Sunday Set Up

I’m shamelessly stealing co-opting this idea from Eat, Run, Repeat.

Here’s her list of Sunday preparations to get ready for the upcoming week, and what I plan to do:

  1. Meal Plan – Since I’m in a hotel, I have to wing this a bit. I’m eating is what’s easy to keep in a tiny hotel room fridge. And I may have other snacks here and there or a meal out occasionally, as long as I’m not eating out I’ll swell and blow up from eating all the sodium in restaurant meals.
    • After workout: Pure Protein shake – the 16-day supply tub is crazy convenient for travel.
    • Breakfast: eggs and cottage cheese at the breakfast buffet
    • Lunch: PB&J and veggies
    • Afternoon snack: protein or nutrition bar (Target had a ton of these on sale so I brought several boxes with me)
    • Dinner: Soup and cheese and crackers
    • Bedtime snack: Shakeology
  2. Workout Plan – I’m really, really trying to get back into running, and I’ve abandoned weightlifting for now since I hurt my shoulder
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: P90X3 Pilates (love that workout)
    • Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday: running. I ran 6ish miles today on Paseo de la Reforma and really enjoyed it, so I’ll do it again next week.
    • Every Day: I am also trying to walk at least 15,000 step every day with my FitBit. This should be easy; Mexico City is an extremely walkable city and my office and hotel are in a great location for walking to the Zocalo or the Independence Monument after work. Or both. As long as I get those steps in there.
  3. Grocery shopping – I went to Costco last weekend and got what I needed for ~2 weeks so I’m covered for a while. I’ll probably go back to Costco next weekend and get veggies for one week only, since I don’t really know when the work will be done and I’ll return home.
  4. Chop/Prep – I do this at night. If I chop my veggies all at once, they get slimy and go bad. I make my PB&J at night, too.
  5. Have a great week! This should be pretty easy.

And just so there’s a photo in this post, here’s a shot of the Metropolitan Cathedral that I took yesterday in the afternoon sunshine.

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City

How was your weekend? Do you do anything to prepare for the upcoming week?



Sunday Social

It’s been a hectic week here in the Blush and Barbell household, but here I am with a (late) Sunday Social.

Sunday Social

1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?

My blog is Blush and Barbells and I started blogging Autumn 2012.

2. Why do you blog?
I probably bore the people around me talking about makeup and workouts, so a blog seemed the way to go.

3. What is the first blog you ever followed?
I think it might be Phyrra’s blog, since she reviews a ton of mineral, indie, and cruelty-free cosmetic companies.

4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2013?
Probably Sneak Peak of P90X3. I was so, so excited to see the preview and to be part of the buzz ahead of its release was positively thrilling.

5. What are your blogging goals for 2014?
Consistency is my big goal. I fell short of that last year.


Top 5 Posts of 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

I thought I’d do yet one more Top 5 list; this time my most-read posts.

5.Lucy Minerals blush swatches
I’ve got a pretty bad photo of my two favorite two Lucy Minerals blushes – Juicy Peach and Sea Coral, but this post gets quite a few views from indie mineral makeup shoppers.
Lucy Minerals Juicy Peach Sea Coral blush swatches

4. Maren puts the X in P90X
This is a family blog, so we’ll just leave it at that.

Maren P90X German Potato Soup

How can you be in that much pain and have that much fun?

3. Sneak Peak of P90X3
There was a ton of buzz around P90X3 and I was so very lucky to do one of the workouts months before it was released. Buy it here!
P90X3, Tony Horton, Beachbody

2. My first half marathon and I don’t know how I feel about it
I’d been training for this race for a few months and the day finally arrived. I was not as happy about finishing as I’d hoped.
Half Marathon finisher medal, Phoenix half marathon

1. Fitness Friday “What’s Your Excuse?”
Maria Kang sure has taken the blogosphere by storm, and this was my most-read post 2013.
Maria Kang what's your excuse

Have a great year!


It’s Finally Here! P90X3

P90X3 was released today! I had a sneak peek of P90X3 in September – you can read about it here.

P90X3, Tony Horton, Beachbody, Shakeology

Here’s some info about P90X3:

  • All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes long. This is perfect for people who want an intense exercise program but don’t have the time for regular P90X.
  • P90X3 is a 90-day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks.
  • All orders of P90X3, purchased on, through a Coach or through a Challenge Pack, from 12/10/13 through 12/31/13 will include a free P90X3 hat. Imma rock that hat.
  • The meal plan includes a vegan option!
  • I’m giving away a Shakeology shaker cup for anyone that buys the challenge pack through my store.

