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I’m home…the wedding went beautifully! 🙂 Most of these are courtesy of my husband…or my mom! I was kind of busy. LOL

My best friend (also Kelly) wanted to get married at my Dad’s farm. His farm is more “working farm” and less “quaint farm you use for weddings” but we made it work! Here’s some pictures!

Ceremony was in the upper portion of the barn, and everyone sat on straw bales 🙂

Me and the bride!

Kelly + Joe… ❤ ❤ ❤

My dad, playing valet to make sure we got everyone in…she had 100+ guests!

Me and the bride! We’ve been best friends since I was 4!

Me and my momma!

Me, mom, and grandma 🙂 I was a giant towering over them in my modest wedges. Apparently I’m the tallest!

 

It was fun, chaotic, and exhausting. But it was a blast 🙂

I had Monday off for Columbus Day, and honestly, it’s just been an errand day:

– Ollie’s (Christmas Cards! I buy them here every year…cute designs, and cheap prices!)

– Target (Basal thermometer and Boss’s Day cards for work)

– Grocery store (fruit + cereal that I can’t get elsewhere)

– Farm store (mums + pumpkins for front porch decor)

– Car wash (vacuum dog hair out of car + wash bug splatter off windshield)

– Home (neighbor ran scanner on my car because my check engine light is on +septic tank pumping guy came + made chicken meatballs for meatball subs + laundry)

At this point, I am due for a workout, BUT…

I’m fading fast.

I’ve had a sore throat for 2 days, and today I am very-so-slightly feverish (I run about 97.4 and I’m at 98.6 right now. For most, it’s not a fever. For me? It definitely is.) and I’m feeling pretty rough.

So…I’ve rearranged my work-out schedule (god willing I can kick this cold and get to the gym tomorrow) and will just do a long hill walk with the pup + gentle hatha yoga this evening. 🙂

Monday

I headed to the gym with Janetha’s full body workout in my pocket. And what I learned is…

  1. Janetha is awesome and fast.
  2. I am in remarkably bad shape for someone who spends an hour at the gym 5x a week

I knew I’d kind of been slacking on the intensity of my workouts, but I literally only made it through 2 of Janetha’s circuits before I called quits.

I did:

9 minute warm-up on the elliptical: I set for a moderately low incline, and increased the resistance every minute for 9 minutes

Circuit 1: x3

Exercise Weight Reps
Bulgarian Split Squat with Shoulder Press 7.5 lbs 12
Deadlift to Bent Over Row 10 lbs 12
Ball Crunches Holding Weight 10 lbs 24

Circuit 2: x3

Exercise Weight Reps
Bench Step Up with Knee Up (holding dumbbells) 10 lbs 12
Lunge with Bicep Curl 10 lbs 12
Bench Tuck Crunches Bodyweight 24

10 minutes of intervals on elliptical – 30s fast, 1m steady

Streeeeeeeeeeeetch….

Duration: 1 hour (and she fit two more intervals in there! YIKES!)

Calories: 579

Max HR: 170

Avg HR: 140

….I.am.out.of.shape. It wasn’t so much the weight or combination moves that did me in (honestly, the weight was light. I kept it light so I could keep moving quickly) it was the circuits. It was so fast! And I only did half! I always did suck at moving fast through leg moves…it’s like I get Charlie horses or something. LOL

Tuesday

Thought it was a good day to try Gina’s cookie dough cereal – it looked delicious, and it tasted delicious. Only one problem: oatmeal and I do not get along. I’ve tried, for years to like the stuff…it seems the whole health world and blog-o-sphere is obsessed with it. The problem? It hurts my stomach. I eat plenty of fiber, so that’s not it….but oatmeal prepared makes me feel bloated and gross, or, when eaten raw (like in the cookie dough cereal, or in a smoothie) it just gives me painful cramps.

In short? I need to learn oatmeal isn’t for me.

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That being said, Gina’s cookie dough cereal? Delish. I’m a texture eater, and it had GREAT texture! And it was easy to mix up and transport to work, which is also great. 🙂

Work has been really rough lately, and I was invited to go out for a quick happy hour – so I went. Let’s call it “mental health exercise”. 🙂 I didn’t drink (just water with lemon, please) but it was good to laugh with my co-workers for an hour or so. I set a limit for myself that I had to leave by 5:30 so I could stop at the eye doctor and get my glasses adjusted (I feel like I do this weekly. I have no idea how my glasses continually get off kilter) and still make it home in time to do a brisk hills walk with the pup (bonus points for combining cardio and walking the dog!) as well as some yoga.

