Life lately + how I’m feeling + last week’s workouts

August 15, 2016

Hey everyone. I hope your weekend was fun. Ours went well for the most part. The girls had a gym class, I went to Orangetheory, did some shopping, and so on. I thought I’d check in with you all and share how I’ve been feeling lately and what’s going on with us.


Right now I’m feeling excited…and a bit anxious.


At the end of the week I’ll be heading to South Carolina with my family for a vacation at the beach. Unfortunately, Matt will be staying here so he can continue to see clients. One of the downsides of owning a business is that you truly are working all the time. You don’t get PTO or discretionary days and 7 days is a long time to miss. I appreciate his dedication, but I also know he’ll be pretty content to have a week alone. I’ll be sure to give him some odd jobs to do while we are away. 🙂



I am excited about a week away at the beach, but I’m also a bit anxious about it. This will be the girls’ first trip away without their dad so I’m a tad nervous about being on my own. But then again I won’t truly be on my own because I’ll have my dad, sister, brother-in-law, nieces, and nephews there to help. It will be fun to let the girls run around with their cousins and soak up the last bit of summer. (Is it really almost over?!) But taking a vacation with toddlers isn’t the typical relaxing vacation you would get on your own. It will be challenging at times for sure. We’ll have missed naps, disrupted sleep, and dealing with being out of our routine.


Matt and I continue to have conversations about whether it’s more trouble than it’s worth to do this kind of travel when the girls are small. He doesn’t think they’re ready for long trips away. Yes, it’s difficult to travel with small kids, but I will continue to do these things even if they are hard because I genuinely believe it’s good for the girls and for us to get out for these experiences. I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend time at the beach with my family. I’m glad they’ll have this break from our usual surroundings and the day-to-day stuff. There’s always an added layer of trouble when you bring kids anywhere, but that’s just the way it goes. You do it anyway.


Annddddd you make sure you have lots of coffee and cocktails around for the parents.

A Fit Mess


I’m also feeling inspired and hopeful.


To be perfectly honest I’ve been feeling a bit negative lately. I’ve been trying to figure out some things in my life and what path I should take, but I’ve been confused and less than inspired. It’s also really hard to have conversations with yourself about the future when you are so busy with the now. Recently I have had a few opportunities come my way that really excite me. I’m pursuing some things that I feel energized about and this has made me feel really happy and hopeful. I think it’s so, so important to follow a path towards happiness. It can be a lot of trial and error to figure out what truly drives you, but just keep moving.




Finally, I am feeling strong.


Physically I have been feeling pretty great. I’m still focusing more on strength and keeping cardio short and fast thanks to Orangetheory. I took an extra rest day this week because I was feeling waaaayy to sore on Friday. I was planning on squeezing a workout in at the end of the day, but I decided my body could use another day off. I really try to pay attention to my body when I’m feeling run down or tired.  I was glad I listened to my own advice because Saturday morning was a crazy hard OTF workout, but I managed to keep running through all of the intervals which is not always the case for me.


It can sometimes feel like I push myself a bit more than I should at  times, but I am very careful not to overexert myself. I’ve been injured so many times in the past that I’m terrified to go back there again. There are a few things I know I should deal with more (shin splints, foot pain, hip stuff) because even though they are minor I don’t want them to get worse.

Last week’s workouts

Monday – REST (This was unplanned! I walked all the way to the Y only to unzip my bag and realize I forgot my shorts. Ugh! This is the second time I’ve been scatter brained and forgot something essential.)



Shoulders, Hamstrings, and Abs 

4 rounds for each super set

  • unilateral glute bridge on the bench (15/side)
  • 1 arm dumbbell row on bench (15/side, I used 20# DB)


  • Arnold press (15 reps, I used 15# DBs)
  • dips on the bench (15)


  • 1 legged squat to bench (12/side)
  • standing DB shoulder press (15 reps, I used 15# DBs)


  • v-ups (15)
  • spider mans (12-15)




Biceps, triceps + crazy challenge from friend

0.25 mile run

  • dumbbell curls (15-20 reps)
  • overhead tricep extension (15 reps, 20#)
  • hammer curls (15-20 reps)
  • TRX tricep extensions (12 reps)
  • medicine ball seated twists (20 per side)
  • tricep pushups on the ball (10)
  • reverse crunch (20)
  • v-ups (20)


REPEAT 3x including the run portion. After final circuit, complete one more 0.25 mile run as fast as possible. You should have completed a full mile in total.

My girlfriend shared a fitness challenge with me and I *had* to do it because, well, peer pressure. So I added this on the end of my workout…

Complete the following sequence from 1 – 12 and then back down from 12 – 1: pushups, box jumps.

So, do one pushup and then one box jump. Two pushups and two box jumps. After you reach 12 of each movement then you go in descending order. Twelve push ups and twelve box jumps, eleven, and so on. I was toast afterwards and I’m pretty sure I texted my friend, “I hate you.”



Orangetheory Fitness


Friday – REST



Orangetheory Fitness



Legs @ home

  • leg curls on the ball (3×15)
  • dumbbell lunge (3×12/side)
  • single leg deadlift (3×15)
  • squat to leg lift (3×20/side)
  • standing calf raise (3×20)
  • glute bridge on the floor (3×30)

+ long walk


How was your weekend? 

Is travelling with kids tough for you, too?

What do your workouts look like lately?



  1. Hi Alyssa, We have three kids–nearly 8, 6 and 2…and I can’t remember the last time we took a vacation/road trip that wasn’t fabulous and stressful at the same time. None of us sleep all that well away from our own beds, keeping up with the grandparents is tiring and inevitably someone wakes up too early each morning. That said, no one remembers those things when we think back on past vacations. We remember the yummy meals, the many laughs, and the quality time with one another. So go for it! They’re only small once, so enjoy enjoy (with some deep breaths and mommy drinks)!! — Steph P.S. I love your blog!! Seems like just yesterday that we were both starting to work at Duke…and now we have five kids between the two of us!!

    1. Hi Stephanie! So good to hear from you! You are totally right. I love the “fabulous and stressful at the same time” part. That is so true! The good will outweigh the bad and I think that’s important to focus on. I can’t believe you have three kids! I love reading your blog, too! You need to guest post for me. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

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