Workout Wrap Up

Hi friends. Real life + lack of desire to blog has kept me from you. Sorry, but it’s sometimes just no fun to take precious time out of my day to plop in front of the computer- after being in front of one for 9 hours- and recount things I saw, did, or ate. Blech. Perhaps the inkling will work it’s way back to me soon- but for now, mmmmnotosomuch.


Last week’s workouts were pretty OK. Here they are:

Sunday: Made up sone 10-12-15 rep circuits (including UH lat pulls/pushups/OH press; plate pushes/stability ball side lunge/foam roller hip lifts), Spin, and a great finisher of plate push sprints.

Monday: 3 deck of card rounds


Tuesday: 50 min interval run (3/5/1’s)

Wednesday: I was flipping through some of Athena’s posted workouts for some inspiration and came across her Upper Body Tabata workout. I did something super similar followed by a bit of spinning:



Thursday: Given the inspiration from the day before, I completed a lower body tabata workout and some more spinning:



Friday: Celebrated my friend Nicole’s birthday and drank beers (because drinking beers on the weekend BURNS calories, right?)

Saturday: Went to Canmore and did fun things with the hubby (maybe more on that later when/if I feel like it!)

In the comments: Did you have a good workout lately?? WHY was it good? I wanna know!


Crappy Blogger [& A Giveaway!!]

Well aren’t I the shittiest blogger ever. I just can’t seem to find the time to sit down and throw together a decent post. Feel free to throw rotten tomatoes in my direction. Although, instead of rotten tomatoes- how about a gift card or chocolates or something like that. Get in the holiday spirit, people. Jeesh.
Some stuff from the last few days:
1.) I made these cookies and these cookies. They’re both super delicious and super easy to make. If you have a cookie swap coming up or heading to a holiday party- these would be a great fit. Or, if you want to eat cookies yourself- also a great fit.
2.) I took a half day on Friday. I thought I would fill the afternoon with some holiday shopping/decorating/baking but it ended up consisting of a nap. I redeemed myself by making a late-afternoon hot yoga class that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to make because of my commute. I thought I was hydrated enough for this particular class, but the instructor had us flowing FAST and it was so dang HOT that I ended up having to opt out of a couple moves because I could feel my heartbeat in my lips.
3.) Tyler made butter chicken for dinner on Friday. I’ve never had it and recently bought a spice package for the meal on a friend’s recommendation. Turns out, I forgot to have Tyler get yogurt/cream and the dish basically turned out like chicken marinara on rice. I guess it was pretty good, but I have nothing to compare it to. We also watched Christmas Vacation which made me a happy lady. Even happier that both pups slept on my lap throughout the movie.
4.) We went to Cora’s for breakfast lunch brunch on Saturday. Such a great place if you want good breakfast food that’s accompanied by a butt-ton of fresh fruit.
5.) Brunch was followed up with trips to Future Shop, Winners, Canadian Tire, Costco, Home Sense, Home Depot and Michael’s. It was more browsing than anything but Tyler got a game for his new Xbox? PS4? I don’t know, but he has both. Should keep him amused during his week off this week. #lucky
5.) We picked up a couple bottles of new-to-us beers that all turned out to be pretty delish. The front runner of the bunch, however, was the Whistler Chai Maple Ale. I loved it so much, I a:) wish I didn’t have to share it with Tyler, and b:) began to crave pancakes. We also watched Home Alone and SNL. Love me some drunk uncle. Feliz Navi-DON’T. Oh, and ate delicious pizza from The Rock.
6.) Sunday, typical Sunday. Laundry, general pick-up around the house, football is on, I roll my eyes, groceries, gym,… know. One small difference that really dropped me off my wallet was my ‘quick trip’ to finish up my Xmas shopping for Tyler. At least it’s all done now! Only 9 days of hoping I don’t spill the beans (I am horrible like that).
7.) I did a great little tabata workout yesterday afternoon that I thought I’d share. It got my heart rate up and made my muscles shake— all in just 24 minutes. Cannot beat that.
Tabatas were the following:
  • Barbell Bosu Squats
  • Single Arm Kettlebell Clean & Press (alternating arms)
  • Bosu mountain climbers & box jump burpees (alternating)
  • Single leg step ups (alternating)
  • Overhand grip cable row
  • Spin Sprints
8.) OMG I have a giveaway!
(This is a play on words…you’ll soon see why). A while ago (when I used to participate in foodie pen pals) I was gifted a bag of OMGs. You guys, these things are YUMM-O. Not long after I received the package, I also saw the snack line on an episode of Dragon’s Den (The Canadian version of Shark Tank). So what are OMGs? They’re graham clusters with diced almonds and toffee bits covered in chocolate. A to-die-for combo. I wrote an email to the company telling them how I really loved their product and they offered to provide a case (4 bags of each flavor- milk, dark, and peanut) to one lucky reader!
To enter this giveaway:
-Comment below and tell me you’re favorite chocolate treat (if you don’t like chocolate, we’re not friends!) Feel free to post links to some of your favorite recipes!!!
Extra entries include liking me on facebook, following me on Instagram (@nutcaseinpoint),  and tweeting about this giveaway (include link to this post and my twitter handle @nutcaseinpoint). For each of the extra entries, leave a separate comment in the comments section.
Oh right, this is the part where I get to break a lot of hearts: the giveaway is to Canadian residents only. That’s right US folk, just like how you guys have the monopoly on Chobani giveaways. (Don’t worry, I have another giveaway coming up soon that you’re eligible to enter!!!!!!) Giveaway closes Friday, December 20th at noon Mountain Time.
Good luck! 🙂

No-Weight Workout + Tabata Abs!

