Friday Faves {1.30.15}

First of all I wanted to say thank you for all of the great comments that many of you shared on yesterday’s blog post. I loved reading about you found your fitspiration. Each and every thought brought a smile to my face. It is so great to see such a display of positive spirit when it comes to health and wellness. A Friday Fave for sure!

It was a long week in this neck of the woods! I feel like I am slowly getting adjusted to my new job and a shift in my routine. It always takes a little bit of time to get used to it all. I am really enjoy it though so it is all coming together.

I am working into the evening later today, and have a client scheduled for Saturday so the time in between will most likely be spent catching up on things at home. Laundry, grocery shopping and all that jazz. Please tell me if you have exciting plans this weekend and make me jealous! Or just put your favorite thing of the week out there…the usual stuff here at The Bikini Experiment on a lovely Friday morning.

Friday Faves {1.30.15}

Hubbard Street Dance Group

Hubbard Street Dance Group

Scott and I got the weekend started a little early with a performance of the Hubbard Street Dance Company last night. Scott was a dancer back in the day before I met him, and Hubbard was one of his favorite performance groups. This performance was held at the Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin, and it was really amazing. I am much more a theatre person than a dance person. However, I really enjoy any performance and was excited that this production was so diverse.

Dancer

There was a beautiful array of modern and ballet dances. They also threw in some interesting nuances and diverse music selections. I got in trouble for trying to snap a pic from my seat, but Scott managed to get the job done. Life as my art director.

Theater Seats

Bulk Coffee Order

So I know I mentioned a coffee item by way of my French Press in last week’s edition of Friday Faves. However, I could not resist mentioned our bulk coffee purchase from last week. Scott posted a picture on Instagram

Scott's Instagram

Then I got this text from my mother shortly after…

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In a nutshell, Scott and I love this particular brand of coffee. It is a roaster based out of Austin so if you go to the actual roasting site you can buy the coffee at a much cheaper price. We do not go that often because the location is completely inconveneient. Scott had an opportunity to make a pilgrimage, and obviously loaded up with as many bags as possible. I would think my mom was being dramatic, but the manager at the coffee shop asked Scott the very same thing. :-)

Sweat Pink Welcome Package

I was so happy to receive this welcome package from Sweat Pink last week. Since being selected as a new ambassador it is has been great to connect with a community of positive and fitness focused women.

Sweat Pink

My package consisted of many pairs of lovely pink laces that I can put on my sneakers as well as a sample of Hemp Force Pro 70 and Pro-Amino-Otic along with a personalized note. I am now officially ready to Sweat Pink in 2015!

Gray Nail Polish

It is a small thing, but nail polish makes me really happy. I love it most when it has just dried and is still perfect for about 5 minutes. This color is Normani from Zoya. Gray and purple shades rock my world this time of year.

Gray Polish

Of course, pink and coral will be the bees knees in a few months to celebrate the arrival of Spring. I am just getting ahead of myself by thinking that far ahead!

Quote

Quote

Take a few minutes to breathe and recite a little gratitude whenever you can. Consider it over a cup of coffee or a long walk. Stare out the window and journal just a few things for the blessings that are on their way. Life is good!

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm, root for your team in the Super Bowl and of course whip up some of my fabulous guacamole to go with the party.

Linking up for Friday Faves with Heather, Clare, and Katie.

Question(s) of the Day: Any exciting plans this weekend? What is one thing you have been loving lately?

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Finding Your Fitspiration

Howdy! How is it shaking today? Since I have recently starting my new job as a personal trainer I have had fitness, goals and workouts on my mind frequently. As someone who works out regularly I have always considered that part of my daily schedule. Now I am in a gym environment wearing sneakers and tights every day. I am also talking regularly to clients and gym members about the reason they decided to show up to the gym in the first place.

I will admit there are days where I really do not want to workout. Once in a while I have a good reason, and others are when it is cold outside or I do not want to have to change my clothes. Not valid excuses! There are also times when I become a less than enchanted with my routine, and need to mix it up. In other words, I am bored. Those minor issues aside, it is has been a long time since I considered the process of finding your fitspiration.

Finding Your Fitspiration

Finding Your Fitspiration

I have heard a flurry of statistics recently about the “January Joiners” at the gym. Believe it or not they have already trickled off, and it is not even the end of the month. Apparently the life cycle is about two weeks. People join because they are so excited about their resolutions and the promise of a new lifestyle. However, they typically lose their way within a matter of days. Often times, people are enthusiastic about the idea of personal training, but the cost makes it hard for them to commit. I completely understand where they are coming from as the price is substantial for one on one coaching. However, I really do hope that they manage to find their way somehow, and find the dedication that leads to opening the doors of change.

