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#FITtip [Workout Wednesday]

This week’s workout Wednesday is a short and sweet one. As I mentioned earlier this week, I am headed off to Blogfest and IDEA World Fitness conference in LA! So preparations for that have been busy, busy. Next week I ‘ll have a full length workout for you! Be sure to subscribe using the button below so you don’t miss it. 

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Today I have a #FITtip for you from Katie!

Katie shows us the mistake we ALL make when using the hamstring curl machine. 

Since Katie shared this with me, I have tried it and it makes a HUGE difference when doing hamstring curls with the machine. You will definitely feel it the next day! 

Give this a try and  let me know what you think! AND if you haven’t already checked out Katie’s blog, please do! She is awesome and one of my best friends.


Also, would you guys do me a HUGE favor and let me know in the comments (the comment button is up above under the title of the post) which type of workout Wednesdays you like better?? Short & sweet OR full length workouts? 

You can check out other workout videos on my YouTube channel .  

Love y’all!!
Stay Sweaty!

Girls Trip in Mexico [Part 1]

If you haven’t already watched yesterday’s workout Wednesday video, be sure to go do that by clicking right HEREKatie and I filmed that during one of our epic workouts while in Mexico. They hotel we stayed at had the nicest gym. Actually the hotel had nice everything! I will get to that later. 

This trip started off with THE EARLIEST wake up call to go to the airport I have ever had. I had to leave for the airport at 330am… so you can imagine when I got up. IMG_3509.JPG 
 I decided to go comfy with a maxi skirt (so comfy to fly in, trust me), flip flops, a tank and super soft pull over. I had to incorporate the pull over because it is what I was wearing when I first met Katie last August and I told her to look for the creamsicle. LOL. We joke about that all the time so I had to wear it. I always try to layer on the plane because one minute you’re hot and the next you’re cold, so it was perfect!    Got a coffee as soon as I got thru security. I never sleep on airplanes, so I figured I might as well wake up and get some work done. I lucked out and my gate was right across from my favorite coffee place.  There is only ONE Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Seattle and it’s IN THE AIRPORT past security. I was SO glad I was able to get my favorite drink from my favorite coffee joint to start this vacay off right! 

I brought tons of food with me. I actually posted about it along with a short video HERE. I always try to bring something healthy to eat while on the plane or going thru airports because you never know what you are gonna find.  IMG_3507.PNG This is the salad that I brought with me. It was a bunch of spinach topped with pear slices and almonds. 
  When I got to San Fran for my connection, I was searching for more coffee (I needed it) and found this salad…IMG_3513.JPGNot too shabby! It was mixed greens, chicken, walnuts, strawberries and I think avocado. You never know what you will find. At least I saved myself $9.25 right?!

Katie and I got into Puerto Vallarta around the same time. The maxi shirt was a good idea UNTIL we got to Mexico. It was SO humid, I couldn’t wait to change into something else.  We hooked up in baggage claim and got a taxi together to go to our hotel. Little did we know what would be awaiting us when we got there…. 


  This was the view from our room (insert heart eyed emoji!!!)
   Super comfy beds and a huge bathroom. I told Katie, this is the kinda place I always dream of staying at but never do. If I told you guys the outrageous deal we got on this you would never believe it. IMG_3521.JPG

We were so excited we instantly went into blogger mode taking pics and selfies. IMG_0030Let me tell you it was SO GOOD to finally see this girl! You probably have already heard the story but Katie and I met at Blogfest last August and have been BFFs ever since. We talk all the time, but we live on opposite sides of the country so we rarely see each other.  We wanted to make it happen earlier but circumstances just didn’t allow it, so we planned this trip to celebrate Katie’s birthday!!!

I changed out of the maxi skirt and off we went to explore the hotel. IMG_3525.JPG

IMG_0033I love this pic of us!! 


The day we arrived was SO humid. We found all the essential places: the gym, the pool (there were 3!), the beach and where to eat. Once we explored a bit we ate, we were starved.


Then it was POOL TIME! IMG_3527.JPG The pool was glorious. It was huge! There were also 3 pools to choose from. #ridiculous. We could NOT wait to enjoy these diggs for the next four days. IMG_3529.JPG

 At this hotel the pool and the beach were two separate areas. After we hung at the pool for a while we hit the beach, just in time for the sunset. IMG_3531.JPG


IMG_0013I love our faces in this pic. “WE’RE HERE!” haha.

IMG_0012 I don’t know what I am doing here…

Then it was dinner time!!!
We shared the scallops as an appetizer and then I had salmon for dinner. This hotel had exceptional food. They had all the regular stuff plus healthy options as well. IMG_3540.JPG

We ate and then crashed. It had been a long day of traveling and catching up. 

