Fitness Friday – A New Accomplishment

Can I take a moment to brag? Not necessarily brag but share a new accomplishment for a me; one of those moments when you realize your hard work is paying off.  I had that moment yesterday.


You see, I went to the gym, like any other day and busted out my 5 mile run and then started strength training.  I had push-ups on the agenda which usually means doing 3 or 4 on my toes, then finishing the set on my knees.  (There’s nothing wrong with that and I’m a full supporter of dropping to your knees during push-ups when you need to!)  But Thursday was different.  After I hit 5 push-ups, I realized I could finish my whole first set on my toes.  So I did.  When I started my 2nd set, it was definitely getting harder but I finished on my toes.  And come the 3rd set, I was shaking but I was so close to a new goal, that I was able to push myself.


I finished 3 sets of 10 (30 total!) push-ups ALL.ON.MY.TOES!   To some this may be nothing but to me, this was new, exciting and a great sign of my progress as an athlete!

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 8.19.19 PMAnyway, I’ve definitely come back from last weeks illness, though there’s still a bit of phlegm (gross!) but that’s an easy fix.  My energy has returned and as you can see, I’m clearly owning my workouts! ;)


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How were your workouts this week?

When did you last have one of those moments you realize your hard work is paying off?


Fitness Friday – Training Check-in

How was everyones Valentine’s Day?  It’s really not my holiday (whether single or in a relationship) but my dad made us spaghetti because he knows how much my mom and I love it.  I can’t complain there! :)



Anyway, I’m moving my way through my 1/2 marathon training and surprising myself by how well I’m doing and how great my body is feeling.  Even through some harder runs, I can feel my lungs getting stronger and my body able to better deal with the new stressors being placed on it.  It’s really a great feeling.


Speaking of my training, tomorrow I head up to Madison for a 5k race as part of my training (and part of my goal to run at least 1 race per month this year).  I’m really excited!

395632_855887253129_682507838_nSo as for this week’s training, here’s what it looked like:

Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 6.53.43 PMDon’t freak by the lack of “official” rest day – that’s TODAY! With my race tomorrow, I had to switch things around, including my rest day.  Have no fear, I feel great!



How was your Valentine’s Day?

How are your workouts this week?

Are you training for anything? How’s that going?

Fitness Friday Catch-Up

First of all, can I tell you how much I’m loving the snow?  While it was terrible to drive in yesterday, it was absolutely beautiful and left us this nice winter wonderland.  I even shoveled the driveway while my parents were gone yesterday afternoon, so they wouldn’t be driving over 3+ inches of heavy snow.

579811_855236861519_577079939_nTo those of you on the East Coast getting hit with this storm, and from my understanding, a worse version of it, please stay safe!


Anyway, moving on to my fitness from the week and I have to say I’m very happy with how training is going.  After a hard week last week, it felt good to get back on track.  I had a crabby day on Wednesday so instead of trying to power through my full workout, I split it between Wednesday and Thursday and I’m so happy I did.  Tomorrow will be a 5 mile run that will mark the end of my 4th week of 1/2 marathon training – eeeeeep!

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Things are really about to start picking up and honestly, while I’m nervous, I’m so excited! My body has been feeling so strong and amazing, and the cleaner I eat, the better it feels.  As they say, eat clean sweat dirty. :)


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How do you eat clean sweat dirty?

How were your workouts this week?

Any fun fitness goals you’re working on?

Fitness Friday – Love Your Abs

Okay, first of all, how did no one notice this last week?  Did you still not notice? Someone get me (and maybe you!) another cup of coffee…we’re LONG past August…! ;)


Second, can you believe it’s officially FEBRUARY?!  January seemed to fly by for me, which was both good and bad I guess.  I’m definitely still working towards living my healthiest and happiest year yet.



Anyway, I decided I wanted to do something fun for February – change things up a bit.  A couple months ago, Tina did a fun core challenge which I absolutely loved because my core is definitely my “trouble spot” or the point where I feel the most self conscious.  When I’m consistent with working out these muscles, I feel like there’s a difference – both visually but also with how I feel about it (which personally for me, is the most important).


So for the month of February I’m going to focus on strengthening my core, on working my core musculature and most important, learning to love my core!  And I’m calling it Love Your Abs February!

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You can feel free to join me or you can take it as motivation to spend the month learning to love your “trouble spot.”  If you want to join me in loving your abs, be sure to tune in each Tuesday for a few of my favorite ab exercises and workouts (some may be mine, some from friends or other sources and some may be new to all of us).


