Category Archives: Working Out

Shoulder, Core, and Cardio Circuit Workout

Good afternoon! This morning at the gym, I did a great circuit workout involving shoulders, core, and cardio.


Here is the workout I did:


I completed each circuit four times and I finished up my workout with an easy 12 minutes on the stationary bike.

I love incorporating the speed ladder into my workouts. It’s a great way to do something different and challenge your body.


Post workout, I had this Powerful Yogurt protein drink that Danny recently found at the grocery store.


I have never seen these before, so I was excited to try it and with 20 grams of protein, it’s perfect post-workout. The vanilla maple flavor was delicious!

When I got home, I took Baylee for a walk since the weather is halfway decent.


She’s getting big!

After our walk, I made lunch.


Egg whites with a little bit of reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter, and sugar snap peas. So good!

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite core exercise?
  • What did you have for lunch today?

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Circuit Workout

Good afternoon!

This morning at the gym, I did a great circuit workout before teaching my Women on Weights class.


I did the following circuit four times through:

  • 400 meter row
  • 10 box jumps
  • 10 kettlebell swings
  • kettlebell farmer’s carry on track (hold heavy kettlebell in one hand and walk on the track, switching hands halfway. Great for obliques!)

I did each exercise back-to-back, rested about 30 seconds, and then repeated for a total of four times. I really like doing circuit workouts because they are a great way to combine strength training and cardio and are a great way to keep your heart rate up.

After teaching Women on Weights, I came home and had a cup of Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea in my favorite gingerbread coffee mug.

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I usually add a few drops of the SkinnyGirl stevia extract. My mom gave this to me and it’s perfect to sweeten up the tea a little bit.

Danny and I also got in some great workout this weekend. On Saturday, we worked shoulder and core. We did some of the hardest sit-ups I’ve ever done in my life. On the decline bench, we held a plate behind our head and did sit-ups. It might not look too hard but it was killer. I could barely manage two sets of 10.


On Sunday, we worked back and biceps.


We also did more plate sit-ups but this time we did them on the floor making it a little easier. Still hard but easier than the decline bench. If you have a chance, definitely try out these sit-ups!

Have a great day!

  • If you’re a tea drinker, what’s your favorite tea?
  • Favorite core exercise? I love planks!



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Leg and Glute Workout

Good afternoon! How are you all doing?

I’ve been working and working out. Yesterday when I got off of work, I did an easy cardio workout. 30 minutes on the stairmaster followed by 15 minutes on the stationary bike.


After my workout, I had a thinkThin bar. I really like the salted caramel flavor.

Today I did a great leg/glute workout.

I did 4 sets and 10 reps of the following exercises:

  • Resistance band walking squats
  • Dumbbell deadlifts – 60 lbs
  • Split squats – 20 lbs
  • Barbell hip thrusts – 60 lbs
  • Walking lunges – 30 lbs
  • Weighted donkey kicks – 5 lbs
  • Single leg hip bridges
  • Leg press machine – 165 lbs
  • Seated leg curls – 65 lbs

After my workout, I took a selfie:)


And foam rolled.


In puppy news, Baylee loves laying on the vent in the bathroom. If we ever can’t find her, we just check the bathroom and she’s usually laying on her favorite vent…or eating toilet paper.


Today will be her second week of puppy training school. Danny takes her every Thursday for eight weeks. Even though she can be a naughty puppy sometimes, she’s actually calmed down a bit and is very smart. She already can sit, stay, give you both her paws, lay down, roll over, and high five. She also rings a bell when she want to go outside. All thanks to Danny.

She also likes to eat toilet paper and shoes, knock over the garbage can, dig in the mud, attack slippers if we’re wearing them, chew the wall, and latch onto your pants when you’re walking. 🙂 Fun times with a puppy.

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you have a pet? 



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Weekend Workouts

Good afternoon! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

It’s cold here in Chicagoland so we’ve just been laying low all weekend – working out, watching movies, and trying out a new enchilada recipe (check back tomorrow for the recipe!).

Danny I went to the gym yesterday and did a great shoulder, core, and cardio workout.

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I wore this new workout shirt from Target that Danny bought for me.


