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February 28, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 51 - February 28, 2014

I've had a very high stress week with lots of chaos at work, crazy-busy at home, new changes, and uncertainty in future changes, along with forward thinking about future choices. I should have released stress by running today but at home with the baby tonight so I got a mat workout in instead.

I will be interval running tomorrow morning before we sit in the car, and then in a gym all afternoon for Cole's basketball tournament.

Day 51 Workout:
10 minute walk on a quick break from work(.35 miles)

Laying on side:
leg lifts 100 (left)
leg lifts 100 (right)
crunches 200

'Bench pressing' the baby (30 lbs) x 50

February 27, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 50 - February 27, 2014


I've made it half way and have to pick up speed and weight. My goal for the last 50 is higher intensity. With 0 lbs lost I feel like I'm spinning my wheels. My weekends and days home will get a tough workout added to my schedule instead of a half-assed one.

Let's do it!!

Day 50 Workout:

Circuit 1 (4 reps):
1/4 mile run (5.0-6.0)
Bench 65 lbs x 12
Tricep extensions 15 lbs x 15
No-name weight lift 35 lbs x 15

Circuit 2 (4 reps):
1/4 mile run (5.0-6.0)
Shoulder rotation 5 lbs x 30
Curls 5 lbs x 15
Triceps 5 lbs x 15
Ab twists (feet to over the head) 15 lbs x 15 each side

Total of 2 miles = 22 minutes

100 Days of Workouts - Day 49 - February 26, 2014

Day 45 Workout:
1 mile walk (20 minutes)

February 25, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 48 - February 25, 2014

Day 48 Workout
2 mile run 22:30
Light shoulder workout 5 lbs

Also, working out and sweating, then going out to the -10 degree weather to pump gas is not ideal...

February 24, 2014



Reading cuteness, and baby silliness.
The videos will be re-uploaded soon, I don't know why they are acting finicky...

100 Days of Workouts - Day 47 - February 24, 2014

Over the past month and a half I have done most of my cardio on the elliptical machine. The machine I have at work is decent, but not the best. I haven't lost any weight but feel like I have gotten smaller. I've plateaued in a way, but not really because I think you have to lose weight to plateau... Oh well!

I started making up my own circuit training, usually following:
1) run 1/4 mile
2) easy weight lift
3) hard weight lift
4) medium weight lift

This routine has helped me keep my breathing right and allowed me to get really good workouts in. I've even been sore! Which isn't always bad. I'm not overdoing it, just pushing myself a little harder.

Day 47 Workout:

4 reps:
1/2 mile run (5.0-6.0)
Bench 65 lbs x 12
Triceps extension 15 lbs x 12
Unknown lift with 35 lb weight x 12
 (bend over, pull circle weight to chest)

2 reps:
1/2 mile run (5.0-5.5)
Curls 10 lbs x 20
Shoulders 5 lbs x 20
Kettlebells side/abs 20 lbs x 20

Running total: 3 miles in just under 29 minutes. Not the fastest but I was sweating when I was finished!

100 Days of Workouts - Day 45 and 46 - February 22 and 23, 2014

Was overly tired this weekend so I did not push it. My workouts were housework and playing with the baby.

Starting full swing with 'real' workouts tomorrow!

100 Days of Workouts - Day 44 - February 21, 2014

Day 44 Workout:
20 minute walk (1 mile)

February 20, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 43 - February 20, 2014

Day 43 Workout:
21 minutes elliptical (4 miles)
1/4 mile jog
Bench 65 lbs x 15

Ended quickly to get back into the office. Better workout tomorrow/Friday!

February 19, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 42 - February 19, 2014

Day 42 Workout:
30 minutes elliptical (4 miles)

Kettlebell sides/abs 20 lbs x 100 each side

February 18, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 41 - February 18, 2014

I'm loving the cycles/rotating/circuit workouts I've done the past 2 days. I feel like I'm working harder and still getting weights into the mix!

