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New Computer, Good Fun

For the past 5 months this little blog has been quiet, not because I forgot about it but because my computer died. It has been rough. Alex would let me borrow his but I didn’t have the freedom of my own computer to load pictures, edit them, and spend the time to write posts. But, my new computer is finally here! I got the Yoga Pro 2. This thing is fancy schmancy. It can fold back on itself to act as a tablet, stand in tent mode, or be a regular computer. It is the same computer as Alex has and I use tent mode in the kitchen all the time. It ah-mazing. It was nice testing out the computer before getting it. Hopefully Alex doesn’t mind too much that I have the same computer as him!

Here is a quick update of things that have happened!

Christmas/Holiday Season. Yay for crown’s in our poppers this year


Mardi Gras in St Louis. So much fun! No pics because I was having too much fun taking pics with my friend Andy’s camera instead of my own

My first Chicago Blackhawks Game!


Went shopping with my favorite girls for bridesmaid dresses!


Played in downtown Chicago with one of my besties, congrats to her on her first big girl job!


Went cake tasting for the wedding! Yumm cake


Also, lots of good food made by me and eaten out. Many hours spent in the gym. I have a 10 miler planned at the end of May with my Dad. It will be his first big race. I’m pretty pumped for him. It’s been too cold to run outside, still in the low 40s, so there have been many miles clocked on the treadmill. I’ve been loving my Nia classes. For those who don’t know what that is-it is a sensory based movement/dance class that uses moves from latin dances, lyrical dance, tai chi, and more. It is great to dance it out once a week. Love it! I’ve been trying to squeeze in more weights and yoga to tone up but I tend to slack in these areas.

That is a lot of random in one go. I have a few recipes I want to share here on burgers n berries. Hopefully those will be coming shortly after this!
What has been new with you since I was last in the blog world?


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Starting the Weekend Off Right

Last night Dad and I headed to the gym before dinner. My plan included a 30 minutes run on the treadmill and some weights focusing on my arms. I ended up doing a 31 minutes run. Why? Sounded like a good number. Finished it off with a 5 minute walk because my legs were killing me. I did a total of 3.71 mi in 36 minutes. Not too shabby. I am slowly trying to increase my speed. I started the summer not able to run a full mile at 6.0 without walking and last night I ran between 6.3-6.5 for the entire 31 minutes, which I think averages out to right about a 9:31 pace. Feels good to make progress.

After my run, I headed down to the women’s weight room. I think I mentioned it before but I love that we have this at my gym. The men’s pit creeps me out a bit and I feel like I’m being judged. The women’s room was empty except for one woman using the machines. I grabbed some 7 lb weights and got to work. In all my workout looked something like this:

12 bicep curls straight into 12 standing overhead shoulder presses into 10 tricep kickbacks. Repeated for 3 rounds total

10 tricep overhead extensions x3

10 chest presses x3

10 seated rows with 37.5 pounds x3

10 Lat pulldowns with 37.5 pounds x2

20 tricep dips

When I finished I felt tired but good probably why my arms feel sore today. I still feel uncertain about what I am doing but I feel like this was a good start. I like to look at other bloggers fitness plans for ideas to make them fit my workout style. Anyone have a good arm workout that I should try? I’d love to get some input.


Im no good at selfies but this is my tired face after finishing that workout! Whew

Today, I started off with my exercises for the 2012 Closeout Workout Challenge hosted by Courtney of Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. The goal is to complete 2012 reps of any 2-5 exercises of your choice. I chose crunches, push-ups and squats for my three. I did 60 crunches (3 sets of 20) and 5 push-ups. This is where I realized how sore I was from last night! I could not move after 5 push-ups! So sad in a good way. During Zumba this morning I got in 60 squats bringing my total reps for the challenge today to 125.  Boy was Zumba hard this morning! My instructor added 3 new songs last week and they are hard and leave me breathing hard. Love it! My face was bright red and covered in sweat by the end of class. Great way to start my weekend off right!

