Staying in Shape with Orange Theory

It seems like every month I am trying out some new way to try and stay in shape. Well I think my search has come to an end! Have y’all tried Orange Theory Fitness? I’m obsessed! (You may have seen me tweet about it). I am not a very athletic person, but I do try my best to stay in shape. I’ve been going for two months now, and let me tell you, it is the perfect workout!


I love everything about it. The classes are kinda large, but the instructor does a great job at paying attention to everyone. Each class is only one hour, but the workout is great! A usual work out consists of 30 minutes of cardio on a treadmill, and 30 minutes divided between the weight room and rowing machines.

Their theory and method is innovative, and it works! Orange Theory gives you a heart rate monitor, and your heart rate is displayed on a screen inside the gym. This always pressures me to work harder when my heart rate falls! The goal is to keep your heart rate in the Green or Orange zone during your workout. Green is where you burn the most calories, and orange means you’ll continue to burn them after the workout is ended! (They do a better job of explaining all of this on their website). They send you a report after each workout. Here is mine from my last workout!

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The best part about Orange Theory is anyone can do it! I am always one of the least athletic people in my class, and I never feel bad about it! On the treadmill portion, you can choose to power walk (me), jog, or run. Each weight room exercise is explained in detail and can be tailored to your skill set. I didn’t have to have any prior workout knowledge! Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it. The first session is free, so I would go to a local studio and sign up!

What is your favorite way to stay in shape? Have you ever been to Orange Theory? How did you like it?

P.S. I wasn’t paid to say any of this. I just really like their workout!


Tips for Walking 10,000 Steps Every Day!


Now that I have made it a goal to walk at least 10,000 steps every day (which I track using a Jawbone Up, pictures above), I realize how lazy I can be! If I don’t have anything specific planned for the day, it can be extremely challenging to reach my goal. I usually find myself walking laps around my house at 11:00 every night in order to get 1,000 more steps before midnight.

Because of this, I have been on the look out for little things I can do to get some extra steps in! All of these are tiny habits I have picked up in order to keep my legs moving a little bit more in my journey to 10,000. Even if you aren’t counting your steps, these are good habits to make to stay a tiny bit more active.

  1. Park far away || Whenever I’m not in a rush (which, let’s be honest, is not very often), I have made an effort to pass up that front row parking spot and opt for a space a bit farther away. The difference may seem small, but getting in the habit can add just a few more steps to your day.
  2. Take the long way || Kind of like parking farther away, I have found myself taking the long way to class in order to sneak in a few extra steps. Every moment counts!
  3. Skip the elevator || Okay, so this may not be too realistic if you work on the 15th floor of an office building, but switching from the elevator to the stairs can definitely add some quick cardio to your day!
  4. Split up trips || Do you ever load up your arms with grocery bags to avoid having to make multiple trips back to the car? Stop it! Split up tour trips to keep yourself moving a little bit longer.
  5. Pace while brushing || Make it a habit to walk around your bathroom or bedroom while brushing your teeth every morning or night. You’ll be surprised just how many steps you can reach in a minute!

While individually these things may seem insignificant, doing each of these every day can add a good amount of pep to your step! As I have been learning in my fitness journey, sometimes it is the small things that add up to big changes.

Happy & Healthy || No. 2

It has officially been two weeks since I started my little fitness challenge, so you know what that means! It is time for an update on my past goals, as well as adding a few more to slowly build up my healthy lifestyle.

I have successfully met all three of my goals all 14 days, and I am so proud of myself! It feels great to know that I set a healthy standard for myself and had the discipline to go through with it. Blogging about this has seriously made all the difference. I look forward to sharing my successes with y’all, and knowing that I would have to admit to not reaching my goals encourages me to try extra hard to meet all of them.

Now for all of the fun stuff! After two weeks of no soda, 10,000 steps a day, and not hitting snooze on my alarm, I feel happy. I’m not craving soda as much as I did in the beginning, I feel more energized in the mornings, and I am keeping myself much more active than I normally do on a daily basis. Yay! As I add new goals, I am going to continue to keep these healthy habits.

Weeks 3 & 4 Goals


1. Work out twice a week. Yes, I know, this is probably the most vague goal I could set, but I need to start somewhere! Weather I go on a hike through my neighborhood nature trial, go to the gym, or spend 30 minutes doing a workout from my Nike Training Club app, I am going to work out 2 times this week! I’ll get more specific on workouts in the future. Small steps.

2. Don’t drink any crazy coffees. Okay, you know what I mean. There is no way I would survive without coffee in general, but I don’t need any 470 calorie Frappuccinos from Starbucks. No more of that super high in fat and sugar stuff foe me. Classic coffee it is!

3. Do schoolwork at my desk. I know, I know, working in bed is probably the biggest no-no in the book. It is probably my worst habit! I’m actually terrified to make this a goal because I do this so often, but I need to stop! All work will be done from the comfort of my desk from now on. Wish me luck!

Did all of you reach your goals from last week? What are you adding to your list? Any other suggestions for me? I would love to hear from y’all!

Intro || Week 1 update

P.S. I have a question for all of you! What are your opinions on using an app such as My Fitness Pal to track what you eat every day? I have always heard mixed things about counting calories and would love some insight!

