Tuesday Quickie

Ethan is already awake, about an hour earlier than normal, so I guess I’ll keep this quick so that I can go and get him from his crib. Of course, you’d think he’d be a bit more tired given how he woke up 10,000,000,000 times last night. I guess he still isn’t feeling good, so I took pity and let him sleep in my arms for a while.

Yeah. Pass the coffee.

Since I’m not feeling so hot, and since he woke up early, I guess I’ll be skipping the morning part of my workout today.

At least I got something in yesterday, and it felt gooooooood. Yay!! I started the morning with chest/shoulders followed by one of my favorite cereals, Kashi GoLean Berry Crisp. Mmmmm, that stuff is addicting. I can hardly keep it in the house!

morningOn my lunch break I had a little elliptical session at the gym. I didn’t go crazy with it, but some sweat does a body good.

ellipticalThat evening my throat was hurting more and more. I guess I’m getting what Ethan had over the weekend. The difference is he hasn’t wanted to eat. (His face when he first tried gnocchi last night.)

gnocchi faceBut I do! I subbed whole wheat sweet potato gnocchi for tortellini in last night’s chicken tortellini soup. I think I prefer the tortellini, but it was still really really good!

gnocchiOh, and ice cream. You know, for the sore throat and all…

  • No questions today. Just go and be awesome!
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Sick n’ Happy

Helloooooo Monday! I’m not ready, but who is? Bring on the coffee! I’m linking up with Katie today for another MIMM post. Here’s what is (and isn’t) making my Monday marvelous!

MiMMOn the down side, this is about how I looked most of the weekend. Totally bummin’.

bumBut bums have fun too.

funMom and Dad came over Friday and cooked me lasagna. Mmmm! Nothing like home cookin’, especially in your own home.

Sadly Ethan threw up Friday night, but I didn’t find out about it until Saturday morning when I got him up. He was just laying there happy as a clam reading his books, but he was covered in puke. TMI? Sorry. Kids are something else!

toddlerKevin, Ethan, and I met friends out Saturday night for burgers at Bad Daddy’s. It was delicious! I hadn’t had a burger in quite some time, so it was definitely a treat. E acted normally all weekend, but I guess he still felt off since I couldn’t hardly get him to eat anything, not even my French fries at dinner.

Sunday was laid-back: turkey dinner, kitty kisses, and extra giggles.

kittyAhhh, and now it’s back to work. Hmmm, maybe I’ll pick Ethan up early today…


  • What’s making your Monday marvelous?
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Pain Relief with Melt Method

Happy Saturday! Thank goodness for the weekend. That first week back from vacation/holidays is always rough. How have you all been adjusting back to the daily grind?

As regular readers know, I work from home. This means I’m as comfy as possible at work, usually wearing leggings and a sweatshirt (sexy, right?) and drinking far too much coffee.

I try to do the right thing, like wash my hair with some sort of frequency, not eat at my desk, and sit up straight. But oh does my posture suffer at home!

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Fit Friday

TGIF, am I right? Getting back to the daily grind this week hasn’t been easy. It has been hard dropping Ethan off at daycare, and he’s been waking up at night. A tired mommy plus a busier-than-normal work schedule means the weekend can’t come soon enough!

I had a work lunch yesterday, which was nice. I tried to make good choices, so I went with the salmon, veggies, and baked potato sans butter/sour cream. Yay for me! But then everyone else got a dessert to-go, so… umm… this happened.

key lime pieKey lime pie for the win! This one was good, but it was not tart enough and too sweet. Yeah, I’m serious about my pie.

Anyway, who am I to complain about sweets? ; )

Enough about desserts, weekends, and such, I’m here to share the rest of that workout plan I mentioned yesterday.

  • Monday: morning chest workout at home, lunch elliptical at gym
  • Tuesday: morning run, lunch back/core at the gym
  • Wednesday: morning barre/dance-inspired toning video, lunch stair climber at gym
  • Thursday: morning legs workout at home (below), lunch run
  • Friday: morning barre/dance-inspired toning video, lunch clean my messy house!
  • Saturday: spin class or long family walk plus a little abs
  • Sunday: rest

sea legs*The last exercise (single-leg lift) is demonstrated below. It is a commonly used physical therapy exercise for runner’s knee, but it also has great toning benefits for the quads. One leg bent, one straight. Begin by flexing your quad to tighten the leg, and then lift it off the floor, anywhere from 2-9 inches, depending on your strength and flexibility. Hold it a couple seconds, then lower, release, repeat.

leg liftThis is the goal. Some days I don’t want to run, so I walk. Other days, like yesterday, it’s 11 degrees outside, a screaming toddler woke me for too many late-night hours, and had my lunch break devoted to work. Those days call for an unplanned rest day.

That’s okay.

As I’ve said before, you need a plan, but a plan needs wiggle-room.

  •  Happy Fit Friday! How will you be getting active this weekend?
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Chest and Back Routines

It’s shaping up to be a good week. The food is good, and the workouts are good too. Plus, I have plans to eat out with friends both Friday and Saturday night (though it’s going to be hard to at least keep one of those healthy), so things are going well here.

chipotleMy parents brought me Chipotle for lunch yesterday!

Kevin and Ethan will be joining me in getting out of the house. E’s usually pretty good when we’re out to eat, so fingers crossed that the trend continues.

turkey macAnd I cooked this awesome turkey/veg/mac for dinner!

I wanted to share two routines from my new plan, which I’ll continue through January, and possibly into February.

ethanI’m doing chest and shoulders on Monday morning at home before Ethan wakes. (I usually super-set the arnold press with the DB pullovers.)

chestI hit the gym on Tuesday during my lunch break for back and core. (I super-set the cable rows with the v-ups, and if I have time, I follow up with 2 or 3 sets of extensions for lower back (aka: Roman chair).)

backI also try and squeeze in some cardio, though the weather has made outdoor runs/walks a bit unpleasant.

  • How have your meals or workouts been lately?
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