Friday, May 30, 2014

Suicide Cardio Workout

Happy Friday! After a short week, it's almost the weekend! Short weeks can be the hardest, and this one was a little rough. For me at least. But hey, it's almost the weekend and I have something fun for y'all. Well, fun if you like to try new and exciting workouts!

Do you remember having to run suicide sprints during gym or athletics in school? You know, you run to the closest point then back, then the to the next closest point and back. Then the the next and eventually you get to the furthest point and run back to the start? Well that's what we're doing, but with cardio drills! Start with the first drill, add on the second, then start from the beginning completing one, two then three! Keep going until you add them all in!

Here's a video of each of the exercises so you know what you're doing!
High Knees - 25 on each side, so count to 50 total!
Toe Touch Jacks
Heisman Drills - no ladder needed. Just step, step pause to one side and then step, step pause to the other. That's 1!
Squat Thrusts
Star Jumps

So there you have it! Go through the entire workout once and if you're up for it, do it again! Questions? Shoot them this way! Let me know if you give it a try! I had my strength zone class do this workout last week and it was a total hit. A little strength and a lot of cardio!

Now have a fabulous Friday and an amazing weekend! I'm looking forward to getting some rest and actually being in town this weekend. Still plenty to do, but I get to sleep in my own bed! It's the little things y'all :)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

#DeutschDuo Wedding Weekend

So I'm not going to say too much and let the pictures do the talking. And trust me, there are a ton of pictures!!!

The rehearsal dinner was just a block away from the hotel where we were stay at a winery called Clear Creek. It was super cute and even had a little bed & breakfast you could stay at. Which is actually where Michael and Chandra stayed the night of their wedding!

The food was delicious and wine was good, so we were all full and happy. It was nice to meet all of their family members before the wedding. We all went out to one of the bars near the Kemah Boarkwalk afterwards! Chandra and I called it a night just before midnight because we had plans for the morning!

What do most brides do the morning of their wedding? Sleep in, get some coffee and chill? Not these girls. We were on the road by 7am and went out for a good 40 minute run. We tackled 4.25 miles which included a HUGE bridge. Don't worry, we ended at Starbucks, so coffee and relaxation followed before it was time to head to the venue!

The venue had a cute little house for the bridal party to get ready in. We immediately headed to the kitchen with our snacks and drinks and mimosas were poured in our cute glasses from Scraps of Love by Jen from Etsy! She has tons of cute things in her shop, check it out!

Chandra got us the cutest robes to get ready in! She knows us well, since we all were obsessed with our own prints :) Next was time to get all dolled up! I was first with the lovely ladies from Sun Kissed and Made Up. If y'all are having a wedding in Texas and need someone for hair and makeup, these are your girls. They work as a team, one doing hair and the other doing makeup. The are the sweetest girls, they pamper you and oh my goodness, they do an amazing job! Below I am getting dolled and below that is the final product! I don't remember the last time I felt this beautiful!!!

Sun Kissed and Made Up did a wonderful job on all 6 of us. I may be biased, but that is a gorgeous group of women. Sorry guys, we're all taken!

We snapped a few shots before the ceremony, then binged on Dorritos. Mimosas and Doritos, meal of champions!

The wedding itself was simply stunning. It was the most gorgeous spring evening. The temps dropped to the upper 70's with just a few clouds and the sun setting as Chandra and Michael said "I do!"

Chandra's momma, Jacque walked her down the aisle and I'm sure many tears were shed. Chandra and Michael wrote their own vows. The thing that got me the most was that they both ended their vows with the same simple statement, "Thank you for marrying me." So sweet and meaningful taking the time to thank your life partner. I just love it.

Chandra is a creative genious. Most of the decor was actually created by her! I loved the suitcase card box and the Texas shaped guest "book"! She also made the beautiful D seen on the cake topper below!

The reception was a blast. As usual, we danced the night away. We had a ton of fun, too much wine and a crazy good time. I would do it all over again in a heart beat!

But first, let me take a selfie!

All of the bachelorette ladies...minus the bride. She was busy, you know, being a bride and all :)

An amazing weeking, with amazing people. I can't wait to see all of the photographer's pictures! 

To Michael and Chandra, I love you both to pieces and was so blessed to be part of your day. Thank you both for loving me as a friend and opening your hearts to JP and I. We are so thankful for your friendship. I can't wait to see where this journey of life takes us down the road!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May Days: Wedding Weekend Sneak Peek

Monday has come and gone and Tuesday snuck up way too fast! We had an amazing and crazy weekend that I wouldn't have any other way. A full wedding recap will come later, but until then, here's a peek at the wedding shenanigans!

