Pinterest IRL: Tone that Tush

You know that Pinterest board?  The one that doesn’t involve gourmet recipes or suzy homemaker DIY crafts?  You know, the one that involves pictures of beautifully toned & tanned people with six-packs promising you workouts that will lead to the body of your dreams?  That board.  I actually did something from that board yesterday for the first time ever-and it was pretty brutal…in an awesomely good way of course.  I might just make a habit of it 🙂
Yesterday was a cardio/weights day for me.  I had planned on doing a steady/easy cardio session since I went balls to the walls at Zumba on Monday afternoon and wanted to take it easy on Tuesday.  I actually had every intention of packing running clothes to run outside during work but when I saw the temperature, I quickly changed my mind.  20 degrees with high winds?  No thanks!  It was even too cold for little Madelyn, who started saying “Brrrr!” when I picked her up from my mom’s last night…cutest thing ever.
So last night, I hopped on the treadmill at work and did the 400-calorie Tush-Toning Interval Workout courtesy of PopSugar Fitness.   As I was writing the workout down in a notebook that I could prop up on treadmill, I thought to myself, “This won’t be too bad.”  It was mostly walking but on an incline.
tushtoningworkoutA serious incline.  I definitely underestimated the power of walking at a 15% incline.  When I run on the treadmill, I normally set it to a .5-1% incline to simulate running outside, so 15% was definitely a challenge for me.  When it was over and done with I was super sweaty and my legs & butt felt pretty noodle-y.  There were times when I felt like the 7mph speed was too slow, especially toward the end when I had some energy to burn.  I ended up doing about 2.5 miles and burned closer to 300 calories rather than 400.  Overall I felt like it was a good workout and it got the job done.  I like that it was mostly walking, with a sprinkle of running, since I’m still trying to remedy some plantar fascia pain in my left foot.  I found an interval creator in the app store on my phone that I’m going to play around with and come up with my own treadmill workout to post, so stay tuned for that!
Do you have a Pinterest “Get Fit” board?  What’s the best workout you’ve pinned (and done) so far?

Pinterest IRL: Slow Cooker Lasagna

Happy Friday Eve my friends!  The week has flown by and I’m looking forward to a fun-filled weekend that lies ahead-bridesmaid dress shopping, birthdays and baby showers, oh my!

This week has been a very brisk one in Milwaukee.  A high of mid-40’s just came out of nowhere!  Dinners this week have consisted of soup and slow cooker meals.  When I was planning our meals on Sunday, I resorted to my Pinterest boards for some inspiration and decided to try out slow cooker lasagna.  It looked amazing and there wasn’t much prep work involved. WIN!

Slow Cooker Lasagna

The whole preparation took a total of about 15 minutes and it made plenty so that we were able to eat some for leftovers.  Overall, I thought the recipe was very good.  I will definitely be making it again, but I think the next time around I would add more sauce.  I like saucy lasagna and I didn’t feel like this had a lot BUT I do have a bigger slow cooker than what I think the normal recipe is for.


It looks like a ton of cheese on top only because I forgot to save some meat sauce for the top layer..Oops!  Hence why I needed more sauce 🙂  Definitely not dairy free, so if anyone has a good dairy free lasagna recipe they’d like to share with me, I would greatly appreciate it!

So, I read some very exciting news tonight via Facebook!  If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know by now that barre-style workouts are my favorite toning and strengthening workout.  Well…Milwaukee is FINALLY getting a barre studio!!!!!! I feel like a little kid at Christmas 🙂 Barre Bee Fit will be opening some time soon in the Third Ward and I cannot wait.  While, I’ve never tried this particular studio (they did have one in Chicago, but I had a membership at the Bar Method), I urge everyone in the Milwaukee area to try it out! I’ve tried a few other barre classes and it really is an awesome workout.

I’m off to catch up with some other blogs, have a great weekend!