Get Motivated: Morning Workouts

Squeezing in a workout can be tough. After work I want to do other things besides hit the gym so I have trained (sort of) myself to get up each more and hit the gym. Actually it really gets my day off to a better start. I have noticed certain tips and tricks that make it easier for my to get my booty out the door.
1. Set multiple alarms
When I say multiple alarms I’m talking at least five, starting a half hour before I want to get up. I know if I’m in lazy girl mode I will continuously hit snooze.

2. Lay out everything the night before.
Pants, top, sports bra, water bottle, shoes, keys….check. Scrambling around in the morning is not an effective way to start the day. I have found that when I plan ahead and have everything ready i’m more likely to make it out the door by 7am.

3. Snuggle into your bed early
I have discovered that I am on my phone for at least an hour before I actually snuggle into bed. So I want to be asleep around 10 I know I need to be in bed by 9.

4. Make it a date
When I know someone is depending on me to show up I am less likely to skip the morning sweat session.

5. Never miss a Monday
I recently discovered that when I drag myself to the gym on a Monday I am more likely to have a better success rate of getting there the rest of the week as my Monday endorphins set the tone for my week.
6. Cute hair accessories
Sometimes I go to the gym in an oversized Pink shirt and look like I just rolled out of bed. However I discovered cute hair accessories are the key to keeping me motivated. I am currently loving these ones by MandaBees or Monogrammed ones from Mommy Knows Bows

5 Outdoor Summer Dates To Try

The unofficial kickoff to summer (Memorial Day weekend) is quickly approaching which means it’s the perfect time of year to take your dates outside. You can do dinner and a movie the other nine months of the year; now is your opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather, and the possibilities are endless. Think: outdoor movies, fairs, picnics, bike rides, camping trips, or hikes. A couple favorite ideas are: ice cream crawl, grown up field day or a backyard happy hour.

What To Expect At A Color Run

Well… I ran my first color run last weekend! It’s been on my Fitness Bucket List (I`ll post this next week) for a while now and i`m thrilled that I was able to do it in Downtown Detroit with friends.  Thank you to Color Me Rad and Fitfluential for comping my ticket and giving me the opportunity to participate in such a fun race.

The “swag bags” contained a complimentary race shirt, number, safety pins, temporary tattoos and high socks.  We came dressed in white so we would absorb the most amount of color as possible. We even bought color packets to “bomb” each other with before the race so we’d be decked out in color for pictures.

One thing I highly recommend is a pair of check sunglasses – Color Me Rad was selling orange and pink ones for $5 so the three of us bought them and were so thankful we did.

 If you run, walk, use a walker…. Whatever it might be you can totally do a color run! We walked at a faster pace and definitely took our time going through the color bomb stations. We also stopped by the Riverfront to enjoy the scenery and take a ton of pictures (everyone else was doing it as well). The race was all about having fun and taking pictures which I loved!
 After crossing the finish line we were handed, a water bottle, a granola bar, a bag of color and then entered the after party. Where everyone was dancing and more colors were being thrown around. 

Take aways from the race
1) Don’t think you could ever do a 5k? YOU CAN! This is a FUN race there were even people in wheelchairs which was pretty rad!  

2) Wear white and make sure you don’t care if it gets ruined. After washing all my stuff it’s still covered in paint.  

3) Time doesn’t matter! 

4) Bring a drawstring backpack (Thanks Revest Realty!) it was great to carry our “swag”, phone, keys, water and money! 

5) Sunglasses are great for blocking the sun and fantastic for keeping the color out of your eyes! 

6) Towels to keep the paint off your seats.

Try Something New

I tend to turn things down and say I don't like them without even trying them. However during my last trip up north something happened, and I am not really sure what it was, but it was definitely a game changer. I realized that from that moment on for the rest of the year I was going to try something new every single week. It's been exhilarating to try some new things and stop saying "no" or "I don't like that" to things I have never tried before. Below you will find a list of a few things I want to try and a couple I have already tried. Check out my Instagram to follow along!

Things Tried:
1) Fishing
2) Lebanese Food
3) 5K Color Run

Try New Things:
1) Aerial Yoga
2) Go to a music festival
3) Sushi
4) HIIT workouts at my gym

Review: Meal Enders

 As you may or may not know I am currently on a journey to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. Something I struggle with is my crazy sweet tooth, after any meal I feel the need to have something sweet and fruit just doesn't do the trick. Recently I had the opportunity to try out MealEnders which are a Signaling Lozenge. Basically you suck on them after you eat and they'll help to curb your appetite. Let me tell you, these bad boys are AMAZING! Honestly I was super skeptical when I tried them, but now I keep them at work, in my car and in my purse. They're really helping me take control of my eating and my dessert addiction!

Monthly Beauty Finds: April

I tried a variety of new products in April and these were the three superstars that stood out the most.

VioLife Slim Uno Portable Manicure Kit. How annoying is it to break a nail? This portable manicure kit is definitely a life saver. It’s great for travel or work and is currently residing in my purse.
Pure Ice. Summer is all about the pedicures and recently I discovered Pure Ice polish. It’s a cheaper alternative to high end brand and still rivals the quality of leading brands.

José Eber QuickShine Infrared Blow Dryer. With what a busy schedule I have I definitely do not have the time I used to in order to blow-dry my hair. That’s why I love with blow dryer. It reduces your dry time by 50% and emits a cooler heat – I even dry Jack with this!