The Outlaw Life

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My Own Personal Dolvett


His name is Andre, and clearly we were meant to be.

Okay, not really. 🙂 But Andre was Mark and I’s trainer at the gym this morning, and he did a really great job!

Yesterday afternoon, after chatting with you fine folks, I took it in to my head that foam rolling would be a really great thing to do on my rest day. Turns out, not so much. After a week of neglecting that little piece off blue foam, I hit something in my IT band and its been sore ever since. On top of that, when I lay down to, you know, nap my knee better, I woke up with a mild fever and a hell of a head cold! Talk about a bad night, lol. Good thing I had plenty of puppy kisses to make it better


Thankfully when I woke up this morning the cold was gone and the soreness in my knee was a little better.


That’s my “sore and headed to the trainer” face. Now, we didn’t actually do much training (a quick upper body circuit) as part of Andre’s job WAS to sell us on buying more personal training sessions, but I still thought he gave out some new-to-me and helpful tips!


Tips I Picked Up at my Not-So-Physical Physical Training

1.) Instead of running through intervals at every workout, I’m going to try running at a steady pace for a week of workouts and then progress to slightly faster for the next week and so on in order to increase lung capacity (at least for a while!)

2.) You can burn anywhere from 300 to 1000 calories in an hour of strength training, so I for sure need to extend my strength training sessions

3.) Part of muscle confusion means working on a macro scale of taking your body from unstable activity to stable and back again over the course of months (maybe? I think -that’s how I understood it, anyway).

4.) Fix base issues (knee problems, back problems, etc.) by working to strengthen them at the source FROM THE BEGINNING (I knew this, but given how I just got done NOT doing this, it seems especially pointed)

5.) Most people don’t ask to take pictures with their personal trainers to post on their blogs later 🙂

Mark and I will be heading back up there later, seeing as how we didn’t really actually work out this morning, but for now its breakfast and then a trip to the city compost center to deposit some applewood branches that have been hanging around my FIL’s yard!

Trainers out there: any general tips? For those who train: do you think personal training is worth it?

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Sunday Funday: St. Paddy’s Day Edition









Hope yours was equally as awesome!

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Fit-Crushing HARD on Jillian Michaels

I know, right? Me and every other female fittie on the planet. But, as I was at the gym today and decided I’d rather watch old seasons of Biggest Loser than listen to the Jillian Michaels podcast and read the most recent article about her in Health magazine, I realized that maybe it was just about time I came out with my absolute love for this great woman of health. Not only do I find her to be an inspiration as a fit-to-fat story, but the more I listen to her on her podcast, the more I appreciate how no-nonsense she is and the more I think that she’d be a really positive person to spend time around. Alright. I’m done ranting about my Jillian love.

When I got of work at 6:00, it was time to run errands, head by the bank, and then run home enough to scarf down one of these bad boys

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before throwing on my stretchy pants and hitting the gym! I think that going home between work and the gym was just a bad idea, though, because by the time I got shoes on and food eaten, my feelings about the gym could be generally expressed as


The entire drive up there I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a bunch of killer incline walking, or bust it up with cardio on the elliptical – so I did a bit of both! I’m in no mood to make any kind of decision tonight, for some reason (which is a theme you’ll see pop up again in just a minute), so I just rolled with it and did 25 minutes on each machine. I wasn’t even mentally ready to plan my own routine, so I just hit “hill” on both machines, entered my weight, time, and level, and zoned out.



I have to tell you, I think that these Star Trac treadmills and I may be about to become BEST FRIENDS (way more friendly than with the silly Precor machines next door). Wanna know why? Care to wager a guess? It’s because the Star Trac machines come with this handy-dandy button


Pardon my gross, polish-less nails. After the cardio, I was running a bit low on time, so I decided to skip the full toning routine and just hit the basics


15 single-arm kettle bell swings with 8 pounds (each arm, three sets)

10 push ups (on my knees, three sets)

25 crunches/reverse crunches holding medicine ball (8lbs)

And then I was out the door! Mark should be off by 10, and we’re having sweet mesquite pork chops and chicken flavored rice. That’s right. Pork. And chicken rice. Remember earlier when I mentioned not being able to make up my mind about, well, just about anything? I came home, got un-sweaty, looked at the pantry, and wanted to cry. I just couldn’t do. I seemed to be out of everything I wanted to make, out of time for pretty much all of my Plan B backups, and that’s why, dear friends, we’re having pork and chicken rice for dinner. Double points for covering both white meats?

Tomorrow: more in-law adventures and maybe, fingers crossed, a new iPhone?!

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Garry Gribble’s Has my Heart


(this is what happens when you ask your husband to humor you and take a picture with his new running shoes for your blog)

Oh, day of all days! Today started with the usual – dragging ourselves out of bed at eight, which I realize to some sounds totally ridiculous! But I should explain: Mark works second shift, which means he usually goes in to work at around two in the afternoon and is home by about 11:30. At night. By the time we, you know, speak words to each other and each get a cookie, it’s 12:30 and time for bed. Or, time to watch The Daily Show and Dance Moms until well past 1:00. Whatever works. Add to that the fact that his “weekend” days are Tuesday and Wednesday – today was basically our Monday, and 8am might as well be our 6am. And although this sound suspiciously like whining, it’s not –we’re night people to begin with, and honestly, I’m just glad we have enough flexibility in the other parts of our lives to make Mark’s schedule work!

