Tone It Up

5 New Fitness Classes to Try

As part of the Tone it Up Love Your Body Challenge, I make weekly goals for myself.  One of my goals for this week is to try a new exercise class.  I try not to get stuck in a rut of going to the same classes over and over, but I have certain classes that I definitely favor.  I remember last summer when I decided to go to my first Body Pump class.  I was completely terrified and so nervous.  I had no idea what to expect, and I was worried people were going to judge me for not knowing what I was doing, because, trust me, I had no idea what I was doing.  But, it ended up going ok and I really enjoyed it.  Now, I try to go to class whenever I can fit it into my schedule.

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Now, I still have a list of classes I have never been to that I would love to try.  I’m a member of Fitness Connection, so they have all kinds of classes included in my monthly membership, so all I have to do is show up.  It’s really humbling because the only thing that is holding me back is myself.  Thus, the goal of trying a new class.

1.  Sculpt

Sculpt is listed as a class that involved interval training with a mix of strength and cardio.  I think it could be a nice compliment to all of the running I am doing as I am training for this marathon in April.  They say that your strength training is just as important as the miles you put in.

2.  Body Flow

This class is described as a “pre-choreographed combination of yoga, tai chi and Pilates builds flexibility and strength while leaving you centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves, and poses makes this class worth the time.”  This sounds perfect.  I do love yoga and Pilates, but I’ve never been to a tai chi class before so this combo might be the perfect first step.  Plus, it’s a great way to strengthen different muscle groups while stretching and finding balance at the same time.

3.  Zumba

A lot of my friends go to zumba classes and are obsessed.  I’ve never really been one to dance, ahem, at all, but I think it could be fun.  And who knows, maybe I’ll end up not being terrible.  Maybe.

4.  Kickboxing

Kickboxing is martial arts flavor exercises in a cardio format.  One of my friends has gone before and said that if you can get past the fact that you are essentially punching and kicking at the air then it is really fun.  I’ve seen it on the schedule a few times at the gym and have never taken the initiative to just go.  Maybe this week will be a good time to try.

5.  Body Combat

I get the idea that this is similar to Kickboxing, in that it has certain martial arts elements incorporated.  I have looked to see if there are any videos or more detailed descriptions so that I know what I am getting myself into.  Any light that can be shed would be super helpful!
Do you have any classes that are your favorites or that make you feel like you’ve worked super hard?  I’d love any suggestions!

xoxo,

Tiffany

Healthy Snacking

One of my lifestyle changes for the year has been to make my life more health centered.  I feel better when I am eating well and exercising often. Yes, it takes a LOT of time, but I think it is completely worth it.  I know I talk about Tone It Up a lot, but I really appreciate the way the trainers take time to encourage their followers.  They make fitness plans each week that can be easily incorporated into any lifestyle.  The community that comes with being a follower is also really great, everyone is always encouraging each other to keep up their hard work and continue to work toward their goals.

Healthy Snacking

I get really hungry throughout the day, so snacking is a must for me.  I need a little something to help me get through the day, especially when I’m exercising as much as I am on a regular basis.  Plus, I just really, really enjoy food!

1.  Almonds

Almonds, or really any nut, make a great snack because they are full of all kinds of nutrients you need and you can easily throw them in a zip lock bag and put them in your purse for when you need a little pick me up.

2.  Granola Bars

I really like to have a granola bar with me at all times because I never know when I’m going to be out and about and start feeling hungry.  A granola bar is enough to tide you over until you can get home and eat your next meal.  Having one on hand also keeps me from making bad decisions when I’m passing a fast food restaurant.

3.  Deli Meat

I know Paleo is a huge thing right now, and I’m definitely not Paleo, but a light meat really does make for a great snack.  I like to roll up pieces of ham or turkey and put either cream cheese or hummus inside.  So good!

4.  Water

Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, it’s really just your body trying to tell you it’s thirsty.  Drinking lots of water helps with digestion and also keeps you from eating too much.

