Weekly Workout Recap: Week 2

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Hello everyone! Week 2 is here! I’m actually updating as I go along every day so its becoming a really nice journal log that you all get to see at the end of the week when I finish the Sunday workout during cooldown. A pretty nice cool down (after stretches), I’d say. Its been only one week and maybe its the mindset that I’m being more active than I had been so its putting me in a much more positive mood about everything.

If you didn’t catch my first week for this segment revival, you can find it here.

Tone It Up Bikini Series goes on for 8 weeks from what I remember so we are heading into Week 2. As I do these workouts, I’m also making sure to start building up the routine for next month so that I won’t stop although I’m debating whether to stick with a regular month of Tone It Up for fun and see how that goes. Less rambling this time and let’s start Week 2!

Bikini Series – Week 2

Monday
Booty (2 rounds of 25 reps/move)

Bridge Openers
Down Dog Booty Lifts (each side)
Squat Up-Downs (each side)
Booty Band Shuffle (each side)
Standing Booty Lifts (each side)

Tuesday
Arms & Abs  Rest Day

2.3 km walk at lunch

I know how this routine is supposed to be a hardcore 8 weeks thing but seeing as I haven’t worked out a ton and my wrist was starting to hurt from either gardening or some exercise thing, I decided to take the Arms day off just to recuperate and prevent any possible injuries, because that would just make everything worse.

Wednesday

Run: 23:53 mins for 3.97km
I did a little longer run. Ended up skipping the 5 toning moves.

Thursday
Abs (2 round of 25 reps)

Ball Rollout Equipment issues, changed to Push-ups
Mountain Climbers
Ball Pike Equipment issues, changed to Oblique Twists
V-Sit Crunch
Toe Touch

Friday
Total Body HIIT (2 rounds of 25 reps)

Single Leg Deadlift + Row (each side)
Squat Jacks (30 seconds)
Bridge + Chest Press
Bikini Walkout + Tummy Toners
Jump Rope (30 seconds)

Saturday
Cardio Abs + Arms (2 rounds of 25 reps)

Plank Jack
Bicycles
Knee to Elbow Crunch (each side)
Bicep Curls
Forward to Lateral Raise

Sunday

Rest day! (kind of…)
No 5K run/walk due to resting up for tomorrow’s hiking day trip.
No 5 moves as well as did 4 hours of gardening (gardening update tomorrow).

Overall…

This was a pretty good week. I kept up with a lot of the daily workouts and pushed through the more tired days, which helped to give myself a lot more energy. The running was also really good since I did a good pace that I was happy with. I’m starting to eat healthier as well. Definitely a great second week. I’ll check back next week with another update!

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My Weekly Adventures #65: The Endless To-Do List

Well…it seems after crazy time comes a lot of not free time but calmer times. I had a debate about whether to post for this Weekly Adventures but I figured I should at least do a short one. I mean, what do I do? Talk to you every time about weeding? You know when things get halted in conversation, the fall back is weather so…let’s do that.

Montreal has had some fantastic weather. Honestly, its been two awesome weekends. I’ve gotten a lot of prep work in the garden done and it still feels like a long way before I’m anywhere near ready to start planting next week. Its gotten me motivated to get back into my own groove and get back into this positive mood that I actually haven’t felt in a little while. I’m having my own mental struggles over a ton of stuff and sometimes, its hard to explain to others how I just enjoy my own little space to do my stuff efficiently and connect with my own thoughts, because some people don’t function that way. A topic for another day to dive into.

The last two weeks was a lot of housekeeping for the blog and my house and my life. I’m trying to get things back on track, find back my own positive thoughts and just think a little about improving. One of the latest things I did was finally update my  About Tranquil Dreams page in the menu which I realized wasn’t updated in 2017. Oops~ You can check that out as well, especially if you are new here and want a snapshot of the versatile amount of topics. You can find it HERE.

Before we begin, the last few Weekly Adventures have been about a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on and segment revival and recaps. I promise you that after this Victoria Day weekend, things absolutely get busier with Montreal events and such.

Gardening 2018 has Begun!

