Weekly Workouts– BBC Week 6

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and a good mother’s day! I’ve been doing a little studying, a little relaxing and just trying not to get too overwhelmed! I’ve taken 3 finals so far and I have one 24-hour take home this week and a paper to write and then I’m DONE! AHHHHHHH. I can’t handle it. Alright, let’s get on to my weekly workout round up, shall we?

First let’s take a look at how I did last week:

Monday – Workout A + Cardio

Tuesday – Cardio intervals + Core workout

Wednesday – Workout B + Cardio (or Rest depending on studying)

Thursday – Cardio intervals + Core workout

Friday – Workout C + Cardio

SaturdayRun or Rest

SundayKickball (maybe morning run if I didn’t get it in Saturday I forgot that we didn’t have kickball this week because of Mother’s Day! I went on a 3.25 mile run… Meant to make it 3.5 miles but my knees started bother me so I stopped a bit early.


I was actually pretty proud that I managed to get in all my workouts this week! I realized after I did my workout post-final on Wednesday that I actually focus better if I get up, workout and then get on with my day rather than trying to jump right into studying.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:


Monday – Workout A + sprints

Tuesday – Cardio workout

Wednesday – Workout B + sprints

Thursday – Cardio workout

Friday – Workout C + sprints

Saturday – REST

Sunday – 4 mile run (& walk across a stage…)


I’m excited to start the fourth (and final!) stage of Tina’s bootcamp this week! The strength training workouts are being done tabata style, which means we do one exercise for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, do exercise 2 for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, and repeat that sequence a total of four times. There are also lots of burpees involved Workout C… Haha that will be fun for my fellow gym-goers to watch…

This upcoming week I have a few random appointments (chiro, volunteer training & pick up/drop off take home final) but other than that I have a very flexible schedule so I feel pretty good about getting everything in. The weekend run may or may not happen. My family is in town and I’m more concerned about enjoying my graduation weekend than getting in a workout. We shall see!


Anyone graduating or going to a graduation this May or June?

What are you looking forward to this week?

What’s your favorite color? 😉

Thursday Thoughts

Hola Chicas! (and chicos?) I hope you’re all having a good week! I am PUMPED because I have 1 class between me and SPRING BREAK! How am I kicking off my spring break? A KICKBOXING CLASS with the fabulous Kelsey! Please, try not to be too jealous. I’m so excited.

Since I’m busy containing my excitement (and packing…), we’ll get on to this week’s Thursday Thoughts!

1. Guys. I have a problem. An addiction. I cannot stop listening to this song:

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It just makes me want to move. See what time I was listening to it? 6:04am. Yep. All day long.


2. Pretty sure the Trader Joe’s employees thought I was crazy for stopping, backing up, and then taking a picture of this sign, but I had to share. Trader Joe’s has taken things to a whole new level:

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3. Molly is hilarious. My brother sent me this picture of her, she has ripped holes in her bed and apparently needed to create an obstacle course and stick her face through the holes to get to her toy. Gotta make condo living more interesting I guess…

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4. And don’t let Molly’s cute faces fool you…


She is actually a vicious, vicious killer:

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5. I have been OBSESSED with this meal! It’s chicken sausage, steamed kale and avocado, topped with the tahini miso sauce from Daily Garnish and a squirt of ketchup, all mixed up together. Cannot. Get. Enough.

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6. I got Neville this cool plastic plant for his bowl. He doesn’t seem to care…

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7. I registered for TWO exciting things this week! The next Muddy Monk Trail Race (a 10K or 20K depending on how many times you want to run the loop that morning):


AND, Tina’s next round of Best Body Boot Camp!


So excited about boot camp. I feel like I’m FINALLY in the right place to fully commit to boot camp since I can run enough to do the HIIT cardio workouts (I much prefer running them to doing the elliptical) and I’m not training for a race!


8. And to end today’s Thursday Thoughts with some extra Molly fun, here’s a video of her leaping through the snow last week:


Anyone else doing boot camp with me? Or Chicago-landers doing the trail race? You should….

What’s your favorite song right now?

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Thursday! I hope you all are having a great week so far! Mine’s going pretty well, nothing too exciting to report. Although this morning I’m getting breakfast with Cate, so I’m excited to get to see her! And yesterday I took Molly to the park to play in the snow! It was cold, but she absolutely loved it (she literally leaps around in the snow) so it was definitely worth it.

