15 Minute Total Body AMRAP Workout

Before Emerson, fitting in my daily workout was a huge priority.  I obviously had a lot of other things that I cared about and prioritized, but working out and running was top of the list. Now, there are a lot of other things that take precedence which has been a hard thing for me to come to terms with, but also just a fact of life. I am working hard to fit in my workouts but sometimes that extra half hour in bed or moment on the couch is too good to pass up!

This morning, I had to drum up motivation to workout from all aspects of life including scrolling Instagram, looking at the #tiuteam hashtag, running on the treadmill for 10 min (then stopping because I had to go the bathroom #momlife) and doing the new Tone It Up Beach Ballin’ workout. Nothing really got me excited or sweaty so I made up my own AMRAP (as many reps as possible) workout inspired by Jayme [@fit_n_clean_mama].

15 MIN TOTAL BODY AMRAP WORKOUT

This did the trick. Put me up against a clock and I’ll get to work! I made it through 4.5 rounds with about 20-30 second breaks between each set. Try it out and let me know many sets you complete!

My nutrition has been off lately and it 💯 affects my energy and drive to workout. I needed a good workout this morning to help me reset. Because I refuse to let a couple bad days completely throw me off. I refuse to give up on my goals. I refuse to quit.

This journey is not easy. I feel like every step forward ends up with 2 steps back but I keep chipping away. I truly believe one day I will reach a place I am happy with and embrace that lifestyle whole-heartedly.  I just have to stay positive, never give up, and follow my own path and my own heart. Too often I let what others think affect how I act and make decisions. Only I can get myself to where I want to be.

 

Body Burn by Ray

This weekend I went to Body Burn by Ray. It was my first real group fitness class I have attended since having Emerson. I left feeling energized, excited and reminded of why I love to work out. Since having Emerson my life has changed, for the better, but it’s been hard to balance all the things that I used to love to do. For instance, fitness and working out have fallen to the wayside due to taking care of Emerson, working (you got to pay the bills) and quite frankly, simply being exhausted leaves me less motivated. But at BodyBurn I was reminded of why I love working out and why I have made it a priority in my life for so long. It’s refreshing and exciting! I hope I can take this feeling and use it to motivate me to prioritize working out either by waking up a little earlier or to squeeze in something for 20 minutes at the end of the day instead of sitting on the couch.

Body Burn by Ray

So let me tell you a little bit about Body Burn. It’s a cardio, strength workout in a Tabata type format in a club-like setting. The lights are dimmed (ie: the sub-par photos) and the music is loud which really helps allow you to focus on your workout and not compare yourself to anyone else in the class. The workout format is comparable to Orange Theory or Barry’s Boot Camp except the cardio machines are all different and the group aspect is during the strength. The class is a total of 48 minutes, there are 12 cardio machines and you use each one for twice before moving on to the next machine. In between each cardio you do a 40 second strength exercise. Every day they focus on a different body part for the strength segment. So, on Monday they might focus on abs, on Tuesday arms/upper body, Wednesday legs/lower body, etc. The workouts are planned out months in advance and are strategically designed to maximize muscle building and fat burning.

Body Burn by Ray strength

As a newbie to the class everyone was incredibly helpful and supportive they took the time to explain some of the cardio equipment before I got on it even if it meant cutting into one of their own 40 second cardio blocks. All the cardio equipment is motorless so you have to propel them forward, making the workout as hard (or as easy) as you want it to be. By far the hardest, and coolest, machine was the treadwall. Its a moving rock wall you climb! It was awkward at first but once I got the hang of it really fun!

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Body Burn by Ray cardio machines

Ray, the owner and creator, taught the class. You can tell by his energy and attitude that he is extremely passionate and dedicated to bringing health and fitness to every body that walks through the doors. I really enjoyed the entire workout and experience and plan on going back as much as I can. They are located in Belmont which is a little tough for me to get to all the time, but the workout is worth the effort of getting there. I hope to go back soon!

Body Burn by Ray

 

A Surprise 60th and Weekly Workouts [9.30.15]

It’s Monday already?? This weekend we traveled down to NYC to surprise Vinnie’s aunt for her 60th birthday party. It was a total success, she was completely surprised. We all hide outside and when she walked up to the house we jumped out and said surprise. It was perfect! And then, the Italian fiesta ensued… There was endless amounts of food and drink, overwhelming love and a late night poker game.

