52 Mondays: #13

March 27, 2017

You know that feeling when you get home from vacation and you feel like you need another vacation? Yea, I have that. Bad. I took Thursday and Friday as vacation days from work and I spent it with my sister, brother in law, and nephews at Universal in Orlando. They got a hotel room on Universal property and we spent three days theme park hopping and basically wearing ourselves out! We had a great time but I am TIRED!

I had a great workout last Monday to kick off my week. We did a hard cardio/abs circuit and a kettle bell circuit to start the week off right. I even managed a few minutes on the treadmill between the circuits. It wasn’t fast or pretty but it was a few minutes of “comfortable” running.

Tuesday was busy at work. I felt like I was going 100 miles an hour all day. By the time I looked at the time, it was after 6:30. I got a lot done but I was at work much later than I anticipated! Time really slipped by me.

Wednesday was also busy. I was trying to wrap up a few items before leaving for my short vacation. I also made sure I got out the door in time to get to my trainer for another workout this week. I know that I’ll be walking a lot on vacation but I also know that I won’t eat well at the parks. A workout before vacation will be good for me!

It is Wednesday Weights and we did our usual weight circuit after a quick cardio circuit.

Cardio/Abs Circuit

Weight Circuit

30 second interval w/10 second transition

45 second interval w/20 second transition

Jump rope

Thrusters

Crunches

Dead lift

Jump rope

Incline DB press

Bicycles

Overhead triceps extension

Jump rope

Abs coaster

Butterfly sit-ups

Leg curls

Jump rope

Leg extensions

Toe touches (alternating)

Squats/Calf raises

Jump rope

Seated rows

Plank

Lat pulls (wide grip)

Bench press

Battle rope

We did two rounds of each circuit. On the weight circuit, we did squats on the first round and calf raises on the second round. By the time we finished, I was sweaty and tired! I upped my weights on a couple of the movements and it was tough!

Thursday was an early morning even though it is the start of my vacation. I got out the door a bit later than I had hoped. But, I met my family at the hotel and we headed to Universal Studios first. They haven’t been to Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter so this is something they’re all really looking forward to doing.

We hopped around the park with no real agenda other than to have a good time. We managed to miss the rain by hopping on Transformers and then heading to lunch. It rained while we were eating and had finished by the time we had finished eating. It didn’t rain hard so it wasn’t nasty outside. In fact, the weather was perfect; breezy with some intermittent clouds and rain. We really couldn’t have asked for much better weather.

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Pausing for lunch while waiting for the rain to pass. It hard to cram five people at a small table into a selfie!

We caught the water taxi back to the hotel late that afternoon. We had made arrangements to meet my brother in law’s sister for dinner. Since I’m pretty familiar with the area, I drove us to the restaurant. After having dinner and chatting for a bit, I dropped my family at the hotel and headed home.

I was slow moving Friday morning since I got home pretty late on Thursday night. I took Shelby to the kennel and then headed back to Universal to meet my family. I met them at Islands of Adventure and we spent the day walking our legs to death and shivering from getting soaked on the log ride! We headed back to the hotel and let the boys play in the pool for a bit before we headed to City Walk for dinner. We ate at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. My sister and I both LOVE chocolate and we were both itching to eat here. Sadly, by the time we ate dinner, neither of us wanted to wait for dessert (a 30+ minute wait). The boys had been smart and ordered their milkshakes before we made our dinner order. We got our dinner and had finished eating it by the time their milkshakes arrived!

Saturday we park hopped so they could ride the Hogwarts Express both directions (it’s different each way). After we finished riding and shopping, we headed to City Walk to eat a late lunch at Bubba Gump. I love Bubba Gump; the food is really good and the atmosphere is great. The servers ask trivia questions about the movie so when our server quizzed us, we were prepared (we love the movie). Our server was impressed by our (useless) Forrest Gump trivia knowledge!

We let the boys play in the pool once we got back to the hotel. As the sun went down, it was chilly and my sister and I were wearing light jackets and had towels over our legs! It felt good to just sit in a lounge chair and relax for a few hours.

Sunday morning, we got up early and headed out the door. My family headed back to north Florida and I headed home. As tired as I was, I was glad to get home early because I got most of my laundry finished and I went to the grocery store. I was too tired to do much else so I took a short nap on the couch between loads of laundry.

Monday came much too fast. After all that walking and being up early every day and staying up late so many nights, I’m just beat! Like I said, I need a vacation from my vacation! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my family and I’m so glad they came to visit. They really enjoyed the parks and the weather was amazing all weekend (with the exception of the rain on Thursday).

My trainer got stuck at a job today so I went to the gym and got in a good hour on the elliptical. Then I spent some time stretching. My legs are so tired from the weekend!

I made dinner plans with two of my coworkers. After the gym, I came home quickly and showered so I could meet them. My coworker from my department is leaving so this will be our last dinner together.

It’s another late night and I’m beyond tired but, here’s the rundown for this week.

The good:

  1. A solid Wednesday workout and a solid cardio session on Monday.
  2. I walked a TON during my short vacation.
  3. I took some vacation time!

The bad:

  1. Only two gym days
  2. I ate badly and drank a lot while on vacation. I logged it all though.

The ugly:

  1. Vacation is not an excuse to ignore healthy habits.

While I logged all that food and alcohol I consumed, I realized how many calories that I was putting in my body. It’s so easy to drink a boatload of calories! I didn’t make the worst choices for food but I didn’t make the best choices either. Let’s face it, chili cheese fries will never be a healthy choice. Delicious choice, yes; healthy, no. I know that I can make better choices than I did. I’m not beating myself up about it; I logged it all and I am back to my normal eating now that I’m home. It was eye opening to see how many calories some things are though!

