The Shift Shop

Good morning blog friends!

Did you read my last post, about making time for a 30ish-minute workout?

shift shop

Well, The Shift Shop is perfect for my new scaled-down-but-still-doing-it workout plan.  From the Beachbody website:

What makes the SHIFT SHOP unique?
The SHIFT SHOP uses a revolutionary “ramp-up” method that starts you off
slow—then gradually increases the intensity week by week—all while refining
your nutrition. In Week 1, you start with 25-minute cardio and strength workouts
you can really do, and a nutrition plan you can stick with. Starting in Week 2,
you’re pushing a little harder, for 35 minutes, and consuming more protein to fuel
the burn. But it’s nothing you can’t handle. Then in Week 3, your shift has kicked
into high gear, with intense 45-minute workouts and clean eating. The results
when you cross the finish line? Stunning.

I did The Shift Shop after returning from the Beachbody Coach Summit in New Orleans last summer (and got the tee shirt!).
The trainer, Chris Downing, really left an impression on me. Sometimes celebrity trainers make their workouts seem too tough for regular people, but this guy is determined to make his workout – and thus fitness itself – accessible to everyone.

The set up of this program is pretty simple – the first week is a 25-minute cardio workout and a 25-minute weights workout, alternated for 6 days. Repeat the sequence the second week with 35-minute workouts, and repeat the sequence the third week with 45-minute workouts. Oh and there’s abs workout thrown in there too You only need one set of dumbbells for the weights workouts (I use 10-pound dumbbells), and the cardio workouts have a modifier. Easy to follow, and really motivating because you can actually see how you improve as each week progresses.

ANYWAY! While I’m still working two full-time jobs, my plan is Couch-to-10K Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and the 25-minute weights workout from the Shift Shop on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I’ll do my long ab routine on Saturdays, too. Sitting for 16 hours a day is NO BUENO, especially at my age. It makes me feel like crap and look even worse, so I think this routine might be a good solution until I have more time again.

Wish me luck! Have you started a new workout routine for the new year?


Happy New Year!

Hello old blog friends,

I’m starting the new year as I mean to go on, and that’s with blog post and workout plan!

Today I started Couch-to-10K from the beginning. My plan is to work on speed. (And to stick with the program until the end, obviously)

couch to 10k, week 1 day 1


This was today’s run. Not bad for Week 1, Day 1.

This workout is 5 minutes walking, 60 seconds running, and 90 seconds walking (8 reps of this), and then 5 minutes of walking. Since it was such a short running interval, I thought I would really push myself and go for 7.5. And I did it the first three intervals! Then I did the next one at 7.0, the next at 6.5, and the rest at 6.0.

I am way out of shape. I’ve been working two full-time jobs and using that as an excuse for indolence. I have not had a proper exercise program since September. Needless to say, that’s made me grumpy, chubby, and just not a happy lady. So we’re changing that in the new year! I can manage 30ish minutes a day. I can and I will!

How was your holidays? Anything New Year’s resolutions?


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Be Beautiful Inside and Out By Using Nature Friendly Beauty Products

We are a generation fascinated by all things beauty: hair products, makeup, cleansers, toners, moisturisers. The list goes on and on. But have you ever paused to think about how these products came to be on the shelf in the store? If you haven’t, it’s time to start asking a few more questions when it comes to your favourite brands and their production processes. You never know, the products you use every day on your hair, skin and nails could have less than desirable traits. A simple way to be beautiful inside and out is to use more natural beauty products. Here are a few things to watch out for when choosing which items to buy and which to leave on the shelf.


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Go Cruelty-Free!


Animals belong in the wild or loving homes, not in cages and laboratories. Animal activists’ exposure of cosmetics brands that test on animals has made us increasingly aware of what goes on behind closed doors in cosmetic production, and more brands are going cruelty-free. When opting for cosmetics that have not been tested on animals, you don’t lose out. They’re all safe. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be on the shop shelves. Products that have been tested on animals are also generally jam-packed with chemicals (hence the need for testing in the first place). By removing these from your daily routine, you will have much less negative ingredients coming into contact with the sensitive skin on your face and body.


Keep it Organic


When it comes to skincare and makeup, you should always opt for organic products. Why? Well, they’re made up of entirely natural ingredients. This is much more environmentally friendly, as their creation and disposal mean that fewer chemicals and other nasties are released into the environment. What’s more? This is better for your skin too. Check out this top list of natural makeup brands if you’re considering making the switch. Most of us are set in our ways and purchase the same products out of habit. However, once you have found the right shades in new, natural brands, you’ll be good to go and feel all the better for it.


Ditch Plastic


Plastic is no good for the environment. It’s a completely man-made material that is often difficult to recycle and generally not biodegradable. The smallest piece can take hundreds of years to break down and may end up polluting waters or giving off toxic fumes if burnt. So remove it from your routine. Opt for bamboo alternatives to plastic handles on toothbrushes and hairbrushes. Bamboo grows quickly and is easily replaceable, as well as being biodegradable. You should also avoid any products containing microbeads, as these pollute the oceans due to current water filtration systems’ inability to remove them from wastewater.


So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start making your beauty routine more eco-friendly. It’s better for you, the animals and the planet at large, so what’s stopping you? You’ll feel the benefits, both physically and morally in no time at all.