20 Things From My Life That I Regret (But Not Entirely)

I just finished a rather colorful bowl of oatmeal this AM.

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Sprinkles were welcomed onto my classic bowl of banana chia egg white oats, because I’m turning 20 today! Two decades and no longer a teen. I’d say that I feel closer to fully #adulting, but did I mention that a waitress gave me a kiddie menu in Vermont three weeks ago?

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I hope that all my fellow Americans had a lovely Memorial Day! The ‘rents and I took it easy. We attended our local Memorial Day ceremony, Mom and I went shopping, we all napped a bit, and some killer moves went down in honor of the fallen.

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the superintendent of my high school!

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salad with sautéed onions, mushrooms and chorizo (← new fave)

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Memorial Day 5/30/16 Workout

5 rounds for time: 30 pushup burpees + 16 alternating weighted pistol squats

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dinner was eel and Asian roasted brussels sprouts over brown rice (I LOVE EEL)

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new favorite late night snack: Greek yogurt and almond butter with dried figs

In honor of twenty years since emerging from the womb, I decided to make a list of twenty things, because that seems like a socially acceptable way to subtly scream on my blog that I have turned twenty years old.

I have learned plenty of lessons in these past twenty years, but instead of listing the lessons themselves, I am sharing twenty things that I regret doing/happening (but not entirely, because they’ve taught me that I am a foolish human being who constantly needs improvement/they’ve given me the best memories). So I do not necessarily condone all of the following things, but I am appreciative that God allows me to learn from mistakes.

1) Filming a plethora of home videos of my brother and myself dancing to Pokemon songs and Backstreet Boys.

2) Showing said home videos to my friends in high school and college.

3) Having a bowl haircut.

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4) Complaining to my parents that I didn’t want to go to Hawaii when I was seven years old because I had no interest in pineapples (they still dragged me along, thankfully).

5) Wanting to have hamstring muscles just like my figure skating friend when I was seven years old (the dawn of body comparison).

6) Waiting until the last minute on one of my elementary school math projects and getting a terrible grade.

7) Crying and getting mad at God because I didn’t get a lead role in my middle school’s musical, Willy Wonka, Jr. I got the part of an orange-faced, green-haired oompa loompa.

8) Any and every time I stomped through the house in an unreasonable rage.

9) Begging my mom to take me to buy Crocs. And Uggs.

10) Not paying attention to directions whenever my parents drove.

11) Not reading Harry Potter (and then the heavens rejoiced that she repented).

12) The whole phase of my life when I started wearing makeup and getting interested in fashion.

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blue eyeshadow and 10 lbs. of jewelry

13) Not keeping up with stretching after some time off of figure skating. It taught me early on that muscles do not stay flexible forever.

14) Counting calories and finding healthy living blogs that pushed my disordered eating further (but finding healthy living blogs was ultimately fruitful).

15) Discovering my love for nut butter. A blessing and a curse.

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16) Attending one high school Halloween party where there was a single handle of vodka, touchy people, and really bad lighting. But it taught me that I was not missing out on anything by not going to those parties.

17) Thinking that I did not want to study abroad because of FOMO (fear of missing out) at Boston. My friends who know what’s logical and good urged me to reconsider, and now I’m going to Dublin this fall!

18) All the times I did not engage in conversation with people because I did not think they were interesting enough or that I was interesting enough.

19) Not trusting in God’s mercy, which has plunged me into my darkest times yet ultimately brought me to my greatest joys after seeking Truth.

20) Not following politics. I need to inform myself more, but I’m also happy that I’m not stressing over the hubbub.

This was a lot more fun to write than I was expecting. And embarrassing!

Off to work now! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

So tell me:

What are some things you regret (but not really)? Can you relate to any of mine?

What did you do for Memorial Day?

Do you have any birthday traditions? Going out to dinner with the fam!

Weekly Moves and Grooves XXVI {Going with the Flow}

Phew. So much to tell you, so little time!!

We’ll start with weekly moves and grooves, and then I’ll get to some more fun stuff tomorrow 🙂

My workouts have just been happening as they are able to, and that’s what my body and mind appreciate right now. I don’t need to be lifting heavy “X” number of times or anything. Bodyweight workouts (especially outdoors now!) are amazing and keeping me sane during this crazy time of year!

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 Sunday

Rest

Monday

circuit workout by the river 

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Ahh it was so beautiful to get the blood flowing outside!

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Tuesday

18 minute plank workout

Wednesday

jog to gym + circuit + random exercises + lots of walking!

For the circuit, I did 3 rounds of:

Then my body was tired and I just went up to the track to jog, do some box jumps, BOSU pushups, and some PUNCHING!

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I probably looked like a fool, because I’ve never done boxing or kick boxing before. But I was feeling adventurous…

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…but then I stopped because boxing without gloves is not a good idea. Go figure.

