Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Last Day of Summer and Choose Your Own Adventure Workout

This morning we decided to celebrate the last day of summer by having some donuts. I'm really so sad that school is starting already. 

The girls went with sprinkle donuts and I got a chocolate bar to share with V.  This may have been my lunch today...

We've done a lot of school prep today.  J is kind of a picky eater so coming up with ideas for lunch to take to school has been a challenge. Today I decided to make some banana bread for her to take as part of her lunch. And then the girls went to a birthday party and V took a nap at my parent's house while I did my workout.

It's been a while since I did a strength training workout and either I lost a lot of muscle since, or I worked really hard because my arms were shaking for an hour afterward.  I did what I like to call a choose your own workout (like those choose your own adventure books from elementary school).  This is where I look up different workouts on Pinterest, one for legs, one for arms, and one for core and I pick three different moves from each and do them. This helps keep me from getting sick of the same workout over and over. 

I did a mile warm up on the treadmill 

Lying side leg lifts 

Donkey kicks

killer lunges

Squats with a shoulder press

Skull Crushers

Bicep Curls

Front dumbell raises



Renegade Rows

Push Ups


Flutter kicks



When I got done I had some carnation instant breakfast to refuel. My mom and I think a like in this area. I try to refuel with in 30 minutes after my workout. I'm not sure if this is 100% true or not (remember I'm not a coach or a nutritionist, I'm a mom who likes to work out :) ) that refueling with in 30 minutes of finishing a workout is the best in order to build muscle. 

What is your favorite way to refuel?

Who starts school this week?


  1. Depending on when my workout is changes what I refuel with. If it's a workout after work then I'll usually have fruit since it's a little sweet but easy to eat before my shower.
    Have a great day!

    1. That's a great way to refuel. I used to have a real problem with feeling like eating anything until at least an hour after my workout. I think that's why I started drinking chocolate milk. It felt easier to have that for me than to eat something solid.

  2. Those sprinkle donuts seems yummy and finger-licking! I often consume smoothies to refuel! I love your workout. How many times a week do you use the treadmill?

    1. The treadmill, it usually depends on the time of year. When it’s warm outside (and for me that means above 49 degrees) I run outside as much as possible. But around fall and winter when it starts getting cold, I run inside on the treadmill more and more. Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful day.