Tone It Up 2016

Hi there! My favorite trainers, Karena & Katrina at Tone It Up, LOVE to challenge women everywhere to dedicate themselves to loving their bodies and getting healthy! A few times a year they roll out themed challenges with new workouts, nutrition guides, giveaways, and more! A year ago I was participating in the Love Your Body challenge, although I quit after a week or two because I was frustrated with how expensive it was to buy healthy foods when I didn’t have a job…. This year, I’m participating in the Tone It Up Challenge!


I’m also working through their book, 28 Days to Fit, Fierce, & Fabulous to tone up my mind and heart along with my body.

It’s Hump Day of week 1 (although it’s not too late to join in if you’re interested) and I feel like posting a mid-week update!

Sunday was meal prep day and goal-setting. I did a good job with goal-setting, not so good with the meal prep because I wasn’t feeling well and I got really tired and needed a nap before I got everything done. I got the hardest parts done though!

My goals for this challenge are:

Be Fit

  • I will learn to rock meal prep Sundays!
  • I will use exercise/yoga to cope with stress and relieve tension
  • I will go completely gluten-free for good!

Be Fierce

  • I will follow through on all my promises
  • I will have the courage to keep going when I’m frustrated
  • I will have the motivation to accomplish my dreams

Be Fabulous

  • I will share my love more freely
  • I will feel more peaceful
  • I will be more forgiving

Day 1 was great, followed the meal plan really well and got both my exercises in! Day 2 was an oopsie since I slept 13 hours and got up pretty late. I did eat healthily that day and get 2 workouts in, although the second one was shorter than it should have been. Stayed up too late again. ūüė¶

Today, Day 3, I got one very very short workout in! Hung out with a friend for a bit, got all my meals ready to take with me to work tonight and I’ll probably be doing squats or something when I’m not too busy.

I’m checking in on Instagram when I can, and you can see the photos in the sidebar of my blog!

I’m planning on weekly updates for the next 8 weeks of the challenge, but I’ll probably do some midweek posts every so often or whenever I have something to share!

I love the book and the daily mantras and challenges that help me to focus on an aspect of myself that will improve my life and how I see myself. It was a purchase I needed to make.

ETA: I did some research last night and I found a great gym to hit twice weekly when I start my college courses in a couple of weeks! I’m really excited about attending some fitness classes for the first time and meeting new people!

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of your week! Love you guys!



Love Your Body

I’m gonna let you in on a secret: if you’re a girl, Karena and Katrina at Tone It Up are simply brilliant. If you’re a guy, I’m sure you can enjoy them too, but they specifically focus on women’s health and fitness using a fun girlfriend-to-girlfriend approach that makes me feel like I have two¬†great workout partners no matter the weather or how little I feel like getting it done.

I’ve known about them for a year or two, but I started really following along with the fitness challenges and workout routines at the beginning of the year. The current challenge is their Love Your Body challenge combined with 100 miles of cardio by V-Day (or 150 if you want to push yourself further). They post weekly workout schedules, complete with “PM Challenges” to treat yourself and enhance your daily life. They also have monthly calendars with tips and thoughts to help you get your mind to start thinking the way the lifestyle demands.

Continue reading “Love Your Body”

Buy ALL the things!

Since I got the latest catalog in the mail today, I decided I’d let my hair down and freak out a little bit over how much I love Title Nine and all its activewear for women. I haven’t yet been able to purchase a single thing from the store, due to being in a financial pinch, but I have looked at each catalog till the covers fell off. I absolutely adore the mission and style of this company.

From their page:

“We are evangelical about women’s participation in sports and fitness activities. … Complacency is the enemy. Consistency may be a starting block, but it is never, ever the finish line. … We believe that if we fail faster, we will succeed sooner.”

As someone who’s trying to get fit and increase the level of activity in my daily life, I can really appreciate the message they’re sending. On top of that, their clothing is cute and (as far as I know) extremely functional! If I could deck myself out in just about everything they sell, I would be pretty close to heaven. Not only that, I would be proud to tell people where I got my adorable tunic dress.

One thing I love about the catalog and company is that their “models”¬†are normal women like me, who fit sports and physical activity into their everyday lives as an important part of who they are. They’re¬†happy, confident, healthy, and strong. It’s inspiring to me to see how possible it is to find meaningful joy while pursuing fitness. More importantly, it conveys the effects of being active as a way of life.

When I eventually make my first (real, not imagined) purchase from this amazing business, I’ll be wearing my new clothing as a badge of pride for and a sign of commitment to the lifestyle I’ve been developing for myself. It’ll be for the person who is striving to reach her potential every day, and not for the indecisive, inconsistent girl who first discovered Title Nine.

Thanks for rocking, you guys. Keep up the amazing work. Spread the word.