coffee and cats

Hi guys! How was your day? Sorry I’m still backwards over here. I anticipate that the rest of the week will be more sporadic blogging, resuming my normal(ish) schedule on Monday. Thanks for hanging in there with me πŸ™‚ It’s been crazy with night weeks, finishing draft one of the book (wahoo!) and gearing up for the big move. πŸ™‚

It was a fun and productive day over here, beginning with pretty coffee:


and ending with a glorious Wildcats win.

Vs cal

We had breakfast at Cartel, and while I adore their coffee and tea drinks, it was my first time enjoying a snack. Everything is made fresh, and this veggie fritatta was amaaaazing:

Frittata  1 of 1

We visited a friend in the hospital (and brought along some baked goodies from Cartel) and then back to the house for Liv’s naptime. I made a new recipe that I’ll share in the morning:

Blood orange  1 of 1

and we had time to chill before getting ready for the game.

I had 25 minutes to get in a little workout, so I ventured into the garage for a strength session. As much as I love cardio, I’ve been trying to emphasize strength training more often. Lately it’s been a “good” week if I can get in a couple of days, but my goal is a 4-day split (shoulder/chest/triceps, legs, back/biceps, total body). Today, I did a shoulder/chest/triceps workout, with burpees in between each circuit. It was quick and super sweaty; just the way I like it πŸ˜‰

FINALLY we got some sweet redemption with Cal.Β 

With wilbur

Gonna enjoy a glass of wine on the patio with the Pilot πŸ™‚ Just wanted to say hi!

See ya in the morning <3



What do you do what you only have time for a short workout? I usually go for some type of interval training, or strength with cardio blasts in between. Here are some workouts if you have less than 20 minutes!

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  1. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on February 27, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I love strength with cardio blasts for a quickie workout. Thanks for teaching me that trick!

    Pretty coffee makes me happy. πŸ™‚

  2. Amber Schcumann on February 27, 2014 at 1:36 am

    On my lunchbreak I rush over to the gym. I only have 25 minutes of actual workout time, so your quick n sweaty sessions are my go-to!!! So perf!

  3. Sarahf on February 27, 2014 at 3:03 am

    If I’m short on time, I do a quick yoga sequence or run, really fast!

  4. Sarahf on February 27, 2014 at 3:03 am

    If I’m short on time, I do a quick yoga sequence or run, really fast!

  5. Abi@AbsofSteel on February 27, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I usually like a plyometric workout if I’m short on time. It gets my heart rate up and my muscles burning in a matter of seconds.

  6. Runner Girl Eats on February 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Strength with cardio bursts in between sets are my go to quick workouts. 20-30 minutes is all I need to get my heart rate up and feel the burn.

  7. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on February 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

    If I’m short on time I usually hop on the treadmill for a quick run or find a short CrossFit workout.
    I wish it was warm enough here for wine on the patio, that sounds amazing!

  8. Jackie on February 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Good luck with preparation for the move!

  9. Sarah on February 27, 2014 at 8:23 am

    When I am pressed for time, which is often with 3 kiddos, I do a quick stair workout – up and down the stairs about 25 times (both ways.) Usually takes about 10-15 min, and gets my blood flowing.

  10. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on February 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Looks like a blood orange!! Can’t wait to see what the recipe is…I just recently tried a blood orange for the first time and loved it!

  11. Greta on February 27, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I feel like such a cat lady for being excited about the title of this post. I was secretly hoping you got a cat!

  12. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on February 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Wow you are a busy busy woman! I haven’t started gearing up for our move yet because we have a few months but I know how you feel.

    Enjoy your week πŸ™‚ Hope it settles down a bit for you!

  13. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on February 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

    That coffee is so pretty! I have never gotten one with a cool design on it before. How neat! When I am short on time I usually go for a hit workout or some stretching.

  14. Bri on February 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I’ve always wondered how they do that with the coffee. It *is* so pretty! πŸ™‚

  15. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on February 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I definitely hit up a HIIT πŸ˜‰ when I’m running short on time. Quick and effective and I feel like I got in a good workout. Jillian Michaels’ DVDs that have the different 20 or 30 minute workouts are also a great way to mix it up (30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, Six Week Six Pack, Killer Abs).

  16. Jennifer on February 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Small window for workout = hill workout w/ speed interval training. Sweaty. Hope you have a great day.

  17. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on February 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

    That frittata looks amazing. Congrats on finishing the first draft of your book. That’s huge!!

  18. Kara H. on February 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I normally go for a run if I have 20 minutes (when its nicer weather). I feel so much better if I’m outdoors and I normally squeeze in a strength workout when I get home or later in the day.

  19. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on February 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

    What kind of milk is in the coffee? It looks delicious. Congrats on your progress with the book!

  20. Melodie on February 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

    thanks to you, I always fall back on tabata when I’m short on time!

  21. Emily on February 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Gina I have a completely random question for you. I do Pure Barre weekday mornings at 6am, but on days that I don’t have class until 9am or so, I often run home, grab a shower, then go back to bed for an hour. By sleeping so soon after a workout (whether it’s a nap or working out late and then going to bed), do you lose the benefits of the post exercise oxygen consumption?

  22. Anna on February 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I am SOOOO jealous that you got to go to the game! Its hard to root on my alma matter from Iowa. Bear down!

  23. april on February 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

    i love the coffee art. it’s so pretty!

    ahh, you’re finished with your first draft… what an accomplishment! i can’t wait to read your book after it’s released. πŸ™‚ i bet you’re getting SO excited!

  24. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on February 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I love Cartel! I haven’t been there in a long time. When I am short on workout time, I jump on the StairMaster or Elliptical and a short blitz of weights.

  25. Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby on February 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I usually do some sort of circuit with push-ups, planks, burpees – that sort of thing. I also sometimes run a 3K as that only takes about 15 minutes or so πŸ™‚

  26. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on February 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Oh, I love the idea of adding burpees in between sets. Most people hate burpees, but I actually, love them! If I only have a little time for a workout, it’s definitely going to be a HIIT!

  27. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on February 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love interval training when I have a short amount of time. They are the best!

  28. Taylee @ Twist Me Fit on February 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Love the coffee art!

  29. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on February 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I love circuit training when I’m short on time — super sweaty & effective! πŸ™‚

  30. Livi on February 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I love HIIT workouts when Im short on time!

  31. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on February 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Definitely love strength and cardio circuit or HIIT workouts. Those and Tabata are my go to short on time workouts.

  32. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger on February 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Am I the only one, who, when I only have 20 minutes, goes for a quick run? That’s the cheapest and fastest thing I can think to do!

  33. Katie Hood on March 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I can’t wait for the book to be done! I will definitely be purchasing it. HIIT workouts are always a great choice for me when I’m pressed for time… or when I just don’t feel like committing to an hour for a workout. πŸ˜‰

  34. Sam @ Sculpt Personal Trainers on March 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

    If it’s just a quickie session I tend not to go for full blown cardio as I go bright red in the face, regardless of being fit, and that doesn’t look great meeting clients straight afterwards.
    So I usually go for strength and core training.

    Great also to hide away in the board room and do some planks, lunges or squats if you can’t even make it out of the office building!

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