Ortholite Fusion Insoles + GIVEAWAY!

This past weekend was my first run in over 2 months! After my last marathon I decided to give my body a little break from running, and it was well worth it. But with the Water to Wine half coming up in 2 weeks, it’s time to get my butt back to running!

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The Ortholite team couldn’t have sent me these insoles for my shoes at a better time. I’ve always had a problem trying to find the right running shoes, for my super narrow, slightly over pronated feet. And have also always had a slight runners knee and irritation with my IT band. So without a doubt, insoles are the way to go for me.

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As a passionate and dedicated runner,  sneakers are one of your greatest tools and using OrthoLite Fusion insoles will help extend their life while increasing your comfort level and upgrading your current footwear. For years, these foam insoles have been found exclusively in many of the top athletic shoes, but are now available for consumers to purchase separately online. You may already be wearing OrthoLite insoles without even knowing it since they are found in more than 140 million pairs of shoes every year such as Nike, ASICS, New Balance and UnderArmour.  

More about Ortholite:

OrthoLite Fusion insoles are available at OrthoLite.com for $19.99. Features and benefits include of OrthoLite insoles include:

  • Designed to fit all athletic and outdoor shoes or boots
  • Made with open-cell foam, allowing air to circulate around the foot, keeping it cooler and drier inside the shoe
  • Wicks moisture away from your foot leaving your foot cooler and drier
  • Unique spring-back technology ensures that your insole won’t flatten out and it will retain over 95% of its thickness over time
  • Our patented anti-microbial formulation (approved by the EPA and FDA) fights fungus, bacteria and shoe odor
  • Lightweight and fully washable
  • $1 from each purchase of OrthoLite Fusion insoles made on ortholite.com goes directly to the Level Field Fund, a grant-giving program that strives to bridge the gap in funding to uniquely talented athletes

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I’m GIVING AWAY 3 FREE pairs of insoles thanks to the Ortholite team!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Like OrthoLite on Facebook

2. Follow OrthoLite on Twitter

3. Comment below letting me know you completed both, along with what pair of shoes you plan to use them in.

Winner will be announced Friday August 8th.

Good luck!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ortholite, but all opinions are my own.

Nordstrom SALE: Workout Gear

Hey ladies! I love doing some fashion posts here and there, but today’s an especially good one, since the Nordstrom anniversary SALE is going on! I’ve been eyeing a ton of pieces which I thought you would enjoy. You all know I’m a Nike girl, so picked up some new Nike pieces…naturally. I’m also really loving Zella. I dont mind spending a bit of money on good workout gear, but I also love a good sale! These Zella pants super inexpensive with the sale. Can you tell I’m loving the bright colors for summer?

 

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Shop the pieces here:

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Leg Day + Lunges vs Squats

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Leg workout of the day:

-Front & reverse lunge (one movement, one leg at a time)
superset with jumping lunges 3×15

-Leg press 3×15

-Sprint on treadmill- 10 mins

-Glute kickbacks on cables 3×10

-Standing hip adduction on cables 3×10

-Box step ups- 3×20

-Sprint on treadmill (incline) 10 mins

-Cool down (walking)

REST & STRETCH!

(If you are unsure of what an exercise looks like, search bodybuilding.com for images and how-to’s)

 

Do you prefer squats or lunges?

Personally, I love lunges. You will rarely find me doing squats. Here’s my thought process:

  1. I feel like my muscles are more engaged and I’m getting more effective movement in my glutes.
  2. Lunges are more fun (in my opinion). There’s much more variety with lunges. Where a squats a squat.
  3. Less strain on my back.
  4. It’s easier to get the movement right! Form can’t be sacrificed as easily. It’s not easy getting correct form for a squat.
  5. Unilateral movements (movement on one side of the body) is much easier for me to focus on and feel that mind/body connection.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments! xo

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4th of July Insta Pics + Crash Dieting No No’s

Hey everyone! We just got back from an amazing vacation in Lake Tahoe which I organized for my boyfriends birthday. 15 of us, in the same house, kind of like Real World right? We had a BLAST! My diet and exercise were lacking but I needed a break…and I definitely got one.

