Work-Out Wrap Up + Menu Planning {4.7 – 4.12}

Yo, yo, yo! How’d your week go? I do have to say, mine was incredibly productive in terms of checking things off the ole’ to do list – Sat in line at the DMV for my car title, got my car insurance all squared away, mailed off 100 cookies {not even kidding} to my grandma for her 88th birthday, had a successful fundraiser, and got in some kick butt workouts.  I’m already seeing some changes in my body!



So without further ado, here’s my workouts for the week:

Monday :: {40 sec on // 10 sec rest :: burpees in between rounds}
1. In & Out, Ski Abs, Push Up Jacks
2. Tuck Jumps x 8 & Squat Jumps x 8
3. Tricep Push Ups & Knee Touch – L&R Alternate
4. Push Up & Knee To Elbow – L&R Alternate
5. Cross Over Bike Abs
6. Monkey Push Up & 1/2 Burpee & Turn Jump
7. Oblique Donkey Kicks
8. Switch Lunge & Toe Touch
Cardio :: 4 mi run

Tuesday :: {50 sec on // 10 sec rest} x 3
1. Kettle Bell Swings – 12#
2. 5 Jump Squats & 5 Pulse Squats
3. Wood Chops – 5 x Left & 5 x Right – 12#
4. Front Lunge & Abs Twists – 12#
Cardio :: 60 min cycle

Wednesday :: {8 reps x 8 sets} ** LOVED this set
1. Bicep Curl – 12#
2. Flys – 12#
3. Squat & Press – 12#
4. Straight-Arm Lift – 12#
5. Tricep Dips
6. V Knee Tucks
7. Elevated Push Ups
8. Bent Over Row – 12#
Cardio :: 5 mi run + 1 hr 15 min Yoga

Thursday :: {50 sec on // 10 sec rest} x 2
1. Surfer Jumps & Tuck Jump Push-Up
2. Dive Bombers
3. Woodchopper + 2 Push-Ups – 12#
4. Bent Over Row & Two Squat & Presses – 12#
5. Bunny Hops – 10 Center, L & R
6. Lateral jump + 2 Push-ups
Cardio :: Hike

Friday :: {50 sec on // 10 sec rest} x 2
1. Squat & Press – 12#
2. Walk-Out Plank Push-Ups
3. Jump Lunge x 2 + Burpee
4. Deadlift + Row + Bicep Curl – 12#
5. Mountain Climbers x 4 + Push-Up

Saturday :: Rest {worked a 9+ hr day!}

Sunday :: {40 sec on // 10 sec rest :: burpees inbetween rounds}
1. Elevated 1 Leg Push Ups – L&R Alternate
2. Straight Arms Lifts & Clean & Press & Squat & Press – 12#
3. Plank Cross Knees to Elbow
4. Side Oblique Plank Top Leg Lift & Elbow Knee Tuck – Left Side
5. Side Oblique PlankTop Leg Lift & Elbow Knee Tuck – Right Side
6. Scissor C Sit Abs – L&R Alternate
7. Straight Leg Crunch & Tuck Jump & Switch Lunge Toe Touch – L&R Alternate
8. Reverse Crunches
9. Plank High, Low Push Up
Cardio :: 3 mi run

AND of course, my plank-a-day!  Who still working on their ABS this April? Half way there!

Here’s what I have planned for the rest of the week:

Workout 4.14 4.20


Besides making a workout plan, I also want to get better at planning my dinner meals.  Not only will creating a weekly menu help to save a little $$$ {I’m saving up for a vacay back to WA!}, but it’ll also to take out the guess work after long days at the hospital.  If I have a plan, I stick to it.

Monday :: Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto
Tuesday :: Out to eat {Bon Temps}
Wednesday :: Apricot Glazed Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Goat Cheese + grilled squash
Thursday :: Cheesy Cauliflower Bake + whole roasted tomatoes and broccolini
Friday :: Out to eat {Ember – So excited to try this new restaurant!}
Saturday ::  Roasted Marinated Lamb with Lemon and Rosemary Potatoes + roasted asparagus
Sunday :: Easter Dinner with Jaime’s Mom

Yum! My mouth is already watering.

Make It Count!


I ate SO much.

Last night was the CTC Fundraiser at CPK, and it went fantastic!

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Jaime and I decided to go all out.  For the cause, of course.  We started with drinks – Chimay for him and a Santa Barbara Pinot for me.   And an appetizer.  The Blanco Flatbread. Whipped truffle cream?  Oh yes.

