Archive | June, 2014

Happy Wednesday

25 Jun

Tell me something happy! I had to get up way too early this morning and, while I fought it, I finally had to take a nap this afternoon. It meant I wasn’t as productive as I wanted to be I felt much better after some R&R and wanted to share some “happy”.

We’re re-doing the kitchen and we’re definitely not as far along as I had hoped but it is looking the way I want it to so that’s a happy thought. AND even more happy we leave for Italy soon! So after a nap, a Blogilates workout, and plenty of reasons to be happy I’m feeling pretty good.

It’s easy to get caught up in our to-do lists or negative things going on but I firmly believe there’s little that a workout and a good cup of coffee can’t fix. So, what’s your happy today?

ImageJudd Furlong Photography

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Finally back to the gym

21 Jun

Since I was getting back to work I wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing too much too soon with my back. Unfortunately that meant taking some time off the gym but yesterday I finally got back to it! It was only a 30 min. workout but I woke up today feeling sore and accomplished. If you make the most of your time, 30-45 min is all you need. My “gym buddy” had done legs the day before so we did back and shoulders.

Here’s the workout:

  • 30 sec walking planks x2
  • 30 sec side plank/side

3 sets of 12:

  • Machine rows
  • lat pull downs

3 sets of 20:

  • bicep curls
  • skull crushers

ImageScott Traczyk Photography

I work the next two days so today was a light day with physical therapy exercises and stretching. Trying to be smart about all this but it’s hard sometimes.

You’ll understand when…

13 Jun

I had a conversation yesterday (one of many like it) that got a little under my skin. I wasn’t going to write about it, mainly because of how frequently I have a similar conversation with various people. Then I saw this blog. Now, The Matt Walsh Blog has very little to do with mine and yet the idea is similar.

“You’ll understand when you’re older.” or “Just wait until you have kids.” or “Well you only work three days a week”. Never mind that those three days are 13 hour shifts (sometimes longer) and fall on weekends. Never mind that I haven’t had kids but I have had two reconstructive surgeries and multiple injuries. Never mind that there are an absurd amount of overweight and obese people my age and younger.

But every time I start to get worked up about it I realize… it isn’t me. They can’t really believe that I’m only in shape because I’m younger than them or don’t have kids or… insert excuse here. But people who aren’t ready to change or are trying to face past decisions have a need to rationalize. It’s human. We all do it. I do it! Because while I am in relatively good shape, it’s still not the shape I want to be in. I’m not to a maintenance stage yet but I’m also not currently putting in the work I’d need to improve. Sometimes I catch myself making excuses in my head “well, they don’t have…” but the reality is, that’s on me.

WE HAVE TO STOP. Making excuses by taking away others’ accomplishments doesn’t help anyone. We need to start saying “how did you do it with kids?” or “how did you come back from that injury?”. We need to learn from the people we want to be like, not make excuses why we can’t do the same thing.

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Back to Work

9 Jun

Well… good news! At the end of May I got cleared to go back to work, full duty. It was a bit of an adjustment to jump right back in and I’ve been trying to pick up at least one mini-shift each week on top of it to make up for some lost time and get a few extra hours before we leave for Italy later this summer.

Jumping right back in has also been a quick reminder that I’m not 100% yet so workouts have still been a little lighter than normal. I’m getting great use out of the home workout DVDs I bought for that very reason. I already told you what I thought about Pop Pilates so I thought I’d also include my mini-review of Yoga for Beginners by Bodywisdom.

What I like: you can make the workouts as long or as short as you want. They break it up into mini-routines so you can work out for 10 minutes or 60 minutes.

It’s also very easy for yoga beginners (yours truly) to follow. It moves at a pretty slow pace so I never felt lost.

The flip side: Because it moves slow I didn’t always feel like I was actually working.

Bottom line: I still have a couple of the routines to try but all in all it’s a great way to unwind and relax after a busy day or to use as an active rest day but it won’t be replacing a full workout. I do really like adding it in at the end of doing my PT (lots of core) exercises for a little extra boost.

Image**Throwback yoga photo, Judd Furlong Photography

Other than that, still struggling with getting into a solid meal prep routine so I’d say I wasn’t completely successful with that May goal but I have been doing at least SOMETHING 5 days a week and stretching more, so that’s a win.

Cupcakes and Tea

2 Jun

Some nights you just have to bake. And that’s okay, as long as it’s in moderation 😉

After working to re-landscape our backyard all day, tonight I just wanted dessert. My mother-in-law had sent a chocolate cake mix last month for hubby’s birthday so I finally used it tonight to make cupcakes. I am so glad Betty Crocker now makes gluten free mixes, while I love baking from scratch some nights it’s just easier to use the box.

What I DID make from scratch tonight was the frosting. Chocolate almond happiness. I’d made frosting for cookies before but had never really experimented with it. For this I wanted something a bit fancier than plain chocolate. Almond extract is almost always my go to for baking and it didn’t let me down! If you’re planning cupcakes with your next cheat meal here was the recipe:

2.5 C powdered sugar
3 TBS milk
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 C cocoa powder
1/2 C butter

Using an electric mixer, whip ingredients together until smooth.

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