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I shared this photo on my Instagram a few days ago. This was the very first day of vacation. We actually went to Maine for a wedding, had 2 days at home then went straight to Tahoe. Those 2 days at home I decided to double day, cut out all carbs and eat super healthy. I ate carrots, veggies, and lean chicken and turkey. In just 2 days my abs were back. HOWEVER, I certainly DO NOT recommend doing this for a long period of time though. After the first day in Tahoe, I ate a bunch of junk because I needed the break. I was craving a break. But because of the strict dieting I crashed. This just proved to me that the whole “no carb” and over doing yourself in the gym DOES NOT WORK!

I’ve been home for 2 days now, and feeling back to normal after just one workout and healthy meals. I believe there is no need to be so strict on your body. Workout, get moving somehow, eat healthy and be happy is my motto! 🙂

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We rented an amazing place right in the Tahoe Keys. Boat, kayak, canoe, paddle boat, jet ski the whole deal!

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I did have one really good healthy meal… salmon nicoise salad from Riva Grill. YUM!

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Boating fun with the birthday boy!

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On the last day we decided to avoid the cocktails, rent bikes and go on a bike ride around Tahoe. So much fun!

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My girlfriend and I before heading out to the casinos. Romper from Revolve Clothing.

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And then there was this…the BEST red velvet birthday cake in all the land. Highly suggest Susie Cakes for any birthday needs.

Jeff’s birthday is actually on the 16th so we have a few more events planned, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY my love!

Back to reality now, but actually glad to be back in my routine. Gym, healthy eats, feeling healthy and happy.

Find me on insta: @fitnessandthecity. Would love to connect with you all!

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Healthy Vacationing Tips & Food Pics

Happy Wednesday! We just returned from a wedding on Peaks Island, Maine and thought I’d share some of my food pics with you lovelies. As we all know, its not an easy task to find healthy eats while on vacation, but I managed to find a few! Also sharing some tips below.

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This delicious smoothie was from a little store in the airport. It had strawberries, blueberries, greek yogurt and almond milk. I almost died when I saw a smoothie / juice bar at Boston Logan! We also went to a Mexican restaurant where I ordered their version of a tostada salad. Chicken, black beans and salad. It was pretty delish. The shrimp cocktail was also from the Boston airport but on the way home…can you tell we like to eat while waiting for our flight?

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My boyfriends bday is coming up so we went for a nice dinner at the Bedford Village Inn with his family. This place was the cutest little New Hampshire Inn, and the food was excellent. I usually always order chicken and veggies, and also indulged in a few birthday chocolates.

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This crab dish was delicious! Crab meat mixed with mustard, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers and egg. I ordered a big ol lobster at the rehearsal dinner…when in Maine. 🙂 I also like to avoid plane food, so found this greens smoothie right before we boarded. It was kale, spinach, cucumber and lemon. + a little flight reading. 🙂

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Us. 🙂 Dress from Rent the Runway.

My vacationing tips and tricks:

  • Drink lots of water! Always pack some with you when you’re on the go. The first thing I do when I pass through the security is head straight to the store to buy a water bottle.
  • Make time for exercise. Why not incorporate some sort of exercise into the daily agenda? Make time to run in the morning before everyone is up, go on a hike, or bike through a city to see the sights.
  • Pack snacks. I like to carry almonds, protein bars (Quest bars) or little snacks to keep me satisfied. Sometimes you wont be near a restaurant or store, and its easiest to be prepared rather than heading straight for the fast food or the first thing that you can find.
  • Look for healthy items on a restaurant menu. There is almost always a healthy option, and if not dont be afraid to ask. I usually ask for some sort of protein (chicken or fish) with a side of veggies. They will almost always accommodate you.
  • Don’t feel guilty after a treat here or there! After all, you are on vacation. You can always buckle back down once you return home.

Do you continue your healthy lifestyle while on vacation?

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