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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Camel Confessions!

Liz @ Fitness BlondieToday, is Wednesday and you all know what that means! It means that it's Hump Day, and the "Hump Day Blog Hop". This is hosted by Fitness Blondie, an amazing and positive blog I stalk follow. I found a bunch of great new blogs to read, and a lot of new positive bloggers! I have been doing this for a while now and each weel, the new bloggers I follow become like new friends... We are a support system of awesome sauce... Are we not?
 
OH ALSO: Liz's birthday is coming up! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLY!!!!!
 
Go check it out.. and Join in!
 
Vodka and Soda
I also, ususally link up with Vodka and Soda... I found her through the Hump Day Blog Hop over at the Fitness Blondie! However, today, the websense at my job has dictated her BANNED, and the reason being SEX. Seriously, Kathy, what did you POST today? Oh well, maybe I'll be able to get in tomorrow. However, Vodka and Soda was an instant "I MUST ADD THIS BLOG TO MY FEED"... I recommend you heading over and linking up with her too.. as long as your work firewall allows you too (stupid job).
 
So without further ado... 

My Wednesday Confessional!

http://cdn29.elitedaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/funny-gifs-work-it-sistah_large.gifIf you've been reading with me for awhile, you know that Mondays and Wednesdays are my RUN days. However, I confess, today I did not run... My butt still hurts from CYCLING yesterday. Oh man does it. But, I got my gym clothes on, and thought, "Perhaps I'll lift." I dreaded that thought the entire drive to the YMCA.. and then I remembered, John is subbing in for the Full Body Insanity Circuit... And even though I was sore.. I did it. Going to a class keeps me focused and accountable.. I don't have time to think about how much my derriere hurts. I just do it. It was a great class, lots of upper body today.. which was really wonderful.

https://themidnightalliance.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/bash-your-face-in.gif?w=500&h=282I confess that I have a coworker who I mentally punch in the face... multiple times a day. She has no INSIDE VOICE.. and is constantly making sure EVERYONE knows whats going on in her world.. even people on the floor below us. And, there are times she speaks to me, and just starts OVER explaining EVERYTHING. Don't tell me why you need this tiny piece of information.. we're in the same department, I konw you need it... don't give me the SAME dissertation every time you ask for something...I keep my cool, but it's hard for me not to roll my eyes during EVERY interaction.
 
http://media.tumblr.com/221583ce5866795bd6bed98b66e08fdf/tumblr_inline_mmx3r6NM5A1qz4rgp.gif There are moments when I feel completely and totally defeated by my healthy journey. There are weeks I can drop 6 pounds, and other weeks, that I lose (nor gain) basically anything. I need to lose a little and tighten a little, to ensure the wedding dress is going to fit. And this week, I've been REALLY responsible with my workouts and food intake. I know this... but, I stepped on the scale today (even though I should have done it tomorrow) and I wasn't pleased with what I had done... Even though I know I'm on point with everything... Why is this so hard?

I, secretly and selfishly, do not want to go to the Rennaissance Faire the first two weekends, until I am in full control of what I put in my body... so many temptations there.. *SIGHS*

http://media3.giphy.com/media/q0MnaQD0q48Yo/200_s.gifI really REALLY want one of those GPS running watches.. like, so badly that I'm about THIS close to asking Klay if we can charge it on the credit card. Even though, we're not supposed to be FRIVOLOUSLY SPENDING... and even though I feel it's ESSENTIAL for my running... I know that I can figure out the calorie burn, miles ran, steps, and elevations.. OTHER ways.. But, it's so much easier with the watch. 

http://www.dontpokthebear.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/tumblr_mrgltmn4t21sdo5dio1_r2_500.gifI may have over microwaved my oatmeal this morning, and it may have turned into a hockey puck... I still ate it though... CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH .. it's a cookie now.. CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH....

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5ij54zFNe1qdky3k.gifHas anyone seen the Care.com commercial that you can hire a PERSONAL GROCERY SHOPPER? Holy crap.. Sign me up for that.. HOW MUCH COULD THAT BE? Oh, wait, frivolous spending... SHITCAKES! But, I mean, I am really picky about the vegetables I pick.. and the ripeness.. how would I trust a stranger to do these things? Perhaps a training session... This is the most absurd thing I have ever typed. 

http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/324525/slide_324525_3096944_free.gifMy boss made BBQ chicken legs for our department.. and a cake... In my mind, I'm swimming in BBQ SAUCE and SPRINKLES... I hate that I love food so much.
 
