workout log 9/6 – 9/12

I mostly walked this week for workouts – that always works best when we have company.  I did, however, get my first postpartum strength training workout in.  I was sore (that great kind of sore) for a few days after – loved that!

I had my 6-week PP visit with my midwife and she said that I’m healing great and all seems to be well.

Looking forward to more of a variety in workouts this coming week!

baby Roen in the stroller

Sunday, September 6th
30-minute Walk

Monday, September 7th
60-minute Walk

Tuesday, September 8th
rest day

Wednesday, September 9th
30-minute Walk
and this workout from Julie…this was my first postpartum strength workout and I loved it:


Thursday, September 10th
rest day

Friday, September 11th
60-minute Walk/Hike

Saturday, September 12th
45-minute Walk

Postpartum Fitness {workout log: 8/23 – 8/29}

It’s no secret that I love to exercise.  It’s not only good for my physical health, of course, but I enjoy it because of how great it is for my mental health.  I was active all throughout my pregnancy, but the intensity and duration of each workout significantly lessened by the end since my body just required more and more rest.  Now that I’m in the postpartum stage, I’m excited to get back into regular, more challenging workouts again.

I feel good physically – no soreness for a couple of weeks now – and I can easily walk for a long time without being too fatigued.  That being said, I’m not about to go out for a 3-mile run quite yet.  My body has a ways to go first and I want to get there with one small step at a time (no pun intended).

I plan to go about this cautiously/wisely in order to do all I can to regain strength and prevent injuries.  I’m excited to be “a runner” again, but I’m not willing to try that out too early at the expense of my health (one very cute little baby relies on me now and I can’t afford to be out of commission).  I’m only 4 weeks from giving birth and since I didn’t run at all during my pregnancy or lift any weights the last 6 weeks, I want to make strength a priority first.

My plan:
-Start out/continue with regular walks with the stroller: 30-60 minutes, 4-5 times a week (ish).
-Do yoga/stretch several times a week.  I love Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown video and I plan to use that to get back in the groove.
-Once I’ve gained a bit of strength from yoga and walking, add in some body weight strength training workouts a couple of times a week.
-At this point I’ll probably add in some weights to my strength training workouts and hopefully start running soon after.
-I don’t know what my capabilities will be with running until I get to that point, so I’ll figure that out when the time comes.
-I’d love to join a gym to participate in fitness classes at some point, but we’ll see if that becomes an option time- and budget-wise.

I’m so grateful for a healthy, capable body.

stroller walk

One of the biggest reasons I started this blog (4 years ago!?) was to record my progress with fitness and that included logging/sharing my weekly workouts.  Since I hope to see a lot of progress in this area once again over the next year+ I’ve decided to resume these posts.

Here are this past week’s workouts, week 1 of recording in this postpartum time:

Sunday, August 23rd
60-minute Walk with the stroller
(it’s safe to assume that every walk from here on out is with Roen in the stroller)

Monday, August 24th
90-minute Walk

Tuesday, August 25th
30-minute Walk

Wednesday, August 26th
60-minute Walk

Thursday, August 27th
rest day

Friday, August 28th
30-minute Walk

Saturday, August 29th
rest day

workout log: 11/30 – 12/6


Sunday, November 30th
no set workout, but we did bowl for an hour and a half and went for a 25-minute Walk with Zida

Monday, December 1st
upper body strength training workout
15 minutes of Elliptical intervals
15-minute high incline Walk

Tuesday, December 2nd
I did this lower body workout, 3 times through:
(I posted it on the blog years ago, and then I held 25-lb. weights for all of the exercise.  This time, I used no added weight and holy cow was my heart racing!)

lower body blast workout

plus 20 minutes on the stationary Bike

Wednesday, December 3rd
45-minute Walk with high incline intervals

Thursday, December 4th
upper body strength workout:

3 times through:
10 bicep curls
10 tricep kickbacks
10 overhead shoulder presses
10 chest flys
10 skull crushers
10 static bicep curls, per side (pump on arm while the other stays in place at a 90 degree angle)
10 front rows
10 bent-over rows

