Workouts During The Holiday Week

Some people use the holidays as a time to forgo their workouts and get everything else done. I, for one, am just the opposite.

I love that our gym is open on holidays (limited hours but open). Nothing gives me more satisfaction knowing that if I get up and workout first thing before anything else comes up, that I have achieved something good for myself before tending to anything and everyone else on the holidays. Which is exactly what I tried to do all week….even on Thanksgiving.

Here’s a look at my workouts for this holiday week:

Saturday: trail hike 3 miles…with extra calories burned by shivering in 20 degree temps. IMG_2901

Sunday: gym:30 minute elliptical, total body weights, stretching

Monday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike, upper body weights and stability ball routine

Tuesday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, lower body weights and stretching

Wednesday:home: weight lifting and stability ball routine, 3 mile walk in the evening

Thursday(Thanksgiving): gym: 30 minute elliptical, weight lifting and stretching

Today was a special day since I finally convinced a friend of mine to give the gym a try.  Ironically, we both received “Free Guest” passes in the mail the day before which we both took as a sign of something good. We arrived first thing Thanksgiving morning and got right to it. I believe she even surprised herself with what she accomplished.


Friday: OPT Outside….along with almost a million others who have followed REI’s suggestion of heading outside on this date, I also chose to do what I love and hit the trails. I was not able to go far or for as long as I would have liked but anything was better than spending it in the stores shopping or working. As a family we hiked 3 miles today. IMG_2930

Do you exercise during the holidays?

How do you keep your exercise regime in check during the busy holiday celebrations?

Our Thanksgiving Day

My day started at 6a.m. when I woke up. With only us three to prepare Thanksgiving meal for I was not a bit concerned about being ready. So as I have every year for the past few I started my day with a workout. Only this year I had a workout buddy. I had been telling a friend of mine for quite sometime that exercise is the best mood elevator in the world. Not to mention it makes you feel better, healthier and so on. I think after hearing me preach this for so long she finally decided to give it a try and that is exactly what we did today.


It must have been meant to be since she ironically received a free “guest pass” in the mail the day before Thanksgiving.


I was very happy to have the company and she did fabulous for her first time.

After the gym I arrived home to find my husband preparing to smoke a turkey breast for the first time ever.


Since this takes significantly longer than preparing an entire bird I was able to do some prep work on the whole turkey we had also planned on cooking, IMG_2915

get some laundry done (it really never ends),


and dig out our Christmas decor containers.

By mid afternoon our house was smelling very yummy. The smoked turkey breast was finished and was set aside to rest,


the table was set, and the roasted bird was ready for carving.

IMG_2927We ate Thanksgiving dinner as a family and the rest of the night is history. A little lounging, a little puzzle time, and a little more lounging. We all agreed it was a pretty awesome day.



Has It Really Been A Month Since I Walked A Trail?

Our weekend started with dinner out on Friday night. Friday was a long day for me….so when my hubby said let’s just go out for dinner, I put up no argument at all. I love that he knows just when to suggest things like this.


Which brought us next to Saturday morning. I had a list a mile long to do including a pharmacy stop, shoe shop, finish Christmas shopping, bank, and something active that did not include spending money….like more shopping. Unlike most women who love to shop, I am not one of them. Especially when it comes to shoes, since I have very difficult feet to keep happy. To say I was dreading today’s shopping trip, unlike last weekends shopping experience, was putting it mildly. Although, when my husband offered to join me and assist with gift buying I was a bit happier.

However, first things first, we started our day in 20 degree temps on a nearby trail for a 3 mile walk.

IMG_2901I have not been on a trail in over a month and even though it was quite chilly, I completely enjoyed ever second. What a great way to start a day.  IMG_2906

After our trail walk, we hit the stores and malls full force along with every single other person in Green Bay or so it seemed!!! It was so crazy out there. We completed our list in a few hours and this made us very happy. After all that shopping I brought my very stressed husband home and made one last stop at a chocolate shop for some last minute gifts.

Sunday was our quiet day. I started a new job Sunday morning that I accepted earlier in the week. Let me just say, it sure felt odd to leave home to go to work since my “work” has come to me for the past 20 years. It’s a very minimal job opportunity that I felt can really benefit my future plans, so I accepted the offer and so far so good. We’ll see how it goes.

After working my husband and I made a trip to the gym for a workout and then we returned home for some quiet time. Our son had also started a new job last week and having him home during the day was a bit strange but nice. We actually had some time to talk instead of just passing by each other in the same house. All in all it was a great weekend.




Wow…I Had A Very Productive Week

Oh my gosh, I accomplished so much this week.

I have finally made up our Thanksgiving menu. This year we are making all the traditional fixings and my husband is also going to try making smoked turkey breast. For me its not so much about the Thanksgiving meal itself, as it is about the leftovers. I love making meals with the leftovers. And since it’s just the three of us at Thanksgiving time, we have TONS of leftovers…..yummmmmy!