Last night, after I did Day 2 of the Ab & Squat Challenge, I took a bath and discovered that I needed some TEA... So I made some Ginger Milk Tea (more about this tomorrow) and I had the teeniest tiniest dark chocolate coconut krispie treat ever (I didn't make them... Klay brought them home from work..it was too die for).
 
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8iri622wW1rans24o1_500.gifLissa and I are basically only communicating through Funny Memes and Animal pictures on facebook. And, I'm not even sorry about it. I'm really tired of her selfish behavior, that she has rationalized into being OKAY.
 
 
There you have it, all of my confessions since last week! 
 
What do you confess?
 





 
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Cycling Trial

On Saturday, John had subbed in for the Tabata work out, which I always love... and he mentioned that during this entire week, he would be subbing M-F for the other 545a classes. On Monday,  Wednesday, Friday it is a Full Body Circuit - Insanity class and on Tuesday it was a Cycling/Spinning class 

Try spinning he said to me.
It will be fun.
You will like it he said.

http://media.giphy.com/media/5RjZiWiCGcsaA/giphy.gifLet me just jump to the end... I feel like I've been riding Hidalgo across the desert for MONTHS... My ass hurts and feels like jelly all at the same time.. as does my quads and my hams and for crying out loud EVERYTHING from the waist down.

Fun, he said.
John is a mean mean MEAN man.

I have my heating pack on the back of my legs... and I am alternating it onto the tops as well.. It feels nice... I like nice.

Unlike cycling class.. which was NOT nice. 

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma2b1823qb1qmahxv.gifNow that you know the end... you want to know the beginning? I mean, I know I took the climax out.. and completely revealed the ending. . . I'm that bad friend who tells you all about a movie you've never seen... WHILE you are watching it for the first time.
And, oh, by the way.. She's the killer.. but, she's really a HE.. I KNOW RIGHT?

So.. the beginning? Are you still with me?

Let's start with LAST NIGHT... I know, you're confused, why does a Tuesday workout start on a Monday night.. I need to get you to why this was just UTTERLY a BAD idea.

Monday night, Emry and I ran 2 miles around the track... That would put my daily total of miles run at 7.22 .... THEN, I sat in a cold COLD dojang, in uncomfortable seats.. and watched Emry kick butt and take names at Karate. 

We went home, I made dinner.. I put away some laundry... I then started the 30 day Ab & Squat Challenge (The jpg. is in this post)

DAY 1: 
10 Sit ups
15 Bicycle Crunches
30 Squats

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m965zsxt941ro3593o1_400.gifI banged these out super quick.. not thinking of the miles I had run.. Not thinking that perhaps I should be stretching before and after I do ANY exercise... because I'm a moron. OH, I am a bigger moron, because I had seen a woman doing THIS ab exercise at the gym (only thing she went up ALL the way)... and well, I wanted to see if I could at least do 10 of them. I can.. I'm regretting it now.

Then I took a bath.. a nice HOT bath.. and honestly, I did something smart. I threw a huge handful of epsom salt into the water and I soaked for just a few minutes. Doing this made me realize.. that I really should stretch, and have Klay help me stretch.... So he helped open up my hips... and helped push me lower into some of my other stretches. It definitely did help... but... I think it was a little too late? You know what I mean?

I went to sleep super late, and I knew that I was going to wake up UTTERLY exhausted... so, no surprise there when the alarm went off at 4:50a. I got my workout clothes on.. made sure that my teeth were brushed, and my bandana was covering up the mess that is my bed head... 

And I went to CYCLING... with that jerk face.. JOHN.

I got there early, as always, and he helped me set up my bike. So, now I know exactly where it should be, if I ever decide to do this again... which, honestly, if I'm every feeling suicidal... I'll probably do. Otherwise, probably not.. Just saying.. This HURTS.

http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/28900000/Mad-Hatter-johnny-depp-28968147-500-252.gifHe had us moving the intensity around ALL over the place.
And then Standing and power pedaling. 
I swear to all that is holy, that I wanted to die.

I was able to keep the pace, for the most part... I would keep within the RPM range he wanted us in.. and I was able to push it higher when he wanted us too.. But, keeping track of the RPM, plus which way I was supposed to turn the resistance dial... Well, I was getting confused... Not going to lie, lack of sleep makes me not coordinated! Was that a quarter turn LEFT or RIGHT? Wait... have I've been upping the resistance the ENTIRE time. *Slaps Forehead* I still did it though.

And then... 630a hit.. and I tried to RUN out of class to my car...
That didn't happen.
The "Horse Riding Shuffle" happened.