40 minute hill walk with the pup (hubs even came! Family affair!) + 25 minutes of Yoga for Runners

Duration: 1h5m

Calories: 360

Max HR: 155

Avg HR: 125 (Yoga brought it down)

I don’t know that it was a successful return to cardio, but I’m impressed I managed to do happy hour, glasses adjustment, walk the dog, cardio, and yoga in 3 hours! Hubs was kind enough to heat up our leftovers which also helped immensely in the whole timeframe thing! 🙂

Wednesday

Having been humbled by my attempt at Janetha’s workout on Monday, I decided to finish up the circuits I missed.

9 minute warm-up on the stationary bike; increasing resistance each minute

Circuit 3: x3

Exercise Weight Reps
Wide Stance Barbell Squat 40 lb barbell 12
Side Lunge with Upright Row 10 lbs 12
Elbow to Knee Crunches (Bosu) Bodyweight 24

Circuit 4: x3

Exercise Weight Reps
Lying Butt Bridge with Dumbbell Chest Press 10 lbs 12
Lying Side Leg Raise Bodyweight 12
Donkey Kicks Bodyweight 12

And then I added some Lying Leg Raises (on a bench) – 3×12 for abs

10 minutes of intervals on the stationary bike – 30s fast, 1m moderate

Streeeeeeeeeeeetch….

Duration: 1h5m

Calories: 473

Max HR: 163

Avg HR: 135

Delicious dinner was fish tacos with baja cream sauce. OMG they’re good. And SO fast to make. 🙂

Thursday

By this point in my week, I.am.tired. Life has been super-stressful since we returned from vacation, and it’s all catching up with me!

I had some trouble sleeping this week and turning my brain off…hoping it will all be better once the wedding this weekend is over with!

I’m a Type-A/obsessive planner, and my best-friend-forever….is not. At all. And she’s getting married. And she’s driving me insane, because there are no details. ARGH! 🙂 She’s of the attitude “eh, we’ll figure it out on Saturday.” – see, I’d prefer not to. Just sayin’. 🙂

I headed to the gym after work today to crank out some cardio:

  • 20 minutes of intervals on the elliptical – 30s fast; 1m moderate
  • Walked on the treadmill for 10 minutes to finish my magazine 🙂
  • Headed home, walked the pup briskly on our hill route again for 30 minutes
  • Finished it all up with 20 minutes of Fusion Yoga

Duration: 1h10m

Calories:516

Max HR: 164

Avg HR: 120 (Yoga brought it down)

Friday

Leaving work early…packing up the car and heading back to my hometown for the wedding! 🙂

Neat Schtuff

Healthcare.gov – the government was mandated to provide a single place for people to shop for public and private health insurance (as part of the health bill that was passed) and have recently released this site. I’m lucky to have insurance through my employer, but thought it might be helpful to others if I post it here!

The Value of Reducing Stress – just in case we all needed a reminder (including me!):)

I grabbed these from Angela @ OhSheGlows….important to remember :):

Zuda Yoga Teacher Training – 7 axioms/Universal Truths

1. You are exactly where you are supposed to be my favorite one!
2. Fear and pain are life’s greatest teachers
3. Laughter and play are the keys to the fountain of youth
4. Exercise and rest are the keys to vibrant health
5. Touch and intimacy are basic human needs
6. Everything is impermanent
7. Everything is connected

October Goals

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I don’t have a particularly good track record with goal setting. When I started on this healthy living journey, I guess my goal was my wedding. I was in-between dress sizes when I purchased my wedding gown, and went with the smaller size. It was a good thing I did, as I ended up having the smaller-sized gown taken in at my last fitting, because I’d been successful at dropping about 30 pounds in the year prior to the big day.

But since then, my fitness and foods haven’t been particularly goal-oriented. At least not to the point where I’d been writing them down.

I started lifting heavy, but I did it because I wanted to be stronger, and I didn’t set a specific goal.

I started running (and then, subsequently, quit running after a bout with piriformis syndrome that was unresolved by physical therapy) because it looked like a quick and efficient cardio workout – and I’ve never been much of a “cardio queen” 🙂

I changed my eating habits, but it was more in response to being tired of my IBS symptoms and feeling sick constantly, than any specific goal-set.

But through it all I never set goals. At least, I never thought about them as goals.