That's all you get for now! Full recap with lots of details to come tomorrow!!! Happy Tuesday y'all! It's a short week!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Favorites v3

I'm really enjoying posting about my favorites each Friday morning, so I'm going to keep on, keeping on. Here are some of my favorites from this week...besides the fact that it's Friday!

one. HIIT workouts. High intensity interval training. Quick, hard workouts that you get the most out of. Start off your Fitness Friday with this one!

two. Next Step protein shakes. I received these in my Go Vox Box from Influenser and absolutely loved the vanilla. I'm pretty picky about protein and breakfast shakes, but this one tasted like ice cream.

three. Friday mornings with my love. Fridays are the only mornings during the weekdays that I don't have to be up before 4am and at work by 4:45. I love sleeping in on Fridays and hanging out with JP since he works from home on Fridays! More time together is always amazing.

four. Mid-week girls nights! Especially when they involve healthy, delicious dinner, wine, Disney and my best friends! This week we had a mini celebration for Ashley's birthday! Today is her birthday eve, so happy birthday to one of the best friends I could ask for. I still can't believe we weren't closer until after college, but clearly, this is just how it's supposed to be. I love you bunches!

five. Wedding excitement. This amazing women is marrying the man on her dreams on Sunday. I am so honored to be a part of their big day and couldn't be happier for Michael and Chandra! It's such a blessing that two beautiful people were brought together :) Let the wedding shenanigans begin tomorrow!

What are your favorites from this week?
Y'all have wonderful, safe weekends! I know that mine's going to be amazing!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

10 things I like about myself

Some days I feel like we live in a world with such negativity. Working at a health club, I naturally hear people go on about what they don't like about themselves. In fact, people come to me with bits and pieces they don't like about themselves trying to find a way to fix it. I decided that today I want to turn that around. It's easy to nit pick ourselves. We're the first ones to notice a blemish, an extra pound or any sort of negative attribute. But what if we all focus on what we like about ourselves? Don't you think we'd all be a little bit happier? So here are 10 things I like about ME!

  1. My joy. I think, for the most part, I'm a happy person. I try to be positive and radiate joy. It's hard to be joyful all the time, but most of the time, it's so easy. I often have a childlike spirit which I blame on Disney. I believe that we each have so much to be joyful for including the fact that God has not only given us a new day each and every morning, but he gave us our Savior so we can live forever. If that's not something to bring joy to each day, I don't know what is.
  2. My legs. I'll admit that I love my legs. They're not perfect, but they carry my every single day. They allow me to do everything I want to do. But more importantly they allow me to do the things I love to do. Because of my legs I can run, teach group fitness, train clients and live life day to day! I'll admit, they look pretty awesome too :)
  3. My drive. I'm a very determined individual. When I set my mind to something, I'm going to do it. That's why I'm where I am in life. I love that I'm goal oriented and want to make things happen!
  4. My friendship. My friends are my everything. I see my friends as my extended family and when someone becomes my friend, I truly love them! I love pretty hard (see number 10). 
  5. My ability to listen. As much of a talker as I am, I'm also a good listener. I love that people feel as though they can come to me with problems. As a personal trainer, some days I also play therapist by listening to people's problems and helping them find themselves. 
  6. My strength. I am strong physically and mentally. I am proud of my muscles and that I am not stick thin. More importantly, I am proud of my mental strength. Sure I break down from time to time, but I'm still human :)
  7. My independence. As much as I love how my husband takes care of me, I am an independent women. I like to do things by myself. I like to know that I can provide for myself. I like being in charge of my life. 
  8. My smile. Cheese. I like smiling. Smiling is my favorite. 
  9. My hair. I love it. I like it long. I like it short. I like it straight or curly. Yup I just like it. 
  10. My ability to love. I love hard and I love all the way. There is no in between. My husband, friends, family and dogs fill up my entire heart and soul. I would do anything or be anywhere for the ones I love. 

So there you have it. I will say it's a little bit harder then you think to come up with 10 things and why! I'm as that I did though because it helps remind me that I'm just perfect with all of my imperfections!

Now it's your turn! In the comments, let me know something that you love about yourself! It'll make you feel great. I promise. 

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