On a side note, we got to do a sneak peek of the new attraction at Universal; Jimmy Fallon’s Race through New York. It was pretty awesome!

Vacay

Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon was really cool. I particularly enjoyed some of the tributes to The Tonight Show.

Peace out peeps!

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

 

 

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52 Mondays: #12

March 20, 2017

I’m beginning to feel like I’m finally on (sorta) track again. I’ve still got a ways to go and I have to stay conscious about balancing my work and my life. But, last week was an improvement and I’m certainly making some, albeit slight, forward progress.

I went to the gym last Monday and had a pretty tough workout. Given how little I’ve been going, even a “mild” workout is tough. I was mostly pleased with just making it out of work on time. The workout itself was a bonus.

I’ve been working in production a lot for the past week. Tuesday, I spent a good portion of the day in production making a small production batch; what we call a pilot batch; of some test product. These batches are 200 pounds and I move all that material by hand in jugs and buckets. While many of the materials are loaded into the tank in small amounts (i.e. 1-5 pounds or so), there are a few of the materials that are 30-40 pounds or more. I generally move all of the drums around on my own and I carry containers back and forth filling them from production as I need them. It is a lot of work and I get a fairly good workout done when I have these kinds of days.

While I was working on the first batch, I noticed a small leak in the valve on my batch tank. As such, I had to make the batch and then fill it as soon as I was finished. If I had let the tank sit overnight, I might not have had a batch left! So, as soon as the mix was finished, I filled the batch into bottles so that it can ultimately go to customers for testing.

When I work in production, it keeps me away from my desk. This means I quickly get behind on emails, voicemails, and the like. By the time I sat down at my desk, it was nearly 5 PM and I had several emails and voicemails that required some attention. That means I missed the gym again.

I didn’t feel too terribly about missing the gym since I was in production and moving so much during day. I don’t want to miss on Wednesday though.

I worked in production again on Wednesday. I had a better day and managed to get my batch finished and get to my desk at a reasonable time. I even made myself stop working so I could change clothes and head to my trainer. Unfortunately, when I texted him that I was running just a few minutes late, he had to cancel because he injured himself. So, I headed to the gym instead and did a hard hour on the elliptical. It felt glorious to do some hard cardio. Afterwards, I spent about ten minutes stretching.

I split my time on Thursday. I had a small hiccup with my batch from Wednesday so I was in production once again. But, I finished earlier so I was able to spend some time in the lab working on another project. When I headed back to my office, I figured I would work for about an hour and leave around 5:40 to go to the gym. When I looked down, it was 6:50! I don’t even know where the time went!

I felt bad for losing track of time. I had my treadmill run all planned! Instead, I finished what I was doing and headed home.

Friday was a quieter day. I finished the rest of the lab work I wanted to do for the project I had started on Thursday. I spent the rest of the day attacking things on my to-do list. I worked late but I made real progress on a lot of things. I don’t feel completely buried under my project list; I see a little bit of light! This is the crazy time of year for me. Any time we have products in testing, it creates a little bit of chaos. I love it because there’s never a dull moment. But, in the same breath, the craziness can be a lot to balance!

By the time I got home on Friday, I didn’t want to do much of anything. In fact, I was in my pajamas by 8-ish. I managed to get a couple of loads of laundry going before crashing hard when I hit the pillow!

Saturday morning was an early alarm. No one likes an alarm on Saturday. But, I made an appointment to get my hair trimmed and get some touch-up on my color. My stylist is amazing; I’ve been going to her for ages. I have to drive almost an hour to her though. It sucks but she is SO worth it! She does a fantastic job and always makes me hair look incredible…even when I’ve let my roots show badly!

This cut was just a trim and I went back to the same colors I had just before Christmas. My hair is deep plum purple with blond highlights and peacock blue streaks. I think this is my new favorite.

Hair

The left picture is from Saturday. The right top and bottom pics were from the first time I got these colors (just before Christmas).

After my hair was finished, I headed back home and finished another load of laundry. Then, I met up with one of my friends so we could go to the Orlando City soccer match. It was an incredible game and OCSC won their second match in their new stadium. My ears were ringing by the time we left because it is SO loud in the stadium!

It was a late night on Saturday so I slept a little later on Sunday. When I finally got out of bed, I threw in the last load of laundry and started working in the kitchen. I made some baked chicken with broccoli and mushrooms to eat for dinner this week and I made some monster cookies to take to work. My coworker is a vegetarian and she doesn’t eat eggs. So, I did some homework and figured out what to use as an egg substitute in the recipe.

Monster cookies are oatmeal and peanut butter cookies with no flour. I use M&M’s and chocolate chips in mine but I’ve seen recipes that use raisins, various kinds of nuts, and other kinds of chips (butterscotch, peanut butter, white chocolate, etc.) as well. They are delicious cookies! Seriously, I don’t care for peanut butter at all and I love these cookies.

I was a bit nervous about the egg substitute changing the texture. The recipe called for three eggs. So, I subbed one egg with ¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce. For the other two eggs, I used a total of three teaspoons of warm water, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and three teaspoons of olive oil (because that’s what I had on hand). The cookies turned out so well! I think I may like them even better without the eggs! And, my coworker loved them too!