Birthday Cake

Italian Cousins

Kathy Making A Birthday Wish

I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I was trying to be in the moment. I have not spent a ton of time in NY with Vinnie’s aunts and cousins. They typically come up to Vermont. It was so fun to see them in their element, so comfortable, loving, happy and together. I feel very honored and privileged to be welcomed with such open arms into their family.

Because of work and traveling this weekend, I didn’t work out as much as I wanted to this week, below is the weekly recap.

Weekly Workout Recap 

Monday: Tone It Up Insane Cardio routine

Tuesday: AM: 4.5 mile run, PM: 1 hour C2 yoga class and some ab and shoulder toning via Tone It Up

Wednesday: 30 minute treadmil run, booty toning

Thursday: 1 hour vinyasa yoga

Friday: 4 mile run, booty toning

Saturday: rest

Sunday: rest

Last week, I wanted to run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times and I accomplished that! It’s funny because I still feel like I didn’t work out enough. But, it’s nice to look back and realize I accomplished what I set out to. It’s a good reminder to celebrate the small victories and not always look at the negative.

My goals for this week are the same as last week,  run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times. This week, I also want to include toning exercises 2-3 times.

What are your goals for the week? Did you get all the workouts in you wanted to last week?

Sweat It Out

Happy Friday!

I have spent my week working hard, getting back on track and focusing on my diet and work outs. In general, I am pretty happy with where I landed.

Treadmill running
Treadmill running.. so over it.

The highlight was that I went for two runs outside and I wasn’t bundled up in a million layers. It was so nice to get my feet under me and really run. It honestly felt like I haven’t done that since the fall.

Running along the Charles in Boston
I finally got outside for a run along the Charles… the ice is starting to melt!
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Another run outside ! I am not complaining… even if it is in the rain!

I also took a core power yoga class and I am pretty sure I almost melted! It was the hottest I have EVER been in a hot yoga class. My face was burning up, I was pouring sweat and I definitely got dizzy at points. It was super challenging, I struggled the entire way through, but I didn’t count down the minutes until it was over. It felt so good to sweat and be pushed to my limits. It’s crazy that a yoga class can do that!

So sweaty after Hot Yoga
So sweaty after Hot Yoga – this is in the locker room, after class!

My eats are so hard to photograph because I literally eat almost every meal at my desk at work and lets be honest, you can’t take good food photos like that. Regardless, I made an attempt!

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Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Salad

Avocado Chicken Dinner

Almond Snacks while working away
Almond Snacks while working away
Giant Salad with chicken, cheese and lots of veggies
Giant Salad with chicken, cheese and lots of veggies

I feel much better at the end of this week than I have in a really long time. I was not 100% perfect, but I am not sure I will ever be. Now, the challenge is consistency and maintaining over the weekend. Typically, if I weigh myself on Friday and then Monday there is a good 5 pound variance. My goal for this weekend is to minimize this.

What are your weekend plans and goals?

 

 

The Club by George Foreman III

The Club by George Forreman III

On a whim, I signed up for ClassPass, and I have to confess…I am obsessed. No seriously, it is the greatest thing ever. I was in such a rut with working out and exercising and joining ClassPass has totally kicked me into motion shape. I am supposed to be training for a half marathon which is in two weeks, but I am not doing a great job so taking classes is how I am getting into shape for the race. I still do long runs on the weekends but the shorter distance during the week… not so much.

I had a presentation for work on Monday so I didn’t get my morning workout in. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as well as I would of hoped. [I  don’t talk too much about my real world job but for all that are wondering, I work at Sperry and manage the apparel and accessories which is a new initiative for us to expand beyond boat shoes.] Anyway, I was presenting the new Fall 15 apparel line and we had a few models do a mini fashion show to show the collection, but they sent them WAY too early and I was completely caught off guard. I managed to stay focused, but didn’t talk about everything I wanted to and the whole thing was way shorter than I would of liked. I hope that I am being hard on myself and the audience didn’t notice how bad it really was!

Anyway, after work I went to The Club by George Foreman III. I took a 30 minute Bags + Body class which is where you are in front of a boxing bag and jabs, upper cut and punch the boxing bag. There is a mix of push ups, burpees, abs and fast feet as well.  I loved it, it was such a great way to work out my frustration with how my presentation had gone. The whole gym was popping with energy and everyone was super excited to be there, really friendly and working hard. The layout is really open so you can see all the classes going on while you do your thing!

