A Bunch In One!

Hi All!

Getting back to school has been fun after that beautiful spring break… not. But  oh well. I figure I’d give you an update while munching on my break fast…. not like theres much in my room, grocery shopping = much needed.

I finally just got some sleep which was fabulous about time after spending my entire weekend at the restaurant.

Sunday: after getting home at 1 am on Saturday I woke up early and headed to the gym with my coworker Katie for a little personal training… squats, wall balls, slam balls, burps, snatches, pull ups, kettle bell swings, tabata squats later… I was off to run around the restaurant all day all night. I never complain about Sunday doubles since they are legit my favorite I adore the crew we work with.

Monday: Back to Insanity! More Cardio and Resistance! This time I added some roommates. We had fun, we’re going to be ripped by summer 🙂

I’m off to prep for my interview for tomorrow! Wish me Luck!

xox

Do Big Things

Lets Get Insane Day 5&6

Hi Guys!
Sorry I didn’t post yesterday….. I have a confession…. I didn’t do insanity yesterday. It started out that I was going out with my mom and didn’t have time before we left, and then I must have sad some gluten at lunch because I was feeling off the rest of the day. Yikes. I was feeling super guilty and even tried it but couldn’t get through the warm up, sometimes you just have to listen to your body. However today I’m not feeling to guilty about it, the program designs one day off a week, and I made it so its Sundays but on Sundays I usually go to personal training with Katie, so giving myself a day off wasn’t a terrible thing.

Today however I just finished. I was unsure which work out to do, the one that I missed yesterday or the one for today which was one I have done already since they are starting to repeat. I decided on the one I missed yesterday that way I’ve tried all the workouts once.

Pure Cardio. Yikes even Shaun T says this @#$% is bananas. Because well, it was. Hard stuff. I was dying I drank three huge glasses of water during the whole thing. I did take some breaks though but it felt good to get through it. I have said it before but one of my favorite things about this program is that moves themselves are fairly simple, nothing took crazy you haven’t done before. Which I love because that way I can focus more on my intensity rather than mastering this crazy new move. Sometimes old school does the trick.

I am excited to get back to school with this though. One of my roommates agreed to do it with me! Which is great because I’ll be motivated to push harder out of friendly competition!

I also went for a run this morning, which was so chilly my legs were itchy 😦

Off to the restaurant for the night!

xoxo

Do big things!

Question: do your legs ever get itchy when you run, especially outside?

Lets get Insane Day 3 & 4

 Hi All!

Hope everyone is enjoying their day! It’s 80 ish here in MA my favorite! So first things first. I know I didn’t post yesterday on Insanity, but I promise you I didn’t skip it….. though it did cross my mind.

I hit the beach yesterday morning/afternoon. Obviously I can back with a wicked sunburn, no matter what I do my first time to the beach I always get burnt. Went for a run, made dinner, ate said yummy dinner (I’ll post the recipe later 🙂 ) and started in on my reading addiction, the Hunger Games. Guys this book is sooo good I can’t put it down! So good that I almost skipped my Insanity workout yesterday. But there is something about Shaun T that makes me not able to quit. I dig it.

So at 930 pm I did my workout. It was Cardio Power and Resistance. Oh boy, I don’t recommend waiting until that late to do the workout. It was a killer lots of jumping, and I was pouring sweat by the end of the warm up. However I loved it I had to take a decent amount of breaks from the jumps. I hope by the end of this experience I can go all the way through no problem! Thats my goal at least. I felt great and accomplished for pushing through and getting it all done, even thought it was late.

Then I went back to reading 😉

Today was Cardio Recovery day, which was sort of like a cross between power yoga  and pilates  I think. It was definitely a workout but I feel muuuuch less tight after todays workout. This is a huge plus since my thighs have been so sore I feel like I’ve been waddling around like I’m 400 lbs.

I enjoyed this for a little recovery meal 🙂 

Since being home though, I’ve gotten out of the habit of wearing my polar watch while working out, I always associate it with the gym. I’m trying to get a little better so I can give you a calories burned during Insanity! 🙂

Off to go enjoy this beautiful weather by doing laundry and chores playing outside !

