Bikini Series 2017 | Week 8 | Final Check-In

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Just being a mermaid. 
If you follow me on Instagram (which I hope you do – I’m @CrimsnMacchiato) you know that I am taking part in a 12 day Disney Yogi Princesses Yoga Challenge. It’s so fun! But let me say, it takes a lot (at least for me) to get a good picture. The Disney Princess above is, you probably already guessed, Ariel. ❤ It’s my favorite out of all the ones we’ve done so far.

Anyway…

This is my final Tone It Up Bikini Series Check-In! The challenge is basically over… this last week most of the girls are taking part in the 7 day slim down.

This last week was great! I worked out every day.. doing something. My shoulders have been really bothering me, so I’ve been incorporating yoga and Feldenkrais movements to help…. also, IcyHot is amazing!

So let’s talk results.

I took my measurements yesterday morning.

There’s good news and bad news. I always start out with the bad news, and end with the good.

Bad news: I actually gained 2.75 inches overall

Good news: I lost .75 inches overall.

So essentially I gained 2 inches.

Hmmm.

But it’s not all about the numbers.

I’ve been consistent with working out, listening to my body and taking off a day or two only when needed – not because I just didn’t want to workout or I was too busy.

I am more conscious about what I am eating and overall, I feel good.

Now, I am disappointed with the numbers.. but there are plenty of factors that go into measurements and by next week, those 2 inches could very well be gone.

No big deal. Why?

Because fitness is a lifestyle… and one I am passionate about.

(Also the big 3-0 is quickly approaching… and it’s already super easy to gain and a struggle to lose.. so definitely need to get it together.)

Going forward, I will be making a few changes to switch it up.

Number 1 – I need to get more sleep. I get up early every day and despite good intentions, end up getting to bed late. Last night I did well, I got to bed before 10p. 🙂

Number 2 – I need to show up more often for cardio. I used to love it, but now that I’m older, I don’t so much. Then I have that pesky ankle… But no excuses. I will definitely be incorporating cardio and HIIT a few times a week. To make sure that I do it, I will write it on my calendar and create an event for it on my phone.

I think that is a good, realistic start.

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Tiger pose.

7 Powerful Fitness Quotes to Inspire Greatness

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

There was an absolutely beautiful sunrise this morning. It was magnificent!

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Also, a happy father’s day to all of you amazing, hard-working dads!

We are nearing the end of the Tone It Up Bikini Series. This final week is all about the 7 Day Slim Down meal plan… which means it’s time to focus, commit, and slay those fitness goals! (whether you are doing the plan or not.)

In honor of that, today I am sharing 7 powerful fitness quotes to inspire greatness! Let’s kick ass this week! 😉

 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyon.jpg

 

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossi.jpg

 

Thoughts are things. Negativity is what kills you... It's tough to do, but you've got to work at living, you know- Most people work at dying, but anybody can die; the easiest thing on th

 

There is only one personresponsibleforwhere you are todayandwhere you'll be tomorrow.

 

The road to success and greatness is always paved w%2F consistent hard work.Outwork your competitors, be authentic and above all else..Chase your greatness..jpg

 

Defeat is a state of mind;No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

 

 

Bikini Series 2017 | Week 7 | #TIU

Hello friends! It’s week 7 of the Tone It Up Bikini Series.. already!

This week has been great! I didn’t workout Monday. I needed a rest day.

But I have worked out every other day this week. Between my Tracy Anderson mat work and the Tone It Up daily moves and workout videos, I’m feeling stronger and slimmer. I’ve also been successful at adding in Yoga.

I have been craving the beach something crazy… the weather has been warm and sunny here in Ohio.. but of course, the day we planned a picnic at East Harbor it was cold, dreary, rainy…

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Hair curled, coffee in hand.
No East Harbor, but…

We ended up having the picnic with family and spent the entire day having a blast! The sun actually came out and we enjoyed being outside all day. It was perfect.

The past few days we hit 90 degrees – which is awesome for my workouts! 🙂

I am looking forward to this final week… I can’t wait to see my results! ❤

 

 

The Best Fitness Workouts for Women

 

I recently wrote a three – part series on the best workouts for women. Summer is here and there is no time like the present to get up and get moving! Fitness is not a trend, it is truly a lifestyle. The good news is you don’t have to go to the gym to get fit. You can achieve amazing results right at home! No matter how busy you are, there is always something you can do! Read on to learn more.