Breakfast was, technically, a piece of whole-wheat toast with almond butter and chia seeds. But I didn’t get a picture, because I figured you guys’ imaginations were up to the task. After that, it was Mark and I off to the BRAND NEW GYM FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!! Needless to say, I was giddy. He and I both hopped up on the treadmill, which ended up looking like this by the time I was done

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I tried to take a picture without the flash because, you know, I didn’t want to be that person but, alas, that just wasn’t happening – at least, not in a way that produced a legible picture!

0:00-5:00 min. Warm Up: 3.5 @ 0.0%
5:00-10:00 min 5.5 @ 1.0%
10:00-15:00 min. 6.0 @ 1.0%
15:00-20:00 min. 5.0 @ 0.0%
20:00-25:00 min 4.0 @ 8.0%
25:00-30:00 min Cool Down: 3.0 @ 0.0%

All in all, I was alright with everything, although I will say I wish that I had pushed myself a bit harder and kept to my original goal/plan of alternating between a 5.5 and 6.0. I don’t know if maybe I didn’t eat enough (I’m still new to this whole working out right when I get up thing, so any tips on timing breakfast with a morning workout would be much appreciated!) of if there was another culprit, but I left the gym sweaty and that’s always a win. After the gym, Mark and I ran home real quick to whip up this beauty


for brunchfast – what we call eating at 10:45 in the morning. It’s diced potatoes, red bell pepper, onion, hickory sausage (splurge!) and two eggs, with a big heaping dollop of ERMAGHAD ketchup. It was delicious, and couldn’t have hit the spot better. We ate fast though, because we wanted to stop by Mark’s mom’s house to thank her for the gym membership – it’s a joint birthday present for Mark and I) – before heading off to our major and most awesome errand for the day… Today, Mark and I got the chance to go by the place that is near and dear to my heart but that, because of budgetary restraints (a polite way of saying ‘broke-ass mofo’), I hardly ever get to go to. Garry Gribble’s is a little bit of a local running Nirvana, a place for everything from chews to water bottles to these bad boys

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Those are Mark’s new Brooks Addiction 10s, which he bought in anticipation of starting the Couch to 5K program, which just makes my little newly running-converted heart go all pitter-patter. Seriously, I’m just so excited to get the chance to finally share this whole running thing with him – definite updates to follow. The picture on the right are my brand new Smartwool PhD Running socks! The ones pictured are the crew cut in the “Horizon Blue”, and I also got a pair of ankle-height in “Berry” because, TOTAL SCORE, they were two for one! All in all, it was definitely an awesome trip to Garry Gribbles!

After that, Mark had to head to work (there’s that 2:00 start time!) so I headed back up to the gym for another quick round of cardio, this time on the StairMaster


0:00-5:00 min. Warm Up: Level 4
5:00-10:00 min. Ramp it Up: Level 8 (forward)
10:00-15:00 min. To the Left: Level 6 (face the left)
15:00-20:00 min. To the Right: Level 6 (face the right)
20:00-25:00 min. Finish Strong: Level 8 (forward)
25:00-30:00 min. Cool Down: Level 4

After I wrapped up the StairMaster, I headed downstairs for some strength training. I did three sets of 10 squats/shoulder presses (12.5 lbs), followed by three sets of 10 alternating lunges (bent leg balanced on Bosu) with tricep curls at 12.5 lbs. After that, I headed to the back of the gym and did two sets of ten jumps on to the smallest box they had (12 inches? 18? 7? I have no idea – I’m horrible at spatial relations) followed by two sets of 5 machine-assisted pull-ups. After that, I was dying (and, looking back on it now, apparently feeling a bit random!) and ready to head home. I whipped up this delicious ditty for Mark and I to have on his “break” – which tonight he got at 7:30, in just enough time for it to be dinner

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that, my friends, is the tried-and-true-never-fails combo of chicken fajitas. A staple in our house, the recipe looks something like this: slice as many onions and green peppers as you think you’ll eat. Cook them with 2.0 tsp (approx) of olive oil. Once the onions are translucent and the peppers are getting little bits of burnt on the edges (that’s how we like them in this house, anyway!), turn them on to a plate and tossed in 1 chicken breast per person, cut in to strips of about the same size. Then proceed to toss on as many Mexican-themed spices as you desire, until the chicken smells how you want it to smell (for this recipe, there was a bit of taco seasoning, onion powder, chili powder, garlic, salt, and pepper, but in the past I’ve had success with sweet mesquite, ranch, and wing-sauce coated chicken – its really all about what your taste-buds desire) and then you cook it until the chicken is white and done. Toss the veggies back in with the chicken, give it another minute or two on the burner, and then throw down. Mark prefers them with our favorite Costco tortillas, as do I, but it’s also good on salad, in a bowl by itself, or as the filling for hard or soft tacos. Really, the options are endless, the chicken scrumptious, and how can you beat a meal filled with mmm-mmm veggies?

That, dear friends, brings us to now! Mark is still at work, and will be for another few hours (as of the time I’m writing this very sentence). The evening looks rather full of laundry, Veronica Mars (PLEASE tell me you watch this show and have heard about this amazing Kickstarter?! We’ll be friends forever – promise!), and maybe even a bit of foam rolling if the mood strikes. One thing’s for sure, thought. When Mark gets home tonight, he and I will be splitting this


a looks-can-be-deceiving Thin Mint Cal-Blaster Smoothie from the cafe at the gym. It’s been sitting in the freezer since I brought it home after my second trip (I just couldn’t help myself! THIN MINT, DAMN YOU!), so it should be nice and ice-creamy, which will be divine. My hats off to all you lovely lads and lasses!

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