Tuesday (need a) Snoozeday

Things today started off promisingly enough.

I met Katie at the gym this morning bright and early for a quick workout before work. After hitting the treadmill for a very brief 15-minute jog to get the heart rate going, we completed the following ab workout from one of my favorite tumblrs:

Source (I highly recommend the Back On Pointe site. She has some fantastic workouts.)

I tossed in some random jump roping intervals and we were out of there within forty minutes, but I could definitely feel the burn.

Afterwards, we swung by Dunkin Donuts where I had myself a multigrain bagel with peanut butter (that was exceptionally salty for some reason!)

dunkin' donuts multigrain bagel

I also caved and ordered a cup of hazelnut coffee:

Dunkin' Donuts Holiday Cup

It tasted extra delicious served in a HOLIDAY CUP.

We all know how much I love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. It’s definitely my favorite “take-out” coffee. Throw in a Christmas-themed cup and life is good.

After that it was time to head to work where I was up to my knees in Thanksgiving pies and holiday orders. I wasn’t feeling 100% today anyway and after staying up FAR too late last night in order to finish a couple of application-related things and waking up MUCH too early, by the end of the night I was tired and seeing spots (spots that were shaped like pies.) That most unfortunate combination made me cranky and snappy which is no good for anyone involved!

I think that all adds up to one thing: hit the sack early tonight.

I did happen to get an adorable note in the midst of the all of the craziness:


My tutee’s little sister made an appearance at the market today and delivered this note to me and a co-worker. “Brine” = Brittany. It’s actually quite funny because almost every little kid who tries to say my name pronounces it as “Brinny.” Way to sound it out! Either that or she thinks I am very salty.

Today’s “thanks” goes to the little kids in my life who never fail to make me smile (even the mischief-makers). There is something so refreshing about the honesty you get from kids. They don’t play games and they hold NO punches (for better or worse). Sometimes I do wish that I pursued the career in education that I had always dreamt of, but I know it just wouldn’t be quite right for me!

Hope you had a great day! I will be back tomorrow.

Mackinac Island

Hello friends. This morning was a trial and a half. Pup Pup had an appointment with the vet earrrrrly this morning and the only thing worse than not knowing exactly what’s wrong with her is seeing how much she loathes the vet’s office. I felt so, so bad and after spending a little time with her once we got home, I had to leave for work. I must say, the vet and her techs. were absolutely wonderful though. I’m SO grateful that we finally found a doggy doctor worth their salt.

Workout: Anyway, Mission Workout in the Living Room continues tonight in full-force. Tonight’s at-home  routine included a cardio circuit workout and my new arm workout in its entirety. Both were pretty fast and easy to do at home– it didn’t take hardly any space at all! Definitely felt like a good workout though.

It took me a little while to think of a good post for today. I haven’t been doing much the past few days aside from working because of my little furry friend– I can’t bare to leave her at the house while I gallivant around town. It just doesn’t feel right. So instead, I thought I’d talk about Mackinac Island. America’s Best Kept Secret. Hopefully this will be interesting to lots of you since my day there was definitely full of fitness-y fun. Also, it is a place that should DEFINITELY go on your list of Must See Places because it is amazing.

For years, Katherine (one of my very good friends that I’ve known for about 12 years) and I  had been planning to take a trip when we both graduated from college. While plans of cross-country road trips and Grand Canyon camping rolled around for quite a while, none of that ended up seeming entirely feasible. To make a long story short, we ended up in Michigan at a lake house where we could easily take day-trips to lots of cool places. While we saw some very cool towns, my favorite trip by FAR was to Mackinac Island. (Pronounced: “Mack-ih-naw”–interestingly, the town of Mackinaw is spelled with a “w” at the end, the Island has a “c”. I don’t get it either.)

So first of all, if you have never hear of Mackinac Island, don’t be surprised– I hadn’t either. Perhaps one of the coolest things about it is that there are no cars! Not one. All travel is either by foot, bike or horse.

That’s right, even the mail trucks and garbage trucks were pulled by horses!

When you first jump off of the ferry that takes you from the mainland to the island, all you see is an old-fashioned looking street lined with horse carriages and bicycles. So fun!

In addition to bike rental huts every 15 yards, the main street was also dotted with about 25 different candy and ice cream stores along with cute little gift shops.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Mackinac is BIG on biking. One of my favorite things we did that day was biking the perimeter of the island.

After renting the BEST BIKE EVER for two hours, we decided to hit up the nation’s only bicycle-only highway. Riding around the outside of the island was about 8.5 miles and once just wasn’t enough. After one loop, we had to do it again! The whole trail is dotted with beautiful beaches and some of the most breath-taking views I’ve ever seen.

Rocky beaches with brilliantly blue water.

It also wasn’t at all uncommon to stroll right past a horse-drawn carriage. Spotted: Tourist Taking a Picture of the Pretty Pony.

  Finally, there were amazing hiking trails too! There were so many different sites to see including some nifty natural rock formations (Earth Science Geek = ME), beautiful forests and hills and also the famous Fort Mackinac that is set up in the hills of the island.

Scariest stair case that I’ve EVER stood on. It was steep and old and wooden. I hate heights and steep stair cases freak me out. Terrifying, but awesome!

Looks like Hawaii!

Future Second Home = HERE.

After burning about 900 calories between the biking and hiking (just ask My Fitness Pal, and that was a conservative estimate!), we went to a nifty restaurant right on the harbor and ate a lot of risotto.

If you ever get the chance, you have to make your way to Mackinac! I plan to make another trip there sometime very soon to hit up their half marathon. How cool would that be?????



Somehow, yesterday I managed to slink off to work once again without my early morning workout! But it’s ok, because all morning long I was planning what I’d do when I got home. A circuit workout seemed like just the answer. It was pretty quick, but also incredibly challenging! I love quick workouts that leave you huffing and puffing and hating yourself for deciding to start them. Yesterday’s circuit was a brutal cardio-ab combination that I found online one day. That got me thinking about how my workout pal and I always used to make up our own circuits which was actually pretty fun, but I never really do that anymore! For my own benefit (and now yours) I put together a list of all of the moves we used to combine. Below I posted that list and the pattern we used to use to make up the workouts. Try it out for yourself!

[PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT a personal trainer. I also DO NOT have any experience customizing workouts. I do know what works for me, what I find challenging and what I’ve passed along to friends, but only YOU know what you can do and what is safe and comfortable for you so PLEASE take it slowly at first. It’s much easier to work up to more reps./ longer hold-times. It’s a whole lot easier than recovering from an injury!] 

Pointers on making your own circuit workout! 

So here is the little cheat sheet I use to help me easily revamp my circuit workouts and shake things up a little from day to day. Here’s how it works!

  • List 1 = Cardio spurts. Choose 4 moves per circuit and do each for 30 second
  • List 2 = Ab moves to be repeated 15-20 times each
  • List 3 = Ab/ Arm moves that should be held for 30 seconds each
  • To make a challenging, customized circuit workout, make 4 combinations
  • Combo 1: choose 4 moves from List 1
  • Combo 2: choose 4 moves from List 3
  • Combo 3: choose 4 moves from List 1
  • Combo 4: choose 4 moves from List 2
  • Do two repeats of each combo. Once you make it to the end of combo 4, do the whole thing over again!

*Note # 2:  “Crunchy Frog” is a move from the p90x Ab Ripper DVD. There are many demo videos on youtube if you’re unsure of how to do this one! Again, it’s a p90x move and a p90x name. I take ZERO credit. None at all. (Haha, so many disclaimers! 😛 )