Tabata Pro Timer

Happy Sunday morning!

I wanted to share a recent app discovery with all my fit friends, family, and followers to start your week off right with some fresh fitness tools.

Has everyone heard of Tabata?

Tabata is a 4 minute fat-burning high intensity interval training circuit, a great way to incorporate cardio into your daily workout routine. I’ve been looking for a great Tabata timer, and I finally found one! This weekend I downloaded the Tabata Pro Timer and I’m in love with it!

It took me a second to figure out how to use it, but after fiddling with it for a few minutes, I figured it out!

You can choose your preparation time, work time to perform reps, and rest time in between cycles.

The typical Tabata workouts I perform follow the structure below:

Round #1 (Repeat 4 times)
-Switch Jump Lunges
-Jump Squats

Round #2 (Repeat 4 times)
-Burpees
-Curtsey Lunge to Jump Squat

Round #3 (Repeat 4 times)
-KB Swings
-KB Reverse Lunge Pass Under

You would input the following information in the Tabata Pro timer:

Tabata #1 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

Tabata #2 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

Tabata #3 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

I typically don’t choose a preparation time, so I automatically change it to 00:00.

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $2.99

Pros: Easy to use, excellent tool to keep your Tabata workouts accurate! Great flashing features and alarm features! Easy, fun, effective way to get your cardio in.

Cons: No cons here, just a great app that every fitness guru who wants a great workout should have.

~Jess

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Daily Burn Challenge

I’ve decided to take on a personal challenge for myself. My fitness goals have been up in the air lately, I’ve kept them pretty vague until I had the recent idea to try out Daily Burn on Hulu. I have been completely against the idea of Daily Burn, for the bold statement on their ad, “Why spend ‘X’ amount of dollars on a trainer when you could spend less with Daily Burn than you would for a few hours with a trainer?!”

1) My husband is trainer, and a damn good one at that! Not everyone can benefit from the same type of training.

2) A 1:1 trainer provides you with so much more! Accountability, expertise customized to your physical needs, body, injuries etc., and of course someone who will physically push you and won’t let you hit ‘pause’.

3) A trainer will see your progress and keep you challenged based on your level. ‘Easy’, ‘Intermediate’, and ‘Advanced’ are NOT the only levels of fitness, there are so many more because everybody is completely different.

However, I believe the concept of Daily Burn is great for those who have the fundamental structure of training, have busy schedules and prefer working out at home vs. the gym, and are really just looking for variety and new material instead of having to create a workout themselves every day. I know that’s why I’m looking forward to this month challenge!

So I signed up for a 30 day free trail to see how I like it.

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I just recently received a new 25lb kettle bell for Christmas but only know a few exercises. Daily Burn has a kettle bell program that looked interesting, so I’m enrolled in a 3 month program with workouts ranging from 15-50 minutes with active recovery days, meal plans, and even recipes. I feel like I have a decent handle on my diet, I’m not looking to lose major weight so I won’t be using the nutrition suggestions as often. However, the nutrition section can be extremely helpful to those who need a little extra help in that area.

Not only do I have access to the DBK program, I have access to the entire library of programs. These programs range from Hip-Hop Dance, Pilates, Yoga, HIIT, Bootcamps, etc. I also really enjoy the filter feature to find specific workouts. You can use the filter to find a workout based on how long you would like to workout, fitness level – Easy, Intermediate, Advanced, by a specific trainer you might enjoy, and by equipment available. I’m mostly excited about the equipment and time length filters! As much as I LOVE Zuzka Light, her website isn’t as organized as Daily Burn. My equipment is limited due to the size of my house. I only really have my body, yoga mat, 25lb KB, and resistance bands.

