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Plank Workout

30 Sep

Last week I took a few days off from my normal lifting schedule to focus on some body weight and plyometric exercises. My favorite workout from the week was this plank workout.


Here are links to some of the exercises:

Try to complete these exercises on a mat or padded floor. I made the mistake of doing these on the bare gym floor and my forearms were bruised from the up-downs.

This is a great workout for when you are on the go or maybe just in the mood for some change.

I hope you enjoy!


Weekly Workouts and Fall Favorites

14 Sep

The weeks are beginning to fly by for me. I swear it was just Monday, but nope! It’s already the weekend. Classes have been going well and I’ve been trying to get some work done so I can commit to studying for my certification exam. Coming up in just about a month I have to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam in order to graduate from my Master’s program. The exam happens to fall right in the middle of midterms, so I am trying to work ahead in my classes and get things done. 

Workouts this week have once again been squeezed in between my classes. 

  • Monday: 10 min row + 10 min incline walk + Back + Abs
  • Tuesday: 10 min run + Arms
  • Wednesday: Yoga
  • Thursday: 10 min run + Chest + 10 min incline walk
  • Saturday: 12 min Stairmill + Legs

After spending some time at the gym this morning, Mike and I did some grocery shopping for the week. I found one of my favorite fall treats that I previously mentioned. 


Halloween Oreos! I already tasted them and they, of course, were delicious. It’s something about that orange color that makes them taste even better. Another great Fall find was this huge bag of Pumpkin Spice coffee from Target. 


It’s the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor and it makes me feel like Fall is just around the corner, even though it’s still 90 degrees here in Florida. 

The rest of the day is going to be spent working on a paper and watching some college football. Mike volunteered to make us spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, so I get to enjoy the night off! Time to put the feet up and relax!

Enjoy your weekend!

“Lazy” Sunday

8 Sep

There is something I just love about Sundays. I always like to say that I’m going to have a “lazy Sunday”, but I usually end up being pretty productive.

Today started out with a trip to the gym where I did a little cardio mash-up. I ran some intervals on the treadmill, spent some time on the stairmill, and then finished up with an incline walk on the treadmill. Once I got home, Chipper and I spent some time at the dog park. He was loving every minute of it and has been sleeping ever since we got inside! Next up for me was some food.


I set up a little snack plate that hit the spot. The rest of the afternoon has been filled with laundry, meal prep, reading for school, and catching up on Scandal. Scandal is my newest show to watch on Netflix. I’m trying to finish the second season before the new season airs in a couple of weeks.

On the menu for dinner tonight is Brunswick Stew. It may still be 95 degrees outside, but I’m ready to start having soups and stews for dinner. Florida needs to hurry up and get the memo to cool down!

Fitness Friday

30 Aug

Happy long weekend! I hope everyone has some fun plans for this holiday weekend. Mike and I will be heading to Ocala in a little bit for the weekend. I’m super excited because I’ve gotten all my school work done ,so I’m not bringing my books or laptop home. Living on the edge! I plan on just relaxing. And I’m sure I’ll end up watching more college football than I’m really willing to.

I had a really great week at the gym. I’ve finally gotten back into the groove of my gym routine.

  • Sunday: yoga
  • Monday: 15 min Stairmill + back + abs
  • Tuesday: 15 min run + push-ups/pull-ups + abs + 10 min Stairmill
  • Wednesday: 10 min row + arms + 10 min incline walk
  • Thursday: 20 min running + legs
  • Friday: yoga

After yoga this morning I headed to Trader Joe’s in search of pretzel buns. I keep seeing them on commercials and have been wanting to try them, but I will not bring myself to buy a fast food burger. Luckily TJ’s did not disappoint.


These pretzel buns look so good and the cashier at TJ’s assured me they are to die for. Needless to say, we will be having burgers sometime this weekend! I’ll let you all know how they are.

Fall Treats

28 Aug

So, how do you know when fall is just around the corner? Let me answer that question with a picture.


This is how. When you start seeing fall inspired candies at Target. Bags of candy corn were just waiting for me at the check out lane during my latest trip to Target. They caught my eye and I couldn’t refuse them! Another one of my favorite fall treats are the Halloween Oreos. They seem to taste even better (if that’s possible)  when they are that bright orange color!

I’m only a week into school and time is already starting to fly by. Let me just remind you that September is only a few days away. Does that seem crazy to anyone else? Before we know it the holidays and some cooler weather will be upon us!

I’ve gotten back into the swing of things and have finally gotten into a routine. On both Tuesdays and Thursdays I have an hour and twenty minutes between my classes so it leaves me just enough time to head to the gym and get my workout in for the day. This way, once my classes get out for the evening I can head straight home to eat dinner. Earlier this week I made a pork tenderloin, cooked apples, and green beans.


It turned out great. I used this marinade for the pork and the flavor was delicious. For the apples all I do is peel and slice them, put them in a skillet with a little margarine and brown sugar, cook til soft, and then add a little cinnamon to taste. They sure are a favorite around here!

Fitness Friday

16 Aug

Who else out there loves Fridays? I know I sure do! This whole week was very enjoyable for me. I had no responsibilities, nowhere to be, I just flew by the seat of my pants. After my relaxing week off, I am prepared to head back to school next week. Since I had so much time on my hands this week I had a great week of workouts.

  • Monday: 15 min run + Back + 5 min on Stairmill
  • Tuesday: 15 min on Stairmill & 18 min run
  • Wednesday: Hot yoga
  • Thursday: 10 min on Stairmill + Chest + Arms + 15 min run
  • Friday: 12 min on Stairmill + Legs + 15 min incline walk


I love when I am able to get 5 consecutive days in the gym. I can guarantee I’ll talk at least one much-needed rest day this weekend.

After working out this morning, I headed to the farmer’s market with my mom. I wanted to stock up on some spaghetti and butternut squash to take back to Gainesville with me. I’m telling ya… I’ve been spoiled having my mom cook for me this summer. Back to the real world now!

This afternoon was gloomy here so I spent my time reading and watching terrible, but addictive Lifetime movies. For dinner this evening, my parents and I went to a local Italian restaurant and partook of our Pizza Friday. So delish!

As for the rest of the weekend, I’m hoping for some sunshine! Happy weekend!

Summer Vacation is Here!

12 Aug

Today starts my official week and a half of summer vacation! That means no online classes and no internship for this girl. Just a glorious week and a half of relaxing and recouping so I can tackle my last semester of graduate school! It’s hard to believe in only four short months I will graduate with my Master’s degree. Time sure does fly! 

Today was a rather run-of-the-mill day. I awoke and it was actually light outside! All of those early mornings with my internship were starting to take a toll on me. Chipper and I went for a walk before it got too hot, and then I hung out a bit before heading to the gym. I’m still able to use the gym facilities at my internship so I didn’t have to worry about getting a week-long membership anywhere. 

After my workout I came home and made a delicious protein smoothie. It’s the perfect lunch for a hot summer day, if you ask me!


The rest of the day will be filled with checking things off of my to-do list, playing with the pup, and remembering to relax. Oh yeah, and watching the reunion of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Call it my guilty pleasure, but I just can’t help tuning in every week. 

And now for your daily dose of cuteness. I walked in to this little guy taking a snooze on my bed last night. He made sure to arrange the pillows so they were just to his liking.