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Booty Workout and Birthdays!

Hello! How are you all today?!

This morning I went to the gym and started with the Bikini Body Mommy cardio workout. These workouts usually require a lot of jumping moves which I was really feeling today. By the time I was done, my Achilles tendon was killing me.

I tend to have an all or nothing attitude when it comes to working out and often decide to push through when I have pain instead of stopping. I realize that this is not a good thing. Moral of the story: do not be like me. If you are injured or have pain, take it easy!

I know something is wrong with my Achilles and I know the jumping exercises aren’t helping. I really am going to try my best to take it easy. The nice thing is that a lot of exercises can be modified so I don’t have to jump. My plan is to lay off the jumping but still do what I can.

After the cardio workout, I worked on glutes. Lots of booty exercises!

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I did:

  • step-up to kickbacks
  • walking lunges
  • single leg hip bridges
  • sumo squats with a leg raise
  • donkey kicks
  • single leg deadlifts
  • squats

I did each exercises between 12-25 reps, depending on the exercise. I did three sets of each exercise. Then I foam rolled and stretched. It was a really good workout that left me tired and sweaty!!

Even though I still wear my FitBit Charge HR all day long, I use my Polar FT7 heart rate monitor to keep track of my exercise. I feel like it’s more accurate.

Yesterday for some reason, my Fitbit registered that I climbed 45 flights of stairs!

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I definitely did not climb 45 flights of stairs. I didn’t really do anything different than I normally do so I can’t figure out why it thinks I’m climbing so many stairs. This is the first time it’s ever counted so many stairs. Interesting!

Hopefully it’ll be a little more accurate today.

Today is my dad’s birthday and tomorrow is my stepmom’s birthday. A big happy birthday to my dad and Sue!! Can’t wait to celebrate!!

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Have a great day!!

  • For  those of you that have a FitBit Charge, does it overestimate stairs?!
  • Do you rest when your sore/injured or do tend to push through?

 

 

 

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Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Oatmeal

It’s Monday! I’m glad today is Monday because I feel like it gives me a fresh start after my horrendous week last week.

I’m back on track with my eating and workouts.

Yesterday, Danny and I went to the gym and worked on chest and triceps.

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Everyone has their own way of working out muscle groups – full body, upper body, lower body, biceps & triceps, etc. I usually workout the “pushing” muscles together – chest and triceps. These are the muscles you use for pushing exercises such as chest presses or push-ups.

I workout the “pulling” muscles together – back and biceps. These are the muscles you use for pulling exercises such as lat pulldowns and rows.

Then, I have a shoulder day. I incorporate core and leg exercises throughout the week depending on how much time I have to workout. The bikini body mommy workouts incorporate a lot of leg exercises and I still do some of my physical therapy exercises. My hip and quad still tend to get sore very fast so I take it a bit easier on the legs.

Today, I got back on track with my workouts and worked on shoulders. I did:

  • dumbbell front/lateral raises
  • shoulder press machine
  • plate front raises with a twist
  • kettlebell upright rows
  • overhead dumbbell presses
  • cable lateral raises
  • around the worlds (can be seen at 8:00 in the video)

I also did the bikini body mommy strength workout, walked, and did a little bit of stretching and foam rolling. When I woke up yesterday my quad was seriously killing me and I’m not quite sure why so I’m trying to take it a little easier on leg exercises.

Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Oatmeal

Lately, before a workout or on the days I work, I have been eating Straw Propeller Oats for breakfast. I love that these oats help keep me feeling full for a long time especially when I’m working.

Straw Propeller was awesome enough to send me four of their oats flavors to try out.

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The four flavors I tried were Cherry and Chia, Apple Crisp, Maple Oats, and Orange Cranberry.

Of these four, my favorite was the Apple Crisp. It was delicious! I loved the chunks of apples, walnuts, and white chocolate chips.

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I love that Straw Propeller Oats use only real ingredients without additives or preservatives. Their oats are also gluten-free. And I love all the add-ins in their oats!

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My all-time favorite oats are their PB&J oats. I can’t even describe how good these are – peanuts, strawberries, and peanut butter chips. I could seriously eat these everyday.

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I buy the PB & J flavor at Target. Target and Whole Foods are the stores near me that I’ve found them at and they carry some great flavors!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have a specific workout plan?
  • Do you like oatmeal? Favorite?

Straw Propeller sent me the four oatmeal flavors to try for free. I purchased the PB&J oats on my own. All opinions are my own. 

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An Off Week

Good morning.

I am so glad that today is Sunday, even though I did wake up at 6 am. I just can’t seem to sleep in on the weekends. This past week has been a really off week for me – diet and workout-wise.