And now.. I am HERE.
At my desk.
Heating pad.. and Acetominophen at the ready... and Green Tea is comforting my soul.

What did you do to be active today?
Are you doing the Ab & Squat Challenge with me?
How did you do?





 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Weekend Recap!

Where should I begin...

Friday Night:
Oh, the dress wouldn't zip up all the way... And I think I balled my eyes out.
http://quizzicalllama.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/you_need_to_stop.gifNow, could it have? Yes, I'm pretty sure, but the lady at the bridal store (cough cough David's Bridal cough cough alteration ladies are jerkfaces cough cough) could tell I had gained a little weight, and refused to attempt to zip it. I assured her it would fit in time for the wedding, and the lady had the nerve to tell me, that I had to call her in two weeks, and assure her that it fit THEN.. because another alteration (ie: letting it out) would take some time. Which I get.. but lady... Give it a rest. It's going to fit...

I mean, think of the added pressure that was just added to my plate. I admitted I had gained weight... And, I know I can lose it.. and I'm pretty sure if I tried this dress on this Friday.. It probably fit just fine... But.. the lady had to stick it to me. I'm sure she was trying to make sure my dress would fit the day of, and I would enjoy my wedding... but, the way it was phrased.. Completely heart breaking.

I went home and I couldn't look at Klay. And, he knew why... I put my head down, and I just did all the housework I normally have to do. I did all the food prep for this week, and a lot of cleaning. I ate a healthy dinner... and then I went and hung out with my bridesmaid and friend, Angel. We played some EXTREME BEAN BAG TOSS and just gabbed it up. Which was nice, I needed to laugh.. I needed to move past the anti-zip issue.

And the way Angel phrased it to me.. "Yeah, because you looked SOOOO fat in your size 4 dress!" I love her sarcasm, and she's completely correct.. and we aren't talking that the dress wouldn't zip past my hips or my stomach.. It was like 2 inches from the top of the dress.. You see what I mean?

It isn't the end of the world. It's a little bump. And Angel has promised that in 2 weeks, she will personally zip me up in the dress... take a picture of it zipped... Take a picture of me SITTING in the dress.. and then we are walking those bad boy pictures down to David's Bridals and SHOWING the little turd woman that it does fit.

Saturday:
I woke up, and I got my butt into the gym... I ran 4.26 miles (in 41 min 37 sec) and then I did the Tabata Saturday workout. I felt sweaty and awesome all at the same time.

I had to race home, grab Klay and Emry because we had to meet with our Minister... to discuss exactly what we want from a ceremony. We did that, and then we stopped at the cutest little farm stand, and picked up ORGANIC produce. OH MAN OH MAN.
We got:
  • 3 different types of KALE (did you know there were different types?)
  • a bunch of beets
  • a MONSTER zucchini (like.. it was huge...)
  • 2 lbs of green beans
  • a huge head of Garlic
  • + Emry and Klay wanted this Apple, Kale, Banana Muffin... Gluten free don' ya know.
All the produce ran us $20 and the muffin was $3... But, we have enough produce to REALLY intensify our week! I love FARM FRESH VEGGIES!.

When we got home, we decided that we were going to BBQ for lunch. I had previously prepared some stuffed Portobellos and they just needed to be warmed. But, given the fact that we had so much FRESH produce, I decided.. Let's VEGGIE it up. I got my fancy BBQ pan, and I tossed the Green Beans in some Coconut oil and added the garlic... Then placed it on the grill! And I had bought corn during our regular food shopping.. so I brushed those with a little coconut oil, seasoned them with S&P and Cajun seasoning + a little parmesean cheese, then wrapped them in foil and DROPPED them on the grill. Warmed up the stuffed shrooms... oh wait, did I not tell you what they were stuffed with? I browned some ground turkey, and added sauteed onions, then topped with half a slice of pepperjack cheese. I know..
http://data3.whicdn.com/images/63572401/large.gifIt sounds awesome.. It was... and before I realized anything, it was gone, and I had no picture of the awesome...Emry ate everything. So, if you do the math he ate a 90% vegetarian meal. And I'm SO STINKING HAPPY ABOUT THAT!

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a CupWe all got comfy... and we spent the rest of the day in the house... basically lounging around. Which was super nice. Had dinner together as a family, nothing fancy... And, later on that evening.. I really was craving SWEET. And that's so bad, right? I mean... Why does THAT happen? But, I have a rule... if you can make ONE serving of something bad.. without leaving your house.. then the work is worth the calories. So, I made a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug Cake. Super easy from prep to "cooking" it was 5 minutes.. and I had the perfect one serving cookie.. It hit the spot!

