Monday, February 20, 2017

My Workout Routine

















Today on the blog I wanted to share with all of you my workout routine. For about a year and a half I have been doing Kayla Itsine's Bikini Body Guide Program (BBG for short). For the first year I was just kind of doing it on and off but for the past 16 weeks I have been doing it religiously with my friend Vanessa Krombeen, blogger of TheCheekyBeen. 

So what is the BBG Program? I will try and sum it up in the best way possible. Basically, it is a program that combines what Kayla calls circuits and cardio. There are 2 types of cardio, LISS and HITT. LISS stands for Low Intensity Steady State Cardio. So for this type of cardio you can really do anything as long as it is for 40 minutes in duration. Some people walk, some people jog, some people  bike. I always complete my LISS by doing 40 minutes on the elliptical. HITT is another form of cardio and it stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This is done on the treadmill by sprinting as fast as you can for 30 seconds then resting for 30 seconds all within a 15 minute period. Right now I am supposed to complete 3 different LISS sessions and 1 HITT session a week. Her resistance circuits consist of all different types of workouts and all last 30 minutes. For each circuit day there are 2 different circuits that you complete twice. Each circuit has 4 different types of exercises included that have a certain amount of reps that you are supposed to complete for each. The circuits last 7 minutes and you are supposed to do as many exercises for the amount of reps assigned as many times as possible before the 7 minute circuit is up. After that you get to rest for 30 seconds before moving onto the next circuit. Once you complete circuit 2, you go back to circuit 1 and start all over. Once you have done Circuit 2 for the second time and the 7 minutes are up, you are done. The app comes with videos of all of the workouts, specified rep numbers and a timer. So you always know when each circuit is up and when your 30 second water break is up which is really nice because you don't have to try and time everything. 

Kayla's circuits are broken into 3 categories so there are 3 30 minute circuits that you are to complete each week. The first circuit is upper body, the second is lower body, and the third is full body. Once you complete weeks 1-12, and go onto weeks 13-24, she changes her circuits to arm day, leg day, and ab day. Right now her program is a 24 week program but you can keep doing the program as many times as you would like. Some of the best transformations that I have seen are when people complete the 24 week program all the way through for the 3rd time, 5th time, etc. I know it is kind of confusing to explain but I am going to sum up what my workout week looks like to help better paint the picture:


Monday: 40 minutes of Cardio on the elliptical (LISS)
Tuesday: 15 min warm up on the elliptical and then Leg Day Circuit (30 minutes)
Wednesday: 40 minutes of Cardio on the elliptical (LISS)
Thursday: 15 min warm up on the elliptical and then Arm Day Circuit (30 minutes)
Friday: 15 min warm up on the elliptical and then Ab Day Circuit (30 minutes)
Saturday: 40 minutes of Cardio on the elliptical (LISS)
Sunday: 15 minutes of sprinting for 30 seconds and resting for 30 seconds on the treadmill (HITT)


It's obviously also very important to try and eat healthy on this workout program. I don't necessarily have a strict diet that I stick to but I do try to make healthier choices. For breakfast I usually will eat a boiled egg with a protein bar. For lunch and dinner I try to stay away from carbs, especially foods like Italian, Mexican, Thai-all the stuff that's SO yummy but not that great for you. For lunch I usually eat stuff like a salad with chicken and balsamic vinaigrette, tuna salad with crackers, a protein smoothie, an acai bowl, grilled chicken and veggies, etc. For dinner, my husband and I usually cook Blue Apron meals. These meals are great. They are usually pretty healthy and not that bad in calories. We have been cooking these meals for almost 2 years now and I highly recommend them.

So that about sums everything up. I know it can all be very confusing because there are a lot of moving parts to this program so if you all have any questions at all please feel free to reach out. I am happy to answer anything that you have and to help out in any way. 

XOXO 



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Floral Crop Top

















Today on the blog I wanted to share with you one of my favorite "uniforms". I bring you a crop top with skinny jeans and a choker. I would wear an outfit like this everyday if I could. I am not going to lie, when chokers came back in style I was VERY hesitant to get onboard with this trend. However, the more I started to wear them, the more I fell in love. Now I have SO many hanging on my necklace holder. This black one from Vanessa Mooney is one of my favorites. I love how thin it is and then how it has the little gold pendant hanging from it to make it stand out. Vanessa Mooney makes the best chokers and most of mine are this brand. 

I love all of the black going on with this outfit and then how it has the pop of color with the floral crop top. I was looking around in Nordstrom the other week and saw this Leith crop top hanging and knew I had to have it. I love the sleeves, the floral print, the buttons in the front, just everything. It pairs perfectly with these high waisted jeans. Can we also talk about these peep toe booties?? These are my absolute FAVORITE. I have had these for probably a year and a half now and they are my go to black bootie. I love all of Kristin Cavallari's booties and I wish that I could have this pair in every single color. They are also price matched right now at Nordstrom so now is a good time to get them at a sale price! This Rebecca Minkoff tote is also a new add to my purse collection. My husband bought it for me and I love it so much. I love the gray color with the gold hardware. Most importantly, it is a pretty big purse and has plenty of room to fit all of my stuff. It also is big enough for me to fit my MacBook Air laptop into which is a must have for me these days now that I have started blogging. This purse also comes in 2 other colors; brown and black. 

I am going to try and starting posting for you guys at least 2-3 times a week now so be on the look out for more blog posts soon. :) I hope you all have a great night and YAYYYYY for it being the weekend! 

XOXO

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Red Crop Top Heaven

 
























This red crop top is everything! I mean how cute is this back??? When I saw this top on Lulu's website I just about died and knew I had to have it. It is so perfect for Valentine's Day-or Galentine's Day, whatever you are celebrating. ;) Since the shirt is cropped I wanted to wear it with high waisted jeans so I went with my favorite flares. It would also look great paired with skinny jeans. This outfit is killer for whatever your plans are. Whether you are going out with your girlfriends or going on a date night with your man, it is absolutely perfect for every occasion. This is an outfit I wish could be on repeat ALL the time. The best part about this top is that it is only $32! It doesn't get any better than that. 

Do any of you have fun Valentine's Day plans? My husband and I are going to grab dinner somewhere in Charlotte. I am excited to share a relaxing night with him. I am going through a really tough time right now with my family and I am extra thankful to have him in my life. He has been there with me through everything and has been so supportive even through all of the tears. I seriously don't know what I would do without him. It's funny how hard times will make you realize how important people are in your life. I am extra excited for Valentine's Day this year so that I can do a little something special to show him how thankful I am for him. God certainly blessed me beyond belief by putting him in my life. 

XOXO
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