Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Years Eve and an Elliptical Workout

I have to share a few quick things from our weekend before the workout portion of this post.

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On Saturday my husband and I were doing a TRX workout, and our son joined in too.  He always likes working out with one of us, and I couldn’t be happier about this.  I was floored the whole time he was working out with the TRX system.  The kid has some amazing body strength and core strength!  He was holding planks and doing some advanced moves that I was having a very hard time with, and he did them with ease!  A mother has to bragWinking smile

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It is not a normal weekend if some kind of mischief doesn’t occur, so of course, Hank and Tilly had to do something to get themselves into trouble on Sunday.  I looked outside after I had let them out 5 minutes earlier to see them both digging a mammoth hole in the frozen ground.  When I called them, they nonchalantly turned around, sat down, and gave me that, “What!?! We aren’t doing anything wrong” look.  Like they are completely innocent and an asteroid crashed in our backyard and made the hole.

Today is New Year’s Eve and that means that tomorrow is the new year, and there is so much for everyone to look forward to.  In my case, I’m looking forward to summer and the disappearance of –20 degree temperatures, snow, and ice.  All joking aside, I hope you have a lot to look forward to in 2013 and that you make the most of your year!  And, have a great New Year’s Eve!!  What are you looking forward to in 2013?

I’ll be starting off my New Year with the For the Love of the Kids Virtual 5K.  This will be my first race to kick off my 13 races in 2013!!!  What race are you looking forward to this year?

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If you are looking for a bootcamp to help you get fit or continue staying fit, try Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.  Registration closes for the next round (starts Jan 7th) today, so sign up now!!  There is also the 13 in 2013 running challenge that will begin on January 1st, so if you are a runner, walker, jogger, or beginner this is a great way to keep you fit and motivated all year, and the giveaways are already beginning.  The registration for 13 in 2013 also ends today!

I’m taking this New Year’s Eve day to relax and enjoy some time with my son.  We are heading out to see Rise of the Guardians today, and both of us have been looking forward to finally getting a chance to go see it, since we have been trying to for almost two months now.

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Don’t forget about the Giveaway I have going on along with your opportunity to post questions for Jill Conyers to answer in her guest post on January 7th!

Here is a 30 Minute Elliptical Workout to help you ring in a healthy New Year!!  Remember to stretch afterwards!

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Saturday Shares

I wanted to share some things I came across in during my internet traveling this week.  I hope you like them, enjoy them, are moved and motivated by them.

This little girl is beyond motivational and amazing.  It would be an honor to run with her.

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After Pearl was diagnosed with cancer at age 4, her family and friends pledged to run The Color Run™ in support of Pearl. By the time race day came Pearl had decided she would also be running The Happiest 5k On The Planet. With fairy wings shimmering, she powered through 3.1 miles of rainbows to her first 5k victory. http://303magazine.com/2012/05/54962/

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Get your plank on with Tina!!  She even has video examples.

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Get organized by keeping your menu and grocery list combined, with this printout from Life in Yellow!

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No bake chewy granola bars without all the strange ingredients at Back to the Cutting Board.

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Salmon Florentine with a Quinoa Pilaf With Pine Nuts recipe from Self.  I made both the salmon and the quinoa, and it was delicious!

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Surviving Winter Outdoor Workouts with The Go Fit Gals.  Great advice for how to layer and clothing.  Also, check out their Skinny Jean Challenge!

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises - Paperback

Don’t forget about the Giveaway I have going on along with your opportunity to post questions for Jill Conyers to answer in her guest post on January 7th!

An Amazing Opportunity and a Giveaway!!!

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Since we are coming up on a new year, I figured I would focus on what a lot of other people focus on at the beginning of the year…Being healthier.  Many of you are starting out at the beginning and looking to improve your health and fitness.  Then, there are others who may be looking to try something new in the healthy eating and/or fitness department.

Therefore, I’m dedicating the month of January to learning more about clean eating and general fitness.  There will be several guest hosts posting during the month of January, and they all have their own specialties in the realms of fitness and health.  We will have The Clean Eating Geek, Allison Sipes, The Go Fit Gals, and more!

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Our first guest host, on January 7, 2013, will be Jill Conyers.  Jill is a Beach Body Coach, Swiftwick, FitFluential, Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador that is passionate about running (from my point of view, Jill is a running guru), plant-based nutrition, fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle. She is also a wife and mother of 2 who is living a healthy life that is not about perfection. Instead, she finds that it’s about commitment, effort and progress!  Jill is also the pioneering force behind 12 in Twenty-Twelve, and she has teamed up with Jen the Marathon Mom to host 13 in Twenty-Thirteen, and she will be running her first 50 mile race this year!

