fit mom I've decided to start posting my workouts in a weekly format so it's easier to see the bigger picture of how I'm fitting workouts into my life. I always love to check in on people's blogs and see what they're doing to gain inspiration. Please keep in mind, I'm not a personal trainer or a doctor, this is just what I've been up to, so please don't do anything crazy. This was a super good week for me in terms of getting myself back to where I need to be in the strength department.   Saturday: 3/12 I worked on power cleans today - and was able to get up to 5 sets of 5 @ 95 pounds! This was a huge accomplishment for me, as I haven't been able to clean 95# consistently for a while. I've been trying to focus on form with these lifts more often and not try to overcomplicate with other exercises. Believe me, doing 10 sets or more of power cleans will leave you plenty tired! Sunday: 3/13 Off day! Monday: 3/14 warm up: worked on kipping pull-up technique (I'm still not there yet!) + 3 sets of 10 deadlifts at 95# workout: For time: 21-15-9 (reps) deadlifts (I used 125#) pushups rest 3 minutes 21-15-9 Curtis-P's (hang clean, front rack lunge L + R, push press - see video here, I just did 45#) box jumps The first portion took me 4:59 to complete. The second portion took me 14:04 to complete. The Curtis-P's were straight up terrible. I started at 65#, immediately regretted it, and dropped the weight to just the bar. Definitely do this light! I broke it up into sets of 5 or so, it was tough! Tuesday: 3/15 5 minute EMOM of max pull-ups (no band) (every minute on the minute perform as many as you can string together) 10 OH squats (pick a comfortable weight - I do these light) 5 minute EMOM of max pull-ups (with band this time) 10 OH squats 5 minute EMOM of chin-ups (no band) 10 OH squats Wednesday: 3/16 5 rounds for time: 15 kettlebell swings (I used 35#) 15 bent over row (45#) 15 plank to pushup (demo here) 15 jump lunges This took me 14:00 to finish. The plank to pushup portion was surprisingly hard. Also, I varied the grip on the bent over rows, between supinated and pronated, to target different areas. Thursday: 3/17 Off day Friday: 3/18 I alternated sets of power cleans with straight leg deadlifts - it looked something like this: 10 power cleans @ 65 #, 10 SL deadlifts @ 65# 10 power cleans @ 75#, 10 SL deadlifts @ 75# 10 power cleans @ 85#, 10 SL deadlifts @ 85# 5 power cleans @ 95#, 10 SL deadlifts @ 95# 5 power cleans @ 95#, 10 SL deadlifts @95# 3 power cleans @ 105#, 5 SL deadlifts @ 105# 2 power cleans @ 105#, 5 SL deadlifts @105# afterwards: 3 rounds of: 30 seconds dead hangs on pull-up bar (example) 1:00 wall sit 1:00 squat holds w/ 25# plate (example) *Getting those power cleans at 105# was a new PR for me! So happy about it! Saturday: 3/19 inspired by this workout For time, complete: 50 front squats (65#) 10 clean and jerks (65#) 50 box jumps 10 clean and jerks 50 pushups 10 clean and jerks 50 box jumps 10 clean and jerks I finished in 23:15, this one was really tough - even with scaling it down. I would like to try the regular version posted on the link above once I'm less sore! What were your workouts like this week? Did you break any of your records?

(This post contains affiliate links - please see what that means here). Need some motivation for your Monday? IMG_2412 This was a really awesome, heart-pounding workout. I'm trying to get back in good cardio shape after struggling with virus after virus and my asthma this winter. It has not been easy, but I think I'm finally getting there! You'll need a pull-up bar, a kettlebell (I used 35#), a barbell and plates, and a box (mine is a homemade version of this), and an interval timer app (or this). I'm working on my pull-ups a lot, still using a band most of the time, but getting there! Warm up/Strength: 5 min EMOM of pull-ups - string together as many as you can each minute and then rest the remaining time. (My goal was 3-4 per minute) Workout:  Set your interval timer to go off every 2 minutes. You'll do this workout for time, and every 2 minutes stop what you're doing and perform 5 burpees. Getting this workout done fast = less burpees! 3 rounds for time: 10 deadlifts (125#) 10 goblet squats (I used 35# KB) 10 bicep curls (I used 35# KB) 10 step ups on box (each leg, I used 20" box) 10 bent over rows (5 each arm, I used 35# KB) + 5 burpees every 2 minutes.
  • I finished this workout in 13:39 and did 30 burpees.
Cool Down/Abs 3 x 1:00 planks   Let me know if you try it - or tell me about your workout!  