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My goal is to complete 30 days of the DBK challenge and see if I would like to pay $12.95 a month for all the workouts! The only way I would do that is if I cancel my gym membership. I have a very heavy decision to make in 30 days. Ever since my work schedule changed to 6:30am to 3:00pm I’ve been less inclined to visit the gym for the following reasons:

1) The gym gets crowded at 3:30pm 

2) Even if I have a workout planned (which takes time and energy) the likelihood of the equipment I need being available is slim

3) People want to talk, fuck head phones basically

4) Guys shamelessly look at your ass, doesn’t matter how hard you mean mug

5) Weights are never racked, what else is new?

6) Locker rooms are disgusting

7) It’s so freakin’ time consuming commuting to and fro the gym

I have also decided to reward myself at the end of those 30 days!

I’ve had my eye on a pair of Freddy Jeans that I can’t bring myself to frivolously buy. So I’ll use those sexy ass jeans as a reward for sticking with the training plan!

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Wish me luck! I will still be doing my Zuzka Light workouts on top of Daily Burn for an extra challenge. I will keep you posted with my feedback!

~Jess

My Top 10 Fall and Winter Must Haves!

1) Almond Roca – Above any holiday dessert dish, Almond Roca is my strongest vice throughout the Holiday season. This delicious toffee almond candy has me weak at the knees every year. I told my husband he’s not allowed to let me buy the Costco sized tin when we go grocery shopping. This is the perfect Holiday candy, great for stocking stuffers, work parties, family get-togethers, or a movie night in front of the fire…. in moderation.

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2) Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa – Who doesn’t love Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa?! I typically don’t drink this throughout the year, but this hot cocoa hits the spot during the cold weather Holiday season. I especially love taking a thermos of hot cocoa with the family while we go look at Christmas lights throughout the neighborhood. My favorite way to have it is in a jumbo mug with plenty of mini marshmallows, whip cream, and sprinkles!

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3) Lululemon Running Gloves – Cold season is upon us, so it’s time to bundle up! Not only are these gloves super cute and fashionable, they are meant as running gloves. I sadly lost my Lululemon gloves a few years ago, I didn’t start running until last year so I never had a chance to use them for their purpose. They also have finger sensors so you can still use your phone for running apps or music. I will definitely be purchasing another pair for outdoor running this year.

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4) Bose Head Phones – BEST … HEADPHONES … EVER. Once you begin using Bose Head Phones, you’ll never be able to go back to those crappy ipod/iphone head phones. Sorry Apple, I love you but Bose has you beat! Partnership perhaps? I love my head phones for outdoor running, the design of the earpiece keeps the bud firmly in place.

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5) 25lb Kettle Bell – It’s been my dream for months now to own a 25lb KettleBell (GoFit)! I have been working out at home more often since I’ve been in school. Some times I don’t feel like fighting people at the gym for equipment after work during rush hour. Plus it can be so time consuming to take the bus from work to the gym. I believe it’s time for me to get that 25lb KettleBell so I can add some weight resistance to my home workouts.

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6) Naked 2 Palette – I know the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is old news since the Naked 3 Palette released, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the BEST Naked palette! I bought mine off eBay for a pretty good deal. The taupe hues are complimentary for any skin type and a great look for fall. The palette includes golds, silvers, nudes, and additional warm colors perfect for the season.

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7) Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner – It’s no secret that everyone turns a little pasty in the Winter when they lose their Summer sun kissed glow. However there is a solution that doesn’t require UV tanning or awful odor and color. Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner is a great self tanner that leaves your skin with a warm glow, NO orange, and very faint smell. Every product claims, “No odor!” and but that’s a lie. This self tanner has the least odor I’ve experienced.

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8) Halogen Leopard Print Scarf – It’s scarf season! I’ve been opened to a whole new world of scarves. Isn’t it sad that I just learned what an Infinity Scarf is last year?! One of my favorite prints is leopard print. I traded a Fabletics sports bra for a leopard print scarf on mysubscriptionaddiction.com a month ago and I’m in LOVE! I couldn’t find the exact same scarf, but I found one by Halogen from Nordstrom that is pretty adorable too.

