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Doctor’s Visits, Dumbbells and Deviations From Our Routine

A great birthday weekend, left me feeling hungover and off my normal schedule Monday morning. Not really hungover, but you know that tired, groggy feeling where you really just want to lay in bed all day? I was running on a high for three days. It all had to come crashing down at some point. My daughter must have felt the same way. Although, her hangover must have been from all of the sugar she consumed on Saturday. She slept awful Sunday night. That said, I did not exercise on Monday. Good call. I needed it.

photo 4-97 I had my eighteen week office consultation with my doctor Monday. Not an ultrasound, just a little checkup to make sure that everything still seemed to be on track. Baby’s heart rate came in at a solid 152 beats per minute. Even better, my blood pressure was 98/62. I just want to put it out there that my blood pressure is the lowest it has been since I was a college athlete due to the type of high intensity training that I do on a regular basis (really starting with Flywheel). I was out the door as fast as I sat down. Next week is the big anatomy scan ultrasound.


A sample of my blood pressure in 2012 from a pharmacy machine.

I was not the only one at the doctor this week. My daughter visited her pediatrician for her one year checkup as well. We are family that is good at math and science, so we live off of our stats. Where did my daughter fall out at one year?

  • Weight – 19 lbs, 2 oz – 39%
  • Height – 29 inches – 43%
  • Head circumference – 44.6 cm – 40%

You can’t get more even across the board. Based on the size of my husband and I’s heads, I am surprised she isn’t closer to 100%. It’s an ongoing joke that we wear the biggest hats in the family. I guess she still has time!

Tuesday Morning Workout

Since I took Monday off, I told myself I had to get up Tuesday to do something. The weather has been much cooler in Charlotte in the mornings, so I have brought my outdoor driveway workout inside. As the name of the post implies, the workout does utilize dumbbells. You also need a kettlebell. I have dropped my kettlebell weight down from 25 pounds to 15 pounds since I hit 18 weeks.

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Total workout time was almost exactly 30 minutes. This workout could easily be done at home, at the gym or even on the road in a hotel gym/room (I used to pack a pair of dumbbells when I was driving to an out of town client).

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Not a very complex workout but one that will really work your legs and leave you feeling sore if you push yourself. Complete a two to three minute warm up. Think jogging in place, jumping jacks and body weight exercises. From there, complete the following circuit sequentially.

  • Sumo squat w/upright row kettlebell x10
  • Burpees x10
  • Kettlebell swing x10
  • Lunge stepback with kettlebell x10 each leg
  • Bicep Curl x10 each arm
  • Tricep Extension x10 (hold dumbbell in each hand and press to ceiling)
  • Squat thrusters w/dumbbell shoulder press x 10
  • Sit ups x10
  • Plank leg lifts x10 each leg

Repeat the circuit, completing 9 reps of each exercise as indicated above. Continue to repeat the circuit decreasing the number of reps by 1, until you do 1 rep of each exercise. That means in total you will do 55 reps of each exercise. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.   Love it.

Deviations from our routine

Since the transaction has officially gone through, I can publicly announce that the company that I started working for post public accounting has sold the piece of the business that I work for. That said, I retained my job, but I am now working for a new employer. I am excited for the change, but I have to say, working through the transition has made my life much busier (and stressful). Hence, why I haven’t been posting as much. There is never a dull moment. I am excited about what the future holds, and I don’t plan on neglecting the blog anymore. Change is what keeps us interested and creates an environment in which we never get bored. Wish me luck.


Resistance Band Workout

I can appreciate a workout that can be done anywhere.  A friend of mind was headed out of town this week and requested a workout that could be done in her hotel room.  The catch was, the only piece of equipment she had available to take with her was a resistance band.  I remember all to well trying to get a decent workout in on the road.  It is hard to get motivated to  exercise in a hotel room sized gym.  Even when you do get to the hotel gym early, there is always the chance that all of the equipment will be taken.

photo 2-100Today’s workout utilized body weight and resistance bands.  This workout could really be done at home, in a hotel OR even at the gym.  I even clocked in right under thirty minutes.  Perfect if you are short on time.

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Station 1 – Complete 10 reps of each exercise sequentially.  Repeat station 2 more times, for a total of 3 times through the station.

  • Rotating Stationary Lunge with Row – Stand in a lunge position (one foot in front of the other), holding band in front, shoulder height with no slack.  As you lower into your lunge, pull your hands apart as band comes into chest.  After 10, switch the forward leg before moving to the next exercise.
  • Resisted Push up –  See starting position below.  Lower down into a push up and come back to starting position.

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  • Jump Squat – NO resistance band.  Squat down and explode up.
  • Standing Bicep Curl – Stand upright  with feet on resistance band, while holding each end.  Slight bend in knees, complete a bicep curl.  Change tightness of band to increase/decrease resistance.
  • Ab Crossover – Do 10 each side.

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Station 2 – Complete 10 reps of each exercise sequentially.  Repeat station 2 more times, for a total of 3 times through each station.

  • Bridge Kick Press – see start picture and extension picture below.

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  • Squat with Side Leg Lift – Start standing on band, feet shoulder width apart, one end of resistance band in each hand.  Lower into squat.  On your way up, raise your right leg out to the side.  Repeat on left side.  Do 10 each side.
  • Burpees – NO resistance band.  Your typical burpee.
  • Tricep Press – See starting position and exercise position picture below.

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  • Lean Twist – Starting position will be the same as the triceps kickback.  Exercise position picture below.

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