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Just about Fall

9 Sep

Even though it’s still been around 80 degrees here, the past three days have been rainy and gloomy. It makes me feel like, just maybe, fall really is getting close. Like seemingly most people, fall is my favorite season. I love the football, the colors, and the chill in the air. Plus, hubby tends to be home a little bit more which makes me so happy. While I believe there’s nothing like a Minnesota fall, I’m still looking forward to it out here on the east coast.

Yesterday I had physical therapy and I took my pups on a 2.5 mile walk… sometimes I forget how much harder it is to walk with both of them. To be fair, it’s basically walking with 210 pounds of resistance. My shins and back were definitely feeling the consequences this morning. Sore legs and back meant today was upper body day.

Here’s the workout:

2 sets:

  • 1 min. push-ups
  • 1 min. ball toss, sit ups

3 sets:

  • 12 hanging leg raises
  • 12 TRX rows

3 sets;

  • 1 min bicep curls
  • 1 min cable tricep push-downs

2 sets:

  • 12 tricep dips
  • 12 lat pull-downs

I finished with physical therapy exercises and stretches to try and get my back to calm down. Thank goodness for ibuprofen and heating pads.

ST 9

Then I gave in to this fall feeling and bought my first pumpkin spice latte of the season… I bought it iced and turned it into my post-workout protein shake (added in 1/2 a frozen banana and a scoop of vanilla protein and blended it up). While it was tasty I’m really excited to try some of these healthier options for pumpkin recipes.

FitFluential Pumpkin Recipes

FitFluential Pumpkin

“And coffee the drink of the gods…”

19 Oct

Those of you who have been following for some time probably know my not so secret addiction… coffee. I started drinking some version of sugar, cream and coffee as a little girl when I visited my grandparents which has since progressed to at least two cups a day, usually more. These days I don’t use any sugar but, heck, we even took wedding pictures at a favorite coffee shop and I don’t think anyone other than our photographer was surprised by the request.

Erica Loeks Photography

Erica Loeks Photography

Erica Loeks Photography

Erica Loeks Photography

And, like any good addict, anytime a new article comes out with benefits of coffee I hold to it like Maia (our Cane Corso) to her favorite squirrel toy. Today’s article even states it makes you a better athlete– I think most of us already knew it can boost a workout. For the win:

11 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Everyday

Liebster Blog Award

18 Oct

Took me a few days to get to this but I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the author of “Fitness, Food, and Photography”.

11 Facts about Me…

Am I allowed to re-use ones from the inspiring blogger post? I may have to…

1. I’m moving to Japan in less than a month

2. I was a college cheerleader for a year (until I got injured)

3. I’m a new nurse, and I love emergency medicine

4. I love pizza and wine… hey, everything in moderation!

5. I’m addicted to coffee (I think this is a repeat… sorry).

6. I have blue eyes but they change basically every day between gray and green

7. When I lived on my own I would kill bugs but future hubby knows it’s his job as soon as we’re living together

8. I watch trashy TV like Grey’s Anatomy

9. I don’t like mess…

10. My favorite color is pink

11. I have an older brother and an older sister
My Questions to Answer:

1)  How much time do you spend Blogging every day? 30 min-1 hr if I post

2)  What is the one song that get stuck in your head all day after you hear it? Hey, Soul Sister

3)  What TV shows are on your DVR right now? Covert Affairs, Grey’s

4)  What is your favorite season and why? Fall, it’s so crisp outside and the leaves are pretty colors… plus I get to wear hoodies and jeans

5)  What is your favorite brand of jeans? Victoria’s Secret (for real)

6)  Last movie you watched? New in Town

7)  If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? Tinkerbell… I’ve always been a little obsessed.

8)  Name one talent that you wish you had. Anything musical, I’ve always been an athlete but never felt musically inclined

9)  What is your best feature/ favorite body part? Oh, that’s hard…  body part… I’d have to say my legs

10)  What did you eat for dinner last night? Chicken and veggies with spinach artichoke dip

11)  Favorite childhood game? …I don’t remember… how sad.

 Blogs with under 200…
(Okay, I’m only putting 8)

Strong, Fit, Beautiful

Eat, Move, Achieve

 Gira Yoga

Figure Girl- Wanna Be

Run, Pump, Stretch, Repeat

Funky Fitness


One Fit Mama

11 Questions for them to answer…

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What’s your favorite food?
  3. What’s your favorite exercise?
  4. Where do you consider home?
  5. How many states have you lived in?
  6. What’s your favorite sport to watch?
  7. Do you have any pet peeves?
  8. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
  9. What’s your favorite way to relax?
  10. What did you want to be “when you grew up” when you were younger?
  11. Have you ever been skydiving? If not, do you want to?

I’m afraid of birds… and other things you may not know

10 Oct

Wow, thank you to One Fit Mama and UberBeastMode for nominating me as an inspiring blogger! They are both so supportive and inspiring themselves that it means a lot to me! Although now I guess I’m not allowed to nominate them??

The rules of this award are:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you… check
2.  List 7 things about yourself
3. Nominate 15 bloggers

About Me… it might sound weird but, thinking of 7 things to share is really hard!

1. I’m obsessed with coffee. Way more money goes to Caribou than should, even when I’m being good and “only” going twice a week…

2. In honor of football season, I love college football but could care less about Pro… I will yell at the TV when Oklahoma isn’t playing well but just watch the pros when it’s a good game.

3. I’m afraid of big birds… they freak me out. And bees. Basically anything that can fly and attack me.

4. I love to cook, sometimes I’m too lazy to do it but I really truly like grocery shopping and cooking. I think it’s relaxing.

5. Most readers know this but, I’m getting married in a couple weeks to a wonderful US Marine.

6. I move around… a lot. I’ve lived in 7 states and I’m really excited to move around more and travel after the wedding. I love meeting new people and seeing the differences, even just in the U.S.

7. I hate long runs, I really just get bored. However, I love the 5k obstacle runs. Once my foot is fully healed I want to start running in more of those and, maybe, even take them seriously.

Alright, nominations! There are so many great blogs out there and I’m not good about following all of them but here’s what I’ve come up with…

1. Post Grad *this isn’t a fitness blog but Nicole is the one who got me to start blogging so, obviously, hits my list 🙂

2. Fit Twin Cities I started following this because I know Becky but it’s been awesome watching Mark start his own business and really dive into the fitness world!

3. Strong, Fit, Beautiful

4. Eat, Move, Achieve

5. Gira Yoga Again, been really awesome following the start of a business in the fitness industry!

6. Maria- They Call Me a Dependent  *Not a fitness blog (although lately she’s ventured in!) but it’s a great reminder of some military realities, and sometimes nice to remember all military significant others fight relationship battles and make it through 🙂

7. Figure Girl- Wanna Be

8. Run, Pump, Stretch, Repeat

9. Funky Fitness

10. She’s Losing It

I’ve got to give 11 and 12 to the people who nominated me. One Fit Mama and Colin have both been supportive in their comments and inspiring in their own stories! Sorry if that’s against the rules :-p

13. Sand Between my Sneakers

14. Cray’s Take

15. Honestly, everyone who comments and likes my posts inspire me to keep going. So thank you to everyone who follows, or just reads sporadically! (Okay so, it’s not a nomination but for real!)