five things friday

Itz Friday!  Yee-haw!  Itz five things Friday which means I get to spill my guts share five random things with you all today for Clare’s Five Things Friday link up!

1.  I made a beautiful green smoothie with hemp hearts.

green smoothie hemp hearts

Mmm!  Isn’t it pretty?  I’d had this sample package of hemp hearts for too long, and decided this week was the time to try ’em out.  Benefits of hemp hearts? 

  • Incredibly nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of easy to digest plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
  • Hemp Hearts contain more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax.  (source)

I found hemp hearts to be pretty flavorless which is a good thing because you can add them to anything to get the benefits of their nutritional value.  Some people say they have a nutty flavor, but I found them to be very mild.  In my smoothie went the hemp hearts, strawberries, bananas, handfuls of spinach, ice, and vanilla almond milk.  Now I’ll need to get a full size package of hemp hearts.  I’m thinking… iherb?

2.  Yesterday morning I emailed my dad a link on how to make a lightbox.  He’s incredibly handy and I thought maybe I’d just give it a shot by passing along the directions.  Literally just a few hours after I sent him the email, he replied with, “BAM!”

lightbox

Is my dad not amazing or what??  I seriously could not believe it!  Now I need to get some light bulbs, start experimenting, and learn how to use it.  My dad is the best!  Thanks, Dad!

3.  Jonny got me a Miami maternity tank right when he found out I was pregnant.  I felt funny wearing it before I was showing, and now that I am, I finally got to rock it!

quarterback in training gym

Quarterback in training, Baby Itz!  It feels good to be back in the gym.  Itz still low key: walking a couple of miles, lunges, squats, push ups, and light weights, but itz something!

4.  I made these delightful cucumber snack bites the other day and forgot to include them in my last WIAW post.  But aren’t they cute?

cucumber snack bites

Itz cucumber slices on Triscuit crackers with Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese.

5. This guy. Date night.

gender reveal

I’ll never tire of our announcement or our gender reveal photos!  Love them and love him!

Any tips for me on how to use my new lightbox?  Plans for this weekend?

The PUMANATOR Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.

Fitness is fun, right?  Right!  (I hope most of you are saying, “Duh!”  I obviously am…)  Part of what makes fitness fun, besides the immeasurable health benefits it provides, is the wide variety of what fitness can entail.  Running, yoga, CrossFit, biking, swimming, rock climbing, dancing, lifting weights, tennis, walking, football, the list goes on and on and on.  Itz literally endless.  I’ve been active since a young age as I’ve always been involved in team sports: soccer, basketball, softball, and field hockey being the top four.

I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m totally and completely driven by competition.  Whether itz through team sports, individual sports, or merely competing against the guy on the treadmill next to me, I like to compete.  I like to go faster, I like to go stronger, I like to be better.  I even like competing against myself.  I like trying to beat my previous time, speed, or form.  Itz fun.  Ask anyone who knows me and I’m pretty sure they’ll tell you the same.  I’ve created a freakin’ awesome workout.  Sorry, but it is.  Itz tough and there’s plenty of competition.  You can compete against yourself or your gym buddy.  Itz The PUMANATOR Workout!

Pumanator

Here’s the deal: you do 15 reps of each exercise.  If itz an exercise that is done on both sides of the body, then you do 15 reps on each side.  I like counting single reps, so the moves that require both sides I count to 30.  Those include: step-ups, walking lunges, mountain climbers, skaters, renegade rows, and side plank with hip dips.  To make it more challenging, use weights.  I used a set of 15-pound dumbbells on the step-ups, walking lunges, bench press, air squats, and renegade rows.  And if you need a visual of any of the exercises, they are in the same order in the graphic below.

Pumanator workout

Do the PUMANATOR one time through for time, fully recover, and do it again trying to beat your previous time.  There’s the competition piece.  🙂  Or you can compete against your gym buddy while still maintaining correct form to ensure safety, of course.  My times were: 8:02, 7:37, 7:16.  The first time through I was just trying to finish.  The second time through I was consciously trying to beat my time.  The third time through… I was just speedy.  My friend Diana and I did this workout together and we were laughing as we were literally crawling to our mats after finishing the renegade rows to begin the side plank with hip dips.  It was brutal.

