OOTD: Workout Wednesday

Pretty In Pink… Workout Style!

Good morning gorgeous! It’s time to rise and shine!! It’s finally Wednesday, and you know what that means… Workout Wednesday is finally here! I know it’s a rough week, but its half way over now, and getting that workout in will just help you release some of the stress in your life and give you a little “me time” (plus, I know I always feel better when I feel skinny!).  So… With that being said, here is this week’s Workout Wednesday!

Outfit Of The Day - Workout Wednesday - Pretty In Pink

Tank Top:  Nike Premier Maria Women’s Tennis Tank – nike.com, $50

Sweatshirt:  Under Armour Varsity Sweatshirt – gearbuyer.com, $45

Pants:  Forever 21 Sweetheart Skinny Workout Leggings – forever21.com, $22

Shoes:  Nike Flex 2013 Run – zappos.com, $80

Alright girls, now get up and get your skinny little butts to the gym (or on a run, or walk, or something!). You’ll feel so much better, I promise! Don’t let yourself fall off the path now.. only two more days until the weekend! And plus, what could possibly be better than a pink workout outfit?! …Two of my favorite things, workout clothes and the color pink! Trust me ladies, you are going to be turning all the heads in the gym with this one!

I hope you have an amazing day beauties! Hit the gym and do big things… There’s no time like the present to start your workout routine!

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OOTD: Workout Wednesday

It’s That Day Of The Week Again…

Good Morning skinny minnie!! Workout Wednesday if finally here! If you want to keep that bangin’ bod you have, you better get your little booty up and hit the gym! I know it’s been a long two days and the week started out a little gloomy (with all that rain on Monday!), but let’s finish strong and make it to the weekend a little bit better than we were when we started the week out! Here is a little style inspiration for your workout sesh today!

Outfit Of The Day - Workout Wednesday

 

Top:  Tees by Tina Racerback Tank – pinkmascara.com, $38 (Hey, I think we’ve seen this before…)

Pants:  Victoria’s Secret PINK Yoga Legging – victoriassecret.com, $35

Jacket:  Nike Overhead Hoodie – lipsy.co.uk, $72

Shoes:  Nike (R) Flex Run – nike.com, $75

Okay, ladies… here you go! I want to hear all about your workouts! Even if you’re drowning in work… even a 15-30 minute gym sesh is better than 0!  I hope you have a wonderful day, and stay beautiful my little fashion queens!

XOXO, Kristen

 

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OOTD: Workout Wednesday

 Happy Hump Day… Hit The Gym!!!

Wow… Where has the week gone?! It’s already Wednesday!! Don’t let the stress from the past two days of work (or, if you’re like me, school…) stop you! Get your little booty to the gym and make sure you’re looking your best for the weekend that is coming quickly!

This Workout Wednesday is an especially special one for me, because one of my roommates (and best friends) is turning 22 today!! Happy birthday Michele!

Outfit Of The Day - Workout Wednesday

 

Pullover:  Techfit Climawarm Half Zip Hoodie – addidas.com, $60

Tank Top:  Tees by Tina Racerback Tank – pinkmascara.com, $38

Pants: Hard Tail Rolldown Layering Leggings – pinkmascara.com, $69

Shoes:  Nike Free 3.0 Women’s Running Shoe – nike.com, $100

Phone:  Apple iPhone 5c – apple.com, $99

Okay, so you’re probably thinking “…why would an iPhone ever go with a workout outfit?!” and I don’t blame you because if I just saw this somewhere, I would say the same thing! But, add your music to your phone (rather than an iPod or an MP3 player) and you can have your phone with you while you workout (perfect for safety reasons if you’re running or exercising outside!) and you can have your music without having to worry about carrying them both!  One thing I like to do, is bring my phone (or sometimes even my iPad if I’m feeling bold!) to the gym with me and watch an episode of one of my favorite shows while I run! It makes the hour fly by and you forget you’ve been running for that long!

I hope you all have a wonderful day today, and get a quick workout in! Even if you’re super busy, just 15 or 20 minutes is better than 0! Take advantage of this beautiful weather while it’s still here and go for a run outside or do something outdoors that you won’t be able to when winter hits!

