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Yesterday, my girl Hannah and I made the best use of this new breezy coolness by playing in it.  She asked if I’d put her through a sweat session and the weather was just too inviting to reject, so I grabbed my healthy goodies and found an open field perfect for the job.

Putting Hannah’s pain aside, it was one of the best workouts that not one gym has ever provided. I’ll take grassy shoes over germy workout machines any day.

It takes investing in a few pieces of equipment, but if you make the wise move of stopping into your nearest TJMaxx, I betcha you’ll find yourself a bargain. TJ is where I got all five of my favorite workout goodies and still had a few pennies left over for my Starbucks caffè misto.

yoga mat. medicine ball. resistance band. kettlebell. dumbbells.

With a little creativity, I was able to come up with 5 supersets that hit just about every muscle group.  Every superset consisted of two exercises where 8-15 repetitions were completed for each exercise. The system I went by was one that alternated between upper body and lower body. This gives each muscle group time to recoup before pushing it to its limits with the second set. After completing both exercises (one superset), with little rest in between, we went on to repeat the same superset over again. After superset one, came superset two. This workout keeps our heart rates up while simultaneously making our muscles scream mercy. Fat can’t help but flee.

{that’s what I call leading by example}

Let me share:

sumo squat with side leg lifts (kettlebell) – reverse fly (dumbbells)

walking lunges (dumbbells) – lat pull over on swiss ball (kettlebell)

shuffle (resistance band) – upright row (resistance band)

squats to shoulder press (kettlebell) – tricep kickbacks (dumbells)

kettlebell swings – push ups


The weather is here, as is that grassy field. It’s just your job to go find it.

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I just went there. I crossed that line. I’m now a self phone photographer. Ewwy. Maybe some grace will be given for the fact that there is purpose behind this picture. It’s for you – to prove that nastiness happens in the gym. Messy hair, glistened bodies, germy hands, fatigued faces. I’ve learned to embrace em’ all.  It took awhile to get there, but when you find worth in a good sweat session and you’re favorite jam is cranked, everyone else’s wondering eyes begin to cease and work it done.

After weights comes protein, and for some protein powder. Protein powder has been one that has burdened me. As a vegetarian, it’s easy to be put in the category as one that lacks nutrients, which is why there was a time I was hesitant to take protein supplements.  I wanted to prove that every nutrient my body needs could be received through eating whole foods, not supplements.

Why prove anything to anybody? For me, protein power isn’t consumed because it’s absent from my diet, but because after I’ve challenged my muscles, protein is needed for repairing. It’s needed – and truthfully, eating a 20 gram heavy veggie burger doesn’t sound appetizing after 20 grams of sprints, if sprints were measured in grams.

I prefer protein ice cream.

It’s all in the fruit. It’s got to be frozen.

I picked a protein that had ingredients I could actually pronounce and didn’t fill up the entire ingredient chart.

In my protein ice cream:

frozen bananas. frozen peaches. 1/4 cup almond milk. water (enough to allow blending) chocolate protein. spoonful of plain greek yogurt. smidge of truvia. 3 ice cubes. swirly straw.

Be kind and keep your protein ice cream under 20 grams. Too much protein turns to mush. Mush is bad.

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