This workout is inspired by PUMA as you can see I’m rocking all my PUMA gear I received as part of this sponsored FitFluential campaign.  I love the clothes and the shoes and they are truly unique.  I’ll tell you about them from the bottom up.

Formlite XT Ultra Fluo Women’s Training Shoes:

Puma shoes

FormLite XT Ultra Wn’s is lightest in class with an aerodynamic, 360 fit and flex. The midsole is a lightweight, injected eva with rubber pods for superior cushioning. comfort and stability. The outsole design is inspired by a feather. The cutouts provide 360 flexibility and weight reduction. The upper features a minimal, bonded construction that is breathable and form-fitting.

The shoes are seriously the lightest shoes ever.  I get tons of compliments and questions on them, too.  When I wore them to the St. Louis Rams Ladies Football Camp, this girl asked me a million questions.  The shoes held up well and supported me throughout all the stations we did.  When I got blood drawn the other day, an old guy asked me if I actually worked out in them or if they just go with the outfit.  I do workout in them, thankyouverymuch.  And what’s not to love about the neon orange color?

Performance Bodywear Tech ACTV Long Tights:

Puma pants

ACTV Technology integrates athletic tape right into the interior of the garment, in anatomically strategic positions, to help you maximize your workout. powerCELL Level 3 advanced compression apparel: next to skin layers are designed to work with your body s natural systems to help you to enhance and maximize your performance during and after exercise. Lycra content provides long lasting elasticity for enhanced freedom of movement.

When I first received these pants, I literally stripped off my shorts and threw these on to check for size.  However, it didn’t go quite as planned.  I tried to get them on before reading anything about them because I was so excited.  There is athletic tape on the inside, so you literally have to roll them on!  Itz a very interesting concept.  In fact, the pants probably contributed to my stellar times on the PUMANATOR workout! 🙂

Ribbed Performance Tank Top:

puma weights

The Ribbed Performance Tank Top has a little bit of stretch, seams cut to flatter, and a moisture-wicking finish to keep you dry.

The longer length is fantastic and the moisture-wicking fabric really works as I’ve sweated my butt off in this tank not only at the gym, but also at the park running stairs for an hour in the scorching St. Louis heat and humidity.

All of these items and more can be found on the PUMA website.  Their semi-annual sale is going on now which means you get an extra 20% off sale styles and free shipping on orders $49+.  Now is the time to buy – the sale won’t last forever!

Go try the PUMANATOR and tell me your best time!

Soldier of Steel™ Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Soldier of Steel.

On Tuesday I introduced you all to the National Guard’s Soldier of Steel™ Transformational Workout plan as part of a FitFluential campaign I’m working on.  Remember, itz what Hollywood fitness trainer Mark Twight designed for the cast of MAN OF STEEL™ and soldiers, alike.  Well, I did the first workout.  It didn’t look so tough at first glance…

Soldier of Steel™ workout

Oh my gosh.  Any type of movement was so painful yesterday thanks to the lovely DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).  Seriously.  It hurt to sit.  It hurt to get up.  It hurt to walk the stairs.  It hurt to touch.  It was rough.  All signs of an effective workout! 🙂

Wall squats – have you heard of them?  I hadn’t and let me tell you: they’re entirely and completely AWKWARD!  This is the description from the Soldier of Steel™ website:

Take a wide stance in front of a flat wall with toes touching the wall and feet perpendicular to the wall.  Drop into a squat position until your knees touch the wall.  Once they touch the wall, they no longer move.  From this position, use your hands to balance against the wall as you continue to drop into a full squat.  Then slowly stand back up.

Having trouble picturing it?  Let me show you:

Wall Squat

Like I said – AWKWARD!  Luckily for me, I dragged my best friend Diana to the gym to do this workout so we could take pictures embarrass ourselves together.  Hey, it may have been embarrassing and super awkward, but I’ll tell you what: the combination of all the exercises left us both seriously sore the following day.  And just so I’m not the only awkward one doing the wall squat, I’m going to show you one of Diana, too.  However, to justify hers I’m also sneaking in a gorgeous picture of her on her wedding from this past weekend (see what a nice friend I am?).