I also scheduled a massage for Sunday. I’m a member at a massage place and haven’t been using my monthly massages regularly. I need to get in the habit of that because massages are great for your body and your mind. I had a deep tissue massage and my therapist addressed a couple of problem areas that had been bothering me. I felt so much better afterwards and I slept better last night as a result!

It’s Monday again and I made it to the trainer! We started out with the same circuit we did last Monday. We did two rounds of it and then did two rounds of a kettle bell/abs circuit.

Cardio/Abs Circuit

Kettle bell/Abs circuit

30 second interval w/10 second transition

30 second interval w/10 second transition

Jumping Jacks

Kettle bell swing

Standing Knee to Elbow (Alternating)

Push ups

Punches/Jabs

KB Swing

Burpees

Plank

Mountain Climbers

KB Swing

High Plank; Step out-Step in

Crunches

Plank w/knee tuck

KB Swing

Standing Toe Touches (Alternating)

Side bends

Squat, Squat, Jump

KB Swing

Spiderman Plank

Sit ups

High Knees

 

Jump Squat

 

Side Stepping Butt Kicks

 

Standing Knee to Elbow (Alternating)

 

Bear Crawls

 

Plank w/Left Leg Raise

 

Plank w/Right Leg Raise

 

In between the two circuits, I hopped on the treadmill and ran a lap at a “comfortable” pace. Nothing is comfortable right now and my pace is so slow from where I once was. I’ve definitely got a lot of work to do to get back to that place

It’s already past my bedtime for tonight. But, I am going to get this done! So here’s the rundown for the week and then I’m off to bed!

The good:

  1. I made it to the trainer and had a good cardio session.
  2. I made cookies for my coworker and didn’t eat all of them! (I love baking!)
  3. I had a very productive week at work

The bad:

  1. Only two gym days
  2. I didn’t go to the grocery store. That said, I’ve only got three work days this week so I’ll commit to making good choices at the deli at work.

The ugly:

  1. Hmmmmm.

Look at that; there wasn’t really anything “ugly” this week. I ate some junk food and logged it all. I didn’t go to the gym everyday but I offset that somewhat with my production work. I didn’t do the best at balancing everything but I made progress from the previous week. Overall, there just isn’t anything that really stuck out as “ugly”. Maybe I should’ve written that in the “good” section!

I need sleep now. Peace out y’all!

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #11

March 13, 2017

Last week sucked. There is no nice way to say it. I didn’t make it to the gym at all. That is ZERO times. That is NOT good.

I had plans on Monday that changed kind of last minute. Since I had already not planned to go to my trainer, I finished a couple of things around my house that I had needed to finish. That’s pretty much where the good of my week ended. It was a productive week but it certainly wasn’t what I had wanted.

To top it all off, I didn’t go to the grocery store. That means I didn’t do my meal prep for the week. That also means that I had to eat takeout type food. Unfortunately, when I am stressed, I don’t make the best decisions about what I’m going to eat. I consume more calories than I should because I don’t make good choices. The adage says “fail to plan and plan to fail”. That has me written all over it.

While I know that takeout will lead to bad choices, I am conscious to try not to eat terribly and I do log everything. I may eat crappy but I’ll hold myself accountable for that.

I think I left work early one night last week. And, when I say “early”, I mean I was out by 6 PM. I don’t mind putting in the hours because I’ve got several projects in various phases that I want to keep moving. I also get interrupted about a billion times a day. Going in a bit earlier gives me some quiet time to work without being bothered by the phone. Staying late gives me some time to catch up on emails and notes and such at my desk. I love my work. The long days make for one tired person though.

By the time Friday rolled around, I felt like I needed toothpicks to hold my eyelids open. I got home Friday night and didn’t have anything in the house to make for dinner. I let Shelby ride with me to go get something. I ate dinner, put on my pajamas, and was sometime around 10 PM. I woke up sometime around 2 AM with the TV playing some random infomercial. I couldn’t even tell you what they were selling! All I remember is trying to find the remote under the pillows, shutting off the TV, and going right back to sleep.

Saturday was a bit lazier than I intended. I managed to get most of my laundry finished including folding the basket leftover from the previous week. I cleaned my bathroom, unloaded the dishwasher, and reviewed my bills for the week. I sat down on the couch and ended up taking a nap. I don’t know why I’m so dang tired all the time lately. I know that I’ve been working a lot and I know I don’t always sleep well. This, however, is a whole new level of groggy.

When I woke up, it was late. I didn’t feel like going anywhere, so I made an egg and cheese burrito for dinner. And, I FINALLY watched Frozen. I may be the last person on the planet to watch this movie. I’ve had several friends tell me to watch it and I’ve basically avoided it like the plague. I don’t know if it’s that damn song; the radio stations have worn a hole in it; or if it was just so much hype that it made me disinterested. But, it was on TV, so I watched. Go ahead and get your pitchforks ready; I thought it was just meh. I didn’t dislike the movie but I didn’t like it as much as I love Aladdin or Toy Story or even Cinderella.

The time change got me this weekend too. I have a clock radio next to my bed. I never reset it after the last time change. I don’t really use it; I use my phone. So, I just never bothered with it. When I woke up Sunday morning, I looked at it; because it’s the clock I can see without my glasses; and subtracted an hour. I got out of bed, started the last load of laundry, and got to work making a grocery list. Then I looked at the cable box. This is when I realized that it was NOON! I’ve been so busy that I didn’t even realize that it was time for the time change. Holy time change, Batman!

