Weekly Update – 2/16/15


Since Michael and I had stayed in NOVA on Sunday night, we got an early start back home since we had some nasty winter weather we wanted to beat.  The snow started around 2:30 pm and continued on into the night.  Michael and I made a last minute trip to the store and then got started on our Bates Motel Season 2 Netflix marathon.


We got the glorious news that work was closing for the day and we didn’t have to go in.  Michael and I spent the day watching the rest of Bates Motel Season 2.  The gym closed at 5pm, so no workout with Danny.


We had an hour delay into work.  Getting my car out was an adventure, and so were navigating the neighborhood roads, but the main roads were clear.  The sheet of ice on top of all the snow made it very interesting.  I had to drive Michael to work because he couldn’t get the BMW out.  Score one for the practical Honda 🙂 I didn’t make it to yoga after work.


Can I just say, that with all of the snow and ice we have…my gym parking lot was the WORST? I worked out with Nicole again.  She always kicks my butt so hard that I hurt for days.  We did 3 rounds of the following:

1. 10 Double KB deadlifts

2. 10 KB Bent-Over Row (each side)

3. 10 Double KB sumo squats

4. 10 Slide to Bridge (holy crap weak hamstrings)

5. 30 seconds resistance band plank jumping jacks


Michael’s car was STILL stuck on Friday.  I drove him to work all week!  We found out that we got profit sharing (essentially a bonus) of 3% of our salary.  It usually works out to an extra paycheck.  Yay!

My cousins were in town from Pennsylvania, so Michael and I spent some time at my mom’s house socializing with them.  I rarely get a chance to see them, so it was great to catch up.


Danny and Nicole were out of town for a fancy training thing that I can’t remember the abbreviation of.  Since they were gone, I slept in – and it was delightful.  Michael and I ran some errands out in Greenbrier and had lunch at Baker’s Crust.  Their tomato and cheese soup is to die for!  After working on some budget stuff in the afternoon, we went back over to my mom’s so we could go out to dinner with my cousins.  We ended up at No Frill Grill in Norfolk.


We had church in the morning, then after, Michael and I headed down to NC to see his parents.  We had a nice relaxed day with them, and then spent time with his brother in the evening.  We started to work on moving plans, since his brother is buying the condo!

 Did you get any snow this past week?  What do you like to do on snow days?

Weekly Update – 2/9/15


Yoga with Jaye.  She lost her dang gone mind in class.  She had us do very little warm-up before jumping right into it! There were a few new people in class and they were struggling a lot.  I was struggling.  I took a lot of modifications, cause it was a very difficult class. BUT, on the flip-side, I was able to have a good practice.


Tuesday was an interesting day.  I was supposed to workout with Danny but he was stuck in traffic.  Truth be told, I had been feeling crappy all day and wasn’t desiring to work out.  So when he texted and said he’d be late, I was honest and told him that I’d rather not workout.  And I didn’t.  I left the gym and went home.  It was a FANTASTIC rest day and I so needed it.

Do you ever have those days?


Yoga!  I love when I am able to make it twice a week.  Class was much simpler this time, but man, does that woman love chair!  Feel the burn!  I’ve found that my shoulders don’t have the mobility that I want them to have as I cannot fully express a lot of poses and have to take modifications.  Looks like I have some work to do in that regard!


Worked out with Nicole who is a crazy woman and tried to kill my arms.

Two Rounds of the following:

1. 30 TRX squat jumps

2. 15 KB swings

3. Farmers carry for 50 yds (right side)

4. 30 TRX punch outs

5. 15 pushup to high pull

6. Farmer’s carry for 5o yds (left side)

7. 30 TRX rows

8. ReACT trainer for 1 minute


Michael took me out for Valentine’s Day 🙂 We went to a beautiful restaurant at the Oceanfront called Isle of Capri.  We had Caesar salad made at the table, we split a salmon dinner and split a Tiramisu for dessert.  He gave me a beautiful pair of pearl and diamond earrings.


I woke up with a horrible headache on Saturday and ended up cancelling with Danny.  It was one of those headaches that hurt when you move.  Michael and I spent most of the day relaxing and running errands.  We babysat my sister later so that my dad and stepmom could go out for Valentine’s Day.


Church in the morning.  In the afternoon, we were on our way to northern VA to see his Aunt Sally.  We went to IKEA in search for a wardrobe to solve all our our closet woes.  I could write an entire post on that experience.  Bottomline: I HATE IKEA.

Sorry this is so late (I normally post on Monday, and its Wednesday…. but better late than never I suppose.  How was your Valentine’s Day?

Weekly Update – 1/5/15

Happy New Year, all! It was quite a long week!


