Tag Archives: Gym

Snow Day

16 Jan

Good morning everyone! I hope your Wednesday is going well! It was a snowy morning here in Massachusetts which made it hard to get out of bed but I wanted to get to the gym early….plus, I needed to work up the energy to clean off my car. Once that was done, I drove over to PF. Thankfully, even though the roads were bad, school was cancelled so town was quiet.

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Drink Up!

9 Jan

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day!  Today started out with a quick breakfast of banana yogurt with oats before tackling a long to do list which I got halfway through before deciding it was time to take a gym break.


As was scheduled in my Slim and Sculpt program, I had an interval day which consisted of one minute of running followed by a minute of fast walking for a total of fifteen minutes. It was definitely a harder workout than I expected when I was first reviewing it. The speeds were definitely a bit higher than I usually run when I do a distance run and the walking portions were still at 4.5 mph which kept my heart rate up. Thankfully, one of my favorite running songs came on near the end of my run to get me through the last few intervals.

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I was certainly a hot mess once I got off the treadmill but I felt accomplished. I followed up my run with a quick ab workout and a BIG bottle of water in keeping with my resolution to drink more water. Speaking of which… Continue reading

Pumpkin Banana Yogurt

6 Jan

Hey there! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday so far! After getting up a bit later than I had planned, Dad and I headed over to Barnes and Noble to grab some coffees and catchup in the cafe like we do most weekend mornings. I wasn’t hungry for breakfast yet so instead, I opted for some unsalted almonds and a green tea which was AMAZING. It had coconut, ginger and lemon flavors in it which at first made me a bit hesitant to try it but I was sold after my first taste. Absolutely amazing.


After running a few errands to the grocery store, pharmacy and Target, we made it back to the house where my hunger finally set in. I was craving something sweet so I whipped up one of my favorite snacks from college…Pumpkin Banana Yogurt! I use to bring with me to my morning Astronomy class. I even had my professor ask what it was because he could smell it from the front of the class one morning. It super simple to whip up and filling once you add in some oats or granola.

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After mushing up a whole banana, I add some vanilla yogurt, which this morning happened to be a Light Activia that was left in the fridge and add some pumpkin spice. Don’t have pumpkin spice? Chances are you have all the stuff to make it….I use to use this recipe before I ended up just buying some. Add as much as you want, toss in some granola or rolled oats (my preference) and you’re good to go! Hope you guys enjoy and have a wonderful rest of the day! I am off to the gym to fit in a bit of cardio before I start some hardcore cleaning!

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
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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!

You Can Go Hard or You Can Go Home

2 Sep

Good afternoon everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful and productive day because I know I sure am! I woke up SUPER early this morning after going to sleep relatively late so that I could go through all of my pictures and put my post for yesterday up but it was definitely worth it. Before 10 AM, I had already cranked out a Calc 2 homework, and Organic homework and cleaned my room. If you’ve ever taken either Calc 2 or Organic, you know how frustrating those classes and homework can be so it was nice to, for once, be able to breeze through them. Midway through my homework sesh, I sat down for some breakfast to get the intellectual juices flowing. Breakfast consisted of a bowl of Vanilla Almond Special K with a sliced up Granny Smith Apple which was delicious.

I promise it looked more appetizing than that

Following the intense homework sesh, I decided to hit the UREC which was FINALLY open after what felt like days and days of being closed. During the hurricane, the entire campus was closed, including the UREC and honestly, there was just no motivation to workout when I was stuck in a tiny apartment for days on end. Then, on Thursday, admin decided that it was going to be safe enough for people to go out and possibly go to the gym if they wanted which meant that EVERYONE flocked to the gym. That’s not even an understatement. I walked in and instantly turned about because it was beyond crowded. For a school of more than 23,000 undergrads, you would think they would have a larger gym but alas, it doesn’t, although it is an amazing fitness facility. Long story short, I went for a workout which ended up being hard. I knew I wanted to be sore when I left because I hadn’t gotten to get a really epic workout in for a few days although the past two days I did good circuit workouts. I tend to find that if I don’t get a run in, I feel like I didn’t work that hard. I like the satisfaction of seeing the mileage on the treadmill at the end of a good, hard run.

Today’s workout started with, what I call, the Speed Demon workout. It sounds bad but you can adapt it for your fitness level which makes it an awesome workout. As your stamina increases, you can increase the speeds that you run at, or keep them the same. Basically, the workout starts out slow and then gradually increases your speed to either your max or close to it over four minutes then drops to back. Then you repeat. It works out to be a total of thirty minutes which, by the time you’re done, if you aren’t sweating hard, you did something wrong.

Speed Demon Workout

Fortunately for me, T.H.E by will.i.am came on during my last hard intervals which got me through. If you haven’t heard that song, it’s definitely one to add to the workout list. It always get me pumped up. After getting off the treadmill, I had run for half an hour, gone 2.5 miles and had (according to the machine) burned 263.2 calories. I was definitely happy to get off the machine when I was done but it was on to the next workout for me. Sundays, by default, are my hard days so it made sense that today was extra hard. My next mission was to tackle the two apps on my iPhone that I use pretty regularly. The first one is called Arm Workout (creative, I know) and is how I learned how to workout my arms which, before the past year or so, I never did. I used eight pound free weights for the routine which includes each of the following for thirty seconds: overhead press, bicep curls, tricep extensions, bent over row, front raises and bridge dips. Definitely a good starter if you’ve never really work your arms before. They have the option to do different length workouts and if you buy the full version, you can do different routines too. My second app that I use is called Six Pack Promise by Athlean-X and is a serious ab workout. It has a 60 day program that you can do if you want to get super cut but I usually mix up workouts from the first two weeks into my routine. This one, unlike the other, is not free but it is definitely worth the $1.00 investment in my personal opinion.

With my arms and abs worked out, I only had legs left to do. I did the following exercises on machines with short ten to fifteen second breaks in between reps….just enough time to grab a sip of water and get back on the machine.

-Leg Press: 3 sets of 12 at 95lbs

-Calf Raises: 3 sets of 10 at 30lbs

-Adduction/Abduction: 3 sets of each at 70lbs

-Prone leg Curl: 3 sets of 10 at 40lbs

-Glutes: 3 sets of ten at 30lbs

I’m sure my legs will not be happy with me tomorrow but my stretching after my workout was thorough so maybe it won’t be too bad. We will definitely find out. After returning from the gym, I heated up some yummy veggie pasta and topped it off with a bit of light alfredo sauce which I ate with a HUGE bottle of water. I’ve been really bad about drinking enough water lately so I figured today is a good day to start. Anyways, I am off to get some more homework done before heading to church but I hope you all have a wonderful afternoon/night and Happy Labor Day!