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Will I Ever Learn My Lesson?

2 Jan

This morning’s desk breakfast is oatmeal, which never, ever keeps me full until lunch, but apparently I will never learn my lesson:

desk breakfast

This time, I added 2 egg whites and a scoop of peanut butter to the oats to give them some staying power, and paired them with a pear on the side. The oats were really thick and creamy and delicious. I also drizzled some honey on them and cooked them in almond milk. Surely I’ll be starving by 10:00, but I was just craving a hot bowl of oats this morning!

I need to talk about my fitness plan. I’m feeling overwhelmed by my fitness desires lately. I want to do more running, and I also want to keep up with the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer (which I put on hiatus over the holidays), and as of today, I really want to get back to going to my group fitness classes, but it just doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day to meet all of my fitness wants.

This morning, I went back to the 6:15 Cardio Fusion class at my gym. I used to attend this class incredibly regularly, but I stopped going altogether after the half marathon and starting the LiveFit Trainer.

Whew, it was a rough one! Here’s what we did:

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Circuit 1: 30 seconds work/15 seconds rest; 2 times

– Sumo squat with dumbbell curl
– Push up, then move foot to elbow
– Renegade row (on each arm), with burpee
– Dumbbell curl with push out to squat
– Bent over dumbbell row to flye

Cardio blast: Run the length of the gym and back with Bosu over your head, then do 6 Bosu push ups. Repeat run, followed by 6 Bosu burpees, repeat run followed by 6 mountain climbers on Bosu — do 2 x

Hold wall sit, then raise each leg for 8 reps. Then hold wall sit again for 2 8 counts. 

Circuit 2: 30 seconds work/15 seconds rest; 2 times

– Half get ups (right) with dumbbell
– Side lunge (right) to curtsy lunge with curl (alternate lateral raise every other time)
– Half get ups (left) with dumbbell
– Side lunge (left) to curtsy lunge with curl (alternate lateral raise every other time)
– Chest flyes with double leg lower on floor

Repeat Cardio Blast

Do one set of all 10 exercises from both circuits, 30 seconds work, 15 seconds rest 

Cool down and STRETCH! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Whew!! My heart was pumping and I sure was glad to reach the stretch portion of this class! This workout made me realize how much I miss going to this class. It’s so nice to wake up, throw on my workout clothes and shoes, and just go to the gym. No need to make a plan, no need to make sure my phone is charged, no untangling my headphones.

However, I am loving the muscle building that is going on with LiveFit. As much as I love my class, it’s more of a fast-paced, low-weight, high rep class with emphasis on fat burning. I need to figure out a way to fit it all in with running as well. Which means that I won’t be following LiveFit strictly anymore. I think because the Cardio Fusion class meets 2x a week, I can probably fit in one of those days. Since I made two fitness resolutions (run 600 miles this year and make a specific strength training plan each week), I will have to sit down and figure out how to fit it all in. I will keep you updated!

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In other food news, I wanted to share my dinner from last night:

good luck dinner

I had to fit our cabbage in yesterday, and what better way to do that than with sauerkraut!? I made smoked sausage sauteed with peppers, onions and kraut, the Pioneer Woman’s crash potatoes, and roasted broccoli. It was so delicious, and I feel luckier already!

Question of the Day:
Do you ever feel like you can’t fit in all the different kinds of workouts you want to do? 

 

 

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Good News!

4 Oct

Good news! Waking up earlier proved to work out for me making it to the gym. I really do think setting my alarm earlier is the answer, because I like having a little time before I head out the door.

This morning, I set my alarm for 5:25 AM (it has been going off at 5:45) and those extra 20 minutes really helped. I got up and got dressed, then I was able to drink a glass of water, have a banana, read some blogs and then search for a good strength routine in my old magazines before heading to the gym.

I hit the treadmill first thing. My goal was 3 miles at half-marathon pace (9:40/mile), and then weights. Well, for some reason I was just not feeling the running so I did 1.5 miles and then told myself I’d do the rest after I hit the weight room.

I know you guys love it when I post photos of my treadmill display. I’ m a little worried about not running outside very much lately, but I’m doing all my long runs outside, so that should be ok for the half.

After that little run, I headed down to the weight room to do this power-pairs dumbbell workout that I found in the December 2010 issue of Women’s Health. It was TOUGH. One of the trainers saw me doing it and came over to ask to have a look at the rest of the workout. He said (and I quote), “I like that! It looks hard!” — he was right. It was a toughie. I did three rounds of 12 reps of each exercise (it calls for 15 reps, but I used heavy weights — 10 lbs for most of the moves, 8 for the others). I was definitely sweaty and out of breath when I was done.

Ok, speaking of workouts from magazines. Sarah (of SarahFit.com) did a video once about magazine workouts and how there is always one move that is just impossible to do. This workout was no different.

If you click up there where I linked to the workout, there is a video showing a fitness model doing this exercise and she seems to have no problem, but I could NOT do it. I can do those hamstring curls on the ball, but I need my arms out for stability. Adding in the dumbbells, I was all over the place. If you have a minute and the equipment, give it a try and tell me in the comments below if you could do it. Maybe I’m just a mess!

After that, I did get back on the treadmill, but I cut it short about half a mile because it was getting late. Oh well!

