55 Minute Workout Playlist

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was low key, but productive. I got a bunch of homework done on Friday and Saturday (I have a midterm and two assignments due this week).  I also did some volunteering which involved soccer drills and then a game afterwards. It was a lot of fun and the kids gave me a much needed boost of energy.  Plus it was nice to be active after spending so much time at my desk on Friday and Saturday.

This is my last week of classes before I get a week off for reading week. I have to admit that I’m very much looking forward to a bit of a break. I feel like I hit the ground running when school started the first week of January and it hasn’t let up since. While I’ll still be doing some homework and studying for my NASM certification over reading week, it’ll be nice to have a bit of downtime too.

Today I’m sharing another workout playlist. Most of my workouts are about an hour long, so it’s the perfect length.

55 Minute Workout Playlist

There’s quite a few older songs on this playlist, but they’re also favorites of mine – Dirrty, Moves Like Jagger, and Whataya Want From Me. I’m pretty sure I’ll never get tired of those three songs. And because I don’t hear them very often on the radio anymore it’s always fun when they come on my playlist while I’m at the gym. It gives me a little extra oomph to work hard. You can check out my playlist below on Spotify.

Be sure to check out my Workout Playlist page for a full list of all the playlists I’ve created if you’re looking for some more workout playlist ideas.

Friday Favorites

Anyone else glad that it’s Friday? It’s been a busy week for me, so I’m looking forward to the weekend which will hopefully be a bit more low key.

New Bush single and a new album // This week Bush announced on social media that they were releasing a new single, Mad Love, and that they’re new album would be out soon. I seriously can’t wait. Bush is going on tour again this summer (I just recently saw them on Halloween), but unfortunately they haven’t announced any western Canadian dates. I’m hoping they decide to come here. Check out Mad Love on Spotify here.

Being almost done school // It hit me this week that I’m going to be done school before I know it. I finish at the end of June, which is only 4 months away. How did a year and a half of classes go by so quickly?!?! I’m not complaining though, I’ll be more than ready to start working full time again and be making money. I’m so excited that I’ll be doing something that I’m passionate about.

Snowy Tree

 

Snow // We got a huge dump of snow over the weekend. The roads were terrible Monday and Tuesday because of the sheer amount of snow we got. Despite the terrible driving, the snow ended up being really pretty. Somehow a new snowfall is peaceful to me.

My Fitbit // Since we’ve gotten so much snow, I’ve been spending as much time as possible indoors. Between the cold and the snow it was pretty miserable being outside for any length of time. Thankfully my Fitbit has been keeping me on track as far as getting my steps in. I’m pretty sure that without it I’d be spending way more time on the couch that I should be. Having accountability is always a good thing. I wrote a review of my Fitbit Charge here if you’re interested.

Easier than expected midterms // I had my first of two midterms on Wednesday. I was expecting it to be pretty tough, but it ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be. It was a huge relief because I was pretty stressed out about it. I’m glad I’m going into my next midterm next week with some confidence.

What’s a favorite of yours from the last week? 

Full Body Deck of Cards Workout

I’m finally feeling back to normal after having a cold that hung around for too long. It feels like it took a lot longer than usual for me to beat this one. While I’m still coughing a bit, I’m no longer feeling congested. Yay! Today I’m sharing a workout. It’s a full body workout and the only pieces of equipment you need are a deck of cards and a yoga mat for the crunches and push ups.

Pick three cards at a time. The number indicates the number of reps. Aces are 1 and face cards are all 10 reps. The exercises are determined by the suits. Hearts are crunches, clubs are body weight squats, spades are jumping jacks, and diamonds are push ups. So if you pull a 2 of diamonds, a king of spades, and a 7 of hearts, you’d do 2 push ups, 10 jumping jacks, and 7 crunches. Make sure your form is good, even towards the end when you’re starting to get tired. Take rest breaks whenever you need them. Time how long it takes you to get through the entire deck (including the rest breaks) and keep track of it each time you do this workout to see how much your time improves.

Deck of Cards Workout

Just in case you’re not sure about any of the moves, here’s descriptions of all of them:

Crunches // Lie on your back with your knees bent and feel flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Slowly lift your shoulder blades off the floor. Make sure your neck stays in a neutral position. The upper back should be moving, not the neck. Slowly lay back down on the floor.

Air Squats // With feet hip width apart and hands in front of you to help with balance, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, using your glutes to propel yourself.

