Workouts Of The Week and a Celebration For Us

It was a crazy schedule week for me which meant I really had no game plan as to what and when I would fit in any workouts. However, I did the best I could and I am happy to say I feel pretty good about this weeks workouts.

Take a look:

Saturday: gym workout: 40 minute elliptical and stretching

Sunday: gym workout: 30 minute elliptical, weights and stretching

Monday: 2 1/2 mile walk, 30 min recumbent bike, and stability ball exercises

Tuesday: gym workout: 30 minute elliptical and lower body weights, 1 1/2 mile walk in the morning

Wednesday: 3 mile trail hike on a local recreational trail

Thursday: home:30 minute recumbent bike and stability ball exercises

gym: 40 minute elliptical, abs and stretching

Friday: rest

I am feeling great about being back at the gym again on a regular basis. The endorphin high is absolutely awesome. Although, I won’t lie, getting there after a long day of chasing two one year olds and occupying a four year old is sometimes a challenge. With a little help and gentle push at times from my husband, we are getting back to our gym routine and I couldn’t be more happier.

As for the upcoming weekend, we hopefully will finish the Ahnapee Trail this weekend. 48 miles x2 (since we always have to return to our vehicle) and its taken us two spring and fall seasons to do it. The weather does not look too promising but we are hoping for the best. We don’t have much to finish so if its a little rain we can hike in that, snow on the other hand, it’s not going to happen.

After that I have a little surprise in store for my husband since we are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary also this weekend. It’s going to be a busy, busy weekend but hopefully a fun one.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Just Checking In…

It’s been a while since I have checked in with everyone on your Get Up and Move progress. How are you all doing? Have you found something that you enjoy doing for 30 minutes a day that gets you moving? Do you have more energy? Are you sleeping better?

I have been doing great. I will admit, some days are better than others. Even when I don’t feel like getting in my workouts I still do and feel great after I am done. Lately life has been sort of crazy here, so I do feel a sense of accomplishment because I have not missed a single workout because of life issues.Priorities! Priorities! Priorities!

My week looked liked this:

Sunday: lap swim at a local high school 40 minutes

Monday: HIIT workout on the arc and strength training at the gym 1 1/2 hours total

Tuesday: 30 minutes cycling, stability ball exercises, 3 mile walk

Wednesday: 30 minutes on the arc, strength training all at the gym

Thursday: 30 minutes of cycling, strength training and toddler yoga with my little ones…always a joy to watch them do this

Friday: HIIT workout on the arc, strength training all at the gym 1 1/2 hours total

For today my plan is to get to the gym also. Saturdays are nice, I don’t feel like I have a schedule. Eventually I get there. During the week, it’s much harder, especially after a long day. Sunday I will not get in a workout because I will be shivering the calories away somewhere beautiful. Hopefully, if I can hold the camera steady and I will have some pics to share with you next week. It’s going to be cold but great to get some fresh air in my lungs.

Recently I decided to give the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout a try and I have really found them rewarding. If you are unfamiliar with HIIT workouts here is link for you to take a look at. Arc Trainer HIIT workout. Although, I do set my intensity higher and my strides are a little faster than they recommend, I am still able to recover my heart rate in the time recommended. To each their own, this is just an example of what they recommend. It’s a rewarding workout I can get out in 30 minutes with awesome calorie burn. I try and get in a HIIT workout at least twice a week, and so far so good.

I better get going and start on my “to do” list. I just thought I would check in an see how everyone is doing. Keep Moving:)

 

Member For a Month…

One month ago my husband joined the gym because he was feeling unmotivated and just feeling blah. Here is the update.

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For us this last month has been kinda crazy. Of course, all of you that are already gym goers know how crazy the month of January can be with all the new members. Well, ours is no different. Crazy is really an under statement. I have sure enjoyed having a partner at the gym even though we don’t do the exact same things.

I am a cardio first type of person. So I usually hop on the arc trainer and get done my 30 minutes right away. He had never been on an arc and made his way through all the cardio machines offered and finally settled on the arc also. This is nice because if we want to talk we can. Then we move on to the cybex machines. He lifts a lot more than I do and for a longer amount of time but I do more of a variety of machines. So in the end we finish at nearly the same time. Then we sweat out 15 more minutes of cardio, me on a bike and him on the arc again.

