August 31, 2012
Its FRIDAY! 🙂 And what makes Friday even better? A three day weekend folks – yup! Does it seem like the week before a holiday weekend are always just a little bit harder to get through for anyone else too? Jeepers.
After a two days of solid work in the beginning, my week settled out pretty well, so I took advantage of the extra breathing room to bring myself back up to speed on the workout routine. Like I said yesterday, I haven’t quite kicked myself back into early am running, but I’ve managed to fill my week with a workout each day. Here’s how it turned out:
Monday: Got my butt out of bed and to a second consecutive week of Bodypump. I really have missed starting my day with the girls in the class and the instructor. Even though I don’t know them personally, there’s something about the motivational comments, the mutual grimaces, sighs of relief and blood pumping music that screams “best way to start a week” to me. This was also the morning that I realized I am sadly out of practice with green smoothie makings. Clumpy and tasteless, but it held me over until lunch. Yikes. Bonus? I could walk like a normal human being afterwards.
Tuesday: Here’s where I almost gave in. The idea of hitting the gym after an exhausting day of work with only myself to motivate me through a simple 30 minutes of cardio. I gave myself until after dinner to relax a bit, get back some energy from dinner and walk out that door before I could decide to “wait until tomorrow” to get back to it. I ended up with something closer to 35 minutes (I’m a weirdo and HAVE to finish my workout on an even time and mile).
Wednesday: Wednesday pushed myself to get out the door and a little early so I could fit in a 20 minute elliptical session before my yoga class, which felt great. I think when its possible, I’m going to try for this more often. Especially with a forced 1 hour stretch session afterwards. Yoga this week had a KILLER downward dog series that if you follow me on dailymile, you’ll know had my shoulders screaming at the end. I am in awe of anyone who considers that a rest pose. Yow.zas. But the core workout was great and I felt stronger than I have in weeks.
Thursday: Just another simple 30 minute session on the elliptical. I’ve focused on a cardio exercise with less impact to start back up again with this week. I want to get my body reacquainted with endurance and cardio workouts before I start filtering back in the running. Happily, I’m starting to feel that urge to work a little harder, so I think I may incorporate some runs next week. This go-round though, I tried out the “reverse workout” function. 5 minutes forward and 2 minutes in reverse. It starts out ok, but 2 minutes of reverse on an elliptical can get ROUGH, especially when you up the resistance. Rounded out the workout with a cooldown, totaling 35 minutes and 4 miles. I topped the night off with a big bowl of bulgur wheat, grilled veggies and tofu (FINALLY).
Friday: The last big test of the week, the 5:45 am Bodypump+CxWorks gym class. 45 minutes of lifting and 30 minutes of core work with resistance bands and weights, etc. First things first – I WENT. Secondly, I think I held a plank/hover today for the longest I have ever done (with toe/knee taps mixed in!). I kind of wanted to throw up a little afterwards. But I’m ridic proud of doing it. Oh and one more thing?
I’m getting a lot better at those smoothies…round 2 was green and delicious. Thank you, ripe banana, thank you.
Smoothie: Almond milk, handful of spinach, flax seeds, Maca root powder, hemp protein powder, P2B Chocolate PB, a dash of vanilla and 1 bananananananana. Werd. (I followed with a coffee chaser 😉 )
I am happy, I am awake and kind of excited that my abs are finally coming back out to play. So lets start the countdown for the holiday weekend, kids! We have lots of plans for friends, cookouts, breweries and fun.
Since we’ll be on the go a bit, I think i’m going to whip up these little beauties tonight, so we can have something healthy to enjoy with our coffee or just grab and go for the drives.
Who’s got fun weekend plans??
ps – Check out these photos from CNN. I think numbers 3,6, 11 and 15 are my favorites.
August 29, 2012
Here’s what Monday and Tuesday night have looked like for us:
Simple, easy to prepare meals, that still offered the comfort of a home cooked meal. My guilty conscious reared its head though and I made sure to have some veggies for each night. Mushrooms up top and some saute’d golden zukes down below (shout out to the hubs for perfecting the vegan grilled cheese). Perfect for those nights where you’re not motivated to cook and have a list of things you want to get done before you go to bed.
Tonight isn’t going to be any different. I threw together some ingredients for a chipotle sweet potato chili in the crockpot this morning before I left for work. I won’t even have to cook my dinner tonight.
August 26, 2012
I’m up in Lancaster this weekend celebrating a very important birthday of my favorite 1 year old girl.
In my absence i’ve brought in a substitute teacher. He assures me he’s been preparing all week for today’s post. Enjoy!
August 24, 2012
Another busy, but good week at work calls for another great ending. Let’s go O’s!