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December 16, 2013
Hey guys! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Or rather, Christmas holidays? When you only have a three day work week, it’s pretty tough to stay engaged and focused. But with an 8-client-a-day workload for the next few days, the days fly and are nice and full, so I really can’t complain. I haven’t blogged much lately as I’ve been busy and haven’t had much to contribute to the interwebs.
We had a fun, full weekend which kicked off for me with a girls’ night. Just a few of us hanging out, nibbling on cheese and chatting about past travels, laughing at onesie PJ’s, doing ab exercises on the floor…you know, the usual. Friday night our friend, mentor and fellow filmmaker Aaron came up to visit form Washington and Mikey and he filmed for our new documentary. Mikey and Aaron make a great team and our friends have an incredible story to share, so the weekend was inspiring and meaningful on many levels. And I must say, I make a great gopher. I love being able to make meals (as haphazard as they were all weekend!), help load gear and watch the process unfold. Plus, I just got to connect with others all weekend which was very life-giving to me.
After church in the morning (all about peace – how timely and thought-provoking) and a full day of filming, Aaron, Mikey and I headed out to see “The Hobbit.” It.was.awesome! Much better than the first one, in my opinion (and having not read the book), and loved the non-stop action.
(photo courtesy of Aaron)
I also got a short but effective workout in Saturday morning, rested on Sunday and kicked it back into high gear today with an effective workout before Monday’s full load of clients. Here’s a glimpse at what I’ve been doing in my workouts:
Anyone else a kettle bell fan? There are SO many things you can do with them! Here’s a quick idea for a KB workout finisher (and check out my last post with more body weight exercise ideas in case you missed it):
What were you guys up to over the weekend? Any plans coming up this week? We are California-bound as of Thursday and can’t wait! I’m off to bed soon…have a great rest of your week and hopefully I’ll have more to blog about in between some fun long days ahead.
Oh! And two neat things happened in the last few days: it was mine and Mikey’s 6th wedding anniversary for starters! Happy anniversary and to many more adventures to a man I respect and love so deeply.
Also, I must give a shout-out to my cute, amiable, kind and sincere cousin, Carly Blue, on her birthday! Happy birthday to a girl I love!
Live well & be well!
October 22, 2013
(source) Hey guys! Cheers to you on a beautiful fall day in Calgary. We’ve been having some pretty awesome weather lately and I’m grateful for a few early morning walks, comfortable bike rides home and sunshine during the day, even if I’m inside most often. I realized it’s been a while since I shared a bit about my workouts and wanted to share a good one with you as well as update you on how my own times in the gym have been going.
First of all, I mentioned morning walks. My runs have been far and few between lately – a few HIIT session (20 minutes and that’s it!) here and there, but mainly I’ve either been enjoying some brisk walks or not doing much cardio in the form of running at all. Since my marathon, I’ve only actually been on a handful of runs, so this isn’t new, but part of me misses fall running. Another part of me doesn’t miss it at all and I can’t imagine lacing up for a run… But there’s something about long, Saturday runs that I miss; maybe this weekend?
In the meantime, I’ve been sticking with (and enjoying!) my T-Nation KB challenge. I missed a few days here and there because of being in Manitoba but wasn’t doing the challenge in a super strict way – more for the experience of sticking with something and (hopefully) seeing change from the consistency. I’ve decided to keep going through to the end of October before we go to Boston (more on that in another post!) where my workouts will probably be a bit more sparse. My friend Jaime first turned me on to this challenge and I know my mom and reader Leigh are doing it too; anyone else swinging kbs until their forearms feel like falling off out there too?!
I’ve seen some good changes in my glutes (they’re more “up!”) and feel like I’ve leaned out from this challenge. It only take me about 20 minutes now to complete a workout, but I’m loving it! I don’t do much more than this save for the days I teach class or add in some double unders for practice. Here’s what it’s supposed to do for you(from the above link):
• This program will test your grit while at the same time making you an all-around better athlete and high-performance machine.
• Every person who has completed this 20 workout plan has increased lean muscle mass while dropping body fat.
…both sound good to me! I haven’t talked about it much, so here’s the breakdown of what each workout (roughly) looks like:
So…it’s a pretty well-rounded program that you can adjust to fit your needs! I hope you find it helpful, but if KB swings aren’t your thing (and why are they not yet?! ), then here’s something else you can do:
Here are a few links to a few of the exercises you might not know off-hand:
Let me know if you give it a shot! Also, I’d love to hear about how YOUR workouts are going. Doing any challenges? Enjoying some good consistency in your life workout-wise? I’d love to hear in the comments.
Have a great day, guys! Keep listening to your body, knowing when to rest and when to push, and moving so that you’re able to live better! Live well & be well,