80’s Workout Playlist 2 and a Cardio Workout

Today I'm sharing another 80's workout playlist because the first one was so popular.

If you liked my first 80's playlist, I'm sure you'll like this one too. There are a few songs that are on both playlists, but that's because they're my absolute favorites. Although I was born in the early 80's, I didn't get interested in music until I became a teenager in the 90's. So while I didn't get to enjoy any of the music on this playlist the first time around, I'm definitely enjoying it now.

80's Workout Playlist 2

Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance with Somebody is such an iconic song from the 80's, I knew that I wanted to include it in. It's hard to believe that she's been gone for 6 years already. My mom was a big fan of hers, so I grew up listening to Whitney Houston.

As with any playlist from the 80's, I wanted to make sure that I got a Michael Jackson song on there too, so I decided to add Beat It. Madonna was iconic during the 80's too, so I made sure that a song of her's make it on the playlist too.

I actually listened to this playlist while I was at the gym on Monday getting my workout done. My focus was steady state cardio, so I went to my go to form – the elliptical. My warm up was walking the track, and then I found myself and elliptical and got to it. I spent about 30 minutes trying to stay between a 6 and 7 RPE. By the time I was done I spent a few more minutes on the track cooling down to get my heart rate to come back down.

I love that I can download music from Spotify now that I'm a Spotify Premium member. Being able to download workout playlists is perfect for when I'm at the gym but don't want to use my data plan. While I'm on a great intro promo right now (3 months for $0.99), I'm pretty sure that I'll keep it once the regular pricing starts in a few months. Having it commercial free is another huge perk.

Once I got home from the gym I made myself a protein smoothie made of protein powder (affiliate link), frozen berries, vanilla yogurt, and a splash of orange juice. That's the recipe that I usually use, and I just estimate the amounts.

What do you listen to during workouts? Music? Podcasts? Audio books? Let me know in the comments below. 

I usually listen to playlists (most of the time) and every once in awhile podcasts.

Weekend, Workouts, and Food June 18 2018

Another weekend is done. They always seem to fly by so fast. Mine was a pretty good one – I hope yours was too. I'm going to be sharing a recap of my weekend, my workouts from last week, and finally the recipes that I made.

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Weekend

Friday

 Pizza

I was feeling lazy and didn't want to cook so I ordered dinner on Skip the Dishes.  I got pizza from my favorite neighborhood pub. I was craving all the meat, so I went with their meat lovers pizza. It was delicious as usual. I drank a White Rabbit Radler with it. It's such a great summer time drink. Definitely try it out if you happen to find it.

White Rabbit Radler

After dinner I decided to catch up on some blog work while watching The Good Wife on Netflix. I'm now about half way through the series. If you like great acting and smart writing (and really, who doesn't) you need to give The Good Wife a try. I've also been watching The Staircase on Netflix. I've been hearing about it everywhere online, so I thought I'd give it a try. Have you started watching it too?

Saturday

Grocery Shopping

I spent the morning getting some errands done and one of them was grocery shopping. I somehow timed it perfectly so that I didn't have to wait in line to check out. I don't think that's ever happened before at the grocery store, so I definitely appreciated it.

Bolthouse Smoothie

I ended up deciding to splurge on one of these smoothies while I was at the grocery store. They're so good, but I typically don't buy them very often because I drink water 90% of the time. It was just as good as I remembered though, and well worth the extra calories.

The Atomic City Girls

I had The Atomic City Girls (affiliate link) on hold as an ebook at my library, and I got an email that I finally made it to the front of the line, so I downloaded it and started reading it right away. So far I'm not a huge fan of the writing (I'm hoping that it'll get better), but the story is pretty good. I'll be sure to share my thoughts on it once I finish it.

Sunday

I spent some time with my dad in the morning for Father's Day. He seemed to really like the gift I got him (money to spend at his three favorite restaurants), so I'm hoping he'll enjoy eating out over the next few weeks.

I spent the afternoon getting some things done around the house like dusting and vacuuming. While it's not much fun actually doing those things, it always feels so good once it's done. I listened to some old school New Kids on the Block while cleaning, so that made it go by a bit faster. It's hard to believe that they've been around for 30 years now. That makes me feel so old. I also spent some time putting this post together.

Workouts

Sunday

Sunday Elliptical Workout

I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical at the gym. I did steady state cardio and then walked the track for my cool down afterwards.

Monday

After I finished work on Monday I headed over to my favorite park and spent 35 minutes walking around. It felt so good to go there to decompress after work. I need to do that more often.

Tuesday

My first rest day of the week was on Tuesday.

Wednesday

I ended up doing an upper body workout from home on Wednesday before work. I actually did this one and it left my arms feeling like jello. If anyone tries to tell you at at home workouts can't be effective, they're wrong.

