Happy Saturday and almost Memorial Day! I hope y’all have fun plans for the weekend.
We’ve been crazy, crazy, crazy lately! I don’t know about all you other moms out there, but don’t you think the end of the school year is insane??? It’s a lot of fun, but I think we’re all ready for SUMMER to begin!!!
I went on a couple field trips with my kid’s classes this week….
I went to the zoo with my kindergartner…
Hogle Zoo is a wonderful zoo and I used to love going there as a kid! One of the only things remaining there from my childhood is this lion drinking fountain….so I had to take a pic!
It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I could go! I’m always happy when teachers allow “younger siblings” on field trips because it seems like we always have “younger siblings” kickin’ around here, lol!
My cutie pie 8 year old also earned his Bobcat award at Cub Scouts this week. I had to laugh when I saw these two pictures…
He and I are doing the exact same facial expression!!! I didn’t even know I made that face, lol!!! Now I know. Like mother, like son.
My sister also sent me this random text this week…
A small local company used a picture of ME on their Instagram!??! I think that’s very weird. I’m actually surprised they even used that pic because it’s a little blurry, poor lighting and my (then) 5 year old took the picture! Ha ha. It just doesn’t strike me as a “desirable picture” that someone would want to use for marketing. Bwahahaha!
I’m also not a huge fan of people just taking the liberty to use my pics, especially pictures of me and/or my family. I always put my blog name on all my pics for this exact reason. I’ve had companies contact me to get my permission to use pictures or they will mention me/my blog on the picture and I’m just fine with that. It just feels weird to see myself on a random Instagram feed, apparently promoting a company that I’ve never even heard of. I’ll probably shoot them an email and voice my concerns. Hee hee.
Oh, and in case any of you are wondering, that picture was from a post I did a couple years ago. I was barely pregnant with baby #6 and feeling very very blah. Here’s a link if you’re interested, http://www.happybeinghealthy.com/easy-food-a-killer-upper-body-and-cardio-workout
Anyway, moving on….
If you read my last post, you know that Kev started a healthy diet thing a couple weeks ago and wanted me to do it with him! I’ve kinda sorta been doing it with him, but I haven’t been 100% on board. I’ve really just been focusing on counting my macros and eating a sensible diet. It’s been great. I’ve been loosening up a little on the weekends, but I’m still being mindful. So far, so good. It’s actually just perfect for me right now.
I recently realized that I really needed to kick up my workouts! I’ve been slacking a bit the past few weeks. Ya know, I’m a huge believer in nutrition and healthy eating. I’ve read many times that overall health is really 80% diet and 20% exercise (some claim 90%/10%!) I believe it! I know that the foods we put in our mouths have a very significant and direct impact on our bodies, energy level and overall health. I know that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet!
Soooo, too often I don’t put enough emphasis on the whole workout part of healthy living. I usually eat a pretty healthy diet and I know that if I were more consistent with my workouts, I’d love the results. Soooo, that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do!
I’ve been working out from home a lot lately and I really just don’t love working out from home! It’s certainly not as interesting or motivating as going to the gym or working out with other people. There are also soooo many distractions at home and it’s just too easy for me to put off my workouts or skip them altogether!
However, at this stage in my life it’s just easier for me to workout from home. I’ve been trying to get back to some of my favorite classes at the gym, but it seems like we’ve had a lot of conflicts the past couple weeks that haven’t allowed me to get there! I’m hoping summer will be simpler so I can get to my classes. 🙂
Even though I don’t love working out from home, I HAVE been getting some killer workouts in. I’ve really been loving HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts soooooo much lately. I’ve been integrating it into my runs, especially on the treadmill. Whenever I run on the treadmill, I love to start out with a 5 minute warm up and then I alternate between sprinting (usually 8-9 MPH), walking (4 MPH) and then just easy running for a bit (6-7 MPH.) It’s just perfect for me and keeps me from going crazy.
Kev and I also went on a run this week and made it a “Fartlek run,” which is essentially HIIT training. We ran a normal pace for 3ish minutes, then sprinted for one minute and then walked one minute. It was fun and made the run go by much faster.
I’ve really been enjoying running lately, although my foot has been starting to hurt me a little the past couple weeks. It doesn’t seem to be getting worse (fingers crossed), so I’ve just been stretching/massaging/strengthening the crap outta it in an effort to get it better!
I’ve taken a couple running pics lately that I thought I’d share!
I don’t run with my doggie too often because he’s an emotional runner! He loooooves to run with me, but he’s afraid of everything so sometimes he just decides he’s DONE running. It’s great fun, especially when I’m miles away from home. Soooo, lately I’ve just been taking him on very short runs and he loves it.
I took that pic on the treadmill today. I ended up running 5 miles and working lower body. I usually don’t work lower body on the days that I run, but I decided to do it today! Sooo, I ran 1-2 miles, then I did a bunch of different squats with weights (pulses, static holds too.) Then I ran 1-2 miles and then did a bunch of sumo squat stuff (pulses, static holds, one heel up.) After I finished the 5 miles, I ended with a bunch of lunges (walking lunges, leg up in the back, pulses, etc.) and then did a few moves with the resistance band. It was great and I’m thoroughly worn out.
I’ve been doing some other workouts this week that I thought I’d share. I came up with a fun HIIT workout that I loved. I’m planning on doing it again next week!
I think it’s pretty self explanatory; you just do 6 circuits. You do an exercise for 30 seconds, rest 10 seconds, then move to the next exercise in the circuit. You complete each circuit 3 times and rest one minute between circuits. Oh and if you’re not familiar with any of these moves, you can just Google it and you’ll see a bunch of pictures/videos to help!
I loved this workout! It wasn’t boring at all and was actually kind of fun. I used an interval timer on my phone that I found on You Tube (30 seconds on, 10 seconds rest.) It was perfect. I’m sure there are a bunch of apps out there too.
I also did an awesome upper body workout this week that I loved! I’m planning on doing it next week too! I followed a style that Kev’s friend’s Personal Trainer recommended.
For each move, you do:
- 12 reps (50% max weight)
- 10 reps (60-70% max weight)
- 8 reps (70-80% max weight)
- 6 reps (as heavy as you can!)
- 12 reps (70% max weight)
I chose 3-4 different moves for each muscle group.
- Bicep curls
- Hammer curls
- Lateral bicep curls
- Overhead extensions
- Dumbbell kickbacks
- Dumbbell Skull Crushers
- Military Press
- Upright Row
- Front Raises
- Lateral Raises
- Push Ups (I did 6, 8, 10, 12, 15)
- Dumbbell Chest Press
- Bent Over Rows
- Reverse Flyes
- Bent Over Wide Rows
That was it! After it was over, I made sure to stretch really well.
I definitely felt these workouts!
I even have a few beautiful pictures to share, lol!
I share these pics to show that workouts do not need to be fancy, sophisticated or complicated. I workout with minimal equipment (I want to get more!) while the kiddos play and get interrupted a zillion times, BUT I git ‘r done! Most of the time, I’m sportin’ a beautiful no make-up, hair thrown on top of the head look too, lol. It’s awesome.
Well, I’m going to wrap this up because I’m hoping to do something fun with the fam tonight! I’m thinking the park and then out to dinner sounds like fun! I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Love you all! xoxo