When I started this blog, I was full of vim, vigor, and an abundance of free time, as we were just coming off the holiday season, AND we were buried in about 2.5 feet of snow. Goals sounded like a fantastic idea!

But know what? I haven’t done a single one. Not one. And what’s worse, looking back on them, I don’t have much desire to do any of them….well, except maybe try spinning. 🙂

And then here recently, Susan focused on goal setting. And every month I read Susan’s goals with excitement anyway. I LOVE reading other people’s goals! And then Janetha posted her monthly goals. And I thought…well…maybe I can do goal-setting, but maybe I need a shorter time frame. Shorter than a year. J

I am, after all, an instant-gratification kind of gal 🙂

So…baby steps. We’re starting with October. Monthly goals. I picked my categories rather randomly…basically setting the goals and then dumping them into “categories”

I’m already 5 days in to October, so it’s time to get crackin’!

October Goals

Blog Goals

  • Post at least 1x/week on the fitness blog I’ve neglected this. I’ve discovered I hate blogging my eats, so that probably won’t happen….but I love blogging my workouts. There will be more of this. Not sure what else…
  • Post at least 2x/week on the food blog I already post 1x a week religiously, as I post my weekly dinner menu. But I’d really like to focus on getting new recipes I try (we average 1 new recipe a week, unless we’re out of town) on the blog more efficiently…I end up with a pile of recipes and no recollection of what I wanted to tell readers about it!
  • Look into combining my food and fitness blogs into one blog I’d love to do this for an affordable amount of money, but I don’t know any HTML…kind of skurred about branching away from the easy/standard WordPress. But I’d love to have one single blog address, for all my blogging adventures. I’d also love a new design that will better incorporate food, fitness, and life in general. Anybody have any recommendations for me? 🙂

Life Goals

  • Stop taking BCP (seriously terrified about this!!!) This will probably be addressed on Kelly B Well… I am scared to death to see what happens when I stop taking it, the withdrawl, the side effects… I’ve been on it for 10 years, and originally went on it to deal with out-of-this-world menstrual symptoms. I’m terrified they’ll be back in full force!
  • Start charting This goes hand-in-hand with the above. I’ll be charting, (using Taking Charge of Your Fertility as my guide) to understand my cycles, as well as to potentially use this as my only means birth control method in later years (NOT right now though). It will also (hopefully) set me up to get pregnant when we’re ready, with minimal fuss. I hope. 🙂
  • Make it a priority to be sitting down/relaxing by 9pm every night (earlier is better, but 9pm is a must!) I am seriously bad at winding down. All evening I think of things that need done, etc. But then I can’t sleep! I need that wind-down time. No computer, just relaxation. Either TV and book. And I’m making it a priority because it has certainly suffered as of late (as has my sleep!).

Money Goals

  • Get back to saving monthly I got away from this with a budget overhaul a few months ago, and paying off some debts, but I want to get back at it. A minimum of $100 monthly into my own personal savings.
  • Bank my car payment amount (I paid my car off in September, and will be looking to replace it in January, so I want to ‘bank’ my car payment amount until then!) I’m hoping to bank my car payment each month. I was paying $350 on my car, so that’s an additional $1,050 towards a new car in January. Definitely worth it!
  • Get life insurance and car insurance money together in Oct (due in Dec) I’d like to get these two items paid (money set aside) in October so I can focus November on Christmas gifts, and hopefully be AHEAD by the time December arrives. 🙂

Work Out Goals

  • Work on cardio endurance. More HIIT, more strength training circuits to increase stamina My cardio stamina SUCKS. Without even realizing it, I’ve become one of those moderate-paced-workout-every-single-time-for-30-minutes type people. Not good. I need more cardio, if for no other reason than my endurance is bad and I seriously feel it when I push myself.
  • Yoga (minimum 2x a week)…focus on lengthening and stretching my incredibly cramped-up muscles My hamstrings and hip flexors are notoriously tight (helloooooo desk job!) and if I don’t stretch and lengthen them regularly, I get knotted up and it makes things like deadlifts and cardio painful. So gentle, stretching yoga is the focus here, with at least 1 of my sessions being a “yoga for runners” type session which will focus on the areas I get tight in.
  • Focus on strengthening/stretching my hip flexors/glutes to work on my piriformis pain/knotted muscle Similar to above. I’ve not done any of my hip strengthening/glute moves in ages. My butt is flat and muscle-less, and my hip hurts accordingly. 🙂 I keep hoping if I focus on it, I can get it strong and then (maybe?!) try running again?! That would be a long-term goal, though 🙂

