As you all may remember, blisters kept me out of the gym all week. Bummer! Luckily, they had healed well enough for me to go for a run yesterday. I completed 2.5 miles before completing a 10-minute ExerciseTV workout and my at-home lower body routine.
Lean Leg Routine (It’s cool because it rhymes.)
- *Complete 15-20 reps of each exercise (I mostly did 20) in three sets.
- Fire Hydrants (side leg lifts from table position)
- Bridge Pose with Leg Cross & Extension (booty burner!)
- Donkey Kicks (I straightened my leg and used a resistance band.)
- Lying Leg Lifts/Adductor Lift (inner thighs)
- Regular or Walking Lunges (walking are best)
- Plie Squat with Calf Raise
This week, my workouts were something like this…
- Monday: Exercise TV Warmup, Bootcamp BodyRock
- Tuesday: I Forgot My Cardio (oops), Lean Leg Routine
- Wednesday: 30-min Kickboxing DVD, Arm Work at Home
- Thursday: REST
- Friday: 2.5-mile run, Exercise TV 10-min Cardio, Lean Leg Routine
- Saturday: 4-mile Walk with Kev & Maybe Pilates
I also tried out one of my EAS goodies in a new way. I am going to save the rest of them for on-the-go moments, but I wanted to see how they’d taste in a smoothie.
In goes the spinach…
Mix with a bit of strawberry (or chocolate) Myoplex Carb Control shake – add more (but not quite all) of the shake with a frozen banana…
And get a huge bowl of frothy, smooth goodness! You can’t taste much strawberry, and you can’t taste any spinach. It’s banana with a hint of berry. As stated, I probably won’t be making this again, but it was quite tasty. Not to mention, my ingredients made waaaaay bigger smoothie than I thought they would (especially because of it’s extra froth volume)!
I need to walk with Kev and work to do around the house before we have guests over tonight, so I better get going. Have a great weekend!
Busy busy busy! I am actually up at 5:15 in the morning! Being this busy on a Saturday would normally be a bummer, but since it’s all for the sake of good times, I’m not complaining.
Here was last night’s healthy dinner:
I planned to try a dish from my Peas and Thank You cookbook, but I decided that was going to take way too much time and energy. I modified it and was relatively pleased. The sauce was good but a wee bit too tangy for me. I’ll definitely make it again, but I won’t add the full amount of apple cider vinegar. Kevin and I enjoyed this meal with chilled pinot grigio.
Here were my workouts for the week:
- Sunday: Cleaning House (That’s kind of a workout, right? It’s exhausting!)
- Monday: Elliptical (25 minutes with intervals), Leg Day with Reps in the 12-15 Range
- Tuesday: 99 Workout (with very modified pushups)
- Wednesday: Run (2.5 mi), Back Day with Reps in the 8-10 Range
- Thursday: Skip! (my body needed rest, though I did take a 30-minute walk)
- Friday: Arc Trainer(30 minutes), Arm Day with 3 Sets of 8-10 Reps
- Saturday: Run (2 mi, super speedy), I *would* do pilates if I had more time
I don’t plan on eating “clean” all weekend, but wish me luck on doing better than last weekend. Baby steps!
Ooohhhh by the way… aren’t these gorgeous??? I didn’t order them, but I was drooling over my keyboard when I saw them yesterday.
Are you busy this weekend, or are you just busy relaxing?
Helllloooooo! I will be going for a short run and finishing up some pilates today before tailgating with buddies, but I wanted to share a move with you first. It’s my first vlog post, so I hope you like it. Stefanie mentioned creating a weekend blog-hop party, so you can see if other bloggers have linked up exercises, routines, and fitness inspiration at her site, The New Healthy.
Okay… on with the exercise. This is a cross-back lunge. It works your quads, booty, and that annoying saddlebag area. It also kind of incorporates your core, especially when done “at tempo.”
It’s worth noting that I do not believe in spot-reduction. You can tone certain areas, but you can’t just lose extra flab around one area, like your hips, butt, thighs, nose, or whatever. Nevertheless, who doesn’t want a toned tush??? Exactly! Now on with the video…
Thanks for bearing through that atrocious video. I guess I could have re-recorded, but I’m a busy girl. I could have also not worn a “Southern Comfort” shirt, but it’s one of my favorite workout tanks.
