Summer Tone Up 2017 | Week 4 Check in | #TIU

Good morning friends!

It’s Monday already! Yesterday marks one month until my birthday… one more month of the 20’s decade.

Crazy.

Today is also the start of week 5 of the Summer Tone Up Fitness challenge. That means it’s time for a check – in… and measurements.

I will admit, I was nervous taking these measurements. There’s something frightening about having to face the reality of the tape measure. Last night I felt thin and confident… but after a few hours of sleep and 2 cups of coffee, I wasn’t feeling like I was going to enjoy what the tape measure had to say.

Before I reveal the results, let’s discuss how the week went.

I started this week by honoring my body. I rolled out the mat, put on my Spotify playlist, and just moved. It was absolutely perfect and exactly what I needed.

Because I found myself getting tired of doing the same workouts every week for this challenge, I found myself gravitating toward Tracy Campoli videos. I love her workouts and it was nice to switch it up. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need to refresh your mind and body.

In addition to that, I’ve been doing a separate booty challenge that my friend, Kaddie is hosting. That is killer, but is definitely helping accelerate my results.

I attended both Live workouts this week and they were so good! I love working out with Karena and Katrina in real time. It’s so fun!

I worked out every single day, and I’m getting stronger and more flexible… which is apparent in my yoga challenges.

I have to say, if you are struggling with accountability and motivation, sign up for Instagram and join a yoga challenge. Even on the days when you don’t want to do anything, you’ll find that you push yourself to get it done because you have to post your picture to participate in the challenge. And, it helps you ease out of your comfort zone. Just look at that featured image of me in a handstand. I have this irrational fear of being upside down… I don’t know why, I don’t know where it comes from.. but it’s ridiculous. Anyway, in doing these yoga challenges, I’ve been, in a way, forced out of my comfort zone. I say “in a way” because I am choosing to participate in the yoga challenges. Had I not faced this fear and kept only doing the “safe” poses, I never would have experienced the joy of this posture. Now, I am far from being able to flip myself up and I am not quite at balancing on my own.. I need the assistance of the tree or a wall.. but I’m getting stronger and more confident. If you follow me on Insta, you saw that I was able to get myself into the EPK posture.. what? Amazing! While Yoga isn’t about “doing” the pose, it still feels pretty awesome when find that you are able to do more than before, as with anything in life. πŸ™‚

Anyway, below shows you how I felt on Friday night…

 

And now for the results…

I was surprised and it is definitely a testament to “trust the process.”

I lost .75 inches around my stomach; .50 inches around my waist; .75 inches off my hips; .50 inches off each arm; I gained .50 inches on one leg, but lost .50 inches on the other – which is fine because now they are the same. Basically about 3 inches overall. Not too shabby. Since I tossed my scale a few years ago, and I’m not planning on going to the doctor anytime soon, I don’t know if I’ve lost actual pounds, but I’m not too concerned about that.

So I’m pretty happy with this and motivated to kick it up a few notches the next few weeks. I’m planning on making time for my Tracy Anderson workouts again and keeping up with the rest of the challenge. πŸ™‚

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Summer Tone Up 2017 | Week 3 Check in | #TIU

Hello friends! Happy Monday!

Week 3 of the Summer Tone Up has ended… it was a little rough for me. If you read my inspirational post yesterday, you know that I had a few setbacks this past week.

First, I somehow hurt my ankle. I don’t know how, but I got up from the table, started walking, and instantly felt a sharp twinge. Nice. I wrapped it up that evening and did a workout, albeit modified and slow.

 

Then as if that wasn’t enough, I woke up to a slight tickle, ache feeling in my throat. You know the one… the inkling that if you don’t start intensely taking precautions, you’re going to end up out of commission for the next week and a half to two weeks.

Cute.

hahaha!

So, I took it easy. I figured a little bit of working out was better than going full tilt, getting sick, and being benched for up to two weeks.

It worked. I’m not sick. My ankle is fine, but I should probably take the 5 minutes to wrap it before working out each day.

