Fitness Friday 27

Hi Guys!

Sorry about yesterday. I needed a day off….and I was busy drowning in Foodie Penpals stuff…but I’m back and ready to jump right into a {long} edition of Fitness Friday!

BUT FIRST!!!! EXCITING NEWS!!! I was one of the two winners of the #surviveon35 challenge!!! They announced the winners at the end of the twitter chat last night and I was so pumped to see the tweet with my name in it!

How awesome is that?! I couldn’t have done it without the support from all of you, so THANK YOU!!! With your help, I get to donate $1,000 to my favorite food pantry here in Columbus, the food pantry at The Mid-Ohio Food Bank. SO EXCITED!!!! This is the reason I went back to school to become an RD you guys! i LOVE educating people about how to make healthy choices and lead active lives. Community education is SO important and this challenge was the perfect opportunity to inspire and educate! Huge thanks to Fitfluential and Anytime Fitness for hosting this challenge.

If you’re visiting The Bean for the first time today (WELCOME!!) or you missed any of my posts on the challenge, CLICK HERE to read my epic recap post. There are links back to all of the posts I did throughout the challenge, tons of pictures, and a summary of my thoughts at the end.

I also want to encourage you to go check out the blog of the other winner. Annie of Mamma Dweeb is an amazing mom that I had fun getting to know during this challenge. CLICK HERE to read her super inspiring story about why this challenge was so dear to her heart. She’s awesome!

Ok, so now on to some Fitness..

First, let’s recap my workouts from two weeks ago since we skipped FF last week due to the #surviveon35 challenge! Then, I’m super excited to tell you guys what i’ve been doing for workouts this week!

Friday July 13th: Neighborhood Workout

I headed out for a workout using neighborhood markers like street lights or mailboxes to determine my distances.

The great thing about this workout is that it can be done between two stationary points- I did a few rounds in the backyard using two fence posts on opposite sides of the yard as markers, or it can be done moving from point to point to cover a certain distance.

Saturday & Sunday: Rest days. Got my steps in walking around doing errands on Saturday and on Sunday we played a volleyball tournament in a giant puddle. And we won!

Monday July 16th: Backyard workout!

Have fun :)

I also went on a technology-free 2 mile run at 10pm. It. was. glorious.
I forgot how effortless running can be when it’s a reasonable temperature
and there’s no air quality alerts!
I missed night running! It’d been too long!

Tuesday – Friday: Lots of rain, but I still got my walks in! Then on Friday, I busted out a couple of speed miles!

On Friday, in addition to 2 speed miles, I did some stair climbing,
a kettlebell workout and a few planks!

Saturday July 21st: Family Walk!

We took the boys on a 3.5 mile walk around the Ohio State Campus.

It was a beautiful day and the boys had fun exploring new grounds!

Sunday July 22nd: Busted out a couple 9 min miles :) And then played a volleyball game.


Ok, so that brings us to Monday July 23rd! I started something super fun this week! If you read a lot of healthy living blogs or are active in the Twitter world, you may have heard about Best Body Bootcamp!

It’s run by one of my favorite bloggy friends, Tina! She’s a personal trainer and she does an amazing job putting together an 8-week online bootcamp program for bloggers and readers! This is actually bootcamp round 2. I didn’t participate the first round because I generally shy away from following specific training plans…but when I heard how much everyone loved it last time, I decided to jump in this round. And boy am I glad I did!


Tina does an amazing job organizing it. She sends the workouts out several days in advance, with links to all the different moves so you can look them over, and provides an online check-in document so you can track your activity, along with 2 weekly goals that you set for yourself. (This week mine are 2 plank-a-days each day and 10 minutes of stretching). Plus there’s all sorts of amazing prizes- including cash $$ :) And it only costs $25 to participate.

The main reason I’m doing bootcamp is because I’ve been seriously slacking on the weights lately…especially upper body. Bootcamp provides 3 strength workouts per week, and then provides general guidelines for cardio workouts to go along with it. I like the program because it gives me freedom to choose but still provides some structure.

I’m not following the program exactly. I’ve switched up some of the exercises to best suit me, especially if there’s something that I just really don’t enjoy- like side lunges! I’ve also made some adjustments to the ab workout and customized some of the cardio…but it’s definitely helping me stay on track and giving me a great framework!

