March 3, 2014
Good Morning! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine is still goin’ strong and while I am enjoying the Florida sunshine for just a few more hours, I have a fun at-home and travel workout to share with you.
I completed this workout a total of four times with a set of 10 pound dumbbell weights. They aren’t required, but it adds a little challenge to the sit-ups, bridges, wall sits, and side planks if you happen to have some accessible.
I also used my Gymboss Interval Timer (<- click for another at-home workout!) to help me out with the :45 exercise :15 break timing pattern.
Here are some video demonstrations:
This workout is inspired by PUMA. I received this pink and purple combo as part of a FitFluential campaign and I am totally digging it!
Everything PUMA in my workout wardrobe is unique, so I didn’t expect anything less this time around when I excitedly received my shipment to review.
It gives the garment a compression type of feel I was already used to from the Performance Bodywear Tech ACTV Long Tight I previously reviewed. The material is made to feel like a second skin and designed to work with your body’s natural system to help maximize your performance both during and after your workout.
The Gym Loose Tank Top is light, comfortable, and very stylish with a cut out back. The 100% polyester mesh material reminds me of sports jerseys, only lighter with more freedom of movement.
As a former barre instructor and someone who likes to work out at odd times of the day, I don’t always get to shower directly after. I appreciate the dry and moisture resistant materials and also love the loose, comfy fit!
(Back to the tights.) I noticed that the pink under tone popped through the purple, especially when I moved in motions that stretched it. It’s kind of like… “hold up, are those see through? Nope. Just awesome.”
And then there were these guys.
Bubble XT Tribal Shoe
I saw this sneaker pop up on Instagram before I saw it in person, and I have to be honest: I wasn’t a fan. I thought the bottom “fluffy looking teeth” (as someone mentioned) might be unstable to train in and I wasn’t crazy about the print.
As soon as I received my pair, my opinion completely changed. These sneakers are fierce!
I put them on and noticed that they took to my foot right away. The material really sucks you in! I heard a slight crunching sound with each step I took that kind of reminded me of a tarp? A diaper? I don’t know. It’s somewhat entertaining to try and figure out.
The biggest plus of all is their portability. You could literally squish them flat, right down to the sole without ruining the shoe.
When I saw the online description of them, I totally got it. And I couldn’t have said it better myself:“Picture this: you’re cozied up on the couch. Half changed into your gym gear. Seriously contemplating catching a workout class. Yet…you could just as easily stay put for hour 19 of that home design show marathon. But slip on your cute, colorful Bubble XTs, and – #allofasudden – you’re inspired to sweat out all that real estate drama. After all, the Bubble XT has some authentically sporty genes with its innovative bubble-shaped cushioning pods, plus a colorful, on-trend silhouette that’s perfect for the commute to and from a workout. (Full disclosure: these kicks are just as cute for a lazy day in front of the TV. But, c’mon, that’s why they invented DVR.)”
Right? And I couldn’t believe just how comfortable and squishy they are!
Some of the features I love about this shoe include:
• heel pull tab in back
• extremely lightweight (4.7 ounces!)
• rubber outsole (extra grip)
• bubble-shaped midsole pods (extra cushioning)
• snug fit with adjustable laces
• (synthetic) suede overlays
While I might not have originally felt the most comfortable training in them, I have taken to them quite a bit. They’re so fun and funky!
*Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA Fitness. Although I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!
February 28, 2014
Holy moly, you guys. It’s Friday and in just a few short hours I will be on my way to Orlando with my best friend Alex! I really don’t think you could pay me to stop smiling!
Hopefully your week was filled with plenty of favorite moments or things you are dying to share at the bottom of this post. Because that’s how we do Fridays around here. (Don’t forget there is a link-up too!)
Let’s get right to it and kick off the weekend with a party, shall we?
