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The Weekend With The Tone It Up Tour!

Oh my word, it’s been such a wild but fun weekend. I totally overslept this morning and I’m kind of wishing I had another weekend to recover! Even though I am exhausted, I got to spend the weekend with so many amazing people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Saturday

My weekend kicked off with an eight mile run! I have been neglecting my long runs due to many reasons but I was sure to get it in this week. Weirdly enough, I was wide awake by 6AM and so was Jordan so we jumped out of bed and were on the road before the sun was up.

I finished running as the sun was coming up and I was a mess. The humidity has been wild here so it’s basically still summer time running in Texas. After our run, Jordan and I had our Chick Fil A breakfast date and I began to get ready for an Arbonne party my friend was hosting!

It was so great to catch up with friends and learn about cool products. My friend Megan hosted the party and her husband Kyle made so many vegan goodies. I had a tempeh panini that was to die for! I’m sure Jordan would have eaten it without a second thought.

After the party, I ran home to pick up Jordan and we were off to the mall to support Coppelia! She’s a fellow blogger and radio personality who was hosting an event at Macy’s. We caught the end of it but I was so glad to be able to stop by and cheer her on. She’s truly a great person and we love listening to her on the radio!

As if my Saturday wasn’t crazy enough, Jordan and I then went to the movies! We wanted to try out the new reclining theater seats that Cinemark has been advertising but the one close to our house doesn’t have them yet. Since we were in the area for Coppelia’s event, we tried a theater that did have it. However, once we got in our seats, we found out the air wasn’t working. Honestly, it wasn’t too bad and Jordan and I enjoyed the whole movie. We watched the new Kinsman movie and loved it! Thankfully, we received rain checks from the theater so we will come back and enjoy the seats again! They also vibrate a bit during some parts of the movie so Jordan loved that during the actions scenes!

Sunday

I’ve written about Tone It Up on the blog before. I’m not a HUGE follower now since I’ve moved more toward weight lifting and running but I did learn so much about fitness through their program. Tone It Up currently has been on tour across the US and they had a stop in Houston this week. I was chosen to volunteer for a bit and it was a blast!

The event was outside which meant a lot of sunscreen and water. Thankfully, they provided both of those for free. I grabbed both whenever I could and snacks too since there would be a lot of working out!

I helped with registration and welcoming the girls into the festival. It was so fun because I got to see so many beautiful women of many shapes and sizes. I even saw a few that I had connected with online. How cool is that?! The other girls I volunteered with were so fun and so energetic that we all had fun even though we were “working”.

Once check in was done, I was free to explore the festival. The first event was yoga but I skipped that for a massage. It was so nice since my shoulders were sore from the week before. Everyone was so sweet and I made friends in all the lines. I found a few of my Houston friends and we grabbed a quick bite to eat before JIllian Michaels!

Y’all, I know she’s such a badass and will whip you into shape but OH MY GOSH! Even if we weren’t working out in the heat, she still would have killed me. It was so awesome to be front row with her and she even complimented me on my form. I fangirled so hard because she’s so fit and just exudes confidence.

Once her workout was done, I grabbed my fourth bottle of water and waited for the Tone It Up girls. Karena and Katrina lead a workout that definitely had my booty burning. Since it was so hot and the sun was directly above us, I scaled it down. I didn’t want to over do it and I know a few of my friends had already been filling ill due to the heat. It was still a fun and tough workout!

Once all the workouts were complete, we got to enjoy time in the VIP Rose Garden. There were so many snacks like veggie burgers, fruit smoothies, fresh fruit, and peanut butter pretzel bites so I was happy! Kelly James, a freestyle music, played some music while we waited for the meet and green with Karena and Katrina. It was quick but they were incredibly nice through it all. The VIP was an added touch for me since I was able to do it for free because I volunteered earlier in the day.

Overall, I escaped the sunburn and had a great time with all my friends! I got so many goodies and a bunch of memories from the Tone It Up tour and just the weekend in general. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and just let myself have fun this weekend!