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The first Gardening 2018 post has gone up. Lots of plans and lots of things to accomplish to get to the final goal. The last two weekends (and some weekday evenings) was all about getting ready for our Victoria Day long weekend to get things in ground and in pots. You can find that post here.

To be honest, this week has no update because 75% of my gardening stuff this weekend was making sure the vegetable patch was grass-free, finding new perennials that came out in the sea of grass so that my husband knows to not mow over my plants and a ton of weeding. So much weeding and so much more left to do. The only update are the blooms and no worries, an update is coming very soon! 😉

Avenue of Daydreams – Changing its Look

For some of you who are new here, I used to do a ton of photography and writing when Tranquil Dreams first started. However, that faded in the background. However, in the spirit to channel a more creative outlet rather the reviews and lifestyle stuff I do here, I opened up another blog called Avenue of Daydreams. Its really sporadic content but the previous theme had issues of not being a mostly photography blog so it wasn’t showing up stuff as I wanted so in the last two weeks, I stopped my procrastinating and got around to changing it up. I might change it again but so far, I like it better already.  Its clean and nice. So in case, you want to see a lot of more artsy pictures that I take with my phone and my DSLR and the sporadic writing piece, Fifty or maybe edited Nanowrimo past novel, that is where you will find it all. I might revive the Out of This World Travels segment but just working on the time allocation first.

You can check out (and follow if you enjoy) right here.

Getting Into Shape – Segment Revival

WORKOUT ROUNDUP

I didn’t write about resolutions this year but I wanted to get back into working out so much. Feeling fit and strong and healthy makes me feel good. Working out is painful but also challenging and rewarding. The positive vibes that comes with focusing on getting a workout routine done or pushing to go that extra kilometer in the run is honestly irreplaceable. As I fit working out back into my schedule, things are shifting around a little bit more. You may notice the sporadic posting schedules and that is just a preliminary side effects. Things will settle down once it becomes a part of my routine.

With that said, its the revival of the Weekly Workout Roundups. They go up every Sunday afternoon (or whenever I finish the Sunday workout). You can find the first one from last week HERE.

Overdue Dentist Appointment

Its been at least 3 years since I’ve been to the dentist. To make a long story short, my dentist basically retired 3 years ago and between getting married, his retirement and our procrastination and then red tape of acquiring dental insurance from my husband’s insurance from work, its been way overdue and boy, do I know it? My friend referred me to a new dentist. The technology now is astounding when I first went in for exams and teeth cleaning. I came out of that with 6 cavities, meaning two visits back to the dentist. The first visit was more urgent and done as this post goes up. Definitely a good experience since funnily enough, I’m more nervous of the pain from the anesthesia needle than the actual cavity filling process. Man, am I happy that I have insurance now! The grown-up moments in life, right? One more visit to go and more frequent cleaning sessions to make up for the last few years to hopefully get my teeth and gums healthy again. Yet another stage to taking care of my own well-being.

South Burlington, Vermont – Day Trip

Hello Vermont (for a day). Recently, I learned about something called Cookie Butter that is sold at Trader Joe’s. To my knowledge, we don’t have Trader Joe’s in Canada and my friend told me about his trip to South Burlington, which happens to be where the nearest Trader Joe’s to us is, so I tagged along for a quick trip across the border to the US. We went to three places and well, I’ll tell you all about it in this afternoon’s post (because this one seems to be getting a little too lengthy).

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day kind of was a bust for us. My in-laws were supposed to drop by to celebrate but only my father in law made it since my mother in law wasn’t feel too good so wanted to rest. We understood that. However, we still got some family time as my husband helped his dad get his car ready for the season. We had gotten groceries to get a little barbecue going. Honestly, we only barbecue when we have ample time put out since as my husband puts it, “we don’t have a proper BBQ”. Either way, we had three people so we made 6 foil packets. 3 foil packets included sausages, zucchini, bell peppers, garlic and Portobello mushrooms) and the other ones were garlic butter sliced potatoes. We got our sausages at Charcuterie Frick. They were two different flavors, so we used one of each. The first was Quebecoise, which is ham and maple syrup and possibly one of my faves from this place. The second was my husband’s choice and it was basil chicken with sundried tomatoes. Both were really delicious and the foil packets, which was a little oversized were pretty decent. We enjoyed the lovely weekend together and that is what matters. We did give our father in law a basket of flowers and Mother’s Day card to take back with him.

