Weekly Workouts Jan 29-Feb 4

Monday: I’m trying out a new gym this week. I went on Friday as well. It’s very different from CrossFit but it seems like it will really help with getting ready for the half-marathon I will be running in a few months. I think my abs are going to hurt all week after this workout…

21-15-9-3   with a 50m sprint between each couplet

  • Russian KB Swings
  • Thrusters

21-15-9-3 with 100 single unders between each couplet

  • 20in box step-ups, each round do the total number for each leg
  • Slamballs

14  min AMRAP

  • 8 burpees
  • 50 mountain climbers
  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 Chrunches
  • 15 Reverse Crunches
  • 12 KB squat into upright row

3 rounds of 30 seconds on – 30 seconds off

  • Plank
  • Flutter kicks
  • Russian twists

Tuesday: Today should have been a 28 min run going 2 mins on/2 mins off. I miscalculated my time and ended up only being able to run for 22 minutes before I had to be back for a webinar.

1.8 miles in 22 minutes. 2 minutes of running, 2 minutes of walking.

Wednesday:
I loved this workout!

4 Couplets done 3x each with a 400m run after finishing the three rounds

  1. 10 Dealifts – 10 Box jumps
  2. 8 Back squats – 20 twisting sit-ups
  3. 12 Dumbbell lunges – 12 leg lifts
  4. 12 KB Plie – 12 Pirouette bar jump overs

After the last run, we did two rounds of:

  1. 1 minute plank
  2. 15 hanging leg lifts (one front, one left, one right = 3)
  3. 5 Ab Wheel Roll Outs
  4. 12 Windshield wipers

Thursday: Yesterday was leg day. Today was arms. It was the same style workout though and lots of fun.

4 Couplets done 3x each with a 400m run after finishing the three rounds.

  1. 8 Bench Press (45#) – 10 Up Down Planks
  2. 8 Barbell Bent Over Rows – 10 Side Plank Reach Throughs
  3. 5 Strict Pulls ups (with a green band) – 10 Slamballs (20#)
  4. 8 Dumbbell front raises/8 side raises – 4 Ab Wheel Roll Outs

After the last run we did 30 seconds on/30 seconds off for three rounds of:

  1. Rope Slams
  2. Burpees
  3. Flutter Kicks
  4. Mountain Climbers

 

Friday:

I took the day off but did spend 90 minutes walking around the San Diego Zoo.

Saturday:

4.73 miles – For the first three miles I ran 2 minutes, walked 2 minutes. At 3 miles my IT band started bothering me. My running time got shorter and shorter until I couldn’t run at all. 😦

Sunday:

Lots of stretching my IT band.

 

January Reads

I love to read but I don’t always make time for it. I’ve been putting more effort into getting everything done early so I have at least 20 minutes to read each night before bed. It doesn’t always work but I’ve read more books in 2017 than I have in a long time and I’m hoping for even more this year. Here is what I finished in January…

The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The book follows the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh as she meets, travels with, begins a family with, and eventually lays to rest her husband, Charles Lindbergh. It was an interesting story. It provided a lot of insight into the life of someone I knew very little about and the trials and tribulations of their marriage, other than the kidnapping and death of their first born. It was fascinating and heartbreaking. Benjamin is a good author. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for Anne or Charles as people. It took quite a while to really get into the story but I’m glad I stuck it out and finished the book. I learned a lot. I give the book a 3.5/5. Worth the read if you’re interested in the Lindbergh’s or WWII historical fiction.

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

I read this book because of my love of Gilmore Girls. It wasn’t my favorite but not terrible either. 3/5 stars. It follows a woman who is trying to make as an actress in New York. She works as a waitress, lives with a friend and acquaintance, and takes frequent acting classes. The story was kind of predictable but it was easy and quick.

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer by Fredrik Backman

I loved this book. It’s a novella about a man who is aging and his family connections. Some parts were a little confusing but you can really see the pain of being on both sides of a family member aging. 5/5

What are you reading? Have any good suggestions?

-KB

 

 

 

 

Balboa Park with a Toddler and First Grader

Wednesday’s are early release days at my son’s school. When the husband is away, like he is now, it makes for a looooong time before bed for the boys. I like to take them somewhere to pass the time. This week we explored Balboa Park which we haven’t done since moving back this summer.

We started at the United Nations Building and Gift Shop. There are a bunch of houses to check out from many different countries but they are only open on weekend. Boo! The gift shop was really cool though. My first grader loved checking out all the knick-knacks from different countries. He wants to come back on a weekend and explore the houses. I think it would be best without the toddler.

From there we headed to the Organ Pavilion. It’s a great place for kids to run around. I was hoping to tire out the toddler and knew this was a great place to get out energy. We spent about 20 minutes running and playing and yelling and having a ball. Perfect place for a toddler! The first grader loved it as well.

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Walking out of the pavilion, we stumbled upon the Japanese Friendship Garden. My first grader really wanted to check it out so we paid $10 (for me, the boys were free) and made our way through the garden. It was beautiful, although I didn’t get to enjoy much as I was trying to keep a 20 month old on the path and quiet(ish) while people were meditating. The boys both loved the water features, particularly the toddler who tried to throw rocks, leaves, and sticks into the ponds. (Joy!) If you’re visiting Balboa Park with a toddler, I suggest you skip this one. It’s beautiful but it’s hard to enjoy the beauty while focused on the 20 month old sprinting through the flowers.

