Sequins and Sea Breezes: Workin on my fitness

Workin on my fitness

4/23/2014

 
It's no secret that I absolutely HATE cardio and I definitely don't "diet" but I do love hitting the gym and I try to be careful about what I eat. Truth be told, I'm not much of a veggie person. I'm definitely more of a meat and cheese kinda girl and if it's fried... well the chances of me liking it are more than good. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a week ago my fried "fat ass platter" (the Triple Dipper from Chili's) which consisted of potato skins, honey chipotle wings and sliders so it's obvious I'm not much of a "healthy" eater. When it comes to food I have a hard time saying no and that's exactly why I work out, so I don't have to. Don't get me wrong, this doesn't mean I indulge in every fried, cheesy amazingly delicious thing out there but when my body is craving it I eat it but in moderation instead of depriving myself of it (see below... if you want to call that moderation...)
I've had a few people ask me what I do at the gym so I decided to share my weekly workout routine with you guys. Obviously everyone is different so just because this works for me, doesn't mean it will work for you but part of the challenge is finding what works for you! I took advice from other people's workouts and made them my own to come up with something that works for me. 
 
I go to the gym 4 days a week and only do one day of full cardio. Since I hate cardio so much it's hard for me to get motivated so I usually take a spinning class for an hour once a week to get my cardio in. I start out every weightlifting workout with a quick 3 minute warm up. Usually I do the rowing machine but sometimes I switch it up and do the stair climber and other times I do the elliptical. It's rare to see me on a treadmill. Each day I work on a different part of my body and the only part I work out more than once a week is my abs. Unfortunately I'm not genetically predisposition-ed to have abs so no matter how hard I try I probably won't ever have them. Or maybe that's where that whole diet thing comes in to play, I'm not a nutrition and fitness expert so I couldn't tell you! I try to do mainly free weights (flys, shoulder presses, dead lifts, squats, lat raises, upright row, etc) because free weights also work your core by stabilizing you while you're focusing on whatever muscle group you're working. When toning I do more reps with a lower weight and when trying to build muscle I do less reps with a higher weight. I'm not a fan of leg day but I will say I love doing calf extensions on the LifeFitness machine. 
 
Now that I totally feel like Karena from Tone It Up I'm going to go ahead and end this post! 
 
Maybe I'll do individual posts soon on what I do on a day to day basis but I don't want to make this post any longer... let's be real, I'm falling asleep while writing this so I give you a round of applause if you made it to the end ;) It's almost bikini season dolls... so if you're like me it's time to:
 
 
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52 comments

  1. Seriously how do you make eating fried food look so pretty??? bahahahaha. Ab stuff is the hardest for me as well I try to do all the ab sections every time that I teach to get it in as much as I can but I have a sneaking feeling all those peanut butter snickers have something to do with the fact I only can ever get my top ab to look defined. I love that last gif. I wish I could print it out and make it move on the front of my fridge ;-) Thanks for sharing girl I always love reading everyones work out plans! xoxoxoxo

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    1. Haha right? I'm loving that last gif! I want to make it my phone background or something LOL! Abs... ugh. I can only get my top ab to look defined too, so annoying! It's a conspiracy ;)

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  2. I love that we both decided to talk about health today, haha! Great post!
    -Hannah
    sweeterthanserenity.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm exactly like you! I workout 5-6 days a week and try to eat balanced meals, but definitely don't say no to cheese and burgers and such! Loved reading your workout routine, thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. Ha... love all the yummy food. But keeping track helps me to stay motivated by keeping me accountable. I like that you're not a dieter and you still indulge when you want. That sounds healthy to me!

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    1. Thanks doll! I probably could be healthier but you only live once, right? ;)

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  5. I HATE cardio too! I love barre though - you should give that workout a try!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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    1. I've done barre a few times and I love it! I just need to find time to go more often!

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  6. Oh I feel ya - I totally work out so I can eat what I want lol!! It's more justifiable in my mind lol!

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    1. Haha exactly Biana! I can have this milkshake, I worked out today ;)

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  7. I hate cardio too. It's part of the reason why I still do ballet. I love veggies, but I also love ice cream, so working out is a must.

    http://lamentinglizzie.blogspot.com

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    1. I completely agree! Ballet is a great workout too!!