There was no school one day, Jaden was sick a couple of days, my work hours changed slightly. I pretty much ate everything in sight all week and missed two workouts this week, and I never miss a workout!!

I was working until 2 pm on Wednesday and Fridays. Now, I’m working until 3 pm, which means I can’t workout after I get off work those two days because I  have to be home to get the kids off the bus.

Danny usually goes to the gym at 5 am during the week, so I can’t wake up early and go. I suppose my other options are to wake up early and work out at home or workout in the evening. I planned on working out Friday night but I forgot it was bingo night at Jaden’s school.

This week, I plan on focusing more on what needs to be done – planning my meals better so I don’t eat a whole bag of jelly beans (yes, that happened this week) and figuring out when to fit my workouts in.

I completely realize that people work full time jobs and have things a lot harder, but no matter what your schedule is, if it’s something you’ve been used to for years then it’s going to mess you up if it suddenly changes.

Yesterday

Of course, my first priority yesterday morning was to get to the gym!

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I started with the Bikini Body Mommy Fit Test because I am a little behind on that workout.

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I was happy because I improved all my scores from the previous Fit Test. It’s about an 8 minute workout, but it’s killer. Danny did it too and we were dead at the end. Dead. You’re only resting 10 seconds in between each exercise so it really keeps your heart rate up!

Danny and I worked on back and biceps and honestly it was a so-so workout. I just wasn’t feeling it. I was tired from being up early, my eye hurt (turns out my contact was ripped in half in my eye), and my leg was really bothering me.

We got through all our back exercises and half of our bicep exercises until I threw in the towel. My eye was killing me and I had to go home to fix it. Plus, I was just plain crabby.

After the gym, we stopped at Target where I bought Boom Chicka Pop kettle corn in the frosted sugar sugar cookie flavor!

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I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m going to try it today. I imagine it’s going to be delicious. They also had a lemon drop kettle corn flavor but I was a little unsure about that flavor.

On today’s agenda is the gym, grocery shopping, and working for a few hours later. I really need to get back on track with my eating and workouts this week!

Have a great Sunday!

  • Do you ever have “off” weeks? I usually have off days, but rarely off weeks! Too much good food!
  • Did you do anything fun this weekend?
  • Favorite popcorn flavor?

 

 

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I Went to Zumba

Good morning!

Yesterday was one of those days that I didn’t feel like going to the gym. I was up late the night before for Jaden’s party and I woke up early because my body just can’t seem to sleep in on the weekends. I decided to go to the gym anyway in hopes that it would give me some much needed energy.

I’m glad I did go to the gym because I ended up working out for two hours!

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I was too tired to come up with a workout plan so at the last minute I decided to go to Zumba. Yes, I went to Zumba class. It’s probably been almost a year since I’ve gone to Zumba and it’s only my third group fitness class since my hip surgery.

I was a little worried because Zumba is a little more high impact with a lot of jumping but of course you can modify as needed. My hip felt a little tight but not painful. It was Achilles that bothered me the most. I’ve already stopped running for the most part because it bothers me and I know I need to cut back on the jumping exercises also until it gets better.

Zumba ended up being really fun and I’m glad that I went. I also rode the stationary bike for about 20 minutes afterwards to loosen up my hip and then I did some core exercises followed by a lot of foam rolling and stretching.

I expected to wake up this morning incredibly sore but I wasn’t too bad. I was more tired than anything. I went to the gym this morning and did the Bikini Body Mommy Day #36 workout. I am proud of myself for continuing to do the workouts every day!

The BMM workouts are fairly short and today was a strength training day so I decided to do the workout circuit style. I did the whole entire workout then I rested about 2-3 minutes and then completed the entire workout two more times. So, I did the full workout three times, resting 2-3 minutes in between.

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(Bikini Body Mommy)

I did the divebomber push-ups the first time through the workout but I had to do push-ups on the wall the other two times because my wrist was killing me. And I have a feeling those dumbbell windmills are going to make me super sore come tomorrow.

Books

I read the book The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins over the weekend.

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It’s been compared to Gone Girl and while I think Gone Girl was a lot crazier, it was still a really good book.

It’s about a women named Rachel who has been divorced for two years and has turned to alcohol to help her get through it. She takes the train every morning and has to go past her ex-husband and new wife’s house (which used to be her house) everyday. She likes to watch the people she passes outside on the train, specifically a couple who live a few doors down from her ex, who she has named “Jess and Jason.”

One day she sees something from the train at Jess and Jason’s house that she’s not meant to see and the story unfolds from there. It was a quick read that will constantly keep you guessing!