XOXO, Kristen

Michele's 22nd Birthday Picstitch Of Me And Her

Here are a few pictures of me and Michele in honor of her birthday today!!  

 

 

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OOTD: Workout Wednesday

The First Day Back Is Always The Hardest… But New Clothes Will Make It Easier!

We all know that the first day (or first few days if you’re like me!) back in the gym are always the worst! Its so hard to get the motivation to actually go and then once I’m there, after I’m done with my run (or whatever cardio I do that day), I feel like I accomplished so much more than usual so I feel like I can leave… WRONG! But, I know that one thing that always helps me get back into my routine is getting new gym clothes! I absolutely love getting super cute workout outfits, so for those of you struggling right now, here is our first ever Workout Wednesday! OOTD: Workout Wednesday - Go To The Gym In Style!

Top: Forever 21 Cutout Mesh Workout Tank – forever21.com, $18

Pants: Forever 21 Perforated Floral Workout Leggings – forever21.com, $22

Shoes: Nike Flex Run High-Performance Running Shoes – kohls.com, $80

The best part about this super cute workout ensemble? It actually doubles as a wallet friendly outfit, and its not even Friday yet!!

Have a great day beauties, and get your skinny butts back to the gym! Good luck ladies!

XOXO, Kristen

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One Of My All-Time Favorite Treadmill Workouts!

We all know that intervals are the best way to lose weight (burn fat) while increasing your endurance at the same time… However, I know that personally, I am not all that fond of them! When I go for a run, I like to just set my pace and incline and go, if I think about it along the way I may change the speed or incline and I may not. It is my time to clear my mind, and in a way “relax” (I know… I sound crazy!). But, in an effort to tone up a little and increase my endurance, I have been trying out some interval workouts! So far, this one has been the hardest hands down! But, I actually really liked it! And, I definitely felt like I accomplished something HUGE when I was done! Here it is, I really encourage you to try it out and let me know what you think!

Want to try some of the other interval workouts I’ve done? Check out my Pinterest page! All of the ones I have tried are pinned on my “Thinspiration board!

XOXO Kristen

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Last Minute Beach Bod… 6 Exercises To Get Your 6 Pack Back!

Looking For A Quick Fix To Get That 6 Pack Back Before Your Beach Trip? These 6 Ab Exercises Are Sure To Help You Get Back Your Sexy Beach Body

1.  Ab Crunch

Ab Crunch - Ab Workout

 

The abdomen crunch is the most common and easiest ab exercise that you can do.  Simply lie on the floor with your back flat and your arms bent behing your head.  Then bend your legs and touch your knees to your elbows.

Modified way for beginners: Do the same thing, just lift your head up and put it between your knees each time rather than bringing your knees to your elbows!

2.  Reverse Ab Pose

Ab Workout - Beach bod

 

Lie on your back and put your arms in the shape of a T, with your legs lifted so they are perpendicular to the floor.  Move your hips a few inches to the left, exhale and drop both of your legs to the right… slowly! Make sure you stop before your legs hit the floor.  Hold your legs in the position above the floor for a deep breath, exhale and return back to where you started.  Repeat the exercise on both sides – alternate sides for 20 reps, doing 10 on each side

3.  Ab Vacuum

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Lie on on your back with your arms above your head, your feet on the floor, and your legs bent. Slowly lift your spine until your hips are high.  Exhale as you relax your abs and lower your spine down to the ground. As you do this, a natural vacuum will draw your belly in. When your hips are on the floor, lower hands to start position. Repeat 7 to 10 times.

4.  Ab Twist

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To do this one, you sit on the floor with your legs bent.  Lean your chest back and lift your feet off the ground about 6-9 inches balancing all your weight on your lower back and butt.  Then, holding a either a medicine ball or a weight and rotate your body to either side, letting the ball/weight almost touch the ground. Make sure you keep your abs tight the whole time! Do 2 to 3 sets of 15 reps on each side (30 total).

Modified way for beginners:  keep your feet on the floor, rather than lifting them 6-9 inches off the ground.  Everything else stays the same!

