Full Body Workout

Today I'm sharing a full body workout. 

For this workout you'll do each exercise for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds. Once you complete all the exercises, rest for as long as you need, and then repeat another 2 times through for a complete workout. 

Below the graphic I've included descriptions just in case you're unfamiliar with any of them, though I think that they're all pretty basic movements. 

Med ball slams

With your feet shoulder width apart and a medicine ball in your hands, lift it over your head and slam it into the ground just in front of your feet. Pick it up quickly and repeat.

Walking 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 for the entire 60 seconds.

High knees

Starting in a standing position, quickly bring your left knee up in front of you as high as you can. Step back down and repeat with your right leg. Repeat.

Push ups

Starting on your toes and hands, make sure your body is a straight line from your heels to your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck. Your hands should be a bit wider than your shoulders. Slowly bend at the elbows, lowering yourself to the ground. Try to get at low as possible, and then push yourself back up, all the while maintaining that straight line. An easier modification is instead of being on your toes, lower to your knees.

Clam shells

Lay on your side on the floor with your hips bent at a 45 degree angle and your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. With your legs stacked on top of one another, slowly lift your top knee up while keeping the top heal on the bottom heal. Then lower your knee back down. Make sure to use your glutes do the movement. Once one side is done flip over so the top leg is on the bottom and repeat with the second leg.

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.

Lateral raises

With your arms down at your sides with a dumbbell in each hand, slowly raise your hands away from your body to the side, keeping your arm straight at the elbow. Once your hands reach shoulder level, slowly lower them back down to your sides.

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.

As always, check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout for you. 

Fall 2018 Fashion

While I'm definitely not a fashion expert by any means, I thought I'd share some clothing that I've been admiring online. If I didn't have to worry about my budget, I'm pretty sure I would have bought all of these things already. Unfortunately I think I'll have to be happy with looking at them online and window shopping at the mall. 

How cute is this floral t-shirt (affiliate link) from Banana Republic? Not to mention how comfy it looks. I can see myself wearing it under a cardigan with a pair of jeans. 

Speaking of jeans, I'm all about the boot cut fit. These ones (affiliate link) from Gap are perfect for spending a Sunday morning at a coffee shop catching up on emails. 

The bows on this cardigan (affiliate link) from J Crew are adorable! It adds a pop of color and interest to the usual cardigan. 

I'm all about the blues, greens, and purples in the fall when it starts to get cooler, and I love the different shades of blue in this dress from Banana Republic (affiliate link). 

Gap hit it out of the park with this leather moto jacket (affiliate link).  While it's definitely a splurge, but I'm willing to be it would be a staple in my wardrobe for years. 

Blazers sometimes get a bad wrap for being boring, but this one (affiliate link) from J Crew adds some interest with the scallops. I find that blazers are perfect on days when I'm still half asleep when I'm getting dressed. Whatever I put with a blazer automatically looks put together. 

I love the color of this merino wool sweater (affiliate link) from Banana Republic. It would be super cute layered under a denim jacket. Plus it's machine washable – how perfect is that? 

This barbour jacket (affiliate link) from Tukernuck is another splurge, but I could see myself wearing it all the time during the fall months. The color is perfect for fall too. 

Do you have a favorite fall outfit? Anything you have your eye on to buy when the weather cools off?

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Weekly Workouts September 2 to 8 2018

 Since I haven't posted about my workouts in awhile, I thought that I'd recap my workouts from last week. 

I was all about the yoga and cardio last week. Apparently I wasn't feeling the morning workouts because I only got to the gym two mornings. The rest of my workouts were either in the afternoon or evening. 

Sunday

I started off my week with an ashtanga practice. I t's bee a long time since I last did ashtanga at a studio. It felt so good to be back where I first fell in love with ashtanga. I haven't been there in awhile because of my budget, but it felt just as good as the last time I was at the studio. 

Monday

I took advantage of the long weekend and went to the gym a bit later in the morning because I didn't have to be at work for some cardio. I did steady state cardio for 30 minutes followed by a cool down on the track to get my heart rate back down. 

Tuesday

I made my way to the gym again on Tuesday morning for another cardio workout on the elliptical. I then went to the gym again in the evening for a yoga class. I was called gentle yoga, but I was sore for two days afterwards. I guess I worked harder than I thought. It was a new to me teacher so it was nice to get a different class. 

