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Monkey See, Monkey Do

25 Oct

In case you couldn’t guess, I love reading health and fitness blogs. I get a lot of my best ideas from fitness blogs, and this morning I managed to copycat several ideas from various blogs.

But first, let me tell you about my new outfit:

Cute, huh? Another things you may have guessed about me is that I’m frugal. As much as everyone in the world loves Lululemon, I would never drop $98 on a pair of pants. The outfit above, including the sports bra, cost less than a sports bra from Lulu. The entire outfit is from Old Navy. Have you ever tried their workout gear? My very favorite running capris are from Old Navy. I’ve had them for 3 years and they just now got a tiny hole in the knee, so I thought it was time for a new pair. I really like these, and my favorite part is that they aren’t black. I have a tendency to gravitate to black workout gear, and it tends to look a little goth.

This morning, I wanted to try this Tabata sprints workout from Clare at Fitting It All In:

Thanks Clare!

Holy cow! I tend to have a slower overall pace on the treadmill, mainly because I get bored of running and take it down to a walk more often than I should, but this morning I ended up covering 2.75 miles in the 24 minutes, and I was dripping with sweat by the end:

Jennifer Garner = awesome

(I’m a lot slower than Clare, obviously. I set the recovery pace at 6.0, and the Tabata sprints at 8.0) Alias made the time fly by. The treadmill said I burned _____ calories, and while I know I shouldn’t take that as fact, I do know that usually it takes 3+ miles to have the treadmill say that, so I know I got a good burn in.

After I got back from the gym, I remembered that I wanted to set a base plank time to participate in Tina, at Carrots ‘n Cake‘s 4-week Plank Challenge. One thing I know about myself is that I hate traditional “Abs” exercises, and typically half-ass them or just skip them altogether. Weak abs could be the root of my low-back/sciatica issues, so I know that I need to work on that. One strategy is to do more Pilates, and the other is to work on my core more often in general. We all know that planks are the best core-strengtheners, so this seems like the perfect challenge for me.

The plan for the 4-week challenge is this:

  • Monday: Time Trail (I know, it’s Thursday. I’m slow.)
  • Wednesday: Plank/Core workout (Tina is posting one each week)
  • Friday: Time Trial (try to beat Monday’s time!)

Basically, I’m starting a week behind Tina, but that’s ok. Today I set a base time for myself, an embarrassing 1:27. Tina’s goal for the 4-week challenge is to double her time, so I’m going to set the same goal. Goal: Hold a 3 minute plank by Monday, November 26th. Doable? Yep!

It took forever for me to get this photo, and I think I got an extra plank workout in because of all the photo taking:

Forgetting the self-timer, wrong angle, yelling at a cat….

After my run and plank, I did about 15 minutes of yoga. Not the longest ever, but I got my stretches in.

I drank this Protein Shot after my workout. As you may know, ingesting 10-20 grams of protein after a workout helps your muscles repair and recover, helping you build muscle faster. Since I don’t eat breakfast until I get to work (about an hour after my workout), I’ve been looking for ways to get a protein boost right after my workout. As far as this protein shot goes, it has 120 calories, and the only ingredients are protein isolates, pure cane sugar and filtered water. It tastes awful, but it did quell my hunger until breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, I again took a page out of Tina’s book blog. I made her “Sweet Breakfast Scramble”— sorry for the lack of photo, but it wasn’t that interesting. I’ve made something similar to this called “Oatmeal without the Oats” I made mine using 2 whole eggs instead of one whole, 2 whites, because I didn’t have a carton of whites and I hate wasting half the egg, and I also used pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice instead of the squash and cinnamon, because everything I eat between now and December 1 has to taste like Pumpkin Pie. This was good and really filling. I only ate half of it before putting it away and saving half for later in the morning.

Question of the Day:
Where do you get your ideas for workouts/recipes? From blogs, books or do you make them all up yourself? 

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What’s Interesting in the Blog World.

25 Oct

I forgot my phone (and photos to accompany my planned post) at home this morning, so I wanted to post a quick update to let you know that a regular post will be up this afternoon.

But, more so, I’d like to call your attention to three blog posts that have really piqued my interest.

The Case of the Sexy Halloween Costume by Caitlin of The Healthy Tipping Point

I always love Caitlin’s posts. It’s obvious that she thinks them through, and researches them thoroughly. This post, however, I was really interested in. The comments in this post were WOW amazing. I’m sure Caitlin got really sick of approving the millions of replies I made!

My take on this topic: I’m not against dressing ‘sexy’ on Halloween, as long as it is appropriate (translation: Please don’t let your six-year-old wear a sexy nurse costume). If you want to go to the costume store and buy a sexy Tootsie Roll costume, hey, more power to you. I’m not necessarily going to think it’s a great costume, but it’s not because it’s ‘sexy’ — it’s because it is completely unoriginal. Well, ok, dressing as a sexy piece of candy might be a little unique, but buying a pre-made costume is never really that interesting. I totally agree with Caitlin when she says “….but I want to start off this post by stating that I don’t think the only way to be sexy is to be half-naked.  Because it’s not.” — so true. In fact, I’ve heard the argument many times before that sometimes you can be sexier by showing off less skin. However, I’m not sure I agree with her out-and-out ban on sexy costumes. She says, ” I still do think that sexy costumes are kind of – honestly – lame (and I can say that because I used to wear them).  They aren’t goodcostumes; they won’t win any contests.  They aren’t memorable for any other reason beyond the fact that they show a lot of flesh.” See, that’s where we differ. I’ve seen many a unique, original costume that was composed of ‘barely there’ elements. The key is that you can’t just go to the Halloween store and pick up a costume off the shelf. Be creative! Be original! I won’t care how naked you are if you look awesome.

Now, let’s get to the comments. There were a TON of great comments on this post. In fact, I keep going back to read more. However, I found a troubling theme in a few of the comments, and that is that some people think it’s the responsibility of a woman to not dress sexy in order to deter negative attention. I’ve never, ever been a fan of this line of thinking. While it is important to be aware of your surroundings, it is never ok to make someone else uncomfortable — no matter what they look like. This line of thinking makes people think it’s ok to pay negative attention to people based on how they are dressed.

Why Running on the Morning of my Wedding was an Awesome Idea: By Anne at fANNEtastic Food

Anne got married recently, in the most incredible dress! She and some of her girlfriends went on a 3 mile run the morning of her wedding. Here, she talks about how much she enjoyed it and it calmed and prepared her for her big day.

My take on this: I can’t wait to go for a run on the morning of my wedding! How exciting!

Diet Cliches: by Meghann at Meals and Miles

Meghann talks about how someone was trying to convince her to cut all sugar out of her diet, and why that isn’t a good plan for her, and some diet cliches (such as “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” — blech).

My take on this: I will say here what I said in the comments. I once read an interview with Victoria Beckham, and the reporter asked her if she would ever eat a cupcake. She said, “No, never.” I immediately thought, “How sad!” It does give some insight into those unattainable celebrity bodies, though, doesn’t it? In my opinion, I’d rather eat a cupcake once in a while than be a size two. Why? Because it makes me happy. Someone else  in the comments said, “Being thin doesn’t automatically mean healthy” — and I totally agree, and want to add, “Being overweight doesn’t automatically mean UNhealthy” — I think that one is a little harder for people to hold on to, but it’s also true.

Question of the Day:
What do you think about these topics?