How was your weekend? Is it hot where you live or did you actually get to enjoy fall weather?

Eat Healthy, Eat Enlightened!

I received the following product free of charge in order to facilitate my post. All opinions are my own.

Eat Enlightened

If you don’t know me in person, you may not know that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. It’s a wonder all my teeth aren’t rotten, haha! However, I do strive to eat well so I’ll limit my consumption of sweets and only have some if I really, REALLY want it. When I found out about Enlightened ice cream bars, I was ecstatic!

In our grocery store, you have to pass the ice cream treats to get to the milk. This is pure TORTURE! I’ll admit, I’ll find myself slowing down to look at them and drool a bit. In this case, Enlightened ice cream bars caught my eye. I had to find out what was so different about them.

Eat Enlightened

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that each bar is under 100 calories. Even though it’s low calorie, it’s still a good sized bar so you have plenty of ice cream to be satisfied. Another great thing I noticed was that each bar had a good amount of protein! As someone who is tracking macros, this is awesome because you can enjoy this treat.

Eat Enlightened

I decided to give these ice cream bars a shot so I picked up a box of the Frozen Hot Cocoa and the Fudge bars. Each box has four ice cream bars and like I mentioned before, they are a pretty good size. I tried out the Frozen Hot Cocoa one first and I loved that it had little marshmallow bits mixed in. Each bar was rich and creamy without being too sweet. Enlightened sweetens their bars with monk fruit so it’s not loaded with sugar.

The fudge bar is a great alternative to your traditional fudge bars. I will definitely pick up more boxes of these. It didn’t leave me with a weird aftertaste that the traditional fudge bars do. I enjoyed a bar after dinner and even my hubby said they looked delicious.

Eat Enlightened

Overall, I have to say I’m a HUGE fan of Enlightened Ice Cream Bars. There’s so many different flavors to try and they have ice cream pints and snacks too! If you’re looking for a healthier option of your favorites, give them a try!

Check out their website and see which store carries them near you!

Half Marathon Training Recap

I still can’t believe it’s September! There’s Pumpkin flavored everything now. I stopped by Dunkin Donuts for a morning coffee earlier this week and they already had their fall specials. One thing I am looking forward to is cooler weather. This summer has been a bit of a rough one for me in terms of running but it’s going better now.

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Eating Pure with Purely Elizabeth Granola!

In keeping with the healthy eating theme lately, I’ve decided to share one of my new favorites! I tend to eat the same thing for lunch every day but after a while that gets boring. I like to look at other blogs and shop the aisles for inspiration. That’s where I came across Purely Elizabeth granola!

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My Weekly Meal Plan

Raise your hand is you’re hungry all the time! That’s definitely me. I think it’s because of all the activity I do but I’m always up for a snack. When Jordan and I first got married, we used to buy in bulk and tried to get the cheapest grocery bill possible. Now, we still like to stay within a certain price range but we are eating better. Jordan and I are still working on proper portions but I’m glad with the process we’ve made.

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Emergency Snack Kit!

Do you work a 9-5 where you’re stuck at your desk for the majority of your day? Are you always on the go? Whichever situation applies to you, I’m sure you’ve faced that dreaded afternoon craving! I eat many small meals throughout the day. However, sometimes I forget to bring a snack to work. That’s precisely the reason I decided to create an emergency snack kit!

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Cryotherapy with The Athletic Room!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to finally try out cryotherapy.  I found The Athletic Room through a friend. Before that, I had been interested in cryotherapy but the selling point for me was the fact that they offered compression therapy as well. As soon as I learned about this, I booked an appointment for my husband and me!

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomYou’ve probably seen football players and athletes standing in these super cold chambers. That’s basically what cryotherapy is. You’ll spend 2-3 minutes in a chamber that is cooled with nitrogen vapor. It’s completely safe and pain free. There’s different levels that they can set the machines to so they get as cold as you can stand.

