Seriously, Mother Nature

It’s Tuesday and I had planned on getting a bike ride in. Hahahaha jokes on me. Mother Nature has it out for me. Last week, well it rained every day, but this week apparently Mother Nature is just going to keep me from it. 

I woke up this morning to rain again. Yesterday was beautiful today it’s rainy and dreary. Ughhhhh. Bike ride not happening again. That’s okay. I planned for this, this week. 

I did my treadmill workout, and then hit the Wave for a little workout. Yeah my legs are feeling it that and yesterday’s Metabolic Aftershock workout have definitely made the legs aware of the work I’ve been putting in. 

I’m already looking towards next week and what I’m going to do with my treadmill workout. Do I add more time do I add more speed or do I give myself a week to get used to the time and speed I’m at. I’m not sure, but being that I’m joining a challenge group next week on top of the Metabolic Aftershock workout and treadmill training I’m leaning more towards just staying at time and speed and get used to the added workout of Shaun T’s Cize. I’ve got a little while to think about it and come up with a plan so I’m not too worried about it. 

I will say the whole getting up and going thing kills me but once I start the working out its easy. Okay the working out isn’t easy, but once I start going it’s easy to keep going until the end. So, here it is folks it’s just the getting there to the workout, but once you start you’ll get through it. 

I’ve noticed a difference in just the week and a half I’ve been seriously recommitted to working out. I’ve got more energy and I’m not as quickly winded after doing activity. Don’t get me wrong I still get winded but not nearly as quickly. My joints are even starting to feel better not as stiff, swollen, and sore. Get up and move it really does work. 

Happy Tuesday 



First I need to tell you about my dinner last night. It was AHHHHHHMAZING!!!! Yeah it was that good. 

So, all of my dinner was wonderful, but the shrimp I’m loving it and thinking about making it again this week. It’s Paleo coconut shrimp and let me tell you it was simply amazing. 

Things I like about this recipe 

  • Easy to make
  • Fast
  • And oh yeah tastes AWESOME

If you want to give the recipe a try click right here.  Seriously, click the link, you won’t be sorry. 

Along with the shrimp I had fresh green beans and a nice salad. It was a delicious dinner and there are leftovers. Can you guess what I’m having for lunch today. 

And, well dinner was followed up with this 

It is delicious although I’m wondering about the size of this thing. I mean it is HUGE I’m wondering if it’s radioactive or something I mean how else does one grow a strawberry that big. 

Okay, so now let’s talk about my goals for this week. 

Eat clean, healthy meals, and make the best food choices I can. 

Hit the treadmill 5 days this week and increase my speed by a tenth of a mile every day. 

Complete week 2 of Phase 1 of Metabolic Aftershock

Accept that there will be difficult times, but not let them define me. 

Monday: Workout 1 MA & 10 minutes on treadmill with increase speed & Kickball✔️

Tuesday: 20 minute bike ride or Wave & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed✔️

Wednesday: Workout 2 MA & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed✔️

Thursday: 20 minute bike or Pound workout & 10 minute treadmill with increased speed

Friday: Workout 3 of MA & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed ✔️

Saturday & Sunday: Have fun. ✔️

So here it is folks my goals and accountability for the week. It’s writer down and out here for the world to see so now I’ve got to do it. Thank you for taking part in this journey with me and for keeping me accountable. 

Oh My Goodness I Forgot What It Looked Like 

Would you look at that. There is sun and blue skies. I almost forgot what that looked like as we have seen neither in days. 

I did a lot of errands today and ran around town getting things done and the grocery shopping done for pretty much the week. 

I also hit the treadmill for 10 minutes which was my goal to be at by the end of this week. I’ve decided that next week I’m going to keep my time at 10 minutes but increase my speed by a 10th of a mile every day. I think I’ll rotate weekly between adding time and speed. I think this will work for me and if not than I can always change it later. 

I’m happy to say I’ve met my goals I’ve set out for myself this week, which is what it’s all about. I didn’t complete all of the exercises I scheduled for the week but my exercise goals for the week were met so it’s a win. I didn’t bike at all this week as the weather was not allowing that, and I only substituted a different activity on one of the days that I was going to bike. However, I did do my treadmill workout on that day I flaked on adding a different activity in, and that was a main goal for the week so I’m happy with how I did. 

I’m feeling pretty good about this past week. And, Metabolic Aftershock is no joke. I’ve only done a week so I can’t say I’ve seen any change yet it’ll take some time, but I’m enjoying the workouts and I know I’m pushing myself to the limit which is a good thing. So yeah, I’m looking forward to Week 2. 

I’m going to enjoy the rest of my Saturday and the rest of my weekend. Hope you’re achieving all your goals you set for yourself. 

Can We Say Jello?

OMG!!!! Today was Day 3 workout of Phase 1 of Metabolic Aftershock l, and all I can say is Holy Crowbar!!!

It was 15 minutes of heavy concentration on the legs. Bulgarian Split Squats, Lunges, and more Squats, oh and some staggered push-ups just to torture you a little. 

