Category Archives: Fitness

A New Ride


This post is LONG overdue!  Sorry!  My free time is spent with Tyler, working out/yoga, or catching up on blogs and TV.  I am LOVING my new job, by the way.  It is challenging and energizing all at the same time.   I feel very lucky.

I received a very sweet surprise from my husband this week.  You see, our one year wedding anniversary is coming up at the end of May which is so hard to believe given everything that has happened in the last year.  We moved from Kansas City to Atlanta, Tyler started a new job,  and I started a new job.  We are very happy in our new city and have tried many new things. 

Back to the surprise…Tyler came home on Monday night with a very sweet present for our anniversary and landing my dream job.

 Check it out!!!


The bike is from ATLANTACYCLING  which is very close to our apartment.  I have been talking about wanting to get a a road bike for about 2 years.  I was shocked!  The colors of the bike are totally me which is so fun!  Tyler and I are going to head out for a ride this weekend. The weather is supposed to be good.  Riding on the road is SO different from riding inside, but we can’t wait to get out there! 

I went to the store this morning to get fitted, and it is amazing to me how much gear you need to be comfortable for rides lasting more than 30 minutes.  Biking is an expensive sport!  I did buy some shorts, a water bottle, and a PINK water bottle cage.  Sweet!

I have missed all of you!  Thank you for checking in on the blog and me.  I will do my best to post when I can because I really do love the blog community. 

Have a great weekend!  Get out there and ride your bike! 

do you prefer cycling inside or outside?

any suggestions for a beginner outdoor cyclist?


Make It Count


My new schedule at work is in full swing and I am happy to report that (so far) all is going well.  The 5:30 am wakeup call may not be my favorite part of the day but I’ve always been more of the get up and go type…



A far cry from my night owl husband who can really burn the midnight oil. We only have a handful of hours each night that our schedules overlap. In an effort to make the most of that time, I’ve penned a few new goals and strategies that we are working on implementing.

slow cooked food and LOTS of it

As I mentioned last week, I’ve rekindled my love affair with kitchen electronics. Especially ones that will cook my meals super quickly (pressure cooker) or allow me to set and forget (good ole’ crock pot). This weeks recipe roundup includes 3 such dishes.

We’ve already made the salsa chicken (sorry no pictures!) and have repurposed our left overs into quesadillas (for him) and taco salad (for her). If any prep is required, it can be done the night before. The salsa chicken recipe took a whopping 90 seconds to prep (I used frozen chicken breasts) and cooked all day.

Here is a fun trick I found  to make your taco salads restaurant quality…


high intensity workouts, minimal intensity time commitment

I emailed Stephanie Newly Everything’s resident CPT yesterday at the end of my workday for some workout advice. The thought of jumping on a treadmill was simply not in the cards after being on my feet all day. I wanted to try something fast-paced and high energy without logging in too many hours at the gym.

What I got…

Warm up: Incline speed walk on the treadmill. Incline: 5% speed: 3.8

Strength Workout

Push ups: 15 reps (drop to knees if need be)
DB Upright Row–>Triceps Kickback :12 reps, 5-8 lbs.
Stability Ball Hamstring Roll in: 15 reps
Stability Ball Bridge: 15 reps
Stability Ball Crunch, Holding Medicine Ball: 20 reps
Standing 1 leg Bicep Curl: 12 reps (each arm), 8-12 lbs.
Mountain Climbers: 30 sec
DB Chest Flys on Stability Ball: 12 reps: 5-10 lbs.
Stability Ball Plank: 30 sec-1 min
Alternating Backwards Lunges with a Front Kick: 12 each leg
Reverse Crunch: 25 reps
Triceps Push Up: 12 reps
Jump Rope: 1 minute
DB Circles: 12 reps, 5 lbs.
10 Jump squats (hands behind head)

Finish: 1 mile run on the treadmill

It was perfect, thanks Steph! I worked hard and felt challenged but was back up in the apartment and showered before my hour was up.

power down. do something you both enjoy

Our media devices (cell phones, ipad and laptops) are always sitting on or around the coffee table if they aren’t already in use. Last night, we made it a point to put them all away and just enjoy our time “disconnected”. We are currently working through season 1 of The Good Wife and are hoping to finish before my sister visits in February and brings along season 2.


take advantage of your free time

One of the major pluses of my new schedule is that I only work in the morning on Tuesday. Thus, Tuesday is officially my GSD. Danny is a management consultant and apparently uses lots of TLA (three letter acronyms). GSD is one of the ones I have picked up and use somewhat regularly. It’s a bit salty for blog speak but I’ll give you a hint… Getting S*#t Done. This includes, and is not limited to…

    • cleaning the condo
    • prepping dinners for the rest of the week
    • trying a new yoga or fitness class
    • oil change/tire rotation/emissions check for the car (bing, that was my day today)
    • dr.’s appointments

pretty much anything that needs to be done and will free up my Saturdays so that I can do a little more of this…



Enjoy your week! Hopefully you are able to GSD 🙂

Back to Normal


It has been two whole weeks since I made a real, clean, meal in our kitchen.  With the holidays and me being sick, I have not had/wanted to cook.  My palette has been craving pretty bland things like Ramen, bananas, toast, and poached eggs this week.  It takes a while to get your stomach back to normal.  I was starving when I woke up this morning which is a good sign. 


Ramen sure does bring me back to my college days when I would eat two packages at once!  We actually always had some on hand when I was growing up.  It pretty much has no nutritional value.  Oh well! 

Anyway, my tummy was ready for a real meal last night especially since all I have been reading about is resolutions to eat whole foods.  I have had little to no color in my diet this week which is so not like me!  Tyler was super excited that I wanted to cook last night.   For the last three nights, he had soup from a can and a salad.  He never complained Smile.  He just wanted me to feel better.

On the Menu

I baked wild Alaskan salmon from Costco at 375 for 20 minutes.  I put a little EVOO, a sprinkle of ginger, and lemon slices on top of each piece.  We can’t wait for Tyler to go back to Alaska because the salmon is phenomenal.  He brought back 35 pounds of salmon the last time he went to Alaska for a fishing trip with the guys.


I steamed some green beans from Trader Joe’s which are already trimmed and cleaned.  Awesome!

green beans

I cooked a new to us mushroom and herb risotto mix from Trader Joe’s.


Ahhhh….one of my favorite meals.  By the way, the risotto was delish!

 salmon dinner

I am looking forward to eating lots and lots of vegetables this weekend to get back on track.

Today, I think I am ready to tackle a new class at the gym that involves strength and cardio which I need right now.  It is called BODYPUMP/CXWORX Combo.  Afterwards, I am going to have some chocolate milk as suggested by Annette at Enjoy Your Healthy Life.

The Benefits of Chocolate Milk After A Workout

  • Helps to build muscle
  • Replenishes muscle “fuel”
  • Helps to maintain lean muscle
  • Aides in subsequent performance

Next week is going to be a busy but fun week because I start my training with Wellcoaches to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.  Also, our (mine and Sarah’s) friend, Colleen, is coming to visit from Chicago for the weekend.  Watch out Atlanta!  We can’t wait to show her our new city!  There is so much to share and so little time.  We will make the most of our time together.

How many days does it take before you start missing your kitchen and cooking for yourself?

When is the last time you ate Ramen?