Food Goals

  • Stop the afternoon candy dish attack. Seriously. I’m not even hungry, I just like how the sugar makes me feel. I’m willing to admit it. My name is Kelly, and my sweet tooth controls me. Add in the massive quantities of Halloween candy…I am seriously losing this battle. So no more candy dish. It isn’t a response to hunger, it’s a response to boredom. But I do struggle with it anyway!
  • Limit desserts. No, you don’t need it every.single.night We’ve had an awful lot of treats in our house with hubby’s birthday, and a make-your-own-sundae party for him (toppings and ice cream, oh my!) and it’s hard to not have a little bit every night. But it needs to stop as well. A little bit is fine, but not the quantities I’ve been consuming, and not every night!

So there it isOctobers goals!

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Okay, it’s kind of inappropriate, but it’s hilarious nonetheless 🙂

Vacation

Hubs and I went on our first vacation since our honeymoon in 2007, in early September. It was a glorious work-free week in the Outer Banks. I loved every non-gym-workout day of it.

Work Stress

When I came back from said vacation, my work world had erupted. Or at least it feels that way. And it hasn’t stopped!

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Busy Social Calendar

Hubs and I are normally pretty much homebodies, but lately…vacation, get-togethers with friends, hubs white-water rafting, hubs birthday, best friend’s wedding, and more! We’ve been on the run for 8 weeks now! This upcoming weekend is our last event until Thanksgiving…thank goodness! 🙂


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Junk Food

Yeah. Food? Not so good. More junk, and WAY more sugar than I should. The scale (and my jeans) are showing it. Cake, ice cream, more cake, apple dumplings, truffles…oy vey.

(Okay, maybe not as bad as this…but you get the idea!)

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And finally….

Bad Workouts

I am seriously in a workout rut. I find myself not making time for my cardio sessions, and continuing with my weights (but I’m stuck here too), but I’m not stretching like I should, or doing enough yoga, which means my left hip is acting up…even though I’m not running.

Something has to change. I’m not sure what to do. I always feel like there isn’t enough time to do them all, but I worry that skipping one of them will result in problems (like missing the yoga, and now my hamstrings are approximately the length of a paperclip).

My cardio endurance is down, and I feel like crap, mentally and physically. I’ve been in the hamster wheel too long, and need to make more of a conscious effort to up the ante and get back into the game.

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Susan and Janetha have both posted about goals/goal setting recently…and I think it’s what I need. Yes, we’re 4ish days into the month, but I’m still going to put some goals out there for October.

Stay tuned!

Hubs and I haven’t been anywhere since our honeymoon, nearly three years ago.

Those three years have been filled with saving and purchasing a home, and then renovating said home (which will never end, it seems). But when the opportunity arose to spend a week in the Outer Banks, NC, that we could actually afford, we took it.

Hubs needs vacation. I, on the other hand, am content with just “time off”. Hubs, though, needs to escape – needs to go someplace and have adventures. I simply need to not be at work, and have time to read. I’m a pretty simple creature. 🙂

So we’re schedule to head to the Carolinas this weekend. Which was great, until…

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Say what? A hurricane? Earl? Uh, well, okay. Sure.

Beg your pardon? Fiona? Who’s that?

Wait…

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TWO FRIGGIN’ HURRICANES? Seriously?!

Come on Mother Nature!!! What the heck?!

As of right now, we’re still planning on going down….keep nice weather thoughts out there for us! They’re calling for Earl to affect our vacation area late Thursday/early Friday, but if it heads any closer to land we may have to reconsider our trip. We’ll be watching it closely, I guess!

Although, in the wise words of my husband: “If I don’t get this vacation next week, I am going to have a mental breakdown.”

Amen, brother.

See, we’re both suffering from the affects of overtraining. And work stress. And life stress.

We need to get away. Away from the gym, away from the workplace, and away from the schedule that keeps us running from early to late 7 days a week.

In the last two weeks, I’ve had two slight injuries as a result of the gym. I’m no longer seeing gains. I’m having trouble sleeping, and when I do sleep, I still feel exhausted. My resting heart rate has been elevated a bit as well.

Yep. Overtraining. I’m not saying I’m some advanced athlete – I’m saying you get tired and your body gets tired.

No, that doesn’t mean I’ll spend my entire week on vacation sitting on my hiney – but there will be no HIIT, there will be no weight lifting. There will be beach time, there will be hiking and walking and renting bikes to ride. Fun, active things – just not organized fitness.

