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December 18, 2014

Thinking Out Loud #4

Hello! Happy Thursday, my friends. I hope you are enjoying the day so far.

Thursdays are great for Thinking Out Loud for a lot of people, myself included. We’re at the point of the week were Friday is so close, yet so far. I have a few different projects to get to before leaving for work this afternoon, then come home to quickly get ready for a show in Downtown Detroit later tonight! Today will fly right by I’m sure.

Let’s get straight to it!

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I went to a Pistons game solo last night, so a lot of these random thoughts are coming straight from my seat in the arena!

• Things I really should have bought stock in 10 years ago include:

Starbucks, Facebook, Apple, and… any type of hand lotion there is available in the winter time.

yes to carrots nourishing hand cream

Are any of you guys absolutely addicted to it like I am?

• I really need to start taking care of my nails again.

And, I don’t know, paint them every once in a while? Sheesh.

• I seriously can’t believe the holidays are here.

Like here! Happy Hanukkah!

You know what’s weird for an Orlando Magic Dancer alum?

Seeing guys from my former team play on other teams at The Palace.

We had the Clippers in town last week, which meant Big Baby Davis, JJ Reddick, and Hedo Turkoglu were all on court together. Last night Jameer Nelson started for the Mavericks! It was so weird, but also cool to see the players from Scott and I’s former NBA Finals days appear here in Detroit.

pistons vs mavericks

Oh, and not to mention that it’s also a treat to have Stan Van Gundy on court every game as our coach too! #magicindetroit

• Upbeat Christmas music makes me embarrassingly happy.

It’s true. I literally haven’t stopped listening to it since the first of December… unless it’s to change the station to slower holiday music, of course. It might be a problem, come January 1st.

Please tell me I’m not alone on this.

• Do really big infinity scarves look better with hair up?

I’m starting to think so.

black and brown outfit with infinity scarf

If not, maybe I’m justifying being lazy about styling it two days in a row?

Out of all the cups and tumblers I can choose from, I have been using the same mason jar for weeks now.

coffee and water every morning

(Don’t worry, I wash it.)

I just love mason jars. They’re perfect for storing snacks and drinking anything out of. Especially water throughout the day.

The Sing Off is back… well almost (for us)! 

Scott and I realized this on our way home from the game last night and went to the DVR as soon as we got inside. As it turns out, we totally forgot to watch the finale from last season. So, we watched that instead. I’m excited to tune into the season premiere of Season 5 this weekend!

• I’m getting back to loving lifting weights. 

While I was transitioning between gyms and training for races, I wasn’t doing a lot of strength training. If I was, it was Pilates, which is great, but not exactly the same as using equipment like cable machines and heavier dumbbells in a fully stocked gym.

lifting at the gym

Every day I complete a workout at the gym, I impress myself on how quickly my muscles are coming back. I kind of dig it.

• It hasn’t snowed since my mom was here over Thanksgiving! 

Is there a possibility that we won’t be having a white Christmas in Michigan? (Gasp!) That’s crazy to even think after last year’s Polar Vortex.


All right, I better go. I’m hoping to check back in this afternoon before work. If I don’t get to… I still love y’all and will see you back in the morning with Friday Favorites! <3

Question of the Morning

• What is one thing you would share for Thinking Out Loud?

December 17, 2014

At-Home Cardio HIIT Workout

Good afternoon! I hope your Hump Day is going well. Mine sure is flying by!

After publishing this morning’s post, I spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon at the gym. Every day I go in, I feel a little more comfortable about what I’m doing, and I am really looking forward to the day I am cleared to start training clients. We are on track to have me on the floor right after the New Year, so that’s pretty exciting!

As promised, I have a great HIIT workout to share with you today.

I put this circuit together last night when I wasn’t in the mood to go running (in the rain), but wanted to still get my heart rate up with cardio-like exercises. You don’t need any equipment for this one, and can easily complete it inside, outside, or even in your living room!

At-Home Cardio HIIT Workout

Any HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout is considered to be cardiovascular exercise. They are short, but intense workouts that go through circuits of consecutive exercises with minimal rest.

In this workout, I suggest doing one move right after the other from top to bottom as quickly as you can. The 60 second bouts of cardio (jumping jacks, high knees & burpees) may take a little bit of recovery time (and water), but for the most part, you want to aim to get through the entire circuit, and then get a good 1 min. rest before starting it again.

As always, please listen to your body, modify, and rest as needed.

I included one of my favorite moves into this one: plie squats!

plie squat exercise

I spent years incorporating this move into my barre classes. It’s a good one that targets your hips, glutes, and thighs.

Stand with your legs wider than a normal squat with your toes turned out. Place your hands on your hips and push your hips back while lowering your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold for about two seconds, then slowly push yourself back to the starting position.

Need a refresher on some of the other moves?

(I included the basic exercises so you can take note of the form cues!)

Video References:

high knees


triceps dips


bicycle twists

wall sit

I completed this HIIT circuit three times in under 25 minutes. I’m going to give all of you a goal at finishing in less than 30!

at home hiit workout with cardio

Please let me know if you try the workout and how it goes.

See you in the morning!


Disclaimer: Although I am a certified personal trainer, I am not necessarily your personal trainer. The workouts I post are what work best for me and might not be the right type of exercises for you. I always recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet and/or fitness routines. <3

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Although I am a certified personal trainer, the workouts I post are what work best for me and might not be the right type of exercises for you.

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