Yoga with Jaye was great.  I hadn’t been to yoga since BEFORE Christmas, and I was really missing it.  It was great to use my new yoga mat bag! Jaye sped through class a little…I hope she does a slower, more restorative class soon.


Danny night.  I got there pretty early and got almost a full half hour of foam rolling and stretching in.

Four Rounds of the following:

1. Kettlebell swings (15)

2. Plank for :30

3. Goblet Squats (15)

4. Glute Bridge for :30

Then we foam rolled and did some other stretches for my back.  After working all weekend in a horrible desk chair, my back is pretty unhappy with me.


I skipped yoga for a rest day.   After working all weekend, I needed it.


Danny night.

Three Rounds:

1. Sumo squat with 40 lb dumb bell (12)

2. SA right kettle bell swings (8)

3. Sumo squat with 40 lb dumb bell (12)

4. SA left kettle bell swings (8)

5. Ski lunges – 25 yds

Then we did some power rangers.  🙂


Rest rest rest.  Michael and I got together with his brother about him buying Michael’s condo!


No Danny today.  Which honestly, after the chaos of last weekend, I was SO ready to sleep in.  Michael and I went to Richmond to go shop for wedding bands.  We also went to Short Pump and walked around for awhile and got a late lunch.


Church in the morning.  After church, I went over to my friend Sara’s house (one of my bridesmaids) and talked about crafts for the wedding.  She is super crafty and amazing so I solicited her help.  I’m super excited!

Weekly Update – 10/27


Yoga with Jaye.  It felt so good to get back to yoga.  It was a pretty tough class but I really enjoyed it.


Danny night – we went outside with the absolutely horrible mosquitoes.  Its really hard to work out with mosquitoes constantly in your face and biting you!

First Round (3x):

1. 12 hex bar deadlift (95 lbs)

2. 8 (each side) backward lunge with KB goblet hold (20 lbs)

Second Round (2):

1. 10 single leg deadlifts (each side) with 10 lb dumb bells

2. Bear crawls


Yoga with Jaye.  I really enjoyed class a lot.  I felt really strong. Super sore from the previous day’s workout with Danny though – ouch on those hex bar deadlifts!


Danny night – outside in the amazing fall weather!

First Round (4x):

1. 12 squat and hold with 30lb KB press

2. 6 each side, single leg hamstring stretch w/back row (10 lb dumb bells)

Second Round (2x):

1. 12 weighted hip hinges

2. 6 each side split squat and hold with overhead DB press (10 lbs)


Halloween! I froze my rear end off while sitting outside with the fiance and the neighbors handing out candy!


Danny asked me to come to the nutrition panel at 9am before our training session at 10am.  I’ll write more about that later – but it was really awesome!

The workout was pretty simple, 4 rounds of the following:

1. Split Squat hold with 12 single arm T bar shoulder presses

2. 8 Paloff presses

3. 6 box step-ups with 20 lb dumb bell in hand of side stepping up


Church in the morning, then mom and I went to try on my WEDDING DRESS!!!! AHHHHHH! I want to keep it secret from Michael so I don’t want to put it on the interwebs, but to quote Hollie: “Omfg, you look absolutely beautiful Lauren”

Also, shoutout to my friend Allyson Wolf who rocked it at the NYC Marathon with a 4:28 finish! She met her goals of running the first half non-stop (which she did, under 2 hrs!) and running every bridge!

Weekly Update – 10/13

Looking back at last week’s full week of rest after my half marathon, I can tell my body desperately needed it.  I felt so good after that.  Sometimes you just need more than a rest day here and there.

As far as workouts this week, it was a pretty relaxed one, which is totally ok.


Thanks to Columbus Day, I had the day off to catch up on bills, blogging, and just life in general.  Oh, and my DVR and all my shows 🙂


First day back to working out with Danny after my half.  We spent a lot of time talking about the half: what worked, what didn’t.  I noted that my core felt stronger, I had no shin pain, and my recovery seemed to be faster.  We started to talk about the gameplan for my next half on 11/23.

Workout: I don’t recall the specific exercises we did, but they were mostly corrective exercises with focus on breathing during specific parts of the movement.


Vinyasa yoga with Jaye. Getting back to yoga felt REALLY good.  I ended up a little sore the next day, but nothing crazy.  I really missed the stress relief and the mindfulness of the class.


Danny night. Yay for outside workouts in the gorgeous weather!

