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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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2017 Fitness Adventures: Avant Barre | Discount Code

I’m always glad to have a healthy start to the year and I’ve really been enjoying trying out some new studios and workouts recently. After a relaxing and rejuvenating visit to the Love Story Yoga studio in the Mission at the beginning of the year, today I’m here to share my experience at Avant Barre here in the SOMA district of San Francisco.

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The Low Down:

If you’ve never taken a barre class, the premise is that you use a ballet “barre” for an isometric strength training session. Which means that you focus on moving one muscle group at a time – Core, booty, arms, calves – Primarily focusing on bodyweight movements. Though some classes combine those movements with weights or balls.

Avant-Barre combines the traditional underlying barre techniques with fun music and beautiful dance-like moves for a full-body workout that really evokes a dance class.

No rhythm needed!


I took the 45 minute Sculpt class and it was a great workout. You felt every muscle group being worked and were begging for mercy by the end of each set.

Especially the booty.

And the core.

The space is light and airy, right off of third street at Brannan in SOMA. They had a fully stocked changing room and plenty of lockers for storing your bag(s) during class. And the barre studio itself is bright with mirrors and windows – You feel like you’re in a ballet studio!

I really like mirrors during these types of workout since it offers you the ability to self-correct on form and notice when you start lagging towards the end of a set.


If you love a super, super sweaty, gasping for air workout – Like Barry’s Bootcamp – Then you may not be drawn to this type of class. However, if you want a full body toning workout that allows you to safely push your boundaries, this is a great choice.

Bonus – It’s quite easy to customize if you have an injury or are new to the fitness game.

And I have to say that the low impact aspect also really appeals to me. With running, biking, and lifting as major parts of my weekly workout routine, I really need to add in a lower impact workout like this to help keep my joints healthy and happy.

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And I’m thrilled to say that my lovely readers will be getting a discount code to try Avant Barre. Use “mclv2017” for $10 off a single class! If you try it out – Let me know what you think.

Are YOU a fan of barre classes?

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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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Leggings & Tank – Fabletics

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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Brittany Dawn Fitness: Training & Macro Review

I recently completed 30 days of training and macro counting with Brittany Dawn Fitness and I thought it would be a fun to start doing reviews of the programs that I try out.

I’m an avid follower of trainers and personal wellness gurus on social media so I’m going to start offering up my thoughts on the programs that I tackle in my personal life.

When I decided that I wanted to give macro counting a try to tighten things up in preparation for my birthday, I knew I wanted to reach out to Brittany of Brittany Dawn Fitness. I’ve always found her posts inspirational and wait excitedly for new YouTube videos.

As I said in my macro-related post {Macro Counting}, it comes down to keep track of and trying to hit goals for your daily intake of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. All the while, staying under set limits of sugar and sodium.

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With the Brittany Dawn Fitness program I received three main things:

  1. Personalized Macro Breakdown
  2. 30 Days of Workouts
  3. Coaching

Curious how it went? Here’s a review as well as some of my personal experience with these aspects of the 30 day program.


I didn’t know where to start on this so it was great to talk to someone experienced, get a program tailored to my needs, and have the ability to have follow-up conversations and tweak the plan. We aren’t talking about a restrictive diet, this was a ton of food. I won’t share the specific macros, but here a sample of a date of eating:

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  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Protein oats
  • Smoothie
  • Salad + veggie burger
  • Nuts + dried fruit
  • Banana softserve

Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling hungry. And some days, I actually had trouble finishing all of the food. I set aside a few minutes each morning to play with my menu for the day in My Fitness Pal and then adjusted it throughout the day as needed.


I love weight training and usually make it to the gym at least 5 times a week. Sometimes more. Needless to say, it’s easy to get bored or plateau when you work out as often as I do. That means that I was especially looking forward to see the workouts that get Miss Brittany looking so fabulous.

What I really liked was how her workouts pushed me outside of my comfort zone. While I normally might skip a workout with moves I’ve never done or that I think are too challenging – This program pushed me to get creative and try new things. I don’t think I’ve done bench press since high school!

The only downside was that the workouts are fairly long – Sometimes I didn’t have enough time to finish all the moves or sets during my lunch break workouts.

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This was, without a doubt, my favorite part about the 30 day program. Once a week I sent Brittany an email with my progress – From my measurements and weight to pictures and a breakdown of how I’m feeling. I loved not only being held accountable, but also getting to chat with someone knowledgeable and interested in helping me meet my goals.

I don’t know about you, but when I get excited about a new program or finish setting some exciting new goals, I want to talk to someone about it! So, having an online trainer buddy that I can chat with takes the pressure of le boyfriend to listen to me ramble about my workouts and diet. 🙂

Who are YOUR go-to trainers? Do you have any super inspirational online fitness or healthy living gurus I need to follow?

After taking a few weeks off after my program I’ve just started a 60 Day Fall Challenge with BDawnFit so stay tuned to hear how it goes!

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Anywhere Bodyweight Basics

One of the things that I adore about bodyweight workouts? The fact that you can do them virtually ANYWHERE.

On a yoga mat next to your TV. On the carpet of your hotel room. You can even do them by the pool while you’re away enjoying yourself on a fabulous vacation…

They’re versatile, require no equipment, and are a great way to blast some calories and tighten up your core & booty when you only have a few minutes to spare.

You know what that really means? No excuses!

So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite anywhere bodyweight moves that all fitness lovers should master:

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Low Planks:

  • Benefits – Engages core & glutes
  • Good For – These forearm planks are a life saver if you have wrist issues and can’t quite make high plank work for you
  • Variations – Try low side planks, tapping your toes, or body sawing forwards and backwards a few inches

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Modified Push-Ups:

  • Benefits – Arm, shoulder & core will all be engaged
  • Good For – Lean, defined arms
  • Variations – This is the modified version of a standard push-up. Your form should be your number one concern, so focus on keeping your core engaged and maintaining a plank-like form while pushing up and down.

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High Plank:

  • Benefits – Strength and balance
  • Good For – Overall conditioning
  • Variations – Try slowly raising each hand and leg while maintaining your balance (called an around-the-world), add in some side planks on each side, or even give yourself a burst of cardio with plank jacks.

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  • Benefits – Working your lower body, particularly your quads, hamstrings, and calves
  • Good For – Everything! Squats are one of the best moves you can do – They work your legs, but they also engage your shoulders, back, and abs.
  • Variations – Narrow, plie, sumo, add a kick… They are tons of variations, but be sure to keep your knees from extending in front of your toes when you squat down

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  • Benefits – Working your arms and abs
  • Good For – Giving yourself a burst of explosive movement and engaging a number of muscle groups simultaneously
  • Variations – There’s a narrow stance, with your arms kept by your sides {called a yoga push-up), or wide arms with elbows pointed out. Want some cardio? 10 push-ups, 50 mountain climbers – Repeat that sequence as many times as you can without losing your great form!

Do YOU have a favorite core move?

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