Friday Find: Fitsugar’s Fit Fix App

Image c/o @popsugarhome

Image c/o @popsugarhome

It was as if the fitness gods saw my plight and decided to be merciful. Just yesterday after posting about looking for a different workout every morning, whilst cruising through my Instagram feed, I came upon a pic from @popsugarhome about a new app called Fit Fix. Just as the description says, there’s an entire library of videos and workouts. You can target certain areas or workout your whole body. The user interface is simple and clean paired alongside the bold lifestyle photos. Did I mention it’s free? Whee!

Here are some of the screenshots I took while taking my first tour through:

Images c/o Fit Fix

Images c/o Fit Fix

Images c/o Fit Fix

Images c/o Fit Fix

I’ll give it a first real try on Wednesday when I’m back from vacation (heading out to Las Vegas with some gal pals for some much-needed relaxation). I think I will enjoy the strength training exercises the most.

Have a safe (and moderately healthy) weekend!

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Don’t Be Lazy

Image c/o American Apparel

Image c/o American Apparel

My personal mantra. I have a high tendency to laze about versus being active when given the choice, but with all the food and calorie tracking I do I have realized that I have to workout to eat. I don’t skip meals or deprive myself of a lot of specific food items so I must, must, must workout with regularity.

Over the last two years I have become very conscious of my fitness. And 25 lbs. later (crazy, right?!) I must say I am a bit of an addict. I’m lucky enough to live within four blocks of my gym and get a pretty amazing pricing deal through work. This has helped me considerably in transitioning into a morning workout person. But I’m not the perky kind – I know, those people are the worst. I roll out of bed, throw on an outfit, and go.

Becoming a regular-workouty-person I think is the hardest part. I have a specific routine that allows me to be able to exercise like I do. The most important part is twofold: having my lunch packed the night before and deciding my outfit before I get home from the gym. Without those two things, I end up being late and stressed and rushed. All not good ways to start the day. It’s all about making it work for you.

For me, at 6:15AM on my walk to the gym, I look for an elliptical and/or strength workout for the day. I like variation and never do the same one twice in one week. I carry a little notebook in my Lululemon festival bag with workouts I find online. My “Don’t Be Lazy” Pinterest board is also helpful to find ways to keep things spicy.

But by far, my favorite sporty accessory is my UP band.

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It tracks my calorie burn and sleep in a mobile app and I’ve synced it to my Gym Pact and My Fitness Pal accounts. It has made me uber-aware of my activity (or lack thereof) during the day and I love knowing what I’m burning off. The handy vibration alert when I’ve been inactive for an hour is beyond. You can really cruise through the day without thinking about how long you’re sitting around. I’m sure that I could suck a lot more insights from it’s data output, but I really enjoy how I’m using it so far.

Whatever fitness goal you may have, it can be overwhelming to not be achieving as fast as you would like. I just try to remember there’s always going to be someone out there “doing it better” than me. It’s the same with work, fashion, just life. Do what works for you and what makes you happy. With that being said, I’m going to get happy and have my two birthday cake Oreos now.

A Frugal Woman’s Juice Cleanse

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 3.15.16 PM{Suja Juices from Whole Foods}

Happy 4th weekend! I may be posting about healthy stuff but you can be sure that I’m eating a hot dog later tonight.

Last week I made a quick trek to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a family reunion on my dad’s side. We had a reunion there some 20 years ago, which is weird to say. “20 years” is a lot and usually only permissibly used by old people. Not me, who is still young and hip and fresh.

Alas, if you have never been to Gatlinburg, well, I’m just not sure that I would recommend you change that. Or rather, go and avoid the downtown area. The tiny city and it’s neighbor, Pigeon Forge, are colloquially referred to as “a toddler’s Las Vegas.” To give you a hint of what that means, I had my first taste of a deep fried Oreo when there was not any type of fair going on. I swear that after I ate it my heart slowed down.

The nature though – wow. I must have commented ten times during the late night  car ride from the Knoxville airport that “the stars are SO BRIGHT.” I really did like the mountains and wish that we had more time to hike various trails.