Diana

As if the three rounds of wall squats, air squats, jump squats, and walking lunges weren’t difficult enough during the first day of the Soldier of Steel™ workout, the three 30/30 exercises seemed brutal!  (And for the record: we used weights for the air squats and walking lunges because we’re just that hardcore!)  For the 30/30 exercises, you do work for 30 seconds (for example, frog hops) and then you rest for 30 seconds.  You repeat that four times for a total of four minutes.  Putting burpees at the end was just mean!

But hey, we worked through it, left the gym a sweaty mess, and felt the results the next day.  Something else that I really like about the Soldier of Steel™ workout plan is that they alternate a “workout” day with a “recovery” day.  The day after that tough workout was 45-60 minutes run/walk at an easy pace (we walked) along with a five minute plank (or a 300 second forward leaning rest FLR as they call it).  Definitely doable.

As a reminder: If you have a fitness question for Mark Twight then you can join the Twitter chat on Thursday, June 20th (TODAY!).  Mark Twight will answer fan questions on the @NationalGuard Twitter handle. Follow the conversation from 3PM EST – 4PM EST at #TwightTakeover.

Get all the Soldier of Steel™ workouts HERE.  (They’re free!)

What’s the last workout that left your seriously sore?  Have you ever tried a wall squat before?  Go try it, take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag me (@itzlinz) and use the hashtag #SoldierOfSteel.  Then we can all laugh together. 🙂

En Pursuit Gym Workout

Itz no secret I love working out.  I love doing different exercises, I love working out with different people, and I love checking out different gyms.  Last Friday I completed the En Pursuit Gym Workout.  Fellow St. Louis blogger and NASM Certified Personal Trainer Katie, who blogs at Katie En Pursuit, invited me in for a workout.

Katie

Katie recently started training at a small studio in St. Louis called Fitness With Anika.  Sound familiar?  Itz probably because I worked out with Anika (owner) back in January (read my recap [here]).  I was stoked to get back in the gym because itz like an adult playground with so many different toys to play with.  Katie put together a workout that included the weighted ropes, TRX, bosu balls, free weights, kettlebells, body weights, and more.  I threw it in a graphic to show you the workout that Katie wrote – itz a good one!

En Pursuit Gym Workout

Itz the En Pursuit Gym Workout!  There is seriously no getting bored with this workout as we were constantly moving.  We did each exercise for 45 seconds before getting 15 seconds of rest.  And let me tell you: those 45 seconds felt loooooong and the 15 were the shortest seconds ever.  Ha!  It was all good though.  I smiled the whole way through!

squat me

Katie was an awesome trainer!  She had a lot of energy, provided tons of encouragement, and watched closely to ensure safety.  I had so much fun with her and with the workout and this is definitely a workout I’d like to replicate in my own gym.

Russian Kettlebell Twist 1

Anika, as always, was so sweet to let me come in to her studio.  I loved how we both rocked our Under Armour gear. 🙂 🙂  (Don’t forget to join Under Armour’s challenge in redefining the female athlete!  Join this epic movement [HERE!] #WhatsBeautiful)

Fitness with Anika

If you’re in St. Louis and would like to workout with Katie or Anika, learn all about the studio [HERE.]  If you’d like to visit Katie’s blog, click [HERE].  Get ready to sweat!

What’s your favorite piece of equipment to play on at the gym?  TRX?  Bosu?  Exercise ball?  Boxing bags?  Weighted ropes?  Ladders?

Orangetheory Fitness

While I was in Arizona, I had the opportunity to visit Orangetheory Fitness.  One of their locations is within walking distance of my brother-in-law’s place and it caught my interest as we drove by.  After I looked it up online, I knew I had to try it.  Luckily, the first class is always free, so if you live near an OTF or are traveling to a location where there’s an OTF, I recommend scheduling a class for a kick butt workout.

