FRIDAY FAVORITES #2

HAPPY FEELIN’ FIT FRIDAY FRIENDS!

Can you believe it’s already July?! Time flies.

I’m pumped for the weekend. The Workout Bud is taking the day off too, so we are hanging out for the day. We want to get a massage and go kayaking, but still haven’t decided on what to do yet. We are having dinner with my parents tonight though – fajita’s! Cannot wait.

Instead of sharing a workout today, I opted for some of some Friday Favorites. It’s a bit of a random jumble, but enjoy!

FRIDAY FAVORITES

FITNESS

LULULEMON OM PANT

well-hello-monday These pants. I got these on our honeymoon in Charleston. When I picked them up, I didn’t expect to like them. I put them on an fell IN LOVE. I also felt a bit like MC Hammer. I figured The Workout Bud would chuckle at me when I showed him, but he loved them too. And since we were on the honeymoon and had money to spend, it helped me justify the $102 price tag.

These pants are SO comfy and would be pretty perfect for a light workout or even a yoga class. If I had enough tops to match, I’d wear these everyday. And am planning on having them make an appearance at BlogFest!

OLD NAVY PIQUE-MESH SHORT

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My booty and quads have grown since last summer. That means, not only new ‘normal shorts’ but also new workout shorts. It’s been tough to find shorts that fit BOTH my quads and my booty. These Old Navy shorts have worked out (heh) pretty well for me. I have enough room in the leg and my booty fits comfortably, without being too tight around my waist. And the best part is that I got them on sale for $9!

GYMBOSS TIMER MINI-MAX

friday-favorites I have the Gymboss timer (affiliate) on  my phone, which I used to use all the time. Since I took on more classes a few months ago, I decided it was time for me to invest in a actual timer. Enter the Gymboss Mini Max. What I love best, besides the fact that it’s pink, is I can do more than 2 intervals. This baby has capacity to do 1, 2, 3, or 4+ intervals. Plus, it has a clock and stopwatch. And the ability to save created timers. With doing different workouts each week, I can program my timers and then select what I want for class, instead of having to reset and re-create each time.

ASICS GEL FORTIUS TR

friday-favorites I know these shoes are not new. I’d been eyeing them for months before I finally decided to get them. After getting my Reebok Crossfit’s, I didn’t think I’d find a pair of shoes I liked better. While I still love them, these Asics have really surprised me. They are lightweight, perfect for lifting, doing HIIT workouts and even running, something I don’t normally do in my Nano’s. And now that I see they are only $54, I might need to buy another pair…

BRUT CLASSIC DEODORANT STICK

friday-favorites This is men’s deodorant, I know. But sometimes us ladies need something a bit stronger. The Boy ordered this off of Amazon a few weeks ago. First off, it smells great. He smelled great. And when we were on vacation, it was blazing hot and I felt like I needed to carry deodorant around with me. Since I wasn’t up for that, I tried his Brut one day and it worked so well. I use it whenever I do a workout or teach a class that I’ll be participating in.

MUSIC

TAYLOR SWIFT BAD BLOOD ft. KENDRICK LAMAR


There are a lot of Taylor haters out there, but I love her. I can’t help it. I just love all her songs. And this one is no exception. Blaring this in the car and singing along is one of my favorite things to do. Gets me pumped up!

MEGHAN TRAINOR TITLE

When this album first came out, I listened like crazy. For some reason, I took a break from it. However, I just started listening again and I can’t quit.

BEN RECTOR

I’ve also been jamming to a ton of Ben Rector. A few of his songs were on our wedding playlist and I just can’t stop listening either.

JOHN MARK MCMILLIAN HEART RUNS

We have sung this song in church a couple of times. Last Sunday, we sang it again with another song mixed it. Gosh, I love it. Been singing it all week.

LIFE

STUDYING FOR PRECISION

DRIVING STICK  For our wedding present, The Workout Bud's amazing sister is letting us drive her car while she is living in DC. It's a manual and The Boy and I both love it. He's let me take it for a spin a few days and I just love it. My first car was a stick and I've missed driving one for a few years. So good to be back in one! This maybe shouldn’t be a favorite thing, because honestly, Wednesday was the first time I cracked the book open since a week before our wedding. So quite a few weeks. But as soon as I opened the book on Wednesday, I didn’t want to put it down. I just love learning and need to make more time for it. Hopefully I can get on track and get finished and certified in the next month and a half!

DRIVING STICK

For our wedding present, The Workout Bud’s amazing sister is letting us drive her car while she is living in DC. It’s a manual and The Boy and I both love it. He’s let me take it for a spin a few days and I just love it. My first car was a stick and I’ve missed driving one for a few years. So good to be back in one!

MY KITCHEN CHALK BOARD

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If you caught my post on Monday, I shared that The Boy and I did a bit of re-organization and re-decorating in our apartment. I put up a chalk board and it’s been so handy! It is currently showing the meals we are going to have over the next week or so. But it did have a grocery list on it!

EXCITEMENT OVER BLOGFEST

I cannot tell you how pumped I am for BlogFest. I still can’t believe I won tickets! My flight is finally booked and I’m making a list of all the things I need to purchase. And figuring out how I am going to strategically pack things. My session are picked, however, there are so many I want to go too, I might end up switching before the conference. Plus, can’t wait to meet Blends in person, including my Buddies!

MY ‘OH MY QUAD BECKY’ SHIRT

friday-favorites I’ve shared this on Insta and Facebook, but I just can’t get enough of it. My mom made this shirt for me and it’s been such a hit. She is actually starting her own Etsy shop to sell all her fun creations. She already has quite a few orders to fill, and her shop isn’t even open. If anyone wants one, hit me!

