Posts Tagged ‘Workouts’

Hi Friends!

Ahhh, Saturday!  I’ve been waiting for this all week!  😉  There’s a lot on the agenda today, as we’re trying to get the house back into tip-top shape.  That’s ok, we have a fun dinner with friends planned for this evening that we can look forward to.  We just have to get all of our work done before then.  It’s always nice to have something to look forward to.

My body was exhausted from this past week.  I so could have stayed in bed for another hour or two, but I knew that if I didn’t get up when I did my workout would never happen.  So, I dragged myself out of bed and hopped into my workout clothes.  Then, made Rob a little breakfast in bed before I got my sweat on.


He’s  lucky guy, no?  😉

Once Rob was settled in with his breakfast in bed, I “pushed play” for some Insanity Pure Cardio.  There are times I’m breathing so hard that I feel like my heart might come out of my chest or I want to wring Shawn T’s neck for torturing me (can you love and hate someone at the same time?), but I keep reminding myself that beach weather is right around the corner.

NOW is the time to burn that fat and get my body into the best shape it’s ever been.  I don’t want to be scrambling a week or two before we put the boat into the water.  I want to already be confident in my skin by then, with my only worry being which bikini to choose from. 🙂

So, I worked my tush off and came up with a nice burn!


Now, it’s time to get to all of that house work, but I’m glad that my workout is behind me and I don’t have to worry about when I’ll fit it in or be frustrated with myself that it just never happened.  Did you get your sweat on today?

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Hi Friends!

How has your day been treating you so far?  Mine started with a sweaty Insanity workout.


Followed by a mad dash to get out of the house.  I woke up later than I had originally intended, but nothing was getting in the way of me and my workout. NOTHING!

Even Rob couldn’t pull me away.  Normally, I follow him like a puppy as he’s getting ready to leave the house. I mean, he can’t leave without his hundred or so kisses and goodbyes, can he? I stand at the door and wave until he has pulled away and is completely embarrassed. 😉  Today, I was only about 10 minutes into my workout as he was getting ready to leave.  I received my kiss while performing power squats.

Power Squats

Hey, ya gotta keep things interesting, right?

I made it to work in record time and then devoured breakfast at my desk.


That would be natural almond butter spread on some high fiber whole wheat toast, fat-free Chobani and a banana. YUM!

Chobani agreed that my breakfast was tasty. 🙂


An unpictured snack of blueberries and almonds might have been consumed & now I’m covering the reception desk until the next shift change (our receptionist is out sick today so the admins take shifts at the front desk for the day to help cover).

Ok, time to run before I have to leave this computer.  Have a great day!


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Hi Guys!

Well, I’m breaking out of my comfort zone and going to a kickboxing class tonight….ALONE. Can I just say that I’m SCARED? Sure am! I’m doing it though and not going to let anything get in my way. It’s time for some changes! 


I tried to get a friend to come with me tonight, but she was unable to commit and my sister won’t be able to join me until Saturday.  The old Kim would have set the challenge aside and waited until someone could go to class with her, but I really want to prove to myself that I can do it on my own.  I’m tired of not reaching my goals because of fears that hold me back!  So, I bought a small package of sessions, just to see if I’d actually like it, and made an appointment with the instructor tonight before class. They have a short meeting with every new member, which I think is great.  I know I’m not the only Nervous Nelly walking through their doors for the first time. 😉


This isn’t like hot yoga, where I went alone but was pretty much able to hide and keep to myself in the back corner of the room.  There is no escaping being seen here.  What scares me the most is making a mistake and looking silly in front of people.  It’s fears like this that have held me back in life.  No more! 

I can’t expect the magic to happen if I don’t step outside of my comfort zone, right?


Once I’m comfortable with myself in class people better look out!  Something about me that most people don’t know is that I’m COMPETITIVE. People sometimes wonder where this shy little thing came from when I put my determination full force.  They say it’s the quiet ones, right?  Gotta keep people on their toes, folks.  Haha.  😉

I figured I would make my appointment for tonight so that I couldn’t chicken out.  The longer I let things sit the more likely they will fade to the back of my mind or I come up with excuses as to why I can’t do X, Y or Z.  I spoke with the front desk person mid-morning and told her that I’ll be there 20 minutes before class tonight. I’ll give my sister a full report and if all goes well I’ll have a Saturday morning kickboxing buddy!  Yay!!  I think it would be a fun routine to start with each other. I foresee many breakfasts at the diner after our sweat sessions in the near future.  🙂

If I don’t write again by Friday, be worried.  Keep your fingers crossed that I survive.  I can use all the help I can get!

What’s something you’ve recently done to push yourself out of your comfort zone?


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Hi My Sweets!