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9) Free People Floral Mesh Fit & Flare Dress – The brand Free People is boho chic which really compliments Fall using natural earth tones. I typically go for the beige, brown, and gold sweaters and tops, but I fell in love with this dress and was lucky enough to score it at Platos Closet for $20 instead of $128! Some people don’t like Free People because it’s over priced, but if you take the time to bargain shop I promise you’ll find great deals. Pair this cute dress with leggings, tights, knee high socks, boots, and scarves!

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10) Pandora Radio Christmas Station – What’s a Holiday Season without Christmas music?! I just upgraded to Pandora One for ad free listening, so I won’t be interrupted with Black Friday or Christmas deals allllll Holiday season. That is definitely worth the $4.99 a month. Frank Sinatra all day and night, sign me up!

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What’s your Top 10 Must Have’s this Fall and Winter?

~Jess

November Pretty Fit Pack!

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I signed up in time for the November Protein Pack! These are all the goodies I’ll be getting in the middle of the month:

1) NLA Her Whey RV $54.99 – 28 grams of protein in each serving! 18 servings in this 2lb tub. Delicious chocolate flavor with zero sugar and packed with aminos!

2) Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancake Mix by FlapJacked 12 oz. RV 11.99 – What bodybuilder doesn’t love pancakes?! I can’t wait to try these for Fall! Perfect timing 🙂

3) Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal by Kay’s Naturals 9.5 oz. RV $7.99 – If this tastes anything like Apple Jacks, count me in! Gluten free, kosher, zero sugars and additives with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.

4) High Protein Coffee by Chike Nutrition 2 Packets RV $5.99 – Each packet contains 20 grams of protein with the caffeine equivalent of 2 shots of espresso. Mmmm!

5) Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie by Lenny & Larry’s 2 Cookies RV $5.98 – Vegan, zero animal by product, zero dairy, no preservatives with 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of protein per cookie!

6) Apple Pie Protein Bar by Quest Nutrition 1 Bar RV $2.79 – 160 calories of 20 grams of protein, 16 grams of fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar. Delicious Apple Pie without the guilt 🙂

~Jess

PrettyFit!

My first PrettyFit pack arrived in the mail yesterday! So excited! I received a lot of awesome goodies that I’m excited to try out. ImPrettyFit is a monthly subscription pack that includes supplements, health snacks, and other fitness gear based on your healthy life style. This month I chose the Bikini Pack and this is what I received:

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Everything in this month’s pack totaled to be worth over $100! My favorite items so far are:

  • Shred Her by NLA – All natural fat burners, 60 capsules included! This bottle alone is worth $39.99. Clean energy, no jitters, and full of great ingredients that don’t damage your metabolism. So far I like it, but it’s only been one day!
  • MateFit 7 Day Mini TeaTox – So far this product is awesome, I not only love the taste, but I love how it instantly ‘de-bloats’ you. Conveniently Aunt Flo is visiting this week but this tea is keeping me tight, lean, and ‘deflated’.

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Each pack comes with a ‘mini mag’ that breaks down the ingredients of each product, explains what each product does, and gives the retail value and WHY they chose each product. They even included a Glute and Ab workout that I want to try this week! I’ll share it with you in another post later this week, so stay tuned!

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This specially designed kit contains 2 different types of 100% natural teas to help you look and feel great by both boosting your metabolism and helping you detox.

I haven’t tried everything in my pack yet since I just got it yesterday, but I’m excited to try the Optimum Nutrition Green Apple Amino Acids. I’m a huge fan of the Optimum Nutrition Amino Acids, I currently have the Watermelon flavor in my cabinet that I like to take before my workouts. I love the surge of energy I feel with these aminos, the best part is being able to use as much or as little as you want based on how strenuous your workout will be. I bet Green Apple will be bomb 🙂

Stay tuned for more updates! I’m extremely happy with my switch from Sample Society and Ipsy to a more fitness focused monthly subscription. Sure it might be more expensive, but I will benefit the most from this type of subscription. Plus I can let you guys know how I like what I get and can recommend more ‘fitness and health’ supplements and products in the future, sorry for throwing you a curveball with beauty reviews! Although I won’t completely nix those!

