Meet the Sullivans: FIVE on FRIDAY: health & fitness

February 21, 2014

FIVE on FRIDAY: health & fitness

Hallelujah, it's Friday!! I'm linking up with the sweet and fabulous ladies behind The Good Life, Carolina Charm, A. Liz Adventures, and Hello Happiness for 5 on Friday today! Today my five is all about some of my most recent health & fitness habits! 

- one -
For the last few weeks I've actually stuck to my goals for working out. I've been making it the gym 3-4 times a week, and have been including weight + cardio. What I really like is that it's been easy for me to stick to -- I thrive when I have a plan of action, and a list! -- and I'm really happy with the little changes I'm beginning.
For each exercise I'm doing super sets, meaning there is no rest period between sets and I'm moving straight from the (for example) first set of lat pulldowns right into the first set of bridges, and then back to the lat pulldowns for the second set, and so on.

Here's an example of day 2 of the program Keith designed for me:

-Warm-up on cardio equipment (usually elliptical or running): 5 minutes

-3 sets, 12 reps each:

Lat Pulldown ---> Bridges 
Seated Rows ---> Side Steps with band around legs or Side-Lying Leg Lifts 
Biceps Curl (using dumbbell + standing on a single leg) ---> Roman Chair Knee Lifts
-Cardio: 30 minutes (stationary bike, running or arch trainer)

- two -
I am thisclose to pulling the trigger on my first lifestyle tracker purchase. I been weighing the pros and cons of a few brands (mainly the Jawbone or the FitBit), all week. After asking around most people seem to have had a good experience with the FitBit, so there you have it.

- three -
It would be pointless to be making extra effort in the gym without trying to make our meals reflect the same goals. I made this Caprese Quinoa with Chicken earlier this week, and it was pretty good! I'm obviously not 100% on the clean eating bandwagon, and if you follow me on Instagram you know that's true, but on a regular basis I've been cutting out extra starches, sugars and fats. Not completely though!

- four -
The most difficult part of making it to the gym in the morning is not a lack of motivation -- it's getting myself and Owen ready and out the door together before 9am. Every morning I pack my gym bag with my headphones, water bottle and all the things for showering afterward, as well as all of the things Owen will need while we're out. It's a lot of stuff! And all the while making Owen's breakfast and trying to take care of a few things around the house before we leave. I'm usually beat even before we make it there!

- five -
I know this isn't directly related to health & fitness, but I just signed up for my first Stitch Fix (Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You tell them your style, size, and budget preferences, and they send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. Each Fix™ is unique and hand-picked just for you)! Come on, we all know one of the greatest parts of getting fit / losing weight / toning up is feeling better in your clothes and buying NEW ones! My first "fix" won't come until the end of March, but when it does I'll be sure to tell you what I think!

A little blog news: We're joining up with some of our blog friends again in March for another swap / link-up, but this time we're inviting everyone to join us! It will be a recipe swap, so if that sounds interesting check back on March 3rd for more details!


Chelsea said...

Way to go for going to the gym 3-4 times a week. I can't wait to get back into working out. I just had a baby 3 months ago and cant wait to work out :) Just found your blog through the link up ;)

hello erin said...

I have a new gym action plan too and it feels SO GOOD. And doesn't involve me hitting the gym 8-9x a week seeing zero results. Yay new plans! And yay fitbit!!!

Leslie said...

AWESOME! You are motivating me to get back to the gym! That recipe looks insane, btw. Happy Friday.

the girl in the red shoes said...

That chicken looks SO good....I might have to add it to our routine!

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

That's awesome Colleen, I wish I had it in me to work out consistently. I lack in motivation. Anyway, that chicken looks delicious and I really want to make it!

Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

That meal looks pretty good! I'll have to look into that. Owen is so cute! Adorable jammies

Stephanie said...

Love my fitbit. I've tried both fitbit and jawbone and really like the number of people that have fitbit. The link up is key!

Zelle B. said...

Hi there! Visiting from the Friday Five -- love reading about your fitness goals! I'm getting back into my gym regiment, but like you, I know how important a clean and healthy diet is -- that chicken looks great, so I'll have to give it a try!
xo A Southern Style

Courtney said...

Awww yes! I can't wait to read your stitch fix posts!

Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...

That chicken looks so good! I will have to try it :) My sister in law and brother in law got the FitBit and LOVE them. My brother in law was bragging about how many steps he takes a day lol. And so excited for the link up! Will check back March 3!

Kristin said...

Awesome job on the workouts! I have been majorly slacking and need to find that motivation again! I have the FitBit and LOVE it!!!

Jenny said...

yay for fitbit! I feel the same way about getting to the gym in the mornings! worth it but so exhausting!