Don’t Break the Chain: Motivating Myself to Make Things a Habit

Several times in my Sunday Links I Love posts, I’ve shared articles about the Seinfeld Strategy (like this one from the Buffer Blog). It’s really quite genius, especially for goody-two-shoes me. (Fun fact: in 5th grade, I loved getting stickers on the “books I’ve read” chart my teacher kept for everyone in the class… until he had to get a separate “Laura’s books chart” that was just for my stickers, because I had too many to fit on the regular one. Biggest nerd {Read More}

Stronger in September

Ever since I got injured in July, I’ve completely skipped my strength training. My physical therapist was giving me exercises with 1lb weights and I found them difficult, so how on earth could I get back to regular weight lifting? But if I’m being really honest, that’s more of an excuse than anything else. I had been skipping strength training for months – or at least, skipping free weight strength-only time at the gym in favor of workouts like Flywheel, {Read More}

Get the Body of an Action Hero (Or at Least of the Actors Who Play Them)

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Soldier of Steel™. Last week, the movie buzz was all around Spirit of the Marathon II, and I was so lucky to have caught the sneak preview of it one week prior. It was so neat to get to see runners just like me achieve their marathon dreams! I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the feeling of crossing the finish line at a marathon never {Read More}

20 Minute Power Workout

Super short on time tonight, but I still really wanted to get a workout in since I had skipped my morning workout to catch up on sleep. (And it felt so amazingly glorious that I have no regrets.) I’m participating in Ericka’s #MakeItHappen Challenge, which requires us to do 50 pushups and 100 situps a day, so I also wanted to squeeze that in. The result was the following sprint and upper body circuit – perfect when you’re short on {Read More}

Weekend Roundup / Why Soreness Doesn’t Matter

My weekend didn’t get off to a great start – but that didn’t mean I couldn’t recover. On Thursday night, I ended up getting quite upset about something – and literally staying up all night long stressing out. Not good at all! At 1am, I went online to cancel my Friday morning Refine Method class, since I could already foresee this being a bad night. I didn’t want to give up on my challenge (especially after my very public commitment {Read More}

Workout planning

Lately I have really been slacking off on my regular workouts. (Regular, meaning work week/non-event; Nike Women’s Marathon recap still to come.) For no particular reason, I’ve fallen out of the habit of lifting… and regular Crossfit… and just about everything else that used to be habitual. Instead of waking up, working to a plan, and knowing what I have to do, I’ve started just doing whatever I feel like doing. Unfortunately, that often results in doing nothing at all! {Read More}

"Back" to reality: working on my posture

Last week, my back started hurting like crazy. Not in a “something is wrong” way; more just in a “your muscles weren’t meant to be sitting in front of a computer fourteen hours a day” kind of way. My bad. By Thursday, it had gotten to the point where I was so desperate for relief, I considered asking a coworker to just hold up their hand so I could jam my back into it repeatedly in an attempt to get {Read More}

TGIT: Crushing It At Crossfit

I woke up this morning with a start to my alarm – it was too dark and all I wanted was to go back to sleep. But after hitting snooze, I realized I was waking up and wasn’t going to get back to bed. Besides, I had planned a lifting workout. Time to go! I wouldn’t say I killed it at the gym by any means – I wasn’t using heavier weights than the last time and I wasn’t getting {Read More}

Time to work harder

On Friday, I was lucky enough to have the day off from work, and my boyfriend had taken it off too. I decided to splurge on a guest pass to his building’s roof deck – which meant not only could we relax and sun ourselves all morning, but I also had access to his gym. I’ve already impressed him a few times with my weird ability to run a marathon and be fine immediately thereafter; now it was time to {Read More}

Pushing it to succeed

Last week, because of my travel schedule and limited access to gyms, I could only do two of the three days of Rachel Cosgrove’s Base Phase. That’s fine – there only two workouts anyway, so you’re supposed to alternate A/B/A with B/A/B; I did A/B last week and will likely only do A/B again this week, in preparation for my marathon on Saturday. There are now a whole bunch of us that are going to do the Rachel Cosgrove plan {Read More}