Friday, January 11, 2013

Winter Workouts - Keep Active, Keep Motivated

Hi! Are you as happy to see Friday as I am ?!

This first full week back to work has been L-O-N-G!!!!

Luckily, it looks like we're going to have a pretty lowkey weekend. We have tickets to go cheer on the London Knights (GO KNIGHTS GO!) and I'm planning to go to yoga tomorrow morning, but other than that I'm on no kind of schedule until Monday. {Bliss!!}

I am definitely one of those people who tends to go into 'hibernation-mode' in the winter. It's dark when I get up in the morning and it's starting to get dark by the time I get home from work and I find that my energy is totally zapped by the time dinner is done and cleaned up. This can make it very difficult to find the motivation to get anything accomplished in the evenings, especially a good workout. If I go to the gym right after work, I'm good, but if I go home first, I'm totally setting myself up for failure because once I get home, I do not want to leave the house again.

It's not exactly the winter blues, I just hate going back out into the cold after I've come in and decompressed for the day. Instead of beating myself up about missing the gym, I've been pinning different circuit workouts and treadmill or elliptical workouts like crazy on my Workouts/Run board. I've also decided to take a crack at making up some of my own circuit workouts to do at home. As soon as I get home from work, I tie up the sneakers and get to business. By 6:30 p.m., my workout is done, dinner's started and I still have time to obsessively watch Season 1 of Homeland snuggle with Derek and the pups before bed.

I do love the gym and prefer to do most of my workouts there, but on the evenings when I just can't get myself back out the door, these circuits have been doing the trick.

Here is one that I did this week that I really enjoyed. My biceps and triceps were aching from a workout that I did earlier in the week, so I decided to focus on my core and lower body. It took just under 30 minutes and I definitely felt the*burn* (V-Sits kill me). I used 5lb weights when I did the lunges and squats to make it a little more challenging, but you don't need weights to get results.

(Click on workout to get a larger image)

*Before you go trying out a workout that I've put together, I want to note that I am not a certified personal trainer or trained expert in fitness. This is simply a workout that I put together for myself that I enjoyed and thought you might enjoy as well. Please make sure that you check with your family doctor before you start a new exercise or nutrition program, and most importantly, listen to your body.*

Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated through the cold winter months?

Enjoy the day and have a fabulous weekend!
I will see you on Sunday with some pictures from the week.


Food for Thought:


  1. Great workout girl! Have fun at the game this weekend =)

  2. Touche. Solid arguments. Keep up the great
    Feel free to surf my web page :: buy provillus philippines

  3. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked
    submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that
    over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!
    Also visit my web page ; Eula

  4. Post writing is also a fun, if you be familiar with then you can write if not it is difficult to write.
    Have a look at my blog : Lavonda

  5. Hello, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this blog post.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!
    Feel free to surf my blog ;

  6. I always spent my half an hour to read this webpage's content everyday along with a cup of coffee.
    Here is my website

  7. That is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the
    blogosphere. Brief but very precise information… Thank you for sharing
    this one. A must read post!
    Feel free to visit my weblog ;

  8. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it
    yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.
    Also see my web site > Provillus

  9. Hi there friends, its wonderful article regarding educationand entirely
    defined, keep it up all the time.
    Also see my website - Provillus Reviews

  10. Good information. Lucky me I came across your site by chance
    (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!
    Look into my blog ... H Miracle

  11. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet
    my newest twitter updates. I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.
    Also visit my webpage ::

  12. hi!,I really like your writing so a lot! percentage we
    be in contact more about your post on AOL? I require a
    specialist in this space to solve my problem. Maybe that is you!
    Taking a look ahead to look you.
    My page :

  13. After looking into a few of the articles on your web page, I seriously appreciate your technique of writing a blog.

    I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near
    future. Take a look at my web site too and let
    me know your opinion.
    Visit my site ...

  14. Can I simply say what a comfort to discover someone that
    really knows what they're talking about over the internet. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people must check this out and understand this side of your story. I can't believe you
    are not more popular since you surely have the gift.
    Review my site : filter

  15. For most recent news you have to pay a quick visit web and on web I found this website as a finest site for latest updates.
    Also see my page ::

  16. I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!
    Also see my webpage -

  17. There is certainly a great deal to learn about this topic.
    I really like all of the points you've made.
    My blog post -

  18. You are so interesting! I don't believe I've read through a single thing like this
    before. So good to discover someone with genuine thoughts on this issue.

    Really.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that is required on the web, someone with
    a bit of originality!
    Also visit my webpage :

  19. Spot on with this write-up, I really believe that this
    website needs much more attention. I'll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the information!
    Visit my website ;

  20. What's up, its nice article on the topic of media print, we all be familiar with media is a fantastic source of facts.
    Feel free to surf my blog

  21. Today, I went to the beach front with my children.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and
    said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear."
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She
    never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!
    Also visit my site :

  22. If some one desires to be updated with most up-to-date technologies after
    that he must be go to see this website and be up to date all the time.
    Feel free to visit my site ::

  23. Simply desire to say your article is as surprising.
    The clarity in your post is just great and i could assume
    you're an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.
    Also visit my site ...

