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Who knew balance was so hard…

23 Feb

After being back in the US I was home for about 2 days and then we left again to go see mainland Japan for 4 days. So basically it’s been a very busy 3 weeks. I was good about working out while I was in the US, my parents have dumbbell weights and an elliptical at their house so it was easy to at least do SOMETHING most days. But our 4 day vacation was just that, a vacation. I ate lots of rice (I love sushi rolls) and drank wine and didn’t work out. Which is fine except it was followed by a crazy 3 days here of PALS certification, work, and having friends over.

Here are some fun pictures from the trip to mainland. We spent 2 days in Tokyo and then 2 days up in the mountains. This is Tsukiji Fish Market and bamboo trees (which I don’t remember ever seeing before now) in the Imperial Gardens:

Tsukiji fish market tokyo imperial gardens

Moving on, I just finished a delicious Saturday morning breakfast (egg whites and whole grain french toast) and am getting ready to go hit the gym. It’s one of those days where I just feel like I need to do a lot of cardio and go from there. Taking a week off didn’t used to bother me but “off days” seem to be happening more and more so my 5 days/week workouts are closer to 3… it’s gotta stop. In my aim to find a happy balance this year I’ve realized I can do more carbs/ease up on my diet a bit for the sake of cooking for two as long as I’m working out 5 days a week but easing up on both my diet and workouts just doesn’t make me feel good about myself. I guess it’s just going to be more of a process to balance out mine and hubby’s food preferences and spending time between work, gym, and home.

While I definitely haven’t been completely following the LiveFit program, I am going to do the back and cardio workout for today. I’m halfway through the program and I still think that, especially for beginners, it’s is a very solid choice. I just haven’t been dedicated enough to really post progress pics etc for it. My goal now that it’s in phase 2 with cardio etc is to kind of consider it a fresh start and follow more closely for the next 6 weeks.

For more info, check out the program on BodyBuilding.com: Jamie Eason LiveFit

And speaking of progress pictures… here we go. I’m very excited to see what adding cardio back in is going to do but here’s February:

Feb Progress photo-4 (3)

Sorry about the lighting in the second one, I was going to darken it but my computer photo program isn’t playing nice again for some reason and won’t let me save anything I edit.

Back at Cardio and Pineapple Salsa Pork

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! For the first time since I met him, hubby and I are in the same place. So, even though it’s kind of a silly holiday, we’re going to dinner etc. tonight. Are you all doing any active date nights? It’s hard in the middle of the week but it gave me the idea, I think for a future blog post I’ll research and post different “fit dates” (input is welcome đŸ™‚ )

Anyway, I’m back in Okinawa and back to doing cardio! Phase 2 of the Jamie Eason trainer adds cardio back in, except for on leg days. I did biceps and triceps today  and then I did a hill interval on the treadmill. Still hurts my foot to run (waiting on new MRI results) but walking up hill doesn’t bother it too much so I figured it would be a happy compromise. I’m still not following her diet as strictly as I probably should to see drastic change, but I am, of course, still eating clean.

Arm workout:

  • Barbell Curl: 3 sets of 10
  • Cable Curls with Rope Attachment: 3 sets of 10
  • Tricep Rope Pull-Downs: 3 sets of 10
  • 3 sets, Superset: Alternating Hammer Curl (10)  and Tricep Dips on Bench (15)
  • SkullCrushers: 3 sets of 10
  • Tricep Extension: 3 sets of 10

Then I did 3 sets of 30 “air bike” and 2 sets of 15 “v-ups” for abs before moving to the treadmill.

When I was back in MN I made pork one night and was trying to come up with something new using ingredients that were in the house… Pineapple Salsa Pork is what I ended up with and it was good! Sorry the pictures aren’t great but I figured it was better than nothing.

You’ll need:

  • Pork (or chicken)
  • Corn or Pineapple Salsa (or make it from scratch)
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C chopped pineapple
  • Quinoa


  1. Juice the lime and mix with garlic, pepper, and approx 1/4C pineapple juice: Marinade Pork for at least 15-30 min (I cut up the rest of the lime and pineapple and threw it all in the bowl)
  2. Add some canola oil to skillet and heat on Medium, add in pork and remainder of marinade
  3. Cook pork for approx 2 min. on each side and then add 1 tbsp./pork loin into the skilletpork cooking
  4. Sear pork until done (approx 5 min/side… time varies)
  5. Top with Salsa to taste
  6. Serve with Quinoa

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Legs and Life

1 Feb

It seems like I just got to Okinawa but it has apparently been three months because I’m heading back to the USA for a visit on Sunday. Which is fun but kind of weird, Okinawa is just now starting to feel like home with hubby. Today was a good/busy day, I had a couple training clients plus my workout and then some errands and trying to get the house all set (I hate coming home to a dirty house). I’m still far from done with things but wanted to write while I had a chance.