I would like to give my mom a little shout out here, and share that she bought a stationary bike recently and reported to me that she uses it every day. I often joke with her that she is one of my worst clients! She knows it all, but is not always practicing. Years ago, she bought Ezekiel Bread when you had to hunt it down at strange little health shops run by people wearing hemp. So I feel like her influence growing up had a huge effect on me. I really wanted Hostess Cupcakes like the other kids, but she knew what was good for me. My mom was athletic all her life and survived breast cancer as well as a severe hip and back injury. Through all those set backs she still has her fitspiration and is motivated to move every day.

Jane Fonda

I am probably the last person you could have predicted would become a personal trainer. I was never active, did not like sports, and as I grew up I became a sporadic gym member when the mood hit me. I lived the “January Joiner” lifestyle, and was always a gym casualty. I was lost and did not even know how to use the elliptical. No joke! I had to stick to the treadmill because the buttons made sense.

It was fortunate that I met Scott and he turned out to be an amazing coach and wealth of training knowledge. However, he has certainly dated other girls who had no interest in learning about training. While Scott is a great resource for me you can truly only look for support from those around you. In other words, he gave me the tools, but he is not my sole source of inspiration.

Garage Gym

No one, thing or event can get your booty off the couch. YOU have to want to do it. Is that not true of everything in life? Like the saying goes….there is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. There are no short cuts, handouts or easy fixes.

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As someone who did not grow up athletic or loving to sweat what finally helped me turn the corner was knowledge and results. As I learned more about training, I began to learn more about myself. I loved the confidence and strength that came through becoming physically stronger and moving better. Feeling good motivates me every day. I want to be better than the day before. Finding your fitspiration is what gets you through the tough times. It comes 100% from within. I have been knocked down my fair share of times, and always fight to find my way back up again. Being strong makes you tough mentally and physically. I am grateful to have discovered a way of life that brought me so many positive changes. I only hope to pass some on some of that feeling to the people that are put on my path. Hopefully in some small way I can contribute to them finding their own fitspiration.

Linking up with Amanda to share my thoughts today.

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WIAW #26: On the Go

Hello! Hope your Wednesday is shaping up well. I can confess  now that I have suffered from a touch of WIAW guilt in the past when I have written up some these posts. Since I have been working from home the last bunch of months I have been very fortunate when it comes to my meal options. I can pretty much eat what I want and when I want. A late lunch of steak on a bed of spinach at 2PM? Sure, why not?

Each job and schedule has its own eating challenges. I spent many years dealing with the 9-5 corporate routine. Breakfast was often rushed as I struggled to get out the door one time. Lunch was almost always a salad or leftovers that were far less appealing the next day. I often did not bring enough snacks with me to make it through the afternoon. Adjusting to a schedule as a personal trainer means a great deal of being in transition and going from one thing to another.

Snacks

Hence, you are on the go on a regular basis. This Tuesday was particularly hectic so I thought it would be a nice way to share how I handle eating on a day where I am shuffling around quite a bit. Now for WIAW!

What I Ate Tuesday Wednesday

My day started with a butter coffee while I caught up on some work on my computer. I decided to go into work at the gym a little later in the morning. I knew I would be working later into the evening so I wanted to work through a few things. I caught up on emails and other miscellaneous blog items (like social media) before I put my laptop away.

Butter Coffee

Time to get dressed and ready. Also known as the time I usually plan what I am going to eat for breakfast…

Spinach, pasture raised eggs and bacon for the win!

Breakfast

I wanted to have a substantial breakfast since I knew the rest of my day would be snacks more or less. This breakfast was hot and filling so I could not have asked for more.

I headed into the gym for a little bit to work on my schedule for the week and set up more appointments. After those tasks I went to my scheduled orientation. There was some confusion regarding the time. I was a bit early so I hung out for a little while and killed time talking with another trainer and scrolling through a few blogs on my phone.

A smoothie served as my lunch! I knew that I would need to be prepared ahead of time. Almond milk, MCT oil, frozen organic wild blueberries, a spoonful of almond butter and a mix of Sun Warrior and Collagen protein powders.

Smoothie

Once I the orientation finished I headed back to the gym for a few hours. On my way out, I grabbed my snack which was a grass-fed beef jerky and a Kind Bar. I had hoped to fit in a workout once I got back to our apartment, but it was not meant to be.

Grass Fed Beef Jerky

Since I was a little wary of the Austin rush hour I wanted to leave a little early to head to Train Life Fit! Our friend, Sumair, just opened his new studio! I was really excited he reached out to me about meeting with a potential client at the space. I conducted a fitness assessment with the client, and we discussed goals for future training. As the sun was starting to sink (the suns sets very late in Austin) I waved goodbye to Train Life Fit (from my car). :-) Now it was time to head on home!

