WELL, HELLO MONDAY…

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Good Morning!
Happy Monday! Last week in January, can you believe it?
Did you have a good weekend?

Friday night, I did a bit of relaxing – did a bit of blog clean-up. Still going through old posts, trying to update the photos that never transferred after I made the switch to self-hosted.

Saturday was full day. I did some yoga when I woke up, met my mom and we headed to my soon to be apartment in June, which also happens to be The Workout Bud’s office. She took a look around the place and played interior decorator. She was so anxious to redecorate, but we had to reschedule the overhaul for next weekend. We spend the late part of the morning and early part of the afternoon doing wedding planning. She threw questions and plan ideas my way like it was her job. We finalized the invites and got some new paper (which saved about $20 – holla!).

Thanks to Old Navy for having a killer sale, because we got half of The Boy’s outfit for the wedding! Doesn’t he look so stinking cute?! As you can see, he was not in a shopping mood.

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After we found the outfit (we went with the outfit on the right!), we had steaks and watched Big Hero Six with his parents. They made tenderloin steaks for everyone…and then a special T-bone for The Boy, because he likes steak so much. I seriously don’t know how he can eat so much at one time…or how his stomach digests it.

I slept terribly Saturday night, which lead to some wedding prep at 1:30am on Sunday, which lead me to sleeping in on Sunday morning. After a Target run, some house cleaning, and budgeting, I caught up on Hart of Dixie and did some blogging/workout planning.

This weekend stressed me out a bit with all the things I need to get done, so I’m taking this week a bit slower, focusing on sleep a bit more and taking it easy with workouts. I slept about 9 hours last night and it was so great! Ready for another Monday!

on multi-tasking: how it is ruining our mood

on birth control pills: vs. paleo

on life: loving the grind

on push-ups: workouts to get you there

on belly fat: how to lose it

on building muscles: upper body muscles

on building a killer back: 5 exercises

on my ‘Workout inspiration’ list: onetwo. three. four.

on my ‘I want to eat ALL the food’ list: one. two. three. four.

on fats: healthy vs. unhealthy

on finding balance: when eating out

on bars: the lowdown

on my ‘Pinterest, make it happen so the clothes I pin magically come into my closet’ list:  one. two. three. four. five.

on my ‘Wedding inspiration’ list: one. two. three. four.

a little inspiration for you today:

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Get after it today!
Tackle that week!

Tell me the best part of the weekend! What are you looking forward to this week?!

- Jen.

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PARTNER MIRROR WORKOUT

Happy Saturday!
Are you so glad for the weekend? It’s wedding planning ALL.DAY. with my mom!! I am so excited. I haven’t done much planning the past two weeks, so we are sitting down to make a game plan. Because the wedding is in 133 DAYS! Say what?! I can’t wait.

I know I’m one day late for this post. The past few days have been Operate Help The Workout Bud Pass His Personal Training Exam. Which he did on Thursday! And then we celebrated with his parents, so I didn’t get in my normal Friday post! Forgive me.

IMG_2061.JPGI’m bringing you a super fun workout today. Last week, I worked out in the evening and The Workout Bud FINALLY decided to come to the gym with me. He won’t do morning workouts anymore. Sad day.

When he got to the gym, I gave him two choices for a workout and he picked this one. The other will be on the blog in the coming weeks!

For this workout, you will need a partner and a timer. You can use equipment if you like, but we just stuck to bodyweight and no equipment…except for 10 mini box jumps, on a box that was already set up at the gym.

You’ll set your timer for 1 minute of work, 30 seconds of rest. We did 10 rounds, but feel free to do 15 to 20 rounds, depending on how much time you have.

One partner will start. Whatever exercises they do, the partner must do the exact same. For instance, I started out with push-ups, then lunges, then mountain climbers. The partner needs to do the moves at the same tempo as the other. The Bud tried busting out lots of push-ups to try to beat me. The point is to do the moves together. One partner mirroring the other. Hence the name.

The cool part is that the partner who is picking the workout, can switch it up whenever they want. I usually stuck with 10 reps of whatever exercise I picked. The Bud went for time, ie. plank for 15 seconds, push-ups 15 seconds, plank jacks 15 seconds, etc.

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The beauty and pain of this workout: you can pick moves you want your partner to work on. The Bud is not a fan of cardio, so I tried to pick cardio moves for him. On the second to last round, because I thought it was the last round, I did lunge pulses and split squat jumps. He hated it, yes. But, so did I! My legs were burning.

My advise is to pick you poison. If you are picking exercises your partner hates, burpees for some, make sure that you can do them too. And get an idea of the moves your partner will pick for you – The Boy knew I wanted to work on push-ups and abs – so he did lots of them!

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Most of all, have fun with it. This was definitely one of the funnest workouts we have done in a long time. I like working out on my own, but it’s just so much more fun when he is with me.

We celebrated his passing the test with a lifting workout Thursday. It was so great. I love lifting heavy things so much.

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Be sure to catch all the workouts in the #backtobasics Bridal Bootcamp series!

Do you like to workout with a partner or by yourself?

- Jen.

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PLANK + PUSH-UP MINI CIRCUIT

Happy Wednesday!

It’s busy over here this week, guys! I wanted to share a quick little circuit for WEEK 2 of the Bridal Bootcamp #backtobasics2015 Series! Need the dets? Click here (<– right there) and notice the tab up top ^^.

One of my favorite mini circuits to do lately involves planks and push-ups. I’ve love the plank and want to get back in the habit of adding them to my workouts. And, I’ve mentioned before that I am working on being a baller at push-ups. Showing up all the boys.

So, after my runs over the last week or two, this has been my go-to. It looks simple, but I’ve ended dripping in sweat.

You will need a timer. Start by holding plank for :15 seconds, then resting for :15 seconds. Do this for 2 minutes – holding for :15 seconds, resting for :15 seconds until you reach 2 minutes. You’ll hold plank for 1 minute total. Follow this directly with 10 push-ups (20 if you want extra practice). Repeat at one to two times more.

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Be sure to check some tips on holding plank, as well as some plank variations. Can’t do push-ups on your toes? Move to those knees or do the on an incline. Start practicing, because we have a push-up challenge coming in February!

Tonight, I’m helping The Workout Bud study for his personal trainer exam. He started studying about 2 weeks ago, so fingers crossed he passes! I’m sure he will do just fine.

I’m dreaming of a nutrition certification…coming soon. Hopefully!

What is your favorite mini circuit?

- Jen.

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