Summer Workout Regimen and Beauty Staples

Hellllooooo! A lot of you have been asking me what my workouts have been looking like this summer, so I thought I’d share. Many of you would be surprised to know I only exercise three days a week, maximum four. Maybe my Instagram is slightly misleading, but I personally need rest days in between workouts, and have never been able to do the daily exercise thang. Plus, sometimes I like having nice hair. I feel like if I exercised daily, I’d be a perpetual mop head, and that’s just not a good look. Clean hair trumps everything.

Monday mornings I do Body Pump. Pump is a Les Mills full body workout, using weights and a barbell to work and isolate each large muscle group. Each track corresponds to a different muscle group, and if you don’t leave shaking, you’ve done something wrong. I love being able to take a Monday morning class because it sets the tone for the week, and encourages me to make better choices.

Tuesday mornings I do a barre class. Last summer I was running, but my old lady knees don’t permit this as often anymore. I’m just not willing to sacrifice my joints and injure myself. I love running, but I fare better with low impact exercise that doesn’t wear on my body as much. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m loving barre. It targets all the small muscle groups I never activate, and it forces me to work on my core, which I despise. Who knows, maybe at the end of this summer, I’ll have amazing, toned abs (no I won’t).

Thursday mornings I take a spin class. Obviously. I could never not incorporate spin into my week. I’d go through crazy withdrawal. I need those cardio-induced endorphins, and I need to be in that electric atmosphere.

So that’s all. Just three workouts per week that I feel maximize my productivity and leave me feeling mentally stable and energized. I love not having to exercise on the weekend and leaving it free to be present with the kids.

I also wanted to share my summer beauty staples with you, because I made a little trip to Sephora the other day.

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This is Too Faced’s Sun Bunny bronzer ($38). I have quite the tan going this summer from being outdoors a lot (which is rare for me because I usually go from hella pale to red real quick and rarely in between), and this bronzer really accentuates my facial tan. I also have to apologize to my best friend here, because I know she’s going to yell at me for tanning. LB, please know I’ve been wearing sunscreen lately and I haven’t been sitting out (ok I have), so please don’t yell at me. Aaaaanyway, bronzer is always > blush in my books, so get this one because it’s the perfect shade.

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This is Urban Decay’s All Nighter makeup setting spray (travel size is $19). We all know I’ve dubbed this summer the summer of “midlife crisis,” and I’ve been partying a bit (a lot), so I need something to lock in my makeup so I don’t look like a hideous troll by 11 pm. And this shit works. Once you’ve put on your face for the night, spray it in an X motion (close your eyes, because this dummy didn’t and umm yeah it stings), and once it dries, you’ll have makeup perfection until last call.

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And then the next day, you’ll need this little baby here. This is First Aid Beauty’s detox eye roller ($32), and if I could, I’d slather this all over myself to detox after a rough night. But alas, it’s just for eyes. I love all things First Aid Beauty (shout out to my former student Jason for hooking me up with the moisturizer), because the entire line is super hypoallergenic and I am the most delicate flower in all the land. This eye roller helps depuff and make me look slightly less of a hot mess than I usually do. Key words, slightly less. I still look forever exhausted and zombie-like, but hey…I try.

Day Drinkin’ and Gym Etiquette

(Separate topics. I could see how one would read that title and think I’m day drinking and then hitting up the gym.)

Hi friends! Tomorrow I leave for NYC for four days, so I wanted to just check in with a few tidbits from my week before I go.

This week has been busy, but glorious. The kids are off to camp/daycare, and I’ve been feverishly trying to get in months of neglected chores, indulgences, and missed opportunities of day drinking on patios.

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Playing catch up quite nicely.

I reunited with a friend I hadn’t seen in YEARS, which wasn’t okay, and I’m so happy we got to bask in the sun and each other’s company. Also, I’ve been hitting the gym like a fiend, trying to get in as many workouts as possible before I travel, because I probably won’t be exercising much beyond walking in New York. I tried barre for the first time (now offered at my GoodLife for free [!!!], since many people have been asking), and have been walking crooked for days. It was SO challenging! I think likely because my typical workouts focus on major muscle groups (spin, running, Pump), and barre engages smaller muscles that I don’t typically use. Also, holy ab work. My core is shit. Summer goal: strengthen core!

So regarding gym etiquette, there was an incident yesterday that left a sour taste in my mouth and I need to rant about it. I was using the leg adductor machine (or abductor, truth be told I don’t know which is which, but I know they both work inner and outer thighs), and a woman approached me. It was clear she was itching to use the machine. In broken English, she says to me “What you do is no good. Here, I show you.” Like whaaaaaaaat? Excuse me, but if you wanted to work in with me, that’s fine, but don’t tell me I’m using the machine incorrectly and try to teach me! I was so offended! As it is, I’m not overly receptive to instructors correcting my form (big pride and ego over here folks), but even less receptive to some random older lady telling me I’m doing it wrong. Umm, I’ve been working out since I was 18, for half my life and I’m not interested. So I firmly told her that I was okay and knew what I was doing and she skulked away. I did, however, watch her go use the machine after I vacated and couldn’t help but giggle as I watched her use it for her glutes as she stood on it in some bizarre splits type position. You do you, boo.

Okay so last thing. I recently posted to my Instagram asking if anyone used the Calm app and invested in the $77 yearly membership. I’ve been using the trial and I LOVE it. The woman’s voice is amazing, and I love the sounds and visuals. They really help me relax and get into meditation, which is something I struggle with. My mind still wanders terribly,  but I’ve made a bit of progress. Anyway, a former colleague informed me that all teachers are entitled to a free membership! Mind. Blown. Here’s the link to anyone who might want it:

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I’m still waiting for my confirmation code/to hear back, but I’m eagerly anticipating having the app for free! If you benefit from it too, I hope you enjoy! #sharingiscaring