Let the Move Begin!

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So we found out about a week ago that we will definitely be selling our current home and moving into a new (to us) and larger home. This change has literally been years in the making. I can post later on the long, dramatic story…and perhaps a word about handling emotions and developing your patience while your home is on the market;).  Right now, the six of us are very excited!  I am going to do my best to chronical the move.  So step 1 was actually when we prepped our home to sell and ‘staged’ it.  This kicked out a lot of our clutter, but I do so miss my family pictures on the wall.  Step 2: was emptying the attic.  Suprisingly, this only took about a half day, then another couple of hours to haul what was left to storage.  The kids helped take all of the boxes to the garage and driveway.  I sorted  the piles into keep/trash/donate.  The ‘keep’ piles were color-coded with washi tape.  Hopefully, this will make unpacking a little easier.

IMG_7370 (1)From left to right: Christmas, girls’ room, boy3’s room,boy 2’s room, our bedroom, easter, boy 1’s room. Every box will have a strip of this tape on all sides and top…then I only have to write what is in it, not where it goes.

We also emptied a large storage closet in our garage. It was mostly camping and my husband’s hunting stuff.  We filled up his huge truck and took a field trip to the donation bins…again.  It was freeing:)


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What I Ate -Week 1

I am going to attempt to share my fitness pal diary snapshots with you.  I try to stay reasonably within my caloric parameters Monday-Saturday.  Sundays are my ‘cheat days”, where I indulge and rest.  I feel that ‘cheat days’ are important to boost your metabolism, as well as to keep me from feeling deprived.  Come Monday, I am recharged and recommitted to my healthy habits.

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Workout Week 1 ( 4/10-4/16)

Monday’s workout

Cardio x 20 min + back/ biceps

Today’s workout involved using the stationary bike x 20 min. After warming up for 5 min (easy/moderate intensity), I do intervals of 1-2 min (difficult intensity), followed by 2min back to easy/moderate intensity.  I finish with a cooldown during the last 3 minutes, backing down a level per minute until I get back to easy…Done!

My typical workouts involve getting the cardio over with first, then moving onto weight training.  I like to start with 3 different exercises per muscle group.  I will typically do 3 sets of 8-15 reps for upper body work.  I used to do the same for my lower body, but have since switched to 4 sets of 15-20 reps (lower weight than I previously did with less reps).   This is an attempt to balance my smaller upper body with my larger lower half ;).  If you have toothpicks for legs and worry about arm flab, we can still be friends.  Just reverse what I am doing for upper/ lower.  I am not a personal trainer, so I am choosing to provide you with http://www.bodybuilding.com/ links to follow along so you can use their expertise for perfect form.  That site was my go-to when I was getting started or was trying to figure out what a particular machine was for.  When  listed as exercise/ exercise, I am referring to performing these 2 exercise as a circuit, meaning that I do them back to back, rest for 30 sec-1 min and do again until all 3 sets are completed.  Not only does this cut down on total workout time, it also sneaks in some extra cardio.

1.Row machine/ preacher curl



2.Assisted dips


3.Dumbbell bicep curl/ hammer curl



4. Lower back raises/ Stability Ball crunches



While I kept the back raises to 10-12 reps, I did 4 sets of 25 reps of the crunches.

Tuesday’s workout

HIIT Cardio x15 min + triceps/ chest/ shoulders

For today’s workout, I was busy all morning and afternoon.  This wound up being an after dinner workout at ~7pm.  My workouts can range anywhere from 45 min to 1.5 hours.   Squeezing a workout in usually = dumbbells and youtube.  I hope this encourages you to squeeze in your workouts- doing something is better than doing nothing.

Cardio HIIT x15 min from Melissa Bender


  1. bench dips/ shoulder shrugs/ plank for 30 seconds/ pushups





2.  tricep floor press/ dumbbell chest press/ external shoulder rotation

I am working on an original source for the tricep floor press. I believe it was from a Ballet beautiful workout, but can’t find it.  https://www.balletbeautiful.com/



3.  tricep kickback/ front shoulder raises/ side shoulder raises



Wednesday’s Workout

This was another ‘squeezed-in’ workout.  I had an hour this evening before the gym daycare closed.  After a quick 5 min warm up, I performed these exercises in succession with 30 sec to 1 min of rest between each set.  4 sets of 12-20 repetitions is my rule for legs.

1.Hack Squat


2.Leg curl


3.Thigh abductor/ adductor machine circuit



4.Leg extensions


5. Calf raises


Thursday – Rest Day

Friday’s Workout- Cardio/ Abs

Treadmill x30 min


-min5-26=5min@5.0 mph/3min@3.5

-min26-30=cooldown back to 3.0mph

  1. hanging leg raises/ weighted crunches/ dumbbell side bends

3 sets of 15-20 reps each, performed in circuit




Saturday/Sunday -Rest









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