30 Second Rest Workout

As I headed to the gym this morning, I found myself wishing that my gym offered a BodyPump class on Friday mornings. I love the fast pace and intense muscle burn I get from BodyPump and have a hard time replicating it in my own workouts.

Today I decided I would take a cue from BodyPump and up the pace of my strength-trainig workout, allowing only a 30-second rest in between sets. I also split up my 20 minutes of cardio into two 10-minute spurts which helped my workout fly by!

In the end, my workout looked like this:


Exercise Weights Reps Sets
Leg extensions 35 lbs. 15 3
Leg press 130 lbs. 15 3
Elliptical   10 min.  
Hamstring ball curls Bodyweight 20 3
Push ups (girly) Bodyweight 15 3
Elliptical   10 min.  
Shoulder raises 10 lbs. 15 3
Bicep curls 15 lbs. 15 3
Tricep dips Bodyweight 15 3
Various crunches Bodyweight 20 4

It was a pretty decent workout, if I do say so myself!


I arrived home and promised Sadie I would take her on a walk after breakfast, since my tummy was grumbling! Sometimes after a big dinner, I awake the following morning feeling hungrier than usual. I don’t understand it, but I listen to the ol’ tummy and give it what it wants.

I got to work in the kitchen, toasting two waffles and slicing up a frozen banana.

I ended up eating one of the toasted waffles before plating my breakfast because I’m an animal.

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I topped the remaining toasted waffle with vanilla Greek yogurt, frozen banana slices and chia seeds and dug in!

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Another great morning meal!

Happy Birthday to…

The first-ever man in my life.

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My dad!

My dad is the man with whom I can eat ridiculous amounts of chocolate marshmallow ice cream. The man who points up when there’s nothing to look at, just so he can tickle you under your chin. He’s the man who cried the most on my wedding day. The man who cannot, for the life of him, pronounce the word “edamame.” He’s the man I know I can always turn to. The man who will tell it to me straight. He’s the man who sat on my bed when I was 15, asking me to explain exactly what I meant when I said I had my first boyfriend. He’s the man with whom I can split an entire can of black olives. The man who cannot go grocery shopping without making a bee line for the bakery. He’s the man who has a passion for his family and loves “his girls” more than anything in the world. The man whom I feel so grateful to call my father.

019_GettingReadyHappy birthday, Daddy! I love you. 


  1. says

    That is such a cute birthday post – and I don’t blame your dad for the bakery thing!! Who wouldn’t go straight for it! Looks like a great workout this morning – I better get my but in gear, go for run and then do some abs!!


  2. Shelby says

    hahaaa I cracked up at the “I’m an animal”
    you are too funny!
    I feel like that a lot!

    Happy birthday Julie’s dad!!!!

    This post is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. you are so lucky to have the dad you do! he is wonderful!!! <3


  3. Katie @ Katie Rose Fitness says

    I feel hungrier the next morning after a big dinner too. My explanation is that my stomach got stretched out the night before so now it needs more food! That doesn’t really make sense!


  4. Chelsea Cooley says

    Your comment about explaing your first boyfriend made me laugh out loud, and I can totally relate! I love I’m not the only girl who is completely enamored with her dad!


  5. says

    Happy birthday to your dad! It’s actually my mom’s birthday today, too :)

    I wish I had a good relationship with either of my parents! Def. jealous.

    I always wake up hungry, it makes me wish I could get up and work out immediately, but I have to EAT!


  6. Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life says

    Aww! You have such a beautiful and genuine way of writing that really communicates your feelings, Julie. What you wrote about your dad brought a tear to my eye!


  7. Lee @ in the pink of condition says

    So adorbs! You look a lot like your dad! Such a beautiful wedding pic too


  8. Alexandrina @ TheCardioQueen says

    Such a sweet post! Makes me miss my dad so much more after reading this I live in Georgia and he lives in Arizona. :(


  9. says

    Happy Birthday to your dad!!

    I watched your wedding video today and was in tears, I am such a sap, but it was so beautiful! I loved it! Such sweet things your friends and family said and Ryan looked so nervous and so happy!! I think I will be nervous too ! I know Mike will! He already said he is now, lol! He is so excited/nervous! U know how it is, marrying your everything, its day you dream of, and then it happens! Its the BEST! I can not wait!

    xoxo <3


  10. says

    Hi Julie! I wanted to let you know that I’ve been following your posts more regularly since your big announcement and love what you are doing here! I have a chocolate lab, Hunter, who loves peanut butter too and is my all around best friend, so I especially love reading about Sadie :) I know my comment doesn’t have too much to do with this post, but wanted to let you know that I love what you’re doing! :)


  11. says

    Julie I applaud you for continuing to wake up to go to the gym now that you WFH! You go girl! And happy birthday to your pops…I love that picture of you at your wedding because it reminds me of seeing my dad for the first time in my wedding dress at my wedding. I will cherish those pics forever!


  12. says

    Hi Julie!

    Would it be okay if I linked back to this post on my blog?

    I used to think waffles and yogurt would be gross, but this post inspired me and I tried it today. I LOVED IT! All thanks to this post!

    I hope that’s okay! :)


    • says

      haha how does she say it? my dad always says “edananne.” my sister and i cannot figure out WHY it’s such a hard word for him! but then again, he says “chimney” like “chimley.”


      • says

        My mom says it similar to that, only she sounds more like a slur of “-am” and”em” syllables… haha I think that she knows she can’t say it, so she tries to brush over it like no one will notice but instead she sounds drunk. It’s actually the cutest thing ever because then she’ll start cracking herself up and try and try but never get it.
        I’m actually laughing out loud now just thinking about it!

        My mom says other words funny too, not chimney but other random words.

        Gotta’ love ’em!



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