Undressed Skeleton — Finding Fitness!

Finding Fitness!

I completed week one on a treadmill. (so boring) I’m working on increasing my speed during the small runs! Today is a five mile. Hopefully I can get the miles all under nine minutes. This is one of Hal Higon’s training plans but I changed it a little to fit my fitness level! 

I am almost done with week two of the half marathon training plan. I had to make a couple swaps. On Tuesday, instead of running, I hiked a mountain to replace Wednesday’s cross training. I fit my Tuesday run in on Wednesday. I did two 9:30 minute miles and one 8:45 minute mile. Some of you were concerned as to why I had not planned any rest days but that doesn’t mean I won’t take them. I believe in listening to my body when it tells me to rest. If I’m feeling 100% then there is no reason not to do a little strength training or run a couple leisure miles. Today my scheduled four miles has turned into a rest day. I’ll most likely go for a light walk to keep my body from feeling stiff.  My body is sore and working out would be ill-advised. I scheduled a deep tissue massage for tomorrow to relax and heal the sore spots. 


Before I forget, I want to update you all on my training. As you can see…this week was a flop. But I can’t say my body didn’t need it. We all have our “off” weeks but it motivates me to do my best next week! This is why I don’t schedule rest days. You naturally run into them, unless you have a consistent schedule everyday.

Friday was a rest with a little light walk. Saturday I blew a little energy on a hike. Today I skipped my big run because I didn’t feel like running. We all have those days, right? Tomorrow I turned my three mile run into a four mile run. I’m going to work on getting a steady run in and tomorrow work on my time! 

Don’t worry. I haven’t quit my training. I took a couple days off last week when friends were in town. I think it was beneficial, too. My knee was really giving me trouble on Wednesday of last week. I’m starting to think it’s a speed thing. The past couple runs have been pain free. Hopefully this keeps up! 

I never thought I’d say this in Arizona, but “thank goodness for a sunny day.” The rain was ceaseless for about three days in a row. It was much needed. It has been thirteen years since Scottsdale has rained that much. 

After being confined to a hotel room due to the weather, I was ready to loosen up the stiff legs. I wanted to enjoy a day outdoors before I fly home. I leave tomorrow and can’t wait to get back. I’m not excited to leave Scottsdale because I love it here! I am just ready to see my family and dog as I’ve mentioned in almost every post this week. 

The hike up Camelback is so much fun and rewarding once you get to the top. Jeremy and I sat up there for about an hour playing “eye spy.” If we weren’t so hungry and ready for dinner, we would have stayed up longer.

Some of you were asking where my sweatshirt and pants were from. Unfortunately my pants were purchased a year ago at Lululemon but my sweatshirt is from Purusha People! You should really check out their active wear. It’s amazing. And they have all kinds of colored leggins. http://www.purushapeople.com/


I can get used to the beautiful Arizona mountains, the weather, and the endless things to do. I get stressed out sometimes without the consistency of living in one place, but it’s doing things like this that reminds me of how lucky I am. Sure, I have to put some plans of mine on hold for a couple years but it’s all worth it. It’s now or never. 


Goals are usually set after being inspired by someone or something great. I get inspired when I see people complete their goals or when I see progress in my own life. I wanted to share with you someone who inspires me everyday as I continue my running journey. I have mentioned my dreams about completing a marathon and Courtney is my inspiration. I look up to her as the running master. She has great advice, realistic methods, and always willing to help! I hope you enjoy the read and feel free to ask your questions below! -Taralynn 


8 miles complete on this beautiful Saturday morning!

Yesterday morning my 50 year old mom kept up with me for 7 nine minute miles! I am so proud of her! This gives me NO excuse. 


Workout fuel before or after a workout? Everyone has different answers for this question. For me, I like to get a protein fuel in before and a recovery snack afterwards. I split one protein snack 30 minutes before my workout and eat the rest 15 minutes after my workout. This is a great article to read if you are wondering why protein is such a huge factor in muscle building and weight loss. Protein is for EVERYONE, not just bodybuilders or athletes. One of my easy to-go protein fuels is a protein bar. I break it in half to eat before and after my workout. 

In the summer, for fun, I like to golf. I spend almost six hours out on the course everyday. I try to skip the cart as much as possible, unless it’s a busy day out on the course. I hate being the slow poke. Doing something you love makes working out so easy and fun. You don’t always have to hit the gym or run a thousand miles. 