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For our entrees, Jaime went with his fav, the Original BBQ Chicken.

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I chose the California Veggie Pizza on whole wheat + goat cheese (duh).  So, so good.  Love me some broccolini.

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To top it all off, we just had to get dessert.  No sharing either.  Jaime is chocoholic, and I on the other hand could pass on all that, so Belgian Chocolate Souffle Cake for him and I went with the melt-in-your-mouth Butter Cake.   No pictures, but I assure you it was fabulous.

After our meal we spoke to the manager who said lots of people had been coming in all day with our flyers!  Let’s hope our efforts paid off in the form of a big, fat check!

Now we are off to the opening of the Avila Farmer’s Market!  Our goal is to pick up some field greens and fresh fruit for smoothies.  Funny story- Jaime told me this morning that his smoothie (made from frozen fruit) was too cold.  Ha!  Fresh it is then!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

CPK Fundraiser!

Calling all PIZZA lovers!

liz lemon lovers meat pizza

California Dietetic Association’s Coastal Tri-Counties Chapter is holding a fundraiser today [ALL day] at California Pizza Kitchen in downtown SLO!

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I will definitely be hitting up the Farmer’s Market, then stopping in for dinner after work.  Heck, I may even pop in at lunch to grab one of their kick ass salads too.  Gotta support the cause!



Print this flyer out below, eat delicious pizza, and help support your local dietitians!

Dietetic Association

In case you didn’t read the fine print, take out and ALL beverages are included! Even if you don’t want pizza, come and have a beer with us!

But I don’t know why you wouldn’t want pizza though… I mean, it’s by far my favorite “vegetable.”


Just to clarify, pizza DOES NOT equal vegetable. ;)

And yes, dietitians DO eat pizza too!  It’s all about moderation, right?

Come and join us!

See ya at CPK!

Ginger-Peach and Strawberry Green Smoothie

With the weather warming up here in California (82 and sunny today!), hot oatmeal is just not on the top of my breakfast list these days.

Enter my recent obsession:




I’m all about starting my day with a nutrient-packed punch.  Hello, Vitamin A and C, plus a boatload of skin-clearing-cancer-fighting antioxidants.  Bring it to me!

Ginger-Peach and Strawberry Green Smoothie

{gluten-free, vegetarian}


Prep Time: 2 minutes
Serves: 1


  • 1 Tbs minced ginger root
  • 1 C frozen peaches
  • 3-4 frozen strawberries
  • 1 C baby spinach
  • Optional: 1 scoop protein powder


  1. Add all ingredients into blender (I use a NutriBullet) and puree until smooth.


Easy as that!

I’ve been adding a scoop of protein powder lately for extra hunger-busting staying power.


Yum. Can’t beat it.  Hello, summertime!


On an unrelated note, CONGRATULATIONS to all those who matched last night!  I am SO happy and proud of all of you!

And if you didn’t happen to match this round, try, try again!  Take this next year as an opportunity to gain experience and build your resume.  You can do it!

Have a wonderful week!


Work-Out Wrap Up

So how’d you do this week?

For the most part, I stayed right on track.  I really think the whole making a schedule helps me stick to my workouts.


But of course, not at the gym.

So here’s the breakdown:

Monday {3 sets // 10 reps}
1. Push-Up & Punch – L&R Alternate
2. Woodchipper + Burpee Tricep Push-Up – L&R Alternate – 12#
3. Clean & Press + Jump Squat Up and Back – 12#
4. Tuck Jump & 3 Squats
Cardio :: [2.5 mi Hikw + Yoga 1 hr :: 15 mins]

Tuesday {40 sec on // 10 sec rest + 40 sec Tuck Jumps in between each set}

1. Prisoner Opposite Touch Toes
2. Lunge & Fly & Touch Toe – Left  Leg – 12#
3. Lunge & Fly & Touch Toe – Right  Leg – 12#
4. Switch Lunge Jumps
5. 10 x Wide Low Squat + 10 x Side Lifts
6. Wide Leg Burpees
7. Clean and Press + 3 x Tuck Jump – 12#
8. 10 Mountain Climbers + Wide Leg Squat
9. 10 Mountain Climbers & Pike V Jump
Cardio :: [45 min cycle]

Wednesday {50 sec on // 10 sec rest} x 2

1. Bicep Curl & Reverse Lunge – 5#
2. 5 Dips & 5 Diamond Push-Ups
3. Walking Swimmers – 5#
4. Mountain Climbers & Flies - 5#
5. 5 Burpess & 5 Upright Rows - 5#
6. Standing Curls – 5#
Cardio :: [3 mi run with Jaime]