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Jill has a wealth of knowledge for those of you who are just starting to run or even just finding your way into the fitness and health world. She also can help those of you who are looking to improve your fitness and health “game” even further.  And guess what?  She is willing to answer questions you have about running, fitness, training, eating, etc!!  Please take advantage of this opportunity.  We can all learn something new that will help us achieve our fitness goals in 2013.  Jill will have a response to your questions in her guest post on January 7th!

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises - Paperback

To top this all off, I’m having a free giveaway from now till Jan. 3rd!!!!  I’m giving away The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU and Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Days!!!  I absolutely love both of these items.  I’m always using my Big Book of Exercises.  Actually, my copy is so worn that pages are starting to fall out!!  All you have to do to enter this giveaway is check the boxes in the Rafflecopter on the From Florida to North Dakota Facebook page.  You can leave your mandatory question for Jill on the From Florida to North Dakota Facebook page or Comment section on this post!  Get your entries in by 1/03/13!  Good Luck!!

Post Christmas Workout Wednesday

Happy Day After Christmas!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

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Our Christmas Eve was pretty tame.  I spent the day cleaning out and organizing our laundry room, and then baking coffee cakes for all the neighbors to have on Christmas morning.  I have to say the laundry room looks pretty amazing!  Just check out the before and after pictures.

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I do have an interesting short story from Christmas Eve night…While I was baking, I was singing along to the Rolling Stones’ song You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and my son says, “I haven’t heard this Christmas song before.” I reply, “It isn’t a Christmas song. What makes you think it is?” Web then says, “It is about how you shouldn’t want something and accepting what you are given and need,” Makes sense to me. Guess we have a new Christmas song to add to the playlist!

We also had a great fireworks display put on by our neighbors on Christmas Eve.  We had a ball watching the show, and I could almost pretend that it was warm outside just like on the 4th of July.

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Christmas morning we were greeted by Hank and Tilly breaking into the doggie gifts early!  In our house our son never has gotten up early for Christmas. It is always the dogs waking him up, and this morning they were dragging him out of bed.

All 3 of them dug right in to the toys and stuffed shin bones.  They each got a mammoth stuffed toy to de-stuff, and they had them all de-stuffed before night fall.

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Santa and the grandparents stocked our son up with Legos.

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Santa also brought Bill and I the TRX suspension trainer!  Bill already has done a workout with the system, and he is raving about what a great core workout he got.  My goal is to get a TRX workout in on Friday, so I’ll let ya know how it goes.  I also got some pretty awesome gift cards to Starbucks and Barnes and Noble too!!

My friend Caroline brought over an amazing gift bag full of goodies from Alaska.  One of the goodies was Blueberry Hot Cocoa.  I’ve never heard of blueberry hot cocoa, and I’m dying to try it!  Check out the all natural almond and cashew butter too!

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Oh, and of course we had our chocolate croissants for breakfast.  Flakey, buttery, chocolaty, goodness…and I enjoyed every bite!

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What did Santa bring you? Did you get any cool workout gear?

It is still Workout Wednesday, so I guess I should be getting to the workout part of this post.  I know I’m in a bit of a post holiday stupor (I just want to lay on the couch and read or watch movies).  However, I know I will be happier after a workout, so it is time for me to get my butt in gear.

Since I’m going to be running quite a bit of races in 2013, and I’m getting my upper body built up for aerial silks in February, I figured I would combine the the two into a workout today.  Today’s workout involves a treadmill and weights (have the weights you will need set next to your treadmill).  You will run or do sprints on the treadmill in between working your upper body out with weights.  This is a great workout to do if you are pressed for time.  Do 1-3 rounds of this circuit style workout (Today my goal is to do 3 rounds).  I’ll follow up this workout with my Get Those Abs workout and some yoga.  Remember to stretch after you are done!  What is your post Christmas workout?
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Monday…Christmas Eve…I Need More Time!

Where does the time really go to!?!  I know I keep asking this, but I would like an answer.  Since we are not going anywhere for the holidays, and no one is visiting us, I figured I should use this time to get some things done around the house.  Therefore, I have set quite a few goals I would like to accomplish over the holidays, and it looks like I’m going to need more time!  The only thing that is done (and done early) was the present wrapping.