Train Life Fit

After the drive, I was starving so I grabbed a piece of apple and added a good dose of almond butter. AppleWith my headphones in hand, I headed up to the small gym at our apartment complex. I did not have much time to commit so it was a quick cardio session on the elliptical followed by some squats and upper body exercises.

Elliptical

Done and done!

Dinner was an old standby. Wild caught salmon, asparagus and brown rice. There is some butter on there as well.

Salmon

As I shared in my post last week on Meal Prep having things like rice or potatoes can make dinner much easier (and faster) to pull together. Some dark chocolate after dessert was enough to satisfy me for the night.

Dark Chocolate

Afterwards it was time to type up this post and get ready to hit the hay. Enjoy your Wednesday! Stay warm and I will see you back here tomorrow.

Question of the Day: What are your on the go snacks?

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Full Body Workout with Sliders

Hello! Happy Tuesday. This month flew by in a flash, and I cannot believe it is already the last week of January. Time flies! This time of year typically means very “chancey” weather where we do not know what to expect from one day to another. Last winter in New Jersey, there was a snow storm every week and you never knew which day it would hit. That being said, I needed some workouts I could do in the comfort of my apartment. Risking life and limb to get to the gym in a snow storm borders on cray cray. Who wants to have to confess to that one? Today I am going to be sharing a full body workout with sliders where you will not have to drive anywhere if that is not in the cards.

This full body workout with sliders can be completed in your living room. Val slides are very popular at gym chains, but they can be a tad on the pricey side. You can completely replicate the same effect with furniture sliders. Scott and I discovered this fun fact one afternoon at his parent’s house when we borrowed his mom’s furniture gliders. One would typically use them for moving a couch, but I prefer them for mountain climbers. We keep them on hand in our apartment, and the gym because they can really work you hard!

Full Body Workout with Sliders

Full Body Workout with Sliders

Overview

This workout should take approximately 25 minutes to complete and works your full body. You can order these sliders online at Amazon if you do not already have them on hand.

Workout Style Options

1. Traditional Circuit – Complete the exercises 3 times through with 10-5 repetitions for each side. If the exercise calls for each side to be completely separately then shoot for 20-30 total reps.

2. Crossfit Style – Perform an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 20 minutes. Set a timer and perform 6-8 reps for each exercise in the circuit. You goal is to perform as many rounds as you can in that time period.

3. Time Buster – Determine how much time you have available. For example, if you only have 18 minutes that day plan to do each exercise for one minute before moving onto the next one for a total of 3 rounds. This way you are designing the workout around your schedule.

Select your workout style and then it is time to get serious! Turn on some fun music, push your coffee table to the side, and whip out your sliders.

Sliders

Reverse Lunge

Stand with your feet hip’s distance apart. Make sure you are standing tall with your seat tucked under you, your belly button drawn back towards your spine and your shoulders down and back.

Keep one foot on a slider and push it back into a reverse lunge position. Keep your knee pushed out and do not allow it to cave in. The leg pushing back should be in line with your hip. Return to the starting position. Perform on the right and left sides.

Reverse Lunge

Side Lunge

You will want to follow the starting position above for the Reverse Lunge. Make sure your foot is well placed on the slider. I like to position my hands either on my hips or in front of me to help with my balance.

Push out to the side to where it feels comfortable for you. Drawn the leg back to the starting position.  Perform on the right and left sides.

Side Lunge

Mountain Climbers

These sliders make mountain climbers fun! Place a slider under both feet. For this exercise you want to make sure your toes are at the top of the slider.

Begin in a plank position hold with your feet at the top of the slider. Make sure that your back is flat and your shoulders are back and down. Alternate bringing in your right and left knees towards your elbows and return to your starting position.

Mountain Climbers

Push Up Plank (Forward Slide)

This exercise starts in a Push up Plank as well. Take the sliders and place them under your hands. While holding the position, start by pushing the sliders up and down. As you progress and get stronger you can draw letters with your hands. Anything goes!

Push Up Plank Fwd Slide

Hamstring Draw In

Lie down in a supine position and place the sliders under your feet. Your heels will be on the edge. Draw your feet back, place them securely on the full slider and then draw your feet back all the way until they are under your bum and you are in a hip bridge position.

Slowly return your feet to the original start position.

Hamstring Draw In

Knee Tuck/Pike

Place both sliders under your feet and position yourself in a push up plank. Draw both legs forward and tuck them under you. Return to the start position.