Wednesday

I did a wall yin class at the gym on Wednesday evening after work. We spent most of the class at the wall after a quick warm up. The teacher said that she does these wall yin classes the first week of every month, so I'll have to make sure that I take it again the first week of October. 

Thursday

I took a rest day on Thursday. 

Friday

I finished work a bit early on Friday so I was able to make it to the gym for another yin class. My hips and shoulders were feeling pretty tight when I got to class, but they felt so good after class. 

Saturday

I took my last rest day of the week on Saturday. 

Recipes

In terms of food, I didn't actually make many recipes this week because of the short work week. I cooked up some beef stir fry noodles (you can find the recipe here) and honey mustard pork chops (recipe is here).

Friday night I ordered in Greek food. It was so good. I went with beef souvlaki, Greek salad, roasted veggies, and pita bread. It's been awhile since I last had Greek food, so it tasted extra delicious. 

What was your favorite workout of the week? Favorite meal?

Friday Favorites September 7 2018

Woohoo! The weekend is here! I have zero plans this weekend except for a yoga class or two. I may have even just gotten home from a yin yoga class and my hips are feeling amazing rather than their usual tight and cranky. 

As usual for Fridays, today I'm sharing some of my favorite things from the past week. Share one of yours in the comments below. 

Friday Favorites

Yin yoga

Like I mentioned above, I went to a yin yoga class. Over the summer I've been going to more of them than I've ever gone to before. Yin is growing on me. While I have been to yin classes years ago, I never really connected with that style of yoga. Until now that is. Yin focuses on long holds of several minutes that feel so so good. I leave with my usually tight hips feeling absolutely amazing. If you haven't tried yin yoga before, I highly recommend it.

Baby Got Back: symphony edition

I just discovered this video and once I watched it I knew that I had to share. It's a fun song in it's original form, and it's so cool to hear it with the orchestra playing. I love how the woman in the black dress is absolutely loving it.  

Butterscotch chip cookies

I made some butterscotch chips cookies again this week because they were just so good last time. I used this recipe and just swapped out the chocolate chips for butterscotch chips. They turn out perfect every single time. 

Super soft pajama pants

This week I had to go out and buy some new pajama pants. Apparently I was doing kicks or yoga or something in my sleep, because when I got out of bed on Thursday morning the seam was split on the outside of my right leg. I seriously have no idea how I managed to do that. 

The new ones that I bought are made of super soft flannel. So soft that I couldn't stop running my hand on them last night when I put them on. They're going to be perfect for the colder winter months. I found them at Mark's, though it doesn't look like they're on the website. 

What's a favorite of yours? 

My Favorite Sites to Find Recipes

Today I'm sharing some blogs that I find recipes from. 

One of my favorite parts of meal planning is finding delicious new recipes. It can be a daunting task though if you don't know where to find them. That's why today I'm putting together some of my favorite food blogs to make meal planning a cinch. 

Budget Bytes

Beth at Budget Byes is my go to place for recipes. I have yet to make a bad one from her blog. She has lots of vegetarian and vegan options if you don't eat meat. Beth uses lots of spices and beans in her recipes, which means that they're flavorful and filling, but also easy on the budget. She breaks down the cost for each ingredient and serving, so you can make sure that you're staying on budget. Her Southeast Asian and Italian recipes are my favorite. 

Brown Eyed Baker

If you're a baker like I am, you have to check out the Brown Eyed Baker blog. Michelle has so many delicious recipes on her blog – everything from cannoli to scones to zucchini bread. Her soft pretzel recipe is a family favorite. They always disappear in record time. 

Iowa Girl Eats

Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats has some of the best photography on the internet. Her recipes are are super easy to find things to categories on her recipes page. She also has lots of options for various dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegan, dairy free etc.). 

Exploring Healthy Food

Brittney's recipes on her blog, Exploring Healthy Food, feature lots of fresh ingredients including veggies and fruits. She has breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert recipes. Just like Budget Bytes and Iowa Girl Eats, Brittney also features vegan recipes. 

Where do you find recipes? What's your favorite recipe to make? Share in the comments below.