Jump for ALS

The company I work for does a lot for our ALS patients.  We are participating in a 3 mile walk next month, so they had a fundraiser this week.  It was Jump for ALS.  We had to pay to jump rope.  The department with the most jumps won breakfast from our local HyVee store.  We had 4 different times we could jump throughout the day.  We could jump as many times as we wanted.  You jumped till you stopped or messed up.

I don’t think any of us has jumped in years.  I went a total of 5 times.  My jump totals were: 110, 80, 209, 25, 416.  My department got 2nd place.  I am happy to announce I got first in the highest amount of jumps at once!  They gave me a special prize, a yoga mat and DVD.

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We were able to raise $180 for the cause.  It was great seeing everyone rally at the end for more jumps.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Jen

 

 

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14 day challenge, week 2

How was week 1?  Did you stick with it?  What was your favorite workout?

It is time to do the second half of the challenge.  We will be doing 6 days of workouts with the 7th day as a rest day again.  Remember, if you want you can go heavier and decrease the number of reps per exercise.

How is your nutrition going?  Are you wanting to eat a little better after working out?  I find the more I work out the less I crave junk food.  I do find meal prepping on Sunday really helps.  It doesn’t take too long to do, and all my lunches are done for the week.  It is so easy to grab and go instead of making lunch at 6am.

We are half way there, you got this!!!

Day 8

chest and back

Day 9

Full body tabata

Day 10

Leg day

Day 11

upper body

Day 12

lower body

Day 13

Cardio tabata

abs

Day 14

rest day

 

Jen

The new store

As you know I recently switched companies for work.  I now work a mile away from a new HyVee store.  I have never been to one till I started here.  They have a grocery store, gas station and car wash.  Their own little town 🙂

I love HyVee!!  They have expecting and new mothers parking.  They also have Super Hero parking for veterans, doctors EMTs etc.  How great is that.  The store is so open and bright.  I was able to buy locally grown cucumbers for a potluck.  And they were not double the price like normal organic fruit and veggies are.  Oh, and the bakery.  Mmmm Mmmm, everything in their case looks beautiful.  I don’t find that many places that wow me, but they have some great decorators on staff.  If I ever decide to leave the medical field I am going to the HyVee bakery for sure.

Their slogan is Where there’s a helpful smile in every aisle.  They really do live up to that.  I have been there twice now.  Both times every employee I have seen has been cheerful and friendly.  They have made me a believer in their wonderful store.

If you have never been there, I suggest you make a trip out to your nearest store.

Jen

14 day challenge: Week 1

Hello!

I have decided to make a 14 day challenge for you all.  I have videos to go with every day.  There will be 6 workouts per 7 days, the 7th day will be your rest day.  You will need weights for this challenge.

I cannot stress enough how important nutrition is.  You can workout all day long, but will not see the results you are wanting if you constantly eat unhealthy.  I will be the first to admit this is the area that is the hardest for me.  I am doing my best at portion control, eating healthier and being more conscious of what I eat.  Just today I wanted a cupcake.  I took one bite then threw the rest away so I would not eat it.  It satisfied my craving for something sweet for the day and I did not overdo it.  Do what works for you.

Stick with it, it is only 14 days.  You got this!!!

Week 1:

Day 1:

Leg day

Day 2:

Shoulders, biceps, triceps

Day 3:

Cardio Tabata

Abs

Day 4:

Upper body

Day 5:

Leg day

Tabata abs

Day 6:

Full Body Tabata

Day 7:

Rest day.

Have fun 🙂

Jen

 

 

Snack Time

Have I mentioned before my love for peanut butter?  I eat it by the spoonful.  I needed a new afternoon snack, so this is what I have been having lately.

It is a peanut butter, banana wrap.  So good.

I like these whole wheat tortillas.

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Spread peanut butter on half.  I use a full banana.

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I fold it like a taco.  You can also roll it like a wrap.  It is still delicious either way!

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Enjoy!

Jen

Blessings

We have decided to get Alex baptized Catholic.  We had the ceremony this weekend.  We are members at the local church.  Alex did not do so well during mass.  I think there were too many people and it was too loud for him.  But he did very well during the baptism service.  I was surprised at how well he also did while the priest baptized him.

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We had our family over after for lunch.  It was a beautiful day outside.  We are grateful to have our family close to be able to share in these moments.

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Have a fantastic day!

Jen

Quilters circle

When I was pregnant my nesting phase was not cleaning every inch of the house.  I started sewing.  I made burp cloths, bibs and blankets for my bun in the oven.  I fell in love with making things and am still finding projects to do.

A baby blanket is the easiest thing to make.  Take two pieces of material and sew them together.  Turn right side out and top stitch, bam you are done!  A quilt is a whole different ball game.  I didn’t fully realize what I was getting into.  I bought a rotary cutter.  Best purchase I have ever made!  Now I can say I can cut in a straight line.  I started off with a simple pattern and a small size for Alex.  The blanket is just over a yard.  I thought doing squares would be easy.  I didn’t realize that would be sewing 99 squares together.  It took many hours, but it is done and I am happy with the results of my first quilt!

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I would like to do more in the future.  We will see what I come up with 🙂
Jen