31 Day Fit Challenge!

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As I sat listening to my children splashing and playing in the pool it dawned on me that OMG today is the last day of July…ummm what the heck wasn’t it just the 4th of July? I started thinking I want to do something fun and special on my blog for the month of August, but what? Then it hit me…a 31 day tailored workout challenge! A little backstory:  Over the last few months I have really be struggling with staying motivated…I unfortunately had a bad experiencing with a VERY well know fitness program and its creator {but thats another story for another day…maybe} the bad experience left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a beat down unmotivated heart…sad but true. I have been feeling like I REALLY need a kick in the pants and prayed that I would feel motivated and re-start my journey…then yesterday I got a HUGE motivation when a friend hit her 1 year weightloss journey anniversary and is down more than 80lbs!! Talk about motivation right?

Hey! Lets start a journey together!

I mentioned above that this will be tailored to each person…what do I mean? We will start each week with a fitness test to see our personal fitness level! It’s actually pretty basic workout but will give results:

  • Squats
  • Push ups
  • Crunches
  • Cardio
  • Walking

Daily Cardio: This can be anything you want…Zumba, running, piyo, crossfit…etc. Just something that gets you heart pounding for 10-30 minutes.

Daily Walking: A minimum of 1 mile daily {thats really easy to get you’ll be surprised} My husband and I walk 4-6 miles every single day. If you start out walking 1 mile increase by a 1/2 mile each week until September, working towards 3+ miles.

Fitness Test: Tomorrow {and each Monday this month} will be a fitness test! What does this mean? Basically we are going to set a timer for 1 minutes {we will increase this each week} and see how many Crunches, Push ups and squats we can do!

Don’t forget to print this Fitness Log to keep track of your daily workouts!

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How the fitness test works: grab a timer and set it for one minute then do as many Crunches as you can do in that minute, reset the timer and do as many squats as you can do, then reset and do as many push ups you can do. DON’T forget to write down your scores on the Fitness Log! The numbers you record are your starting scores, each day you will try to beat the previous days score so you are competing with yourself not someone else!…you may only be able to do 3-5 more but trust me as the days go by you will be surprised how much more strength and stamina you have!

Things to do tomorrow morning:

  • Weigh in {don’t skip this because it will be motivating to see the difference between the 1st weigh in and the last.}
  • Take a full body photo {I know some of you just cringed but this will be such a great motivator throughout the month.
  • make sure you have cold water in the fridge or freezer {especially with the hot weather you NEED to stay hydrated!}

I will meet you back here tomorrow afternoon and let you know my day 1 scores and how I’m doing!

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Fave Fitness Apps!

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing some of my all-time favorite fitness apps (this has been highly requested for about a month…sorry it’s taken so long)
The apps range from free to a few dollars and the Fitbit app {it does requires a Fitbit to go along with it, it is not a standalone app} I do highly recommend all the products and no I am not affiliated with Fitbit. I have included the app links for both iOS and android!
Let’t get into it!

 Fitbit {Free to accompany activity tracker}

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The free Fitbit app is designed to work with Fitbit activity trackers and smart scales.

Wirelessly SYNC your Fitbit Blaze, Alta, Surge, Charge HR, Charge, Flex, One or Zip tracker with your iPhone or Android device.
Track your DAILY GOALS and progress over time for STEPS, DISTANCE, CALORIES BURNED and more

Use GPS to track your RUNS, WALKS & HIKES
LOG ACTIVITIES like YOGA and WORKOUTS to keep you on track
LOG FOOD to see how many CALORIES you consume each day, and manage your WEIGHT over time
COMPETE with FRIENDS with daily or weekly CHALLENGES and compare stats
ALL DAY HEART RATE TRACKING with Fitbit Surge, Charge HR & Blaze

Fitbit Active for iphone

Fitbit Active for Android

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C25K {Free}

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WANNA RUN A 5k?

The proven C25K (Couch to 5K) program was designed for inexperienced runners who are just beginning an exercise routine.The plan’s structure prevents new runners from giving up and at the same time challenges them to continue moving forward. C25K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, gradually building up strength and stamina to fully running 5K.

C25K Active for iphone

C25K Active for Android

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POPSUGAR Active {Free}

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POPSUGAR Active: Work Out When You See Fit!

