Tank – The Fifth Melvina | Crops – Lululemon | Jacket – Lululemon | Shoes – Nike | Watch – Apple

In high school my girlfriends would make fun of me because Converse Chuck Taylor’s were the closest thing I had to tennis shoes. Aside from playing volleyball from 7th – 10th grade (and not being that great at it) I have never really been physically active. Every so often I would go to the gym and use the elliptical and attempt some free weights but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to start working on my fitness. Over the past year or so I have been more focused on eating healthier and overall becoming healthier, happier and stronger (insert flexing arm emojii).

In order to have a complete and balanced healthy lifestyle – I understood fitness was a big part of that and was something I was totally missing. Healthier to me doesn’t mean a specific weight or jean size, healthier to me simply means feeling the best I possibly can! Being that I was pretty uneducated on how to train myself I purchased the Bikini Body Guide from Kayla Itsines in late August and I decided to start 6 weeks ago. I found Kayla on Instagram and I love looking through her motivational quotes and seeing how many lives she’s changed through fitness with her guides. She offers a 12 week training guide and a nutritional guide with recipes which I really love – I got both as I am always on the lookout for new recipes as well.

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I started with her pre-training section which is a 4 week course to get my body ready for the 12 week training to follow. I am now 2 weeks into the actual training and I am already seeing a dramatic difference in my figure and strength. The BBG consists of 3 circuits a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) with cardio days in between (Tuesday and Thursday). The circuits are broken down into 4 – 7 minute nonstop circuit sessions and the cardio is either low intensity (like walking) or high intensity (like sprints) depending on how far you are into the guide.

Here’s how I am doing the plan:

Monday – legs circuit

Tuesday – cardio (35 minutes)

Wednesday – arms and abs circuit

Thursday – cardio (35 minutes)

Friday – full body circuit (optional)

For my cardio as I am still in the beginning stages of the BBG – I am only doing low intensity so I have been walking on the treadmill for 35 minutes at an incline of 2.0 at 3.9 mph. I am honestly a little scared to get to the high intensity cardio with sprints as I am not the most coordinated person and actually tripped on the treadmill walking the other day.

Thoughts on #BBG – I’m not going to lie, ITS HARD! When I finish the circuits I look like a sweaty pig (hence why I didn’t take photos of me while working out) and it takes every ounce of me to complete all 4 – 7 minute sessions but I love how it pushes me and I can literally feel my body getting stronger. I have of course never tried any other workout plans but I love that I started with this one because it is so step by step. She even explains how to do each workout in the circuits if you’re really unexperienced like me! 🙂

Overall I am really, really loving this new addition to my life and finally feel like I am living a well rounded healthy lifestyle. I never realized how many benefits working out really has for your overall health. Who knew? I’m excited to see where my body goes in these next 10 weeks and I will post updates as I get closer to the end of the guide!

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shades of grey

Boots – Stuart Weitzman Lowland | T-shirt – Rag & Bone | Cape – Burberry | Hat – Rag & Bone | Sunglasses – Quay Melvina | Polish – Deborah Lippmann | Bag – Givenchy | Coat – The Fifth Melvina | Heels – Manolo Blahnik

I’ve really been loving the color grey for fall. When I purchased my Lowland boots I went back and forth between black or grey but when I tired them on – I fell in love with the grey ones no competition. I love the versatility the grey gives me both in matching outfits and in contrast. I have also been loving the monochrome look lately and am planning to style a look with a few of the pieces above in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!

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Sweater – Melvina | Jeans – Zara | Flats – Topshop (sold out) similar here | Bag and pom – Naked Vice

We had the most perfect fall weather in Texas today – cold and rainy so naturally I pulled out my first sweater of the season and had soup for dinner (so #fall). I love this sweater because although it looks like it might be chunky and heavy – it’s totally lightweight and super soft! The roll cowl neck is really in style this season too. I love this sweater so much that I had to get it in this burgundy as well as in black and I still have it on with my yoga pants as I type this – thats how comfy it is!

Bryson and I went out for Mexican dinner (or should we call it linner because it was at like 3PM) and on the way home we decided to do this impromptu photoshoot. We’re still working on his photography skills and my modeling/editing of photos! 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

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Boots – Stuart Weitzman Lowland

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Top – H&M | Plaid – Red Dress Boutique | Jeans – Zara | Flats – Topshop | Bag and Pom – Naked Vice

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Hat – Lack of Color Melvina | Top – The Fifth Melvina | Jeans – Zara| Flats – Topshop (black is sold out!)

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Sweater – Melvina

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Tee – The Fifth Melvina | Jeans – Zara (last year) | Boots – Stuart Weitzman Lowland

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Tee – StyleStalker Melvina | Sunglasses – Quay Melvina | Watch – Apple | Jeans – Altar’d State (last year) | Boots – Stuart Weitzman Lowland | Lips – YSL Volupte Sheer Candy #6

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Tee – StyleStalker Melvina | Leggings – Lululemon | Shoes – Nike

Welcome to my very first blog post on my new life and style blog JenniferxLauren. If you know me, you know this isn’t my first blog or the first time I’ve used writing as a creative outlet. I’ve done beauty blogging in the past for HelloGiggles and I’ve even written and sold an eBook on how to successfully sell things on Instagram. Starting my very own life and style blog has been something I’ve wanted to do for some time and now that I am at the busiest point in my life I thought – why not now?

Between owning Melvina which is my online clothing boutique, co-launching FurryFreshness which is a premium pet stain and odor remover with my boyfriend Bryson and mothering my 3 fur babies – I am constantly on my toes. I plan to use this blog as a way to open up my life to you guys and share as many fashion, beauty, lifestyle and business tips as possible. If you ever have a question about anything from where I bought something to what I eat for breakfast to how I started my online boutique just ask me! I love sharing my style and knowledge with others who share my passions.

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