Jumping jacks // Stand with feet together and arms at your sides. Jump both feet apart from each other while raising your hands above your head with straight arms. Jump your feet back together and lower your arms to the starting position.

Push ups // Starting on your toes and hands, make sure your body is a straight line from your heels to your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck. Your hands should be a bit wider than your shoulders. Slowly bend at the elbows, lowering yourself to the ground. Try to get at low as possible, and then push yourself back up, all the while maintaining that straight line. An easier modification is instead of being on your toes, lower to your knees.

What’s your go to cold remedy? Have you ever done a deck of cards workout before?

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Good morning. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine felt like it flew by. I spent Friday night with my boyfriend. We made some pizza (goat cheese on pizza is amazing – why haven’t I thought of that before?) and watched the second Lord of the Rings movie, The Two Towers. On Saturday I got a bunch of homework and blog stuff done. Then Sunday I did some stuff around the house and volunteered in the afternoon.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Today I thought I’d share a Valentine’s Day gift guide since Valentine’s Day is coming up next week. All of the items in my guide are $50 or less, so it’s perfect for people like me who are on a budget. I love useful gifts that I can use. Seeing them reminds me of the person who gave them to me. It’s a great reminder of the people that I care about.

Valentine's Day Girft Guide

Nail polish: $15 at Macy’s // Earings: $40 at Fred Meyer Jewelers // Phone case: $25 at Velvet Caviar // Bath bomb: $5 at Lush // Socks: $16 at Modalist // Mitts: $28 at Nic+Zoe // Water bottle: $46 at Bloomingdale’s

Although I don’t wear nail polish nearly as much as I used to, it always feels good to take a little time to pamper myself. The same goes with the bath bomb. Taking some time to myself always feels indulgent. Cute socks are the best, so when I saw these red and white heart socks I knew I wanted to add them to the gift guide. Since it’s still winter and cold here in Calgary in February these cute mitts would be something I would use every day. I take my water bottle every day with me to school, so this red S’well bottle would be perfect to stay hydrated during classes. While I’m not a coffee drinker, I do like to like hot chocolates and apple ciders. Having a cute travel mug to take them with me makes my day a little more fun.

Some of my favorite Valentine’s days have been low key ones. Dinner in is probably my favorite. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the hype, but as long as I’m with my boyfriend I’m happy. Last Valentine’s day I got some delicious chocolates from Bernard Callebaut. It’s a local chocolate shop that has amazing chocolates.

How do you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day? What’s the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received? 

February 2017 Goals

I missed posting on Monday because I caught a cold over the weekend and I’ve been feeling terrible. It started Friday night, and I’ve been feeling pretty miserable since then. I had a presentation to do in class on Monday, so I was hoping I’d be able to get through without coughing too much. Thankfully it went really well, but by the time I got home I was exhausted. I opted to stay home from school yesterday, which was much needed. I hadn’t been sleeping very well because I couldn’t breathe, so being able to take it easy and get in a couple naps was exactly what I needed. I’m very grateful that I’m finally starting to feel better today.

Today’s post is about my February 2017 goals. It’s hard to believe that we’re already a whole month into 2017.
February 2017 Goals

Yoga once a week // My first goal for February is to get back into the habit of doing yoga. I don’t think I did it at all in January, yet one of my goals for 2017 is to do yoga consistently again. Really, I don’t have any excuses. I have a membership to Yoga Download (affiliate link). I have a list of the poses in the primary series of ashtanga yoga. There’s no reason why I can’t get in yoga once a week.

Meal prep // Last semester I was pretty good at making sure that I had lunches and dinners ready to take to school with me. The scheduling of my classes was ind of crazy, so I didn’t really have a choice – I had to be prepared or else I’d have to buy a meal at school, and that just didn’t fit in my budget. While I haven’t bought any meals at school this semester either, the lunches that I’ve been taking have left something to be desired. They’re not the healthiest, mostly because I’m putting them together at the very last minute. I think putting some thought and more effort into meal planning will help with that.

Finish reading my NASM textbook // I’m 3/4 of the way through the text. Seriously so close to be done. I still have a lot of review and studying to do before I take the exam, but being done reading the book will be a huge accomplishment. I was pretty good about studying throughout January, and I want to make sure that I keep that momentum going in February.

Now that you know what I want to accomplish is February, share one of your goals below in the comments. I love hearing what other people are working on.