If you’re looking for a new book to read, I definitely recommend it.

Have a great day!

  • Do you like Zumba / Cardio Dance classes?
  • Favorite book? Last book you read?
  • Do you sleep in on the weekends?

 

 

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FitBit Charge HR: One Week Update

Yesterday, I registered my son for high school.

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I must admit that I am in denial that he’s starting high school this fall. How did this happen?! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone! To me, it was just yesterday that he was a tiny baby, born weighing 1 pound and 14 ounces. The first two months if his life he lived in the NICU of the hospital and now he’ll be starting high school?!

Time really does go by fast and I’m not ready for my babies to grow up!

Lunch

I’m a little bit in love with the lunch I made yesterday and today. I was craving something different besides my normal bagel egg sandwich or veggie flatbread pizza so I made a healthy chicken finger salad with honey mustard dressing.

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I used the Applegate Naturals gluten-free chicken tenders and Bolthouse Farms honey mustard yogurt dressing. So good. The Applegate Naturals chicken is a little pricier but since I’m so picky about chicken, it’s worth it to me.

Workout

Yesterday, I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout and some triceps exercises. On my upper body, my triceps bother me the most! I just can’t seem to tone them!

Some of the triceps exercises I did included: triceps cable pressdowns, overhead cable triceps extensions, dumbbell triceps extensions, barbell skull crushers, barbell triceps presses, and weighted dips.

Today, I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout twice and then went on the elliptical and stationary bike for about 15 minutes each.

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Fitbit Charge HR 

I’ve had my Fitbit Charge HR for a full week now. If you are someone that works out occasionally and isn’t super worried about heart rate then I would recommend the Charge HR 100%. It does a pretty good job of recording heart rate during steady state exercises like doing elliptical or walking on the treadmill.

I also like that since it measures your heart rate all day long, it gives a good estimate of the calories you’ve burned during the day.

However, if you’re someone like me who is a little more serious about working out and heart rate, I would not recommend the Charge HR if you’re looking for an accurate heart rate during high intensity workouts.

I like to know my accurate heart rate and calories burned during exercise.

My Polar FT7:

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I like I like to know my time spent in the fat burning zone vs the fitness zone.

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I don’t think the Charge HR does a good job of measuring heart rate during high intensity exercises which is where I need it to be the most accurate.

So, I continue to wear both my Fitbit Charge HR and my Polar FT7 heart rate monitor which is what I was hoping to avoid by buying the Charge HR in the first place. It doesn’t really bother me to wear both because I know I’m getting a better heart rate and calorie burn reading with my Polar.

I can enter my exercise and calories burned into My Fitness Pal which then syncs with the Fitbit. This way I’m not doubling up on the exercise calories burned if that makes sense. I enter the time I worked out so the Fitbit fixes the calorie adjustment.

Even though I don’t feel like the Charge HR accurately measures heart rate during exercise, I am still glad that I bought it and I would buy it again.

I like that I can see all my stats right on my wrist, so far the battery life has been awesome, and the sleep tracker is surprisingly accurate.

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Like I’ve said before, I’m not too worried about my sleep but I think that’s it pretty cool that without putting the Fitbit into sleep mode like you have to do on the Flex, it does a good job of knowing when I went to sleep and when I woke up.

Overall, I would recommend the FitBit Charge HR but I would recommend a chest strap heart rate monitor if you are a little more serious about knowing the correct heart rate.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you use a heart rate monitor?
  • Which body part do you love the most? Which one bothers you the most?

 

 

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Dinner, Brownies, and a Workout

Good afternoon friends!

I wanted to share last night’s dinner with you because it was so delicious. I’m usually pretty boring when it comes to dinner and seem to eat the same two meals all the time – salad with baked chicken and a Greek yogurt or baked chicken with brown rice and veggies.

Last night’s dinner wasn’t too different but it was a nice change. I made broccoli slaw with green and red peppers, onions, chicken, garlic and a little bit of lite soy sauce.

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I always cook a batch of chicken at the beginning of the week to use throughout the week so this meal was super easy to make. I just added the garlic, peppers, and onions to the pan and let it cook for a few minutes. Then I added the already cooked chicken, broccoli slaw, and soy sauce and let it cook for a few more minutes. Easy peasy.

After dinner, Jaden and I made these brownies by Now Foods.

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Don’t let the fact that they’re organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free scare you. I snuck a little piece and they were delicious! These are a great treat for Jaden since he’s allergic to dairy.

