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7 Minute HIIT Workout

Are you looking for a good HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout that only takes 7 minutes of your time and you can do it all from home? Here is a great workout that I do when I don’t have a ton of time but want to get a little sweat session in.

I have the Tabata Pro app on my iPhone which is perfect for this workout. I love it for the fact that you can set each work session and rest session to be as long as you want. For this workout, I set it to a 10 second prepare time, 30 seconds for each work session, and a 10 second rest in between each move. I do 12 cycles total and you have the workout complete!

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7 Minute Workout 

Jumping jacks

Wall sit

Push-ups

Ab-crunch

Step-up onto chair

Squats

Triceps dip – on chair

Plank

High knees

Lunges

Push-ups with rotation

Side plank

***Do each one 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between.

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Re-formating

I know I haven’t been diligent in writing here. Part of that is because we just moved back from living overseas and part is because I’ve been so busy in other areas of my life (settling in, making new friends, chasing after my girls, etc) that I just don’t have enough time and energy to put into the blog.

But, I am here to change that! My goal is to start setting aside more time to write and work on some new ideas I have floating around where this blog is concerned. I am really excited about what the future will hold here and I hope you’ll be excited about it too when the time comes!

In the meantime, I am going to start posting more {healthy} recipes, workouts, and general fitness and health ideas that I read about, come across, or figure out on my own.

I would love to hear any feedback you may have concerning anything relating to the blog, because while I do write for myself, I also like to write for you. So, is there anything you want to see on this blog? I know it’s been so long that you probably didn’t even remember this blog exists, but I promise, I am back and will be more present on here. 🙂

Have a great day!

 

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Fitness Challenge

A couple week ago, I saw my friend post something about a 10 week fitness challenge. Anyone was allowed to enter with just a $20 buy-in per couple. The object: to increase your fitness level by the end of the 10 weeks (which is measured by her own guidelines on an exercise routine she set up). If, at the end of the 10 weeks, you and your partner increase in points, you could get your money back and maybe even win money on top of that.

Being competitive by nature and having a love for working out, I convinced Adam to do the challenge with me.

We are about two weeks into the challenge and I’m still just as excited now as I was when we began. I love seeing transformation, as slow or fast as it may come. I’ve started strength training 3 times a week (I’m not usually interested in strength training as I am running, but I totally see the benefits of it!) with Focus T25 and continue to run as well. I definitely feel stronger already.

If we don’t win this challenge, I won’t be heart broken. I’m more interested in getting even healthier and who better to do it with than my husband? He’s been faithfully working out as well and I know we will be healthier and stronger at the end!

I’ll update you mid-March after our final test.

What about you? Any fun fitness challenges or any challenge in general that you’ve started recently? I’d love to hear about it! 

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Happy New Year!

I’m still here! After a four month hiatus, I’m hoping to get back into posting somewhat regularly on here.

It’s been a very busy last four months. A move overseas, welcomed my husband back from deployment, another move within the states, closing on a new home, a sibling’s wedding in Maryland, ran in my first trail race in Northern Michigan, training for another race here in Mississippi, celebrated Christmas in Michigan…. it’s been quite the whirlwind. After our three shipments come to our new home next week, I am hoping life will slow down a bit more and allow me to settle back into some normalcy.

My year anniversary of this blog is next month already. I have some decisions to make concerning the blog and will fill you in on any new or interested news within a few weeks. 🙂

I’ll be back next week to talk about a 10 week fitness challenge that Adam and I are doing with some friends.

Have a wonderful week!

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Tokyo’s Fashion Night Out

Last night, my most wonderful and dearest friend, Kyra, and I went to Tokyo’s Fashion Night Out. We set out via the trains around 5:00pm in search of a restaurant we had found online that immediately drew us in from the name: Sweets Paradise.

It did not disappoint.

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Kyra and I both have a sweet tooth and Japanese desserts rate as some of the most delicious in this world. We walked in, each put around 1,500yen ($15) in a machine and out popped our tickets. We brought it to the ladies at the front desk and they ushered us back to our table. We were given a few instructions as to how the restaurant works (pretty much: stuff your face) and the next hour or so we indulged in some of the most delectable sweets I have ever had.

From there, we took a much needed mile walk (on a very big sugar high) to the beginning of the Fashion Night Out. Over 60 stores had their doors opened to the public while offering free drinks and other small collectables that signified the famous fashion night. It was so much fun.

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Our favorites stores included Burberry, Coach (obviously — see below) and Louis Vuitton.

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It was a wonderful, enjoyable girls night out that really included everything a lady could want: delicious food, great friends, fashion, and free alcohol!