Cute Kitty Pic

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That’s it for these adventures!
A lot of segment revivals and updates and housekeeping in general!
Its been really busy with little things and adding healthy habits into my life.
Hopefully in a few weeks, it will be a part of my routine. We will see, won’t we?

What have you been up to?

Getting into Shape 2018: Weekly Workout Revival

WORKOUT ROUNDUP

Hey everyone!

Its been at least 5 years or more since I wrote a Weekly Workout Recap segment. And that really is because the last few years, its been a horribly unhealthy and health ridden days. It killed my motivation and whatnot. I did do a ton of running and zumba in 2015 in preparation for the whole wedding thing. I feel like I did at some point revive the segment trying to get back into the groove of things, but it didn’t last for the above reasons again. Either way, my lack of health and fitness has lately really affected how I feel about myself so weekly updates, WE ARE BACK!

I’m not tracking by the balance and losing weight. My goal is to just feel good about myself and feeling toned and strong. I don’t necessarily feel that how much I weigh will do that, actually I never have, because if I build muscle, I’ll gain weight but it’ll be good weight as opposed to just building more fat. Either way, I’m trying to eat a little cleaner and less processed foods. The past year, I’ve tried to get back into the groove of things with my sheer desire and wanted to create my own little workout thing and the indecisiveness made it just take too long to start and then too late to begin without sacrificing the little sleep that I get. Then I tried to just keep to a schedule but things always got in the way, finally went back to my go to with the Nike Training program and I just couldn’t stay motivated, mostly because the workouts felt like they were out of my league and then I’d be in too much pain to do the next one in the schedule without risking injury.

Anyways, its already a pretty long story but point is, back then, I started out being super motivated when I did some Pumps and Iron or Tone It Up workout so I’m going back to where I had started and trying to complete the Bikini Series for Tone It Up which just started. And to stay accountable, I’ll share the workout progress. If you want to join in, they actually have a TIU app which tracks your fitness goals and has the daily workouts and 5 toning moves that changes every day.

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Bikini Series – Week 1

Monday (didn’t jot down the moves so just working with memory for Monday and Tuesday)
Arms (2 rounds of 15 reps)

Bicep Curls
Shoulder Pulses
Reverse Flyes
Squat Presses
–can’t remember what the last thing is–

Tuesday
Total Body (2 rounds of 15 reps)

Reverse lunges with curls
Pushups
Bikini Walkouts + Tummy Tucks
Squat Jacks
Bicycles

Wednesday

Didn’t have time for 5 Toning Moves
Ended up doing a 1.5 km walk at lunch

Thursday
Total Body (2 rounds of 15 reps)

Walk 2.5 km at lunch

Single-Leg Deadlift (each side)
Weighted Chop (each side)
Side Plank Crunch (each side)
Plank Row (each side)
High Knees (30 seconds)

Pushing through my own lack of motivation and got a late quick workout in despite getting home late from the dentist and having a late dinner. The small triumphs are what builds habits in my mind. 🙂

Friday
Yoga and Abs (2 rounds of 15 reps)

Bikini Walkout + Plank Jack
Shoulder Taps (each side)
V-Sit
Rock the Boat (each side)
Seated Side Opener (30 seconds each side)

Saturday
HIIT & Abs (2 rounds of 15 reps)

Squat Jacks (30 seconds)
Mountain Climbers (each side)
Toe Touches
Squat Jacks (30 seconds)
Down Dog Booty Lifts (each side)

(extra: do 30 seconds mountain climbers after each round)

Sunday
Arms & Cardio

5KM Run & Walk (or as my Nike running app says 4.69km)
Total time: 33:15 mins

(2 rounds of 25 reps)
Shoulder taps (each side)
Plank taps (each side)
Bridge & Press
Bent-over Row
Cross-body Curls (each side)

Overall…

This week was a lot of making myself get back into the groove. I don’t think that realistically working seven days a week even if its just 15 minutes sometimes works but I’m going to try my best and also start adding in not only the 5 daily toning moves but also some Tone It Up workouts. Thats the plan for the next 3 weeks until the Bikini Series is done. Week 2 of Bikini Series is out. Check it out HERE. Arms and abs have always been my weakness so those double duty things like walkouts and Down Dog Booty Lifts were the hardest workouts of this week that I needed to really push myself to complete. For the record, I don’t have resistance bands, or I might have them but I can’t remember where it is. So just to not murder myself, I did some of these just normal without the added resistance. I’m pretty happy with just staying on track for week 1.

