Link Love #52

Morning, friends! I think I conveniently forgot to mention that my first training session on Friday went great! I was able to get a good baseline and do some basic workouts but I warned her that I’d be kicking her butt soon enough.. she’s in for it this week 😉

Yesterday was another whirlwind of a day; I got a great workout in, went to work, and had just enough time to shove a monster salad in my face before heading to a meeting with the owner of Truve and a few other trainers. Lots of goal-setting was done and plans of attack were made. I’m really looking forward to getting my training career up and running. If you’re in the bay area and looking for a trainer, hit. me. up! But if you’re looking for some butt-kicking workouts and some more awesome posts, hit up the links below.

Health

5 Unhealthy Health Foods with The Hummusapien She Rocks Fitness

5 Unhealthy Health Foods with The Hummusapien – She Rocks Fitness

5 UNHEALTHY Health Foods with The Hummusapien – She Rocks Fitness
8 Painfully Obvious Signs of Dietary Destruction – Butter Nutrition
5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight – The Real Life RD
Food Intolerances in Athletes – Understanding the Performance Impact – Run to the Finish
Why Ice Cream Isn’t Evil and Why You Should Eat Real Bacon – Badass Fitness

Fitness

Delts of Doom Workout 5 Best Exercises for Sculpted Shoulders Trainer Paige

Delts of Doom Workout 5 Best Exercises for Sculpted Shoulders – Trainer Paige

Delts of Doom Workout: 5 Best Exercises for Sculpted Shoulders! – Trainer Paige
Med Ball Core Workout – Pumps & Iron
The Best Kettlebell Back Exercises for Women – Lifting Revolution
3 Ways to Modify Pull Ups – Strong Brees
Compound Crusher Workout – Fitnessista

Food

Baltimore's Berger Cookies Copycat Recipe Tidy Mom

Baltimore’s Berger Cookies copycat recipe at TidyMom.netBaltimore’s Berger Cookies Copycat Recipe – Tidy Mom

Baltimore’s Famous Berger Cookies Copycat Recipe – Tidy Mom
Gluten Free (Paleo & Vegan) Pumpkin and Fig Bread Pudding. Plus Why We Might Need Carbs During Fall Season – Cotter Crunch
Fall Race Schedule + #TrainingBites {Almond Butter Cream} – Love & Zest
Stove Top Roasted Garlic – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Healthy Blueberry Cobbler – Fit Foodie Finds

Food for Thought

What are some of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #42

This week is all about go, go, go for me. So that’s exactly what I’m giving yousome quick link lovin’! Enjoy 🙂

Health

7 Signs You Should Eat a Burger Fries and Even Ice Cream Lifting Revolution

7 Signs You Should Eat a Burger, Fries, & Even Ice Cream – Lifting Revolution

7 Signs You Should Eat a Burger, Fries, & Even Ice Cream – Lifting Revolution
Why You’ll Fail At Losing Weight – Workout Nirvana
Chronic Inflammation and Turmeric Ginger Lemonade – Cotter Crunch
A Note (Rant) on Fattism & Fat Shaming – Food & Nonsense
If Mama ain’t healthy–ain’t nobody healthy. – Carla Birnberg

Fitness

5 Ways to Truly Brace Your Core Trainer Paige

5 Ways to Truly Brace Your Core – Trainer Paige

5 Ways to Truly Brace Your Core – Trainer Paige
10 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Results in the Gym – FitKnitChick
Partner Plank Resistance Band Pull Downs! [Workout Video] – Powercakes
5 Ways to Get a Strong Stomach – Running Rachel
HIIT + Abs Workout – Reach Your Peak

Food

Inside Out Grain Free Oreos Fit Foodie Finds

Inside-Out Grain Free Oreos – Fit Foodie Finds

Inside-Out Grain Free Oreos – Fit Foodie Finds
Most Ridiculous Breakfast Sandwich Ever – Bev Cooks
Blueberry Pie Bars – Averie Cooks
Spicy Salmon Sushi Bowls – Heather Christo
Whiskey Braised Short Rib Flatbread – How Sweet It Is

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #41

I’m seriously a lightweight when it comes to waking up crazy early now. I guess I’m not really expected to have a ton of energy waking up at 4am when I couldn’t fall asleep till midnight, but I passed the heck out after work yesterday! It took everything I had to make myself lunch when I got home and keep my eyes open long enough for a conference call but once I hung up, it was lights out. Or really, zonked out on the couch. At least the 5am shifts are only once a month.

I’ve got some blog reading to catch up on from yesterday, but in case you missed some great posts from last week, I’m here to help!