Friday Favorites #26: Week of 2/28
• Yes To Cucumbers facial towelettes
You may have seen me feature Yes To products on the blog before. After falling in love with the brand, I have accepted a title of being a Yes To Girl and receive a shipment of products every now and then to share with you.
Just so you know, all Yes To products are ninety-five percent all-natural, recyclable, and free of parabens, sulfates (both SLS + SLES), and phthalates. All five sub-brands (Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Blueberries, Yes To Carrots, etc.) are made from real fruits and vegetables and only use organic ingredients. (You can see why I’m a fan!)
My must-have product for my face lately has been the facial towelettes. While I like all of the Yes To facial towelettes, the Yes To Cucumber hypoallergenic soothing wipes are my favorite.
I love that just visited a spa cucumber scent!
• Girl Scout cookies
I was doing so good avoiding this year’s sales of Girl Scout cookies until the cutest group of girls showed up in the lobby of our arena last week. Yeah… I have no will power here.
Something different, however, is what Scott and I know as Caramel DeLites are called Samoas up here. The same goes for Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs), Shortbread (Trefoils), and Peanut Butter Sandwich (Do-si-dos)! It’s funny how the names change regionally.
• sporty tumblers
They finally arrived! Scott and I have a friend over at Tervis and every once and a while he surprises us with goods. He’s actually one of their graphic designers and helps put together the designs that go on the sports cups!
Knowing we are both sports fans, he ever so graciously sent us two Super Bowl XLVIII Championship tumblers (Go Seahawks!) and a Detroit Pistons water bottle. I just love those tumblers. Thanks, Rusty!
• hair, skin, nails tablets
I have been meaning to regularly take biotin supplements ever since my hair dresser suggested doing so years ago. I used to be great at it, then got over the whole having to take a pill every day thing.
To make sure I get my multivitamin, I have been bypassing the pills and enjoying Adult Gummies instead! From the same company, I received these NatureMade VitaMelts biotin chewable tablets and LOVE them. They are actually really good and I find myself wanting to take them every morning.
Three cheers for healthy hair, skin and nails!
• country music
I don’t know if this is the Southern girl in me or what, but I have been channeling into country music stations a lot this week. It has been forever since I have listened to it consistently, so I couldn’t tell you half of the songs I heard, but I still enjoyed it anyways!
• sweet potato tortilla chips
Okay, this one is actually a love/hate relationship. While stocking up on my normal chip needs last week, I stumbled upon these Garden of Eatin’ Sweet Potato corn tortilla chips and had to give them a try.
Garden of Eatin’ has easily become my favorite brand of Non-GMO, organic, gluten-free corn tortilla chips. As much as I love chips and salsa, I could eat these on their own all day, every day.
Needless to say, I finished the entire bag on my own within a day and a half. That’s the hate part… I might be a little too obsessed.
• dancing throwbacks
I found this gem along with pages of others while browsing for photos of my Orlando Magic dancing days this week.
In preparation for the reunion this weekend, I shared my favorite experiences and a ton of photos yesterday!
Reminiscing old times is something that never gets old to me. Now you go!
February 27, 2014
Hey everyone! How is your day going? I am in a state of confusion on where the heck mine went.
Today is a very exciting one for me! You see, tomorrow I am leaving for Florida to take part in the Orlando Magic Dancers 25th Anniversary Reunion! That’s right… warm, sunny Florida where it is currently in the 60s. That’s slightly warmer than the 9 degrees surrounding me here.
I have spent my entire day preparing for the weekend. And when I say “preparing” I really mean getting a spray tan (yup… I already scrubbed off last week’s for a fresh coat) and reminiscing over old dancing days through pictures. Whoops.
(P.S. I also might be the only one currently this tan color up here.)
Since 10 a.m. I have done nothing but search for pictures online, make collages, and organize them into folders on the computer. Okay, attempt to organize them. I swear I will get them all settled and up one of these days!
And then there were these guys, just laying there luring me in for a quick few minutes of snuggling.