The Club by George Forreman III

I loved The Club so much that I went back for a 6am class on Thursday morning to take the signature class, Box Fiit 360, that George himself teaches!  Box Fiit’s a total body, circuit interval workout where you do a range of moves from boxing to Kettlebell swings, to rowing to rope exercises. There are12 stations and you do each one for 2 minute rounds for a 36 minute circuit.  The workouts change weekly so you never know what you are going to get!

I have one more class at the Club before my pass renews for the  next month so I need to pick wisely! I have also taken Flywheel and CorePower Yoga Sculpt which were also amazing, but for this is already getting long so I will keep those for another post!

Have you ever tried a boxing work out?

Jumping Jack Interval Workout + Snowpocalypse 2015

Yesterday was a fabulous snowy day here in Boston. It was like Christmas morning when I woke up. I was so excited to see how much snow fell and if the storm was as big as the meteorologists were saying. Well… we got a lot of snow and we were buried! My car was completely covered and everything was closed because of the snowpolocalypse. My office, restaurants, the gym – everything.

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Bunker Hill Monument

 

Car Covered In Snow
My buried car

Snowy Day

Around lunch time Vinnie and I decided to venture outside, brave the snow and shovel out my car. It was really fun to go outside in the storm.  There were no cars on the road due to the travel ban so the streets were clear of vehicles. But, there were so many people in the streets shoveling, sledding and exploring.

I got a decent workout from shoveling and walking around in the snow, but I really wanted to get a little something else in. I put together this Jumping Jack Workout that I could do in my apartment. Jumping jacks are great because they work your entire body and get your heart rate up. I paired jumping jacks with a bunch of other plyometric exercises and toning moves to make it a 30 minute total body workout. It ended up being a great workout and I got a great workout at home on this snowy day!

Jumping Jack Interval Workout

And… since it is Wednesday I thought I would share what I ate while snowed in. I have to say working from home is hard, I kept wanting to go into the kitchen and snack. After I had my giant smoothie I was pretty full and satisfied. It was the perfect treat to tie me over.

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Breakfast:
Mixed Berry Smoothie
1/2 Banana
1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of OJ
1/4 cup of plain fat free yogurt

Lunch:
Eggs with Whole Wheat toast

Snack:
Trail Mix from the bins at Whole Foods — this is my absolute favorite thing. I can’t go to Whole Foods without getting some.

Dinner:
Turkey meat taco with peppers, romaine lettuce, salsa, cheddar cheese and plain yogurt

That is all for now! I NEED to go curl up on the couch and watch some Scandal. Vinnie and I are into season 3 and can’t get enough. It is so good!

How was your day? Did you have a snow day?
Were you able to fit in a workout?
What was the best thing you ate?

 

How to Stay Healthy while Traveling

Today Kara is gracing us with her fabulous presence to share a workout she did in collaboration with cheapflights.com. It couldn’t come at a better time because today Vinnie and I are jetting off to Utah to visit my brother and get some big mountain skiing in. We are going for a long weekend and I can not wait. Since Willie moved out west we have not gone to visit so this is looooooong over due!

Tips to stay healthy while traveling

Hi Everyone! Last week I had the pleasure of working with Brittany Dietz who is the Content and Social Media Executive for cheapflights.com to produce an informational post on tips for staying healthy and active while traveling.  I designed a quick hotel workout that you can do in very small spaces, gave nutrition tips while flying and eating out at restaurants and general information on making travel a bit easier on the body. I designed the workout to be as quick and efficient as possible with no weights necessary and boy did it work! I got an awesome workout that felt good and had me sweating and breathing heavy by the end. It was a much needed kick in the butt given the holiday treats I was consuming!

The best part about this workout is that you can do it anywhere, you don’t have to be traveling to do it. I give it to my clients on their lighter workout days to keep their blood flowing and to prepare them for their harder workout days with me. In the article I did give specific reps but you can make it as hard or as easy as you want depending on your energy level and time constraints.

Click here to check out the post and let us know what you think!

