Beach countdown and introducing power week

by Kim on August 5, 2013

Let’s kick this off with the most important information first: my vacation countdown. (I know that’s what you came here to read about.)

8 DAYS!!

In 8 days, this will be me:


Wait, no, that’s the wrong image. Here we go:


8 days until I’ll be on a *real* beach (including waves and salt water, as opposed to the suspended-algae-filled faux lake beaches I’ve been talking about here). 8 days to beachy smells, seagulls, and sand in everything. 8 days to fresh seafood.

And of course…8 days until I board a plane with a 16-month-old. I try not to think about that part.

Since I only have one more week to put the finishing touches on my beach-ready bod (HAHAHA), I thought it’d be fun to do a little workout challenge. THEN, in an uncanny twist of fate, PicMonkey even released some sweet school-themed décor for me to use for it.

Introducing: Power Week.

Power Week


If you’d like to print out your own copy and tackle this with me, click here!

I’m assuming you’re familiar with most of these exercises, but there’s a bit of variation in the way people do weighted squats. Here’s what I like to do: squat down with a pair of hand weights, holding them in one of two ways…

weighted squats

Then, I rise all the way up onto my toes, straightening my arms with the weights over my head. And repeat!

So here we go! Not quite as much fun as a power hour, maybe, but just as rewarding, right??

Anyway, it’s Monday, so I should probably tell you about my weekend! Brent’s parents were visiting, which somehow resulted in both a very relaxing and very productive weekend. Random household things were cleaned or fixed, walks were taken, garage sales were hit (I got a pair of water shoes for Mase for $1—perfect timing!), food was grilled, and movies were watched.

Here’s some of the evidence:

Family portraits…



Hanging with Grandma…


Hanging with Grandpa:


Park time…


The hiiiills are aliiiiiive…


Grillin and chillin…



After the in-laws headed home yesterday, I put up my feet and did a little NASM studying.


Since several of you have expressed interest in hearing about my personal training education, I’m going to start sharing some of the stuff I’m learning here on the blog.

So far, it’s mostly been a biology lesson on steroids—which is pretty interesting, when I’m not drowning in all the complex latin-centric terminology, but I’m really looking forward to getting into the actual meat of how to train someone. Stay tuned!

Are you as much of a beach freak as I am?

Any tips for flying with a 16-month-old?

Who’s up for Power Week??


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Katie @ Daily Cup Of Kate August 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I am totally in for power week! Love it!
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Kim August 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I love the beach and am sad that it has been a week since I had to leave!! I’m excited for you to be on the countdown – hopefully you will share lots of pictures so that I can live vicariously!!
Benadryl is great for flying with young ones!!!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome August 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

So jealous of your beach vacay! You will have a blast and can’t wait to hear about it! I wish I could join in on your challenge, it sounds great! I’m actually taking a little vacation from fitness this week. Focusing on low impact, yoga and walking to give my over trained body a rest. It is only Monday though so we’ll see how this goes. I was already itching to jump on the treadmill as I waited for yoga to start this morning!
Looks like a fun weekend!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hahaha I love you. Those first two photos had me laughing so hard. I’m quite jealous of your beach vacation! I’d be counting down too. LOVE the beach! I can never get enough. Also, best of luck to you flying with a 16 month old. ;) I’ll be begging for your advice when I get to that point I’m sure.
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Katie @ running4cupcakes August 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Lots of snacks, a very new exciting toy, and tons of patience. :) And no matter what, you will get through it and it will be fine. It helps to have both parents there too. I don’t know what I would have done without Scott on our trip to FL. And for the record, I am super jealous! Where are you going?


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