Your fitness life should be fun, fulfilling, and easy to create. Loaded with video workouts, photo tutorials, and treadmill workouts, POPSUGAR Active is designed to meet your exercise needs. Having the POPSUGAR Active app in your pocket means you can work out whenever and wherever. Beat the boredom of stale fitness routines by creating your own video playlists from our constantly updated catalog of workouts. The app also features preloaded workout routines to inspire you to get your sweat on, but you can always create and customize more personalized routines just for you! And you will never feel like you are on your own when sweating alongside celebrity trainers and POPSUGAR Fitness experts in our Class FitSugar videos.

POPSUGAR Active App
With POPSUGAR Active, you can:

Skip the gym and work out in the comfort of your home — talk about excuse-proofing your fitness life!
Download and play our videos wherever you may roam, whether offline or online — if you’re in a jam because your hotel has no WiFi, work out with your previously downloaded video playlist.
Schedule workouts and we’ll send you a reminder, so you don’t skip your sweat session. Yep, we’re here to help you fulfill your fitness goals.
Create and customize your own fitness routines from all our workouts and videos: strength training, running, yoga, and more!

Workouts include:
Booty Burn With Victoria’s Secret Model Trainer | Video
10 Minutes to Tank-Top Arms | Video
Yoga For Back Fat
Full-Body Tabata | Video
Full-Body Fat Blast With a Hollywood Trainer | Video
500-Calorie Treadmill Workout
Half-Hour HIIT
Butt-Toning Yoga Workout
Strength Training 101 Workout | Video
The Ultimate Core Challenge

AND new workouts are added weekly!

POPSUGAR Active for iphone

POPSUGAR Active for Android

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 Runtastic PRO {$4.99}

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The Runtastic PRO app tracks (distance, duration, speed, elevation change, calories burned & more) your sport and fitness activities – such as running, jogging, biking & walking – utilizing GPS technology to help you build healthy lifestyle habits and reach exercise goals! What’s more? Runtastic was recently overhauled to enhance your user experience! Take the Runtastic running app out for a run and enjoy our improved app design and navigation, optimized features & new functionality.

PRO APP FEATURES:
Voice Coach: Audio feedback based on your personal preferences
Auto Pause: Session paused automatically when you stop moving
Routes: Create or find exercise routes on Runtastic.com & sync to phone
Challenge a Run: Compete against yourself by challenging past activity results
Colored Traces: Colors indicate training changes, incl. pace, elevation, slope
Powersong: Activate to give your workout a boost
Training goals: Select heart rate zone, calorie goal or pace goal to optimize training
Interval training & coaching and dynamic split (km/mi) tables
Geotagging: Take photos during workout & see pics online with map trace
Weather, temperature & sunrise/sunset data
Use for running, jogging, biking, skating, cross country skiing & hand bike training
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Runtastic PRO for iphone

Runtastic PRO for Android

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Runtastic Lite {Free}

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The Runtastic {lite} app tracks (distance, duration, speed, elevation change, calories burned & more) your sport and fitness activities – such as running, jogging, biking & walking – utilizing GPS technology to help you build healthy lifestyle habits and reach exercise goals! What’s more? Runtastic was recently overhauled to enhance your user experience! Take the Runtastic running app out for a run and enjoy our improved app design and navigation, optimized features & new functionality. The Runtastic running app is a great fit for users of all health and fitness levels.

RUNTASIC {Lite} for iPhone

RUNTASTIC for Android

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My Fitness Pal {Free}

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Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for iPhone and iPad. With the largest food database of any iOS calorie counter (over 3,000,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off! There is no better diet app – period.

WHY THEY ARE BETTER THAN OTHER APPS

Largest food database of any iPhone calorie counter – over 3,000,000 foods and growing daily
Easiest and fastest food entry – remembers your favorites, add multiple foods at once, save and add entire meals, and more. THERE IS NO FASTER OR EASIER APP THAN MYFITNESSPAL.
Fully syncs with the web, so you can log from your computer or your phone, whichever is more convenient. Plus your data is backed up online so you never lose it.
Diet with your friends – add friends and easily track and support each other’s progress
Comprehensive feature set – create your own custom foods and exercises, track all major nutrients, progress reports, customized goals based on your diet profile, and recipe calculator, with full support for metric and English units.
IT WORKS – the success of our users shows that we can help you lose weight
FOOD
3,000,000+ food database of global items and cuisines. Updated daily.
Barcode scanner – scan the barcode of a food and easily find its match in our database.
Track all major nutrients: calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, cholesterol, and more
Frequently used foods automatically remembered for easy access
Save and reuse entire meals
Recipe calculator – Enter your own recipes and calculate their nutritional contents
Add multiple items at once – NO OTHER APP HAS THIS
Create an unlimited number of custom foods

My Fitness Pal for iPhone 

My Fitness Pal for Andorid

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Do you have a favorite fitness app that I didn’t mention? Tell me in the comments what your favorites are!!

