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Secret Ingredient for Boxed Mac n’ Cheese

Yesterday at work we hosted a Farmers Market, showcasing some local businesses in the Cleveland area.


We spent the morning setting up the picnic grounds area as the vendors began to arrive. Everything was going smoothly until a major down poor of rain came through the area…

Luckily most of the vendors had their tents set up and came prepared for the weather!

Eventually the rain went away (thankfully!) and the sun came out just in time for the employees (and their families) to enjoy the market.

We had a variety of vendors come and each showcased their unique products.

Honey, jellies, and more

Bread and other goodies

Olive Oils and Vinegars

Produce

Hummus, pitas, and other goods

There were also vendors selling purses and handmade bags, flowers, maple syrup, salsas and hot sauces, and gyros.  It was a nice variety!

Lunch

On my lunch break I took time to shop and eat! I managed to buy a lot of goodies for Andy and I, as well as a couple of things to use as birthday gifts coming up.

Produce, monkey bread, nut roll, hot sauce, pepper jelly, and BBQ sauce

For lunch I went to the gyro stand and purchased a chicken pita.

It was delicious! I especially loved the yogurt sauce.

I think the Farmers Market was a big success! Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the vendor selections.

Dinner

I was in the mood for more roasted tomatoes to have with dinner last night.  I decided to use the fresh ones I purchased at the market along with the zucchini.

I sliced up the veggies then seasoned with salt and pepper and drizzled with olive oil. I also chopped up a head of garlic to roast with the tomatoes and zucchini.

The veggies cooked in the oven set at 375 for about 40 minutes.

I wasn’t sure what else I wanted with my veggies until I saw a box of Whole Foods brand Shells and Cheese.  We had a winner!

I cooked the macaroni according to package directions.  Then I added my secret ingredient to make it extra creamy: A Laughing Cow cheese wedge!

Along with the cheese wedge, I added a splash of 2% milk and about a tbsp of real butter.  It really ups the flavor! I think boxed mac n’ cheese is rather bland without the extra additions. Try this combo! It will not disappoint!

Workout

Today’s workout included a hot run with Boo and Sophia. It’s supposed to be in the 90s today and by the the time we hit the pavement it was already 75 and humid.  Luckily there was a slight breeze that made the 2 mile run pretty enjoyable.

That still didn’t stop me from looking like a total sweat monster:

Sophia was hot too, and jumped straight into the bushes when we got back:

Boo just looked stunned,  like he was blinded by the light:

I swear they enjoy running with me 🙂

After cooling down, we all relaxed for a bit before I headed off to work for the day.

Weekend Plans

My mom and dad are coming from Cincinnati to stay with Andy and I for the long weekend. I can’t wait to see them! We have dinner plans tomorrow night and we’re thinking about going to the Zoo as well.  I love family time!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Secret Ingredient for Boxed Mac n' Cheese

Yesterday at work we hosted a Farmers Market, showcasing some local businesses in the Cleveland area.


We spent the morning setting up the picnic grounds area as the vendors began to arrive. Everything was going smoothly until a major down poor of rain came through the area…

Luckily most of the vendors had their tents set up and came prepared for the weather!

Eventually the rain went away (thankfully!) and the sun came out just in time for the employees (and their families) to enjoy the market.

We had a variety of vendors come and each showcased their unique products.

Honey, jellies, and more

Bread and other goodies

Olive Oils and Vinegars

Produce

Hummus, pitas, and other goods

There were also vendors selling purses and handmade bags, flowers, maple syrup, salsas and hot sauces, and gyros.  It was a nice variety!

Lunch

On my lunch break I took time to shop and eat! I managed to buy a lot of goodies for Andy and I, as well as a couple of things to use as birthday gifts coming up.

Produce, monkey bread, nut roll, hot sauce, pepper jelly, and BBQ sauce

For lunch I went to the gyro stand and purchased a chicken pita.

It was delicious! I especially loved the yogurt sauce.

I think the Farmers Market was a big success! Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the vendor selections.

Dinner

I was in the mood for more roasted tomatoes to have with dinner last night.  I decided to use the fresh ones I purchased at the market along with the zucchini.

I sliced up the veggies then seasoned with salt and pepper and drizzled with olive oil. I also chopped up a head of garlic to roast with the tomatoes and zucchini.

The veggies cooked in the oven set at 375 for about 40 minutes.