And I know, from experience, that it’s what I need. With lifting, 1-2 rest days a week (and on my rest days I end up deep-cleaning the house, or standing on my feet cooking all day, or heavy gardening, so is it really rest?) isn’t enough over time. Periodically, I find a rest week is just what the doctor ordered for proper physical AND mental health. I normally find I need it once every 3-4 months, but I usually stubbornly put it off until 6 months (case in point: right now!)

Other overtraining posts from the blogosphere:

Fitnessista aka Gina

SmoothieGirlEatsToo

MizFit

Oh She Glows

Haven’t done one in awhile…

1. Pretend it’s Monday morning–take us through a day in the life of you.
Alarm goes off at 6:30, I get out of bed, pee, and take the dog outside to do her business. Said dog thinks this is also an excursion to smell every blade of grass in the yard, so “business” ends up taking 10 minutes, and I just spend that time standing in the back yard, looking out over the quiet fields our yard backs up to. Once pup is satisfied, in the house we go, where I pack my lunch and clean up anything laying around the living room (we keep a blended-in decorative basket under one end table and toss all remotes, magazines, etc in there in the morning so pup doesn’t get any chewing ideas during the day). I hop in the shower, get out, lotion/spf myself, brush my teeth, and put on half my clothes. I’m bizarre. I’m put on my underclothes (hehe I said underclothes) and my pants for work. Then I blow dry my hair, and THEN I put my shirt/shoes/jewelry on. I grab my bags, and put them in the car, head back in, kiss hubs (who is still sleeping) and head to work. I work 8-4:30 with ½ hour for lunch, normally taken at noon so I can eat with my co-workers (it’s a small office, and co-mingled lunch is a social must on most days). I eat breakfast at my desk, as well as a pre-gym snack about 3:00-3:30. At 4:30, I drive to the gym (2 blocks from work) and work out until 6:00 or so. I head home, have a recovery snack, and then walk the dog for ½ hour. I come home, and hubs is usually home from the gym by now (~6:45 or 7:00). Monday, hubs always cooks. So while he’s making dinner, I prep my food for the following day, let the dog out to play with the neighbor dog, get my clothes and gym clothes ready for the next day. We eat dinner, I do dishes, then sit down to read blogs, email, check facebook, or blog myself. Bedtime rolls around at 10:30 and then we do it all over again. 🙂

2. What’s your favorite reality tv show?
I honestly watch VERY little television, and immensely dislike reality TV. So none?

3. What motto do you live by?
I don’t live by a motto. Maybe I should. hah

4. If you knew could you try anything and not fail, what dream would you attempt?
I’d open a book/food type store. You can lounge around like it’s a huge comfy library, and do whatever you want, but there’s also a delicious menu available as well. Limited items (because I’d want to cook them and focus on things) but it would be delicious.

OR

I’d start a horse training business. I do miss horses a lot.

5. What was your first job?
First summer job was stable manager for a horse training facility. The end result was me in a cast for 6 weeks, because a horse tore all the tendons in 3 of my fingers on my left hand. Nice, eh? All for $7/hour 🙂

My first “real life” job was a secretary/electrical estimator for an electrical contracting company. I worked for Satan. No boss will ever be worse than that man. But my co-workers were awesome and sympathetic. We banded together. 🙂

6. What is your current job?
I am a GIS & Information Systems Administrator (ever notice how they give you an important title, but no money? That’s me.) I run online tracking systems for homeless clients, I do digital mapping, and data analysis – all for a local government level social service agency. I love it because I do something different every day. It’s never boring!

7. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name (and you cannot pick the one you already have)?
At this point in my life I’m pretty content with my name – Kelly. I always wanted to spell it Kelle, though. Oh well.

At one point in early teenagedom I wanted to be called Maeve. Is that weird?

8. What musical instruments can you play?
BAHAHAHAHAH……I can’t read any music, let alone play. I’m bad at the recorder, for pete’s sake.

9. Is it easier to forgive or forget?
Forgive. Forgetting is hard.

10. What is one food you’d never want to taste again?
Olives, okra, mushrooms, spam, …..I could go on and on.

08.14.10 – Life

Sorry for the lull…I’ve been enjoying life. How, you ask?

Well…

Garden

My garden is insane. I’m going to have to start making fresh tomato sauce because I’m up to my eyeballs in tomatoes. My cucumbers are STILL producing, along with my green beans (and I have 15 bags of green beans frozen already!). Apparently I’m pretty good at this whole growing-your-own-food-thing.

