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WIOW: February At-Home Resistance Work

Another Wednesday, another workout.

Last week I shared some of my favorite at-home cardio workouts.

Today is all about my February at-home resistance workouts.

I’m going to be honest, they vary.

A lot.

However, what I’m sharing today is pretty standard in terms of what I often do.

I try to hit all major muscle groups and work to exhaustion when I can.

I haven’t invested in much at-home resistance equipment yet, so I have to create my own.

How do I do that?

Lots of tempo mapping. I make the weight much heavier than it feels by slowing the reps down and squeezing every single muscle I’m working throughout the entire movement.

It works better than you might realize.

My point here is- you may not have all the dumbbells you need or want to have a great at-home gym, but you can still do plenty of exercises to create a functional workout.

You can also increase the resistance by creating it with your own body and how you control the weight.

Remember that!

Just shoving a weight up and down quickly is all momentum. When you squeeze your muscles and really move more mindfully, you can help increase difficulty.

Oh aaaand I also like workouts that incorporate cardio and resistance together. Today’s workout is resistance training only, but if you’d like to see a combination I do at home, I’d love to share it!

Now it’s time to share what I’m doing with my dumbbells on the days I workout at home. smile

Like I said, I don’t have heavy weights, so my reps are usually pretty high for at-home workouts.

Depending on time, I complete 2-3 sets of this entire list back to back.

20-30 reps for legs
15-20 reps for everything else

Ready?

Go!

Resistance

Family Time, Candy Runs, Long Talks, & a Look Ahead

Mint is a late bloomer

Love baptism service

Ruby duby

Weekend things

Saturday night candy run

Saturday night candy run

Resting pups

Resting pups

Basil- lime deliciousness

Long talks at the park (and a secret selfie I took of the mister 😊)

Beautiful weekend weather, dinner with my parents, workouts and chores, baptism service (my favorite) with my parents, followed by a quick family stop by my sister’s, late night candy run, a nice and long talk at the park about big things, and plenty of time with the dogs.

It was a wonderful weekend.

Check in this week for

-Food Lately
-At-Home Resistance
-Thursday Things
And more!

Oh and hey! I posted a funny video of Will with my sister’s puppy, Ruby. Can you see it? If not, check it out in my Flickr feed

Have a wonderful day, and I hope you’ll check in this week! 

Thursday Things, 4 Feb 15

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Our minds do funny things sometimes.

Well, mine does anyway.

For example, the other day I told Will my, “hungry was tummy.”

Two things-

1. Yes, I really did say that.

And

2. Yes, I really did say that.

Posh Paper

Please tell me you remember when pink toilet paper used to be a thing?

I’m not making this up, guys.

It was a real thing, I promise!

Will had no idea they used to manufacture such beautifulness (well… If you consider TP beautiful).

Out of curiosity last week, I looked to see if anyone still makes it.

You can pick up 32 rolls for a meager $50. Ha!

That seems just a bit too exorbitant for something like toilet paper.

There goes my hope of having pink toilet paper in all the bathrooms.

I’m sure Will is quite relieved I’m over this… For now.

Why does NBC hate me!?

Parenthood is officially over.

I was sad to see it go. I feel like there are no shows about real life on prime time TV these days. They’re all cop shows, crime investigation shows, medical shows, and “reality” TV.

I liked Parenthood because I felt like I knew the cast. They were real, regular people living a life I could relate to, to some degree.

So yeah. No more.

I was thankful for how the show ended. They did a good job of flashing forward a couple years so I (haha, yes, me and only me) could see how they turned out.

Gosh I’m really sad sometimes. But hey- if you watched the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

The Economics of Fun

For some really strange reason, Will had sort of gotten into Love It or List It on the HGTV channel.

It’s funny.

He watched it with me a few times over break, but now he’s taping shows for us to watch when there’s nothing else on.

I think it has to do with the fact that he’s always shocked how much houses in urban Canada cost.

Seriously- like $1M for 2,000 square feet sometimes.

I secretly think it makes him thankful we live in quiet Oklahoma and have a ridiculously terrific cost of living.

Best Super Bowl Recipe Roundup!!

That wasn’t.

I thought it would be a great idea to do a recipe roundup this week in preparation for the Super Bowl… Which happened last week.

Oops. So yeah, no recipe roundup.

