Fitness Friday 25

Hi Friends!

It’s Friday again already!

I have a few fun workouts to share with you this week so let’s jump right in!

Friday: I wanted to do an outdoor workout so I headed to the park with every intention of just running…except it would be on a different path and provide a nice change of scenery. But when I got there, there was a bunch of empty soccer fields. For those of you that don’t know, I used to be pretty good at soccer. I played in a premier league in middle school and early high school before I gave it up to focus on volleyball. HOWEVER, I probably haven’t been on a soccer field in at least 10 years. But I reached back into my memory bank and tried to put together some sort of workout with some of the stuff I remembered doing at practices.

Here’s what it ended up looking like:

For the suicides, I started at one goal line, ran to the top of the penalty box and back, to mid-field and back, to the top of the other penalty box and back and then to the opposite goal line and back.


If you notice the pained expression on my face behind that fake smile, it’s because I spent the entire workout thinking one of the following:
a) Holy shit soccer fields are A LOT bigger than I remember.
b) I can’t believe I was ever in good enough shape to run around one of these fields for 90 minutes
c) I’m gonna die.

So there you have it. When I played we’d do something like this for our warmup. And then practice for 3 hours. CRAZY.

I also snuck in a couple of walks and did my first 3 minute plank in forever!

Saturday & Sunday: Rest days. We did some yard work on Sunday and played an awesome game of sand volleyball. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, I’m pretty much incapable of wearing matching clothes to do yardwork. Here’s my most recent attire. Light purple, hot pink, three shades of blue, some black…you get the idea :)

Monday: I was in the mood to run but it was raining for most of the day and my treadmill is currently broken. Just as I was about to give up, I noticed that the rain had let up so I headed out to squeeze in a couple miles. I ran two 9 minute miles and then walked a mile to cool down. Just as I was finishing up, it started raining again so I headed inside, set my timer for 10 minutes and walked up and down my staircase. I wasn’t running up and down…I was just walking up and down at a steady pace for 10 minutes straight to see how many times I could go up and down. My goal was 40. I got to 43!

Tuesday: I needed to mail my Foodie Penpals package so I decided to walk the 1 mile to the post office instead of driving. After I mailed the box, I took the super long way home to make it a 4 mile walk and then did a few planks.

Wednesday: I decided to give my legs a break and I headed to the basement to do a weights workout. I picked exercises that focuses on shoulders and back. Here’s what it looked like:



Thursday: I didn’t feel like running but wanted to do something that would get my heart rate up. So I headed out to the front steps and did this workout:

Everything that says staggered is done with one foot up on the step and the other on the ground.


You could easily do this workout using a box, a park bench,
a weight bench or even a curb!
Also, please excuse my crazy hair in the photo above.

I didn’t have a big block of time yesterday to take my regular 3-4 mile walk to help me get my 10,000 steps…but I did manage to find 3 shorter 15 minute blocks of time to walk!
I challenged myself to go a little further during each 15 minute walk:

So there you have it! My week of workouts. I also guest posted for Laura this week and shared another fun workout:

It is KILLER. Laura and I both shared our #PROOF pictures in the post and we are sweaty messes :) CLICK HERE to check it out.

A couple other things of note:

I got bloodwork done for the first time in a few years because I had to get a physical for my internship and let me just say, I’m pretty darn proud of my results:

I’m most proud of my HDL cholesterol actually. Last time I got it checked it was in the 30’s and one of my goals when I started exercising regularly was to increase that number. In case you don’t know, HDL is the good cholesterol because it clears excess cholesterol from your blood and returns it to your liver, thus preventing it from forming plaque in your arteries! Aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to improve your HDL.

I’ll leave you with this picture that my fitfluential friends shared on their page this week as part of their motivation campaign:

More important than the photo is the message I posted with it when I shared it on instagram, facebook and twitter:

Sometimes I eat ice cream after dinner. I’m not afraid to eat carbs and I don’t count calories.

