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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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A Week of Workouts

I get lots of questions about my workout regime and, especially, how I stay active with such a packed schedule.

Tip #1 is to prioritize yourself. It seems impossible when you’re being pulled in a million directions, have an endless To Do List, and a calendar that leaves no time for anything new.

But the sad truth is that none of that is going to change. However, just think about how much better you’ll be able to meet those challenges if you’re at your healthiest!

To help give you guys a peek into my day-to-day routine and approach to healthy living & working out, I decided to keep track of my workouts for the last week in February as I finished up the Tone It Up 8 Week 2016 Challenge and started training for the Presidio 10 Miler. This will give you an idea of how I squeeze things in when I’m utterly slammed during the week.

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{Looking for some new workout inspiration? Check out my 2016 Fitness Adventure Series for real life reviews on Bay Area workouts!}


  • Midday – Tone It Up full-body resistance band workout + booty workout
  • After Work – TRX Class


  • Midday – Tone It Up medicine ball workout
  • After Work – 4 Mile run


  • Midday – Tone It Up arms, abs & booty
  • After Work – Barre Class


  • Midday – Tone It Up total body
  • After Work – 4 Mile run


  • Midday – HIIT
  • After Work – Rest


  • 6 Mile run
  • Stretching, rolling & short yoga workout


  • Walking
  • 20 Minute core workout

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{Need some HIIT in your life? I highly recommend giving Barry’s Bootcamp a try!}

What kind of workouts are YOU doing?

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Here wishing you amazing memories from 2015 and being able to start 2016 with an open mind and heart. Fresh starts are always so inspirational!

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{I’m excited to start 2016 on a healthy, fit note by joining the Tone It Up crew for their 2016 Challenge. I’ve followed their blog & Instagram for years, so I’m looking forward to formally joining a challenge. It’ll be so motivating to have a whole community of inspirational women supporting me!}

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{Can’t wait to indulge my wanderlust with a few fun trips this year. In addition to the usual New York and Southern California trips, I’m also looking forward to skiing with family in Taos and zip lining, among other activities, in Costa Rica. It’s going to be an amazing travel year!}

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{I started a painting project in December and I’m excited to finish up my walls and do a little decor refreshing in early 2016. New rugs, art, and bedding will really finish up the space. I an’t wait to have it all done!}

What does 2016 have in store for YOU?

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Links You’ll Love


Jackets and blazers and coats – Oh My! Chic jackets, blazers, and coats in brilliant jewel tones, soft velvets & corduroy, fun patterns, formal tweeds & brocades, and freshly pressed trenches will all make appearances this Fall, so get a head start with WhoWhatWear’s Street Style with Adam Katz Sinding: Chic Outerwear.

Sweatshirts don’t have to be boring or gym-worthy, this season you’ll want to find a sweatshirt with a cute patterned or retro design to pair with your separates. Bright colors, fun nostalgia-inducing graphics, even highschool letterman-style sweatshirts will be hitting the streets – Trend: Sweat Chic.

There’s nothing quite like seeing what one of your fashion idols has their closet to get you in the mood to revamp your own wardrobe! Luckily for us Harper’s Bazaar is taking you on a tour of DJ, model, and Chanel ambassador Leigh Lezark’s fashion collection – Closet of the Month: Leigh Lezark.

When you’re fashion-obsessed the passion for fashion doesn’t stop with clothing and accessories, it extends to ever facet of your life. Like Tom Ford said: “Fashion is everything. Art, music, furniture design, graphic design, hair, makeup, architecture, the way cars look – all those things go together to make a moment in time, and that’s what excites me.” So let’s enjoy this tour of a fabulous, fashionable, organized home – The Brunette’s My home, my essentials.

One of the reasons that I love doing Style File posts is that you get to recreate and put a fun, fresh spin on an outfit that someone you admire has worn. Whether it’s a celebrity, a model, a blogger, or a fashion editor, you’re taking the time to really look at their personal style and try to recreate a look that you love. Smile For Style agrees and has shared her picks for this killer look from Revenge start Ashley Madekwe – Get Her Look: Ashley Madekwe.

Health & Fitness:

If you could make some small changes in your life and boost your mood and ultimately your happiness, wouldn’t you? Best selling author Gabrielle Bernstein shares her tips – From simple things like starting the day with positivity to practicing self-love. Happiness 101: 6 Ways To Be In A Good Mood All The Time.

I don’t know about you, but I like to hold onto Halloween for as long as possible, and that means making Halloween-style treats wellllll after the holiday itself passes – Sweet Vegan Treats For a Happy Halloween.

Taking some time for a calming yoga routine each day could not only help you cope with everyday stress, it could also give you a great energy boost – Yoga Moves for a Pick-Me-Up from Women’s Health.

The ladies over at Tone It Up! are known for their great outdoor & beach workouts that you can do with little to no equipment and their latest, Halloween inspired workout is another fab example filled with bridges, planks, and cardio – Your Tone It Up Tuesday SpOokTacULaR Workout!

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food but unfortunately it’s not usually on the approved foods list for the conscientious, healthy eater. But what if it could be? Check out these killer veggie-filled recipes and get cooking! Green Garden Pizza, Garlic Flatbread/Pizza Crust, Heirloom Tomato & Sweet Corn Pizza & Swiss Chard Pizza from Gluten Free, Soy Free Vegan.

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Need some motivation to keep you going? Check out Karena Dawn from Tone It Up’s post for The Daily Love – Overcome and Achieve.

Interested in the benefits of a plant-based diet? Here are some interesting testaments that you can read:

Want to add soy to your diet but are concerned about conflicting information you’re receiving. Check out FitSugar’s Get Smart About Soy or Prevention.com’s 13 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally.

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Love the real-life ideas and fun but realistic decorating tips from Real Simple? Read RS’s When To Wash It Handbook, Stay Healthy On The Go or 700+ New Uses For Old Things.



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Are you a fan of the peplum shirts and dresses that are going to be big this Spring and Summer? Check out FabSugar’s 3 Foolproof  Ways to Wear It.

The Stylist’s next Lesson of a Modern-Day Lady is How To Wear Cropped Trousers – A chic alternative for Spring and Summer and a great way to get yourself out of your skinny jean phase.

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Still in the market for the perfect pair of flats? (A lifelong pursuit as far as I’m concerned) Check out Beauty and the Budget’s Shoe Trend 101: Smoking Slippers for Every Style Personality.

If you’re in the mood to start Spring’s brights & neons trends a little early look through the beautiful floral designs from the DKNY x Baublebar collaboration, the Purse Blog’s Primary Colored Handbags or the Frugal Fashionista’s Charming Prints for Spring.

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