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My Solution for Cardio

18 Jun

We all know I’ve been having a hard time getting cardio in… mainly because with my ankle I can’t really run intervals and I get bored with machines. But today was one of those days I just needed to do cardio. I hadn’t worked out in a couple days since I’m down visiting hubby and just needed to do something. I’ve discovered it is SO much better if I break up my cardio so today I did 10 min row, 10 min bike, and another 5 min on the rowing machine before knocking out some abs and stretching. I know some people also do 15 min at the start of their workout and 15 min at the end which… I guess if you aren’t trying to build up an endurance could be just as effective?


The Best Fitness Decision I’ve Made…

18 Mar

As we get ready for another move, Hubby is on an exercise which leaves me to do most of the house searching there, house cleaning/prep here, and job searching in DC. Which means my “off” days got a lot busier 🙂 So on days like today (when people were coming to see our house here, I was applying for more jobs, and making sure everything got cleaned from having friends over yesterday for Saint Patrick’s Day) I am so happy I decided to buy free weights and medicine balls to have at the house. I haven’t had a long enough break between things to get to the gym but I’ve still been able to bang out a quick arm workout and then if time opens up this evening I can go get cardio and cable exercises in. It’s much harder to make the excuse “I don’t have time to go to the gym” when you have weights staring you in the face by your computer you’ve been typing on all morning.

What do you do to make it harder to make excuses? Running shoes by the door? Alarms set to workout?

Quinoa, Cucumber, and Red Pepper salad + Legs

3 Jan

This shoot on Saturday has been really good for me. I might not be as cut as I’d like to be for it but it definitely jump started me again, which I was needing. Yesterday I hit arms hard so today I did cardio and legs and tomorrow will be light cardio. But more importantly, I’ve been good about the gym, my diet has been way better the past week and I feel great!

Tonight I made a Quinoa Salad from Yoga Journal that I found on pinterest but, as always, made some changes– I didn’t use any salt and only used about half the olive oil (plus the things with ** and the steps to make it are slightly changed).

You’ll need: 1 cup quinoa
2 garlic cloves**
1 large shallot, finely diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
Juice from 1 lime**
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil**
1 medium-large red pepper,  finely diced
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
2 to 3 ripe avocados, sliced

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the quinoa to the boiling water and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Place aside to let cool

2. Put the garlic, shallot, jalapeño, and lime juice in a small bowl. Stir together and let sit while you prepare the next step. Add 1/4 cup of the oil (basically enough to cover the veggies) and whisk to combine.

3. Mix quinoa, red pepper, cucumber, and chopped cilantro in a medium bowl. Pour in the vinaigrette mix and stir all together.

**I had made that earlier in the day so put it in the fridge, you can also serve immediately with the following step:

4. Slice avocados and place on serving dish/plate, cover with salad mix, and garnish with fresh cilantro– I think you could easily get away with 2 avocados. I’ve used about 1/3 to 1/2 avocado per serving.

Quinoa SaladI served it with Chicken that I cooked stove top in coconut oil, cilantro, shallot (any onion would do, I just had some left over), and pepper. Hubby and I both loved it with the chicken but it could easily be a vegetarian meal on it’s own. It’s def. something I’ll be making again.

As for leg workout…

  • 20 walking lunges/leg
  • 20 squats with heavy ball throw (squat down, as you come up throw a weighted ball up, catch and immediately drop into the next squat)
  • 15 step-ups/leg
  • 20 deadlifts
  • 20 sumo squats
  • 20 calf-raises

I did 3 sets of each of those (so 2 super-sets) and then 35 min cardio. In between I tried working in kicks on the heavy bag but, I’m still getting sharp pain in my ankle with those and running so when I get back to the states I’m afraid it’s back to the doctor.

First Kettlebell Attempt

15 Nov

I got a really good workout in right before leaving the states, but the past few days my exercise has basically been taking the dogs on walks. So today, even though I didn’t find the gym, I took advantage of the Kettlebells in the house and looked up exercises (I had never used Kettlebells before). Here’s what I came up with…
20 min walk with the dogs

15 Around the Worlds each direction

15 Figure Eights each direction

20 Squat Swings

3 sets (I got the exercises from: Women’s Health )

30 Crunches with Kettlebell

12 curls (I just used 2 of the same weight Kettlebells)

20 side lunges

20 calf raises

3 sets

2 min rotating planks
Nothing too hard but felt it a bit in my shoulders (probably from the lack of workouts the past month) so… I’ll consider it a win for now. Also made a gluten-free Chicken Risotto for lunch today. Just trying to get back on track!

