Stair Beast on a Snow Day

So happy to say Phoebe is on the mend. She is still sore, but walking around, wagging her tail, being a normal dog again! Yay!

I think trying to give her the meds isn’t worth it. She is absolutely traumatized by it. This is where I found her last night when she knew I was up to no good…

Under my couch, she's actually back there pretty far, couldn't get her!
Under my couch, she’s actually back there pretty far, couldn’t get her!

We went to G-Mamas early today to beat the snow. It was already starting when we left, but after a while it started to stick

Their Backyard
Their Backyard

Poor Shelbs was “sickified” (this is something G-Mama has always said) when one of us was under the weather. We can’t catch a break with pups!

Shelby on her hill (this wasn't today). She loves this spot because she can see the whole neighborhood and be on the lookout ;)
Shelby on her hill (this wasn’t today). She loves this spot because she can see the whole neighborhood and be on the lookout šŸ˜‰

Phoebs and I snuggled a bit, watching the snow fall

Ears finally up!
Ears finally up!

Then I had a pre-gym snack of almonds and a protein shake before hitting the gym

I always grab the 100 calorie pack almonds
I always grab the 100 calorie pack almonds

When I got to the gym, I was thinking how the heck am I going to get through this workout. Maybe it was the bad weather? I just was lacking major motivation, which isn’t really me. Plus the cold weather always makes my joints ache really bad, particularly my wrists because they are really small and weak, so yeah that wasn’t helping.

I decided to grab a stairmaster, and after the first 5 minutes I thought oh boy I’m in for it. But something must have come over me because this is how I ended…

Stair Beast! 62 minutes straight!
Stair Beast! 62 minutes straight!
Bye Bye Christmas sugar cookies!
Bye Bye Christmas sugar cookies!

Yeah I felt like a bad mamma jamma. By minute 58 I was getting a bit of a cramp, but I refused to stop before the hour was up, it was a mental game by then!

After I brought myself back to life, I did some stretching, then some leg work. I tell ya, I might not be able to move tomorrow šŸ˜‰

I started by doing a leg pyramid. You do these exercises in a row, then work your way back up!

  1. 20 Squats
  2. 30 Lunges (alternate legs)
  3. 40 Plie squats
  4. 50 second wall sit (back against the wall, squat down like you are sitting in a chair)
  5. 60 High knees

Once you get to the high knees, work back up, starting with the 50 second wall sit, back to the 20 squats

You can use weights for the lunges and squats or do it without šŸ™‚

I then moved on to machines

  • Leg curls, 70 lbs 12 reps x 2 sets, 80 lbs 12 reps x 2 sets
  • Calf Presses, 140 lbs 15 reps x 4 sets
  • Leg Presses 200 lbs 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Kettlebell high knees and straight leg lifts. (slip a 5 lb kettlebell on your foot, lift and lower your leg- really works the quads!) 12 reps x 2 sets each leg for each exercise
  • Squats on bosu holding 12 lb kettle bells, 12 reps x 2 sets, then 8 sets of pulses x 2 sets
  • Calf raises using machine, 100 lbs 10 reps x 3 sets
  • Leg extensions, 80lbs 12 reps x 2 sets, then 95 lbs 10 reps x 2 sets!

As you can see, I am VERY proud of the 95 lbs. When I first started lifting, 50 lbs was really pushing it for me.


Now I’m up to 95! (I sent this picture to a friend and he said it’s the same weight he does ;)) Don’t let this fool you ladies, you have to lift heavy to see results, I promise you won’t bulk!

I finished with nice long stretching and a little bit of abs. Mostly crunches holding a kettle ball and then oblique crunches

I am definitely pooped. I came home and made a nice healthy dinner including this beautiful sweet potato that looks like a heart!

Sweet tater love
Sweet tater love

I was also able to use my great new dutch oven for a soup recipe that will be featured tomorrow!

Yay for using this for the first time!
Yay for using this for the first time!

But in the meantime, here is another recipe, great for a cold winter day. Veggie Slow Cooker Curry. So easy, all you do is chop up some stuff and throw it in the slow cooker!

Veggie Curry
Veggie Curry- Click me for the recipe! All clean ingredients

I am hoping to wake up and be able to move from that serious gym session. I want to do some arm work tomorrow!

But in the end, it’s worth it!

One of my best assets… thank you Mr. Stairmaster šŸ˜‰

I work hard for it!
I work hard for it! (Phoebe’s tail. It’s up!)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


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  1. Nicole

    those gloves are badass. where’s my curry!? i want to see the pups too!

    1. Katie

      Glad you approve, they are from AE- clearance 3 dollars! (Your curry is in my freezer doll)

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