Post Run Pyramid Workout

ES EL VIERNES!!! POR FIN!!!! 

I’m so excited it’s finally Friday, more so than other Fridays because next week is Carnival aka I don’t have school aka I’m jetting off to the Canary Islands for the week to explore and experience one of the biggest Carnival celebrations in Spain–Santa Cruz de Tenerife! I’ve been really busy this week and last night was the first time in a few days I actually had time (and energy) to go to the gym (woof the highschoolers have been wearing me OUT lately!). So 8:00pm rolled around and I began getting ready. I already knew what workout I wanted to do and had it all planned out in my head and was pretty excited to go lift, but I couldn’t find my gym card! I’m sure if I would have went to the gym and told them, they would let me in, but my gym is kind of far away and I didn’t want to chance it and end up wasting my night. Instead, I decided to run outside along River Nervión for around an hour and when I got back I did a post run pyramid workout on my yoga mat. It took about 15 minutes for me, but you can do it at your own pace to fit your needs. I like it because it’s quick and targets a lot of different areas on the body. It’s great for a post run workout, because has more reps for arms and abs, but there is still some cardio (burpees) and leg exercies (glute kickbacks) as well to make it well rounded. 

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That photo was taken in Hawaii last year when I went with my dad. By far the most relaxing vacation of my life….TAKE ME BACK! Well, this is a short post, so check out my other posts from the week:

  • Monday – Hiking to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • Tuesday – A Day In Tuscany
  • Wednesday – No Time, No Problem (reblogged from Chelsea)
  • Thursday – Why Girls Should Be More Like Andi from The Bachelor

If you do this workout, I hope you enjoy it! Have a good weekend! 

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Do you do workouts at home? Have you ever celebrated Carnival or Mardi Gras? 

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Why Girls Should Be More Like Andi from The Bachelor

I wish I could be doing a WIAW post right now, but in short, my eating was awful yesterday. To give you an insight, this was my lunch, at 3pm, after teaching english all morning and skipping real lunch at 11:45 to teach a private lesson.

Sad excuse for a lunch, but I mean, it was really good? (Click for source)

The struggle was so real yesterday. SO REAL! But alas, I came home and iTunes had (finally) uploaded the latest episode of The Bachelor. The MOST SHOCKING episode yet.

My response every time I hear Chris Harrison say it is the most shocking episode of The Bachelor yet (click for source)

In my “About Me” on this blog, it says I have a passion for travel, life and health & wellness. There is one passion I have been hiding (from people who don’t know me personally) that I am ready to come clean about. I have a passion for The Bachelor. Yes, I know it is trashy reality television at its finest, but watch an episode and try to tell me it didn’t keep you entertained. I’ve seen every episode since the very first season. If I didn’t live in Spain right now, I would be live tweeting The Bachelor on Mondays and probably have lost about 50 twitter followers in the process.

This used to be me on Bachelor Mondays in the states (click for source)

Anyways, to recap, basically what happened this week is it is Fantasy Suite dates (where The Bachelor, Juan Pablo, and each remaining woman get the chance to spend the night together in the Fantasy Suite date and get to know each other better without the cameras). After deciding to “forgo their individual rooms” and spend the night in the fantasy suite date, the show cuts to the next morning when Andi says that the Fantasy Suite “turned into a nightmare for her.” QUE FUERTE! She explains she realized that Juan Pablo was basically just a really conceited and self centered person, as he never once asked her about herself, only talked about himself and kept name dropping. He even talked to her about his other overnight date with Clare. VENGA JUAN PABLO, VENGAAAA.

PREACH! (click for source)

In short, she had her Aha Moment. Lucky for her, she was on a TV show and the decision was easy. She decided to leave. And while I do love the drama of The Bachelor, I did really enjoy the message behind this episode. I think a lot of times, we have Aha Moments in life about a lot of things: careers, goals, interests, relationships, etc. But sometimes we don’t act on them. I personally think the hardest time to act on an Aha Moment is when you are in a relationship and I have so much respect for Andi for speaking her mind. I will admit that I’ve definitely stayed in relationships (or kept talking to somebody) even after I had my own Aha Moment just because I still had strong feelings for them. But, like Andi, I’ve learned that people will eventually show their true colors and if it feels like they aren’t asking about you or don’t know much about you, it’s because they really don’t care.