Hey Guys!

As you know, since I’ve posted it a BAJILLION times, I am currently taking part in Round 5 of Best Body Bootcamp. BUT- the program that Tina wrote up is really only for Monday-Friday (totally up to you to go in order and on the days specified, but work with me here). This leaves Saturday option for cardio or workout of choice and Sunday as a designated Rest Day. I’ve decided to get ahead of myself and write up a pretty sweet workout to do for my workout of choice on Saturday and I thought it would be only fair to share with you (since I know it’s sometimes so much easier to have something already prepared and to follow rather than making something up on your own!)

This workout is pretty self explanatory. I broke it into 4 sections: upper body, lower body, cardio, and abs. Within those sections there are 5 exercises to complete for the specified time. If you want to really be killer, go through the sucker 2x! The best part of this workout is that it can be done ANYWHERE.

I know sometimes I post a lot of workouts that incorporate a variety of equipment that may not be accessible to everyone, so this is something that everyone can complete. NO EXCUSES!


Ok, maybe you need 2 things: a floor and a wall. Pretty sure those are easy to come by where you are.

Second workout I have to share is the Ab Workout I completed last night after my sweaty 40 minute spin at the gym. Best part of this workout is that it is in tabata form! Meaning there are rest periods! And lots of them! (Tabata: 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, 8x through)


I don’t think you can really get bored with that workout, either. There’s like…a lot of different ab exercises.

Reminder: I have been slowly but surely updating the Recipes and Workouts pages. Click on over for a little inspiration!

Some Workouts

Thanks for the feedback on my last post. It really made me feel good about my little bloggy life 🙂

I think it’s only fair that I share with you my latest workouts. Since I’m actually typing this post ahead of time (gasp!) the following workouts are from Monday, 3/25 and Tuesday, 3/26. I was actually giddy before, during and after each workout because I knew I couldn’t NOT share!

Here goes.

Monday, I took the strength portion of my workout from Tina by doing the Defying Gravity Workout she recently posted (if you click on the link, it’ll take you directly to that workout).


I followed it up with an awesome HIIT run


Tuesday, I adapted a full-body tabata workout (I was in the mood to continue targeting all the major muscle groups rather than focusing on upper body, lower body or core). I ended up with this gem:

Reminder: tabatas are 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest repeated 8x through for a total of 4 minutes each round. For this particular workout, you will alternate between the two moves in each round. i.e.: Move 1 for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, move 2 for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, repeat 4x.


I immediately followed this strength circuit with 20 minutes of spin (rolling hills and resistance intervals) then this 20 minute treadmill run:


In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been playing around with PicMonkey. Gotta make these workouts look as pretty as can be!

Now that I’ve hopefully inspired you with my strength and cardio workouts, here are some pictures of my little stink monkey (who is currently no so stinky since she came in the shower with me yesterday. AND LOVED IT.)


Got any good workouts to share??!

A Tabata workout

Many of you probably won’t read this until the new year (totally fine by me). Here’s a great workout I did the other day that really kicked my butt. Hint: It incorporates a mat, stability ball, weights, gliders, and TRX bands.

The entier workout was done tabata-style (20 seconds of WORK, 10 seconds of REST, repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes. In each of the tabatas, I alternated between the coupling of moves (i.e.: 1st round pushups, 2nd round tricep extensions, 3rd round pushups….etc.)

Round 1

  • jump squats
  • TRX jump squats

Round 2

  • TRX tricep extensions
  • Pushups

Round 3

  • Stability ball jackknife
  • TRX plank crunch

Round 4

  • Plank jacks
  • TRX bicep curl

Round 5

  • Reverse glide lunge L
  • Weighted Lunge Pulse L

Round 6

  • V raise
  • Stability ball rollout

Round 7

  • Reverse glide lunge R
  • Weighted Lunge Pulse R

Round 8

  • Single Arm Overhead Reach Press L
  • Single Arm Overhead Reach Press R

Yesterday’s workout consisted of a 48 minute interval run. I repeated a set that looked like this:

  • 1 min run
  • 1 min walk
  • 2 min run
  • 1 min walk
  • 2 min run

With each set, I would shorten the ‘rest’ (or walk) time.

I also do sets of single leg dead lefts and arnold presses.

Today’s workout was a 30 minute spin at the gym followed by a walk with the dog and some full body moves with the TRX bands.

I guess I’m ready to put on a sparkly shirt and celebrate NYE.

I have noticed in the blog world that just about everyone is posting things about their 2012 and goals for 2013. If you read my blog, you pretty much already know what happened in 2012.

  1. Quit my job in Boston
  2. Flew to Florida for 10 days
  3. Drove from Boston to Calgary
  4. Moved in with boy
  5. Engaged to said boy
  6. Submit application for Permanent Residency
  7. Do nothing
  8. Bake
  9. Eat
  10. Workout
  11. Sleep
  12. Walk Dog
  13. Volunteer at YMCA
  14. Visit NY/Boston
  15. Stop volunteering at YMCA

The end. Totally not as exciting as others. 

Hmmm, what else is there to say?

– I made chewy chocolate chip bars that are THEBOMB.COM—-> so tasty.

– I started a new book called An Embarrassment of Mangoes. So far so good.

– I go home in 13 days!!!!!!!

– I tried growing out my eyebrows, but couldn’t take it after about a month. P.S: Do the girls on Survivor get to shave? I mean….they ARE all wearing bikinis all the time….just a thought.

That is all. See ya next year.