I take advantage of the summer weather. After spending most of the winter indoors, I can’t wait to throw on some shorts and dart out the door for a sweaty workout. Sometimes running can get repetitive,  so I like to switch it up every couple days. This morning, I wrote out a little workout on a piece of paper. It looked like the photo above, just less colorful and more scribbles.

Before the workout, I filled up a water bottle, applied sunscreen, and set a yoga mat on the driveway. The first set was fast, but I was already dripping in sweat. The second round was a struggle and I kept getting slower and slower as I did the workout. I eventually completed the workout in 35 minutes. Hopefully in a couple days, when I repeat the workout, I can get a better time! I use my Ipod on the runs for music and the clock on the Ipod to time my planks. 

Working out can make you, but break you when it comes to your skin. Never neglect your skin after a workout. Eating a healthy diet can improve your skin tremendously, unless you let sweat and dirt attack your pores. My skin always looks great in the summer. I eat more fresh fruit, vegetables, and absorb extra vitamin D. I like to workout outside in the heat for an extra sweat. In order to maintain my healthy skin, I have to cleanse it. 

Try to remove your face makeup before working out. Your eye makeup won’t make a huge different, but the powders or foundation can clog up those pores or irritate your skin. No one really cares what you look like working out, so don’t focus on trying to get all cute. Unless Channing Tatum is in your body pump class. 

After my workout, I take a hot shower and use my face scrub to cleanse deep down in my pores. I use a white cloth to make sure all the make up and dirt is completely off my face. After I get out of the shower and dry off, I add my face mask. (2-3 times a week). I leave it on my face for 5-10  minutes. I remove my mask with cold water. The cold water closes my pores and protects it from future dirt and sweat. 
In a blender: 
-2 Tbsps Almonds (use sliced almonds for easier blending)
The almonds exfoliate dead skin cells and help refine the tone of your skin. 
-1/2 Large Cucumber (peeled)
Cucumbers are perfect for your face in the morning or on your lunchtime workout. Going back to work or school with a red puffy face may be embarrassing  The cucumber restores your color and glow. If your face becomes inflamed after your workout, the cucumber juices will help reduce the inflammation. 

-1 Tbsp Honey
Like the cucumber, honey also restores your color and reduces inflammation  Honey also restores the moisture in your skin. Honey kills bacteria helping your acne or breakouts. 

-1 Container Plain Greek Yogurt
Yogurt is perfect for controlling that greasy fog that attacks the face when you are wearing make up. The lactic acid in yogurt keeps your face hydrated and sheds dead skill cells faster. The faster your dead skin cells shed, the faster your skin can revitalize new kin cell grown.  

-1/2 Small Banana
Bananas are what keep your skin soft. Bananas are full of vitamins. Bananas play a huge role in evening out your natural skin tone.  

3 Tbsp Sea Salt
Sea salt exfoliates and scrubs all the dead skin cells off your face. If you have any tough spots on your face, the sea salt will help soften those areas. Sea salt absorbs toxins and unnatural chemicals from your face which gives your face a perfect detox. 

After blending all the ingredients together, keep in a closed container in your refrigerator. The face mask will last 7-10 days. This is the perfect gift for you girlfriends or for mothers day!

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Tara Stiles is the best Yoga Instructor! She will REALLY teach you to LOVE yoga!

VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w116qNKHMOo&list=UUkbRJKtiIoQ330fAZiE9_sg&feature=plcp

Perfect way to jump into yoga instead of paying for classes! You could also do this as a bedroom work out! 

 VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pnOoxwi9aE&feature=share

VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/user/CafeMomStudios?v=jd5JdCl_qE4

Sadie created a fresh, new, super-effective 20-minute sequence to torch calories, and help you lose weight! Learn it, and a Core Breath Technique that amps up your weight loss benefits in much less time than with many other yoga and exercise forms. If you want to tone up, raise your metabolism, sculpt your muscles and lose weight…this is for you

VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Wt9CFb-4s

Get back in shape or learn how to get in shape with our beginners’ workout video. 

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvWEADm-49w

This is one of my favorite unique workout videos I have found! When workout equipment is low get creative and use your surroundings! Here is and awesome little stair work out you can do at home, in your dorm hallway or the park. She is an awesome trainer and really makes it easy to understand. I did this workout in my apartment staircase before my run this morning. I also did some stretches using the stairs! 



Best arm workout!! Slim arms!!

Tone It Up trainers, Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson, show you 5 circuit moves, best arm workout, that target key muscles to burn the bulge in your arms. Complete 3 sets of each exercise for 12-15 reps, and soon you’ll see sleeker, slimmer and FLAB-U-LESS arms! 

