Tag Archives: strength training


27 Oct

It is rainy, rainy, rainy here in Chicago today.  Yuck!  I guess I’ll just count my blessings that it’s not snow yet…

Anyway, this morning I focused on strength training and completed the following workout (15 reps, 3 sets each):

Superset 1: side shoulder raises, bicep curls

Superset 2: upright rows, tricep dips

Superset 3: deadlifts, front shoulder raises

Superset 4: squats, resistance band side steps

Superset 5: calf lifts, lunges

Superset 6: weighted bridges, 1-minute plank holds

I broke a bit of a sweat and felt good at the end of this workout!  I kept breakfast nice and simple.

A bowl of raisin bran crunch with chia seeds and almond milk.

I love how the chia seeds soak up the milk in a bowl of cereal and give it some extra “bulk”.  I especially love that texture change when raisins are in the mix, so this is one of my favorite simple breakfasts!

After breakfast I headed straight into my new home office and got to work.  One of my two coworkers decided to join me right away.

This guy loves sitting on my hand when I’m working.  You wouldn’t get this in an office!


Pumpkin Peanut Butter

18 Oct

The past few nights have been very cool, actually cold, here in Chicago.  We’ve been sleeping with the window cracked open and the temperature in our bedroom has been perfect.  Perfect for sleeping…and for not wanting to get up!

This morning, I took advantage of the perfect cuddle-under-the-blankets weather for a few more minutes than I should have, which resulted in a rushed breakfast and late-night workout/breakfast post.  Woopsie!

At the gym this morning, I decided to do a hill workout on the treadmill.  Here it is!

I kept up a pretty fast pace for the first few inclines, but eventually had to dial it back a notch.  I really love this workout – it makes you feel like you are really working your body, and like you have accomplished something at the end!  After I finished up on the treadmill, I did some upper body strength training.  I did 15 reps, 3 sets each on the following machines:

Bicep curls

Tricep push downs

Lateral raises


Pull downs

Chest press

Shoulder press

My arms felt like jello for a good portion of the morning!

When I got home, I whipped up a quick and easy breakfast – pumpkin peanut butter on a cinnamon raisin bagel thin.

2 Tbsp peanut butter + 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin butter = creamy peanutty pumpkiny goodness!


This bagel really hit the spot, and kept me full through the morning.  Which was helpful since I was in a meeting all day!

I quickly brewed a to-go mug of green tea and was off!

Now I am finally home and am enjoying last night’s episode of the Beverly Hills housewives 🙂