Lots of changes coming up

17 Oct

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week and 3 days until future hubby gets back to the states!

First of all, thank you to everyone who has voted already! I moved up from 50 to 11th in one day so, please keep voting! Apparently the link changes based off your place, which was poor planning on their part (I think). So here’s today’s link:

Fitness Competition Voting

I’ve discovered that October seems to be the hot month for the fitness magazine/websites contests. Oxygen Magazine is doing something similar, as is Bodybuilding.com (which I also entered to be a spokesperson for them!) So, if anyone else is interested… now you know 🙂

But, I mentioned changes… my wedding is coming up next Saturday! And we have finally figured out (after months of back and forth because of military orders etc.) that I will be joining hubby in Okinawa, Japan after the wedding. Which I am REALLY excited about. I think it’ll be really fun and who knows, maybe I’ll find some great healthy Japanese recipes to post from there! Aside from the obvious reason of wanting to actual live with hubby once we’re married… a girl could do worse:


I took that picture last May when I went to visit him, it’s beautiful out there. Anyway, had physical therapy this morning so did side lunges on a BOSU, squats, and a lot of stability exercises for the injured foot. Go back on Tuesday before the wedding for what will probably be my last time (mainly because I’m getting married and going on my honeymoon!)


Yesterday I did basically a total body workout but focused on arms:

Warm up with a 2min rotating plank (10 sec middle, 10 left, 10 middle, 10 right… so on)

20 Bicep Curls

20 Rows (with dumbbells)

20 overhead tricep extensions

20 crunches with weight

40 Ab “bicycles”

*3 sets– my abs killed by the last set of bikes

20 Low Flys

10 squats

12 chest presses

*2 sets

20 hip extensions w/ ankle weight

20 bridges

20 skull crushers

*2 sets

Side lunges and high heels!

15 Oct

My physical therapist has said that basically anything that doesn’t hurt I’m cleared to do… and if it does hurt, stop and try again a few days later. So we’re working into side lunges and even, apparently, working my way back into wearing heels so I can keep the shoes I bought for the wedding! Guys, I realize that might not seem big to you but trust me, I spent way too long trying to find the “perfect” shoes.

This morning I had physical therapy and then just did a quick ab workout but I wanted to post yesterday’s since it was a leg focused workout.

25 squats– the last set I had to not go as low, I’m trying to listen to my body and back off when it starts to hurt

10 split lunges/leg

*2 sets

20 calf raises

10 side lunges/leg

20 sumo squats

*2 sets

20 hamstring bridges

20 leg lifts

15 dead lifts to bicep curl

*3 sets

20 lateral shoulder raises

20 front shoulder raises

20 Russian Twists/side

*3 set, changing the oblique exercise each time

As I go through things and when I’m in PT, it is definitely getting stronger but the dynamic movements (pushing through a lunge etc) are still very challenging. Keep sending good thoughts my way please 🙂 Future hubby gets home this weekend!

Something I’m trying to remember with this injury:

Short workout for the day

9 Oct

Well, I may have pushed a little far for my foot yesterday… had a tough PT session and then spent my afternoon moving boxes around and sorting presents. Since we don’t know where I’ll be living after the wedding I got everything into “right away,” “I’ll want it for a year,” and “Put in storage until we settle in for a couple years”. Very productive but a lot of up and down stairs and moving around. So, just ran a couple errands this morning and now trying to stay off it. I really want it to be good to go by the wedding and honeymoon, it’s starting to make me nervous.

Anyway, quick workout plan for the day:

20 Crunches

20 leg lifts

20/side Oblique crunches

20 push-ups

*2 sets

20 bicep curls

20 front shoulder raises

20 lateral shoulder raises

*3 sets

Physical Therapy exercises

I have some recipes I want to make so I’ll hopefully be posting those soon 🙂

Don’t Be That Girl!

8 Oct

In response to the wonderful post:

Don’t Be That Guy!.

We’ve all been at the gym and seen that guy, but, as another reader pointed out, there’s plenty of girls in the gym with their own tendencies…

Don’t be that girl who spends more time in the locker room than actually working out. Just because you were in the physical building does NOT mean you “had such a long workout today”.

