Workout with Christina Carlyle!

Last night as I did my nightly pursing of Pinterest {I know you do it too ;)} I stumbled upon a something I pinned a few months ago. It totally reminded me of why I love Christina Carlyle! She is the best and SO amazingly encouraging! Head over to her website and fall in love with her!

In the mean time check out her Lazy Girl Thigh Workout! It’s one of my all time favorites for a number of reasons, you can do it any where at any time, its quick and you get to lay down while you do it…yes who doesn’t love that! Below I shared Christina’s image but if you head to her website {click the picture below} there is a link to her workout video!!

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Be sure to check out Christina’s “programs” section! There are some really great offers like the Reshape Exercise Plan for just $27!!! I really want it…I think I’m going to get it today! Thank you to Christina for the awesome image! XOXO If you haven’t already subscribed please do!

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BIG News from Flip Flop Leos and a GIVEAWAY!

FlipFlop Leotards

Style, fun & comfort in an affordable leotard!

ff1I have some fun and exciting news! My sweet friend Debbie creator of Flip Flop Leos has a BRAND NEW website! {Congratulations Debbie! Gabbi and I are so excited!!}

To celebrate the new site Debbie and I have cooked up a giveaway! Before we get to the giveaway I wanted to talk a little bit about the new website!

Before the new website, Flip Flop Leos were most easily found on eBay in the Flip Flops Leos shop, which is great for us, we love eBay and I shop on it regularly and have for over a decade. However, not everyone is comfortable with eBay. I know quite a few who just aren’t into it. Debbie noticed this as well and decided it was time to have a stand alone website!!! {*This new site is NOT replacing the Flip Flop Leos eBay shop it’s still there. All who are not comfortable with eBay now have the ability to get these amazing leotards!}

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If you are a regular or semi regular reader than you know that we ADORE Flip Flop Leos, but if you are new here I wanted to share a bit about why Debbie’s leos are our favorites. It all started in February, I really wanted to get her some new “fun” leotards. I searched a number sites but I honestly wasn’t thrilled with the prices $30-$50 per leotard just wasn’t what we wanted to spend. Then I thought I’d check to see what was on eBay. I typed in “gymnastics leotards” and if I remember right Flip Flop Leos was the 2nd or 3rd listing and I thought “Oooh those are cute!” and the prices were amazing!  Gabbi’s first Flip Flop Leo was the ADORABLE Hot Air Balloon and it was a shocking $14!!! When the leo arrived it was not only GORGEOUS but the fit was amazing, truly as if it was custom-made for Gabbi {Flip Flop Leos eBay listings all have a sizing guide to ensure the right fit!} and my friends the rest is history.

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IMG_0632Since that first Flip Flop Leos we have accumulated an entire rack {like we could open a store 🙂 } Gabbi adores all the cute styles. I love the fit, they are not cut high on the hip and have a wider crotch, meaning full coverage at all times! These are the only leotards that do not give Gabbi red pressure marks after wearing for a while!

ff7Our Gym now expects Gabbi to wear a different leo to each practice and her coach has defiantly learned they are all Flip Flop Leos! Her coach LOVES Gabbi’s donut leo {sorry its no longer available} We are continuously stopped at practice with a “OMG where is her leotard from?”

Truly I could go on and on…and on! We love them and thats that 🙂

Don’t forget to follow Debbie on Instagram  to see all the newest styles first!

GIVEAWAY TIME!! 

Click HERE or the image below to enter!  

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PLEASE follow all prompt {rules} to be properly entered in the giveaway. 

This giveaway runs from July 21st until July 29th *US residents only please. A winner will be randomly selected on July 30th and contacted shortly after. **Winner has 5 days to respond, if not a new winner will be selected | Follow giveaway prompts {we check} or entry will be deleted | Entry void if you have won a Life in Bloom giveaway in the last 4 months | *please no fake accounts or emails {its just not fair to other entrants}

G o o d   L u c k!

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Debbie at Flip Flop Leos for always being so wonderful!

*Although Flip Flop Leos did send me a thank you package for partnering again. I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Flip Flop Leos. *Please note although we have received lovely gifts from Debbie we regularly purchase Flip Flop Leos and we pay regular price. I am not a rep or ambassador for Debbie. We TRULY love her brand and will continue to partner with her as long as we can!

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*I’ve had a lot of questions asking why I’m now including “no fake accounts or emails” Unfortunately my last few giveaways had multiple entries from fake emails, meaning one or more persons made up multiple accounts to get more entries, in addition they also didn’t follow the rules making it be completely unfair to those who are following the directions. 

 

These shoes are made for walking…

I know it may seem SO incredibly basic but walking is one of my all time favorite workouts! My husband and I go on nightly walks together and we love it, we talk about the day, up coming plans and our kiddos. We walk about 2.5 miles every night and its fantastic and we love it! I always try to encourage my friends who are trying to get into a workout habit to start walking! Plus, you don’t have to buy any special equipment!

I was beyond thrilled to find this awesome Bowflex 30 Walking Challenge! This makes it so easy to get into the habit of walking! Happy walking my friends!

30 Day Walking Workout Chart

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30 Day Challenge Printable Pack {FREE}

Oops!! This post was scheduled for July 1st {and the Gettin Fit with Brit announcement}, clearly that didn’t happen. Instead of waiting until August I decided to go ahead and post any way!