I love the mesh sleeves!

Saturday night, we rented The Martian.


I read the book awhile back and was excited to see that the movie just came out. I thought it was a really good movie and even the kids loved it!

Sunday morning we were back at the gym for a chest, triceps, and HIIT stairmaster workout.


Danny was a badass with his tricep dips. I was not. 🙂

Our workout included:

  • chest presses
  • tricep dips
  • cable chest flyes
  • barbell tricep presses
  • decline chest press machine
  • cable tricep pressdowns

We finished our workout with level 20 on the Stairmaster for one minute followed by two minutes recovery. We did this for a total of 21 minutes.

I recently ordered new BCAAs from that I’ve been drinking during my workouts.


BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) help promote lowered body fat levels, increase strength, and improve muscle repair.

Well, that was pretty much our weekend! Have a great Sunday!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Have you seen/read The Martian?
  • Last movie you saw?



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Vertical Endeavors – Indoor Rock Climbing

For Christmas, the kids got gifts cards to an indoor rock climbing place near our house from my dad and stepmom.


It’s called Vertical Endeavors and they have locations in Illinois and Minnesota. I have never been on a rock climbing wall before and really wanted to try it out so Danny and I decided to do it too.

You pay an admission fee and then you can purchase a rental pack which includes a shoes, a harness, a belay tool, and a chalk bag.

We got everything on and then had to wait for an orientation since it was our first time. The guide showed us the walls we were able to do as beginners and how to hook ourselves up. Then we got to the rock climbing!


The kids loved it and were like pros right away. I couldn’t believe how fast they were able to get to the top!

We started out on the easy beginners wall and then moved on a walls that were a little more difficult.



I was nervous at first because I do not like heights. At first, I would only go halfway up the easy wall before letting myself down.

I tried one of the harder walls and by the time I went back to the easy wall, it felt really easy and I was able to climb all the way to the top…as long as I didn’t look down. 🙂



Indoor rock climbing is a great workout. It’s great for working out your full body but I felt it a lot in my upper body.


We stayed and climbed for a couple of hours before we got tired and hungry. It was a great workout! My dad stopped by for a little while to watch which was actually nice because he was able to help hook us up. It was difficult to attach the hooks to our harness and they kids couldn’t do it without help.


Danny and I headed back to the gym this morning and did a great shoulder/active rest workout – meaning we added some cardio in between sets with little rest.


Our workout:

  • shoulder press//jump roping – 4 sets, 10 reps
  •  T-raises//jump roping – 4 sets, 10 reps
  • upright rows//burpees – 4 sets, 10 reps
  • kettlebell swings//farmer’s walk with kettlebell on the indoor track – 4 sets, 10 reps, 4 laps

Those burpees were killer! It was an awesome workout. We finished up with about 10 minutes on the stationary bike and some stretching.

That was our weekend – have a great day! 🙂

  • Have you ever been rock climbing?
  • What did you do this weekend?





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Polar A300 – No More FitBit!

Good afternoon! I am back!! My blog was down for a few days due to some technical difficulties. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about the technical part of my blog but I worked with Scott from BlogCrafted and he helped me get my site back up and running.

I worked with BlogCrafted a couple of years ago when I switched to being self-hosting and contacted them again when my blog was having problems earlier in the week. If you need any blogging help, I recommend using BlogCrafted. I worked with Scott and he does a quick and thorough job. Everything was taken care of within a day and his prices are very reasonable.

Anyway back to the blog. 🙂

Danny, my super sweet husband, got me an early Christmas gift – the Polar A300 heart rate monitor.


I was using the Polar FT7 monitor and I loved it but it was getting old and not working like it should. After doing some research, I decided to go with the Polar A300. This heart rate monitor will replace my FitBit.

I have the FitBit Charge HR and while I love it (you can read about it in this post and this post), I found that it didn’t record my heart rate accurately during exercise so when I worked out, I would wear my Polar FT7 in addition to the FitBit.

The Polar A300 totally replaces my FitBit. It records steps taken during the day, activity level, calories burned during the day, and sleep. You wear the chest strap during exercise to monitor your heart rate.