I wasn’t sure what else I wanted with my veggies until I saw a box of Whole Foods brand Shells and Cheese.  We had a winner!

I cooked the macaroni according to package directions.  Then I added my secret ingredient to make it extra creamy: A Laughing Cow cheese wedge!

Along with the cheese wedge, I added a splash of 2% milk and about a tbsp of real butter.  It really ups the flavor! I think boxed mac n’ cheese is rather bland without the extra additions. Try this combo! It will not disappoint!

Workout

Today’s workout included a hot run with Boo and Sophia. It’s supposed to be in the 90s today and by the the time we hit the pavement it was already 75 and humid.  Luckily there was a slight breeze that made the 2 mile run pretty enjoyable.

That still didn’t stop me from looking like a total sweat monster:

Sophia was hot too, and jumped straight into the bushes when we got back:

Boo just looked stunned,  like he was blinded by the light:

I swear they enjoy running with me 🙂

After cooling down, we all relaxed for a bit before I headed off to work for the day.

Weekend Plans

My mom and dad are coming from Cincinnati to stay with Andy and I for the long weekend. I can’t wait to see them! We have dinner plans tomorrow night and we’re thinking about going to the Zoo as well.  I love family time!

Have a great weekend everyone!

What Would Your Real Life Friends Say?

Good Morning!  It’s only 6:30AM and for some reason I am full of energy.  Just another reason why I love my mornings! And the fact that the deer seem to always greet me as I drive in to work 🙂

It was a little family too – Mom, Dad, and two babies.  I about cry every time I see them (because I’m strange…and I love animals so much!)

Don't worry guys, it's just that crazy lady with the camera again.

So cute!

Farmer’s Market

It’s my early day at work and we’ll be spending the day setting up and working the Farmers Market we’re hosting. I really love this aspect of my job.  Putting together programs and events focused on health and wellness is so fun and I feel like the employees here are so appreciative and enjoy participating.  Let’s just hope the weather holds out for us today! It’s supposed to be hot with just a chance of isolated storms.  I think it will be a great day though!

What Would Your Real Life Friends Say?

When I write a post for my blog, I truly am being 100% genuine and authentic with what I say.  This is me.

But there are parts of me that are not portrayed on here simply because I think it’s hard to show everything about who you are through a blog.  For one, I don’t tell you guys everything about me or tell you every little thing that I do each day (trust me, you’d be bored to see how much TV I really watch at night and how early I go to bed..even on a Saturday night.  I’m really cool).  I also don’t talk in detail about my relationships with friends and family.  I just skim the surface of my life.

I thought it would be fun to come up with things that I think my “real life” friends and family would say about me and how I act in “real life”.  Ready to for this?

#1:  I am really strange.  And my friends would probably agree with that and have no problem saying it to my face. I’m strange in a goofy way and I love to make others laugh doing really weird things.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C (this is what happens when a 3 year old puts your make up on by the way)

Exhibit D

I could really go on all day about how much of a goon I am, but I will spare you that and move on 😉

#2: I don’t talk about my emotions out loud.  When I write a post (like Tuesday’s on Food Obsession), I write from the heart.  Often those posts come out of no where. I just get a thought and I run with it.  These posts are meant to help others by sharing what I’ve been through and how I have changed my life for the better. I hope to inspire others to do the same if they are struggling with body image.

But in my “real life” I don’t talk about this.  Perhaps I should talk about it more, but in reality, I don’t.  It’s more something that I like to express through writing.

Plus, I like to spend my time laughing when I am with friends and sometimes a serious conversation like that just doesn’t come up!

I mean who could take me seriously looking like this?

That’s me and Fernando by the way.

#3: I’m a cry baby. Although I don’t always talk thoroughly about my emotions, I certainly can cry like no other! I’ve always been a cry baby.  Growing up I was the youngest out of most of my cousins and I was constantly picked on.  I would cry all. the. time. I even had a shirt that said “Don’t bother me, I am crabby”.  Because I was!

Now-a-days, I still can cry easily and I am easily upset, especially anything having to do with the mistreatment of animals.  When those depressing commercials come on with Sarah Mclachlan singing, I have to turn it off or the water works will instantly flow.

#4: I’m not the most patient person…and I think Andy would definitely agree! Unfortunately he gets the brunt of it too, especially if we’re driving somewhere and I get lost.  Let’s just say it’s not pretty and neither are the words coming out of my mouth!

