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Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in At Home Workouts, Circuit Workouts, Running | 2 comments

My {Current} Workout Schedule


I go through fitness phases. Sometimes I train for half marathons, so long distance running consumes most of my workouts. After I had Atlas, I worked with a running coach to get faster, so I didn’t run as far, but I trained super hard (intervals + hills + intervals on hills) and definitely got faster (typing that out and thinking about that makes me want to do that again, actually). After I had Andi Rose, I did the 21 Day Fix and stuck to that plan pretty religiously.

I’m currently in a gym phase. I like going to the gym. Or maybe I just like dropping my babies off in child watch for an hour in the mornings? Hard to tell. But either way, I tend to prefer gym workouts these days. I like using the stair master, the treadmill and equipment like free weights, bosu balls and resistance bands.



I thought today I would share my weekly workout schedule. Now, this definitely changes and some weeks are more intense than others and I push myself harder somedays and then other days I sort of float through my exercise routine. But, this is normally my game plan going into each week!


  • Monday: Cardio! I like starting the week out with a good cardio session, especially since I usually eat too much pizza/donuts/cake/wine on the weekends. This day usually includes a 5 mile run OR the 21 Day fix total body cardio + a 3 mile run OR a ridiculous amount of plyometrics (if I’m really feeling like workin’ it).
  • Tuesday: Upper body + 20-ish minutes of cardio (usually on the stairmaster)
  • Wednesday: Lower body OR plyometrics + a 3 or 4 mile run (sometimes – sometimes I do a lot of plyometrics and I’m done after that)
  • Thursday: Usually a run with Ob OR pilates OR sometimes both if I’m feeling particularly ambitious
  • Friday: Usually my ‘freebie’ day and I do whatever I’m feeling…a run or a 21 Day fix workout…or I make up my own workout at the gym…or I just get on the step mill and zone out to a bunch of make-up tutorials on youtube…
  • Saturday: Usually I do the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme Dirty 30 workout. But sometimes I skip that all together and opt for just being outside and active with my family.
  • Sunday: Almost always a rest day for me. However, if I skip out on Saturday or miss a day during the week (which happens frequently because stuff comes up with 2 babies at home), I like to squeeze in a run with Ob on Sunday mornings before church.


I usually round out 1 or 2 of my workouts during the week with some ab exercises…but I tend to do that whenever I’m in the mood for it. Perhaps that’s why you don’t see a lot of ab definition in these photos?

Active Wear

Outfit details:

  • Zella Sports Bra  (I own this in 2 colors and LOVE it. It has a boho vibe to it that I adore.)
  • Shorts (These are on sale for 1 more week through the #Nsale and so comfortable. I love the thick waistband and the material is super light. I do think they run a little big though, so you may want to consider sizing down if you buy a pair.)
  • Nike Shoes (Also part of #nsale – my exact pair are sold out in most sizes already, but they may be restocked later. They have a mint color available in all sizes though that is really pretty. Also, I don’t run in these. I’m still loyal to Mizunos, but these are great for cross training and walking the dogs.)
  • Garmin (I know everybody has an Apple watch or Fitbit these days, but I’m still doing life with my good ole’ Garmin. We’ve put in a lot of miles together so I’m not ready to part with it.)

What about you? Do you have a strict workout schedule you follow? How long do you workout each day? I rarely workout longer than an hour and there are still lots of days where I only exercise for 30 minutes…but I believe if you push yourself hard, then 30 minutes if plenty of time! 🙂

Typing this post out seriously has me itching to get back into a running groove though. Might be just what the dr ordered come fall when the temperatures start dropping! I’m a cold weather runner all the way!

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in At Home Workouts, Circuit Workouts | 1 comment

Workout Wednesday


The other day I was at the gym running on the treadmill and after 3.5 miles I decided I wasn’t feeling it. I hopped off the machine and looked around the gym hoping some other form of exercise would call to me because I wasn’t ready to head home just yet. I was feeling scatter brained and I needed a workout to match my mood.