Now, onto today’s Thursday Thoughts!

1. Registration for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp is OPEN! I’ve done two rounds before, you can read my recaps here and here of the whole experience. I HIGHLY recommend giving it a try! I haven’t decided if I’ll sign up yet or not, but I’m thinking I might…


2. Ericka wrote a great post this week about things that moms shouldn’t say around their daughters to help prevent eating disorders. I actually felt like a lot of what she said applied to anyone – we shouldn’t be saying a lot of those things around friends, family or ourselves! Please check it out!

3. We’ve finally gotten some real snow in Chicago and I am LOVING IT! I’m one of those crazy people who thinks snow makes everything feel magical. Yep. Love it.

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4. After clicking on a link Erin shared on facebook, I poked around a bit and found this post. It’s great for blog readers (or really anyone with facebook) to read, and remember that what you see online is the “highlight reel” of everyone’s life.


5.  Mom Runs Half nominated me for a Liebster Award! Since I’ve done a few of these, I’m just going to use the rest of Thursday Thoughts to answer her questions to me (and the other bloggers she chose).

1. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Strawberry. It’s like when people say blondes or brunettes – what about the red head?!?

2. What is your favorite blog to read?

Oooo that’s a very hard question. Hmmm. I’d say the two blogs I miss the most or look forward to the most are Enjoy Your Healthy Life and Lindsay’s List, but I read and LOVE a lot of blogs. Like a lot. And I would say my friends’ blogs, but I tend to catch up with them outside the blog world.

3. What is your favorite season, winter, spring, summer,  or fall and why?

Summer. I do love the Fall and that crisp feeling, but let’s be honest, summer = great weather and fun outdoor activities. Can’t beat that.

4. What is your favorite blog post that you wrote?

Haha another hard one. I’ve written a few recently that I really liked, and you all seemed to as well. One of my favorites would have to be You’re Good Enough NOW. Another would have to be the post that I wrote before running the Chicago Marathon – makes me want to run another!!

5. What is your favorite color and why?

I used to say blue… but now I think I’d pick pink. I know, right? I never thought I was a “pink” kind of girl, but the color just makes me happy!

6. How did you pick your blog name?

My friend actually came up with it for me. We were brainstorming names and finally came up with this one and I went with it! Haha no idea what I’d choose now, it’s hard to pick a name!

7. What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

Shirley Temple. If you want to make it an “adult” Shirley Temple (aka Dirty Shirley), then I wouldn’t be upset.

8. How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging on August 5th (I think?) of 2011, so about 1.5 years.

9. Which do you like better Twitter or Facebook, why?

Facebook because so many more people use facebook. Plus you can’t “stalk” people through Twitter very well.

10. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging only a few months after finding the “healthy living blog world.” I’d been going through a rough year of over-exercising and under-eating and I came across Carrots N Cake, which led me to her book (which I loved) and other blogs. I decided to start writing my own blog because I loved the community: how supportive everyone could be, the exchange of ideas, and the feeling that you belonged to something. I started a blog because I wanted to be a person that others could identify with, and make them feel less alone in their struggles and life.

11. Favorite meal

The meal my mom used to make on St. Patrick’s day: corned beef with cabbage, potatoes and carrots. So freaking good, haven’t had it in a loooong time. More recently, the Whole Foods hot bar :)


Your turn! Answer some of these questions!

Best Body Boot Camp Review

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I hope you all have had a good week, and that those of you who celebrate Christmas are gearing up for a great long weekend! I am SO EXCITED For today to be OVER! I have my last final tonight at 6pm (seriously, could we drag this out any longer??) and then it’s home to finish packing, get some sleep and head to KANSAS CITY in the morning! Who wouldn’t be pumped for 8 hours in the car with this face?:


Granted, she’ll probably look more like this:


Basically, I’m excited. Just ready to go home and enjoy my last ever winter break! I do, however, have a serious hurdle to get over before I go home: I am sick. Legitimate fever last night, couldn’t sleep, want to die, whole body hurts, sick. I have 4 things I have to do today and they all sound daunting: walk Neville (my goldfish) to my brother’s apartment so they can take care of him while I’m gone for a month, pick up a prescription, pack, and go all the way down to school to take a final. I’m really hoping I start feeling better… Right now I’m going to try and go back to bed… Wish me luck!