I have a feeling they all get the sense that I will be leaving them for a few days because the suitcase and piles of clothes are out. Last night, Roadie brought out his extra sad eyes when he saw Scott doing the same thing!
I mean, who has the kind of will power to just walk by that? Nobody.
Subway Footlong for the Win
On the way home from my appointment and errands this morning, I stopped into Subway to get an egg white breakfast sandwich. Somewhere between the front door and the ordering line, I decided on lunch instead. I ended up ordering my go-to turkey on wheat footlong loaded with veggies to enjoy half then for breakfast and half later.
It’s later right?
Excuse me while I devour this real quick. And we’re back!
I should be doing so much more with my time, and as soon as I publish this post I swear I’ll get to it. But, since it is Throwback (<- apparently an official “thing” now) Thursday and there is a reunion approaching, it only seems right to share a collection of some of my favorite Orlando Magic Dancer memories. Get ready for ‘em!
Orlando Magic Dancer Throwbacks
I could fill this post with countless stories and giggles, but for time’s sake I am just going to stick with the pictures accompanied by brief captioning.
I remember the exact feeling I had making the team for my 2007-08 Rookie Season. I felt on top of the world and had the utmost confidence.
Right away, I said yes to an opportunity to travel the world and formed a close bond with a group of women I would now call my sisters.
I dressed up as a zombie and performed in my own costume on Halloween!
I got to belay from the ceiling during the NBA Finals (!!!) and dunk basketballs on-court and all over the globe!
I was chosen to perform overseas a handful of times including trips to China (twice!), Indonesia, and Italy!
My first year was “the best.” But then again, I said that after the closing of every single season. I went into my first veteran season knowing I was in for a great year in 2008.
I put my heart and soul into this job, and got to dunk more basketballs and travel with the team to watch the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals in Cleveland and NBA Finals in L.A.!
I sat on the sidelines while my dad took the court over with the 3D Dancing Dads!
Yes, those are our “real” dads out there. The grey hair on the far right belongs to me! Check out one of their
hilarious fun routines!
Over the course of four seasons, I met so many great women and souls I still stay connected with to this day. I went through four(ish) different hair colors and styles and feel so grateful to be able to reconnect and relive all of it in just a couple of days.
While searching Google for at least an hour (don’t you hate when that happens? Sucks you right in!) I found the mother load. I remember one of our die hard Magic Fans named Jose who came to every single home game, documenting it all every time!
From intros and basketball plays to timeout routines and sidelines, he somehow captured it all. And did it very well!
While aimlessly searching for photos to share with you, I found all of his albums for every single game, starting in 2005. Can you imagine how many photos he has gone through and edited?
I thought it was great at the time, but never realized how appreciative I would be of this super fan today. He even created Magic Dancer albums, and organized them by each game, complete with captions.
I am so, so thankful I now have a place to find the photos he so lovingly took the time to take, edit, and upload for all of those years.
All of the following photos are from his albums. Thank you so much, Jose!
I finished my fourth season dancing for the Orlando Magic in 2011. I had every intention on trying out for one “final” season that summer, but there were other plans God had in store for Scott and I.
You all know the rest of the story. We moved up to Michigan for Scott’s job opportunity with the Detroit Pistons, and I am now close to finishing my second season dancing for them! I feel very fortunate and blessed to say I have danced in the NBA for six years and will always remember my twenties filled with these precious dancing memories.
Today, it is incredibly hard to stay focused on everything I need to get done to enjoy the weekend away! I keep finding more pictures, messaging friends, and can hardly contain my excitement to start the festivities already. Sadly, I must.
I know I will have many stories to share about the weekend when I return home Monday. I am looking forward to a very magical weekend and can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Thank you for sharing these memories with me. See you bright and early tomorrow morning with this week’s Friday Favorites!
February 26, 2014
Good afternoon! Wow, today sure flew.
I spent my morning working on some projects, including the wedding blog I cover for a Orlando photographer. I can’t even stand the cuteness of the engagement shoot we featured today. The backstage photos and props are so fun and creative!