5.  Apples and Peanut Butter

Probably one of my favorite snacks of all time.  Really, it’s so good.  I also sometimes sprinkle a few oats on top for a little extra texture.  It is really filling and the perfect mix of crunchy sweetness.

6.  String Cheese

String cheese is super easy to pack up and carry around.  I prefer cheddar or jack cheese, so I will usually buy a big bag and keep it in my fridge for when I need something extra to add to my lunch.  They also come in small rectangles that you can eat if the stick/cylinder shape makes you uncomfortable.

7.  Grapes

Grapes are so good.  I really like to freeze them and have them as a late afternoon snack.  It’s almost like I’m eating candy, but it’s grapes!

8.  Yogurt

There are so many good things about yogurt.  I like it because one little container doesn’t have very many calories and the sweetness is usually just what I need.  I have a HUGE sweet tooth, and sometimes I get a craving for something sweet and yogurt really curbs that craving.

Eating healthy is so important to any fitness goal.  Sure, it takes a little bit more time, but you absolutely reap the benefits very quickly as you see yourself getting closer to attaining the goals you set out for yourself.

xoxo,

Tiffany

On My Radar

This has been a really big work week and fitness week!  I have been following Tone It Up’s weekly schedule to a T and I’ve been running at a more competitive pace.  I am trying really hard to make some of my fitness and productivity resolutions more of a lifestyle change rather than a change for the new year.  So, happy first full week of 2015!

1.  Shia LaBeouf in Sia’s New Video

Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler are so perfect in this video.  It’s a little different, but actually really really good.  I really like Shia and this seems to be a completely new role for him and I’ve got to say, he nailed it.

2.  Lilly and Target

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Words can not begin to describe how excited I am about the Lilly Pulitzer and Target collaboration.  It’s going to make this spring that much more colorful, especially since things like pillows, beach towels, hammocks and many other home goods are going to be coming out!

3. Nicole Kidman and Jimmy Fallon

I mean, really.  Could this video be any funnier?  I was dying the whole time.  They are so funny and the conversation is incredibly comical.

4.  C. Wonder

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I was so sad to see the news that C.Wonder is no longer going to be a thing.  I really liked a lot of their products, but I guess they just decided to move on to other things.  So long driving mocs.  I really did like you.

5.  Baby Panda Seeing Snow for the First Time

Oh. My. Word.  DYING from cuteness.  I feel like this is the way I feel when we get the first snow of the season.  Every year.  It’s like this panda put all of my excitement toward the first snow into action.

6.  “Slap Her” Video

This is such an inspiring video.  I really love the way each little boy responds to the guy who tells them to slap the little girl.

xoxo,

Tiffany

2015

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I could not be more excited about 2015.  For so many years it has seemed so far off, and it is finally here.  It is the year I turn 24 and it’s the year I’ve been graduated for 2 years, which means I am officially an adult (as if I wasn’t already).  I have so many things I want to do and so many things to look forward to!  Remember my 101 in 1001 list?  I got a lot done in 2014, but there is even more to come for 2015!  I have a trip to New York City planned with my best friend, I’ve got a skydiving adventure booked and I’m looking at taking a cruise all by myself.  2015 is going to be about me.  Not in a selfish way, but in the sense of being a friend to myself, just as I am to others.

One of my best friends creates a word for every year, and I absolutely love that idea!  My word for this year is going to be Tiffany.  I spent a lot of 2014 worrying about what others think about me, or how I can make everyone’s life easier, sometimes at the expense of my own sanity or happiness.  If I’m going to be able to pour into others, I need to first look after myself.  I love people, and I love doing things for others, but if I’m going to be able to continue having a generous heart for the rest of my life, I need to take care of it.

This is not a “resolutions” list, but rather a life improvement list.  Things I want to to do improve myself and create a better, happier me.