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  8. i love food so much. i would much rather be lazy all the time and do nothing, but i know if i want to eat what i do, i gotta get my butt up and go for a run. no falling asleep here ;) you should definitely do a day to day post, i love reading things like that. ugh, bikini season. i am NOT ready.

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    1. Haha don't worry, I'm not ready either Kristen but we still have some time! :) It's so hard getting motivated to workout sometimes but I like food way too much to give that up LOL!

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  9. I'm definitely hitting the gym more often now that the weather is getting warmer and I absolutely love it! I also love taking walks in the sun because it hasn't been this warm in Jersey in months.

    Cindy's Little Black Book

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    1. I love taking walks outside too! There's something calming about just being outside soaking up the sun!

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  10. I have a definite love for food, and have a hard time saying no too sometimes! No worries, the triple dipper is a fave of mine too. So good! I feel like when I eat good most of the time and splurge a few times a week, work out at least 3-4 times a week, it's a perfect balance. I live for my bootcamp classes!

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    1. Haha I'm glad I'm not alone there Mia! I've never taken the boot camp classes but I want to try one!

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  11. You know how I feel about cardio too ugh! Why does fried food have to be so good?!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  12. The gym and I are not really friends and Id rather cut down on evil greasy meals than do cardio, lol. But I have to find a balance and soon! Thanks for your support over at mine, hope you're having a great week so far!

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  13. Wouldn't life be easier if healthy food tasted as good as fried? Fried oreos are probably my biggest weakness! We should be starting a blogger workout group ;)

    xo Kylie
    www.dressinsparkles.com

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    1. That would be amazing!!! Ohhh fried Oreos?!?! These need to get in my life immediately!!! We totally should! :)

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  14. Great post dear...thx for sharing your workout routine...now I am inspired to exercise more regularly...:-)
    www.beautyandfashionfreaks.com

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  15. Thanks for sharing! We are obsessed with Karen and Katrina from Tone It Up too, and Brittani just signed up to do their Bikini Series that starts soon :).

    xo
    Brittani and Katie
    www.pleasantlypetite.com

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    1. That's awesome!! Good luck Brittani!! Love the Tone It Up girls!!

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  16. Great routine! Making me want to go to the gym!
    XO
    Kayleigh
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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  17. Soooo beautiful *__*

    Kisses,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  18. LOVE THIS! I am like you girl - healthy eating is such a damn struggle for me and I love how you are so into lifting weights. Cardio is not the be all end all - I have a post going live in just a few minutes and I think you will really relate to the bottom part.

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    1. I'll definitely check your post out Liz!! I used to be obsessed with cardio even though I hated it but I definitely wasn't happy with my results so I started lifting and now I love it!

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  19. I would much prefer to exercise than to eat less too! This was such a helpful and interesting post!<3

    lameyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. glad im not the only one who HATES to work out but does so I can eat what i want lol! great post and great tips girl!

    XO Meghan
    citrus fashion

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  21. Haha I loved reading this! Cheese definitely beats out veggies all day every day <3

    http://sweetmadameblue.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Allison! Oh I think I'd eat cheese over pretty much anything on any day! :)

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  22. Cardio, I will tell you, I don't like. But if I don't like sports it's the only way to stay in shape.

    http://www.mckenziechannon.com/

    ~ Mckenzie <3

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like cardio!! :)

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  23. Can't wait to hear about your workout routine!! I always love finding out new work out ideas!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  24. I love Karena and Katrina!! Are you doing the bikini series!?
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too Darcy!! I haven't committed to it yet but I've been thinking about it... only a few more days to decide! Are you doing it?

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  25. I'm not into cardio, but I really should do more of it!
    Omnivogues

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  26. I am so bad with weights, I never do them except when I do my twice weekly yoga class that incorporates them. I do a lot of yoga and run. I love hearing about other people's fitness routines!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  27. I loathe cardio, the only way I get through it is I pretend someone is chasing me with a knife otherwise I would quit lol! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  28. love hearing what everyone does for fitness routines .

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