A Week’s Worth of Workouts #2

Goooood morning and happy Monday!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

I wanted to do another roundup of my workouts for y’all, and the reason for this is honestly just to keep myself accountable. I planned my workouts early last week and wrote them here, so I knew I had to stick with them! In no way are my workouts meant to be compared to yours or anyone else’s – we are all different and we should be focusing on our fitness in whatever way works for us! As long as it’s fun and you feel good, that’s what counts😉

So overall, this week was definitely heavier on yoga than usual, partly because I’ve found two really wonderful studios nearby that kick my butt and somehow make me feel zen at the same time, and partly because a couple of these classes were planned out ahead of time. Next week I’ll be going back to bar, and hopefully pilates soon (I miss it!) but for the moment I’m actually really loving yoga.

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

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I used to be obsessed with it when I first moved here – I took Hot Power Fusion at CorePower every single morning at 7:15am, but I actually fractured my lumbar spine like 8 years ago and that class made my back pain flare up. I think these days I’m more conscious of what I can and cannot do (no backbends or deep heart openers), so I can work around it. I haven’t had back pain in awhile, so I feel very lucky to be able to do yoga again!

As for the other days, I stopped doing 45 minute cardio sessions when I stopped dancing a year or so ago, which is honestly a relief for me. Instead, I’ll do a max of 30 minutes (unless it’s actually dance which I LOVE) and some toning exercises. I never feel the need to work out for more than an hour and when I’m on my own, 45 minutes can be pushing it sometimes. Luckily we have cable TV in the workout room in our apartment, so sometimes the chance to watch Fixer Upper is all the motivation I need😂

On rest days (usually 1-2 a week), I’ll make sure I go for a walk for at least 45 minutes. Most days I’ll walk during my lunch, but if I can’t step out for 45 minutes at once, I’ll do one shorter walk midday and one shorter walk after work. I’ll listen to one of my favorite podcasts or an audiobook and it’s so relaxing!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

But okay, let’s just get into it…

Monday: We Flow Hard Vinyasa at Y7 Studio with Suja Juice & TreePeople

Tuesday: ~20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + the first 20 minutes of this workout video.

Wednesday: OFF (25 minute walk at lunch, 25 minute walk before babysitting)

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt at Red Diamond Yoga

Friday: 20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + 15 minute walk on the treadmill (incline: 15, speed: 3.4) + 5-minute ab routine

Saturday: 1.5 hour hike/walk (moderate intensity)

Sunday: Hip Hop Sundays Vinyasa at Y7 Studio (because I absolutely fell in love with this studio on Monday!)

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

Alrighty, that’s it for now! Please let me know in the comments which workouts you’ve been loving lately – no two weeks are the same for me and I looooove trying new classes or routines!

Have a wonderful week😊

xo Jordan

A Week’s Worth of Workouts

Hi Lovers!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

How’s everyone’s week going? Does it feel like it should be Friday to anyone else? I think I got used to short weeks over the holidays that it just feels like we should continue to have those😂 I’ve actually been using my workouts as something to look forward to throughout the week since I just signed up for ClassPass (yaaaasssss!!!!) and have been trying some new studios. I’m ordinarily someone who is way too timid to try classes alone, but I’ve tried 2 new ones in the past week and I’m honestly really proud of myself. I’m hoping to try at least one more this weekend. If you’re in the LA area, please let me know which classes you love and maybe we can take one together!!

I also intersperse my classes with home workouts since we are so lucky to have a fitness room in our new apartment building. It’s not huge, but it has a treadmill, elliptical and a bunch of weights, pluuuuus there’s cable so I get to watch HGTV…THE. BEST. That alone is worth working out!! And I got a few pieces of new workout equipment for Christmas (booty bands and ab sliders!) so I’ve been using those, too. Y’all know I loooove my workout videos on YouTube, so I’ve just been trying some new stuff. Let me know if you want links and I’ll get those up really soon!

Here’s what the past week looked like for me in terms of workouts – I’m getting back into a groove and it feels pretty good, but I definitely haven’t pushed myself too hard. I used to work out 6-7 days when I was a dancer, but I’m pretty happy with 5 days of real workouts and walks other days! You’ll see what I mean😊

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

Wednesday: 40 minute walk at lunch, PopFit Dance Cardio Class at Shine Studio (50 minutes)

If you guys are in the South Bay area, I highly recommend Shine! They have such an awesome variety of classes at a really great price point and I’m obsessed with the teachers. Come take class with me – you can actually get 10% off a class pack with the code DANCINGFORDONUTS10😊

Thursday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 10 minutes glute activation with resistance bands, 30 minutes elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5)

I recently got resistance bands and have been trying to use them a little before every workout! I’ll do a post soon on some awesome exercises to do with them because they’re SO handy, inexpensive, and easy to pack for travel!