BUT, I also workout 4-5 days a week. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I lift weights. I choose lean sources of protein, eat healthy fats and drink lots of water.

Strive for balance, embrace moderation and work hard to make YOURSELF proud. The rest will work itself out.


Have a great weekend!



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. You look so strong!! Amazing! I love the message you put with the picture.
    Jessica @ Busy Living Healthy recently posted..Pineapple Cilantro Lime Black Bean Salad

  2. Looks like an amazing set of workouts!
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  3. I LOVE Fitness Fridays… these posts are so inspirational (as well as your photo + message). I can’t wait to try the Step It Up workout. I’ve been looking for a reason to bust out the old step! :-)

  4. omg. I have new body-envy!! you look amazing, and you definitely work for it!!!
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  5. Your workouts are so clever.. making them different and fresh is a great way of keeping your self motivated. You look amazing!
    Lisa @ RunWiki recently posted..6 simple tips on how to make time for running while kids are out of school

  6. I love that you fit your workouts into your everyday daily activities!

    Nice abs!!! :)
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  7. that soccer field workout must have been a killer. I thought about just going and running goal line to goal line once… It felt like the field never ended haha.
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  8. the soccer field is way too fun! we used to do those kind of workouts in NZ. and you are looking like one mean lean green bean! i love it. Thanks for sharing the campaign as well. Cheers to good health and ice cream.
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  9. Awesome workouts! and you hit that nail in the head: the key is balance and knowing that if we want to be fit we have to balance out food choices with exercise.
    Maria @ The Fitness Girl Kitchen recently friday: a run of a celebration

  10. ROCKSTAR! I love everything you’re about. You’re real, you’re not about deprivation, but you ARE about making healthy choices. Love it and love you! Have a fabulous day, Lindsay!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..BYOF To The Ballgame

  11. i love how you show how easy it is to fit in a little bit of fitness all throughout your week. Sometimes more, sometimes less, sometimes just enough – you are such an inspiration! Exactly why you’re #HLBFitSpotlight blogger of the week!!!
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  12. You are amazing! p.s. I love those UA shorts!

  13. Youre such a boss Lindsay! Some great workouts in this post!

  14. WOW this makes me want to run over to the nearest soccer field right now. KILLER!

    And, ridiculous abs shot. Your kick-butt, creative workouts really pay off !
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  15. You’re so right about soccer field being HUGE! I read once that players run up to 8 miles per game. So many awesome workouts- thanks for sharing! And kudos for all your hard work- you look amazing!
    Laura recently posted..When to call it quits?

  16. I just LOVE all that you stand for as a healthy living blogger – BALANCE and JOY in all that you do as you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. I LOVED that picture on the FitFluential page, it is the utter epitome of balance, which I dig. And it reminds me that it’s time for me to start thinking about how I’m going to slowly wean myself from daily calorie counting/logging. It’s time I trust myself to do it on my own now that I’ve become a much more mindful, intuitive eater.
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  17. I LOVED this message you posted with that picture. You are the epitome of what this is all about, balance, moderation and yes, sometimes ice cream and wine too! And you look phenomenal!! And what I love about your workouts is that yes, they are hard and intense, but you don’t overdo it. You do it just right and you get your rest days in. THAT is what workouts are all about…smarter, not harder!
    jobo recently posted..Perception – the real me.

  18. Way to rock the work outs Lindsay! Seriously I am so motivated and pumped right now. There are 64 days until my wedding – and I want to ratchet up the workouts and rock the hell out of my dress. You are totally making me believe – It Can Be Done!! Happy Friday doll :)
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  19. I am working toward that bad ass stomach!

    What app do you use for running?
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  20. You are so inspirational, you rock!!! I totally agree with the soccer thing, I would practice for HOURS! Oh, to be a kid again! lol
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  21. Looking very #FitFluentially good, there with all those abs, Lindsay! 😉
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  22. Oh the memories that soccer workout brings back! I played soccer from the age of 4-19 on countless teams, what seemed like hundreds of tournaments and thousands of practices. Running drills were my least favorite back then, it’s funny how now I actually look at that workout and get excited about it b/c I know 10 years ago it would’ve been the exact opposite reaction!
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  23. Thanks for all of the workout (and cooking inspiration!). Pinning away!