#5: I hardly ever wear make up or dress up.  And again, Andy would attest to this. When I post pictures from weddings or other fun outings, I actually do put effort into what I wear.  But aside from these times, I generally wear absolutely no make up and you can find me in my shorts and a t-shirt or hoodie.

I actually would like to work on putting more effort into what I wear and actually brushing my hair rather than putting it up in a bun, because I really do feel better.  But ultimately, I’m lazy and I’d rather slip into something comfy!

Question:

Tell me something that YOUR friends or family would say about YOU that isn’t always portrayed on your blog?

Working in Fitness

Whenever someone finds out what I do, they always seem to have a lot of questions.  I’m not sure why it seems fascinating to some, but it seems to bring up a discussion, that is for sure! I think some people assume you can’t do much in the fitness field for whatever reason, but to me, the possibilities are endless and fun!

I thought I’d share a bit more about what I do and how I discovered my passion for the field of health and wellness. This is a Health and Fitness Blog after all! 🙂

What I Do

Currently I am a Fitness Specialist for a Federal Government organization.  I work for a company that contracts with the organization to run the Fitness Center for their employees.

My co-workers and I

My company is not only comprised of Fitness Staff, but also medical staffing, as we have an on site medical center available to employees. I work full time at the Fitness Center, Monday through Friday.

Fitness Center where I work

The employees can work out for free at the Fitness Center, which is great!  We offer classes, personal training, fitness assessments, and incentive programs year round.  Since we are a medically based facility, each member must get basic blood work completed (cholesterol and glucose) and must fill out a health history questionnaire before joining.  We screen each applicant and depending on their medical history, they may need a doctor’s clearance to join.  Being medically based is the real difference between our gym and say, a YMCA or Gold’s Gym.

Cardio Center

Once member’s join they are highly encouraged to get a basic fitness assessment, which is comprised of a cardiovascular test (done on a bike), strength and endurance testing (push ups and curl ups), and flexibility testing.  We also check their blood pressure, height, weight, and do a body fat analysis via skin calipers.  Once testing is complete, we discuss their goals and develop a workout plan for them.   We don’t discuss nutrition in depth, as we also have a dietitian on staff for them to see for free.

How I got into Fitness

I became interested in fitness when I was around 17.  My family had joined a local YMCA and I began to take group fitness classes in the evenings after school with a friend.  I became instantly hooked!  I was not big into sports (actually, I was quite terrible!), so I felt as though I had found my niche with exercise.  To this day I always encourage people to find an activity that they enjoy, not what everyone else is doing.  It’s the only way, in my opinion, to stick to exercise long term.  Since I began exercising consistently at 17, I have not stopped.  I’m 26 now, so it’s been almost a decade and it’s still my favorite hobby and a big part of my life.

Once I began college, I kept up my workouts at the student recreation center and also became a Group Exercise Instructor.  This really changed everything for me.  My boss, who was the Fitness Director, was amazing and I learned so much from her.  I was actually a Social Work major at the time, but was not completely sure it was for me.  Seeing my boss at her job daily made me think that perhaps I could do that one day!  It was really a moment in time where things just clicked for me and I realized I wanted to do something in fitness full time.  I changed my major from Social Work to Health Promotion and continued on in my  journey.

Instructors

My goal was to become a Fitness Director at a University, so I made sure to take the necessary steps to get there.  First, I asked my boss how she got to where she was at and what it took to get her job.  And from there, I followed that plan myself.  Here’s what it took:

  • Graduate with a degree in a health related field: I have my Bachelor’s in Health Promotion.
  • Internship Experience: I interned at the student recreation center where I went to school and also did another internship at another university.
  • Graduate School: Fitness Director jobs for Universities most often require another degree in Health or Exercise.  I chose to get my Master’s in Exercise Physiology.
  • Graduate Assistant Position: During my 2 years in school I was the Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant at the rec center where I was attending school.  I gained tons of hands on experience working under the Fitness Director for 2 years.
  • MORE Interning: Best advice I can give anyone, in any field, is to get hands on experience.  All of my internships were unpaid, but provided the best experience and have allowed me to get to where I am.  School will teach you a lot, but actually doing things in your field teaches you a lot more.

After Graduate School in spring of 2009 I did accept a job as a Fitness Director for a college in Georgia.  I worked there for a year, but realized that being close to Andy and my family was more important.  So I came home.  I also realized that being a Fitness Director was not the only job I could do in the field.  Now I work in corporate wellness and I really, really love it!  They are both very different environments, yet both are just as enjoyable and rewarding.

