Summer 2015 Workout Playlist

It has been far too long since I’ve shared some of my favorite tunes to listen to while working out. The songs in this playlist are upbeat to keep you going and keep you pumped throughout your entire workout.  They make me want to get out of my comfort zone to get that rush of endorphins!

Most of the songs in this Summer 2015 Workout Playlist are brand new and a few are throwbacks.  Hope you like the list and it pushes you thru your next hard workout!

Summer 2015 Workout Playlist

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What I Ate Wednesday + Exciting Announcement

Happy hump day!

I’m joining the What I Ate Wednesday party today.  Thank you Jenn for hosting.  Head over to Jenn’s site for the rest of the link up where you can find insane amount of other good foods.

There’s really no theme for today’s WIAW post.  I wish I could have thought of one, but I gotta keep it real and say that I am just not that creative.  If you think of one for me as you’re reading, please, let me know!


I tried out my Pumped Up pancakes for the first time yesterday.

image7I bought them at the expo at IDEA World.  They are REALLY good.  I topped mine with a pure blueberry puree and a side of fresh blueberries.  Moral of the story:  you can never have enough blueberries.



For lunch, I went to Wegmans since I also needed some groceries. I got a salad with some grilled chicken.

image2I also had a Bai 5 for the first time.  Why did no one tell me about these earlier?!  They’re friggin’ delicious!



Siggi’s yogurt for the win!  No…I did not have all of these.  I am loving Siggi’s yogurt since I first had it at BlogFest!  Currently I have a giveaway going on on my Instagram account for a free month’s supply of Siggi’s yogurt!  Check it out if you’re a fan!

image1Then, I had a date ball.  Just this past weekend I found a place that makes date balls around here.  I found this place at a local farmer’s market.  This was delicious.  I am totally going to try to recreate this one!

A banana was also had, but I didn’t feel a picture was necessary!


What else to do when you have an abundance of zucchini from your garden than to make spaghetti zoodles and turkey meatballs!





For dessert, I had my healthy chocolate banana ice cream.   It doesn’t look so pretty here, but trust me it was really tasty.  Now thinking back, I wish I would’ve topped that puppy with some peanut butter or something.


I am now offering online personal training!  You may have noticed a new tab up top called “Online Personal Training.”  I have been training for several years now and I have finally decided to take it online as well!  There’s several plans and I’m super easy to work with. If you’re interested shoot me an email at blondesrun (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Grokker At-Home Workouts

Good morning!

Let’s chat about at-home workouts a little it today.  I will tell you flat out right now, I hate them.  Hate. Them.  I lack motivation terribly when I’m working out in a little square carpeted room by myself.  It’s awful.

Personally, I really enjoy the gym environment.  Going to the gym for me is like a social outing.  I have made many friends and acquaintances there.  It’s always nice to walk in and exchange several smiles, waves, and hellos on my way to the locker room.  I also know we all share a common goal – to become healthier and fitter.

However, as I previously mentioned last week, I am signed up for another half-marathon.  The training has already begun, and this time around, I want to incorporate yoga into my training, at least one day a week to help stretch me out.  Lord knows I do not stretch nearly half as much as I should be!

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On top of a gym membership, I’m not really feeling like paying for yoga classes, too.  I’m thinking Grokker At-Home Workouts , might be my answer.  Grokker was introduced to me this past weekend thru Fit Approach.  Grokker is basically a huge database of a variety of different workout videos.  They even have healthy eating videos up there, which I have yet to check out, but am super pumped to.

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I think/hope yoga is something I can do at home without needing much motivation since it’s more on the relaxing side.  I will keep you guys updated on how it goes.

Fit Approach put together this fun mad lib for their promotion of Grokker, and I decided to play so here we go :)  My answers are in the bold.

I’m so excited to rack up more minutes using video workouts from Grokker! There’s everything from yoga [workout type] to High Intensity Interval Training [workout type] for everyone from beginners to advanced, and I’m especially pumped to try Yoga For Athletes because it will make me extra flexible and stretched out [adjective].

I plan to do my video workout in my bedroom [place] before eating breakfast [activity] and after waking up [activity]. My favorite thing about video workouts is that there is no pressure [noun], and they’re a super convenient way to get sweaty when I need a change from running [verb].

My goal is to hit 700 [number] minutes this week!. I’ll do Barre HIIT [name of video] on one of my more intense workout days, and Yoga for Athletes: Prevent and Heal Injuries, [name of video] on a rest or lower intensity day.  I challenge Elyse [workout buddy name] to beat my # of minutes or to do Barre HIIT [activity / video name] with me!

 So now, questions for you!

1. How do you feel about at-home workouts?

2. Which video would you love to do on Grokker?

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