Considering it has been two weeks since I’ve grocery shopped, and I bought all the ingredients for a couple of things I don’t make often, I didn’t do too terribly at the store. I bought a lot of fruits and veggies and I bought some chicken to portion and freeze since it was BOGO (buy one, get one free). I planned all my meals for the week so I can get back on track.

We’re back to Monday and I’m so happy to say that I made myself get to a stopping point this afternoon so I could get to the trainer. And boy did he have a doozey for me. We did three rounds of the following circuit (he planned for five rounds; after the first round, I told him I wasn’t sure I’d make it to five and, after three rounds, my shoulders felt like they might fall off my body!)

Cardio/Abs Circuit

30 second interval w/10 second transition

Jumping Jacks

Standing Knee to Elbow (Alternating)

Punches/Jabs

Burpees

Mountain Climbers

High Plank; Step out-Step in

Plank w/knee tuck

Standing Toe Touches (Alternating)

Squat, Squat, Jump

Spiderman Plank

High Knees

Jump Squat

Side Stepping Butt Kicks

Standing Knee to Elbow (Alternating)

Bear Crawls

Plank w/Left Leg Raise

Plank w/Right Leg Raise

Seriously, that circuit was tough on the shoulders. All the plank movements and balancing on the shoulders made my shoulders like Jell-o by the third round. Not to mention how hard I was breathing since I haven’t had a good workout in over a week! But, I loved it! It felt so good to be in the gym and to get my heart pumping and my blood flowing!

Now, I’m well on my way to being in bed at a “decent” hour. Decent for me is anything earlier than 10:30. I’ve got my lunch prepped for tomorrow; my clothes for the gym tomorrow are on the dresser and just need to be put into my bag; I’ve eaten dinner and cleaned the kitchen. I’ll be in the shower shortly and hopefully in bed by 10 PM. That’s basically a miracle for me.

The weekly run down…

The good:

  1. I logged all those takeout choices and, while I ate badly, I didn’t eat as badly as I thought I would.
  2. I made it to the trainer today and it felt sooooo good to exercise!
  3. Food prep done! I make much better decisions when I food prep!

The bad:

  1. I’m seriously dragging ass. I feel like I’m in a fog. A lot.
  2. I have some things I need to around my house that I keep pushing off because I’m so tired.

The ugly:

  1. No gym days and not the best food choices (I ate a lot of potato chips!). Leave it here though; I’ve planned for next week already!

I’m going to take this one day at a time and really focus on getting back on track to meet my goals. I can still achieve my goals if I work hard and make time to take care of me.

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #10

March 6, 2017

Being busy all the time makes for one tired person.

Last Monday was great. I made it a point to get out of the office on time so I could make it to my trainer. We figured out I got in four whole workouts with him in February. Four. That’s it. That’s terrible! But, between his work and my work, we both had to cancel more than once. I’m just hoping this is a trend that stops soon!

It has been another busy work week again. Tuesday was a long day. And, though I’m being productive and getting a lot of things done, I regret missing my gym time. My running won’t improve and I won’t hit my goals if I don’t get to the gym. (I’m really sounding like a broken record!)

I made it to the trainer again on Wednesday! This is a trend I like. Two hard sessions in one week! Wahoo! We did our usual weight circuit and we did a cardio circuit.

Cardio/Abs Circuit

Weight Circuit

30 second interval w/10 second transition

45 second interval w/20 second transition

Jump Rope

Jump Rope

High Knees

Deadlifts

Squats

Thrusters

Push Ups

Incline Dumbell Press

Jump Rope

Overhead Tricep Extension

Jumping Jacks

Ab Coaster

Alternating Lunges

Leg Curl

Sit Ups

Leg Extension

Jump Rope

Squats

Butt Kicks

Close Grip Seated Row

Mountain Climbers

Wide Grip Lat Pull Down

Leg Raises

Flat Bench Barbell Press

Thursday and Friday were, once again, long work days. I’m going to need a vacation soon or I’m going to get sick or burn myself out! They were productive days and I made BIG headway in a project that has had me beating my head on the table. But, still; such long days!

Saturday I managed to finish my taxes and do a little cleaning in my “office” at home. It was actually kind of tough. I started cleaning out my file cabinet to purge my 2016 files now that I finished my taxes. I have a file for all my pet stuff and, in that file, was all the records for my sweet Shane. I cried so hard when I cleaned out all his records. I miss my little man so damn much. I’m getting teary eyed just typing about him.

sweet-shane

I can’t put into words how amazing this little guy was. It’s definitely true that pets make our life whole.

Sunday was yard work day. I mowed the lawn and did the edging. I sprayed weed killer in the flower bed and along the cracks in the sidewalk and driveway where weeds were pushing through. I also sprayed some cleaner along the aluminum framing on my screened porch. There was some yucky mildew-y ick growing so I sprayed it and scrubbed it. The wind was blowing fairly hard during most of my outside work; I think I managed to wear as much of the grass and dust as got thrown back into the yard. To say I needed a shower would be grossly understating reality.

Sunday was also opening day for Orlando City Soccer. I’m becoming more of a soccer fan thanks to some friends who are fans. I managed to snag a last minute ticket to the opening game in their new stadium. It was so much fun. Orlando City won 1-0. The stadium is so nice and the fans are awesome! It was so loud in the stadium! I’m sure I’ll get to more matches during the season. I also hope to get to an Orlando Pride game or two.

I worked a bit late on Monday. I also had some plans that ended up changing last minute. So, I missed meeting my trainer but I finished up a few more things at home that I had needed to do. And, I managed to get in bed a little earlier than usual.

