Five Minute Friday #3: Making Changes to Fulfill a Purpose

I have a new companion who comes with me to all my meals, but I’m not really sure I want him there… He kinda weighs me down sometimes, but I can’t let go of him, and I always pay attention to what he has to say.

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See him? Mr. Exercise Physiology. I have an exam for on Tuesday, and I need all information about metabolism to saturate my brain.

Other recent happenings include lots of sandwiches with guac…

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…and Lent! It started this Wednesday, so this week’s Five Minute Friday vlog has to do with making changes in one’s life in order to fulfill a purpose (not just from a Catholic perspective).

link to the video here!

Catholics do have set rules for fasting and abstinence throughout Lent. Here are some infographics if you’re curious!




Ooo Valentine’s Day is this weekend, isn’t it? Flashback to when I wrote a letter to my future husband on this blog for Valentine’s Day two years ago. “Dear No One” is still my theme song.

Happy weekend!!!

So tell me:

If you participate in Lent, what are you giving up/adding? Giving up: makeup and scrolling Instagram (I can post but that’s it). Adding: Must be at least 5 minutes early to everything if I can help it and a decade of the rosary each day.

If you do not participate in Lent, do you feel called to make any specific changes in your life to meet your goals?

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day/President’s Day/the weekend?

I’ll be celebrating “Galentine’s Day” with Rachel tomorrow night! 🙂 The only way I might choose a guy over Rachel is if he comes up to me with a single rose in his mouth, Coldplay/Tori Kelly tickets, and a box of chocolates jar of peanut butter within the next twenty-four hours.

Weekly Moves and Grooves IV

Hello and happy Sunday!

I’m currently in New Hampshire on the last day of weekend retreat with the Catholic center, but I promised weekly workouts again, so here they are! I put Saturday as TBD because I typed this up before leaving for the retreat, so the moves and grooves for that day was a wild card at the time…at this time…at…whatever. Past, present and future tense get all jumbled up in my brain when pre-scheduling posts.

weekly moves and grooves


5 min. stair master warm-up + leg workout

  • Superset: 10 pistol squats each leg + 30 side jump lunges
  • Superset: 20 curtsy lunges each leg (20# DBs) + 20 jump lunges
  • 8-8-8-8 squats (90#)
  • Superset: 10 deadlifts (90#) + 20 jump squats
  • Superset: 12 hamstring curls (70#) + 20 surfer jumps

My legs were literally twitching and shaking by the curtsy lunges, guys. My butt was sore on a whole new level the next day.


18 min. plank workout from Purely Twins

This never gets easier.


10 min. elliptical warmup + dumbbell circuit workout via Blonde Ponytail


Click here for exercise tutorials!

I hadn’t done this workout in FOREVER, and doing it again reminded me how much I love it! Workouts that move quickly and involve both strength and cardio are my favorites.




5 min. row + upper body strength + yoga

I did this quick upper body strength workout before going to yoga:

  • Superset: 20 bicep curls (20# barbell) + 20 tricep dips
  • Superset: 10 vertical rows + 10 vertical rows with a pulse + 20 Mac raises (10# DBs) // Arnold presses on the last round
  • Some number of lat pull downs + wide stance pushups before I needed to go to yoga!

I focused on doing the bicep curls with full range of motion with a lighter weight, and my biceps definitely felt it the day after! I have to remember that form > weight always.


Super quick leg tabata inspired by Lindsay’s workout

 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off 4x each:

  • squats + lunges
  • split jack lunges + bridges
  • Bulgarian split squats right + left

I’m such a freak/nerd/loser that I used my stat and chem textbooks for prisoner squats and lunges.

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Guatever works, ok? Multi-purposing.



Well I gotta bolt! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

So tell me:

What’s the strangest thing you’ve used as weight?

What was your favorite workout this week?