Weekly Update – 12/26/2016

This week was such a wonderful, relaxing time off. I absolutely love spending time with family and relaxing and forgetting all about the stresses of life.  I hope your holiday season was the same!


Omg, its a miracle….I went to the gym.

1 Mile treadmill, 800 meter row.  Followed by 3 rounds of 10 each:

  • TRX row
  • TRX squats

Afterward, we had some relax time, then ran some errands.  Then we went to see Passengers.  Great movie – highly recommend it.


On Tuesday, we went BACK to the gym.  Another miracle.  Did 2 miles on the treadmill. I really don’t remember what I did the rest of the day!


On Wednesday we went to visit my brother and his wife in northern VA.  We went to the new MGM Grand casino in Maryland, ate some great food, spent time with them.  It was such a great time, I completely ignored my phone – hence my lack of pictures from anything we did with them!


We left my brother’s house Friday morning and went to see my husband’s aunt.  She cooked us a great Monte Cristo sandwich and we spent some quality time.  We spent the night in a hotel on Friday night rather than fighting DC traffic to get home.


We took our time getting up on Sunday.  We had breakfast at Bob Evans before hitting the road.  We both crashed when we go home before the NYE festivities.  We had a great time at my dad and stepmom’s house.  We ate lots of wonderful food, played blackjack, watched the NYE special, and played that whipped cream in the face game.


On Sunday, we slept in, did some chores and started cleaning up the house.  We also went furniture shopping, found stuff we loved and put our living room furniture on layaway!

How was your holiday? Did you have any time off? Do you ever “unplug” and put your electronic devices away?


Weekly Update – 10/5/15

This was a pretty decent week, nothing too crazy out of the ordinary.  Its been nice to have some relaxing weekends lately, cause work has been a bit stressful.


Body Flow with Jamie.  I think this is the last week until Jaye comes back and we start doing yoga again.  I’m kind of getting used to Body Flow, its not too bad!


Warmup: Foam Roll

Conditioning: 10 minutes on elliptical

Three Rounds:

  1. 500 Meter Row
  2. 10 KB Goblet Squats (20 lbs)


Stretch and Strengthen class.  I am starting to enjoy this class as well, and its the last week before Jaye returns.  This class was a little more relaxed than normal – I actually wanted to do more core work this class and she didn’t do any.


It was such a nice day on Thursday, I couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym.  Michael and I went for a walk around the neighborhood instead.  It was just over 1.5 miles, but it was really nice just to enjoy the cooler weather.


Just a chill night.  Michael and I just stayed in and watched a movie.


On Saturday, Michael was a trooper.  I got up and mowed the lawn and cleaned up the flowerbeds, while he went to get a haircut.  As I write that sentence, it seems very backward. Shouldn’t I be the one getting a haircut and him doing the lawn? 🙂  Then he came back, we both got ourselves showered and ready for the day, then we headed off to get some errands done.  We took stuff to donate (and get it OUT of the house).  Then we went to Bed Bath and Beyond and finished off our registry.  After that, we made a dreaded Walmart trip to get some essentials. It was a busy day!


On Sunday, we went to church, lunch, then made a visit to the other side of the city to look a builder’s model home.  We are hoping and dreaming for a future home and we wanted to check out their work.  They are just starting to clear land for a development right down the street from us, so we are getting excited!

How was your week? Who does the mowing in your household?


Weekly Update – 8/31/15

I found that I’m a much happier person when I workout more consistently.  Yoga has been helping me with my mobility, which makes my other workouts much more productive.


Yoga was particularly difficult for me on Monday night. She was doing a lot of hip openers that just hurt too much.  I opted for a LOT of child’s pose this class!  But it was great to see my yoga buddies.  I always miss them on Wednesday nights.


Warmup: Foam Roll

Conditioning: 1 mile on the elliptical, keeping my heart rate under 150.  (Much harder than it sounds for me!)