Today’s TBT pic comes in celebration of all the Girl Scout Cookie posts I’ve seen EVERYWHERE.

Brittny Flint-8 yrs old at Girl Scout Camp

Seriously, as a kid who had a parent that helped me out too, you guys should totally get free cookies.

Anyway, here’s a picture of me at Girl Scout camp in Germany way back on the day.

I have stains all over my shirt.

I’m assuming they’re leftover thin mint smears. Even 20 years later, this still happens.

For real. 

The One With the Super Bowl & Look Ahead

Laundry soaping

Laundry soaping

French braid

New Bubba mug

Super bowl inspired service

Untitled

The pup (and a hula hoop)

Super Bowl goodies

Super Bowl goodies

Super bowl food

With my favorite kid

House cleaning, laundry soap making, dinner with Will’s parents, workouts, football themed church service, long talks, playing with a puppy and the girls, sweet treats, and the Super Bowl with my family.

A wonderful weekend.

Check in this week for

-Things you should probably know about me
-WIOW
-Thursday Things
And more!

Thursday Things 29 January 2015

Tools for Blondes
Sooo a few years ago I shared a post about my crazy and incessant need to check and make sure I unplugged my straightener about a million times each morning.

Real life.

My mom knows me.

She got me the WeMo switch for Christmas.

This puppy can shut off power to the outlet from a phone app just incase I forgot to turn the straighter off.

Complete and total game changer.

I’m not sure who was more grateful, me or Will. smile

Chaps-tick Hate Turned Chap-stick Love

Remember this NYX chapstick in my December Ipsy I didn’t really like because (even though it tasted delicious) it made me look white and pasty like I had concealer on my lips?

Ipsy

Um hello!

Why didn’t we realize the wonderfulness this stuff could offer!?

It really does wash me out and look like a concealer over my lips BUT it works as a great sort of neutralizing primer to the pink in my lips so the lip color I choose is its true color when I put it on.

So smart!

Brain Training

If there was any question whether I was old, rest assured-

I’m old.

I’m only 31 and have downloaded the Elevate app to keep my mind fresh and engaged.

You know, because little word games are supposed to do that or something?

I figure it’s not hurting. Plus it’s kind of fun to take a few minutes out to play.

Real life.

THE BEST ROAD TRIP EVER

That wasn’t.

Sooo after the Garth Brooks concert we went to a couple weeks ago, Will and I had the brilliant plan to drive up to Ponca City and have a super early breakfast at Perkins (usually about a 3.5 hour trip for us).

Yes, Perkins.

If you read my blog way back in the Kuwait days, you may remember Perkins found a special place in our hearts during our trips back to the US.

We would fly to Minneapolis, shop at the Mall of America a couple days, and eat breakfast at Perkins.

Total tradition.

We went back to Minneapolis in 2011 for old times sake (as well as a game in Green Bay!) and literally ate Perkins for 2 of our 3 daily meals the entire trip.

Heavenly.

Now, if you live near one and don’t understand why we are so crazy for them, I get it.

There’s plenty of regional places people go batty for I just don’t understand, but it’s their “thing” and a special favorite place for them, so that’s what I get.

Annnnyway, long story short, we were so pumped to road trip up there after the concert.

As we were heading up to Tulsa for the concert, Will mentioned he thought we may have to wait an hour or two after getting to Perkins before they opened.

See, they’re open until 10 on weekdays, but 24 hour on weekends.

To us, that meant they’d open at midnight Friday.

“Let’s call and make sure,” Will said.

So I called and…

They don’t open until 6am on Fridays

LIES!!!!!!!

So yeah, they’re kind of 24 hours on the weekend...if opening at 6 counts. smile

I was pretty bummed. I really wanted a huge mammoth muffin for midnight breakfast.

That’s all for today. Anything you care to share?

Thursday Things, 22 Jan 15

Let’s talk about things you’re not supposed to put down the disposal.

And how I pretty much put all.the.things. down there before actually researching, “Oh hey! You’re actually not supposed to put celery stalks, lemon peels, and egg shells down there!”

Who knew!?
I didn’t.

Let’s not tell Will.

I spent almost eleven years telling him, why yes you DO put citrus rinds in the disposal. It keeps things fresh and smelling good. Duh!

Continuing to embrace my inner granny

I’ve told you a million times, I am a complete and total grandma.