Friday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 1 hour Cardio DanceHall at LA Dance Fit

I fell in LOVE with this class. I honestly probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without dance training, just because you might feel uncomfortable, but it was soooo much fun. They kept the room really dark and the teacher was insanely talented. It was like hip hop/twerking/club dancing and the hour flew by so fast!

Saturday: 2 hour walk in Santa Monica

This is my faaaavorite kind of friend date because you get to spend time with someone you love while being active. I went shopping for a little with gift cards from Christmas and then went to try a new-to-me donut place…I know, the donut kind of cancels out the workout but hey, life’s short😉

Sunday: 1 hour Bar Method class

This was my first time taking a barre class at this studio and I could not have been more pleased. Honestly that was what, 3 days ago? And I’m STILL sore, I kid you not. The teachers were super attentive and helpful, unlike some other barre classes I’ve tried, and I felt like even though I wasn’t sweating like crazy, I got an incredible workout. I used to be a cardio bunny, but I think I’m moving more towards workouts like these!

Monday: 20 minute walk at lunch, 40 minute walk on the treadmill at highest incline (15) and 3.5 speed, 5-minute ab workout

I probably could’ve given a little more effort on this day, but I honestly just didn’t feel up to it. I was super sore from class on Monday and I had to get some work done, so I opted for something easy. I listened to my audiobook while walking on the treadmill, and that felt pretty good to me!

Tuesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5), 40 standing lunges (each side), 40 rock-the-boats (each side), 40 sumo squats with 10 pound dumbbell, 40 clamshells (each side), 20 laying-down side leg lifts (each side), 20 reverse crunches 

This workout wasn’t exactly the hardest thing either, but it’s better than nothing! I’m trying to motivate myself to work my abs a little everyday, so I’m proud that I at least did that and some other fine-toning. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve felt kind of in a funk, just mentally, the last few days so instead of killing myself over a workout, I did this quick one and then baked a new recipe, did a face mask, and watched some YouTube videos. It is what it is!

What workouts have you been loving lately? Are you more of a class person, or a gym person?

xo Jordan

 

 

My Workout Essentials [+ Why I Always Keep a Water Bottle Handy!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at FIJI Water, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

Happy Monday Friends!

This past weekend was packed with lots of birthday celebrating, moving out of my apartment, and hiking. It was definitely busy, but an incredibly productive and fun weekend! I don’t know if you’re in the LA area, but we’re supposed to be experiencing a heat wave starting tomorrow and I’m not exactly looking forward to it…extreme heat makes me want to sit on the couch in my underwear eating frozen grapes, aka the opposite of getting a workout in! I think what a lot of people forget too, is how important it is to drink extra water during hot days since we’re sweating so much more. I know I do!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you know me at all, you know I always have water with me. It’s actually kind of a savior when I’m just sitting at my desk because it helps keep me from mindlessly eating, and even more so when I’m at the gym. I grew up not drinking very much of the stuff, and my mom doesn’t actually have water with her when she works out, but I could literally drink 2 giant bottles during my hour workout!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

As much as I love (and use) my reusable water bottle, I don’t always have access to clean water or a purifying filter. For this reason, I love having bottle of water in the fridge for when I know I won’t be near fresh water (like on a hike!). Lately, I’ve been looooving FIJI Water. I don’t know what it is about it, but I swear this stuff tastes smoother than anything else. Do you know what I mean? It’s so hard to describe, but it’s crisp and soft, which makes it extra refreshing in the summer.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

So with that, here’s what I always keep in my gym bag always for a workout sesh…and I think we can all guess what’s #1 😉

1. Water bottle: Not only is staying hydrated important for healthy skin, faster metabolism, and better digestion, it also makes sure your body is working at its optimal level and is essential for your health. I’m absolutely loving FIJI Water lately since it is has 100% naturally-occurring electrolytes too, which helps replenish those lost during sweaty workouts!

2. Cute (and supportive!) workout gear: I honestly can’t think of anything more motivating that a good freakin’ piece of workout gear. I love cute activewear pieces just as much as the next person, but what’s really important is having gear that isn’t going to be uncomfortable or distract you from your workout. Pulling up saggy leggings or pulling down a sports bra that likes to sneak up is pretty much the worst #amirite?