I have to say, if anyone is looking to brighten your mood, improve your health, enhance your life in general, you should really try an exercise program of some sort. The change I have seen in my husband is wonderful. Even though we were quite active before, winter is when he would loose a lot of his activity level. I still continued to work out on a regular basis, so I never really felt this decline in activity as bad as he did. He is happier, less stressed, his appetite has improved enormously and he has no trouble sleeping anymore.Oh, and I guess I could add my opinion and say, he looks pretty nice too:)

My hope for the future is that we continue to workout together on a regular basis. In reality, I don’t know if this will happen as regular as it is now. Once the snow melts and we can get outside we are busy. We put on many miles hiking, paddling, swimming, biking, playing tennis etc. that the gym is the last place I want to be. If the sun is shining and it’s warm outside I would much rather get my workout outside. But who knows, maybe this will give him the energy to keep up with me and we can do both gym and outdoor recreation. For example, when we kayak, he used to get so mad when I would come home and still want to go for a walk after paddling for 5 hours on the river. Plus the gym will be air conditioned which is great for him, he hates it hot. So maybe it will all work out in the end.

I must admit, he is not a big people person and I really thought that all the new January members would scare him away. So far I am wrong, he is dedicated and that makes me very happy.

Looking Back ….

Did you all have a great holiday? We did. Looking back, I can’t believe everything we did in just a few days.

It all started with my first night geocache, where you use a flashlight and follow reflectors strategically place in the woods to find the actual cache. VERY fun, EXTREMELY cold (8 degrees) but I have high hopes to do this again when it’s a little warmer. (I have no pics because I was shivering too hard to even try and hold the camera steady, sorry)

Let’s see, we also moved our son back home because he has decided to transfer schools back to our hometown.We hosted Christmas Eve with my brother and his family, then went to my in laws and celebrated with my husband’s family. Christmas morning we had a wonderful breakfast.

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Then proceeded to open gifts in our jammies. I love celebrating with just the three of us, in jammies, with no where to go, no time restraints or worries. After gift opening we decided to do what we do best, head outdoors for some fun. We went snowshoeing for a couple hours.

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We saw some beautiful winter scenes.

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Arriving back at the truck with some hot chocolate waiting for us.

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After this it was back home for some relaxing family time. Our son even took a nap for two hours!

Thursday brought a day to celebrate our son’s birthday. He chose a great pizza place to visit for dinner.

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Then he ventured out later that night with a friend from high school to do something I think is just crazy. They went kayak sledding. Yes, that’s right, sledding down a snowy hill with their whitewater kayaks!!!! Dad would have normally joined in on the fun, but they left too late and he had to work in the morning so his fun will have to wait until next time. Myself on the other hand, will not do this. I like my water unfrozen, warm and the sun to be shining brightly in the sky.

The weekend brought ice fishing for my hubby that went very well. He caught his limit of fish which we enjoyed for lunch the next day.

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I was able to get in two wonderful workouts, which always makes me happy.  I also was able to get all the holiday decor put away.

Finally, as of today our normal routine is back and life will once again have some order to it.

I am working on a challenge for the New Year that I will post Wednesday. Not so much a New Year’s resolution but a “gift” I think we can all give ourselves for the New Year. So make sure you take a quick peak on Wednesday and see if your interested in challenging yourself.

Until then…

Another Few Miles Geocaching on the Ahnapee State Trail

The last three Sunday’s we have made our way to a different part of the Ahnapee State Trail to geocache. Today we accomplished 3.27 miles with partly sunny skies.

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The terrain on this trail is crushed rock and flat all the way. It always amazes me how peaceful I feel when walking a trail away from the city.

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With all the leaves fallen from most of the trees now, it is quite easy to find things that we would normally not notice.

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Along the way we heard many, many hunters shooting in the distance, saw a gentlemen fishing the river from a kayak (brrrrr, way to cold for me), two hunters with their dog, and one big buck, which obviously I did not have my camera out at the time or I would have had a picture for you all to see.

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It was a productive day with us finding eleven goecaches and getting in a nice walk together.

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After this we came home and ultimately finished our first puzzle.