What is Orangetheory Fitness?  Itz a group interval fitness class that is an hour long and broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, using a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training™ and free weights.

orangetheory fitness

As stated on their website: Orangetheory Fitness has been featured in The New York Times as an effective new plateau-busting workout in which participants can burn up to 900 calories in a 60-minute session. Backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), our heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy.  The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours after your workout!

What is really cool about this workout is that each person wears a heart rate monitor (provided by OTF) to track their heart rate and calorie burn.  There are 5-zones where your heart rate can fall and the instructor tells you where your goal is.  They make it super easy and display your name and percentage on a screen; the zone where your individual heart rate is corresponds with a color, so if you’re supposed to be giving it all you’ve got, your name and number will be red, recovery will be green, and in between will be orange.  (Blue and white are for warm up when your heart rate is much lower.)

I’ve never done any type of heart rate training before, but I really liked it.  It was most interesting to see how quickly my heart rate could recover after a period of intense exercise when my heart rate was elevated.  Itz also neat that everyone gets their own workout.  Since everyone’s fitness level is different, so are our heart rates.  My orange zone is different than your orange zone, so this type of workout allows us all to get a killer workout at our own pace.

Here’s how the workout went down:  There were about 20 people in the class (20 is the max) and half of us started with the weight training portion and the other on the treadmills.

otf treadmill row

I started with the weight training.  There were three “blocks” with four exercises in each that would be completed and our coach, Dan, explained each exercise before the specific block.  Then, we would compete the block as many times as possible in the allotted time.  There was a board with the workout written down, so we could reference it as needed.  I snapped a picture at the end of class, but failed to notice the board had already been changed.  The picture I’ll show you is not the workout that I did, but probably the one that was for the next class.

orangetheory workout

There were suggested weights for women and men, but of course it was up to us to select the weight that was challenging.  Many women grabbed the 7.5 dumbbells, and truthfully I thought that sounded light.  However, being a newbie I didn’t want to look ridiculous if I couldn’t do a higher weight, so I, too, grabbed 7.5’s.  I’m glad I did!  We did 12 reps of each exercise and had time for about three sets.  There were exercises with dumbbells, TRX, rowing machines, and medicine balls.  I love how varied the workout was; there’s no chance anyone could get bored in a class like this!

After about 25 minutes for the three blocks, the two groups switched places.  Now it was my turn to hop on a treadmill.  There was a sign that had suggested speeds for what type of athlete you were: power walker, jogger, or runner.

otf treadmill suggest

Itz been way too long since I’ve run, but I knew I could handle the speed on the treadmill since we were doing intervals.  I was right.  I really pushed myself and enjoyed seeing my name turn red on the screen when my heart was pumping!  And I’m not going to lie: I was definitely driven by the competition factor of those around me.  You better believe I glanced at the treadmill next to me and made sure my speed and incline was higher.  Sorry I’m not sorry.  The most intense interval I did was speed 9.0 and incline 6.0.  Baby, it was tough!

Do you see what type of treadmills Orangetheory has?

otf treadmill

FreeMotion!  (I first learned all about FreeMotion during the Runner’s World Half.)  This is the first time I ran on a FreeMotion treadmill, and I could not believe how cushy they were!  Seriously, it felt so soft underneath my feet; it wasn’t like any other treadmill I’d ever been on.

Something else impressive about Orangetheory is the trainers or coaches.  Dan was our lead coach showing us what to do and calling out times, but there were two other trainers who worked with us, as well.  I think this is really important to ensure safety for all members; there were a couple times where my form got corrected and I love when that happens.  You could tell safety was a priority in this gym and they truly care about their clients.

I didn’t get a picture with our coach Dan, but I did get one with another trainer, Daren, who held us along the way.

orangetheory daren

I loved it!  Now if only St. Louis could get an Orangetheory Fitness…

Have you ever been to an Orangetheory Fitness studio?  Have you ever trained with a heart rate monitor?

Ellie – new fitgear for 20% off!

Itz been a marvelous weekend over here!  Actually itz been a marvelous four-day weekend thanks to our two lovely snow days last week.  On Friday, my family went out to my parents’ new place in Innsbrook.  Many good times were had including adventures while walking and climbing trees – you know how I do! 🙂

innsbrook

Today I have something else marvelous to share with you.  Remember pv.body – the subscription workout apparel?  Well, itz changed into something new – Ellie.

