Friday Inspiration



This was the quote of the day on Oakley’s Perform Beautifully Collective ( website. It’s the first time I looked at the site and it’s really inspirational to see so many women doing amazing things.

I love this quote, but it’s a little scary to think about and actually put into practice. This is a good way to look at it though. You can’t push your limits without some risk.

Anyways…Happy Friday! We made it through the week!

It took me a little longer to make it to the gym this morning so I only got in a quick leg workout.

Front Squats: I haven’t done these in a awhile so I wasn’t sure how they would go. I think I did pretty good.

10 rep warm-up at 45 lbs

2x 10 rep at 85 lbs

10 rep at 95 lbs

Single Leg Lunge on Bench with a 25 lb plate superset with Abs

3 sets of 10 reps each leg

Lying Leg Curl Pyramid: Start with 14 reps at an average weight then increase weight by 10 lbs and decrease reps by 2 and repeat until you get to 2 reps

leg curl pyramid

Then I did 28 minutes of intervals on the elliptical while watching Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo. Quality show to start off my morning Smile

Since it’s Friday and we’re pretty much out of all breakfast food at home I decided to check out the Protein Bar on my way to work for breakfast. It opened a few weeks ago right next to my gym. I’ve tried their quinoa chili in Downtown Chicago once and enjoyed it so I thought I’d give breakfast a shot. I don’t think it can become a regular thing because my quinoa oatmeal was $4.30.


It was different…but good different. I had bananas mixed in but I think strawberries or blueberries would be even better. They also ask what kind of protein you would like (I chose Whey) and what kind of milk (I chose skim). All good things.




Has anyone else been using hand sanitizer like crazy after watching the news or listening to the radio this morning? The main topic of the day is the flu epidemic sweeping the country. I got a flu shot this year but I still get nervous. Having the flu is the worst.

I’ve been meaning to post this workout since I did it on New Year’s eve but I’m just getting around to it (baby steps towards my 2013 blog goal…). I had to work on the morning of New Year’s eve and wanted to get a quick workout in before we had people over that night. I decided to check out the WOD on and found “Loredo”.


It was tough! It took me 33:52.7. I thought that was really slow but when I looked at the times posted on the website it was right around average. I do think I would’ve gone a little faster if I ran the 400’s outside. I probably put the treadmill on a slower speed than I could’ve run a few times.


Even a few rounds of this workout would be killer. My legs felt like jell-o afterwards!

This morning I lifted triceps and biceps with some abs mixed into the supersets. Then afterwards I did 25 minutes of intervals on the stairs.


Tomorrow’s Friday!  Doing anything fun this weekend?

Back to the Grind

Happy (delayed) New Years! Today marked the first day of normal at work since the holidays. It’s good to get back in to the swing of things, but I won’t complain about the shortened days and laid back atmosphere the last few weeks!

This morning I got myself out of bed at 5:30 am and headed to the gym for a leg workout. Because of the holidays I feel like my workouts have been all over the place so it was nice to start a routine for this week again.

When I headed over to do some cardio ALL of the Stairmasters and ellipticals were being used (at 7 in the morning!) A lot of determined people at the gym. So I jumped on the treadmill and improvised an incline walk/sprint workout.

15 min incline

It was pretty short but after doing deadlifts, leg press, and lunges my legs felt pretty heavy.

Random Thoughts from the weekend:

-It snowed a little bit but not enough to stick and it is all gone today.  How is it January 7th and there is still no snow on the ground??

-I need a new book to read…any suggestions?

-HOCKEY IS BACK! And it’s just in time, The Bears aren’t in the playoffs so I need something to watch again.


-I’m still not good at bowling.  In 2 games I didn’t get one strike. Sad.

Now off to watch the BCS game/The Bachelor.  Roll Irish?