Monday Moves: 6/3

It’s me again. I have been trying to upload the pics I had Tyler take for my Monday Moves (they were all upper body exercises and they were GOOD!) but for some reason, my camera decided to take its sweet time loading them to my computer- and then my camera died. Being the good blogger that I am (HA!) I wanted to have something for you guys for Monday Moves, so I decided to post the upper body workout I completed tonight at the gym. 



This is a pyramid workout, so you complete one rep of each move, then two reps of each move, then 3 of each…all the way up to 10 reps of each move. Once you hit 10, work your way back down the pyramid and complete 9 reps of each move, then 8 reps of each…all the way back down to one rep of each. By the time you complete the entire pyramid, you will have done 100 reps of each exercise! Not bad, huh?



I’m probably going to eat my words tomorrow, but I am surprisingly not too sore from this one. I even did yoga earlier today AND used heavier weights for this! I’m thinking after a couple hours of rest, I’m going to have some sore shoulders at least..we shall see!

Hope this is something you guys will like…but please, let me know! I can do other Monday Moves posts that incorporate workouts or exercises you want to see!

Right, so two posts in one day. Basically,

Right, so two posts in one day. Basically, it’s a long episode of The Bachelorette, and Tyler is playing video games. Soooo yeahhhhh…

Just two things I NEED to share. Number one: The workout I did today. Consider this your Monday Moves post for the week. It was a great mix of strength and cardio and I was super sweaty and ready to hit the showers by the end. (Note: I completed the workout nearly 3 hours ago and I have yet to shower. Cue the gross factor.)



Number two: The cookies I baked today. I don’t know why I never thought of making these before, but DAYY-UMM they are yummy. I almost didn’t want to share, but realized I probably should since it would be rude to tell you about them, but not tell you how to make them and be all Cookie Monster-esque like me:


K, onto the stuff. Might as well give you the workout first.


I did this workout with a 5 minute warmup on the row machine, 20 min spin after Circuit 1, and 15 minute run after circuit 2. I would have completed extra cardio after the third circuit, but I had already made a trip to the dog park earlier in the day AND I needed to get to the grocery store for dinner stuff before Tyler got home. There’s my excuse. Still a great workout, though!


5.27 cookies


Browned-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 c bown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash salt
  • 1 c chocolate chips

Here’s what you do:

1. Place the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Continuously stir for several minutes until butter bubbles, then begins turning light brown.

2. Immediately place the browned butter in a mixer (or bowl if using hand mixer) and cream with both sugars.

3. Once they are fully incorporated, add the egg and vanilla.

4. Then add flour, soda and salt and mix until just incorporated.

5. Hand fold in the chocolate chips.

6. Place mixture in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare baking pans. After 30 minutes and once oven is ready, spoon blobs of the dough onto the baking sheets and bake for 12 minutes. Cookies will be soft to touch upon taking out of the oven, so allow them to cool on cookie pans for 5-10 minutes before moving to wire racks.

Night, y’all.


This is just going to be one huge cluster fudge of life-things. I feel my lack of socializing (minus small talk with folks at the dog park) has caused me to bottle up quite a few things-not in a bad way, but hot damn do I need to just chat to beings other than my dogs. And Tyler. Not that I don’t love chatting with him, but I’ve now got him choosing my weekly nail polish. I mean…really? Crazy times.

First off, I wanted to share a quick and sweaty AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout I threw together last night and busted through this morning. Consider it this week’s Monday Moves post! Best part is that no equipment is necessary! Ok, maybe a stopwatch.



Last night while Tyler was a football practice, I searched YouTube for a cardio workout to follow. I found a 40 minute Kickboxing video that was pretty decent- yet it cut off with three minutes remaining! So I made up the rest, fell to the floor, and did some abs.

On Sunday, we cleaned the house. By ‘house’ I mean the living room, dining room, hallways, bathrooms and master bedroom. Not even the kitchen or the basement or the guest bedrooms. We managed to go through 2 ENTIRE rolls of paper towels, and a whole dispenser of clorox wipes. I suppose I should mention that I managed to knock over one of the surround sound speakers (and broke it) and knocked over a BRAND NEW full container of laundry detergent…Costco size. So technically, I guess we did clean the basement floor.

We bought our wedding bands this weekend as well. It was easy to pick mine- since it was the matching band with my engagement ring. It took Tyler 5 minutes to pick his.. boys and their jewelry. 5 minutes to pick out something he will wear for the rest of his life?! Craziness.

