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Last Weeks Workouts Vol. 3 featuring a SUPER SWEATY circuit workout!

Hey! How was your weekend? Try any delicious recipes or new workouts?  Well, if you’re looking for an awesome workout to try this week, I have one for you!!! Here’s a peek at my workouts…

Sunday:  My husband and I met up with our friend Greg who put us through an incredibly hard circuit workout.  Here’s what we did:

3 circuits total, each circuit repeated 3 times before moving on to the next.  We performed each exercise in the circuit for 45 seconds, rested for 15, then moved on to the next (I’ve provided links to some exercised you may not be familiar with)!

Circuit 1

Circuit 2

  • Jump Rope
  • Plank jacks
  • Back Squats (I used a 30 lb weighted bar)
  • Rows (I used a 20 lb weighted bar)

Circuit 3

Monday: Butts & Guts

Tuesday: Tone It Up Day! Did their fat burning treadmill routine and the abs playlist

Wednesday: Boot camp class

Thursday: HIIT the Beach 2 and bikini arms from the beach babe DVD

Friday: OFF

Saturday: 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minute abs class at the gym

Please let me know if you give the workout a try!  It’s a doozy :) Have a good week!

-Kyra

Last Weeks Workouts Vol. 2

Last week was a pretty good week as far as workouts go!  Keep reading to take a peek into my workout log :)

Sunday: this was a short strength training day with my boo.  We did a 10 minute jogging warm-up on the treadmill and then focused mostly on upper body; lifting heavy for chest with a few sets of squats thrown in for good measure.

Monday: Butts n guts, per usual

Tuesday: 30 minutes of steady state cardio on the elliptical, 7 minutes ab workout from the Nike Training app, and tone it up’s love your arms

Wednesday: HIIT the Beach 2 from Tone It Up’s Beach Babe DVD, Thailand Tush workout

Thursday: 45 minute treadmill workout with my friend lolo, tone it up’s sleek & slender abs

Friday: Active Rest — 60 minute yoga foundations class

Saturday: Tone it Up’s swim workout (repeated two times)

As you can see, last week was Tone It Up heavy!  I normally take 1-2 days a week completely off from exercise, but a yoga class per week is just as good with the added benefit of relaxing my tight muscles after a week of tough workouts.  Let me know in the comments if you enjoy these types of posts! I have a killer circuit workout coming for you in next weeks edition that I did yesterday, so keep your eye out for that!

-Kyra

Last Weeks Workouts

I thought it would be fun to share a log of sorts of my weekly workouts to keep me motivated and accountable with my fitness goals!  So, here it is:

Monday:  Butts n gutts class!  I know I talked about this class all the time on our twitter account but I don’t think I’ve ever really gone into it on the blog.  The basic format is the class starts with about a 5 minute warm up which mostly consists of a million plie squats with a weighted bar.  Then, for the first 25 or so minutes of class we do some HIIT (high intensity interval training) which always involves kettle bell swings and plank jacks (sometimes burpees, bicycles, or mountain climbers are thrown into the mix).  Then, the last 30 minutes of class is more strength based: we do a lot of squats and lunges with weights and the BOSU ball.  We also do a lot of planks, side planks, etc. and often get in a bit of upper body too with tricep push ups, bicep curls, etc.  In short, IT KILLS ME. EVERY TIME.  My thighs are usually sore until at least Thursday when I go to this class.

Tuesday: I followed the loveyourbody weekly schedule and did 30 minutes of treadmill running and a few of the follow along videos (upper back and arms).

 Wednesday: Active rest day! Took a 75 minute yoga class with my mom and did 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill

Thursday: More tone it up videos!  Did HIIT, abs, and arms

Friday: this was an “I don’t know what to do at the gym” day.  Did 10 minutes on the stairmaster, a random arm circuit (bicep curls, overhead presses, tricep extensions, bent over rows), and 15 minutes of intervals on the treadmill.

Saturday: OFF! Valentine’s Day!

What did you do for last weeks workouts?  Try any new classes?  Let me know in the comments!

-Kyra

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

Weight-Loss Talk: Excess Baggage,Travel Weight

Plane, train, automobile.