First Round (3x):

1. 12 (or 15 when I forget to count) KB press in lunge position (each side)

2. Bear crawls, forward and backwards for 25 yds total

Second Round (2x):

1. 10 Paloff presses (each side)

I’d like to point out that I was pretty sore the next day.  Guess that’s what happens when you have time off 🙂


Rest day! Did some wedding stuff with our venue 🙂 Afterwards, we went to the Broken Egg Bistro for dinner with Michael’s parents.  I had the best food ever!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu!


Danny was away.  I should have gotten a workout in, but I got a bunch of stuff done around the house that I’ve been neglecting. That’s kind of a workout, right?  I also got a lot of wedding stuff done. My brother and his fiance were in town, so I finally got to see them for the first time since their engagement.  Michael wasn’t feeling too good, so we had a pretty relaxed day.


Church in the morning, then Michael, David (his brother) and I headed down to Elizabeth City to see their parents.  Michael’s dad has a twin brother and he and his wife were in town visiting.  It was great to see them again; I haven’t seen them since our trip to Florida in March.

How was your week of workouts?  Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Weekly Update – 9/22

This wasn’t exactly the week I was planning on with my workouts, but life happens.


Monday AM: Forgot to set my alarm clock.  FAIL.

Monday PM: I guess Monday night is no longer Hatha yoga.  I don’t know if I could call it Vinyasa either.  I’m still a little confused by Jaye’s teaching style.  Class was particularly difficult, she had us holding poses forever and I sweat a TON.


Danny night. The weather was wonderful – and we got to work out outside!

Three Rounds of the following:

1. 10 push-ups

2. 100 meter run

3. 15 KB high-pull to goblet squat

4. 30 ball slams

5. 30 resistance band jumping jacks


Wednesday AM: Woke up so late – only 1 mile on the treadmill after some stretching and foam rolling.

Wednesday PM: Actually had church worship team practice for once, so no yoga.


Danny night. Yay for being outside again!

Four Rounds of the following:

1. 15 KB Squat jumps (12 lbs)

2. Sled push (50 lbs)

3. 15 push ups

4. Sled push (50 lbs)


Friday AM: Actually woke up on time for my workout, but my left foot was really bothering me.  I had the heel and arch pain I’ve been having and an aching in my outer metatarsals.  I have been breaking in a new pair of shoes for work, and that’s the only thing I can think of that might be bothering them.  Anyway – slept in a little then got up and did some housework.

Friday PM: Rest night.


Went to the Smithfield Bourbon and Bacon Fest! You get a half a pound of Smithfield bacon that you can dress up with toppings.  You also get free beer tastings.  We opted not to buy the tickets that got you bourbon  tastings.

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Bacon Fest!

Then Michael and I went to my mom’s house and had dinner around the campfire 🙂

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This is just Autumn in a picture!


Went to church then had our first premarital counseling session with our pastor.  Came home and watched my Philadelphia Eagles lose 😦

Have you ever been to a bacon fest or other type of festival? Who is your favorite NFL team?

Weekly Update – 9/15


Monday AM: Monday mornings are so hard.  Only 1.25 miles in after a really good stretch and foam roll session.

Monday PM: Yoga with Jaye.  Not sure why, but this class felt especially difficult.  I think she was holding poses for a really long time, and my muscles weren’t having any of it.


Stayed up way too late on Monday night to watch my Philadelphia Eagles win so I overslept, which was just perfect, because I had to get bloodwork done.

Danny night – outside!  We did more of a rehab type of day, which aren’t any easier than a high intensity day.

Round 1 (3x):

1. Resistance band tightrope walks (25 yrds)

2. Resistance band lateral steps (25 yrds)

Round 2 (3x):

1. Windmills with 12 lb KB

2. 10 KB step-ups each side


Wednesday AM:  I didn’t feel well most of the day on Tuesday, so I opted to sleep in. Such a good choice.

Wednesday PM: Yoga – Neve filled in for Jaye and I LOVE HER! She’s so sweet.  She normally teaches Hatha Yoga, so she admitted that she wasn’t extremely fond of teaching this Vinyasa yoga class, but I think she did a good job. With all of my stress recently, class was good for the soul!


Danny night, outside in the gorgeous weather!

First Round (2x):

1. Sled push with 50 lbs,  20 body weight squats

2. Sled push with 25 lbs,  20 body weight squats

3. Sled push with no extra weight,  20 body weight squats

Second Round (2x):

1. SL step up with 25 lb weight in hand (each side)


Elevated hip raise with resistance band on thighs, 15 SL lifts while holding the hip raise (each side)


Friday AM: Skipped my workout.  Stress was bad yesterday and I opted for a really good night’s sleep.  Sometimes you have to know your body.

Friday PM: Rest night!

