The Shift Worker's Wife

Nimble Fumblings of a Mom, Wife, and Quirky Creative

Work, Wealth & Health: Spring Shape-Up

The month of March kicks off several challenges for me. Good challenges. The kind that will motivate me to get closer to where I want to be.



My work life is a juggle.  My number one priority, full-time gig is trying to be the best mom and wife that I can be.  On the side, I’m employed part-time outside of the house as a marketing and sales associate for a local business.   I am slowly but surely working to build residual income with AdvoCare.  And finally, I have this blog…which isn’t really work.  I do it because I love it.  Someday I hope it turns into an income stream, but for now it’s just a hobby.

This juggle suits me.  I get bored easily, so keeping my days fresh with variety helps me stay sane and happy.  I also feel like the combination of these “jobs” satisfies all parts of my brain — emotional, analytical, creative, personal growth, and social.

This month, I’m challenging myself to step up my Work game.  I’m waking up earlier.  I’m planning my days more effectively.  I’m limiting distractions and I’m setting specific professional goals.


Of course, one of my professional goals includes growing my income.  As an employee (at a small, family-owned retail business), my pay is really just dependent on the number of hours I work and the amount of time I’m with the company.  I might be able to squeeze out a raise based on my effort and asserting that I directly add value to the company, but realistically, I expect my income growth there will be slow.  It’s just the nature of the beast.

So among all my “jobs,” the greatest potential for income growth right now is with AdvoCare.  My friend Jeannette–who originally introduced me to this company–went from dead broke to earning over $300,000 a year in just 3 years.  Now, I’m not moving that fast, but I know the possibilities.  Stay tuned to find out more on this.

Next, in my role as CFO of Kirsch, Inc., I’ll be working directly with our Chairman (Hubby) to cut costs and reduce our financial liabilities.  We are using our Debt Busters plan to help us prioritize.  We have one credit card left to go and two loans to knock out within the next 4 years.


And last but not least, I’m going to participate in a 12-Week Transformation Challenge that leads up to summer swimsuit season.  I’ll be using the following products daily:

  • MNS-3 – A comprehensive Metabolic Nutrition System
  • ThermoPlus – A powerful fat-burner
  • Spark – A delicious multi-vitamin energy drink
  • Catalyst – An amazing amino acid supplement that aids in muscle tone and definition.

But in addition to my products, this Momma also needs to get her butt to the gym!

Which leads me to the feature of this post. My very best friend in the whole wide world is married to Mr. Jason Domnanovich, the Director of Sports Performance and a Personal Trainer at The Academy of Athletic Advancement in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

I must say, Jason is by far the most passionate and committed fitness professional I have ever met. And besides the fact that he’s practically family to me, there truly is no other person I would trust more to help me come up with a workout to share with you guys!

So I reached out to Jason and asked if he could suggest an efficient, full-body workout that can be done 30-minutes either at home or at the gym.

I personally prefer to workout at the gym because I feed off the energy there, but my gym is 40 minutes away from our house! So there is no realistic way I can get there more than 2-3 times a week.

And when I’m at home I have two little minions at my ankles 90% of the time, so if I think I’m going to get a workout done here, it better be quick!


All you need for Jason’s routine is a set of dumbbells and a jump rope. I used just  12.5 lb. weights for my first try and felt like that was tough for me!

As I knew he would, Jason delivered a great routine that is just as effective as it is efficient. It can also be easily modified for different fitness levels. He even packaged it up for us in this very cool video…


Aim for 10-12 reps of each move and 3-4 circuits

Renegade Row with Pushup

Goblet Squat

Kneeling 1-arm Overhead Press

Dumbell RDL (Romanian Dead Lift/ “Stiff Deads”)

Jump Rope or other cardio burst for 2 minutes


My sister and I did this routine last night at the gym and I can confirm…it is a FULL BODY workout! We were sweating, heart rates were up, and I’m positive that I’m going to be feeling it tomorrow. Just try not to spend too much time resting in between exercises. A quick pace will keep your heart rate elevated to burn more calories.


The only modification we made was replacing the 2-minute jump rope sets with just 1-minute of mountain climbers (because I’m out of shape and thought I was going to die after 45 seconds). You could also do a high knee jog.   I’m a little embarrassed to say that the only reason we substituted was because I didn’t want to have to go to the front desk to ask for the jump ropes. You do what works for you.

My Pre-Workout Cocktail

We made it through 3 circuits…though I’m pretty sure I have to give some credit to my Amplify AT and  O2 Gold with an Arginine Extreme + BioCharge pre-workout cocktail…because I haven’t pushed myself to that intensity in a long time!


The Game Plan

I plan to do this routine every other day, increasing the weight of the dumbbells as I go. I’ll aim to do at least 30 minutes of some other cardio activity on the other days, and schedule one rest day each week.

I’d love to hear what you think about this routine. If you are interested in joining me for the 12-Week Transformation Challenge, let me know and I’ll get you some more information.


Thanks for stopping by!




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