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The Current Workout Situation

Happy Thursday Night! I’m pretty pumped that its almost the weekend….one work day to go.

Maybe you’ve noticed that one thing has been missing around here…..workout posts. Err…..or maybe any mention of workouts.

I feel like its time to confess. I haven’t completed a workout in weeks. Sadly, I can’t even remember the last time I worked out. That’s bad.

You know, I had these grand intentions of having a super active pregnancy. Running all the way up until delivery, walking everyday…never having any trouble getting in a sweat session. Then I was sick….with morning sickness. Every. Single. Day. It’s hard to find the energy to run when you have used up all your energy puking.

I did the best I could! I ran when I could. I even wrote this post for For Two Fitness with my Top Tips for Running During Pregnancy!  Please click over & read it! I’m really proud of it. They also have super cute workout clothes for expecting mamas.

By the time I felt better, good enough to run again, my body had already started to change to make room for the baby. My knees were hurting. It took me longer to catch my breath. Things jiggled…and it was painful!

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In October (at approximately 25 weeks), I completed the Home Sweet Home Virtual 5k held by my friend Sarah at Losing Weight & Having Fun. It was so hard! I thought I’d be able to do at least do walk/run intervals but I couldn’t. I had to walk. It was totally unexpected. It felt like I couldn’t breathe when I would run. Walking the 5k was fun, especially, since I convinced Blake to do it with me but I was still a little disappointed that running was so tough.

After that things went downhill….or rather just flat. Now that I think about it…that might have been my last workout. I’m a little bit shocked that its been so long! Just over two months. Yikes.

Deep down I know that its just an excuse. I could have, should have, really needed to push through it but I didn’t. But I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I mean, what good would that do anyway?

I am however, getting really anxious and excited to get back into the groove of things after the baby comes! I plan to bundle her up and go for walks as soon as I’m recovered. I know it will be tough to start from over from an endurance and fitness standpoint but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I don’t have a plan (yet). I’m just going to take it one day at time and see where things go.

I feel extremely confident about returning to my old running and workout habits post baby. It will be a whole new experience with having to balance motherhood with work and working out, but I can do it. I’m looking forward to do it!

 

 

Home Gym Necessities On A Budget

I don’t know how it happened so fast, but 2014 is right around the corner and people are starting to think about their New Year’s Resolutions!

At the top of the list is ALWAYS something like lose weight, get in shape, or workout more, right? I’ve been there year after year trying to lose the weight that was holding me back. (But more on that later…)

I’ve always been more successful at home rather than having to go to the gym. I have no idea why! Maybe its a comfort level thing. I’m not afraid to look crazy or workout my ass off in my living room.

Today I’m going to share with you the essentials for having your own home gym while on a budget! I promise that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be successful at home. You also don’t have to a ton of equipment. Or a lot of space, I do workout in my living room.

Here are the essentials:

1- A variety of hand weights/dumbbells. Its best to buy them one set at time getting heavier as you start to need them. Typically at Walmart or Target you will pay a little over a dollar a pound but check places like TJ Maxx or Ross, even second hand stores – you can find a them a little bit cheaper. Price Range: $5 and up (depends on weight)

2- Yoga Mat! This is a serious must have even if you don’t do yoga! It will add some extra cushion when you are stretching, or doing ab work or push up. If you have hardwood floors like me, it also helps to keep some of the dirt away because no matter how much I sweep there is still dirt everywhere!

I also buy these at Ross or TJ Maxx! They usually have cute patterns and great prices but I’ve also purchased them from Walmart for about $10, I can’t understand paying more than 15 bucks for one of these. Price Range: $7 and up.

3- Some sort of timer. Essential for doing HITT or tabata style workouts. Personally, I just use a free app on my iPhone called RoundTimer. But you can find an actual timer basically anywhere, this one from Gymboss is very popular because you can clip it on your clothes so it easy to access. Price Range: Free and up. Approximately $20 for a Gymboss timer.

4- Workout DVDs. I’ve found the best way to get a full body workout consistently is by using at-home DVDs. There a MILLIONS of them out there…seriously, millions. Right now my Walmart has an entire section dedicated to workout DVDs that are only $9 each! I think the best way to stay focused and have fun is to have a variety of workouts at your fingertips. I’ve also bought them at yard sales or used from my bookstore. There also some available for free on YouTube.

Some of my personal favorites include ones from Bob HarperJillian Michaels, and The 15-Minute Solution series.

You could also purchase one of those at home programs like Insanity (which I tried) or P90x, if that is something that interest you. Some of them like Insanity don’t require any equipment, although I would recommend a yoga mat to cushion under your hands. Price Range: Free and up

That’s all it really takes, of course you could invest in some more expensive things, but its not necessary. Although my current wish list includes a nice sturdy treadmill.