 

The Best Ab Workouts for Women

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In this article, I share my favorite exercises and fitness programs to achieve a slim midsection – perfect for lounging around the pool or on the beach in your swimsuit!

 

The Best Booty Workouts for Women

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Who doesn’t want a tight, lifted, tush? I share my secrets to achieving a good looking rear view in this article.

 

The Best Arm Workouts for Women

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Toned arms are essential for summer. Learn how to achieve sleek, toned arms in this article.

 

Now go workout! 🙂

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Bikini Series 2017 | Week 6 | #TIU

This week has been pretty great! The weather was beautiful every day – Warm Temps, Sunshine, just gorgeous! We were outside nearly every day. I planted a bunch of flowers and pruned up the Cactus – Keep an eye out for a post about those soon! 🙂

Workouts have been pretty good, too. Yoga, Tracy Campoli, Daily Moves, Tracy Anderson..

Wednesday we went to Alum Creek State Park and took a tour of the Below Dam. It was a lot of fun and very informative! I also got plenty of walking in.. Climb those stairs once.. There’s a reason people flock to Alum to workout.

(Read more about Alum Creek State Park in 5 Ohio State Parks You Need to Explore)

Thursday I woke up to S O R E shoulders. No workout. I also took Friday off.

Let me say, it felt amazing to jump back in on Saturday.

Today was fabulous! It was probably the coffee… but I did two Yoga flows this morning. Amazing.

Wrapped the day up with a 30 minute mat workout.

Week 6 – Success!

Bikini Series 2017 | Week 5 | #TIU

Summer is nearly here and we are over halfway through the Bikini Series already!

Time has flown by, but I am ready for the warmer temps and the beautiful sunshine! I have a lot of gardening to do.. and I am happy to report that my cactus garden is looking good! I’ll post about that soon. 🙂

This week was pretty good. My shoulder, back, and neck are feeling better. My ankle is not too bad, I’m just careful and wrap it up before doing any cardio. Monday I did modified daily moves and did a bunch of Tracy Campoli videos. I got a good hour and a half in.

I’m really focusing on my abs, doing a standing ab circuit after every workout.

Tuesday I did the new Tone It Up ab workout, which was amazing! And then my son and I got outside to play kickball and run around in the yard.

 

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Give this a try!

 

Wednesday, and Thursday were also great. I stayed right on track, despite feeling lethargic with all the dreary weather on Thursday.

Friday I decided to begin 30 days of Yoga again, to reconnect and get back into a daily yoga habit. So, I have been adding that in each morning.

Today my son and I were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine for a bit!

Week 5 was a success!

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I am ready for Week 6!

13 Reasons to Workout Today

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States — The unofficial start of Summer. The days are getting longer; a gorgeous sunset at 8pm vs. 5pm? Yes please! I love having natural light later into the evening…

But this does lend itself to us filling those daylight hours with more activities.

Summertime is super busy.

[And side note:  The new season of House of Cards is released on Tuesday. Good luck getting anything done. haha!]

In an effort to inspire us all to keep up with our fitness routines and keep working toward our goals, I am sharing 13 reasons to workout today (and everyday.)

To start, say the following sentence out loud or silently to yourself:

I am going to workout today ______________________________.

 

Then fill in the blank with your favorite reason below.

 

13. to boost my metabolism.

12. to stay fit and healthy.

11. to improve my balance and coordination.

10. to get one step closer to my fitness goal.

9. to improve my energy level.

8. to strengthen my heart.

7. to set a good example for my kids.

6. because I can. I am physically able.

5. to have more confidence.

4. because I am stressed out and need a break.

3. to increase my focus and concentration.

2. to boost my mood.

1.  to be the best version of myself.

 

Now go workout!

If you are visiting your family, recruit them to do a workout with you! It can be as simple as going for a walk or for a fun twist, enjoy a game of volleyball, kickball, baseball.. whatever active game your family loves!

 

Have a great week!

 

 

Bikini Series 2017 | Week 4 | #TIU

It’s hard to believe, but another week has wrapped up. Week 4 of the Bikini Series flew by!

I started strong, completing my daily moves each day and adding in Tracy Anderson Mat work and yoga.

Wednesday was a busy day – I woke up early to get my workout in and then we headed up to spend the day with family. It was warm and windy! We had a lot of fun – I played a variety of games outside with my son and nephew. We all enjoyed a delicious frozen treat and just had the best time relaxing.