    P.S. How do you get your iPhone ‘notes’ into a photo?
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  24. You look amazing! And, I know that you work super hard at it. I mean, just look at your workouts.
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  25. Dude you look so awesome! I love when you post your workouts because they’re great for days that I don’t have anything planned or when I need something to spice up the ol’ routine!

    Keep being fitfluential. I love that you pointed out that you feel and look the way you do because you make healthy choices — including choosing to indulge every once in a while.
    Calee (@chimes) recently posted..Why I’m not a Mom at the Ripe Old Age of 27.

  26. seriously girl..your abs look amazing! And all of your workouts look killer. I’ll have to try that soccer field one. Although, I may want to die as well haha.
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Friday Favorites and Giveaway Winner

  27. That Plus One was KILLER!! Thank you again for the guest spot!

    I’m struggling to get back to the gym post-vaca… but I’m eyeing the Step It Up for today.
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Chilled Cucumber Spinach Detox Soup

  28. adore the way you are documenting your workouts!! so much more helpful, I may need to beef up my reports because this is such a great idea. I have pinned a few of your moves from this week so I can do them next week.

    i love the soccer field one, i do that when I am traveling to my parents
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  29. good work girl! :) and great workouts all week! fabulous
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  30. I love everything about this post! The workouts, that last picture and your message! FABULOUS!
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  31. Love all the workouts. I tihnk the same thing about soccer fields. Were they always that big? :) Ha ha. You go girl! Looking GOOD!
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  32. love fitness fridays!! u look strong..definitely an inspiration. i love feeling strong! (and looking it..hah) recently posted..28 Weeks and Giveaway Winner!

  33. Your workouts are just as varied as your diet! Love this! I used to play competitive soccer too and recently played a pick up game. The field seems so much bigger than it used to! Suicides were my least favorite conditioning activity. They rock your body almost as much as burpees!
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  34. I am going to do that arms workout today! How fun!!!
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  35. Those are some amazing workouts! I used to hate running suicides LOL. Now I’m tempted by them.
    MCM Mama recently posted..If all else fails, run hills!

  36. Awesome Lindsay!! You are a definite source of inspiration.
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  37. YOU LOOK FABULOUS!! keep killin it :)

  38. I think what you posted with the picture is key. It’s ok to have dessert when you want to, just do things in moderation,
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  39. LaTricia says:

    Love your blog! I would like to incorporate some of your routines in mine. I am having a hard time reading the image of The Plus One Workout. It appears blurry. Can you repost?
    Thanks for your openness & inspiration!

    • if you click the link below the workout picture, it will take you to my friends blog where you can read it clearly! since i wrote the workout for a guest post on her blog, i blurred out part of the image to encourage people to go check out her blog, and see the workout as well!

  40. oh man suicides bring back so many memories of playing sports in school!!

    great workouts girl
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  41. Love your picture & the message that goes along with it. Balance is SO important!! It is impossible to be #FitFluential & encourage others to participate in a healthy lifestyle if you look miserable doing eat (eating bland foods, slaving away for hours at the gym, fearing carbs & life’s indulgences) Way to go girl! You look awesome and are such an encouragement :) Thanks for sharing your life with us!

    ps: 3 minute plank? #beast.

  42. You look great Lindsay! I love the sounds of the step it up workout, will be trying that out :)
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  43. hey! what fitness apps do u use?

    • i use runkeeper for my runs and walks. that’s about it. i have the gymboss interval timer that i use occasionally on my phone when i don’t have my real one with me. i used to track my workouts on daily mile but i got too lazy

  44. I just did this work out and I could only go through it twice my heart was pounding so hard I had to rest afterwards before I stretched but it’s a good one thank you for the step up workout


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