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Quick! Workouts and Recipes

Something quick and easy has become a mantra for my life lately.  My babies are not good nappers.  Like at all- 30 -45 min is usually as good as it gets.  Luckily this usually happens at the same time for both of them…so there’s a plus.  But this means I don’t have much time to do anything out of just ordinary life/survival mode with twins.   Therefore, my workouts and meals have to be quick and mostly easy.  So I’m just going to share with you a bunch of Pinterest stuff.  🙂

Workouts

When it isn’t nice outside (or even when it is and I want to get a little something extra in besides a run/walk), I resort to circuits.  Again, the most time I usually have is 30 min. so nothing earth shattering…but it’s still something!  Also, this is nothing like when I was seriously training.  I’m not really working out for the calorie burn or to improve my run/swim times anymore.  I’m just doing it for me.  I’m a better mommy, wife and person when I get movin’!

Most days I combine a couple of these circuits with some abs and arms.  My abs these days are ripped.  Literally, they got ripped apart (diastasis recti).  So I’m not doing any type of ab exercise other than repair- most of these moves just involve serious concentration on using your actual ab muscles and low reps.  If you are curious about diastasis recti or are in need of some rebuilding ab moves check out this blog post.

The arm workouts consist of 5 lb. dumbbells and just doing the basics- military press, bicep curls, tricep extensions…things of that nature.  Not a ton of weight but I lift two babies- one 16 lbs and one 17 lbs all day long, so my arm workouts are focused on more toning than anything else.

Then I move on to actual circuits.  I usually just sporadically click-through Pinterest and add some quick circuits every once in a while but here are some of my go-tos lately.

Bye-Bye Cottage-Cheese Thighs: 5-Minute Leg-Toning Workout

Butt and Leg Circuit

Daily Workout  (I skip all ab portions of this)  

Usually I just do abs, circuit, arms, circuit, abs.  Depends on the day and the napping time. 🙂 To check out more of my pins just follow me at pinterest.com/aliciaruss.

Now for the important stuff…FOOD

Here are just a few of my favorite go-to meals.  All of these are main dish recipes, I have other meal-time recipes on Pinterest as well.  Warning they are not all healthy and there most definitely is a desserts page!

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach

Deep-Dish Chicken Pot Pie

Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas

Also, when I’m in a pinch/the girls didn’t cooperate with me enough to plan an actual meal, I just pull out some frozen tilapia, season it however you prefer (lemon/lime juice/olive oil/Mrs.Dash everything spices), throw it in the oven during nighttime routine and then pair it with a veggie.  Quick, healthy, and delicious!  I’m very much looking forward to it being nice out for good now too- grilling season awaits!

I try to make enough so I at least have 1 meal left for lunch the following day.  That doesn’t always work but is super nice when it does!

Now that I’ve made these recipes a bunch of times I’ve made some modifications, so if you are curious or have questions just let me know!

-Alicia

P.S. Here is a picture of the girls…because I’m pretty sure you’d never read along again if I didn’t post a picture every time. 🙂

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We Workout

God Prepared My Body as a Vessel

Today we jogged.

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It was only a jog, it wasn’t far but today we jogged.  It felt very freeing and discouraging all at the same time.  Freeing because I was FINALLY RUNNING, with the stroller and without much discomfort, and discouraging because it took me this long to run again and it wasn’t by myself, up to my same old standards or part of my training.

But none of that really matters.

You see, I truly believe that God prepared my body as a vessel for twins.

We tried to leave Storm Lake for years.  I can’t tell you how many times we attempted and it just didn’t work out for some reason or another.  So, Tanner started to get into triathlons.  Then, pretty much because I didn’t have much to do if I wasn’t hanging out with Tanner and I wasn’t all that healthy, I started training too.  Often times I think back to months 7 and 8 and think, “How was that even physically possible??”  Then I realize, if we hadn’t stayed in Storm Lake we would have never started training.  If I wasn’t in the best shape of my life my pregnancy would have been a lot worse.  I really had no issues until the last 3 weeks, and even then it wasn’t really anything I could help- my body just couldn’t keep going at my regular pace and keep up with the rapid growing humans.  My body was a vessel.  A vessel for human life.  So cool!

So no.  I didn’t run far and I certainly am not training for any triathlons, but I ran.  My butt probably jiggled, my twin skin was sandwiched between layers of spandex and most of it was slightly downhill or level …-

But I ran, pushing a ton of blessings and praising God for the miracle of childbearing and motherhood.

-Alicia

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