I ended up completing the below circuit 2 times through for an additional 10 minutes of heart pumping cardio and I really enjoyed it.

Quick Workout

The 10 minutes went by super fast and the challenging exercises helped me feel like I got a good ‘final burn’ in before I called it a day at the gym.

If you’re looking for a quick 10 minute circuit (or even 5 minutes, if you just want to complete it once) to tack onto the end of a run or workout, I recommend giving this one a try.

I’m calling this ‘Workout Wednesday.’ Can this be a thing? Perhaps this ‘Workout Wednesday’ will be a new tradition on CnC…you know, because I’m a big fan of alliteration. And because it could be fun to share 1 workout we all are loving!

P.S. If you like this workout and want to try it later, be sure to save it to Pinterest. You can do it now by clicking on the photo of the circuit. You know what they say…sharing is the happy way! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the CnC love, ya’ll. ♥

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Circuit Workouts | 2 comments

Bikini Bottom Workout

I’ve been meaning to share this workout on the blog for a few weeks now. I almost titled it, “The Last Workout” because it was the last workout I did before having my exercise routine restricted for the sake of this pregnancy. But “The Last Workout” just sounds sort of ominous, doesn’t it?

Bikini_Bottom_CircuitI can’t wait until I’m able to really push my body again. I’ll be revisiting this circuit in hopes of toning up fast, once this chick I’m carrying hatches. It is a killer on the booty…hence, the bikini bottom name. If you’re searching for exercises to make those bikini bottoms fit just right for summer, I definitely suggest giving this one a go. Those surrender squats are no joke.

Here are some links to a few of the exercises, in case you’re unfamiliar with them.

After taking almost a month to rest, I’m feeling much better and I have started walking and doing some (very) light exercises this week. I miss running, but I’ll be grateful if I can continue with long walks for the last 13(ish) weeks of this pregnancy! 3rd trimester, here we come!

Oh, and if you need motivation to complete the above workout, buy some cupcakes from Baked by Melissa.  They are the most adorable little cupcakes you’ve ever seen and because they are bite size, you can eat 24 of them and it only counts as like 2 cupcakes. Dave brought home 2 boxes for me on Wednesday night. Don’t ask me how many are left. Also, they ship nationwide. You’re welcome.



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Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Circuit Workouts, Ob, Running | 19 comments

Make Good Choices

Every time I leave the house, I say the same thing to Ob & Marley. I always say, “We will be right back! Make good choices!” ←Read in that lovey dovey voice annoying people (like me) talk to dogs in. It is a weird habit I developed when we used to leave our house unsure of whether or not we would return to total destruction, compliments of Ob.

IMG_0959Me telling the dogs to make good choices started as a joke, but it just sort of stuck. Thankfully, we haven’t lost any pillows in quite some time and I never worry about Ob destroying the house while we’re gone now (*knock on wood*) but I still tell them to make good choices every time we leave.

The point of that story isn’t to give you another example of how weird I truly am, but to tell you that I had to take my own advice this morning.

I slept through my alarm and I woke up super bummed about it. I had big plans to tackle a 5 mile run this morning before Dave left for work. I really wanted to get in some good mileage outside before we get smacked with another Polar Vortex that is going to cause temperatures to drop into the single digits again this week. I knew it would most likely be my only run outside until this weekend when temperatures warm back up…and by ‘warm back up’ I mean ‘get back into the 30s.’ And to make matters slightly more complicated, Atlas has been fighting some congestion. His congestion isn’t anything serious (praise the Lord), but I don’t feel comfortable taking him to childwatch at the Y because 1) I don’t want him getting sicker and 2) I think it is inconsiderate to put other people’s children at risk of a cold. (Fun fact: It is a serious pet peeve of mine when people bring their kids to the gym, knowing their kids are sick, just so they can get their workout in. It is rude, inconsiderate and selfish. And that’s how I feel about that…in case you ever wanted to know.) So, a treadmill run was out for the day.

