Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, lovelies! How was your week? It’s finally starting to feel like spring around here, and I love it. Work has been crazy busy for me lately, so I’m excited to do some serious lounging in the sun this weekend and not much else. Well, there will probably be a brunch in my future, who am I kidding. Anyway, I hope you have an equally relaxing and sunny weekend ahead of you, and enjoy this week’s links!

Friday Favorites

1. I have a major weakness for anything involving pineapple, so of course this Hawaiian-inspired burger is making me drool. (The Pioneer Woman)

2. Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: a guide to working out without leaving your bed! This is totally going to revolutionize exercise. (Into the Gloss)

3. This DIY room spray would look soooo pretty on my bedside table. (designlovefest)

4. Beauty devotees, check out this roundup of the most influential women in the industry, past and present. From Essie Weingarten to Michelle Phan, the gang’s all here! (Refinery29)

5. After watching the internet lose its collective mind over Hamilton for the past eight months, I’m happy to report that the Broadway smash will be making a Seattle stop on its national tour. (Seattle Times)

Have a fantastic weekend!

♥ Mil

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Lovely Legs Pyramid Workout

We’ve entered the season of shorts and tiny sundresses, also known as the season of mandatory leg shaving (I miss you, pants!). Now that my legs are no longer in hiding, I’m a bit more motivated to make sure I feel good about showing them off. My current leg inspiration? Taylor Swift. I mean, seriously…
 
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Now, not all of us are blessed with Taylor’s genetics. Let’s get real, her legs are probably as long as most of my body. So instead of fantasizing about some sort of leg extension surgery, it’s better to focus on what’s within one’s control. My legs are naturally muscular, so during the summer I like to play this up a little more. For me, having lovely legs means having strong legs that look like they can kick some major butt.
 
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Here’s a quick pyramid workout I’ve recently been busting out a few times a week. I love that I get more into it as the reps increase and then my heart rate starts to naturally calm down towards the end. . Do you show off your legs in summer, or are you more of a maxi skirt and tank top kind of girl? .

XOXO, Jules

 

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Spring Into Action!

This weekend we “sprang forward,’ although some of us probably had more spring in our step than others! I don’t know about you, but Monday morning I was dragging. And that’s why God created coffee and chai tea lattes!

Of course, the trade-off is finally having enough daylight to head out on an after work run. Or really to feel like doing anything after work that doesn’t involve crawling into bed.

As you may remember from my last workout post, I’m a big fan of getting my fitness on as efficiently as possible. With our surprisingly sunny weather here in Seattle, I’ve been hitting the pavement for some outside circuit workouts. I’m a big fan of circuits, as they let me get both my strength and cardio done at the same time and keep me engaged. Here’s a workout I used just yesterday. It’s pretty basic, but it will certainly get the job done!

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Happy running,
Jules

 

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The Seven Minute Workout

A few weeks ago, I shared my morning routine and promised an update on my efforts to add exercise into the mix. Well, after some false starts I may have found the perfect workout to fit in before breakfast.

I used to run several miles a day, did Insanity, and trained for  a couple half-marathons. I loved the high I got from working out. However about six months ago, I realized that my workouts were stressing me out! I was worrying about making time to fit in runs between work and making dinner. I constantly felt rushed and was beginning to dread going to the gym. So I stopped and ever since then, exercise and I have been on a break. As a result, when I started looking for a morning workout routine, it was particularly important to me that I wake up actually looking forward to it. If something’s not fun and manageable, the likelihood of keeping it up becomes fairly slim.

I’ve always enjoyed body-weight exercises, because they’re simple and can be done almost anywhere. Sit-ups, squats, and lunges are easy to bust out during an episode of The Good Wife. About a year ago, I read this New York Times article entitled “The Scientific 7-Minute Workout.” The workout, published in a peer-reviewed journal of sports medicine, consists of 12 exercises; each exercise is done for 30 seconds, for a total of 7 minutes. The key is that for the entire 7 minutes you need to exert maximum effort; you should finish totally out of breath and sweaty. This method of working out is termed high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and is very popular in the world of health and fitness blogging. Why so popular? Scientific research shows that training at a high intensity for a short period of time creates the same molecular changes in muscles that occur after several hours of biking or running. Getting an entire workout done in 7 minutes, say what?! Sign me up!

At the time I didn’t actually try out the workout. I think we were doing Insanity that month, which already included a wide variety of body-weight exercises. However, a few weeks ago I revisited the article and decided to give it a try the next morning – and I loved it! The exercises are simple and easy, so I never had to stop to think about my form; I already know how to do a squat or a push-up. The workout flew by and left me tired but not exhausted. It gave me that little burst of endorphins I had missed, putting me in a good mood all morning long. For the first time in a while, I was exercising and it felt great!

 

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I’ve been doing this workout every morning for the last three weeks, in addition to going for long walks a few afternoons a week. So far I am still loving it. The exercises invigorate me in the morning and take so little time to complete that they’re not an inconvenience. By the time my husband’s out of his morning shower, I am done and ready for mine. I hope I continue to keep it up for the foreseeable future. Who knows, maybe in a few more weeks I may even be inspired to ramp up my walks into runs.

Let me know if you try out this workout. I’d love to know what you think, or if you have any quick workouts of your own.

XOXO,
Jules

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