Toddler Muscle-Ups & More!

Jada helped me whip up no bake peanut butter protein bars this weekend.

No Bake Protein Bars

Well, she was my primary taste tester, with Cooper coming in a close second.

Cooper golden retirever red coat

I did a modified Hero WOD “DT” in my garage last week, and my hamstrings are still sore.

The workout calls for 5 rounds for time:

- 12 dead lifts 95#
– 9 power clean 95#
– 6 push press 95#

The prescribed workout is for 155# and Spencer completed it. I was proud of him for going for it Rx’d!

After ‘DT”, I added more conditioning/strength work. My furry coach (below) demanded it.

Pull-ups stud pull-up bar
Just hanging around…

5 rounds:

5 pull-ups
20 AbX sit-ups

I have to work on my upper body strength or this one will get a muscle-up before I do.

Toddler Muscle Ups

Oh, let’s face it. She’ll get one before me easy!

Toddler Muscle Ups_1

And, after a busy morning of the gym, grocery shopping, and walking Cooper, sometimes this happens before the big nap.

Toddler napping on mommy

Unfortunately, she didn’t sleep during her regular afternoon nap. She just played with Teddy & read to him. Oops. I hate when those mini naps screw with the main event! Early bed time for us both.

This age (21 months) is really fun. She is active, anxious to learn, and a total chatter-box. She also can eat almost anything we do, which makes meal prep much easier.


Spencer made use of our grill before the team headed to Michigan State for the B1G Ten opener.

Fruit bowl

We still stay away from raw veggies, hot dogs, & popcorn, and I cut her grapes in half. After reading a scary post from Katy, I’ll be even more cognizant of what she is eating.

And, are you ready for warmer temperatures where you are?!

Indoor Toddler Activities

At least, we are re-purposing our moving boxes. I flatten them and tape them to our unfinished basement floor. Jada loves to color, but I’m ready use the side walk chalk when warmer temperatures come our way!

Your turn:
Give me a glimpse of your weekend!

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About Time protein products

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Weekend Workouts & Active Recovery

AbX mat HumanX_2

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Adding More Vegetables to Our Diet

Boca Burger

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CrossFit Inspired Running Workout

check your pulse wod

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Melissa & Doug Blocks

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A Peek at the Week

University of Illinois Baseball_4

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goblet squat be more human

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Silk Cashewmilk glass 2

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