Oh big news! I mentioned earlier I am on the internship hunt. I heard this morning I got a phone interview with one of my top choices! Keep your fingers crossed for me! Any tips you may have please let me know!

xox

Do Big Things Today!!

Beach is never a bad thing

So the other day I left you with that Cam and I were bringing Soph to the beach for her first time.

I think I was more excited than she was! But I thought I’d share the pictures 🙂

Cam was really concerned about how she was covered in sand… first time pet owner

so happppy

 

bye for now!!

Let’s Get Insane: Day 2

Hi All! 🙂

Hope everyones day was fabulous! I promised I’d keep you updated with my new challenge. Today was day 2 of Insanity, and I am starting to see why they called it Insanity. oh boy was it a little rough today… it was Plyo Cardio Circuit Day! It kind of fooled me at first.. it was dare I say easy, then we went into a stretch I was like oh I can do this no problem. Then I was proved wrong for sure! The real workout showed up! I was dying, definitely needed to take some breaks. It wasn’t too bad but my legs for sure are killing me!

I’m planning on doing  some Nike Training Club stretch routine by Shawn Johnson

and Tone It Up new Self Magazine workout, the girls are running a 10 week self magazine series called Drop 10, Sign up!

Then reading some

Yeah, I hopped onto the bandwagon #judgeme… It’s so good by the way.

I’ve also been thinking maybe I want a kindle? Do any of you have one? Do you like it? I’m thinking I want the basic one, nothing fancy, I have my Macbook and iPhone for that I feel… plus when I real I should be escaping the web and social network and games ect.

Let me know your thoughts!

xox

Do big things!

Let’s Get a Little Insane

Happy Monday!

As the Tone It Up girls call it, Motivation Monday!

How’s this for a little more motivation…

I woke up this morning, did my run, had breakfast, let it settle, and did day one of Insanity

Nothing could be more true. It is a 60 day program of killer workouts between 30 and 45 mins long, with one day off. Shaun T encouraging you to dig deep each time to finish strong.

Now, I have to add my own disclaimer, now way do I think I’m fat and in need of losing a vast amount of weight. I do however look at my current situation of the daunting bathing suit season coming up oh so very soon. I want to be more toned and reduce my body fat % and gain more lean muscle. Also the spirit behind my oh so favorite Crossfit is to dig deep and has the same mental mentality. I look forward to going back to Crossfit when I’m officially home for the summer. However, I’d like to go back and make big progress rather than start back where I originally started. So this is in a way getting me back in shape for Crossfit.

So Insanity starts with a Fit Test that you are to repeat every two weeks. It consists of a warm up, and then a series of  8, one minute intervals where you complete a specified exercise as many times as you can in that one minute. Followed by a cool down and stretch. Here is a  my results. It also has you measure yourself and calculate your body fat each Fit Test day. I don’t think I’m going to show you that until there is something to compare too. But I will show you my numbers! 🙂

Hopefully I can continue to get better each time I do the test, it was no where near easy but my numbers aren’t too bad actually so I was proud of that. I hope to be updating every day for the first week and then maybe every other / one a week depending on what I feel is necessary. i know for the first month its 5 workouts so I think going on about the same 5 might get a little boring for you.

Along with Insanity, I have big news. I’m officially training for a half marathon! September 16th! 🙂 How I am going about  training is doing the 5k Trainer on my phone, since I kind of got out of running shape. Then keeping up the mileage. 13 weeks out I’ll start the half training program. I’m still in search on ones I’ll love. Keeping my fingers crossed. And another way I plan to kick my butt into shape is the Tone It Up Bikini Series. They did one last spring and it was phenomenal. I plan to kick total booty and hopefully win some challenges as well! So Keep your eyes peeled for that as well! In the end I did take beginning pictures and will have be beginning stats as soon as I have something to compare it with, same goes for the pictures I might give you half way through, and then at the final end since it takes about 4 weeks to see results in any program you do 🙂

For Breakfast this morning I had a delicious protein pancake from the Tone It Up Diet plan.

And this little bugger was ready to catch any fallen droppings

And last night I finally got my plate of brussels! My restaurant makes phenomenal brussel sprouts! By the end of the night, however, the cook is so tired of making them he never wants to make me some. Last night I won my battle! Yum cider glazed brussels!