I’m actually getting a little bit excited to starting getting back into shape after the baby comes!

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Any body else do at home workouts?

What are some of your favorite non-essential pieces of equipment?
Mine include my punching bag (gift from my hubs last Christmas) and my one and only  kettle bell! I need to use them more often!

 

Baby A Update: 21 Weeks

Hi there!

I’m so relieved its Wednesday, this week has been exhausting! I’ve diagnosed myself with an insomnia hangover, I’ve been seriously lacking sleep the last few days. I woke up at 4 am on Monday, and last night I had a killer headache keeping me up – I even slept with an ice pack on my head (Weird right? It was totally one of those hard square ones made for lunch boxes). Here’s hoping I sleep like a baby tonight.

Anyway, let’s get to the get to the good stuff!

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This week we made it to 21 weeks!

Baby Details:

Little Baby Alexander is now just over three-quarters of a pound, and 10.5 inches long, the same length of a big carrot! Her eye lids and eyebrows are now present. The doctor told us yesterday, she can hear now so should talk to her. She is also tasting what I’m eating through her amniotic fluid, so I need to start eating peas so she likes them early!

She is moving around all the time! I feel her squirming and kicking a lot. I love it. Last weekend, Blake even felt her moving! I’m starting to notice she is more active in the mornings which is concerning,  we are so not morning people! Yesterday the doctor was having trouble keeping her little heartbeat on the Doppler because she was squirming around all over the place.

Mama Details:

Well, I already mentioned that this week has been rough! The insomnia hangover feels just like an alcohol induced hangover, headache, exhaustion, upset tummy…the works. Hopefully this passes soon. Basically, I either wake up crazy early, toss and turn all night long, or wake up 50 times at night. Its really quite annoying.

Other than that, I’m feeling good. My workouts are getting more frequent, about three week right now. However, I made myself a deal that if I go for a walk (20 minute minimum) every single day until October 4 – I get to buy myself something I want. Maybe this hoodie

In addition to walks, I want to get in a couple yoga session and weight lifting each week. I’m slacking a little this week so far because I felt so crappy but I’m optimistic I can get it done!

My bump is getting bigger each day!

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Those pants are actually regular pants that were a little baggy before, but today they were too tight. A sure sign Baby Girl is growing big and strong! My official weight gain from the scale at the doctor’s office is now up to 9 pounds. I was worried about how quickly I gained weight this past month, but I think it’s probably because I finally stop puking on the daily. I think my body is finally adjusting, but I do want to pay attention to what I eat and make sure I get enough exercise. Just want to make sure I stay on the right track and gain the right amount of weight for my body and my baby.

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At our appointment this week, we did find out that we will be having a third ultrasound because they were unable to get picture of her kidneys and umbilical cord. Of course, I have no complaints there, I love seeing baby up on the screen.

Overall, things are pretty normal – just waiting for things to happen. The pieces to her nursery are starting to come together! Here’s a sneak peek at the dresser we are updating. I’m hoping it will be done this weekend. We don’t have too much left to do. One (hopefully) more coat of paint, purchase and install the pulls, plus I want to lay contact paper on the bottoms of the drawers.

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And the beautiful lamp!  I also had a little upholstered rocking chair that I had planned on using for night time feedings, but Baby’s furry four-legged sister decided to destroy it! It was sitting on the back patio airing out because it was stinky and in desperate need of cleaning. My bad. It was such a surprise too, because Kia has never destroyed any furniture in our home. Oh well, guess we will buy a new fancy glider or something.

All in all, I’d say things are going pretty great! Now if you will excuse me, its 8 o’clock and I’m going to try to get some sleep! Wish me luck!

Check out my other updates here:

Monday Monday…

Hello!! This weekend I took some time off from blogging to relax and spend time with family! Although we spent a lot time visiting and on the go, I definitely feel relaxed after this weekend.

This weekend was my Mother-in-law’s 50th Birthday! The day started off with a golf scramble! I am NOT coordinated enough to golf…little ball with a little club….yep not gonna happen. However, I had lots of fun being part chauffer, part caddy!

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I claimed to be the team cheerleader! Mostly I just drove the cart in a wild manner. Here’s some fun pictures from the day…

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Blake with his mom and sister!

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The Alexander ladies!

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The whole team

After golfing Blake had to head to work but I stayed for the party which included delicious pulled pork! yummmmm my favorite!

Sunday was spent sleeping in…then we headed out to breakfast. We finally figured out how to order breakfast for the two of us. Blake doesn’t eat eggs but everything always come with eggs. He also likes big variety of breakfast foods like the Denny’s Lumberjack slam…but we didn’t do to Denny’s so we ordered two regular breakfasts and a side of French toast, because I was in the mood for some delicious French toast! We piled all the eggs on my plate and I had a piece of bacon! It was perfect! Then he was able to have a little bit of everything without asking for a million changes to the menu.