Thursday {50 sec on // 10 sec rest} x 2

1.  Push-Up + Side Plank and Twist Under
2.  Crunches – knees on yoga ball
3.  Plank + Side Toe Touches + Forearm Plank – feet on yoga ball
4.  Reverse Crunch Obliques
5.  Yoga Ball V-Ups {one leg at a time}
6.  Mountain Climbers x2 + Tricep Push-Up
Cardio :: [4 mi run]

Friday {40 sec on // 10 sec rest}

1. Bicep Curl - 12#
2. Straight Abs - 12#
3. Oblique V Abs Left
4. Tricep Dips Under Bar
5. Chest Press & Scissor Legs - 12#
6. Oblique V Abs Right
7. Upright Row - 12#
8. Squat & Press - 12#
No Cardio :: Rest

Saturday {3 sets // 12 reps}

1. Push-Ups
2. Dumbell Bench Press – 12#
3. Flies – 12#
4. Tricep Push-Ups
5. Standing Tricep Extensions – 12#
5. Tricep Kickbacks L & R – 12#
Cardio :: [2.5 mi Hike with Jaime]


And here’s next week’s plan:

Weekly Workout


AND of course, we can’t forget…

Happy Match Day to all you #RD2BEs!

Just try to relax and keep yourself occupied today.


Me on match day 2 years ago…

It’s out of your hands now.  And if you don’t get matched, there is always next year!

Good luck to you all and let me know where you place!

Happy Sunday Funday!

I Quit the Gym

Yes, you heard that right.  I, Stephanie-{previous}-gym-a-holic, quit the gym.

{And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke.}

I marched my less-than-fit booty into the gym and requested to cancel my membership.  A humbling experience, I may add, as the representative looked up my last use…November.


Why, might you ask, would someone who is trying to get back in to shape quit the gym?

To be completely honest, the gym was just not fitting into my schedule.  And I’m okay with that.

I know, I know. We’ve all seen the pinterest fitspo…


It’s true. I haven’t been the most dedicated or consistent, and I’m dealing with the consequences. Tighter jeans, softer belly, rounder face.  And while some may not even notice, I’m definitely struggling.

And I’m not saying I’m quitting working out.  Oh no.  There is a bunch of that in my future.  Just not at the gym.

Many months ago, my gym-going consisted of lots of yoga classes, BodyPump, and very infrequently a cardio session.  Never once did I lift using the free weights or the nautilus machines, never used the pool, never utilized the other services the gym offered.  Seems like a waste, huh?

I’m no longer going to allow myself to feel that pang of guilt every month when $50 is extracted from my account.

What I am going to do is make fitness work for my new schedule, which includes making some sacrifices and changing priorities.  No more sleeping in late or coming home and being a slug on the couch after work.  No more spending my hard earned money on services I don’t need or use.  I’m focusing my efforts and ratcheting up my budget-friendly home workout repertoire {Aren’t you proud, Dad?}.

Check out some of my current and past favorites:

  • Yoga Centre – Online yoga videotaped from actual classes at a local studio – $9.95 for unlimited classes. This is legit and way more difficult than my gym yoga classes.  I’m growing my practice from home, and even if I only take one class per month, it’s cheaper than a walk-in.
  • YogaDownload - When I’m crunched for time, these perfect 20 minute yoga sessions get my by.
  • Daily HIIT - Formerly known as BodyRock.  You know I love this.  And hello, FREE!
  • - I completed Jaime Eason’s 12-week trainer last year, and still pull from her workouts as well as the other featured trainers.
  • Hal Higdon – My go-to when racing, I’m semi-starting an intermediate half training schedule just to give my running a little direction.
  • Cool Runnings – Another great training program I’ve used when preparing for races.

And of course, I love to try workouts other bloggers post too: Nutrition Nut on the Run, The Fitnessista,  Your Trainer Paige, and then of course those randos you find on pinterest.

So there you have it!  I quit the gym to make fitness work around my schedule, feel less guilt, and focus my energy (and spending dollars) on what works and creates changes in my body best.

And it’s not like the gym is going anywhere.  If I hate this, I can always go back.

Sounds like a win, win to me!


Questions for you:

  • Do you have a gym membership and couldn’t live without it?
  • What are your favorite online workout sources, free or otherwise?


Now go move it, move it!