52 Card Pickup Workout [Deck of Cards Workout]

Back to reality. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend, if you celebrated! I know I did. The weather was gorgeous, the pool water was warm, and the fireworks were huge and sparkling. Just the way I like it. If you missed my post on Friday, I put up a festive recipe – definitely check it out!

It’s been a hot minute since I put up a workout, though, huh? The other day I was not feeling the gym or yoga (gasp!). I just wanted to get my workout over with and hop in the shower, no if’s, and’s or but’s. I decided to create a deck of cards workout for myself, and it ended up being so quick and effective, I knew I had to share it on here.

This workout took about 25 minutes for me to complete, and I didn’t stop much for rest – only a few seconds every few exercises. What I liked most about it was that once you get a big rep card, it won’t pop back up again for that same move… it actually feels like you’re making progress!

It’s split into cardio and strength, red and black cards, respectively. Each suit has a different exercise assigned to it. You’ll complete the number of reps on that card for the move associated with the card. Strength face cards are split into two different core moves, and you’ll complete either 11 reps for aces, 12 reps for jacks, 13 reps for queens or 14 reps for kings. Cardio face cards are also split into two moves, but you’ll complete 10 reps no matter the kind of face card you pick up (this is so you don’t die. you’re welcome.).

52 Card Pickup Workout-Nutty for Life


I was definitely a sweaty mess after I did this, but it was over so quickly that I wasn’t phased! If you’re feeling sluggish after the long weekend, this will definitely get you back in the daily groove.

Oh! PS. Last Thursday, I was featured on DIY Design. Check out my interview here!

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you ever done a deck of cards workout?
>> What’s your favorite bodyweight exercise?
>> What did you do for the holiday or the weekend?


June Brought Great Food [Recent Eats + Fitness]

Happy July! I really can’t believe it’s already the 7th month of the year. I’m ready to start the second half of 2014 with a fresh outlook (and of course, some yummy food!). But before I jump into July, let’s play catchup on what I’ve been eating and doing for fitness!


Breakfasts have looked very similar around these parts, not surprisingly. The funny thing about me is that I need to make sure I’m satisfied by my breakfast or I’m in a bad mood all day. That’s why I usually stick to similar formulas but just switch out fruits or veggies. My staples lately have been avocado toast, and I’ve switched out carrots with tomatoes or blueberries with watermelon.



Lunches? A ton of salads! I’ve discovered that I really love a crunchy something in my salads. Fruit has also been on my salad radar lately, especially since berries are so abundant right now.

Strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, sunflower seeds, and walnuts with balsamic dressing over a (huge) bed of lettuce.



Not surprisingly my most favorite salad made an appearance, too. This one’s going to be around for a while.


I’ve been trying to make more dinners for my family to get them a little more nutrition. Here are just a few of the meals we’ve had as a family!

My family LOVED, and when I say loved I really mean it, PaleOMG’s Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie.


I made some homemade meatballs with pasta another night. I served mine up with a huge serving of broccoli, too. Have you ever had your broccoli with pasta sauce? It’s a really tasty combo.


I really enjoyed this meal: honey mustard drumsticks with a side of brown rice and yellow squash. It was really simple, but I was so satisfied!


Aaaaaand I’ve had several meals out, too.

Thai Green Curry at Nicky’s Thai Kitchen. SO GOOD.


Salmon with veggies and rice at Joe’s Crab Shack (as a whole it was just okay, but the salmon was cooked really nicely).


And finally a rockin’ breakfast with my brother at Cracker Barrel #notsorry. I had their multigrain pancakes with a side of eggs. I didn’t eat the bacon, but Adam did, so I didn’t feel bad about it going to waste. I couldn’t even finish the pancakes! Also can we talk about that huge hunk of butter?



So, I know I said I was going to do Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up, but I didn’t follow through. I loved her Winter Shape Up, but I was not feeling these new workouts. By “not feeling,” I mean I was kind of bored while doing them. I also didn’t like that there weren’t plyo cardio sets or videos to accompany, which is what really drew me to her Winter Shape Up. I have trouble making myself do burpees or those kind of moves, and having a video helped me push through.

Instead, I’ve still been doing a lot of yoga, walking and weights. I’ve also been able to do some HIIT workouts on the treadmill. For some reason, those never bother my knee.

Speaking of the knee, I’m testing it out running a straight distance tomorrow, aiming for three miles, because I’m almost through with my medicine. I get it checked again next week. Wish me luck!


I can’t wait to see what awesome eats and fitness the rest of the year will bring. Here’s to July and a great finish to 2014!

Questions of the day: 
>> What has your recent fitness looked like? 
>> Know of any good workouts I should try?
>> What restaurants have you been to lately?

Let’s Talk About Running…

… because we haven’t in a real long time.

As a side note, saying “real [whatever]” is, according to my friend Brittany, something unique I do with my speech sometimes. Is it really just me? Okay moving on.

Like I said, it’s been a while since I talked about my running game. With the new year upon us, I figured now would be a good time to fill you in.


In short, I miss it. But I think you might have been able to guess that if you’ve been reading for a while.

I haven’t gone on a run since the Turkey Trot in November – instead, I’ve been doing a lot of ellipticizing (it’s a thing, just go with it), yoga, and weight training. With the holidays, I didn’t get to weight train as much as I’d have liked, so unfortunately some of the results I’d started to see kind of disappeared.

I don’t think I’ll be running again until later this month. There are times when I really want to, but I know that my knee isn’t quite ready to hit the pavement again just yet, even if I ran the Turkey Trot pain-free.


When school starts up, I plan to try my legs at running again and then gradually build up stamina. If all goes well until mid-February, I am going to start training for the Athens Half-Marathon. I would love to end senior year by finishing my second half. However, I won’t sign up for the race until the month before, or later. I don’t want to risk having to lose that money on a race I can’t run. My wallet definitely felt that loss last time.

I think that’s about it for where running and I stand now. I’m going to continue to do cardio, yoga, and strength training until I can lace up the running sneaks once again!

Have an awesome first weekend of 2014!

Question of the Day:
In regards to saying certain phrases… what’s one weird thing you say? I say a lot of weird sh*t since I’m from Pittsburgh, but I love it.