Friday, June 21, 2013

Beginner Workout Day 4 & 5!

In case you were anticipating the last two days of the 5 day beginner workout, and didn't figure out how to find them from the hiitbody website, here they are!

Day Four

Day Five

It felt good to complete the beginner workout, but in all honesty, it took me more like 8 days to get my five workouts in. The point is I did it.

Day five had two more exercises, and it went just a little bit longer because of it.

I would advise that you stick with it and get through it! I was certainly glad I did. I mean, come on, it's only a 5 day workout! If you need inspiration to get up and get moving, watch any past season of the Biggest Loser online. If 400lb+  people can work out, so can you!

I wasn't in much of a hurry to blog the final two days because sometimes I feel like no one reads my blogs, and I am writing them for nothing. I see other bloggers who have amazing followings and I wonder why I even do it. I could go old fashioned and write in a journal if it's just for me.

But I try and write about things that will help others. It's not really for myself. So I will keep posting anyways, and if someone reads it, they read it. If no one does, then oh well. At least I am putting myself out there.

This weekend I am heading to Put-N-Bay for my friend's bachelorette party. I am looking forward to having a fun girls trip away. But at the same time, I have realized I have become such a homebody in my late twenties. If you ask my parents, they would tell you I used to want to go out every single night and was hardly ever home in my late teens and early twenties. I used to be more outgoing and talkative. Now, I am more reserved and enjoy just hanging out at home with my fiancé, my cat and Hulu. Ha.

Our new addiction is a Netflix series called House of Cards. It's all about how corrupt politicians can be, and it's amazing. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if that was how life on "the Hill" really was.

There is scandal in the news all the time. If you love conspiracy theories, watch House of Cards on Netflix. But just a warning, it's really hard to only watch one episode a night!

I'm sure it will be good for me to get out with the girls and get some sun. I will try and take some pictures and post about the trip sunday night!

Have a great weekend!

-Ashlie

Monday, June 3, 2013

Beginner Workout Day 3-Stretching

 Welcome to Day 3!

For a bride to be who has been stressed with wedding plans gone array, (Anne's Bridal Bargain who printed my wedding invitations a different color than the screen showed when we ordered. They turned out purple and not Navy blue.) It was a much needed stress reliever to learn that today's workout was basically yoga. 

The lady didn't call it yoga, because she was just stretching, but it was relaxing and challenging all at the same time.

This week has been a great slow progression to get me back into the habit of exercising. I just feel more accomplished fitting exercise into my daily life. 

How is your workout going this week?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Beginner Challenge Day 2

Hi, readers!

It's day 2 of my one week beginner challenge using Hiitbody.com! I hope you are joining along with me, or have found some more advanced workouts on their website!

I waited until the end of the day to get my workout in, but I got it in!

I have found it helps to throw on your work out clothes so you feel obligated to get your work out in before the day is over!

I went to the mall last night with my fiancé and came across a sale at a new store created by Aeropostale, called Live Love Dream. It's sort of a Pink knockoff from Victoria's Secret with prices comparable to Aerie the intimate line by Aeropostale. Victoria's Secret is a bit pricey, so it was nice to see a place wear the entire store was 50% off!

New workout outfit! Woot!
Another great place to get workout gear and clothes is at T.J. Maxx or Marhsals. They have cute gear at really low prices! (I know I sound like a sales rep, lol.) I am just trying to help a girl out! :)

Happy exercising! 

-Ash

Without further delay, Day 2! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

HitLite Beginner Level 1 Week Workout Challenge!

Are you someone that has trouble getting yourself to the gym, but you get sick of using the same workout DVDs over and over at home?

Well, I have a ONE WEEK beginner challenge for you. I am sharing this challenge with you so you can feel better physically and mentally.

 If this is a piece of cake for you, and you need to challenge yourself more, then check out the DailyHiit for a more challenging fitness regimen that is more appropriate for your fitness level. (***Remember it is recommended to always check with your physician before starting any new workout routine***)

I have a gym membership, but I had completely stopped working out at the gym once I began my last job as a full day Pre-K teacher. I was so exhausted at the end of everyday that I couldn't get myself motivated enough to get to the gym. However, I did find time to do this short beginners workout challenge.

I used to exercise on a much more regular basis, but since I took so much time off from exercising, I decided starting with a beginner's challenge would be less stressful on my body while I got myself back into the routine of making exercise a regular part of my lifestyle.

If you have allowed yourself any excuse in the book like I have not to make exercise an important part of your lifestyle, I encourage you to give this one week challenge a try with me.

I completed three rounds of Day one today! There are only FOUR MOVES in this routine, and you NOT NEED any workout equipment! The workout is FREE! You can do this in the privacy of your own home! So no excuses!

We only get one life and one body, so we might as well take care of it!

Let me know how the challenge goes for you! I will post the next challenge everyday for the next week!

Good luck and stick with it!

-Ashlie



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Flower nail tutorial by LC.