Here’s how this week looked!


An upper body strength workout that included one of my new favorite moves- Dumbbell Pullovers on a Stability Ball. CLICK HERE to see a video if you’re not familiar. I’d never done them before and I loved them! The focus for the first two weeks of strength workouts is supersets! Another bonus to her workouts are that she provides an at-home option for all moves. So, since I don’t have a gym membership, I can do all the moves at home with just some dumbbells, a stability ball and a resistance band.  I’ve found that I usually have to modify one of the strength moves to an at-home option, but that doesn’t mean it’s easier, just different!

In addition to the strength workout we were supposed to do 20 min of 60/60 HIIT, which means a 5 min warm-up, 10 minutes of 60 sec high intensity, 60 sec recovery x 5, and a 5 min cooldown. I extended my warmup a little by running for 10 min, then did 10 min of jump rope intervals and then jogged 5 min to cool down.


A lower body strength workout that included wall sits to fatigue. I challenged myself by holding a 20# dumbbell for all three sets. Talk about feeling the burn!! The cardio assignment was 20 min of steady-state cardio. I headed out for a 20 min run. My legs were DEAD but I still managed to run two 9:30 miles. Then I walked another 2 miles to help get my steps in for the day.


On the agenda today was a 40 minute interval workout, plus abs. I just couldn’t stomach 40 minutes of running intervals, so I did 20 minutes and then came home and did a 20 min bodyweight interval circuit with my gymboss. Plus abs!

I changed up the ab routine a little bit from Tina’s but I was definitely feeling the burn. For the run, my goal was to run at least .35 miles in 3 minutes and then walk .15 in 2 minutes to average out to a 10 min mile pace. I hit it for all four intervals so I was pumped, but it was ROUGH!


A full-body strength workout and 20 minutes of steady-state cardio. I ran for 20 minutes and it pretty much sucked! Holy humidity. I knew I could do 2 miles in under 20 minutes so my goal was to run the remaining time past two miles at the same pace as I ran the miles. I ended up running the miles at a 9:15 pace and finished in 18:30. Let me tell you, running that last minute and a half at the same speed was BRUTAL. But I did it! Then I walked for 20 minutes to cool down. Later in the day I did the full-body strength workout and some planks.

Whew- I’m exhausted just recapping all of that! Sorry for the lengthy post! What have you been up to lately workout-wise?


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. Your Friday workout reminds me of the stuff I put my hockey players through on dryland!!

    i love all of your workouts! And Tina is amazing…I need to check out her bootcamps!
    Laury@TheFitnessDish recently posted..Carob Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (Grain-Free Low Sugar!)

  2. Congrats on winning the challenge! That’s so awesome about the food bank donation! I’ve been really happy that I signed up for the bootcamp–it’s really pushing me to do more! :)
    Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife recently posted..WIAW: Going to Bootcamp

  3. Congrats on winning the challenge and awesome job on the workouts this week! I love all your collages, and was wondering what do you use to make them? Super cute!
    Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life recently posted..WIAW Kool-Aid

  4. Congrats on winning! It was great checking in with you and other bloggers everyday to see what you had planned. Very eye opening.

    Love the workouts! Good luck with Tina and bootcamp. I’ve heard nothing but good things!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..Ready to Run Again

  5. woo hoo! congrats to you :-)
    and we love the lengthy posts!
    and we (the child and I) are borrowing the background workout today too.
    Ill letcha know how it goes….
    Miz recently posted..Lee Labrada: a dad balancing work, life and family.

  6. soooo stinking proud of YOU! you did awesome. What an accomplishment linz and now you get to share it through donating. Makes my heart happy. Thanks for letting us follow along.
    lindsay recently posted..You are what you Thrive

  7. Congrats Lindsay!! Well deserved for such a great cause. I really enjoyed keeping up with your challenge and I learned a lot from you (and have a new recipe I’ve used because of it!)
    Katie @wishandwhimsy recently posted..Go for Gold | Lower Body Strength Workout.

