Weekend Recap

The weekend is over… and 5 more weeks until I get my next one. Working 6 days a week is no fun, but the rare times I get a weekend off, I enjoy it much more than I ever did before – and this one was no exception!


I got out of work early and went to the 3 PM class at Barry’s Bootcamp in Nashville. Barry’s has got to be the hardest workout class I have ever done, which also makes it one of the best. At $22 per class, I can’t afford to go often, but I always love it when I do. It really brings back that old competitive, on the brink of vomiting feeling that I haven’t had many times since high school track. But this time,

O M G,

guess who was working out beside me? Olympian gymnast and dancing with the stars champion Shawn Johnson!!!! I tried to take a picture creepily but was unsuccessful. It was awesome to push myself to keep up with her and I must say, I was actually able to!


Barry’s is a mix of treadmill and bootcamp exercises. Friday was a full body day. What I remember of the workout is at the bottom of this post – go hard and do everything in order without stopping for even a moment if you want to recreate the atmosphere of the class!


One of my good, new friends here in Nashville turned 30 this week (Ah!), so we headed out with a pontoon boat on Percy Priest Lake to celebrate. It was actually the same boat that Little Big Town filmed their music video, On The Pontoon! The very same one! I made John Dalys with light lemonade and sweet tea vodka, as well as key lime pie cookies (no recipe- they were from a Pillsbury box and not healthy at all!). We had a water slide … and a grill… and a great time!




Mr. B and his friend Austin are insane (in a good way!). After a day of cold brews and hot sun, they decided to go on a 100 MILE bike ride this morning. They are training for the AIDS Ride for Life in September.


Austin’s wife and I decided to take a Whole Foods picnic to them at the half way point and re-energize them. We also took their two puppies and went for a hike while we waited for the boys to finish the ride.

Now I am headed for an elliptical workout while I wait and see if NSYNC does in fact reunite on the VMAs tonight! And these pumpkin muffins are waiting for me as well as a re-fueling snack!


  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 c. whole wheat flour
  • ½ c. light butter
  • 1/4 c. cold water
  • 1 c. pumpkin (about half a 15 oz can)
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. nutmeg
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¾ t. salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place in muffin tin and into the oven at 325F for 35 min!

Barry’s Bootcamp:

Treadmill 1, warm up:
Jog at 6.5 mph - 2 min
Run at 8.5 mph - 1 min
Jog at 6.5 mph - 1 min
Run at 9.5 mph - 1 min
Jog at 6.5 mph - 1 min
Run at 10.5 mph - 1 min
Sprint at 11.5 mph - 30 sec

Floor exercises, using light (8), medium (12), and heavy (15) dumbells:
3 jumping jacks then 1 push up burpee, repeat for 3 min
21 bicep curls with light weights then 7 push ups - repeat for 3 min
21 bicep curls, light and 12 upright rows, heavy - 90 sec
15 bicep curls, medium and 15 upright rows, medium - 90 sec
12 bicep curls, heavy and 21 upright rows, light - 90 sec
Hold a plank - 90 sec

Treadmill work out 2 - HILL
Jog at 6.5 mph - 1 min
Increase incline to 3.0 - 1 min
Incline 5.0 - 1 min
Incline 7.0 - 1 min
Increase speed to 8.5 mph, keep incline 7.0 - 2 min

Floor exercises, same dumbells:
Alternating lunges with weights x 40 reps
Side to side box jumps (FAST!) x 40 reps
Box squats x 40 reps
Alternating lunges with weights x 20 reps
Side to side box jumps x 20 reps
Box squats x 20 reps
Shoulder press, heavy weights - 12 reps
7 push ups
Shoulder press, medium weights - 15 reps
7 push ups
Shoulder press, light weights - 21 reps
Hold a plank - 60 sec

Treadmill workout 3 - short sprint:
Jog at 6.0 mph - 1 min
Run at 8.0 mph - 2 min
Jog at 6.0 mph - 1 min
Sprint at 11.5 - 45 sec
Jog at 6.0, increase incline to 5.0 - 1 min
Sprint at 10.5 mph, keep incline - 1 min


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