Health

The Art of Food Tracking Part 1 Workout Nirvana

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 1) – Workout Nirvana

The Art of Food Tracking (Part 1) – Workout Nirvana
5 Reasons Athletes Should Eat Fish and Mediterranean Baked Cod – Cotter Crunch
192 Sugar Sources and Alternate Names – Sarah Kay Hoffman
This Just In: Husbands Don’t See Cellulite – Lifting Revolution
3 Ways to Find Motivation to Accomplish Your Goals – Trainer Paige

Fitness

4 Advantages of Dumbbell Exercises and Why You Should Use Them And 3 Disadvantages Nia Shanks

4 Advantages of Dumbbell Exercises and Why You Should Use Them (And 3 Disadvantages) – Nia Shanks

4 Advantages of Dumbbell Exercises and Why You Should Use Them (And 3 Disadvantages) – Nia Shanks
Chocolate NuttZo GIVEAWAY + NEW Workout – She Rocks Fitness
Boot Camp Summer Sweat – Hungry Mother Runner
20 Minute Vacation Resistance Band Workout – Mommy Run Fast [This one is coming with me at the end of the month!]
Extreme Core Workout – PFITblog

Food

Classic Chunky Fig Newtons Peachy Palate

Classic Chunky Fig Newtons – Peachy Palate

Classic Chunky Fig Newtons – Peachy Palate
Grilled Peach Barbecue Sauce with Grilled Polenta – Edible Perspective
Bourbon Poached Peach Black Manhattan – One Martini
Lemon Pepper Brussels Sprouts – The Almond Eater
Kombucha Moscow Mules – Cookie + Kate

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #38

Yesterday was one of those days that I’m not really sure where it went. I know I had a killer workout [partially thanks to 2 days of rest!], delicious breakfast, and went to work. And from there, the rest of the day flew! Work was nuts thanks to a huge Memorial Day sale. But I love that.. keeps me running around and the time flies by like nothing! It was a pretty darn good day and I came home absolutely pooped. And now it’s time to really kick off the week. Happy Tuesday, friends!

Health

We All Need to Rest The Lyons Share

We All Need to Rest – The Lyons’ Share

We All Need to Rest! – The Lyons’ Share
Immunity Boosting Recipe:Tangy Broccoli Slaw Salad – Cotter Crunch
Are You Unknowingly Holding Yourself Back? 5 Reasons We Fear Success – JillFit
Why It’s More Than Okay To Have “Fat Days” – Lifting Revolution
Pre-Workout Nutrition: What do we need and why?! – The Little Honey Bee

Fitness

Cardio Core Workout Pumps Iron

Cardio Core Workout – Pumps & Iron

Cardio Core Workout – Pumps & Iron
Lower Abdominal Workout – Jessie Loves 2 Run
Blast and Burn Circuit – Fitnessista
Pre-Wedding HIIT – Slim Sanity
5 training elements to include in every workout – FitKnitChick

Food

Sweet Tea Oven Fried Chicken Sliders with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Slaw Crispy Onions Half Baked Harvest

Sweet Tea Oven Fried Chicken Sliders with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Slaw + Crispy Onions – Half Baked Harvest

Sweet Tea Oven Fried Chicken Sliders with Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Slaw + Crispy Onions – Half Baked Harvest
Almond Butter Cups Revisited – Peachy Palate
Double Chocolate Banana Bread Oat Bars {vegan and gluten free} – Ambitious Kitchen
Asian Lamb and Noodle Toss – Bev Cooks
Red Cabbage Smoothie – According to Elle

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #35

Yesterday was exhausting and exactly what I needed. I had a bunch of errands to run and needed to drop Nathan at work [hellooo one car!] so I get up extra early to get my workout in. I also had an appointment in the city so I met an old Baltimore coworker for lunch. She moved out here a month before us for a new job but we’ve only been able to meet up a couple of times. We went to Sushirrito for lunch and it was so good! I got the Bonsai Salad and the tuna was amazing but I’ll definitely have to go back and try one of their -rritos!

Bonsai Salad Sushirrito

With all of the running around, I hardly sat down before dinner at 6:30! It’s a good kind of exhaustion, though. Today I start a new gig [details to come!] and I’m really looking forward to it. It should be fun and it’ll get me out of the house and running around more.. more good exhaustion! Anywho, I was a bit MIA last week on the social media scene, but I did happen to catch a ton of great posts to share with you. Enjoy!

