Archives for April 2016

04/29/16

Fitness Friday: Weekly Fitness Routine

FRIDAY!!!!!! 2 days closer to DONUTS!! 🙂

I am almost to the end of my sugar-free journey and I literally might go crazy for a donut! It has been super hard not having even one donut hole on Fridays but I have been good. Sunday….. I am tearing up some donuts and I might even have cake for breakfast! Now that I got that out, I wanted to do a fitness post for this week.

Fitness and health are both very important to me. Through my senior year of high school, I was heavily involved in cheer and dance so my daily workouts were a planned part of my everyday life. This continued in college but I did not have something going on everyday. I had to be disciplined and workout out on the days we didnt practice. I had to find something to keep myself in shape (and keep the notorious freshman 15 off as I entered college). The solution? Running.

Up until that point, I had never been a runner or even enjoyed the activity when I was forced to do so at cheer practice. I read in a magazine at the time, however, that one of the best and quickest cardio workouts (and a great way to increase your metabolism because of the effect of your heart rate speeding up and slowing down) was a run-walk routine, so I started with that. I immediately started noticing changes in my body, for the better. What also happened as an effect was I began being much more selective about the kinds of foods I ate so I had the energy and fuel for my runs. When I train for a 10K or 1/2 marathon, I usually change up my fitness routine by doing 1 long run on the weekend. For a mom who has a full time job, a husband, 2 kids and a blog to run, running is the very best option for myself to stay fit because it’s a fast way to work up your heart beat and sweat. The best part…. I can do it on my own time and pretty much anywhere.

About 3 years ago, I introduced weight lifting into my workout routine. I used to think “oh it will make me bulk up and look even more stocky than I already am…!!” Little did I know… I was missing out. I now have a set workout schedule for every day of the week and 3 of those are weight training. Here is my weekly workout schedule:

Sunday: Run 6 miles

Monday: Arm Day

– 20 bicep curles (3x)

– 20 chest press (machine) (3x)

– 15 shoulder press (machine) (3x)

– 20 shoulder press (weights) (3x)

– 30 tricep dips (3x)

– 30 pushups

– 10 arm raises front, side (weights) (3x)

– 20 chest fly’s (machine) (3x)

Tuesday: Run 2 miles (morning), Teach Dance

– Teen Hip Hop Class

– Boys Hip Hop Class

– Strength/Conditioning

Wednesday: Run 2 miles (morning), Row Machine 20 minutes

Thursday: Run 2 miles (morning), Leg Day

– 20 squats, 50 lb bar (3x)

– 20 Inner thighs (machine) (3x)

– 20 outer thighs (machine) (3x)

– 15 hamstring dips kettlebell (3x)

– 20 walking lunges, 50 lb bar (3x)

– 20 squat press (machine) (3x)

– 30 standing calf raises, 60 lbs (machine) (3x)

Friday: Rest Day!

Saturday: 10 mile Run!!!

 Here are some of the things I take in my gym bag for days that I workout at lunch….
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I have found that working out on my lunch break has really help with my workout routine. For me, exercising is a great and productive way to take a break! My work schedule is pretty flexible so I can pretty much leave the office when I need to which has in turn kept me motivated to get my workout over with for the day. I am that person that hates showering at the gym after a workout and lugging all of my shower stuff around. However, I do rinse off but I do not do the full shower routine before going back to work. I always freshen up in the locker room and make sure I do not go back smelling like I just ran a marathon.
If you have been interested in getting into a fitness routine but sometimes forget your gym bag or just dont feel like working out, here are some tips to stay motivated.
Tips to be prepared for daily workouts:
1. Get yourself up the night before ! Whether that means laying out your workout clothes and Nikes the night before, or sleeping in your Lulus .. do whatever will get the job done and cut excuses in the AM !
2. Get consistent ! Yes sometimes life can get a little hectic, but I always try to keep my routine well… routine ! One of my biggest tips is to get your workout done first thing in the morning. As the day goes on the excuses only grow, so getting your sweat on before the day gets hectic can help make sure it actually happens !
3. Find a plan that works for YOU ! Get realistic. If you HATE the gym, or the commute to the gym, maybe an at home fitness plan would work better for you ! If there is a day I cant make it to the gym, I will do all of my workouts from home, and seriously .. talk about an excuse squasher !! I hate to break it to you (okay maybe I don’t..) 😉 but you really don’t need a ton of crazy equipment or hours in the gym to get in shape. Workout smarter, not harder !
The biggest factor in finding true success in your fitness journey though, is finding a plan of action that you truly enjoy ! Whether you want to dance it out, and lift some major weights .. if you love it, you’ll do it – and in turn, get killer results !
What are some of your weekly workouts? Do you prefer running, weight training, cycling or at home gyms?
Brittany 🙂
Brittany
04/27/16