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihok8WJnVd4

The girl push up- Cross your ankles and do the push up! It takes more weight off your arms making it easier to lift your own weight. I like to do 5 girl pushups followed by 5 man pushups. 

Nothing better than working out on the beach!

Don’t sit and watch! Participate in sand volleyball! Who cares if you arent good! Who is…

Play a sand sport like frisbee, football or volleyball

Use those arm muscles and dig for seashells along the beach! See who can collect the most.

Use some shovels and buckets and make a sand castle or woman like we did. You’d be surprised how sore your arms will feel afterwards.

Take peaceful walk on the beach to relax and stay active after dinner.

Go to the beach early morning and do yoga, strength training and stretches! Bring a friend and go get coffee afterwards!

Don’t sit and have your afternoon or morning coffee. Get it to go and walk the town. Its much more entertaining and the point of coffee is to wake you up right? So wake up and walk.

I love baking and it gets me off my butt and onto my feet. Lifting and stirring and walking back in fourth! Just learn to have will power or baking will be pointless! Keep healthy snacks around like cherries and grapes to eat while baking

Try something new. Pick up a new sport like bmx or tennis that you want to get better at. Keep working at it. 


Don’t work out alone! Grab your friends and go :)

Fall is my favorite season. I am always making excuses to go outside. I love all seasons, but summer can get too hot to run outside. Spring can get too rainy and winter can be too cold or snowy. I went on a 3 mile, 30 minute run this morning, then went back to grab Grumples for his walk. I’ would have taken him on my run this morning but he has an ear infection and his antibiotics are making him a little sleepy. 

We walked almost two hours just enjoying the weather and chasing leaves. The parks were so beautiful, all the leaves were changing. I get into a walking mode where I don’t want to stop. I have a fall playlist I like to walk to that consist of : Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Gotye, John Mayer, Mumford and Sons and Fun. Anything calming sends me into my walking mood. Grumples and I try to do this early morning and right after dinner. 

After we got back to the house I made a pumpkin latte from Maxwell House topped with FF Reddi Whip and sprinkled a little of the pumpkin mix on top. I better enjoy the fall weather now because it doesn’t last long. 

I can’t get enough of this weather. Today my mom and I took a walk with Grumples in the park. The trees were so pretty and bright. I’m sad to wear a coat and trade in the flip flops for closed toed shoes, but excited for the upcoming Holidays. I try to walk as much as I can before the weather is too cold to face. 

I can’t get enough of this weather. Today my mom and I took a walk with Grumples in the park. The trees were so pretty and bright. I’m sad to wear a coat and trade in the flip flops for closed toed shoes, but excited for the upcoming Holidays. I try to walk as much as I can before the weather is too cold to face. 

Fun and easy workouts you can do on the beach or at the park with your friends


Rock Climbing is one of my favorite work outs. The average weight can burn up to 330 calories in just 30 minutes of rock climbing! It’s a great way to bond with your friends or to have an active date.

Television Tuesday Workout! I love my Tuesday T.V. but sitting on the couch 3 hours in a row is very inactive so I’ve decided to earn my T.V. time and make it useful! Join the workout tonight! Don’t forget to tweet your workout results to @taralynnstweets with #prettylittleliars #dancemoms #teenmom so I can follow!

Here is a print off sheet for days you can’t decide what you want to do for your workout!
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After every work out don’t forget to reward yourself

Ditch the golf carts and walk 9 holes of golf. You can burn up to 500 calories golfing for a couple hours. 

Challenge someone to tennis. Who cares if you arent good. Running back and fourth chasing the tennis ball will give you a great work out. Have you ever seen tennis players?….

Go Ice skating with your friends or boyfriend! Jeremy and I love skating for exercise.

Pick and rip your work out! Give yourself options and make it a goal to finish all the workouts by the end of the month! Make sure some are calm, hard, and fun! Tonight I did Zumba!

Kickboxing Class!

I have been doing a couple classes kickboxing! It is incredibly tough! A great work out. 

Swimming laps uses every muscle in your body and burns more calories than you can imagine. Michael Phelps eat over 10,000 calories a day when he swims if that tells you anything. 

Get your ipod loaded and walk to your favorite music.

Zumba for the wii is the best way to burn calories and have fun. Yout don’t have to be good at dancing either. You can burn up to 600 calories in 1 hour. 

After eating all that wedding food get up and dance your butt off!