1.  Watch More Documentaries

I love to learn and now that I am not in school I don’t have as many opportunities to learn new things.  Documentaries are a great way to improve your knowledge of various things while not taking too much time.  You can turn one on while cooking dinner, cleaning or just relaxing.  As a matter of fact, I am watching ‘Secret Yellowstone’ right now 🙂

2.  Improve My Knowledge of the World

I’ve recently become super aware of how bad my geography skills are.  I never had any classes on it in school, so I never really saw a need to take the time to learn it.  Now, I feel like it is incredibly important to know where places are and bits of information about their history and culture.  I find it fascinating to learn about the world and see pictures.  I want to travel so many places, I might as well know more about it than just that it’s pretty.  I just recently bought a world map to hang in my room and I am on the hunt for a globe that I can put on my desk!

3.  Take Time for Fitness

I love the girls from Tone it Up.  They provide constant reminders of how the body you have is the only one you will ever have so you need to take care of it.  I got their New Year’s email with their ‘Love Your Body’ schedule for the new year.  I’m excited to take on the challenge and run 100 miles by Valentine’s Day.  I’ve also started going to Bikram classes and I really enjoy exercising in that way.  You feel so clean and refreshed afterwards.

4.  Write When I Want to Write

There are so many days that I get home from work and all I want to do is write, but I then start thinking about all the things I should do before I sit down and engross myself in my computer.  I spend time cleaning and organizing rather than doing what I’m really wanting to do and then I wake up the next morning and feel like I didn’t accomplish anything the day before.  When I get the urge to write, I’m just going to do it.

5.  Learn to Say ‘No’

I am the queen of biting off more than I can chew.  People always ask me to do things because they know I will say yes, but it often ends in me being frustrated or completely stressed out.  If it is something I don’t really want to do or don’t have time to do it, then I just need to say no, if for no other reason than my mental health!

6.  Enjoy the Now

If there is one thing I am guilty of, it is of looking too far in the future.  I never sit back and enjoy what is happening right now.  I don’t just appreciate the present.  I want to start enjoying now so that when I’m 80 years old I don’t look back and regret how much I rushed through my 20s.

7.  Think Positive Thoughts

What you have in your mind eventually comes out through your body language or the words you speak.  I really need to work on finding the silver lining, removing myself from a negative situation, or improving the situation when possible,  rather than just sitting and stewing on something, I am going to try to figure out if and how I can fix it or take myself out of it.  I only want to think happy things so I can make myself an overall happier person.

8.  Turn Weaknesses into Strengths

There are several things that I am not very good at, i.e. Geography, saying no, demanding respect, math, etc.  I want to take time to make a real effort to turn these things into things I am good at, rather than beating myself up for not being good at them.

9.  Let It Go

I hold on to everything.  Every little thing I have ever done wrong I feel for years afterward.  It’s a terrible, self-indulgent habit.  It’s easy to beat yourself up, but if you’ve apologized and been forgiven, the beauty of grace is that it is over and you can move forward.  I need to let things go and move on with my life so I can be a positive, healthy, happy adult.

10. Invest in the People Who Matter

There are real friends and there are fake friends.  There are those people who you put on your ‘to do’ list for the week because you know you should text them or hang out with them, but it feels more like a chore than something you enjoy.  You dread the date you have scheduled and you pray they might cancel.  Those people aren’t people you should surround yourself with.  I really want friends who treat me exactly how I treat them.  I want friends that I can literally just sit and talk with without feeling the pressure to be perfect or say just the right thing.  I recently read somewhere that you are the average of your friends, meaning, you take bits of each friend and incorporate it into your being.  I want to be a fun, nice person who people want to be around, so that is who I’m going to surround myself with.

Here’s to a year of Tiffany.  A year of having meaningful experiences and relationships.  A year with no time wasted, because you never know just how much you have.  I’m so excited for 2015, and I hope you are too!  Happy New Year!

xo,

Tiffany

A and I <3

A and I ❤

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E and I celebrating at work!

E and I celebrating at work!

TDF

This week’s TDF’s are so on point.  You’re going to love them!

