Not As Planned

This week has definitely not been going as planned, although things had been going well until about Tuesday or Wednesday.. I was working out, planning meals, snacks and all.

Tuesday was my active rest day, I had a day off work and went for a walk with my Honey, followed by the Long & Lean stretching routine from the TIU BeachBabe DVD and before going to bed, I could definitely feel my lower back niggling a bit. Typically, I ignored it, having weighed up my options (err..workout vs no workout 😉 ) and got on with the Self magazine Drop10 2013 Toning workout. And – oooh, it felt good! I’m loving the new moves! My back didn’t give me any trouble, except during the last move, which I ended up modifying for the 2nd and 3rd set- basically just doing it on my hand and knees instead of my forearms and toes.

So..all well and good – until yesterday that is! I woke up with an excruciating pain and stiffness in my lower back, making me nearly instantly grumpy, annoyed and frustrated. All I wanted was to work out and, well, move around freely and without having to think about my every move.

This is how I had planned my workouts for this week (based on the Tone It Up schedule and with the Drop1o challenge in mind):

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Considering the fact that I’m currently sitting here with my TENS machine attached to my back and ready for my next dose of NurofenPlus, it’s safe to say that I won’t be working out today. I’m hoping for a little walk, if you can even call it that, through town and to the grocery store. Whoop-dee-doo! 😉

Instead of focusing on the negative, I’ll try continue to appreciate the fact, that I got lucky with another holiday weekend (gotta work on the Bank Holiday Monday) off work and that I’m blessed with the most amazing and supportive Boyfriend a girl could wish for.

On this note, I’m off to live vicariously through other people’s (#TIUteam) workouts via Instagram, heehee!

Happy Easter!

K❤

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Get Ready for THAT Bikini

Happy Wednesday !

We’re halfway through the week already, how did that happen, eh?! I guess the long, extended weekend for St. Patrick’s Day, or any other Bank Holdiday weekend, always make the rest of the week fly by.
Not much, apart from work, some workouts and a bit of juicing, has been happening around here. Although, speaking of workouts, it felt so good to exercise after hardly moving on Monday. I might have been a little bit hungover..😳 ahem..

Karena and Katrina posted the workout schedule here, but here’s what my workout plan looks like for this week (pretty much the same 😊):

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This is the Self Drop10 BikiniBody workout in detail:
Do these 8 moves, for 3 sets:

> The Ballerina Chop (abs, butt, thighs) x12
> Kick It (triceps, back, abs, butt, hips, thighs) x12/alternating legs
> Tummy Tucker (abs, obliques, shoulders, back, butt) x12/side
> Complete Curl (biceps, abs, obliques, back, butt, hamstrings) x12/alternating legs
> Skinny Dip (triceps, abs, butt, thighs) x12/alternating legs
> Power Press (chest, abs, hips, legs) x12
> Bridge Burner (back, chest, butt, thighs, hamstrings) x12/side
> Reach and Squeeze (back, obliques, butt) x12/side

And now for the LivestrongWoman “ToneItUpTuesdays” BikiniBootcamp

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You can find more details, including the printable here and the video here.

Now it’s time for some HIIT on the treadmill and along with the SummerSlim workout (TIU&LivestrongWoman) afterwards. I’ll be back on Friday with a post on RPE.

K❤

Toning It Up

Wow, how is it the middle of March already..?! Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, which marks four months until our summer holiday. Even though it’s not a beach/sun holiday but rather an active, round trip that will take us to a different place every day, lots of time will be spent in the great outdoors and hopefully plenty of physical activity and I wanna improve my fitness and hopefully take my body to another level, not only for this upcoming vacation, but also for life. 😊

Since I love, love, loovvvvve the Tone It Up girls, Karena and Katrina, and the whole lifestyle they embody and motivation they provide for so many women – and possibly a few fellas? – out there, I’ve been taking inspiration from their weekly workout plans since the start of the year when the ladies launched their L❤ve Your Body series. These plans were so popular, they decided to continue posting them each week. Hooray! 😀
At the moment, I’m using their workout schedule more as a guideline and following it depending on how I feel, cos listening to your body is so very important (as hard as that can be-sometimes you gotta switch of your head that’s telling you that you must workout, etc.) and how much time I have (well, you gotta make time..). Here’s week 2 of the Spring Fling schedule.

Here’s what my workout plan for this past week looks like

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A few notes – the “Sweet 16” and the “Plateau Buster” HIIT workouts are from the Self Magazine’s 2012 Drop 10 challenge, which Karena and Katrina were, and still are the trainers for.

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You can sign up for this year’s challenge here, it launches next Wednesday, 20.3.! Who’s excited?!😃
Tone It Up have also been partnered up with LivestrongWoman since early last year and have been bringing “Tone It Up Tuesdays” to an even wider audience since then.
The 3-move “Love Your Legs” workout is part of that series.
Tomorrow, Sunday, is supposed to be the day to Run It Out as per “Sunday Runday”, but my back has been at me again since last night, so I might just make it a “Sunday Walkday”.☺

Now I’m just about ready to relax for the evening, before my Love and I will be diving right into the crowds for the festivities tomorrow.

K❤

Supplement Shopping plus discount code

Hello hello! 🙂

Well, it sure has been a while..yet again.. since my last post, but to make up for my absence I’m gonna share a special 😉 discount code for iherb.com

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Iherb offer “one of the largest selections of high quality nutritional products in the world” with well-known, leading brands, great value (such as multi-buy discounts) and fantastic shipping options, ranging from same day delivery in the USA to international delivery to about 150 countries (with great rates – iherb would be my first port of call for delivery to Ireland as it’s offer cheaper and better value in terms of shipping rates and $-€ conversion also).

So if you need to stock up on some nutritional supplements or other goodies, why not make sure you get an extra $5 off your first order. (Unfortunately it doesn’t apply if you’ve ordered from iherb before, or you could pass it on to a friend, order with them and share shipping costs with them too!)

What are you waiting for?! Head on over to iherb.com , fill your cart and enter MUH985 at the checkout !

Happy shopping!
K❤

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored nor in any other way endorsed by iherb.com, I’m simply choosing to share the discount code with you 🙂

Link Love

Today’s Tuesday..which means it’s exactly 2 weeks until Christmas day! yay! 😀 I can’t believe it’s so close and to say I’m organized would be a lie. Uh-oh.. but- this Friday I shall finally dive head first into the crowds and buy most, if not all, presents in one go. For today though, I thought I’d share some links to carefully selected sites with you 🙂

Here we go..

Something to decorate cupcakes & co
Sprinkles

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How to Make Sprinkles for Cupcakes

a boredom busting cardio workout
hiit-and-steady

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Fitnessista’s HIIT and Steady Cardio workout from October

delicious Holiday Brunch ideas.. especially this tasty-looking Kale salad
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Kale Salad with Dates, Parmesan and Almonds and other Holiday Brunch Recipes

super cute workout tees
eatcleantraindirty

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Eat Clean Train Dirty and other awesome workout tanks and tees from FiredaughterClothing

a protein pancake recipe…mmmh
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Shine Or Set’s Protein Pancake recipe

Tips on mastering the most daunting (for some) workout moves
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Tips on How to Master Any Workout Move

 

Enjoy!♥