Now, on to my weekly workouts:

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 4.29.32 PMI have to admit it was a kind of rough week for my training.  Each workout felt great but I had to do some major shifting.  First I pushed back Saturday’s long run to Sunday; which meant I pushed back Sunday’s strength training to Monday; Monday’s run was tough so I pushed back the strength training again to Tuesday; Tuesday’s workout was awesome – no complaints; Wednesday’s workout was cancelled due to a severe headache; and since Wednesday became a rest day, Thursday’s rest day was supposed to be Wednesday’s workout but after an asthma attack at work, it stayed a rest day and Wednesday is lost in the shuffle.  Did you follow all that? ;)  The person in me that wants to stick to a schedule just finds that difficult, but I was listening to my body and honestly that’s the most important thing!


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How were your workouts this week?

How are you doing with your goals, resolutions or commitments for 2013?

Good news! Fitness Friday!

Good news! I finally got around to fixing my social media buttons on my sidebar!! So if you’ve been trying to be my friend, follow me, like me or stay connected, you no longer have to go on the hunt. They work! With that, won’t you be my neighbor friend? ;)


Good news! It’s FRIDAY!


I’m sure I’m not alone in this statement when I say I love Fridays. They bring me so much joy, especially since lately I’ve been off work on Fridays and Fridays mean I get to play catch-up, relax, and get some things done. Currently, Thursday afternoons have also meant productivity. At least once I get home from work, eat lunch and possibly pass out on the chair while watching EveryBody Loves Raymond.


Trust me. It’s happens.


But a cup of coffee, afternoon snack and my to-do list, meant it was time for a comeback! And that’s exactly what I did. I came back and tackled a few things that have been lingering on my to-do list for quite some time. Longer than I’d like to admit, actually. But they got done and that’s all that counts in my book!


Anyway, it was another great week of workouts and I’m pleased to say that my 1/2 marathon training is going well so far. I’ve had some tough runs but they just make the good ones that much better! I also think I’m in major need of changing up my playlist. Music really has the power to push me through some tough workouts so if I’m not really into it or sick of hearing the same songs, it does nothing to help me. Time to change it up!

Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 4.21.09 PMI’m struggling with yoga still (re-occurring theme here?) but I’m trying not to be so hard on myself for it, especially since I’ve been doing more reading. While I love yoga for stretching out my muscles, I also do it to clear and relax my mind. If I’m getting the relaxed mind from reading right now, then I don’t need to be so hard on myself for skipping the yoga. I still love it but I think my routine needs to be shaken up a bit so it might be time to try some new classes and make sure I’m stretching out my muscles in other ways more.

That could be one way to stretch...not really. Don't try this at home. ;)

That could be one way to stretch…not really. Don’t try this at home. ;)

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How were your workouts this week?

What are some of your favorite workout songs? Help me build a new playlist!

Fitness Friday / Oh where, Oh where?


Oh where, oh where

Has the yoga gone?

Oh where, oh where can it be?

With the practice cut short

And the poses held long

Oh where, oh where can it be?

64557_841480254869_1229808480_nYep, there’s still hardly any yoga in my life. And I promise I’m still working to fix that, despite how it seems. The thing is, I have to make it a habit again and once I do that, it becomes so natural. I know how much better I feel when I have a consistent practice (physically and mentally), so I just need to get back into it. And with some stress going on in my life right now, it will be very beneficial.


You know what else is beneficial? Massage.

IMG_0311And lucky for me, as part of my chiropractic care, that’s just what’s on the agenda for this afternoon. I don’t anticipate it will be very long or the best massage ever, but it will be nice to work out some of the tension I’ve been holding between my shoulders.


Yoga will also help with this… ;)


A great week of workouts and a great start to my 1/2 marathon training.

Screen Shot 2013-01-17 at 7.34.57 PMAnd as always, don’t forget to grab a button, link up, and join the party!



If you practice yoga, how do you stay committed to your practice?

How were your workouts and training this week?

Fitness Friday 12/28

That day off I had today; gone.  That movie I had planned to see last night; didn’t happen.  But the additional hours at work I needed; received.  I just can’t go to an after 9pm movie and make it to work to open the next morning.  And since some coworkers are sick, gotta help out.  We call that karma.


But I must also admit, I’m ready for a day off but it is going to be a few days so until then, I’m going to try and soak up the extra hours, save some money and use my moments not at work as efficiently as possible.



Some of that time not at work will include more yoga because it keeps me centered and happy.  It amazes me how centered I am when my practice is more regular vs. more sporadic.  And as you’re about to see, I got my yoga on this week!

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How were your workouts this week with the holiday?

