Monday, June 27, 2016

Tone It Up Bikini Series Round 2!

Today was the start of Round 2 of the Tone It Up Bikini Series! 

I'm feeling extra motivated right now for several reasons:
  • This is Day 1 of my Erin Condren Life Planner
    • Shouldn't make a difference, but it feels like a new beginning!
  • My friend's wedding is right around the corner and I'm not thrilled with how I look right now
  • My race is coming up and I want to be ready for it!
  • I'm ready to fill the kitchen with healthy foods since we're wrapping up our June Food Challenge!
I wasn't able to do as much as I would have liked today, but I was able to get in a 4 mile jog!!  On top of that, I also did a bunch of the Cardio Abs workout from TIU:

Finally, I did the following exercises:
  • 30 crunches
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 squats
  • 10 pushups
I'm completely out of shape because now I'm exhausted!  But the workout felt really good and tomorrow I plan to do even more :)

Have you heard of Tone It Up?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Carmel-by-the-Sea Trip!

One of our favorite places to go is Carmel-by-the-Sea!  It's about an hour away and is a great place to getaway and relax after a long work week.

Our favorite places to eat are Dametra Cafe, Portabella, and SUR at the Barnyard! 

Apologies for missing my weekly weigh in this week, but work has been insane lately!  I'm planning to get back on track this Sunday when I get back from Carmel!

Where do you like to go to unwind?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

NEW 2017 Erin Condren Lifestyle Planner

Yesterday, my NEW 2017 Erin Condren LifePlanner arrived and I am so excited!!  I've always had a strange love for stationary & these planners are just filled with bright colors and happiness! 

I picked the 18 month option so I could start using it right away!  Along with my regular meetings and appointments, I'll also use my planner to keep track of my fitness journey... weight, exercise, and half marathon training!

I can't get enough of the fun colors on each page and all the additional accessories (stickers!) that came with my purchase. 

This is the vertical option, which breaks the day into three parts.  It allows for a bit of flexibility instead of scheduling what I'll be doing each hour of the day.  Good thing this planner looks so sturdy because I have a feeling it will be well-loved during the next year and a half!

Do you use a planner to organize your day?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Weekly Weigh In - Week #4

Today is a travel day for me!  

It's always a little tougher for me to eat healthy meals on these days, but at least I managed to go a whole week without eating Doritos chips!  (hooray for small victories!)

Diet & Food:

My cheats went down dramatically this week!
  • 1 Butter Croissant at Phillz Coffee
  • 1 Madeline
  • Mini Snickers Bars
  • 1/2 Breakfast Burrito

Groupon was promoting a deal for the San Jose Rock and Roll Race in October, so I decided to sign up for the 10k!  My current times are miserable, but I'm hoping to improve in time for the race!

Here's a look at my Fitbit steps for the week. I was bad and missed my goal a couple times.  Today isn't over yet, so I can still get in a few more steps :) 

I started using the app MapMyWalk to track my distance and times.  My goal next week is to complete at least two 3 mile runs.

Starting Weight: 20 lbs from goal weight
Wk #1: Down 3 lbs
Wk #2: Down 4.5 lbs
Wk #3: Down 4.5 lbs 
Wk #4: Down 5 lbs

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sephora Haul!

Sephora is by far, one of my favorite places to shop!  I especially love the value sets, where you get a collection of items for a reasonable price.  Currently, Sephora is selling a set of my favorite deodorants from Lavanila!  Included are four mini travel sticks that are great to toss in a gym bag!  This is a must-have for me as I start going to the gym more often.
Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss deluxe sample in 765 UltraDior - 0.06 oz
ITEM 1823533


FREE - Used on Husband

ITEM 1708809  SIZE 0.33 oz
100 Points - LOVE THIS!

I also received a few freebies with this purchase!  I love samples because I enjoy trying new products and it's a great way to figure out what works for me before committing to the full-size.

What's your favorite thing to buy at Sephora?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tea Cleanse!

For the next 21 days, I'll be drinking A LOT of tea!   I've read that herbs like lemongrass and dandelion can be used as part of a detox cleanse.  While I don't intend to do a full cleanse, I do want to see if there are any noticeable benefits to significantly increasing the amount of tea consumed. 

I'm very lucky that my work provides tea for free, so I essentially have an unlimited supply.   I plan to drink 6 cups of herbal tea each day for the next 21 days!

What is your favorite type of tea?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Weekly Weigh In - Week #3

Diet & Food:

I think I'm able to identify a few weaknesses after week #3.  The bad trends include regular consumption of chips and cookies!  Here were my cheats of the week:
  • Happy Hour - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Drinks
  • McDouble from McDonalds
  • Chocolate chip cookie + Madelines + Pocky Chocolate Almond Crush
  • Ben and Jerry Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
  • Doritos Chips
This next week, I promise to avoid all chips!  Slowly, I may be able to break some of my bad habits!

  • Running, running, running... I'm starting off slow and am only doing about 3 miles every few days.  Next week, I really want to work on increasing my pace and distance. 
  • I've decided to start filling in my new Tone It Up 8 Week Bikini Journal!  This might be a great way for me to spot more trends when it comes to diet and exercise.  Plus, I'm hoping it will keep me motivated!  I'm a little off from the regular TIU program, which is currently in week 7 but that's okay!

Starting Weight: 20 lbs from goal weight
Wk #1: Down 3 lbs
Wk #2: Down 4.5 lbs
Wk #3: Down 4.5 lbs - no change :(

Do you keep a track of your meals and log your workouts?