During Cryotherapy, nitrogen vapor passes over your skin stimulating the cold sensors and prompting survival mode in your body. This response moves blood and other resources to your core organs. There blood is enriched with oxygen, collagen, erythrocytes and other nutrients. Once you exit the cryo chamber, the refreshed, nutrient-rich blood moves throughout your body, back into the skin, muscles and soft tissue. Other chemical responses, like the release of endorphins and adrenalin, create bursts of energy that can last for hours.

Athletes tend to favor cryotherapy because it promotes blood circulation and speeds up recovery. It’s interesting to note that the week before our session I had harder workouts and was pretty sore. Shortly after my session in the chamber, my soreness was reduced and the mobility in my arm (which I could hardly move beforehand) was DRASTICALLY improved. The best part of it is, you are literally in and out in about five minutes!

cryotherapy The Athletic RoomThe Athletic Room is set up as an open environment where you can walk in and get compression therapy, a stretch-mobility session, or cryotherapy. One thing to note is that you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from all this. We put our bodies through a lot of stress daily but I’m inclined to believe that sitting at a desk for the majority of the day leaves you feeling tight and sore. The Athletic Room recognizes this and welcomes people with all backgrounds. They work with you and try to find out which therapy will benefit you the most!

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Enjoying our compression therapy before cryo!

When Jordan and I arrived, we had a quick tour of the area and we were promptly seated in the lounge to receive our compression therapy. The NormaTec sleeves are very popular with professional runners and athletes alike. It basically delivers a pulsating air massage up and down your legs. Our session lasted for 20 minutes and it was great! By the time our session was up, my legs already felt less sore.

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The Cryotherapy chamber!

After compression, we were shown the Cryotheraphy chamber! Since we were the first ones to receive cryotherapy for the day, they had to prime the chamber for us. Jordan was the most nervous about it so the tech, Shane, explained that the first session of the day usually wasn’t as cold so Jordan should probably go first.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomWe were given some quick tips and we scurried into the changing rooms. There’s no metal allowed in the chamber so no jewelry and we basically stripped down to our underwear. They give you gloves and socks to protect them from the cold.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomOnce we changed, we went to the chamber in our robes and Jordan was the first to go! Shane made sure the chamber was at the right temperature (I believe he was around -30 degrees) and then opened the door for Jordan to get in. They place a cover on the top of the chamber so only your head is out the top. This is so all the nitrogen vapor stays in and you stay cold.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomJordan didn’t know what to expect but he really loved it! His three minutes went by pretty quickly and he was actually sad it was over. Of course, if you want to get out because it’s too cold, they can hit the button to stop the vapor from coming in and let you out. However, Jordan and I were both intent on finishing the three minutes. Once Jordan was out, the temperature kept dropping in the chamber. I was pretty nervous since I get pretty chilly in 60 degree weather and this stuff was COLD.

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I was freezing. This is the best smile I could muster during my turn!

As soon as I was inside and my robe was off, I started shivering. Because Jordan was in the chamber previously, it was already cold and it was only getting colder. The temperature was about negative 40 and I was definitely shivering. I focused really hard on the music that was playing and moving around so I didn’t freeze too much. Once my three minutes were done, I got my robe on as fast as possible and ran out of there!

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All smiles afterwards!

While it was pretty chilly, I do see why people like it so much. Like I mentioned before, most of my soreness was gone soon after. I believe it truly sped up my recovery and I really enjoyed it! Jordan already wants to go back. We felt amazing for the rest of the day and full of energy!

The Athletic Room is a great place for a hardcore athlete or a weekend warrior in the Houston area. They help you recover faster with many different therapies and can help you device a plan to help you achieve your goals. With easy online scheduling and drop in appointments, they take the hassle out of recovery. Their staff is very knowledgeable and will guide you through the process. I would recommend The Athletic Room to everyone!

Have you ever done cryotheraphy before?