Thursday

Rest

Friday

100 burpee workout

  • 10 pushup burpees
  • 10 tuck jump burpees
  • 10 plank jack burpees
  • 10 spiderman pushup burpees
  • 10 180 degree burpees
  • 10 single leg (R) burpees
  • 10 single leg (L) burpees
  • 10 regular burpees
  • 10 broad jump burpees
  • 10 pushup to T burpees

A lot of these variations can be found in my burpee video here!

I wanted to do a quick workout before class because I slept in a little on Friday morning. Burpees are my default! This took around 11 minutes.

BONUS: Boston University broke the Guinness World Record for most people doing pushups at the same time!

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I don’t even know how many people were there, but we did it! We all did 10 pushups simultaneously. Woohoo!

Saturday

Purely Twins’ 10 minute challenge + swing dancing!

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I did 50 more or less…I can’t count with these kinds of workouts.

In the evening, my friends and I got groovy with some swing dancing downtown!

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My Wednesday workout buddy, PJ, and me pretending that we know what we’re doing.

“As long as you’re moving and you look confident, it looks like you know what you’re doing!” — PJ

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Gotta go, friends! I’ll be back tomorrow!

So tell me:

What was your most fun workout this week?

Have you ever gone swing dancing before?

Weekly Moves and Grooves XXV {When School Gets Crazy}

This weather has me OFF THE WALLS right now.

In a good way! I’ll gush about it more tomorrow, but today I’m coming at you with a recap of weekly moves and grooves from the past two weeks since I skipped last Sunday for Easter!

I’ve gone to the gym three times in the past two weeks just due to a hectic schedule. But I always feel better when I exercise, so I fit it in when I can!

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Sunday

jog to the gym + leg workout

My butt and hamstrings were sore for THREE DAYS after this. Oh my word.

Monday

Rest

Tuesday

gymnastics warmup + circuit workout a la dorm

4 rounds:

  • 10 modified handstand pushups
  • 15 burpees
  • 20 modified v-ups
  • 25 plank jacks
  • 20 straight leg tricep dips
  • 15 supermans
  • 10 side crunches each side

This took about 23 minutes. I wanted to do a quick workout focused on upper body and core exercises to give my sore posterior chain some more rest. Oof.

Wednesday

sun salutations (lots of down dogs, planks, pushups) + bodyweight circuit + random burpees

4 rounds for time:

  • 10 pushup burpees
  • 16 jump lunges
  • 20 pushups
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 40 air squats

This was another workout in the dorm. I usually go to the gym with my buddy PJ on Wednesday mornings, but I skipped it this week because I needed an extra half-hour of sleep and extra time to study.

I still enjoy working up a sweat and getting my blood flowing before sitting in class for three hours straight though, so I did another bodyweight circuit workout. The pushups are what got me on this one! I finished in 15:00 flat.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Active rest/bodyweight workouts

I really don’t remember what I did on these days because Holy Week festivities are dominating any other memories of those three days.

{Easter} Sunday

Tabata workout in the dorm

4 rounds of each // 20 seconds hard work: 10 seconds rest

It was a glorious Easter morning! I slept in didn’t have much time to spare before choir practice, so I got the blood flowing in the dorm.

Monday

gymnastics warmup + 100 burpee challenge

I PR’d again!

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Wiped.

This time I broke it up into sets of 35, 15, 20, and 30. I had to dig deep to do 30 in a row for that last set.

Tuesday

circuit workout in the dorm

3 rounds:

A great, quick workout! This took about 18 minutes.

Wednesday

jog to the gym + upper body workout + rowing thruster workout

The upper body workout consisted of assisted pull-ups, arnold presses, bent over barbell rows, decline pushups, seated rows, and lat pull downs.

The rowing thruster workout was 20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 cals on the rower with 8 thrusters (40#) between each set.

Thursday

Rest

Friday

12 minute HIIT from Purely Twins + 8 minute ab tabata

I had approximately twenty minutes to fit in a workout [before showering] before class, so I went for it! The 8 minute ab tabata included v-ups, ankle taps, cross body mountain climbers, and spiderman planks.

20 minutes is all it takes these days!

Saturday

dynamic warmup + lower body + 8 minute ab tabata + squats and burpees

I went to the gym with my friend Christine (who has a blog too!) yesterday!

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We started off doing our own workouts first. So I did some lower body weights:

  • 4×12 lunges each leg (50#) (two sets reverse lunges, two sets front lunges) // 30 side jump lunges between each set
  • angled leg press: 1×10 (180#), 1×8 (200#), 1×6 (210#), 1×5 (220#) // 10 pushup burpees between each set

Then we met up for an 8 minute ab tabata:

  • weighted Russian twists
  • leg lift crunches
  • mountain climbers
  • spiderman planks

And Christine requested that we do squats and burpees, so we ended with 3 rounds of 15 goblet squats + 10 burpees.

We were both sweaty beasts beauties. 😉

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Off to do homework and stuff. I’ve been using the nice weather as an excuse to procrastinate all day ahh!

So tell me:

What was your favorite workout/way you moved this weekend?

Have you recently had a workout that made you sore for DAYS?

Weekly Moves and Grooves XIX

Greetings from Maine!

