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Fit for TBA: My Favorite Workouts (Part II)

Hello there! Happy Monday…I am definitely ready for a fresh new week.

Let’s start it off with Part II of Fit for TBA: My Favorite Workouts! You can find Part I here.

Fit for TBA: My Favorite Workouts! (Part II)

I have a true love for yoga, and definitely don’t make enough time in my schedule for it. I truly think one reason I have been so stressed out lately is not having that time carved out every week to let go and quiet my mind. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to my favorite yoga classes, only to walk away yoga-noodley AND have a clearer head…my instructors always seem to have the right things to say, and help you to feel like you are in the right place at the right time, and your life is right where it should be. I need to do yoga more regularly again!

Runners-Up: BodyCombat and boxing-inspired classes. Alright….sometimes there is no better feeling than uppercutting that imaginary bad guy in your kickboxing class, and delivering a nice roundhouse right to his head. And hitting a heavy bag is a therapy session all on its own!

I could go on and on about these super-inspiring, outrageously gorgeous girls, but all you need is to spend a few minutes on their blog or YouTube channel and you will see why! They have developed a lifestyle eating plan that works, and started a Community that is unlike any other. And they are so FUN! I couldn’t recommend them enough.

Runner-up: Cassey at Blogilates. She has the cutest personality and blog, and a great YouTube channel as well. Her Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge is NO JOKE!! Seriously….do it everyday for a week and try to tell me you don’t see a difference in your thighs!

Taking this class has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. Women should absolutely weight train! (Good article on why strength training is so beneficial to women here.I accredit this class for the definition in my arms that I never thought was achievable. It is my main source of lifting, and in two (sometimes 3) days a week, I get in my full body weight lifting sessions, accompanied with fun instructors and good music. Since starting weight training, I haven’t gotten bulky, but definitely more toned. Due to the lack of testosterone in us ladies, we can’t can’t too bulky without the help of supplements. With the high rep, lower weight-style of BodyPump twice a week, lots of pushups, and protein afterwards, I am perfectly happy with my weight training. It’s what works best for me right now, and all of us regulars cannot deny the effects of BodyPump! This is one group fitness class that also caters to the males just as much as women. Our classes at my gym are often 50/50!

I am not much of a long distance runner. As much as I want to train for a half marathon, sometimes I think the Disney Wine & Dine is so enticing to me A) because of the cute medals and B) due to the fabulous food and drink awaiting for you at the end. I get bored easily and usually tap out at 3 miles, so Tabata intervals are PERFECT for me. I usually perform these on a treadmill. A Tabata is a 4 minute cycle where you go hard for twenty seconds, totally STOP for 10 seconds (I hop on the sides of the treadmill), and repeat for 8 total rounds within the 4 minutes. This. Is. Killer. I am not very fast, and my top speed is usually 9.5-10, but let me tell you. Two rounds of these with an incline walking warmup and cooldown and I am spent!!! Shape magazine has a great article on why Tabatas are so great for you.

“Doing as little as 4 minutes (or one “Tabata”) can increase your aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, VO2 max, resting metabolic rate, and can help you burn morefat (and make you look 200-percent leaner) than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout. That’s right—4 minutes of Tabata can get you better fitness gains than an entire hour of running on the treadmill.”

…yes, please! 🙂


Hope you all have a great week…my weekend included a super fun bachelorette party in Atlantic City (Revel is AMAZING!!), a shopping trip to Anthropologie where I bought a towel set I have been lusting over (and picked up my sister’s huge paper mache elephant head from there as well, which I had to carry through the mall like a crazy person), and a yummy Shrimp Fra Diavlo dinner, accompanied with a Weeds marathon, Breaking Bad, and a couple glasses of Malbec. AND some Oreo ice cream pie…my parents wanted to celebrate Coop’s 30th, too! They got him a programmable crock pot. THIS I am happy about. 🙂 Any great crock pot recipe ideas? Hoping to catch up on some sleep this week!

Have a fabulous week!

The Friday Five

Hello, everyone! TGIF!
Trying something new today…

The Friday Five!

I discovered this on Laura’s blog today, and I think it is a great idea! So I am going to try it out. Thanks, Laura from Meet Virginia, for coming up with this!

1. What I’m Reading:


I have been a fan of the movie Fight Club forever (hellooo, Brad Pitt in your prime), and have wanted to read all of Chuck Palahniuk’s books ever since I realized the movie was based on a book. So far I have read Choke and I am about half way through Rant. I especially love his writing because it seems that each book is written in a totally different voice (especially Rant, which is set up as a sort of documentary, told from multiple people at once)…so much that I am a little worried for Palahniuk’s well-being. Either this guy is an amazing story teller with a fantastic imagination and can really immerse himself in a character’s shoes, or he is schizophrenic. Perhaps both, and I love it.

Um, and the cover art? Unbelievable.

2. What I’m Listening To:

Actually, I have been listening to Howard Stern all day at work today. On Fridays, they play the Best Of the Week. Today included interviews with Lars Ulrich, the drummer from Metallica, and my fave interview of the week, Gerard Butler. Seems like the coolest guy EVER, I am such a fan.

This! Is! Sparta!

3. What I’m Watching:

Oh yeahhh, Jersday, yeahhhh.
Kitten Mittens!

I watch a LOT of shows, but most recently, It’s Always Sunny premiere last night, and the newest ep of Jersey Shore. Well of course, it was Jersday!

4. What I’m Eating:

Blackened Chicken Salad fo’ lunch.