So, long story short I made the decision to walk the dogs with the 1 hour I had before Dave had to leave for work. I knew this was the right choice because Atlas didn’t need to be out in the cold with the dogs later and the dogs needed exercise before the bitter cold struck again.

I was even more bummed when I walked outside with Ob & Marley and realized it was actually a very pretty morning.

ImageOkay, so it wasn’t beautiful weather. But, it was sunny and temperatures were in the high 30s, which is perfectly acceptable running weather to me.

The dogs played and had a blast, but by the time we got home I was fighting back tears. Yes, I was crying over missing a run. Let’s just go ahead and blame that on those hormones (how old does Atlas have to be before that no longer is a valid excuse?). My runs right now aren’t about losing weight, training for a PR or even getting back in shape (although, I do hope all those things happen). My runs are more about alone time…sanity…quiet time…releasing some endorphins…gaining energy, etc. And I felt like I missed my one shot for all that for the week. How’s that for being overly dramatic?

Dave hugged me before he left, knowing I was on the verge of bursting into the ugly cry and said, “Don’t let this ruin your day.” That’s when I realized I had a choice to make.

I could let 1 missed run ruin my day or I could put on a happy face, make the most of the day and choose joy. I chose the latter, and it was a good choice.

I also chose to do a circuit workout from the Nike Training Club app. ← Good choice.

Image 1I chose to spend some time reading my Bible. ← Good choice.

I chose to enjoy a healthy lunch (veggie burger topped with avocado, ketchup & mustard and a side of mashed sweet potatoes). ← Good choice. Ugly picture, but good choice.

Image 3I also chose to order truffles from Momofuku’s. ← Great choice.

The moral of this story is 3 fold.

  1. I need to take my own advice more often.
  2. Happiness is a choice. Life is never going to go exactly how you hope and plan, but you choose how you respond to the curveballs. One of my favorite quotes is “Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape.”
  3.  Momofuku’s b’day cake truffles make all things better.

So, next time your day doesn’t go as planned, I challenge you to make the choice to be flexible, be happy and make the most of what you have to work with.

And by the way…missing 1 run isn’t worth crying over…keep it into perspective. But seriously, if I miss running outside this weekend I will probably cry a river. It’s those dang hormones, I tell you.

And in all fairness, it isn’t that hard to choose joy when this little guy is around.

Image 4I’m not even going to pretend like that was a tactful way to include a picture of Atlas. I just wanted a picture of him in this post because I think he is awesome and I felt like I needed some way to tie it in. I’m a new mom  – cut me some slack (Seriously – how old does Atlas have to be before that is no longer a valid excuse?).


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Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Circuit Workouts, Healthy Dishes | 10 comments

Les Mills GRIT

This is the posture of someone who was humbled by their workout.

GRITI made it to the demo of Les Mills GRIT at our YMCA this morning and it kicked my butt in the best way.

I’ve been a big fan of Body Pump for years (another Les Mills group exercise class), but up until today I had never tried GRIT. Dave swore to me that I would love GRIT and that it was ‘my style’ of workout and he wasn’t lying. I absolutely loved the class! It is 30 minutes of high intensity training and it is more of a bootcamp style workout, making it not nearly as choreographed as other Les Mills classes. It felt more like a group personal training session.

There are 3 versions of GRIT: strength, cardio and plyo. I’m told cardio is the toughest, but I did the plyo class today and I can’t imagine it getting more difficult.

GRIT PLYO is exactly what is sounds like…a ton of jumping.


It reminded me of my high school days playing volleyball and running cross country (except I’m not nearly as agile or fit as I was when I was 16 and I didn’t eat an oatmeal cream pie 10 minutes before the workout). Everyone was cheering for each other, so there was a sense of camaraderie in the room. The energy level was nothing short of infectious and the exercises were geared towards athletes (making you run faster, making you jump higher, etc). It was amazing in the ‘my legs can’t handle another jump squat’ kind of way. I began sweating in the warm up before we ever started the various rounds of exercises. Les Mills definitely makes the most of that 30 minutes. It was filled with jump lunges, weighted jump squats, mountain climbers, lateral jumps, broad jumps and more. By the time we finished on the floor with an ab workout, I was done.