15 minutes on the stationary Bike
15-minute Walk

Friday, December 5th
2 videos from Barre 3 (each was 10 minutes long)
and then this lower body workout, 5 times through:

15-Minute Legs & Glutes Workout

Saturday, December 6th
about an hour long Walk with Jesse and Zida
And about an hour of Tennis with Jesse in the afternoon

workout log: 11/23 – 11/29


Sunday, November 23rd
30-minute Walk with Zida

Monday, November 24th
this “beach booty” workout, 3 times through:

beach booty workout

followed by a 2-mile Run (16:44)
and a 20-minute Walk

Tuesday, November 25th
upper body strength workout
30-minute high incline Walk

Wednesday, November 26th
30-minute Walk

Thursday, November 27th
90-minute Walk (out with the family before Thanksgiving dinner)

Friday, November 28th
15 minutes Elliptical intervals
upper body strength training
15-minute high incline Walk

Saturday, November 29th
this lower body workout (5 times through)

15-Minute Legs & Glutes Workout

followed by 30 minutes of Elliptical intervals

workout log: 11/9 – 11/15

Just popping in on a Saturday to share my workout log.  I really didn’t spend much time running and found other workouts to do instead this past week.  I was really sore from playing tennis at the beginning of the week so I adjusting my plans according to that – a little extra yoga was perfect.

If you’re looking for an online source for yoga workouts you should definitely check out Gaiam TV.  You can take a quick quiz to start with so you know what type of yoga will best suit your personality and lifestyle.

Sunday, November 9th
2 hours of Tennis, plus some biking and walking around town

Monday, November 10th
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown Video (level 1, 35 minutes)
and a 35-minute Walk with Zida

Tuesday, November 11th
upper body workout, 3 times through
and 15 minutes of Yoga

arms & abs living room workout

Wednesday, November 12th
lower body workout 5 times through
and 30 minutes of Elliptical intervals

15-Minute Legs & Glutes Workout

45-minute Walk with Zida

Thursday, November 13th
5-minute warm-up
3-mile Run (25:12)
10-minute cool-down

Friday, November 14th
45-minute Walk with Zida

Saturday, November 15th
2 hours of Tennis plus biking to and from the courts

Affordable, High Quality, Fashionable Athletic Wear {fabletics}

Having new workout apparel can be a great motivator to exercise.  When you feel good in what you’re wearing, there’s no doubt your confidence inflates a bit, which is encouraging and motivating.

When I buy workout clothes, I’m picky.  They need to be affordable, great quality (um, no see-through capris for me, thank you), comfortable, stay in place, and I always need shirts to be long enough for my torso.  Bonuses: lightweight, cute pattern/design.

Earlier this year, after hearing about them at Blend Retreat (thanks, Ashley!), I ordered my first outfit from Fabletics.

I became a “VIP member” right off the bat (there’s no extra fee or anything to become this, fyi), and I’ve ordered a few monthly outfits since then.  I immediately fell in love with the site, company, and clothes!
side note: unlike other membership-type clothing sites, you never have to purchase an outfit to stay a member.  I choose to opt out/skip months sometimes and there’s no penalty at all.

I was recently gifted the below Fabletics outfit and, just like the other outfits I’ve ordered in the past, I love it!

Fabletics outfit

Zida halfway cooperated for this photo.

The pieces in this outfit include:

Salar Capris in Mulberry Taos Print

These fit great, stay in place, are thick enough so they aren’t showing anything during a squat ;)  the waistline sits high enough that I can squat down and not worry about them sliding low, and it holds up 100% through every wash (with an air dry).

Astoria Shrug in Black

This is incredibly comfy!  I’m not sure the style looks as great with my broad shoulders, but I like the fit and the quality is impressive.  It’s just like a nice cardigan I would buy from any other nice clothes store.

tennis - Fabletics tank

I wore my tank when playing tennis last weekend (should’ve kept that visor on though)

Aventura Tank in Black

my favorite piece!  This tank is awesome and worth every penny – it’s incredibly lightweight yet not see-through at all, soft and comfy material, long enough to go past my hips (serious win) and it never slides up, subtle design that’s hard to see in pictures but adds good shape in person, and again, it’s a great quality and holds up well through washes.