Believe me I can’t dance to save my life, but Zumba is super fun and easy to catch on to! I play it on the Wii and picked up on the moves before I did it in an actual class. I couldnt stop laughing at myself and forgot I was even working out. If you find working out boring and such a pain PLEASE try to do Zumba! You can either go to a class or do it alone in your bedroom on the wii! I love doing it :) 

VIDEO : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G1AkJ-97ng&feature=share

VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdLVYf9gTz0

Even on busy days you can find at least 30 minutes to workout. Before school, before work, before bed, after work, after school, on your break…etc. It’s just getting the motivation to do it. Here is one of my favorite quick work outs for busy days or lazy days. 

This is awesome! I love bedroom workouts. They are perfect for rainy days, winter and dorm rooms. 

Lose Weight Fast Morning Bedroom Workout - BEXLIFE (by genghisgirl)

VIDEO- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7YnqibvUD14

In the air bicycle. Keep your shoulders flat on the ground. Hold your back up with your hands and swing your legs in a cycling motion.

I love working out, but only when it’s fun. Swimming, hiking, walking, playing sports, dancing are some of my favorite work outs! Sometimes I’ll attempt new work outs when I go to the gym, so Monday I headed to the gym with Jeremy to get a work out in by playing basketball. The courts were all full, so we decided to waste some time until they opened up. When we got to the fitness room, I saw a line of 20 StairMaster machines. I have watched numerous people work out on these but I had yet to try one. I thought “no biggy! they are just stairs”, BOY WAS I WRONG! I was on them for ten minutes and felt like I was going to fall over! My legs are still burning! So if you are looking for a fast work out I guess these machines will do the trick! Will I ever do these again?….maybe if I lose a bet!

Just finished this 10 minute ab video and it was awesome! My stomach is BURNING right now! She has tons more too! Check them out!:) I’m going to start doing 3 of her videos a day! 

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acVU6HGmyVk&feature=share

10 Minute workout you can do in your room with out weights or equipment. Do this before school, after school and before bed and that’s thirty minutes of fitness! It’s the perfect way to fit it into your schedule. 

VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_J8btnIEKQ&feature=share

VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/user/LivestrongWoman?v=sApTnZszFZ8

Sooooo excited to finally have new running shoes! My workout today felt like I was running on the clouds :) It’s been 4 years since I have bought a new pair! My knees were starting to hate me for my shoe hoarding. 

Sooooo excited to finally have new running shoes! My workout today felt like I was running on the clouds :) It’s been 4 years since I have bought a new pair! My knees were starting to hate me for my shoe hoarding. 

How To Prepare Yourself Before A Race!

Race season is almost here, and the drive toward healthy living. Many veteran runners know what it takes to prepare the body for a race and how to recover afterward but there is always room for improvement. New runners including myself are always seeking tips and guidance as to diet and function. Here are some amazing health tips that provide specific dietary instructions on how to prepare and recover from your upcoming races! These tips are from Dr. Sue DeCotiis of Manhattan Medical Weight Loss Physicaian and Nutritionist/Co-founder of BeyondDiet.com, Isabel De Los Rios. 


·       Do not introduce new foods into the diet. As most runners are already healthy eaters, it’s important to focus on what makes your body perform at its best. A diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats including whole grains and proteins, and lots of water are key to preparing your body. About 2-3 days before the race, start bringing carbohydrate intake up to about 60% of your daily caloric count.

·       What to Eat: About 2-3 days before the race, start bringing carbohydrate intake up to about 60% of your daily caloric count. A large meal packed with healthy carbohydrates. Wheat and gluten free pasta, quinoa, oatmeal, brown rice, and sweet potatoes are great sources of energy and are all healthy options that will help to maintain strength and endurance. Proteins are also of the utmost importance; include a 3-4 oz. serving of naturally raised proteins such as meat, poultry or fish.

·       How to Eat: Give yourself plenty of time between dinner and bed so that your body has time to digest before race day. Spread out meals throughout the day and allow yourself 2-4 small snacks, including nuts, fruits and vegetables. Stay hydrated; if you are an avid coffee or tea drinker, drink two glasses of water for every caffeinated beverage.

Race Day

·       One of the biggest issues that slow runners down is gastritis. The last thing you need during a marathon is to suffer from digestive issues. Often, vitamins will relieve this issue, such as B12, folic acid, magnesium and niacin.

·       What to Eat: Be sure to have breakfast consist mostly of carbohydrates and protein. The first meal of the day could be any combination of oatmeal, raw nuts, quinoa, fruits, nut butter, yogurt and eggs. The experts suggest testing out your pre-race breakfast before a run prior to the main event to avoid any gastrointestinal issues.