3 Rounds:

  1. Resistance band lateral squats
  2. 5 single leg RDLs (each side)


Yoga was nice and restorative on Wednesday.  When we do standing balancing positions, she normally does them as separate exercises, but this time she did a flow.  It was very different and very difficult.  I like that even with a more restorative class, she throws in a few new challenges!


Warmup: 1 mile on the elliptical, keeping my heart rate under 150

5 Rounds:

  1. 200 Meter Row
  2. 10 KB Goblet Squats (20lbs)


Friday night was just a relaxing night at home.

Saturday – Sunday

On Saturday morning, we got up to drive to Baltimore.  We were meeting Michael’s cousins at Horseshoe Casino.  We stayed there for the weekend.  We were practicing some new Blackjack strategies and ended up making about $150.  Not too shabby!

Bonus Day: Monday

On Monday, we headed back from the casino.  We stopped to see Michael’s Aunt Sally on the way home.  It’s always good to see her. We got to meeting his cousin’s new baby as well!


How was your week? Did you do anything fun for Labor Day?

Weekly Update – 8/17/15

Michael and I did fantastically this week – we were active 5 days this week!  We felt wonderful about how well we did! Hopefully that’ll encourage us to keep it up.


Yoga! Class was pretty good, but I have these terrible inability to hold a crescent lunge…and that was her favorite thing to do on Monday.  I opted for a kneeling modification, but still struggled with my balance.  Any yogis out there have any tips?!


I used the stick at home pretty extensively, so I didn’t foam roll.  I just jumped on the elliptical for a quick 10 minute warmup.

5 Rounds: 200 meter row, 10 KB Goblet squats

Then I did 5 minutes on the stair -stepper…. holy crap, that’s hard.  New cross training activity?


Yoga was a bit more restorative on Wednesday.  I think she could sense how many newcomers there were to class and made it a bit easier.  As a result I felt like I was one of the more advanced people in the class, which was pretty cool!


I foam rolled and stretch awhile, then warmed up with 15 minutes on the elliptical.

5 Rounds:

  1. 1 minutes on the ReACT
  2. 10 TRX Rows


Friday was a rest day! We had a date night out and saw Vacation Movie.


On Saturday, we slept in a little, then got straight to work.  We were having my parents over for dinner so we went grocery shopping, then Michael came back and did all of our normal food prep for the week, as well as prepared everything for dinner.  I got to work on laundry and all of the other cleaning chores.  Our house has not been so clutter free in a long time!

After we got all our work done, we headed to a riverfront neighborhood near us and went for a 2 mile walk.  The weather was great and it was nice to get out of the house.  We came back incredibly exhausted and crashed until my parents got there.  We had a great night and even got to watch my Philadelphia Eagles win their second preseason game!


On Sunday, we had church, then we grabbed lunch and ran a few errands.  We stayed up in Newport News because we had a congregational meeting at 4pm.  We spent some time with some friends of ours until then.  The meeting was good, but also left us feeling conflicted about our future at our church.  Not that we don’t love it, its wonderful, but it is pretty far away, and they are talking about purchasing a building even further away. Lots to think about!

How was your week? Are you excited for football season to start up again?

Weekly Update 7/27/15 + Gambling

This week, I apparently had an obsession with doing 5 rounds of everything….


I really need/want to get back to yoga, but Mondays are so hard!  I came home and did some chores around the house.  I also worked on my 1000 piece puzzle….because I’m an old woman.


I felt pretty decent about Tuesday’s workout.  Michael’s willingness to stay longer at the gym has been helpful…then I’m not feeling guilty about him being done his workout and me still wanting to workout longer.

Warmup: foam roll and then 15 minutes on the elliptical

Workout: 200 meter row then 10 KB swings (repeat for a total of 5 times)



Wednesday night I was an old lady again and worked on my puzzle.


I worked remotely from home on Thursday, so it was super hard to get motivated to go to the gym.  Dragged my butt up there anyway.

