Weekend Recap + Morning Workouts

Yet another Monday is in the books, y’all. Last night, I decided that I would get up this morning and work out. It’s been a while since I’ve had time to fit a run in, so I’m going to have to start making that happen right when I get up. Unfortunately, my first early morning run coincided with my toddler’s first late night in a while. He decided that sleeping was not the cool thing to do from about 2-5 am. Don’t worry, I’m still going to get him a Christmas present but it was touch and go there for a while. Let’s quit it with the negative stuff and move right on into the fun part: the weekend recap. How does “five words per picture” sound for today? It’s all I’ve got, folks.

 

Tiny kid. So much excitement.

clemson football

 

All the high fives, please.

clemson football

 

This was just for s’mores.

fire

 

Merry Christmas and Happy November.

coffee

 

So he’d stop touching ours.

mini christmas tree

 

The best part of dinner.

cheese dip

 

I’m thinking that he didn’t sleep because he was just too jacked up from the weekend. He saw “the big boys” close up on the field, watched people parachute out of a plane, stayed up eating marshmallows and playing ball, got a talking Olaf toy, and picked out his own Christmas tree and ornaments. I really don’t know if we can ever top this weekend, because I don’t think the boy heard no once. We need to work on that, because we’re total pushovers. Anyway, I have a date with a fifteen pound dumbbell. Yep, just one. I drug it upstairs from the gym, so I could do some curls while watching season 3 of New Girls. No big deal. I figured something is better than nothing. Crossing my fingers for a run in the morning. Wish me luck, y’all. Have a great night!

Beginner Resistance Band Workout

I didn’t get a chance to check in last night, because I was busy screaming over multiple country singers like a thirteen-year-old. When it comes to celebrities, I’ll never grow up.

hunter hayes

I went to the Guitar Pull with my friend Aubrie, stayed out past my bed time, wore heels for the first time in forever, and got to hug up on Kip Moore. I’d say the evening was a success. What I haven’t been as successful with lately is finding time for actual workouts. I’ve done my best to move around, but I have been failing miserably at keeping up any sort of running or weight routine. It’s getting bad, guys. I think it’s about time to get back to basics: quick, simple workouts with stuff I can lug around anywhere I go. Resistance bands were the first thing that popped into my head. The problem is that I was at a total loss on how to use the ones I had. I’ve owned them for a long time, but I only occasionally incorporate them into my workout. It’s shameful, really.

resistance band workout

If you’re like me and need to brush up on your resistance band skills, this workout is for you. I swear I’m this close to stashing a few bands in my little cubicle, so I can at least stretch out every once and a while. The awkward stares would be worth it, right?

Resistance Band Workout

And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Bicep Curls: Stand with your feet together, holding the handle of a resistance band in each hand. Step onto the middle of the band, keeping your feet about hip-width distance apart and your hands down by your side. Simultaneously bend both elbows, bringing your forearms toward your chest. Slowly return to the starting position.

Front Squats: Stand on the middle of the band with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Grab each end of the band and bring your hands above your shoulders, palms facing forward. Squat down, keeping your chest up and core tight. Rise back up to start position.

Shoulder Presses: Loop the middle of the band under one of your feet and then step your other foot forward, so that you end up in a split stance. Grab the ends of the band in each hand and bring your hands up to your shoulders, palms facing out. Press your arms directly over your head. Slowly release to the starting position.

Bent Over Rows: Grab each end of a resistance band and stand on the middle of the band. Bend slightly at the knees and hinge at the waist. Let your arms hang by your side with your palms facing in toward your body. Bend your elbows, pulling the band up toward your hips. Squeeze your shoulder blades together until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Slowly release your arms to the starting position.

Flutter Kicks: Sit down with your legs extended straight out in front of you. Loop one handle of the resistance band on each foot and grab the center of the band with your hands. Lie onto your back, pressing your lower spine into the floor. Lift both legs slightly off of the floor. Holding the center of the band, move your legs up and down slowly, keep your navel tucked into your spine.

Now I better go actually do these moves. Anyone else gotten off track this week?

Toughest Workout Ever

Since I’m transitioning between jobs this week, I’ve had hours upon hours to myself. Unfortunately, I also have a mile-long list of things I want to accomplish before Monday. It started out innocently enough, y’all. I rented a carpet cleaner. No big deal. Clean carpets are nice, right?carpet cleaner

Well, then I realized that our gym was really crowding the spare bedroom upstairs. I couldn’t even shampoo a square foot in there without knocking into something. I decide a garage gym would be a much better option. I bought flooring and moved all of the equipment downstairs. The treadmill is still in limbo, because I forgot I’m not the Hulk.

garage gym

The problem with the old gym room was that it took a pretty good beating. The walls were dinged up something fierce, so I bought some lovely light green paint to spruce it up a bit. No harm, no foul. Well, other than me ruining a set of sheets but that’s a problem I’ll solve another day.

new office

Now that old gym/new office is fresh and clean, our bedroom could use a little love. I’m on the hunt for a good sea foam green or other beachy hue. All of these failed the test.

paint

Do you see a trend here? Every time I’ve fixed something this week, it’s just convinced me that there are a million other things I need to do. I haven’t rested a second of my “vacation”. I think I’m really going to regret this decision once I’m in the thick of things at work. But right now, there is crown moulding to be hung and individually handcrafted Christmas projects to be made. I have turned into a monster and I must be stopped.

