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Preggo Leg Day

18 Jun

I have decided that with all the changes going on I need to make sure to prioritize “me time” too. So today, in between all my appointments I had to decide whether to clean the house or workout. I chose to workout. I still have time to do a quick clean up and then this weekend I can do my “real” cleaning but I’ve got to remember to keep time for myself too.

At one of those mentioned appointments, I got to hear baby’s heart beat today! Baby has a really strong heart beat and was moving around when they found it. It made it feel even more real to know baby is moving around in there. I’m even starting to feel a few flutters. Just another week or so and we get to find out the gender! Any guesses?

Here’s the modified leg workout I did:

3 sets:

  • 15 Squats
  • 20 calf raises

2 sets:

  • 12/leg lunges with torso rotation
  • 12 straight leg deadlifts

3 sets:

  • 15 Fire Hydrants
  • 12 Glute Kick-Backs

2 sets:

  • 12/leg split lunges
  • 15 sumo squats

Squats are definitely one of the best exercises I can think of for pregnancy, that and basic core exercises.

squats

Mother’s Day Giveaway

8 May

As you know, I got selected as a For Two Fitness ambassador.. Since I’m getting to the point that my clothes are just a bit tight for comfort, I LOVE having their tops and capris to hit the gym in. They are so comfortable and have awesome sayings. I get compliments every time I wear their tops. For Mother’s Day, this company is doing an amazing giveaway that starts on Monday! See the details from the company below…

This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at more than $1000. We have phenomenal prizes, from Joovy, Garmin, Feetures, Sara Haley and us, For Two Fitness – all facets of your fit mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!giveawayAs soon as I get more information, I’ll pass it on to you!

Spring Time… Tank Top Time!

8 Apr

We have had a very busy couple weeks here! Hubby was gone for two weeks and then for Easter I met him and we drove to South Carolina to celebrate with some friends. It was a lot of fun but the past couple days have been catching up on house work and trying to rest up a bit. I leave again this weekend for a girls’ trip with one of my best friends (this time hubby will be the one stuck at home). Between all the traveling, house prep and training it hasn’t left time for much else!

Lately I’ve really enjoyed arm workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE a killer leg workout and try to work in legs at least 3 times a week per my coach, but it’s probably a good change.

In the spirit of this new found appreciation, I figured I would post an at home tricep workout from a few months ago.

10 walk out tricep push-ups (elbows in at your sides instead of wide)

3 sets:

  • 12 dumbbell chest press
  • 15 BOSU tricep dips
  • 20 BOSU crunches

3 sets:

  • 20 overhead tricep extensions
  • 12 BOSU push ups

3 sets:

  • 12/arm tricep kickbacks
  • 20 v-ups
Building those arms

Building those arms

I hope you all are having an awesome week so far, we’re over halfway to the weekend! Do you have a favorite body part to train?

30 Minute Legs

31 Mar

I don’t know about you but this weather back and forth is taking a major toll on my allergies and sinuses! Sunday I was completely knocked on my butt. Thank goodness for other medical friends who come over and confirm you don’t have strep when you can’t swallow but don’t want to go to urgent care. (Times I love being a nurse… check). Because I wasn’t feeling so hot, Sunday and Monday turned into off days and I HATE taking two in a row. I can’t remember the last time I had to do that but, sometimes, you have to listen to your body.

Today I knew I had to get a solid workout in. There was a little confusion with my trainer this morning and we ended up moving that workout but I still took advantage of being at the gym early and got a great leg workout in before having to come home and meet the carpet cleaners. If you’re tight on time I almost always go to timed super sets.

Here it is:

3 sets:

  • 15 walking lunges /leg
  • 15 hamstring curls on balance ball
  • 12 goblet squats

3 sets:

  • 12 Leg press
  • 15 side shuffles/side (stay low!)
  • 12 Straight leg deadlift with upright row

That’s it. Don’t rest more than 45 sec- 1 min in between super sets and try not to rest between exercises. Took about 20-25 min and then later today a friend came over and we took the pups on a hike at one of the state parks around here. All in all, my legs are pretty tired 🙂

Maia getting used to her harness before the hike

Maia getting used to her harness before the hike… She is not amused.

Working on those legs!

Working on those legs and glutes!

Gym Time

13 Jan

Today was a great day. I slept in to make up for the lack of sleep the past couple days, made a delicious breakfast (okay, it was just scrambled eggs and fruit) and then started my day with a massage. My knots and back have gotten so bad that I’ve been waking up with headaches more often than not… It’s not good when a massage therapist is impressed with your knots.

