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Snapshots from the Weekend

10 Jun

Sometimes I feel like the weekend is over before I can blink, but when I go back and look at the photos on my phone, I am surprised at how much I did. So, let’s recap, shall we?

I stayed home from work on Friday to be with little Frank. He was neutered on Tuesday, so Zach and I took turns staying home with him to keep an eye on his incision. He can’t play with other dogs or do a lot of jumping, so needless to say I had a very bored puppy on my hands:

Can we please go for a walk?

Can we please go for a walk?

I did take him for a few walks, but a mere walk is not enough for this pup. I can’t wait until he can play with his puppy cousins and get back to the dog park! When Zach got home from work, I hit the treadmill to do a quick run to keep up with the Runner’s World Run Streak, then went to Crossfit, where we did a fun and quick WOD followed by a partner ab workout:

friday wod

 

…and then on Saturday I got to attend my first 2 hour Boot Camp Class of the season! This is something that is put together by two of my favorite group fitness instructors at the gym, they do it a few times in the early and late summer, and it’s so fun! We start at 8:00 AM on Saturday, and we run from the gym to the park, where we go through a bunch of exercises, then we run to another location to do some exercises, and we repeat that cycle in a big two mile loop that ends up back at the gym for hour two, which is indoors. It’s a super intense and fun workout that I get excited for each time we do it. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of it, but trust me, it’s a blast!

Later on Saturday, Zach and I decided to take the pup for a nice long walk to get out some of his puppy energy:

Photo Jun 08, 8 20 30 PMHe had a blast, and so did I. There isn’t much I like more than taking long walks with my two favorite guys ūüôā

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. Despite trying to stick to the Runner’s World run streak, I felt like my body desperately needed a rest day after two pretty intense workouts on Friday and Saturday, so I took one! No shame in that. Zach and I did some cleaning and I whipped up some chili.

Photo Jun 09, 5 43 51 PM

 

I guess most people don’t see chili as a summer food, but I’m very into a nice veggie chili in the warm weather, especially on dreary and rainy Sundays!

Despite all of my seemingly healthy choices this weekend, I still overdid it a bit in the eating department. I fear this month’s Diet Bet won’t turn out as well as the last one did, but I’m back on track today!

Question of the Day:
Do you have trouble making healthy choices when the weekend rolls around?

 

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#600in2013, #RWRunStreak and YouTube Workouts

3 Jun

I love challenges. My goal to run 600 miles in 2013 is going really well, and as usual Runner’s World is hosting their Running Streak, which I always love to participate in. However, I’ve had a lot going on and didn’t really get into it until now, so I’ve missed a few days, but I’m going to stick to it from now on.

600 miles in 2013 may

 

That brings my grand total for 2013 to 238.5 miles (give or take) — I’d really like to bring my June mileage up to 60+ miles to hit that 300 mile mark at the end of June — putting me right on track for the 600 miles! It shouldn’t be too hard to do, I’ve been increasing my long run mileage pretty steadily so I’ve got some longer runs in my future. Participating in the #RWRunStreak should help too — because on days I wouldn’t normally be running I will be trying to get at least a mile in. For example, this morning I was in the mood to peruse some workouts on YouTube, but first I went outside and ran a mile first.

After a quick mile, I did 2 Blogilates workouts (Victoria Secret Abs and the Psy Gentleman workout) and the Tone It Up Bridal Babe workout. I don’t always do YouTube workouts, but there are so many great resources! I’d say that Blogilates and Tone It Up are my favorite, because they offer full-length workouts which you can follow along with, but I also really like Amanda Russell and Sarah Dussault (Sarah Fit on YouTube) — they both are great resources for workouts you can do away from your computer, whether in the gym or outdoors. I ended up getting a great workout and it took less than an hour!

Question of the Day:
Do you ever do workouts on YouTube? Who are your favorite trainers? 

 

 

 

13.2 and Puppy Training

26 Mar

I’ll admit, I’ve been intrigued by Crossfit for a while, but I wrote it off as too expensive. And, please, don’t give me the usual arguments about why it’s worth it — now that I’ve been doing some Crossfit workouts, I know why it’s worth it, but regardless of how worth it it may be, I cannot afford to shell out $150/month for anything.

At any rate, when the YMCA started offering Crossfit inspired classes, I couldn’t wait to join up.

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I jumped in for the first week of classes and I was instantly hooked. Now, again, this isn’t traditional Crossfit in that we are somewhat limited to what we can do. We only have a limited amount of equipment (which is why the classes can only have 10 people/class), and one coach per class. But, we’re doing the same workouts as every other box is, and we’re learning the lifts together. My friend Sarah went a few times and decided to join the traditional Crossfit box in our area, and that’s great for her. If I could afford it, you know I’d be there too, but for now this is fine, and it’s included in my gym membership, which is a third of the cost of a monthly membership at the local Crossfit box.