Here are details of the workouts:

P90X3 DVDs Tony Horton, Beachbody, Shakeology

Prices depend on which P90X3 kit you buy, but the base kit is $120.  The best deal is really the Challenge Pack that is on sale for $180 until December 31. The challenge pack includes the base kit and a month of Shakeology (you all know how I feel about Shakeology).

Let me know if you want more information – you can email me at or leave your question in the comments.

Thanks for reading this and sharing in my excitement!



Sneak Peak of P90X3

I recently signed up to be a Beachbody coach (click my link to get a free Team Beachbody account! You don’t need to buy anything). This weekend was Super Saturday, a kind of conference for local Beachbody coaches to learn more about the company.

And what did we learn? That there is a new version of P90X coming out! Now if you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all you already know how much I love P90X. Love love love til my daddy takes the T-Bird away (that’s a Hortonism, in case you didn’t know. And that was another one!).

P90X3, Warrior Workout, Tony Horton, Beachbody, new P90X

Get ready, cuz it’s coming!

I cannot tell you how excited I was alllll week for this conference, mainly for the sneak peak of P90X3! The preview was exclusive for Elite Coaches, but the organizers shared it with us!

I took a few sneaky snaps during the workout. We did the Warrior Workout, a video version of the workout that Tony Horton does with US troops here at home and overseas.

P90X3, Warrior Workout, Tony Horton, Beachbody, new P90X

The moves in Warrior were about a minute each, and each move alternated from chest to core to legs and then back again, so it’s a full body workout. The exercises seemed familiar from P90X, but then there’d be a twist (literally, in the case of Fifer Scissors) to throw you off and make you work. Here’s what I can remember from the workout, but my descriptions might be a bit off since I was sweating more than note-taking.

  • Jump Squats – squat, then jump!
  • Hook, Upper Cut, Sprawl – Tony Horton’s favorite new move. Like Hook Upper Cut from Kenpo, but then you sprawl into a wide plank. There was a second, similar move. My sister loves Kenpo so she’ll be all over this.
  • Level 1 Thinking Drills – you might be familiar with Level 1 drills from Insanity, but in the Warrior workout, be prepared to move your arms too!
  • Standing Crunch – from downward dog, you move your knees in various angles to work your abs. I really feel this today.
  • Warrior Squat – this includes a lunge!
  • Super Burpees – a lot like Prison Cell Pushups from Core Synergistics, but with a back kick! Or not, the modified version skipped the kick.
  • Sphinx Plank – like the Sphinx Pushups from Core, but fully extended into a plank. Yowsers.
  • Elevator Pushups – similar to Plank To Chaturanga Iso from Core, but with more up and down. A LOT of up and down.
  • Basketball Jump Shots – sort of like what you do in the Plyo X bonus round, but from each side.
  • Speed Skaters – we know this from Legs & Back…but there’s a double hop. Yikes.
  • Spiderman Squats – these reminded me of Run Stance Squats from Plyo X, but there was more rotation. I got dizzy!

Now, don’t think you must first do the original P90X for this workout – you can absolutely learn these new moves even if you’re an exercise newbie. I used P90X exercises as a reference since I’m very familiar with them…but I still had to stop to watch a few reps during each to try to replicate. I’m not sure I got them right, but that comes with time.

Here’s a shot of the group working out. I love the beads of sweat dripping off their faces (yep, another Hortonism). The crowd reaction was pretty positive – lots of cheers and shouting. I sure had a lot of fun and I think the others did too.



A few more things about P90X3:

  • each workout is only 30 minutes long.
  • the cool-down is a short 2-3 minutes after the 30 minute workout. I can’t quite remember if the warm-up was included in the 30 minutes. In any case, you’re looking at ~35 minutes.
  • the workouts are shorter because there are fewer breaks and less chatter – but you’ll still get your Hortonisms. In the case of the Warrior Workout, from the cast members quoting from the original P90X!
  • there is a separate warm-up DVD in case you’ve got more time and/or you need it. I’d probably use this DVD since I’m no spring chicken I work out in the morning.
  • it’s not a graduate program like P90X2, so you really only need a baseline fitness to use it.
  • don’t wear running shoes while doing it. I don’t know why, but Tony Horton said it twice during the workout. He recommended court shoes…I’ll just wear my pink Chucks.
  • there are other workouts in the program that will require weights or bands and a pull-up bar.
  • it will be released on December 1o. Sign up here to get an email reminder when the program is ready and give it to everyone on your holiday gift list!

I pretty much loved the Warrior Workout. P90X2 seemed like more of a challenge than I was willing to try, but P90X3 is right up my alley. I.Can’t.Wait until it’s available.

Who’s with me? Which cameraman? (I just can’t stop with the Hortonisms)