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One of my major goals is cleaning our laundry room.  Over the past month it has become a dumping ground for everything!  My husband dumps his hunting clothes and junk, I dump laundry and recycling, and our son…well, it looks like he is the clean one and us parents are the slobs.  How did that happen?  So, I will be finishing off this project today!  What are you doing for Christmas Eve?

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Then, I have a massive stack of magazines to get through.  Plus a few books too!  Last night I stayed up late reading again.  A sweet friend of mine (thank you Karen) sent me the book The School of Essential Ingredients for Hanukkah.  She enclosed a note telling me that I should take some time to relax, and that this book would help me to relax.  So far I’m enjoying the book and the cooking in it!  I’m now reading 3 books at once!  How does this keep happening to me!?!

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I’m still trying to get past the beginning (stuck at pg 39) of Gone Girl.  I keep hearing about how great this book is, but the beginning is kinda slow.  Now I know that there are a lot of books out there that start out slow and then suck you right in and keep you up all night reading.  I’ve read quite a few of those books myself, so I know I just need to steam ahead with Gone Girl and get to that “suck-you-in” part.

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We did get the tree up yesterday!  We waited till the last minute due to our dear sweet dog Hank who has an aversion to Christmas trees.  Last year he destroyed the tree, 9 strands of LED lights, and ALL the Hallmark ornaments on the tree.  Then, just to prove some kind of sick point, Hank chewed through the cord on my Dyson.  This all happened in a 30 minute time span while I was next door at our neighbors.  So, this year we put the tree up at the last minute to avoid any problems.  It is kinda bare due to the ornaments that were destroyed last year, but our son loves it, so I’m happy.

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Well, you cannot have a Christmas Eve post without me mentioning food.  This morning my husband made us some of the best Belgian waffles ever!  It was a yeast dough from King Arthur Flour, and those waffles were divine.  Oh, we had some healthy scrambled eggs to go along with the waffles too!  On a side note…Please enjoy your holiday eating and don’t feel guilty. We all need to kick back and enjoy life and have fun. I know I’ll be smiling while inhaling our chocolate croissants tomorrow morning!

Now, if you happen to be in a hotel with an elliptical, at the gym, or at home with an elliptical, here is a 35 Minute Workout for you.  I did this Elliptical Workout a few weeks ago.  It is a butt burner to say the least.  There was no method to my madness when I was doing this workout.  I just wanted to really work my muscles.  My goal was to pick up the pace and try to go faster for one minute or a 30 sec sprint during each interval.  Remember to stretch afterwards!
35 Min Elliptical

Quick Saturday Update

A couple of quick updates!

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I got my new IPhone 5 yesterday!  IPhone and I sat down and had a nice conversation (all-be-it one sided) about what I wanted out of our relationship.  I told IPhone I wanted zero stress, and in return I would get IPhone an overpriced case to go in.  Thankfully IPhone had no arguments, so our relationship shall begin Smile.  Now to give my 7 year old son my cell phone so he can show me how to use the darn thing!

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I posted last week that I set a new goal of only having 2 cups of coffee a day.  So far I’m doing pretty well with this.  Kim @ Fabulous Fit Foodie and Christine @ Love, Life, Surf  suggested that I have a smoothie in the morning.  This was genius, and it is an easy thing for me to do.  I moved my post workout smoothie to my breakfast time.  Guess what?  It worked.  After one sip of my smoothie I didn’t want any coffee.  Go figure!  I’m quite happy with this.  Thank you Kim and Christine!  Of course, I still have my afternoon StarbucksWinking smile.

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Yesterday’s Christmas Spinning class was a blast!  We all laughed and sweated away!  My favorite part was giving away the door prizes.  I had everything from Starbucks mugs to Burt Bee’s chap stick and Farkle (if you don’t own the game Farkle run to your local Target or Wal-Mart and get it).  Everyone walked out with a fun prize and a piece of fruit.

I hope y’all have a great weekend and are having safe travels and/or preparing for Christmas!  If you are in need of some workouts or treadmill and elliptical workouts, check out the following pages:

In the meantime, hug a loved one and have a Merry weekend!

What are your plans for this weekend before Christmas?

Take It With You Workout

This morning I’m teaching my Holiday Spinning class!  I’ve been excited about this one for awhile.  I have the door prizes all packed and set to go as you can see from the picture.