My puppies are so spoiled. Not only do they take advantage of me and get up about 35209 times a night for pets and kisses and potty breaks and food, but they also get to relax on the leather couches, rather than their little beddies.





Mozz is usually the cheese of choice for pizzas, but guys, I made one this weekend with 1/2 mozz and 1/2 gouda and DANG. That’s all I have to say.



I’m entirely too excited to see this movie:

Don’t Drink and Internet. I can EASILY list a crap-ton of things I’ve internetted while drunk, and it’s pretty scary. However, the best drunk internet thing I did was to randomly book a trip to Calgary for the Stampede where I ended up meeting the man of my life. Bad internet decisions include:, liking random peoples facebook statuses, and well…i’ll stop there.

I need to make these. Ok, I don’t NEED to, but I want to. Only problem is that we hardly ever have bread laying around the house. The only time I ever buy it is for dinner sandwiches and I buy the super small loaves that leave only the ends (which the dogs get).

I want to make these too.

Does anyone watch Kitchen Nightmares? I catch it once in a while, but missed what is probably the most epic episode over. Check out these crazies!

I NEEEEEEED this necklace

Imagecrappy small pic, I know. But BaubleBar is my new favorite jewlery site and I can’t wait to start working so I can buy just about everything they have.

And that’s all for now. I sitting on the floor typing this up, and my feet/legs have officially fallen asleep. Time for a quick yoga session then off to the gym for some cardio!

Monday Moves #6

Holy Canoli, I can’t believe it’s already week 6 of this series! I hope these posts are sparking ideas for your workouts and/or reminding you of moves you might not have done in a while. Let me know if you’d like me to post specific exercises….and I might actually do it.

So, yeah, I’ve got FOUR moves for you guys this week. Fancy fancy.




– Lie on your back, with your feet planted on the ground.

– Raise your hips up in the air

-Keeping your hips high, drive your right knee to your chest.

-Bring your right knee back to starting position, and repeat the same with your left knee. Keep your hips high throughout the exercise.




-Start with feet together, dumbbell in left hand at shoulder height.

-Step back with your right foot into a reverse lunge.

-Come back to starting position. Repeat desired reps and do the same with opposite leg and weight in right arm.




-Holding a weight in each hand, allow the left arm to hold the weight at your side, and the right arm to hold the weight with your elbow at a 90 degree angle.

-Keeping the weight in your right arm still, perform a full bicep curl with your left arm. Continue until you complete desired number of reps and repeat with the opposite hand.




-Start by laying on your side, feet stacked. You can prop your head up with your bottom arm.

-Hold weight in top hand, with palm down. As your raise your arm up to its fully extended position, rotate the wrist so that is facing away from you.

-Bring the weight back down to your side, again rotating the weight back to starting position.


Like I said, fancy fancy. And now I must wait for my nails to dry and go to bed. Tomorrow is my final interview which will hopefully end up in the job offer! Fingers crossed (after they dry, of course).

Question: Favorite exercise lately? What’s the last workout that made you sore??

Monday Moves #5

The weather has just been amazing here the past few days. I have tried to soak up more than my fair share of the rays- and so far, have been pretty darn successful. Taking the pups to the park or for a walk without having to first put on a jacket is just awesome. And driving with the windows down. Ahh, yes.

But before I continue to keep speaking of the glorious weather- and leave my computer to get more rays before the sun sets- I have to post some exercise moves! Yet another three for you this week:

1. Gliding Jackknife 

5.6 MM1

-If you don’t have gliding discs, paper plates are just as effective (an cheaper!)

-One foot on each disc, starting in plank position. Contract core muscles to bring the discs up under your chest, then return to start position.

2. Single Leg Wall Squat with Hammer Curl

5.6 MM2


-Start with the ball behind your back (with the ball against the wall). Hold the weights at your side.

– Lower into a squat while simultaneously doing a hammer curl. The more advanced option is to perform the squat with one leg (see middle picture above).  Watch placement of knees and toes, make sure back is straight through entire move.

3.  Rear Deltoid Raise on Ball

5.6 MM3

– Lay on the ball, stabilizing yourself with your feet (knees up)

– With bent elbows at your side, squeeze your deltoids to bring your elbows up to shoulder height. Bring back to starting position.


Ok, that’s all I have for now…wordpress has been acting up so I wanted to make sure to get this published asap!

Question: What’s a move you’ve been loving lately??