A Typical Day

Really, there is no ‘typical’ day at my current job as a Fitness Specialist.  We do different things daily, which is nice.  But here is an example of some things I do day to day:

  • Fitness Assessment appointments: These take roughly 45-minutes and I probably do 2-3 a week.  Today I have one.
  • Personal Training: We take new members through new workout plans and we also update existing members’ workout plans.  I have one appointment today.  Typically I’ll do 2-3 a week.
  • Program Implementation: I’m the contest director of our big weight management program and we’re currently planning for the rewards luncheon.  This program pretty much goes all year round, so I do some form of work for it daily.
  • Teaching: I teach at least once per day and on Mondays and Wednesdays I teach twice.  See my current schedule here!  I love teaching!
  • Planning: I actually sit at a desk the majority of the day, which people don’t expect.  I think when people find out I work in fitness they assume I work out all day.  I don’t.  I do a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work, including working on fitness class schedules, planning programs, etc.
  • Getting to know others: This is a fun part of the job, just chatting with the members daily and getting to know them.  It’s a fun place to be!

Doing 'active sampling'...we're good actors, no? 😉

Fitness Q & A 

Below are some questions I’ve received about fitness as a career:

Do I ever get sick of fitness because I am around it all of the time?

I was asked this recently, if I get burnt out or sick of fitness. And the answer is yes, sometimes. Just like anyone else who enjoys working out, I get stuck in a rut and get burnt out.

Unfortunately, it’s my job to teach and I can’t always take a day off when I want to.   Usually when I feel like I don’t want to teach I’ll find my groove as soon as I begin to teach a class.  I get insane energy from the participants and I literally morph into someone else.  Heck, I can’t even motivate myself the way I motivate others during a class.  I get such an adrenalin kick when I teach that any thoughts of not wanting to exercise go away.

Getting ready to motivate!

Teaching Group Fitness has become so routine for me that I hardly give it a second thought.  And the majority of the time, I don’t get burnt out.  Now I do literally get sick and have to take time off, but that’s a whole other situation. With proper rest, good eating habits, and just taking care of my body, I am able to handle the teaching load plus do some of my own workouts each week.

Does working in a fitness environment hinder my own fitness goals?

Yes, absolutely it does.  At my current job I teach 7 classes a week and that doesn’t leave me much time for myself.  I teach 5 cardio classes and so my cardio quota is almost full.   Training for a marathon is not first on my agenda at this point in time (or even 10th for that matter!).

I teach one strength class and one Pilates class each week, which I consider ‘easier’ classes to teach, as I can walk around more and ‘coach’.  On these days I do my own workout in the mornings before work or in the evening after work. Lately it’s been running with my dogs. With the cardio classes, however,  I do the whole thing since it’s choreographed.  I consider those my workout and typically don’t do anything else that day except walk my dogs.

I also will do my own thing on the weekend, which is typically running or walking.  One thing that I notice working in fitness is that I don’t like being in a gym on weekends! I need a break, so my workouts are usually outdoors and quite leisurely.

Basically at this point in time my goal is to simply be active most days of the week and I don’t have plans for any long distance races, competitions, or any lofty strength goals.  I’m at a maintenance phase I guess! If I do have any goals in mind down the road, it just takes some extra planning around my teaching schedule.

Do you feel like you have to portray a certain look because you work in fitness?

Back in the day, I used to be more image obsessed and thought I  had to look a certain way because I worked in the fitness field. I thought I should have perfect muscles and a six pack at any given moment in time. This was around the time when I ventured with Figure Competitions.  Since that time though (and a lot of self reflection), I don’t put any pressure on myself to have a certain look and to do certain workouts (think body building type workouts). My goal is to simply be healthy and treat my body with respect and inspire others to do so as well.

I have a much more balanced approach to fitness and I’m all about doing what I enjoy.  I’ve come to realize that it was not others expecting me to have a certain look, but it was my own self criticism telling me I was not ‘perfect’.  I’m so over all that negative crap! I don’t feel guilty for not being the perfect picture of health because there is no such thing. I do the best I can with eating well and exercising without getting obsessive.

Conclusion

To wrap this discussion up, I really enjoy working in fitness.  Like any job, it can get tedious, but ultimately I enjoy what I do.  I like going to work every day and even look forward to it.  If you can say that about your job (whatever the field you are in) then I think you are on the right path!

