A young couple focused on great workouts and feasting well -- all on a low budget (did we mention we're total nerds, too)!

I Didn’t Hit Snooze for a Week and Here’s What Happened

I found myself hitting the snooze button more and more often. Maybe it was a hard workout the night before, stress, or just not hitting the hay early enough. Usually, I wake up pretty early and get stuff done in the morning whether that’s a workout or whatever. But for a time, I just kept snoozing and snoozing until it was last alarm time, gotta-get-up-or-you’ll-be-late type of deal. 

So, I made a vow to myself for a week that I would NOT press the snooze button for a week and see how it felt. See what more I could or couldn’t get done and so on and so forth. So, each morning even if I really really wanted to hit that snooze button and get a few more minutes of sleep, I got my butt up outta bed. Even if Hungry stayed in bed and Noke was slow to wake up, we got up (yep, if I’m up, Noke’s up–she’s my precious little shadow).

About what you would expect happened….

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Hilary and Ernesto’s Wedding in Pictures

Part of our East Coast trip was to go to the wedding of my very dear friend, Hilary

Part of our East Coast trip was to go to the wedding of my very dear friend, Hilary

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The Top 10 Workout Songs for September 2016

Please enjoy a guest post from our friends at RunHundred.com.

The key to any workout mix is finding the right balance between fresh and familiar tracks. Ones in the former category keep your routine from getting repetitive, while those in the latter provide a reliable thrills when you need an instant boost. As luck would have it, this month’s top 10 list is heavy on hits of both varieties.

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Boxing Home Workout For Everyone

Boxing is an incredible way to stay in shape. You can develop your muscles through repetitive movement of punches. You will certainly work on your cardio through boxing, there’s hardly any way to escape that. Your coordination will improve as well by getting footwork and the timing of your punches down. It is also great for getting out any aggression, trust me! With all these benefits, people should be lining up to do boxing. However, maybe you don’t have a boxing gym nearby. Maybe you can’t afford one. Maybe you just want to be able to do it at home. Well, here we go, I’ve created a small boxing-like workout for you to do at home. This requires no gloves and only one piece of equipment which you can sub out. Boxing isn’t easy, but it’s a worth-it workout. (Please excuse the sleepy morning photos)  

1. Jump rope (1 min). If you don’t have a jump rope, do air rope like I’m doing in the pictures. Challenge yourself. Do different paces. Try on just one leg. Try high knees. Work hard! This part should get your heart PUMPIN’.

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Our Labor Day Weekend in Pics

Started the weekend off right by locking most my family up in a cage

Started the weekend off right by locking most my family up in a cage

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Men’s Health: September Highlights

Take 2. Men’s Health does these Seasonal Fashion Guides and this one includes the Fall Fashion Guide. I’m not a huge fan of it; it’s not really an incentive for my subscription. Still, this one had more of a takeaway than any in the past. You’ll see, but we’ll get to that last. 

The bulletin section is a nice piece of smart marketing as the bold headlines really catch your eye. There are random tips here including how to avoid sounding like an old-man. How? Sing more. Useful section. 

But it’s not even the useful stuff section, which fails to disappoint. Here are some highlights from that section:

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Our Weekend in Pictures

Including a family trip to Universal Studios Hollywood!

Before we get to the Universal pictures, we did other fun stuff like go to see Kubo!

Before we get to the Universal pictures, we did other fun stuff like go to see Kubo!

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Your Good Deed for the Month

Hey everyone, we know you’re all good people but in the spirit of greatness, please consider our plea. A close friend of ours has a dog that means everything to her. When your family lives on the other side of the country and you move to LA because you have a great job, you can’t take much with you. (Trust me, I know what it’s like to be far from home… many of us do.) Fortunately, for all of us pet lovers, we only need one thing (or in our case, four) to come home to at the end of the day. 

Dog breeds are sort of irrelevant. Basenjis can yodel and stand on two legs, standard poodles can swim really well, and french bulldogs can fly away with their ears, but all breeds really are sweethearts when they’re raised in a loving and caring home. Taza is a big, older, sweet rottweiler mix who needs a little help right now. See, when we’re not feeling well and can’t perform up to par at work, we know how to take care of ourselves. We go to the doctor, get an x-ray, and often can take care of what is wrong before it becomes a serious issue. The thing is, as humans, we really are at the top of the food chain, but you don’t have to look at it like that.

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Working Out Without Equipment

Bad weather, traffic, house chores, errands. There are many reasons why sometimes going to the gym is out of the question, but you really need to get your blood pumping and burn those calories. You may not have your favorite cross trainer or treadmill at home—or any equipment, for that matter—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get fit and build muscle right wherever you are.

By working out at home, you can save money on those pesky gym membership fees and the hassle of going there in traffic and then hustling for equipment, especially at peak times. Another worthwhile tip for saving money besides just the gym is using coupon codes at your favorite stores to get even more off the original retail price. There are many online voucher code sites that can provide you better deals than those offered on the actual site.

Here are some easy and effective ways to work out without equipment. Try them today!

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