But, I was supposed to take measurements yesterday.

That would have been a bad idea. I have bulked, which is normal for me in this stage of fitness challenges. I always, without fail, bulk up and then so long as I trust in the process and keep going, I slim out.

In addition to that, I have been ravenous, and I may have been indulging in more carbs than normal.

So… for the sake of my well being, I opted out of measurements yesterday. I will take them next week. πŸ™‚

I have found myself getting a little tired of this challenge. Yesterday’s workout was once again beach ballin’ + a run. I wasn’t feeling it. I opted for music and a nice yoga sesh instead.

Today I’m feeling much the same way. So, I will do some HIIT, just not the TIU video. I get tired of doing the same videos, the same moves, over and over again. I need to switch it up and have variety.

In no way am I a fitness expert or fitness model.

I’m an Ohio gal, a mom, a wife, who has a deep passion for fitness and health.

And that is why I love these check-ins and despite thinking that I didn’t have much to say and wouldn’t write this post today, I decided to do it anyway. To show you that if you feel tired, discouraged, uninspired, unmotivated.. you’re not alone. We all feel that way from time to time.

And it’s okay to whine and complain for a little bit… then you stop. Take a deep breath. Suck it up. Put on your workout clothes, and get it done. Just like anything else in this life. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do. But we do it anyway. And guess what? You’re spending time doing it, you may as well change your attitude about it. Be grateful and smile because you are alive and you can move. Or be grateful and smile because you sucked it up, got it done, and now you can move on with your day.

Week 4, I’m coming for ya. πŸ™‚

Summer Tone Up 2017 | Weeks 1 and 2 Check in | #TIU

Hello once again friends!

The Summer Tone Up Challenge started on July 17. My muscles have been s o r e.. and I’ve already noticed a change in my body and my mind. It feels so good to challenge myself with intense exercise.

 

…And let me say, it’s a challenge to show up for cardio some days, especially back to back.

But, I suck it up, and get it done. September will be here soon and I am determined to meet my goal. I also am loving the live workouts on Instagram! So fun!

In addition, I’ve been adding in all the yoga challenges and my Tracy Anderson work.

So, all in all, I’d say week 1 and week 2 were a success!

I happy to move forward and challenge myself in week 3!

And ladies, it is not too late to join the challenge! Sign up at ToneItUp.com and join me! Leave me a comment if you do. πŸ™‚

Follow me and my fitness journey on Instagram. I’m @CrimsnMacchiato

See you there!

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-A

 

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7 Uplifting Quotes to Change Your Life

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

It’s bonus inspo week! Check out Inspiration for the AgesΒ for some timeless wisdom.

I love Sundays because they give us a chance to pause and reflect. Also because they signify the beginning of a brand new week, filled with new opportunities and new possibilities; a fresh start.

It may sound cheesy, or clichΓ©, but it’s true.

So, in honor of the Summer Tone Up Challenge, which starts tomorrow, I wanted to share a little inspiration and motivation for new beginnings.

Let’s go!

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For what it's worth,It's never too lateto be whoeveryou want to be.I hope you live a lifeyou're proud of,And if you findthat you're not,I hope you have the strengthto start over.

 

 

There comes a daywhen you realizeturning the page is the best feeling in the world,becauseyou realizethere is so much more to the bookthan the page you were stuck on..jpg

 

 

Don't feel sorry for yourselfif you have chosen the wrong road.Turn around.

 

 

Don't worry about failures,worry about the chances you misswhen you don't even try.

 

 

Start now.Start where you are.Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking.Start with voice trembling, but start.Start and don't stop.Start where you are,

 

 

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Have a fabulous week, friends!
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A

 

 

Summer Tone Up 2017 | Tone It Up Fitness Challenge for Women | #TIU

Hello Friends!

Happy Thursday! How is your week going so far?

I’ve been a little distracted the past two weeks… between not feeling well and having a bit of an existential crisis, it’s definitely been busy. I’m blaming it on the full moon and the stormy weather. haha!