That’s it for Week 1 recap!
It definitely feels both painful and awesome to be working out again.
Can’t say that I’m particularly in the groove since most days I still want to just not do it but end up finding some motivation.
Let’s keep me accountable! And well, tell me if you are working out to stay fit as well. Let’s encourage each other!

My Weekly Adventures #45!

And we’re back!

It feels like I’ve been giving a lot of updates lately so it feels a like that there isn’t a whole lot to talk about. However, it also feels like these 15 days had like 30 days of stuff that I had worked on. I’m sure as with others doing this, everyone wishes there were more hours in the day to do everything. On one hand, I’d love that Tranquil Dreams could get all the love but I also love the Game Warp Podcast so much. Either way, regardless of it all, I’m finding a way to get back to a more healthy lifestyle (workouts and eating better) while still maintaining the garden and keeping the house clean and getting all the blogging duties done while making time for my mom. Its a little crazy at times but I’ll find a balance for it all. A new season just means more tasks than the stagnant winter months.

What’s been going on?  Yet again, a lot behind the scenes or mundane stuff so those didn’t make the list however, these did!

Back to a Workout Schedule

I kind of go on this on and off workout regiment. It isn’t intentional that I fall off it. Usually something happens to hinder it. Being super motivated, I ended up doing three workouts: one arm/abs weight and a 40 minutes of Zumba (that I put together) and then finally, went out for a jog/run for 5km. My time wasn’t great but you know, its a start to getting back. Of course, my luck would have it in this fantastic “unhealthy” year of issues all the time, I had to run up the (luckily) short flights of steps and fell, making my Sunday a day spent with the ice pack watching E3 conferences and drafting posts and watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Obviously, that meant that the following days was in the rest zone as my knees feel better. Which they are now! So, back to weights and a run for the remaining days of this week somewhere. I’m getting a little self-conscious of my weight and health so I’m hoping this healthier lifestyle will help, or at least make me feel mentally more positive.

Grand Prix Montreal

This was supposed to be a post on its own but I just can’t and plus there isn’t a whole lot going on that I need to put more content in this one. Either way, lots of fancy and pretty cars. Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Acura and more made their appearance. The event was spread out further and expanded over an extra block where it was more events and food truck vendors. We obviously did the food truck route. Before that, let me highlight that the showstopper was in fact the Cars life size replica. As Pixar and Disney fans, it was something to be excited about.

Now for the food!

Lucille's

Lucille’s Lobster Roll and Taco

Le Smoking BBQ

Le Smoking BBQ: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fries

Jerry Ferrer

Jerry Ferrer: Pulled Pork Sandwich with fries

We like pulled pork, what can I say? All very delicious. However, if you are to try food truck, my must-have every single year is Lucille’s Lobster Roll. They are to die for! But Le Smoking BBQ is fantastic as well.

We ended the night with a trip to the Casino of Montreal. I don’t gamble but my friend likes to go once in a while to try his luck. Luck was not great until we saw the OMG! Kittens slot machine by the exit and gave that a go. Suffice to say, he doubled what he brought that night. From now on, he believes me that cats are awesome.

E3 Conference Live Streaming Craze

Those are my favorite conferences of this year! We have a ton of recaps for all the shows. You can find them over at That Moment In. I know that I had talked about this before. However this did take up all of my last weekend and we’ve been working hard on doing impressions and lists to come out in the next week or so while working on the featured game as well which I’ll be streaming over the next few nights. I’m trying to boost up some stream time and learn to be better at it.

Vacation SOON!

Finally, I guess the fun thing is that we have our vacation time booked in. My husband and I had conflicts in schedule so we only have a few days overlapping but it’ll be fun to just hang out and do some home projects. We might go away but since I’ll be on vacation, you won’t (or you might) notice that I’m away.  And when we get back, things will jump into vacation recap phase.