Each purchase you make with PrettyFit will donate to Vitamin Angels; a non-profit organization that provides essential vitamins and minerals to expectant mothers and children in need.

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I hope you all have a great night, check back in later this week for updates on the rest of my treats from PrettyFit! I can’t wait to see what they have in store next month….

~Jess

Buys of September

Happy Sunday everybody! I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Yesterday Derek and I celebrated the end of his LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) that he has been studying for all Summer. He MIGHT have to retake it, but it’s not uncommon for people to have to retake it a second or third time. He said it was extremely difficult and very nerve wrecking, even I was feeling butterflies for him all day yesterday! I had to keep myself busy. I cleaned the house, I worked out, I took the dog for a walk, and I stood in my kitchen with my phone in my hand at 1:48pm waiting for his call. He called about 1:50pm and I immediately picked up before a second ring! He’s not sure how he did, but he did the best he could. I know he couldn’t have done anything more to prepare, he truly did his best. If he does have to retake it, at least he knows what to expect and where to improve. I’m extremely proud of him!

Anyways, I wanted to try something new with my blog. I wanted to share a few of my favorite buys of the month! I’ve become pretty sauvy with eBay, selling unwanted items, flipping items, and scoring deals! Here are a few of my favorite purchases:

naked2collageNaked 2 Palette – I’m absolutely in love with this eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay. This is definitely my favorite Naked palette out of the 3 they have to choose from. I also own the Naked 3, which is a lot more ‘pink’ based in their eyeshadows. I love the deeper taupe colors in the Naked 2, I feel like they compliment my skin tone much better. I honestly love both of them, but this would have to be my favorite. I scored this beauty on eBay for $30! This palette would originally cost $54 at Sephora.

naked3collageNaked 3 Palette – The Naked 3 eyeshadow palette is much ‘pinker’ in color like I mentioned above. Take a look, you can definitely notice! When I first received this palette I got a little too excited with experimenting right before work, and I ended up looking like a beat up street hooker! AHHHH! Definitely played with the pinks and purples a little too much. I would definitely recommend playing with the colors to make sure they match your skin tone. My skin tone is a medium-tan, so the Naked 2 palette compliments me much better. I love them both though, practice makes perfect when you’re learning what works for you. I only paid $15 for this on eBay! This palette would originally cost $54 at Sephora.

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 Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – I love the colors of this eyeshadow palette and how they separate the eyeshadows by look and style. It also comes with a pamphlet to teach you how to apply them. I have probably used this palette the most. It’s so easy to apply and I really love the pigment. I received a Crown Eyedshadow Brush from my September Ipsy glam bag, so I’m using it for this palette. I purchased this item on eBay for $20. This eyeshadow palette would originally cost $36 at Sephora.

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Brooks PureConnect 3 – I was in DESPERATE need of a new pair of running shoes! I spent all weekend a few weeks ago searching for the Brooks PureFlow 3’s. I went to Downtown Bellevue and asked every store and NO ONE had them! I even called a few places and no one carried them. I wanted to try them on before buying them. I went home and did more research online, it a lot of avid runners said they disliked the 3’s and preferred the 2’s, so I thought I would try ordering the PureFlow 2’s online from a place that accepts returns so I could return them if I didn’t like the fit. NO WHERE ONLINE CARRIED THE PUREFLOW 2’s IN MY SIZE! So after another hour of research, I started leaning towards the PureConnect 3’s. I bought them straight off the Brooks site for $100 (sorry no deal, but I’m willing to pay extra for my feet!) and they accept returns no questions asked up to 30 days after purchase. I tried breaking them in on Thursday and running in them on the treadmill was fine! Walking uphill on the treadmill was excruciating though. They have a much higher arch than my previous shoes, Kinvara 3. I also had to tie them at the top lace hole to keep my heels from slipping out. I will definitely need to give them another shot on the pavement outdoors.