 

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Taking a Hiatus

Oops, sorry readers. I didn’t mean for it to be almost a month before I posted again. Due to my husband being home from deployment for a couple weeks, throwing a birthday party for my daughter, taking one last family trip while living in Japan, getting ready for a wonderful friend coming into town, and preparing for an overseas move, I will be taking a hiatus for a little while. I guess this post would have been more appropriate the beginning of this month, but eh, oh well.

Thanks for being so understanding! I promise to come back as soon as I can. 🙂

 

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It’s August!

 

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Another page turned in the calendar.

August.

The month I became a mommy for the very first time. I cherish those memories and am holding on to them as hard as I can. But slowly, very slowly, I am noticing that I need to open my tightly clenched fist and open it up to new and exciting things of motherhood. Like potty-training. And learning songs together. Reading books. Memorizing bible verses. Saying something funny, looking at each other, and laughing really hard like we have been best friends all our lives and we get each other. 

I have a birthday party to finish planning. A huge overseas move to figure out how to put all the missing pieces together so the girls and I can go back home next month. A wonderful, awesome friend coming to visit in a few weeks.

So much to look forward to. Thanks, August, for finally arriving. It’s been a long summer so far and I’m glad you are here.

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Top 10 Reasons You Know You’ve Lived in Japan For a While

With our up-coming move back to the States, I’ve been reminiscing about our time here in Japan. Will I miss it? Yes. Would I want to come back here again? Probably not. It’s been a pretty long and difficult time for our family while living here – a lot of it due to Adam being gone so much and my health issues I dealt with while no family is around to help. (Thankfully, I’ve got military family though that stepped up in many amazing ways! You ladies are awesome!) So, with the past three years in mind, here is a quick list I put together.

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You know you’ve lived in Japan for a while when…

-looking online for potential houses to purchase back in the States, you find a really nice 2,700 sq. ft. house and your first thought is, “Bummer, I probably wouldn’t be able to vacuum the entire house while plugged into one outlet.” 

-your two-year-old thinks trains are the main way of transportation. (She will be sorely disappointed when we move to Mississippi!)

-on said train, you feel the need to shush your child when they talk at a normal decibel level because it’s usually quiet enough to hear a pin drop.

-a store is 7 miles away and you plan for it to take an hour to get there. And are pleasantly surprised when you make it in that amount of time.

-shopping at a local store, you can leave your stroller with your purse sitting outside and are confident it will all be there when you exit twenty minutes later.

-you know all the good online stores that ship and how quickly it will take to get here.

-you think driving on the left side of the road is completely normal and it scares you to think about driving back on the right side.

-you always take along a full meal for your children when going out to eat because you don’t know what exactly you will get when you order.

-you find yourself bowing your head to everyone you pass, including fellow Americans.

-driving down the road, you see a car and think, “wow, that’s a nice looking car!” and then realize it’s a Toyota Prius.

 

 

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Even HEALTHIER Banana Bread

I had three really ripe bananas that either needed to be used today or get thrown out. I preheated the oven and then realized that I used our last two eggs for Brooklyn’s lunch. I didn’t feel like going to the commissary just for eggs, so I scrounged around in the cupboards for a substitute and came across my girls’ pureed sweet potatoes baby food. I figured if I was throwing these bananas out anyway, it wouldn’t hurt to try a new recipe and just throw it out if it tasted horrible. Thankfully, it tastes awesome!

This is a revision to THIS banana bread recipe I posted earlier:

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose white flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup light butter

1/8 cup organic fat free vanilla yogurt

3/4 cup pure cane brown sugar

1 (2.5 oz) container Organic Sweet Potatoes baby food

3 large bananas, mashed

*optional add-ins: semi-sweet chocolate chips or nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bread pan (I used a bundt pan this time.) Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix and set aside. 

Beat butter, yogurt, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until very smooth. Add baby food. Stir in mashed bananas and beat until blended well. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir until all is moistened. Transfer to the bread pan or muffin tin. 

Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes for bundt pan, around 15-17 minutes for muffins. They are done when a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool just a few minutes. 

It’s so good and a healthier option! I just may bake with pureed baby foods more often!

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What I Wore

Calling all fashionistas!

I bought these shorts online a few months ago and was so excited for them to show up in the mail. Once I received them though, I got a little nervous that maybe I didn’t like them as much as I did when they were featured on a model online.

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Shorts: Gap

So, today am asking all of you ladies: what do you think? Would you keep these or not?  They are not see through shorts, but the pockets do show through which is what bothers me about them. Any thoughts?