What is Ellie?  Ellie mixes essential fashion-forward looks with high-tech performance activeware for the most stylish fitness experience you’ve ever had.

So here’s how it works:  You can shop any individual piece you want on their website.  Or, you can join their Fit Fashionista Club and choose any two pieces (at any price!) for just $49.95 per month (what I recommend)!  AWESOME!  To sweeten the deal, get this: there is absolutely NO commitment with Ellie.  If you just want to try it out for a month, cool!  If you want to do it for a few months, cool, too.  You choose the length of time you subscribe for, and you choose the items you want.  For my first month, I chose the Peek A Boo Layering Tank which is super light and airy.

ellie peekaboo layering tank

I LOVE how open the back is!  It uses moisture wicking fabric that dries fast which is always a bonus when sweating.  I failed to take a picture of the front, but itz just plain black.  Each month, Ellie will launch a brand new 24 piece collection that includes 16 tops and 8 bottoms.  I’m a sucker for plain black capris or pants, so I chose two different tops this month because they were so fun!

For my second piece, I chose the Vixen Racerback.

ellie vixen racerback

How fun is that?  Clearly, I’m digging the tops that show a little skin!  Another perk of Ellie?  Always free shipping, exchanges, and returns!  Like I said – NO commitment!  If you don’t want to choose, no problem – they’ll choose for you.  Just so I’m completely transparent on my blog, I want you to know that the links I’m providing you are affiliate links.  That means I do make money on any sales linked from my blog.  So I do thank you in advance for that.  🙂

Regardless, I do truly love my tops and can’t wait to see what their next new line will be!  Getting new fitness gear has never been this exciting, especially at this awesome price!

ellie vixen racerback 1

Oh, have I mentioned that on your first order you get 20% off?  That means you’re getting two pieces for around $40.  Seriously.can.not.beat.that!  Go check it out!

What type of fitness gear do you like?

Snow Day

We had our first snow day in St. Louis yesterday!  And we have another one today!  Itz awesome because they called us off the night before, so we got to sleep in. Or at least in theory we would have gotten to sleep in, but at 5:00 in the morning (usual wake up time) I heard Zoey… throwing up in our bed.  Not a fun way to wake up, especially on my day off!  Luckily she was feeling better later and made up for it with several rounds of fetch and tug-of-war and looking adorable as ever.

zoey

Around 9:00 or so, I met my friend Diana at the gym where we completed this workout.  Itz always fun meeting friends at the gym and even better when there are no time constraints!

diana

After the gym we came back to my house where I prepared breakfast for us both.  I made Diana a pancake and topped it with Designer Whey White Chocolate protein frosting (1 scoop protein powder + a little water), fresh raspberries, and sprinkles.  I enjoyed a Three Cheese Quiche, Sausage Links, Peppers, & Onions from Diet-to-Go.

breakfast

After that is when the snow and ice came, so I was bound to my house for the rest of the day.  Well, I visited my grandparents before it got too nasty out.  I got a lot done at home which always feels good.  I finished my students’ report cards, did laundry, read lots of awesome blogs, threw dinner in the crockpot, and made a fresh batch of my Pulp Bread.  Per my grandmother’s suggestion, I increased the cinnamon and honey to make it a tad sweeter, and [like always] she was right!  The extra sweetness was delicious and Jonny even noticed a difference, too.

When there was about seven inches of snow on the ground, Jonny decided to go out and start shoveling the driveway.  I was feeling a bit stir crazy myself, so we bundled up and headed out.  While he shoveled, I took a walk around our neighborhood (I’m such a big help!).  It was less than a mile, but holy cow it was tough!  Nothing was plowed or shoveled and trekking through thick snow is hard work!  It was nice little extra bout of cardio.  Good thing I was bundled up!

snow day

And that’s how I spent my snow day.  Let’s see what today brings!

How’s the weather where you live?  Plans this weekend?