I like that it gives you a goal of being active for a certain amount during the day and then lets you know when you’re 100% at your activity goal. Some days I’m way over my goal.


Reaching your goal of activity is done through any movement – exercise, walking, shopping, cleaning, etc. As long as you’re moving, it counts as activity. Of course, if you’re doing strenuous activity, you’ll reach your activity goal a lot faster. I usually reach my 100% goal after working out for about an hour.

Some pros and cons:


  • it records steps, calories burned, distance, activity level, and sleep (although I don’t find the sleep very accurate)
  • it has a chest strap for more accurate heart rate during exercise
  • it alerts you when you’ve been inactive too long
  • it gives you the option to choose which type of exercise you’ll be doing – strength training, running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc


  • the battery life is very long (they say if you work out about an hour a day, the battery will last for 24 days! This includes wearing it all day long)
  • it has an alarm (see below)
  • the wrist strap is interchangeable – you can buy different colors if you want
  • you can sync it to an app on your phone


  • it’s pricey – around the same as the FitBit Charge HR. Mine was $180 but we had a $10 off coupon
  • it doesn’t alert you when you’ve reached your steps for the day (this isn’t really a big deal but I liked how excited the FitBit got when I reached 10,000 steps)
  • alarm – I used my FitBit alarm all the time so I was glad to see the Polar also had an alarm BUT you can only set it for Monday-Friday or Saturday and Sunday. I get up at 5am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday but the Polar doesn’t give me the option of only choosing those days  like the FitBit did. I have to set it for 5am Monday-Friday.
  • it’s a little bulkier than the FitBit (this doesn’t bother me because I’m used to wearing a heart rate monitor)

I’ve been wearing the Polar since Monday and so far I’m loving it. 🙂

In Baylee puppy news, she’s being cute…


…and naughty!


Have a great day!

  • Do you use a fitness tracker?



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Workout and Lunch

Good afternoon! Only one week until Thanksgiving – I am super excited! I’m excited for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce, carrots, pie, and all the food. 🙂

This morning, I went to the gym and did a glute and cardio workout.

For glutes/legs I did:

  • sumo squats
  • jump squats on the bench
  • glute kickbacks on the cable machine
  • split quads
  • deadlifts


After those exercises, I headed to the indoor track to walk/run for about 25 minutes. I started out walking one lap and running one lap. Then I walked one lap and ran two laps. Then I walked one lap and ran three laps. I did this up to four laps and then finished with walking two laps.

I finished up my workout with 20 easy minutes on the stationary bike. Ever since my hip surgery last year, I have found that I use the stationary bike more to cool down and keep my hip mobile.

Post workout was a protein shake and then home for lunch.

My lunches have been pretty boring lately. I have been eating the exact same thing for about three weeks. I tend to eat the same lunch for a few weeks and then change it to something else for a few weeks.

Lately, my lunch has been a big salad with carrots, tortilla strips, and Bolthouse Farms salsa ranch dressing.



I also had a bagel thin with three egg whites, provolone cheese, and fruit preserves. On the side, I had snapea crisp. It’s my favorite lunch.



My breakfast and post-workout snack usually contain a lot of protein so my lunch is a little more carb-heavy.

I’m so glad tomorrow is Friday – Danny and I are going to my cousin’s wedding tomorrow night and then we have something super exciting on Saturday – stay tuned!!

Have a great day!

  • What do you usually eat for lunch?
  • Favorite glute or leg exercise? I love deadlifts. 



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Family Fun and Workouts

Good afternoon! I hope you all had a great weekend!

On Friday night, I went with my grandma, aunt, and sister-in-law to a byow (bring your own wine 🙂 ) dinner and craft show.


It was a fun girl’s night and I even got to paint a cute mason jar. That’s about the extent of my painting skills. Those are supposed to be snowflakes that I painted on there…

On Saturday, both the kids had doctor’s appointments and I got my first peppermint mocha of the season. Jaden got a kid’s hot cocoa with soy milk and at kid’s temperature. Such a Starbucks connoisseur.


I like the peppermint mocha but I’m not a huge fan of mocha coffee so it’s not my favorite but I do enjoy it every once in awhile.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym. We did a glute and shoulder workout.