I don’t want to make this post too long so be sure to check back for the rest of the trip recap next week. I’ll be sharing our beach day and other adventures (including tongue tacos) with you!

Stay Sweet!

Shoulder Pump!! [Workout Wednesday]

Happy Hump-Day! Can you believe it’s already Wednesday again?  So much has happened for me in the last week.  I am back in the USA and today I have a shoulder workout for you that I filmed with my BFF Katie in Puerto Vallarta last week. Be sure to watch the video all the way to the end, there are some great outtakes and bloopers that you will NOT want to miss 🙂 (you might even see me jammin’ out to a country song…)


This is different than my usual workout Wednesday post because we use dumbbells and cables in the workout, it’s not all body weight. Try these exercises with us, they are a lot of fun and you shoulders will totally feel it the next day. 

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You have probably heard me talk about Katie on my blog before and this won’t be the last time. She is one of my best friends, she “gets” me. We are very different, but have a lot in common at the same time. We both love fitness and we both have weight loss stories. I love to run and do yoga and body weight workouts. Katie loves to use the step mill and lift heavy. Despite the differences, we can rock a crazy workout together and have a TON of fun!
Katie is a PRO when it comes to finding her way around the gym. She is a bikini competitor and works so hard to be the best at that sport. It is NOT easy. I have learned so much from Katie and I am so thankful to have met her. 

We had a BLAST in Puerto Vallarta with lots of adventures. I will have part one of our trip recap up on the blog tomorrow! Be sure to check back tomorrow or SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss it!!!

Stay Sweaty!

At Home Barre Workout [Workout Wednesday]

Happy workout Wednesday from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! Have you ever tried barre? It has gotten super popular the last few years. The workout we are doing today you can do at home using a chair. This barre workout will work your whole lower body so get ready to feel the burn and tone those legs!

The workout:

First position squats (narrow V) – 30 reps
Lunge pulses (carousel horse) – 30 reps left
Lunge pulses (carousel horse) – 30 reps right
Sumo pulses – 30 reps
Leg lifts – 30 reps left
Leg lifts – 30 reps right
Sumo leg sweep – 10 reps left
Sumo leg sweep – 10 reps right
Curtsey lunges – 10 reps left
Curtsey lunges – 10 reps right


p.s. if you enjoyed this video, let me know in the comments! also, what do you think of the music??

Stay Sweaty!


10 Minute Full Body Workout [Workout Wednesday]

 Happy Workout Wednesday! I can’t believe it is already Wednesday again. workout_wednesday_grey

Today I have a full body interval workout for you. What does that mean? We will do the workout moves in intervals. 1 minute strength, 30 seconds cardio. 

What do I need:
A timer
A small space to workout
Some music 🙂

Here is what we are going to do:

  • tricep dips – 1 min
  • cardio (toe touches) – 30 seconds
  • push ups – 1 min
  • cardio (toe touches) – 30 seconds
  • body weight squats – 1 min
  • cardio (toe touches) – 30 seconds
  • walking lunges – 1 min 
  • cardio (toe touches) – 30 seconds
  • crab walks – 1 min
  • wall sits – 1 min
  • plank walks – 30 seconds
  • shoulder taps – 30 seconds

You MUST try this workout. It’s only 10 minutes and I promise you will be sweating by the end. Tweet me and let me know you will try it!

Check out the moves as I demo and explain them in the video. I actually filmed this workout all the way back in December when I was in Mexico for Christmas. My nephew did this workout with me, but he was too shy to be in the video except for at the end.

If you enjoyed this workout, let me know in the comments.  Did you try it? What kind of workouts would you like to see? 

Stay Sweaty!!!


p.s. check out my FREE guide to a guilt-free memorial day HERE !

p.p.s. here are some pics from our Mexico trip in December

having fun with the open air gym equipment after this full body workout


“wild thing” post run 🙂 #stopdropandyoga
flexin’ — love this view!
christmas shopping

Update & Christmas Flow Yoga

Hi everyone!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I had the best intentions of posting while here in Mexico and we have been SO much busier than I expected. Also Internet had been questionable and it didn’t work out as I had planned, but the trip and time with family has been AWESOME!
If you want to know more of what I have been up to, check out my Instagram feed I have been posting photos there 🙂

I wanted to share this video with you the other day but the internet speed wasn’t fast enough for me to upload it to youtube, so I had to wait a few days.

Today in Mexico I taught a PiYo class, it was SO much fun! I had a blast and so did all the people in the class. The video above I took at home while prepping for this class. It’s yoga flow to the song little drummer boy by Toby Mac, it’s perfect and so festive!!

Try this flow with me and let me know what you think!!

Stay sweet!