Smoothies

It took me awhile to get my groove with smoothies-for-breakfast, but once I removed the protein powder and replaced it with greek yogurt, I was well on my way. Smoothie, along with some cereal (Oatmeal Squares are my favorite for this purpose) for crunch and substance make a delicious and easily portable breakfast for me on workdays. Although, admittedly, I skip the spinach on days I have early meetings, etc — the green smoothies draw a little too much attention. 🙂

My two favorite smoothies at the moment:

1. Peach/banana smoothie

– 1 fresh, ripe peach (could use frozen)

– 1/2 – 1 banana, ripe (could use frozen)

– 5 ice cubes

– 1 container peach flavored Chobani yogurt

– splash of milk

– 2 handfuls of baby spinach (optional)

Blend it all up and transfer to a bottle for transport

2. Orange/Pinapple/Banana smoothie

– 1/2 cup-ish frozen pineapple chunks

– 1/2 fresh navel orange, peeled

– 1 container pineapple Chobani yogurt

–  5 ice cubes

– splash of milk

– 2 handfuls baby spinach (optional)

Blend it all up and transfer to a bottle for transport

Working It Out

This is the plan I’m currently following…I’ve done it for 2 weeks already, and will continue for another 2 weeks. Then, a “fun” week — and then —  a week’s rest/vacation. Woohoo!

M: Shoulders, Abs +20 minutes HIIT

T: Chest, Biceps + 15 minutes SS (Steady State)

W: Power Yoga + 35 minutes hills cardio

Th: Legs + 10 minutes easy cardio (I don’t want to tire my legs out on ‘Leg’ day)

F:  Back, Triceps + 20 minutes HIIT

S: Rest

S: Rest, or, gentle yoga flow


3 sets

Shoulders/Abs

Shoulders

1. Smith Machine Military Press – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. One-Arm Dumbbell Lateral Raise – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Cable Front Raise – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

4. Reverse Pec-Deck Flye – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Abs

Tri-set:

1. Exercise-Ball Crunch – 15 reps

2. Lying Leg Lift – 15 reps

3. Dumbbell Oblique Crunch – 15 reps

Chest/Biceps

Chest

1. Machine Chest Press – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2.  Cable Cross-over – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Exercise-Ball Push-Up – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Biceps

1. Cable Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Cable Hammer Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Seated Alternating Dumbbell Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Legs

Legs

1. Leg Press – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Split Squat – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Leg Extension – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

4. Leg Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

5. Exercise-Ball Hamstring Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

6. Seated Calf Raise – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Back/Triceps

Back

1. Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Standing One-Arm Cable Row – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Reverse-Grip Low Cable Row – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Triceps

1. Pushdown – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Cable Kickback – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Seated Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extension – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps


Spending Time with the Best Pup Ever

Enter, Holly Doggle. The weather has been fantastic lately (even a preview of fall this week!!! So excited!!!) so I’ve been spending more time outside with her, walking her, playing with her, getting her together with the neighborhood dogs….all the things most people do with their children. LOL

Prepping for Babies

Okay, that might be a bit premature. But I did get the clear from my doctor for hubs and I to try whenever I’m ready, and I did finally, agonizingly, select a prenatal vitamin. I went with this one, which I bought at Target:

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It contains no iron, but the iron rips my stomach apart, AND my iron levels are really good right now. If I would get pregnant and need iron, I’d start it then. But there’s no reason now. Additionally,these gummies contain DHA. And, they taste delicious. 🙂

My doctor and I actually discussed that based on my diet, I probably didn’t need an all-encompassing prenatal multi. She told me I’d be fine just taking the folic acid supplement. But, I decided I wanted to take the DHA supplement, too, and the gummies were a better price selection than folic acid and DHA supplements bought individually. We’ll see how they work out.

Also in line with prepping for babies, hubs and I are working on refinancing our home. It’ll cut $50,000 off the life of the loan. That’s huge!!! But it also means paperwork, and appraisers, and all that schtuff that takes time in my evening.

And finally, regarding babies, we’ve been hardcore shopping for a new vehicle. My 2006 Cobalt SS coupe isn’t exactly a family car, so we’re actively seeking a new Rav-4 or Escape…leaning towards the Rav-4, and now we just need to decide if we look for a deal on a 2010, or, go with a brand new 2011. We will see!

What have you been up to lately??