Warm-up: 1 mile on the elliptical, row 500 meters

5 Rounds:

1. 10 TRX rows

2. 10 TRX pushups

3. 10 bodyweight squats

Cool down: row 500 meters



Friday night we left for Dover for a fun gambling weekend – my first time ever in a casino!  I wanted to try out the slot machines.  I won $21 on the second pull! We stayed up until about midnight playing Blackjack and Craps.  I won on Blackjack, but Michael lost some on craps.  Its a hard game to figure out!


On Saturday, we drove to Baltimore to go to a casino up there.  We lost some at Blackjack in the early afternoon.  Michael’s cousin came and joined us, and we started making money back at Blackjack.  We had a lot of fun getting to see her!


Really fantastic Caesar salad at the casino!


On Sunday, we headed home.  It took us quite awhile to get back, but we got to stop at the Continental diner again for lunch, so that was a huge plus!


Ham and cheese omelet and home fries 🙂

Have you ever been to a casino? What’s your game of choice?

Rowing Workout: Help!

Hey ya’ll!  Since I haven’t been running, my conditioning has taken a huge hit.  I’m trying to not doing cross- training that will put weight on my feet (since I have this perpetual PF/Achilles issue).  I am eventually going to start hitting the pool again, but until then I’ve been focusing on using the rowing machine for some good solid conditioning workouts.

I have been doing workouts that involve alternating with another exercise.  For example, 10 KB swings to every 100 meters rowed.  So row 100, 10 swings.  row 200, then do 20 swings. I’ve alternated with jumping rope before, pushups etc. But I need some new ideas. Google provides lots of good info, but I like hearing from you guys on some tried and true workouts that you’ve done.

So, help a sister out!  What kinds of rowing workouts do you do?  If you don’t row, how do you like to crosstrain?

Weekly Update – 2/2/2015

How is it already February??? Although, I’m not going to lie, every step closer we get closer to June, the better 🙂


Yoga!  My PF/heel had been bothering me most of the day on Monday, so I was looking forward to yoga in hopes that I would get some relief.  Class was good, but we spent a lot of time in Warrior 1 – which my hips don’t like too much.  I have trouble keeping my hips squared forward, so I end up uncomfortable.


Danny night.  Pretty good workout. We did upper body because my stupid PF was acting up and my left heel was really bothering me.

Four Rounds:

1. Double KB Suitcase Deadlift (12)

2. SA Cable Back Row with Rotation(8 each side)

3. KB Bottom’s Up Carry (50 yds)

Two Rounds: 

1. Cable hip thrusters (20)

2. Cable Paloff Press (10 each side)


I almost didn’t go to yoga, but forced myself to go.  We had a sub for the class and I loved her! She really took time to build the poses.  She also has a fantastic taste in music, which made the class even more enjoyable for me.


Danny has class on Thursday nights, so for the rest of the semester, I’ll be working out with Nicole.  She’s another fantastic trainer at the gym and also happens to be Danny’s girlfriend.

We did 3 rounds of the following:

1. Power rangers (10 each side)

2. KB Paloff Press (total of 30 presses and 10 squats)

3. SA KB Cleans (10 each side)

4. 250 meter row


Rest Day!


The FIT360 class had a FIT talk at 9am.  They used to be nutritional panels, but the trainers found that a time of encouragement and motivation proved far more important. It was a great talk!

Worked out with Danny and Nicole after class:

Four rounds:

1. 10 Hex bar deadlifts – 100 lbs

2. Lunge and press (8 each side)

Then we did a row circuit:

1. 500 meter row

2. 5 inchworm push-up

3. 400 meter row

4. 4 inchworm push-up

….all the way down to 100 meter row and 1 inchworm push-up.


I had a second week off from serving on worship team, which has been a wonderful break.  Michael and I also had our second pre-marital counseling session.  It was a long, but good day.

How was your week? Can you believe it is February!?

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 – 7/22


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….