Saturday – Sunday

The fiance took me on a surprise trip for our one year anniversary from when we started dating! (We got engaged after 7 months of dating). He had told me all week that I should plan to go away, and he wasn’t going to tell me where we were going. For those of you who don’t know (I don’t often prefer to reveal my flaws) I am a control freak.  Not knowing where we were going was KILLING me.

We ended up going to Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of VA! We had wonderfully fantastic weather! I’ll write another post about that later, but it was a lovely weekend 🙂

How was your weekend? How’s the weather where you are?


Weekly Update – 9/8

Felt ok about my workouts this week.  I have been completing solid workouts, but still not where I want to be.  I am going to try to really focus on how much sleep I’m getting, because I think that is a huge factor in my energy levels.


Monday AM: Why did I ever plan Monday AM workouts?  Got 1.5 miles in once I convinced myself to get out of bed because I’d be mad at myself if I didn’t.  Also, looked at the tread on my running shoes – um, yikes! No wonder my feet have been so unhappy with me!! Time to lace up the new pair I have on deck.

Monday PM: Yoga with Jaye.  This class was MUCH better than last week’s.  Seemed a lot more organized and flowed much better.  Some of the transitions she cues for are a little awkward, but I’m getting used to it.  Practice went a bit longer than normal since she was a few minutes late and wanted to make sure we got a decent amount of time for shavasana.


I love sleep in days. Danny night.

Three rounds:
1. 300 meter row (200 on the second round, then 100 on the third)
2. Stair run with medicine ball on right shoulder, then left, then above head (right and left shoulders for 2nd round, and above head 3rd round)
3. Resistance band lateral walks
4. Resistance band monster walks


Wednesday AM: I need to go to bed earlier cause getting up was SO HARD. By the time I stretched and rolled I only had time to get 1.25 miles in.

Wednesday PM: Had to skip yoga because I had a bridal shower for a coworker after work and then a birthday dinner for Michael.  I hate missing class!


Danny wrote me a workout to do because he couldn’t be there.  After he sent it to me, I asked him if he hated me.  Hard workout, but I was pleasantly surprised how well I did!

1. 50 KB Sumo Dead Lift (35 lbs)

2. 500 meter row (under 4 1/2 min)

3. 40 TRX Back Rows

4. 400 meter row (under 4 min)

5. 30 TRX squat jumps

6. 300 meter row (under 2 1/2 min)

7. 20 MB slams

8. 200 meter row (under 1 min)

9. 10 Inchworms with push-ups

10.  100 meter row (under 30 seconds)


Friday AM:  Woke up late.  Again.  I don’t know if it was because I woke up late and was slightly but unnecessarily panicked or what, but my heart rate was a little higher than it normally is.  I decided against cardio and did some nice gentle yoga instead.  Felt good.  Made me a lot less grumpy 🙂

Friday PM: Rest night, duhhhhh.


Danny.  I’m pretty sure this was my last Saturday session for awhile due to schedule stuff.

Outside workout day!

Three Rounds of the following(all were done for 25 yards):

1. Sled pull (35 lbs plus sled?) – squat, right lunge, left lunge then repeat

2. Lateral squats with sled pull lead with left foot

3. Lateral squats with sled pull lead with right foot

4. Bear crawl sled push


Church then a late lunch at my Dad’s house to celebrate Michael and Dad’s birthday 🙂

How was your weekend?  How were your workouts this week?

Weekly Update – 7/28

This week is the week I started an actual training plan for my fall half marathons, albeit a little late.  Better late than never!


Monday Morning: Other than races, I don’t get up early and run.  But on Monday I got up early and got in 2.5 miles before work 🙂 I did intervals with running/walking (2 min: 2 min).  I haven’t been regularly running, so I need to be careful.

Monday Night: Yoga night! Class seemed to go by pretty fast.  Did a lot of standing balance poses.  My favorite by far is Standing Bow. Oh! And my instructor does this thing with people in the class she’s familiar with, that she comes and stands on your feet when we are resting after Baby Cobra.  She FINALLY stood on my feet! I’m officially “in!”


Danny night.

Round One (3x):

1. Kneeling posture with resistance band – single arm row, rotate up, press, reverse (10 each side)

2. Yoga pushups (10)

3. Plank position, bring opposite knee to opposite elbow (10 each side)

Round Two (2x):

1. Single arm suitcase carry deadlift with 20 lb kettle bell (10 each side)

2. 20 goblet hold jump squats

3. 30 walking lunges with 6 lb medicine ball overhead


Note: I’m SO sore from Tuesday’s workout! My poor glutes!