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Back on Track

I don’t know about all of you but I definitely went the typical route this long Thanksgiving break and was lazy. I made it out on a run on Thursday morning and then proceeded to skip all planned workouts until today. It felt odd to not be active but it was hard to motivate myself to get to yoga today.

It felt good to get back into yoga. This is the first time I have been able to make the Monday morning class at my gym since I started work. We had a sub and, though class started off very slowly, it ended up being a good strength and stretch day. My arms are already feeling sore from those yogi push-ups and down dogs.

(picture courtesy of google and the website yoga journal) I have no pictures of me from yoga  and I feel bad leaving you with a post with no pictures.

I set a goal for myself this week of exercising 5 days this week. I am one day down, at least 4 to go. The rest of my week will hopefully look like this:

Tuesday-Zumba, Wednesday-Tap, Thursday- 3 mi run + restorative yoga, Friday-rest or maybe 5 miles if I am feeling good and Saturday-Zumba.

I still need to start incorporating strength into my rotation. I will admit that lifting intimidates me even with a women’s weight room in my gym. I am thinking of looking into the book “New Rules of Lifting for Women” for inspiration. Anyone used this book and think it is worth the money? I’d love to hear advice if any one has some about getting into lifting/strength training and liking it.

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My Life in Exercise

Hello again. So I mentioned that this will be a blog about finding my balance between food, fitness and fun. Today I am focusing on the exercise portion of the blog. I should mention that as a recent graduate from college I’m a little low on cash and my parents, being the wonderful people they are, let me live back at home. While I job searched and waited for my license for Illinois to come through, I had a lot of time to focus on my fitness. I am hoping that as I start work I am able to keep up my exercise as it is now. A perk of living at home, other than cooking on mom and dad’s food budget, is having access to our fitness club that we have been members at since 1999! They have a wide variety of fitness classes every day of the week. They also have plenty of cardio machines for me to utilize along with two weight rooms, one of which is for women only! No grunting men to freak me out and keep me from doing my own workouts.

Anyways current my fitness schedule looks like this:

Monday- Flow Yoga at 11:25. This is the one class I am sure I will have to drop due to work because it is in the morning and I will be working. Super sad about stopping this class, but I know I won’t be working every Monday and will fit it in when I can.

Tuesday- Zumba! This is my favorite right now. My instructor is amazing and has so much energy. There are about 8 regulars. It’s so great to have a constant in life and this group class is mine. Love love love it.

Wednesday- Tap! This is my fun and different class. I am in an intermediate/advanced class at my dance studio. I used to take the advanced class at this studio back in high school but my skill and technique slipped in my 5 years off. My sister takes this class with me and makes it so much better because all the rest of the girls in the class are at least 8 years younger than me! My teacher, Jay, loves to point out how old we are. Don’t worry we don’t mind too much because it’s Jay and he is the BEST tap teacher out there. Seriously, I would not have restarted tap if Jay wasn’t still there teaching.

Thursday- I consider Thursday my active rest days. I do a mile warm-up then take a 1 hour restorative yoga class. It is a great grounding experience that helps me settle down from me week and gives me some well “me” time.

Fridays- I usually use Fridays as a running day. This will probably change some due to work and may turn into strength days with either a body pump/power class or weight day.

Saturday- Another Zumba class! I don’t always make this one like I do with my Tuesday class but it’s the same teacher. She just recently took over this class so its relatively new to my schedule. It’s fun to get this awesome type of exercise in twice a week.

Sundays-Off or a short run. This really depends on how I am feeling. Some Sundays I just want to sit and watch my Bears play while other Sundays I just need to run and move around.

There it is. My week in fitness. I try to get a variety of different types in and am hoping to add a spin class in one of the days. Switching it up is important for me because I can get bored doing the same routine over and over. But, right now I am happy with what I do. Also, sorry for the lack of photos. I tend to not bring my phone with me to my gym and therefore don’t have many pictures. Something I can work on.

Whats your typical week look like for fitness? Do you have a schedule filled with classes or are you more of a work alone kind of person?

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