So I've been more than a bit MIA since I have started my new job as a full day Pre-K teacher. Attempting to teach 12 or so four year olds five days a week is what I imagine have multiple sets of children to be like. Now I know why Kate plus 8 was a little wacky. ;)

The one thing I try and do for myself when I am not out shopping for classroom supplies or scouring pinterest for lessons plans, is paint my nails. It's a small thing, but no matter how busy life gets, you have to take time for yourself.

It's also a bit sad that I only have the time to blog because I took a sick day.  I broke a tooth and had an emergency temp filling done last night, and I felt nauseas all night and today. I have to be on the couch all day but I am certainly enjoying that peace and calm despite feeling awful.

So for today I though I would share with you a cute video I was e-mailed through laurenconrad.com on a cute way to do a floral manni.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, February 18, 2013

My Valentine

So, I'am a bit behind posting about my Valentines Day, but I traveled home this weekend for my best friend's engagement party, and as always, my schedule when I visit my hometown is always packed to the last minute. Alas, my Valentines Day blog is put off until today!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentines Day!

This year I decided it would be romantic to cook a dinner together at home. The older I get the less I am interested in going out and fighting the crowds, having to spend extra money to leave a tip for your meal, pay for every overpriced drink and meal. Don't get me wrong, we like to go out to eat sometimes, but it gets expensive to do it on a regular basis. I also knew that every restaurant would be packed on Valentines Day seeing as this year it fell in the middle of week. I am sure not cooking on a work night sounds wonderful to a lot of people, but we enjoy cooking together more than having just one of us cook for us both.

We bought lobster and wine, and made a vegetable recipe to go with it that we found on the back of our organic red potatoes bag. We mixed zucchini, squash and red potatoes with garlic and onion powder, and lemon juice.

Side note, expired lemon juice becomes extremely sour! Word to the wise, don't use it! ;)


The lobsters were frozen. No screaming.

I wanted this little stuffed owl guy so badly! He is the best!

Roses, Wine, Dripping candles, and a home cooked meal. Very Romantic!

We ended the night sitting by the fireplace and watching Glee! I totally recommend staying in! Have a Marvelous Monday everyone! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Ballet Barre Workout

Today's workout features a Barre Workout I found via Facebook from Whole Living. 

You can follow that link to see all 7 moves by clicking the orange arrows, or scroll down on this post and see all 7 moves in one place!

Let me just say, I realized after the first move I have some stretching to do!

Let me know if you give them a try!


PenchePHOTO: RAYMOND HOM
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Penche

Get the lithe legs, lean core, and toned tush -- plus the poise -- of a dancer with this DIY workout. 
This "barre burner" challenges your balance and strengthens your core, hips, and legs. Rest your fingertips on a chair or table, and don't pinch your back or lean too heavily on your "barre": You'll miss the benefits.
What It Does: Works the entire lower body; builds balance and stability.

How to Do It: With feet and thighs turned out ballerina-style, hinge forward to a flat back and lightly grasp the seat of a chair. Look at the floor to keep the neck long. Lift the right leg straight out behind you, hips open, until it reaches hip height. Then lift as high as you can and lower back to hip height. Repeat 10 to 20 times.



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Wide Plie

What It Does: Tones quads, inner thighs, and calves.

How to Do It: Stand with legs straight and feet wide apart, toes turned out. Do 10 to 20 deep plies, bending the knees deeply until they're directly over your toes. On the last plie, lift and lower heels together 10 to 20 times.




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Back Attitude

What It Does: Tones core, hips, and glutes.

How to Do It: With legs turned out, bend both knees slightly and shoot right leg out behind you several inches off the floor, keeping knees bent and torso forward. Lift the leg just high enough that the glutes engage, then return to start. Do 20 lifts; at the top of the last rep, hold and pulse up and down 20 times. Switch legs.




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Pretzel Extention

What It Does: Tones core, hips, and glutes.

How to Do It: Sit on floor with left knee bent (outer leg on the floor) and right knee bent behind it (inner thigh on the floor). Resting fingertips on either side of the left knee, lift the right leg -- either keeping it bent or extending it straight behind you (as shown). At the top of the last rep, hold and do 10 to 15 mini pulses up and down. Switch legs.




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Kneeling Gate

What It Does: Works upper back, core, hips, and outer thighs.

How to Do It: From a kneeling position, bring left palm to the floor directly under shoulder. Place right hand behind your ear and extend right leg so it's parallel with the floor. Keep toes pointed, knee facing forward (not up). Make 10 small circles in one direction, then 10 in the other. Repeat with the other leg.







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Plie in First Position

What It Does: Tones legs.

How to Do It: To start, rise onto balls of the feet, heels touching, hips turned out, knees slightly bent. Lower into a deeper plie, then return to start. Do 10 to 20 plies, holding the last one for 20 seconds.







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Heel Lift

What It Does: Tones hips, glutes of the lifted leg, and quads of the standing leg; strengthens core.

How to Do It: Facing the back of a chair, hinge at hips with a flat back. Extend arms straight out, resting palms on back of chair. Bend right leg and lift to hip height, pushing heel toward the ceiling. Keeping hips square, pump leg up and down 10 to 20 times. Repeat on other leg.

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