If you’re thinking about a career in health and fitness and have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! I’d be happy to try and answer to the best of my ability.

Have a great weekend!!

Are YOU up for a Challenge?

At work we are doing what’s called the “Pick 6 Challenge” for our members.  There is a list of exercises to choose from and you have to choose 6 of them to complete, 3 being cardio and 3 being strength.  You get to choose the order you want to do each exercise.  You  have 2 minutes in between exercises.

The weightlifting events are:

  • Bench Press on Smith Machine
  • Pull-Ups on Gravitron
  • Leg Extension
  • Push-Ups (modified for women)
  • Tricep Dips on Gravitron
  • Abdominal Crunches

The cardiovascular events include:

  • 1-Mile Indoor Run/Walk
  • 1500-Meter Row
  • 10 Minute AMT Challenge
  • 2 mile Expresso Bike Race (Stationary Bike)

For each event, points are assigned.  Points are based on time for the cardiovascular events (the AMT challenge is based on distance too) and points are based on repetitions for the strength events.

Determination of weight lifted for each event is based on a percentage of one’s body weight, gender and their age.

Point Values

Running:

Mile Run/Walk Inside
Men & Women
Time Points
under 5:59 100
6:00-6:59 95
7:00-7:59 90
8:00-8:59 85
9:00-9:59 80
10:00-10:59 75
11:00-11:59 70
12:00-12:59 65
13:00-13:59 60
14:00-14:59 55
15:00-15:59 50
16:00-16:59 45
17:00-17:59 40
18:00-18:59 35
19:00-19:59 30
20:00-20:59 25
20+ 20

Biking:

2 mile Expresso Bike
Men Women
Time Points Time Points
under 6:00 100 under 7:00 100
6:01-6:15 95 7:01-7:15 95
6:16-6:30 90 7:16-7:30 90
6:31-6:45 85 7:31-7:45 85
6:46-7:00 80 7:46-8:00 80
7:01-7:15 75 8:01-8:15 75
7:16-7:30 70 8:16-8:30 70
7:31-7:45 65 8:31-8:45 65
7:46-8:00 60 8:46-9:00 60
8:01-8:15 55 9:01-9:15 55
8:16-8:30 50 9:16-9:30 50
8:31-8:45 45 9:31-9:45 45
8:46-9:00 40 9:46-10:00 40
9:01-9:15 35 10:01-10:15 35
9:16-9:30 30 10:16-10:30 30
9:31-9:45 25 10:31-10:45 25
9:46-10:00 20 10:46-11:00 20
10:01-10:15 15 11:01-11:15 15
10:16-10:30 10 11:16-11:30 10
10:30+ 5 11:30+ 5

Rowing:

1500 Meter Row
Men Women
Time Points Time Points
under 5:30 100 under 6:00 100
5:31-5:45 95 6:01-6:15 95
5:46-6:00 90 6:16-6:30 90
6:01-6:15 85 6:31-6:45 85
6:16-6:30 80 6:46-7:00 80
6:31-6:45 75 7:01-7:15 75
6:46-7:00 70 7:16-7:30 70
7:01-7:15 65 7:31-7:45 65
7:16-7:30 60 7:46-8:00 60
7:31-7:45 55 8:01-8:15 55
7:46-8:00 50 8:16-8:30 50
8:01-8:15 45 8:31-8:45 45
8:16-8:30 40 8:46-9:00 40
8:31-8:45 35 9:01-9:15 35
8:46-9:00 30 9:16-9:30 30
9:01-9:15 25 9:31-9:45 25
9:16-9:30 20 9:46-10:00 20
9:31-9:45 15 10:01-10:15 15
9:46-10:00 10 10:16-10:30 10
10:00+ 5 10:30+ 5

AMT: 7 points are awarded for every tenth of a mile completed in 10 minutes

Bench Press: (note: only posted until age 40, if interested for values over 40 just let me know!)