But, seriously, y’all. I haven’t worked out once this week and I can barely move my arms. I have really punished my upper body this week between carpet cleaning, painting, and lugging gym equipment down the stairs. Looks like I need to balance it out with some lower body, huh? If you have a favorite running or leg workout, leave it in the comments! I have no brain power left to decide on one all by myself. Thank you! Hope you all are having a great week! :)

The Chair Workout

I’ve got a pretty busy evening ahead of me, but I wanted to pop in really quickly and share a workout that is perfect for nights when your time and resources are limited. In fact, you’re probably sitting in the only thing you need: a chair. The awkward smirking I’m doing in the following photo is not required.chair workout moves

I completed this workout yesterday in the living room, but I actually used our coffee table instead of a chair. I just think telling people to stand on their coffee tables would be a poor choice. Some of those are glass and that could end badly. So just do as I say and not as I do, okay? Grab and chair and get ready to feel the burn. <- Sorry. That makes me sound like a tacky 80s fitness DVD. You get the point though, right? While these moves might seem easy on the first circuit, you’ll definitely start feeling them. My hamstrings are still angry about it.

chair workout

And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Single Leg Step Ups: Stand up straight facing the chair. Step up and place your left foot in the seat of the chair. Contract your glutes as you push through your left foot, lifting your body off of the ground while bringing your right knee toward your chest. Return to standing by lowering your right foot to the ground, followed by your left. Complete ten reps before switching legs.

Straight Arm Hip Lifts: Sit in the chair and place your hands on the seat, with your palms firmly gripping the edge of the seat. Press down and lift your hips off the chair, pulling your knees toward your chest. Hold for a few breaths and then slowly return to sitting. Complete 10 reps.

Split Squats: Lift one foot and place it on the chair surface behind you. The top of your lifted foot should be touching the bench. Squat down, while keeping your abs contracted and your chest up. Lift back up and repeat the process until you’ve completed ten reps. Switch legs and repeat.

Incline Push Ups: Get into push up position with your hands placed on the seat of the chair. Your legs and torso should form a straight line. Slowly lower your chest to the seat and then return to your original position. Complete ten reps.

Single Leg Hip Bridges: Lie down on your back with your arms down by your sides. Bend your left leg and place your left foot on the chair, keeping your right leg straight. Raise your hips slightly off of the floor to get into your starting position. Now lift your hips and contract your glutes until your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your right foot. Lower your hips until they are hovering just slightly above the ground again. Complete ten reps before switching legs.


That’s it! Let me know if you try it. Oh, and I also have a confession to make: I’m not actually going to be busy doing anything important tonight. I just want to watch the CMAs and eat chips and dip. Feels good to get that off of my chest, y’all. Have a great night!

iFit Active Review + Giveaway

Happy Halloween! We’re not quite in our costumes just yet, so I don’t have any pictures to share before all of this Trick or Treating madness sets in. I do, however, have a special treat for y’all in the form of a giveaway. Before we get to that part, let’s discuss why you’ll want to win the prize.

In the weeks leading up to the Runner’s World Half & Festival this month, I had the chance to test out some amazing products from the race sponsors. One of my favorites ended up being the iFit Active fitness tracker. (While I received this item free-of-charge, I was not required to review it. I genuinely had fun using it!) The band effortlessly measures and tracks your diet, exercise, and sleep each and every day.

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The tracker can be worn alone (like, literally tossed in your pocket), as an adjustable wristband, or as a simple clip-on accessory. I felt most comfortable wearing it as a clip, and I was incredibly glad they created that option. It doesn’t detract from your outfits and it’s more of a “set it and forget it” type deal. That way I’m not constantly checking my numbers, you know?

ifit active review

One thing I love about wearing a fitness tracker is the constant motivation. Today, after a forced rest day thanks to Report Card Night, I got out for a run. After seeing my measly number of steps from yesterday, I decided to do something about it and go for a nice and easy thirty-minute run. It was gorgeous outside, so I’m really glad I got out there.

halloween run

Since I brought up the numbers, let’s look at what a difference a day makes. On the left are today’s stats and on the right are yesterday’s. A common goal for people to reach each day is 10,000 steps. Yesterday at 3:30, I hadn’t even gotten half way there. Ouch. Since I was at school until 7 pm, it didn’t get much better. Today, though, I’ve already blown those numbers out of the water. Instead of getting upset about not reaching my goal yesterday, I used it as motivation to really kill it today. (PS: isn’t it odd that I somehow got screen shots at almost the same time and my battery life and signal strength was exactly the same? Or is that only weird to me?)

ifit active

Another fun (or depressing if you’ve been up all night) feature the iFit Active comes with is the ability to track your sleep patterns. I’ve had shockingly scary stats some nights, but for the most part I’m hitting my goal of 7-8 hours each night. According to the iFit, this is a pretty typical night of sleep for me:

ifit sleep tracker

I think it’s so interesting to see how much my sleep affects my workouts and overall daily energy. I mean, I know that’s just basic science but sometimes I naively think I can “function” on just a little bit of sleep. Dumb.

The iFit Active also tracks calories out and calories in, with the ability to easily add in your meals, drinks, and snacks. I don’t personally use this feature but it seems to work pretty seamlessly with the rest of the functions. In addition to tracking basically your entire life, it can help you wake up for it through the alarm function. Pretty neat. For a detailed explanation of everything the band can do, just head over to the iFit website. But, before you go, iFit wants to give one of you a chance to win an iFit Active to try out for yourself!

ifit giveaway

The giveaway will end on November 7th and a winner will be announced the following day. Enter via the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, y’all! I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some much-deserved candy! Trick-or-treating ain’t easy, folks.