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Staying Organized

I have yet to encounter a fitness athlete who did not enforce organization in their life. It is simply a must to make it all happen.


Laundry, cooking, dishes, cleaning….and that’s just after a full day’s work, gym, church music practice, QT, meeting up with friends.  I want to make sure I have time to get it all in, but spending time with my husband is my top prio, so sometimes a few or all of these things can take the sidelines.

Of course, the next thing would be to  lecture on “cutting back” or “learning to say ‘No'”, but I am going to skip all that. We’ve heard it before.  We’re down to the bare necessities now, so …the question still stands…HOW DO I MAKE IT ALL WORK LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE?!

For my personality, “systems” work best. Routines.

The Ready, Set, Go

The Container Store - Tribeca Bins

  • I bought small rectangular baskets for my shelves (to organize bath products, hand towels, toilet paper, everything…)
  • purged my closet of items and put into categories:
    • to be donated
    • to be junked
    • to be stored
  • purged my bathroom and laundry closets
    • expired products that are definitely unusable
    • excess items I don’t need or can be donated
  • purged and re-organized dressers

Stayin’ Alive

Laundry: as soon as it is done, we fold. No more leaving it for later.

Clutter Prevention: If we touch it, we trash it, deal with it, or put it aside with a definite time of when we WILL handle it. This includes mail.

Food prep image from CrossFit FB pageWeek day meals: Food prep is done on the weekends so I can whip any dinner up in about 10-20 minutes tops. Lean enchiladas, Clean stir fry, Pad Thai, ginger soy salmon, stuffed herb chicken, you name it.  Things like boiling chicken in bulk and/or portioning meat (by quantity needed for a meal) help greatly reduce the stress of weeknight cooking.  I keep a couple days worth in the fridge and the rest goes to freezer to be used later in the week.  I only prep a week’s worth at a time so nothing ever gets freezer burn taste PLUS…no sense spending all day in the kitchen prepping a year’s worth of food :P. Take-out? No thank you!

We’ll see how this goes…currently on week 2 of the newly-revised organized Keith household.

How do you stay organized? Any tips you care to share?

21 Day Challenge: Day 3

The spring weather is phenom. After a leg workout with my girlfriend (also a new client of IFBB Fitness pro, Susan Groshek), I took my cardio outdoors again!  My cousin, Paul, is ginormous…12 foot long legs…ok thats a slight exaggeration…but his “jog” was my sprinting! After nearly a quarter mile of sprinting I finally got up the guts to say I might need to take it down a notch haha.  He really pushed me and it was great to have someone to talk to for 3 miles.

Anyone else enjoying spring weather?

Are you doing the 21 Day Challenge? Tell me about it! 🙂

Jamie Eason – Plyometric Routine with Playing Cards

In a Bodybuilding.com interview, Jamie Eason tells you how to get a great workout even on those days you can’t get out to the gym. All you need is a deck of cards!

How It Works:

Joker = 1 rep or 11 reps depending on your ambition level

  1. Flip over 3 cards. The sum of the cards = the number of reps you will do of the 1st exercise.
  2. Flip over 3 more cards.  Sum = the number of reps of 2nd exercise.
  3. Continue till you complete all the exercises, then start over until you finish the deck of cards
  4. Once you finish the deck of cards, you can go again.  Jamie said she will do this a few times a day OR do 3 decks in a row.

The Exerciseswild-joker-in-a-deck-of-cards - image from istockphoto

Squat Jumps

Jumping jacks

Jumping Lunges

High Knees

Mountain Climbers

Butt Kicks

Push ups

Jumping Jacks

Bicycles or Crunches

Watch Jamie Eason do this exercise

Super Sonic Thanksgiving

I decided to challenge myself in 2 ways:wonder-woman - image from gamespot.com

  1. For the next 10 days I will be in Super-Sonic mode (immaculate diet, roaring motivation at the gym. if I don’t have the gusto, I will MAKE the gusto)
  2. Over Thanksgiving, I will commit to making 2 workout sessions happen daily (which prob means early AM and afternoon while everyone naps, so that I don’t miss anything). Basically I will go into turbo mode over Thanksgiving.  I will post and tweet about routines that I will do away from home, so stay tuned!

Will you be staying true and continuing to pursue health and fitness?  How will you unleash the beast this holiday season? Show me what you’re made of.

Getting Serious

My husband and I are fitness fanatics, but we are about to improve our mentality with a bit more seriousness.  This past weekend we were in Arkansas – how can you not be fitness-crazed when you’re in Arkansas? All those lovely hills of death to bike and run and the lakes to kayak across…not to mention the National Strongman competition that we attended while we were there.  Yes, we were quite inspired.  So inspired, in fact, that our drive home sparked great conversations about setting new goals and how we would accomplish them.

My desire is to be in the most ridiculous shape of my life, but of course my goal needs to be something measurable. One of my goals is still to run a marathon, but I would love to be qualified for figure competition.  Should I pursue? I think so!  Its kind of a scary goal because it would dramatically change my lifestyle – can we say no free time?  Still contemplating.  For now, I am going to dedicate time to educating myself on what it will take and training accordingly.  I have friends in the BB world that I can learn much from – time to take advantage!

Have you set any new goals? Reach high. Accomplish much.

Couch to 5k: Week 9 FINAL WEEK!

The final week! Stay strong! If you have not already, now is the time to sign up for your first 5k road race! Look for one in your area and register! You can do it!

My favorite race schedule provider: runontexas.com

<<Go to previous week
<<Get Started – Week 1
<<Pick your week

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

I am using this C25k schedule for my injury recovery.

Couch to 5k: Week 8

Summer has certainly kicked in full speed – Be sure to drink lots of water before and after! If you have noticed your knees are feeling a little achy, start icing them for 15-20 minutes post-run.

Now is not the time to slack on your diet, be sure you continue to balance your meals and get regular good-night’s sleep – your body depends on consistency in order to operate at optimal capacity.

<<Go to previous week
<<Get Started – Week 1

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

I am using this C25k schedule for my injury recovery.

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