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Tone It Up’s 7 Day Slimdown

I’ve been following the inspiring ladies of Tone It Up for years. I’ve done their Bikini Series countless times, workout challenges, bought product bundles, and used their nutrition plan. But one of my favorite challenges of theirs is the 7 Day Slimdown. It’s a great, easy, clean program that you can do before an event, photo shoot, or just as a healthy reset. Plus it’s only 7 days long which is much less intimidating than an 8 week challenge!

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You can check out more about the Tone It Up 7 Day Slimdown here. Below are my favorite parts of the program and the things that I’ve seen the most benefit from during the occasions that I’ve done it.

  • Increase water consumption – I’m a thirsty girl and I’m usually pretty good about drinking my H20. That being said, it’s always good to have some encouragement.
  • Limit salt – I am a confessed salt junkie. Their recommendation during this 7 days is to reduce the amount of salt you’re adding to your food to help with water retention and bloating.
  • Daily cardio – A big part of their recommendations is to do some cardio daily. I actually really enjoy this part, it really gets your body nice and tired so you sleep well!
  • Cut starchy carbs – Lots of fruits and veggies, always, but start limiting starchy carbs like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, oats, and cereal to help reduce bloat a few days before an event or photo shoot.
  • Ab-Solutely – Do a 5-10 minute ab burner every day. You can find great ones on the Tone It Up website.

And last, but not least, a spray tan or sunless tanner is a GREAT way to look slim and toned in just minutes!

Tell me – Have YOU tried the 7 day slim down?

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What I Ate Wednesday | Tone It Up Nutritional Plan

A few days into the recent Look For Love Tone It Up Challenge I decided to swoop up the Nutrition Plan as well. While I don’t know that I made a single meal 100% from the plan, I have been using it as inspiration to keep things interesting and tasty during the challenge.

Since I’m mixing things up and trying out some delicious new concoctions I thought it would be fun to post another What I Ate Wednesday to share some of my new favorite recipes & dishes.

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What I Ate Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: I’ve been on an oats kick lately – Be sure to check out my Coconut Chia Seed Overnight Oats recipe – And have been trying out some tasty new combinations. This week I combined Bob’s Red Mill Quick Oats, Flax & Chia Seeds, Vega Vanilla Protein Powder, and frozen mixed berries from Trader Joe’s.
  • Snack: Trail Mix – Raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds. Or chia seed pudding – I like it with a little lemon juice or vanilla extract.
  • Lunch: Smoothie time! Currently OBSESSED with this combo – Spinach, maca powder, wheatgrass, ginger, lemon, frozen pineapple chunks, and protein powder. My favorites are Vega Vanilla, Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean, Tone It Up Perfect Fit Vanilla Latte, or Sun Warrior Vanilla. Yes, I clearly like vanilla protein powder. I think it’s a bit more versatile than others since it mixes easily with whatever you throw into the blender!
  • Snack: Kale leaves smothered in Sabra Hummus & topped with a cold orzo & veggie salad
  • Dinner: GIANT salad beast w/ romaine hearts, shredded kale, sugar snap peas, celery & carrots w/ an oil & vinegar dressing heavily coated with kelp grains & turmeric. Plus a side of roasted Brussels sprouts & sweet potato chunks. Sometimes I’ll toss everything together but I was starving after Pilates and started eating the salad while I waited for the veggies to roast.

What’s YOUR favorite dish/recipe right now? Did I miss anything tasty from the Tone It Up Nutritional Plan that I should try?

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Tone It Up | Look for Love Challenge

After finishing up the Brittany Dawn Fitness 60 Day Challenge during the end of 2016 – I was excited to grab some girlfriends and start the Tone It Up Look for Love Challenge in 2017.

What was great about the Brittany Dawn Fitness challenge was the weekly check-ins. I liked feeling accountable, and knowing that I was going to be taking a picture Monday midday helped me stay on track during weekend shenanigans.

So for 2017 I tried a new kind of accountability – I joined forces with my three best friends and we shared pictures, stories, recipes, and inspiration on a private Facebook page that we made for the challenge.

Not in the mood to workout? It just took one picture of the mother of #TwoUnderTwo working out on the living room floor next to a crib to get my booty to the gym.

Want some inspiration to try a new recipe? Another friend is genius at making tasty, quick vegetarian meals, all the while taking care of her two and half-year old.

And when I started feeling like I’d bitten off more than I could chew with my meditation and self-love resolutions? My friend shared pictures of her meditation and journaling space filled with crystals and good vibes. Knowing she was making the time and effort, while simultaneously juggling a toddler, school, and husband – Always kept me motivated.

