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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?

Labor Day Weekend!

Well, it is technically a three day weekend but I have been off for the whole thanks to Harvey.

Most local businesses are now open although there are a few still recovering. Once the roads began to clear and all the high water began to recede, I began to venture out to help.

I donated to multiple charities and went to a bunch of donation only classes to get moving while doing some good. By Saturday, I was tired but happy. Continue reading Labor Day Weekend!

RacePace: Houston’s Premiere Running Studio

If you’re part of the fitness community in Houston, you may have heard about RacePace. Simply put, RacePace is a running studio. You’re probably scratching your head and asking yourself, what in the world is a running studio? You’re probably familiar with spin studios like SoulCycle or Flywheel. This is a similar concept for running! You’re in a room full of treadmills and you’re running along side others while listening to music and being coached by an instructor.

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Looking Forward To A New Season Of Running

My light bill is through the roof, my glass is dying, and the “feels like” temperature is consistently in the triple digits, it’s August y’all! I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and just say I’m over it being this hot. Every day, I try to get as much done as possible before the sun comes up. The heat is stifling and it’s just downright nasty out there.

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Must Have Fitness Favorites!

It’s been a while since I shared a few of my favorites products so I figured I would highlight a few of my fitness favorites! I know not everyone is up for having a big gym membership and it can be pretty intimidating attending classes in boutique studios. That being said, there’s no excuse for not working up a sweat at home!

Must Have Fitness Favorites!

With many free videos on YouTube and all kinds of workouts on Pinterest, it’s easy to find something to do to get your heart pumping and the sweat pouring. Here’s a few things I believe can help you get on your way to a good exercise routine.

*All of these pictures are clickable links and take you to the appropriate Amazon page. I do get a small percentage if you do decide to purchase these items*

Fitness Favorite #1: Ab Roller

This guy is cheap and will have your abs burning in seconds! You can work every inch of your abdominal by rolling this straight ahead or at an angle. Remembering to keep your hips low and your back straight will help you power through this exercise. The great thing about this is that it’s small and portable so you can take this anywhere!

Fitness Favorite #2: Exercise Ball

Having an exercise ball really helps take your workouts to another level! Doing normal sit ups and crunches on the ground is fine but to really work your stabilizer muscles, I would recommend giving them a try on the exercise ball. Once you’re feeling confident with sit ups, you can try doing push ups with your feet on the ball!

Fitness Favorite #3: Small Weights

Having a small set of weights at home is all around a good idea. You can get in a quick arm circuit if you have ten minutes. I even do a small workout while sitting on the couch with my small dumbbells. Don’t discount these weights just because they are small. You can get a good burn even with small weights at high repetitions. If you’re up for a challenge, you can use your weights along with your exercise ball.

Fitness Favorite #4: Resistance Bands
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.

I don’t get any commission from this one but these are absolutely amazing. Resistance or “booty bands” are great because they come in all levels of resistances and the workouts are endless! I was given these for Christmas and I love incorporating these into my daily routine. You’ll receive three workout cards with this set and there’s plenty of videos online. If you buy only one thing on this list, I would buy these!

Fitness Favorite #5: Foam Roller

It looks painful but trust me, everyone needs a foam roller! I prefer the foam rollers with the trigger point bits so you really get into those sore muscles. Once you first starting getting active, you may be sore for a few days. Foam rolling will help get rid of that soreness quicker. Even after a long day of sitting at my desk, the foam roller feels amazing. Once you find that “hurts so good” sensation, you’ll know what I mean!

What are some of your favorite fitness must haves?

The Weekend With Friends!

Oh what a weekend it was! The week went by sort of quickly since I had Tuesday off for the holiday. I was definitely confused every day though!

Saturday

My pre-gym coffee was definitely needed Saturday morning!
I hit up the gym for an extra workout this week since they were having an event called Muscles and Mimosas! My friend Alyssa was coming to try out my F3 Crosstraining for the first time and I was very excited. We met through Tone It Up so our love language is basically working out together!

This past week has been Active Recovery Week at the gym so I was glad Alyssa was visiting when the workout wasn’t too intense. I wanted her to come back! 

The Muscles and Mimosas Crew!
All smiles with Alyssa!

It was definitely nice to relax and chat after our workout. Alyssa also got to learn one of the fundamental lifts so it was really neat seeing her learn.

I’m definitely the mom of the group and I will be there to cheer you on during everything. If you ever need some cheering up, I’m your girl, haha!

Once I got home, I whipped up a thin crust pizza and Jordan and I devoured it while watching Night at the Museum. We recently cleaned our entertainment system and reorganized our movies so Jordan wants to re-watch a bunch of movies. 

After movies, we played board games. We kept hearing thunder and didn’t know if we would get caught in the rain so we just stayed inside. It was kind of nice to just relax and have one on one time with no technology.

Even though it can be a lot of work, I like to cook when I’m home. I felt pretty guilty last weekend when every meal was delivery or take out of some sort. I kind of cheated and bought the meat precooked but Jordan was obsessed with the pulled pork sliders I put together. It was easy and delicious!

Sunday

We woke up early enough for a nice walk at the park! So there’s a big pond at the park with so many ducks. However, there’s only four geese in the entire park. This week, we noticed that one goose is hidden behind a tree and hasn’t moved. On Sunday, it was still there! The other geese are always near by and get defensive when people walk too close. I think the geese is sitting on some eggs! We visit the park multiple times a week so we will keep an eye on her!

Picture this, I’m fully dressed and ready for church and I call the dog inside to be put up. She stays locked in the bedroom when we are not home. I called her from the back door and she would not come in. She looked at me and bolted. I wasn’t in the mood but I took off outside after her to try to corral her inside. However, instead of her usual run around once and then run inside, I see her running toward the corner of our yard over and over again.

I notice there’s birds dive bombing us too. Finally, I stopped chasing Snowflake and I walked toward the birds. A baby bird had fallen out of its nest! It had feathers and looked okay so Jordan and I opted to leave it alone. We finally caught Snowflake and ushered her inside. By the time we got back home from church, the family was gone so the little fly grew away!

I had to include this because I thought it was funny. My mom used to carry a big purse and she would have stash everything in it. She would sneak water bottles in places by shoving them in her purse. On Sunday I realised that I’m slowly becoming my mother because I did just that by shoving my drink in my purse to take it to church. Jordan gave me the side eye but I pretended not to see, haha!

After church, Jordan and I decided to go to the Heights for lunch. We ate at Tacos A Go Go and then took a short walk to Juiceland. I’ve been taking Jordan to a few of my favorite juice and smoothie places around town and this has become one of his favorites! I tried a Wheatgrass shot and followed it up with a juice called the Ninja Bachelor Party. It was a bunch of green so I felt that it made up for my indulgence. That’s how it works, right? 

The rest of the day was spent doing the usual Sunday chores of laundry, dishes, and meal prep. I’m ready for a full week ahead!

How was your weekend?

What If You Don’t Want To Workout?

This week has been weird for me. The rainy weather has been ruining my plans and with my father-in-law in the hospital, I’ve been a big ball of blah. In situations like this, I like to surround myself with people and activities that make me happy and keep my anxiety levels at bay. Lately, this has been easier said than done.

Monday morning was supposed to be an easy run around the neighborhood. No time or distance limit, just listen to my music and run. Normally, running makes me feel so dang happy and my heart is practically bursting with joy. But Monday? Running was the last thing I wanted to do. Since I was already wide awake (and I had to wash my hair anyways), I opted to stretch and do yoga. I even challenged myself to close my eyes during the whole video and just take vocal cues.

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