Being on vacation and feasting heartily on my favorite cookies my mom brought me, I returned to normalcy feeling gastronomically lethargic. Surfing around, I found a post from The Skinny Confidential about a Suja juice cleanse. Said cleanses are usually expensive, but I stopped by my local Whole Foods and found they were on sale and there’s a 10% discount if you buy six. Now, I didn’t purchase all six as I’ve never tried this brand, but I am convinced I will now having had one.

Today for breakfast I chose Fuel and I was in heaven. The taste ratio of fruit to vegetable is spot on. One juice per day, or even half of it per day for calorie counters, doesn’t feel as overwhelming on my tummy or on my wallet. I’m looking forward to trying all the flavors (a tad nervous about Purify since it has beet in it and I do not like the taste of earth) and feeling a little better after supremely lazy days. Will most likely have to purchase more after this weekend’s celebratory trip back home.

Oh, and don’t forget – USA!

Friday Find: Run Like the Fancy Wind

Image c/o Old Navy

Image c/o Old Navy

{GoDRY Tank in Neon Alarm Clock, Old Navy, On Sale}

In my last post I mentioned my affinity for workout clothes. This part of my wardrobe has been neglected for quite some time, which creates a particular dilemma for me each time I open my dresser drawer: if you supposedly work out so much, why don’t you have enough (clean) clothes to wear?

In my pursuit of acquiring affordable pieces, (sorry, Lululemon, I desperately love you but I cannot buy you as often as I would like) I came across two fancy pants styles in the latest issue of Women’s Health. Then I did something I almost never do, I looked in the back of the magazine to actually see where the clothes could be purchased. Sure, I always note this factoid when it’s listed on the page in which it is featured, but having to scan to the back has been too laborious in my past life. Let me tell you, it’s worth it to look.

Taking a colorful top (which is all the rage right now) from Old Navy, I paired it with the pairs of leggings satisfying rule number uno of buying clothes: only buy pieces that go with others in your closet.

Images c/o Nux and Londo Mondo

Images c/o Nux and Londo Mondo

{Left: Focus Capri in Hydrangea, Right: Hardtail Lowrise Capri in Dark Python}

They’re pretty wild, but I’m willing to go for a run on that side (too much/complicated for a Friday?).

Have a great weekend!

Run 10 Feed 10

Shoes

I have seen advertisements for the Run 10 Feed 10 10K in my Women’s Health magazine for a couple issues now and today I actually registered for it.

The idea is simple enough: run a 10K, feed 10 people. The beauty of this particular race is that, if there isn’t a formal race happening in your city (New York, Chicago, or San Francisco), you can run your own 10K at any time, anywhere in the world. You still get the FEED swag bag and you are still helping local people eat a good meal. I’ve enlisted my gal pal to run, too (she’s in Michigan!).

As the weather starts to get more predictably sunny and less rainy, I’m looking forward to enjoying more than just this one 10K. I’ve been super in to workout clothes ever since they went from drab to fab.

Run happy!

Friday Find: Hey, Gorgeous Face

Images c/o The Body Shop

Images c/o The Body Shop

In an attempt to keep my little baby of a blog alive and well, I thought I would introduce a quasi-series that will take place each Friday. There are so many delightful things that I come across that I wish to share with others and/or  own myself. Some attainable, some not so.

For this first one (eee!) I would like to share part of my skin care regimen. I am obsessed with skin care, specifically for the face. If there is a lotion or lip balm or sunscreen that will do something special that another one doesn’t, you have my attention. For example, I have a sunscreen for sports, a sunscreen for the beach, a sunscreen for my face, a sheer sunscreen for my body, and body and face moisturizers with sunscreen. All different purposes, all completely necessary for survival.

I recently purchased the two featured serums from The Body Shop and I love them. I promise that there is a positive difference in my skin and I should know because I analyze it on the daily. The first one is the Vitamin C Skin Boost to brighten dull skin. I apply it after my moisturizer and it makes my face velvety soft with no added oily-ness later in the day. The second is the Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment meant to even out oily and dry patches of skin (kind of gross-sounding when read in print). It is the last thing I use at night and I can tell that my face is less oil-ridden during the day.

These are relatively inexpensive when compared to serums you might find at, say, Sephora. Plus, I appreciate that The Body Shop doesn’t test on animals and uses natural ingredients. Act now because there’s a 40% sale happening for Memorial Day weekend! I just may have to pick up the Vitamin E Moisture Serum

Have a great weekend!