After your workout, don’t forget to refuel!
Despite the lingering food coma and the time change from the weekend’s travel, yesterday wasn’t awful. That’s surprising for a Monday! Don’t get me wrong, I was still in dire need of caffiene, but it could have been worse.
Maybe it was the kitty snuggles in the morning, or it was my good workout that helped. Maybe it was that I wore these adorable shoes.
Then again, maybe Monday went relatively well because I was excited about my birthday.
Happy Birthday to me! Yaaaaayyyyyy! Okay – that’s about enough of that. I got all the celebrating out of my system this weekend. This is more-or-less a typical Tuesday. There’s just 1 minor difference: additional self reflection.
I’m done celebrating, but I still have things to think about. It’s not like you turn a quarter-century old every day! I’ve done a lot; I’ve seen a lot. And I am pretty excited for the next quarter-century.
24 was a great year for me. In fact, it may have been my best yet… well, I’m not sure if it topped year 4. I think that was a good year too, but I guess it doesn’t count if I can’t remember most of it. I’m sad to let go of 24, but I’m happy to be moving on.
Early in the post, I briefly mentioned yesterday’s good workout, and I’d like to fill you in on it. The workout included 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical trainer, along with a cool-down, and the “Monday” portion of Muscle & Fitness Hers “Vacation Countdown” workout.
I really enjoy this circuit workout, but I may cut it a week short. I still kinda’ feel the burn, but I’m in the mood to lift heavy. Next week, be prepared for a new routine.
Today will include some pool time and yoga or pilates. Wish me luck with my laps!
Oh, and for those of you who read my pre-birthday post, the eye cream is working marvelously!
Hellooooo! I’m so happy that it’s Friday, I want to share some of my happy with you all. Although a video of my happy dance might make you chuckle, it wouldn’t be as enlightening as another Things-I’m-Loving post.
Here’s what I’m loving as of lately…
2. My new shoes! I know I already talked about them in my How to Buy Shoes post yesterday, but they make me that happy!
3. Grapes. I know, it’s a lame one, but I love ‘em. I got these organic ones free with a $5 purchase this weekend. Free grapes taste better than regular ones.
4. Target clothes. Seriously, I got the skirt, top, and shoes for under $60. Then again, I have a health/fitness blog, not a fashion blog. I know my limits.
5. My birthday weekend. Yup, I’m celebrating a couple days early. Who celebrates on a Tuesday?
What has been making you happy lately?
I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was too short, but it was good. I had a very relaxed Friday, but Saturday was a bit more eventful.
I worked out, baked, bought shoes, and enjoyed a date night with the mister. For my workout, I continued the Vacation Countdown plan from last week. I wish I were actually using it to count down to a vacation! I also did 45 very sweaty minutes of cardio on the stationary bike.
I felt a bit sore Sunday from all that leg work, but it wasn’t too bad. It’s good to feel the burn!
I’m glad I worked so hard at the gym, I needed to pre-burn Saturday’s snack. I know frozen yogurt is trendy right now, and while I don’t deny it’s yum-ness, I have to confess that I prefer good ole’ fashion ice cream.
This one’s got peanut butter and brownie bits inside. I couldn’t think of a better combo if I tried! Here’s a random fact about me, one of my favorite smells in the whole world is the smell of an ice cream parlor. I consider it a comfort smell; it brings back memories – and usually means I’m about to get ice cream!
Although they probably should have, the indulgences didn’t stop there. Kev and I had a great date night. With dinner, I enjoyed a Wolf Hill Brewing Co Trooper’s Alley IPA (say that five times fast) with my steak.
Sadly, the filet was over cooked and dry, but at least the beer was good! The restaurant got all their meat from local farms. Sweet.
We weren’t ready to end the night just yet, so we went for a nightcap at a different lounge/restaurant/bar/thing. I had a really awesome wine (not a great beer selection), and Kev got scotch. For the wine-o readers out there, I had a glass of Edge Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.
I detoxed a bit last night with a side salad and veggie wrap. The wrap had hummus, spinach, kalamata olives, grilled onion, and grilled red pepper.
Yes, it was as awesome as it looks! I think it even tasted better than my dry steak from Saturday, but don’t tell Kevin that.
What was the best thing you did/drank/ate this weekend?