(This post contains affiliate links - please see what that means here). Today's workout was some quick and dirty cardio. I woke up at 5 to snow falling outside and definitely needed to get warm.  Since I usually try to get in a shower and few sips of coffee before the babies wake up, the timing of this one worked out nicely. This one is very cardio focused, as it is higher reps and lower weight. I'm trying to alternate days of heavy lifting and what I like to call "panic breathing" workouts. IMG_2359 Strength:   Worked on power snatches (see video of movement here) I warmed up with a few sets of ten with just the bar. I eventually worked up to 65# and did three sets. Snatches are something I don't like to go very heavy on. Any heavier than 65# right now, I'll end up with bad form. I'm happy to stay injury free, thank you very much! Workout: Use an interval timer app to program 6, two minute high intensity rounds with 1:30 rest in between. Each round is an AMRAP of:
  1. deep squats with 45# bar on back (could sub air squats)
  2. pull-ups*
  3. OH lunge with 25# plate
  4. burpees
  5. jump rope
  6. Sumo deadlift high pull (I used 35# KB)
Push yourself, because each round is short! *I will use a band or stool to help me get more reps. I'm still working on stringing my strict pull-ups together! Cool down: 3x30 russian twists with medicine ball or weight plate This workout only took me 45 minutes, definitely do-able if you're on a time crunch.  

(This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure here) So, I wanted to make stuffed peppers for dinner with a lower carb count than your traditional recipe. Mixing in a bunch of rice with the meat doesn't do anything for me. Not only do I try to eat grains sparingly, but seriously - if I'm going to eat rice... I'm going to eat it plain and covered with butter. I want the full experience - not a bunch of rice hidden in a dish for no reason. With that being said, I wanted to keep the texture similar and add a nutritional boost. Enter in: baby kale, chard, and spinach blend IMG_2131 I LOVE these greens, and so do my twins. They are so mild tasting, yet still full of flavor with zero bitterness. If you think you don't like kale, try this. Anyway, I had the idea to chop some of it up, sautéing it with a sweet onion and some spices, and mixing it into the meat mixture for the peppers. I like to also add the seasonings here because I think sautéing them with the onion adds more flavor. IMG_2133 IMG_2134 IMG_2136 After hollowing out the peppers, I also didn't want to throw away the tops. Instead of being wasteful, I chopped those up to also use in the filling. IMG_2137 IMG_2138 IMG_2139 To bind the filling, instead of rice, I used a little bit of Coconut Flour. Coconut flour is a great binder because it sucks up a lot of moisture and you need very little of it. This makes it one of the more economical "paleo" flours. I've also used it in meatloaves and meatballs with great success.   IMG_2141 I mixed together 1 egg with the coconut flour, ground beef, and tomato sauce (I used jarred tomato sauce since this was a quick weeknight dinner - and the twins were not happy). Add in the cooled greens + onion mixture and the diced up pepper tops. Mix well with your hands and stuff the peppers. Add remaining tomato sauce around the peppers. These take about an hour, maybe more to cook. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. IMG_2142 IMG_2143 There you have it! You don't need rice to make this a super satisfying and filling meal full of vegetables. *Tip for your toddlers - I had some of the meat mixture left over, so I cooked it up in a frying pan on its own. I gave this to my twins because they were getting very impatient for dinner and obviously tomato sauce is kind of a mess for one year olds. They loved it! Here's the shortened (and printable!) recipe instructions: [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1]