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Hello! How many of you had the chance to see the super moon the last two nights? I woke up super early on Wednesday morning and caught the blood moon and the eclipse, plus a fantastic sunrise from the top of Mt. Tamalpais. After that I headed out for a quick trail run and then grabbed coffee from my favorite shop, Equator. Click through after the photos for this months challenge.

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January Total Body Toner

I won’t lie December’s challenge was HARD. Holding a plank with proper form for over 3 minutes just wasn’t happening for me, so I’ll admit I stopped at 3 minutes. I’d much rather you did less of something with proper form then did something poorly for the full time. Don’t sweat it if you fell behind or gave up altogether, it happens. The holidays are always packed full of commitments, but January is a fresh month and a great place to start something new!  My arms are looking really toned after all these pushups, I can hardly believe I did 60 pushups this morning! Who else made it all the way through the challenge?

 

 

I took a poll on my Facebook and Instagram pages to see what type of challenge you were interested in, and overwhelmingly you voted for a total body challenge. So here it is, your January Total Body Toner challenge.

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Workout Wednesday 12/20

With just 5 days until Christmas, working out may be the last thing on your mind. However a quick 30 minute workout can sharpen your focus, relieve stress and energize you. This HIIT (high intensity interval training) bike workout will have you in and out of the gym in a flash. Don’t have a bike? You can adjust this and do it on the treadmill or outside, see notes below.  Read More



Workout Wednesday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a workout for you, so here you go! This takes about 30 minutes, and can be done virtually anywhere. You’ll need a set of dumbbells (or water bottles, soup cans, wine bottles) for this, a resistance band is helpful but not necessary. Don’t forget to add in your planks and pushups for the December challenge, I made a printable for you HERE. If you do the workout let me know how it went in the comments or tag me on Insta. Click through for the workout.  Read More


December Plank & Push-up Challenge

Give yourself the gift chiseled arms and abs this year. Ok, these two moves alone may not do it, but they do work multiple muscle groups and help improve overall strength. Rumor has it Gal Gadot did push-ups and planks every day while prepping for Wonder Woman 🙂

Planks strengthen everything from your chest, arms, core muscles, hamstrings to your glutes and promote better posture. Push-ups also target more than one muscle group and joint; meaning you feel the burn from your chest to your obliques. The best part of this challenge? You only need a few minutes each day and virtually no equipment, although a yoga mat is helpful.

Click here for a printable version.

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No Excuse November

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That’s a wrap on the No Excuse November challenge. Congratulations! I hope I inspired you to get moving every day and that you keep the streak going into December. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays it can be hard to find the time to fit in a workout.

IMG_5600I prefer to get my workouts done first thing in the morning but I know that’s not for everyone. Try squeezing a walk in on your lunch or head out right after work. Do what works best for you! Sometimes I’ll squeeze in 15 minutes first thing in the morning and another 15 minutes between clients later in the day. Find what works for you and schedule it on your calendar just like you would a meeting or conference call. Your health is worth your time!

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Overwhelemed by the hustle and bustle of the season? Call a friend and ask them to meet you for a walk. I promise the shopping can wait and connecting with someone in person is a far greater gift than anything you can buy at the store.

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Shopping can wait! Thanks @REI for encouraging myself and others to #optoutside on Black Friday.

Oscar and I averaged a little over a mile every day, and my husband joined us most days. So many of you sent me text messages or Instagram messages sharing your walks and I loved reading each and every one of them. Oscar lost about a pound overall this month and his little friend Macy dropped a pound too!

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This little pup lost a pound this month and got her mom out moving, every day including Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for sharing this post Jessica.

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I took this fluff on a few training runs with me this month and she’s finishing out the challenge strong.

Now that Christmas is just around the corner, I’m offering you a quicker challenge that will help make lifting all those shopping bags a little easier this year. Check back tomorrow or click the subscribe button to get new posts delivered straight to your inbox.

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The Berkeley Half Marathon was a great milestone this month. It was my 5th time running this race.


Week 2: No Excuse November Challenge

Welcome to week 2 of the #noexcusenovember challenge! By now getting your 30 minutes in should feel like second nature. Did you miss a day? No big deal, just keep moving forward! Are you just now joining us? Welcome, I’m so happy to have you on board for this challenge.

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No Excuse November Challenge

Hello, I hope you all had a Happy Halloween! I dressed up as Rosie the Riveter, enjoyed a few too many pieces of Halloween candy, cooked another delicious recipe from Smitten Kitchen‘s new cookbook and handed out candy with my husband and pup Oscar.

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November is here and that means there are just 2 months left in 2017, how are you going to make the most of it? Read More