No Equipment At Home Workout

With gyms being closed for the foreseeable future, its hard to keep up with workouts at home. Whether its struggling with motivation, not having equipment, or just not knowing what to do, working out is even more of a challenge.

Although most of my exercise comes from running, I try to do body weight strength training a couple of times per week.  What I’ve learned is that you don’t need a ton of equipment or a fancy workout plan in order to build strength and get that heart rate going. Some of the most basic workout moves are all you really need!

Check out this quick at home workout that requires no special equipment. The best part of the workout is that you can repeat the rounds as you get stronger to make it more challenging.

Lets do this!

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Tiling Over an Existing Tile Floor

The last part of my bathroom remodel project was a new tile floor. I ripped up the most recent layer of tile, but didn’t want to disturb the original 1950’s tile floor. The bathroom was built around the floor, so it was easier just to tile over it.

A couple of things to consider if you want to tile over an existing tile floor are:

  1. The old tiles all need to be secured to the floor. If they are starting to pop up, you either need to reattach them or pull them all up.
  2. The old tiles need to be smooth without corners sticking up or high points. If you try to tile over an uneven surface with new ceramic tile, they could break.
  3. The overall height of the floor needs to be able to accommodate another layer of tile (think transitions in the doorway and any moldings in the room).

Luckily for me, all of these things were in my favor.

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Free Printable Daily Planner

As I approach my first month of working from home, I’ve found that some days, I’m super productive, and then there are others where its suddenly 4pm and I’ve accomplished nothing. You’re more than likely juggling a lot right now– work, your children, cooking at home, and taking time to take care of yourself. That is a lot!

One thing that I have found to be helpful is to add structure to my days. It’s not necessarily an hour by hour schedule, but a list of things that I hope to accomplish that day. For me, this list includes both work and home obligations, as well as carving out time for self care breaks. I wanted to share the planner that I created for myself to help me plan my days in case you find it helpful!

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Practically Free Ways to Update Your Home Decor

When times are tough, its hard to budget money for things like home decor. That doesn’t mean you can’t do things to transform and refresh your home! All it takes is a little bit of time and creativity. Below are 5 inexpensive or even free ways to update your decor today.

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Splendid Spoon Meal Service Review

I’ve written before about trying meal delivery services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. I really love the concept of these services because I don’t love cooking, and often find myself with a lot of waste when I buy ingredients to cook for one.

I am pretty budget conscious, so when I spend extra money on something like a meal service, I want it to be worth the money. I found that I wasn’t really happy with the variety of vegetarian options or the healthiness of the services that I had tried, and I ended up cancelling both of them.

After feeling like I was in a food rut and eating the same thing for dinner most nights, I started looking for something new. I had seen a few ads for a plant based meal delivery service called Splendid Spoon. I had looked at it a long time ago, but decided to check it out again. I love when companies have introductory offers that you can try without a long term commitment, so when I saw you could get your first shipment for a discount, I decided to give it a try.

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Keeping Motivation to Run with Cancelled Races

This has not been the year that any of us has planned. I’m trying to keep the perspective that if the biggest challenge I have this year is cancelled races, I should be thankful. But, I do think its fair to still express sadness and disappointment. Someone will always have it worse off than you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience your feelings.

This was a year of big running goals for me. After DNFing my goal half marathon last year due to illness, and having a few rough races after that, I was ready for redemption. Training was going well, and I was hitting really good paces on my long runs. And then the dominoes started to fall. My goal race in May was only cancelled a few weeks ago, but I knew all along it wouldn’t be happening.

My first reaction was to just throw in the towel. Why train hard for a race that isn’t happening. Why even keep up my fitness if there won’t be races all year. Why waste my time.

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