Thursday

I made my way to Bowmont park again after work. I ended up tackling three big hills while I was there. My lungs felt like they were on fire once I had reached the top of the last hill.

Friday

My workout on Friday was more cardio at the gym. The strap on my Fitbit had finally broken (it was loose earlier in the week), so it felt kind of weird to be working out at the gym without it. I'm so used to checking my heart rate on it throughout my workouts. I spent some time chatting online with Fitbit support and it turns out that it's still coverec by warranty, so they're sending out a new strap to me. Woohoo! I should be able to use my Fitbit again by the end of the week.

Saturday

My last rest day of the week was on Saturday.

Food

Beef stroganoff

I know that I make this dish a lot, but it's so good, easy to make, and it's easy on the budget. I usually get 5 meals out of this recipe, so it's great to make at the beginning of the week. You can find the recipe that I use here. I think the only change that I make to the recipe is to add sliced mushrooms – mostly because I think that beef stroganoff isn't really stroganoff without the mushrooms.

Chicken?

I know I made another recipe mid week, but I can't remember what it was. Maybe it was chicken? I looked through the photos on my phone thinking that I may have taken a photo of it, but no luck. Whatever it was that I made, I couldn't have been completely amazing or really bad, or else I would have remembered it.

Delivery pizza

I got a couple meals out of the pizza that I ordered on Friday night. I always reheat leftover pizza in the oven rather than the microwave because I love the crunchy texture that the oven gives it over the sogginess of the microwave. It definitely takes longer than just popping it in the microwave for 30 seconds, but those 15 minutes in the oven make all the difference in my opinion. It's well worth the longer wait.

This week I'll be making sloppy joes (the recipe I use is here), honey mustard pork chops (which I've made before and is delicious), and pasta with meatballs.

What was the highlight of your weekend? Your favorite workout? Favorite meal?

Friday Favorites June 15 2018

Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to a couple days away from work  this weekend.

I don't have any plans other than a date night. Going into a weekend with minimal plans is kind of nice. The weather forecast isn't supposed to be great for the most part (rain today and tomorrow), but Sunday is supposed to be sunny so I'm hoping to get outside and enjoy it.

 

Friday Favorites

 

The Desire Map

I'm not too far into this book yet, but I'm already really enjoying it. I've heard lots of good things about The Desire Map (affiliate link) by Danielle LaPorte over the last few years, so I was excited to start reading it. It's kind of refreshing to have a different take on setting goals and how to achieve them. I'll be sure to share what I thought of it once I'm done reading it.

Strawberry Lemonade Nuun

Nuun

I know I've talked about them on the blog before (I even shared a review of Nuun), but I wanted to add them to my list here today. I'm loving the strawberry lemonade flavor right now. I tend to get headaches if I don't stay hydrated enough after particularly tough or sweaty workouts, and Nuun tablets really do help with that.

Lore Podcast

I'm sure that I've mentioned it at some point on the blog, but lately I've really enjoyed listening to Lore. If you're a fan of the creepy and the strange, be sure to check it out. Episodes are usually 20 to 30 minutes long, so they're a perfect length. Lore is also a TV show on Amazon Prime, which is also great and fun to watch. There's even a second season of the TV show in the works.

The Layover

Last week I was hit hard when I learned of Anthony Bourdain's death. Usually celebrity deaths don't affect me, but for some reason his death did. I was in shock that he was gone. He had taken me all over the world, introduced me to places and food that I'd never experienced before. He had made unfamiliar places, people, and food a bit more familiar. The Layover is the only show of his that's on Netflix here in Canada (though I hear that in the US you guys have Parts Unknown – so jealous). I've been watching The Layover and missing that there won't be anymore shows, no more interviews, no more travelling or food. Below is a clip of one of my favorite scenes from Parts Unknown.

If you're struggling with thoughts of suicide there are resources out there for you, both in Canada and the US. Please reach out and get help.

Lower Body Workout

Today I'm sharing a lower body workout that will be sure to leave you sweaty and your legs feeling like jello.

It's already Wednesday – how did that happen? It's been a busy week so far, but in a good way. I'm hoping that tomorrow will be a bit less hectic and I get a bit of time to just be. Know what I mean?

Today's workout is a lower body one. You do each of the 10 exercises for 15 reps (or in the vase of the glute bridge, hold it for 30 seconds). Once you've done all 10, rest a much as you need before going through the list again. Complete 4 times through for a full workout.

As usual I didn't add weights for the alternating lunges, deadlifts, curtsy lunges, or step ups. You'll want to pick dumbbells that you can do all the reps with correct form, but the last 1 or 2 will be hard. You can also do both lunges with just body weight if you want.

Below the graphic I've shared descriptions of all the exercises just in case you're not familiar with any of them. You can also find more of my workouts on the workout page.