So, recently, when the Crossfit Open began, I was interested in watching the WOD’s. When I watched Crossfit Games Open 13.2, I knew I had to suggest that we do it in class, because we had learned all the skills needed to do it:

10 minutes AMRAP (as many reps as possible)

5 shoulders to overhead (we did push press, since that is a skill we’ve been working on)
10 deadlifts 
15 box jumps

My coach, Noah, mentioned that we’d be doing it soon, but I wasn’t sure when. Well, this morning was my lucky day! After not getting a ton of sleep (little Frank woke me up every few hours to go outside — what a good puppy), I was¬†not¬†looking forward to class this morning! However, once Noah said we were doing 13.2, I got really excited. I couldn’t wait to see how I fared.

Now, if I worked out at a traditional box, I’d probably have my own box to use for box jumps and my own bar to use for the lifts, but we have to share, so that slowed me down a bit. Sometimes you have to take unplanned breaks to wait for a bar or a box to open up, but I was happy to just try it out. I did the prescribed weight (75 lbs) and tried to stick to the 20′ box for the jumps. I ended up doing 142 reps. As a comparison, Annie Thorisdottir (the current Fittest Woman on Earth as dubbed by the Reebok Crossfit Games) did 361. I’m happy with that performance. I’d like to do it again soon to see how much better I can get!

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Puppy training update!

cold puppy

Like mother like son, Frank is not¬†a fan of this cold weather. However, he’s been pretty good about only going outside to use the potty. He doesn’t “tell us” when he wants to go, we are just watching for signs right now, but he does seem to be holding it when he’s in his kennel. When I take him outside to go, he immediately does this pitiful little whine and snuggles up to my neck. Too cute. Luckily for Frank (and me!) the weather is supposed to warm up later this week.

playtime

I love to watch him play. A little puppy bounding from one place to the next ¬†may be one of the cutest things ever. Right now, we’re working on the following training issues:

  • Potty training, obviously
  • Crate training. He’s not a fan of the crate just yet, but we’re working on making it a place he looks forward to being in. I got him a Kong toy and each night I fill it with peanut butter and freeze it for him to work on during the day. He doesn’t get the Kong unless he is in the kennel, so it’s a special treat. However, I think the Kong may lose it’s appeal after our lunchtime potty/lunch break so this morning I picked him up a bone stuffed with chicken for an afternoon treat. Hopefully by alternating these two special treats, he won’t get so lonely in his crate during the day. Some other things we do to make it appealing is feed him his morning and evening meals in there, and give him treats in there. So far, Frank is motivated by food (again, just like his mother).
  • Bite inhibition. He’s a puppy, and he¬†loves¬†to chew, which sometimes includes our hands, feet, clothing and other things he shouldn’t be chewing on. So, in order to fix that behavior issue, we redirect his biting to a toy he’s allowed to chew. If he does it again, we again redirect him. After a third time, however, we pin him down on his side and hold him there until he doesn’t struggle. This doesn’t hurt him, but it’s something that is meant to mimic how dogs in packs ‘teach’ each other. We are teaching Frank that we are the pack leaders and he has to listen to us. He is really good about listening to the word “No!” so far, as well. If he hears us say it, he stops what he’s doing so I think that’s a good sign.

What we need to work on:

  • Leash training. Frank doesn’t “get” the leash. He will follow me all day long like a little shadow, but the second I put him in a harness or collar and a leash, he freezes and will. not. move. I’m picking my battles for now, and as of now he’s so little that we’re able to keep close watch on him when he’s outside anyway.¬†
  • Sit/Stay/Come. Right now, I’m so focused on everything else this overwhelms me. But I think we have some time.

My friend Jessica said to me, “I promise, there will be a time when you regret getting a dog.” I hate to say it, but that is totally true. I love Frank with my whole heart and he’s a sweetheart, but I’m pretty much feeling guilty 100% of the time right now. I don’t like having to leave him all day while we’re at work, I worry that he’s barking and disturbing the neighbors, I worry that he gets lonely/sad/bored. I also worry that I’m not giving my cats as much attention as I should, so sometimes I wonder if us taking Frank in was the best thing to do. But, he’s ours now so I’m just going to try to make him the best dog I can!

Question of the Day:
Tell me about your pets!

If you do Crossfit, have you tried any of the Open workouts? How did you do? 

 

 

I’m So Hungry and How to Keep the Treadmill Interesting

6 Feb

….well, I feel ok right now, but yesterday I couldn’t eat anything at all. I had ice cream after my surgery, and then I made a mashed potato for lunch, and topped it with some 7 layer dip I had leftover from the¬†Superbowl¬† It was really good, but I could only manage a few bites. ūüė¶

Furthermore, Zach and I had scheduled our wedding cake consultation for 5:00 PM yesterday, so sitting in front of a plate of delicious cupcakes in various flavors when you’re starving and can’t eat is a blessing and a curse, I’ll tell you.

I ended up choking down a few cheese ravioli when we got home.