Overall, I’m tired and unmotivated. I feel like I’m burning the candle at both ends. I’m pushing myself to get things done but I’m also neglecting my health (and my sanity) by not balancing my life better. Like I said last week, I’m going to need a vacation or something soon or I’m going to snap and it isn’t going to be pretty.

The weekly run down…

The good:

  1. 50+ days and counting of logging all my food. Good and bad.
  2. The soccer game was so much fun!
  3. The weather, despite the wind, was great for working in the yard.

The bad:

  1. Pushing myself so hard and skipping the gym is going to catch up to me eventually.
  2. I didn’t go to the grocery store so I have no food prepped for next week.

The ugly:

  1. If I’m going to set goals, I need to make an effort to achieve them! I only made it to two gym days and I won’t even get started about the stick roller.

It’s time for me to reevaluate some things. I’ve got to get my head back in the game if I want to meet my goals.

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #9

February 27, 2017

If you’ve been following along, you know it has been a crazy couple of weeks for me. I’ve been working longer days because I’ve got a lot on my plate. Going into the office early gives me some quiet time to get things done without interruption. For the most part, that has been working. The downside is that I’ve been staying late as well. Because of that, I haven’t gotten to the gym much.

Last Monday, I did some grocery shopping and meal prep. Since I spent most of the afternoon doing that, I didn’t make it to the gym. Planning my meals is equally important so I didn’t get too irked about skipping the gym.

Tuesday turned into a long day at work again. I intended to go to the gym just for cardio. Heaven knows that burning off some stress with a good cardio session would’ve been good for me. But, if I can’t be out of the office by 6 PM, I have to skip. My sweet old girl, Shelby, just can’t handle that long of a day (even though she has a doggy door and can go outside to the porch when she wants, and she does).

I made it a point to get to the gym on Wednesday. My trainer finally finished his out-of-town work so we made it a butt kicking workout day. Here are the two circuits. We actually started with the weight circuit; two rounds of that one. Then we hit the cardio circuit; two rounds of that one.

Cardio/Abs Circuit

Weight Circuit

30 second interval w/10 second transition

45 second interval w/20 second transition

Jumping Jacks

Jump Rope

Crunches

Deadlifts

Squats

Thrusters

Leg Lifts

Incline Dumbell Press

Jumping Jacks

Overhead Tricep Extension

Crunches

Ab Coaster

Squats

Leg Curl

Crunches

Leg Extension

Push Ups

Squats

Burpees

Close Grip Seated Row

Wide Grip Lat Pull Down

Flat Bench Barbell Press

Thursday, I went to the gym for cardio only. I ran on the treadmill; I walked to warm up and then tried to do longer run intervals at a slower pace. I just tried to keep my run interval comfortable since I haven’t been doing much running lately, unless you count running around work and my mind running nonstop. I did a 45 minute workout and logged a little over 3.6 miles. It wasn’t fast but I was pleased with the longer stretches of running.

Friday was another long day of work. By the time I got home Friday night, I just wanted to sleep. I usually start laundry on Friday night and I didn’t even do that. Seriously, all I did was eat dinner and sleep. I think I was asleep before 10!

I spent most of the weekend being unproductive at home. I had a list of things I intended to do. I maybe crossed one item off the list. But, I had a fun weekend. I got to go to Wahlburger’s in Orlando; I went to the movies (50 Shades Darker); I saw the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium (I can’t wait to go to a game or two this season!). Basically, I had a busy weekend, I ate less than healthy food, had some drinks, and just relaxed! And that was just Saturday!

Sunday I had to do some adulting. Laundry and some housework; managed a nap in there too because that’s definitely adulting.

It’s Monday again and I did make it to the gym today too. It was a good workout too. Here are the circuits we did (three rounds of circuit one and two rounds of circuit two)

Circuit One

Circuit Two

30 second interval w/10 second transition

30 second interval w/10 second transition

KB Swings

Jump Rope

Push Ups

High Knees

KB Squats

Squats

Mountain Climbers

Push Ups

KB Squat Curl

Jump Rope

Squat Jacks

Jumping Jacks

Sumo Squat (Alternate hands)

Lunges (Alternate legs)

Burpees

Sit Ups

Jump Rope

Butt Kicks

Mountain Climbers

Leg Raises

The past couple of weeks have definitely been challenging. I’m truly struggling to find balance right now. I need to prioritize things better if I want to reach my goals; both my fitness goals and my career goals.

So here it is…the “run” down

The good:

  1. I’m still logging everything. Even all the booze and junk food. I may not always make the best choices but I hold myself accountable for them.
  2. I took some time to relax. Sometimes you just have to step back. I did that on Saturday; I let myself have a fun day with my friend and didn’t think about all the crap that’s been happening.

The bad:

  1. While I’m certainly allowed a cheat day, I need to make my cheat day not a 5,000 calorie day! Alcohol adds up quick! I just need to keep that in check.
  2. I need better sleep. Managing my stress better (and exercising) will help with that.

The ugly:

  1. I set the same goal for last week; to make friends with the foam roller; and, once again, I didn’t even attempt. I make no excuses. I know it would help me and I just need to do it. I’m not really sure what my aversion is to this. It is truly ridiculous.

My goals for this week are to go to the gym four times and to foam or stick roll my legs!

FitBit news…

I finally connected my new Charge HR. It rocks! It measures my heart rate, total steps, floors climbed, and a whole slew of other things. The best part is that it isn’t big and bulky; it fits nicely on my wrist without being obnoxious. It seems to be fairly accurate too. I stopped a couple of times during my treadmill run and checked my heart rate. It seemed pretty close to what I was counting as well.