Favorite Instagram Accounts

Instagram is (still) my most frequented social media app. Does this come as a surprise to you? Probably not! I spend more time on Instagram than I would like to admit. But, it definitely allows me to see so much inspiration out there. People, places, food and my favorite… Fashion!!! As I scroll through my IG feed, I am constantly drawn in by colorful images, beautiful scenery, crafted food, and incredible outfits. The inspiration is truly endless if you’re following the right accounts! So today, I’ve rounded up a list of my current faves when it comes to Instagram.

The next time you’re in the mood to scroll, I highly recommend the following…

shopdandy

Shopdandy

It is a mystery to me how Danielle always manages to get her entire outfit, down to her perfectly coordinated lipstick in her awesome and artistic Instagram shots! Cutest clothes, and fashion porn all rolled into one!

rachel mae

RachelMae

I love any and everything colorful and Rachel Mae is always that… colorful! It just immediately puts me in the best mood. She also knows how to rock some pink hair! 🙂

coffee

CoffeeNClothes

I am an avid coffee drinker and love coffee posts! They repost all Instagram accounts that involve coffee in some way. I love the fashion and ripped jeans with coffee anytime. I am also a fan of sharing and I especially love accounts that give shoutouts!

pineapples

Pineapples&CoffeeCups

Adriana posts a little bit of everything but there is always a touch of color. She also posts delicious food and sweets very often so I will admit, it has been hard lately to see them. My mouth waters everytime I see something that has lots of sugar! Her gallery walls are everything!

splendidrags

SplendidRags

I am pretty sure this one speaks for itself. Like, OBSESSED!!! I want her life… All of her posts give me life and I want to switch lives with her one day. Her travel posts are to die for. If there is any account you follow it MUST be this one!

There are soooooooooooooooooo many more accounts that I obsess over but these are just a few that deserve some recognition. I definitely do not have the time to edit pictures or go to colorful walls (yet) but would love to create exciting posts like these one day. They all give me so much inspiration and motivation to keep doing what I love to do… BLOG! :o)

Follow me at @kingdomofsequins and I will follow you back so we can be IG friends!! 🙂

What are your favorite Instagram accounts you love? What is your go-to social media outlet?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
04/25/16

Week 3 Sugar Free Recap

For real…. This has been a roller coaster of discipline and hardcore training myself to not eat sugar! I am over halfway done with ONE week left! Still sugar free and feeling great!!! Week 3 was pretty easy-peasy except for Thursday. I almost died – details are in Thursday’s recap. This detox is such a learning experience and I am so glad I decided to do it. Yes I miss sugar. Yes I want a large coke. Yes I really want a large chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard! But, good news…. I have one week left!!!!

So with that being said, here is Week 3 recap by day:

Day 16 – Saturday 

Had a 6-mile run on Saturday and felt great. We had some friends in town and they came to watch Ridge’s soccer game. Then went to have lunch at Central Market so I was excited for a yummy salad. The weather was perfect so spent the day outside and drank lots of water. We were supposed to go celebrate a birthday at my husbands aunts house but Ridge fell asleep early so I stayed home with him. So lucky me, I enjoyed a tasty bowl of sugar free shredded wheat cereal with cinnamon (sarcasm)…. And a glass of red wine 🙂

Day 17 – Sunday

We had a LOOOOONNNGGGG day of packing and starting to get everything ready to move. I went on a short run and had some toast with sugar free apricot jelly from Central Market. If you are toast and jelly person like me you should check this jelly out… its amazing!!!