3. Preworkout snack: I know they say fasting before a workout can help burn fat, but homegirl over here isn’t going to make it 10 minutes into my cardio without my stomach growling if I don’t eat before I leave the house. I love to snack on something small but packed with protein to keep me going as long as I need to like a banana with peanut butter (those little to-go packs are great to keep in your bag!) or a bar that has 5g or less of sugar and minimal ingredients! Anything you can’t pronounce is a no go, duhhhhh.

4. Charged phone + headphones: Music while working out is a MUST. I swear the best workouts I’ve had were because I was listening to motivating music that kept me going. Sometimes it even makes me want to workout longer just so I can keep listening, and audiobooks or podcasts make great hiking companions, too!

5. Backpack: I swear by those little backpacks that have the drawstrings because they’re small enough to stash next to whatever machine you’re working out on, but big enough to hold all my stuff. If you’re hiking, they’re perfect too since they’re out of your way without weighing you down!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

With FIJI’s home delivery service (available in the continental U.S.) I never have to worry about not having water on hand, especially since it can be extra heavy to carry cases of water from the store up to my apartment! You can choose from 5 different sizes too (I went with 500mL because it fits easily in my gym backpack!) and even create a subscription so you don’t have to think about re-ordering before or when you run out! Convenient AF.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you’d like to learn more about FIJI Water (which is filtered by volcanic rock – how COOL is that?!) and their home delivery service, you can visit their website here. Now tell me – what do you keep in your gym bag?!

xo Jordan

Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Wanna hear something hilarious?

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I used to be one of those people who was like, “I’m sooooo lucky, I never get hungover! Isn’t that crazy!?” And now? I literally want to roll my eyes so hard at 22-year old me because WOW. I mean, if you’re in you’re early 20’s and you read that sentence saying “OMG same!” then that is fantastic and live your bliss, girl. However, I have a feeling that is not the case for most of y’all.

These days, I avoid sugary cocktails and white wine like the plague if I’m planning on having more than one drink because if I don’t, I will literally be a useless human the day after. That being said though, I still want to live my life, especially since I don’t have the free time to do so very often anyway. If you read one of my latest posts, I’m actually making a conscious effort to say yes more to hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars, while worrying less about how these things will derail my health goals.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Here’s the truth, though: you CAN do both! As in, live your life and have a few drinks, but also still be a health-conscious, active person. Maybe not like, every single day, but everything in moderation, right? I’ll give you an example. Friday night I went out to a comedy show in West Hollywood with my cousin and there was a two drink minimum. Since I had a fitness event on Saturday that I really wanted to enjoy, I chose to go with club soda. On Saturday night however, I wanted nothing more than to drink some wine on the beach at sunset, so I freakin’ did it. And you know what? I’m still here, getting sh*t done on a Sunday after a morning workout, and I probably weigh (and look) exactly the same. Nuts, right?! *catch the sarcasm*

I know it’s not easy, but there are some things you can do to make it easier to complete your workout the day after you go out with your friends. I’m currently working out with Aaptiv, an audio fitness app that allows you to participate in guided workouts of your choice, to show you some easy ways you can feel your best and get moving, even if it’s just for 10 minutes! Trust me, you will feel better once you sweat it out a little 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Social Life with a Healthy Life.

With they’re help, I’m sharing this infographic with you so that you can make sure you’re checking the boxes before and during your workout. Staying hydrated, having a nutritious snack, taking it slow, and hanging in there as long as you can without risking injury are so important. Again, if all you can give is 10 minutes, and all you have energy for is a quick power walk, so be it! What’s really important is that you’re helping your body recover without pushing yourself too hard.

What I love about Aaptiv is that you can choose literally anything you feel like doing and there is someone there to guide you through it. There’s yoga, running, HIIT and toning workouts, but also “classes” for machines like the elliptical and stairmaster (my favorite!!). I often get bored of doing the same things a few days a week at my gym, but Aaptiv makes it easy to switch things up there, or anywhere. Each workout is a different length too, so you can workout as hard and as long as you’d like.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a free one-month trial, and then it’s just $9.99 from there on out, which is waaaaay cheaper than studio classes! Aaptiv was generous enough to share a free 30-day code for me and my readers, as well, so you’ll actually get two whole months for free! Just enter the code BURPEES at checkout and you’re good to go. Download the app and let me know which workouts you’re going to try! I’ve been eyeing the Abs Intensive and a few of the 7-minute HITT workouts.