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This was suppose to last till Spring or at least most of Winter. I guess we both got a little addicted to the hobby and had it together in about 4 days. No worries though, I bought another one yesterday.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Sunday Geocaching On The Ahnapee Trail

What a beautiful weekend. On Sunday I slept in until 7:00 AM and woke up to my husband making pancakes with dried mangoes in them. Yum,Yum, Yum!

After breakfast I headed to the gym to get my workout in and then we were off to a new trail to geocache. This is the first weekend in awhile that the sun was shining and neither rain nor snow was falling upon us. Thank goodness. We arrived at the trail and had to pass through a cool tunnel to start.

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It looked like the trail went on forever from this view, but that did not discourage us, so we headed on. We accomplished just over 5 1/2 miles and 16 geocaches.

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I enjoyed the crunching leaves underfoot along the entire trail. We even talked about possibly snowshoeing this trail come winter.

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There are many caches left for us to find on this trail and a whole lot more miles for us to cover along the way. The entire trail starts in Sturgeon Bay,WI and goes on for 46 miles. Maybe by next spring we will have covered them all, time will tell.

It was a great hike on a beautiful Sunday:)

Our 20th Anniversary Vacation-Zion National Park- Day 3

Bright and early I got up, did some yoga and filled our packs with the required water for the day. We went down to meet everyone for breakfast in the lodge and sat out back on the patio overlooking the mountains in the distance. I could eat breakfast every day and never get tired of this view.

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At 7:45 am we all loaded into the van and headed for our first trail head. Weeping Rock and Echo Canyon was our destination.

We started up a small hill and made our first stop at Weeping Rock, just a short hike from where we parked (1 mile round trip). This is a ledge that constantly has rain water from hundreds of years ago dripping from it. It’s very refreshing.

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After this, it was off to Echo Canyon. This is a pretty good hike with some good elevation involved. It was mostly shaded at this time of day, which was a good thing, otherwise it would have been much more difficult.

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We saw all kinds of critters here that we don’t have where we live.

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Upon arriving at the canyon, I was amazed. The walls and the depth were just unbelievable.

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We walked about a half mile past the end of the canyon to get a glimpse from above, down into the canyon and this was just breathtaking. Everywhere we looked there were mountains and mountains, and not a single one looked the same. Our guides were very good about making us stop for rest, water and snack breaks along the way.

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Then it was back into the canyon to find some shade and gather for lunch. Our two guides carried enough lunch for 11 people on their backs. This was quite impressive to us. We found a nice little sandy area where they prepared the lunch assortment.

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After lunch Megan applied some first aid to a few blisters on one of the hikers

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while Brian had some fun playing in some quick sand he found.

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Then we headed back to the trail head to make our way to the Virgin River to hike the Narrows.

We refilled our water bottles at this point and headed down another trail one mile to the Virgin River. Upon arriving at the river, we all changed into water shoes and put our hiking boots into our packs.(Hoping that none of us fell in and soaked our packs!) We entered the river and hiked a mile or so down river in the Narrows.

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It was pretty cold, with a lot of rocks but all soon forgotten with the beauty of our surroundings.

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We reached a small swimming hole and a few of us took a quick swim, and then all headed back to change back into hiking boots and hike the mile back out.

This was our biggest day of hiking making it a total of about 10 miles.

We were all tired and hungry. So, back to the lodge for showers and meet up for dinner, which was at the Bit and Spur.

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On this night, we all ate, drank and laughed. It was a superb ending to our day.

As we headed out to the van, Megan and Brian (our guides) asked us to all head back to our rooms and grab a jacket and meet in 10 minutes in the lobby of our lodge for a surprise. So we all arrived shortly back in the lobby and were handed campfire sticks and were lead out back on the property of the lodge to find Brian building a makeshift campfire. The making for smores were all passed out, and again an apology from the guides for not being able to give us all the full camp experience we had all planned for on this trip.

Even the owner of the lodge joined us for his first smores ever. He is from Spain and had never even heard of them, but he was soon hooked on the chocolate gooey dessert. We all shared our favorite moment of the trip so far, again were briefed on the plan for the next day and were all in our rooms and sleeping by 11pm.

One more day to go with the most mentally and physically challenging day to share with you. A moment I will never forget!!!!