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When Life Gives You...

...Milk jugs?  You find a way to get it done! (read further below..)

Merry belated Christmas and happy new year everyone.  I’m flying back from DC now, back to Tampa, where I spent the past week celebrating the holiday with my family.  It was awesome and my family were way to generous.  But it also felt great to give them their presents and know that they really appreciated them.

My dad got my brother and I tickets to the Capitals game on Wednesday night and it was great to see them crush the Rangers (even though any other night, I would root for the Rangers).  We got there early enough to get some sweet shots of boys warming up!

It was also pretty simple to stick to my paleo diet style.  Not that this was hard, but Christmas dinner had amazing smoked turkey, roasted potatoes, and I made some amazing mashed butternut squash!  The whole week, I really tried to focus on following my meal plan and sticking to real foods- not protein powders etc.  However, I of course had a couple Christmas cookies, and my mom made homemade pizza one night... yes!

Of course, this was the same night they decided to take ever set of car keys to go off on various errands, leaving me with no transportation to get to the gym.  No worries- I’ll just set up the weights in the basement and do a hard metabolic circuit workout, right?  No- Apparently we sold all the weights.. great, what now?  Well milk jugs weight about 8.35 pounds... So I taped those securely shut and made a baller workout!  So this is a workout you can do if you’re ever in a pinch!

I started with a 7 mile run around the neighborhood and then did 11 rounds of the following circuit:

  • 5 x Squat, clean, and press
  • 10 x Squats
  • 10 x Rear back flys
  • 10 x bicep curls
  • 10 x shoulder press
  • 10 x Chest press to fly
  • 15 x push ups
  • 2 burpees
  • 15 jumping jacks
Here are some of the exercises:

Awesome workout!  Took a while to crank it out too!  Here are what the exercises look like- sorry for some of the blurry pictures and outfit... it was cold outside and the milk was cold!

Finally, I did a lot of the goals I wanted this week.  I ran outside and untimed a lot!  No idea any of the paces, but I didn’t care.  I also swam a number of times- granted, I never left myself enough time to do a full length workout after running and biking, but I did get 3-4 good sessions in this week.  And I tried out some new recipes!  I made a bunch of variations of pumpkin/ butternut squash pancakes (made with eggs, bananas, protein powder, and almonds!) Talk about healthy!

So if you’re in a pinch this week, give that workout a try!  And you don’t need to do 11 rounds... that's kind of unnecessary lol.

Hope y’all had an amazing Christmas and New Years and I’ll write again soon!

  1. What was the best gift you received/ gave?
  2. What was the best thing you ate?