“Stop Being So Dramatic”

Said my personal trainer to me this morning….and I looked at him and burst out laughing.  He’s so freaking awesome.  And doesn’t put up with my BS.  Props to my trainer… he is definitely what I need for early morning workouts!

That workout felt like eons ago. I’m so tired, it’s been a long day. To be fair, I had a tough workout this morning:

1 mile progressive treadmill run #RWRunStreak (and through downtown Chicago on the Woodway)

Band-assisted pull ups- 3 sets to exhaustion (this was the “warmup”- and also where I began to get a little dramatic…)

Incline bench

Shoulder press

Tricep extensions

Bicep curls

Powerplate crunches

And then, I died.  

After I died, came back to life, and attempted to lift my arms to wash my hair; I shook up Meal Replacement shakes.  Love them, they’re filling and taste great. 



This morning I sat in on fitness instructor auditions (so fun to watch- and I definitely admire people who teach group fitness, I have zero coordination), then went to sweepings presentations to SGA to support our Recreation initiatives and present healthy campus initiatives.  

Lunch was steamed veggies:



…and an apple. 

I spent the afternoon in meetings, catching up with vendors that were passing through on their way to New Orleans, and taking care of projects that needed done before I leave tomorrow. 

Headed to the Athletic Business Conference in New Orleans tomorrow.  I’m excited- I’ve never been to this one, I hear it’s a great professional development conference, and I’m super excited about the fitness equipment expo to check out all the new trends!  Should be a good time – although I definitely can’t promise blogging everyday while I’m there.  I’ll do one “super blog” on Sunday recapping NOLA. 

I dropped Laney off with her dog-sitter, one of my students, David.  He’s already calling her “Pup-Chow”- a term of endearment- and she was best friends with him after 3 minutes.  I think when I get back this weekend she won’t want to come back home! 

Dinner when I got home was a tortilla-bean-tomato bake that I totally made up.  It turned out ok, but I was too tired to really try to care. 



Afterwards got to packing.  I’m terrible at that.  I tend to just not care and everything gets thrown into a duffel bag- then I hope and pray when I get there that I have what I need.  It tends to workout (usually).  At least I’m not the only one stressing about packing… Lo at least has me covered if I need it!



One more shoutout tonight- one of my former students and brilliant friends helped with my published article by combing through for grammar.  VERY appreciated- thanks so much Gabriel!  

And on that note, I’m exhausted… I’ll take plenty of pictures and do a recap this weekend, but looking forward to New Orleans and seeing good friends! 

Scary Sleep-Walkers and Scary Sleep-Talkers

Funny, we had a conversation at work this morning about sleep walking and sleep talking–then I came across this “How Health Savvy Are You?” Quiz and one question pertains to sleep walking.  I’ve been sleep walking before and locked myself out of a hotel room (little scary).  My personal trainer has been sleep-talking before about killing his roommate (I told him I’d rather he take his fury out on me than that!).  My mother used to perform exorcisms in her sleep (talk about scary!!). Do you have a weird sleep walking or talking habit?

Fun quiz.  I’m at Health Guru status, by the way.  I know, I’m awesome.

This morning required Spark.  And Catalyst.  And Ibuprofen.  I felt like I got ran over by a semi after my workout yesterday.


Driving into Tallahassee when it’s dark and peaceful is so nice. And our Capitol building was looking festive…


I told Forrest I had to role out of bed- that’s how much I hurt.  His response (typical): “Well, you’re going to hurt a lot more after this.”

He wasn’t lying.  Extreme circuit today- was awesome and I can’t even recall everything we did but we sure got some of everything: Powerplate, VipR, Total Body, TRX, Kettlebell, etc, etc.  I can’t feel anything right now.  I’m surprised I can type.

Breakfast was a banana and Meal Replacement- Vanilla.


Busy morning meeting with students and SGA. Luckily I remembered to grab an apple for mid-morning before I started running around like a mad woman.


