The Heavy Lifter’s Dilemma

Goooood morning!

Its absolutely GORGEOUS out today here in MA, so I’m hoping to post this bright and early and get outside!

I’ve been feeling a little lost at the gym lately. Actually scratch that. I haven’t been to the gym much lately. I’ve been trying to get outside as much as I can before school starts up again, so I’ve been doing some running (almost got that 4 mile mark!) and some group classes including spin and yoga. I realize that those are not outside, but it’s been such a nice way to mix up my regular routine of workouts. That being said, I really love lifting heavy shit…and I haven’t been doing much of that at all. I’m trying to make a more reasonable schedule for myself this fall since I’m starting a new job in a new town and I was so busy last year that I lost all focus. What that really means is being  more flexible…and we all know how easy that is for me. Well, I’ll give it a try. I’m hoping to lift, spin, and be merry in the not too distant future.

Anyway, speaking of the gym, here’s another upper body workout that I did last night. Since I’ve been taking a lot of spin classes, I’ve definitely been skimping in leg day…which is counterintuitive because stronger legs would make those hills and sprints much easier….my legs are just so tired! Oh well I’m sure quadzilla will make her return eventually.

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I finished off with tabata sprints on the treadmill

1. walk 1 min at 4.0

2. sprint 20s at 8.0-9.0

3. hop on side rails for 10s

4. repeat steps 2-3 for a total of 4 mins or 8 rounds.

5. Walk 1 min 3.0

That’s about it for me today. I’m off to California tomorrow to visit my bro, so don’t miss me too much! Make sure to keep tabs on my Instagram and twitter while I’m away. Both links are on the sidebar!

xoR

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Friday 5: fitness, fashion and more f-words

Hello! Happy Friday :) here are my favorites from this past week!

1. This upper body workout:image

I completed that workout on Tuesday. It’s definitely tough and hits biceps, triceps, shoulders, back and a little chest! I did 2 runs and yoga this week, so I’m definitely switching things up!

2. My newest Fabletics outfit:

It’s the Greece in purple and black. I’ve raved about Fabletics before, and this outfit does not disappoint! If you want a VIP invite, email me at rebecca@flexandshoutfitness.com for 50% off your first complete outfit!

3. This video:

so interesting.

4. Marshmallow nails:

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My baby nails look like actual mini-marshmallows in this Essie color!

5. This:

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Mindfulness for potty-mouths. That’s it for me this week! Have a fab weekend!

xoR

Bucket List Check-in

Good morning! It’s been pretty hectic around here, so apologize for the recent radio silence. I thought today I would check in on my Summer Bucket List and see how I’m doing!

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1. COMPLETED: this summer I’ve taken boot camp, spin, and last megaformer Pilates class!

2. COMPLETED: I’ve made lots of new recipes, including this yummy salmon Monday night!IMG_4903-2.JPG

It’s grilled salmon (that I grilled myself!) in an Asian inspired marinade on a salad of baby arugula, dried cranberries, slivered almonds and goat cheese. I tossed it all in EVOO and balsamic vinegar. YUM! So easy.

3.Not quite yet: on Monday I ran 2.25 miles, walked for about .25 mile, the. Ran 1.75 miles home. I totaled 4 miles, but not all at once. I think I’ll get there soon!

4. COMPLETED with more weeks to come! Granted last week I got rained out, and Miami was technically a pool at the beach….I think I’ve held up my end of the beach bargain.

5. Not even close. I’ve read half of one book that I enjoy, but cannot seem to finish. Oh well.

6. Ehh…I saw a Chicago tribute band with my parents and made them leave after 10 minutes…I don’t think that counts.

7. COMPLETED: I’ve been traveling a lot, so I’ve been forced outside my restaurant comfort zone many times. I challenged myself not to look at menus ahead of time and go with the flow. Success!

8. Partially completed. We “hiked” up in Maine last weekend, but it was more of a bumpy walk…I’m gonna push for a real hike soon.

9. I’ve pinned lots of DIY stuff…does that count?. No? Fine.

10. MUCH IMPROVED! I feel like this summer has been a challenge and a success. My ability to stay present is variable, but much more consistent than before. I continue to strive for full recovery and mindfulness.

I have a few weeks left, so this isn’t the end for me yet!

xoR

 

5iveday August Style

Hellooooo! It’s Friday (I’ve been told, I literally have had no idea what day it is all week), so let’s talk about my 5 faves this week!

1. This workout:
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I found it on Pinterest and it rocked my world. I modified a little: used cables and skipped the second round of squats. My tush was on FIRE the next day. I set up the workout to do 15, 10, 5, 10, 15 reps of each exercise per set, but then realized I was gonna barf, so I scaled back to 15, 10, 5.

2. Rainy beach days:

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Ok hear me out. I went to the beach with my dad yesterday and after an hour or so, the sky opened up and it POURED. Like, biblical rain. We were soaked, but you know what? It was hilarious. I’ve been working so hard on being mindful and positive, that I searched for the good in a soggy situation. Sure, a beautiful sunny day with a golden tan would’ve been great, but I still got to spend the afternoon with my dad! See? Not so bad.

3. Jiff Whips:

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Ya I’m sure this stuff isn’t the most healthy or clean, but GODDAMN it tastes good. I’m pretty sure it’s laced with crack. I’m totes ok with that.

