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Countdown to Summer

2 May

Why hello May, where did you come from? I don’t know where April went but all of a sudden it’s May, which means it’s almost summer! It’s going to be a big summer for us- aside from work, general summer busyness and both our birthdays- we will be going to Italy! I am super excited. I have to admit though, since not being at work because of my back, it’s weird to be thinking about a vacation so soon.

Speaking of my back, I go to my spine doctor Monday so I’m really hoping for some good news. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. In the spirit of optimism I took some progress pictures today hoping that I’ll be able to get back into the gym soon. My legs and back/obliques are where I think I’ve lost the most. Thanks to PT exercises I’ve been able to keep my core strength up but I think it’s also time to tighten up my diet a bit.

ImageImageImageAnd that leads me to May goals…

1. Do at least a 30 min workout 5 days a week (even if it’s PT exercises and flexibility)

2. Get back to baking protein bars and meal prep

What are your May goals? Any big changes you’re trying to make?



26 Apr

What I hope for…

Minor Victories

15 Jan

I finally did it! For the first time since I started physical therapy (if not before) I did 25 min. on a treadmill today! I did intervals and made 2.25 miles in those 25 min, not great but certainly not bad. I even remembered to stretch afterwards (I’ve definitely been getting better about that.)

We have some friends staying with us and it’s been nice at the gym to have someone who’s been more cardio focused because we can balance each other out a bit. I’m also switching back to day shift next week so my sleep schedule etc. will be back to normal for workouts.

Two days ago my friend went through an arm workout with me. Here’s what it looked like…

3 sets of 12:

  • Bicep curls
  • Incline shoulder press

3 sets of 12:

  • Squat to hammer curl
  • Skull crushers

2 sets of 12, 1 of 20:

  • Lat pull downs
  • Push ups
  • Rows

2 sets:

  • Stability running man (15/leg)
  • Lunges with rotation (12/leg)
  • V-ups on Bosu (20)

20 Ball toss sit-ups on Bosu with partner

There’s still some days I have to go to physical therapy instead of the gym but hubby got me a hot pink Bosu ball which is just fun for my at home physical therapy exercises and fitting in a quick at home workout on those days. Might be a life-long journey but I can say I’m back on the right road 🙂


For lunch I sauteed zucchini with garlic powder and pepper and added Andouille chicken sausage then topped it with a little bit of shredded Asiago cheese. It was quick, delicious and healthy!

Let’s try this again…

8 Jan

Oh hey 2014… sorry I’ve been MIA. I don’t think I’ve ever had as busy a year as we did in 2013. Just since my last post hubby and I bought a house, had both of our families out for the holidays, I’m off orientation at work, we’ve adopted another dog, and I’ve been promoted to only one physical therapy session a week.

Since moving I’ve joined a gym out by the new house and been getting regular workouts in again but with the holidays the diet definitely hasn’t been like it usually is. So, not only is it time to get back on track with the blog but keep an eye out for lots of recipes coming up!

As all the New Years resolution-ers (it’s a word 😉 ) fill up the gym, I thought it appropriate to repost What People Won’t Tell You


People are (hopefully) always so supportive when you decide to start a new workout routine or diet. It’s usually a chorus of advice of programs that have worked for other people or magazine articles people have seen. Don’t Be That Girl and Don’t Be That Guy covered what not to do as a newbie at the gym but I thought it only fair to give warning to the New Years Resolution-ers(?) that are sticking with it…

1. You will mess up. No ifs, and, or buts… there will be a day where you eat WAY more than you should or indulge a little too much with the wine or… whatever. It happens, it will happen, it will be okay. This is why we have cheat days.

2. Your scale might become your best friend… but it might be your worst enemy. If you’re starting to lift heavy, chances are you’re putting on muscle. Which means you might not always see the weight drop you were expecting right away. Don’t throw away your scale but make sure you’re taking other measurements too (hit up a trainer at your gym to track your body fat). On that note… your weight will fluctuate. The other day I got on the scale and it was way higher than what I was used to seeing. I told hubby knowing he would say something reassuring and checked it again the next morning (I don’t usually check it two days in a row). It was back to an acceptable level.

3. People will try to screw you up. They might not mean to. It’s a simple “oh come on one night won’t kill you” that turns into 4 drinks later and probably some late night munchies that goes beyond what a cheat day should. See number 1.