After breakfast we checked out a few houses for sale, we are in the beginning discussions about possible buying a house. Which is exciting and terrifying. I’m a huuuuge worrier so we will have to see what happens.

We also spent some more time hanging out with Blake’s parents. We don’t see them very often, and I seriously miss seeing his Mom everyday. It was nice to relax and chat with them. By the time we got home last night, I was pooped and hit the hay early.

Today has been your basic Monday. Except I didn’t get a headache which rocks! After work I stopped by Maurice’s to see if they had this dress (in blue) in stock, but they did but not (in my size).

I think I’m going to order it online. I tried it on in a medium and a XL but neither worked. The medium fit well!! But was seriously short, I think a large would be best. Luckily, I have a coupon and gift card so it shouldn’t cost me a dime!

Then it was gym time! Today was Upper Body followed by 20 minutes on the Stairmaster. I finally figured out how to use the dang stepper! The higher the level the bigger the step! I always felt like I was taking these super tiny steps and it was so annoying! So now I finally got it figured it out.

I also had to stop at the grocery store real quick, which led to grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner! Yum.

Anyways…this has become a long and boring post! So I’m outta here. I have a load of laundry to fold and some sleep to get!

 

Monday Monday…

Hello!! This weekend I took some time off from blogging to relax and spend time with family! Although we spent a lot time visiting and on the go, I definitely feel relaxed after this weekend.

This weekend was my Mother-in-law’s 50th Birthday! The day started off with a golf scramble! I am NOT coordinated enough to golf…little ball with a little club….yep not gonna happen. However, I had lots of fun being part chauffer, part caddy!

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I claimed to be the team cheerleader! Mostly I just drove the cart in a wild manner. Here’s some fun pictures from the day…

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Blake with his mom and sister!

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The Alexander ladies!

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The whole team

After golfing Blake had to head to work but I stayed for the party which included delicious pulled pork! yummmmm my favorite!

Sunday was spent sleeping in…then we headed out to breakfast. We finally figured out how to order breakfast for the two of us. Blake doesn’t eat eggs but everything always come with eggs. He also likes big variety of breakfast foods like the Denny’s Lumberjack slam…but we didn’t do to Denny’s so we ordered two regular breakfasts and a side of French toast, because I was in the mood for some delicious French toast! We piled all the eggs on my plate and I had a piece of bacon! It was perfect! Then he was able to have a little bit of everything without asking for a million changes to the menu.

After breakfast we checked out a few houses for sale, we are in the beginning discussions about possible buying a house. Which is exciting and terrifying. I’m a huuuuge worrier so we will have to see what happens.

We also spent some more time hanging out with Blake’s parents. We don’t see them very often, and I seriously miss seeing his Mom everyday. It was nice to relax and chat with them. By the time we got home last night, I was pooped and hit the hay early.

Today has been your basic Monday. Except I didn’t get a headache which rocks! After work I stopped by Maurice’s to see if they had this dress (in blue) in stock, but they did but not (in my size).

I think I’m going to order it online. I tried it on in a medium and a XL but neither worked. The medium fit well!! But was seriously short, I think a large would be best. Luckily, I have a coupon and gift card so it shouldn’t cost me a dime!

Then it was gym time! Today was Upper Body followed by 20 minutes on the Stairmaster. I finally figured out how to use the dang stepper! The higher the level the bigger the step! I always felt like I was taking these super tiny steps and it was so annoying! So now I finally got it figured it out.

I also had to stop at the grocery store real quick, which led to grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner! Yum.

Anyways…this has become a long and boring post! So I’m outta here. I have a load of laundry to fold and some sleep to get!

 

Picking A Workout Plan

YES! Another week is nearly over! I’m pumped for the weekend, its my mother-in-laws birthday so I will watching people golf. Then Sunday we are going hiking again, yippee!

So let’s talk about picking a workout plan…

Finding a workout plan can be quite daunting. A quick Google search will bring up hundreds of results…all claiming to be the best. They are all different! Its seriously overwhelming.

The key to picking a workout plan is picking one you enjoy that will get you the results you want. That’s right the number one key to picking the perfect workout plan is to find you enjoy. The fact is that you if HATE the plan you most likely won’t stick to it.

When looking for a workout plan you want to keep in mind 4 areas for improvement: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, and flexibility. Basically, you want your lungs to be strong and you want strong muscles that can work for a long time that are stretchy! (Please keep in mind I am no expert, if you would like an expert’s advice… see a doctor or trainer!)

Personally, I’ve always struggled to hit all four areas. I tend to be higher on the cardio side than anything. It comes with being a runner, but lately I’ve been trying to focus on the weight lifting. Still lacking in flexibility…so I need to step it up there.