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I made homemade pizza for dinner on a whole wheat tortilla, tomato pasta, shredded cheese and olives. My husband wasnt a big fan since he likes thicker pizza but me and Ridge were fans. After a long day of packing, I also enjoyed a glass of red wine! 🙂

Day 18 – Monday

Back to Monday and feeling great. I can tell I have more energy and the cravings are starting to decrease even more. We had lots of rain on Sunday and it was still raining Monday (allday). Went to the gym for arm day and still had some energy afterwards so I ran 2 miles on the treadmill. The eating part of this detox has been easier and I know I will be sticking to better choices during the day. Bringing lunch to work was always a hassle at night and sometimes I just didn’t feel like making it but now I have decided that it needs to be a priority. Eating out is not healthy and becomes expensive. I have saved so much money during this process so its good to know there are more pros than cons. For dinner, I made turkey meatballs with quinoa! Will be making this one again.

Day 19 – Tuesday

Loving the Blueberry, Strawberry & Banana smoothies!!!

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Ingredients: blueberries, strawberries, banana, rolled oats, peanut butter, protein powder and chia seeds! These really do keep you full and give you energy all morning. I love a tasty and quick meal in the mornings while trying to get out of the house in one piece. Ate leftover turkey meatballs/quinoa for lunch which I am a huge fan of meatballs. It feels amazing finding such healthy meals that do not have to taste like dirt. Since it was raining in the morning I didnt get a run in so I decided to take a rest day 🙂

Day 20 – Wednesday

Crazy day at work calls for lots of coffee!!! There were new people joining our office and a large meeting in the afternoon. I am usually arranging everything for meetings and getting new hires on board and situated in their offices. This was a crazy, hectic day but luckily I had a “mom dinner” later that night with all of the soccer moms. It was much needed after a long day. Taco Diner here we come. I went with the ceviche and red wine. Of course the other moms had mambo taxi’s which are always my go-to at Taco Diner! This was a fun night! 🙂

Day 21 – Thursday aka (Day from Hell)

I had to get breakfast for the office then lunch for another meeting. There were people all over the office asking for this and that so I was running around like crazy… all I needed was a “Superwoman” cape. All of this on top of dealing with a migraine… I really wanted to go get a large Coke from McDonald’s which is what helps cure my migraines. But, I have come this far without sugar I didn’t want to turn back now. So the migraine actually turned into making me nauseous and sick the rest of the day. Thankfully, I could get my morning over with and was able to help out as much as possible but I was ready to get home and sleep. I left around lunch time and thank god I did because I got sick at home. I was down for the count the rest of the day. I get migraines every now and then but this one was pretty much death! I haven’t had any major side effects yet and I am not sure if the migraine had anything to do with no sugar. It was not fun so hopefully I don’t experience that again!

Day 22 – Friday 

SOOOOO glad Thursday is over! Felt so much better and refreshed after such a bad experience. I had some toast and almond butter with a large glass of water. I know I was probably de-hydrated from the crazyness Thursday and not being able to keep anything down. I was ready to get through this work day and get a nice workout in to make up for missing 2 days. It was one of the girls birthdays yesterday so of course I went to Nothing Bundt Cakes and didn’t have one… And they are still in the kitchen staring me in the face. However, I walked past them and said I will be enjoying one of these very soon. I made ground turkey tacos and had a glass of wine to celebrate another sugar free week!

Meals of the week:

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Have you thought about doing a detox or sugar free diet? Are there any healthy recipes you are loving?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
04/22/16

What I’m Loving Lately #7

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I don’t know about you but I am beyond glad this week is over… Way too much going on at work with meetings and new employees while trying to actually work lol – I was under the weather yesterday so that didn’t help and I am still a little sick today. But, I am going back to one of my favorite posts of the week.. What I’m Loving Lately!! I will have a week 3 recap of my sugar-free diet for you on Monday!!

Here are some things that I have been loving lately.

Dole Smoothie Freezer Packs

I have been obsessed with smoothies, especially in the mornings since they are quick and easy. I found these at Central Market and they are super delicious. As far as sugar content, there is 1 gram of sugar on the label but due to the amount of fruit I went with that lol… My favorite is the Strawberry, Peaches & Bananas.