And most of the Ghiradelli brownie mixes are dairy-free so I buy those for him too. Most people think chocolate is dairy but there are quite a few chocolate products that are dairy-free. There’s cocoa butter in a lot of chocolate products which used to throw me off but cocoa butter is actually dairy-free.

Today’s Workout

I went to the gym this morning and did the elliptical, the bikini body mommy day #15 workout, and shoulders.

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I am actually quite proud of myself for doing the bikini body mommy workout every day for 15 days. Usually I like sticking to my own workout but the bikini body mommy workouts are great. First, I like that they’re short because I can do then in addition to my normal workout. And even though they are short, they are killer! Each week get progressively harder and today’s workout was 50 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for ten different exercises.

Let me tell you, 10 seconds of rest is nothing. After the ten minute workout, I was dying! I love that these workouts really get my heart rate up. I think my highest heart rate during today’s workout was around 170 bpm!

My right quad/leg continues to be a little sore but I have been a lot better about icing it.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any food allergies?
  • Do you ever do high intensity exercises?
  • Favorite dinner?

 

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At Home Workout

School was canceled again today, which means the kid’s room at the gym is closed, which means another workout at home.

I have some workout equipment at home but I really prefer working out at the gym. At home, I’m not as motivated, I have a small space, and I can’t workout for five minutes without having to yell at the kids to stop fighting.

It’s hard to do burpees. It’s even harder to do burpees while yelling at your kids to please just let you get this workout in so your don’t turn into Crazy Mom. Sigh.

Today I did the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Workout Day #4. It was a cardio day and since the workout is short, I did it twice.

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One way to get the kids to not fight is to have Jaden do the workout with me.

Lots of jumping and burpees. There are ten exercises and you do each one for 60 seconds, resting for 30 seconds in between. It really gets my heart rate up!

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I noticed that I am so much more inactive when I’m stuck inside because of the cold. Yesterday, I only walked about 4,000 steps compared to Tuesday when I walked 12,000 steps!

Please go away winter. At least it’s supposed to warm-up this afternoon!

Lunch

Lunch was the same thing yesterday and today. Kind of random food items but still delicious!

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English muffin with two egg whites and a little bit of cheddar cheese, teriyaki turkey jerky, celery with peanut butter, and unpictured strawberries. The whole lunch had 385 calories and approximately 31 grams of protein.

My sweet husband was nice enough to brave the cold yesterday to go to the store for a few groceries. I really have been loving the new Yoplait Greek whips yogurt so I asked him to get me a few flavors. He texted me with the flavors and I just had him get me one of each.

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It took a couple of tries for me to like this yogurt. The consistency of the whipped yogurt is so different than the regular Greek yogurt and I wasn’t sure at first if I liked it. Now, I love them! It’s very thick and mousse-like.

I tried the vanilla cupcake flavor for breakfast and it was delicious!

I’m glad it’s supposed to warm up a little this afternoon because Danny and I are donating blood for a blood drive at the gym tonight and then we go straight to a family night for high school! (I’m still in denial that Jacob will be starting high school later this year).

Have a great day and stay warm!!

  • If you have kids, what grades are they in?
  • Do you prefer working out at home or at the gym?

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Eve Circuit Workout

Happy Christmas Eve!!

The kid’s elf, Nick, is very excited that it’s almost Christmas!

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Yesterday, we had a busy day. Jacob had a dentist appointment to get a tooth pulled, I had physical therapy, and then we ran a few errands. When we got home, the kids wrapped their presents for Danny.

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I also baked a ton of cookies yesterday. I made my favorite, Butterscotch Reese’s cookies.

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I also made Peanut Butter Blossoms.

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And regular chocolate chip cookies.

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As much as I love the holidays, I can’t wait until they’re over so I can get back on track with eating. I have been sampling too many delicious cookies lately!

This morning, I headed to the gym at about 8:00 am to get my workout in before we go to my grandparent’s house later this afternoon.

Crazy hair, don’t care:

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I started with 12 minutes on the elliptical to warm-up and then I did the following circuit workout. I did each circuit three times, resting 1-2 minutes in between. (Use weights you’re comfortable with.)

Circuit #1: 

  • lateral raises with an alternating knee raise x12 each leg
  • ball wall squat with a biceps curl to overhead press x15
  • seated stability ball overhead triceps extensions x15

Circuit #2:

  • kettlebell swings x20
  • chest flies on stability ball x15
  • straight arm overhead reach on stability ball x15

Circuit #3:

  • woodchoppers with medicine ball x12 each side
  • plank/side plank (45 seconds each)
  • heel touches x20 each side
  • donkey kicks with weight behind knee x12 each leg

It was a good Christmas Eve workout!!