I finally had some time to go through my workout clothes and get rid of some items. I don’t know about you but I am pretty picky when it comes to what I like to workout in. I typically find something I love or find something I don’t fairly quickly. I always where shorts at the gym but dislike shorts here at home, especially in the winter months as the basement can get pretty chilly. This past weekend I found some great buys on some new items so I figured it was time to pitch some things that I knew I would never wear again for one reason or another.  IMG_2895

I also finally set all my end of the year dates. Well, almost, I still have to plan a date to have my in-laws over for Christmas, but that will happen soon enough. I did get my daycare Christmas party date set and our girls luncheon set. Tire installation appointment is made for this upcoming week. (I know, nothing like waiting until the last minute for new tires, we are lucky there is no snow on the ground yet!) And I have every intention to try my best to finish up my Christmas shopping this weekend now that our son finally gave us his list. My list of things to do is getting shorter by the day…for this I am thankful.

And most of all, I had a week of awesome workouts! I finally feel like life is getting back to normal and my body is thanking me for this.Take a look…

My workouts of the week:

Sunday: 1.5 mile walk

Monday: 1.5 mile walk in the morning, 30 minute recumbent bike, stability ball routine, weight lifting, 2 mile walk in the evening

Tuesday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike and stability ball routine

gym: 30 minute elliptical and upper body weights

Wednesday: rest (not a typical rest night but I had an appointment to attend to this evening)

Thursday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike

gym: 30 minute elliptical and upper body weights
last minute change up: 3 mile walk outside (it could be the last walk outside if it snows this weekend like they are predicting so I just had to take advantage of it)

Friday: 30 minute recumbent bike

It feels really good to end the week feeling accomplished. Next week is a short work week with the holiday and I am looking forward to some family lounge time. It seems like we have been go, go, go forever. I need some down time, trail time or maybe just some good old couch cuddle time.

Have A Great Weekend Everyone!

National Take A Hike Day Is Today

Today is National Take A Hike Day.

If you are an avid hiker like myself, you already know the feeling of being in the woods, back on a trail or high above on a bluff or mountain top and the rush it brings to just be at peace with life.


If you are not a hiker and have always wanted to experience this feeling, use today as the day to start this journey. It’s amazing to be able to just unplug and leave everything behind for a few hours and become one with the trail.

Go alone, introduce your children to hiking or use this time as couple time. You will find any of these options rewarding and a perfect way to reset.

And remember, if you decided to join the 52 Hike Challenge along with my husband and I, make sure you log whatever trail you decide to hike today.





Weekend Snapshots: Ready….Set….Shop

This weekend my husband and I went on our annual shopping trip to the village of Schaumburg, IL. I wait all year for this fabulous trip and always find great deals and have loads of fun. Take a look….

 rest stop at the half way pointIMG_2870

free holiday trolley for shoppers


two of my favorite stores among many others


we could of used a few of these after a big day of shopping


waiting for our ride back home while adoring the evening skyline  IMG_2888

our deals from the day


We arrived home a bit before 10pm Saturday night exhausted. 8 hours of shopping, some wonderful food and awesome deals were the highlights of the day. We may not be big shoppers any other day of the year but on this date we do have a good time.

There Is Just Not Enough Hours In A Day and My Workouts of the Week

I had every intention of posting regularly this week although as you can see this plan did not happen. After spending four days and countless hours in the hospital with my father-in-law and then going back to work on Monday, I was tired. During the week we were left with only the evening hours to visit with him after working all day, which used up every ounce of energy I had left.

Let me catch you up a bit on my last week and show you what I did squeeze in for workouts. Like I said, Monday I returned to work and I must admit routine was nice. After sitting, walking the halls of a hospital and trying to wrap my head around how a cardiac ICU unit functions, I needed my routine life back. These nurses in this unit are IMPRESSIVE and that is an understatement. From patient care to family care they have it all and they even manage to throw in a little fun into the mix at times also.

 watching the GB Packer game in the CICUIMG_20151108_152240_burst_02

We could not have wished for a better team of professional to care for my father-in-law. I also found it very comforting and at the same time odd that we actually made friends with other patients families in the CICU waiting area. Since visitation is limited much of the time while in this unit we spent a lot of time just waiting for our turn to have some time in the room with my father-in-law. During this waiting time other patients families would talk, share and discuss what they where doing in this area also. It’s comforting to know that others are going through the same thing, struggling with the same issues and can relate.

As you can imagine, dinners were pretty scarce this week as was everything else. However, I am blessed to have a pretty good setup of workout equipment right here at home so I was able to squeeze in what I could in between nap times with my little ones and get in a workout here and there. Here’s what I did accomplish for exercise this week:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Monday: 20 minute recumbent bike, weight lifting, stretching

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: recumbent bike 30 minutes, weights and stability ball routine

Thursday: rest


Not my greatest week of workouts but I still managed to get in a few sweat sessions and that is good enough for me. Toward the end of the week I started coming down with some sort of nasty virus and was feeling pretty rough. Which in turn made me decide to just call it a week and rest when I could.I am looking forward to life getting back on track in this next week.