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Day in the Life

Friday Friday Friday!

I work long hours during the week with my (newish) schedule so that every other Friday I have the day off. The alternate Fridays I do work, it’s a shorter day! YAY!

Day in the Life

5:35am – Alarm goes off. I lay there for a minute hating life because I am SO not a morning person. (The perfect work schedule for me would be, like 9-4, with my sleeping until 8am!) Then up to shower. Weigh in – 166. Thankfully didn’t gain any weight over the holidays with Christmas cookies, being sick and taking prednisone! YAY!

6:00am – Get Logan up and dressed and in his highchair. Michael makes us breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sausage, salsa and hot sauce, plus a big glass of EmergenC (doing everything I can to stay healthy!). Around 400 calories total. We eat and get ready to go.

6:25am – After several trips to load all the crap into the car, I drive to daycare. The new daycare is great and it’s nice that it’s pretty convenient for the commute.

6:40am – Drop Logan off at daycare, make funny faces in the window and then drive to work in traffic!

7:05am – Park in my parking place and depending on how late I am, run to the bus stop, take the bus across the river to work.

7:15am – Start working. Make my coffee (I should probably start making my coffee at home…) Since having a kid I’ve become a 2 coffee a day person often! I spend the next few hours working, working, working. I spend a lot of time walking back and forth from my desk to the printer for stuff. So I get a LOT of steps in. Here’s an example:

Quite a bit, huh? 3 of those miles was my run, but basically I walk several miles a day just around the office.

10:30am – Mid-morning snack before working out. Today it’s a small gala apple and a slice of Tillamook cheddar cheese. Around 150 calories.ย 

11:00am – Time to work out! If I want to use the gym at work during my lunch hour, I have to go kind of early. On certain days there are yoga classes and they don’t allow you to workout at the same time, so I stagger my lunch to avoid the class. I also go at odd times to avoid crowds in the gym (especially this time of year!).

This day, I run 3 miles on the treadmill in 43 minutes. Not a great run. It’s the second run I’ve done since being sick and taking a few weeks off. It was rough and my heart rate was pretty high the entire time and I had to take a lot of walking breaks just to get my heart rate normal.

11:45am – Finish workout. Foam roll and stretch. Quick shower and dry my hair.

12:15pm – Back to my desk. I heat up lunch, or make a salad, and eat at my desk while I go through emails I missed during my lunchbreak. This day is a salad with leftover steak.

2:30pm – Small snack. Salami. 80 calories. I take a quick break at work and finish reading my book (Mitch Rapp #9).

4:00pm – OFF WORK! YAY! WEEKEND! Bus back to my car, drive home. Play with Logan. Check out the video on my Instagram of Logan when I got home ๐Ÿ™‚

5:30pm – Dinner and bath time for Logan! Maya came to visit Logan while he was in the bath. ๐Ÿ™‚

7:00pm – Bedtime for the little Booger. We do the bedtime routine and Michael fixes us dinner. I open a bottle of wine and immediately change into my PJs. Exciting Friday night, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I really liked this wine. I got it at a discount store and went in blind and was happily surprised it was a good bottle! It smelled very sweet and floral but was not sweet to taste. It was very dry and crisp, like a Sauvignon Blanc.

Dinner was a grilled pork tenderloin, seasoned with lemon pepper, sauteed Brussels Sprouts with bacon (I LOVE Brussels sprouts and could eat them every day) and some fresh mozzarella cheese. Dinner was delicious! And around 700 calories. Dessert was a small piece of chocolate fudge, handmade by a friend. Yum!

8:00pm – We usually watch a movie on Friday nights (last Friday we watched “Get Out”! SO GOOD! Watch it!) but this night we decided to just hang out and talk for awhile. It was nice!

I’m not going to post when we went to bed because it’s embarrassingly early. But yeah, I started a new book and will let you know how it is!

Fall Into Fitness

I love Fall! I skip the Pumpkin Spice Lattes (gross) and the Pumpkin Beer (even grosser) but I love Halloween and Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie and cooler weather. I love the fall leaves and crisp air. And I love getting re-focused on my fitness goals.

For me, I tend to gain weight in the summer time and lose weight in the winter time (kind of the opposite for most people). Part of that is summer BBQs and vacations and indulging. And part of that is that in the summer time my fitness switches to the outdoors–hiking, biking, running. So lots of cardio and less weight lifting. Once the weather turns bad, I move my workouts indoors and focus on weight lifting.

Maybe you are the same. Or maybe you are ready to make a change in your life and want to kick start the plan before the mad-rush of January 1st!

So no more excuses! Here are some ideas on how to get started (or restarted) on your path to fitness!

Schedule It

If you are new to fitness or trying to get back on the bandwagon after a break, I think the best way to get into the habit of working out is to schedule it. I’ve done this since the beginning. I schedule my workouts in my Google Calendar like appointments that can’t be missed! It makes it a lot harder to skip the workout!

I know a lot of people say “never miss a Monday” because it sets the mood and motivation for the week. I kind of agree with that. But if it’s not your thing, maybe Mondays are the hardest day of the week for you, make your workout week start on Tuesday. Maybe you aren’t a morning person–schedule your workouts during lunch time, or go after work if you can. Figure out what works for you and what you will stick with, and do it!

Fit It In When You Can

Sometimes you just don’t have time for an hour long sweat session. In the past, I would have tried to make it happen no matter what, but since I had my son and went back to work full time, I am finding it harder to make that happen. Weekends are my long workout times because I do have more time. But during the week I just don’t anymore. I work long hours and when I get home I have about an hour or so to spend with my baby before he goes to bed. So I fit in my week day workouts during my lunch break at work. It’s not the same as before, but it’s better than nothing! And if you are really short on time, try interval/HIIT training or kettle bell training.

I have access to a shower at work, so that makes it easier. I have a bag of toiletries that I keep at work (travel sized) and mini hair dryer. I keep some towels at work, too. All of that makes it easier to workout at lunch. If you don’t have access to a shower, my tip: BABY WIPES! You can clean up and freshen up before going back to the office.

Favorite Lower Body Workouts

I is for Intervals

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There are actually a lot of weight and body weight exercises you can do without belonging to a gym!

Injuries

I was talking to a friend recently who is dealing with an injury that is lingering. I suggested that she try and findย something she can do, if nothing else, for her mental health. I’ve been through too many injuries to count. I remember the worst, when I couldn’t run at all for months, I still had to find some kind of exercise I could do. That was when I started lifting weights. I needed some activity to maintain my fitness level and to help stave off depression from lack of activity. I focused on upper body weights and core and it made a huge difference!

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W is for Walking

Try Something New

If I lived in a place where the weather was a little more predictable, I would totally sign up for a Turkey Trot type of race. I think it’s a great idea! Signing up for a 5k in the Fall is a great way to give you something to focus on, a goal to work towards.

Couch to 5k

It’s even better if you can get a friend your partner to sign up with you! Doing something like a Halloween costume 5k or Turkey Trot with a buddy makes it more fun. Even better if you can get that person to train with you. Having an accountability partner can do wonders to staying on track.

If running isn’t your thing but you are lacking motivation to do fitness on your own, sign up for a fitness class you’ve been curious about!

Food

Another way to get back on track for Fall is that clean up the diet. This is especially important this time of year before the holiday “eat everything bad” season starts! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for fall:

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Rice Soup with Lime and Cilantro

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

Garlicky Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash

West African Cashew Soup

Pecan and Wild Rice-Stuffed Squash

Enjoy!

QUESTION: What are your favorite ways to get fit in the Fall?