Knee Tuck

As you get stronger, you can do a pike here instead. A pike is where your legs are straight and your booty goes up into the air.

Pike

Wrap Up

I am tired now! Never underestimate the challenge of a good workout you can do in your living room. You will stay safe and cozy. Plus there is valuable time saved in not scraping snow off your car, and/or driving somewhere.

Linking up with Becky, Jill, Jess and Sara today. Let me know if you have any questions or if you give Full Body Workout with Sliders a go.

I have a new hire orientation I have to attend today for the gym, and a client fitness assessment at Train Life Fit. It will be a busy one! I will see you on the blog tomorrow for lots of food deets…aka WIAW. Have a good day!

Question of the Day: Do you ever use your living room for a workout?

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At My House Survey

Good morning! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend and are ready to attack the week with gusto! Hmm…I am not ready for that either! Let’ s grab a cup of coffee, and chat first instead…

The weekend was a little bit of a blur since I was working at the gym off and on. I am slowly working on getting used to my routine and the hours there. I was also asked by our friend Sumair to work with some clients at his new studio – Train Life Fit. Sumair is Scott’s co-host on The Well Being Podcast. When it rains, it pours! Some readers expressed interest in hearing more about my job at the gym. I certainly want to share my thoughts on the gym as well as being a personal trainer. I have spent many years in the corporate world. So I can absolutely say this is a fish out of water experience for me. Stay tuned for an upcoming day in the life post!

In other news, Scott and I made some killer guacamole that you should definitely check out for the upcoming Super Bowl. We also went to church, stopped at the farmers market and enjoyed a little bit of Austin sunshine. Our little DIY Green Room Project is moving along at a crawling pace. Maybe that is why this survey I saw on Ashley’s blog caught my eye…

At My House Survey

At My House Survey

Household Chore I Actually Enjoy

There are quite a few I do not necessarily mind. However, it is frustrating that they all need to be done so frequently! I am not exactly the best house cleaner in the world either. My mom likes to tell me that I remind her of Amy Adams in Enchanted whenever she sees me wipe a counter. Like I should have slippers, a feather duster, and be singing to a flock of animals behind me.

To answer the question, after years of living in an apartment without a washer and dryer it is all about the laundry. I prefer washing to the folding and putting away, but no one is perfect.

Laundry

Biggest House Disaster

Our Green Room Project! Scott did a wonderful job on the painting. I did a great job of supervising and taking pictures.

Paint

Now we just have to get organized, do some shopping for a few odds and end, and we will be ready to call it a day!

Before Company, I Hide

Moms put away toys, and I put away mobility tools. Foam rollers and lacosse balls often clutter our living room because Scott and I will use them if we have the TV on at night. They add a lot of clutter so before anyone stops by I make sure they are in their basket.

Mobility

Most Recent Music Download

It has been forever since I downloaded music. I use Pandora and Amazon Prime quite frequently. I like the variety for my workouts at the gym. I could probably use a new playlist!

The Last Thing I Bought Online

Almond Flour

Almond flour in bulk! I love baking with this stuff and run through a small bag quicky. This was the best deal on Amazon that I could find.

I Hate to Shop For

Anything at Home Depot! My eyes glaze over. Scott jokes that I look like a tourist whenever I am there. Truthfully I am just counting the minutes until I can leave.

Home Depost Shopping

Favorite Family Ritual

My favorite ritual is that Scott and I have dinner together almost every night when we are both home together. We share what we appreciate about the day and each other. We both grew up with families that ate dinner together so I cannot imagine now having that routine with someone.

I Sleep In

Occassionally I will sleep in on a Saturday until 8:00. A few months back I gradually started getting up earlier so that I could shift to being more of a morning person. Now that I have adjusted to the habit I have started just waking up at the same time every day.

I Have a Style Crush On

I am with Ashley on this one! Lauren Conrad is beautiful, stylish and real. Love her!

Lauren Conrad

I’m Currently Reading

Does my NSCA Studying count? Probably not, but I have found I need to hold off starting another book until my certification is out of the way.

NSCA CPTWhat’s up with the ________ trend?

I feel like there is a trend of people tearing each other down. Whether you want to call it bullying or hating it makes me really sad.

How Did I Ever Live Without?

My I-Phone sad to say. I cannot imaging having ever lived without a cell phone. I use it for everything from taking pictures, driving directions, social media  and actually talking to people! Almost forgot that part. :-)

Linking up with Katie and Erin today. Thanks for playing the survey game with me. Have a great day and I will see you on the blog tomorrow with a new workout! Until next time…

Question(s) of the Day: Who is your style crush? What are you currently reading? What do you hide from guests?

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