If you are thinking that this looks familiar you are right two years ago I started the 30 Day Challenge printable to help me and many other busy moms {and dad} have a clearly printed workout schedule. This is a revival and there will be additions coming soon!

30 Day Challenge Pack

Unfortunately over the last 18 months there have been many personal ups and downs and I totally and completely lost my momentum and encouragement. I have gain 15lbs  and ENOUGH is ENOUGH, I do not feel good about my self at all…not just appearance but motivation and energy. Please Join me in these 30 Challenges! I will post bi-weekly updates!

Each challenge starts at with minimal repetitions on day 1 and increases daily. For advanced more reps can be added to each day or do each challenge twice, once in the morning and once in the evening making each challenge more advanced.

Included in each 30 day challenge printable packet:

  • Squat Challenge
  • Torso Twist Challenge
  • Crunch Challenge
  • Plank Challenge
  • Bicep Curl Challenge
  • Donkey Kick Challenge
  • Jumping Jack Challenge
  • Burpee Challenge
  • Kettlebell Swing Challenge
  • Mountain Climber Challenge
  • Tricep Kickback Challenge
  • Push-up Challenge
  • Hydration Challenge
  • 10,000 Steps Challenge
  • Weight Loss Tracker

One of the things that I really love about this packet is that it is so easy to customize! Print the whole pack or just a few pages! Each page is colorful and easy to read! The pages can be printed and put on a bulletin board or in a binder OR since it is in pdf format you can just keep it on your desktop, tablet or phone and open it when needed {ibooks is great!}

Subscribe now to The Life in Bloom and DOWNLOAD the 30 Day Challenge packet for FREE for the month of March 

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Reader Questions:

Rhonda: Q: “So where did the idea for this packet come from?”

Brit: A: “I created this printable pack for my self because I felt like I was so busy all the time and I just wanted something that was fairly hardcore {meaning cover all or as many muscle groups as possible!} Plus get cardio, steps and water consumption!”

Sandy: Q: “Was this created for a particular age or fitness level?

Brit:: A: “No! This is for all ages and fitness levels. So far this pack it has been a hit college students and busy moms {and dads} on the go! It’s also perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the office or traveling, just print out the entire packet {or the workout you want to do} put it in a folder and take it everywhere you go! Each exercise is extremely easy to do on the go with minimal equipment!”

Danielle: Q: “What size of Dumbbells should I use?”

Brit: A: “Great question! You need to use what you are comfortable with! If you use 5 lb dumbbells stick to those {or the weight you use} and increase when you feel comfortable. Don’t increase until you are ready to prevent injury”

Carly: Q: “I’ve never used a Kettlebell before, what weight would you recommend?”

Brit: A: “If you have never used a kettlebell I personally recommend starting with a lighter one. The weight in Kettlebells is distributed quite a bit different then how it is in  dumbbells. So to prevent injury I would suggest starting with a 5lb or 10lb and work your way up to a heavier one. I recommend the Tone Fitness set this is a GREAT starter set and includes 3 kettlebells {5lb, 10lb, 15lb}”
I really hope you all enjoy this principle packed so much and if you have any suggestions for workouts to be added to this pack please let me know either comment or email me! I’d love to hear from you!

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Gettin Fit with Brit is BACK!!

Over the last year my Gettin Fit with Brit series kind of dwindle off…life got crazy and busy. Since January of this year I have received 1000’s {yes thousands} of emails, tweets, messages and texts asking me to “PLEASE bring back Gettin Fit with Brit”! To be honest the messages where quite humbling and touching! To know that I have given support to countless women around the world has overwhelmed me with emotion! After great struggle with my own weight and fitness I want all of you to know that Gettin Fit with Brit is BACK! Starting tomorrow I will be posting regularly!

Thank you to each and every one of you who sent me emails it means so much to me and has been the motivation that I needed! ❤

I have a bunch of new fun ideas and challenges I can’t wait to work on!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO see you tomorrow!

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Pinterest Favorites {Arm Workouts}

I’ve had such a huge response to my Pinterest WOD series that I decided to continue it!

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If you’re like me and often scroll through Pinterests fitness boards, then you know there are a TON of workouts for every fitness level and every fitness interest!

Over the next couple weeks I’m going to share some of my most favorite Pinterest workouts by category…you know abs, legs, etc.

Today I decided to start with arm workouts that I have enjoyed!

Always remember:

  • Push your body, but know your boundaries make sure all workouts are being done safely.
  • Increase or decrease the weight based on you fitness level
  • Increase or decrease reps to fit your fitness level

This workout is my absolute favorite arm workout, its super quick but you will feel the BURN!

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This is a great video workout!

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Click here for the awesome video workout!

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Love this one during commercial breaks 🙂

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This is a great workout if you have a little bit more time to devote!

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What I love about arm work outs is that you can do them any where at any time! Seriously, you can even get a good workout in during your favorite tv show.

 

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Pinterest WOD {workout of the day} #7

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Just a few things before we get started:

  • Push your body, but know your boundaries make sure all workouts are being done safely.
  • Increase or decrease the weight based on you fitness level
  • Increase or decrease reps to fit your fitness level
Women’s Health 4 Minute Workout #2 {see #1 HERE}

For an extra challenge repeat 2-4 times!

Not sure how to do each move? Check out Women’s Health to learn how!

Don’t forget to grab my workout printable. Click to image to DOWNLOAD !

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Follow my “Fit and Healthy” pinterest board {that’s where all the workout are being taken from}

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