  24. I was very happy to uncover this website. I wanted to thank you for your time just for this fantastic read!

    ! I definitely appreciated every bit of it and I have you book-marked to see
    new stuff in your web site.
    Here is my homepage :: Nicholas

  25. I don't even understand how I stopped up right here, however I thought this post was good. I don't recognize who you might be
    but certainly you are going to a well-known blogger if you happen to are not already.
    Also visit my web page ... Alfonso

  26. This post is worth everyone's attention. Where can I find out more?
    my page >

  27. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst
    you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a weblog website?
    The account helped me a applicable deal. I
    have been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered brilliant
    clear idea
    Here is my weblog Denice

  28. Very good post! We will be linking to this great
    article on our site. Keep up the great writing.
    Feel free to surf my webpage ...

  29. Just desire to say your article is as astounding.
    The clarity in your put up is just excellent and that i can suppose you
    are a professional in this subject. Well together with your permission let
    me to take hold of your feed to keep updated with imminent post.
    Thank you 1,000,000 and please continue the gratifying work.
    Look at my blog post ::

  30. Remarkable! Its genuinely awesome article, I have got much clear idea concerning from this paragraph.
    Feel free to visit my homepage : provillus side effects

  31. Hi, I do believe this is an excellent web site.
    I stumbledupon it ;) I will revisit yet again since I book marked it.

    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich
    and continue to help other people.
    Also visit my page :

  32. Hello, yes this paragraph is in fact pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it regarding blogging.
    Stop by my blog -

  33. This paragraph is genuinely a nice one it assists new internet people, who are
    wishing for blogging.
    Also visit my web-site -

  34. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so
    I guess I'll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for rookie blog writers? I'd genuinely appreciate
    Here is my web blog - H Miracle

  35. It's going to be finish of mine day, however before end I am reading this impressive paragraph to improve my knowledge.
    My web site ;

  36. Hi there, I found your site by means of Google even as looking for a similar topic, your web
    site got here up, it seems to be good. I've bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, just became alert to your weblog thru Google, and found that it's
    really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.
    I will appreciate if you proceed this in future.
    Many folks will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!
    My blog -

  37. Terrific post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!
    my page ::

  38. It's an awesome paragraph designed for all the internet users; they will take advantage from it I am sure.
    Here is my web-site ::

  39. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed
    reading it, you might be a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and
    will come back in the foreseeable future.
    I want to encourage you continue your great job, have a
    nice weekend!
    Also visit my web site :

  40. It's very easy to find out any topic on web as compared to books, as I found this article at this web site.
    Also visit my web blog -

  41. It's going to be end of mine day, except before ending I am reading this wonderful paragraph to improve my experience.
    Here is my homepage ;

  42. Great info. Lucky me I recently found your website
    by accident (stumbleupon). I have saved as a
    favorite for later!
    Feel free to surf my site

  43. Hey there this is somewhat of off topic but I was
    wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code
    with HTML. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    my web page >

  44. Useful information. Fortunate me I found your web site by
    accident, and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not happened in advance!
    I bookmarked it.
    Have a look at my web site ::

  45. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide
    credit and sources back to your weblog? My blog is in the exact
    same area of interest as yours and my users would certainly benefit from a lot of the information you
    present here. Please let me know if this ok with you.
    Feel free to surf my web page ;

  46. It's going to be finish of mine day, except before ending I am reading this great paragraph to improve my experience.
    Feel free to visit my blog Brad

  47. Good write-up. I definitely appreciate this website.
    Continue the good work!
    Also visit my website -

  48. Do you have a spam problem on this blog;
    I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice practices and we are
    looking to trade solutions with other folks, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.
    Visit my homepage :: pink chi flat irons

  49. Thanks designed for sharing such a good thinking, paragraph is
    fastidious, thats why i have read it completely
    My web site : hemorrice

  50. Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established
    blog. Is it hard to set up your own blog?
    I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinking
    about making my own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Thank you
    My site:

  51. You really make it seem really easy together with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be
    really something which I believe I might never understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and very large for me.
    I'm looking forward for your next publish, I will try to get the grasp of it!
    Also visit my site

  52. Appreciating the commitment you put into your site and
    detailed information you present. It's awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same outdated rehashed
    material. Wonderful read! I've saved your site and I'm
    including your RSS feeds to my Google account.
    Also visit my web page ;

  53. I visiteԁ several web ρages howеver the audіо feature for audio songs
    current at this webѕite is genuinely wonderful.

    Also ѵisіt my sіte ... diamondlinks review