  8. So, what exactly did you do to become a RD? I have a kidney disorder (which is totally fine- it’s genetic but controllable) and have become fascinated with the effects of food on the body. I have often wondered what I would do if I weren’t teaching and this has come up more and more. I am seriously considering going back to school for this- but I don’t know where to start!
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  9. Congrats on the win!!! Well-deserved. :)

    Your workouts sounds awesome… and make me tired! are you starving all day after these? Tina is brutal. 😉
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Vegan Protein Sources + Recipes

  10. Congrats on winning the challenge!!! WoOt! You rock!

    Great workout pics! :)
    Kierston recently posted..13 Week Countdown: Moving Forward!

  11. Congratulations on winning the challenge!!! It was so well deserved!
    Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness recently posted..Apricot Scallop Stir Fry Plus Fitness Friday!

  12. I love this! You deserve the win, you did so amazing!
    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile recently posted..Twitter Chat

  13. You have no idea how HAPPY it makes me that you’re loving bootcamp. Getting your stamp of approval is for real awesome. Thanks! :)
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness recently posted..Friday Countdown

  14. I’m so thrilled for you that you won!! You did an amazing job throughout and definitely earned it.
    I’m doing Tina’s Boot camp for the first time too, and am loving it! I needed the accountability. Seeing on paper that I’m supposed to do 3 rounds keeps me honest, and I’m finally feeling sore, which was not happening from the weights I did on my own. :)
    Laura recently posted..Treadmill Interval Workouts

  15. I LOOOOOVE night running! It’s been so long since I’ve done it, thanks for reminding me to get one in! :)
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  16. Congrats on winning the challenge! That’s awesome! You’re going to be helping a lot of people.

    And thanks for posting the workouts! I need to switch things up and these look great to incorporate into my weekly workouts. Had no idea about the bootcamp…will have to check that out!
    Megan @ The Delightfull Dash recently posted..When I Grow Up

  17. Congrats on winning the challenge, Linds!! Doesn’t surprise me that you did – you’re always so enthusiastic about what you do.

    I might have to check out Tina’s bootcamp next time. I’ve heard great things about it, too. Now that half training is over for a little while I’m going to spend most of my month getting back into weight training. I’ve missed it, my body has missed it, and my training needs it desperately.
    Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run recently posted..First Fridays: The Half Marathon Edition – Yours Truly

  18. Oh my gosh, I’m tired from just reading your post!! Awesome workouts and congrats on winning #surviveon35!!! You did do a great job and I loved seeing all the interesting meals that you came up with. Also excited to hear more about Tina’s bootcamp. I’m bummed that I can’t do it this time around but want to sign up next time for sure!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Friday Round-Up – The Ocean, Lessons, Idols and Bob

  19. One MILLION congratulations to you. I knew you could do it. :) Also, I want to pin every single one of your workouts.
    Amanda @ Run Principessa recently posted..A Run Critique

  20. Congrats!! I am so excited that you won!! You deserved it, so well done!! And that’s awesome that you are doing Tina’s challenge! It looks bad ass as do YOU!
    jobo recently posted..Every single time.

  21. Congrats on winning!! That’s so awesome! Your workouts look great too. And yay for doing bootcamp! I did Tina’s last bootcamp and loved it. I just didn’t really have the time to fit it in with my schedule this time around, but I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying it!
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Bridesmaid Dresses

  22. bethp262 says:

    Congrats on the challenge! You did a great job!
    Definitely inspiring.

  23. congrats girl!!
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  24. Congrats love!! You deserved it… so much planning and effort!

    ps: I bet your neighbors think you are so cool… grapevining to their mailbox 😉

  25. Woo hoo!!! You did awesome with that challenge!! I so meant to sign up for bootcamp, and totally forgot. I am totally doing it next go round!

  26. CONGRATS!!!!!
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings recently posted..Spoiled Bride- Final Edition

  27. Congratulations, Lindsay! I agree with the judges – your planning & organization were incredible. I love how you put 100% effort into everything you do. Amazing! :-)
    Diana @ VeggieNextDoor recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday: Manhattan & Jersey City

  28. Congrats on your win! You clearly put a great deal of effort into it as these are very tough routines that Tina has put together. Your Wednesday session looks similar to a bootcamp workout I gave one of my clients today! A real killer on the legs. She was certainly feeling the burn in her thighs only half way through this one.


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