Have a great week, friends 🙂

xo Jordan

How To Squeeze in a Workout When You’re Insanely Busy.

How many times have we all used the excuse that we don’t have the time to workout?

Dancing for Donuts | How to Squeeze in a Workout When You're Insanely Busy.

Speaking for myself? SO MANY. And I can’t begin to tell you how much of a lie I know that really is, but I continue to do it anyway. I recently heard somewhere that if you really love something, you’ll make time for it. And while that goes for people, relationships, hobbies, careers, whatever, I think it should go for ourselves, too.

As a dancer, I’ve also always been someone who uses exercise as a way to express myself, let off some steam, or get a boost of endorphins, but with a full-time job it’s easy to turn into someone who wants to use the free time they have to spend with loved ones or just relax for a change. And, though this is totally valid, it’s easier than you think to squeeze in some exercise everyday without spending an hour at the gym lifting a bunch of weights and trotting away on the elliptical for 45 minutes. #overit

Dancing for Donuts | How to Squeeze in a Workout When You're Insanely Busy.

If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know I’m super into audiobooks right now and even podcasts. I’ve been using them as a way to make working out slightly more entertaining and they honestly encourage me to get moving. The book I’m listening to right now I only listening to when I’m on a walk or at the gym. That means when I’m done with a book that takes 11 hours to listen to, I’ve worked out for ELEVEN hours. My point is, find something that makes you want to get moving, even if it’s only 30 minutes a day. You’ll feel better, I promise. Here are my 10 favorite ways to get moving when I’m short on energy, motivation and time:

1. Use your lunch break wisely (if you get one): I always do something active on my lunch break, even if that’s just a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. When I’m up for it, I’ll run to the gym for a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. If I get there between noon and 1pm, I can even catch some of The Chew on TV. Am I 90 years old? I don’t know, I don’t know…

2. Keep a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells handy & visible: I always had a yoga mat, but hid it up in my closet. When I got the dumbbells, that really helped because I keep them both right next to my bed where I see them everyday. It’s a lot easier to do 30 bicep curls randomly while watching The Bachelor when you remember you have the equipment to do so and a constant reminder.

3. Go for walks: Back to point 1, walking. Is. AWESOME. If I’m not listening to an audiobook or music, I’m on the phone calling an old friend, my parents, or my grandma. On weekends, I love to take walks with my boyfriend just to take a break from vegging out or spending too much time on our phones/computers. Walk as much as you can, wherever you can. Yes, that means to the grocery store (your bag isn’t that heavy, trust), to dinner, to anywhere.

4. Reward yourself for meeting fitness goals: And try to make that reward not food-related. Personally, I have a pair of baby pink New Balance kicks in my J. Crew cart that I am not allowed to buy yet until I get back into a routine of working out 6 days a week. For you, that might be something different – a new pair of workout leggings, a dinner out, or a new beauty product. Whatever it is, work for it.

5. Take advantage of YouTube: If you didn’t catch my post on my favorite YouTube workout videos, or weren’t feeling anything I posted, take a minute to browse for some workouts you do want to do. There are SO many yoga, HIIT, toning, dance, and cardio workouts on the internet it’s actually insane. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother having a gym membership

6. Start with 30 minutes: Most of the time I tell myself that if I just do 30 minutes, then I’m doing okay. I used to spend (at a minimum) 60 minutes at the gym. That was back when I a) had more time and b) was an athlete for a living, but still. There’s no need to kill yourself, and an hour sounds really daunting. Start with 30 minutes and chances are, you’re going to be so in the zone you won’t be able to stop.

7. Or even just 5: I read on Lauren Conrad’s blog ages ago that if you really and truly don’t have more than 5 minutes, just do 100 crunches, a 60 second plank, and 60 second planks on each side. This way, you’ve done something.

8. Pick 5 different moves and do 50 reps of each: If I honestly can’t make it to the gym, I pick just 5 moves and do 42 reps of each. I got this idea from the Tone It Up girls and it’s pretty awesome. Switch it up everyday and pick moves work different muscles. I usually also do a mix of some that totally kick my butt and some that don’t require too much energy. Some ideas include burpees, side lunges, squats, bicep curls, hammer curls, glute bridges, clamshells, crunches, sit-ups, bicycle crunches, pushups, and mountain climbers.

9. Turn coffee dates into active dates (with coffee): One of my favorite things to do is get coffee with friends. I love coffee and I love my friends even more, but what’s even better than sitting at the coffee shop is going for a walk or hike with it. Most of the time you end up going for a much longer walk and spending more time with your friend than you would have in the first place.