I’ve used each of these modes of transportation over the past year. I love to travel when I get the chance and I stay checking my PTO to see when I can plan more getaways! It’s so nice to unwind and go off the grid for a few, but it can lead to some unwanted detours if you’re on a fitness routine. In the past, my motto was always, “what’s a diet anyway when you’re on vacay?” To be honest, I’m still aligned with this simply because if I’m traveling to a location I’ve never been, I have to check out the local cuisine! It’s only fair and life is short. For instance, you can be sure I’ll be indulging when I venture on my honeymoon!

The type of travel situations I’m referring to are more habitual and/or less for leisure, i.e. work trips, visiting a loved one. Here are two common scenarios that I personally encounter and how I currently attempt to stay on track:

Travel situation 1Visiting a loved one, case in point: My fiance lives in Dallas so we both travel A LOT to see each other. I packed on pounds not just due to the love bug (that’s a whole different story and I’ll post about that too), but also because I treated every. single. trip. like it was an indulgence vacation. It really threw off my progress. Since I’ve been on a solid routine for the past month, I vowed to not let travel destroy me! My first test came Super Bowl weekend:

STRATEGIES –  (1) I’m honest about my fitness goals and I urge my fiance to help me stay on track and hold me accountable. In the past, I would tell him about my plans and sort of waiver and cave in immediately. This time, I stuck to my guns and we were on point! I will say that he is also about that #sweatingforthewedding life so that helped since he was  great at sticking to his healthy living tip when I was in town.  But even if he wasn’t, I still would have made my intentions clear and planned accordingly. (2) In the past, we always managed to squeeze in a walk or run regardless of how on point we were with out diets. This last time, we kicked it up a notch (ran about 4 miles and walked two; this workout also coincided the last day of my Nike Running challenge). It was nice to go outside and walk his dog and talk about life. (3) I also made sure to reserve my cheat meal for that weekend so we did get to enjoy some wings and fries from Wingstop. (4) And, I took my water bottle with me everywhere. Therefore, a potential cheat weekend was solely a cheat meal. Success.

Travel situation 2: Random trips that I didn’t plan a.k.a. this is not a vacay. I’ve had to travel unexpectedly, wherein I found myself staying at hotels. I happened to be on the east coast where it’s currently frigid for this Californian.

STRATEGIES – (1) I checked to see if the hotel had a gym so I could avoid the unforgiving climate.  (2) I also had handy workouts I could do in the hotel room as well (Nike Training Club) or this one we discussed a while back. (3) In terms of meals, I selected low calorie/high protein options since my cheat meal didn’t fall on those travel days (boo). (4)And, I took my water bottle with me everywhere.

Takeaways: 

* If you’re a habitual traveler to a particular destination and you’re on a fitness regimen, let the person you’re visiting know! If they know you’re really serious about your plans, they will work around it and possibly try to help you out.

* Try to have a cheat meal and cheat drink land during the time of your visit so that you can get to indulge a bit with your loved one and so you don’t feel deprived, especially since you’re bound to eat out.

* Exercise with your loved-one! Whether it’s 30 min or a full hour, a little goes a long way.

* Traveling for work or some other occasion? Try to stick with healthier options and get some workouts in at the hotel to combat those extra calories that you might not be able to forego

* Don’t forget that water bottle and try not to drink you calories! Traveling presents unpredictability (what’s available to eat at the airport, what’s on the menu when you’re dining out etc.) but at least you can be in control of your water intake and save some calories.

* On a real vacation?  ENJOY and relax :-)

 

Do you have any pointers for staying fit while traveling habitually? Share in the comments!

 

Drumrollllllll: January Progress & February Fitness Agenda

I made it through every single one of my January workouts! This means that I successfully completed my running challenge and Nike Training Club 4 week program I mentioned here!

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Sweet victory. #sweatingforthewedding #bridetobe #getfit #chasingskinnyblog #niketrainingclub @nikewomen #nikewomen #blackgirlsrun

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My theme for January was FOCUS. Each day I woke up super early to work out and I just kept reminding myself that it was my time of the day to do something truly beneficial for myself. I also had extra motivation from my #sweatingforthewedding life and also the friendly fitness competitions that I was engaged in.

Without further ado, let’s review my specific January goals:

Drop 10 lbs

Lose 1-2 inches

Currently…

I have lost 7.6 pounds to date. It’s not 10, but I don’t care, I’ll take it! And I have lost a total of 2.2 inches (from the hips, forearm (random) and chest (always the first to go) :-(. Not too shabby for the month of January! I think realistic fitness goals are key and totally doable.

