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Hello World

26 Mar

Eek… has it really been over a month since I posted? I swear I’ve sat down at least 4-5 times to write updates and post pictures but time has gotten away from me! So, I apologize.

I have had a lot of changes lately. I’ve decided to make a career change. I love my job and my co-workers at the ER, however I have decided that I will love the pediatric ICU even more. I’ve always loved working with kids and with my back problems, I finally decided God was pushing me to make that change sooner rather than later. So, I’ll be taking April off to spend some time with friends and family and then I start my new job at the beginning of May.

I’ve also had a lot of travel and family time. We went back to Minnesota for my nephew’s baptism and a week later I went on my first cruise! It was really fun but not easy to eat healthy while on a cruise :-/ I made it through though and the next couple trips (one to South Carolina and one to Key West) should be a bit more manageable.

The pool area on the ship

The pool area on the ship

Aside from that, I’ve slowly learned to love cardio again (or at least not hate it) and I’ve been busting my tail at the gym. Today I wasn’t able to make it to the gym but got in a leg workout at home that I’ll post below. I was exhausted before I started but I still combined it with a 30 min Barre workout and felt so much better afterwards. It’s amazing how much better a workout can make you feel. I wanted to include some progress pictures and then I’ll post the workout at the end. Hope you’ve had a great last month and will continue to follow moving forward!

3 weeks ago

5.5 weeks ago on the left, 3 weeks ago on the right  

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5.5 weeks ago and 3 weeks ago

3 months ago on the left, 1 week ago on the right

3 months ago on the left, 1 week ago on the right

As for the leg workout today…

3 sets:

  • 20 squat to shoulder press with dumbbells
  • 12 lunges/leg
  • 30 shoulder circles forward
  • 30 shoulder circles backward

3 sets:

  • 20 BOSU bridges
  • 12 Deadlift to upright row
  • 45 sec wall sit

30 min barre leg and core workout

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 🙂

Gluten Free Italy

17 Jul

I am sorry I disappeared (again). But, we just got back from an amazing trip to Italy! When hubby and I first talked about going to Italy we were afraid I wouldn’t have anything to eat. After all, this is a country known for pasta and pizzas… What could possibly be gluten free? Turns out, everything.

Honestly it was easier to be gluten free there than it is in the states! In part because they recognize it as Celiac disease and not a fad diet (yes it will make me really really sick, no I don’t eat gluten free to stay thin). We had the best gluten free pastas I’ve ever had, delicious gluten free pizzas and even delicious gluten free cookies with macadamia filling from a street vendor by the Tiber in Rome.

gf pasta 1 GF pizza GF sandwich

It was AMAZING. If you’re planning on traveling to/around Italy, I suggest you learn one very important phrase… “Senza glutine” (without gluten/gluten-free). “Sono celiaco” is another good one but we had better luck with the first.

Now from a fitness point of view… We were bad. All that pasta and wine (and gelato) was certainly not in any diet plan. But we also walked everywhere and went hiking a couple days so, maybe it evened out? And if not, well, it’s a vacation and now back to the real world.

Here, there, everywhere

14 May

The past two weeks have been surprisingly hectic given that I’m still not working. I saw the back specialist and he said I’m still not cleared for work but I’m supposed to increase my physical therapy visits and start getting back (slowly) into workouts. Not the news I was hoping for but, better than nothing. I go for an MRI tomorrow just to make sure it isn’t anything worse than they think.

Then hubby came home one night and told me he was leaving for a 2 day trip in NYC the next day. Hurry, hurry, hurry… I was able to get the dogs taken care of and get packed to join him and visit one of my best friends who lives up there. Definitely wasn’t clean eating while there but oh the gluten free treats! I made it into a foodie trip for half of it while hubby and best friend were working. I had gluten free cupcakes and muffins and doughnuts (oh my!). On the plus side we did walk or metro everywhere we went and I kept up with my PT exercises so I didn’t feel as guilty.

After that we were home for about 2 days and then went to a family graduation in VA for an overnight trip. It was a beautiful drive and so great to see all my family. Again, not the best eating but we went on some walks around the resort and did a short core workout… it’s a little victory.

Are you gluten free? If so, do you have a favorite gluten free bakery (near you or otherwise)? Here were my NYC gluten free eats:

Breakfast at Tu-Lu’s

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Almond Raspberry Crumble

Lunch at Bistango

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Gluten free penne pasta

Breakfast at BabyCakes (don’t judge, I shared)

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Mocha doughnut, Cinnamon Sugar doughnut, Pumpkin Cupcake        (All Vegan too)

 

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?

I’d forgotten…

7 Mar

I’d forgotten how much I liked hiking. Arizona was amazing, the first day we hiked Camelback Mountain and after that we spent the next two days doing light workouts at the resort, laying by a pool, and taking advantage of the spa. It was pretty much the perfect vacation.

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Part way up the hike

Back home now; I worked the past two days and trying to get the house back in order today so it’ll just be a short workout at home unfortunately.

I also gave up Facebook for Lent so I’d appreciate it if you’d share this post on your walls since I can’t 😉 On the plus side, no Facebook will give me more time to write here and be more productive with other things too (I hope…). Do you give things up or change anything for Lent? Or any healthy goals you made to start out March?

Girls Trip!

1 Mar

I was home from OK just long enough to work, run my weekly errands, and get a couple workouts in. Now I’m heading to Arizona for a girls’ weekend with my best friend from high school. 4 days of hiking, spas, and pool time sounds like just what the doctor ordered!

I realized I hadn’t posted since I left for OK though so wanted to share my leg workout from yesterday…

3 sets:

  • 10 TRX lunges/leg
  • 12 straight leg deadlifts
  • 12 Squats (squat rack, heavy weight)

3 sets:

  • 12 step-ups/leg (I did a pyramid with these, increasing this difficulty each set)
  • 12 sumo squats

2 sets:

  • BOSU squats
  • 45 sec weighted wall sit

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

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Nike and Greek History

5 Aug

Nike and Greek History

What do Nike and Greek History have in common? I had no idea either but check out Hubby’s new blog to find out 🙂

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)