There are plenty of place to find good quality workout plans, your local library or bookstore will have a good selection. Health and fitness magazines from the grocery store plus there tons of them online. You can also use a set of DVDs like the Insanity program or Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution. Or you could have one personally tailored for you by a personal trainer.

One of my newest favorite websites for finding workout plans is www.BodyBuilding.com. This place is amazing! There is so many plans to choose from and they have a ton of information. Every workout plan is accompanied by video clips for each move, nutrition plans, and even supplement (vitamins, protein and things of that nature) information if that’s something interests you. They also offer a little quiz based on your personal information to help narrow things down.

I recently decided to step up my weight program to try and build some guns muscles. The first program I picked was not the best one for me. It had a lot of moves that require a lot of different machines and truth be told it was a pain! One, I don’t have a workout partner so I felt unsure about doing things that require a spotter and secondly, my gym is very busy. I was spending a lot of time waiting for machines. Not cool. My first thought was to just substitute things so that it was more accessible for me.

However, while I was researching I found a new plan! Its perfect! It doesn’t have junk that hate…like burpees or box jumps. Its well rounded -3 days of weight training, 2 days of full cardio, and 2 days of rest/yoga. It also includes extra cardio on two of the weight days which I really like because it gives me the extra calorie burn. Here’s a link to the plan.

I’m really happy with my new plan. It uses all the different cardio machines (bikes, treadmills, elliptical, Stairmaster) so its not the same thing everyday. Today I used the spin bike for 40 minutes and it was killer! I was soaked…if the plan hadn’t specific to use the bike I would have just run like I always do. This plan uses a few machines but it also uses dumbbells which are easy to access and I can even do it at home if I can’t get to the gym.

The last tip I have for you is- don’t be afraid to try something else. If you are currently spending hours on the elliptical but not happy with it try Zumba or Spinning. Keep trying until you find something you really like. You have to try new things until you find the one that works for you. Feeling stuck into a workout plan is the worst! I always have to keep my workouts fresh.

And that’s all I have tonight! See ya later!

 

Thursday Already?

Hi there!

This week is just flying by, how can it be almost Friday? Then again, every week seems to fly by lately.

I’m definitely finding myself in a routine, and it’s totally working for me. As soon as I get home from work I do my workout, eat dinner, then relax. I could be more efficient in the mornings though that’s for sure. Typically, I wake up and then lay in bed for long time going through my social media and reading blogs. I should probably use that time to do some housework, because it seems like a clutter bomb detonated in here.

Yesterday, I ended up going to work early so I had to rearrange this week’s dinner plans, so I made Salsa Chicken in the crock pot. Seriously, easiest dinner ever. Put frozen chicken in the crock, sprinkle with taco seasoning, then cover with salsa. Cook on low for 6ish hours. After 6 hours, you can basically shred the chicken just by looking at it. No joke, I used a whisk to smash it because the only serving spoon we have was in the dishwasher. In the past, I’ve stirred in a little sour cream or plain greek yogurt to make it creamy but last night I just left it and it was perfect.

taco and taco saladI had one taco on a whole wheat low fat tortilla, and then a big ol’ taco salad, with mixed spring greens, tomatoes, salsa, cheese and greek yogurt. The exact same thing was in the taco. It was pretty dang good. Although, I’m getting a little bit tired of spring greens and this box seems to have way too much arugula which I do not like one bit.

This morning, my bestie, I never say that word… asked me to accompany her to Wenatchee to get a new social security card. It was nice to get out of town for a bit, even for a quick trip. The social security office was quick so then we headed out in search of food.

Of course, we ended at Red Robin. YUM. I ordered the Grilled Turkey burger sans bun and mayo. I figured I’d rather eat fries than a bun. I don’t need two servings of white carbs at one meal, and you know, what I didn’t miss that bun one bit. Burgers without buns are extra juicy! And my fries were delish, like always.

red robin appI used the Red Robin iPhone App to find the nutrition facts of meal! Its so nice to be able have that kind of information at your finger tips. If you eat at Red Robin, I highly suggest downloading this free app. (Red Robin did not pay me to say this stuff, its all my own thoughts, but if they wanted to give me free food-I’d say yes. Or even just some of that seasoning salt)

After lunch we stopped at Old Navy to take a peak at the new Active line everyone is talking about. Let me tell you, that stuff is cute! But sadly, we did not purchase anything today. But we did get frozen yogurt!

froyoUnder all those toppings is cookies n cream yogurt, topped with strawberries, blueberries, graham cracker crumbs and a chocolate sauce. mmm mm mm.

It was a fun day! We needed girl time and holla cuz she got a new (amazing) job today!! Good thing we pre-celebrated!

And now, I’m off to sweat it out. I’m not sure what workout I’m going to do though…maybe Extreme Shed and Shred, haven’t done that in a while!