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My Summer Fitness Routine, and a Tone It Up Review

Since the arrival of summer I had gotten into a new routine that I really loved. I started a new job in May and have had the ability to start work a little later so I moved my workout routine to the morning. Part of this decision was due to some late nights at work and the uncertainty of whether I would have time to get in a work out. Part of it was because it feels really freaking good to come home  and not have to worry about squeezing in a run (and another shower). And part of it was because I started following the Tone It Up regimen and they strongly encourage morning exercise. 

Now I’m going to be honest. I find K&K to be ridiculously cheesy and sometimes difficult to watch. But when it comes to toning up, those two know what they’re talking about. I’ve read the meal plans and tried to follow them but they’re a bit too restrictive for me. So these are my takeaways which, for me, have proven to be pretty effective. 

1. I started my mornings with their 5 daily exercise moves followed by a 2ish mile run. When you join Tone It Up you get access to their daily exercises. They usually suggest an exercise video of theirs or cardio in addition to the 5 moves and I really just enjoy running too much not to. Plus these are the best months of the year! Unfortunately, it’s finally started getting cold and dark here in Buffalo, so I’m in the market for a new winter routine. 

I really like the daily moves feature of the program because it’s thoughtless for me. Especially if I’m getting up first thing in the morning, it’s so nice not to have to think about choosing a workout. I just log into the Tone It Up app and the 5 exercise moves are up and ready. 

This might be the endorphins talking, but I honestly feel like starting my day with a workout keeps me more present and in tune with my surroundings and my body for the rest of the day. 

2. I have a small glass of their ‘Meta D’ drink. I don’t know what it is about Apple Cidar Vinegar but it just feels so cleansing. It might be 100% in my head but it feels like a great way to jump start your day. The drink consists of apple juice, water, ACV, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. 

The other nice feature about the Tone It Up program is that it’s a one time fee, but there is continued support. Once you sign up for one program you will receive all future updates, and they do continue to update their programs, routines, and challenges so that it doesn’t get stale. Overall, I would recommend it even if you don’t follow it to a tee. 

The rest of the day I go about my business separately from the Tone It Up plan. I had been taking biotin in an effort to grow my hair longer for the wedding along with a multivitamin and fish oil.

I’m not the only one in the house that takes her daily fish oil. (But I am the only one that doesn’t chew it, blahh).

Lately I’ve been loving egg white sandwiches with Swiss cheese on an oatmeal English muffin. The salty and sweet flavors are amazing. I also threw some kale on there to make it feel healthier. 

Now that we’re back from our wedding and honeymoon (details to come!!), it’s been too dark and cold in the mornings to keep running outdoors so I’m in the market for any suggestions! Evenings can work for me but I just really love morning workouts and being able to work out from home. Looks like I better start saving for a treadmill… 

How does your fitness routine change with the seasons? 

Any winter workouts you would recommend? 

Do you prefer mornings or evenings for workouts? 

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A Day of Eats + House Rules

Happy hump day friends! We’re half way to the weekend and things are looking up!

Today I am sharing my meals from yesterday, partially to keep me accountable and partially because it’s nice to have ideas when the usual routine gets a little old. 

Breakfast 7:30am – 1 PerfectFit protein pancake with cinnamon, maple syrup, blackberries, and raspberries. (This recipe is from the Tone It Up nutrition plan, which I finally caved and got. I plan to commit 100% and write a full review after the half marathon.)  

Coffee.

Snack 10am – 1 medium grapefruit (I forgot to take a picture)

 Lunch 12:30pm – leftover Easiest Broccoli Pasta. I’m partially following along with the Skinnytaste meal plan this week!
Green tea 1:30pm

Snack 2pm – Coconut Chia Seed Pudding  (also from the Tone It Up nutrition plan) topped with coconut flakes and cacao nibs
  

Snack 4pm – Cherry pie Larabar (forgot to snap a picture)

Dinner 7pm – Crockpot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad
  

I ended the evening with a mug of warm mint tea and 2 pieces of Dove dark chocolate. 

On a side note, we are currently ‘puppy sitting’ (all dogs will forever be puppies to me) for Kris’ parents for 3 weeks and we’ve had to implement some pretty strict house rules for these houligans… 

  
  

It’s sad how much of a kick we get out of our new little catch phrase. 

What ridiculous saying do you use at your house?