Sunday:
I woke up wicked sore on Sunday... to the point where I couldn't go out and run... So, I laid on the couch and prayed for the Acetominophen to kick in. It did, and then, well... It was the Renaissance Faire final dress rehearsal (It opens next week!) and we were invited to come and check it out... and then go to our guild meeting at noon. We had to wear our garb.... and the three of us had a fantabulous time. We were even able to finally buy Emry some official garb.. since he is tall enough to wear the men's pants (if we roll them)... He will fit in these pants for YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS... I am so stinking excited. We got him a shirt as well... And I'm pretty sure it will at least fit until next year. I can't wait to take pictures of him in it... Teal pants, and a sunset orange shirt. My little man!

http://fiction-chick.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/week-in-review-james-franco-gifs-nerd.gifWe went home after the guild meeting... oh wait, what's a guild? Klay, Emry and I volunteer at the NYRF.. and this year the volunteer group we normally assist was disbanded (sounds very medieval, right?) and they gave a select few the option of being part of a guild and doing the same thing. This basically takes us a couple steps up, from being a volunteer... to basically an unpaid (but, compensated with other things) employee of the faire. We are truly lucky. We do crowd control, help the cast and assist any patron that may need assistance through the faire. It is a blast! My dad usually volunteers with us, but this year.. He is an ACTOR at the faire, and will be one of the Queen's Guards. How stinking CUTE is that?

Anyway.. we went home after the meeting... I had some laundry to do, checkbooks to balance.... TV to zone out on... Couches to make my impression in... Around 5p, we decided to run to Gander Mountain to get Emry some faire appropriate shoes... so they blend in with his costume, and will wear well the entire season. And then, we went to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner. We all got the mini burger combination meals. Emry and Klay got Bacon Cheeseburgers w/ Salad bar... and I had the Turkey & Swiss Minis (that I topped with copious amounts of HOT SAUCE) w/ Salad Bar. And, the God's honest truth... Emry had a full plate of Spinach, Hard boiled egg pieces, Ham, and Ranch... plus 1 of his minis and half of his fries. Sounds pretty balanced right? Two days with VEGGIES involved? SUPER! And I, well, I had both of my minis... most of my fries... and two nice plates of salad.
I couldn't get enough of the first salad concoction.. so I got another plate!
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  • Mixed Greens
  • Green Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Cherry Tomato Slices
  • Diced Roasted Red Peppers
  • Apple/Grape Salad (think of how chicken salad is sometimes made, without the chicken)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • a small amount of Honey Mustard Dressing.
Oh man oh man.. it was a tasty salad. So nice, I had to make it TWICE!

Now, this was a pure power play.. Two plates of salad.. plus the 2 minis ... well, that made it really hard for me to want, even look, at the dessert menu... And when Emry asked, I was so happy to remind him that he had his own container of chocolate gelato at home.

Then it was home... and Emry had his Gelato... I packed the lunches for the next day. Emry showered...
And then it was basically bed time for all of us...
I fell asleep on the couch.
Emry fell asleep in his bed...
Klay fell asleep reading...

When I woke up (a couple hours later)... I realized I was starving like MARVIN... so, I made myself a snack. Chocolate Rice cake, 1 Tsp of Peanut Butter, 1/2 a banana (sliced), and a tiny dollop of Sugar Free Cool whip, topped with ground cinammon.

http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly2fzw1DmB1qkjsuxo1_500.gifIt was heaven.. Just saying.

Klay and I watched the Rob Zombie Halloween reboot.. and I was in bed around 10:15p.

Monday Morning:

I woke up this morning, and pushed my run on the treadmill... I did 4 miles in 37 minutes and 14 seconds. That's an average speed of 6.45 mph and that means I was doing a mile every 9 minutes and 18 seconds. I did a cool down (speed) walk for another 17 minutes, and accomplished another 1.22 miles... SO, basically 5.22 miles in 54 minutes and 14 seconds. Not bad not bad.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_1kkdusxXqQ/U6O-CZnSAHI/AAAAAAAAAPY/zezYpI4cfJY/s1600/tumblr_inline_n0dspx1lYK1qzzcx5.gifI got Emry to camp... And I got to work.. and here I sit. Looking at the couple pieces of work I have to do... and typing this post instead. I know... I'm procrastinating... Aren't you?

