Engagement Fun!

Kevin and I are so lucky to have such amazing friends and family. A few weeks back two of the groomsmen threw us an Engagement Party. We were fortunate enough to have both our families there, most of the bridal party and closets friends. The beginning of that weekend made for a wild and fun whirlwind of a week to come! The fact that so many people came to celebrate with us during the beginning of a new adventure made both of us feel very lucky! It goes without saying that we are incredibly grateful for everyone who came out and cannot wait to boogie down with everyone next fall!

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The whirlwind started with some dress shopping with my parents and sister when they came in a day early to NY. We Continued with a beachy weekend and our rocking engagement part Saturday night, Followed with my sister staying in NYC for almost a whole week. We spent a lot of time with the Kitt family, which was great because all the sisters got to hang! Then we hit up NYC on her last night here and got wild. I finally ended that week with a bachelorette party for a girlfriend who is getting married this September! Such a fun time! Worth every missed workout and glass of vino! (But I did totally pay for it on Monday during my workout HA).

Since I was limited on my time during my workouts during this crazy week. I made the most of it with circuit and HIIT style workouts.

Here was one I threw together: (no rest between exercises till the end)

Squat Thrusters 15lb DB 3×12

Push ups 3×15

Forward Lunges 15lb DB 3×12

Bench Dips 3 x15

Burpees with a push up 3×15

Plank up/Plank down 3×15

Rest 1 min.

I figured many of you may be getting in the last few vacations days of the summer. So enjoy this quick yet effective workout while you travel this weekend! Can you believe September if right around the corner?

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Fitbit Charge HR

I got the new Fitbit Charge HR for my Birthday this summer. I had have been waiting a long time to invest in a good watch/Heart rate monitor but I was lucky enough to get it from my mommy. I’m not one to jump the gun on purchases especially if they don’t have all the bells and whistles or if they are over the $100 limit. In my mind anything over $100 is expensive…call me off (old?)fashion. I had gotten the Fitbit Flex for Valentines Day a few years back from my ever-so-thoughtful fiancé but I returned it because it didn’t have the heart rate monitor yet. He later told me he knew that but couldn’t wait any longer to give me one anyway!

I got to say I am loving the Charge HR during daily activity and my workouts but like everything there is still a few things that can be improved upon…

Pros:

– It tracks your sleep patterns. It will record how many times you were restless, how many times you woke up, and when you fell asleep to when you woke up. For some reason if my fitbit said I got enough sleep and minimally tossed and turned then I believe it, even if I am still a little tired. If you are an early riser like me then this placebo effect can be extremely helpful in getting you through your day!

– The Heart Rate monitor. I love this because it helps me keep my HR elevated when I need to and when I don’t. I also enjoy it because it helps to more accurately track the style of workout…cardio, fat burn, steady state, ect.

– The calorie counter. Although I am not someone who spends the days counting calories every once in awhile I’ll see where I am just to make sure Im still on track. The app that goes along with it logs the food too.

– The step & stair counter…its always fun to see where I am at on a busy day!

– The mileage tracker. I am on my feet a lot so knowing how much I have traveled trekking my way around the city is always interesting.

– The app tracks your weekly workouts. If you are a visual person this can be really beneficial for keeping you on track!

Cons:

– The mileage tracker when I am running is different then when I am using my Map My Run App. I am currently trying to figure out how off it is/which is correct?

– The sweatier you get the harder it is for the watch to read your HR. I am hoping this will be just a summer issue but who knows?

– Sometimes at the end of the workout the breakdown of what your HR was throughout it isn’t available/ “not enough data.” I am not sure if this has to do with the battery life yet or the sweat.

The pros definitely outweigh the cons for sure. I absolutely love tracking my exercises and seeing my weekly workouts and how hard/long I worked out! It provides such a great sense of accomplishment!

Does anyone else use a HR monitor when they exercise? Have you tried the fitbit? I’d love to hear your views on others!

