BBC–Week 4

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a good weekend! Mine started off pretty awesome with a girls night with some friends, and then turned into an incredibly lazy day due to said girls night… but today I’m back at it!

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I’m glad you all enjoyed my picmonkey tutorial on Friday, I kind of threw that together at the last minute but now I’m glad I did! I also got many other questions about picmonkey after doing that, so I’ll turn this into a series, maybe three posts? Tomorrow or Tuesday I’ll share with you all how I make my weekly workout schedules, which is the topic of today’s post!

As many of you know, I’m participating in Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp!



This week was the fourth week, and the second of the second phase. Bootcamp is split up into 4 phases, each 2 weeks long, which means that we repeat the workouts for 2 weeks. I love that we do this because I like having a little consistency, but then switching it up after 2 weeks. This phase was definitely my favorite, and I know it will be better than the next one… I’m legitimately not excited for the next phase (LOTS of burpees every single day – I think I might adjust this a few days or I’ll be dreading the workouts).

In phase 2 we did ladders, where we did a set of 5 reps, 6 reps, and so on until we got to 10, and then we did isometric holds, which involved doing 5 reps, holding for 5 seconds, 5 reps, and so on. I’m more of a weight lifting girl than a circuit workout girl so I loved it!

Here were my workouts from this week:

Monday – REST DAY. As I said last week, I knew I’d end up taking an early rest day. I hadn’t taken a real one last week and I was exhausted! + PT appointment

Tuesday – Workout A + 3 miles!!! My physical therapist said I could try running if I did a run/walk, so I did that for almost 30 minutes, running for 4 minutes and walking for 1. I hit 3 miles but my knee started hurting right before. It was nice to get 3 min though!

Wednesday – Cardio. I mixed it up between several cardio machines and 1 mile of running. My knee started hurting though at the end of the mile :(

Thursday – Early morning workout B before my PT appointment. Also ran 1 mile during the appointment while they filmed me running (I’ll learn more about that next week).

Friday – Semi-rest day. Didn’t do an official workout because I felt worn out by all the PT appointments AND workouts. But I did walk to and from our Girls On the Run final celebration (pizza party!) which was just under 4 miles.

Saturday – Workout C + elliptical. I almost didn’t workout, mostly because I was falling back into old patterns of over-eating, hating myself and laying in bed. Sounds fun, right? Well finally I told myself to snap out of it! This isn’t me anymore! So I put on some walking gear and headed outside, and ended up at the gym! I’m so glad I did because I felt soooo much better getting in my workout.

Sunday – I’m considering heading OUTSIDE to attempt to run. I haven’t gone outside because I don’t know when my knee will act up and I’ll have to stop, but I soooo want to run outside, so I’m thinking of coming up with some sort of out and back and different directions course so I’m never far from home…


So there you have it! Last week was a crazy busy week for me, and I think I let the stress really get to me. Can’t do that anymore! I’m exciting for this upcoming week, especially Thursday’s Turkey Trot 5K with my dad! Although honestly I think he’s going to kick my butt at this point. I’ve barely hit 3 miles in the past few weeks and I don’t know how my knee will hold up. Then there’s my dad who’s breaking out of his 4 mile route and getting up to 6 miles!!! Go Dad! Haha so we’ll see how this goes. Perhaps he’ll have mercy on me…

Here are next week’s workouts:

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I’m not sure if I’ll get in Wednesday’s workout B, so I’m planning to attempt to get it in either Wednesday afternoon (I fly home in the morning) or Thursday afternoon (we do Thanksgiving around 6pm), but either way it’s about being flexible and spending time with family! And I fly home mid-day Sunday, so I figured that would be the best rest day.

And before I leave you all, I had to mention: I’m officially into Christmas music. Try it, trust me, you’ll love it. And there’s a Glee Christmas station… enough said.



Does stress cause you to fall into bad habits?

Anyone else traveling for Thanksgiving?

Have you started listening to Christmas music?