And that is why I’m so excited about the Summer Tone Up Challenge! Fitness is excellent therapy and can solve many problems. In addition, I have two months until I turn 30, and I am ready to close this chapter and move on to the next one. I know it’s all symbolic, and nothing really changes (except a lower car insurance rate, right?) but I want to enter my 30’s feeling my absolute best!

Much like with the Bikini Series, I will do a weekly check-in post to help keep myself accountable, and hopefully inspire you on your fitness journey.

We start on Monday and I would love for you to join us! It’s a completely free, 4 week fitness challenge and it’s going to be amazing! The workouts are challenging and fun, and the TIU community is filled with incredibly loving and supportive women!

I joined Instagram last month and I was blown away by all of the support and inspiration from my fellow TIU girls!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up atΒ ToneItUp.com

Leave me a comment and let me know if you are joining!

And stay in touch! Follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration, laughs, yoga, and lots of coffee!

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See you soon!

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A

 

Ignite Your Fire: Fitness Inspiration to Get You Moving

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday!

Summer is in full swing and isn’t it fantastic?

Since the Bikini Series wrapped a few weeks ago, I’ve been in full workout mode.

And I’m proud to say that I am not only looking and feeling thinner… but the tape measure reflects my hard work – 2.5 inches down.

Woot Woot!

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As I’ve gotten older, my perspective and my priorities have shifted. Fitness is less about looking good and more about being healthy.Β 

With that in mind, I wanted to share a little extra fitness inspiration this week.Β 

Let’s workout!

 

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“You’ve got to block out all distractions when you train. You’re focus has to be 100% into the rep. You’ve got to get into a zone…”
-Mike Matarazzo

Fall in love with taking care of your body.

“You’re far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. ”
-Jennifer Freeman

 

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“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.”
-Dennis Waitley

 

Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

 

The difference between your body this week and next week is what you do in the next 7 days to achieve your goal.

 

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“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.”
-Jillian Michaels

 

You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.

 

Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.

 

Make progress.Not excuses.

 

I’ll leave you with a little music. Have a wonderful week friends!

7 Powerful Fitness Quotes to Ignite Your Spirit and Strengthen Your Focus

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Summer is officially here! We went up north to Lake Erie to celebrate and enjoy the day with family. It was sunny, warm, and absolutely gorgeous – perfect weather for a yummy picnic!

Here’s a little peek at Lake Erie from East Harbor State Park in Northwest Ohio.

I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.

 

Of course we all took a million pictures. If you don’t capture it, it never happened right? haha!

In the words of Jim Gaffigan, “You ever see a photo of yourself… And it kinda ruins your day?”

Well, while it didn’t necessarily ruin my day, a few pictures were snapped of me that were just not flattering…. and definitely had me re-thinking my fitness goals.

This is a good reminder for us all – we should take time to measure our progress, or lack thereof, and revisit our fitness goals. It’s a time for honesty and self-reflection.Β (Which I did last week for the end of Bikini Series)

And this is also a good reminder to look up a tutorial or two about how to pose in pictures. haha! –if that sort of thing is important to you.

Last week I shared 7 powerful fitness quotes to inspire greatness.

So in the spirit of summer – sand, sun, beach days- and new fitness goals, I thought I would share 7 more powerful fitness quotes to ignite our spirits and keep us focused.

Are you ready to have a kick-ass week?

Let’s do this!

 

If you spendtoo much timethinkingabout a thing,You'll never get it done.Make at least onedefinite movedailytoward your goal.

 

I train like I'm training for the Olympics or for a Mr. America contest,the way I've always trainedmy whole life.You see, life is a battlefield.Life is survival of the fittest.How many h

 

Train tire

 

The purpose of trainingisto tighten up the slack,toughen the body,andpolish the spirit.

 

 

If you ever lack the motivation to trainthen think what happensto your mind and bodywhen you don't.

 

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Don't make training

Bikini Series 2017 | Week 8 | Final Check-In

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Just being a mermaid.Β 
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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜‰

 

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

 

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

 

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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! πŸ™‚

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