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After leaving the garden, we walked to the Model Railroad Museum. If you’re kids are at all into trains, TAKE THEM HERE!! It was pretty cool. They had so many model trains. We got there 30 minutes before closing so it was just $4 for the three of us. Score! There were multiple windowed areas with huge landscapes and hundreds of feet of track. At the back there is an area really meant for kids. We spent 20 minutes back there until they kicked us out. The toddler kept saying “choo choo!” and the first grader asked me three times before we got to the car if we could come back. Success!ZuKfEPxsS3+mhDNjJTNcXQ                         zIZ6wDU2RC6CaY+Lg62Okw

We ended out Balboa Park trip with a walk by the art museum which is closed on Wednesdays. The boys ran around the front steps and ate a snack before we headed back to the car. All in all, a perfect afternoon.

-KB

Weekly Workouts Jan 22-28

 

I have started my half marathon training nice and slow. I’m also checking out a new gym to see if it will work better with preparing for the run.

Monday:

For Time: 18:37

1000m Row
30 “Curtis P” 35# (these are a power clean then one lunge on each leg – that equals 1)
800m Run

Tuesday:

I started a  20 week half marathon program. I’m hoping it will give me enough time to not be in terrible pain come race day. First day was 30 minutes of 1 minute running, 2 minutes walking.

Wednesday:

AMRAP in 25 minutes of:
200m Run
2 Overhead Squats starting at 15# and going up by 5 each time.

11 total rounds

Thursday:

Continue half marathon training. 30 minutes of 1 minute run, 2 minute walk with a 3 minute warm-up and cool-down.

Friday:

I tried a new gym today. I forgot to take a picture of the workout but I believe this was everything we did. And yes – we did 3 separate AMRAPs!

AMRAP in 15 Minutes

  1. 100 single unders
  2. 8 each leg (16 total) Single leg dead lift
  3. 5 Hanging knee raises (1 front, 1, right side, 1 left side =1)
  4. 12 Thrusters @ 35#
  5. 16 Single leg squats into a bench

AMRAP in 12 minutes

  1. Alley run (about 100m)
  2. 12 Bosu Ball lifts (lay down with ankle on Bosu Ball, lift hips and butt as you roll the ball in until your feet are flat on the ball)
  3. 15 crunches
  4. 15 Reverse crunches
  5. 10 inch worms w/o a push-up
  6. Split squats with 15# dumbbells

AMRAP in 9 minutes

  1. 40 Flutter Kicks
  2. 40 Scissor kicks
  3. 50 mountain climbers
  4. 12 Reverse Lunges

Saturday

3.17 miles – Time: 40:12

  • 3 minute warm up
  • running for 1 minute, walking for 2 – for a total of 3 miles
  • 3 minute cool down

Sunday

Rest Day!

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

I’m not a fan of beans. Like, I hate them. Blah! It’s a texture thing. I do enjoy a good beanless chili though and the one I threw together a few days ago turned out great. Bonus – I was able to do the entire thing in the RV!

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Process:

  1. Set the instant pot to saute. Toss in the turkey and onions. Cook until the turkey begins to brown. (You can use olive oil to brown the turkey but I forgot ours at home and it was still delicious.)
  2. Throw in the rest of the ingredients. Change the instant pot from saute to manual. Seal the lid and set for 9 minutes.
  3. When the timer dings, do a quick release. Serve over rice (or cornbread, mmmm!) and enjoy!

If you like a spicier chili, add in some red pepper. The vegetables can be changed around too. I used what I had on hand. Let me know what you think!

-KB

 

Our First RV Outing!!

Last weekend we were supposed to take Roxie out for her first overnight. Long story short, due to the Navy, the weekend didn’t go as planned (shocking, I know). We did still manage to get her out to a campsite where we had awesome family time.

On Saturday afternoon we headed to Sweetwater Summit Regional Park in Bonita, CA. We got to our campsite around 1630. After hooking up to power, the boys and dog headed to the park while I got started cooking dinner. I brought my Instant Pot and made turkey chili. I’ll post a recipe later because it turned out really well! They came back before dinner was ready and built a campfire and played on the bed. We enjoyed our delicious dinner sitting outside by the fire. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, except the dog who was a little freaked out about the whole situation. (She did enjoy the chili though.) After cleaning up, we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. This was probably the best part of our evening. The air was cool but the fire was warm. We sat around (as much as a 20 month old will allow) and talked and ate and laughed. Perfect first evening in Roxie.

Any tips or ideas for taking your RV out in SoCal with a toddler?

Weekly Workouts Jan 15-21

I signed up for the San Diego Rock ‘N Roll half marathon. It’s not until June but I really need to start running again. So, I’m beginning to look at running plans. I’m not completely out of shape but running has bothered my knees since I was about 12. I’m posting my weekly workouts as a way to hold myself accountable for my training and keep track of what I’ve done throughout the year.

Monday:

3 Sets of 8 Front Squats @ 65#

I then started a workout of 35 Wall Balls, 12 Knees to Elbows, and 50 Double Unders for 3 rounds. On the second round I hurt my back so I stopped. 😦

Tuesday: Sick, went for a walk.

Wednesday: Recovering from illness…

4 Rounds for Time:
500m Row
12 Overhead Squats 15#

Thursday:

4 Rounds for Time: 14:15                                                                                                                      400m Run                                                                                                                                              12 Dead lifts @85#                                                                                                                                 4 Rings Dips                                                                                                                                             4 Ring Rows

Friday:

5 Sets not for time of:
Push Press x 3
V-Ups x 15

For Time: 13:40

50 Russian Kettlebell Swings 70/53
50 Thrusters 75/45
50 cal Bike/Row

Saturday:

2.7 mile walk and 1 mile bike ride

Sunday:

5 mile bike ride