Lower Body Workout

Alternating lunges

Stand with feet hip width apart. Step forward with one foot so that the forward leg’s thigh is parallel to the ground, and the back leg’s shin is parallel to the ground. The back knee shouldn’t touch the floor. Use your quads and glutes to step the front foot back towards your back foot and end by standing straight up with feet hip width apart again. For the second lunge step forward with the other foot. Continue alternating legs.

Dumbbell deadlifts

With a dumbbell in each hand. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly bend forward at the hips, letting your arms hang down and keeping your back straight. Using your glutes, lift your torso back up to the starting standing position.

Butt kicks

Stand with your feet hip width apart and your arms bent comfortably at the elbow. Bend your left knee and bring the heel of your left foot behind you so that it touches your butt. Lower your left foot back down to the ground and repeat with your right foot.

Glute bridge

Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet close to your butt. Raise your hips up off the floor by contracting your glutes, leaving only your feet, shoulders, and head on the floor. Relax your glutes and return your hips to the floor. To do a single leg glute bridge, raise one foot up so the knee is straight. Use your remaining foot on the ground to push off the floor and raise your hips while contracting your glute.

Mountain climbers

Start in a plank position. Jump one foot up as close to the hips as possible while bending at the knee and hip. Then jump that foot back while bringing the other foot up.  An easier modification is to use a chair to put your hands on.

Squat jumps

Similar to body weight squats, except at the top of the movement jump.

Curtsy lunges

Similar to alternating lunges, instead of stepping straight back with your left leg, you place your left foot behind you and to the right, so that it crosses behind you and return to standing. Repeat with your right foot stepping back and to the left.

Side shuffles

Stand with feet hip width apart and knees bent so you're slightly squatting. Leading with your left foot, shuffle sideways. Then shuffle to the right with your right food leading. Move as quickly as possible.

Step ups

Find something that when you put your foot on it, your knee is at a 90 degree angle. This could be a chair or bench. Step up with your left foot, and pushing off that heel step your right foot off the floor and onto the bench. Immediately step back down with your left foot, followed by your right foot.

Skaters 

With your knees slightly bent, jump to the right and land on your right leg with your left leg bent behind you with your foot just off the ground. Keep your left foot off the ground. Pushing off with your right foot, jump to the left and land on your left foot, keeping your right leg bent and right foot off the ground behind you.

As always, talk to your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this body as needed for you. 

What's your favorite lower body exercise? Least favorite? Share in the comments below.

Summer 2018 Fashion

Today I thought I'd share about some of my favorite summer fashion finds. Although the budget is tight these days, it doesn't cost anything to look at clothes online, right?

Summer 2018 Fashion

I ended up putting some of my absolute favorite finds all together in this post to share them with you. While I'm far from a fashionista, I can definitely appreciate beautiful clothes, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. Usually I'm all about the bright colors, cool fabrics, and flowy fabrics for summer. Since we have so much cold weather here in Calgary, I like to make sure that I take advantage of the summer weather, and that includes wearing some fun summer clothes.

Summer 2018 Fashion Clothes

1 I love how bright this shade of blue is on this shirt (affiliate link). I'm all about the flowy look of shirts like this, especially as the weather warms up. It's perfect for the summer months with a white pair of skinny jeans or shorts.

2 Once again, I think this color is another one of those perfect shades for summer. It has a bit of a frilly look to this dress (affiliate link) without being over the top. This dress would be really cute with a pair of sandals.

3 I think this dress (affiliate link) would be great to wear to work. Offices always tend to be told with the air conditioning, so it would help to keep you a bit warmer while still looking very summery. It has a great classic look to it.

4 I absolutely love this olive green color – and the length of these pants (affiliate link) are perfect too. The drawstring waist will ensure that they're comfortable too. These pants are linen so they'll be sure to keep you nice and cool on those hot summer days.

5 I loved the look of the neckline on this floral shirt (affiliate link). It would bring together an outfit effortlessly with a pair of capris or shorts. I'm typically not a huge fan of sleeveless shirts, but this one is just so cute.

6 This dress (affiliate link) is so cute with the belt at the waistline. Even though it's a dress it comes across as very laid back and relaxed, which I absolutely love. You could pair this dress with some fun jewelry and shoes that would really pop against the black of the dress.

7 It's hard to go wrong with a white dress (affiliate link) during the summer. With the slit at the neck and the belted waist there's some visual interest to it that keeps it from being too plain. I love the hat that it's paired with in the photo.

8 Florals are so perfect for summer, and they don't disappoint on this dress (affiliate link) Once again I think it looks great belted with the tan belt in the photo above. It can be tough sometimes to find dresses with longer sleeves in the summer, but this one has them.

9 A good pair of skinny jeans (affiliate link) are always in style. I really like the high rise on these ones. I can't be the only one who appreciates the higher waist on pants and tried to avoid lower ones, can I?

Do you have any go to clothes that you like to wear year after year during the summer? Share about them in the comments below.