After that I came home and finished some emails and things around the house before heading the gym. There was almost no one there (which really surprised me given the time of year) and I could do all my super-sets basically back to back. I had one of the best leg workouts I’ve had in awhile.

Leg Day Always Pays OffI used more machines than I have been because they’re a bit easier on my back. Here’s what the workout looked like…

3 sets:

  • 12 single leg deadlifts/leg
  • 30 lateral hop overs

3 sets:

  • 12 leg press
  • 20 calf press
  • 20 squats (body weight)

3 sets:

  • 12 leg extensions
  • 12 hamstring curls

2 sets:

The whole thing took about 45 minutes and then I stretched out.

I also tried Quest Nutrition Bars for the first time today. I’d had a bite of one of my co-workers a while back and finally decided to try it for myself. I tried the apple pie, the flavor was good but the texture was a little gritty. I’ve been told to try it warmed up so that’s going to be my next attempt with the cinnamon roll. Have you tried them? Do you have a different favorite protein bar?

photo 2I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post, my review of Quest Bars is solely my own opinion.

New Years’ Reflection

6 Jan

I’m torn today. You see, I didn’t specifically make a New Years Resolution for fitness this year. I made other resolutions, mainly to get better at staying in touch with friends spread around the world. I want to be clear though, that doesn’t mean I don’t have fitness goals. It does mean I didn’t wait until New Years Eve to make those goals, and it certainly means I don’t want it to take all of 2015 to accomplish my current goals.

To me, I want a lifetime of continuous goals and resolutions. I can say I want to be healthier in 2015 but, what does that even mean? I want to eat healthier, sure. I want to work out more, always. But none of those have a real measurement of success. I think that’s why I don’t like New Years Fitness Resolutions. They tend to be so broad that they’re almost impossible to track or so specific that it shouldn’t take you all year to accomplish, then what?

It seems to be taken as a given that people won’t maintain their resolutions, in large part because resolutions are made in lists and in such broad terms. So here’s my challenge to you. Make your fitness goals but set a timeline and a measurement of success. Then when you accomplish those goals, add on new ones. Keep moving forward, even into 2016. Don’t stop just because you make awesome progress into this year’s resolution. Certainly don’t give up when March comes around and you aren’t a completely new person. Long-term fitness has to be a lifestyle choice, and that doesn’t go away when next NYE rolls around.

Be Inspired Every Day

Be Inspired Every Day

In the spirit of my workout goals mentioned in my November post, I have been adding weight lifting back into my workouts. I’ve been having some issues getting my physical therapy covered so it’s been slower progress than I was hoping but I’m starting to find a happy balance between my PT exercises and other workout styles. I’ve been writing down my workouts but not making the time to post them (Which reminds me, one of my other goals is to post twice a week.)

Today was leg day at the gym…

Warmed up with PT exercises and planks

2 x Walking lunges (down and back length of the gym)

2 x side shuffles (down and back length of the gym)

2 x walking lunges to backward run (lunge down, backwards run back)

2 x 20 squats

3 x 12 single leg deadlifts (I had to switch to normal straight leg deadlifts because of my back but shoot for the single leg)

3 x Super-set:

  • 12 quad pull-ins on medicine ball
  • 12 hamstring curls on medicine ball

We finished with stretching and some core work.

Don’t Be That Girl!

30 Dec

As we head into the time of New Years’ Resolutions, I thought it would be appropriate to re-post some tips and advice for the gym… enjoy!

Don’t Be That Girl!.

Sorry for the Radio Silence

3 Sep

I know I’ve been bad about posting for some time now and I am sorry about that. For the past few weeks I’ve been getting Lidocaine injections in my back which limits the days I can workout (like today for example, not allowed). The days I can go I’ve been doing 2 days a week at the gym and 1 day a week has been lighter at home workouts. It’s definitely made for slower progress than I would like but I think there has been progress so I’m trying to keep focused on that.

I’ve also been playing with different “mocktails” as a way to save some calories since I’m not working out as hard as I’d like. Here’s my two, very basic, top ones so far…

Ginger Ale and Grapefruit juice with Mint (sometimes I add in coconut water but I’ve discovered I don’t really like coconut water… at all)

Ginger Ale and Cranberry (or Sprite)

Do you have good mocktail recipes?? What’s your go to when you want something other than just water but are trying to be good?

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

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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