How are you?  I hope that for those of you who were impacted by the storm things are getting back to normal.  Hang in there!  Things can only get better from here, right?  I’m thinking of you.

 I feel like I’m still in a bit of a daze by everything.  I missed Halloween and how is Thanksgiving already next week?!?! Seriously!!  Starbucks’ red cups all of a sudden appeared when our local Starbucks finally reopened.  I feel like I’ve missed a whole chunk of time that I’ll never get back. 

 I have a post in mind that I’d like to write about Sandy and her aftermath.  I’m hoping to get to it this weekend while I’m in CT visiting my mom.  Let me tell you… I.CAN’T.WAIT!!  Sometimes, the only thing that can make things better, or at least make me feel more at ease, is a hug from my mom.  I’m looking forward to grabbing coffee with her, treating her to a mani/pedi, going to our park together and curling up on the couch watching Lifetime together.  Oh, it is going to be a GLORIOUS weekend! 🙂

 My first day back to work was last Friday.  I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to go to work so badly in my life!  It’s given me a sense of normality and routine that I didn’t have for the two weeks after the storm.  My coworkers have been nothing less than wonderful during this stressful time, but I’ll get more into that in my upcoming Sandy post.  Let’s just say, this experience has restored my faith in people and has made me feel extremely loved.


This past Sunday was my first day back at the gym after the two week hiatus.  I was SO frustrated Sunday morning.  I marched my way to the gym to restart my C25K program.  As soon as I started running my endorphins started flowing and I felt a sense of power and positivity.  Working out to relieve stress is one of the absolutely best things you can do for yourself, both mentally and physically.  I was nervous because it was a whole new gym to me, since we are now displaced from our home and usual environment, but I got my tush in there and nothing else mattered once I was on the treadmill.  I allowed myself to forget about everything else and focused on my breathing and the music flowing from my earbuds.  Like going back to work, the gym gave me back another aspect of normality and routine in my life.

 Speaking of working out, tonight I’ll be trying Crossfit for the very first time with a coworker/friend of mine. 

I was supposed to go with her on Monday, but came down with some sort of bug that took me out of commission for the evening.  I’m ready today though.  I’m excited and nervous at the same time!  I’ll post an update for you on Friday.

So, just another normal day here at the office.  I welcome it!  I don’ t think you’ll hear me complaining about reports or being bogged down with work for a very long time.  I’m soaking it up now! 

In tragedy it’s amazing how your attitude about certain things changes.  You come to appreciate even the smallest things.  You realize that you are stronger than you ever thought you could be.

I can tell you that Thanksgiving will have a whole new meaning for me this year.  I’m not one who takes things for granted (at least knowingly), but this experience has definitely changed me for the better.

Time to get back to work.  Have a wonderful day!


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Hi Guys!

Another, dreary day here in NY.  It seems like the weather turned on us rather quickly.  Once it decided to make its change, the chill seemed to appear overnight.  The gloomy weather actually makes it seem not so bad to be sitting at work, because I don’t feel like I’m missing anything out on anything.  Obviously, I’d rather be home, bundled up under the covers reading. shopping online, or watching a movie, but a girl has to work, right? 😉

 Want to know the upside to having to work during the holiday yesterday?  No traffic!  I wish the roads could be like that every day!   Sometimes, I feel like I’ve driven through an obstacle course by the time I’ve made it to work and then back home.  Maybe it’s because I’m a CT girl living in a NY world.  The commute gets draining, but there aren’t any better options right now.

Anyway, I made it home lightning fast last night and hung out with Rob, joking around and talking about our day.  Yesterday was another rough one for me and I knew he was really putting the effort in to make me laugh.  He decided to treat me to takeout from my favorite restaurant where I always get the same dinner amongst the great variety of choices that they offer.  We then watched some tv and my eyelids quickly got heavy.  I think I totally drained myself with my bad mood yesterday.  I was out almost immediately when I finally headed to bed.  The next thing I knew it was morning.


Have you ever gotten into such a funk that you aren’t motivated to do anything?  That’s how I’m feeling right now.  I don’t know if it’s the weather lately, craziness at work or feeling out of control in general, but the depression is really wearing on me and I’m sure I’m not the only one it’s wearing on (poor Rob).  The lack of motivation has been impacting my workouts, even my beloved lifting! 

I was up at 5:30 AM this morning and totally should have gotten my tush to the gym.  I brought the garbage out to the curb, spoke with Rob as he was getting ready for work and then…..I went back under the covers. Not good!  I need to get back to my regular schedule and start to feel better about myself again.  I’ve NEVER walked out after a workout with regret, that’s for sure. 

Maybe the workouts will put me into a better mood.  I hope so!