Health

How to Face Your Fears to Get the Body You Want Lifting Revolution

How to Face Your Fears to Get the Body You Want – Lifting Revolution

How To Face Your Fears To Get The Body You Want – Lifting Revolution
The Dangers of Complacency in Weight Loss – Fit to the Finish
Motivation Monday – Choosing Contentment – Cotter Crunch
When Hardcore Turns Into Harmful – JillFit
Happy Weight vs. Ideal Body Weight – Delicious Knowledge

Fitness

Vacation Workout Full Body Resistance and Cardio Wheres the Beach Fitness

Vacation Workout – Full- Body Resistance and Cardio – Wheres the Beach Fitness

Vacation Workout – Full-Body Resistance Band and Cardio – Where’s the Beach
Build a Mean & Clean Workout – Bonnie Pfeister
Cardio Boot Camp Workout – Pumps & Iron
TRX Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers
Core & Burpees – The Workout Mama

Food

Tijuana Street Fries Half Baked Harvest

Tijuana Street Fries – Half Baked Harvest

Tijuana Street Fries – Half Baked Harvest
Sriracha Chicken Cauliflower “Fried Rice” – The Lemon Bowl
Oat, Nutty Seed Bars – Knead to Cook
Barbecue Salmon Tostadas – Peachy Palate
Mexican Grilled Polenta Pizza – Edible Perspective

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Link Love #34

Hot diggity! Yesterday was a whirlwind with lots of good things coming soon. It looks like things are starting to fall into place around here and I’ll really be getting into a good routine. I’m busy running around like a crazy person getting everything together for visitors this week.. I even hung up a shelf yesterday! Side note: I’m really bad at hanging things. I’m digging it now that Nathan helped me re-hang it in the right spot. Ha!

Welp, in addition to all of my excitement [which I will be sharing more on soon], here are some wonderful posts from the past week. Enjoy!

Health

Fermented Food Facts and Recipe Round Up Cotter Crunch

Fermented Food Facts and Recipe Round Up – Cotter Crunch

Fermented Foods Facts and Recipe Round Up – Cotter Crunch
7 (Simple) Steps to Lose Fat, Without Even Trying – Nia Shanks
7 Things You Had No Idea Gut Bacteria Could Do – Marks Daily Apple
5 Tips to Create a Healthy Relationship with Food – Strong in a Thong
The benefits of active rest | what it is and why you need more of it – FitKnitChick

Fitness

Ultimate Burn Leg Workout Slim Sanity

Ultimate Burn Leg Workout – Slim Sanity

Ultimate Burn Leg Workout – Slim Sanity
Kettlebell Training: The Spring “Clean” Workout – Lifting Revolution
Back to MORE Strength Training + NEW Workout – She Rocks Fitness
Speed Workouts: Standing Rest Vs. Jogging Rest – Competitor
Interval Core Balance Workout Purely Training #58 – Purely Twins

Food

Cacao Coconut Plantain Rice Balls with Pepitas Inspiralized

Cacao Coconut Plantain Rice Balls with Pepitas – Inspiralized

Cacao Coconut Plantain Rice Balls with Pepitas – Inspiralized
Sriracha Grapefruit Salmon – Sprint 2 the Table
BBQ Margarita Chicken Tostadas with Sweet Jalapeño Margarita Salsa – Half Baked Harvest
Mini Nutella Bacon Banana Shortcakes with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream – Climbing Grier Mountain
Harissa-Spiced Chickpea Avocado Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Keepin’ It Kind

Food for Thought

What is one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Favorite Workout Round Up

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway yet? Today is the last day!

Over the past few weeks since Best Body Bootcamp has finished up, I’ve really concentrated on figuring out what is right for my body in terms of food and workouts. I’ve experimented with more intense weeks of workouts and lighter weeks. I realized recently that stress has been tearing me down and the lighter workouts have been my friend [thank you, Lindsay]. That said, I’ve still been killing it at the gym, just at a more relaxed pace. Funny what happens when you actually listen to your body, huh?

Ironically enough, I’ve started incorporating more running into my workouts. It’s also made me realize I have some core work to do.. gotta get that strength!

In looking for inspiration, my ever-growing Pinterest board has been quite helpful. Turns out, I’ve pinned some pretty awesome workouts and I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve done with you.

Upper Body

Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers Biceps Triceps Workout

Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers Shoulder Shredder Workout

Lower Body

Blonde Ponytail GNC Lean Legs Workout

Core

Lifting Revolution Abs in April Challenge

Pumps and Iron Bodyweight Ab Workout

Tone It Up TIU Best Ab Workout

Combo

Slim Sanity Shoulders Legs

Full Body

Cotter Crunch 30 Min Workout

Nut Butter Runner Body Burnin 100 Rep Workout

Tone It Up TIU Frisky Fall Cardio

Tone It Up TIU Something Blue Cardio

These will all get your heart racing and muscles burning. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Food for Thought

Where do you look for workout inspiration?

Fitness Friday: Full Body Circuit Workout

Phew.. Friday! We made it!

I mentioned the other day that Monday’s workout was pretty lack-luster. I left the gym less than impressed and was hoping to have the energy to make up for it on Tuesday. I always plan my workouts on Sunday but when I looked at what I had planned for Tuesday, I just wasn’t feeling it. I wanted to put something together myself that I thought would really kick my butt. And that’s exactly what happened!