Bench:      
Men Women
Age Percentage Age Percentage
20 and under 75% 20 and under 40%
21 75% 21 40%
22 74% 22 39%
23 74% 23 39%
24 73% 24 38%
25 73% 25 38%
26 72% 26 37%
27 72% 27 37%
28 71% 28 36%
29 71% 29 36%
30 70% 30 35%
31 70% 31 35%
32 69% 32 34%
33 69% 33 34%
34 68% 34 33%
35 68% 35 33%
36 67% 36 32%
37 67% 37 32%
38 66% 38 31%
39 66% 39 31%
40 65% 40 30%

Leg Extensions:

Men Women
Age Percentages Age Percentages
18-29 50% 18-29 40%
30-39 48% 30-39 38%
40-49 46% 40-49 36%
50-59 44% 50-59 34%
60+ 42% 60+ 32%

Dips:

Men Women
Age Percentage Age Percentage
18-29 74% 18-29 50%
30-39 72% 30-39 48%
40-49 70% 40-49 46%
50-59 68% 50-59 44%
60+ 66% 60+ 42%

Pull Ups:

Men Women
Age Percentages Age Percentages
20 and under 70% 20 and under 50%
21 68% 21 49%
22 68% 22 49%
23 68% 23 49%
24 66% 24 48%
25 66% 25 48%
26 66% 26 47%
27 64% 27 47%
28 64% 28 46%
29 64% 29 46%
30 62% 30 45%
31 62% 31 45%
32 62% 32 44%
33 60% 33 44%
34 60% 34 43%
35 60% 35 43%
36 58% 36 42%
37 58% 37 42%
38 58% 38 41%
39 56% 39 41%
40 56% 40 40%

Push Ups:

Every Rep Above Low End of Average:  +1 point
           
Men
Age Excellent Good Average Fair Poor
20-29 >49 34-48 17-33 6 to16 <5
30-39 >40 25-39 12 to 24 4 to11
40-49 >35 20-34 8 to19 3 to 7 <2
50-59 >30 15-29 6 to14 2 to 5 <1
60+ >20 5 to19 3 to 4 1 to 2 0
           
Women
Age Excellent Good Average Fair Poor
20-29 >55 45-54 35-44 20-34 <19
30-39 >45 35-44 25-34 15-24 <14
40-49 >40 30-39 20-29 12 to19 <11
50-59 >35 25-34 15-24 8 to14 <7
60+ >30 20-29 10 to19 5 to 9 <4

Crunches:

Every Rep Above Low End of Average:  +1 point
       
Men
Age Beginner Intermediate Advanced
<30 <30 30-50 >50
30-39 <22 22-45 >45
40-49 <21 21-40 >40
50-59 <18 18-35 >35
60+ <15 15-30 >30
       
Women
Age Beginner Intermediate Advanced
<30 <25 25-45 >45
30-39 <20 20-40 >40
40-49 <18 18-35 >35
50-59 <12 12 to 30 >30
60+ <11 11 to 25 >25

My Score

Today I did the challenge myself and picked the following exercises (also in the order I did them):

  • 1 mile Run: 8:20
  • Crunches in one minute: 77
  • 2 mile Bike: 6:32
  • Bench: 30 reps (at 50lbs)
  • AMT (distance in 10 minutes): 0.97
  • Leg Extensions: 61 reps (at 58lbs)

Phew, this was tough! My score came to 395.9.  I was happy with it, but would have loved a score in the 400s!  I think the top female score right now is 530! She killed just about every event, she’s in great shape cardiovascular and strength wise.

Are YOU up for a Challenge?

Try it out! If you don’t have a rower or AMT or any of the other machines, substitute another exercise.  For example, instead of the AMT use the elliptical.  Or do one of the cardio choices twice.  Just have fun with it!!

How to do it:

  • Choose 6 of the exercises listed above (shoot for 3 cardio and 3 strength)
  • Rest only 2 minutes between exercises
  • Go as hard as you can! Give it your all!
  • Tally up your points with the values above and let me know how you did!
  • Have fun! Challenge yourself!

Let me know if you try it out!

The Looks of a Sweaty Bum

My day started out with a sweaty cardio session before work.  I did 10 minutes on the AMT followed by some stretching and then did a 30 minute jog.  Felt good!

Conveniently I workout at my place of employment, so the transition from workout to work is hassle free.  It’s one of the best perks to being a Fitness Specialist!

Another great perk to the job is the fact that I can literally look like a sweaty bum daily:

Exhibit A:

Work "Attire"

Exhibit B:

Work "Uniform"

And Exhibit C:

Ready for Work!

After I teach or workout, I do freshen up with some deodorant and if I’m lucky, I’ll wash my face.  I’ll throw on some warm up pants and a fleece zip up jacket and I’m good to go.