For February, I embark on a new theme – GOODBYE COMFORT ZONE!

First, I am currently participating in a more rigorous running challenge with my sister and cousin (Run 40 Miles in the Month of February). I’ve clocked 10 miles so far and I’ll need to hit 10 miles a week until the 28th, eek!

IMG_1018Next, I have solicited the assistance of a wonderful e-trainer who happens to be my favorite fitness Instagrammer- @TameikaG. I think I was hesistant to get help from a trainer in the past because it’s pricey and simply due to pride. I had the, “I got this far on my own so I’m good” attitude. I’m over that phase as I have realized that I’ve hit a wall these past years in terms of being able to morph my physique. Despite gaining or losing weight, my body tends to look the same! My hope is that I can get more help with nutrition and implement effective strength training workouts. I want to reach optimum results and I’m super excited to begin the program next week!

February Goals

  • Keep up with my workouts consistently
  • Follow my 4 week e-training plan and go hard during workouts
  • Lose 4 pounds
  • Lose an inch off my waist

I will be checking in around the same time next month. Wish me luck and enjoy your weekend!

-Udeme

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

Throwback Thursday: Gym Playlist Edition

I know I’m not alone when I say I rarely listen to the radio these days. I typically have the same six CD’s in my car that stay on heavy rotation for months (I don’t have an auxiliary outlet). Back in the day, there were so many more jams or maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic. Anyways, during my workouts, I find myself using iTunes radio stations that reflect the musical jams of yesteryear. My go-to stations have been 80’s Dance Party, 90’s Dance Party and Hip Hop Workout (which is a mash-up of old school and new age tunes). Here are some songs that have appeared in my radio shuffle as  I flashed back while burning tons of calories.

Warm- Up

Get-It

Cool-Down

*Notice, the last track is a cool spin on a classic track (great for cooling down). :-)

Any favorite oldie gym-jams? Share in the comments, I’m always looking to add to my playlist :-)

-Udeme

At My House (Apartment) Survey

We seemed to have a pretty good response from you guys on the survey posted last week so I thought I’d try my luck with another one!  I saw this one on Sweet Tooth Sweet Life’s blog this morning, so head over there if you wanna check out her answers!

Household chore I enjoy: NONE.  Unfortunately for my poor husband I am very far from domesticated.  There are two chores I can tolerate without grumbling: laundry and vacuuming. THAT’S IT.

Biggest house disaster: Our guest room/office/workout room.  It has a desk, my yoga mat, a few sets of weights, and where all our wedding materials and miscellaneous junk goes to die.  It will probably only be clean again when we move.

Before company arrives, I hide: My library books.  This may seem silly but I honestly usually have 10-15 library books checked out at a time and it can be be kind of excessive.

Most recent music download: Feelin’ Myself  – Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce.  DON’T JUDGE.

The last thing I bought online:  This should come as a surprise to no one.  I bought some stuff from sephora because they were having 2x the points on skincare purchases!!  So I bought another of my favorite facial cleanser (Origins Checks and Balances), a winter moisturizer since my skin is so dry right now form the arctic tundra (Origins Make a Difference+), and an eye cream (Origins Ginzing).  Anddddd since I was already on the website I went ahead and bought the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette that I’ve been lusting after.  I mean just look at it! Gorgeous, obsessed.

I hate to shop for: Groceries.  I used to love grocery shopping when I could go at off-peak times and browse at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.  Now I usually only have time to go on the weekend and it’s always a madhouse.  Sometimes I try to sneak off during lunchtime, but still, I don’t enjoy it like I used to.

Favorite family ritual: This changes all the time.  When the weather was better it was definitely walks after work.  Now it’s probably watching “blackish” on DVR.  I love that show.

I sleep in: shorts or pajama pants and a t-shirt

I have a style crush on: Lauren Conrad.  Always and forever.  

Currently Reading: Still making my way through “How to Build a Girl”.  I know I still owe you guys a post about my favorite books of 2014! Hopefully I can get it up by the end of the month!

What’s up with the ______ trend?: Hmmm this is a hard one.  I guess I would say super thick drawn on eyebrows? Like they don’t even look like eyebrows anymore…I spend too much time on instagram…

How did I ever live without: my iPhone. And YouTube (what else did I use to do with my free time?)

Your turn! Let me know your answers to some or all of these questions in the comments!

-Kyra

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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