Thursday morning I woke up with a sharp pain in my neck, shoulder, and down into my upper back. It was pretty bad– I could barely move. I was surprised to get up out of bed. The plan was to relax all day, so I had some coffee, ibuprofen, and doused myself in Icy Hot. The weather was so beautiful and my husband suggested that we head up north for a picnic. And that is what we did. No better therapy than sunshine and the beach! Despite the aches, I really enjoyed the day! Cerulean skies, a blue-green Lake Erie, hot dogs on the grill… It was fabulous!

No workout on Friday. The ache was dulling, but definitely still present. At this point, I figured all of the activity had fatigued my muscles and I probably had slept wrong.

By Saturday, I was ready for some movement though. Especially after a picture “memory” of myself from two years ago, looking slim and fit, popped up on my Facebook timeline.

Ever see a picture of yourself… and it kinda ruins your day? hahahaha!

I pulled out my mat, did a modified version of Sunshine Sculpt and did a Feldenkrais session.

Then I had a hot shower and Epsom salt soak.

Today, I did modified Daily Moves, modified Dance Cardio, and a 30 minute yoga/Feldenkrais session.

Slowly easing into movement. Being limited forces creativity, but there is always something that we can do.

Week 4 presented some challenges, but overall I consider it a success. I’m ready for Week 5!

 

Get Out of a Rut: Fitness Inspiration to Ignite Your Inner Spark

Hello friends!

Can you believe it’s Sunday already? This week has flown right on by…

Summer is just around the corner, so this week I want to share some fitness inspiration to reignite that inner fire when you need it the most.

It’s frustrating when you are putting in the work and not seeing results, or when you’re injured and activity is limited. Sometimes you lose all motivation – maybe you’re tired, sore, exhausted, just plain busy, or overwhelmed.

We all have days where we second guess ourselves, asking is this worth it? When we would rather have that box of donuts, sit on the couch and watch TV; When  exhausted from all of our daily responsibilities; When the number on the scale isn’t moving or we aren’t seeing the progress that we had envisioned; This list runs on infinitely and it is incredibly easy to talk ourselves out of the workout. Putting it off for a day turns into a week, turns into a month… Suddenly, we are right back where we started.

Before you know it, you hit that brick wall and find yourself stuck – with no visible exit.

What now?

Sometimes you have to carve out your own door, find an alternative path, think outside the box, get creative. Spark your imagination, remember your why, and reignite that fire.

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again.

What better time than today? It’s a brand new week, a new beginning. New and exciting possibilities and opportunities await you.

Today I am sharing my favorite quotes, affirmations, mantras, and sayings to help inspire creativity, to help you get unstuck and out of that rut.

 

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Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.

 

If you want to change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.

 

You cannot change yesterday, but you can change today.

 

 

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Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.
-Brian Tracy

Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.
-Tim Fargo

 

Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.
-Rikki Rogers

 

 

Push

 

 

You get what you work for, not what you wish for.
-Howard A. Tullman

Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.

Slow progress is better than no progress. Every workout brings you one step closer to reaching your goal.

 

 

the limit does not exist

 

 

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.
-Bill Phillips

Wake up every morning and tell yourself, “I can do this.”

Do what is necessary to become who you want to be.

 

 

It comes down to one simple thing- How bad do you want it-

 

More Inspiration:

 

Bikini Series 2017 | Week 3 | #TIU

Week 3 has come to an end.

I woke up not feeling so great this morning, but after a few cups of coffee I was feeling up to taking my measurements…

Moment of truth.

I gained .25 inches on my waist.

But I lost a total of 1 inch overall.

Not great, but not too bad. It’s only been 3 weeks and I really don’t have much to lose. Considering my age and my metabolism, I have to work harder to be able to lose anything at all. It’s been that way for about 2 years.

Regardless, progress is being made, albeit a bit slow.

So recapping the week ..

Monday was a rest day. Much needed.

Tuesday I caught up and danced my heart out.

Wednesday I paid for it. My ankle started bothering me, which slowed me down in the cardio department.

I ended up sticking with the daily moves and added in Tracy Anderson mat workouts, as well as some Tracy Campoli for the remainder of the week.

Saturday morning, Adriene hosted a live yoga workout and it was amazing! My son and I joined friends from all over the world in this practice. It was absolutely lovely.

Week 3 was a success! ❤