Tonight, Emry has karate at 6p.. and that will give us an hour to kill between picking him up and when his class starts. Luckily, there is a high school track right next to his dojang. If it isn't pouring.. Emry and I will do some laps.. So we can keep training for our 4 mile race!

And then, we will finish out our day with Karate and Dinner and... well... PASSING OUT!

OH OH OH!
I almost forgot.
Today, I start a 30 day challenge, which I found through TribeSports.com  

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Does Anyone want to do this with me? I think I want to report on it weekly, tell everyone how it's going.. what I love, what I hate... Stuff like that. Is anyone else down to do this! No equipment needed.. and honestly... It looks kind of fun. Right? Right? *cricket noises*

I can't wait to read how everyones weekend went!


   

Friday, July 25, 2014

Frivolous Thursday Fun has turned into Freaking Tired Friday!

Last night, after work, Emry and I did pre-race training for the 4 mile race we have scheduled for August 16, 2014. 

A group of people, of different running capabilities, all ran the course (mostly on the sidewalks) through the downtown area it will be held. 

Around the 3 mile mark.. Emry started to slow down and complain of pain... I didn't want to push him to hard, so we took a short cut.. and finished the course, but only completing 3.44 miles of it. 
86% of the course in 40 minutes. I am so proud of my boy. I stayed with him so he wouldn't feel alone, and also.. because well... It's not the race.. and the streets were filled with cars... 

Plus, it was kind of fun to motivate each other through the hills and turns. 

We got home, ate dinner... and I figured as a great reward for a good run done... We would go to the County Fair. 

We got to the fair by 8p... and did every BIG KID RIDE (because my Emry is now over 48 inches tall... at 7 years old) in the entire Fair.

3 hours later, we were home. We all showered, and then I had the fun of packing the lunches for the next day... and just doing the MOM thing, and I was in bed by oh... midnight.

It was a blast. 
We had so much fun.
(And the only fair food I ate was half of a fried oreo.. I know, I'm impressed too!)

And now, as I sit here at my desk.. I am not ashamed to tell you, that I have a 12 ounce cup of black German Chocolate flavored coffee...

Because, I have dubbed today COFFEE APPRECIATION DAY.. because I am EXHAUSTED.

It is Friday so that means it is rest day. The past 2 weeks, I have been doing short 20-30 minute workouts first thing in the morning.. just to speed up the metabolism... This morning.. That didn't happen;

LIKE AT ALL.

I slept until the last physical moment I could, and then we got dressed and out of the house.

But, let me give you my Friday 5's. The things that I am truly grateful and happy for this week.

http://miami-water.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/waterwave.gif1. Wet Vacuums and Power Drying Fans - This is my #1 this week, because, well.. I may have (read: totally did this) flooded our break room with a 6 gallon jug of water... I swear, I didn't drop it... It was 3 inches from the ground when I let it go... and I've done this many a time before.. this time.. .THE BOTTOM SHATTERED.. AND THESE ARE PLASTIC JUGS.. It went freaking everywhere. On the walls... on one of my coworkers... UP MY DRESS AND SOAKED INTO MY LEGGINGS (I look like I pee'd myself)... And, all over the floor of the break room. The puddle it created was named after me. And I was the laughing stock of my department. **SIGHS** Thank the Lord, for the fast acting facilities department, and the wet vac and power fan... because today.. It doesn't look like it happened... And, well.. I wish I could have stood in front of the power drying fan before I left work.. because I was pretty much Soaked. 

http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/django-leonardo-dicaprio-now-you-have-my-attention.gif?w=6502. Nike New Balance Shoes - Emry and I got our running shoes, and this time they were Nike New Balances.. Now, I'm not really a master runner, or know much about brand, but New Balance never seemed like a FANCY SCHMANCY shoe to me.. so I kind of turned up my nose when it was recommended to handle the mileage and type of running we were planning to do.. but, I listened to the guy at the Custom Shoe Fitting place.. and I'm pretty happy with the selection.. And Emry is definitely benefiting from the proper support of a real running shoe. Guess, I'll never brand shame again!

http://hannaford.gsnrecipes.com/GetImage.aspx?vector=lxjM0N3DKbs1JZCLybU/IeNgRpRqCxtWAZbG+kWHrkke21xRZClo8jdaqitFi03g3. Dark Chocolate flavored Yogurt Covered Raisins - These have been my go to.. NEED CHOCOLATE snack. I separate them out into 1 serving portions, and I have them for a quick.. grab a bag.. snack at home. This week, they have helped me conquer the temptation of : Strawberry Shortcake (fresh from the bakery), Danish (fresh from the bakery), and Bagels (fresh from the DAMN bakery)... I get my chocolate fix without the horrible extra calories and carbs that the other options had. I'm considering adding them into yogurt and fruit parfaits for the weekend.. for when that inevitable ice cream hankering hits. Because, it WILL happen.