So I mentioned on Sunday that I’d do a final re-cap of Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp this week, so here we go!


From Tina’s Site:

The Best Body Fitness site focuses on all around health and wellness. I firmly believe that a body treated well and challenged to achieve new heights is our own, personal “best body”. Stronger or leaner may be a side effect, but the focus is on a healthier and happier you through living a fit lifestyle. I want to extend that goal and motivation to all people, while also showing that fitness can be FUN. Enter Best Body Bootcamp!

Bootcamp is an 8 week program, broken up into 4 phases, each lasting two weeks long. For each phase we are given 3 strength workouts: A, B, & C. We do them in one week, and then repeat them in the second week of that phase. She also gives us up to two cardio workouts a week. These are some of my favorite because I can make up my own HIIT workouts, but I prefer following ones that she’s put together. Finally, the 6th day of the week is cardio of choice or an extra rest day, and the 7th day is a rest day.

A great part about Tina’s Bootcamp is how flexible it is. At the end of each workout document she sends out she includes modifications for each move depending on if you want to make it easier, harder or do it at home without gym equipment.

Another thing I love? The accountability. There is a facebook group where we can all ask questions and encourage one another. I find myself checking it all the time! We also are each sent a google document where kept track of 2 goals per week and our workouts. You earn points for filling out the form and can win prizes, including a cash prize at the end. Here’s an example of one of my weeks:


I enjoy participating in the bootcamp for both the accountability and it’s a great way to mix up my workout routine. I don’t always love the workouts (as I mentioned in previous posts, the circuit/burpee phase was not my favorite) but that’s okay, because I modified it for myself. Then there are other phases where I learn new techniques that I absolutely love! Plus, it’s only eight weeks so I feel like the constant change in phases makes time fly by!

If you’re interested in participating in the next phase of Bootcamp (ALL NEW workouts – she doesn’t recycle!) then visit THIS SITE for more information. It’s only $25 for 8 weeks and part of that goes towards the $$ prizes at the end.

The next round of bootcamp begins January 7th and registration closes on December 31st! If you have more questions, check out the FAQ page.


Have you ever followed an organized workout plan?


Are you a part of an facebook group pages that you participate in a lot?

BBC–Week 8

Good morning everyone, I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Today marks the last day in Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp, so I’m going to do a normal weekly post today, and then a full summary post near the end of the week. I just didn’t give myself enough time this morning for that!


Here are this week’s workouts:

MondayYoga sculpt class at Yoga Loft

Tuesday – REST (locked myself in my apartment until I finished my paper at 8pm…)

Wednesday – 3 mile run (!!!) plus upper body weights.

Thursday – I did a swim workout that my friend came up with for me. He swam in college so I figured I could trust his judgment. Turned out to be a lot of fun, although I realized how much I need a swim cap!

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Friday – Rest. Bad day. Serious funk. Not going to lie: binged. Felt awful. Didn’t workout.

Saturday – FOUR MILE RUN!!!! That’s the furthest I’ve run since my injury! Not the most fun run ever since 1) I was watching the news the whole time and 2) I had to run/walk and stop for stretching. But still, it makes me want to go run every single day, which I’m resisting… Ah I just want to RUN!

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Sunday – Undecided. I’ll probably head to the gym in an hour when it opens for some lower body weights since I skipped those Friday.


Here’s my plan for next week:

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I’m keeping Thursday and Friday pretty tentative since those are very busy days for me: I have a take-home final due Wednesday at 5:30pm, a final Thursday at 1:15pm and a final Friday at 6:00pm. All while cleaning up my apartment and packing for my month away… It’s giving me anxiety just thinking about it.

Deep breaths. I’ve really let my anxiety get the best of me this past week and I refuse to let it do the same this week. My body and mind are feeling the affects of a really bad week, so I need to pull it together and stay focused and remember that it’s just one week. It won’t kill me, just have faith that I can do it and life will go on.

But you know what this past week made me realize? My weeks used to be like this EVERY week. Everyday I had anxiety, everyday was a struggle. I am so grateful that I’ve gotten to a place where this is a rare occurrence, it makes me appreciate how much I’ve changed.



How do you deal with anxiety?









Did you have a particularly great workout this past week?