It’s about time for bed for me. Here’s to a more balanced week. Peace out y’all!

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #8

February 20, 2017

This week will be the easiest blog I’ve written in ages. Last week was just NOT my week. I managed to get to the gym only one day; Monday. And, that was cut somewhat short. It was a decent workout though.

Tuesday started a progressive downhill spiral. I’ve opted to go into work a little early because I’ve been trying to get some projects finished and I’ve got a lot on my plate. Getting in a little early helps because it gives me some quiet time to work uninterrupted (mostly anyhow). Unfortunately, that turned into late evenings too and it just went downhill.

I pretty much worked 7 AM to 7 PM every day last week except last Monday. By Friday, I pretty much wanted to curl up with a pan of brownies and a bottle of wine and sleep until it was a new decade. I was exhausted in more ways than I could count.

I spent Saturday doing some house work. I cleaned two rooms and a closet; like spring cleaning y’all; the kind of cleaning that makes you sneeze, well if you’re allergic to dust like I am! I also started my taxes.

Sunday was more cleaning. I finally took some pictures of some things that I’ve wanted to sell. If you follow me on Facebook or are in any of the groups I’m in, you may find some of the treasures I’m posting; ahem, Ink-N-Burn and LulaRoe for sure; probably some random other nuggets as well.

I was off work today in honor of President’s Day. I did go to work for a few hours to take care of a few tasks. Then I went to the grocery and came home to do all my food prep for the rest of the week. I’m pretty darn excited about this jambalaya recipe I tried. I’m taking it with my salad for lunches.

Since I didn’t get to the gym today either, I’ll be starting back tomorrow. I didn’t accomplish my goal last week (to make friends with my stick and foam rollers again) so I’ll be working on that this week. I also hope to get back on schedule. I’m not going to sacrifice my gym time like I did last week. The gym is my stress relief and I can’t sacrifice that “me time”.

The “run” down

The good:

  1. I logged everything I ate; the cookie dough flautas, the peanut butter M&M’s, the Angry Orchard; all of it!
  2. Considering my stressful week, I didn’t make all kinds of terrible choices despite what the above statement may suggest.
  3. I also got an awesome Valentine’s gift from my family; some chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Arrangements! I was SO surprised. And, I didn’t eat them all in one sitting!

The bad:

  1. One workout. I did one workout.
  2. Long days at work. As I said last week, I have to find the balance.

The ugly:

  1. I set them for myself and, last week, I didn’t even try to achieve them. I could have come home and foam rolled my legs. I could have made a general effort and it probably would have helped with some of the stress. But I didn’t. I’m upset with myself for not even trying. I’ll leave it here and move onto this week and being better.

FitBit news…

I got that FitBit….yea; still haven’t activated it. I will do it so I have a report for next week.

Here’s to a much better week this go round. Peace out y’all!

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #7

February 13, 2017

In my fitness group, last week we each set a goal; something we would practice for the week that would help us in our quest to meet our overall fitness goals. My goal was to focus on quality workouts. I go to the gym and, most days, I have a quality workout. But, in the recent weeks of missing workouts and cramming workouts into limited time, I’ve just tried to get a workout done rather than focusing on the benefits of the workout itself. In short, I’ve just been going through the motions of the workout.

I only did three workouts last week. I got my Monday boot camp workout done. I detailed it in my blog last week. It was a solid workout and I felt the accomplishment of the hard work I had put into it. I missed Tuesday because I worked late. I didn’t get to work with my trainer on Wednesday so I headed to the gym for a good cardio workout. I hit the elliptical climber and did 45 hard minutes at “variety” level five. Variety is basically random mode; the machine randomly changes the resistance to challenge you more or less. By choosing level five to start, the resistance will never be less than that level. It’s a bit like I had climbed a mountain for 45 minutes. I finished 3.2 miles and I felt great afterwards.

Y’all know I’ve been avoiding that hill training session like the plague. Well, Thursday, I got it done! I was so damn proud that I finally did it! And, sweet mother of Mary was it hard! I started with a warm-up walk/jog. I walked for four or five minutes at a moderate pace. Then I jogged for approximately five minutes. Then I started the hill intervals. I did a one-minute uphill run and then a two-minute, no-incline walk. My run pace was whatever challenging speed I felt I could hold for the full minute running up the hill (my slowest uphill speed was 4.5 mph when I was at 10% incline). My walking pace was between 3.5-3.7 mph. After I did 10 hills, I continued run/walk intervals until the hour mark. I managed 4.3 miles with warm-up and cool down. I am pretty sure I found a whole new level of sweaty during that workout. On Thursday, my legs felt a bit like jelly all day.

Friday was a bust because, once again, I worked late. This is becoming a trend that is impacting me negatively. I really enjoy my workouts; it’s my time to clear my head and work off my stress. When I skip workouts, I feel icky. I have got to continue to keep the balance between work and life so that I don’t go completely batty!

I felt kind of crappy on Saturday. I woke up with a headache; mostly sinus related thanks to my awesome allergy to the state of Florida; and it just got progressively worse. I won’t really take anything until I just can’t stand it anymore. I started getting the chills early in the afternoon so I crawled in bed and tried to take a little nap. I never fell asleep but my headache did ease and I got rid of the chills. I didn’t feel feverish but I did feel icky so I’m not sure why the chills started. I’m just glad it didn’t last long.

