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.


Bodyweight Workout: Arms and Abs

For today’s workout, you don’t need any equipment except your own body. This one is fast, convenient and it targets your abs and arms, two of my favorite areas to work.

Enjoy! I’ll see you back here tomorrow bright and early!

body weight exercises

Workout Wednesday · workouts

5 of My Favorite Workouts

Happy Workout Wednesday everyone! Instead of designing my own workout for today’s post, I decided to do a roundup of some of my favorites workouts lately. This is basically a shout out to some awesome bloggers who are putting out great content that I just want to share. Any and all of these workouts are guaranteed to leave you burning!

Pumps and Iron

This workout originally appeared on Pumps and Iron and it’s a killer, especially those plank tricep kickbacks. Ouch!


via The Fitnessista


From Daily Cup of Kate


via Peanut Butter Fingers

total body workout

Love this total body workout from Ashley at A Lady Goes West. It’s quick, but very effective. That’s why I love combination moves. You hit a bunch of muscles in half the time. Trust me, you will feel this one.

Alright, that’s it from me friends. Enjoy your Wednesday! I will see you all tomorrow.

health · running · workouts

What I’m Pinning for a Healthy 2015

I’ve come across so many great healthy living blog posts and articles lately that I’ve gone on a pinning frenzy. I’ve also been saving posts in my Bloglovin feed left and right. Since I’m feeling a little uninspired right now, I thought I’d share some of my favorite posts full of tips I plan to use for the year ahead.

Easy Ways to Update Your Home Gym via Fitnessista


Why You Don’t Need to Go Big or Go Home at the Gym via Women’s Health


-really interesting article about why working out harder isn’t always better.

Healthy Pantry Staples via POPSUGAR


-A great guide to take with you when you hit the grocery store this week.

Free Yoga Class: Hips & Hamstring Flow via Erin Motz


-I did this video a few days ago and really felt a difference in my lower body in terms of greater flexibility. I’d recommend this workout for any runners out there with tight hamstrings, hips or calfs.

12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners via Runner’s World


-This is my favorite of all the articles I’ve saved. It has great tips and real strategies on how to make each habit stick.

There ya go! Some light reading for you on a nice Thursday. Have a great day. I will see you all tomorrow for Friday Favorites.


Switching Things Around

I’m only a week into my 10K training plan and I’m already flip flopping days. Oh well, such is life. I feel ok about it since I’m still going to get in all the workouts I’m supposed to just in a slightly different order.

I didn’t cross train, but I did do that upper body workout I posted yesterday. Here I am in my Victoria Secret PJ pants ready to go.


Yes, I weight train in my pajamas..don’t you? Don’t worry, I’m not gross. I do shower if I get sweaty and I don’t wear the same clothes to bed. Just wanted to throw that out there ;).

Anyway, my little training switcheroo means no rest day on Friday. Instead I’ll do the 30 min of cross training I was supposed to do last night.

On another note, I wanted to share this article from POPSUGAR Fitness with you all. It’s called 46 Common Names for Sugar. 46! I had no idea. That is crazy!

Also, I’m in LOVE with this haircut, which I found in another POPSUGAR article.


Apparently it’s the signature cut of Anh Co Tran, hairstylist to the celebs.

That’s it for me today. I will see you tomorrow for My Friday Five.


Gifts for the Workout Queen

I know there are a bazillion gift guides popping up everywhere so it’s my goal to make everything featured here unique and affordable. Last week, I put together two guides: gifts for bookworms and fashionistas, but this week I’m focusing on the workout queen. By that, I mean the woman in your life who lives for her workout, loves to sweat and makes every effort to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Happy shopping!

workout gifts

Contigo Kangaroo water bottle w/ hidden compartment for keys $13.99

Gaiam Metro gym bag $24.98

Reebok Total Body Toning Kit $24.99


Flipbelt $28.99

Gaiam Hot/Cold Trigger Point Massage Ball $14.98

Yurbuds $29.99

Under Armour women’s fleece beanie $29.99

Anything I should add?