Pumpkin’ Hunting Weekend

 

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I had such an amazing much needed weekend!

Kaienna spent the weekend with us and we went pumpkin hunting in the woods. Instead of going to the pumpkin patch, we decided to buy a pumpkin for Kai and create an elaborate story that there are wild pumpkins that roam the woods and we have to hunt them! We went to the Botanical Garden trails by our house and went in search of this pumpkin with her, creating stories, following the ‘pumpkin tracks’, and following noises (thrown rocks) to find the wild pumpkin! After an hour of walking through the trails, Kai and I separated from Derek while he hid the pumpkin on a log. He called back for us, “Hey guys! I think I heard and saw a pumpkin this way!” We ran over to him and she spotted it perched on a log and speared it!

IMG_2167We had left Derek’s and my pumpkin in the backyard while we loaded up the car before we left. We told her that the mommy and daddy pumpkin might try to look for the little pumpkin. When we got home, Derek moved them to the front door while Kai and I were in my room. He knocked on the door and called us over! Kai was so excited! Mommy and Daddy pumpkin showed up. We carved our pumpkins, giving them faces, bought tea lights, and put them on our front porch. She was obsessed with them! She had to keep checking to make sure they didn’t ‘roll away’. She’s a smart cookie though, she kept asking, “How did they knock on the door?”

pumpkinWe had a great weekend, I’m glad we had a chance to do Fall activities since we don’t have her next weekend for Halloween. She’s such a sweet girl, I feel so lucky and honored to watch her grow and be a part of her life 🙂

~Jess

 

 

Why I like at home work outs…..

So as many of you may have noticed, I haven’t been too consistent with posting workouts.

To be honest, I haven’t really been writing my own workouts, I’ve been doing online workouts from home. They are just as effective, and much more conducive to my current life style. Between work, school, and being exhausted from work and school, all I want to do is be at home.

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I’m lazy.

I don’t want to take a bus ride or shuttle to the gym, I don’t want to be stuck in traffic or in the rain, I don’t want to haul my big ass duffle bag with EVERYTHING-I-OWN-IN-IT, and I sure as hell don’t want to be tapping my foot waiting for the asshole in the squat rack to finish curling and texting.

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Working out at home is juuuuuust fine with me. In fact, I’m more than okay with it.

I’m actually going to invest in some equipment! I have a few resistance bands and a pilates ball, but I want to get a 25lb kettle bell and thicker mats for my wood floors. I’ve even been playing around with the idea of a T-Grip bar.

As much as I do love at home workouts, I also miss the tight muscle mass and strength from weight training. So I’ve decided that I will start training with weights at the gym 2 days a week. I’ll divide these days into simple Upper Body and Lower Body days with a little bit of ab work and cardio thrown in the mix.

Today will be my first day back at the gym in 2 weeks! I’m taking the Microsoft shuttle to Downtown Bellevue despite the rain and traffic. I packed a much lighter gym bag and I have my workout written and my mind mentally prepared. All I have to do until then is keep myself awake, energized, and motivated! If I wanna look like Lara Croft by next Friday I better hit the squat rack and work on these gams! Thankfully I have a body that builds and retains muscle very well, so a couple days in the gym lifting weights WILL make a difference.

laracroftI’m kinda nervous to walk into the gym today, isn’t that the weirdest thing?! The gym was my entire life, soul, the very thing that I breathed day in and day out. Sometimes change is needed to rekindle a passion that was and is always there. Sometimes you really just need a break from even the things that are good for you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder right?

Anyways, I hope you all try this workout and tell me how bad your legs hurt. Hopefully you can walk by Halloween!

~Jess

Update! Pictures, work out, and Snickers!

Biceps Hello folks, thanks for tuning in today!

It’s been a great freakin’ day today, not too shabby, don’t have any complaints! I splurged on a buffalo chicken salad for lunch today at work and had a couple of Fun Size Snickers bars, absolutely delicious, nothing beats a Snickers that isn’t hard as a rock. Makes you really wonder how old candy is when you get that one hard piece…..

I had a fabulous morning, woke up bright and early to book it to the gym. I’m making it a routine to get up at 4am when my husband does, take the bus into downtown around 4:30pm and be at the gym doors a few minutes before they open at 5:00am. It’s been working out pretty successfully so far, definitely need those AM work outs to start the daily grind just right.

Today I hit my goal areas, glutes and hamstrings. Did a lil’ mix up of some functional fitness on the Swiss Ball for the core. I’ll include my work out, pardon my exercise explanations, sometimes they can be a little hard to explain!

Work Out for Tuesday, October 31st:

-20 minutes stair master step ups [Alternate between legs, do 20 SINGLE step ups per leg, I completed 5 sets of 20/20]

Back

-10/10 side plank leg lifts [Side plank position on your hand, not your elbow. Slowly lift your outside leg to be parallel with the ground. Repeat]

-15 Swiss ball crunch [In plank position with your legs on the Swiss Ball, body is parallel with the ground. Slowly bring your legs in towards your chest, contracting your abs]

-15/15 Swiss ball windshield wipers [Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air to create a 90 degree angle. Have a Swiss ball placed between your legs, have your arms straight out from you on the ground for support. Slowly shift the ball to the left side, do not touch the ground! Slowly shift the ball to the right side. Repeat]

-15/15 Swiss  ball cross over crunch [Sit on Swiss ball with your feet against the wall for minimal support. Hands lightly placed at the sides of your head for minimal support. Lean far back on the ball and bring come up into a crunch, bringing your right elbow across towards you left knee, repeat on other side]  x3

