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Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Circuit Workouts, Smoothies | 11 comments

Medicine Ball Circuit + Cheesecake Smoothie

Hello Hello! Today has flown by! I was so busy at work I didn’t even have time to look at the clock. I guess that’s a good thing, right?

This morning began with a workout on my back porch and this piece of equipment was the star of the show…

Medicine ball


I did a 30 minute circuit workout that incorporated a lot of exercises with the medicine ball. I’m not sure if it was the heat and humidity or the intensity of my workout, but I was a sweaty mess by the time I finished!

Weighted medicine balls are some of my favorite pieces of at-home workout equipment. They are easy to store (in a closet, under a bed, etc.) and very functional. For today’s workout, I used a 10 pound medicine ball for the exercises notated with an asterisk below. You may need to use a heavier/lighter medicine ball depending on your fitness level and goals. I also used my new TRX equipment and a set of 10 pound free weights for a few of the exercises.

Medicine Ball Workout


Here are links to a few of the exercises, just in case you’ve never heard of them before.

If you have questions about any of the exercises that good ole’ Google can’t answer, please don’t hesitate to comment and ask or e-mail me at

After my workout and a shower, I was ready to get creative in the kitchen and make breakfast. I picked up a cheesecake flavored Jello packet at the grocery store Sunday on a whim and decided to put a little bit in my smoothie this morning.

Jello Cheesecake

This is one of the best decisions I’ve made in 2013.  My smoothie tasted like a dessert. Enough said. I threw the following into the blender…

  • Almond Milk
  • Handful of Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Tablespoon Cheesecake Jello Powder
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder

I mixed all that up and poured it into a cup to drink on my way to work. It was gone before I pulled out of my neighborhood. I basically drank it in 1 big slurp.

cheesecake smoothie

So stinkin’ good! Cheesecake flavor Jello. Buy it. Put it in your smoothie. Thank me later.

Now, I need your help! I won an iTunes gift card Saturday via Kate’s blog, Quarter Century Southern Living. Kate is one of my favorite bloggers and she also happens to have one of the cutest dogs on the planet. Seriously – I want to take Ob to Texas for a puppy play date with Nola…and then take Nola home with me. And maybe leave Ob for Kate. 75% Kidding.

Anyways, I never win anything so I’m crazy excited to use my gift card! I’m going on 82 years old and I live under a rock so I have no clue what the kids are listening to these days. I listen to country, Michael Buble and Hanson during most of my runs. This is where you come in!

Tell me! What songs do you love to run to? What’s your power song when you workout? What song do I have to download to my iPod for Saturday’s Half Marathon? 

Make it Stop!


Can’t wait to hear the songs you suggest!

1 workday down…4 to go…and on that slightly depressing note…Goodnight, friends! 🙂


  1. Hands down my favorite workout song has to be “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera! 😀

  2. First things first, that smoothie looks amazing! I have to try it!

    Thanks for the shout out 🙂 I love ‘I Knew you Were Trouble’ by Taylor Swift. In fact, if it comes on in the car, I will not get out until it is over. You’re going to do great!!
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    • Kate – you’re my long lost bff! I love Taylor Swift!

      Let me know if you try the smoothie! I hope you like it as much as I did!
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  3. Girl I wish I could suggest some songs for you, but I actually don’t listen to music when I run. I find it to be quite distracting… crazy right??!! Ha

    && I can’t lie, I skipped the whole first part of this post at first just to see this smoothie recipe 🙂
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    • Jessie – I wish I had the mental toughness to run without music! I can’t stand the sound of my breathing and my feet hitting the pavement! Good for you for being so mentally focused!

      I hope you enjoy the smoothie if you make it! 🙂
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  4. A few of my recent downloads: 50 ways to say Goodbye – Train, Everybody talks – Neon Trees, Want U back – Cher Llody, and Whistle – Flo Rida. 🙂
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  5. my music is allll over the place! my pandora stations are bob segar, CCR, bob dylan, van morrison, the beach boys… but then today i was running to the Broken City soundtrack (coming out this friday w/mark whalberg – looks *so* good!) – “Flower” by Moby and “Power” by Kayne West, so go figure lol ..for some reason i like “Baby Hold Onto Me” by Eddie Money when I’m running too and “Bad Case of Loving You” (i warned you my playlists are random lol)… 369 by B.o.B. is another good one and “Right Back Where We Started From” by Maxine Nightingale.. i swear i’m still in my 20s, by iTunes account just doesn’t know it lol
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    • I wish we lived closer, Brooke! I have a feeling we would be the best of friends! I thought the same thing when I was reading your blog!

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