How are you able to stay motivated through the holiday season?

Fitness Friday Story Time


I have a fun story for you all today because really, who doesn’t love a good story? ;)


You see I spent the majority of my weekend pushing off my “long run” or rather, trying to find the right day to do it.  After having zero motivation to run on Monday (and a few other things), I decided Tuesday would be the perfect day.  Knowing it was going to be cold didn’t have me scared as I’m working up my cold-weather running tolerance.  And it was cold.


So I went on my way and despite wishing I remembered that kleenex or brought a pair of gloves, I was doing good.  I was aiming for 4 miles but if I was feeling good was going to push for 4 1/2 or 5 and I even took a new route to change things up a bit.


I wasn’t even a mile in when a few random flurries came down from the sky.  I got all excited and thought “well, this is fun!”  By the time I hit a mile, those random flurries turned into full on flurries which just kept progressing and falling harder.  At the end of the 3rd mile I turned the corner towards my house and knew it was time to end my run.  I was having fun; I was laughing and giggling like a little kid while running (I’m sure I looked rather strange to those driving by in their cars), but it was full-on snowing and every time a snowflake went up my nose, it made it that much harder to breathe with no tissue.


When I walked in the house, my dad was standing in the living room, looking out at the snow through the front window.  His response: “it’s a bit cold out there for running!” ;)

Squinty eyes from snow falling in them!

Squinty eyes from snow falling in them!

This story isn’t my cutting my run short – I don’t care; I still had a great run.  This story isn’t about my first time running in snow – even though it was.  This story is about the little things in life and just how much joy they can bring.


I swear if this wasn’t how I looked, it’s sure how I felt! (but obviously in girl form…) ;)

Make sure you take some time today to enjoy life!


Without further adieu, here’s my week of workouts:

Screen Shot 2012-12-20 at 10.19.13 PMAnd don’t forget to join the party and spread the word! Share your week of workouts, how you’re doing with a training plan, a new fitness routine you’re loving, or whatever other fitness-related thing you want this week.


How were your workouts this week?

When was the last time you truly enjoyed the little things in life?

Fitness Friday – It’s For YOU!

Happy Fitness Friday all you lovely people! 

I’ve had a great week but I realized yesterday that I do need to pickup my Burpee count if I’m going to complete Courtney’s 2012 Closeout.  I knew it would be a challenge but I’m still determined to give it my all.  I’ll have to work out a plan and I think that’s where I’ve fallen short so far.  Time to pick it up! ;)


Before I share my week of fitness, I was asked earlier this week about the #fitnessfriday linkup and if you only have to share your week of workouts? While I use Fitness Friday as a way to share my week of workouts and hold myself accountable to fitness as a priority in my life, Fitness Friday can be anything YOU want it to be.  It can be an opportunity for you to share your week of workouts, a new workout you created, a new move you’re loving, a workout program you started / how you’re doing with it, the struggles you’re facing with your workouts or the successes you’re seeing.  Fitness Friday is for YOU and an opportunity to create community and support.  All I ask is that if you link up, grab one of the Fitness Friday buttons!


So without further adieu:

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What does Fitness Friday mean to you?


Fitness Friday!

First of all, thank you ALL for your well wishes on passing my test.  Between Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts from family and friends, this girl feels loved and absolutely a-maz-ing!

And since I passed my test (and therefore can breathe again), I have to say I’m so thankful for that! It’s been a crazy couple of months with the studying, which only got even more crazy and hectic over the last couple of weeks.  I can’t wait to see what my future has in store for me!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and were able to spend the day with family, friends, and good food.  :)


While you’re reading this, I’m running around like a crazy girl trying to make coffee for all of the Black Friday shoppers.  For those of you out there shopping, please remember to be kind to others – the works that really are trying to get you in and out as quickly as possible and your fellow shoppers.  It’s the holidays, remember?

And as a reminder to all, while the holidays are a great time to indulge in some sweet treats we may not get the rest of the year (trust me, I do plan to bake and eat a few cookies this season!), it’s also a time to not go completely overboard.  Remember that while we should allow ourselves some treats, we should also remember to get out there and move!  It’s about all things in moderation – that includes both exercise and eating.

And it’s with that, that I share my week of workouts.  Please note that any cardio is really just a sneaky way of saying I was studying – I’m the queen of multi-tasking!

As always, don’t forget to link up your week of workouts to help stay motivated and accountable, especially through the busy and stressful holiday season ahead!

How were your workouts this week?

What do you do to stay motivated to workout through the holidays?

Did you go / are you going out Black Friday shopping?