I absolutely plan to keep up my membership!  It’s fun to get a new workout outfit every once in awhile and I’m more than willing to purchase their clothes online – the provided size charts and customer product reviews have always held true for my sizing.

If you’ve never ordered from Fabletics before, you can get an entire outfit for just $25.
Seriously – check it out.


Do you own any Fabletics apparel?  If so, what do you like about their products?


I received the 3-piece outfit above in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was received.  I actually wasn’t even asked to write an entire post or anything, I just really love this company and wanted to share about them with you!  There are affiliate links in this post.  All expressed opinions are 100% my own.

workout log: 11/2 – 11/8

this past week’s workouts:

Sunday, November 2nd
60-minute Walk with Jesse & Zida

Monday, November 3rd
3-mile Run (24:02)
20-minute Walk

3-mile Run

Tuesday, November 4th
this workout (I love that it keeps me moving and it works practically everything at some point),
3 times through:

Upper Body & Core Strength Circuit Workout

Wednesday, November 5th
30-minute Walk with Zida
15 minutes of Yoga

Thursday, November 6th
15-minute Legs & Glutes workout (I’ll be sharing it soon)
30 minutes Elliptical intervals

Friday, November 7th
30-minute Walk with Zida
upper body weights workout

Saturday, November 8th
2.5-mile Run (20:10)
20-minute Walk

workout log: 10/26 – 11/1

I’ve decided to bring back my weekly workout log posts.  I miss the accountability factor and I just miss sharing them – physical activity is an important part of my life and a major aspect of this blog!

Sunday, October 26th
3.5-mile Run (29:34)
20-minute Walk

Monday, October 27th
rest day

Tuesday, October 28th 
this full-body workout, 5 times through:


plus this Salsa dance video and 25 minutes of this Zumba class video

Wednesday, October 29th
3-mile Run (25:40)
20-minute Walk

Thursday, October 30th
this lower body workout:

Compete 3 rounds of each set before moving to the next set:

-10 donkey kicks into plank into jump into a squat  (how’s that for a name?!)
-20 alternating forward lunges
-20 per side leg lifts (laying on your side)

-10 sumo squats
-15 calf raises
-20 alternating backward lunges

-10 leg raises (laying on your back)
-10 straight-legged deadlifts
-6 sun salutations

followed by 30 minutes of Elliptical intervals

Friday, October 31st
this upper body workout (with heavier-than-usual weights, which felt awesome)


Saturday, November 1st
4-mile Run (32:37)
30-minute Walk

Week’s Running Mileage = 10.5  <–the most I’ve run in one week in quite a while, feels good!

A Day in the Life {wiaw}

#8 of this blogging challenge is “a day in the life.”

October Blogging Challenge

Since moving, my days are pretty scattered, flexible, and each one is different.  The first couple weeks I was busy just unpacking, organizing, and cleaning our place.  Getting all of that done took a lot longer than expected!  And, as you’ve seen, the weekends are pretty packed with exploring the SF bay area – we plan to keep it that way.  My days this week include blogging/blog work (I love getting to spend a little more time writing, can you tell by my recent posts?), searching/interviewing for a part-time job, working on the launch of my business (can’t wait to share!), and other usual stuff like workouts, housework, etc.


So here’s a look at my day yesterday…
It also doubles as a What I Ate Wednesday post – remember those?  Yeah, I don’t plan to bring them back, but it was fun to photograph my food for a day again.


7:30 a.m.

After the usual wake up stuff (you know, pee, stretch, find my glasses so I can actually see ;) I take Zida out to go potty and feed her breakfast.

I get myself a big glass of water and eat half (relevant info for later) of this banana.


I then plug my phone into its charger and sit down on the couch to read my morning devotions and spend some time praying and journaling.

morning devotions


I throw on some workout clothes, say goodbye to Jesse, and head down to the fitness center.

3-mile interval run on the treadmill

I get in a 3-mile interval run with some walking before and after.  This felt tough – I’m glad I did it!