4. This tank:

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It’s from Forever21 and I’m not ashamed. It doesn’t seem to be on the site anymore, but here’s a similar tank

5. Spin at Vélo-City Boston:

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I took a class there this morning with Nicole from Pumps and Iron and she kicked my little spinning butt! Such an awesome, fast paced workout, without any silly torque boards or competition with other riders. First class is free and they supply the shoes! Go try!

That’s it from me! Have an amazing weekend!
xoR

You Can’t Sit With Us: a weekend in Miami recap

Hello! It’s Monday. I’m tired. And hungover. And have no voice. Must have had the best time EVER in Miami!

Woo! What a weekend! It was filled with champagne, bikinis, sunshine, club nights and tiny dresses. Pretty much a recipe for success! I have to say, I was pretty nervous and self conscious going in, but I honestly had such a blast and I know the bride did too!

It was interesting being in a large group of beautiful girls and really listening to what they each had to say. Body consciousness came up sort of a lot this weekend in both a direct and indirect way (which I guess isn’t surprising since we were all either wearing bathing suits or skin tight dresses). Several of the girls that I found myself comparing to were making negative comments about their own bodies. Normally that’s not a huge deal, and actually expected in a way. Our society has instructed us to be this way and that it’s ok. Well, it’s not, and we need to find something positive about ourselves every day and stop comparing. It’s certainly not easy, but let’s give it a try! I’m ready!

Here are some pics from the best weekend everrrr!

I saw a really interesting TED talk the day before I left for Miami covering the topic of body image and it had some pretty staggering stats. It’s really worth the 16 minutes.

You can learn more about Jes Baker here

I’m feeling empowered today (can you tell??) and really ready to leave this negative body image behind. When I look at the above photos of myself I need to make a decision. I can either overanalyze and feel bad about my body, or remember the kick ass time we had celebrating together! I think I’ll go with the latter.

Have a fab day and make sure to say something nice about yourself before days end (it can be harder than you think!).

xoR

Boot Camp and a Miami Tramp

Helloooo! It’s Thursday and an absolutely GORGEOUS day! My day will be spent finishing up all my last minute preparations for Miami! GAH I’m so excited!

Last night in my ED support group we did a really interesting exercise. I’m the co-leader of this group, but honestly get just as much out of being there as the other members. We were discussing the difference between how we talk to ourselves vs. how we talk to one another. Everyone in the group is incredibly supportive of the other members, but have a difficult time taking their own advice (myself included!). We were talking about how silly our fears and anxieties sound when we say they aloud, and I had a little epiphany. I had still been pre-freaking out about wearing my bathing suit around all the other girls in Miami, but when I said it aloud it sounded so ridiculous. I wear a bathing suit ALL the time…why is this any different?? We all have insecurities, but we can’t let them stand in our way of a once in a lifetime experience! So my plan is to rock my bikini and teeny club dresses and say “bubyeeeee” to ED. I’ll be sure to post tons of pics next week.

Anyway, I did this the following boot camp workout the other day and it seriously kicked my behind. I’ve been loving this type of circuit training lately and feel like my body is responding really well! I’m feeling lean, mean, and strong! Image-1

That workout is crazy sweaty, but the time flies by! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Ok I’m off to my mani appointment then packing tons a teensy clothing in a giant suitcase!

XOR

Fuel Your Better: Vega Sport Pre-Workout Review

Good morning! It’s a beautiful Tuesday here in MA! Let’s talk about energy.

In the summer, I definitely need an extra boost to get myself to the gym or out on a run. Plain and simple, it’s hot and I’m lazy. If I don’t get myself to the gym first thing in the morning, it’s REALLY tough to motivate myself later on in the heat. I’ve tried a lot of different options: waiting until the heat dissipates (even harder to motivate myself at night), drinking iced coffee (give me a tummy ache), or forcing myself to work out (feel weak and guilty for not listening to my body). So, these things haven’t been going so well…

So imagine my excitement when I was selected to review Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer! Vega is a pretty awesome, plant-based sport supplement company. This product is diary, gluten and soy free, and Vega does not use any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners in any of their products, which is fine by me! The pre-workout is acai berry flavored and comes in individual packets (no measuring required!) and claimed to “provide immediate and sustained energy”. Yeah, right. I’ll believe when I see it…and then I did. photo 1(11)

I decided to first try this product before a run. As we all know, running is still pretty new to me and still definitely not my favorite. I used a packet of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer in water about 20 minutes before my run as the directions suggested. I’ve used pre-workout supp’s before and usually after a few minutes I start to geek out a little. My fingers and toes start to tingle and then my heart starts to race. I’ve never done crack, but I imagine that’s what it feels like. Anyway, Vega didn’t do that at all. I was actually wondering if it was working because I didn’t feel much different. I headed out on my run and 30 minutes later realized I had ran 3 miles without stopping (which is a pretty huge accomplishment for this baby runner!). Sure, I was tired, but it definitely fueled me right through. I’ve since tried this pre-workout before lifting sessions and boot camp, and it definitely held up its end of the bargain by fueling me better.

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I really like that this produce provides a smooth, natural energy with no crash afterward. No belly ache or race for the bathroom (#sorrynotsorry). The supplement facts list all pronounceable ingredients including coconut, yerba mate, green tea, rhodiola, ginseng, tumeric and ginger as energy sources. No scary synthetics. You better believe I’ll be trying other Vega products. For more info click #fuelyourbetter!

That’s it for me! Have a fab day!

xoR

 

Disclaimer: I was provided with this product for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.