Combining Workout Schedules

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! This upcoming week I start my half marathon training (if my IT band cooperates…) and I’m continuing with Week 3 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. That’s a lot of workouts to take in, especially with my very busy schedule!

First, let’s re-cap last week’s workouts:

Sunday – Thriller in Schiller 5K! A BLAST!

Monday – Workout A plus intervals (did the intervals on the elliptical). Today I worked out in the evening, after GOTR practice, and I was NOT a fan! The gym was packed and there was a class in the room I normally use.

Tuesday – Attempted to run (goal was 6 miles), but I only made it 2.5 miles before I had to stop. I tried to switch to the elliptical but that was still aggravating my IT band so I stretched, rolled and called it a day.

Wednesday – Workout B plus intervals (did the intervals on the elliptical)

Thursday – 50 minutes of cardio, broken up on 2 different elliptical machines, plus planks.

Friday – Workout C plus intervals (intervals on elliptical)

Saturday – REST DAY

The key when trying to combine two different workout programs is making it work for you, and adjusting where need-be.

Here is my Best Body Boot Camp schedule for the week:


And here is my half marathon training schedule:


This is how I combined the two together:

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I actually forgot the Girls On The Run 5K was this Saturday until I put together my schedule! I had to re-arrange some of my miles (the 6 miles is a combo of two 3-milers) but it seems to all work out! I can’t wait for the 5K with the girls! The race is open to the public, so if you live in Chicago you can register here! It’s in Toyota Park, so easy to get to and there’s parking!


What do you have coming up this week?

If you’ve run a 5K, what was your favorite one? Why?

Last of Vacation & Bootcamp Phase 1

Aaaaaand, back to reality.

Spring break is over. Honestly, I needed the break, but it’s such a tease! I like doing whatever I want all day! Thank goodness for weekends…

My last couple days in Colorado Springs were wonderful! Haha okay, they were good, but they sure sound wonderful right now.

On Friday, I wanted to get a 6 mile tempo run. It was so gorgeous I knew I had to run outside, but I was also concerned about my knee hurting me on the hills (behind my knee on the inside feels sprained… no bueno). I did half the run indoors on the treadmill, and then took the last 3 outdoors.

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The treadmill half was fine, but the outdoor part was rough! I had to stop several times to get my heart rate back down! I think the combination of the altitude and hills was a lot for me! But I finished!

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And check out my views while stretching! I could not get over how nice it was outside! (and yes, that’s meant to be upside down. That’s what I saw stretching my calves!)

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For lunch, I went to La Baguette, a bistro near our house that my parents are obsessed with! I’d never been, but my dad found out they offered their sandwiches on gluten free bread, so I wanted to try it out.

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I ordered a corned beef sandwich with Gouda cheese and a side salad.

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Unfortunately, the bread was really dry and crumbly, if fell apart upon touching it and tasted pretty bad as well. I ended up ditching the bread and just cutting up the sandwich parts and eating them with the salad. Luckily the dressing on the salad was amazing, so it ended up being alright. I won’t, however, be ordering a sandwich there again.


While I was in Colorado, I managed to keep up with my Best Body Bootcamp workouts really well! The bootcamp is split up into phases and the first two weeks are called Phase 1, which is focused on strength and stability. Tina sent us various circuit workouts to go through and also gave us a plan of a good way to do those workouts and fill in cardio blocks and intervals in between.

One thing I love about the plan, however, is that you don’t need to follow her weekly schedule to be counted towards winning prizes each week. If you’d rather swim than do cardio blocks, then that’s fine! If you need to switch around the schedule and do the circuits on different days, that’s fine too! The key is to make it work into your lifestyle! For example, I went on that hike with my dad, and counted it as my cardio of choice day, and pushed back my workouts one day so I did the last circuit on Saturday, rather than Friday as suggested.

I also work my half marathon training schedule around Tina’s schedule as well. Rather than doing 50 minutes of cardio blocks, I do my 6 mile tempo run.