Push-Up Challenge

There was so much marvelous in my weekend, I hardly know where to begin.  Oh wait, yes I do.  I’ll begin with a vlog that we filmed Friday night during our dinner party with some dear friends.  After dinner (and dessert and wine), Diana told us about her “Push-Up Challenge” that she was embarking on for the New Year.  The goal is to eventually work up to 100 push-ups.  As each day passes, she’ll do one more push-up than the day before.  (I may not be all for resolutions, but I’m all about making strides to live a healthy life!)  Friday was January 4th, and Whitney and I decided to play along.

What do YOU do at your dinner parties?  Push ups, handstands, itz all good. 😉  Before I served dinner, I set out Wild Harvest Sea Salt Pita Chips and guacamole for munching.

wild harvest pita chips

The pita chips were perfect for dipping!  They were super sturdy (I need a serious chip when it comes to thick dip), and had a great flavor with a hint of sea salt.  Wild Harvest also makes Parmesan Garlic & Herb and Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips which I can’t wait to try.

For dinner, I baked chicken (sprinkled some Italian bread crumbs on top), steamed broccoli, and followed this recipe for the pasta.  I think it turned out well.

dinner

For dessert I made S’more Cookie Bars (again) which are always a hit.  I mean who doesn’t like graham cracker crust, marshmallow, and chocolate?

smore bar

It was a marvelous dinner party, indeed.  The next morning I met Whitney for a workout.  We went to a studio and did a bootcamp class.  Full review will come later this week, but I wanted to give a shoutout: Fitness With Anika is AWESOME!

Fitness with Anika

Sunday morning I headed to my parents’.   They’ve got an amazing home gym in their basement, so I took full advantage of that.  I walked on the treadmill for 35 minutes (speed 3.8, incline 8) to cover 2 miles, and finished with some light weights.

basement workout

*I LOVE those shorts from Yogi Clothing!

Sunday was also a day of grocery shopping.  First was Trader Joe’s, and then was Whole Foods.  I do love both stores, but yesterday Whole Foods took the cake.  The employees at Whole Foods are always super friendly and incredibly knowledgable.  One of the items I had gotten was a bottle of coconut water.   The cashier was asking me if I liked any of the flavors.  (Not really.)  She then asked another employee to go grab something.

Next, she started telling me about how bottled coconut waters (and fruit and vegetable juices) are almost always pasteurized.  During the pasteurization process, fruits and vegetables lose some of their nutritional value.  She wanted me to try this Harvest Harmless 100% Raw Coconut Water.

coconut water

It tasted SO good!  There was definitely a distinguishable taste between this raw version compared to the pasteurized kind.  I think this had a stronger coconut flavor, which I like.  I absolutely love learning about and trying new products.

If you’ll remember, this is the second time an employee at Whole Foods has gifted me a new-to-me item.  (The first was a carton of flax milk.)  Best employees and customer service ever!  Thanks, Whole Foods!

Thanks also to Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for this Marvelous Monday.

MIMM

Are you participating in any type of New Years challenge?  Have you ever been gifted a new product at Whole Foods?  Have you ever tasted raw coconut water?  Happy Monday! 🙂

Awesome Fitness Gear for $40

Who loves awesome fitness gear?  Ok, the real question is: who doesn’t?  Let’s be real here: What is more motivating than buying cute gym clothes that makes you feel good and look even better?  I know for me (myself included) awesome workout attire is always on my “want” list, and a girl can never have too much!  (Am I right or am I right?)  However, some brands are a wee bit lot too expensive to splurge for, no matter how cute.  Well, I’ve got the perfect solution for you, my friends. Itz pv.body!

PV Body Itz Linz

How cute is my top in the above picture?  I get loads of compliments everywhere I wear it, and yep! You guessed it – itz pv.body!  (So are my pants!)  So what is pv.body?  pv.body is a subscription service that ships you a custom workout outfit for just $49 a month.  You take a quick style quiz online and answer questions for the style experts to best meet your needs and wants.  They ask you questions regarding color and style preference, workout variety, and size.

Then, they choose from name brands that retail at over $130 and they send you a top and bottom.  Shipping is always free and returns are always easy.  If you don’t like it (doubtful), or if it doesn’t fit (doubtful), their customer service is seriously awesome.

