Something in the air

There must have been something in the air last night.  I could not fall asleep for the life of me.  I became sick this weekend, so all I wanted to do was go to bed early.  Per my alarm I was going to get a good 6 hours 30 minutes before waking up.  I ended up going to the couch in the middle of the night because I was still awake.  I tried everything.  Deep breathing, focusing on my breathing, counting to clear my mind.  I finally fell asleep around 1am.  I woke up to my alarm at 3:45am.  I remembered in my dream I was having a hard time sleeping.  So, not only did I have a hard time falling asleep, but once I did I dreamt that I couldn’t fall asleep as well.  Good Lord!

I got Alex up at his normal time for a bottle at 4:25.  He could not fall back asleep either.  I felt bad, but I had to wake up Paul at 5:50 to take over so I could get in the shower for work.  Everyone asks me why I wake up so early, this is the reason.  It doesn’t happen too often anymore, but every so often it takes Alex a while to get back to sleep.  I try to do my best to get him down so I don’t have to wake Paul up early.

I am thinking we will need to take a nice long walk tonight after work so both Alex and I can get a good night’s sleep tonight.  Here’s to hoping we all catch some ZZZZZ’s this evening!

Jen

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Cardio Wednesday

Can I just take a moment to reflect on BCAAs.  My legs should be a lot more sore and tight from yesterday’s workout.  I was incredibly shaky yesterday.  I can feel a little bit this morning, but not like I used to be in the past, and I even had more weight yesterday than normal.  Thank  you BCAAs, Thank You!!

Today I did treadmill sprints and abs.  It always feels good to get a little run in.  All I need are my headphones and I am good to go.  I have done 30 seconds on, 1 min 30 seconds off before, but decided to bump it up a little today since I wanted to do some abs after my workout.  You can do your sprint all at the same pace or gradually increase your speed every sprint.

HIIT Treadmill

2 minute warm up

3 minute jog

30 second sprint

1 minute jog

*repeat sprint/jog 8 times

2 minute cool down

 

Jen

Leg day Tuesday

The ever popular leg day.  Everyone except me loves leg day.  I have been a runner for so long, I have always used that as my lower body workout.  This year I have mainly just been doing sprints on the treadmill, I have not gone out for runs.  And when I have done leg day, I will admit I have not given it my all.  I would either do bodyweight exercises, or light weights.

Today, I decided to use weights for all 5 moves.  There was only 5 moves, so I thought I could do this 5 times.  Ha!  I don’t know what I was thinking this morning.  I focused on getting low in my squats and at a slow and controlled pace.  Needless to say I only made it through 3 rounds.  My goal will be to keep doing this till I get through 5 rounds.  Walking up the stairs when I was finished was interesting.

If you can, go heavy.  But try and keep good form and get low in your squats.  Do at least 3 rounds.

Legs:

20 squats

10 each leg curtsy lunge (do not alternate legs)

20 sumo squats

20 Russian deadlifts

20 calf raises

Jen

 

Upper body Monday

Hello all,

I have made a goal to get back to working out 5 days a week.  I will track my progress so I can see my results this time.

This weekend We went and bought heavier weights.  I just got 10 lbs for now.  I figure my reward for my goal will be to get more dumbbells.  I also picked up some BCAAs this weekend.  I have looked at them for a while and figured I will give it a try.  I sipped on it during my workout this morning instead of having a banana beforehand.

bcaa

Todays workout was three rounds of three moves.  Complete the first round three times before moving to the next.  I went heavier the last set.

Round 1:

Front shoulder raise

Bicep curl

Tricep kickback

Round 2:

Shoulder press

Static bicep curl

Skull crushers

Round 3:

Steering wheel

Hammer curl

Tricep overhead extension

 

Happy workout and have a great day!

Jen

Good Morning Sunshine

I love breakfast.  I could eat breakfast any time of the day.  I could eat right when I wake up.  I am not the type who has to wait a couple hours before eating.  I am also a creature of habit, so I tend to eat the same thing every day.

Before I was pregnant, I loved my mornings.  I would wake up an hour before I would need to leave for work.  I would take my time getting ready.  I had the time to do my hair, put make up on.  I would make oatmeal, sit down and read for 10 minutes while eating breakfast.  My routine changed while I was pregnant.  Same routine, but instead I made an egg sandwich and orange juice for the second half of pregnancy. After baby, my routine changed again.  Who has time to sit down and read in the morning anymore!  I nursed for a long time so I would have to wake up at 4am to make sure I had time to nurse, put Alex back down and pump.  Then I would have to rush to take a shower and get out the door.