http://media3.giphy.com/media/BdwfKCHEzYozm/original.gif4. Positive Reinforcement of the Superficial Kind - I have been freaking out about my dress fitting today... I am guilty of being a slave to the number on the scale... And since the last time I weighed in, I am heavier than when I tried on the dress the last time. And even though I put in the hard work, and bust my ass in the gym, I know I haven't been as dedicated to the nutritional end of this journey. So, I was freaking out. TODAY, I put on my smallest work skirt...My reasoning: If I can get THIS thing to zip up, and be able to breathe and sit in it.. I will be able to get that dress on. And guess what friends, I'm sitting in the skirt, and breathing.. It's a little snug.. but, I got the thing zipped up. Dress is going to fit. And that makes me happy. 

http://static.tumblr.com/93c6f15ac78441a3720a59c30c6cdbf6/gplvci1/0n1mr6t29/tumblr_static_sam_attack_hug_1.gif5. YOU - yes, all of you are the fifth thing that has made my week amazing. You all are so amazing. Positive, and Honest. A support system that I have dreamed for! I love the amazing friendships I am making each week, and the ones that are growing stronger as the weeks pass by. You let me into your lives with your posts, and you actually take the time to read through my diatribes and lift me up and sometimes ground me. It's an amazing feeling. I am about this close to telling Klay I want to add another table or two to the wedding just to invite ALL of you. Seriously, completely honest here... I feel like you all have been the support that I've been craving from those I actually see everyday. 
Who wants to make a trip to NY? :)

Happy Friday Everyone.
May your weekend be filled with happiness and friends! 
Make some memories people! 

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Being Your Best You: Strength

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 This link-up is a chance to join, motivate and share with one another all things health, fitness and lifestyle to be the best version you.  Embrace the journey, one link-up at a time.

This week is all about health and fitness. 
Share your favorite workouts, tips, tricks, and ways to reach your peak strength.

Now, I'm a runner... not like crazy fast marathoner.. but I enjoy the running.. a great deal.

My favorite workout is at least a 5k run in the morning.. outside.. with the sun rising in the distance.
There is nothing more pure to me than that.

But, then, I hit a plateau with the running.. I wasn't seeing the results I wanted to... and I wasn't... motivated to do it 5x a week. So, I went down to 3 days of running (sometimes 4, depending on how many miles I've put in)... and I added some weight/strength training into the mix.

This started with dumbbell exercises.
Bicep Curls
Chest Flys
Chest Press
Bent Rows

Things like that... and then, I really wanted to do more...

And I met my best friend on earth:

SQUATS

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Now, I do these with a barbell.. and I have finally hit the 50lb squat range... I'm nowhere near being a "Power Lifter" ... but, my legs are my STRONGEST part of my body.. and the more squats I do.. the better they look.. not to mention the better my BUTT looks. Just saying, sometimes it's a superficial thing.

But, I don't stop there.. I like to focus on each area of my body... I want to feel and look strong... It's not about being SKINNY... It's always been about being HEALTHY... and being STRONG is another aspect of that. 

There are also a GAZILLION DIFFERENT TYPES OF SQUATS!
Side Squats
Sumo Squats
Squat Pulses
Knees together squats...

Look it up.. There are so many different ways to do a squat.

I also found a class TABATA, which I go to EVERY WEEK. I share a post each week about the activities we have done in each class.. and how they make me feel... I have never been so sweaty.. and feeling so STRONG... EVER... And each week, I excitedly go... For the burn... Sometimes I even go TWICE a week.. (They have it on SATURDAYS TOO!) ...

Now, with all of the strength training.. and all of the different exercises.. There is another very important aspect of STRENGTH... And that comes from STRETCHING. Make sure that you stretch before and after ANY WORKOUT.. even if it's just a little...

I'm an internet junkie.. if you know you want to work a certain area of your body.. LOOK IT UP... you'll find examples and youtube videos up the WAZOO.

If you aren't sure how to stretch out a certain muscle group... once again... GOOGLE IS OUR FRIEND.

The last part of this STRENGTH post is something that I am still learning.. and is a weekly struggle... You have to eat CORRECTLY to be STRONG. Your body needs the right amount of protein, fat, carbs... right amount of EVERYTHING, in order to rejuvenate and do it's job.

