Crunch Time

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It is crunch time for me, both literally and figuratively.


It’s figuratively crunch time because I have a VERY busy week planned.  It’s the final push for the Healthy Living Summit planning, I have a bunch of huge projects at work, and I’m going on vacation next week (to Powell, Tennessee and Boston).  Yay!  Very exciting, but lots to do.


It’s literally crunch time because I did a great mini-strength training workout this morning.  I’m so glad I switched over my all-or-nothing attitude from thinking strength training didn’t "count" unless I was putting in 30 minutes at the gym.  I feel like I actually do more training now that I’m satisified with mini-sets.


I did:


  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • 30 push-ups
  • 10 bench presses using Maggie as a weight.


Perfect for bench pressing:


Too big and squirmy for bench pressing:


Cheesey face.


Breakfast was simple and delish.  The star was this cereal:


Which I had with skim milk and a sliced banana:


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  • Erica August 3, 2009, 5:08 am

    Good luck with all the To Dos this week! I bet you cannot wait to feel the relief of vaca!!! Cute pics of the puppers. I can never decide who I want to give a bigger hug to James or Maggie !

  • Eve August 3, 2009, 5:08 am

    Good luck getting everything done! I find when I'm crunched for time, and have something excited to look forward to I'm even more efficient! Have a great day.

  • Erin August 3, 2009, 5:16 am

    Mmm… pumpkin raisin sounds like a delish cereal. Must add it to my shopping list!

  • vegetarianontherun August 3, 2009, 5:22 am

    I feel ya on crunch time–we'll make it through the crazy week. Make sure PETA doesn't come after you for the doggie labor! Haha, kidding of course! Have a great day!

  • runnerskitchen August 3, 2009, 5:23 am

    A quickie workout is definitely better than no workout. I followed your example on Saturday and did a mini-strength routine at home 🙂 I love Nature's Path cereals – mmm, pumpkin flax!

  • Whitney@whitsgettingfit August 3, 2009, 5:44 am

    I love that you bench press your dog. haha

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn August 3, 2009, 5:52 am

    I love your mini workouts– definitely a reminder that it all adds up and we do the best we can.

  • Taylor August 3, 2009, 5:57 am

    Just think after this week then its vacation time! Hope you have a great Monday!

  • seesaraheat August 3, 2009, 6:13 am

    I just love your doggie pictures. James always looks like he is laughing, if dogs could actually do that 😉

  • Niki August 3, 2009, 6:54 am

    Good luck with getting everything done! You can do it! I love pics of your pups! They are so cute!!

  • brandi August 3, 2009, 6:57 am

    good luck with everything today! and good job getting your strength moves out of the way – something is always better than nothing!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) August 3, 2009, 7:42 am

    Love the pics of the pups…too adorable for words! 😀

  • Mica August 3, 2009, 8:20 am

    Ha, I love James' expression. He looks quite content NOT to be used for a weight routine.

  • Deva August 3, 2009, 8:42 am

    You do have a busy week ahead of you. Remember to pace yourself!

  • K from ksgoodeats August 3, 2009, 8:42 am

    I can't believe Maggie lets you use her as a weight! My dog would be squirming the entire time, haha!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 3, 2009, 9:13 am

    Ha! do you really bench press her? You should make a video!

  • Ryane August 3, 2009, 9:34 am

    Mmmm I had the same cereal for breakfast myself! I've been disappointed with the amount of pumpkin seeds though… maybe the last bowl will be crazy full of seedy goodness?

  • heyitstay August 3, 2009, 3:04 pm

    HAHA I love the scrunchy cheese face!! CUTE! I wish I was heading to Boston! Super jealous 🙂

  • RunToFinish August 3, 2009, 5:35 pm

    mm I love that cereal, it's yummy!! hmm 100 bicycle crunches… ok I'm motivated, here I go

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