

Current interest...crafting, more specifically making homemade cards. Brian’s sister does this all the time, but I caught the bug after seeing the cute stationery made by Emily Schuman over at Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Current beauty buy… Great Lash mascara by Maybelline. I used to buy this all the time, but recently got away from it. I haven’t been happy with the other brands I’ve tried so I’m back to an oldie, but goodie.

Pick a category and tell me what’s going on in your life lately.


4 Summer Nail Looks

Anyone who’s been reading this blog for some time knows that I’m a nail polish addict. I love experimenting with new shades and I can’t resist a walk down the nail polish aisle at any drug store.

Now that it’s summer, I’ve swapped out my pastels for brighter, richer shades like coral, peach and tropical reds. Here are four of my favorite colors this season.

Essie Peach side babe

Essie: Peach Side Babe, photo: Essie Envy

OPI Cajun Shrimp

OPI Cajun Shrimp

OPI Alpine SnowOPI Alpine Snow

Essie Bachelorette Bash

Essie Bachelorette Bash

If you’re looking for recommendations, my favorite nail polish brands are Essie, OPI and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. My favorite top/base coat is Top 2 Bottom by Orly.

What are your favorites?