Not Great….But Good Enough

Alright, last week was not the best but it was good enough. I struggled to find time Monday evening after an issue at the pharmacy that needed dealing with. (I love insurance companies!) So our walk was shortened but at least we got in a short one. As for the rest of the week, it was a success.

Take a look for yourself:

Sunday: 3.5 mile hike


Monday: 1.5 mile walk

Tuesday:  floor workout with weights, steps and hill walking


Wednesday: 1.5 mile walk after dinner with my brother

Thursday: 3 mile walk

***This was originally our gym night but after enjoying the wonderful day of 70’s and knowing Friday was bringing chilly temps, I just could not see going to exercise in the gym. So we took a nice long walk after dinner instead.

Friday: home:20 minute recumbent bike, yoga

Saturday: hiked a new to trail I have been meaning to hike all summer which ended up being almost 4 miles.


Even though we changed the plan a bit this week, we still got in exercise and that is what matters most. Some people will just say….ahhhh I will just do it tomorrow. Myself, on the other hand, feel my day is not complete until I fit a little exercise in. Maybe this is why rest days are forced…..I have such a hard time NOT exercising but know its good to have rest days.

As for the upcoming week it looks a bit like this at the moment.

Sunday: rest…that’s if you consider yard work a rest day!

Monday: steps

Tuesday: gym

Wednesday: walk

Thursday: steps


Saturday: its anyones guess….

Do you enjoy rest days or struggle with them?


Getting Back In The Groove

After last week I needed to find my groove again in the workout scene. I was able to reset during the weekend by taking a nice hike with my husband and then felt ready to face the week head on.

I started the week happy to have my shopping completely done, wrapped and ready for Christmas. I felt good that everything that fell apart last week was once again put all back together and ready to go. And I won’t lie, another week of winter with no snow made me one happy camper. Many people complain it’s not Christmas without snow…I disagree. Look around, it’s everywhere. Music, lights, gifts, crazy crowds everywhere….tis the season whether there is snow or not. However, since there is no snow it could be the perfect opportunity to make some new traditions…..maybe go for a family hike/walk on Christmas Eve and after have hot chocolate together. We did this last Christmas Eve and it was the best Christmas Eve I have ever had. Christmas is what you make of it, not what makes Christmas.

photo courtesy of our son,Quade Byrnes


Regardless of snow or no snow, we all still should exercise. So now, let’s take a look at the workouts I did this week:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, weights and stretching

Sunday: 4.5 mile trail hike


Monday: rest

Tuesday: home: 15 minute recumbent bike, total body weights

gym: 30 minute elliptical, lower body weights and stretching

Wednesday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike and a 3 mile walk outside

Thursday: home: upper body weights, 3 mile walk outside with my toddlers in the morning….it was so gorgeous for December:)

Our original plan for this evening was a visit to the gym…although with a record high of 54 degrees we opted for another 3 mile walk outside and we adored all the Christmas lights together.

Friday: rest



Workouts of the Week

I have decided to go back to posting what my weekly workouts consist of. Last winter I was writing about this on a weekly basis because, at the time, we were training for our rock scrambling vacation (that never happened thanks to a big snow storm). Ever since then I have had a few requests to go back to writing what I do for weekly workouts when I am not training for anything special. So by request, you will find my workouts of the week posted either on Friday or Saturdays depending on what our family plans happen to be for each week.

Here is this weeks workouts:

Sunday: Gym workout which was elliptical 30 minutes, weight machines, and stretching

Monday: 3 mile street walk

Tuesday: 1 1/2 mile street walk in the a.m. and 1 1/2 mile street walk in the p.m. and weights at home. I also had every intention of riding my incumbent bike although the batteries in the monitor were dead and I had no replacements at home.

Wednesday: 30 minute incumbent bike, weights, 1 1/2 mile street walk in the a.m. and 3 mile street walk in the p.m.

Thursday: gym workout which was elliptical 30 minutes, weights and stretching

Friday: rest

That should wrap it up for this weeks workouts. Not too bad if I do say so myself.  I wish we could have made time to venture to a trail instead of so many miles on the street this week, although it just was not possible. My poor ankles are so much happier on a trail. That being said, they shall be very happy with this weekends plans….which I will share with you all on Monday.

Have a great weekend.