Burp-it Circuit

One week into Lent and what happens? I cave.

If you recall, I have/had given up sweets for Lent and went in thinking I could make it for the entire 46 days. I made it 7.

After receiving a package from one of my good friend’s mom back home, I found a mouth watering surprise. Boise’s very own Lee’s Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels. Oh I’m a weak woman. After one week of no sugar I finally couldn’t resist popping one of those delectable, savory piece of goodness in my mouth. I don’t know whether to applaud whoever decided to combine salty and sweet wrapped in a pretty bow, or shake my finger at them for making such an irresistible treat. I put them back up in the closet so we’ll see if I can make it another week Winking smile Doubtful, since these are absolutely divine and quite the challenge to resist. Thank you Miss Kay!

I also had my first taste of New York Italian food at Carmine’s with my friend Vicki who I met through the Miss America Program. We randomly met one year at Miss America at the tradeshow the year before I won Miss Idaho. Despite living on opposite ends of the country, we stayed in touch. When I moved to her end of the country, she made us reservations and made the 3 hour commute from Pennsylvania so we could reunite! It was a wonderful dinner that was filled with 4 hours of laughter, catching up, and closing down Carmine’s.
With the cold weather and many rainy days, I’ve found myself drinking even more tea than usual. There’s just something comforting about having a cup of tea in your favorite mug. In addition to that, I recently realized that my favorite tea, Yogi Organic Tea, comes with a little message on each tab of the bag.


With my message of inspiring other toward happiness, I decided what better way to bring happiness than through some sweat bracing, endorphin filled workout!


If this doesn’t make you sweat, well, I would advice that you make sure you were born with sweat glands. For the toe touches, lightly tap your toes on a box in front of you (or stair) at a rapid pace. Then take a dumbbell in each hand and squat and curl the dumbbells as you come up, then add an overhead press. When doing the ball crunches, try to keep the medicine ball over your head or act as if you were going to throw it as you come up. The burpee push up starts out as a push up with your two dumbbells, then do an upright row on each side while in push up position and come up just as you would a burpee but leave the dumbbells on the ground for when you come back down to do a push up. (The sweat should start coming at this point!). For the side squats, bring your foot back after squatting to the side and kick the opposite end of your rear (like you would in butt kickers). Try to keep the dumbbell directly over your head when doing the side plank. Lift your leg and support yourself on one leg and the palm of your hand to add a challenge. Jump lunges are basically just scissoring your legs back and forth as you jump from one leg to the next while lunging 15 times on each side. Push up ball tuck starts with placing your toes on a ball with your hands on the floor under your shoulders. Then do a push up followed by dragging the ball into your chest with your toes and bring it back to push up position. That’s one. As you do knee highs, treat it like you’re running in place but bring your knees up to your chest. Lay down on a mat for the ab rope climbers, extend your legs perpendicular to the floor and keep your core tight as you extend your arms to touch your toes and “climb the rope” 25 times each side. Repeat the circuit 2-3 times.

Feeling like you want that next level of sweat? (You’re crazy!) Follow with 10 minutes of speed intervals on the treadmill. (One minute sprinting, one minute jog and back to one minute sprinting and so forth). Don’t forget to stretch afterwards!

Definitely was mopping up after myself when I was done with this one. Hope you enjoyed a little sweat fest from this!

What workout really gets your endorphins going? How have YOU helped to inspire others today?

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Genevieve Marie, that’s me!

I’m a compassionate, optimistic, active, spontaneous, enthusiastic, and driven woman who is head over in heels in love with life and making a difference in the world. That’s a lot of adjectives to use in one sentence to describe a 5’2” little lady! But just like my old soccer coach used to say “Dynamite comes in a small package” and this piece of dynamite has a lot of ambition and a lot of personality, of which you will see a lot of in this blog!

I started my blogging experience back in 2010 where I dabbled around with a few posts before I became more involved in the blogging world.  At the time, I was working towards my degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Journalism at Boise State University and was also competing for the title of Miss Idaho. In 2011, I had qualified for the 4th time as a contestant vying for the title of Miss Idaho and an opportunity to represent my state at Miss America. That year I changed my motto to “4th time’s the charm” after I was beyond blessed to be crowned Miss Idaho. The experience I had over the course of 365 days was unbelievable and one that has left me humbled and grateful. I have posted all the hard work, memories, and people who I met during that year in Life In the Heels of Miss Idaho if you want to read more about my experience. And what an experience it was! My blog then was called A Woman of Few Words But Great Action, before switching to this new blog when I realized it was time to grow and get more creative! (Find out why I changed the name and how this blog is intended to give a dosage of b vitamins!)

Now I am back to the real world and am working on graduating this semester. What a transition it has been! Between my busy class schedule, weekend long workshops, endless amounts of reading and papers each evening, working part-time, writing for my school’s paper, squeezing in time to catch up with friends and enjoy time with my family, and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, I am working on expanding my blog and covering even more than before. From funny, random occurrences during my day to how I live an active lifestyle and the food I enjoy as well as beauty and fashion discussions.

I absolutely love traveling and trying new things, so there won’t be a moment that doesn’t go down in the books! If you have any questions regarding absolutely anything in the world, feel free to contact me and I’ll answer whatever question you may have. Or if there is something you would like to see more of, let me know and I’ll see what I can do because after all, you’re the one reading it and I want to know what interests you!

I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I get a kick out of writing it!