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There are a ton of prizes and they all rock.  I would share what they are, but some of my students read my blog, and I don’t want to give away too much.  Plus I will be providing glow-in-the-dark green and red bracelets and necklaces to make things even more fun!  Here is the play list for today’s spinning class (click here to go to the full profile for this ride):

  • The Polar Express    3:23    Tom Hanks
  • All I Want for Christmas Is You    4:01    Mariah Carey
  • Run Rudolph Run    2:41    Phineas    Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites
  • Nutrocker    4:06    Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • A Mad Russian’s Christmas (Instrumental)    4:42    Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Rockin’ On Top of the World    2:35    Steven Tyler
  • The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix)    4:01    Christina Aguilera
  • Jingle Bells (Ricky Workout Remix @ 128BPM)    4:53
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Workout Mix)    4:43
  • O Tannenbaum    5:09    Colin Bailey/Monty Budwig/Vince
  • White Christmas    3:04    Bing Crosby
  • Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas    5:31    The Carpenters

I know y’all are most likely starting to travel to other places for the holidays.  With traveling and visiting with family comes a lot of food and little activity.  I also know that many of you have been keeping active over the holidays, and you would like to continue working out while you are away from home.  Therefore, I put together this workout that you can take anywhere with you!  The only weight you use is your own body weight!  Travel safely!!

  • Forward to Reverse Lunge:  The video using a dumbbell.  This is not required for your traveling workout.
  • Curtsy Lunges
  • Tricep Dips side note:  Use a dinning room chair that is pushed up against the wall, since you won’t be traveling with a weight benchWinking smile
  • Check the Exercise Term Glossary for any other exercises you may need directions for.

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Workout Wednesday and a Dysfunctional Relationship

Hi! My name is Andrea and I’m in a dysfunctional relationship…with my BlackBerry. We have been in this relationship for over 2 years and the last 6 months have been a strain. BlackBerry likes to act up/act out, and I sit back and take it all.  I will patiently remove the battery several times a day in attempt to regain internet access, and charge the battery several times a day.  Why you may ask?  Well, because BlackBerry has a keyboard.

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Honestly, at this point there are too many problems between us.  When I took Blackberry into the cell store to see if there was anything I could do I was told no.  The college kid working was kind enough to give me a pat on the back and tell me I would be better off with the upgrade, and would have less stress in my life.

I have threatened to give up my BlackBerry many times at this point, but I always go back to it because of the keyboard. I don’t do well with typing on little touch screens, but at this point I have to end my dysfunctional relationship before one of us gets thrown out of a window (and I don’t want to have to pay for a window repair). Therefore, I’m finally breaking down and purchasing an IPhone this week. It is sad, but putting that in writing is so hard. It is going to be even harder making the switch. Wish me luck! Any IPhone owners out there? Are you happy with your relationship with your IPhone?

Every Accomplishment

Despite my break-up with BlackBerry life must go on, because it is Workout Wednesday!!!  Time to shape up that body, burn some fat, and tone those muscles.  Today I’m doing a full body workout that involves supersets.  Each superset consists of 3 exercises.  Do 2-3 sets of each super set before moving on to the next (each superset is in a blue rectangle)In between each superset is a short cardio section that equals 3 minutes.  I’ve included the links to new workout moves that you may be unsure of.  Proper form keeps you from injuries.  Remember to stretch!

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A Winter Wonderland

Last nights book club meeting was a blast!  Since it was our Christmas meeting we had a book swap that involved us being able to steal books from each other, and before it was all said and done with, quite a bit of stealing went down, and there was a ton of laughing to go along with it!  I only had 2 books stolen, but I ended up with the book I started with (I stole it back!!).

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I now am the proud owner of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.  I have read great reviews about this novel, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

The book we choose for our January meeting is, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand.  My friend in Florida, Judy, has been insisting that I read this book for 2 years now, and it has sat in my “to read” pile for just as long, so I know it will be a good one!

Have you read either of these books?

Now on to some amazing pictures.  For as much as I hate the cold white stuff that is everywhere right now, even I have to say that we have been living in a beautiful winter wonderland for the past few days.

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Each night we have “snow fog” and it leaves everything coated in white for the whole next day!  It really is gorgeous!

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The above picture was taken by my friend Heather at Des Lacs Wildlife Refuge.  She is an amazing photographer.

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From these pictures you can tell how cold it must be outside too!  Thankfully I had a crock pot full of pumpkin pie steel cut oats ready for me when I rolled out of bed this morning.  The house smelled great too!

As for today’s workout…I’m teaching my 60 minute spinning class, 300 Core/Ab Workout, YogaFit Yoga for Cyclists (which I did for the first time yesterday and enjoyed), and pilates in the evening.  If you are in need of a workout, check out my Workout and/or Elliptical and Treadmill workouts.  What is your workout for the day?