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Fitness Friday – Rest for the Sick

Unfortunately, despite being on the upswing of this cold, I woke up yesterday morning sounding awful. This week has been about rest – resting my mind, resting my body, and as I try my best to do, listening to what my body needs and is asking for. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but after 26 years, I also know that when I get sick, it’s my body’s way of saying “you take a break…RIGHT.NOW!


So that’s what I’ve been trying to do…


But like everybody else, I still have things that need to get done, work that I need to do and a job that doesn’t stop just because I’m sick. Monday was definitely the peak of this cold and packed with phone calls, emails and things that needed to get done. I’m happy to have been on the upswing since then, but I’m sure my non-stop nature isn’t helping keep the cold from dragging out.



My workouts this week, or lack thereof, definitely show how I’ve been feeling. I’m someone who will continue to workout through an illness, if and when I can because I like to sweat out those toxins, but I’m also not going to workout and make it worse, it’s a fine line.

Friday 12/13
Saturday 12/14
Sunday 12/15
Monday 12/16
20 min YogaDownload Gentle Hatha #2
Tuesday 12/17
20-25 mins walking
GPP CabSav
Wednesday 12/18
25 mins YogaDownload – Gentle Hatha #4
Thursday 12/19

Monday night I forced myself to do a little yoga, trying to twist and wring those toxins out of my body. By Tuesday I was able to get into the gym for an easy strength session and some slow walking and on Wednesday I got in another strength session and more yoga before bed. And despite hoping for a workout Thursday morning, I knew better and took the day off.


Like I said, this week was about rest and listening to my body.

What did you workouts look like this week?

How are you planning to stay active through the holidays next week?


Fitness Friday & 5 Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic

I have a treat for you all today! Not only is it Fitness Friday, but we’re continuing my 5 Day Gift Guide with 5 Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic. Be sure if you missed it yesterday, to check out 5 Gifts to Give Back. It’s so easy to get caught up in holidays so it’s important to make sure we think of those less fortunate than ourselves and help out however we can.

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1 – A new gym bag like this Gaiam Gym Bag – I LOVE my Everything Fits bag my sister got me last year!

2 – I’m OBSESSED with Kettlebells lately. Wrap them up with my Kettlebell row workout or Kettlebell Superset workout, put it under the tree and you’re bound to have a happy fitness fanatic on your hands.

3 – New workout clothes. They’re cute and help keep you motivated in your workouts. The clothes shown are from Ellie.

4 – New Yoga Gear – a clean new mat, block, strap, towel…you get the drill.

5 – A Road ID – safety first! I bought one for my sister when she started running more. My family laughed and thought it was funny (smart, but funny)…irony is that I don’t even own one. This IS on my list this year.

(Disclaimer: a few of these links will take you to my Amazon store.)


Definitely some great gifts for your favorite fitness fanatic but let’s get on to the workouts this week.

Friday 11/29

Strength – shoulders & abs

3.5-4 mile walk

Saturday 11/30


Sunday 12/1

5k Santa Run

Do you spot me?

Monday 12/2

Strength – legs

10 mins elliptical

Tuesday 12/3

Strength – back/biceps/abs

10 mins stationary bike

Wednesday 12/4

Strength – shoulders/abs

1 mile run

20 mins yoga

Thursday 12/5

Strength – chest/triceps

10 mins row machine

Now it’s your turn to link up your Fitness Friday posts for the week!



Happy Friday!


How were your workouts this week?

Any fitness plans in your future this weekend?

6 Tips to Get Out the Door for an Early Morning Workout

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 2.51.03 PMI’ve always been an early morning workout girl, at least as long as I’ve been working out consistently. I think it’s because if I get in the habit of doing it first thing in the morning, then I don’t run into the excuses that happen as the day continues on. You know the ones I’m talking about – I’m too tired, I have too much to do, I’ll do it after this, no after that, etc. Getting it done early sets you up for a great day ahead. Plus if something does come up first thing in the morning and you can’t get in your workout, you do still have the rest of the day to try and make it happen (but like I said, I try to avoid that and just get it done).


Obviously some days working out in the morning just isn’t an option. I’ve been there, I get it. You work at 5 or 6am and the gym isn’t open yet or isn’t open early enough for you to workout, shower and get to work on time. That’s when I started pushing back my workouts to when I got off or during my lunch breaks (depending where I was working at the time) but I took the same approach to my workouts during that hour. So here’s a few of my tips to get in that early morning workout:

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What are your tips to get out the door for an early morning workout?

Am I missing anything on my list?

Go Go Fitness Friday!

Go.Go.Go.Go.Go.Go.Go! That’s how my life is feeling lately. I’m not complaining, no said it’s a bad thing but it does mean I’m tired and ready for Sunday where the only thing on my agenda is hot yoga. Well…that and some local music radio shows in the evening. Like I said, go.go.go.go! ;)



Regardless, I’ve stayed active this week which is good. That’s always how I’m able to keep my sanity during busy weeks. I know my hard work will eventually pay off but if that happened sooner rather than later, I wouldn’t complain. ha! A last minute show last night, another tonight and I’m eyeing one tomorrow night so let’s just get to the Fitness Friday fun so I can get back to work, mmkay?


Friday 11/15

75 mins yoga

200 crunches


Saturday 11/16

Active rest – walking city – 3 miles

Sunday 11/17


80 reverse crunches

80 toe touches


Monday 11/18

2 mile run

Strength – chest & triceps

90 sec plank

50 crunches

Tuesday 11/19

Strength – back & biceps & abs


Wednesday 11/20

3 mile run

Strength – legs & abs

Thursday 11/21

Strength – shoulders & abs

Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to grab a button or find another way to link back to me and check out some of the other awesome Fitness Friday posts everyone is linking up!



How were your workouts this week?

Any fun plans for the weekend?