Today’s Leg and Abdominal Workout Plus What I Ate

Hey all! Today was the first sweatshirt weather we have had in a while. I LOVE it! Don’t you? I even worked out in my favorite sweatshirt today. It was “leg day” and I sweat like crazy! My workout kicked my butt! Wearing full sweats is a great way to sweat more during your workout and release more toxins.


Check out my at home leg workout which I followed up with an abdominal circuit.

Note: An “active rest” is when you go right into another exercise set without resting in between exercises. The second exercise is usually less labor intensive but keeps your heart rate up higher than if you were to take a full rest between sets.

Warm up:

  • Ran up and down my basement stairs 20 times.
  • Dynamic stretches

Leg/Glutes Workout:

  • Deadlifts with dumbells (high reps since the heaviest weights I have are 35lbs at home)
  • Active Rest: switch kicks on stairs

(4 sets of these)

  • Sumo squat with dumbbell
  • Active Rests: jumping jacks

(4 sets of these)

  • Lung pulses with dumbbell
  • Active Rest: running in place switch kicks

(3 sets of these)

  • Plyo (with jump) single leg squats
  • Active rest: mini trampoline for 30 seconds

(3 sets of these)

  • Stair step ups with alternate leg kick backs (15 each side)
  • Weighted glute bridges (x20)
  • Alternating “pointing dogs” (x10)

Abdominal Circuit:

(I did each of these for 20 seconds)

  • Weighted seated twist with legs raised
  • Planks
  • Butt ups
  • Toe touches
  • Scissor kicks
  • 100s
  • Spiderman planks
  • Walk out planks
  • Cross crunches
  • Bicycle crunches

(I repeated this circuit once more)

Here is the video to the ab routine I did. I absoultly love this routine and really feel the burn in my abdominals! Don’t forget to flex and cinch in those ab muscles while doing each exercise.

I then finished with static stretches

And that was today’s workout.

Here is what I ate today:

For breakfast I ate 4 protein brownies with a scoop of almond butter, topped with fresh beries and walnuts. Unfortunatly my almond butter was not homemade because I broke my food processor last week. Sad face! But a brand new one is on it’s way (happy dance). I HAD to buy one ASAP because I can’t live without it , I mean, I make so many delicious recipes with it. In the meantime it’s Trader Joes almond butter for me.

chocolate protein brownies

For “second breakfast” around 11am I ate some organic canned chicken I got for free from Thrive Market. They often give you free stuff when you order X amount from them… and I scored a can of chicken this time. They give away everything from coconut oil to bone broth to chocolate… mmm chocolate.

I normally don’t eat meat from a can but it was a great meal since I didn’t have anything planned and was hungry before my workout. I ate it with organic peas and organic mustard (a weird combo I know) but that’s how I like my canned tuna so I tried it this way. It was good! Oh, and I also had some “Mary’s Gone Crackers” Everything Pretzels (a new favorite of mine). I bought them at my local food co op.

Post workout I ate some groats with berries, cinnamon, a smidge of chia seeds and a half scoop of whey protein powder. I also had some farm fresh eggs with organic spinach and fresh hot peppers from the farmer’s market over organic lettuce and topped with homemade salsa. SOOOOO incredibly good! Salsa makes everything better… except maybe ice cream…. or cookies, okay, salsa makes most meals better.


Then for dinner I ate organic lettuce with more homemade salsa (I told you it was good) and 2 zucchini turkey meatballs.

I also chomped on some organic heirloom carrots with the kiddos as I chopped them up. I get these from Trader Joes. The purple are my favorite.


Later tonight I am sure I will be hungry again (leg day makes me want to eat all the food). So I will eat some farm fresh boiled eggs and more carrots.

So there you have it…. today’s workout AND what I ate today.

I hope you are all having as amazing weather as I am here in Rochester MN!

If you have any questions about the workouts feel free to ask or comment in the section below. Thanks!

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8 Responses

  1. Joyfull Mom says:

    Mmmmm…I wish I had one of those protein brownies! Now that I have had a taste of them, I want more!!! I think I am breaking a sweat just reading your workout routine. I was sore from the little demo I did yesterday…ha! Thanks for yet another great post! Blessings.

    • Kristine says:

      haha, after eating Nupa I didn’t feel so great showing you the exercises to do. I had to wait a couple hours then I did a bunch of push ups and dips to get a little strength training in that day. 😉 You HAVE to make them for yourself… and let me know how it goes so I can answer any “trouble shooting” questions. But they really are easy to make (if you remember to set the time… I forgot. ha!)

  2. Joyfull Mom says:

    P.S. Leg day is so not my favorite work out day 🙁

    • Kristine says:

      I’m with you. And I usually hit legs or at least a second glute focused workout on my second leg day. ah! I am not a fan of those days… till the workout is over. Then they are my favorite and I eat all the carbs. hahaha

  3. You are a beast!!

    I love these type of posts 🙂

    P.S. We are having your zucchini turkey muffins for dinner tonight (except with ground beef because our farmer’s market doesn’t have turkey).

    • Kristine says:

      Thanks! And yay! I’m glad you enjoy these posts. A blog I follow posts their workouts and what they eat and I always find it interesting to see what other people are doing who have success in their fitness journey.

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the turkey… I mean beef zucchini meatballs. Our farmer’s market doesn’t have ground turkey either. I get ours at Trader Joes. I prefer it straight from the farm though. There is turkey they just don’t sell it ground… bummer.

  4. Oh, and we also made your zucchini bread recipe this week which JE and I absolutely loved but Ryder turned his nose at it because of the apples!!

    He is going through a stage right now where he doesn’t like his food mixing at all and I couldn’t believe it when he started picking out the apples. Give him chopped up apples and he is all good, but I apparently can’t put it in his bread. 🙂

    • Kristine says:

      haha, Ryder is the cutest!! All kids have their things. I used to find onions in just about anything… no matter how fine my dad chopped them. Ask my brother. 😉 I should get you the recipe I JUST made that doesn’t have apple slices. It’s SO good. Sweetened with banana… Jericho loved it. Ella doesn’t like anything sweetened with bananas. Go figure. Can’t please them all right? I’m glad you and JE loved it!

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