Don’t be that girl who sits on the edge of a machine texting/talking on her phone for 20 minutes so no one else can use it. (and make an excuse like “I’m waiting for it to dry”- thanks to a friend for that one!)

Don’t be that girl who does her makeup just to come to the gym- and keeps a mirror/lip gloss/etc on her while working out. Guys aren’t impressed by your makeup at the gym… there may be plenty of guys staring but it’s probably not a good thing.

On the same note, Don’t be that girl who comes with her hair perfect and doesn’t break a sweat. If you still “look cute” after a workout, you didn’t train hard enough.

Don’t be that girl who never leaves the cardio area because they “don’t want to get bulky”. IT WON’T HAPPEN. It’s been said time and time again, we do not naturally have the testosterone to bulk up. You have to TRY and eat a certain way and train a very specific way to even get close to bulking.

Don’t be that girl who is in the weight area but is only there to watch the guys. 1. They aren’t looking at you 2. If they are, they’re kind of creeped out/annoyed by you because you’re probably blocking the weights

Don’t be that girl who giggles and bats eyelashes at the trainers, you make the rest of us who might have a real question look bad.

Don’t be that girl who starves herself and then comes to the gym. You can’t work as hard and, if you pass out, we have to stop and help. Plus, it’s bad for you and won’t really help you reach your goals.

What other “that girls” do you see? Big thank you to my friends who contributed to this post!

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A Real Workout (even with a boot!)

25 Sep

PT went well this morning. It was mainly checking my baseline and giving me at home exercises until Friday when I go back BUT I get to start driving (short distances) as long as I bring the boot for when I’m walking and am weaning myself out of the boot with a goal of being basically out of it in a week.

Which means… I got to go to the gym today!!! And do the real bike! Is it weird that I’m super excited about that? To be fair, it’s also the first time I got to drive in a month so the sense of freedom was nice too 😉 Talked to the trainer…. he pretty much had the same ideas I did for leg exercises I could do until I’m out of the boot but I did add in dead-lifts with my arms today.

12 dead-lifts to bicep curl

12 cable reverse flys/arm

12 cable flys/arm

12 overhead tricep extensions

*3 sets

12 lat pull downs

12 cable rows (I felt weak on these… what used to be an easy weight was a struggle on the last set)

20 incline sit-ups with weight

*3 sets

20 MIN on the bike (okay so it hurt a little but… ice made it better) and then stretched out. It’s amazing how tight my leg muscles have gotten from not using them and sitting around so much, I’m hoping I can get them to loosen up quickly now that I get to be a bit more active.

Last night I made a grilled buffalo chicken that turned out really well and was super easy.

1/4 C Plain Yogurt

3/4 C Hot Sauce

1 tsp Honey

Dash of Garlic Powder

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce **make sure to read all the ingredients if you’re gluten free or make it yourself if you’re really adventurous

Marinade the chicken for 30 min or longer and then grill. I “served it” with celery

Arm workout and Chicken Recipes

21 Sep

It’s been an emotional few days of ups and downs and not being able to run is killing me… but, I had coffee with a friend this morning (Pumpkin Chai, amazing) and then spent some time trying to process through everything. I made lunch (which was pretty good!) and got a semi-decent workout today.

12 bicep curls

12 overhead tricep extensions

15 lateral shoulder raises with resistance band

20 resistance band pull downs

*3 sets

20 crunches with weight: russian twists, reverse crunches (crunches 1st set, twists 2nd…)

15 skull crushers

15 push-ups with resistance band

*3 sets

Foot PT exercises (although, I’m getting impatient so I called my Dr. and set up real PT for next week… at least make sure I’m doing everything I can)


Here’s the lunch recipe… I forgot a picture:

Cajun Chicken Sausage (I use Bilinski’s)

Tomatoes (I used 2 medium ones, you could also buy a can of diced tomatoes no salt added)

2 stalks celery

canola oil spray

1 tbsp garlic

1/2C water

Dice celery and add that and garlic in pan over medium heat (spray pan before or spray celery with canola oil), after 5-10 min add in diced tomatoes and water (if you’re using canned, probably don’t need extra water). Simmer and add in chicken for 5 min (if sausage isn’t pre-cooked, add in with celery)

Tonight I’m going to make balsamic chicken and broccoli from:



Obviously not my picture. I’ll post one tomorrow with any changes I make!