Fashion Friday: Death by Barbell

Morning friends! Happy Friday! I am so happy the weekend is upon is! What's everyone got planned for Mother's Day? My mom lives in Winchester (about an hour away) and we're planning to get up early to meet her at church Sunday, and then brunch afterwards! We bought wedding albums for both my mom and Aaron's mom... yep, 3 years later! (As far as they're concerned, it's better late than never!) What did you get your mom? I recently noticed that we haven't had a workout-in-style board in awhile! This one comes with a crazy WOD: Death by Barbell! When I first saw it, I got excited and thought, "that looks awesome!" Then I realized it was FIVE ROUNDS. Holy crap! The prescribed weight for women is also 95 lbs! Eek!

Workout-in-StyleLevelOne Death by Barbell Tank / Nike Dual Women's Lite / Nike ProSport Shorts / Headband

I certainly think a workout like that deserves a little self-splurging, right? And what could be more appropriate than more workout clothes? Of course I don't think it'd be fair to wear this shirt unless you'd done the workout... jus sayin'! But the skull and cross-bones is pretty badass, huh?

In other news, did you catch my friend Brooke's story? It's gone viral and she was on Good Morning America today! I'm really excited that her story was picked up by national news and if you haven't watched the clip, you definitely should! Personally, I've been sharing Brooke's story with my friends and family and having a lot of great discussions about society and the media's portrayal women, beauty, and perfection... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Do you think we need to be open about the realities of extreme weight loss?

Are you dealing with lose skin from weight loss? 

What's the worst workout you've ever done? 

Fashion Friday: My Protein Shake Tank

Hey guys! Happy Friday! And when I say happy, I mean HAPPY! I'm really beginning to appreciate the weekend since changing jobs- I have a much fuller week and it's exhausting! This morning when I heard "It's FRRRRRRRRRRRIDAY!" on the radio, an instant smile came across my face: ah, yes, it's finally Friday! Oh and by the way... last night when I got home, I fully expected Aaron to be at class (that's where he said he was) but he surprised me and was waiting there with flowers and dinner reservations! Awwww! We had a lovely meal at a local Italian restaurant and when we got home, did some small sweet things for each other: I walked the dog (Aaron's usual evening task) and he baked me cookies! :) (It was his first time baking cookies - shocking, I know!) Anyway, it was a nice night!

In other news, this week's posts did not go as planned. I'm working on an article about protein powder I had wanted to share but it still needs editing... In the meantime, I'm hoping this protein shake tank will suffice! :) Also, I wanted to share some good weekend reads and recipes!

And then there's this awesome My Protein Shake Tank from Etsy:


I hear the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, who is going downtown to check them out? If the weather is as nice this weekend as it is today, I might!

What are your plans for the weekend? 

Fashion Friday: Just Chillin

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Is anyone else already suffering post-CrossFit-Open blues? I saw an update on the CrossFit Facebook page that said "Thursdays just aren't the same," and it's so true! My usual CrossFit Opening viewing party was non-existent last night and I woke up feeling a little sad this morning that I didn't have a CrossFit competition to attend this weekend! Is it just me?? Are you missing it already too?

Well, on the upside, I could use a weekend of just chillin! A weekend in these dugs sounds so nice right about now! It's been a long work week and even though we've been waiting and waiting for spring to finally bloom in DC (I'm still not sure we're there), I feel a bit behind on everything: spring cleaning, April goals, and other stuff! I hope to take some time this weekend to get on the ball!


One thing I have been on top of is this week's challenge to keep a food diary: I'm on a 5-day streak! Woo hoo! And, I'm actually enjoying using MyFitnessPal again and making a habit out of logging my meals! Is that weird or what?

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.08.22 PMDon't forget you can shop the clothes in this week's roundup below!

Now, tell me: how are you doing with this week's challenge? 

What are your plans for the weekend?

Fashion Friday & Get Motivated March // Week 3

Happy Friday friends! How's your week been? Mine has been really good! Tomorrow marks the end of my first full week at my new job and so far, I really like it! It's a lot busier than my other job, but I have a beautiful office and I really like the work I'll be doing... get this, I get to blog! Woohoo! I'm combining this week's Fashion Friday feature with preparations for Week 3 of Get Motivated March! How adorable is this Protein Shake tank? I love it!  I also love these Nike shorts and if it ever gets warmer, I plan to get a few pairs!




The Protein Shake Tank is available on Etsy here. I really love all the NobullWoman Apparel. They have Fit Mom tanks, too!

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Alright, so you haven't downloaded the Get Motivated calendar - it's never too late!

Get Motivated

And if you haven't done the first couple of challenges, jump right in!

March 16: Log Everyday!

I'm really excited to try to do this the entire week because I recently logged back into MyFitnessPal and I saw that theres been some nice updates! (Here's 10 Tips for Making the Most of MyFitnessPal!)

March 17: Cut Out Processed Foods!

This means fast food and packages lunches! Get creative and pack your lunch! Make a breakfast casserole or try overnight oats - I don't know where these have been all my life! It's been a delicious and filling way to start the day!


March 18: Drink Water First

I'm really trying to get in this habit but it's hard! I always always go for the coffee first, then water, but there are so many benefits to drinking water first thing!

March 19: Plan an Active Date

I'm actually already planning an active date with my girlfriends! We're supposed to be going to DivaFit for a pole dancing class! That should be fun, active and hilarious!

March 20: Make a Healthy Swap

I have a healthy swap posted planned for next week! I've realized there are some many healthy alternatives to the foods I once loved, and once I introduced those healthy swaps in my diet I never looked back! Especially with protein pancakes and spaghetti squash! I don't miss the other stuff!

March 21: Take the Stairs

I'm on the seventh floor in my building and a walk up the stairs would be a great midday workout! Looking forward to this!

March 22: Pass on the Booze!

It's pretty well-known that alcohol can sabotage diet efforts! Try passing on the booze this weekend, at least for one day!

I'm going to try to be better next week checking in with you guys on these challenges (as I do them) via social media! This week has just been crazy with my new job and I haven't had time to get on Instagram! I miss it, though!


Also, who's pumped for 14.3 of the Open? I am! Box jumps and deadlifts! I can do those so I'm stoked! Look for a full recap of the event Monday and to those of you competing - GOOD LUCK!

See my recaps of 14.1 and 14.2 here and here.

Thanks for reading guys! Have a great weekend!