Friday’s Fitness Faves

Good afternoon, everybody. Thank the Lord it is Friday. I got my nails done at lunch and have a whole new perspective on life afterwards…funny how that happens after a little pamper session at the end of the week. I figured I would share with all of you some fitness favorites and send you all off with maybe a couple of inspiring moves, tunes and ideas!

Thanks for reading!!

Hill XO

Forearm Stand

I have been working on getting myself into a forearm handstand for quite some time. It is frustrating that every time I get up I get into the pose for less than half a second, I fall. However, yoga is about exploring that fall and welcoming it. I recently came upon this article by Pop Sugar with great poses to help you get ready for a forearm stand. I plan on working on this this weekend a little bit. Here is the article if anyone is interested. I love being upside down and I do enjoy working for it.

Early Morning Workouts 

I go through phases with early morning workouts…There are stretches of months where I can’t even fathom getting out of bed before the scheduled time and then there are weeks where getting up 1-2 days a week to work out is no problem. The past two weeks I have gotten up early either on Thursday or Friday to do my own workout – no spin. I find that sometimes when I am at work I get too excited to work out and rush off as soon as the clock strikes 5 and I sort of enjoy the quietness in the morning. In the morning I do feel slightly rushed but then I make sure that I really push it or cut down on the rest time. I am trying to work on going before work because I would like to run a 10 mile road race this summer and getting over and complete in the AM is my preference since getting a glass of wine after work on a hot day is a TOP priority for me!

Favorite Workout Move/s

When I was in Portland I woke up and went to the gym on Saturday morning. The hotel had a pretty decent workout room and so I thought I would sneak in a workout since I knew we were going to be eating all day long. There was a TRX  there which was PERFECT because I have been hitting that shit up for abs! GIRLLLLL, I am always so sore afterwards. My lower abs in particular always feel like they got a good ass whoopin’. These exercises ramp up your typical plank and put some STANK AWN ON IT. I found this little cheat sheet on Pinterest for just some ideas!

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Current Favorite Song 

Alex Midi – In the Air Tonight (f. Delacey) Since this is a modern day remake of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” I just automatically loved this. I love the original for a heavy climb and this as well for the same choreography but with a little more beat. I also love the female vocalist. It may not suit everyone but it most certainly gets my blood pumpin’

Favorite Lippy For The Gym

Does anyone remember Revlon’s Colorbursts? Well…when they came out I bought them in almost every single color. The color I have on in this photo is Pink Lemonade. Talk about the most perfect peach/light pink. I have been grabbing this after my spin classes just for some hydration and color. I tend to look very washed out and dead with no makeup on so this light lip adds a little bit of vibrance to my face. Today in the car I found it in my jacket instead of my gym bag and I applied it right away.I was at a stop light and just had to get a selfie in real quick with this color!  I love this stuff!

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Fitness Fridays

So glad its Friday! My day has barely begun and I am already craving a dirty martini and sushi. I know you guys know the feeling. I thought I would jump start your weekends by just updating you all on some of my go to moves and fitness inspirations of the moment.

I completed another week of my spin classes. Some weeks are easier than others. But teaching every night, three nights in a row is a blessing and a curse. Because I teach on Mondays I tend to dread that class the most. I always take awhile to get into the groove of things however, after my Monday night class I feel the best. I don’t feel as foggy, I feel strong and much calmer. Here is the playlist I used all week.

Song of the moment: The Knocks – Kiss the Sky. I do not know why this speaks to me so much but it does. I think I like the fast beat and then how it slows down and then the chorus just makes me want  to be on a dance floor on a tropical island. An honorable mention goes out to Kelhani – Did I. This song is literally my girl anthem. Great beat. Good lyrics. It’s all about goin’ out and gettin’ it.

