Intense Upper Body and Cardio Workout

We made it through Monday everyone! That’s the hard part of the week, right? My Monday actually ended up being great! My students were great for the most part, I was able to leave my school before 4:00, and I got in an awesome workout! As I was doing this workout at the gym yesterday, I kept thinking about how I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you because I know some of y’all will love it! If you are wanting to work your upper body, while also getting in some intense cardio, try this!

Intense Upper Body and Cardio Workout

Make sure you warm up first, and cool down and stretch when you are done! I ran my mile at an incline of 0.5, and then increased it to 1 for the last .2 of the mile. Use whatever speed challenges you! And for the upper body exercises make sure you use a weight that will challenge you. If you do, then I guarantee you that you will be a sweaty mess when you are done with the whole workout! I definitely was!

Here are links to some of the exercises.

Ropes (except don’t do the jump squats that the guy in this video does, just the ropes. :) )

Skull crushers

Bicep curls

Upright rows

Shoulder Press

Side Raises

Dumbbell flies 

Chest Press

Barbell rows

As always, if you try it out, let me know what you think! :)

When I got home from the gym I made myself a shake using my new Sunwarrior protein powder, which I am absolutely loving!

After drinking my shake I fixed our plates for dinner, which was so easy thanks to food prep on Sunday and my crockpot! I tried a new to us meal, chicken provencal.

IMG_7463 This is a not so pretty picture of some of the chicken in my crockpot, but please don’t judge the meal by my super bad photography skills, it was good!

I made Ryan a plate with sweet potatoes, green beans, and two leftover Olive Garden breadsticks.


I put mine in a bowl with sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli and squash because everything tastes better in a bowl mixed in with everything else. :)

IMG_7464 Then after snapping the above picture I mixed it all together.


As I started eating I told Ryan I thought the chicken would be better with some marinara sauce on top. Ryan agreed, and luckily I had some marinara sauce in the fridge, so I heated us up some and poured it on Ryan’s chicken and put some in my bowl. The marinara sauce made the meal guys! It made the chicken so much better, and if you try this recipe I definitely suggest putting some marinara sauce on top!


After dinner, I showered, packed our lunches, and with the help of Ryan cleaned our kitchen. Tomorrow I am hoping to get our clothes folded and put up before I go to bed!

But now it’s already time for me to get ready for bed. I hope you all have a great Tuesday!


1. How was your Monday?

2. What did you eat last night?

3. Have you ever heard of chicken provencal? I never had until I found this recipe. 


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Thankful for This Weekend Plus Faith and Body Image

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! This weekend was really fun for me, and it made me so thankful for the little things. Before I go too far in this post, I wanted to let y’all know that I am guest posting for Jaclyn over at BumpSweat  today, and I wrote a post about how faith and body image intersect. Head on over HERE to check it out! :)

Anyways, back to this weekend! Friday night and most of the day Saturday was spent with our friends, Wood and Meredith. (I’ve explained this before, but Wood’s first name is Ryan, but since my husband’s name is Ryan, we call him Wood. :) ).  We had so much fun and laughed basically the whole time. We spent some time laying out at the pool, which was so nice since I know pool season is coming to an end.


We got home about 5, so after relaxing for a little bit and doing some laundry, I made us THIS taco pasta, and it was delicious!


I used gluten free noodles though, and didn’t put cheese in the whole pot, since dairy doesn’t fare well with me. I did, however, add cheese to Ryan’s plate, and nutritional yeast to mine, which gave it a perfect cheesy flavor for me. I ate mine with broccoli, and Ryan had chips and guacamole with his. I also mixed guacamole in with my pasta, and that, in my opinion, made it perfect! Oh, I also didn’t add olives to our pasta because I’m not much of an olive fan.

IMG_7435 After cleaning the kitchen, I did some meal planning and then fell asleep in the living room until Ryan told me to go to bed. I know, I’m an old lady in a young lady’s body.


Sunday morning began with a quick 3 mile run, and I was happy for my average pace to be under 8! (Oh side note, yesterday I shared last week’s workouts and this week’s meal plan. If you missed it and are interested you can read the post HERE.)


Then I made me some grain free blueberry pancakes and topped them with banana, strawberries, peanut butter, and a little bit of pure maple syrup! I used Amy’s grain free pancake recipe, except I didn’t have almond flour or coconut flour so I just substituted gluten free flour, and they tasted great!

Sunday morning Ryan and I went to church and came back home in time for Ryan to watch football and for me to take a 30 minute nap before I reheated leftovers for our lunch. After lunch I finished making my grocery list and headed to the store to stock up for the week!

I had a lot of food to buy because I made two big pans of lasagna for two different friends of ours to have this week. One friend had a baby about two weeks ago, and another couple is due any day now with their first child, so we thought we would bring them dinner one night to help out.