Take it from me... Find a nutritionist, or a personal trainer or read the BLOG of one... Ask questions, Ask for help. I've been so blessed to be friends with so many amazing trainers, nutritionists, and blogging buddies... who just will answer any question I have...

I couldn't do this without them...

Strength is also having a support system... and knowing when you need a little help.

What keeps you strong? 
What is STRENGTH to you?

Look out for the TABATA THURSDAY POST and the TWIT THURSDAY POST!


I'm a Twit Thursday! (7-24)


   
   



Last week my goals were to:

  • Continue to make good choices with my meals and snacks
  • Always make sure that I am taking in an adequate amount of protein, as well (healthy) fats.
  • Continue with 1 cheat meal a week, and keep that in a healthy sized portion.
  • Move from 10lb dumbbells to 12lb dumbbells.. on my upper body work.
  • And continue to build my core
Did I meet those goals?
Yes and no.
I made some very good choices this week, and a few bad ones (even outside the trainpalooza vacation). But, when I made a bad choice (IE: Ice cream, and MEGA S'more).. I only had a portion of it... I didn't keep going.. I didn't just gorge. I ate what it was.. and that was it. I call that an improvement. Normally, a unhealthy (cheating) snack spirals out of control into this never ending eating binge. And that didn't happen this week.
I call that progress.

I have been taking in recommended protein and healthy fats as well... This week I've had avacado, and chicken and tuna and tilapia... and almonds... and some olive oil... and I even added a 4ounce post workout protein shake. Which has made a big difference. At least I think so.

On Tuesday, I did my full body strength and weight training, and I did in fact move up to a 12 lb dumbbell. I did not use a 12 in the Tabata workout today.. But, I made the step.. now it's time to build my strength.

My core is getting stronger... if you've been over to the TABATA post, you will read about the Side V-Ups, that were easier than expected!

I didn't weigh myself today, I was running behind.. and it just really slipped my mind.. so let's see what I weigh NEXT week.

THIS WEEKS GOALS:
  • Healthy Portions, Healthy Meals, 
  • No cheating this week... just to make sure I can still do that!
  • Run with Emry 3x
  • Continue with the 12 lb dumbbells


How was your week?
TWIT UP!

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Tabata Thursday (7-24)

IT IS THAT TIME AGAIN! A RECAP OF MY FAVORITE WORKOUT! 
TA-BA-TA! 
 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-StApuhaCoIg/UkIsfIOmcxI/AAAAAAAABSY/1JWknoatPNI/s1600/unless+you+faint....gif 
 
It seems that I have made Tabata a habit.. not just a habit.. it's kind of a love affair.
I keep going back to see what we're doing! And it makes me just.. SO STINKING EXCITED.
 
All levels of Fitness Geek go to this class, and I love how we all inspire each other to keep going!
 
 Once again Tabta is a HIIT class (High Intensity Interval Training). Participants go through 7 different stations, 2 exercises per station. Each exercise is 20 seconds long, with 10 second breaks. Each station gets 4 repetitions of the 2 exercises. It's about 4 minutes for each station, and then you get a 2 minute break between stations.


STATION 1: ROPES 
Double Wave
Jumping Jacks
 
http://hqhblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/ride-the-wave-battle-ropes.jpgI was really in the zone today, I've been struggling with feeling good and not feeling good... almost at the drop of a hat.. I'm fighting soreness.. and I think I'm getting a cold.. which would really explain all the mixed emotional and physical turmoil my body has been going through.. I put this all into the ropes... ALL OF IT... The double waves, I kept me chin up, and I slammed them down... And I kept doing it.. I just need to get this.. FEELING out of me.. I need to just not get stuck in another RUT.. AGAIN.. It's just not going to happen. 
http://cdn.sheknows.com/articles/2013/06/battle-ropes-for-beginners-jumping-jacks.jpgAnd then the jumping jacks.. I am never really good at these... the ropes seem to get in my way.. but today, somehow.. my body got it.. it clicked.. and I was doing them continuously.. no girly one at a time nonsenses.. I was doing the jacks.. And I was doing them for most of each round without stopping.. Now, if I can do it again.. It's a habit ;)
 


STATION 2: TRX
Back Row Squat
Low Chest Press
 
http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/bc/85/8e/bc858e5ebabd215244e61c1cc502d307.jpgWe never really use the TRX for upper body work, so I was pleasantly surprised with todays exercises... If you've read the "Your Best You" post, you know that I love squats, and with the trx, I can get ALL the way down, and now worry about how I'm going to get up. And I noticed.. I wasn't really using the TRX to get up as much as I thought I was going to.. The back row aspect of this totally strengthened my back... It felt nice.. 
http://blog.classpass.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Press.gifLow chest presses are hard.. Don't let the  GIF fool you.. They are not easy.. and it was a challenge.. And I was refusing to do the girl modification.. and do this at basically a 45 degree tilt.. I wanted to be lower than that... Wasn't my best exercise of the day.. but I stuck it through.
 