This morning, I was bound and determined to get a filling breakfast, but all I could imagine being able to manage was oatmeal. It took me roughly an hour to eat it, but I got it all down. I didn’t eat at my desk, like I usually do, so I picked this up from Starbucks for a morning snack:

juice

I love these juices so much, but I can’t usually justify the cost. Since I’m recovering from surgery, I thought I would treat myself.

You may be wondering why I’m at work at all. A lot of people are surprised I made it, but I’m actually not in very much pain at all, and I’m barely swollen. I figured it’s not too strenuous to sit at a desk, and to be honest, I’m probably feeling well enough to get in a run this evening. I’ll see how much food I’m able to take in — I wouldn’t want to exercise if I’m not getting enough fuel!

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Speaking of running, I wanted to talk a bit about the treadmill today. I’m constantly looking for ways to spice things up when I’m on the treadmill which will trick me into staying on there longer.

About a week ago, I got the idea to make up these cards and take them with me to the gym:

cards

Which, in theory was a great idea! But, in practice, I ended up picking “Sprint” and “Run Fast” alternately about 5 times in a row, and I threw them with frustration onto the ground, and ended up just starting at 5.0 and increasing my speed a little every quarter of a mile. That worked out fine, but I was still on the lookout for something to spice up my treadmill workout. The problem I have with most treadmill “workouts” is that they are like work. If my recent obsession with Crossfit is any indication, when I’m working out at a gym, I prefer it to be more like playing on the playground than working out. (Speaking of Crossfit, I haven’t been since Friday. I signed up for Saturday’s class this morning, I can’t wait to get back into it!)

So, as usual, Janae at The Hungry Runner Girl saved me. A couple days ago, she posted a few ideas for treadmill workouts, and this one looked too fun to pass up:

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It was so much fun, and much better than my measly attempt at a “pick a card” treadmill game. I skipped over the 10’s, because there just isn’t much room at my gym to jump off the treadmill and do anything, haha. I also skipped over a card because I had gotten three “increase incline” cards in a row and once I picked up the next one, I was like, “Oh no.” — but that’s the great thing about this workout. You have 52 cards in a deck, so if you skip one or two, it’s not like you’ll run out of interesting things to do. The very best part of this, is that you pick a card every 5 minutes, do what is on the card and then whatever time is left over, you just go back to a slow jog, so you’re getting lots of recovery even though each card is pretty tough.

Monday's Deck of Cards Treadmill Run

Monday’s Deck of Cards Treadmill Run

I only had 30 minutes to spend on the treadmill on Monday, because Zach and I had plans, but I managed to get a pretty good workout in. I definitely would have kept picking cards if I had the time!

Question of the Day:
What do you do to keep yourself from getting bored at the gym? 

Back to the Grind!

26 Nov

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I know I did. I spent the weekend trying to figure out creative ways to re-fashion my Thanksgiving leftovers so we weren’t just eating a Turkey dinner every day. I ended up making BBQ turkey pizza, turkey quesadillas with cranberry compote, and leftover mashed-potato pancakes. Unfortunately, I still have a fridge full of leftovers (including a whole pan of stuffing — anyone have any creative ideas for that?) that I’ll need to get creative with!

Today is the first day of #Elf4Health! I’ve been in contact with my buddy already, and I’ve emailed her a meatless recipe — not that she needs it, she is a vegan! If you’re interested who I’ve been matched up with, her ¬†blog can be found here.

I did manage to get in some good workouts this weekend:

  • I finished week 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. I took Thursday and Saturday off, but I finished up the week on Sunday — sort of. I pulled a lower back muscle on Saturday at Boot Camp class, so yesterday while I was doing front delt raises, I felt it a little too much and cut the workout short.
  • I hit up my favorite Boot Camp class on Saturday.¬†I was pretty pumped about going, because I haven’t been for a few weeks. Unfortunately, about 40 minutes in, while doing squat thrusts, I managed to pull a muscle in my lower back and had to cut things short. I also hit up Ashley’s yoga class on Saturday morning.
  • I did a 3 mile walk/run.¬†On Sunday, I was feeling a bit lethargic and bloated from all the food, so in addition to the final day of LiveFit Trainer, I decided to hit up the treadmill. Again, breaking the “no cardio” rule! I couldn’t help it though, I really needed to get a little sweat session in. The Steelers were on TV, so instead of walking outside, I parked myself on the treadmill in front of the TV. I walked/ran for the first half of the (terrible) game, and then hit the weight room.

Some photos from the weekend:

 

We have a ton of whipped cream leftover from Thanksgiving in the fridge, so I put some in my coffee on Sunday. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before, it’s¬†so good!¬†

If there is one thing in life that Tuscany loves, it’s being held. I hope you can sense the sarcasm there. ¬†We really don’t torture her on a regular basis, but sometimes she deserves it.

…Ok, I thought I took more photos than that!

Question of the Day:
How was your weekend!?