It used to but me, but now I just embrace the old.

Enter Carhartt socks.

One of the best stocking stuffers I received. Those things are so super duper cozy and warm and completely and utterly fantastical.

Fantastical!

For real.

If you buy them you’ll think, “Aw, these are the coziest socks and perfect to stay home in!”

I agree...sort of.

I say slap those puppies on and wear them always.

Just at home… That’s ludicrous!

My AeroGarden is causing me a teeny bit of craziness

We’re supposed to be in “high growth mode” right now, but yeah… We’re not.

Not even close.

That stinkin’ mint, one of the very herbs that prompted Will to get me this AeroGarden thing, is teasing me.

It should have sprouted two weeks ago but just now finally peeked through.

Killing me.

I think it’s because Will keeps it like a refrigerator in here maybe?

I did get to use some dill and like two springs of chives this week. Haha yes, two whole baby springs of chive.

I’m such a green thumb.

Cowboy Up

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of my husband.

Cowboy up

Who the heck is this guy!?

Sooo remember last week when we talked about Will bring Kountry?

(Yes with a K)

Proof.

Real life.

I wanted to share this pic last week and had funny stuff written up about it, but thought it might offend Will so I didn’t share.

When I told him he laughed and was totally fine with it.

Go figure.

I must say I wish I would have looked as cool during my weird stages as Will did with his.

That sultry and serious face. Killing me!

Deflate Gate

The Colts lost to the Patriots Sunday in an ugly, ugly game.

And then, then the deflated ball story broke.

The Colts lost ugly regardless, but that was just icing on the cake.

Incase you’re wondering, we’re going to cheer for the Seahawks…

Knead for Seed

I’ve been carb coma this week.

Gluten free lovers, look away.

The bread is so darn good and seedy and filling and wonderful.

End of story. 

The Garth Brooks One & Look Ahead

Headed to the Garth Brooks concert

BOK

Concert things

Pre concert selfie

Waiting in line with this guy

Sitting next to one of garths biggest fans

Sun bathing

Fantasy football victory

Family time ❤️

Family time ❤️

Movie theatre relaxation

Weekend things

Garth Brooks fantastic-ness, outside fun, house cleaning, fantasy football champions, American Sniper, workouts, football, UFC, sleeping in, and no work today.

It was a super wonderful weekend full of so many good things. I am so very blessed.

I took today off, so Will and I have another day off together!

Off to enjoy the day.

Check in this week for:

-Highlights
-Swole Review
-Thursday Things
-Names of God

❤️

Friends in Low Places

Let’s talk about Will.

And his love for Garth Brooks.

It’s fierce, guys.

Way back in the day (read: the 90s), when Garth was huge on the scene, Will’s mom wouldn’t let him listen to Garth.

Somehow, someway, he roped her into letting him get a cd anyway, and the rest is history.

Oh my sweet Will.

You know the “Desperado” Seinfeld episode?

The one when Elaine’s new boyfriend totally went to a completely different place in his mind and “shushed” her anytime that song came on?

I kind-of sort-of feel like that with Will and Garth.

He’s country through and through.

Real life- when we was 16 he even had a fancy personalized license plate that said it.

Only instead of it saying “Country,” it said “Kountry.”

With a K.

Real life, ya’ll.

While Will never relinquished his love of country music, thankfully he outgrew the weird “Kountry” phase before I ever met him.

Thankfully.

I can’t be too hard on him. There’s definitely some awful phases I went through too.

Which I shall smoothly glaze over today…

(And as an aside, can we please keep this Kountry stuff between us? Thanks 😊)

Anyway, my sweet husband has always said whenever Garth Brooks had a comeback ("And I know he will one day,” he said. 😂), we would have to go.

Like stop everything we were doing and just go.

So yeah.

This weekend? We’re stopping everything and just going.

Incase you’re wondering, Will is pretty pumped.

I asked him if he was going to breakout his old cowboy boots and hat.

Thankfully, he’s not.

Don’t get me wrong, some people totally rock the cowboy look, but I can’t help but giggle a little thinking about Will getting all “cowboy up.”

The Garth Brooks concert extravaganza conciliation for me is food.

I’m not even going to tell you the excitement that awaits me.

I can’t even take it, guys.

For real.

I’m even going to let Will blast his favorite Garth CDs the whole way there and back and might even sing along to a few I know.

