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Weekly Workouts: Dream Big & Then Go After It!

Hello. (It’s me.)

I typed “Hello,” looked at it and the song immediately popped in my head. Are we forever ruined on the word hello? Ha.

I didn’t mean to disappear for 3 days but my Friday and weekend got busy and I know you guys are busy on the weekend too so I figured we’d just catch up on Sunday night! 🙂

At least I left you with delicious Blue Apron food to drool over. Don’t forget that the free week of meals giveaway ends tonight at midnight!


We had a wonderful weekend full of holiday cheer. I finished decorating the house and we had our staff holiday party at Y2. I’ll fill you in on all the details tomorrow in the weekend recap. For now, here’s last week’s workouts!


Hot yoga


Hot yoga


CrossFit + Hot Yoga

21-15-9 (descending rep sets)

Back Squats (105#)
Pull Ups
400 Meter Sprint

This took me 15 minutes and was a killer workout! I ran 1 mile to warm up so I would be ready for the sprints. I worked the sprints up to a 6:30 pace.


Later that night was the hot yoga magic of finally getting crow to handstand!


CrossFit + Strength

21-18-15 (descending rep sets)

Box Jumps (20″)
Kettlebell Deadlifts (55#)
Push Press (55# bar)
Double Unders

This took me about 12 minutes to finish. I was sore from the back squats and pull ups the day before so I tried to do opposing movements/muscle groups.

After the workout I did a quick set of biceps and triceps.

3 rounds:

8 alternating bicep curls (20#) – you should have seen the face I was making during these. 20 felt heavy.
10 overhead triceps extensions (30#)

Arms felt like noodles after pull up soreness, push press and heavy bis and tris. Love it.




Hot yoga + 3 mile run


3 mile run

And that wraps it up! Nothing too special about this week of workouts but getting crow to handstand made my fall!


One of the things I love the most about fitness, whether it’s yoga or strength training or running, is the evidence that it provides that you can BE STRONGER. It always amazes me how something that seems totally impossible when you first dream of it or first start can become possible with work and dedication.

Being able to pick up 20# dumbbells for bicep curls when at one time lifting 10 pounds felt like a monumental effort.

Running a half marathon 30 minutes faster than your first one…8 years later.

Getting a yoga pose after trying it countless times (hundreds and even sometimes thousands of attempts.)

I see it all the time in the gym and in the yoga studio. It’s such an awesome thing to see the look on someone’s face when they do something they’ve never done before and at one time may have believed they’d never do.

DREAM BIG! And then go after it!

Tell me about the last time you met a goal? What was it and how did you feel?

Are you working towards any current goals?

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  • 1
    Georgina December 6, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Love this. I met a goal today! I started running about 2 years ago and was consistently running a 10 minute mile- no matter the distance. Well today I got a 5k PR of 23:48! If someone told me I could run a sub 8 pace 5k a few years ago I wouldn’t of believed them!

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:08 pm

      Congrats!! That’s huge!

  • 3
    Rachel December 6, 2015, 7:55 pm

    I love this – you’re totally right!! I ran my first half marathon in October – and running a 5k a couple years ago felt like the biggest feat in the world. I’m such a huge believer in striving for progress in everything, never perfection. Progress is exciting 🙂

    PS – I think I’ll have to try out one of your quick CrossFit workouts before I teach spin tomorrow!

    Thanks for your constant inspiration, have a great week!

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:30 pm

      Congrats! One of the reasons I love running is because it’s so rewarding to see your times improve and feel how much easier it becomes.

  • 5
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life December 6, 2015, 8:09 pm

    Once I’m all healed up I want to PR in the half- break 1:45. I think that’s what you trained for last year, right?! Oh and now whenever I hear the words “what do you mean” and “sorry” I sing Justin Beiber. Yikes!

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:32 pm

      Haha! That may be even worse! Yes-I was just under 1:45 which was a HUGE jump from my previous half.

  • 7
    Rachel December 6, 2015, 8:13 pm

    Just last week I hit a new PR of four unassisted chin ups in a row. My current goal is five and I’m fairly certain I’ll get there within the next month. There was a time in my life where doing a pull up or chin up felt so impossible! Love the mantra of DREAM BIG.

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:38 pm

      That’s awesome! It’s such a good mantra to keep in mind. Playing small doesn’t do you or anyone else any good!

  • 9
    Remi December 6, 2015, 9:57 pm

    This is the exact reason I’ve been loving weight lifting so much this year! I remember seeing people throw 45# plates on an olympic bar for back squats and me thinking I’d never be able to do that, and now it’s become my norm after sticking with lifting for months. We so often forget where we came from to get where we are, so thank you for this post of reminding us that any goal can be achieved!

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:40 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad it resonated and congrats on your progress!

  • 11
    Katie @ Live Half Full December 6, 2015, 10:37 pm

    I’m six week postpartum this week and so excited to get back at it! My goal is to get my CORE back!

    • 12
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:43 pm

      Congrats! I LOVE working with moms-to-be and new mom’s who want to get back to where they were before the pregnancy. You can totally do it! I’ve seen so many of my clients quickly get their strength back and then some. Just be patient with your body and it’ll come.

  • 13
    tazie December 7, 2015, 7:10 am

    Love your blog Jen. “You’re never too old” is my mantra. I’m 52yrs young, empty-nester mom of 3 grown kids (all in their twenties) and have never let age slow me down. I went back to school last year and got my personal trainer certification, now I’m finishing up my degree and looking toward 2016 with hope. It hasn’t been easy (and at my age school is doubly difficult) but hard is what makes it rewarding. Always believe in yourself, work hard and good things come. This is true for everyone. Yay Jen, thanks for the wonderful blog & motivation!

    • 14
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:46 pm

      That’s an incredible story! I’m a huge believer in the idea that age is just a number. Congrats on on the certification and good luck with the rest of school. Thanks for reading and for sharing this!

  • 15
    Hilary December 7, 2015, 7:29 am

    After finishing my first marathon, I felt so incredible the feeling was indescribable!

    • 16
      Jen DeCurtins December 8, 2015, 9:51 pm

      I know! It’s a little bit surreal when you cross the finish line. I think it’s when you realize that every minute you invested in training was worth it!

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