Since I was mostly unproductive, I made myself get dressed and go to the grocery store. Grocery shopping on a Saturday night is pretty friggin nice! There were not a lot of people in the store so I got all of my shopping finished in less than 30 minutes. And, I strolled through the store. I easily could’ve been finished in 20 minutes.

I spent Sunday doing meal prep. I’m changing up my breakfast tacos this week; I made some ground turkey sausage and black beans. I’ll put that on the tortilla with the egg and cheese. I also made some hamburger patties with sautéed onions and mushrooms to have with my lunch salad. Dinner is baked chicken and roasted broccoli.

My boot camp class today was cut a little short. But, it was still a quality workout. Here’s the circuit from today.

Feb. 13 Circuit

30 sec interval w/15 sec transition

Jumping Jacks

Crunches

Squats

Leg Lifts

Jumping Jacks

Crunches

Squats

Crunches

Push Ups

Burpees

We modified this workout as it is one my trainer made ages ago (i.e. when I was in MUCH better shape). The workout used to look like this…

Countdown to Fitness

Jumping Jacks x 100

Crunches x 90

Squats x 80

Leg Lifts x 70

Jumping Jacks x 60

Crunches x 50

Squats x 40

Tuck Ups x 30

Push Ups x 20

Burpees x 10

That right there is a bear of a workout. Feel free to try it. If you do, let me know how it goes. I remember doing it once, I think. It. Was. HARD!

I changed my mind on the 30-Day Ab Challenge. I was supposed to start over last week. One of my biggest problems was keeping track of what day I was on. So, I decided to start it on March 1. This way it will be easier for me to follow. Also, I’ve printed out a copy of the challenge to put in a place where I’ll see it every day. You know, so I don’t forget.

I’m still doing great with logging my food. I even logged the crappy meal I ate on Sunday night, the dessert I had with it, and the two Moscow Mules I drank. While I’m generally trying to make good decisions about my food, I’m not sacrificing completely. As long as I log the food and make the effort at the gym, I’m alright with the occasional “crappy meal”. I’m also still going with my water challenge. I totally forgot lemons at the grocery though; didn’t put them on the list. So, it’s plain water until I go back to the grocery.

My goal for this week is to make friends with my foam/grid roller and my stick roller. I had a couple of restless nights last week because my legs; specifically my calf muscles; were tight and kept bothering me. I wasn’t getting cramps but I felt twitchy and it made me restless. When I stretched my muscles, this seemed to help some. So, I’ve just arrived at the resolution that I need to foam or stick roll my muscles. These torture tools and I have a love-hate relationship. I love how I feel after I use them but I hate how much it hurts to use them! These are my torture tools of choice. There are several other brands and types. No matter your choice, I highly recommend investing in some self-massage tools. They really do help with sore, achy, tight, knotted-up muscles.

The “Marathon Stick”: I like this one because it’s really portable. I can stick it in my suitcase when I travel or in my sling bag for the gym. I can also roll my quads a little easier with this one. And, it’s a great “warm-up” massage before I move to the next torture tool.

The “Grid Roller”: This one makes me sweat. No lie. It is a workout in itself. It’s great for legs though. You can put more or less “pressure” because you’re using your own body weight. You’ll find knots and it might bring you to tears. But, it WILL help you work them out. This one is my “favorite” if one can have a favorite self-torture tool.

The “run” down

The good:

  1. Everything logged again this week. Having my meals prepped and eating the same things helps make this easier. It’s been a month and I want to keep that going! (For those that don’t know, I use MyFitnessPal.)
  2. I did my hill workout!

The bad:

  1. Working late. Balance is important and I need to keep that in mind. Work will always be there tomorrow.
  2. Only three workouts. My goal is five workouts per week.

The ugly:

  1. My sleep. I slept awful several nights last week. I think part of that was not getting my gym/decompression time. I definitely sleep better when I workout.

FitBit news…(eventually I’ll stop rambling about FitBit, but today is not that day!)

Before anyone comments, I don’t get anything for free from FitBit for commenting about them or for what I am about to share.

I got my first FitBit for free because I used reward points to “buy” it. I recently decided to purchase the FitBit Charge HR. I am a Zulily shopper. Zulily is a fantastic discount shopping website. In short, brands/items are offered on the site for a limited time. Limited styles/sizes are offered by the sellers. Buyers, like me, purchase items at discounted prices (sometimes deeply discounted). Once the sale closes, Zulily then purchases all of the items from the seller. Once Zulily receives the order from the seller, items are sorted, repackaged, and shipped to the buyers. It can take several weeks to get an item; it really just depends on the deal. I’ve gotten items in a couple of weeks and I’ve waited a couple of months for items. It’s definitely a great place to look for gift items, especially if you’re a planner. If you don’t need something rushed, you can save a good bit of money on your purchases.

A couple of weeks ago, Zulily had the FitBit Charge HR in four different colors. The sale price was $59.99; this is the old model as FitBit has introduced the Charge HR 2. The original price of the Charge HR was about $120; you can find them online now for about $80 or so. With shipping, mine was $64 from Zulily.

One shameless plug. If you’ve never tried Zulily, check it out with my link. I do get referral credits for referring new customers.

I debated actually buying this one. I have the Flex and I love how small it is. It tracks my steps, exercise, and sleep, and that’s really all that I’ve wanted it to do. But, I’ve thought more about heart rate training and how it might help my running and my weight loss. So, I debated on this because I have a Garmin Forerunner with the heart rate monitor. I ultimately decided to get the FitBit because it wasn’t very expensive and it’s a little less cumbersome than the heart rate strap/monitor that goes with my Garmin. I think the FitBit will also be a little easier to use.