Favorite move/exercise of the moment: I have ALWAYS loved planks. I have worked so hard over the years to develop this strength. I love it because of the variations and because it hits so many muscle groups. I currently am loving plans that require your ‘under’ leg if you will to pass through. Here is a picture of one of the moves I  have been doing. It is so hard to do but I love how deep the soreness goes. My love handles and low back are a popular spot for me to put on weight and I just love the effect of these. I also enjoy lifting one leg (the top leg if I am in a side plank or just one leg at a time if I have both hands on the floor). If you go on to Pinterest there is an overwhelming amount of information on there and great for inspiration.

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My favorite yoga pose of the moment: Hands down this would be Bow pose. It is so beautiful. I work on this one to open up my chest and promote good posture. Having a large chest I really gravitate towards posture perfecting poses that help open up the chest cavity and create space. I also recently read an article in an old Yoga Journal about how having a flexible spine is so important. When I taught my first barre class last weekend we did Bow pose. We did three rounds of and held the pose for about 10 seconds each. For a lot of the people this was a new sensation…they knew they were working hard and strengthening but it was also a great stretch. The dichotomy of the work vs. stretch opens people’s eyes to yoga. I had a student say “That class was so different. It was nice to not do the same moves all the time”. That was because we did a great strength and stretch routine without weights (we did weights earlier on and finished with yoga strength). So at the end of class you knew you worked hard and felt like you exerted yourself but also felt open and lengthened. That is a very important thing for me in my daily practice and I was glad it manifested in the class.

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Favorite healthy snack: OMG I have been going cookoo over sweet potatoes lately. I didn’t go grocery shopping this week I know, I know  but had about three sweet potatoes and as long as I have an option for a decent carb for dinner I am good.  So I have been heating one of these bad boys up every night in the microwave for about 5 minutes and then I go to town with the seasonings. I sprinkle on some cayenne pepper, garlic pepper, onion powder, then pour distilled vinegar on top  (this is a true Rhode Island thing) with some ketchup. HEAVEN.

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That is it everyone! Thank you all for reading!

Hill XO

Monday Blues

Lazy but productive Sundays are the best types of Sundays. Throwing in a load of laundry between Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes is my definition of getting $#@* done without the whole “let me blast music and clean the absolute crud out of everything and ditch the workout since THIS will be my cardio”….CRINGE…that was not what I was about to do yesterday. Subtle cleaning was my aim. I cleaned up my room a little bit, dusted my picture frames and Windexed my glass trays…the devil is in the details.

Even though I slept in, had a nap, did some yoga and was an all around sloth – I am still so tired! GOD, MONDAYS JUST ABSOLUTELY KILL ME! I would love to be able to work four, ten hour days and then have Mondays off just to amp myself up for the week. Working on a Monday vs. Friday is much less appealing. On Friday you still have a touch more momentum.

I hope everyone has a great coming week…I only have two photos…I am very lame. I will be back this week with some good stuff. PROMISE!

Thanks for reading,

Hill XO

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I found this photo on Pinterest to show you all my favorite yoga pose at the moment – Frog. It is VERY INTENSE and you feel quite vulnerable. I do this after my workout or after my practice and stay in it for about a minute. The blocks are detrimental since they help keep the upper body open and aligned. Make sure your knees make a 90 degree angle so you feel those inner thighs and pelvic bowl release a bit. Do this right before bed…when you come out of the pose, it feels amazing. 

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My current lip favorite. This is much more nude than what it looks like on the lips. Bite makes such great colors and formulations. This is “Retsina”. I will try to feature a make up look with it this week! 

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My dog (Henry) on his favorite chair next to the Christmas tree. Such a love. 

Monday Blues

This Monday is more painful than any other Monday. I’m exhausted. I feel like I have been living out of a bag and in my car for the past couple of weeks. I NEED A BREAK. With Thanksgiving being about four days away, I am sad to say that this hobo lifestyle will continue for another week or so. I went to my cousin’s wedding this weekend in NY and that pretty much consisted of drinking dirty martinis, penne with pink vodka sauce, and dancing to a whole lot of Donna Summer.  My body has been punishing me since yesterday due to my outpour of gluttony. My skin is breaking out, I can BARELY keep my eyes open – I feel like a snake because I have seriously drifted off WITH my eyes open, my stomach seems to be accumulating that lovely extra layer and my hips are begging for pigeon pose.

