I am losing my lap.  I think I only have a week or so left!

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Sorry, Maggie.  Sorry, Henry.  This baby bump is taking over!


How’s your Tuesday shaping up?  I am super tired – not going to lie.  One night’s sleep can make or break me.  A tossin’ and turnin’ night left me feeling plenty broken.  Here’s to hoping that I perk up soon…


Tea (<— that should help)

Coffee (<—ditto!)

Three eggs with corn and spinach



So – I have something new and fun to share!  I’ve written a few times that I’m really trying to integrate more strength training in my routine.  I’ve been good about doing it once a week at the gym, but that’s not enough.  The urge to nest is in full force lately, and while I was cleaning out a closet, I found two 15 pound weights and two 3 pound weights – perfect for some at-home strength training!


I knew the ONLY WAY that I’d stay dedicated to doing moves regularly is if I put the weights on my couch – right in front of the TV.  My friend Gina suggested this list of moves, which are perfect for completing in front of the old boob tube:


And I’ve brought back the Blank Training Plan (which I really love because of it’s flexibility) to ensure that I actually do the moves four times a week – I’ll be sure to update soon on my progress!


And speaking of great ideas from friends, my buddy Julie suggested that I look into the Fitness Bender YouTube channel, which has a ton of awesome at-home workouts.  She said that I could just play it on my laptop or phone and mute it so I could still hear my TV.  Win, win.


Do you work out in front of the TV?



  • Jill July 8, 2014, 10:28 am

    No way! The gym is where I do my workouts (or the pool, or the road for running/biking). I’m no good at multitasking – I either can’t focus on the workout, so I know I’m not doing it as I should, or I’m not focusing on the show, which makes me enjoy it less. I tried having Netflix on during my bike trainer workouts this winter, and found I had to stick with music, or Trainer Road (computer program for the bike). I’d rather do one at a time, but good on you for getting the workout in when/where you can.

  • Chelsea@TableForOne July 8, 2014, 10:42 am

    I am the same way as Jill! I have to make it a priority to get to the gym and focus solely on my workout. If I do it in front of the TV, I just go through the motions. I do love a good stretch while catching up on my favorite shows though!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama July 8, 2014, 11:13 am

    YAY for at home workouts! I don’t watch a lot TV in the first place, but when I do my home workouts it’s usually in an area that no one else is in. I don’t like to be interrupted or watched!
    Thanks for the YouTube channel recommendation – I will checking it out!
    XxOo Tasha

  • Stephanie C July 8, 2014, 11:27 am

    I don’t know how you’re working out 😣 I’m still in the first tri and walking my dog around the block wears me out for the rest of the day.

    • Caitlin July 8, 2014, 11:46 am

      First Tri is really hard. I barely worked out then too. You’ll get your energy back!

  • Samantha D July 8, 2014, 11:51 am

    I thought that I would love exercising in front of the TV. I bought a spin bike, have weights and a kettlebell, but unfortunately NEVER use them. I think part of the problem is that the spin bike seat is so uncomfortable, it’s hard to stay on for more than a few minutes. Since I spent the money on it I would love to actually use it, especially now that it’s getting too hot for me to want to work out outside. Maybe this is a good reminder to do while binge-watching netflix instead of sitting on the couch!

  • Lyndsey July 8, 2014, 12:09 pm

    I hate working out at home (1 bedroom apartment for now) because my husband is in the living room too and its emberassing. I frequently also would make fun of him during his Insanity workouts at home. Now we are both gym goers.

    I put music in my headphones, but read the words on the TV (Modern Family!) and that really made the time fly.

  • Laura July 8, 2014, 1:00 pm

    I love fitnessblender! They have all kinds of workouts, and a range of difficulties. They are great. Also, they are hilarious. Watch the bloopers.

  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 8, 2014, 2:10 pm

    I workout in front of the TV a few mornings a week when I use one of my fitness DVD’s for strength/yoga, but that’s about it.

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna July 8, 2014, 2:27 pm

    love that empty strength training chart! such a good idea. i usually veg out on the couch when i’m watching tv, but never thought to mute a workout video so i can still watch tv and get my sweat on at the same time.

  • Shelly July 8, 2014, 4:23 pm

    I need to add strength training to my workout routine as well. When I’ve been good about it, it’s either been in front of the TV like you’re doing, or using Jessica Smith TV or Tone It Up on You Tube. I’m not a fan of the Fitness Blender channel because I found it so boring. In front of the TV with it on mute would work though. I think I better print out a blank training plan and get to work as well!

  • Traci July 8, 2014, 7:15 pm

    I don’t work out in front of the TV that often, but I really enjoy it when I do! I ALWAYS have two windows open on my computer with one containing the workout video (usually 30 day shred or a leg workout from youtube) and another, bigger window with something streaming from hulu or netflix. Hmmm…I think I’ve just been inspired to make that happen TONIGHT!

  • Alisha July 8, 2014, 9:35 pm

    I can’t wait to check out FitnessBlender! I’m not a big fan of working out in front of the TV, but two of my current home work out favorites include the Yoga With Adrienne YouTube channel and the Johnson & Johnson 7-minute workout app.

  • Amanda July 8, 2014, 10:05 pm

    This is great! Do you have to modify any moves for the baby bump??

  • Runner Girl Eats July 9, 2014, 6:17 am

    Sometimes I am super motivated to do at home wokrouts in front of the TV/computer. Others, there is nothing harder in the world for me to do. I love the idea of tracking strength days. I am guilty of slacking on strength days.

  • Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli July 9, 2014, 12:34 pm

    I freaking LOVE Fitness Blender! The workouts are wonderful and cover so many bases, and Kelli and Daniel are so warm and encouraging. I always recommend them to people!

  • Amanda July 15, 2014, 8:38 pm

    Looks like a great idea to fit in more strength training with a toddler! How many sets and reps of each exercise did you do?

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