IMG_7458 We aren’t going to drop off the meal until later in the week though, so I assembled both pans in a big foil pan, put a lid on it, and then I put it in the freezer so that whenever we want to make it and bring it to them it will be easy and fast!


I also chopped up all of our veggies we need for the week and put it in bags. Then I made Angela’s power house granola, and I had forgotten how good that stuff is! It is the best granola I have ever had!


I also made THESE blueberry oat breakfast bars to have as snacks during the week, and I love them too! I made them last week for the first time, and I knew I had to make them again this week.

For dinner last night we had homemade chicken strips, sweet potato fries, and broccoli and squash for me, green beans for Ryan. I thought homemade chicken strips would be a good football food for the first Sunday of NFL football, and since they were homemade they were pretty healthy. :)

That was my weekend, and after a fun time, I am ready for the third week of school! Last week was much better than the first week, so I’m hoping this week is even better! I hope you have a great week!

This weekend was definitely marvelous so I’m linking up with MIMM. Thanks for hosting Katie!



1. How was your weekend? What did you do?

2. If you did food prep, what did you make?

3. What’s your favorite meal to bring to people?

4. Best granola recipe ever? 

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Last Week’s Workouts and This Week’s Meal Plan

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, so I’m way overdue!



Monday: Shaky Legs Workout

Tuesday: Speed Workout that I hope to share later this week

Wednesday: THIS WOD that Amy shared on instagram

Thursday:Body Pump and one mile on the treadmill

Friday: much needed yoga from

Saturday: I planned on doing ten miles, but we were with friends Friday and Saturday, so it turned into a rest day.

Sunday: A fast three miles! My average pace was 7:59, which I was super happy with because ever since my marathon in April, I haven’t been as fast as I used to be. I guess my body got used to the longer distance, slower pace. So I have been working on strength and speed, and I love to see it paying off.


Meal Plan:

Sunday: left over chili or taco pasta for lunch, and then either homemade chicken strips with sweet potato fries or avocado chicken parmesan for dinner.

Monday: healthy crockpot beef stroganoff

Tuesday: pumpkin burgers, sweet potato burgers, and other veggie

Wednesday:tortilla soup

Thursday: chicken provencal with veggies

Friday: Pork tacos


Three of my meals this week use the crockpot, and I am so excited about this! Coming home to a warm, already cooked meal is just fabulous.

Now for today I plan on grocery shopping, meal prepping, making a couple of meals for some friends who just had a baby, cleaning a little, and relaxing! Football starts today, so Ryan is really excited! I know he will be watching football all day  most of the day, so this gives me a lot of time to get stuff done around the house! I hope everyone has a great Sunday!


1. What are you eating this week?

2. Are you excited about football season starting back up? Who do you cheer for? Dallas Cowboys for me! 








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Colorado Family Vacation 2014

So since school has already started, my summer is definitely over, but I thought I would bring back some of  the happy summer memories by finally sharing about our vacation to Colorado in July! Right after we got back was when I started working in my classroom every day, and that’s when I went MIA in the blog world, so this post is a little overdue.  If you don’t care about this post, come back next week for more about fitness, food, and all of that fun stuff. :)

We went in the middle of July with Ryan’s parents, Bob and Debbie, his oldest brother,Jared, his wife, Krystal their three kids, Ryan’s Uncle Ronnie, cousin, Grayson, and his grandmother, MeMa (as we call her. :) ).

We drove halfway and stayed in Amarillo one night, and then got up early the next day to leave for Colorado. We made it to our cabin by about 4:00 that afternoon.


It was our first time to stay at this cabin, and it was beautiful! It was very big and spacious, which was perfect since there was a lot of us! When we first got there we had to check out the awesome view from the back porch and the backyard!




Can you believe this beautiful view was our backyard for a whole week?? I would take this as my backyard any day!

For dinner the first night we went to a favorite of Ryan’s family called the Malt Shoppe.

IMG_7047 This is a restaurant where you order and eat outside. They have burgers, fries, shakes, chicken sandwiches, chicken strips, and other healthy food like that. ;) I got a grilled chicken sandwich on gluten free bread with fries.  In the picture above is all of the adults from the trip. I guess I am considered an adult?

Every morning would be very laid back, which was really nice. We would all talk in the mornings, have breakfast, and just relax before we got started with the day’s festivities. And of course I would take some pictures of my sweet nephew and nieces.


I mean, how cute is this kid?

IMG_7050 I sure do love this girl!

One day we went shopping to a place called, Creede. There are a lot of shops here, so it was fun to walk around and look in the stores. We had lunch at a burger place, where I got a veggie burger and Ryan and I split fries.