I wore my Move More Fitness shirt :)

move more fitness tank

I head back up to our apartment, drink a bunch of water, stretch and foam roll.


Once I’m showered, I throw together my breakfast.

Steel cut oats (leftover from a big batch I recently made, eaten cold), with cinnamon, sea salt, chia seeds, and peanut butter.

I planned to eat the other half of that banana but, ahem, someone ate it because it was longer around.

breakfast - steel cut oats, peanut butter, apple

I then finish getting ready for the day before heading out the door.


I have a job interview (of sorts) at a nearby cafe – I’m there until 12:30ish.  (It went very well!)


Stop at Target to pick up a few things.

target shopping cart


Snack on a Larabar that I grabbed from Target to tide me over before heading home – I had one more errand to run yet.

pecan pie Larabar


I was definitely hungry by the time I made it back home.  I threw together something to eat right away…

2 eggs cooked in coconut oil + red pepper slices + a handful of mixed greens + seasonings (sea salt, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder) + guacamole + tortilla chips

eggs, salsa, chips, guacamole - lunch


I spend about 45 minutes answering emails and reading a few other blogs’ posts.

computer - answering emails


Talk with my mom on the phone!


Take Zida out, do the dishes, pick up around the house, get and sort through the mail, put away some laundry.


Prep dinner!

dinner prep


Prep for a coaching call and drink half of a kombucha.



Health Coaching Call!


Feed Zida her dinner.

Zida eating her dinner

Put our dinner into the oven, do my “debriefing” paperwork from my client call, answer another couple emails.


Jesse gets home from work!  I talk to him for a while about each of our days.


Eat dinner.

I made a dish (inspired by something delicious we ate this weekend)…it has butternut squash, apples, onion, chicken sausage, and some other goodies – would anyone be interested in the recipe?

butternut squash, apple, chicken dish with bread - dinner

I then enjoy a little dessert – a spoonful of Nuttzo with some cacao nibs.

nuttzo, cacao nibs - healthy dessert

Pick up the kitchen, start the dishwasher, take my contacts out, brush my teeth.


Sit down to write a draft of this post while Jesse works out in our living room (and since that’s the same room as our office, dining room, and kitchen, he’s right in from of me  haha – this is our small apartment living kind of style now ;)

blog work

can you spot him in the background?


Save this draft and head to the couch for a bit to read my book.

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

for the record, this is really good so far


Read through/edit this post, schedule it to publish in the morning, close my computer for the night.  Write a to-do list for the next day.


Wash my face, read my evening devotion, sleep!


What are you currently reading?

Do you like this kind of a post?

Are your days/schedules consistent or does each day vary?

workout log: 9/1 – 9/14


Monday, September 1st
3.5 miles of walking/jogging with Jesse (I think we probably ran close to 2 miles of it)
40-minute Bike Ride

Tuesday, September 2nd
upper body strength workout
core workout
45-minute Walk

Wednesday, September 3rd
55-minute jog/walk, 5.25 miles total  (I figure I ran just over 3 of those miles)

Thursday, September 4th
lots of walking around San Francisco (so hilly!)

Friday, September 5th
a lot of walking around San Francisco again

Saturday, September 6th
Jesse and I went for a 30-minute jog/walk around the neighborhood of where we stayed (again – so hilly!)

Sunday, September 7th
repeat of Saturday’s

Monday, September 8th
upper body strength workout (I’ll be sharing soon)
2-mile Run
20-minute Walk

Tuesday, September 9th
lower body strength workout (again, I’ll be sharing it soon)
30-minute Walk

Wednesday, September 10th
3-mile Run
30-minute Walk

Thursday, September 11th
Jillian Mcchaels’ Yoga Meltdown video (level 1 – 35 minutes)
30-minute Walk with Zida
this workout, but instead of timing it I did it 8 times through with a little break between each round…

Toned in 10 - full body circuit workout -

Friday, September 12th
2-mile Run
30-minute Walk

Saturday, September 13th
40-minute Walk with Zida
and a lot of packing up the house

Sunday, September 14th
2-mile Run with Jesse
30-minute Walk