WIWW: What I Worked Wednesday

Hello, readers, happy Wednesday! I have been back from some epic vacationing for about a week now and finally found time to blog again. It’s been a while since I did a workout post, and I thought recording a week when I was doing some traveling might be helpful for anyone who is trying to figure out how to fit in workouts during summer trips. I was fortunate to have two of these days right near a beach, and one night in a hotel that had a gym, but the other days I was making due in small spaces with no equipment. After the beach days, this schedule doesn’t look very different from my normal weeks of exercise (I love the flexibility of the YouTube workouts whether I’m away from home or not), but these can definitely work for travel as well!


sit-ups on the beach.*


Saturday: 1 mile run (on the beach!); 30 day ab challenge; 50 full squats, 50 burpees, 50 air squats; light yoga on the beach

Sunday: 2 mile treadmill run; 40 push-ups/80 tricep dips (alternating 20 and 40); 30 day ab challenge; 3 sun salutations

Monday: Melissa Bender 15 min HIIT; Amanda Russel Burpee Insanity; 30 day ab challenge; 15 minute yoga flow

Tuesday: PurelyTwins 18 minute HIIT; 30 day ab challenge; Pop Fitsugar Calorie Burning Cardio; 3 sun salutations

Wednesday: ZWOW #9; Fitsugar Cardio Sweat; Tone It Up Yoga

Thursday: 1 mile run; 30 day ab challenge; PurelyTwins Upper Body Workout; Tone It Up Yoga

Friday: Melissa Bender 23 Minute HIIT; 30 day ab challenge; FitSugar Yoga


A note about that pic of me in a two-piece: This is the first time ever in my life that I have worn a bikini. This is not because I am thinner than I have ever been (on the contrary), but rather because I am more accepting of my body than I ever have been. It was incredibly liberating and emotional for me to walk around on a beach like this. After about 18 years of struggling with body hate, feeling good in a bathing suit felt like a really big fucking deal.

I think there are a lot of reasons that I have reached this point. Part of it is that I’m just too tired to exert the energy it takes to be so preoccupied with not having a “perfect” body. It’s exhausting. Part of it is that I feel really strong—-becoming a Sculpt teacher this year was really helpful for me feeling confident about not what my body looks like, but what it can do. Part of it is probably due to Lena Dunham (seriously. I know her feminist politics aren’t perfect, but her body confidence is super powerful to me). And part of it is absolutely due to the inspiration I get from Lacy Davis. Lacy has an incredible ability to motivate others through her amazing relationship to food and health. I talk about her a lot, but I do it because this grrrl has changed my life for the better. Thank you, Lacy! (And if you are struggling with body image, I cannot recommend her blog enough, and I would also highly recommend thinking about getting health coaching from her.)


What workouts do you like to do while traveling? What workouts, in general, have you been enjoying lately? 

10 thoughts on “WIWW: What I Worked Wednesday

  1. Natalia says:

    Hey girly, love your words on body love : ) so cool you’re rocking that bod – such an awesome photo too! (I’m missing the beachy weather and beach trips! We’re all set for winter..). Thanks for the links too. I’m looking for some winter workout inspiration, I’m sure I’ve found some here. Xo

  2. lacy j davis says:

    YESSSSSS. everything in this makes me so happy. I want to try some of those exercises now!!! I haven’t done any of them except the beach running. Yay internet fitness!

    • raechel says:

      I hope you enjoy them! They might feel sort of “Cross Fit Lite” because most of them are just bodyweight, but they have a similar idea with HIIT style stuff. : )

  3. FoodFeud says:

    When you beach-run do you wear shoes? Or go barefoot? I’ve heard different things.
    I never really work out much, but as I get older I’m finding I ought to…but I’m also coming around to enjoying it. It’s mostly light yoga, just to help back pain, which is about all I can take in the heat anyway.

    • raechel says:

      No shoes! I have never barefoot run anywhere else, but on the beach, def. no shoes. I think exercise is an inarguably good thing, but I definitely think people should find things that suit them. If that’s light yoga, then that’s great! It also seems like you probably walk a ton? That counts too!

    • raechel says:

      Thanks, gal. It was a big deal for me. But, like I said, it was definitely more about how I *felt* than how I *looked.* Never thought that could be real for me, but it finally is….

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