 

-16-8-8-16 Swiss ball hamstring curl [Lie on your back with the Swiss ball placed beneath your calves, arms by your side for support. Lift your body into a plank position off the floor. Slowly bring Swiss ball close to your glutes and roll back out slowly. Repeat 16 reps. Next exercise, same position, but lift on leg straight into the air, use one leg to bring ball towards glutes. Repeat 8 times on each side. Last exercise is modified from the first. After you bring the ball towards your glutes, push up into a bridge position]

-12-12-12-12 5lb donkey kicks [Position yourself on the floor on all fours with your elbows on the ground. Place a 5lb dumbbell securely behind right knee. Hold that leg up and pulse 12 times. Second round, bring that knee in towards your chest and pulse back up 12 times. Third round, bring that leg behind the stationery knee and pulse back up 12 times. Fourth round, combine the first 3 exercises in a fluid motion. Repeat on left leg]

-15/15 10lb reverse lunges [Stand straight up, legs together, taking one 10lb dumbbell in each hand. Slowly bring your right foot back into a backwards lunge, keeping your back straight, hips forward, and left knee at a 90 degree angle. Repeat on left leg. Complete 15 reps per leg]   x3

Whewwwww! That was intense! I hope most of that made sense! It might make complete and total sense to me but be total hogwash for you. I really wish I had the time, resources, and a partner in crime on my gym escapades so I could actually make videos, or have step by step photo break downs for you guys. Awwww well, gotta work with what I got. That’s also the difficulty with any functional fitness exercise. They won’t have a name, and explaining them will hardly make any sense.

Abs Anywhooozer, as you can see I’ve included some pretty decent photos of what I looked like after my work out. Can’t really say if I look like that after Snickers bars and lunch today. I’m not going to be the old grouch who denies the Holiday treats this year. I’ll be that grouch when January rolls around.

I’m pretty stoked about my upper body / bicep progression, especially considering that I’ve only really trained them about twice in the past few weeks, and only twice in the past 3-4 months with marathon training. Zuzka’s bodyweight exercise videos have definitely been a plus. Burpees will keep you pretty toned, especially the burpee pyramids she has you do! Chick is insaaaaane.

My back looks like a freaking BEAST I LOVE it! Definitely want to shed some of the softer layers. I do have pretty big shoulders though, definitely muscle there. If there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s my shoulders.

My abs are still there, lookin’ good. I would like to see less ‘blocks’ and more oblique definition though, but hey, I’m not complaining at all. I also want to work on the lower back area, shedding fat from everywhere I can, tighten that shit up real good.

Don’t really have anything to report on the legs, it’s getting colder after all so I don’t really work out in shorts, and I’m not about to start posting pictures of me in my bra and underwear. Maybe once my ass is at the elevation I would like it to be, I’ll put on a swim suit for progress shots. Haha, I guess I’d need a picture of my chunky ass for the before picture huh? Not really a progress shot if you’re not comparing it to anything….. we’ll see, we’ll see….

Well, that was my lovely morning! Full of all sorts of sweaty fun, pictures, instagram updates, coffee, Snickers, and walking my lil’ shiba pup. Stay tuned for more! Hope err ‘body has a great Halloween, overload on sugar and enjoy the festivities!

~Jess ♄

Good Vibes!

‘Ello folks! I’m so excited! I actually had some downtime at work to work on creating some new running maps on my mapmyrun account for around my new neighborhood! Too bad this would have been the PERFECT week to run, next week starts dumping rain again. I’ll have to stock up on some rain gear, maybe get a new pair of shoes so I can rotate drying them. Anyways, I’m really excited about it! I feel like I need that outdoor cardio BURST to make me feel alive again. The treadmill is such a draaaaag. I hate the sound, the stale air, watching the depressing news on the monitors in front of me. Seems kind of silly too, staying in one place, moving, going no where. It’ll be nice to explore around my house too, find out which streets are great to run on, where the hills are, etc. Pumped I tell ya’, ab-so-fucking-lutely pumped.

I didn’t go to the gym like I had originally planned in my week of written workouts. I was surprised with a meeting reschedule at work that required me to come in an hour early. I needed to come in even early to practice for the meeting. The meeting went really well though, I think that’s also why I’m in such good spirits. It was definitely something to check off my list of things to do. This meeting was rescheduled so many times too, I just wanted to get it over with. The butterflies in my stomach and the un-soaked up coffee made me jittery and want to vomit. I did really well in my Quarterly Metrics Presentation to our client though, so I’m happy now.

I’ve been eating much MUCH better lately too! Practicing that self control for when bikini prep rolls around. It’s really hard working with someone who has a part time job as a baker, and people love bringing in treats, and the catering ladies are always snagging new pastries and goodies for us. Halloween is also tomorrow and I have a fat bag of 157 pieces of Starbursts, Skittles, M&M’s, and Snickers! Maybe I’ll stash a few Snickers and dump the rest of the bowl in whoever shows up at 10pm. Lucky kid…..

Tomorrow I plan on hitting the gym HARD. Gonna tear the shit out of my legs, make them feel like hell, but somehow manage to workout Friday and run this weekend with my husband. I’ll definitely try to post some pictures. You can also follow my instagram that is dedicated to my progress pictures and inspiration. Anywhoooozer, I’m gonna bounce outta’ here and pretend I’m working! Adios!

~Jess♄