5. What I’m Pinning:

Fall styles…

Layers! Boots! (Source)



Yummy recipes…

Homemade Mexican Za (Source)


Messy + Braids (Source)



Love this bottle design.

Designers…we overanalyze EVERYthing!
Sweatin’ the small stuff…in a good way.

On tap for this weekend? 

Drawing, loooong husky walk since it isn’t rainy today (silly East Coast), BodyCombat/Pump tomorrow morning, trying to get rid of this pesky cough, lotsa football, and bringing Kodes to Philly. Cross your fingers he will be a good husk. 

…I may even get crazy tonight and break out the newest Netflix pick…Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. 😉 Kodes picked it, not me.

xoxo, have a fabulous weekend! 

Koda the Toy Hoarder

Breakdown of the Bedtime of a Toy Hoarder:

You know you want to play with Penguin!!!
No sleep! Play! Play! Play!
Bedtime is for PUPPIES!!!

Throwback Thursday 

Morning, friends!

For today’s Throwback, I present to you something a little different (…animal overload, see above).

I have some friends who brew their own (amazing) beer…all kinds of ales from noble trappist to copper to blonde (one of my absolute FAVES) to pumpkin and many more. They came to me with ideas for what they envisioned when they needed a logo and packaging for their beer.

Here you can see how some of my illustrations/designs begin with a SUPER raw sketch that I will occasionally scan in to use as a jump off point. They knew exactly what they wanted, from the hand as a part of the trunk, the hops and barley throughout, to even the hue of the beer and foam. I ran with that and created a logo along with a woodgrain texture and we made some really cool six-pack holders (aaand I got a couple batches of beer outta it 🙂 )

Little doodle I did while talking to my friend which ended up being the inspiration for the final.
Dreaming Tree Brewing Co. Before & after!

I’ll have to post the revised six-packs when we reprint/assemble them…they’re pretty cool.

Hope your day goes swimmingly

In honor of Jersday, I leave you with the best clip (besides Vinny and Ronnie in the hot tub) from the show last week. She’s too young for you, BRO!!!! What is your favorite “too-young-fah-you” quote?

Enjoy, folks.

Oh yeahhh, JERSDAY, yeahhhhh!

Throwback Thursday

Morning, lovebugs!

Okay, first order of business!
I am thinking that on Thursdays I will scan a page out of my Moleskine or old sketchbooks (or maybe even some hilariously awful Looney Tune drawings I did for my dad when I was about six). Raw and untouched, I think. Flaws and pencil smudges and paper rips and all. I love the little details! That’s why my regular, most-used style embraces lots of non-erased pencil marks instead of cleaning them up. I like seeing the loose personal process mixed with the clean, more technical coloring.

It’s a way to recognize, and sometimes be able to utilize or use for inspiration, those otherwise forgotten drawings deep in my sketchbooks.

Here I begin with my first Throwback…the inital sketch for the giraffe on one of my three 2010 Christmas cards. One day, I want to do a post about my process and how and what I use to draw, scan, color, and bring my art to production and show the different stages. Maybe even a coloring tutorial (when I don’t use media like ink or colored pencils, I usually use Photoshop).

Notice the little “SB” I integrate into all my drawings?

(You can see the finished, colored giraffe in my first blog post.)

Christmas in August? I know, I know, I want summer to slow down as much as anyone…but I have to start the drawings for my new set of cards this year and get my Etsy shop up and running so that I can sell them in advance of the holiday season.

I will be selling my card set from last year (Giraffe, Flamingo, Moose, which can be seen in my illustration gallery here), but also want to do a new set of three for this year. Maybe even do a mix ‘n’ match option…I am not sure yet. I also am conceptualizing a Hannukah card for all of my Jewish friends out there!

What three animals would you like to see in the 2011 set?

In other exciting news, today is Jersday (Thursday + Jersey Shore).

Iiiit’s Italia tiiiiiiime!

Yes, I am from Jersey. Yes, I am proud of it! Yes, I watch (and in turn, I suppose, support) this troop of “Italian” (only half the cast is actually Italian) characters every week, and love reruns. No, I am not afraid to admit it. And no, I do not act or talk like Snooki just because I am from Jersey.

“Snooki want smush smush!!!”

You would be surprised how many people couldn’t believe that I was from Jersey when I was living out west. I have a very slight Philly accent on occasion, but I definitely don’t have the North Jersey/New York accent that the Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives of NJ are making so famous (or infamous, sometimes). But man, can’t peel my eyes away from the trainwreck. And my abs get a pretty solid workout from laughing so hard e’ry Thursday night.

Although I could totally do without all of the constant Sammi/Ronnie drama. Sammi Sweetheart….stop giving us Sammi’s a bad name. Get it together, girl!

I am OVER it. (Source)

A certain co-worker and I are also known to have some pretty great fist-pumping dance parties at work on the reg. No big deal. Can’t take the Jersey outta the girl.

One of my favorite clips from last week’s show (they are in Italy this season, as I am sure you have heard, whether you love the show or hate it):

“Taxi sono QUI!!!!!”

Pure gold.

And look at Pauly D’s latest tweet. By far my favorite cast member.
….I love him.

Pauly D 
 To Bring 30 Pairs Of Sneakers On His Your Bus …. 

(He is on the Femme Fatale Tour with Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears.)

And now, I leave you with some fist-pumping music in honor of Jersday. 
Getcha GTL on, my friends. Later alligators! xo