Until Thanksgiving, I am going to try and curtail the salty foods (burgers and fries), kick ass in spin, get some extra air and try to take a little more ‘me’ time. I hate the monotony of routines, however, when the holidays come around I feel very off and sometimes just want to hide under my covers until it’s all over…I know I am a little bah-humbug right now, but I know it will pass. So, in order to get through this next week of booze, turkey sandwiches, almost too much family time and the urge to online shop for SHIT I DON’T NEED, I have compiled some cardinal rules to make it through like a champ…

 

If you’re not going to go to the gym – do yoga ~ I have been trying to integrate more stretching and yoga into my routine as of late. Since I have added one spin class to my weekly schedule, I have been trying to take about 20 minutes after I have eaten and showered to just slow things down and give my body a little bit more love. So that will be my first rule during this holiday week…If I don’t want to work out because I am too tired, possibly hungover or I don’t have the time, I am going to practice some deep breathing, focus on some areas that need opening and also hit some poses that detox the body. I love doing twists!

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This is one of my favorite poses – detox but strengthening

Do not (try not) to eat out of boredom, stress or anxiety ~ Because I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my bofyriend’s family this year I know there will be new faces as well as familiar ones and I am sure there will be a few awkward silences. I tend to ALWAYS just keep shoving food in my mouth before the main meal because I sometimes get stressed out while mingling and trying to remember who everyone is. Now since I know this will not be obliterated in one blow, my rule is going to be – eat veggies and fruit, not pigs in a blanket. Of course I will indulge in the processed meats (I’m drooling just thinking about prosciutto on a stoned wheat cracker with some jelly) but if I sense that I am getting anxious, I am going to head straight for the healthy stuff and it can be bottomless.

I found this on Pinterest and think this is a great guide – nothing restrictive but influences us to be mindful with our choices

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE – WATER – REPEAT ~ This will probably be the easiest rule for me. SHOCKER. As I have gotten older, I LOATHE the way I feel when I drink too much. The rings on my fingers feel tighter, my face is all puffy, I have the world’s worst headache and I just am an all around fun-sucker. I also detest how red my cheeks get when I have had a few – dead give away….I am not even a slur-er, my face is just a warhead. So, my rule for this is – have a couple but drink at least 8oz. of water between each one. I am going to try to keep my ratio of water to alcohol higher than the inverse. I also am going to try to stick with the same kind of alcohol and not mix. Kettle One martinis tend to call my name but I am going to try to go for an option with less sodium.

Black Friday deals and steals should be for others and not for you~  Because my birthday is in December and I love winter fashion – I tend to overbuy. I need to know that when I receive an email with 40% off, it is still money that I do not need to spend.  If I do indulge, I am going to try to make sure it’s for someone else’s Christmas present. I am giving myself a budget of $40…that is all I can spend on myself.

Get outside~ Since the weather has not felt too winter-y just yet, I am going to try to get outside more this week. I tend to do very well with outdoor workouts or just being outside in general during this time of year despite my allergies and asthma. With dry indoors (I need to get a new humidifier, nose bleeds anyone?) I want to make more of an effort to go on a brisk walk with my dog or my boyfriend, head to my local beach and see the sunset. Nothing feels better than crisp air after being in a hot building.

Take a walk! From reducing stress to encouraging creativity, walking has so many benefits!:

Grab a friend, relative, or spouse and get outside! Enjoy the sights and sounds.

And there you have it – 5 ways for me to make it through this week without feeling like a sloth…PLEASE PLEASE feel free to share yours. Even though it’s a joyful time of year, it can still be quite stressful and any other tips and tricks that work for others will be awesome to read.

Thanks for reading,

Hill XO