Now don’t get me wrong, I swear, I do shower! It’s just typically at home in the evenings 🙂

But sometimes the class I teach gets me so sweaty that I have to shower, which actually just happened last Friday after Turbo Kick. That class is super high intensity!

Enough about sweat and my lack o’ showering, let’s move on to today’s topic in the 30-Day Challenge!

Mainstream Music

Today’s topic asks about my thoughts on mainstream music.  I really, really enjoy mainstream and pop music.  I think it’s fun, usually has a great beat, and often times puts me in a great mood!

I love anything by Britney Spears (life long fan right here!), Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Usher,  Katy Perry, and the list goes on.

B Spears Fan for Life!

Love me some Gaga!

Does Talent = Singing?

Some may argue that many pop artists lack actual real singing talent. An example of that would be (in my opinion) Miley Cirus.

Miley

Now, God love her, she’s adorable and does have some catchy songs, but she is not a great singer.  Her voice is not really that great to listen to.  Compare her to someone who can actually belt out a serious note and she really lacks in the singing department.  But I do think she has talent as an overall performer and pop star.

Does that mean I won’t listen to her music? No. I love a good dance song and something that amps me up.  If I wanted to listen to a soulful ballad, I’d play a Josh Groban song (what a voice!)

Josh Groban

My point is that I don’t mind if someone doesn’t have the best voice when it comes to pop music.  I enjoy the whole aspect of a song and how it can make me feel. Pop music is especially good during workouts.  My energy can go from zero to hero with the help from an upbeat song! I love that!

Bottom line: I’m a sucker for a catchy pop song 🙂

Question:

What’s your take on Pop Music?

My Home Away from Home

Workout

This morning started out with a Indoor Cycling class that I teach at 6:30AM. (FYI, it’s the same as a “Spinning” class.  We do not have official “Spinning” bikes, therefore you can not call a class that.  So, we just call it Indoor Cycling). For the class I did a combination of rides including endurance, rolling hills, and interval/speed work.  Was a nice class, sweaty class!

After class I came home to walk my two little monsters. We did our usual 2 mile walk.  They were quit rambunctious today!

Sophia was not feeling so hot and when I got out of the shower I saw that she threw up in about 5 different places (why 5 and not 1?!) Her and Boo have started eating grass when I take them outside (weirdos! They apparently think they are cattle) There will be no more of that! I believe that was the culprit.   I have to go grocery shopping after work, so I will need to pick up some carpet cleaner.

Those of you with dogs…do they ever eat grass?

Sorry, Mom….


Dreaming of grass 🙂


Breakfast

After cleaning up Sophia’s mess, it was time for some grub! I was in the mood for some dippy eggs!  While I cooked the eggs, I toasted a light whole grain english muffin and microwaved some frozen strawberries.  I made some Southern Pecan flavored coffee as well.   This breakfast hit the spot!

mmmmm…

My Home Away from Home

So today at work I snapped some pictures so I can show you all where I spend the majority of my time! I literally feel like I live in a gym!  It’s my home away from home.

A little background on what I do: I’m the Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness for a University Recreation Center.   I oversee the student fitness center and manage my staff of about 6 student workers (who work in the gym) and about 8 Group Exercise Instructors.   I’m in charge of hiring staff for the fitness center and Group Ex program, training, scheduling and evaluating them each semester.  When I am not managing the fitness center I also teach a couple of academic classes each week: Lifetime Fitness and Weight training.  And finally, I come up with different incentive fitness programs for the college campus to participate in.

Since I workout at my work, this is really the main reason I don’t workout on weekends.  I need a break from work!  Once in a while I do come in to exercise on weekends, but it’s rare.

My Office, which is located in the Fitness Center

I have no excuse not to exercise….I have treadmills staring at me all day! 😉

The Fitness Center

Oh, hello there

Cardio…

Free weights, Medicine Balls…

Group Exercise Studio…My Favorite Place!

Hi Again!

One of the perks of working in Fitness Center is dressing the part!

I wear swishy pants and T-Shirts daily!

Here is some of our Group Ex equipment….

Weight plates and barbells for “Body Pump” style classes

Steps and Risers

Indoor Cycling Bikes and Stability Balls

Kickboxing Bags

So there you have it! My home away from home…At least until June when I move back to Cleveland, OH.  Then I’ll have to find a new home which hopefully still be fitness and wellness related!

What do you do for a living?

Do you enjoy what you do?