Rewinding to yesterday, I don’t know if you remember a couple months back when I wrote about how I had to get my learner’s permit because my Pennsylvania license had expired before I switched to West Virginia. Well, yesterday I finally bit the bullet, left work a little early and went to take my driver’s test. I’m happy to say that I passed with flying colors! I’m a licensed driver again!

After Zach and I got back from the DMV, I was starving, so I ended up not getting in my run for yesterday. I made dinner, and then we walked over to the Dog Park, where Margot (Courtney’s doberman puppy) had her Dog Park debut. Puppies can’t really go outside or be socialized with other dogs until they are 16 weeks old and have had their final Parvo vaccination. Apparently Parvo can live in the ground for a very long time. I had no idea!

I felt a little creepy going to the Dog Park without a dog of my own to contribute, especially since I’m a HUGE dog lover and I knew I would be petting everyone’s dogs like crazy! I wish I had some photos to show of the dogs I met, but they all moved so fast it was hard to get a photo, but here’s a photo of my other friend Courtney’s dog when she was all worn out from chasing a ball:

Yes, I have two friends named Courtney who have Dobermans. No, it’s not really that confusing — unless I’m blogging about them! Here’s a photo of Courtney Bell’s dog Margot for comparison:

Photo courtesy of Courtney Bell

So, you see, it’s completely different! The dog park was so fun. I met: a Newfoundland named Fat Head (he was awesome and loved the other dogs, but all the other dogs were afraid of him), two bulldogs, a puppy named Miko who was the same age as Margot but a quarter of her size, three chihuahuas, a bunch of mutts and a black lab that carried a soccer ball around in his mouth. It. Was. Awesome. I left wanting a dog RIGHT AWAY!

The walk to the dog park was about a mile, uphill, and then we walked back so yesterday ended up not being completely sedentary. I’ll tell you what, the sunsets here have been amazing lately:

Red sky at night, Sailor’s Delight. Red sky in morning, Sailor take warning.

I’m so excited for date night tonight! Registering at Macy’s and dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s (can’t wait for that salad bar!)

Question of the Day:
Do you have a dog? What kind? Can I dog-sit him so I can go to the dog park without being that creepy dog-less lady?

Getting Back on Track!

7 Sep

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I’ve been having some trouble getting out of bed and getting to the gym in the mornings after a week of indulgent (and wonderful, amazing) vacation. Well, I’m glad to report that it is getting easier! I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday morning, but I got my speed work in after work, and then this morning I woke up and went to the gym with only a minimal amount of internal grumbling.

It helped that the gym was introducing two new morning classes today. One is a 6:15 yoga, and the other is an “Express Workout” class. I’m always excited for Express Workout classes because you never know what you’re going to get. I did know that the instructor is one of my favorites, so I didn’t want to miss it. Kelli decided to make it into a HIIT class since it’s shorter than usual classes (40 minutes instead of an hour), so we did 5 rounds of Tabata drills (20 sec high intensity, followed by 10 sec rest), followed up by about 8 minutes of Abs. Quick stretch and we were out the door. I owe myself 3 miles of running today for training, so after I was done with class I went down to the treadmill. I wasn’t really feeling it, so I did a mile. I have time after work to fit in at least 2 more.

After the gym, Zach and I got ready really quickly to go look at a venue for the wedding (more about that on a wedding post later), but it was too small for our quickly growing guest list (eek!). Since I hadn’t had time to make breakfast, we had to stop somewhere. Zach wanted Tudor’s, which made me sigh. If you’re not familiar with Tudor’s Biscuit World, you probably don’t live in WV or you’ve never visited. I’ll admit Tudor’s is amazing — because they are famous for their huge homemade butter biscuits piled with egg, cheese, and greasy meat! Not exactly healthy! Of course I wanted a biscuit (they are truly delicious), but this is what I settled for:

 

Scrambled eggs (with a blob of mustard I added), cinnamon apples and coffee. It was really good, filling, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating it. Score! This was a very filling breakfast. I wasn’t even that hungry at lunch time, so I just ate some leftover quinoa from dinner last night and some veggies. The health train is back on track!

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In other news, Monday night a cat showed up on my back porch. She seemed skinny, or scared or maybe even sick, but she was wearing a collar:

Sweet girl!

I didn’t know what to do! I have three cats, and I absolutely can’t fit another one in my apartment. Plus, I didn’t know if she was sick or what. She’s been basically living on my porch since Monday evening. I’ve been feeding her and giving her water, and petting her, but she just pitifully cries when I come outside. Today, I decided to find her a home (assuming someone had abandoned her).

So, I pulled out the big guns: Social Networking. I posted a Facebook plea, a Twitter plea and even a Cragslist ad, offering to pay for her first vet visit if someone would give her a good home. A girl who used to live in Huntington but now lives in Philadelphia saw my Facebook post and shared it. Then, she realized that her sister (who lives nearby) was missing her cat, so she contacted her. It turns out, it WAS her cat! And she only lives ONE block away from me!! Hooray!

I immediately felt bad for assuming the cat was left on my doorstep due to bad ownership, because Sage’s owner (turns out the cat’s name is Sage, how adorable!) is very nice and was worried about her. The silly kitty had only wandered a block from home and didn’t know how to get home! I tried to take her inside to keep her safe until after work when I can take her home, but she wasn’t having it. I figure she’s been there for days, and she has food and water so she’s probably ok. I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have found her home.

Question of the day:
Has a stray animal ever found their way to your doorstep? What did you do?