·       How to Eat: Finish breakfast at least 90 minutes before the race begins. Drink 16-24 ounces of water about 2-3 hours before and have another glass about 30 minutes before the race starts; continue to drink 5-7 ounces every half hour throughout the race.



·       It’s important to monitor your body during training and after the race is completed. Some women may experience diminishing levels of estrogen throughout the process due to the physical stress of preparing for a marathon. If you experience premature aging of the skin, fatigue, or unexplained mood swings, talk to your physician.

·       What to Eat: Coconut water is a great way to replenish the body’s electrolytes. Avoid drinks that are colored or high in sugar content; hydration is the focus. A protein shake and healthy carbohydrates are also important to help your body recover quickly. When snacking, opt for Greek yogurt, granola and berries for antioxidants.

·       How to Eat: Consume food slowly and space out meals to avoid overeating. Relax and reward yourself. There is no need to be as meticulous about your diet as you were during training. However, keep your diet healthy to avoid unwanted side effects.

For more tips and tricks from Isabel De Los Rios and Dr. Sue DeCotiis, visit BeyondDiet.com and ManhattanMedicalWeightLossPhysician.com, follow @Beyond_Diet and @WeightLossMD_NY on Twitter, and “Like” Beyond Diet and Manhattan Medical Weight Loss Physician on Facebook


 Carly Rae Jepsen - Bucket<br />
Forever The Sickest Kids - Keep On Bringing Me Down<br />
Ke$ha - Sleazy<br />
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful<br />
We The Kings- Somebody To Call My Own<br />
Driicky Graham - Snapbacks &amp; Tattoos<br />
Toby Keith - I Like Girls That Drink Beer<br />
Havana Brown- Spread A Little Love<br />
Jasmine Villegas - Didn&#8217;t Mean It<br />
Panic At The Disco - Lets Kill Tonight<br />
Fergie - Pedestal<br />
All Time Low- I Feel Like Dancin<br />
Sum 41- Fat Lip<br />
Garbage- Stupid Girl<br />
Kip Moore- Somethin Bout A Truck <br />
Here is my workout playlist for today&#8217;s workout! 

  1.  Carly Rae Jepsen - Bucket
  2. Forever The Sickest Kids - Keep On Bringing Me Down
  3. Ke$ha - Sleazy
  4. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
  5. We The Kings- Somebody To Call My Own
  6. Driicky Graham - Snapbacks & Tattoos
  7. Toby Keith - I Like Girls That Drink Beer
  8. Havana Brown- Spread A Little Love
  9. Jasmine Villegas - Didn’t Mean It
  10. Panic At The Disco - Lets Kill Tonight
  11. Fergie - Pedestal
  12. All Time Low- I Feel Like Dancin
  13. Sum 41- Fat Lip
  14. Garbage- Stupid Girl
  15. Kip Moore- Somethin Bout A Truck

Here is my workout playlist for today’s workout!

Today I&#8217;m going to spend an hour doing some strength training work outs. I&#8217;ll be sure to post my routine when I&#8217;m done. Here is the playlist I&#8217;ll be working out to today! 
 All Time Low - Time Bomb
The All American Rejects - Bookkeepers Daughter
Matt And Kim - Block After Block
Marina And The Diamonds - Hollywood
Melanie Mercer - Make You Mine
Ashley Jana - Party Party Party
Adam Lamber - Sure Fire Winners
Lucy Hale - Bless Myself
Shakira - Waka Waka
Pete Yorn- Stronger Than
Kanye West - Power
Downtown Friction - Thanks For Nothing
Alina- Red Light
Cobra Starship- Hotmess
Dennis Ferrer- Hey, hey

Today I’m going to spend an hour doing some strength training work outs. I’ll be sure to post my routine when I’m done. Here is the playlist I’ll be working out to today! 

  1.  All Time Low - Time Bomb
  2. The All American Rejects - Bookkeepers Daughter
  3. Matt And Kim - Block After Block
  4. Marina And The Diamonds - Hollywood
  5. Melanie Mercer - Make You Mine
  6. Ashley Jana - Party Party Party
  7. Adam Lamber - Sure Fire Winners
  8. Lucy Hale - Bless Myself
  9. Shakira - Waka Waka
  10. Pete Yorn- Stronger Than
  11. Kanye West - Power
  12. Downtown Friction - Thanks For Nothing
  13. Alina- Red Light
  14. Cobra Starship- Hotmess