Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Newest A-List Sports Bra: The Standout by Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret The Standout
Happy Workout Wednesday, everyone!

If you've been following along, you know that I usually use my Wednesdays as rest days. I've been running myself ragged with work and general chaos, but I've been sticking pretty closely to my meal plan and have started running again. I'm proud of myself!

I bought some awesome compression socks that are surprisingly amazing. I feel like I'm able to recover a lot quicker, which has enabled me to "double dip" workouts again (e.g. run in the morning and play volleyball at night). I can't wait to write up that review for you guys! I'm super late to the game, but I know if I am, there are surely others... I hope.

Speaking of reviews, I have a new sports bra review for you today! I have been on a Victoria's Secret sports bra testing out rampage. I reviewed The Knockout sports bra last week, so this week I bring you The Standout.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Back on My #MeatlessMonday Grind

Hey y'all! Did you make it through Monday okay?

Since I decided to get my head back in the game, I figured I would start back up with Meatless Monday again. I like Meatless Monday because it makes me get creative with cooking, but I'm also more mindful of what I'm putting in my body (when I actually remember that it's Meatless Monday, that is...). One downside to Meatless Monday: I am always friggin' hungry on Mondays! My body just devours all of the nutrients loaded in the fruits, vegetables, and legumes I consume throughout Mondays, and I am just in a perpetual state of hunger all day. My stomach starts yelling at me, and it is not a good situation.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I Have Been One Lazy Lima Bean

Okay, so maybe I'm being a little hard on myself, but it's kind of true. I've been slacking off with my running for weeks, and I haven't gone inside my gym in just as long. It is not a good situation, you guys.

I was training for a half marathon, and quite diligently. I think the combination of half marathon training and playing what has become 4 nights a week of volleyball was a bit hard on my legs. I started having some knee issues, and I decided I needed to cut out some activity. Of course that meant running, because I can't just not play volleyball. Let's be real. Plus, I would really let my teammates down.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Embrace Your Inner Inspector Gadget: Victoria's Secret Knockout Front-Close Sport Bra Review

So, several weeks ago, I received some free Victoria's Secret Sport products from Influenster through their VoxBox program. I was super excited, and just had to snap some shots for Instagram. Along with the Incredible Sports Bra and Knockout Tights, I received 20% off coupons to share with friends and family, or to keep for myself. The coupon could be used on any full-priced fitness product, so away I went to test out some Victoria's Secret Sport gear.

The Victoria's Secret in The Mall in Columbia had recently been remodeled and reopened, so I had to go to this location because this was my go-to VS store. The store was gorgeous, and it was so much easier to shop for specific items with the new layout. All of the Victoria's Secret Sport apparel was in one large section of the store, so I headed for that section, and proceeded to be overwhelmed.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEW! Scandal Bingo: Season 4

It's Thursday, so you know what that means? SCANDAL! I hadn't created a new Scandal bingo board in a while, so I thought I would make a new version for the 4th season. I have had some practice making bingo boards, so I decided to jazz it up a bit this time.

Keep in mind that there are exercises that go along with this bingo game, but they're (of course) optional. The workout instructions can be found below.

Reminder: I am not a certified personal trainer, so exercise at your own risk!

Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm (Probably) Crazy

I saw a really cool opportunity posted in the Maryland Bloggers Facebook group on Sunday, and thought, why not? It sounded like something that would be fun, challenging, and different -- all things that I'm always looking for.

If you've been paying attention (which I know you have), then you know that I have really gotten into running. Sure, I don't run as much as I play volleyball, but I do few things as much as I play volleyball. Ya know, things like sleeping and working.

So, when I saw something that was going to be fun, challenging, different, and focused on running, I definitely had to step up to the challenge. What is it that I agreed to do yesterday?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Walking Dead Bingo - Season 5

The Walking Dead premieres its Season 5 episode tonight, and I am so excited! My best friends got me into the show pretty recently, and I already have become a fan of the show. Now, I think the show is ridiculous. It has some really good moments, but some of the main characters make me so angry so often, and some of the scenes are just so hilariously over the top and predictable. BUT! The producers are doing something right, because I can't stop talking about the show with my friends!

As you can tell from the title of this post, I put together a bingo board for The Walking Dead. As I have done in the past, I put together some exercises to go with the board to keep you occupied during the commercial breaks. Keep in mind that I am not a fitness professional, and that you exercise at your own risk! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Workout Wednesdays: These Are a Few of My Favorite Tees

Happy Hump Day, folks! As has been the case for the last few weeks, today is my rest day, and I spent much of my evening watching The Walking Dead and cleaning my room. I'm still here for the Workout Wednesdays Link Up, so never fear, friends. :-)

I play a lot of volleyball. A. Lot. I'm talking Sunday-Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes on Saturdays. I'm also an assistant coach for a Division III volleyball team, which fills my teeny bit of free time with even more volleyball!

With all of this volleyball playing, I recently realized that I didn't have enough good shirts to wear for volleyball. I can't play in cotton t-shirts anymore because they get all gross and uncomfortable (and the sleeves make it a little bit more challenging to set and hit), and I only have maybe three good Under Armour tech tees -- which I love playing in -- which is certainly not enough for four days of volleyball plus a couple of runs.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sweater Weather

Fall is finally here! Hooray!

I love the fall. Dressing in layers, throwing a soup in the crock pot, and curling up under a blanket to read or watch tv. It's also, of course, volleyball and football season, which always makes for a fun time.

One thing I never enjoyed about the fall, though, was running in the chilly weather. I didn't use to like running at all, so I used any excuse I had to not do it. Now, however, it's a different story.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Five: Five Fitness Inspirations

This week has been a real doozy! I played waytoo much volleyball. Seriously. I played a coed match (and a tough one) on Sunday, two games on Monday, another game on Tuesday, and a coed game last night. Insanity!

Last night, I asked myself, "why are you doing this?" My back was sore, I was exhausted, and I banged my knees up pretty good during the game. "Clearly I'm nuts." But then I realized the real reason why I can't say no to joining a new team or subbing to help out another team: I have a renewed love of volleyball. Now that I'm actually in pretty decent shape, I'm jumping higher, running faster, and playing better, I am falling in love with the game all over again! Which leads me to the subject of this evening's post -- my five fitness inspirations.

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