Upcoming:

  • Battle of Ingredients (if we could figure out the topic)
  • And a lot more of the normal: movies, TV series and books

Cute Kitty Pic

What have you been up to?

My Weekly Adventures #36

Welcome back to My Weekly Adventures! Can you believe that January is already over? It has been a hectic month behind the scenes but somehow there isn’t a whole lot that did happen. The last week have somewhat been a blur. Work, Chinese New Year preparation and then a lot of little things here and there along with the gradual shift of my normal routine: the beginning of 2017 has been great, but hectic. Not a whole lot to talk about as an adventure but still, there are a few announcements and updates and that sort of thing.

Ultimate 90s Blogathon

Ultimate 90s Blogathon

If you have seen the post for the announcement, you can find it here.

Drew and I are cohosting another blogathon this year. Last year’s 80s blogathon went so well and we had so much fun that we decided on continuing on with the idea and moving to the 90’s where we spent a lot of our childhood. We’ve gotten a few participants and still looking. We are accepting participants and their reviews to our emails until February 13th and the blogathon will start on February 20th. Any other details you can find in the link above for where to reach us and all that fun stuff.

Valentine’s Day Marathon

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Valentine’s Marathon is coming really soon! I usually start in the beginning of February but I’m still wrapping up some TV series and movie reviews so I’ll get it buffered a few days. However, those three movies are only just the start of what I plan on watching. I’m planning on rummaging my unwatched movie collection for romance (comedies or dramas). I’m not all about the happy generic rom-coms, at least I might sneak a few romance dramas in there.

Some other titles I’m considering are:

  • Blue Valentine
  • English Patient
  • Somewhere in Time
  • That Awkward Moment
  • One Day

It’ll be fun! I promise! If you have any romantic comedies or romance dramas or any romance that you love and would like to recommend to me, go right ahead! 🙂

Chinese New Year Celebration

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Chinese New Year is a lot of prep work from cleaning to decorations to welcome in the best spring omens possible. Maybe its superstitious but hey, I kind of like the whole decorating bit as hectic as the hunt for flowers went which I already talked about before. My mom loves making lots of food for Chinese New Year.  Five dishes for four people is totally her style and not to mention very delicious dishes as well. My husband however got a pretty intense cold on Friday (aka Chinese New Year Eve) and in consideration for everyone, he stayed home to sleep and rest up. However, it was still a great time.

 Workout Update

I’ve fallen off the workout thing for the last week but the week before I did get a arms and abs workout in. It felt fantastic to do an early workout session. Now that the crazy work phase is over. I’m back on track but here’s on of the workouts. You will notice that I did two weeks of Tone It Up workouts. I find them more suitable as a starting point or to restart.

Cute Kitty Pic

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Upcoming:

  • Valentine’s Marathon
  • TV Binge
  • Movie & Book reviews (maybe something with a twist)

A quick update on the last two weeks! Not a whole lot happened so we’re keeping it short!

What are you up to? Anything fun and exciting?

My Weekly Adventures #35

Its been a month since the last Weekly Adventures! Because of the haul posts and the What’s Up 2017 post, I just didn’t think doing a Weekly Adventures would make sense (or maybe I was just resting). Whichever it is, we’re back and right on track. I am thinking of making these weekly again but just working out a structure. However, this month has been pretty busy, especially with the holidays and then the getting back into work and blog and all that awesome winter fun!

Holidays Recap

Christmas eve with family, after Christmas party with friends and then New Year’s Eve with my mom and close friends all shown above. As with most of our recent gatherings, its about seeing everyone and eating lots of food, drinking a little and playing games. Fun times and lots of good catch up with everyone was great. It was a busy holiday and in between with the days off was really just resting at home and binge watching TV series. That’s pretty much where all my Gilmore Girls binge watching started. If you  missed it, I’ve recapped Season 1 & 2 and you can find it here and here respectively.

Officially caught up with 2016 stuff, let’s move on to 2017!