When I finally made it back, I had a late lunch of salad (and forgot dressing).  I really didn’t know what to do, but I do have honey in my cabinet, so I figured, what the heck? Why not!


It was… weird.

After a meeting with Athletic Trainers, I got a tour of the Human Performance Lab at FSU.  Saw the anti-gravity treadmill, the Dexa, and the balance machine.  I love exercise testing, sometimes I think I missed my calling in that realm.


It’s been a LONG day… looking forward to getting home to my Laney girl and figuring out what dinner should be tonight!

When Tuesday Feels Like Monday

It may be a 4-day week but it’s going to be a long one.

This morning my personal trainer stood me up (car troubles).  He was there in spirit though- always keeping me on track.


We communicate most effectively via sarcasm.

I took Catalyst this morning.  Supposed to boost performance and promote better and quicker healing.  I didn’t notice a difference during my workout (which was totally different than what Forrest told me to do, by the way).  Hopefully I’ll notice the difference in the long run…


Breakfast this morning was a meal replacement shake. Those things really work, I wasn’t hungry until about 11:30!


My morning got real busy real fast.  Got a new powerplate in- that makes 3!  Tried it out a little, it actually has programmed workouts on this one- depending on what your goals are.  So crazy!  Can’t wait to try it out when I’m not in a skirt.


Wolfed down lunch while discussing agenda items for a meeting tomorrow, then I finally had a free 10 minutes right now to blog update!  (Ok, I’m also participating in NIRSA’s #RecChat randomly and replying to emails…). The rest of today I’m sure will be just as crazy…

Wannabe Fruit

Today kicked my a$$.  Seriously, I’m exhausted. Time for a recap (just to get it out of the way- did everyone vote? Yes, I did. Ok, done):

This morning was awesome actually… great workout with my personal trainer.  Got to workout with one of my good friends and mentors too.  She’s getting ready to adopt (baby’s due tomorrow!).  We were excited this morning, talking about names, the process, everything.  We started EARLY this morning- 6am.  



My building in the dark…so pretty and quiet.

Breakfast this morning:  oatmeal, a spoonful of peanut butter and strawberries.



I also brought white ayuverdi chai tea this morning to brew.  It’s been cold in my office lately- this was perfect. And the Teavana blend is naturally sweet, so you don’t have to add anything to it. 



My morning just went into whirlwind mode from there and didn’t let up until I finally got to leave work at 6:15 tonight. 

Lunch was while I was also on an important conference call.  I kept crunching carrots and thinking, well… if anyone hears me at least I’m the Co-Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Commision! Boiled egg for additional protein.  Was a pretty hearty lunch which was good- I didn’t have time for any fruit in between my meals. 



When I finally made it home, it was cold. For my evening run with Laney, I adorned arm warmers (YES I know I’m a dork.  NO, I don’t care that people think that):



Laney and I ventured into the chilliness for our run, and I had a plan.  Moved into the street- the left-hand lane- to avoid the constant acorn grabbing.  There wasn’t an acorn in sight.  Ha! April- 1, Laney- 0.   Then homegirl sees s phantom acorn on the other side of me and trips me in the process of sprinting in front of me.  April- 1, Laney- 1.  Well played, Laney, well played. 

After the nightly acorn-running adventure, I needed to stop and grab fruit.  I’ve never gone through fruit so fast in my life.  Found this interesting product at Publix while I was shopping:



What the hay? Just buy real fruit!  Like, right there, in the fruit section!  Craziness what people will do to trick themselves into eating healthy.  I’ve found even in the past few days just cutting the processed and eating clean allows me to appreciate the flavor of real food all over again. 

My investment in health:



When I got home I threw together a quick meal (delicious!):

Veggie pasta


Yellow Tomato


“Sauce”:  1 avocado, mashed; tbls pesto; half lemon, squeezed; salt & pepper to taste




Time to follow some election results!