Lately I’ve been having a hard time figuring out where I want my priorities to be… it’s not easy to eat how I did when I was doing  consistent photo shoots when they’re more sporadic and I’m cooking for two. And because of that the scale is slowly inching up which is also driving me insane. I keep telling myself it’s because I haven’t been doing cardio with the LiveFit program but I don’t think that’s all it is… Anyway, instead of going on, I felt this was an appropriate reminder:

Photo by Scott Traczyk

Photo by Scott Traczyk

Today was legs day again. As usual I took the Jamie Eason workout and modified it a bit. I did 3 sets of 12 for all of them with approx. 45 sec of rest in between.

  • Leg Extension
  • Lying hamstring curl
  • Barbell Wide Stance Squats
  • Barbell Lunges/leg
  • Glute/Ham machine (gluteus extension)
  • Single Leg Deadlifts–>super-set with calf raises
  • Calf-presses on leg press machine

Then I finished with 20 BOSU lunges/leg and some balance drills.

At the moment I have Jamie Eason Chocolate Bars in the oven so I have healthy travel snacks. I’m thinking once I’m doing cardio again (next week, finally!) I might try adding in some Nutella… it would obviously increase sugar/decrease some of the nutritional value but I think it would be really good đŸ˜‰

“I’ve got a new workout I want to try…”

29 Jan

That is always a scary statement coming from a trainer… especially when you are the client. But while I am now convinced I don’t like 3 weeks without cardio (following the Jamie Eason LiveFit principles) I did a completely different workout than normal today and loved it. AND I did my first set of tire flips.

reason to be fit

Sadly not me in the picture… and my tire wasn’t that big but I liked it.

I can’t take credit for the workout, it was with Lisa at Train Hard, StayFit. It was all timed, so 1 min of each exercise and 2 sets of each super-set which was also a nice mix up from just 3 of 12 or 3 of 10 etc.
As for a LiveFit update… I’m not a fan of the no cardio. To be fair I haven’t been following the diet exactly and last week was all over the place as to which days I had time to workout so that probably makes a difference. I’m heading into week 3 so starting to add in more exercises. I will say, if I was a beginner, I think the principles are sound and it’s an easy to understand program. As someone already into working out, I did add in extra exercises or vary things up a little bit in the first 2 weeks to feel challenged. I do like having different recipe ideas available and, between LiveFit and a trainer, I am getting out of my rut of always doing the same exercises.

Arms and Smoothies

24 Jan

Sorry it’s been longer than normal since I last posted! I feel like I’ve been sprinting a marathon just to get a quarter mile in order to volunteer at the hospital out here… about like this, which makes me laugh:

horizontal running

Anyway, I’ve been working out with a trainer a bit here and on Monday she KILLED my biceps… it had been a while since I’d been sore so it was good and I needed it. But then the hospital schedule kept changing so I missed 2 days of workouts :-/ Not the end of the world, rest days just came early this week. Today I hit triceps and chest. Still (semi) following the Jamie Eason LiveFit workouts so it looked like this:

3 sets of 12 for everything with a 30-45 sec rest in between:

  • Wide Push-Ups
  • Dumbbell chest press
  • Cable Flyes
  • Narrow Push-Ups
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Tricep Pull-Downs with the rope
  • Tricep Dips

Really the only thing I changed from LiveFit was adding in the tricep dips but sometimes I work different body parts than that day calls for or take my rest day at a different time based off whatever hospital training I have. And I’m not following the diet exactly but am trying to clean up my snacks and have gotten better about after dinner snacks this past week thanks to hubby.

I’ve also discovered new smoothie combinations I really like.

  • 1 C Almond Milk
  • 1/2 – 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein


  • 1 C Milk (of your choice)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4C frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein

Both are really good and the frozen banana gives it a bit of a creaminess/sweetness… it is much easier if you peel some bananas and just throw them in a plastic bag to keep them in the freezer so you always have some on hand đŸ™‚