These are just a couple of pictures from Creede.


kids at creede

ronnie and grayson creede

It rained a little when we were there, but other than that we had fun in Creede!

We also went kayaking several days by our cabin, which was so fun!


ryan and I kayaking 2014

kids kayaking



Notice the black hat I am wearing in all of the above pictures? Ryan surprised me at Creede and bought it for me when I wasn’t with him! I absolutely love it, and I know it’s going to be perfect for all of the outdoor activities I do! It will especially be good for the next race I have in the rain!

I wish I would have taken pictures of some of the meals we ate that week because we ate some really good meals! When I say good, I don’t mean healthy though. :) But hey, it’s vacation, and moderation is key!

Each couple took turns cooking dinner each night, so Ryan and I cooked the first night, and we made lasagna, salad, and bread. I think everyone really enjoyed it!

We also went hiking some, which I absolutely loved because Colorado is just so beautiful! IMG_7125 IMG_7149 IMG_7150 IMG_7177 IMG_7173 IMG_7163

The rest of our time was spent playing board games, relaxing, talking, laughing, and just enjoying being together.

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Lots of pictures without words because I feel like the pictures really show how much fun we had together. :)

It was such a fun vacation, and I’m so glad we could all go. It would have been even more perfect if Ryan’s other brother and his wife could have come, but maybe next time!

Now onto a totally different question for my blogger friends. For a while now my email subscribers haven’t been getting an email when I publish a new post. Do y’all have any idea why this might be? I have no idea what to do, but I am afraid a lot of people are missing my posts because I know some people who rely on the emails to tell them when I publish a post.  I appreciate any advice you might have!

I hope you all have a great Friday and a great weekend! Ryan and I are hanging out with friends tonight, and I plan on getting in a long run tomorrow and some food prep at some point! I will try to check back in on Sunday with a review of last week’s workouts and next week’s meal plan.


1. Did you go on vacation this summer? Where to?

2. Favorite outdoor activity?

3. What are your weekend plans?

4. Have you started eating pumpkin yet?!? I have already had pumpkin oatmeal three times this week. :)

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Shaky Legs Workout

Hello friends!! It feels SO GOOD to be blogging again! Seriously, I have missed keeping up with my blogging friends so much! Life has been so busy for me ever since we got back from Colorado in July since I have been preparing for this school year. Last week was my first week with my own classroom, and if you read THIS prayer before the first day of school then you know I was kind of nervous.

Honestly, last week was really stressful and hectic, but things are getting better each day, and yesterday was a really good day! I actually left my school at a decent time and didn’t get home extremely late, which was a super nice change from last week! But, I will share more about my school year so far and pictures of my classroom later. Hopefully I can have that post up later this week. :) For now,  here is a picture of one of my bulletin boards I am going to use to display students’ work.


More pictures to come! :)

Now, I want to share a workout!

I thought about doing a catch up post since I haven’t blogged in a while, but honestly, the only thing I have done lately is work in my classroom, so there isn’t really a reason for that post. I mean unless you want to read all about my lesson plans and the fifth grade math curriculum…;


Even though I have been super busy, I have still made time for my workouts, and it’s been such a great stress relief! Monday morning Ryan and I both went to the gym, and I did this leg workout and absolutely loved it!

Shaky Legs Workout

I used weights for most of the exercises, and I suggest using weight that will challenge you. Remember, if it’s not challenging then it’s not changing you! But, be very careful when using weights. Proper form and safety are extremely important. Bad form can result in an injury, and nobody wants that! Take breaks when needed for this workout, but try not to rest for too long.

If you aren’t sure what I mean when I say lunge with eight medicine ball twists, all you have to do is lunge, and while you hold your lunge, do eight medicine ball twists. Then stand back up and do the same with the other leg. Do this twenty times. I need to make a video of this exercise so that it makes more sense. I am mentally adding that to my to do list. :)

The cardio burst at the end of the sets really got my heart rate up even more, which I loved! If you have any questions about this workout, please let me know! And as always, if you try it let me know what you think!

So now I would love to hear from y’all on what you have been up to! I am trying to catch back up on all of my blogs. :)

I will try to find a blogging schedule where I can at least blog a few times a week. Teacher friends and fellow bloggers, what kind of schedule do you use to still blog during the school year when you are super busy with work? I would love any tips!

Now, time to watch some HGTV with the Hubs before we go to bed. :)


1. Who is ready for fall? I am not ready for cold weather, but I am ready for pumpkin and fall foods! 

2. Best workout you have done lately?

3. What did you do for Labor Day? I did some work around the house, a workout, and Ryan and I went over to my parents’ house to eat, swim, and just hang out. 

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