That was kind of a lie. I typed this on Friday evening in Boston before leaving for Maine, where I am currently on the Catholic Center’s spring retreat!

Some of you might remember me talking about the retreat we attended in New Hampshire last semester— it was one of the best college experiences I’ve had so far. Maybe this retreat meets or even exceeds it?? I’ll let you know tomorrow 🙂

But as for right now, here’s how I’ve been moving and grooving this past week!

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Sunday

shoveling snow // rest day

Some friends and I faced the bitter winter wind to shovel out a bunch of snow for the staff at the Catholic Center. I thought my fingers and face were gonna fall off, but it was fun being with my friends and watching the sunset over what used to be the Charles River (now a frozen field of nothing).

Monday

5 min. stair master warmup + leg workout

  • 5 sets: 8 Bulgarian split squats (30-35#) + 16 jump lunges
  • 3 sets: 8 angled leg press (180#) + 10 plank jack burpees
  • 5 sets: 8-10 trap bar deadlifts (115-125#) + 15 single leg elevated bridges each leg

This one was short and sweet killer. My legs were already jello after the Bulgarian split squats. Those own me. Also, this was my first time using the trap bar, and I liked it! It feels like a more stable way to deadlift.

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Tuesday

8 minute ab tabata // active rest

I attempted to do a dorm workout in the morning, but my leg fatigue/soreness traveled throughout my body, so I just did some ab work and walked around for the rest of the day.

Wednesday

walking and basketball // rest

Since we were fasting for Ash Wednesday, my workout buddy, PJ, and I decided to just play some basketball for 30 minutes in the morning so we wouldn’t overexert ourselves and feel famished the rest of the day. A good call, I’d say.

Thursday

AMRAP dorm workout + cardio and core workout 

To warm up: 100 jumping jacks and my favorite warm up video

And then this workout that I came up with:

20 minutes AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)

Then I did a cardio and abs circuit that looked very similar to this one from Julie.

Friday

5 min. stair master + 20 min. AMRAP workout

I did another 20 minute AMRAP, except this time at the gym! It was inspired by this workout from Tina.

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This was a good one for sure! Again, quick yet effective.

And I don’t know what I’m doing for the rest of the weekend, but I’m sure we’ll be moving and grooving well enough 🙂

Have a wonderful Sunday, friends!

So tell me:

What did you do this weekend?

Did you do a quick and effective workout this week?

Weekly Moves and Grooves XVIII {Dorm Workouts}

Frieeeeends!

I haven’t talked to you all week, and that makes me sad. I’m checking in today with my moves and grooves from this week, but I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you all about {my hectic as heck} last week! I LOVE YOU.

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Sunday

5 min. stair master + leg workout

  • 3 sets: 15 reverse lunges each leg (50# barbell) + 16 jump lunges
  • 3 sets: 20 plie squats + 10 pulses (35#) + 10 plank jack burpees
  • 5 sets: 10 box jumps (~20″ box) + 6 hamstring curls (100#)
  • 3 sets: 8 Bulgarian split squats each leg (30#) + 20 squat jumps

I was so excited to find a couple boxes to stack for the box jumps! Boxes and kettlebells are two things I wish FitRec had, but I can’t complain with all the equipment that they have already.

Also, pulsing after plie squats is crazy hard.

Monday

Rest (snow day!)

Tuesday

Lee’s 1000 rep workout

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I didn’t know that the gym was open from 1pm-8pm (snow day hours), so I just did this in my dorm room. It took nearly 40 minutes! Definitely a great bodyweight workout that requires minimal space.

Wednesday

5 min. row warmup + “burpee arm burner” workout + 8 minute ab tabata

I did Hillary’s burpee arm burner and then went back up the ladder with goblet squats instead of pushups. My sweat kept dripping everywhere so I had to wipe my workout area very well. Glam.

For the ab tabata, I did 4 rounds of 10 seconds rest, 20 seconds work:

The spiderman kick through exercise is so fun and works your obliques like no other.

Thursday

Random burpees // Rest

Friday

100 jumping jacks + “Run the World” warmup + bodyweight circuit workouts

Part 1:

3 rounds for time (finished in 15:55):

Part 2:

4 rounds for time (finished in 13:32):

I slept in until 7 am because I wanted to get enough sleep for my anatomy exam that day, and since my roommate was away for a couple days, I just decided to work out in my dorm. One of the most helpful things I’ve learned from fitness blogs and YouTube videos is that you really don’t need much space (or time) in order to get a great workout!

Saturday

upper body workout + row and burpee workout

1) Warmup: shoulder mobility, pushups, planks

2) Upper body workout:

3) This Crossfit workout I found somewhere:

20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 calories on the rower // 8 burpees between each set // 12 minute cap

I loved this row and burpee workout! I got through 90 calories of the rowing + 4 burpees before the 12 minutes were up. I usually try to row for time, but any time I get to add burpees into the workout is a fun time.

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone! We have a blizzard on schedule today here in Boston (what’s new?).

So tell me:

What was your favorite workout this week?

Do you like bodyweight circuits when you’re running short on time?