I really enjoyed phase 1’s focus on stability, since it involved a lot of moves that are either new to me, or that I don’t do often. This one seriously tested my balance:


And this plank ended up being a lot harder than I imagined:


I’m really excited to start with Phase 2 today! It’s more about strength and the workouts are much more similar to what I’d been doing on my own, which was more machine work and supersets, rather than full out circuits.

Phase 2, here I come!


Do you prefer doing a circuit 3 times through for a workout, or supersets with weights?




Have you ever noticed altitude changes affecting your running/aerobic abilities?

Random Musings of My Life

Guess what today is?!?!

It’s the first day of BOOTCAMP!!!!!


Is anyone else participating?? I’m really excited about getting started, and so amazed at all the hard work Tina has put into the bootcamp! She sent us a bunch of files over the weekend, all with tons of details and amazing spreadsheets for the workouts and adaptations if you don’t have a gym to go to!

I’m a little worried about getting my workout done in the time that I have. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m up at 5am on Mondays so that I’m at my gym when it opens at 5:30am, since I I have to workout, walk the half mile home, shower, change and get myself together by 7:30 to leave for class. I’ve learned it’s best to pack some overnight oats and just eat them in class, so I’ve got those ready to go!

Tomorrow I’m going to do slow miles to try out my feet again, and then dive into the workout, which is basically a strength circuit! It looks like I can probably be out of the gym by 6:45, I’m just nervous I might have to cut it short! I’ll let you know how it goes!


Now, onto my fun and random musings. On Friday I’m headed to South Carolina for my friend’s wedding, Mary Frances!!!! I am SO EXCITED to see her and my other friends and to celebrate her wedding with Vince! DYING of excitement right now! Haha.

Well, I decided that maybe I should go look for a new dress, because the ones I have I wasn’t sure of. I ended up in H&M where I’ve had some amazing luck before, and found this gem:

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Yes? No? Thoughts?

HA. I hope you realize I’m kidding. I decided this is something that a middle school girl in the 80s would wear to a dance. Why is this in their store??? Better yet, WHO BOUGT IT? (and not as a joke). I would like to know.

But don’t worry, I asked a friend of mine who is in the wedding if a full-length dress I had would be too nice. She said it would be perfect since it’s an evening wedding and all the bridesmaids are wearing full length. So, CHECK! Got my dress set and I didn’t have to spend a dime!


Another fun thing that I’ve been doing is my new standing/exercising desk:

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I got this mini-elliptical in the fall and rarely use it, but I set it up against the tall counter and it’s the perfect height for me to use my computer! But don’t go thinking I’m some kind of exercise bunny on this thing… Honestly I’ve used it a total of like 30 minutes all weekend… Haha. I usually get distracted by what I’m doing and stop ellipticaling and just stand there and type or read. It’s hard to do those things while bouncing up and down!


Finally, I have found the most amazing snack, thanks to Sara at Nourish and Flourish. She posted this snack as her bedtime snack on WIAW and I had to try it!

It’s 1/2 cup cottage cheese (I’m not sure how much she used, she didn’t say), mixed with stevia and a splash of flax milk (she used almond) and blended in the magic bullet. Topped with a T of almond butter!

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I knew hers looked good and all, but my god. This was amazing! The whipped cottage cheese was so thick and creamy and the almond butter was perfect! The only thing that would have made this better would be granola on top! Too bad I can’t keep that in my house since I eat it like a mad woman… oops.

I know I’ve said it before, but I LOVE my magic bullet! I have never used a kitchen appliance so much in the little time that I’ve had it (okay, except the microwave…). I highly recommend getting a magic bullet! And whipping some cottage cheese in it. Got it? Okay.


I hope you all have a great Monday, and I thought I’d leave you with this dark, yet adorable, picture of Molly, and a quote to inspire your week! Have a great Monday!

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(she was trying to steal my seat for movie watching. don’t worry, she ended up just sitting on top of me…).



Have you ever made a “standing desk” or done something like sit on a stability ball at work or home?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in a store?