4. People will say stupid things. “Aren’t you afraid you’re going to get bulky?” (No) “Are you sure you want to do this?” (Yes) “Men don’t like it when girls look masculine” (Thank you?) Etc. Etc. Take it with a grain of salt, they probably aren’t at the gym busting their butt to accomplish a goal.

5. At some point, you will probably hit a plateau. Look into a trainer, look online for a new program, but you need to change something because it indicates that your body has adapted to a routine.

6. Everyone has advice, it doesn’t all work. Most people are very well meaning but be careful who and what you listen to. If it sounds too drastic or too good to be true, it probably won’t work or isn’t actually good for you.

7. Lastly, you will always have problem areas. It’s been said time and time again, we are our harshest critics. Look at the big picture, stick with it.

If you are already into a solid routine these are probably all things you’ve heard multiple times. What other “unexpected” downfalls or issues did you have when you started working out?

Fired Up

29 Oct

My uncle said something this past week when I was in Oklahoma that really rang true for me. It’s going to seem common sense so, bear with me. But if you don’t see the need, finding motivation to workout is darn near impossible. Lately even though I haven’t been as toned as I like, I’ve actually been losing weight and still able to be active and start hiking etc. There wasn’t a physical need for me to prioritize gym time. I guess that’s where my reflection about motivation comes in. I need to remember sometimes that I don’t work out to stay a certain size (though it’s a plus), I workout because I feel so much better and confident about myself when I do. I hate hearing people call me a toothpick or look at my pictures from last year when I was training all the time and ask what happened but it’s not even about that… It’s about making myself proud and doing what I love.  I love working out, I love researching new workouts and trying new recipes and the boost I feel when I am really living clean.

So with the fire lit again, here we go!

Jake Zapata Photography

Jake Zapata Photography

Leg workout from today:

  • 2 sets of 20 lateral squat walks with resistance band
  • 3 sets of 12 hip extensions with ankle weights
  • 1 x 20 lying adductions
  • 2 x 20 squats
  • 3 x 12 lunges/leg
  • 2 x 20 wood-chop sumo squats (Stand with your feet wide apart, toes turned slightly out. Hold the dumbbell or medicine ball with both hands in front of you arms extended. Squat as low as you can and then as you stand swing your arms (keeping them straight) above your head. As you come back into a squat, lower your arms)
  • 1 min plank
  • 45 min walking miss Maia 😉

**I used lighter weights than I used to! Remember when you’re working back into a fitness routine after injury or time off you need to be smart about it so you don’t over train and/or hurt yourself.

And here’s just a couple progress pictures to mark the re-start, the biggest loss has been my abs:




Front shot



Where in the world is Fit and Busy?

23 Oct

While this week has no real meaning to my blogging timeline, it has a huge meaning to my “real life” timeline. One year ago Sunday, on a very cold day in MN, hubby and I said “I do” in front of so many of our friends and family. As cliche as it is I do love him more than I did that day and I can honestly say, and I think it probably shows in my writing, my priorities have changed in the past year. I still love fitness and strive everyday to live a healthy and inspiring lifestyle, but I’ve been trying to find a balanced life. Unfortunately, for now, it meant not making a fitness competition a priority but I have been able to do so many other amazing things!

We’ve literally moved around the world and back, I started a personal training business in Japan (which I loved), I’m now 3 months in to an awesome ER job, and I’ve been able to spend a lot more time with family over the past year. Even as I write this I’m in Oklahoma visiting my grandmother and uncle. …not too bad for 365 days.

All of this makes me wonder, what inspires you? For me, it’s my family. I want to be healthy and live a lifestyle that I can teach my kids (whenever that time comes). I want to be proud of what I see in the mirror everyday and if I can inspire even one person, that’s even better.

Toasting on the Eiffel Tower

Toasting on the Eiffel Tower

Please Help!

16 Oct

A couple weeks ago I put my picture in for a contest with Fitness Magazine. The winner gets a photo shoot with the magazine and a new Ford Escape. While I’ve put my competition goals aside for now, I would LOVE to shoot with this magazine!

Please take a second to vote for me and (if you think I should win) have your friends vote– you can vote every day this week!


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!)


Good to remember…

22 Apr

Good to remember…

It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to lose those last couple pounds, or another few body fat percents, or any other number goal we can come up with. But, the funny thing is, no one else knows those numbers. Other people know what they see when they look at us, and we define what others see. Just my thoughts for the day 🙂