Shop: Fall Target & Express Finds

October 30, 2015

This week I've been on the hunt for a few items: a Halloween costume, a dress for a red carpet work event, and then the usual toiletries, dryer sheets, and anything else I can find in Target. (Which is never a problem.)

So, since I had a (very diverse) list of things to get last-minute, I found myself in Target and Express. I knew both stores would have what I was looking for but I was actually blown away by the amount of amazing fall pieces each had! Both stores know what fall fashion trends are hot and are totally in the lead, in my opinion, so I created a list of my favorites. I've seen every single one of these items, tried them on and even bought a few. Trust me, they're all gooooood.

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Capes, over the knee boots, blanket scarves.... seriously anything you could want to get your hands on for fall. I did a walk-through in Target and it's literally a one-stop-shop for fall fashion.... and I didn't even have time to look at the shoes. Thank gawd. (Pro tip: if you spend way too much time in Target, go on your lunch break. That way, you have less than an hour to stick to your list and ignore the dollar spot, Halloween candy and the fact that employees are now filling shelves with Christmas items.) And I find myself wanting everything plaid - #targetdoesitagain!

Only in the past few months have I really rediscovered Express. (Fact: I used to work there..... for 2 weeks.) The fall items are on. point. So many cozy sweaters, scarves, booties and lots more. My only complaint: neither store had a Halloween costume.... but don't worry, I found one elsewhere!

What are your favorite fall items?

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My 21 Day Fix Extreme Results

October 19, 2015

It's been over a month since I've finished the 21 Day Fix Extreme and I've been a little hesitant (read: scared) to share my results -- mainly my before and after pictures. Why? Partly because it's kind of a lot to put out there. Plus, I don't want to come across as bragging because that's not what this is about. I want to remain open and honest here because any fitness goals take a lot of hard work to reach - so here goes nothin'...

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I ultimately decided to share these photos - and my full results - on the blog to show you that this program works. And, in my case, it also works if you aren't looking to lose weight and instead want to learn clean eating, portion size and fueling your body with the proper nutrition.

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One of the things I've had to keep telling myself (even when I started my fitness journey over a year ago) is that seeing results will take time. I'm sure I'm not the only one that wants to wake up with 6 pack shredded abs but that's just not realistic. In order to reach goals, you have to properly fuel your body, kick your own butt in the gym on a regular basis and then you'll start to see major results. But it starts with what you eat. (See my meal prep post here!)

As part of the program, we used a transformation tracker where we recorded our before and after measurements. My full results are below.

Before 21DFX:

Chest: 33 inches
Right Arm: 9.75 inches
Left Arm: 10 inches
Waist: 26.5 inches
Hips: 35 inches
Right Thigh: 20 inches
Left Thigh: 20 inches

Total Weight: 119 lbs

After 21DFX:

Chest: 32.5 inches
Right Arm: 10.25 inches
Left Arm: 10.25 inches
Waist: 26.5 inches
Hips: 34 inches
Right Thigh: 19.5 inches
Left Thigh: 19.5 inches

Total Weight: 119 lbs

I haven't reached all my goals YET but I'm closer than I was yesterday and it will be worth all the hard work!! While I'm still eating according to the 21DFX program, I do plan on doing the full program again soon. It's that good!

If you have any questions about the program or my experience, let me know via email, Twitter or Facebook. I'd love to help! You can also read my post on preparing for the program here.

Partner Abdominal Workout

October 8, 2015

The weather is starting to cool down but you can still get in a killer outdoor workout and enjoy the milder weather before winter rolls in. I had the opportunity to work with my friend, and coach, Alison, on an effective 5-move core workout that will have you and your BFF feeling the burn. Trust me, it's good so grab a friend, hop outside and work those abs!

Check out the full article here!

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Tuck-Jump Leap Frog

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Anchored Leg Pushes

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All Photos by Stories By M Photography