It’s about to get crazy. 

WIOW: Newbie Gym Tips for Guys

There’s tons of new faces at the gym right now, ya’ll!

I’m glad so many people made the decision to get healthier in 2015. However, I’ve gotta be honest, I’m not as glad about the deadly sins of gym etiquette being broken.

The worst offenders?

Guys.

Of course they are.

As women, we have a built-in mechanism that automatically helps us navigate through new territories and how one should or should not behave.

Most guys don’t have that mechanism.

Today’s post is for us to share with the brothers, single guy friends, uncles, and coworkers in our lives.

They might not have a built-in manner mechanism, but by golly that’s no excuse for not learning!

So let’s help the guys out with a gentle reminder of a few must-dos.

Are there lots more?

Of course.

Baby steps, my friends.

1. It’s flu season. For crying out loud, clean the equipment!

I get it. You’re easing into the gym, yet still manage to feel uber confident sporting a cutoff shirt, 80s workout shorts, and a beer belly.

Get on with your bad self.

The trouble is, when you workout, you sweat.

And that sweat transposes onto every surface you touch.

Yes, even that weight bench you just showed who was boss.

I realize you may be tempted to sweat on the equipment (all.the.equipment), marking it like a dog with a fire hydrant.

Because, let’s face it, you’re awesome.

But it’s flu season.

Wipe that stuff down.

2. For the love of God, if you must grunt, please grunt as quietly as possible.

Trust me on this one.

I know you want to be King of the Gym.

I know it seems like Kings of the Gym grunt.

They don’t.

Those are wannabe Kings of the Gym.

Who want you to know how amazing and freakishly strong they think they are (they’re usually not).

Real Kings of the Gym don’t need to be loud and grunt for you to notice them. They own the gym much more quietly.

Don’t.Grunt.

3. And the final and most important baby step etiquette rule of all: KEEP YOUR EYES TO YOURSELF!!!

Most ladies in the gym are probably used to old guys or meatheads occasionally gawking at women in the gym.

However, in the new year it’s magnified because of all the dozens and dozens of new eyes gawking.

I was completely appalled by the blatant staring, jeering, and fixation.

Seriously! At least blink!

And the creepy proximity situations.

Is this real life!?

We need our space.

Back off.

Please.

It’s completely creepy, and you’re fooling no one.

We’re onto you.

*****

Whew.

Sorry, but I seriously has to vent, and this seemed like the best place.

So yeah. Dealing and coping with new, shiny (and slightly creepy) faces. Let’s help the dudes in our life keep it real at the gym this year!

More to come, friends! smile

Tuesday Things, 13 Jan 15

Okay so I gotta know.
How do you approach house cleaning?

When we first moved back, I cleaned a room each day of the week, to spread out the pain.

A few years ago I started doing it all over the course of a weekend morning.

Let’s be real, cleaning house is never exhilarating, but I can’t decide what’s the best method.

I’m thinking of giving this a shot.

Squeaky clean

Thoughts?

Things you should never, ever order from fast food restaurants. 

Um, I had a coupon for a free McCafe smoothie (yeah, yeah I know, go ahead and judge) last month and totally used it.

Insert nervous laughter…

Let’s talk about this picture, and my nine year old self.

Brittny FLint-9 yrs old-dancing at the disco in Germany

What the heck is going on?

What is happening here?

The thing about being more awesome. 

Two words: Ponte pants.

I’m sure you guys have known about these, oh for like the last five years, but these gems have only recently made their way into my life.

They’re like pants and leggings in one.

Real life.

So smooth and fitting and flattering.

If you’re on the fence about buying them, just do it.

You can thank me later.

Why homemade food never tastes like restaurant food. 
Will and I often debate this very topic, and I found the information interesting.

Unfortunately for Will, I’m not going to be more heavy handed on the salt and oil. smile

Ice Queen

Once in a blue moon I take my temperature, just for grins.

You can put money on the fact that I’ll always, always be below 98.6 degrees.

A couple weeks ago at the doctor I measured in at 96.2.

96.2!

I asked about it, and our body operates optimally at 98.6, but it’s not uncommon to be off a degree or two sometimes.

Good to know.

Um, should I have told her “sometimes” for me is all the time?

That’s it for today! Any randomness you care to share?

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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