Five Things Friday #24

Hello! I am currently on a plane back to VA for the next week.  I am excited to see friends and my mom is also headed over to my sister’s this weekend and I will be able to see my family! I will also be able to get a lot of studying time in since Neil will be in training Mon-Fri during the day.  I need to crack down and get moving a little faster on this NASM exam!

While I am flying high, I want to share with you some of my favorite things this week. Welcome to Five Things Friday!

1. Strong Curves

I have been following Bret Contreras, aka “The Glute Guy,” for over a year or so. I can’t remember why I stumbled upon his site, but in reading about his training specialties and experience, I found myself going back randomly from time to time. I wrote about the hip thrust last year but didn’t put in as much work as I would have liked, and once the weather got warmer I abandoned the gym for running in the wilderness.  What I really like about his method is the amount of research he has put into developing his training programs (and the testimonials don’t hurt either).

I wound up on his site again recently and bought his book, Strong Curves, which I have been working through this week. He really knows his stuff which is evident in his clients and the reviews on Amazon.  I am excited to see what kind of results I get!

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2. Perfect Bars

I have talked about these a couple times after discovering them at Expo East, but I couldn’t find them close enough to me in VA. Once I found them in Chicago, I bought as many as I could and can’t seem to stop.  They’re so good! Note: They are sweetened with honey, so if you don’t like the taste of honey as a sweetener these may not be for you.

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I saw these nails on Pinterest last year, but stopped painting my nails as much. For Christmas I painted them red and gold and for New Year’s I went with dark gray and gold.  BAM.

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4. Other Uses For Eggnog

I love eggnog. Eggnog does not love me. It is a love-hate relationship that leaves me feeling sick and bubbly after drinking any.  I have been trying to find other uses for it so that I am not drinking it straight from the carton and rolling around in discomfort.  I used it in pancakes which were ok, but the winner was using it in my bowl of oatmeal instead of milk.  Sprinkle some cinnamon on it and voila!

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5. Pinterest Workouts

I recently read Julie’s recap of her most popular workouts of 2014 and it made me think more about finding workouts on Pinterest.  I will skip over some premade workouts if they are included in a post and I am not immediately going to the gym, but when I am searching for inspiration, Pinterest is a great one stop shop for a variety of ways to get sweaty in the gym (or at home).

I did this treadmill workout today after my glute work from Strong Curves and it was deceptively  harder than I thought. That may have something to do with all the pizza and barely any actual running for some weeks.

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I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Questions:

  • What are some of your favorite things this week?
  • What do you use Pinterest for (if at all)?
  • What’s your favorite body part to work out at the gym?
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