HIIT Stairclimber

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Rocked out an awesome stairclimber workout yesterday!


I had to get dressed and put on “real person” clothes (AKA not yoga pants) for a meeting yesterday, so I did my old favorite stay-at-home trick… Headed to the gym so I could shower and blow dry my hair in peace.  Look, I’ve got two mobile kiddos under 3 years old – I risk Claire eating dog kibble (yeah, that happened) and Henry practicing “tiger jumps” off the dining room table (yeah, that happened, too) if I disappear into the bathroom for 3 minutes to scrub my hair.  So childcare at the gym is always the answer! And there’s the added benefit that I feel obligated to get my sweat on since I’m already there…


I Instagrammed that I did a High Intensity Interval (HIIT) workout on the stairclimber, and I had a request for the specific workout.  Here’s what I did – you’re practically “running” up the stairs at Level 14!

HIIT stairclimber

I loved this workout because I was DRIPPING by the end.


Fun Q&A


What are you reading right now?


I am reading Go Set a Watchman and No Bad Kids right now.


What was the last thing you watched on TV?


We watched Insurgent (the Divergent series) the other night! I think it got bad reviews, but I thought it was decent.  Very different from the book, though…


What do you have to have with you when traveling?


A good book and a ziploc bag of Earl Grey tea so I can make tea in my hotel room.


Are there any beauty products you really, really love?


I’m a minimalist when it comes to this stuff, but I really like Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage concealer. 


What’s on your desk right now?


A potted plant, six pens, a bunch of papers, my Erin Condren planner (LOVE!), two phones, keys, and a La Croix.


How are you liking your Capsule Wardrobe?


AHH – guys, it’s so great.  This is the ULTIMATE way to simplify your closet and organize your clothes. I LOVE it so far.


What are your life lessons/mantras?


I have two core beliefs – #1:  Love should be the beginning of, and the reason for, everything (that quote was in our wedding program, actually!) and #2:  Successful people are the ones who keep trying when things get tough.  If you quit when it gets hard, you will never succeed.


Have you ever won anything?


The coolest thing I ever “won” was a $10,000 prize from Amway.  The giant check was presented to me by John Tesh (the radio show guy), and I won because my blog readers voted for Operation Beautiful in droves!  I turned around and donated the $10,000 to the local Girls on the Run scholarship fund.  It was totally awesome.   And I owe it all to you!


The other cool thing that I “won” was when I convinced readers that I won the lottery and was changing my blog name to Wealthy Tipping Point.  Hahahah.  That is still is my favorite April Fools joke ever.


Your turn! Answer a Q!



  • Beks September 9, 2015, 10:59 am

    That’s good to know that Insurgent the movie was different from the book. I HATED the book. 🙁

    I’m currently reading “Center of Gravity” by Laura McNeil as part of a blog tour. Looking forward to finishing it. 🙂

  • Abby September 9, 2015, 11:26 am

    Mantras. When’s the last time you did something for the first time?

    Surround yourself with beautiful people ( not physical necessary)

    I won a $500 gift card from Best Buy!

  • Gena September 9, 2015, 2:53 pm

    Such fun questions. The beauty product I love is Fat Face Cleansing Oil. Ever since I have stopped using soap to wash my face, it’s been so much less prone to breakouts. It’s crazy! I use it once at night and exfoliate once a week.

    And you have the best April Fools Joke’s ever!!!

  • Julie September 9, 2015, 3:20 pm

    I LOVE that you turned around & donated the $10k to Girls on the Run. That’s amazing, Caitlin!

  • Erin V September 9, 2015, 4:40 pm

    I’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix while folding laundry (see below) and I CANNOT BELIEVE I didn’t watch it sooner. I love Marshall. I’m currently reading Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please”… And not loving it. I think I thought it would be funnier… It’s just not witty enough for me. I’m only half way through though, so it could surprise me! Thank god for free e books from the library 🙂

    Two questions for you– 1) What color concealer do you have? I need a new spot cover-er (also wear 0 makeup 99% of the time) and I feel like we have very similar coloring. 2) How did you handle workout clothes when implementing your capsule concept? I have a 4 month old (in cloth diapers) so already do a ton of laundry and feel like limiting my workout attire may put the amount of loads per week completely over the top.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul September 9, 2015, 5:01 pm

    Bahaha I love that lottery april fools joke! What a great idea!

  • Emily September 9, 2015, 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the capsule update! Keep them coming. I’m very tempted to do something similar!! I’m assuming you don’t include PJs and workout clothes. But what about lounge clothes/outdoor/yard clothes…. and for lack of better words… stay at home mom clothes (like while you’re hanging with your kids all day at home)?

    • Caitlin September 10, 2015, 11:05 am

      Those are my gym clothes 🙂 I just usually wear gym clothes to the playground!

  • Amanda September 9, 2015, 6:51 pm

    I love that second quote 🙂

  • Kelly September 10, 2015, 10:57 am

    I was just writing about my past/present mantras. Currently it’s “This is what you’ve been waiting for.” It’s from a poem by Marie Howe and reminds me (hopefully!) to be present and grateful in the moment.
    I have an Erin Condren planner too! Love it.

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