When I got home I started getting things ready for tonight. I am making one more batch of cookies. Jacob asked me to make Nutella cookies and he never asks me to make anything special for him so I decided to try them out. I just made regular chocolate chip cookies, added a little Nutella, and then I will do a Nutella drizzle on top of the cookies.

The dough is chilling right now, so we’ll see how they come out! I am also making a buffalo chicken dip for my grandparent’s house tonight. We’re supposed to be getting snow soon but I hope the weather isn’t too bad because my grandparent’s live about an hour away. And then Santa comes tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas! 

  • What are your plans for tonight and tomorrow?

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First Christmas Weekend

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! I can’t believe that it’s Christmas week already! Are you all ready for the holidays yet?

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I took a yogalates class at the gym. My physical therapist thinks that Pilates would be really beneficial to my hip recovery but my gym doesn’t offer a just Pilates class only yogalates – a mixture of Pilates and yoga.

The class went good and I had no pain doing anything. We did a lot of balance and core work. A few years ago I was taking yoga classes regularly. While I know that yoga has so many health benefits, it’s the only class where I find myself constantly checking the clock. It’s very slow, and I am so used to my faster paced workouts.

I will try to add it into my regular gym rotation but it might not be a favorite. :)

Saturday afternoon, we celebrated Christmas with my in-laws.

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Christmas is always so busy and my brother-in-law has to work On Christmas day so it worked out that we got together a few days before Christmas.

My loves:

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Side note: Before we got to my in-laws, Jaden bought that stuffed bear at the Dollar Store and refused to let it go. I always used to think stuffed animals were a waste of time…until I had Jaden. He loves his stuffed animals – he makes them food, bones, and beds out of paper. He feeds them, plays with them, and puts them to bed. Sometimes, I have to put them down for a nap while he’s at school. Obviously, the poor kid is screaming for a real life dog but unfortunately he’s allergic so his stuffed animals get the best care in the world.

The kids had a lot of fun playing and opening gifts.

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My in-laws know me too well because I got lots of coffee!!

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Sunday

Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym. I started out on the treadmill for about 15 minutes. I ran for five minutes by my Achilles tendon still hurts so I run so I had to stop. Grrrr…it’s annoying!

After the treadmill, we did some shoulder exercises including: upright rows, plate front raises, cable lateral raises, barbell overhead press, and the overhead press machine.

Then I did a few of the calf exercises that I do in physical therapy – calf raises on a step and single leg touchdowns. I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome in my calves a few years ago and my physical therapist wants me to work on strengthening my calves.

Danny and I finished up our workout with some jump roping and stretching.

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Today

I’m heading to the gym this morning and then I have some Christmas cookies to bake! I’m making cookies for the kid’s room at the gym, my physical therapist, and for Christmas Eve.

Have a great day!

  • Are you ready for Christmas?
  • What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?
  • Growing up, did you play with stuffed animals?

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Food and Working Out

Good afternoon! Exactly one week until Christmas! Who’s excited?!

Today, my morning started out with a McCafe k-cup!

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I am excited that McDonald’s is now making k-cups! I don’t like McDonald’s food, but I love their coffee. Before my Keurig days, I drank McDonald’s coffee almost every day.

For breakfast, I had one of these Dannon salted caramel Greek yogurts. I found them at Wal-Mart yesterday and had to pick some up to try. Delicious!

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This morning I went to the gym and started out on the elliptical for about 15 minutes. I’m still not running yet because my Achilles tendon still bothers me. Super frustrating. I worked on chest and triceps exercises today and finished up my workout with about five minutes of jump roping.

I’m starting to do some jumping exercises at physical therapy  so my therapist said I could incorporate about 10 minutes of jump roping into my gym routine twice a week. I haven’t really done high intensity cardio in awhile so I was pretty much out of breath after jump roping. I jump as long as I can in a row and then rest a few seconds before continuing.

I ended up burning 574 calories!

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My chest and triceps exercises included:

  •  incline chest press machine
  • decline chest press machine
  • chest press to single arm chest flies
  • chest press machine
  • overhead dumbbell triceps extensions
  • cable triceps pressdowns
  • overhead cable triceps extensions

Lunch

I am back to eating grilled veggie pizzas for lunch.

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I typically eat the same thing for lunch for a couple of weeks in a row and then switch it up. It’s just easier when I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat for lunch everyday.

This afternoon, I have a few more presents to wrap and then I have to get things ready for Jaden’s holiday party at school tomorrow.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite body part to work out?
  • What did you eat for lunch today?

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