Posts Tagged ‘Workouts’

Mini-Coop: Week 16

Baby is as long as an avocado!

Thanks for all of the support with the news about our upcoming MOVE! We’re so excited and blessed to be where we are right now!16week

How I’m Feeling

Great! Again, nothing to complain about! I started wearing a BeBand from Target to keep some pants up. It’s this awesome elastic tube that well, keeps your pants up (even when they’re unbuttoned). I’m definitely starting to “feel” pregnant, meaning that my belly just feels different than it ever has!

My bellybutton is changing shapes already, even though there’s not THAT much pushing it out.



Man, working out feels SO GOOD! I did “overdo” it on one day though. On Saturday, I did a weights routine in the morning, and then I went walking with my friend Ashley, and we went to church that evening. Just that much activity had me begging to lay down around 8pm. Granted, I haven’t done that much activity in one day in a while, so I’m sure my body would probably be ok if I did weights and a 20-30min walk!

I’ve also been doing lots of planks. It feels so good to engage my core (without doing actual ab exercises, here’s why I’m staying away from crunches).


Still loving to cook over here! Tuesdays have been deemed enchilada days! I used this recipe for Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas from Skinnytaste (but I subbed in pinto beans for the turkey and corn tortillas for the flour).

Another winning recipe was a Sweet Curried Tuna Salad from Cooking Light and a Apple-Broccoli Slaw salad from the same book, but I can’t find the recipe online. It was bascially a package of broccoli slaw, 1.5 c. chopped apple (I used a green apple), and a dressing of lite mayo (3TBSP), apple cider vinegar, a bit of sugar and salt. I had to double up on the sugar and the vinegar, because as the slaw sat overnight, the flavors were barely detectable. I don’t know if I’d make the slaw this way again, but, we really liked the apples mixed in there! I think we’ll just tweak the dressing a bit to make it have some more PUNCH!6vs16

Week 6 vs Week 16- what a difference 10 weeks makes!

Well, there went week 16 without a hitch! Excited to see what week 17 brings!

Five Alive!

Anyone else remember the “breakfast beverage” called Five Alive? My parents never bought it, but I remember slurping down the juicy goodness at friends’ houses after a sleepover (or rather a talk-the-whole-night-over).

Cait from Beyond Bananas and Chelsey from Clean Eating Chelsey recently posted this “5 Things” survey, and I thought I’d share my 5’s with YOU!

Holly’s 5’s

Last 5 People I talked to on the phone (my personal phone, not @ work):

Last 5 Meals I Ate:

Cookies (5 of 11)

  • Rice with flax, PB & J and COFFEE for breakfast
  • Rice cake with Jam (before running)
  • SUPER delicious Frittata and Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars (above) (dinner last night)
  • Apple and a couple Russel Stover Dark Chocolates (snack yesterday)
  • Leftovers (lunch yesterday)

Last 5 Places I’ve Traveled:

  • Louisville (to hang out with family)
  • Louisville (to hang out with friends)
  • St. Louis (to visit our friends, check out our Schlafly Visit!)
  • Cincinnati (for a Friend’s wedding)
  • Louisville (to hang out with friends AND family)

Next 5 Places I will Go:

  • Nannying
  • Home
  • School
  • Home
  • Work

Last 5 Workouts:

This is from last year’s Turkey Trot!

  • 7.2 miles this morning
  • 7.5 miles on Saturday
  • 3 mile run and YOGA with Ashley on Friday!
  • It’s So On Right Now workout and 1 hour walk on Thursday
  • Wicked Things workout and 1 hour walk on Tuesday

5 Things Making Me Happy:


  • Cooler temperatures!
  • Rekindled passion for running
  • COFFEE and homemade kombucha
  • Snuggling with my hubs
  • Silas

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

The Past Two Weeks

Hello Friends- get ready for a DOUBLE DOSE of Fitness Friday (on a Saturday… again)! Life has been a little hectic lately, and I just haven’t carved out time for blogging :) BUT- today is a special treat- workout recaps from the past two weeks! Hooray!

The last Fitness Friday was posted during our St. Louis trip! Sunday we traveled back home, and Monday we took the day off, relaxing and getting the house back in order!
This week’s recap starts on Tuesday, August 16th

  • Tuesdsay: Run 5.25 Miles (Felt REALLY good! Daniel even came and biked along with me on the Legacy Trail!)

    Recycled Picture, but you get the point :)

  • Wednesday: Quick 30 minute Run during my lunch break at work
  • Thursday: 7 Mile bike ride with Daniel around town (I heard that Ashley K and her hubs also did a couples bike ride that night too!)
  • Friday: Super Sucky attempt at a workout: 1 mile run and a few weights and abs. Probably should’ve taken a rest day!
  • Saturday: Insanity: Cardio Recovery with the KY Fit Club! (<– FREE SATURDAY MORNING WORKOUT!)
  • Sunday: We took Silas for a walk on the Legacy Trail! Pup is such a wimp, we went maybe 3 miles round trip!

