Jenna: Exercise Schedule

Hello! Sorry I missed posting yesterday, but I’ll be back this afternoon too!

I enjoyed Rose’s post and wanted to write out my schedule. I ended up being at work a bit late yesterday and then had dinner plans, so I missed a work out. Today is a new day! I also have a family trip this weekend (yay for seeing Rose!) so I wanted to sketch out a plan to help keep me on track:

Monday: T25 total body
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: 2 hour yoga
Thursday: T25 Cardio
Friday: T25 speed (this will have to be done in the morning)
Saturday: Run
Sunday: T25 or bike ride


What has this week looked like for you? Does sticking to a schedule help hold you accountable?


Rose: Exercise Schedule

Did you take some time for yourself this weekend? Did you slow down?

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I’m not sure I followed my own instructions. On Saturday I hit the ground running. I did a two-hour Kam Jamz hip hop class (whoa, talk about a burn) and then drove to Latrobe, Pa., for a family function. I didn’t get home until 9:30 p.m., and I was exhausted. I stayed up too late with -M and his brother, porch sitting and wine drinking. It was fun, but I slept in until 10 a.m. the next day, and the weekend just got away from me.

On Sunday, I took it easy. I went out for Thai for dinner, and I didn’t get my workout in. I slightly regret the latter, but what can you do? At least it was only a stretch day. I did my stats on Saturday and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I like not technically “weighing in” on the scale.

That said, I’m getting this week on track in terms of scheduling and exercise. I feel my best when I’m moving daily and know what’s ahead for the week. I’m going to do a little extra this week, and I’m looking forward to changing it up:

  • Monday: T25 Total Body Circuit
  • Tuesday: T25 Speed 1.0; Hip Hop Class in the evening
  • Wednesday: T25 Lower Body Focus
  • Thursday: T25 Cardio; Ballroom Dancing class in the evening
  • Friday: T25 Total Body Circuit, Ab Intervals
  • Saturday: REST
  • Sunday: Stretch

What’s on your calendar?

Jenna: A few of many myths

As I have mentioned before, I do not have a gym membership. I do a lot of at home workouts, and run/bike through the city to stay active. I stumbled across this workout on Pinterest a while back and thought I’d give it a shot. It was titled “Burn 1000 calories!”

I was a bit skeptical around the calorie burn, and wondered how they could state such a fact, but I’m always up for a challenge. I googled it separately and found the same image here:


I grabbed my roommate and we set forth. By the end of the work out, you complete 400 jumping jacks, 300 crunches, 200 squats and 100 push ups. Whoa! It was pretty tough and we were sweaty. I’ll definitely be sore tomorrow….. But guess what?!

It only burned 268 calories according to a heart rate monitor worn during the work out. That’s right, no where close to 1000.

Moral of my story? PLEASE don’t believe everything you read and see online. Those “before” and “after” photos fall right into this category. For example the below pictures were taken AN HOUR apart:


Andrew Dixon is the one in these photos, and the author of this article which talks about how transformation photos are often manipulated for marketing purposes.

As the article also states, I am in no way discounting all of the photos out there. They are a great way to personally monitor your progress. You also know the source, and that they are accurate! But don’t try to look like fitness models in photos. Don’t think you are burning 1000 calories. Work hard, and try to not fall into the comparison trap. Do it for you, and how it makes you feel. It’s then that you’ll find a balance that is obtainable, and even more importantly, sustainable.

Rose: Slowwwwww down

A week ago, Jenna touched upon the concept of rest – how much it’s needed and what it means. I read her post, agreed, and continued to pound myself into the ground.

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I took things too hard this week. I tried taking on too many stories at work, and my brain got fried. I worked out every day, and played a double-header softball game on Wednesday. My family came to town. We said goodbye to a coworker. There were dinners and outings and lots of chatter.

On top of that, it was the week my brain had to decide to pull out the ole question it does every few years: Am I living the life I want? Am I doing all I want to do? I spent evenings talking with -M (my boyfriend) about what I wanted from this life, what I needed to do to achieve more of those goals, and how I can stay happy with my present.

It was exhausting.

And here it is, finally the weekend. My Saturday is fairly busy but with things I’ll enjoy. A longer Hip Hop class. A family barbecue. And time with -M, since he’s in town. I’m hoping for a peaceful Sunday. I’m hoping for time to just relax and be still with my heart and my head.

Because you have to make that time for yourself to know where you’re going. To ease your little heart and those wild thoughts. To remember that today is okay, and tomorrow will be, too. That all the hard work is worth it. That life will move on with you smoothly. Perhaps a rock is thrown here or there, but you’ll move past that.

This is what makes the Nine to Five Balance so hard. That burning need to fit everything in. The idea that you’re never quite making it somehow. True balance comes into play during this time. How will you fit in what you want – and be good to yourself?

That’s what I’m focusing on this weekend. Being good to me.

Jenna: Health-ified Blueberry Muffins

One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is take a super yummy awesome recipe and tweak it to make it a bit healthier. I’ve failed many times, but my roommate and I worked on this one together and I think it came out really well. You can find the original recipe here, but below includes the alterations to make it a bit cleaner. These kept really well. I ate one for dessert the night they were made, and a few other for snacks with greek yogurt during the week.

Blueberry Oat Muffins
(The below makes 12. I personally cut it in half, but wanted to provide the full recipe)

  • 1-3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons of vanilla or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk (we didn’t have that nonsense laying around, so we put a few squeezes of lemon juice into 1% milk and it worked fine. If you want exact, you can google replacements for buttermilk)
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. In a food processor or blender, pulse the oats until they resemble coarse meal.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined and then set the bowl aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, yogurt,  vanilla, and buttermilk/milk until well blended.
  5. Add the sugar/egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended and then gently stir in the blueberries.
  6. Divide the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups of the muffin pan.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 to 23 minutes.
  8. When they are done, remove pan from the oven and let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer them out of the pan and onto a wire rack to cool completely.