Home Fitness Is Fun Friday Fitness Check In: When Life Conflicts with Workouts

Welcome to the Friday Fitness Check In! I am using this as a bit of a fitness diary to keep my goals in check while sharing exactly what I am doing with you (since I get so many questions about it! 🙂 Feel free to link up and/or do your own Friday Fitness Check In in the comments where you can keep track of the following:


  1. Fitness: Workouts for the week, how did you feel?
  2. Food: Did you eat well? Not so much?
  3. Strength Training: Did you lift weights this week? Which ones?
  4. Mind and Motivation: Where are you mentally? What motivated you this week?
  5. Weight: Have you lost weight this week? gained?

Monday: Spin Class
Tuesday:  Involuntary Rest 🙂
Wednesday: Spin and Zumba Practice
Thursday: More Rest
Friday: ??
Saturday: Teaching Zumba



  • Dead lifts
  • Bent over rows
  • Plié squats
  • Shoulder press
  • Oblique side stretches


  • Lunges with kettlebells
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Chest press
  • Squats
  • Windshield wipers
  • Leg raises

Because of the insanity of this week I was extra cautious with my food. Without getting into specific detail something terrible happened at the job on Wednesday sending me into a full panic. I wanted to eat. A lot. Until the food filled up the void of the long day. I did have a cookie—But I didn’t go off the deep end. That to me, is progress.

I didn’t have a lot of veggies but my fruit stayed up. Although I am still feeling the emotions, I hope to get into a better food routine soon.

Thank goodness for blogging and twitter and good blogging buddies. I appreciate you guys SO much. Reading your blogs and tweets keep me going. So thank you.

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I felt good. I had complete plans to be EPIC this week since last week was such a bust. Work however made the decision that being epic would have to take a seat.

We are in the process of two new system training’s on the job and it is brutal. I usually go to the gym during my lunch break but that wasn’t happening this week. I was able to get out miraculously on Monday and I hope to get out today but that is as far as it goes. I got up early on Wednesday and made it to spin class but even that took *everything* out of me (because the four year old woke me up so many times the night before) waking up at 4:35am for spin was like the hardest thing ever but I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it otherwise.

So yeah, my schedule was really crazy. I hate the excuse that you don’t have “time” to workout but if you have to be like me and get up at 4:30am to get it in, so be it.

It’s time for you to check IN! How are your food/fitness goals coming along this week? How do you manage busy work weeks & things that throw you off your workout schedule? 

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Joi May 24, 2013 - 6:23 am

I’m often told that I haze myself on my work week. It is hard to sleep during the day when the rest of the world are busy bodies, but it’s my routine..Pre babies anyway. I think if I had all that and on the job issues, I’d have to let some things ride.

Blogging and social network peeps are the bomb…it’s like therapy. Better luck next week. All the best my dear on the J.O.B.!

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:22 am

Yes it is like therapy! Takes me out of my own crazy and into someone else’s. LOL!

Losing in the City May 24, 2013 - 7:31 am

hi girlie, sorry work was rough this week. i have to say though you had a emotional work week you still did a great job. having only a cookie is truly progress.. emotional eating is real and get the best of us sometimes to a cookie is no biggie. congrats to you.i just came back from vacation this week so i was a bit off this week and didn’t really exercise as much as i usually do or eat 100% good,next week is a new week and time to start anew 🙂 thank god for long weekends!

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:26 am

Thanks Cass! I hope your long weekend was fantastic! We must do lunch soon. Even if we run over to pax or something 🙂

thedoseofreality May 24, 2013 - 7:31 am

You know what I love about you Nellie? You are real. And you are honest. And you hold yourself accountable. And that is why you are AWESOME! :)-Ashley

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:26 am

thanks Ashley 🙂

Kim May 24, 2013 - 8:49 am

Sorry the week didn’t go quite like you had planned!! I’m impressed that you still got up early for spin after all of the work craziness and the kids waking you!!!
I’m slowly getting back on track – harder than I thought it would be (isn’t that the way things usually go, though?).
I hope you can get away at lunch to workout!!!

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:28 am

Thanks Kim! You will be back at it before you know it! (I personally think you are doing great!)

Tamara May 24, 2013 - 11:33 am

So glad you’re finding social media therapeutic. It’s totally my go to place when I’m stressed or need an escape from the kids or work or anything. Best of luck for a better work week – hope you have a long weekend!

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:29 am

Thank you Tamara!

veronica May 24, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Good for you for keeping a sound mind in the midst of what normally would send you into eat mode! I’m way proud of you because I KNOW how that is when stress makes you just want to stuff your face. I hope everything at work has gotten better.

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:30 am

Yes girl, its not as crazy but things have calmed for sure.

Marissa May 24, 2013 - 2:26 pm

I love your honest posts, Nellie! I never used to be this way, but more and more I’m becoming a big believer in quality over quantity. Some of my best and most challenging workouts have been only 15 minutes. Still, I know, some days it’s even hard to get that amount of time to yourself. Enjoy the long weekend!

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:31 am

Thanks Marissa! Yes, that is the reason why I love working out–time to myself.

evilcyber May 24, 2013 - 2:28 pm

I have to say, very cool, Nellie! You do some great exercises, especially those too many women think are not for them.

More power to you! 🙂

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:32 am

Thank you! I try to break the stereotype of “women’s exercises” all the time. Thank you for visiting!

Hope May 24, 2013 - 2:33 pm

I agree with many of the comments. With all that stress and you were able to hold it together with just a cookie? That’s awesome. Here’s to a better week next week. You’re doing a great job Nellie. Even in your tough times, still manage to inspire 🙂

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:37 am

Thanks Hope, I always want to let folks know that it ain’t always a bed of roses round here. 🙂

Kita May 24, 2013 - 3:39 pm

One cookie don’t stop no show glad you are back on it and still keeping up. This month I have started to get off my cookie addiction and start buying candy less calories and it will calm my craving for sweets.

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:38 am

I am not a sugar addict, but i am a salt addict! Once I stopped buy chips for the house, I didn’t *want* it so much anymore.

LaShawn May 24, 2013 - 5:02 pm

I guess I’ll actually check in this week since I actually managed to work out!
You know that magic number that makes you say to yourself, I CANNOT go any higher? Well, I got there on Sunday and offcially got myself in gear Monday morning.
I worked out 3 Times this week!
I’m using My Fitness pal to keep track of how much I’m eating and it’s going well.
I’m going to my mom’s house this weekend, so pray that I don’t inhale a plate of buttermilk biscuits….

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:39 am

I see you do your thing girl! My fitness pal is a necessary evil.

Carli May 24, 2013 - 6:56 pm

A bad week happens every now and again. Don’t worry about it. I would love to go to the gym on my lunch break! But since it’s not close and I don’t always have time to take a lunch it’s not worth me paying for. When I can I hide in the bathroom lounge area for 15 minutes or so to get a little break. Tweet!

Enjoy the holiday weekend and get a nice break in!

Nellie May 30, 2013 - 10:40 am

Thanks Carli 🙂 My gym is 2 short blocks away so I like to sneak away for me time, then get back on it.


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