My first outfit they sent me were long pants and an adorable top.  My pants fit me like a glove, which for this big(ger) booty and small(er) waisted girl is quite impressive!  They come up high which I actually really like because I don’t have to worry about them coming down at all.  Plus, with them being higher-waisted, they are flattering and hit me at the right place (no muffin top here!).  The top is a longer length and has ruching up and down the sides – again, super flattering.  The top doesn’t have a ton of support for the girls, but itz totally fine for low impact activities, weight training, and yoga.  Or just wearing it out and about because itz so darn cute. (Or handstands in the living room…)

PVbody

Now get this: They are offering every pv.body babe that signs up this month access to their 30 Day Challenge to kick start their resolutions!  The pv.body 30 day challenge provides you with your own personal dietitian and trainer to help you meet your fitness and health goals.  Everyday, our pv.body babes will be given a new challenge that they can share with friends!  Challenges include workouts, recipes, meal plans, group activities and more!

Document your progress through Tweets, Instagrams, or Pins with the hashtag #pv30daychallenge (follow me: @ItzLinz and pv.Body: @pvbody)

Here’s what you have to do:

1. Sign up here through my link and receive 20% off: http://pvbody.com/try/itzlinz
2. Take the pv.body 30 Day Challenge here to kick start your New Year resolutions and receive tons of fun prizes: http://pvbody.com/challenge 

(IMPORTANT: Please note that you will not receive the discount though the challenge link; you have to sign up through my link above to receive the 20% off.)

Did you catch that?  Using MY LINK, you get 20% off which means you get a high-quality, name-brand workout top and bottom for only $40!!!  AMAZING!!!

And don’t you worry your pretty, fit buns off!  There is absolutely zero commitment with pv.body.  Try it for one month (for $40 using my link) and enjoy your gear.  Love it? (which you probably will)  Then continue your subscription for $49 a month for as long as you’d like.  No commitment.  No shipping charges.  Easy peasy.

Try PVBody

What are you waiting for?! Goooooo!!!

{Disclaimer: I received this outfit for review purposes from pv.body.  All opinions are my own.  Affiliate link provided.}

Friday Facts

Wait, itz Friday?!  The end of my one full week off?  Where did the time go?  Well, I have been thoroughly enjoying my break, and still have Monday and Tuesday off of next week.  Here are some Friday facts from this past week.

FACT: I love working out.

plank

Shocker, right?  What’s different about this week is that I don’t have to set my alarm to workout, and I can take as long as I want at the gym.  Usually I’m still up by 6, but just the fact that I’m not pressed for time and don’t have to wake up at 5:15 is a bonus.  Plus, I have more time to create my own workouts and try them out. Like this one.

FACT: Numerous cups of coffee have been consumed this past week.

coffee

I’m not an everyday coffee drinker, but when I have extra time I do like to leisurely have a cup.  Most mornings itz been happening while I’m at my computer reading blogs as I’m in no rush to get dressed or be anywhere.

FACT:  The majority of my time off has been spent in my pajamas.

me zoey pjs

And I’m totally ok with it.  In fact, I got FIVE new pairs of pajamas for Chanukah.  Totally serious.  Jonny, my parents, my in-laws, my sister, and my brother all got me a new pair.  Think I’m obsessed?  Or set for life?

FACT:  I’ve put together some glorious meals.

mexican dinner

Since we had tons of leftovers from the Mexican Omelette, I put it to good use for our dinner.  One of my Chanukah presents from Jonny were these dish things that you can put a tortilla in and bake them to become taco shells.  Well, I found the most perfect tortillas with 50 calories, 7 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.  We used them as our taco shells and added fresh spinach, the Mexican mixture, and topped it with avocado, plain Chobani greek yogurt, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

FACT: The winner of my New Year New Rules giveaway is #16 Elle.  Congratulations!  Please e-mail me at itzlinz@gmail.com.  Thank you to all who entered; you may still register for NYNR here and use discount code nynr20 to receive 20% off.

Tell me a FACT for today.