January 16, 2015

No Equipment Vacation Workouts

Happy Friday!

We are about to head on our honeymoon to Mexico and I wanted to bring along some quick and effective total body weight workouts since we won’t have access to the gym. I don’t have any expectations as far as workouts go, but I wanted to have some options just in case!

Top 10 Workouts of 2014

HOT Holidays At Home Workout

At-Home Cardio HIIT Workout

15 minute arms and abs workout


20-minute no-equipment bodyweight workout

30 Minute Running Workout


No equipment vacation workout

A workout you can do in your hotel room

Deck of Cards Workout

P.S. Be sure to check out  Kristen’s blog today where I’m guest posting and sharing a treadmill workout too!

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January 14, 2015

Books I Want To Read in Mexico

Five years ago, Scott and I took our first vacation together. A few days after we graduated college, we took off to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and had an unbelievable time. I can hardly focus this week because in a few short days we will be heading back there for our honeymoon! We are staying in the very same spot, will walk the same beaches and drink the same drinks but will build new memories and I can’t wait!


This is how I anticipate each day going:

  • Wake up and drink some coffee on the balcony
  • Go for a run or walk on the beach
  • Eat breakfast on the balcony
  • Head down to the beach and read a book
  • Go for another walk
  • Grab a beer and some guacamole for lunch
  • Read some more
  • Head up to get ready and play cards on the balcony
  • Grab some dinner downtown
  • Sleeping by 11:00


It’s going to be perfect. While I’m soaking up the sun I plan on finishing and/or starting a few books that have been on my radar for a while:

The Longest Ride: Nicholas Sparks 

“Ira Levinson is in trouble.  At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash.   Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him:  his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago.  Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families.  Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change.  Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school.  Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life.  As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans —  a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth.  Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.”


Open: Andre Agassi

“Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.”


It Starts With Food: Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

“Dallas and Melissa detail the theories behind the Whole30, summarizing the science in a simple, accessible manner. It Starts With Food shows you how certain foods may be having negative effects on how you look, feel and live – in ways that you’d never associate with your diet. More importantly, they outline their life-long strategy for Eating Good Food in a clear and detailed action plan designed to help you create a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.

Infused with their signature wit, tough love and common sense, It Starts With Food is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes success stories, a shopping guide, a meal planning template, a meal plan with creative, delicious recipes, an extensive list of resources, and much more.”


The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin

“One rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, Gretchen Rubin asked herself, “What do I want from life, anyway?” She answered, “I want to be happy”—yet she spent no time thinking about her happiness. In a flash, she decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project. The result? One of the most thoughtful and engaging works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject.

The Happiness Project synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness.”


Any books you recommend? Have you ready any of the ones above?

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