Holiday parade + last week’s workouts

Heyyy! Happy Monday! Did any of you brave the mall this weekend? I can’t even imagine. Amazon prime = total happiness for me.


We had a nice weekend at home and managed to bundle up on Saturday and make it to a holiday parade in downtown Chapel Hill. It was my first time attending this parade and it was so much fun! I know the girls will want to go again next year.

A Fit Mess

(Getting both children to look at the camera at the same time is nothing short of a miracle.)

The parade went from 10 am – 12 pm which I originally thought was a bit long for a parade, but there was so much to see – tons of floats and dance groups. It went by really quickly. Despite being told by several people that parking was plentiful, it took a very long time to find a spot to park. We ended up parking down a side street and walking a couple of blocks to the parade. I later found out that it was final exams for UNC and a lot of lots were reserved for students and faculty.

A Fit Mess

The girls were *really* excited to see Santa at the end of the parade. Funny story – I caught him scrolling through his phone while passing by and I gave him a menacing mom look. He smiled and waved at the girls and they were over the moon. Good save, Santa. Good save.

A Fit Mess

Side note to parents: this parade had A LOT of candy! Kids must be magnets for candy because the girls received a heck of a lot of candy. I gave them a few pieces and then tried my hardest to wave people away, but many of them thought I was trying to get their attention and ended up throwing more! Ha ha. Maybe I need to wear a sign next year that says, Please no candy!

A Fit Mess

Anyway, we had a great time and I’m glad we went. I definitely recommend this parade to any local friends. Despite the parking challenges, it wasn’t that crowded on the streets and everyone was very friendly.

Last week’s workouts

Monday – push day at home

dynamic warm up (jumping jacks, high knees, toe touches) and then 3 rounds of each:


  • 12 shoulder presses (seated on a stability ball)
  • 12 rear delt raises
  • 12 dumbbell front raises
  • 12 chest presses (on the ball)
  • 12 dumbbell lunges (each side)
  • 12 push ups
  • 12 calf raises (each side)


Tuesday – home workout (girls were sick so I was home)

TRX total body workout (I did 4 rounds of each super set)


Wednesday – 4 mile run outside


Thursday – Orangetheory

Run/row: 8 rounds of various distances and times. Decreasing distances for rows. This killleed me.

Strength floor:

Block 1:

  • 8 ultimate burpees, then decreasing reps (10/8/6/4) of the following:
  • bench presses (I used 30# DBs)
  • single leg jumps on the bench


Block 2:

  • 8 ultimate burpees, then 10 reps of each:
  • TRX pull ups
  • chest flyes


Block 3:

  • 8 ultimate burpees
  • TRX tricep extensions (10/8/6…)
  • jump squats to bench touch (10/8/6…)


Friday – REST


Saturday – Orangetheory


100 meter row -> 5 froggers

150 meter row -> 10 froggers

200 meter row -> 20 froggers

…and so on for time. I got up to a 450 meter row.


9 rounds of the following sequence: 45 seconds all out effort (sprinting), followed by a 45 second walking recovery. I was super excited that the last round I made it to 12 mph!


Block 1:

  • 20 speed skater jumps
  • 20 power jumping jacks (holding a 12# med ball)
  • 20 power sit ups (with 12# med ball)


Block 2:

  • 20 switch lunges
  • 20 tricep push ups (on med ball)
  • 20 Russian twists (seated)



I was planning on working out at home, but I fell asleep with the girls during their nap and just missed getting my workout in. I guess I needed the rest!


Have a wonderful week, friends!

Did you go to any holiday events this weekend?

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