P.S. The opinions here are my own. I was in no way endorsed by Fitbit. If I was that would be ballin though.

Gym Etiquette

If you belong to any major gym hub then you are aware of the rules that need to be followed to keep your membership, AKA stay out of the opposite sex locker room and so forth. But what about the unsaid etiquette of the gym floor?

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Recently I was in the gym and I saw a couple of teenage boys “working out.” The older of the two was instructing the younger one on certain moves and I had been doing my best to stay clear of them for fear of staring. I have this syndrome…I think it’s called “You can read me like a book.” So I was doing my best not to let them know I was wondering WTF they were trying to do. After multiple failed exercises on the opposite side of the gym they were now working out next to me. I am not sure if they were mimicking my move or it was mere luck but we started doing the same exercise. It was international chest day so I was ending with some cable flys and presses. While I began my first set the younger boy attempted the same move. IT WAS DISASTEROUS!

Since I was nervous there was a possibility of the boys hurting themselves I intervened. After a quick tutorial they were on their way to another exercise. I think the fact that they just got a tips from a girl I may or may not have scared them away, but their egos meant less to me then them hurting themselves. How often do you get corrected at the gym? Would you be wicked embarrassed or appreciative because they were helping you succeed? I am aware it’s a fine line, especially as a woman approaching a man. Ever have an experience like this?

Here was my workout that day:

  1. Bench Press 4×10 (Heavy)

Squats 3×15 (Light)

  1. DB Flys (Heavy)

Glute Ham Raises (Light)

  1. Incline Chest Press (Heavy)

Switch Lunges (Light)

  1. Cable Flys

Triceps Dips

Cable Chest Press

Triceps Extension

  1. 100 Push ups ( Take your time….I did ha)

Rest Days? Love em or hate em?

Rest days? Do you do them? Are you a weekend rester or mid-day rester? Maybe I was ingrained with Sundays being “a day of rest” during my Sunday school days and it has stuck ever since but for some reason Sunday it is. That being said there are times when I am on vacation or traveling a ton during the summer..now (cough cough) that I can’t always get my Saturday or even Friday workout in so in those cases I have had to adjust things a bit. I have also noticed how helpful it can be to take off a Wednesday or Thursday and come back stronger. Remember QUALITY NOT QUANITY. I need to remind myself of this sometimes.

Speaking of the hectic summer schedules…BBQs, Weddings, Bachelorette Parties, Baby Showers, Wedding Showers, Family Reunions, ect. How do you stay on track? For myself it has been particularly hard because we have been traveling every weekend for the past 6 weeks but I have kept at it pretty strong. My diet may have suffered a bit from all those events but it was worth it. Its hard to turn down homemade cooking especially when your uncle is a master BBQ chef. I was sent home with a storage sixe zip lock of his pulled pork and may or may not have had it every day since. Confession…sometimes for Bfast, Lunch, and dinner. Oh well we cant be perfect all the time 😉

Anyways here are a few tricks I have used while traveling to help me stay on track with my workouts:

  1. Pack some workouts clothes and your sneakers. If I packed it I gotta use it. No excuse.
  2. Utilize the area you are in. A lot of my family is in the woods so using the nearby trails and hilly dirt roads for a run always makes for a good time.
  3. If you are pressed for time a HIIT workout will always do the trick. In only 10-12 minutes you can be done a workout.
  4. Are you traveling to a lake or an area with some fun outdoor activties? Switch up your workout to an hour kayak ride, give tennis a whirl, or utilize the pool for some early morning laps before it gets too crowded.
  5. Buddy up. Working out with someone always adds to the fun and motivation while making the time fly!

Here is the Interval workout I did this weekend with my fiancé. It did the trick.

20 Jumps Squats

10 Dive Bombers

50 switch lunges

15 push ups

20 Plank up & Down

Repeat 3 times.

The rest of the weekend was topped of with. BBQ, slip & slide, kegs, tubing, & family fun.FullSizeRender (32) FullSizeRender (33) FullSizeRender (34)