I have recently stopped nursing, so I have some free time in the mornings.  I still get up at 4am with him and put him back down after a bottle.  But now, I go downstairs and workout for a half hour before getting ready for work.  It is the only time of day I have to get an uninterrupted workout done.  So, naturally my breakfast has changed so I can get protein in after a workout.  I have gone back to making a protein shake.  I make one for Paul and I.  And now, I can drink my breakfast as I start driving to work.  My favorite shake is the Chunky Monkey. So delicious!!!

Chunky Monkey protein shake:

1 cup milk/almond milk

couple ice cubes

1 banana

1 big spoonful peanut butter

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Mix all in a blender and enjoy!

Make it a great day,

Jen

New Beginnings

Today is my last day at my job.  I have made the decision to go to another company.  The process is never fun, but I am excited for what Monday will bring.

Looking for a new job is exciting and stressful all at the same time.  The possibility of finding something better suited or with better benefits is always uplifting.  But trying to find the right match can sometimes be hard.

I remember job searching as a kid.  I would look in the local paper to see what is out there.  Yes, you heard that right, the paper.  There were no online sites to look up jobs.  You would heavily rely on the paper to find listings.  All that really mattered was the pay when you were 20.  If they offered insurance that was a plus.  I never paid attention to the premiums or out of pocket expenses.  To me, it was just what came out of my check every two weeks and how much my copay would be for my once a year doctor appointment.  Job searching when you are 33 is a whole new ball game.  First, where are they located?  You don’t want to drive too far, but some jobs seem to all be located over 20 miles away.   What are the hours?  Do you have to work late/overtime?  Do you want to be stuck in rush hour every day?  And this is the first time I have had to worry about will I make it to daycare in time for pick up every day including the winter months when it takes longer.  Factor in the benefit package.  How much vacation do they offer?  What are the insurance premiums?  What is the coverage and deductible/out of pocket expense?  How is the 401k plan?  How are the people?  Do I think I will be able to get along with the people and be happy there?  Let’s not forget the job itself.  Do I feel like I will be able to do the job and all the various tasks that come along with it?  So many factors to consider as I get older.  It sure makes my head spin some days.

After a lot of praying and many talks with Paul I do believe this change will be good.  I am excited to start this next chapter in my work career.  It has not fully sunk in yet that I will not be coming back to this desk.  To me, it will be hardest to leave the coworkers that I have grown with over the past 1.5 years of being here.

desk

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jen

Money Tree

Remember when you were a kid and your parents always said money doesn’t grow on trees?  I am in my thirty’s and I am still wishing we could have a money tree in our backyard.  If it is not one thing, it is another when it comes to money.

I have always stressed about money.  I have made so many budgets in my day but have always failed.  Well, I can tell you a budget will not work if you don’t even give it a try.  My poor husband has been along for the ride as I have made us try so many things.  Most of the time we didn’t have a budget.  We have tried writing down all our expenses for tracking.  We have tried the envelope system by using an app on our phones.  I have written down budgets and never enforced them.  We had Alex and now have a big hospital bill.  I decided we needed to try the envelope system again, but this time follow Dave Ramsey’s advise and use cash.  I left money in our account for our bills that I pay online.  I subtracted that from how much our paychecks were and then had Paul go to the bank.  Dave Ramsey says to allocate money into different categories.  We left it all in one big envelope.  The theory is that once the cash is gone, it’s gone.  There is no going to the bank to pull out more.  Let me tell you, this is the first time that a budget has worked and we have stuck to it for several months now.  It sure makes you think about your purchases when you literally see the cash disappear from the envelope.  I still want to track our purchases, so we get a receipt for everything and put it in the envelope.  At the end of the two weeks, I will enter it into an excel spreadsheet so we can still see where we are spending our money.

It has been so nice these past couple months.  I do not feel stressed about money nearly as much anymore.  I do not need to wait to pay a bill because that money has already been set aside for all the bills due for that paycheck.  We had car repairs this past month.  I normally would have been upset by having the added expense.  Because we have been so good at sticking to our budget we had the cash to pay for the repair.

Money is such a touchy subject for so many people.  What works for one person may not work for another.  Keep trying and searching for something until you can find something that works for your family.  Once you do you will be much more happy at being in control of your finances.  Make sure whatever you do, you set aside a little to have fun with.  You need to be able to reward yourself every once in a while.

Make today great!

Jen