    Another Recycled Picture!

  • Monday:Run/Strength Workout that I stole from Lindsay at Cotter Crunch
    -Run 10 Min (with Silas) (1.09 Miles)
    -50 squats; 30 raised push ups (using toy box); 25 leg lifts; 25 bicycles
    -Run 10 Min (1.14 Miles)
    -60 Lunges; 30 Push Ups (last 10 Tri Pushups); 50 Bicycles
    -Run 10 Min (1.42 Miles)
    -40 squats (last 10 jump squats); 10 Push Ups; 20 Tricep Push Ups (one armed)
    - 5 Min Cool Down walk with Silas
    Total Mileage: 3.65
  • Tuesday: 1 hour walk with the adorable little boy I nanny for and ROCK CLIMBING with Daniel at the Johnson Center (yay for being able to get into the university workout center!) I did two 5.7 and one 5.8 route!  (and we biked to and from the gym! Yay for functional workouts!)
  • Wednesday:30 Mins on Elliptical during break at work (aka magazine time!)
  • Thursday: 30 minute walk while nannying; Fast 30 minute run on the treadmill at the Johnson Center before my first classes of the semester!
  • Friday: 1 Hour walk with the Kiddo while Nannying (we walked to the bookstore to buy some fun Truck and Tractor books!)

Sheeeeeew. Thanks for sticking with me! I’m going to try to get back to posting on a semi-regular schedule. What would you like to read this week!?

A Fitness Class Review and Fun Workouts!

Maybe I should stop pretending that Fitness Fridays won’t really happen every Friday. However, I do plan on continuing regularly posting our workout adventures for the week, with the awesome Fitness Friday logo, just because I want to Smile


At some point, I’ll get Daniel’s activities on here- I know he went bouldering a couple of times, and the man bikes EVERYWHERE. He also stopped in at the gym that I work at once this week, and he did our Saturday workout as well! I love exercising with my husband! (No more shaggy hair!)


  • Sunday: Pure Barre. The gym I work at, Body Structure, is teaming up with Pure Barre to offer packages on Pure Barre Classes and Personal Fitness Training at our gym. My friend Hannah and I decided it would be a good idea to see what Pure Barre is all about so that we would be well-informed to talk about the class with our members! We went on Sunday afternoon to a regular "Pure Barre" class, dressed in Capri pants and barefooted, we got out our equipment: 3lb and 8lb weights, a resistance band, a mat and a small rubber ball. The music was turned up and the instructor started with a quick, heart-pumping warm up. We wasted no time getting to work. (insert quote from Pure Barre website about what Barre is).
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  • Since I had just run a 5k the night before, my legs were already pretty tired. We did many reps of each exercise. I’m really not sure how to describe what we did. But I can tell you that it made my legs shake. I can see how some people would really like Pure Barre- I didn’t sweat that much, and I felt like I got in a lot of work in those short 55 minutes.
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  • However, I don’t think that Pure Barre fit my "exercise style". I like pounding on the pavement, I like being out of breath and moving fast ( workouts). I like yoga and pilates, but Pure Barre just didn’t do it for me. Now, the women in the class had amazing bodies, but I think the whole thing was just a little too "fancy" and ‘choreographed" for me. I also had a difficult time understanding the postures and placement of my limbs (hello lack of self-awareness), and I know that with time, I would probably learn everything.
  • So who would I recommend this class to? Someone with pretty good flexibility, someone looking for an intense yet manageable workout, and probably someone who had a dance background (as I think they would enjoy it more). I am really glad that I got to have an opportunity to experience what Pure Barre is, but I think I’ll just stick with my running and BodyRocking :)
  • Monday: HOT and sweaty 3 mile run (super easy)
  • Tuesday: REST!
  • Wednesday: 5 Mile Run on my break (7:50 pace, say what!?)
  • Thursday: REST! (Plus a walk with the puppers later that evening)
  • Friday: Horrid 2 miles in the morning. My body dislikes the morning. Have you ever had your body NOT warm up? That was this run. Stiff lead legs Sad smile I did have a nice walk with Silas though later on that day!
  • Saturday: Workout inspired by’s 600 Rep Fat Burner Workout. Done at Lafayette Park in St. Louis, MO (<—more on the mysterious location in our next post!) with our friend Tyler- it was so fun to work out together Ty! We had fun using some of the playground equipment in our workout. It was great working out with the husband and a friend, I think we all got a pretty good workout because we were pushing one another!

