How-low-ween Workout

So far, so good with the new job! I had kind of like an introduction/orientation day on Tuesday, which I always find to be quite awkward. It involved lots of filling out paperwork, touring the facility, and meeting new people. I guess it’s the meeting new people and being out of my comfort zone that I found to be the most awkward. I can be pretty socially inept and prefer to keep to myself until I’m comfortable around people (you know, when I’m not writing about every little detail of my life for all of the internet to read). Luckily, everyone was nice and I’m sure I’ll get more comfortable eventually.

I’ve been way too busy when I’m there to try out the facility at all, but it’s pretty awesome! They have a couple of stepmills, which I’m excited to use since none of my other gyms have had one. What I really need to focus on is the weight section though.
Free Weight Section at GymI was oddly sore after my sprint workout on Tuesday and realized that I really need to get back into strength training more seriously. After falling off the fitness bandwagon due to the whole moving across the country thing, I’ve managed to implement workouts back into my schedule more consistently, but have still been skimping on strength training, which is weird since I’m definitely someone who prefers strength training over cardio any day of the week. But after being sore from a simple sprint workout on Tuesday, I realized I really need to get some muscular strength back after taking time off.
Me lunging in Living RoomEnter this workout. Since I feel like my legs have lost the most strength, I decided to focus on working them with some squat and lunge variations. Also, the only thing you need is a chair or bench of some sort for the Bulgarian split squats. Apartment living means I need to try to get in a good workout with minimal equipment now.
How-low-ween Workout 3Bulgarian Split Squat
Pistol Squat
Curtsy Lunge (Any Biggest Loser fans? Jen, the new trainer, instructs this one!)
Frog Squat

Get it? How-low-ween? Ha yeah, I’m a dork. I know. Let me know if you give it a whirl! My legs were s-h-o-t after doing this.

Have a happy Thursday aka almost Friday!

Are you awkward when you first meet people?
What’s your favorite strength training move? Always looking for new ideas to spice up my workouts!

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My New Gig

Remember that job interview I told you guys about last week? Well, I’m happy to report that I got the job! Thank you so much for all of your well wishes! This is actually the first job I’ve had since I graduated college that I’m pretty excited about. My degree from the University of Delaware is in Communications and Art History, but ever since I graduated I haven’t really been able to use either degree in my jobs. Hello, what’s the point in having a fancy schmancy education if you don’t use it, right?

Luckily, I was able to find a job that not only allows me to utilize my Communications degree, but it also fuels my obsession love of fitness. In a nutshell, I’ll be doing marketing and social media work for a nearby fitness club! I’m pretty pumped about it since the club and everyone who works there is so awesome. Plus, they have a sauna I get to use so that’s not too shabby either ;).

I start the job today and am pretty nervous to say the least. The first day of a new job is pretty comparable to the first day back to school. You’re nervous, try to pick out the perfect outfit, and hope that everyone likes you!

In other news, Ed and I continued our exploration of San Diego this weekend and had a date night at Magnolia Tap & Kitchen downtown.
Drinks at Magnolia TapBacon Mac N Cheese at Magnolia TapNo date night is complete without drinks + bacon mac n’ cheese.

We also have been farmer’s market hopping like it’s our jobbbb. There’s literally one here like everyday and we managed to go to 3 different ones in the past week: Hillcrest, Ocean Beach, and Little Italy.
Me at Farmer's Market (LOVE the back of this Free People dress)

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to try food from every food truck at the markets…you know, for research purposes.
Fries with Garlic aioliChicken & Green Chile TamaleMango with chile & lemonThis Morning

Even though my stomach is in knots, I managed to choke down this breakfast (lovingly made my Ed) this morning since I know I’ll need the energy:
Butterscotch Overnight OatsNoms. Overnight oats with greek yogurt & butterscotch chips topped with banana.

Before breakfast, I also got in a good run with Ed around the neighborhood. We started the run out with a 5 minute warm-up before alternating between 1 minute sprinting and 1 minute jogging/walking for 20 minutes before cooling down. Followed by a walk with the pup.
My & Ed's Running Shoes
Alright, I’m off to my first day at work! Eek!

Hope you guys have an awesome Tuesday!

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Falling off the fitness bandwagon

Between quitting my job, moving out of our house, road tripping across the country, and moving to San Diego, a lot has changed in my life over the past few weeks to say the least. All of this coupled with studying for my fitness certification and trying to find a new job has kind of consumed my life and made fitting in fitness and healthy eating quite difficult.

When we first moved out of our house and began our road trip, I tried my best to stay on track with healthy eating and even managed to get in a couple of decent hotel workouts. Well, when you’re on the road in the middle of nowhere, finding healthy and affordable options can be quite difficult to say the least. At times, we were lucky to even find a gas station, let alone a supermarket or any place that served something besides tacos and burgers.

My attempt at healthy eating quickly turned into lots of this:
Sonic Chicken Sandwichthis:
Denny's breakfastand, of course, this:
In-N-Out BurgersAnd exercising…forget about it. After those 2 hotel workouts, the only other movement I managed to get in was walking down the Las Vegas strip (which ended in us grabbing a couple of beers so I don’t think that actually counts…wah) and some desperately needed stretching when I was able to get out of the car.
Stretching in Oklahoma CityNow that we are officially moved into our apartment and have unpacked for the most part (we still need to buy a new couch and storage space, so we will be living amongst some boxes for a little while), it’s been so nice to have a kitchen to cook in again! As much as I did enjoy all of those In-N-Out burgers (we ate there 3 times in a period of 2 days), I was starting to feel gross and tired all of the time, so that made wanting to eat healthy again quite easy.
Cooking in New ApartmentExercise, on the other hand, has been a little more difficult to get back into. I told myself I would get right back to working out come Monday morning. Well, Monday morning passed…and Tuesday morning passed..and nothing. Seriously, why is it so much harder to start back up with a fitness routine once you’ve stopped? I think it’s because you forget how comfy your bed really is and, once you remember, you never want to leave it again.

Well, I’m happy to report that I decided to finally get off of my butt this morning and made it out for a run to enjoy the beautiful San Diego morning weather! I mean, part of the reason why I wanted to move here was because of the gorgeous weather, so I better start enjoying it!
First Run in San Diego
35 minute run done plus a quick kettlebell workout FTW! For the kettlebell portion, I did swings, sumo squats, 1 legged deadlifts, and snatches.

Off to a job interview now! Wish me luck!

Have you ever fallen off the fitness bandwagon? How did you start back up again?

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