A Healthy Start


It is time for a little update on Self-Improvement Sunday: Abby’s Fitness Adventure (I clearly still do not have a solid name for my little project). Today is the one week mark for my fitness challenge! I have been surprised in so many ways during just this one week, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

First off, it has been much easier than I expected to go without soda! I ate out 3 different times this week (reducing that number is another project for another time) and I didn’t feel the need to order a soda even once! I did almost break under the need for caffeine at my friend’s house on Tuesday, but I resisted the urge and was extremely proud of myself after the fact. Seven days strong with no soda!

Next up is my goal to not hit snooze every morning. So far so good! This week I have been forced to get up even earlier than usual due to projects and other things I need to do in the mornings before class, and I have successfully gotten out of bed every day! I seriously feel so much better when I don’t lay around in the mornings, getting straight out of bed when my alarm goes off is definitely making my mornings a little more bearable.

Finally, I have been trying to take 10,000 steps every day. This one has definitely turned out to be the most challenging, but so far every day I have hit my goal! Over the weekend it was much easier for me to take all the steps, but spending 7 hours a day in school has posed a real challenge. Three times this week I found myself at around 9,000 steps at 11:00 PM, forcing me to run laps around my house so that I can get 1,000 more before midnight. But the challenge has visibly helped me stay a little bit more active! I am taking the long way to class and walking a lot more than I ever have before. I even opted out of taking a golf cart at a golf tournament I was photographing and walked the entire course instead! That day I got to 10,000 steps with ease.

I love the habits that this challenge is forcing me to make and break. My best friend Maddie is using an Up band to track her steps with me, and it’s great having someone else there to encourage me and keep me accountable in reaching my goals!

Next week, along with an update on my current goals, I will be setting an additional 3 more to continue my journey in living a happier, healthier life. Any suggestions on what they should be?

Want to see where my journey started? Let’s travel back in time… Intro // Week 1

Little Steps Towards a Healthier Lifestyle

Last week I posted about wanting to make some healthy changes in my life, and now I’m finally setting goals! Yay! I think the biggest problem that I have had in the past when I try to start living healthier is I jump right in & try to make all these dramatic changes at once. I get frustrated when I mess up, lose all motivation, and usually end up quitting within two weeks. I am determined to make sure that doesn’t happen this year.

This time around, I am going to try things a little bit different. My plan is to work towards living a healthier life by slowly changing habits and picking up new ones. Every 2 weeks I will be introducing new (or getting rid of) things in my life in order to work towards being happier and living better.

Welcome to week one of Living Happy and Healthy (the name is a work in progress). I have 3 goals to work towards for the next two weeks. Next Sunday I’ll be posting my week 1 progress and an update on the project! If you want to make some changes to your life as well, set some goals for yourself or work towards these with me! Comment below with your own & maybe they will make my next list in 2 weeks!

Weeks 1 & 2 Goals


1. Walk 10,000 steps a day. This is a small change, but a good habit to work towards! I have a Jawbone Up (love it) so track my steps and encourage me to meet my goal every day. Plus, I can have friends join my team using the app to keep me accountable in reaching my goal! Want to join my team? Comment below & I will totally add you!

2. Do not hit snooze in the mornings. Living a healthier life isn’t just about food & exercise. Getting up right when my alarm goes off, opposed to laying in bed a little longer, will help me be more awake (and probably be in a better mood) in the mornings. Plus, I would be more productive and have more time to get ready before class!

3. No soda! Every time I go out to eat I get a full calorie Coke. It is an addiction. This one little change could cut at least 700 calories from my diet every week!

Happy Body, Happy Abby

For me, 2015 is all about happiness. This year I want to work on making changes in my life in order to work towards living each day with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. I want to be more confident, more adventurous, and braver in my every day life. But, at the root of all of this, I have realized I need to take better care of my body. I need to take care of myself in order to have a happy, healthy body able to do the things I love.

I have never really been happy with my body. I quit playing volleyball my sophomore year, and ever since then I really let myself go. I made no effort whatsoever to stay active, and I think going from working out six times a week to zero really threw my body for a loop. Add my massive sweet tooth into the equation and you can imagine the results. I’m not fat, but I am not happy with how I look or feel and I know my body isn’t either. I don’t take care of my body the way I should, and that needs to change.

About twice a year I get randomly motivated to try and get in shape. I spend two weeks watching what I eat and making meager attempts to go to the gym, but it always ends the same way: failure. I need to keep myself accountable, and I think posting about my progress and really putting my goals out there for other people to see will help me be more successful. I would love it if y’all would help keep me on track. Having others to keep me accountable and focused on my goals would be a huge help, so if you’re ever feeling inspired to write a quick “Hey Abby, what have you done to make your body happy today?” on one of my posts or something like that, I would appreciate it more than you could imagine! On that note, if anyone else is trying to live a happier, healthier life this year (however that may look for you) let me know! I would love to have an accountability partner to help motivate and become friends with!

I’m not quite sure how I plan on making these changes, but I know they need to happen. My first step is research and goal setting. If any of you guys have a favorite fitness blog or tips from personal experience, please share then with me! I’m going to need all the help I can get. I can’t wait to continue to update y’all on my progress and let you know some specific goals for this journey!

P.S. This does not mean this will become a fitness blog. You just might see an occasional post about it!

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