By the second round I wasn’t sure if my legs were going to hold out l, and I’m doing the beginner modifications. Good gracious I couldn’t even imagine doing the normal or yet alone more advanced versions. I’d be on the floor before round 1 was done. 

Let’s just say there was lots of resting for me on this particular workout, but that’s okay. That’s kind of the point of the workout. Work as hard as you can and rest as much as you need to so that you can work as hard as you need to. I’m glad I don’t have another one of these workouts until Monday though because I’m pretty sure I’m going to be feeling this one for a day or 2. 

I followed up the Jello leg inducing workout with 9 minutes on the treadmill which at first I was like I’m never going to make it through this, but once I got started I made it through. Oh, and big breakthrough for me. Cover. The. Time. I have a tendency to stare at the time on the treadmill and say oh 5 minutes left, now it’s 4.5. Yeah that is so not good and I’m usually like oh my this is so slow I’ll never make it. However, today I threw my towel over the time so I couldn’t see it and just went off my music. I listened to 2 songs figuring that would be at least 7+ minutes and then checked the time. I was right. When I checked the time I had less than 90 seconds of my treadmill sentence left. Let’s just say it went by way faster and I didn’t feel like I wasn’t going to make it through. So note to self. Hide. The. Time. 

Ahhhhhh, and now to enjoy the weekend. Of course it’s supposed to continue raining. It’s been raining for days here. And I mean days. Not sure what we will be doing for the weekend as there are tons of things going on in the area but they all take place outdoors and with the weather the way it is none of them will be that fun. 

Hope wherever you are the weather is splendid for a fun filled spring weekend. 

Enough With This Rain

So, it’s been raining here, for days. It’s really putting a damper in my attitude. When it’s dreary and wet and nonstop rain out all I want to do is curl up with my favorite blanket, a hot cup of tea, and my book and/or a movie. Let’s just say this weather isn’t really conducive to me being very productive. I pretty much want to do nothing. 

I scheduled some biking in for today, and Mother Nature put an end to that. I did hit the treadmill for 8 minutes today. But, the extra 30 minutes of activity didn’t happen. I’m a bit bummed by that, but I also had life and work to contend with. 

Tomorrow it will be on to Day 3 of Phase 1 of Metabolic Aftershock. Followed up by 9 minutes on the treadmill. I will say adding a minute every day has been good for me, and I’m already thinking about next week and what I’ll be doing. I’m debating between adding more time to each day or increasing my speed daily. I’ve got time to figure it out. 

I’ve done pretty well all week so far only missing one workout which was today’s bike ride. Next week when I set up my goals I’ll be sure to put in alternatives for rain. 

I’m learning as I go. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

I Hate It, But I’m Doing It

Mornings. I really, really, really hate them. I am so far from a morning person it’s not even funny. Seriously, don’t ask me to function before 10am other than breathe and maybe answer a simple yes or no question. I’m just not with it until 10. 

It really is amazing once we get the double digits on the clock I’m golden, I can do differential calculus in my head if need be, okay not really but I can do complicated math and solve complex problems without much effort, but ask me at 9:58 and I’m like, “Are you speaking English?” So yeah, morning person I am not. 

However, today I needed to be in the office earlier than usual, which meant I needed to get up earlier than usual and oh yeah I’m committed to this whole working out and reaching/completing my goals this week, which means I had to get up even earlier. Ughhhhhh!!! Let’s just say I’m not quite a happy camper. As its quarter to 9 and I’m up and somewhat functioning. 

Okay, I’ll be honest as exhausted as I was when I got up earlier than normal I put on my big girl pants and worked out. And, well the workout throughly exhausted me, but in a completely different way. And, well now it’s quarter to 9 and I’m functioning enough to actually write this post, of course later I may read over and say oh yeah not nearly awake enough to be posting on the blog, but anyway I do feel a bit more awake than if I had just gotten up and not worked out. 

Must be those endorphins I hear talked about so much. Waking me up. Of course I may be ready for a nap by noon but it will just be an early to bed type of night. 

The husband will be at a concert tonight and I’ll have the house to myself so, curling up and reading some of my book and then falling asleep watching a movie at 8pm will be perfectly acceptable. 

So yeah, I hate mornings, but I’ve definitely have found over time that working out first thing is the best for me. That way I have no excuses to get in the way and prevent me from doing the workout. Of course when you have to go to work it means getting up that much earlier which I’m not a fan of. Luckily, I have a job where I can set my own schedule for the most part, and make the morning wake up call a bit more reasonable. 

How about you do you find that there is a time that works best for you to get your daily exercise in? What motivates you to keep with it?

Go With The Flow

I was planning on going for a short 30 minute bike ride today. However, Mother Nature had other plans. 

This is the current state of affairs outside and appears it will be that for the remainder of the day. So, I had to swipe out the bike ride for something else. 

So, I thought about what I could do.  I could do a walk at home video, however I knew I was also doing a 6 minute stint on the treadmill so a walking video didn’t seem like a great idea. I could do some Pound, Cize, or Pi-Yo, and then I saw it. 

The Wave. I haven’t used it in a long time, and after today I remember why. Holy leg burn!!!!

