Heart Workout

Every since I found out that our little family would be growing, my overall goal has been to be active and I’ve been less intense about getting in a sweat-tastic crazy workout everyday.  I’ve been focusing mainly on running, walking, and basically just getting up and moving.  After using my new fitbit for a couple weeks now, I’ve been much more aware of how much movement I get in any given day. 

That being said, there are still days that I want to really get the blood flowing and push myself a little harder.  When I got an email telling me that PicMonkey’s new Valentine’s theme was live, I knew that I just had to come up with a workout so that I could design a new graphic to go along with it.


I created this workout to be done at home and you could really get away with using no equipment at all.  Curls can be done with soup cans or other weighty items, dips can be done on a chair or sofa arm, and box jumps can be done on your stairs (if you have some).  I tried to mix strength moves with cardio and came up with this workout that keeps you moving from one exercise to the next.

Hearts Workout

Since Shane’s mom is in town, I took her to visit Shane at his new job and one of the cool things that he showed us was his cafeteria.  They have lots of healthy, affordable options and I snapped a picture of this sign that was featured all over the place.  Each food station had a little traffic sign that was either green, yellow, or red. 

Green: these foods make up the foundation of your diet

Yellow: eat in moderation and use portion control

Red: rarely consume… a “treat yourself”

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I thought it was really cool that they went out of their way to try and help employees make healthy choices.  I have to admit that I was pretty jealous of their salad bar (complete with watermelon!).

I kept it simple and healthy for dinner since we’ve been busy and eating out more this week than we usually would.  I threw some chicken breasts in the crockpot and cooked them in low sodium chicken broth for 6 hours on low.  I shredded the chicken, poured out the broth, and then mixed in some Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and let it marinate on low for another hour. 

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Once we got home from our evening trip to the dog park, I made some Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice, cooked some broccoli and a good, balanced meal was served.  After dinner, we planned to watch Modern Family and got a pleasant surprise when we realized that we had completely forgotten to watch last week so we had two episodes recorded.


Do you have any healthy incentives at work or are there any programs in place to help employees stay healthy?

What is your go to easy homemade meal?


  1. Did this workout today! Made my heart sweat and smile! Thanks for sharing; I’ll post a review on my blog :)

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