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Train together, stay together

22 Dec

Happy Monday! More importantly, Merry (almost) Christmas!

Lately I’ve been dealing with a lot of increased back pain so workouts have been fewer and lighter. This is also why I’ve been posting almost nothing. I realized though that while I do need to work within my limits and not make the problem worse (and still be able to do my job as a nurse), I was falling back into using it as an excuse to not workout at all. Enough is enough. So, aside from my physical therapy exercises I’ve been working to get back into workouts.

In the spirit of no excuses, hubby and I have recently made a friendly competition. We made a monthly calendar and are tracking when we workout. Whoever works out more that month gets to choose what we do for a date day. We try to do a little date every week (even if it’s just take out and a movie at home) so this will be an activity or something out of the normal for our “special” date. Do you workout as a family or do things to motivate each other? Or do you have a workout partner/friend who challenges you?

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte Pictured: @Gable_fit and @Anthony_traps, find them on Instagram!

Example of today’s workout:

20-30 min of PT exercises (core and glute strengthening)

20 walk out push-ups

2 sets:

20 deadlifts

20 split lunges/leg

2 sets of 20 hamstring bridges

1 min plank

30 sec side plank/side

10 Pilates roll-ups

3 Sun Salutations

Fit While Traveling

20 Oct

This weekend hubby and I took a day off work and went back to MN for one of my good friends weddings. It was great to see family but a few days is never enough time, we didn’t even make it back to hubby’s home town. Despite the crazy schedule of our weekend, the wedding was great. I love weddings, especially when you just feel that the couple is a good fit and this was definitely one of those.

While my diet certainly wasn’t the best this weekend, it wasn’t awful. This led me to think about easy things I try to do while traveling and I thought I should share my top 3 rules…

1. Hydrate! It drives hubby crazy but the first thing I do after getting through security is get a bottle of water. An easy option if you don’t want to buy one is to bring an empty bottle with you through security and find a water fountain to fill it.

2. Bring your snacks. Obviously you eat out more when traveling and, while sometimes that makes it easier to find healthy meal options, snacking can get hard. Especially at the airport! Just save yourself temptation and trouble and bring your own.

3. Stay active. Even if you aren’t getting in gym time, find healthier ways to spend your time on vacation. One day we went to the museum and walked to the park with my niece and nephew, another day my dad and I took our family dog out and just walked to the neighborhood coffee shop while we caught up. You don’t have to do a lot, but you do have to do something.

I could write a whole post on healthy options eating out (and probably have or will) but something to keep in mind at restaurants is always portion control.

Do you have tips or tricks for staying on track while traveling? Do you allow yourself to cheat a bit like I do?

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**not my image, thank you Google search 🙂

Shameless

21 May

If you don’t like dogs, you might as well stop reading. This is a shameless plug for the rescue pups out there. It isn’t sponsored in any way, just something that pulls on my heart.

“I just want to drink wine, save animals and work out”

Since I hurt my back I hadn’t been able to walk both the dogs by myself– my weight limit had been 20 lbs… they’re over 200 together. But now I’m supposed to be pushing myself to make sure I’ll be good to go when I do get back to work. Which means… time to walk the pups! So me, myself, and I walked my greater than 200 lbs worth of dog on a hike. I’ll admit, I was nervous. One good pull and I’d be back to the start but, they were so good! If you knew Maia you’d be surprised by this too; I swear she only has one setting on a walk and it’s “go”. It reminded me that dogs are more intuitive than we give them credit for a lot of times. It’s easy to forget when they’re driving us crazy barking at the groundhogs or pulling on their leash but they try to take care of us. At the very least they get you up off the couch and take you on walks (or runs). I’m a firm believer that dogs are a staple in an active life 😉

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Nicole Litton Photography

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So here’s my request. If you can, get involved. Donate time, donate money, donate supplies. Volunteer, foster, or adopt. However you can, just get involved. “Our” rescue is East Coast Gentle Giants. Of course it would be great if you chose to help them but, really, any rescue needs support.

Spring is Here!

22 Apr

Last night hubby actually got home at a decent hour and suggested we go look for bikes. We’ve been talking about it for a long time and trying to decide how serious we were going to be about it (i.e. How much money we wanted to spend on it) but finally decided to just bite the bullet and buy something that would work for the casual and commuting riding we plan to do. I called my brother (mountain bike guru) to get his quick advice and we settled on Diamondbacks. We took a short bike ride around our neighborhood last night and hubby rode his to work today, I’ll keep you posted on our review once I get some more bike time in. For now I’m excited just to have them!

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Fitness Dates

27 Jun

A couple weeks ago I realized it wasn’t so much motivation to workout that I was missing… I wanted to workout, I made time to workout, but I was so bored with my workouts! I can’t justify paying for a gym membership when our apartment complex has a gym but I don’t really like the apartment gym so it’s harder to make myelf go. The cardio area is fine but the weights area is pretty cramped so, it’s not ideal and I have been doing more workouts at home since we have some weights etc. but I’ve been feeling like I want more.

Enter, Living Social. In Japan I had pretty much forgotten about Living Social and Groupon so, I signed up the other day and noticed all the different boot camps and fitness deals on there! Obviously with my ankle I’m having to be a bit choosy and not just trying everything but what a great way to mix up my workouts at a reasonable price. I bought one that’s for personal training sessions and then I just bought another one for a rock climbing gym in our area. Hubby and I both really enjoy climbing and I love finding active date ideas so I’m optimistic that in a couple months (when he’s back home) with physical therapy and working with this new doctor my foot will be able to hold up for it.

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Do you go on “fitness dates”? If so, what do you and your significant other do?

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