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I made it to boot camp!  I made it to boot camp!

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I am trying to get back into the swing of things, fitness-wise, but have been balancing a desire to sweat more with a need to calm my schedule down and workout intuitively – not just because a training plan says I have to.  Know what I mean?


I used my gym’s boot camp to get back into shape after Claire’s birth (here’s my 6 week report and my 14 week report). I seriously love the classes but have found it difficult to coordinate Claire’s naps and Henry’s school with the sessions.  I’ve been doing the class’s style on my own at the gym or at home with my weights, but there is nothing like an official boot camp session!  I was so glad that I finally made it back.


This workout was five rounds of the following moves:


15 stability ball dumb bell bench presses (I used 12.5 pounders)

20 tricep dips or extensions

14 boom shuffle (basically squatting down to pick up a 20 – 50 pound ball and dropping it)

20 V sit-ups (crunch up while bringing up a leg, twisting to touch your toe, and repeating on the other side)

2 laps on the track

20 walking lunges


Doing these moves are great on my own, but I never push myself as hard as I do in class.  I woke up the next morning and, oh man, was I sore!  The back of my arms really hurt (so good).


New favorite La Croix flavor:

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… Which tastes really good when you combine it with Moscato wine and drink it while on a stroller walk in the MOST PERFECT FALL WEATHER EVER.  Seriously – the temperatures right now in Charlotte are blissful.


Well, tomorrow, I am off on a jet plane for a super busy trip (for Operation Beautiful), so I probably won’t be checking back in for a few days.  If I’m not careful, I tend to take on too much stuff and end up feeling like a crazy person, frantically running around to get everything done.  I have intentionally been signing up for less lately, and I must say that it feels really good to slow down and chill out.  Especially at this time of year, you know? Life can get so nutty in the fall!


What are you slowing down to focus on?  I’ll just be over here, sippin’ on a few more La Croix and wine combos!



  • Kim October 14, 2015, 11:33 am

    I love day-drinking on stroller walks too 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 14, 2015, 11:35 am

    I’m trying to clean up my diet after ALL THE CARBS on vacation, so I’m doing a 10 day reset beginning Tuesday (aka a Whole10). I’m also focusing on getting back to the gym with a regular schedule. I was just discharged from PT on Monday, so I’ll be working on gaining my strength back while being mindful of my previous injury.

  • Reenie October 14, 2015, 11:43 am

    That’s my fav LaCroix too!

    Henry ready to jump ~ ha!!

  • Amanda October 14, 2015, 1:50 pm

    love a cocktail walk!

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me October 14, 2015, 2:26 pm

    I’m really working on this too! I’m trying to embrace less work. I tend to stress myself out, and I am learning it is unnecessary. Thank you for the reminder!!

  • Amanda October 14, 2015, 2:35 pm

    I am so into La Croix right now!!!

  • Katie October 14, 2015, 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing the workout! Just copied it into my “notes” for my next workout!!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 14, 2015, 4:12 pm

    I love that last picture!

  • Kimberly October 14, 2015, 5:54 pm

    I am going to try to appreciate all my blessings. Sometimes I tend to focus on stressful things. I want to be mindful and focus on all the positive things in my life.

  • Katie sB October 15, 2015, 2:04 am

    I just had my first baby last week so that’s what I’m focusing on!

    • Caitlin October 15, 2015, 7:44 am


  • sarah October 15, 2015, 7:16 am

    Hi Caitlin–This is a random question, but I have been reading your old blogs about your kid’s sleep when they were babies. I saw that Henry had a lot of frequent wakings when he was young (~3 mo.) My baby does the same–was there anything you were able to do about it, or just wait it out? Thanks!

  • Sagan October 15, 2015, 5:00 pm

    Oh I like that less / more list!

    Funny how it works with fitness classes – they’re always so inspiring to get in that extra oomph to REALLY push ourselves. Love boot camp! I haven’t done one of those in ages.

  • Matt October 16, 2015, 4:20 pm

    I definitely need to try this “taking a walk with a drink” thing. All these people commenting about it is leading me to believe I’ve been missing out on something that’s already a well known thing!

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