 

STATION 3: Barbell
Overhead Press
Front Squat Pulse
 
http://waytoenliven.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Mens-Fitness-Standing-Barbell-Shoulder-Press-Exercise.jpg40lb barbell and go go go ... I definitely challenged myself with the over head press... My body was definitely not happy about it.. but, screw that.. we're going to be strong, I've decided it.. Now lift the damn barbell above your head. Don't you love how motivational I am to myself? 
http://www.fitbie.com/sites/default/files/bbell-squat-heelsraiseb-female.jpgSince I had pushed myself to the limit with the overhead press, I lightened it up for the Pulsing Front Squat.. only 20lbs.. but, I got REAL low in that squat... Like Super SUMO squat. FEEL THE BURN LEGS AND THIGHS AND ASS.. FEEL THE BURN!
 
 

STATION 4: ABS
Plank Twist
Side V-Up
 
http://girlyschtuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/PlankHipTwists.jpegPlank twist.. was interesting... I could feel it in my hips the entire time. And I've been complaining all week about the soreness in my hips... But, there was a stretching element to it.. and that must have done some good.. They aren't as sore as they were this morning.
 
https://www.fitstudio.com/system/images/217/print/143_Side_V-up.jpg?1366126881Side V-Up.. the last time we met.. I wasn't very good at you.. and I must have increased some core strength, because today, you didn't seem so hard! Ha! By the 4th station, I was sweating up a damn storm.. not going to lie... And laying on the mat while doing these meant I had the 10 second down time to just DIE on the mat. HEHEHE 
 

STATION 5: DUMBBELLS
Chest Fly + Leg Lift
Renegade Row
 
http://sunshineandthebear.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ss_102049189.jpgChest Fly + Leg Lift: This was the best picture I could find.. but it's sort of backwards... you opened into the chest fly when you lowered your legs.. and raised your legs while closing/raising your arms. It was a dual exercise, and it messed with my coordination. I did this with a 10lb dumbbell.. and felt it the ENTIRE time... 
 
http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/sites/muscleandfitnesshers.com/files/imagecache/node_page_image/article_images/pdrfinish.jpgRenegade Row: Push up.. Lift a dumbbell... push up lift with the other arm.. rinse and repeat. I did this with a 10lb dumbbell as well, and I was having issues with the push ups today.. I blame the TRX for sapping all my energy in that department. But... I did it slow.. and steady. I'm like the darn TORTOISE! 
 
 

STATION 6: CONTINUOUS DEATH AGAIN
Burpee + Frog Jump
Rope Shuffle
 
http://www.stepandswing.net/sites/default/files/blog/20131204082912-roll-the-dice-burpees-7-day-challenge1.pngAnother continuous death station.. so much fun.. TOTALLY not. Burpee.. Then a frog jump Burpee and the propelling myself forward with yet another Frog Jump.. Until you reached the end of the room... THEN!
http://www.elle.com/cm/elle/images/ig/frog_jump.gifhttp://img2.timeinc.net/health/images/slides/fast-feet-400x400.jpgYou had to do fast feet with a rope as your guide... Two in front.. Two behind... Forward Forward + Back Back.. until you got to the other side of the room...
Rinse
Repeat
Keep Going
No break for you.
I hate you John.. but I really love you.. 
 
 


STATION 7: BENCH
T - Lunge Pulse
Up Up, Down Down
 
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/files/images/0601_step_lunge.jpgThe picture is also not accurate, the T aspect of the Lunge Pulse is your dumbbelled hands in a T position while you did the pulse.. Not fun... I hate lunges.. I lose my balance too easily.. But, they are challenging so I pushed through..
http://cdn.sheknows.com/articles/2014/03/step-up-600w.jpg 
And then, as if the last station wasn't bad enough with the fast feet over the rope.. Then we had to do it up and down the DARN bench... Yup... Just closed my eyes and did it.. and prayed I wouldn't miss the bench and fall... 
 
 
 
With a warm up and a cool down.. this was the workout today.

I feel good right now.. 
Not as sore as I felt yesterday or the day before...
 
So that's a positive.. right?
 
What did you do today to get active?