Interested in other fitness favorites? Please leave a comment in the comment section or email me!

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Who runs the world? Girls!

NEW-CIRCLE-LOGO-2015-FIPFlex it Pink is gearing up for another virtual 5k/10k race!!! Ok I realize you might be thinking “what the heck is a virtual race??” I think think this will really help answer that…

If you are not familiar with Flex it Pink or the lovely ladies behind it, you need to get aquatinted! F.i. P is one of my all time favorite fitness companies EVER! Anna & Elisha are AMAZING and are devoted to having a community full of education and HUGE support! F.i.P is more than just virtual races there is a SHOP full of awesome gear, RECIPESWORKOUTS, a CALENDAR with up coming events, there is even a FORUM and BLOG. Plus if you aren’t following F.i.P you need to be…

Insta accounts @Flex it Pink  @elishavfitness @annasfitlife

About the Girls run the World race!

  • Between April 24th – May 1st you can complete either a 5k or 10k how ever you want…run, walk, skip, crawl or roll…really how ever you want!
  • Geta Girls Run the World Tank Top/Medal Pack for $31. {pre order, I believe the price will go up to $35 in a few days} The medals from F.i.P are very high quality and sturdy! tanks-girls-600x600

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Please consider join the race not only for yourself but for the girl on the run!

Psst….my favorite hoodie is on sale right now

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it comes in neon pink or neon yellow! Get it here!

*I am not affiliated with Flex it Pink {although I wish I was} I was in no way compensated for this post and I payed for all of my F.i.P gear out of pocket.

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Goals!

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This week #SweatPink asks: “What are your current fitness and healthy living goals? What’s your strategy for staying on track with achieving your goals?”

This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, with the season change quickly approaching {where I live at least} and the face that I’m currently battling a significant slipped and bulging disc that is pinching a nerve in my back {do to a serious fall} and lot of taking it easy {Bummer!} This seems like a perfect time to set some new goals! Hmmm, you know what? Some time a little reevaluation is exactly what you need to get motivated!

My Current Fitness & Healthy Living Goals

  • Heal & find workouts that I can do with my injury:

Because I really have to take it easy on my upper back and shoulder I’ve really been focusing a lot on lower body workouts, walking and running with my husband!  I have been doing Zumba and honestly a whole lot of Pinterest searching for lower body workouts that will be gentle on my back, that will make me sweat, and give me the cardio I’m looking for. Like this one from the always encouraging and lovely Natalie Jill

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Let’s talk ZUMBA!!! Honestly guys, if you are feeling down, discouraged or just not motivated I HIGHLY recommend Zumba! It’s so much fun, gives an awesome cardio workout and you can do it at home when ever you want! For me personally there is a huge plus, even with my injury I can still ZUUUMMMBBBAAA! Here are some of my favorite YouTube videos all from CLUB FITz…my personal fave! These 6 videos can act as a super fun and intense cardio workout {the first video is a slower warm up video. I end with it again or stretches}

I dare you not to have fun and feel ready to conquer anything the days throws at you after doing one or all of these Zumba routines! I know I do injury and all!

  • Give my body the right Fuel:

I have recently really gotten back on track with my healthy eating goals! YAY! A few months ago I kind of slipped off my low-carb eating…ugh…yes I paid the penalty and gained back some weight. I was extremely disappointed {even thought it was my own fault} so my husband and I reassessed our eating and realized we needed to get back to our low-carb lifestyle and hit it hard! I have already seen results {we were on vacation and ate like crap but I didn’t gain at all!} I feel so much better, I have so much more energy and I know it’s because of my low carb lifestyle!

One of the ways that my husband and I have achieved our low-carb lifestyle is honestly by using the entire Atkins line! I have shared before how much I love the Atkins so I won’t go on and on about it! See my posts about Atkins HERE!

  • See my progress: 

Keeping track of my fitness, weightloss and eating is really important for me. There is just something about writing it down that makes me feel more accomplished! For this I have been using a few different printable that I created months ago for my readers!