Wednesday Morning: Got up early for a 2 mile run.  Turned into a 2 mile walk because my left heel was bothering me.  I hate to say I suspect PF, so I’ve been rolling my foot on a tennis ball and trying to wear supportive shoes.  Train smart, ya’ll.

Wednesday Night: Yoga.  Sue thought Monday’s hatha class was way too easy so she made Wednesday’s vinyasa class really hard.  I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in class!  Breaking news: I was able to do Half Moon for about 2.5 seconds! I’ll take it.


Danny night.  Felt pretty good about my workout.  Not a lot of rest breaks for this girl!

Three Rounds of the following:

1. TRX ab rollout (10)

2. TRX tabletop row (10)

3. Single arm 20 lb kettle bell row (10 each side)

4. 2o lb kettle bell swings (10)

5. Single arm resistance band press (10 each side)

6. Resistance band pushups (10)

7. Kneeling overhead medicine ball wall slams (10 each side)


Friday Morning: I was supposed to get up and run 3.5 miles.  However, when I got up out of bed, my low back was killing me.  I opted for a short 1 mile walk on the treadmill (something is better than nothing!) After a week of this new workout schedule I’m pretty beat.

Friday Night:  Well deserved REST.


So, the schedule called for a 3 mile run and workout with Danny, but it was WEDDING time for my cousin Abby and her fiance husband Kyle.  Michael and I traveled to Richmond for the day 🙂

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Yeah, we are obnoxious, get over it 🙂


It was nice to go to church and not have any responsibilities (I’m on the worship team most Sundays). We went to lunch afterwards and then checked out some really nice suites at a hotel near our wedding venue. It’ll probably be where we end up blocking room for our guests and also staying there ourselves.

Weekly Update – 7/22


I was SO excited all day for yoga.  Then I found out late in the afternoon that my gym was closed because a truck hit the transformer and they weren’t able to restore power.  I’d be lying if I told you I went home and did yoga on my own.  I totally was a lazy bum all night.


I woke up with the same dizziness I experienced a few weeks ago which was diagnosed as a sinus infection and fluid in my ears.  I went through a 1o day round of antibiotics and now its back.  I’m frustrated – either I have more fluid issues, or that wasn’t really the issue to begin with. Guess I’ll wait it out.

Danny night. It was pretty warm out, but he wanted to workout outside.  Oh joy.

First Round (2x):

1. 10 hip hinges with resistance band

2. 10 resistance band side steps

3. Jump rope – 100 revolutions (we don’t go by time anymore because I suck at jump roping)

Second Round (2x):

1. Split squat T-bar press (10 each side)

2. Box step-ups with 10 lb dumb bell (10 each side)

3. Bent over rows with 20 lb dumb bell (10 each side)

Because it was so hot, it took me much longer to recover. I’m not built for heat.  I swear it affects me so much more than others.


Since I didn’t get to go to yoga on Monday night, I was bound and determined to go on Wednesday. I even got there early (mostly so I could get my “spot”).

Class was good – much faster paced than normal, which was ok, but didn’t always lend itself to allowing me to get my posture correct.  We did a lot of twists and hip openers.  Much like I have issues with half moon, I have issues with Down Dog Split with a bent knee.  My hips are so tight (especially my hip flexors), its darn near impossible!

Why is this so hard for me? Darn hip flexors.


Danny night.  My back was bothering me throughout most of the day, so I was unsure about how the workout would go. I worried for nothing.

Round One (2x):

1. Single Arm resistance band press (20 each side)

2. Resistance band pull-aparts (20)

3. 20 Up-Down planks

Round Two (2x):

1. Single arm suitcase carry deadlift with kettle bell (10 each side)

2. 2o Kettle bell swings

3. Kneeling resistance band “Y” raises (10)


Rest night.


Danny time! Well, kind of.  He got stuck on his way in and texted me my workouts and joined me when he got in.

First Round (2x):

1. 400 Meter row – under 2 min

2. Single arm kettle bell swings (25 at 12 lbs) on the left side

3. 400 Meter row – under 2 min

4. Single arm kettle bell swings (25 at 12 lbs) on the right side

Second Round (2x):

1. 4 stair runs (up & down) with 10 lbs medicine ball overhead

2. 8 medicine ball slams w/burpee

I got to spend the rest of the day with one of my dear friends from college, Alayna.  She is going to the Navy Ball in October and needed to find a dress (and she did!), so we spent the day at MacArthur Mall shopping and catching up.


Another rest day.  I needed it.  I did not sleep well Saturday night/early Sunday morning.  I was up at 4am because a nightmare woke me up and had trouble getting back to sleep. I actually took a nap, which is a rarity for me.  Decided to get to bed early (early for me) because I’m starting morning workouts.

This is the plan….