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Hey September…where’d you come from?

17 Sep

So, I don’t know where August went but it seems like I looked up and it was gone and I haven’t written anything in a month! We had some unexpected travel last month which threw off my sense of timing but things are starting to settle back in now ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been at my new job just over a month now and so far really like it. It’s challenging but I’m always on the go and learning a lot so I think after a month that’s all I can ask for. As of last week I’m settling into my 3 days a week schedule (I don’t know how most of you work 5 days a week… I love my 13 hour shifts) and hopefully that means on days off like this I can get back to writing again.

Hubby was gone most of August which meant my exercise was mainly taking Maia on her walks. She’s gottenย  a lot better about pulling and I like to think she’s fully “adopted us” by now. But, she’s still a big dog which means I try to take her on at least three 20 min walks a day… there’s my hour of workout time. The past week I have been able to do more at home workouts so between that and physical therapy twice a week I’ve hardly been sedentary, just haven’t had a lot of strength workouts to post :-/ I am going to start using my crockpot more again since I’m on the 12 hour shifts now so look for those recipes this fall!

Other than that, we’ve finally got a contract on a house so hopefully we’ll be moving out of the apartment and Maia will have a yard by the end of November! We’re just settling into the new pace of both of our new jobs and life together back in the states. How was August for you? Any big news for the fall?

ImageMy “lap dog” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Act Like a 2 Year Old

30 Jul

No, I don’t mean kicking and screaming if someone won’t give you a brownie (although if you’re on a low carb day you may want to…). This sums up another conversation I had with my PT while she was attempting to correct my terrible habits.

This time she was talking about bending over. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this but I have chronic back pain from an old cheerleading injury so, while she’s been working on my foot she’s also been monitoring my back/hips. The other day I bent over to put my phone back in my purse… seems pretty mundane… and was pretty much instantly told to stop. I gave some smart response that when I bend it maintains hamstring flexibility which got a laugh but was quickly followed with an explanation of why I was wrong. So on top of changing my deadlift form, the way I walk and… other things I’m supposed to be working on, I now am also focusing on squatting down EVERY TIME. Apparently this is not just for when you’re picking up something heavy.

So where does the two year old come in? If you have a little kid around, watch them. Even if they just are reaching for a crayon or to pick something small up from the ground, they squat down to get it. As soon as she said it I realized she was right, I also feel like I’ve heard that mentioned before but never in the context of little things like putting my phone back in my purse. So adding to my long list of goals, I am now working on acting like a 2 year old. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My niece is adorable but please don't steal my pictures

My niece is adorable but please don’t steal my pictures

On a more personal note, I have been a bit quiet the past week because I’ve been making some changes with my job. After a lot of debate and thought, I decided the hospital I had started at was not the best fit for me. So I have accepted a new position (still ER) at a different hospital that is closer to home and over the next couple weeks will be finishing up at my present job and getting things in place to start the new one. I’m excited about the new opportunity but kind of sad to be leaving the other hospital already. We still haven’t heard about the house we put an offer in on since it’s a short sale but, hubby gets home next week and hopefully we can start moving towards some kind of routine now.

New Job, New House, New Goal

17 Jul

Let me preface this by saying this will be more about life than about fitness and it’s going to be pretty short.

I’ve officially started my new job in the ER here and I’ve been traveling a lot on weekends/days off to see hubby (thank goodness he’ll be home from this in Aug!). We also have put an offer in on a house and I’m back in physical therapy twice a week… so my workouts have been limited. But I have started going into physical therapy earlier so I can sneak some cardio in before PT- I have to warm up on the bike anyway. And now that I have some idea of my schedule I can figure out which days I can work out, my ankle can’t handle a 12 hour+ shift and a workout so, for now, I’m limited to 4 workouts/week IF I workout every off day.

SO that’s my goal for August. Work out (at least 20 min) 4 times a week. I’m going to have to get hubby on board so even on my weekends with him we make sure to get to the gym, but he’s (thankfully) always been pretty supportive of that. Time to make a new routine… again ๐Ÿ˜‰

Travel, Travel, Travel, Fit?

26 Jun

Do you ever just look at your calendar and get a bit overwhelmed? I was trying to plan out my next couple weeks (before starting work) and realized it’s all already planned. I don’t have a single day where I don’t have something going on and I’ll be spending more time away from my apartment than at it… including driving ten hours home the day before I start work. I know once I start work and settle into a routine I’m going to miss being able to travel so much but right now, I’m looking forward to my 4 days at my apartment.

I think sometimes that’s why fitness becomes so important, it’s something that can be a constant with all the other craziness. Sure a new workout and diet fad is always around the corner but the solid principles remain the same.

In these busy times dinner sometimes becomes about whatever I can make quickly/easily. Something that has always been a staple growing up is so easy and Dad and I made it the other night…

You need:

…that’s it. Marinade the chicken and then grill it. So good yet so easy! Of course if you have time on a day off you could make the Italian dressing at home and just keep it on hand, but that is an adventure I haven’t tried yet. Serve with veggies (I like it with broccoli or asparagus) and you could top with an Italian salsa as pictured.

**not my pic.

Finally, as promised, here’s the modified leg workout from yesterday.

I didn’t use any weights other than for the deadlifts but I did use resistance bands.

2 sets of:

1 min balance drills (30 sec standing on one foot, 30 on the other)

3 Sets of:

2 sets of 20 seated kick outs/quad extensions (Normally I put an ankle weight on to add some resistance but since those are back home, I used a resistance band)