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  • Get more sleep:

This remains an ongoing struggle for me.  I aim to be in bed by 10:30/11. However I have a really bad habit of  “oops I forgot” until oh 11pm. My goal is to delegate my “day” time better and learn that I DO NOT have to do something I forgot to do during the day….it CAN wait. It will be difficult but I am determined to get the sleep I need and my family needs me to get!

What are your current fitness and healthy living goals? I’d LOVE to hear! 

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Oh just a #LiveInprAna Wish List

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Today’s #liveinprana prompt: What item in your workout ensemble needs an upgrade OR browse the new prAna collection and show us what’s on your wish list?

Since a new season it about to start {well at least where I live ;)} Of course I headed over and pursued prAna‘s website and very quickly I realized my wish list was pretty big! Have you checked out all the great stuff from they have? Something that I just love about prAna is that they are not only a fitness apparel website, there’s everything from jeans, sweaters, coats jackets, accessories and of course fantastic fitness and yoga apparel as well as yoga mats and yoga straps! There are defiantly a lot of things in both my fitness and street wardrobe that really need to be replaced and updated!

I wanted to share with you my prAna fitness wish list and prAna my street clothes wish list!!

Fitness with prAna

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Street Wear with prAna

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I love the prAna fitness apparel so much I decided to make a Pinterest board “prAna“!

What item in your workout ensemble needs an upgrade OR browse the new prAna collection and tell me what’s on your wish list!!!

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#1MillionMinutes #liveinprAna Mad Lib!!

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This week Sweat Pink and Fit Approach are partnering up with prAna to help us get closer to our goal of #1MillionMinutes! 

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Yay!! I’m so excited for the next two weeks of #LiveInPrAna and to be starting today off with a fun mad lib!

I’m so excited to rack up more minutes towards our awesome goal of reaching 1 million minutes this summer!  While most of my sweat has come from hiking and playing outside with the kids {trampoline, swimming and football mostly} , I have also done quite a bit of walking {a 5k every night with my hubby!!}

To motivate myself to get from homeschooling the kids to running with my hubby and through my day,  I always have to be armed with water and protein snacks. I find that the more hydrated and alert that I am, the more determined and successful I am at achieving my goals.

Since staying on track requires so much focus and energy, I think it’s important that I treat myself! If I were going to reward myself with something from prAna this week, it would most definitely be the Arka JacketMaison Legging Dreaming Top from prAna because they are totally on point with my style, super cute and function-able with my life style! And that Arka Jacket…SWOON! 

I tag Thea, Janessa and peacce2784 to join me for this week of #1millionminutes for a chance to win some fantastic goodies from prAna!

Join in on the Mad Lib fun and the daily prompts:

Monday, August 10: Show us your weekly workout attire. How do you go from one workout to the next? #1millionminutes #sweatpink #liveinprana @prana @FitApproach

Tuesday, August 11: What item in your workout ensemble needs an upgrade (show us in a selfie) OR browse the new prAna collection and show us what’s on your wish list (a selfie works!)? #1millionminutes #sweatpink #liveinprana @prana @FitApproach

Wednesday, August 12: What does a fitness lifestyle mean to you? Show us! Is it life in leggings? Always being gym bag ready? Getting outdoors more? #1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

Thursday, August 13: Partner burpees? Double downdogs? Rock climbing? What’s your favorite buddy workout or move? #1millionminutes #sweatpink #liveinprana @prana @FitApproach

Friday, August 14: What are your fall goals? Show us! #1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

Saturday, August 15: Get outside and salute the sun – whatever that might mean to you! #sunsalutesaturday #sweatpink 1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

Sunday, August 16: Gym bag packed? Meals prepped? What are your favorite ways to make your weeks a little easier? #1millionminutes #liveinprana #sweatpink @prana @FitApproach

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Killer Kettlebell WOD

This has been my favorite Kettlebell WOD {workout of the day} for a while now!

Heres a few things before you get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Like most of my workouts this can be done pretty much anywhere! Its a fairly quick yet butt kicking WOD!

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If you would like to add something to this I would highly recommend kettlebell halos {my hubs favorite!}

Kettlebell pictured | DemonBell 26lb. SugarSkull “Demonbelle” I LOVE DemonBells the products and the people! If you have not checked them out you need to!

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