This Week in Workouts: Walking, Walking and More Walking!

Greetings from Seattle! As you may have noticed on my my Instagram feed, I’m on vacation right now. A city vacation means one thing: lots and lots of walking.

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Funny how I brought a few pairs of workout clothes and running sneakers thinking I might get some formal exercise in, but after full days of walking, my feet and legs can’t handle anymore.

I’m beyond bummed that I forgot my Lumo Lift (referral link–thanks!) at home because I would love to know how many steps I’m taking each day.

Here’s the rundown of workouts this week:

Monday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Tabata 4 rounds and Pilates and 2-mile stroller push walk
Tuesday: Strength/Flexibility – Pilates (taking a class, not teaching!)
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Active Day – Walk all around Seattle
Friday: Active Day – Walk around more of Seattle
Saturday: OFF Active Day – When I originally posted this, I completely forgot to include all the dancing that happened at the wedding we attended. Definitely not an off day!
Sunday: Active Day – Hike in the beautiful green forest that is the Pacific Northwest

Since I’m still on vacation, this post will be short and sweet, but I’ll be back in a few days with pictures!

Also, check out this post I wrote for Calio on low-sugar desserts that won’t have your kids (or you!) going crazy right before bed.

Have a great Monday!

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Get in Vacation Mode With Everything Summer From Puritan’s Pride *Giveaway*

This is the last of my summer series posts brought to you by Puritan’s Pride and it’s a good one! I had so much fun participating in this series with Lynda, Brie and Deborah and I hope you have enjoyed the chance to win these awesome products!

Last month’s winner, Tammy, had this to say about her skincare package: “Just wanted to let u know I love the products. I used the manuka honey mask yesterday. It was amazing.”

Maybe this month’s winner will be YOU!

This final post features a host of personal care items that will put you in vacation mode–everything from sunless tanning to coconut-scented lotion and more!

Puritan's Pride Summer Products

Let’s start with the the yummy-smelling things. The scent of coconut always sends me back to Hawaii, so the Desert Essence coconut hair lotion and coconut body lotion on top of the coconut shampoo and conditioner from my very first post in this series definitely put me in the aloha spirit! The body lotion actually smells more like piña colada, so even better.

This month’s giveaway also includes Moroccan Argan Oil Body Wash and Body Lotion which have a more earthy smell to them. I love Moroccan Argan Oil on my hair and these products worked well on my skin. I do prefer the smell of coconut, though.

Sunless tanner is great for darkening up without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays and I love that this Alba brand one has better ingredients than most other tanning lotions. One application was all I needed to get a nice-looking tan and it smelled better than other brands I remember using. The only thing I didn’t like was how greasy I felt for awhile afterwards–I was afraid to touch anything even after the 15 minutes of drying time was up because I stayed shiny for awhile after. The color was definitely more saturated on rougher areas of skin, so it’s important to exfoliate well before using.

If you are spending time in the sun, make sure to put your sunscreen! I’m always on the lookout for new safer sunscreens that rub in without leaving a trace, as most mineral sunscreens leave a lot of white behind. I love this new Babyganics formula, which is much improved over the kind I tried a few years ago. It rubs in easily with nothing left behind! I was also impressed with how well the Alba sunscreen rubbed in, but you might have noticed that I love pretty much everything Alba.

As far as the shea butter, I realized when I opened it that I have never used straight up shea butter before and was surprised to find it so lumpy. I know it has super moisturizing power, but am not a fan of its natural lumpy texture. I’ve read you can heat it and make it into whipped shea butter, so I might give that a try. I did like the shea butter lip rescue, though!

You can win all of these great products simply by commenting below! For an extra entry, follow me on Instagram and then come back and comment again to let me know that you did (or that you already do).

You can also visit LyndaBrie and Deborah and enter to win on their blogs too since we’re each giving away one all things summer package (all posts should be up this weekend)!

Giveaway ends Thursday, July 30 at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen randomly. US only. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

Good luck!

I’m linking up with Running With SD Mom’s giveaway roundup!

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This Week in Workouts and Lots of Me Time

The weekend’s over and I hope this post finds you energized, rested and hopefully staying cool. There is only the faint hint of a breeze blowing through our windows right now and the air is heavy with moisture. It’s nothing for you east coasters, but I’ve grown weak in the 15 years I’ve lived in California, so 40% humidity weighs me down. :)

I was happy to get in an outdoor run today–especially since it followed a circuit training session and that combo hasn’t happened in awhile–but my legs felt heavy and my breath shallow.

That plus the fact that my legs were toast from the weights.

As for the weekend, it was pretty mellow for me with quite a lot of “me time” while Doug enjoyed time with the kids on bike rides and at the pool. We got in some relaxing around the house too.

photo by 2-year-old

Photo credit to Emme!

5-year-old puzzling

His focus and concentration on puzzles amazes me

Cut and color (at House of Blonde), pedicure and a date with “To Kill A Mockingbird” at a coffee shop was pretty great! I devoured the book and am so glad I read it again. I remember enjoying it when it was assigned for school, but other than that I remembered nothing.

It was excellent.

I strongly recommend reading it again as an adult even if you remember it a bit because there’s a lot in there that your teenage self may not have completely understood.

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Originally, I was going to borrow the books from a friend, but I purchased hard copies of both that one and “Go Set A Watchman” because I decided I wanted a nice set to keep for me even if I never do read them again. I only keep the special ones, but I never (until now) read books more than once. I’m eager to read GSAW, but also a bit hesitant because I want to sit with the original for a bit. (Those are referral links, thanks!)

No good transition, but I’m happy to say that my workouts were still going good and strong this week! Here’s what they looked like:

Monday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Tabata plus Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates plus Hybrid Bike Intervals, 30 min
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Calorie Blasting Treadmill Workout + Teach Pilates
Friday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: Strength + CardioWinter Shape Up WO 1 + Outdoor Run, 2.25 mile

Pilates instructor selfie

Post-teaching selfie

Even though Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up is over, I didn’t want to think for myself during a workout since I do that all week teaching Pilates, so I pulled up a favorite workout from this year’s Winter Shape Up. I always love her mix of strength and cardio!

I also did the Blogilates Journey to Splits challenge most days of the week, although I did miss a couple days. I still don’t feel like my split is improving, so I think I’ll likely have to do the stretches beyond the 30 days to get into a split. I really want to, though!

When was the last time you read “To Kill A Mockingbird?”

Do you plan to read “Go Set A Watchman?”

How was your weekend?

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