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Bench Detention Jacket – I sold my Ravish Sands competition bikini online for $100 and scored 2 Bench jackets in return! This is one of them I purchased for the cold Winter months ahead! It’s so freakin’ warm inside, I love it! I scored this puppy on eBay for $59, this jacket would originally be $120 or more. I also bought this jacket brand new with tags still attached. Pretty stoked about my purchase, I’m getting the hang of eBay!

Well that’s a wrap! I would highly recommend eBay for early Christmas shopping, the steals are endless! Enjoy!

~Jess

#VSSportBra from Victorias Secret and Influenster

Itbra4(2) finally arrived! My Victoria’s Secret VoxBox arrived yesterday, what a wonderful and well deserved surprise after a 12 hour work shift and a 5 mile run home after it all. I’ve been running a lot more frequently as of late, and I love the mental benefits I get from it. Sure, it might be the last thing I want to do after an exhausting day at work, but I never regret it afterwards…. especially when there’s a VoxBox waiting at home for me to open.

First of all, I was stoked outta’ my MIND when I bra3(2)received the email that I was a lucky chosen one to receive the #VSSportBra VoxBox. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with fitness, and I can never have too much fitness gear. I was already a fan of the Victoria’s Secret sports bra, but none the less elated that I would be getting the latest and greatest. I was skeptical about their crops at first, mostly because I’ve never tried them before and I’m pretty faithful to Lululemon. I was pleasantly surprised though….

I’ve been tracking my VoxBox every day since I received my tracking number, so I KNEW the package had arrived. More motivation to kill my run! I’ve been following the #VSSportBra hash tag, so I’ve been seeing everyone else’s photos and reviews which made me even more excited for my own! Plus I want that $50 gift card to VS, and hell why not, the $500 as well 😉 The sooner I get my package, the sooner I can complete tasks!

bra5(2)When I opened the original box to reveal the signature Victoria’s Secret gift box I nearly squealed with joy! It felt like Christmas came early, except I peaked this year and I knew exactly what I was getting. I opened the box to reveal my new best friends. Inside the box came my #VSSportBra and a pair of black crops, as well as 25% off coupons and an informational pamphlet about all of Victoria’s Secret sports bras. I eagerly flipped through the pages and picked out some favorites I will need to try on this weekend.

After I showered from my run, I immediately tore off the tags to try zuzka(2)everything because let’s be real, I ain’t selling these for anything! I was extremely satisfied with the color I received, I like neutrals that aren’t too flashy but still fun. Everything fit perfect; 32C sport bra and small crops. Victoria’s Secret is obviously known for their bras, so I wasn’t too shocked with the extreme comfort and support of the bra. Comparing this bra to my previous Victoria’s Secret sport bras, I noticed that the band was much wider and the cups much thicker for support. Definitely held my puppies in gently! I’m a HUGE fan of Zuzka Light as most of my readers know, and she always wears the cutest Victoria’s Secret sport bras and she has some BIG knockers!

bra2(2)I was most surprised with the crops! I’ve been a faithful Lululemon shopper, but the thickness and comfort of the Victoria’s Secret crops amazed me! They were comfortable and very flattering. I can’t wait to try them out in the squat rack, that will be the true test! So many workout pants can be too thin, believe me, I’ve seen some thongs and other unmentionables! I am thoroughly impressed with my #VSSportBra VoxBox and can’t wait to visit the nearest Victoria’s Secret store to stock up!

If anyone needs or wants a 25% coupon to try these suckers out yourself, let me know and bra(2)I’m more than happy to snail mail you a coupon! I received easily over $100 of gear complimentary, so I will definitely be stocking up as well! The coupons expire September 21st! So message me A.S.A.P! I have plenty! Stay tuned for my YouTube video coming later this week along with my review on my store visit. Have a great evening everybody, happy hump day!

~Jess

DISCLAIMER:This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria’s Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.