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?


When Something We Love Scares Us [MIMM #14]

Yesterday, I was on the bike at the gym (but what else is new lately). Some of our bikes are located on the topmost floor, surrounding the indoor track. I was riding along, going nowhere and feeling somewhat unsatisfied with my workout, even though I was trying to push myself.

I watched the track as I spun, my head following runners make their laps around the track. Jealousy was starting to kick in, but I stayed on the bike.

Eventually, a great, fast-paced song came on my playlist (If you’re wondering – Fitz and the Tantrums’ “Out Of My League.” You’re welcome.), and I suddenly had the urge to jump off the bike and just run. I wanted nothing more in that moment than to pump my arms to the beat and to feel the exhilaration I know running can bring me.

But I didn’t.

I was scared.


I haven’t run for a month now. I really have no idea how my knee is doing, but I’ve felt no day-to-day pain since the race last month. Part of me wanted to see how my knee would fare doing light, slow intervals, but I chickened out. I don’t know if I did the right thing by not giving it a shot.

All I know is fear stopped me. What do you do when something you love becomes something that scares you? It’s not a new concept, really, but I don’t think there’s an easy answer. Do you face the fear head on if it could hurt you, either mentally or physically? Or is it worth the risk?

In my case, running could hurt both mentally and physically. If I run and it doesn’t end as I want it to (pain free), then my confidence will plummet and my knee will hurt again.

I don’t really have an answer for you today because I am really conflicted about what to do. I just needed to get that off of my chest.

Speaking of running, Sunday I will be participating in The Color Run. It’s coming to Athens, so I couldn’t pass up the chance. I can’t say whether I will actually run or walk, but I have a feeling I won’t be testing the knee until that day.


Here’s what my week in workouts will look like:

Sunday: 20 min bike + 30 min treadmill incline walk
Monday: Arm weights
Tuesday: 20 min bike + legs
Wednesday: Arm weights
Thursday: Some kind of cardio mix
Friday: 20 min bike + full body
Saturday: Rest (Dad’s Weekend!)

Maybe running longer than three miles isn’t in the cards for me right now. That’s not so marvelous But I am going to make the best of it, because I have legs that work, and that in itself is marvelous.

Thanks to Katie for the link-up! Make sure you check out her Halloween posts to see cutie little Rocco dressed as a monkey. He and I shared the same first Halloween costume.

Finally, I just want to say congratulations to all the racers at the NYC Marathon yesterday. I admire your strength and athleticism more than you know!

Question of the Day:
Have you ever experienced something you love becoming a fear?

Guess My Halloween Costume

So before I tell you what my workout schedule for this week is, we’re going to play a fun little game! It’s called “Guess My Halloween Costume,” if you couldn’t tell by the title. This game can also be called “Angela Gearing Up for One of Her Favorite Holidays.”

Here are a bunch of costumes (all link to Pinterest). One is the correct choice! Tell me in the comments what you think I’m going to be, and next Monday, I’ll post some pics to show you! Our big Halloween block party is on Saturday, and I am pumped!

Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packet




Twister Board


Coppertone Baby


Miley Cyrus



Annnnnnd here are what my workouts for the week are going to look like. I managed to get in an hour on Sunday at my hotel in Nola, surprisingly! I needed that sweat, let me tell ya.

Sunday: 30 min incline treadmill walk, 20 minute easy bike, abs
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 40 min bike + hot yoga
Wednesday: 20 min bike + arms
Thursday: 40 min incline walk + 20 min bike
Friday: Legs
Saturday: 20 min bike + arms

Leave your guess comment below! I can’t wait to see what you all say.

Question of the Day:
What are YOU being for Halloween, if you are being anything?