Lafayette Park Playground

Here’s the circuit (starting with a 5 minute jog to the park):

  • Jump Lunge & Kick Up- 30 Reps
  • Side Burpee Knee Tuck- 30 Reps (15 each leg)
  • Squats- 30 reps
  • Reverse Push Ups- 30 Reps (The guys did 30 Tricep Dips and Pull Ups as I completed my Reverse Push Ups)
  • Jack Jump Tuck- 30 Reps
  • 3D Push Ups- 30 Reps
  • One Leg Jump Up- 15 Reps per leg
  • Ab Chopper- 30 Reps
  • Reverse Crunch- 30 Reps
  • Tricep Pushup- 20 Reps per Side (The guys banged out another set of Triceps Dips and Pull Ups!)
  • Planks- Side Plank Left, Side Plank Right, Center Plank- all 45 seconds each
  • Jog back!

WOW. Awesome workout, we were all pretty darn hungry and sweaty by the time we got home!

RACE RECAP: A MidSummer Night’s Run 5k

midsummerLast night was the 24th Annual MidSummer Night’s Run, sponsored by Lexington’s very own Central Baptist Hospital. Last night’s race had over 3,700 participants! I think it’s safe to say that we can proudly point out that we’re not ALWAYS the most sedentary city (as pointed out in the June 2011 issue of Men’s Health Magazine- “Where Sit Happens”)

The race was at 8:30 pm, and since we live a mere 1.5 miles from Downtown, I decided to run down to the race as a warm-up! Daniel met me downtown on his bike and held onto my race t-shirt as he watched the race! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but Daniel’s knees don’t like running. It’s not runners knee or any other condition that I’ve ever heard of, they just give him SO much pain when he tries to run Sad smile


Anyways- I am so thankful to have a supportive husband that tells me “YOU CAN DO IT!” I headed down to the race around 8pm, and got a bib and t-shirt. I waited around for Daniel in front of PNC bank and gave him my phone and t-shirt. Vine St. was absolutely overflowing with runners, walkers, strollers and even a few canines. Here’s a map of the 5k course:


Everyone started moving towards the start line around 8:10, and we were packed in like sardines at 8:20. I wanted to make sure I started on the road, I didn’t want to chance stepping off of the sidewalk into a sea of forward-moving people, so I smashed myself in between complete strangers. That’s one of the things I love about running- there’s this instant community that happens. You know that everyone else has the same excitement, and it’s just a neat bond that runners have.

Anyways- the gun went off and I don’t think my section moved for about 30 seconds. I crossed the start pads about a  minute after the gun went off. The first mile was rough- there were SO many people to dodge! I wove in and out of the crowds and finally found a good spot right around mile 1. When I passed the mile 1 marker, I glanced at my watch and it said 7:25 “Oops… I went out WAY too fast. Oh well, I’ll just slow down a bit and see what happens.”

I kept trucking along, passing people and wishing I had started closer to the start line. Dodging people is fun and all, but when you’re half way through the race and you’re still trying to weave between people, it’s not as cool. I passed mile 2 at 14:50. “Nice pace, but I’m really starting to feel it. Goal for the last mile: slow down a bit and finish strong”

One of the great things about the course was that it went right by the Fifth Third Pavilion on Main Street, where live music was playing during the race! I don’t run with headphones (I guess it goes back to not being allowed to wear headphones at practice/races during high school and college), but I do like when there is music being played! Anyways- mile 2-3 was hard. It was hot, about 83 degrees, and I was tired from going out too fast. I drenched myself with a cup of water at one of the water stations and told myself to keep going.

I almost wanted to stop to walk, but I didn’t want to have to tell Daniel that I walked, so I kept my feet moving. I crossed the finish line at 23:37! Daniel managed to snap the following picture just a few seconds after finishing:


I was pretty happy with my time, considering I haven’t really been doing a whole lot of running lately (read: less than 15 miles per week, this week, this was my ONLY run!) And, I was happy to see that my overall pace was 7:36!


I was happy to be finished. I even got to see the wonderful Ashley during the race and at the finish! Hope you found your husband afterwards, Ashley and great job to you both! I also saw my old team mate and friend, Julie at the race. Hi Julie!

The racing bug has bitten, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for another race. I am so thankful that God has blessed me with the ability to run. I had a moment while running down Main Street where I just thanked God for  giving me legs that work, for giving me lungs that breathe, and for giving me the enjoyment I find in running.

Anyways, here are the rest of the stats:

  • Time: 23:37
  • Pace: 7:36/mile
  • Overall Place: 487/3738
  • Age Group Place: 18/262

I changed my shirt and hopped onto a garbage truck (it was super clean!) for one final picture of the night! I really wanted a picture because I looked like Christmas, and if you know me, you know how much I love Christmas!


If you participated last night, you can check out your MidSummer Night’s Run Race Results! Now I’m off to find my next race…

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