The plan is to make it to the gym tomorrow morning.  Will you hold me to it?

Have a great day, my friends!


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Pushing Through It

Hi My Sweets!

Sorry it’s taking me so long to get back into the swing of things.  It’s a gorgeous day here in NY and I started it off right with a sweaty elliptical session followed by some intense weight lifting.  I LOVE feeling like I’ve conquered something before my day has really even started.  Sure, it stinks waking up at the crack of done, but nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment when you walk out of the gym just as others are waking up, knowing that you’ve pushed yourself for the better.

 I want to be truthful and let you know I’ve been an emotional mess lately.  I can’t quite put my finger on it.  It could totally be the passing of my grandmother, but I think that it’s something more.  I’m trying not to allow my sadness come through in my writing, but also want to let you know that if I don’t seem quite like myself it’s because….I’m not.  

Yesterday, Rob and I were driving to a baptism and I couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks on the ride to the church.  I was thankful that he didn’t notice during the ride, but I couldn’t hold back tears from flowing in the church.  Rob looked at me with concern, wanting to help, but I couldn’t give him a solid answer of what was wrong.

 I’ve been having some major eating issues lately.  The guilt of it all compacted with the fear of not fitting into my maid of honor dress in 3 short weeks has my mind in a messy state.  I WILL push through it!  I HAVE to!! 

 I knew that getting my workout in this morning would make me start to feel better….Strong!  IN CONTROL (of something)!  I WAS RIGHT!  I kicked my own tush into a better mood!

I decided to forgo listening to music as I pushed out 33 minutes on the elliptical.  Instead, I allowed myself to be inspired by some of Kelly Olexa’s vlogs on my iPhone.  Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

 Then, I rocked a shoulders, hamstrings & glutes workout!  ROCKED IT!!  I was a beast!  I walked out of the gym a sweaty mess and loved feeling that way.

 Now, I’m sitting at my desk, trying to concentrate.  My mind is barely here, but I must get some things done.  I’m sure my depressed state will disappear with time.  I just need to work through these issues and continue to push forward.  I promise to get back to my good ol’ cheerful self as soon as possible.

Hope you have a great day!


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Morning, My Sweets!

My alarm sounded at 6:30 am, this morning.  After hitting snooze a million times for half an hour, I hopped out of bed to get started with my day.  I wanted to make it to the gym before classes started.  By 8 am the gym is usually packed and that’s when this sweetheart starts getting annoyed.

I can be be on the shy/timid side, so as much as the gym feels like home to me I still won’t push my way to get what I want.  Usually, I’ll look around and feel an overwhelming sense of wanting to get out of there when it is overcrowded or I work a body part that I wasn’t intending to, because the area for those weights/machines is less packed.

I wasn’t going to allow that to happen today!

Some things might be out of our control, but there are often solutions to many more problems than not.  You just have to think things through and figure out what the best option for YOU is.  Today, that was me waking up early in order to get to the gym before the crowd.

It worked!

I started with 30 minutes of intervals on the treadmill.

My knees felt fine with two minutes of walking at a fast pace and then two minutes of running.  I haven’t been consistent with my workouts lately (you know, with the whole gym annoying me thing) and I could definitely feel that my conditioning isn’t what it once was. I’ll get it back!  Persistence & Consistency! 

I kicked that treadmills booty & it kicked mine right back!

Look at those shoulders though.  🙂

After hitting up some back and abs, I headed out to find it’s a glorious day.

I wish Rob was home so that we could go out and enjoy the beautiful weather on a bike ride or maybe even out on the boat!

I do have some Super Secret Visitors coming over today. The big reveal will have to be at a later date.  Sorry to be so secretive, but it’s with good reason.  You’ll understand when I let the cat out of the bag.  🙂

I promise to take pictures to share with you later.  Unlike the bad blogger that I was last night, when I met Toni for the first time.  We had so much fun that time flew and the only picture I took was an afterthought.

Do you believe it?!?!

Now, this chick had better get movin’, because my visitors are on their way and driving WAY faster than anticipated.  I need to shower and get ready before they ring the doorbell.

First, some post workout fuel must be consumed.

This was my second attempt at making a shake this morning.  I tried to make a green smoothie, but it turned out NASTY!  I went back to the drawing board and this deliciously-thick, strawberry shake was born.

My shake consisted of: 1 scoop Strawberry Protein Powder, 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries, 1/2 tsp Xantham Gum, 1/2 tsp Guar Gum (both to make it thicker), 1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, Ice Cubes & a Splash of Water

So thick it barely moved when turned sideways…


Ok, I really must get going before my guests find me in my sweaty state.

Make this Saturday a Super one!


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