At Home Workouts

Lately, I have been dragging a bit and struggling to get myself out the door and to the gym. Plus, I haven’t been motivated to do cardio, at all. So the combination of the two has made it hard for me to work out because I really haven’t wanted to do anything. However, I can’t skip too many workouts without getting ridden with guilt and stress so I have been squeezing in quick, efficient at home workouts when I get really antsy for not doing anything.

When I do quick workouts my goal is to get my heartrate up and keep it up. I take very few breaks and try to keep moving the whole time so I am working hard the whole time. I love to incorporate plyometeric exercise with toning and strength because I never do that sort of stuff when I am running a lot and I always feel strong and fit after.

I plan on signing up for some races in the new year to hopefully help me get running again and more motivated to hit the gym but for the time being these types of workout are working a-ok!

24 Min HIIT TOTAL BODY CIRCUIT

15 Minute Arm Burner Circuit Workout

500 Abs

30 Minute Total Body Workout

What are your favorite types of at-home workouts?
Do you have a go-to website for finding workouts?

Thanksgiving 2014

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and shared amazing memories with your family and friends. We woke up to a winter wonderland!

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The day started with a very fun and casual Turkey Trot. It is all about being with friend and family. There is no entry fee, no official timer, you just need to bring a toy for a local family.

Turkey Trot Gifts

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It was a beautiful, snowy Vermont day! People walk, jog, run and chat! It is more about being together and sharing memories, and less about who crosses the finish line first.

Fire

After the Turkey Trot, we came home, drank hot cocoa by the fire, while the turkey was being prepped in the kitchen.

Friends GIff

This Thanksgiving, my sisters and brother are out in Colorado together. I missed them a lot but they keep sending amazing pictures and it looks like they had a great day. I need to take photography lessons from Lily and Julia!

FAmily

It was a great day of giving thanks and spending time with all the generations of family – from great grandfather to great grandson.

Woodie And Coltn

At the end of the day, this is how I felt:

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For some extra Thanksgiving fun, check out #thanksgivingdancewars on instagram. Maria Menounos, Julianne Hough and Kate Hudson made some really fun family dance videos.

How did you spend your Thanksgiving!?

Indoor Turkey Trot

I am a little over tired today! My cousin flew in from South Carolina last night at 1am [eeek] with her two youngest kiddos. I picked them up at the airport, we all crammed into my small Subaru and drove to my grandparents house 30 minutes away. I slept over and drove to work from there so I could sneak in a few extra minutes of sleep.

The only bummer about sleeping up there was that my local YMCA was having a 5K Treadmill Turkey Trot this morning that I really wanted to do. It sounded like a fun inner-gym competition, donations supported the local community and it’s a great way to push myself more than normal. Being the competitor that I am, I decided to still do the run even though I wasn’t at my Y. I went to the treadmill at my office gym and busted out 3.1 miles.

Charlestown YMCA Treadmill TrotMy game plan was to try to maintain 7 min/miles for all 3.1 miles. I didn’t realize that meant running at 8.5mph pace on the treadmill! I typically average around 6.8 – 7.0mph. For some reason, I find it a lot hard to push myself on the treadmill. I usually take it easy on the treadmill and run at a slower pace than when I am outside. When I run outside, I average about a 7:40 min/mile. Anyway, as I started my run I set the pace at 7.5 which by all accounts is a good pace, however I knew I was settling and letting treadmill intimidate me so I pushed the speed up to 8.0. I was expecting to get exhausted really fast, but I was feeling ok so I increased my speed to 8.5. What is crazy about this is when I do intervals on the treadmill I sprint at 8.5. Today I was running several miles at my treadmill “interval sprint pace” and I felt good. I was pleasantly surprised! It also tells me I need to push myself a lot harder when I run on the treadmill!Treamill Trot Finish Time (1)

I ended up running the turkey trot treadmill 5k in 22:05 which was a little slower than I had planned but not by much. I averaged 7:06min/miles!. I think I still left some energy on the treadmill today, but it was a great experience and I made me realize I really enjoy pushing myself and reminded me to incorporate more high intensity workouts into my fitness routine. I get so comfortable going for regular runs, I forget how important it is to mix things up and vary intensity levels to increase my endurance and fitness level.

Treadmill Trot Finish Time
It felt great to have an extra challenge today and push myself outside my comfort zone.  It kind of gave me the itch to enter more races and see how fast I can run!

Do you typically run faster or slower on the treadmill?