And the best part? We’re in four different cities but it felt like we started the year off together! If you’re never tried tackling a challenge with your friends, I highly recommend it.

So how was the challenge itself?


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I decided to buy the bundle for this challenge to help get me in the mood. It included some gear, plus the Body Love Workouts, and the updated Nutrition plan.

The workouts and nutrition plan were great, more on them below, but I don’t know if I’d buy the bundle again. For $198 it included the workouts, nutrition plan, a jump rope, socks, towel, backpack, meal prep containers, and foot sliders.


I worked so hard during the Brittany Dawn Fitness challenge, which included weight lifting 5 days a week, that I wasn’t expecting to get my booty kicked.

But kicked it got!

Turns out, Karena and Katrina teamed up with none other than Jillian Michaels for the Body Love Challenge and they put together some seriously killer workouts. I loved all the compound moves and HIIT routines. They kept you challenged and engaged.

Note: The workouts were videos, so I had to watch them and transcribe the workouts so that I could take a piece of paper to the gym with me.

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Nutrition Plan:

While I didn’t spend a ton of time trying new recipes, this challenge really got me going on my food prep. I spent quality time drafting shopping lists, hitting the grocery store, and prepping meals to take to work each week. I kept things pretty simple with veggie frittatas for breakfast and protein pancakes for post-workout, combined with a protein smoothie and an afternoon snack, I was all set.

Overall it was a great challenge to undertake – I really enjoyed the workouts and the camaraderie, and I’m definitely going to keep up the meal prepping!!

Have YOU ever tried a Tone It Up challenge? Do you have a favorite online trainer or fitness blog that I should look at?

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Workout Schedule: Weight Training & Race Prep

After finishing up the Brittany Dawn Fitness 60 Day Challenge at year-end I hopped right into the Tone It Up 6 week New Year Challenge. While I’ll be writing a full review and sharing my progress when the challenge ends, I wanted to pop in to share the killer workout schedule they’ve laid out.

Since I have the Kaiser Half Marathon coming up, I modified the workout schedule somewhat to make room for longer runs and to ensure I’m not too sore to get in my miles.

Here’s a breakdown of the workout schedule I’ve been following the past few weeks.

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Sneakers – Saucony


  • 5-7 mile run


  • Body Love Cardio + Abs
  • 60 minutes walking


  • Body Love HIIT
  • 90 minutes walking
  • SoulCycle class


  • Body Love Arms
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes stair master


  • Body Love Total Body
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes Arc Trainer


  • Body Love HIIT Booty + Abs
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes stair master


  • Body Love Total Body Ball workout
  • Women’s March!!

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Note: If you’re interested in the running aspect of my training schedule, I’m sure you find it strange that there’s only one run on there! I have a post coming out shortly all about how I train for races so be sure to stay tuned!

How has YOUR fitness routine gone so far in 2017? Have you tackled a challenge?

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Tone It Up // 7 Days of Workouts

While preparing for my Costa Rica adventure I wanted to make sure that I was at my best physically so that I could make the most out of my trip. When you’ve got consecutive days of white water rafting, horseback riding, zip lining, and surfing – You want to feel healthy & strong!

So how did I get ready for the trip?

I turned to the ladies of Tone It Up and their great available-online workouts, along with some other trainer’s workouts that I could mix in over the course of the week.

Read on for a breakdown of my workouts for the 7 days leading up to my trip!

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The first bullet point for each day is my midday workout – Usually around 12pm – And those are traditionally 15-20 minute circuits plus stretching and rolling out. Classes, the second bullet each day, take place after work and are usually 45-60 minutes.

Yes, it is a lot of exercise, but I also didn’t just jump into it. I regularly do two-a-day workouts Monday through Friday and worked my way up to this kind of activity slowly. I also increase my food intake accordingly – Adding more snacks and increasing the caloric density of my meals.

My goal with sharing this list of workouts is to show you that everyone is different. My activity levels are fairly high, but that’s because (1) working out improves my back pain, and (2) I make fitness a huge priority in life. Like I said in my Social Fitness & Workout Dates post, I enjoy meeting friends for workout classes or hikes instead of dinner or cocktails.

I prioritize my health and my body before a lot of social obligations, which isn’t to say that’s the only approach, it is just how I’m doing things at this point.

Note: If you’re a beginner to fitness or are interested in making big changes to your workout regime, be sure to check in with a doctor to make sure you’re being healthy and safe. 

Do YOU like to prepare for vacations? What does a week of workouts look like for YOU?

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