It’s ironic how this is one of my favorite scenes from The Bachelor ever, as it has no romance, no fancy date, no Arie kisses, no adorable elephant riding into the sunset or no tear-jerking proposal. While it doesn’t have the usual storylines I’m used to seeing, this scene has love. Self love. It takes someone who truly knows, respects and, most importantly, loves themselves to do what Andi did. I hope that after seeing this episode, that is what women take from it. Not that Andi is dumb for leaving the hot, latino Juan Pablo; but that she is smart, empowered and inspirational for doing what she did, and to always respect and love yourself first. 

LOVE YOURSELF FIRST, LADIES! (click for source)

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Thoughts on The Bachelor this season? Have you ever changed your life or made a big decision after having an Aha Moment?

No Time, No Problem

My friend from college, Chelsea, wrote this post and I couldn’t agree more. Some days, I am really busy teaching english all day and by the end of the day I am “too tired” to go to the gym (aka I want to lay in my bed and watch The Bachelor). I love her tips and would recommend it to anyone who has a busy lifestyle but is trying to become healthier and get more active! I recently bought a yoga mat and do yoga and little pinterest workouts some nights and it has really helped me. Check out her tips below!

Her Healthy Kitchen

With interning this year full time, I feel like I gained a lot of respect and sympathy for those who work for 8 hours or more each day and really just don’t feel like they have the time to go to the gym or workout, even if they want to. I understand now the feeling of “I’m just too tired to go to the gym” or “After finally getting home and getting a chance to relax, the last thing I want to do is do a tedious 1 hour workout.” This post is all about things that I have done this year to help me stay fit, even while I am working full time as an intern and taking class on my day off. There are also some other general ideas that I have come up with to still get a quick, effective work out in, even with only a minimal…

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A Day In Tuscany

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When it rains in Bilbao, I always let my mind wander. Today, my mind has been in one place, and one place only: Tuscany.

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During my Eurotrip last May and June, I spent a little over a week in Italy, visiting Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and Rome. We stayed in Florence for a few nights and decided to do a day trip to the Tuscan vineyards. BEST DECISION EVER.

View of Florence from Tuscany

View of Florence from Tuscany

We made a last minute decision and booked a day trip through Tuscany Bike Tours.

I remember taking this picture with our helmets on to prove that we rode bikes....lol

I remember taking this picture with our helmets on to prove that we rode bikes….lol

I remember sitting in our hostel in Venice (the city we visited before Florence) and just deciding to book a tour. For booking small tours or day trips, I would always recommend to wait until you are in Europe or in the specific city before you book them. Lots of hostels offer day tours or have a wall of brochures for every day tour imaginable, that you probably wouldn’t find through a google search. We booked day tours for the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, Stonehenge in Great Britain and Tuscany in Italy while we were in Europe. I know this might seem like a bad idea, but trust me, when you travel plans change and you want to have flexibility without feeling like you HAVE to go on a certain tour because you dropped 80 euros for it. For other tips on planning a Eurotrip, check out my blog post: How To Plan Your First Eurotrip.

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Anyways, the Tuscany Bike Tour included shuttle to/from Florence, bike/helmet rental, guided tour through vineyards, villas and olive groves of Tuscany, tour of a wine cellar, tasting of Tuscan wine and Tuscan olive oil, meal at a family run restaurant near the vineyard, which was amazing.

Wine cellar

Wine cellar

The guys who led the tour were awesome and I would recommend this day trip to anyone who likes wine, exploring, vineyards, pretty scenery, riding bikes and TUSCANY!

Classic Italy

Classic Italy

My favorite part of the tour was tasting the wine and getting a nice buzz during the day then riding through the hills of Tuscany.

Olive groves

Olive groves

Visiting the old castle and wine cellars weren’t bad either.

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Basically, if you are in Italy, anywhere near Tuscany, GO. If you are thinking about traveling to Italy, add Tuscany to your list. It was one of my trip highlights and my favorite thing I did while I was in Italy. Tuscany is one of those naturally beautiful places. It doesn’t have the fanciest architecture or big cathedrals everywhere, it has rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves. And to me, the natural beauty and simplicity of Tuscany is prettier than a lot of cities I’ve visited in Europe.

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Have you been to Tuscany? Do you prefer places with more natural beauty or more architecture?