Weekly Workouts: Spring Is in the Air!

Weekly Workouts Spring is the AirWow. I can’t believe it’s been since February since I’ve posted a weekly workout post. For awhile there I made it a habit to post a weekly recap of my workouts once a month. Since March and April were taken over by half marathon training, I really wasn’t getting a variety of workouts in other than running so it didn’t really make sense for me to do these posts.

Now that my half marathon has come and gone, I’m back into the swing of things with my regular routine. For me (for the moment being), that means Fitness Blender videos and Tone It Up workouts. Tone It Up is currently hosting their Bikini Series, so you’ll notice a lot of my workouts are somewhat aligned to their workout plan.

Here’s what my workout routine looked like for the week May 26-June 1:

Monday

Oh baby, this one truly is brutal. It’s a ladder HIIT workout so you start off doing the set of five moves for a minute per each exercise, then you repeat the set knocking off 10 seconds until you’re doing each exercise for 10 seconds. The routine finishes with some core work. I will say that I was keeping up with the routine better than Daniel was so I was pretty pleased…Although I could barely walk the next day.

Tuesday

I really enjoyed this video. It had a great mix of simple exercises and challenging ones. I’ll definitely be doing this one again when I’m looking to get in a quick cardio session at home. I did the TIU Bikini Abs routine after finishing up this HIIT workout. The plank work at the end was killer considering the pain I was in from yesterday’s workout. 

Wednesday

Rest Day!

Thursday

This is another great TIU video. I did this with 8lbs dumbbells and it was pretty challenging. Towards the end, your arms are just exhausted and burning like no other. I would suggest you take the time to stretch it after you finish this. To get some cardio in, I did the Fitness Blender Fat Burning Cardio Workout for Butt and Thighs with Yoga Cool Down. Another go-to video when I’m looking for an effective, fast-paced routine. 

Friday

This FB cardio routine is on the easier side of videos I would do. I usually stick with difficulty levels 4 and 5. This one is level 3. I wasn’t feeling great when I woke up early to workout so I decided I would take it a bit easy on myself. Following this cardio workout, I did the abs, arms, and shoulders toning from this TIU printable. 

Saturday 

Rest Day! 

Sunday

It was gorgeous out so I woke up early and ran 5 miles (8km) along the lake. I haven’t ran a ton outside since the half marathon so it was great to get back into it. I do prefer to run when it’s a bit cooler though.

What’s your go-to workout lately?
Anyone doing the TIU Bikini Series?

Anyone else find it tough to run outside in the warmer months?

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May Favourites

May FavouritesHappy June everyone! I’m so excited that it’s finally here. I’ve already started to solidify weekend plans for the next few months. From hanging out at the cottage, to music festivals, parties, and weddings… it’s shaping up to be an awesome summer already! Back to May momentarily… It’s that time of the month for me to reflect back on what I’ve been loving over the last few weeks and share it with you guys. 

Beauty

I’m a big dry shampoo person. I avoid washing my hair like the plague. I know, it’s gross but I not only hate the feeling of wet hair, it drys out my hair like no other. Because of this, I’m always on the hunt for amazing dry shampoos. I bought a travel size of the Batiste Original Dry Shampoo before my trip to Europe and instantly fell in love. I like to put it in my hair before I go to bed so that it sucks up all the oils and gunk while I sleep. You wake up the next morning with hair that feels clean. I will say that this may not be the best product for really dark hair though as it leaves a bit of white residue. 

May FavouritesAnother product line I’ve been loving is the Dove Purely Pampering body washes. I’m usually not really fussy when it’s comes to body wash. I typically buy a new one every time I run out. For the last few months, I’ve been sticking with this specific line from Dove. All the scents are amazing. I also love that it gives you some added moisture. The scent doesn’t linger after you are out of the shower which is actually a plus for me. I don’t like when body wash scents compete with whatever perfume I want to wear. 

May FavouritesIn terms of make-up, I have nothing new to share. I’ve been sticking to some of my tried and true products that I can rely on. I will say that there’s one disappointing product that I’ve come across recently that I wanted to share. I usually love Benefit products, but I can’t seem to get their Gimme Brow brow gel to work for me. I know for a fact that the colour is not great for me. It’s way too light. But it’s the price that kills me. $26 for a teeny tiny brow gel?! I was expecting wonders for that price. 

Fashion

I love wearing flats to work in the summertime. I think it’s because I tend to wear skirts and dresses without tights. Given my height and lanky limbs, sometimes bare legs and heels is a little much for a conservative workplace. The flats I’ve been wearing on a regular basis are the Tory Burch Tumbled Leather Reva ballet flat. I like these ones because they still make your outfit pulled together while giving you that level of comfort. Also, the logo isn’t incredibly flashy like some of the other Tory Burch flats. 

May FavouritesIn terms of clothing, I have some new workout pants to share with you. I’ve only worn them a few times and I’m already in love. Matt went to a special Nike sale and brought me back some goodies including these awesome pants. I love the colour and the crazy pattern. I just think they are fun, comfortable, and they fit really well. They are the Nike Legend 2.0 Tight Fit pants. I’m not sure if this specific pattern is still available but definitely check them out for the fit. 

May FavouritesFood

On my trip to London, the only thing I bought for myself was some English Breakfast tea (from the Harrods store in the airport). I just felt like I couldn’t leave empty handed. Given my love for tea, I figured this was the best route. I’m not sure if the fact this is from London is effecting the way I feel about this tea, but it’s awesome. I can’t stop drinking it with a bit of raw honey and unsweetened almond milk. I’ll genuinely be sad once it’s done. 

May FavouritesFriend

What I’m about to say here might make you hit the big ol’ X on your screen and never re-visit my site again but I can’t not share my love for this furry friend. This is my neighbour’s cat who comes over to my balcony on a daily basis to hang out. She is so adorable and just seems in need of some love. Awhile back I named her Fern and it’s stuck ever since. Yes, it’s weird. My neighbour has no idea that I hang with her cat (maybe she does?) and I have no idea what her name is. Regardless, it’s nice to have an animal visitor on a regular basis since I don’t have any of my own.

May FavouritesMusic

I’m a huge Coldplay fan. Every album they release never ceases to amaze me. I love how they continue to release music that’s true to their sound and every time I listen to it, I can picture how they would perform the songs live. A couple of my favourites on the album includes Always in my Head and Ink. I will say that the entire album is great end-to-end and I would highly suggest you give it a listen. 

What have you been loving for the month of May?
Favourite songs or albums?
Any new beauty products you’d suggest for me to try?

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