Our workout included:

  • deadlifts
  • split squats
  • reverse lunges
  • hip thrusts on the bench
  • shoulder presses
  • bent arm lateral raises
  • cable front raises

The weather was really nice yesterday so Danny started putting up the Christmas decorations.


It’s always better to put them up when it’s nice outside rather than when it’s freezing and snowing! And I heard we’re supposed to get some snow this weekend!

This morning, I went to the gym and did a quick cardio workout before running some errands. Post workout, I had a protein shake.


Always trying to get that protein in!

Have a great day!

  • Are you creative or artistic? 
  • What did you do this weekend?


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Back and Shoulder Workout and Everything Christmas

Good morning! My day started out with peppermint bark coffee in my North Pole mug.


I’m so happy for all of the holiday coffee flavors and to be using my Christmas mugs!

I worked for a couple of hours this morning and then I did my own workout. I did a back and shoulders superset workout. The exercises I did included:

  • assisted pull-ups
  • upright rows
  • one arm cable rows
  • standing shoulder presses
  • close grip lat pulldowns
  • push presses

After strength training, I walk/ran one mile on the indoor track. My legs are still so sore from Sunday’s workout so running was hard. I’m a little nervous about this weekend’s 5k because my achilles is starting to bother me again, but I’m just going to make sure to use lots of KT Tape. Pretty much my entire lower half will be covered in KT tape.

After my workout, I had a protein shake and a mini Clif bar.


I love those mini Clif bars! I think my stepmom got this one at a race for me. The mini ones are hard to find.


After the gym, I stopped by Target to pick up some fish for dinner. Of course, I got sucked into looking at all the Christmas decorations.


I seriously love looking at the Christmas stuff. This little guy found his way into my cart, and I bought him to put on our Christmas tree.


Don’t worry, my tree isn’t up yet. We don’t get a Christmas tree until December.

Unfortunately, Target only had the spicy flavors of their Simply Balanced salmon, so I bought the tilapia to try instead. I haven’t had the Simply Balanced tilapia yet so hopefully it’s as good as the salmon.


Well, I’m off to make a late lunch! Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • If you celebrate Christmas, when do you usually put up your tree? 



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Halloween 2015

Happy November 1st!!! Let the holiday season begin!! I tried to get Danny to put up our outside Christmas decorations today but I don’t think he’s ready to jump aboard my All Things Christmas Holiday Train. 😉

Yesterday, we meet my mom and family friend at the mall so the kids could trick-or-treat a little bit. The mall was insane and that’s probably the last time I’ll do that but the kids had fun. In the afternoon, we went over to my brother and sister-in-law’s house to go trick-or-treating and for dinner.

Jacob was a banana yet again. My niece was Skye from Paw Patrol and Jaden was a polar bear.


My dad and grandpa even got in on the fun by dressing up. My dad was a pirate.


My grandpa was a chef.


The weather was chilly and rainy but it really wasn’t too bad compared to some other years. It rained all day but it was more of a light mist while we were trick or treating.


Danny and I.


Those are the first pair of leggings/yoga pants that I have ever owned that I wore for real life and not working out. I was a little self conscious because I pretty much wear my big baggy Victoria’s Secret boyfriend sweatpants 24/7. These leggings are really comfortable and I liked them, I just have to get used to them. Danny told me I looked good about 74,000 times so I’m thinking he doesn’t love my giant sweatpants as much as I do. 🙂

The kids had a great time trick-or-treating and got lots of candy. It was so nice having Halloween on a Saturday this year!!

I definitely indulged in quite a bit of Halloween candy yesterday – sweets are my weakness! Danny and I made sure to get to the gym this morning for a glute/leg workout.


We did calf raises three ways to target the entire calf: toes together, heels together, and regular. We also did: deadlifts (lots of deadlifts!!), split squats, kettlebell swings, and hip thrusts on a bench. Well, I did hip thrusts. Danny did not.

We definitely got a great workout in this morning. After today, I going to take it a little easy on legs this week since I’m running the Hot Chocolate 5k next Sunday and I don’t want too much knee and quad pain.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

  • How was your Halloween?
  • Favorite Halloween candy?
  • What are you looking forward to about November/December?



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