Fitness, Fitness Tips, Workouts

4 Exercises For A Stronger Upper Body

During the holidays efficiency is everything.

Why do you think Amazon is so popular? Instead of battling traffic and the crowds at the mall you can simply log onto your computer and order things without ever leaving your house. 

So how can we make working out more like Amazon? The answer is knowing a few quick, effective workout routines you can do at home or at the gym…in and out in 30 minutes or less…yes please!

I was inspired to do this post after sitting down and writing all the events I have from now until New Years into my planner. After writing down the events I went back and wrote a realistic workout goal for each day. More often than not I was writing something like “30 mins treadmill” or “quick weight session” something FAST that I could squeeze in before work. 

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Friday Favorites, Healthy Living, Product, Reviews

Holiday Gift Ideas For $25 Or LESS!

Christmas is in 19 days…are you freaking out yet?

For once in my life I’m actually VERY calm.

The past few years I’ve ended up spending hundreds of dollars buying everyone in my family gifts, gifts for holiday parties, gifts for work events, gifts for friends, gifts for fitness instructors…etc but this year I’m really trying to make the holidays as affordable (but still enjoyable) as possible. 

To do that my family and I are doing a “Secret Santa” exchange so I only have to buy 1 nice gift…WIN! My friends and I are not doing gifts and instead are doing “experiences” like meeting up for wine tasting or happy hours…WIN! And for everyone else I’ve picked out 5 gifts (under $25) that I personally own and am OBSESSED with that I think everyone else would enjoy too.

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Fitness Tips, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Product, Quick Tips, Reviews

What Is Collagen & Why Is Everyone So Obsessed With It?

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I’m sure you all have seen posts raving about collagen all over social media these days BUT what is it and can it really do all the incredible things it’s suppose to do?

I’ve been holding off doing this post for awhile because I wanted to speak about collagen from my own personal experience. For the past 6 months I’ve been using Vital Protein’s collagen mostly to help with my joints from running, prevent bone loss/ damage from my awful shin splints and decrease my anixety. With all the miracle supplements on the market I never expected to notice a difference from collagen but spolier alter…I fell in love with this supplement and really am a believer in the power of collagen.

But before I get into my personal thoughts/feelings/opinions about collagen let’s start with the basics…

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Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

How To Beat Your Holiday Hangover

Hello, hello, hello!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving…I sure did!

My weekend consisted of a very boozy Thanksgiving celebration, 2 absolutely beautiful hikes, a long run, a lot of relaxing, football and tons of pumpkin pie with almond whip cream mmmmmmmmmm.

But now it’s back to reality!

Speaking of reality…

I’m sitting here writing this post honestly just feeling kind of blah after all the holiday excitement. My stomach hurts, I’m bloated, all I want is sweets and a nice nap……bring on the dreaded HOLIDAY HANGOVER.

Ughhhhghhhh!

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Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

What can you ADD to your Thanksgiving to make it healthier?

Too often articles on ‘How to have a healthier Thanksgiving” focus on eliminating things from the holiday; skipping dessert, not drinking wine, only eating protein and veggies, skipping the appetizers…UMMM how about NO!

The holidays should never be about depriving yourself of the things you love!

Personally, I love drinking wine, love having apple crisp and a sliver of pumpkin pie, love eating excessive amounts of cheese before dinner and will probably eat an entire plate of just stuffing… #sorrynotsorry

So before I sign offline for the long weekend I wanted to leave you all with a little food for thought…see what I did there?

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Food, Holiday, Snacks

Last Minute Holiday Hummus

holiday hummus

There are 2 kinds of people during the holidays: the ones who have everything planned weeks in advance and those who will be scrambling around Wednesday night at 9:00 pm to find a turkey.

I tend to be the latter.

In fact I just figured out TODAY what I need to bring for Thanksgiving dinner– thankfully it’s just booze and an appetizer haha!

But with work, traveling, grocery shopping…etc this week just figuring out an appetizer to bring is overwhelming right now. Then I remembered this incredible hummus recipe I saw on What’s Gaby Cooking a couple weeks ago. Gaby actually makes her own hummus and PEELS the chickpeas…seriously? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

In true lazy girl, last minute fashion I decided to try this recipe out this past weekend using my favorite Trader Joe’s hummus and you know what…IT’S FABULOUS, takes less than 5 minutes to make, healthy and oh so very festive. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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Friday Favorites, Healthy Living, Product, Reviews

Friday Favorites

Hey Hey Hey!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week…uhhhh where did the time go?

Last year I made a ton of fun Thanksgiving recipes for the blog and I’m sorry guys but the holidays kind of snuck up on me this year…ooops! Don’t worry though I do have one fun Thanksgiving appetizer to share next week that is so delicious and literally takes 2 minutes to throw together. 

Stay tuned!

Today I figured it had been awhile since I’d done a Friday Favorites post and I have discovered some pretty amazing products over the past month. These aren’t just products I’ve had once and liked…these are products that since I’ve tried them they have become weekly necessitates when going to the grocery store…sorry wallet.

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Breakfast, Cookbook, Fitness, Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Reviews, Snacks

Hydrating Coconut Kale Smoothie

coconut kale smoothie

I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.

I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.

More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!

In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

How To Earn Rewards By Staying Fit

You know how I know the holiday season is upon us?

No, not the cooler weather because it’s 87 degrees right now in San Diego and I just came inside from laying out at my pool to write this.

EMPTY GYMS! 

EMPTY YOGA CLASSES!

EMPTY RUNNING TRAILS!

The holiday season causes so may people to get into the mindset of not caring about fitness or nutrition until the new year. I get that people get busy, family comes into town, work has end of the year deadlines but come on people!! Why start the new year out 10 lbs heavier if you don’t have to?

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Product, Reviews, Snacks

My Thoughts On 5 Of The Most Popular Nutrition Bars

nutrition bars

Not all nutrition bars are created equal.

Not at all actually!

At this point there are SO MANY different options out there for “healthy” nutrition bars it’s hard to know which ones are actually good for you and which are simply candy bars in disguise. 

For this post I decided to do a little taste test/ ingredient review on 5 “healthy” nutrition bars that I’ve seen all over social media lately. I tried multiple flavors of each bar before writing this and randomly chose the flavors I took pictures of. This post is NOT sponsored and all my thoughts are my own.

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