My Front Porch Workout + Our Second Anniversary

Everyone likes variety, including me.  Sunday evening we watched the sunset on the front porch.  As I was looking around at how green everything is right now, I realized that I could do a pretty good workout in my driveway and on my front porch (and still be within range of the baby monitor).  If you have followed my prior workouts, a lot of times I do circuits in the house.  Having the ability to do something outside is a game changer!

photo 4-19I grabbed a pair of dumbbells before heading outside. It is so much easier to do a warm up with some space!  Total workout time came in a little over thirty minutes.  However, you could most definitely do this in less. The first round through I was spending extra time working out some kinks of transition.

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Warm Up I start my watch when I start my warm up.  Today, I used the driveway to do some dynamic stretches.  I also did a serious of plyometic drills, starting on one end of the flat part of the driveway to the other end (about 20 yards one way, 20 yards back).  Think high knees, butt kicks, karaoke runs.

Workout I followed the order of the exercises below sequentially and completed the entire set 3 times.

  • Dumbbell swing – Exactly like a kettlebell swing, but use a dumbbell.  Do 15.
  • Burpees – Do 15.
  • Kettlebell push press (only with a dumbbell) – Do 15 each arm.  Notice the trend of 15?
  • Walking lunges – over the same distance that I did my plyometric drills, I held a dumbbell in each hand and walked down and back.  Weights by your side.
  • Side shuffle – body weight, over the same distance as the lunges, go down and back. When you come back continue facing the same side.
  • High knees – just like the side shuffle, down and back (your heart rate should get up).
  • Backwards squat walk – holding a squat, walk backwards down and back. Think low.
  • Bicep curls – isolate one arm.  Do 15 each arm.
  • Dips – Off the side of my porch.  Really focus on pushing through your hands when you come back up.  Do 15.
  • Single leg butt lift – Off the bottom step of my porch.  Yes, you have to lie on the ground.  Do 15 each leg.

By the time I was done I could seriously feel the burn.  Hopefully my neighbors don’t think i’m too crazy!

photo 1-41I want to take a second to pick up where I ended in my last post. Since the weather was finally nice on Sunday, we were able to take a long walk (which included a stop at a local grocery store and lunch). If you haven’t been to Reid’s, located right on Selwyn in Myers Park, you need to stop by. This small grocery store used to be located uptown, but relocated a little over a year ago. Talk about convenient. On our walk, we got freshly made sandwiches and salads to eat on their outdoor patio, before buying steaks and vegetables for dinner. Check out my salad above.

photo 2-41 Good thing we walked, because for my Mother’s Day/Anniversary eve dinner, my husband did all of the cooking. Strip Steaks on the grill, baked potatoes and fresh cut green beans.

1204_JenJeffEng_143I must say, I didn’t intentionally plan to get married two years ago on Mother’s Day weekend. However, it is pretty special to be able to celebrate being a mom and wife in the same week. We are a pretty low key couple, and I know my husband would hate for me to say too much about him on social media, so let me keep this short. I’m not going to pretend like we had a fairy tale romance from the start, but over time I realized that the reason things weren’t perfect was because the best things never are. Prior to meeting my husband, I’m not really sure what I envisioned the person I would marry being like, but I’m pretty sure that all of the events leading up to me moving to Charlotte happened so that we could fall in love. It’s hard to believe two years is in the books.   I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us!

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