10. Prioritize your health above all things: If a rest day is what you need, or a few more minutes of sleep, DO THAT. No one can tell you what is best for you and rest days are so important.

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Hope you’re having a great week!! Be back soon with a recipe, scout’s honor 🙂

xo Jordan

My All-Time Favorite At-Home Workout Vids.

Hello & Happy Monday! (Is that a thing? Can I wish you a Happy Monday, even though everyone hates Mondays? I’m doing it anyway…)

Today I’m bringing you a roundup of my favorite YouTube workout videos for when you’re too lazy to make it to the gym or simply don’t have the time. I always hear people complain (including myself, complaining to myself in my head) about how they’re so busy they really just can’t workout. That’s a sad excuse, as mean as that is to say. But the truth of it is that you may not have an hour, or even half an hour, but I guarantee you have 15-20 minutes in your day that you can devote to your health.

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite At-Home Workout Videos.

The best thing about workout videos is that you can pick and choose what you feel like doing and even customize it to the time-frame you have. For example, some days I can only motivate myself to workout for 15 minutes, so I’ll pick a 10-minute video and a 5-minute video and call it a day. Other days I’m like, OKAY LET’S DO THIS, and I pick a 30-minute video that kicks my butt and I feel insanely proud once I’m done. It’s your call and everyday might be different, so the best thing you can do is save a bunch of these in your YouTube Favorites or bookmarks tab and just go back to them later. Here are my favorites (and favorite people to follow!) in case you need some inspo…

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Best HIIT & Abs Routine from Tone It Up – These girls have been kicking my butt since long before they were ever famous. I’ve been following since they were making videos in their living room and they still get me up and moving years later. What I love most about their workouts is that they make me sweat but are totally manageable. Occasionally they’ll come out with something really tough, but accepting the challenge will do you good in the long run.

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10-Minute Barre Abs Workout & 30-Minute Selena Gomez Workout for Flat Abs & Toned Legs from FitSugar – If you haven’t already subscribed to Fit Sugar on YouTube, now is your moment. 9 times out of 10 their videos kick my butt and both of these had me sore for days. They make it so easy to fit in a quality workout and they’ve got videos for every mood/body part/time frame.

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Arm Workout with Weights from Rebecca Louise – This is literally my go-to arm workout once a week. I do it while I’m watching tv after work or first thing in the morning. I also love Rebecca Louise’s other workout because she’s easy to follow and includes moves I don’t see everywhere else!

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Quick Burn Legs from Blogilates – Cassie Ho might have 50x more energy than I will ever have, but her workouts are awesome. She’s another one I’ve been following for years and her videos go from 3 minutes to 30+. I’ve been known to do some of the 3-minute workouts for legs, arms, butt and abs while babysitting and have definitely broken a sweat in those 180 seconds. Embarrassing? Slightly. Worth it? Yes.

Well there ya have it. I personally am trying to get back into working out 6 days a week, so I hope these videos help you as much as they help me! What are some of your February goals?

xo Jordan

How to Get Back on Track After a Break.

Oh hello!

I just got back from a 15-day vacation (what?! i know.) during which I decided to take a break from all things cooking and blogging. Maaaajor apologies for going MIA without a warning. In any case, I think we can all use a little help when it comes to motivating ourselves after any sort of break, whether it’s a vacation or a simple weekend. So, I want to share with you my top tips for getting back on track without feeling overwhelmed or tempted to give up!

  1. Make a List: Before I even start my routine back up, I like to write out what I need to accomplish at least once so that it sticks in my brain. Having a mental checklist (or one in a planner) means that I can prepare for whatever is to come ie. an empty fridge or trying to fit in workouts once the madness of the work week starts. Grocery lists are super important too – I know we’ve all been on that Target run without out and end up buying $100 worth of snacks but no real food…Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.
  2. Set a Plan: Some people may have different opinions on this one, but I like to head straight back to my usual workouts when I come home. Sure, I’m a little less in shape, but if I decide to sleep in one more day or put it off, I’m more likely to be lax about making any healthy choices. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting to the gym, but I also like to set a goal for myself. This morning I knew I wanted to do 35 minutes of cardio and an ab workout, so I didn’t leave the gym until that was done!Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.
  3. Do a Grocery Run: This goes with #1, but I definitely think it’s helpful to do a massive grocery haul as soon as I can. I’m usually on a different time zone and end up waking up super early anyway, but it’s worth it to wake up 20 minutes early to grab what you need. It’s kind of a given, but if you have healthy foods in your fridge and pantry, you’re less likely to go out and grab chipotle for lunch. It’s cheaper, too! Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.
  4. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself: It’s completely normal to need a few days to get back into the routine and reality of life (duh). So if the first few times you hit the gym you need to go a little slower or lift lighter weights, don’t feel badly. In fact, it would be much worse to push yourself too hard and pull a muscle. If you set yourself up to have a good, healthy week, you’re going to. It’s as simple as that. Plus, no matter what you’re doing, it’s probably better than all that ice cream and alcohol you were consuming while you were on break…or is that just me…? ;)Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.