If you ever get a chance to take a GRIT class, I highly recommend it. Les Mills instructors are some of the best out there so I’m confident no matter where you take a GRIT class, you’ll have a good experience. Those teachers are legit.

I worked up a serious appetite in those 30 minutes so I immediately came home and made a salad, which I ate with 1 hand while using the other to hold Atlas.

IMG_4424In the salad went spinach leaves, an apple, half a pepper, a cucumber, some blue cheese and some balsamic dressing. I wolfed it down and then ate a Reese’s peanut butter cup. That obviously didn’t get photographed…the truly delicious things never do.

Now, I’m off to go play with my little mister.

IMG_4421I have a ton of errands to run (I’m totally out of almost every hair product I use – this would never have happened to me pre-baby) but it is just too dang cold to go outside with Atlas. I’m thinking I’ll have to deal with greasy/knotty/frizzy hair for another day or 2. #momlife.



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Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in At Home Workouts, Circuit Workouts, Running | 26 comments

The 500 Workout

Guess who ran 7 miles this morning? Just kidding. (That joke would only be funny if you read this post.)

I actually ran 3.5 miles with Ob this morning, but I was happy with that. I averaged an 8:20 pace, which is a new postpartum record for me.


I can’t take all the credit. The boys of One Direction helped push me and Ob helped pull me.

1directionI know…it is pathetic that I’m as close as I am to 30 years old and still listening to boy bands. I can’t help myself. The pop tunes just motivate me to move.

I always usually prefer running farther than 3 or 4 miles (5 miles seems to be my ‘magic number’), but I’m still learning to balance quality time with Dave, precious sleep, walking the pups and taking care of Atlas. Sometimes I am not able to run as far as I want due to time constraints and other obligations that are just more important. However, this morning I made the most of the 30 minutes I had to exercise and pushed myself and it paid off. I finished feeling accomplished and ready to tackle the day!

I was pretty sore at the start of my run today because yesterday I completed this workout.

500WorkoutI dubbed it the ‘500 workout’ because I ended up completing 500 reps of various exercises. At least, I think I did. I double checked the math on it twice…but my math skills aren’t the best, especially when done without the assistance of a calculator. If you complete this workout and realize it is only 475 reps, please don’t e-mail me and tell me. Just let me believe I crushed 500 reps. Thanks.

If you want a serious challenge, do it twice and then call it the “1,000 workout.” I wasn’t up for all that though. I rounded out the workout with some supersets, which included drop squats, cross back lunges, plank rows and upright rows. Then I immediately ate 3 pieces of pizza crust from the pizza Dave ordered. How’s that for recovery fuel?

I also polished off a bag of these. Have you guys tried these before?

Brookside CandyMy sister gave me a bag to try when I was visiting her in Atlanta. Again, I was all like, “nah, I don’t like dark chocolate” and then I tried one and proceeded to eat 3 bags myself. Perhaps my taste buds have matured and I do like dark chocolate now? I’m not sure they are all that healthy, despite the fruit on the bag…but they’re delicious so try them anyways.

Atlas and I have big plans today. We are going to make buffalo quinoa burgers for dinner, play outside with the dogs before temps drop below freezing again (bummer), read some books and practice putting our hands into our mouth (that last one is more Atlas – I’ve got pretty good hand-to-mouth coordination…hence the empty bag of dark chocolate pomegranate candy featured above).



What is your ‘magic number’ when it comes to running? I.e. the miles you need to run to feel like you truly got in a gooood workout. Please don’t comment with something like ’15’ because that will just make the rest of us feel bad. 😉 

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