This is The Wave if you’ve never heard of or seen it before. You can use it for cardio, weight training, and stretching. It’s pretty cool. Today I used it in the rocker position. If you flip it over you can use it as a step or an assist for stretching, which I did use to help stretch my calf, I’m dealing with a tight right calf that’s been nagging me for a few days now. But, anyway I was using The Wave in the rocking position, and rocked from side to side and then turned so that I could also rock front to back for 20 minutes while watching a little TiVo. 

Let’s just say that it may not look like much and when you first start you think oh this is so much fun I could do this forever, and after about 2 minutes your tune changes drastically. I like it because I definitely get a good sweat going on and there is no impact on the joints which is nice. Oh and let’s add in the amount of balance it takes. Stepping on and off require some serious balance and once you get it a Rockin’ be prepared.  No, I didn’t go flying off but I could see it happening. 

After 20 minutes of Rockin’ The Wave I hit the treadmill and was able to add the minute to my time. 

So, I had to do some changes to make up for the weather, but I still did something. I will have to fit 10 more minutes of something in today as I was planning on doing 30 minutes on the bike. However, I’m doing laundry and flipping the mattress today, so hmmm lugging the laundry to the washer and dryer, folding, putting it away, flipping the mattress, and remaking the bed should count as some form of exercise right? Yes? No? Maybe?

How is your week going are you meeting your goals?

Setting Goals & Accountability

Today, I’m holding myself accountable and I’m doing that by posting here what my goals are for this week. 

  1. Eat clean & healthy foods – making the best food choices I can, putting the proper food in my body to help fuel my body to be the best it can be. ✔️
  2. Complete Week 1 of Phase 1 of Net
  3. Metabolic Endurance✔️
  4. Walk 5 days and add a minute to my walk time every day✔️
  5. Won’t be discouraged if the number on the scale doesn’t change – as long as I eat properly and exercise changes are happening even if I don’t see them right away. ✔️

So these are the goals for the week and with this I’m also going to list what I’m doing each day.


  • Day 1 of Metabolic Endurance✔️
  • Do 5 minute cool down on treadmill✔️
  • Kickball✔️


  • 6 minutes on the treadmill✔️
  • Bike ride 30 minutes


  • Day 2 of Metabolic Endurance ✔️
  • 7 minute cool down on treadmill ✔️


  • 8 minutes on the treadmill✔️
  • Bike ride 30 minutes


  • Day 3 of Metabolic Endurance ✔️
  • 9 minute cool down on treadmill ✔️


  • 10 minutes on treadmill ✔️


  • Have fun

And, I’m happy to report that I’ve already checked off 2 of the items under Monday. I’ll have to wait till tonight to check off that last item on the list, but I will. I’ll keep updating the list throughout the week, and I want to have the entire list with ✔️ after each item. 

So there you have it friends my goals for the week and my accountability list. Here’s hoping someone will check in with me and make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. 

A friend posted this today and I thought it was perfect. I won’t ever be the best at running or working out, but today I’m already better than I was yesterday. The only person you are truly competing with is yourself. Be better today than you were yesterday. 

Happy Monday!!!

Getting Back Into It

I’ve been crazy busy and massively slacking in the blogging. But, I’ve decided that it’s something I need to make time for since I really enjoy it. 

I’ve been super diligent about tracking my food using MyFitnessPal, if you use it feel free to add me ARosa1980. I love having friends for encouragement and accountability. 

I’ve tracked everything I’ve eaten for 2 weeks now and have lost 7 pounds. Okay, I really haven’t lost 7 pounds because I’m not looking to find them ever again so let’s say I’ve destroyed 7 pounds over the last 2 weeks. I haven’t added any exercise into the mix this has just been through watching what I eat and recording what I’m eating. I’ve even had a couple of days where I ate more than I should have and not made the best choices. However, over 2 weeks I’ve made for the most part healthy food choices and it’s shown. 

I really wanted to get back into the tracking and clean healthy eating before I added an exercise regimen in. One thing at a time. Well tomorrow I’m starting to add the exercise back in. I’m doing a 9 week program that is based on my metabolism. It’s only 15 minutes a day 3 times a week. There are no designated rest periods as the way it works is to push yourself as hard as you can until you can’t go anymore than rest until you can go. I’m going to give it a whirl. I mean I can find 15 minutes in my day to do a little physical activity. So, I’m going to give it a whirl and see how it goes. 

Along with tracking all my food with MyFitnessPal I’ve been going to town again on YouFood. It’s kind of like Instagram but for food. It works great for the times when I can’t immediately log my food as I’ve got a picture of what I’ve eaten. Plus, I get to see all sorts of deliciousness that other people are eating and pick up some new recipes. If you’re on YouFood or join follow me at AbbyR. I’d love to see what you are eating and cooking. You also can post your exercise which is always fun to see what others are doing and perhaps learn about a new workout/exercise. 

So yeah, 2 weeks of tracking and sticking with it and I’ve had results on the scale. I just need to remember that even if I don’t always see results on the scale it doesn’t mean results aren’t happening. Unfortunately, I too often forget that and get discouraged. There is more to being healthy than the number on the scale. 

Sorry I’ve been MIA but I’m back!!!!

May, is starting a new outlook on things.