Thats all for now folks! Off to take the pup to the beach with Cam! 🙂

Do Big Things! xox

Lets Talk Oil

Growing up and to this day I’ve had skin on the oiler side. I always hated it, with brought on acne and i felt shiny all the time, terrible. Recently however I’ve learned that I will eventually like it. But I’ve been loving a whole different kind of oil.

 

Coconut Oil

I bought a big tub from WholePaycheck a few weeks ago. For those of you who don’t know, usually unless you like in a warmer climate coconut oil is more solid than most oils you find on the shelf. I literally let the tub (closed) sit on the bottom of my hot shower to warm up. After I’m done and towel off I use the oil as my lotion all over. and Oh My GOSH! my skin is so unbelievably soft!

 

Some of the benefits of coconut oil :
 there is 80 of them listed on this site, but here are the top 10!
1.       Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
2.       Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
3.       Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
4.       Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
5.       Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6.       Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
7.       Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8.       Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
9.       Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
10.   Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!

 

No idea about many of these until I started looking it up!

However, one of my blogger friends Jennifer over at Every Day Glow turned me onto a whole new idea about oil. It’s called oil pulling. You swish oil in your mouth for 15-20 mins first thing in the morning, just like you would mouth wash.

According to oil swishing enthusiasts, the practice can: 

  • Improve oral hygiene signifcantly by removing bacteria, plaque and gingivitis
  • Brighter, whiter teeth (it’s amazing, I promise!)
  • Improve joint  pain and arthritis
  • Improve/eliminate migraines
  • Improve sinus infections
  • Improve skin conditions, such as eczema, rashes and acnes
  • Improve allergies
  • Improve digestive issues
  • Highly detoxifiying
  • Improve eyesight
  • Improve mental clarity
  • Increase hair growth

 

That is right from Jenn’s site on oil pulling (here) At first I thought she was crazy, but then I looked it up further, stuffs legit! Since I am FINALLLY on my spring break (midterms took over hence why there was no post in a while) I’m going to try it! I’ll report back in a week, at least how my teeth look and continue to report on the other benefits!

 

All in All, don’t be scared of oil! Its got so many benefits, embrace it!

xox

Jenn 

 

Tag You’re It!

This was a rather fun, and somewhat difficult post to write! I was tagged by the lovely Annica. This is a fun little game going around the blogger world called The Question Game. Here are the rules.

RULES:

Post these rules.
Post 11 random things about yourself.
Answer the questions the person who tagged you set for you in their post.
Tag 11 new people to participate.
Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
Go to their blog/Twitter/Facebook and tell them you’ve tagged them.

11 Random Things About Me:

1. I am the youngest of three and the only girl

2.  I act like I pretend I’m a little princess, but in reality I work for everything I have

3. I am obsessed with Audrey Hepburn. So much that I would name my first-born child after her.


4. I’m a total nerd, anything below 90 is failing to me

5. I used to have a summer house on the Cape, and I miss it so much

6. I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world

7.  I am a really good baker

8. You’re first impression of me is never who I truly  am, its weird either I’m too outgoing or too shy

9. My favorite color is Tiffany Blue

10. Speaking of tiffany, Breakfast at Tiffany’s my favorite movie

11. I’m awful about talking about myself

My Questions From Annica:

  1. If you could live anywhere where would it be? San Francisco (one day)
  2. What is the strangest talent you have? I’m unnaturally flexible
  3. What is your favorite junk food? candy
  4. Who would you consider your celebrity look alike? no idea maybe if i’m lucky jennifer garner?
  5. If you could have a theme song, what song would you choose and why? this is tough the whole save me san francisco album by train pretty much sums me up
  6. What is your favorite healthy snack? carrots and hummus yum yum yum 
  7. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? I’d pay off my student loans, and get an apartment and stock the kitchen and closet
  8. If you could, which store would you choose to max out your credit card? trader joes, or bloomingdales 
  9. What is your best childhood memory?  probably my fist summer at camp
  10. Would you rather live in the snowy mountains or on the beach? beach without question
  11. What was your childhood nickname? Jenn… original?