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Vacation Week Workouts

Hi! I’m home! I kind of decided to take a break with the blogging for the last few days of vacation and focus on writing during my limited working hours and soaking up the experience the remainder of the time. There was a moment yesterday where I thought “I could blog or I could take a nap.” Annnddd I took a nap.

I just got home about an hour ago and heated up some lentil soup for dinner while I catch up on Scandal. (So excited it’s back on!!!) Let me catch you up on my vacation week workouts.

I was on a yoga retreat so clearly the workouts are yoga heavy but I got in a good amount of circuit, HIIT and cardio workouts as well. I’ve blogged about this several times before before but I always try workout on beach vacations. This workout week is a little heavier than a typical vacation workout week because a) it was a yoga retreat with two classes a day and b) I have photo shoots coming up very soon for my book.



1 evening yoga practice on the pier (skipped the AM practice) + 3 mile treadmill run & strength circuit

10 dumbbell thrusters
10 dumbbell bent over rows
10 dumbbell chest flies
10 bench reverse crunches
10 dumbbell lunges (each side)

This was the only time during the week that I picked up a weight but I was sore from the chest flies for two days!


PM yoga practice + AM cardio strength circuit (I will post this soon, it was good!)

I taught the AM practice so I was only able to take the PM but it was all good. I swear, I get just as much out of teaching from a mental perspective as I do taking sometimes.



PM yoga practice on the pier (skipped the AM)

I needed a light day after strength/running on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I spent the AM yoga practice laying in a meditative savasana state on my mat soaking up the breeze and the sunshine while everyone else yogaed! 🙂



PM yoga practice + HIIT circuit

This was my favorite workout of the week. After spending the morning writing, teaching the AM yoga class, eating breakfast and blogging it was almost noon and I just wanted to be outside and at the beach but I needed to move…so I took my workout outside and did a super quick HIIT circuit where I ran from one end of the resort to the other (400 meters-ish) and at the end of each run I did jumping jacks, mountain climbers, squats, lunges and push ups. I did six rounds and was sweaty and sun kissed. Perfect travel workout!


AM + PM yoga practice + 3 mile treadmill run



AM + PM yoga practice

Last day of the retreat and all I wanted to do was soak up every last minute. I had two great practices.



Necessary after that week of activity! There was debate over squeezing in cardio before leaving but breakfast and one last rum drink by the pool won. 😉

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  • Nicole March 2, 2014, 10:32 pm

    So excited about your book! Would love to hear more details about it!
    Just looking at your beach photos bring me to a peaceful place 🙂 But after the few more inches of snow I got last night, I have to admit, I’m a bit jealous!

  • Amber March 2, 2014, 10:43 pm

    Amazing! I would LOVE to go on a yoga retreat one day. Can’t wait to hear about your latest strength circuit. I’ve done two of your circuits recently and both left me SORE. I’m ready for a new challenge 🙂

  • Cheri @ Overactive Blogger March 3, 2014, 12:05 am

    Wow, that Tuesday photo is beautiful! You look so comfortable and at peace holding that pose!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 3, 2014, 12:47 am

    Wow those pictures are so beautiful! I think I need a vacation. I’m in awe of your strength!

  • Laura March 3, 2014, 1:37 am

    Dear Jen,

    You inspire me daily!

    I’m in love with your ‘LOVE’ t-shirt. Where did you find that gem.

    be well. breathe easy.


  • Diana March 3, 2014, 2:54 am

    Props to you for unplugging on your vacation. I bet it was just what the doctor ordered. 🙂

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen March 3, 2014, 6:27 am

    Looks like an amazing retreat! 🙂 Would love to know what else you are doing to prep for your book photos!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 3, 2014, 7:52 am

    That retreat looks so amazing and is totally fueling my desire for a beach vacation!

    I can’t wait to see more about your book. When will it be released? I need some fitness guidance after baby girl arrives! Already itching to get back in shape 🙂

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! March 3, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I’m so excited to hearing about your book as well and dying to read it when it is completed.

  • Brittany @ Proteinandpumps March 3, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Welcom home. Love all of the pictures!

  • She Rocks Fitness March 3, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Those photos are ALL gorgeous! Looks amazing girl and welcome back to reality…XOXO

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves March 3, 2014, 7:57 pm

    So amazing! I can only imagine how much more awesome your workouts were by the beautiful ocean, under the sun, in such great weather!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) March 5, 2014, 10:46 am

    You look absolutely amazing – so strong, confident, and happy!! The pictures of your trip have been gorgeous, and I loved living vicariously through it 🙂

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