The sentence that gives me major anxiety and my exercise index

by Kim on September 10, 2013

Sorry about the super long, heavy post yesterday. I accidentally gave it the wrong title—instead of “what’s on my mind,” I should have prepared you better by calling it “total brain evacuation.” I promise to keep today’s rant a little lighter and shorter.

Thanks for your encouragement about the interview! Honestly, I can barely think about the idea of getting a job because every time I do, anxiety over putting Mason in daycare takes over. He’s had some stranger anxiety lately and still can’t handle an hour in the church nursery, so I have no idea how he’ll adjust to being away from home all day

Seriously: just writing that sentence gave me major anxiety. Moving on!

Thanks for your suggestions about business cards, too—I ended up ordering some from Tiny Prints and using their super rush delivery. I also had the cards sent to my in-laws’ house, rather than here, so they have a little more buffer time. We’ll grab them after we drop Mason off on our way to Minneapolis for HLS (he’s spending the weekend with Grandma and Brent’s hanging out with friends in the cities).

The shipping wasn’t cheap (and I haaaate paying for shipping), but it was way worth skipping the hassle of trying to design something from scratch and take it somewhere, or printing/cutting them myself. Ain’t nobody got time (and in my case, artistic talent) for that.

I just have to tell you this story, even though Brent might kill me:

He came home last night with 5 pounds of the shiniest, crispest, purplest, most juicy-looking grapes ever from Costco.


The catch? One sad word…


No! In his frustration over the mistake, Brent brought up a good point: why do these even exist anymore? Now that we can buy seedless for not much more, why would anyone sit and pluck out all those stupid seeds from every individual grape? It’s lunacy, folks.

So now we have this ginormous container of grapes, taunting us with its juicy-looking-ness, and 2 people with basically zero desire to touch them. Life really is tough, isn’t it?

In other news, guess what showed up in the mail yesterday…


JM’s Hot Bod in a Box! (It’s a companion to her book, Making the Cut.) Have you heard of this?? It’s a handy-dandy set of cards you can bring to the gym with you to guide your circuit-style workouts.

The cards include a stack of individual exercises (with pictures!), a stack of circuit workouts that refer to the exercise cards, and a few cards that go over training techniques.


I bought this because I was looking for an index of exercises I could use to build workouts as a personal trainer. I don’t know if everyone else just has all this info in their brain, but I’m definitely not there yet.

I didn’t just want a list of the old-school moves, either—I wanted all the fancy new stuff in there, too. I always hear about cool exercise ideas on blogs (superman pushups, genius!) and swear to try them…but then, in the next second, I forget about them forever.

It’s kind of exciting to see the stuff I’m learning about through NASM show up on the technique cards, too. Details that I probably would have skimmed over before are jumping out at me now, and I can immediately understand them in the context they’re coming from.

Like, one of the cards talks about supersetting techniques. When it comes to supersets, there are 3 categories:

Same muscle group: Combining two exercises for the same muscle group (like dumbbell flys with a bench press). According to JM, this is by far the best way to get cut muscles and definition.

Antagonistic: Pairing opposing (antagonistic) muscle groups (like biceps and triceps) so you’re working one while the other is resting. (Remember how I mentioned the crazy terminology memorization? We have to memorize all the major antagonistic muscle pairings in the body for the NASM exam, and most of them do not roll off the tongue as easily as biceps and triceps!) JM says this method is best for building muscle mass but not for achieving definition.

Staggered sets: Combining a major muscle with a minor and completely unrelated one (like doing calf raises between your chest sets). This is good for building muscle in as little time as possible, but again, not for the best definition.

Cool stuff, huh? … Not really?

I don’t think these cards are going to change my life or anything, but I’m hoping they’ll help me build the exercise index in my brain. And if nothing else, I have a few new crazy JM circuit workouts to try!

So GUESS WHAT: this morning, Mase and I are heading to our first ever mom group outing. I’m so embarrassed that it’s taken this long for me to get involved (we had some logistical issues with the Meetup website…long story). And just in time to go back to work—great job, me!!

Anyway, we’re meeting the moms and kiddos at a class called Tots in Motion at the children’s museum downtown. The mom group is actually called “Hip Mamas”—haha—so I’m assuming these ladies have some serious swagger.

Do you ever buy seeded fruit (on purpose)?

If so, how the heck do you eat it? And are you aware that you’re the most patient person on the planet??

Moms who have put their kids into daycare after staying home with them for a long time: please tell me it’ll be ok!!

Do you have an exercise index in your brain or do you rely on certain resources?


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

char eats greens September 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

I JUST ventured to this Early Learning Centre on Monday for Nia, so I wasn’t exactly on the ball either. Daycare gives me anxiety too, mainly why Tyler and I decided that I wouldn’t work this past summer. I think those cards sound mighty handy. Ugh, I still don’t know what superman pushups are, but see, you at least remembered one move on your own! haha
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Shannon September 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I agree with his comment, why do seeded grapes exist. It’s kind of along the line of seeded watermelon. It’s getting outdated :)


Kim September 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I’m always on the lookout for innovative new moves/exercises – both for myself and to use in boot camp!
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Alysia @ Slim Sanity September 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Aah! I accidentally bought seeded grapes a few weeks ago. Not pleased!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

Haha the grape story made me laugh, only because I’ve done the same exact thing. But because I hate letting food go to waste, I pretty much forced myself to eat them. The only seeded fruit I intentionally buy are cherries, but their seeds are easy to get out so they don’t bother me.

Love the idea of those Jillian Michaels cards! Love her!
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Kim September 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

We’ll probably force ourselves to eat at least some of them, but 5 whole pounds seriously would involve HOURS of manual labor in de-seeding! :)


Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

I’m sure Mason will do awesome in daycare, but I can certainly appreciate your concerns. Just think of it as Mason will be able to socialize with other children and have a blast playing and learning lots of new things. He’ll be so advanced! :-)

I love grapes, but I always try to buy the seedless ones. The ones with the seeds are super annoying to eat, as I’m sure you’re finding out! ;-)

I love Jillian Michaels. I’ll have to check out that Hot Bod in a Box. It sounds awesome!
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Kim September 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for the encouragement about daycare! I know you’re right, I’m just terrified of the transition.

Still haven’t touched one of the grapes, haha…


Katie @ running4cupcakes September 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

Have fun at the Mom group! And Mason will do great in daycare. .. there will be tears for both of you the 1st few days, but he will have so much fun playing with the other kids and learn so many new things. I was just commenting to Scott today that I am actually really glad Luke goes to daycare because he learns and does so much more stuff than if I were to stay home with him. . . I am not super outgoing so Mom groups would be hard for me. .. but daycare is super nice, because he gets that interaction and learning!!


Kim September 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

That’s the one thought that encourages me the most, that this will be great for him socially! I’m just sending him to school a little early. :)


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