4 reps:
1/4 mile run (5.0-6.0)
Lat pull downs 50 lbs x 15
Leg extensions 35 lbs x 15
Curls 15 lbs x 15
Kettlebells sides/abs 20 lbs x 25

4 reps:
1/4 mile run (5.5-6.5)
Back extensions x 25
Toe raises x 10

Shoulders/Triceps: Pilates-type workout with 2.5 lb weights non-stop for 5 minutes

Total of a 2 mile run in 21:30. Woot woot!!

February 17, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 40 - February 17, 2014

Weekends are by far my laziest workout days of the week. Not sure why, I have the most time to get great workouts in... Today was a work holiday but I came in to work anyway. Worked all day then got a great almost-1 hour workout in and my body feels tired, but amazing!

Day 40 Workout:

4 reps:
1/4 miles run (5.0-6.0)
Bench 65 lbs x 15
Back workout 35 lbs x 15
(I have no idea what its called but I use the weight, bend over and pull it to my chest)
Dumbbell extension 15 lbs x 15

4 reps:
1/4 mile run (5.0-6.0)
Tricep push downs 30 lbs x 10
Cleans 65 lbs x 8
(super hard, need to do this more often)
Kettlebell sides/abs 20 lbs x 50 each side

For a total of a 2 mile run at just over 20 minutes. Not too bad at all!

100 Days of Workouts - Day 39 - February 16, 2014

Day 39 Workout:
Cleaned the house, made dinner(s) and lunches for the week. Danced with the 30 lb baby (yesterday too).

No 'official' workout today.

And I don't feel bad ;)

100 Days of Workouts - Day 38 - February 15, 2014

Day 38 Workout:
1 mile walk (20 minutes)


100 Days of Workouts - Day 37 - February 14, 2014

Day 37 Workout:
1 miles walk (20 minutes)

February 13, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 36 - February 13, 2014

Day 36 Workout:
30 minutes elliptical (4 miles)
*worked my butt off!

4 reps:
Bench 65 lbs x 12
Triceps pull downs 20 lbs x 15
Kettle bell 20 lbs x 50

Added at the end:
Side bends with 20 lb kettle bell x 100 each side

February 12, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 35 - February 12, 2014

Day 35 Workout:
Elliptical 32 minutes (3.65 miles)

4 reps (rotating)
Lat pull downs 50 lbs x 12
Row 50 lbs x 12
Leg extensions 50 lbs x 15
Upright row 20 lbs x 10

Saying Yes to the right things, and No to the wrong things.

I over-volunteer. Everyone knows all they have to do is ask and I say 'yes'.

Whether it be for work, parent association, school council, fundraisers, helping friends with their kids, running an errand for someone, or any other personal issue someone needs help with, I am there. I don't say 'no'. It can sometimes be a fault of mine as I do spread myself too thin. During a busy time, my brain can go for weeks without shutting off at night, all night.

I sometimes say yes to the wrong things, and no the right things. I tend to not volunteer for the things that I know would be easy, and try to help fix events that are either a problem someone has created, or are impossible to be fixed.

Tonight I re-volunteered myself for a school function that I helped with 2 years ago. Last year I was enjoying being a 'new' mom again and cut back my volunteering for the school year. Then it started full swing again in August of last year for this 13-14 school year.  I am already done with the required volunteers hours I need to fufill at the school so why would I volunteer to do more?! It was brought up that help was needed with the fundraiser again and I volunteered to help, as much as I could. I'll squeeze it in, and I'm so excited!

It's been a long time since I've felt this excited to help, so maybe I haven't been volunteering for the right things. After helping run a large fundraiser in the fall I have become disenchanted with the idea of volunteering because of the people with bad attitudes and excuses, those with personal agendas, and the parents who have forgotten what our purpose is at our children's school. I just can't deal with people and my views are changing ever so slightly. Why am I excited to help with one event while losing complete motivation in another? I know they are equally important but the volunteers 'in charge' are taking the fun and excitement out of it. The people who are 'running' the events have forgotten our purpose It is hard to give up my time only to feel like I'm working on group goal alone. There is gossiping, name calling, disrespectful things being said about school staff, and other parents; just plain rudeness. This sense of entitlement and false importance is going to ruin things that good people want to help with.