1.  Elephant USB Drive

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I love elephants and I was totally surprised to find this at Office Depot.  I think it would be the perfect little USB for keeping fun things on, you could use it for work if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

2. Pineapple Smoking Slippers

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Asos has done it again.  These shoes are so adorable.  The only qualms I have are that they are currently sold out!

3.  Tulle Skirt

I just bought a tulle skirt in the past few months and I still haven’t taken it out of the bag.  I’m obsessed with it, but I haven’t quite decided the appropriate situation to wear it in.  I have tons of outfits posted to my board on Pinterest, but I  just don’t know where to wear it.  I can’t quite wear it to work, but it’s also to fancy for just plain weekend outings…when I figure it out, I’ll let you know.

4. Tone It Up Weekly Workout

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I love the Tone It Up girls.  They are so inspiring and send out the most uplifting emails.  Their workouts are really helpful, and most of them are something I can do in my living room, which is always helpful – especially when I don’t have time to drive all the way to the gym.  They are fun and very genuine.  You should definitely give some of their workouts a try.

5. My Fitness Pal App

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I’ve tried a gazillion times to lose weight and I always get discouraged right around the two week mark because I can’t see any immediate results.  The app, My Fitness Pal, is so helpful and really helps you keep your eye on the prize.  If weight loss, health, fitness or anything of the like is a priority for you, then this app could be the secret to your success.  Plus, it’s free!

6.  My Bachelorette Pad

I’ve really been investing a lot of time in making my apartment less of an apartment and more of a pad.  I want it to be somewhere I am proud of and  I also want it to be my personal sanctuary, a place where I feel completely comfortable.  I also want to feel posh while I’m there.  I have lots of great ideas that I never bring to fruition, so I want my apartment to be “Pinterest-Worthy,” and I’m using this board to make it happen 🙂

On My Radar

One of my favorite bloggers regularly writes an “on my radar” post.  I looked for different ways to say the same thing, and nothing had the same ring to it.  I love that she compiles different things that are all noteworthy, but may not fall into any of the same categories.  It is the perfect way to highlight popular, interesting things that don’t necessarily have any relation to one another.  So, here goes!

1.  Revenge

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My friend just introduced me to this show and I have essentially been watching it non-stop.  At first, I wasn’t sold, but the more I watch it, the more intrigued I become.  Seriously, it’s a show worth watching.  I would say it takes about three episodes to really get into it, but it’s so good!

2.  Tone it Up

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I started watching these exercise videos this summer and then completely forgot about them.  I recently stumbled across their website via Pinterest and was reminded of how awesome they are!  These girls are so uplifting and they almost form a friendship with you.  They have recipes, workouts and clothes on their website.

3.  May Designs

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My best friend gave me one of these for Christmas and it looks so perfect on my desk.  I would venture to say that it inspires productivity.  The website is really user friendly and has so many different options for covers and also for the pages inside.  They even just released a new calligraphy practice book!

4. Dairy-Free Milk

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I’m lactose-intolerant.  I always have been, but I love dairy products so much that I have a really hard time giving them up.  Lately, I’ve made a resolution to start taking care of my body, and that means listening to it when it tells me it doesn’t like something.  So, I’ve cut dairy products out.  I’ve started trying out different types of milk: soy, almond and coconut are the highlights.  I actually really like the coconut milk, it’s a really different taste but it’s so good!

5. Flirty Exercise Clothes

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I’ve always been a runner, but with my knee injury, I’ve been forced to get creative with my exercise routines.  This means that I spend a lot more time in the gym than I do outside, and shorts and a t-shirt just don’t cut it when you’re surrounded by soccer moms and country club wives who are dressed to the nines.  I’ve seen women working out in their Yurman and pearls.  I’ve come to realize that the way women are dressing for the gym is more versatile than I originally thought.  The clothes are meant to be worn running errands, going to the nail salon and also going to the gym.  The helps to avoid having several outfit changes throughout the day.  Genius.