Since then I have been trying my best to concentrate and get things done around here. It’s really, really challenging considering I just got confirmed for an exciting sponsored trip coming up next month. I’ll be sure to share more details about that when I can!
The rest of my attention span has been engulfed by dreams of sunny Orlando this weekend! I am going home for an extremely short and scheduled trip to dance with my fellow Orlando Magic Dancer alumni for a reunion. So much fun, right? I’m so excited for Friday to get here already!
So that is where my mind is. Anywhere but right here at the computer desk.
Just for you guys, I am forcing myself to tune in and share this week’s What I Ate Wednesday to hopefully kick start some healthy eating motivation. Per usual, I documented my entire day of eats yesterday.
What I Ate
Tuesday ended up being pretty eventful! It started with a 9 a.m. dentist appointment and knowing I needed to leave early, I quickly grabbed breakfast I prepared the night before.
Directly after the dentist, I came home for a hot minute to chat with you guys about teeth grinding and shared my concerns about ordering a night guard. By the way, thank you so much for telling your stories and giving your input! It’s great to hear how different people handle the situation and it is very comforting to hear there are some successes because of it!
As soon as I hit publish, I refilled my coffee cup (whoops) and drove over to Royal Oak for a hair appointment. It’s always nice to escape the craziness of life and just sit in a hair chair for a couple of hours, isn’t it?
I made sure to pack a high-protein snack to hold me over at the salon.
Clif’s Builder protein bar in Chocolate Mint.
I was so pumped, I completely forgot to eat lunch and figured I should then. Better late than never!
Quinoa with spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese and a mixture of beans.
Just as I was finishing up my post, I heard Scott come home and joined him upstairs for a few minutes. He told me about his day and knowing I had some work to do in the basement, agreed I would meet him back upstairs in an hour or so for dinner.
First, I had a workout to create and complete! (Aspen helped.)
Stay on the lookout for the workout and PUMA clothing review Monday!
Sweaty, I kept truckin’ along and learned one of the routines I need to know for this weekend’s reunion by video.
Since I was a dancer for four seasons in Orlando, I will be participating in two segments and can not WAIT to see and perform with my former teammates!
Now super sweaty, I came back upstairs and quickly threw together a monster vegetable salad for dinner. Literally, any good veggie that needed to be used up went into this one.
Romaine lettuce, baby spinach, broccoli slaw, corn, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini squash, black and green olives, Parmesan cheese, and fresh cilantro.
I drizzled mine in plain balsamic vinegar and topped it with freshly ground pepper. It was pretty tasty if I do say so myself!
I spent the rest of the night learning the other routine and booking flights for upcoming trips. (PS: I heard through the grapevine that occasionally cheaper flights will pop up on Tuesdays. Have any of you heard that before?)
I might have dug into a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies with my tall glass of unsweetened almond milk afterwards.
Sorry I’m not sorry about that. Not even a little.
And there you have yet another WIAW. I hope that from this one you can at least see how easy and healthy meals can be, even if you don’t necessarily take the time to plan them out ahead of time. Besides the overnight oats, the rest of my eats were more grab-and-go type of meals anyone on any schedule could prepare relatively quickly.
Now I am off to finish learning the routines, get them in my body, and will probably be doing the same thing reviewing ones for our Pistons court here before practice tonight.
See ya in the morning!
Questions of the Day
• What are some of your go-to “unplanned” quick and healthy meals?
• What are you looking forward to in the upcoming months?
I have a general rule I stick to when putting meals together. I start with some kind of side, healthy carb, or whole grain (quinoa, rice, sweet potato, pasta, etc.) add veggies, and make sure to include some type of protein. I am not a huge meat eater, so often times I make it up with beans and nuts. If you are ever needing something to bring it all together try a cheese! My favorites are feta and Parmesan.
• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!
• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.