Trying Out Something New

I’ve been working for fun on Youtube doing whatever videos. While gaming is really a lot of the other content going on in between the random unboxing videos that I link up here, I’ve been checking out visual novels. I did review two of them in 2016 which was on mobile so I didn’t bother to record it but this one somehow made me want to try it out so I ended up doing an entire reading of it and making a really crappy attempt at doing different voices. Its really silly so if you do listen to it, just go to like a part where there’s cute laughs because my husband cracked up at that so I figured that’s one of the good parts. I might do a few more of these but hey, if you like it, subscribe to my channel (or don’t, its up to you). I will be moving my gaming stuff to another channel that I want to start up with my husband. Its something we’re working on as well. And this will go back to a new movie segment and unboxing videos and random vlogs.

Grade 10 Piano: Introduction

In the “What’s Up 2017”, I talked about sharing my piano journey and putting absolutely more emphasis on it this year in order to do the exam in Autumn. Since I never had talked about my piano much, I figured it’d be nice to start off with a little introduction to what I’m preparing for the exam. I’m still on the fence on whether to record and share the progress. For the record, ever since I announced it on the 1st, I’ve already scheduled in piano practicing and actually did it which is already much better than last year where some weeks, I didn’t even get one session in which resulted in lack of improvement. All my fault and lack of time management but NaNoWriMo month has helped me with that a lot along with something else that I just started using and will talk about later.

My pieces that I’m preparing for are these:

  • Prelude & Fugue in F-sharp major, BMV 858 
  • Sonata in E major, op.14, no.1, 2nd & 3rd movements
  • Nocturne in F-sharp major, op.15, no.2
  • Arabesque No.1
  • Rondo No.1, op.84
  • Etude in E major, op.299, no.29
  • Serenade, op.53, no.5
  • And A LOT of technical tests…

Here you go! Prepare for some updates on this, it’ll be a fixed segment in My Weekly Adventures now.

Workout Update #1

Another fixed segment will be workout (instead of the old Weekly Workout roundups).

Its been hard to get in workouts but its happening. I’ve managed to get at least one session in. So far, this has been the hit one as I focus on my arms which is always the weakest link. I also did some yoga and some zumba routines as cardio.

Its starting to fit into the schedule now, which is great! I see only better progress! On the way to that 5 km, maybe even a 10km. 🙂

Friend’s Birthday and Games

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This weekend was a lovely hangout for one of my friend’s birthday and like every year, we have some great food and played a ton of games. We started with Exploding Kitties the moved on to King of Tokyo, followed by Taboo. After a really good vocabulary workout, we went ahead with a very video game-y board game called Munchkins and ended the night with Dutch Blitz. It was a ton of fun. Have you played any of these games?

New App: Todoist

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I love lists and every weekend, I make a super long to do list of chores and tasks, errands, groceries, blog posts to catch up on, any games for Game Warp and what to do, etc. I found this one through WordNerds video and its been actually doing quite good. When I first started, the list wasn’t separated by dates and whatnot and it got a little overwhelming but with some time delegation and moving things into daily to-do lists, it actually has made more motivated and less easily sidetracked.

Cute Kitty Pic

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Upcoming:

  • Recipes
  • Baking Through Disney
  • TV Binge & Movies

That’s it for the recap!
What’s up with you? What board games do you like? Any 2017 New Year Resolutions/Goals?

Workout Round-up!

Its time for another workout roundup!

I’m not going to lie! I’ve been super busy so walking around and standing and sitting is a lot of my life. But, the last two weeks, I’ve started getting in some more workouts and its a toss up between Zumba and when its too hot, workouts in the pool. Also two that from the post that I had wanted before but didn’t during this (almost) two months of no workout updates.

Here’s a few for you! 🙂

Warm-up 02- Marlon Alves Dance MAs

Pool Exercises [Fully Body Workout] – Popsugar Fitness

*Only one I didn’t do is Water Treader because my pool isn’t that deep.

Pool Workout [Ab & Core Workout] – Popsugar Fitness

Summer Ab Routine &  – Tone It Up

Sleek & Slender Abs – Tone It Up

I need to get a much more routine workout schedule going! Things are hopefully slowing down after Fantasia Festival ends next week! Kind of… I’ll be back with another update/workout round-up soon. 🙂

How are you staying active this summer?