This workout is not only full-body strength, it also incorporates some cardio too. I started with a 10 minute warm up on the elliptical just to wake up my muscles a bit before getting started so with that, it ended up being about an hour. I completed 15 reps of each exercise; when it mentions things like the single leg deadlift, I did 15 reps per side.

Full Body Circuit Workout Barr and Table

Below are demos of the exercises.

1
Dumbbell Squat
Dumbbell Plank Row – they’re using kettlebells but I just used regular dumbbells

2
Single Leg Deadlift
Cross Body Curls

3
Lunge Kick-Backs – Couldn’t find the lunge version of this, but you do a static lunge with kick back on each side
Front Raises – I did both arms at once

4
Wall Sit
Bent-Over Tricep Kick-Backs

Cardio Blast
Mountain Climbers
Plank Jacks

I took my time through this workout and it totally kicked my butt. My whole body was sore the next day! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Food for Thought

What is your favorite exercise for upper body, lower body, and core?

Link Love #22

Ooooh my gravy. Well I have to say, I’m definitely feeling better than I was over the weekend, but a workout plus 4 loads of laundry yesterday and I was knocked on my butt the rest of the day! One day at a time and lots of sleep, I should be back to myself soon 🙂 In the meantime, lots of love!

Health

Do you need to do cardio if you’re lifting heavy question from a reader FitKnitChick

Do you need to do cardio if you’re lifting heavy? | question from a reader – FitKnitChick

Do you need to do cardio if you’re lifting heavy? | question from a reader – FitKnitChick
4 Ways To Stop Eating A Million Calories Every Night – JillFit
The Makings of the Best Diet Ever – Truth 2 Being Fit
What a Dietitian Eats – HuffPost Lifestyle
Paleo Diet Pros and Cons – Kath Eats

Fitness

Get Bootylicious: Best Glute Exercises For Women (And Why) Lifting Revolution

Get Bootylicious: Best Glute Exercises For Women (And Why) – Lifting Revolution

Get Bootylicious: Best Glute Exercises For Women (And Why) – Lifting Revolution
A core workout for runners – Crazy Running Girl
Burpees or Bust Challenge and Roundup #FFBurpee – Cotter Crunch
Winter Interval Treadmill Workout – Sarah Fit
Stability Ball Workout – Fitnessista

Food

Bourbon Caramel Almond Butter Cups Minimalist Baker

Bourbon Caramel Almond Butter Cups – Minimalist Baker

Bourbon Caramel Almond Butter Cups – Minimalist Baker
Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with Almond Butter Filling – Running on Real Food
Lentil Sloppy Portobello Joe – Peachy Palate
Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers – The Beeroness
Healthier Magic Cookie Bars – Eating Bird Food

Food for Thought

What is one of your favorite posts from the last week?

Link Love #13

Have you entered my thinkThin giveaway yet?

If you’re like me, you’ll probably agree that Tuesday is only just a little bit better than Monday. You’re one day closer to the weekend, but not quite halfway through the week yet. That’s why I like to share some of my favorites with you on Tuesday.

Health

Rotten Gut Bacteria, Starving and Weight Gain - Sarah Kay Hoffman

Rotten Gut Bacteria, Starving and Weight Gain – Sarah Kay Hoffman

Rotten Gut Bacteria, Starving and Weight Gain – Sarah Kay Hoffman
Women, Food, and Body Image – Galit Breen
WHY You Work Out is More Important Than HOW You Work Out – Nia Shanks
Fight Stress with Food – Lindsay Cotter via LiveWell360
Ditching the Plan – The Healthy Maven

Fitness

The Total Body Pumpkin Workout - Lifting Revolution

The Total Body Pumpkin Workout – Lifting Revolution

The Total Body Pumpkin Workout – Lifting Revolution
Puma Plyometric Workout – Fit2Flex
My Favorite Core Exercises – She Rocks Fitness
Wednesday Workout: 20 Minute Fusion – Femme Fitale
Bodyweight Ab Workout – Pumps & Iron

Food

Vegan Whole Wheat Oatmeal Applesauce Banana Bread - Ambitious Kitchen

Vegan Whole Wheat Oatmeal Applesauce Banana Bread – Ambitious Kitchen

Whole Wheat Applesauce Banana Bread – Ambitious Kitchen
Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal – Eating Bird Food
Smashed Sweet Potato Fritters, Pistachio-Pumpkin Seed Crusted – Lunchbox Bunch
Crockpot Carne Asada Nachos – How Sweet It Is
Peanut Butter Protein Truffles – Peachy Palate

Food for Thought

What was your favorite post from the last week?
What is your favorite day of the week?