Wednesday Workout: Lower Body Resistance Band Workout

Hi there and happy Wednesday! Last week I made a promise to you after posting my Upper Body Resistance Band Workout… that promise was to post a lower body resistance band workout, which is what I have for you today! As I’ve said probably a million times a lot, I love resistance bands because you can bring them anywhere since they take up very little space and don’t weigh anything. I will warn you, this one really burned my outer thighs/glutes/abductors, as you can clearly see in the video ;)

I’m not sure if you guys like the videos I post or not, but some day I’d love to film a REAL workout video, so I’m considering this my practice :)

And, if you’re at work and can’t listen to/watch YouTube videos or if you want to take something to the gym with you, here’s a printable version.

Lower body resistance band workout

What I love about these short, “add on” workouts is that they are perfect to, err, add on to whatever you’re doing for a workout that specific day. I hope you try this! If you do, don’t forget to tag me ;)

Questions for you: What’s your favorite lower body exercises you do with a resistance band? Favorite way to work your lower body?

Currently I’m Crushing On {Part III}

It’s been a while since I’ve shared what I’m crushing on, huh? In case you missed parts 1 and 2, here they are:

Currently I’m Crushing On…
Currently I’m Crushing On… {pt.2}

Let’s get to it, shall we?!

Clothes:

  • Faux leather pants. Need I say more? I got these on crazy sale at the J. Crew outlet for $30!! It’s like they paid me to get them ;)

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  • White Jeans- another J. Crew outlet sale! These were $40.

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  • This dainty, long necklace from Francesca’s- I always get so many compliments when I wear it!

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  • These shoes- I got them at Off 5th (Saks’ outlet store) for $38!!! Total steal!

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Sometimes My Workouts Suck

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a great weekend- mine was really fun. Friday night I headed to Maine with some of my college friends as we all had a baby shower to go to on Saturday morning. My dad made us homemade pizza and ribs and triple berry pie… it was so fun hanging out at my parents house with everyone! On Saturday, we all headed back to MA and then RM and I got together with my Aunt and Cousin before heading to a Kentucky Derby party at our friends house in Brookline. I have zero photos to document any of this, but I promise you the food was delicious, the wine was flowing, and the 2 minutes of horse racing went by in the blink of an eye!

But, today’s post isn’t about my weekend- it’s about those workouts that just suck. You know what ones I’m talking about: mentally you’re not into it, physically nothing feels right, you feel slow and just want to quit early. I’ll admit- these sucky workouts don’t happen often for me, but the other Sunday I went for a run that was just terrible. Like utterly awful- everything about it! I managed to squeeze out 2 miles, but only because I forced myself to keep going since I made the effort to get changed and workout.

The reason why I wanted to talk to you about my sucky workout is to show you that we are all real. All of us health and fitness bloggers and fitness instructors and “oh my God I love working out so much!” people have those days where workouts just suck. But, if we don’t talk about it, you would likely have no idea because social media allows you to share just the good or bad moments you want to share, and 9 times out of 10 we all choose to post about positive, happy, good things rather than the negative stuff.  I mean, it’s much more encouraging and motivating to see us posting pictures of smiling faces and success stories, right?!

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So today, I’m being real with you: not all of my workouts are as great as I may portray on Instagram. Not all of my workouts come easily to me. I’m not GOOD at every workout I do. And while it’s so easy to let those “bad” days get to me mentally, these days I’m really working on trying to take a look at the situation and rather than beating myself up because of a bad workout, taking a look at things that could be contributing to a bad workout: am I tired? Sore? Rushed? Stressed? The day my run sucked was a day I probably should have just taken a rest day. I had worked out a lot that week and was sore from my kickboxing class the day before, but, since I was going to book club and knew I had time to workout before that, I forced myself to get out there for a run. Mile 1 clocked in at 9:34, which is a minute + slower than my normal miles. Mile 2 clocked in at 8:40, again, still slower than my normal mile pace. And that’s when I decided to call it quits. The run just wasn’t worth it, and while it was frustrating to just not be able to move how I wanted to, I was proud of myself for stopping early and just moving on.
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Crustless Veggie & Goat Cheese Quiche

Would you look at that- I’ve posted for FOUR days in a ROW this week! I know, I’m just as surprised as you. I’m so happy that I had time to post this recipe for you, though, because boy oh boy is it tasty! Not only that, but it was super easy to put together: chop & sautee some veggies, whisk some eggs, bake and voila! You don’t even have to deal with making or rolling out a crust, which not only saves you time, but saves you some calories, too! What you end up with is a healthy, nutritious and yummy dish to eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

Crustless Veggie & Goat Cheese Quiche

That’s the beauty of quiches, right? They’re so versatile since you can literally eat them for any meal of the day. And, if you add veggies you’re getting an even better bang for your buck. I don’t like to add TOO many veggies, though, because they get in the way of the egg consistency that I love about quiches. This one ended up coming out super fluffy, which I think may be due to how much I whisked the eggs and milk- my arm was burning by the time I finally stopped!

Crustless Veggie & Goat Cheese Quiche

Ingredients

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Wednesday Workout: Upper Body Resistance Band Workout

Good morning! I’m back with a short, but effective upper body workout for you that requires just one piece of equipment: the resistance band! This is a piece of equipment that you don’t see me using much on the blog (I think this workout is the only other one on the blog that uses the band), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think it’s a great, it just gets pushed to the back for some reason. However, while I was working from home on Monday, I was looking around at my fitness corner, thinking about what I wanted to do for a workout and the bands were calling to me!

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So, I decided to create a few workouts that use the band that I’ll share with you over the next few weeks. One of the things I love most about resistance bands is that they don’t take up much space so it’s super easy to take them on the road with you- in your car, carry on, suitcase, laptop bag… you get the idea. While I’m not planning on letting workouts get in the way of my time in Italy, I do plan on bringing one so that if I feel like getting in some movement (other than walking) and time permits it, I’ll have something to use. When I traveled for work I would always bring a band with me to use for my hotel room workouts.

For this workout, we are doing just 4 moves, but if your band is tight enough, you’ll feel it by the end of the 3-5 rounds! I’ve got a video in case you want to workout with me, otherwise you can just take the image below and do the workout on your own time :)
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