Mario Bedescu Skincare

Acne Facial Cleanser

I have not found a skincare line that I have stuck with for longer than 6 months until NOW! I read about it awhile back and kept seeing so many bloggers recommend it. I had to try it! And I am so glad I did, it’s amazing! My favorite product that I can not go without is the Acne Facial Cleanser. It feels awesome and smells great. I have never seen results like this before with any other product. It is also very affordable and its sold everywhere!

Favorite Instagram Account: LegWorkout

Tools & Tips On How To Get Great Legs!💁 📱KiK: Sexybodytips 📧Business inquiries: InstaFamousEnterprises@gmail.com

workouts

This account has numerous videos from fitness bloggers. There are several videos with leg workouts and numerous exercises to add to your workouts. I check on this account daily for new exercises to add to my workouts, especially leg day. This is one of the great things about social media…. FREE advertisement and workouts!!! 🙂

Homegoods

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Being new homeowners has made me become a decorating natzi!! I just want to redecorate and buy all new furniture like NOW! I took a trip to Homegoods this week and literally found so much amazing stuff. I walked away with these two benches and this amazing pineapple pillow! My husband has put a hold on buying anymore furniture until we actually move lol – darn 🙂

Prince

I am doing a shoutout to one of the greatest artists of our time… PRINCE! I am still super sad about the passing of such an amazing artist! I did not find out until late last night that he was gone. His music was everything and much more… My favorite was “Baby Im a Star” and of course the biggest hit “Purple Rain”. We lost a great artist yesterday but his legacy will never die!

What are some things you are loving lately? Any big plans this weekend?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
04/20/16

Benefits of Foam Rolling

If you work out regularly, but have never used a foam roller, you are definitely missing out! There are so many benefits to incorporating this technique into your workout routine, that you will wonder why you had never tried it before! Foam rolling regularly can improve your hamstring flexibility and balance, decrease exercise fatigue, and reduce your likelihood of being sore in the first place. I always make sure to foam roll after every workout, especially after leg day! If I am feeling extra tight in the morning, I will do it while I am catching up on the news and drinking my coffee… of course this depends on the mood of my child 🙂 I used to be flexible in my dancing days but of course that has decreased over time. I have found foam rolling to be SO helpful in this process.

If you have seen people foam rolling and wondered what the heck they were doing, keep reading. I used to think the same thing until I actually got one and now I cant go a day without it.

What is foam rolling?

Foam rolling is a technique that involves slowly rolling a foam cylinder along many parts of the body including leg muscles, back and glutes in order to help break down muscle fiber. These exercises can be completed before or after exercise, to enhance your workout.

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Helps release muscle knots  if you work out regularly, it is quite easy for a build up of lactic acid, or connective tissue to create muscle knots. Foam Rolling can help to break up this tissue to prevent knots.

Increased blood flow – to your muscles, which improves delivery of oxygen during your workout.

Stress relief – Foam rolling helps you release tension in your muscles and joints. This is a great way to de-stress after a hectic day!

Improves flexibility – stretches that can be performed with a foam roller can help to lengthen the muscles, improving flexibility.

Helps prevent injury – as we become regular exercisers, it can be easy for the muscles to become tighter and tighter. This runs the risk of injury as tight muscles are more prone to injury.

Helps ease muscle pain – if you already have very tight muscles, you may be experiencing pain when performing some exercises. Foam rolling will help to break up the tissue, and help relax the muscles.

Extends your range of movement – if your range of movement has been limited due to your level of flexibility, foam rolling is a great way to help overcome this by gradually improving flexibility.

It can help to reduce cellulite – Improved blood flow can also help with the removal of toxins from your muscles, meaning that foam rolling may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. YAAAAAHHHSSSSS!!!!!! 🙂

Even professional athletes foam roll mainly to avoid injury. Their muscles are being worked 3-4 hours at a time so keeping their muscles lose is important.

I have linked some of the top foam rollers below:

Implus Trigger Point - Grid Foam Roller 1 unit

Trigger Point Foam Roller

STOTT PILATES 15'' Massage Point Foam Roller - Dick's Sporting Goods

Massage Point Foam Roller

Restore Deep Tissue Roller

Deep Tissue Roller

All Deep Tissue Foam Roller   – I own this one! 🙂

Have you tried foam rolling? What are some other techniques/devices you currently use?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany