Tag Archives: abs

Cousins Shopping Day

4 Jan

Let me start this post by saying if you haven’t been to a Disney Store, please do yourself a favor and go. The minute you walk into the store you can’t help but smile and your day just seems a bit better…or at least that’s how I felt yesterday after my first visit. After getting a few gift cards at our family Christmas party, my cousin and I set out to the mall to pick up some new things. Although we didn’t have much luck with the shopping, we mad a point to stop at the Disney Store before leaving. My heart INSTANTLY melted. I felt like a little kid again. I was instantly drawn to all the Monsters, Inc. stuff because it is one of my favorite movies. I mean, how cute is this coffee mug?

2013-01-03 12.51.25

Lunch

It was hard to stop myself from spending money. After wandering around for a bit and finding more things that I will be adding to my Christmas and birthday lists next year, we stopped by a Chinese food place for a late lunch. We were absolutely famished by the time we arrived and as always, the food hit the spot. We both decided to order the beef and broccoli which was delicious.

2013-01-03 14.29.10

We hit a few more stops before both heading home to take much needed naps.

Workout

My workout for the night was a bit frustrating if I do say so myself. Although I like the gym that I go to, it’s on the smaller side so with all of the people who joined for part of their New Year Resolutions, it’s a tight squeeze. Thankfully, my workout was rather short. It was also the start of my second week of the Slim and Sculpt Program (mentioned here). After a quick five minute warm up on the treadmill, I hit the weights doing squats, dead lifts,  bench presses and rows leaving me VERY sore, but feeling accomplished this morning! Hopefully this second week of the program will be even better than last week!

2013-01-03 12.53.18.jpg

Hope you all have a great morning! Look out for another post later on today!

Happy New Year/Holiday Recap

2 Jan

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and were able to spend time relaxing with family and friends. That’s the best part of this season after all. As for me, the month of December was INSANELY busy. I finished my last semester at LSU and I will now be transferring to start nursing at a school closer to home which is exciting. Finals went well and it’s been nice to be home relaxing. The last week was filled with holiday parties and New Years of course which was wonderful. I had a chance to catch up with people I hadn’t seen in ages and spend some much needed quality time with my parents and brother.

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree

Even Oreo was in the Christmas spirit and filled in as Santa if only for a little while.

Santa Kitty

Santa Kitty

It’s definitely been a huge adjustment being home but in a good way…although I am already a little tired of the snow. Waking up this morning, I saw that the low for the day was 3º….yes. THREE DEGREES! I haven’t seen temperatures like that since I was in high school. I was hoping for a winter like last year where there was hardly any snow and it stayed in the forties but alas, it won’t be that kind of winter. We’ve already have two snow storms since I got home and my duck boots have had plenty of loving.

2012-12-28 00.28.45

Workouts

With my move back home, I also decided to make some changes to my workouts which maybe one of the more exciting changes for me. After trying out a few workout programs, I was having a hard time sticking to them because they rotated the same workouts throughout the week. Then, I came across Carrie’s WordPress. I was instantly hooked and decided that after Christmas I would try out one of her workout programs. After purchasing the program, she sends you the package with all the info and offers help and advice throughout the 12 weeks of the program. I am currently trying out the Slim and Sculpt Program.

Unlike most of the other programs I have tried, this one is done in phases so that every four weeks, your workout routine changes. Although I’ve only done the first week, it’s definitely been keeping my attention. I look forward to going to the gym to see what the workout for the day entails. I definitely don’t think this is the last FitChick program that I’ll be doing.

Stretching out after Day 3

Stretching out after Day 3

Today’s workout was an interval day so I completed PBFingers Quick ‘n’ Sweaty 20 Minute Interval workout which kicked my butt. I was definitely a sweaty mess when I hopped of the treadmill. After, I completed day four of the 60 Day 6-Pack Promise App and headed home to whip up some dinner!

Dinner

I was extra hungry when I got home from the gym. I have been craving sweet potatoes a lot lately so I tried my hand at making baked sweet potatoes which turned out well. I had my potato along with a few pan browned chicken tenders and brown rice which certainly hit the spot. Dinner was followed up by a few pieces of chocolate while I curled up with Oreo to read for a while.

2013-01-02 14.31.08

I hope you all have a wonderful night and a lovely rest of this short work week!

P.S. I updated the fashion page

(How do you guys like the new look??)

Running Ahead of Schedule

24 Sep

It’s time yet again for another long overdue post of catching up and filling in! I’ll try to keep it short as I have a very long post coming later this week but let’s start with Friday. After surviving all of my tests, I managed to make it through my Friday classes and got a chance to finally relax. After sitting around my apartment for a while, I realized that I hadn’t been down to see Mike the Tiger at all this year. For those of you who didn’t know this, LSU has the fourth best tiger habitat in the country which is home to our amazing mascot Mike VI who is a Siberian-Bengal tiger. Pretty epic right? By the time I got down to the habitat it was hot so I knew Mike wouldn’t be his energetic self but it was fun to hang out for a bit. During the school day, there aren’t many people down on that side of campus so it’s nice and quiet which is exactly what I needed.

Geaux Tigers!

Following my trek to the other side of campus, I went out for my run which consisted of intervals which quickly turned into a walk because it was just too darn hot. I’m not use to this sort of heat in September when back home, we are usually wearing jeans, watching the leaves change color and getting our cars ready for winter. I still managed to finish the workout under an hour, having run as far as I could before I felt like I was going to sweat to death and decided that once my body recovered a bit, I would hit the gym where I did the Speed Demon workout (under the Work It Out tab). I followed up the run with some arms and legs because I’ve been neglecting to do my lifting lately.

The kind of Fall that I am way more use to

Before I knew it, Saturday had arrived and it was time for football and well as tons of yummy food. I headed over to a friend’s apartment where they were cooking pulled pork and watching football. After watching all the other teams play, the LSU finally came on around 6:00 PM and it was a nail biter. We managed to scrap by 12-10 to win the game but it was far from the 20 points that we were favored by but as everyone else has said, a win is a win is a win. Sunday arrived too soon and I spent most of the day catching up on rest that I had missed the night before. I recently signed back up for Netflix which was probably a bad idea considering the number of shows that I have gotten hooked on. I’ve specifically been watching Nip/Tuck every night before I go to bed. I have to say that I’m at least proud of myself for pacing the shows and not watching an entire series in a few days like I did with Dexter.

The Mad Hatter himself.

As for today, I continued to recover from what turned out to be an interesting weekend and made it through all of my classes without falling asleep or losing focus like I thought might happen this morning when I woke up. After getting out of classes, I studied for a bit, ran some errands and got back to the apartment to finish up some chores that I had been putting off. Once the sun had gone down a bit, I laced up my running shoes and set out for an evening run around the lakes which ended much better than I had expected. I just started running…not fast but I kept going and after forty minutes, I had run the entire lake. Yes. You heard right. I ran the entire lake which I had only planned to do by the end of October. I was so happy and have now set my sights on running the extra part of the lake sometime later this week once I give my legs a chance to recover. Maybe by the end of October I’ll even be up to a 10K. Fingers crossed that my legs and hips will hang in there for a bit longer!

It may not have been fast but I did it!

Well that is all I have for now but be on the lookout for a longer post come Thursday afternoon or possibly Friday. I have yet another Calc II test this week and then I will be free for an entire week from tests before the onslaught begins again. I hope you all have a great week and do great things in the world!

Proceed With Caution

17 Sep

Sorry about how long it has taken me to get another post up but today was yet another interesting day in the life of Nicole McKenna. I woke up this morning to a dreary raining day that left me wanting to go back to sleep but alas, classes wait for no one and eventually I was up and ready to go. Before leaving the apartment, I snuck in a quick breakfast of two kiwis and a banana knowing that it would be a while before I had a chance to grab some lunch. The majority of the morning was uneventful….that is to say until I got to Oceanography which is my last class of the day.

Yummy breakfast!

After surviving my less exciting Astronomy, Calc II and Genetics classes already, I hoped that Oceanography would fly by as usually but before the class could even start, the screen which originally showed the PowerPoint for the day switched to an LSU alert informing us that there was a bomb threat on campus and that we needed to quickly, but calmly evacuate campus. We all sat there a little surprised for a moment, reread the message and at that point, most of our phones started buzzing with text alerts sent by the university. After sitting in close to an hour of traffic as 25,000+ people evacuated campus, I made it to my friend’s apartment and hung out for the afternoon with the intention of getting some studying done but rainy days, cancelled classes and a dog with enough energy to power the city of New York were enough distractions that not much was accomplished.

The pup with endless energy!

After seven hours of searching buildings, all of the residential buildings were cleared and we were allowed to head back to our dorms. They are still working on searching some of the academic buildings but to be honest, the process is moving pretty quickly. LSU has at least 459 buildings on campus (one of our dining halls is called the 459 because it is the 459th building on campus). With that being said, although most of us hoped that classes would be cancelled for tomorrow, we will probably be having them.

Text messages from LSU
CNN article
Traffic leaving campus

I had thought that the day couldn’t be more interesting than having a bomb threat at a school that I am attending but I was mistaken. Upon arriving at my apartment, I also received a text informing me that the UREC was going to be open for the rest of the night is people wanted to workout so I quickly threw on workout clothes. As I went to grab my running shoes, which I keep right next to my yoga mat, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the one and only bathroom cockroach hanging out on my yoga mat. This time, instead of freaking out, I yelled out to my roommate to call one of the guys upstairs to take care of it. Apparently, because we are on the first floor, we tend to get a lot more than some of the other floors and the guys upstairs are use to taking care of them. I can now say that, although the roach won the first round which took place in the bathroom, I have won the battle. Hopefully there won’t be anymore battle royales with the little critters.

Roach – 0
Nicole – 1

After the roach fiasco, I finally made it to the gym to bang out a run which consisted of 3:00/2:00 run/walk intervals for an hour followed by abs and arms. I felt good about the run and hopefully this week, I’ll get a chance to up my intervals on one of my outside lake runs. For the most part, those runs have been going well and I have even dropped some of my intervals below 9:00 minute pace which I was ecstatic with. I’m hoping there is only room for more improvement and I’d like to be able to run the entire lake by the end of October without stopping. (Fingers crossed!)

As I said last week when I posted, I have a bunch of tests this weekend, some of which have now been rescheduled so it may be a few days before I get a chance to post again but until then, I hope you all have a great week! Go out into the world and do amazing things!

P.S. I also updated the Fashion Page so be sure to check it out!

Shut It Down

7 Sep

There is one thing that I can say for sure about today and that is that my body was just not cooperating in any way. It started with feeling sick this morning but by 9:30, although I was ready to head to my last three classes for the day, I was far from ready to eat any form of breakfast. Surviving classes was a challenge but I made it through and felt much better by lunch when I met up with a friend at the Union. I had packed up a spinach salad with Russian dressing and sunflower seeds that morning knowing that I didn’t want to pay for food at the Union so I ate that and it definitely made me feel better to get something in my stomach. I walked back to my apartment following lunch, and, feeling so much better, laced up the running shoes and headed down to the lake. Now on any other day, the run probably would have gone really well. My first few intervals were under nine minutes which I was absolutely beyond ecstatic about but it quickly went downhill after that and the heat didn’t help. Although the iPhone said it was only 91°, it was insanely humid and even though there was a breeze, it felt as though I was being blow in the face with a hairdryer. I made it about three miles into my run with intervals but after that just couldn’t keep going between the lack of calories and heat so I walked the remainder of the lakes and arrived back at the UREC. There, I did arms and abs using the same workouts as yesterday and finally meandered back to my apartment. My run was far from the epic run that I had planned on having after my first few intervals, I at least got the chance to take some pictures of the lake while I was going around it which usually doesn’t happen. It’s funny how many things you notice when you “stop to smell the roses.”

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Shortly after we walked into Walmart, we heard a woman come over the intercom and make a shockingly long announcement which we miss the majority of. To our surprise, as we turned the corner of the aisle to head down toward the food, we found out that they had the NCAA coaches trophy at the store and they were letting people take a picture with it for free so we hopping in line to snap a picture. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, the Coaches Trophy goes to the coach whose team wins the BCS National Championship. It’s a football made of crystal that is mounted on a huge wooden base. Last year, the trophy went to Nick Saban at Alabama (where it was then broken shortly after) but hopefully, this year it will be coming back to LSU…fingers crossed!

BCS Coaches Trophy

After getting back to my apartment, I headed out to Whole Foods and Walmart with a friend to grab some food for the weekend. We got back to the apartment complex and went over to his building to have some food. As I was opening my Lean Cuisine pizza for dinner, what did I see but another ROACH! I think the only comforting thing was that this one wasn’t in my apartment and that it wasn’t nearly as big as the one that I saw the other morning but nonetheless, it was startling. My friend took a paper towel and took care of it unlike I did. Next time I’ll have to have him come over and get our roach who still may or may not be hiding behind our bathroom mirror. His location is up in the air.

He’s not too good at hiding…

As for the rest of my night, it will mostly consist of studying and Spotify as I have a ton of tests this week which I plan on acing. I want to do so well that I may even miss an LSU football games if it comes down to needing more study time. It sounds like a crazy idea but putting it in perspective, I’m here to study and not to cheer on a football team, even if they are one of the best in the country. I hope that you all have a wonderful rest of the night and get a chance to relax as much as you can this weekend to get ready for another week!

Fight Through the Pain

6 Sep

It’s Thursday and you know what that means! The weekend is just around the corner which means some much needed R and R for everyone I’m sure. I know that I can’t wait to kick back tomorrow night, pop in some flicks and just unwind from such a short but crazy week. I snuck in a quick breakfast of half a banana with Special K and skim before setting of for the day. Today started off like any other with classes, specifically Organic and Calc 2 recitation. Apparently, the TA that I had last week for my recitation was in the wrong class and never realized it so I had a completely different person teaching today. Once classes were over, I was planning on hitting the lakes again for a run but, as is normal in Louisiana, it was hotter than the surface of the sun so I opted for the UREC instead which I knew would be pretty quiet at 11:30 AM.

Some yummy and filling breakfast to start the day off right!

On the walk over there, I realized how sore my shins were from yesterday so I decided to spend an hour on the treadmill instead on one of the harder programs so I would be sure to break a serious sweat. By the end of the workout, I had covered 3.38 miles and had burned 622 calories (although, as I’m sure most of you already know, the machines are very bad at predicting how many calories you ACTUALLY burn). My legs were definitely feeling it at the end but I knew I wanted to get some strength in too so, giving my legs a bit of a break so they could recover, I started with abs and then moved to arms. For abs, I used this awesome workout from Tone It Up and the arm workout is the one I spoke about here. I was definitely sore by the time I finished those but managed to garner enough energy so I could crank out a leg workout. It consisted of the following:

Leg Press: 3 sets of ten at 110lbs

Standing Calf Raises: 3 sets of ten at 40lbs

Hip Adduction/Abduction: 3 sets of ten each at 70lbs

Prone Leg Curls: 2 sets of twelve at 40lbs

Glutes: 3 sets of ten at 30lbs

My body will definitely not be too happy tomorrow but I do it all for the love of fit (see what I did there? 🙂 ) After leaving the UREC, I stopped in at the apartment to drop my stuff and then headed over to the Union where they apparently believe that air conditioning only works when it is set to 4°F. It was so chilly in there when I walked in after, not only leaving the gym, but walking outside where it feels like 100°. Definitely not the shock I was expecting. I ended up grabbing a tuna salad wrap from Einstein Bros which was far from spectacular but filled me up. Plus, fish has a lot of good protein so that was a good post-workout meal.

Tuna Salad Wrap

As for the rest of my afternoon, it will be spent at the library working on some assignments and attempting to get ahead to that when this weekend comes around, I will be able to crash when the clock hits 12:30, I will, after hitting the lakes of course, be able to lounge around and hang out for the weekend, or at least until the football game comes along on Saturday night! This week, Washington State Huskies are going to be at Tiger Stadium for yet another crazy night of football. Hopefully we can up that record to 2-0 without any problems. As for the rest of the day, I hope you all have a wonderful afternoon and just keep in mind that you’re almost there!

It’s almost Friday!

First Post!

31 Aug

Well hello there! I’m very excited to be writing my first post on this journey to a new and healthier lifestyle! If you’ve read my about me, then you know why I started this blog so I’ll just jump right in to how my day went!

After having three days off due to Hurricane Isaac running things in the south for most of this week, it was honestly hard to get out of bed this morning but classes were calling my name. For breakfast, I had a bowl of applesauce which is the norm for me. It satisfies my sweet tooth without being bad for me. On my way out the door, I also grabbed some cold cut turkey that I had portioned out to snack on just in case I got a little hungry between my four classes for the day. Fortunately for me, my third class was cancelled so I had more than enough time to grab lunch with my friend Nick at the Union. There are few healthy options there so we opted for the Food to Geaux area where you can build your own salad. Mine ended up having spinach, chicken, mushrooms, green peppers and sliced almonds on it with a bit of honey mustard dressing…my favorite!

Salad from Lunch

After lunch, I went to my last class which, luckily (again), got out early! I unfortunately left the building to find that there was apparently an unexpected monsoon hitting Baton Rouge so I trudged home sans umbrella. If nothing else, it was quite humorous and I bonded with a lot of people who were in a similar situation to myself. Who couldn’t laugh at being COMPLETELY drenched with absolutely nothing to do about it.

Guess who forgot her umbrella!

My roommate was very confused as to what had happened to our bathroom but I once she saw all my clothes hanging up in the shower, she completely understood. Seeing as how I was already changed and didn’t feel like heading over to the UREC (University Rec…I will use that acronym a lot), I decided to do a home workout from Tone It Up that I had modified a bit. Their workout (HERE) is similar to mine but I added a bit of a butt workout at the end so that it looks like this:

First time using Picasa to make a workout sheet!

Also, I should note that I did the run in place which, honestly, if you work hard, will make you work up a pretty serious sweat. I was drenched by the time I finished and was happy with my workout. I sometimes find that when I’m not actually at the gym, I don’t workout as hard but that wasn’t a problem today…see?

See that sweat….according to Pinterest, that’s sweat crying

Anyways, that is all for today’s post. I have a million errands and homework that are calling my name and that I can’t put off any longer. So long for now and have a wonderful rest of the day!