VAMPIRE DIARIES

Guys, I feel like I am too old to like this show, but I can’t help it. I freaking love it. The Boy and I watched all of season 1 of The Originals and we are hooked. The Vampire Diaries just keeps getting so freaking good. I’ve seen some spoilers already, but not enough to not be surprised when things happen. I just started Season 2 last night and it’s just great.

Linking up with Jill Conyers today!

So, do you have any fun plans for 4th of July? There is a 3 day festival in our town, so The Boy and I might try to go check it out for a bit. There is Cornhole Tournament tomorrow and we both want to go. We want to join, but know we could probably get creamed! I’m just pumped I don’t have to teach all weekend!

What are you up too this Friday?

– Jen.

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MY #BLOGFEST BUDDIES

You read that right. Not one buddy. But TWO buddies for BlogFest.

I let out a little squeal when I got the email telling me that Ange from Cowgirl Runs and Alyse from FitApproach were my pals for the weekend.

Not only am I pumped for BlogFest, but also to tell you all a little more about these lovely ladies!

And without further ado…

  1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US IN A BRIEF PARAGRAPH WHO YOU ARE / WHAT CITY YOU LIVE IN / WHAT YOU BLOG ABOUT?
    I’m a 30-ish runner-blogger living in Calgary, AB, blogging at Cowgirlruns. I live downtown in a condo with my cat Merlin who makes regular appearances on my blog and Instagram. I started my blog about the time I decided to train for my first marathon and it’s continued to grow in ways I never imagined. I focus mainly on health and fitness topics, but also like to chat about the daily life things, so I coined the genre Healthy Living Lifestyle Blogger, because I think it does a good job at capturing all I talk about on my blog.
    cowgirlruns
  2. WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO GET OUT OF BLOGFEST 2015?
    I honestly have no idea what to expect! I’m so excited to meet so many bloggers I admire and bloggers I’ve connected with online but have yet to meet in real life. I’m sure there will be lots of jumping up and down and squealing over the weekend :)

    I can’t wait to learn more about blogging as a business – I fully expect to have a lot of “AHA” Oprah moments.

  3. WHO’S YOUR FITNESS CELEBRITY CRUSH?
    I am soooooooo excited to meet Jillian Michaels’ at BlogFest. I think she’s such a badass, but the good kind of badass 😉

  4. WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
    Instead of what, I’m going to go with who. Mindy Kaling, hands down. I cried a bit when I heard The Mindy Project was cancelled, and then I heard it’s going to be shown in Canada, so I held a dance party in my living room.
    (JEN: I LOVE The Mindy Project so much! I nearly shed a tear when it was cancelled too!)
    mindykaling

  5. WHO IS THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
    I know this is a standard question, but it’s one I always struggle with. I find different people inspire me daily in different ways. Sometimes it’s something small, like a coworker telling me she recently ran a kilometer without stopping for the first time, and sometimes it’s something big like a fellow blogger being recognized for being awesome.

    I tend not to focus too much on one person because I think that takes the focus on what I’m working on in my life.

  6. IF YOU COULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL, WHAT ARE OF STUDY WOULD YOU FOCUS ON?
    I think if I decided to recommit and do it all over again, I’d be a doctor or a lawyer. I’ve taken a handful of online courses related to both of those areas because it interests me. 

    I’m also currently working on being a certified marathon coach and should have all the requirements complete by the end of the year!


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  1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US IN A BRIEF PARAGRAPH WHO YOU ARE / WHAT CITY YOU LIVE IN / WHAT YOU BLOG ABOUT?
    Hi! I’m Alyse, one of the founders of Fit Approach (and co-host of BlogFest!). I’m a yogi and dancer primarily but dabble in just about every kind of fitness, from running to aerials to bootcamps and glider yoga. I just moved to Austin, TX a few months ago and am LOVING my new city! I blog mostly about fitting in a healthy lifestyle, blogger education, and my love of food. I also just started a new blog because I found out I’m pregnant with my first, so I’m chronicling the trials and tribulations of things like morning sickness and growing out of your clothes over there. (gotbumped.com)
  2. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BLOGFEST LAST YEAR?
    Ooh, hard to say. I LOVED seeing Jillian Michaels; she had such a relatable, motivational style. I think everyone left the room with a serious girl crush. I also loved getting to meet so many online friends and community members in person. There’s nothing like face-to-face!
  3. WHAT WAS THE LAST HEALTH / FITNESS MILESTONE YOU CRUSHED?
    I’m really proud of myself for getting back into aerials. It’s something I had long dreamed of doing, but the instructor I first worked with was pretty discouraging about what my abilities were or could be. I found a better instructor and just love getting to fly!
    Alyse-2
  4. IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR VACATION AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO THERE?
    I would love to do a scuba diving trip to Australia or in the Red Sea! I love being in the ocean and getting to pretend I’m a mermaid.
  5. WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN THE FITNESS WORLD AND WHAT SUCKED YOU IN?
    I’ve always been active: I grew up a dancer and a swimmer, but like most people, lost my way a little in college. Starting Fit Approach, and seeing the amazing Sweat Pink community achieve great things, is what really sucked me in, and keeps me coming back for more!
  6. WHAT WORKOUT KICKED YOUR BUTT THE MOST?
    Oh boy. I have had my butt kicked so many times! At BlogFest last year, Caroline and Mo’s bootcamp was brutal in all the right ways, as was Shauna Harrison‘s workout for Under Armour at IDEA World. Jamie’s glider yoga classes always leave me sore for days.
    alyse-3


    Aren’t they so great?! Wish they were your buddies too?!

Are you pumped for BlogFest? Are you going?

– Jen.

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