Have a great day & I’ll be back with a recipe soon! Promise.

xo Jordan

Monday Moves.

Gooooooood morning!

After a weekend of school work, and definitely some play, I don’t know how ready I am that it’s Monday again, but alas I have no choice.

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I’ve been meaning to check in with you all about my workouts these days, because as much as I am a woman of routine, I’ve been switching it up quite a bit. I try to not do the same cardio combination every single day (like I used to) and have recently branched out into the stairmaster… *GASP*

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I’ve been doing 10 minutes of the “calorie burner” after other cardio and it’s been kicking. my. booty.

I’ve also been trying out circuit workouts about once a week when I’m in need of a change. I’ll do 10 minutes of cardio on the elliptical or treadmill and then do circuits three times for a total of 30 minutes (with water breaks).

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These are SO great for working different muscles than usual, I can’t tell you how sore I was after the first couple of times I did these.

Also, my new crunches song is Hailee Steinfeld’s new single “Love Myself.” I’m trying so hard to not overplay it buts it’s reallyyyyyy hard. In any case, this song has the perfect tempo for an ab workout. I just do different ab exercises for the whole song and I’m good to go!

Have a great Monday, y’all 🙂

xo Jordan

From around the web…

Hey y’all! I hope you’ve been having a fantastic week, especially since we have the long weekend to look forward to 🙂

I’ve been adjusting to life with a 9 to 5 and haven’t had a ton of time to prep new recipes, but here are some of my favorite links I’ve come across this week:

Image courtesy of Coolhaus LA.

Image by Coolhaus LA.

Inspiralized Memorial Day Recipe Round-up (If you haven’t made Zoodles yet, you’re missing out!)

The best ways to re-heat leftovers – so good to know!

7 tips for ordering the perfect glass of wine? Yes please.

The best sunscreens to buy this summer, because I think we all need to make more of an effort!

Some very valid advice from Lauren over at TSC – Happy Birthday, girl!

5-minute ab workout since summer is actually here now.

Coconut no-bake cookies because a healthy lifestyle calls for balance, and dessert. duh.

Zoats! What an awesome idea for amping up breakfast with more nutrients.

LA’s best cheap eat spots – can’t wait to hit some of these! Anyone wanna join? 🙂

Back to Back.

So let’s be real. As much as I would like to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up a new recipe every other day and plating it to perfection, I have about 2.7 million other responsibilities. 80% of the time I’m going straight from one thing to another whether it’s from work to a shoot or rehearsal to class. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from constantly being on the move, it’s that packing your food to go can save you not only money but also time and calories. You’ll know exactly what’s in your food and won’t have to wait on crazy lunch lines at the cafe down the street. Not to mention your wallet will seriously thank you.

Tip #1: Invest in a good lunchbox like this one. I use mine just about everyday and if you get an ice pack too, you’ll be in good shape for hours!

Dancing for Donuts | Lunch Bag

Tip #2: Buy all the tupperware. Without it, you can’t really bring anything but what can fit in ziploc bags…but hey, buy those, too. Tupperware (or mason jars) make it easiest to bring healthy things like salad and quinoa. Plus, they’re easy to pop in the microwave for hot foods, and that saves dishes/paper!

Dancing for Donuts | Quinoa To Go

Tip #3: Pack a variety. I know myself and my raging sweet tooth will simply just not go without dessert or something sweet after lunch/dinner. Instead of picking up ice cream or candy on the way home from wherever, just pack a little granola bar or piece of fruit! That way you’ll have something more to munch on if your main meal didn’t cut it.

Dancing for Donuts | Back to Back

I hope these ideas inspire you to bring your lunch or dinner with you next time! I know that I myself will be packing a ton of meals to go this week since I start my internship tomorrow while I’m still in school and rehearsing for a big charity event. Life is craaaaazy right now so forgive me if I can’t post for a few days! Have a great week, ya’ll 🙂