What to do, what to do. I have said yes to helping with a couple great people the past few months, and unfortunately said yes to helping with some selfish, self-important, just-plain-mean, immature people. I think it's time to remember who I am volunteering for and who I am not.

Time to say yes to the right things and no to the wrong.

February 11, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 34 - February 11, 2014

Hitting it with more intensity this week to see if I can lose 3 pounds...

Day 34 Workout:
15 minute run (1.5 mile)
15 minute elliptical (2 miles)

Curls 15 lbs x 15 (4 reps)
Dumbbell bench 15 lbs x 15 (4 reps)

I found this blog to help with my upper body workouts. It has little demos which are super easy to follow.

100 Days of Workouts - Day 33 - February 10, 2014

I am 1/3 of the way through my 
100 Days of Workouts!

30 minutes elliptical (4 miles) 
Bench 65 lbs (12, 12, 10, 8 reps)
75 crunches

February 9, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 32 - February 9, 2014

My go-to quick workout for days I'm tired and/or busy has been a 1 mile walk. Better than nothing I suppoe?!

Day 32 Workout:
20 minute walk (1 mile)

February 6, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 29, February 6, 2014

Day 29 Workout:
20 minutes elliptical (2.25 miles)

Rotation: 4 reps x 12 each
Bench 60 lbs
Lateral pull down 50 lbs
Dumb ext x 15 lbs
Leg extension x 50 lbs
Row 50 lbs
Curls 20 lbs (x 5)
Light arm rotation 5 lbs (x 30)

February 5, 2014

February 4, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 27 - February 4, 2014

Day 27 Workout:
17 minutes run/jog (1.5 miles)
Bench 65 lbs x 12 (4 reps)

February 3, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 26 - February 3, 2014

Day 26 Workout:
17 minutes treadmill run/jog (1.5 miles)
15 minutes elliptical (1.5 miles)
4 reps each:
Bench 60 lbs x 12
Dumbbell kick back 15 lbs x 10
Dumbbell extension 15 lbs x 12
Curls 15 lbs x 10
100 crunches

100 Days pf Workouts -Day 25 - February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday!
Day 25 Workout:
20 minute walk (1 mile)
100 leg lefts

February 1, 2014

100 Days of Workouts - Day 24 - February 1, 2014

Day 23 Workout:
1 hour of basketball with Cole
30 minutes elliptical
15 minute walk @ 3.0

February 2014 Resolution

January is done, on to February!!

This month might be busier than last so I thought about doing an easier resolution. I decided to do another health/fitness goal. My goal is actually starts February 3rd. I'm taking the weekend off because we have my son's birthday party and Super Bowl party together. Rather than be disappointed right out of the gate, I'll wait until the party is over.

I have been working out for the whole month, every day, something. I have not lost any actual poundage. Frustrating to say the least. But when I truly think about it I do know why I'm not.  My love of sweets has been an issue for me the past few years. Except when I had gestational diabetes, I am almost always in close proximity to sweets.

My normal treats, carbs and crap can range from these:
Ice cream with toppings, probably 2 servings worth each time
Swedish fish, sour patch kids, etc.
Candy bars
Skinny Cow brand chocolate treats
(fyi, they don't make you skinny!)
Homemade goodies
Sandwich bread and toast
Sweetened cereal

What is my goal then? All in all to try to rid myself of the crappy food I consume that is not fast food but kept around the house and work. Stuff that I make and buy that is just not good in large quantities, like every day. I was going to try to switch to a Paleo diet but I think I'll put that off until July or August, when my garden is in full bloom and I have fresh veggies; might make for an easier transition if I have these things readily available.

I'm going to try to get through the month of February without processed sugars or sweets. What I am I going to rationalize eating? Not sure yet. I'm toying with only homemade, Paleo or gluten-free treats. Really, any baked goods in my house end up eaten by yours truly so by starting to just not have stuff in the house will be the first step. I'll have to figure out this one as I go through the month. It will be a tough 28, I mean, 26 days!!

100 Days of Workouts - Day 23 - January 31, 2014

Day 23 Workout:
20 minute walk (1 mile)