5.  Planks

Planks - 6 Pack Ab Exercises

Or was we used to call them in cheerleading, “elbows and toes”! Get into a push up position and then lower your arms so your forearms are resting on the ground, balancing your body weight along with your toes.  Do 2-3 sets, holing the plank for 1 one minute.

6. Leg Lifts with an Exercise Ball

Leg Lifts with Exercise Ball - 6 Pack Abs

Lie on the floor, flat on your back.  Start with the ball in your hands, with your arms extended above your head. Put the ball between your feet, squeezing them together to keep the ball in place, and lower both of your arms and legs down towards the floor. Make sure you only go down as far as you can without arching or straining your back. Then, bring them both back up and grab the ball with your hands.  Lower your arms and legs back down to the floor and start again! Do 2-3 sets of 15-25 reps.

Modified way for beginners:  try doing the same exercise without the ball! (Just touch your finger tips to your toes when you raise your arms and legs!)

With these 6 exercises, regular cardio, and healthy eating, you’re sure to have that six-pack back before you know it! Good luck! :)

XOXO Kristen

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Half Marathon Here I Come!

Training To Run a Half Marathon: Deciding on The Race That Was Right For Me

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When I first came to JMU as a freshman I was terrified of gaining weight.  My biggest fear was going home at Thanksgiving or Christmas time and being the girl that everyone was talking about because she had “gotten so fat.” I refused to allow myself to be that girl. My solution? Running.

I was never a huge runner in high school – I was a cheerleader in the fall and I was on the swim team in the winter. In addition to that, I also did competitive all-star cheerleading outside of school (a year round commitment where I practiced an average of three days/week for two hours. Needless to say, I had my hands full between sports and school work along with trying to maintain some sort of social life. However, over the summer when I did not have to go to school and was only practicing with my outside cheerleading team, I would sometimes go running either to clear my mind, get some exercise, or just to get out of the house.

My real love for running, though, started when I was a freshman in college.  With this fear of gaining weight that I had, I decided the best way to avoid getting “fat,” was to start running everyday. And that is exactly what I did. I’m now a second semester junior, and I am still an avid runner.  The only difference being that I am no longer running to keep from gaining weight.  Today, I still run almost everyday, but it is because running is what calms me down when I am stressed or upset, it gives me time to clear my head when I am angry or frustrated, it allows me to think when I am in a tough spot – running has become my “Kristen time.”

Recently, I decided that I wanted to run in some kind of race.  I had done 5K‘s with both my Marathon runners sister and my best friend Kasey, but this time that is not what I want to do.  I decided that I want to run a longer distance race, which is when I chose a half marathon.  I decided this was a good place to start for a few reasons:

-I would love to eventually run a full marathon (but that a bit ambitious to start with don’t ya think!?)

-A half marathon is 13.1 miles, which is a fairly long distance, but it is not unreasonable if you train.

-I thought I would be able to talk both my sister and Kasey into doing it with me. – It is definitely long, but it is not completely insane (and the fact that its only a  “half” makes it sound so much better!)

From here, I asked (well, it was actually a little bit of asking and a little bit of telling) my sister and Kasey if they would run this race with me.  I was not yet sure of where or when I was going to run it, but I told them I wanted to find and register for one in the Fall of this year, and I wanted to do it sooner than later. I know how we always do things, we make big plans and then we never follow through – if we’re already registered (and paid) then we will have no excuse not to actually complete our goal! To my excitement, they both told me they would do it.

This past week, I sat down and searched for a half-marathon in the Northern Virginia area that
was sometime this coming fall. Much to my surprise, there was actually an abundance of american family fitness half marathon options! (Not all exactly in NOVA, but pretty close if not.) After much consideration and talking
to my sister and Kasey, we settled on the American Family Fitness Half Marathon in Richmond, VA on November 16, 2013.

After settling on that half marathon, we started talking about our training plan.  This is when we decided that we also wanted to run the Army Ten-Miler in Arlington, VA on October 20, Army Ten Miler 2013.  We thought this would make a good warm-up/practice race for our half that will follow three weeks after! I know, we sound crazy enough for wanting to do a half marathon, and now we have signed up for two races! As hard as I know it is going to be getting ready for it, I am excited and ready to push myself.

XOXO, Kristen

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