So my doctor appointments yesterday were no fun. Nope. No fun at all. The podiatrist had no helpful solution for me. He said I had good running shoes and very good inserts, so he did not have anything to recommend. (By the way, I use the green Superfeet inserts in my running shoes.)
He said the small muscles in my feet probably just get tired. Whaaaaa? But why are they tired all of a sudden? I’ve been active since the age of 4. I played soccer for 13 years. How do I have weak feet??? (If any readers can explain this to me, please shoot me an email!)
Walking out of the appointment I learned these things.
- Wear supportive lace-up shoes all the time – even at home. This is bad. I’m barefoot as much as possible!
- Pick up things with my toes to strengthen the muscles.
- Plyometrics (such as my Kirsch workout) are hard on my feet. (He didn’t say not to do them though!)
- Increasing my running by adding one more running day per week broke the renowned 10% rule of running.
- Video 1: Warm Up – just followed video and did my own warm up with weighted punches and dynamic stretching
- *Insert first superset here (rest 20 seconds, repeat, rest 20 seconds, and repeat one more time)
- Video 2: Tracy Anderson Arms Webisode – It gets hard with weights!
- Video 3: Tracy’s Standing Ab Quickie – I gave my arms a break by throwing in this clip. The goal was to keep my heart rate up.
- **Insert second superset here (rest 20 seconds, repeat, rest 20 seconds, and repeat one more time)
- Video 4: Tracy Anderson’s Arms Quickie – It’s another burner, but I really like this one.
- I finished up with this arm set to really fine-tune the muscles before stopping to stretch
Tuesday Arm Superset #1
- 15 Push Ups, 15 Flies with 8-lb Dumbbell, 12-15 Tricep Skull Crushers with 8-lb Dumbbell
Tuesday Arm Circuit #2
- 15 Push Ups, 12 (each side) Resistance Band Overhead Tricep Extension
Thursday Arm Circuit #1
- 15 Rows with Resistance Band, 15 Reverse Fly with Band, 15 (each side, alternating) Curls with 8-lb Dumbbell
Thursday Arm Circuit #2
- 12 (each side) Cross Pull with Band, 12 (each side) Curls with Band
Happy Birthday Kevin!
Moving on… due to my foot pain, I will be doing a significant amount of pool workouts in the coming weeks, unless I get awesome news from the podiatrist on Friday. I have never been much of a swimmer, so swimming laps is a real workout for me. I plan for my week to look something like this:
- Monday: 15 minutes of abdominal work and cardio in the pool + light evening pilates
- Tuesday: high-rep chest/triceps/shoulders with resistance bands and 8-pound dumbbells
- Wednesday: 15 minutes of hip/booty sculpting and cardio in the pool + light evening pilates
- Thursday: high-rep back/biceps workout with resistance bands and 8-pound dumbbells
- Friday: 15 minutes of abdominal work and cardio in the pool
- Saturday + Sunday: rest and/or yoga (unless the doctor says otherwise)
Yesterday morning, I this pool workout.
- 5 minutes walking laps in the pool
- 5 minutes swimming
- 2 .5 minutes walking
- 5 minutes swimming
- 2.5 minutes walking
- 5 minutes swimming
- 2.5 minutes walking and kick-boarding
- 5 minutes of stretching at the pool steps
I know it’s not a real burner of a workout, but it worked for me. I bought my first pair of swim goggles weekend, and it made my workout much more pleasant. If I wasn’t goofy looking enough due to my poor swimming form, the goggles made me look even more like a goober.
This is a long post, but I’m not done with bullet points just yet. After having already finished these books so far in 2011:
- Last Night in Twisted River
- Sarah’s Key
- Three Cups of Tea
- The Art of Racing in the Rain
- No Country for Old Men
- Part of an Awful Book (I can’t recall the title or author- pretty awful)
- The Help (my fav so far this year)
- Chapter 1 of The First World War by Keegan (soooooo interesting!)
- Mozart’s Women
- The Pillars of the Earth
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (just finished it Friday)
I find myself without a book. I tried to check out these three at the library, but there are a lot of people already waiting for them.
- Unbroken: A WWI story of… (I forgot the rest of the title)
- Wuthering Heights (nope, never read it)
Suggestions Encouraged! What should I read next???