What I’m Doing to Tone Up for Summer (and not for a “Summer Body”)


The term “Summer Body” has never been part of my vocabulary. This isn’t because I’ve ever been an unhealthy weight or horribly out of shape, I just never really saw a change in my physique between seasons. I also hated how this term conversely implies that during the Winter months are bodies mysteriously fall apart.

It’s for these reasons that when I decided to write this post about getting in better shape and eating healthier, I made sure to mention that this is not to get a “Summer body.” I made the decision better my health simply to feel better and more confident in my own skin. And while the changes that I’m making are not drastic by any means, they’re baby steps I’m taking to lead a healthier life this Summer and hopefully further into the future. Here’s what I’m trying.

  • Exercise whenever I have free time – this is obviously a lot easier to do during the warm Summer months but I’ve been reluctant to surpass my usual 4 workouts a week in past years due to worry that I’d feel burnt out. What I’ve realized from trying this, however, is that when I work out and extra day or two a week, I don’t feel nearly as pressured. It brings more of the fun and spontaneity back into exercise. Plus, if I miss a workout later in the week due to a busy schedule, I already got my bonus workout in.
  • No dairy before 6pm – I recently heard of the “Vegan Before 6” diet and was intrigued by the concept of a diet that doesn’t restrict anything from diet (after 6pm). This combined with all of the reports that dairy is not natural for humans made me think of my own spin on the diet. I am very much a carnivore and already have low iron so I wasn’t willing to cut out meat and eggs, but dairy I could do.
  • Push-ups and triceps push-ups every morning – if there’s one area of my body that I would like to tone up it would be my arms. In order to build up my arm strength and get a little extra blood flowing, I’ll hop out of bed in the morning and do a total of 36 push-ups (10x regular, 10x tricep, 8x regular, 8x tricep). 

So far the results have been slow but steady and I can feel myself getting stronger and leaner. I’m adding more and more push-ups every week and can feel my abs starting to benefit from the extra runs and not so much cheese. I’ll make sure to update you at the end of the Summer and let you know how I got on but at this rate, I think I’ll be happy with the results 🙂

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My Go-to at Home Workout

It was a little over a year ago when my family and I were getting ready to leave for our trip to Italy. And while I incredibly excited about exploring, eating and wine tasting my way through the various cities we were visiting, there was one aspect of the trip that I was a little nervous about. I hadn’t gone over a week without exercising in 3 years and I was anxious about how I was going to fit in some somewhat scheduled workouts into our busy trip. Luckily I happened across a workout video that Anna Saccony-Joly had recently posted that detailed one of the workouts she did with her trainer. And I can proudly say that over a year later, I am still going back to this workout (because it still hurts..). If you’re interested in a 30 minute workout that doesn’t require any equipment and little space, I would definitely recommend this one.

Workout Playlist #7

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It’s that time again! It’s been about 3 months since I’ve updated you on my current workout playlist and seeing as I just added a bunch of new stuff to listen to this Spring, I thought it was time to share it with you!

My Favorite Superfoods and How I Eat Them

We’ve all heard about the ever growing craze that is “superfoods,” but if you’re like me you tend to not fall for the latest food fads. This reluctance to try these new crazes stems from the fact that the ones I’ve tried never really impress me. And while I admire people who honestly like the taste of acai bowls, kale chips, and beet cakes, I can’t get myself to feel the same way. So needless to say when I came across my first “superfoods” article, I was honestly incredibly surprised to see so many things that I genuinely love to eat had made the list. After resigning myself to the fact that I simply didn’t have an appetite for up and coming healthy fad foods, I was extremely pleased to read that I still munch on a large number of “superfoods” (that actually taste good to me). So if you’re similar to me in that you can’t get your daily fiber from chia seeds ground up in your smooth bowls, check out how I get some of my favorite superfoods into my diet.

  • Walnuts – If I’m not snacking on these as are, I’ll toss these over a salad or add them to oatmeal to add some crunch.
  • Brussel Sprouts – I had honestly never had a brussel sprout in my life before college. Now I can’t stop eating them roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. (415 degrees farenheit for about 15 minutes or so)
  • Steel-cut oats – I love eating oatmeal for breakfast with some brown sugar and coconut flakes. I’ll also throw these in any type of cookie I’m baking to add an extra texture and some healthiness.
  • Avocado – Is there anything you can’t put avocado on?
  • Cauliflower – Similar to how I roast my brussel sprouts, I’ll cut a head of cauliflower down and roast them up nice and crispy with olive oil.
  • Scallops – Put olive oil and butter in a pan on hot, plop the scallops in for and minute and a half on each side. Done.
  • Asparagus – Roast these stalks up with a drizzle of soy sauce and you have a super easy and quick side dish.
  • Bananas – I’m definitely not the first one to fall in love with bananas and peanut butter (another super food), but this is my go-to breakfast if I’m in a time crunch.
  • Sweet Potatoes – These guys take a little longer to roast but I love slices them up thin and throwing them in with quinoa and a little bit of sesame oil.
  • Greek Yogurt – I actually hate greek yogurt on its own but with granola and fruit this is a great snack, breakfast, or dessert!

Ski Trip Check List (I’m going to Utah!)

Three weeks from today I will be on my way to Utah for a ski trip with some of my college friends! This trip not only marks my first time skiing (or rather snowboarding) out west, it will also be my first time flying on my own. As I’ve mentioned before, I am terribly afraid of flying but on the flip side, there’s something about doing things on my own that calms me down if that makes sense. Another thing that calms me down is knowing I have everything prepared well in advance so while the trip isn’t for a couple more weeks, I’m taking inventory now and making sure I have everything I need for my vacation.