I got my new FitBit today. I wanted to get it connected so I could try it out at boot camp. But, I stayed so busy that I didn’t have time to get it set. Hopefully, I can get it set so I can use it tomorrow for my cardio workout. No matter, I’ll have a report next week on my new toy!

That’s a wrap for this week. Peace out y’all!

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #6

February 6, 2017

It seems like it has been way longer than a week since I last blogged. I’ve been so busy the past week. Three days last week I didn’t even leave work until 7 PM. Needless to say, last week was not a goal accomplishing type week. It was more of a “keep my head above water” type week.

My week just started out all kinds of wrong. After missing my training session on Monday and only getting in a quick cardio workout, I had planned to do a hill workout on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I ended up staying late at work so I missed the gym altogether. I still wanted to get in some kind of workout though, so I found a “yoga for runners” video on YouTube and tried that. Holy hell! That was hard and great all at the same time. I recognize that my muscles are tight and that I’m not as flexible as I used to be. But damn; I didn’t realize just how tight some of my muscles have gotten. I really need to do more yoga and more concentrated stretching.

My Wednesday training session didn’t happen either. I did some cardio on the elliptical and pushed the resistance up a little higher than normal. This made it tougher for my legs; tough but good. I made it through an hour and then tried to do some good stretching. I’ve also been keeping up with my Ab Challenge.

Thursday was terrible. I left work just after 7 and just wanted to go home. I was mentally fried. I didn’t get in a workout at all. This makes me a bit grumpy because I really enjoy my gym time.

Friday was equally terrible. I left work after 7 and ended up skipping the gym again. I met a coworker for dinner and I made terrible (but delicious) choices. In all seriousness, the tacos weren’t bad and I skipped the chips and had black beans and rice. We did, however, indulge in dessert; the first sweets, other than a couple of squares of dark chocolate; that I’ve had in a few weeks. If you’ve ever had Tijuana Flats and haven’t tried the cookie dough flautas, I highly recommend you NEVER try them. They are amazing. You will want them EVERY SINGLE TIME! They are also so bad for you. But so delicious. My mouth is watering as I type this because they are so good. Like Paula Deen says “it’ll make your tongue wanna slap your brains out.” And it’s true, it will.

I met some of my friends at Animal Kingdom on Saturday. It was a nice day walking around the park. I didn’t do an “official” workout. But I got over 10,000 steps on my FitBit by walking around for the afternoon.

Sunday was Super Bowl day! I love me some football; it doesn’t matter who is playing the game. I didn’t really have a horse in the race since I’m not an Atlanta fan or a New England fan. That said, I was rooting for Atlanta just because they were kinda the underdog.

I did all my grocery shopping early and got all my food prep finished before heading to one of my coworker’s house for a party. I didn’t eat too badly and I didn’t snack on all the goodies the whole game. I can be a bit of a “grazer” when it comes to food just sitting out. So, not eating all the food is a pretty good feat for me!

I finally managed to get a training session in today. My trainer rocks; he stopped working his day job so he could workout with me and he was going back to work after he left the gym. I feel so special!

These were our circuits today…

Circuit Two

Cardio/Abs Circuit

30 sec interval w/10 sec transition

30 second interval w/10 second transition

Squats

Jump Rope

Push Ups

Crunches

Jump Rope

Jump Rope

Leg Raise

Bicycles

KB/DB Row

Jump Rope

Jump Rope

Butterfly Sit-ups

KB/DB Snatch (Alt. Arm)

Jump Rope

Lunge (Alt. Leg)

Toe Touches

Jump Rope

Jump Rope

Plank

I realized, on Sunday, that I completely missed doing my Ab Challenge work since Wednesday. So, I’m going to start over. Tomorrow will be Day One.

My goal for the week is to make each workout a quality workout. Last week, because I worked late, I squeezed in my gym time and I didn’t really make each workout count; I more or less went through the motions. Because of that, I didn’t really have a good workout and I didn’t get my hill session done (Captain Avoiding That at All Costs right here). I won’t see progress if I give half effort.

My food has been pretty good though. I love that I’ve done well at prepping each week. It makes it so easy when I come home every evening. I don’t have to think about much; just heat up my dinner and make a fresh salad for the next day’s lunch.

I’m still eating breakfast tacos. They are just so easy and so good. It’s a pretty balanced meal too. I did mix up my lunch a little for this week. I made some Mexican chicken casserole to eat with my salad. It is supposed to have crushed Doritos or Tostitos in it. But, I made it without those and it’s still good. Not quite as good as with the chips, but still good. I also made pork chops and roasted brussel sprouts for dinner. The pork chops were seasoned and baked. The brussel sprouts were tossed in olive oil and chopped garlic and baked as well.

I’ve added lemon to my morning water. I’ve stuck with the water challenge we’ve been doing in my fitness group. I haven’t missed a day yet (now I need to apply that same ethic to the Ab Challenge). The lemon is tasty but I’m still struggling with getting it warmer than room temperature. It is kind of hard to chug that much water first thing in the morning.

To sum it all up…

The good:

  1. Everything logged again this week. Even all the stuff I ate at the Super Bowl party and the cookie dough deliciousness from Tijuana Flats.
  2. I walked a lot on Saturday thanks to the park visit. It was great to see my friends and just have a good time for a little while.

The bad:

  1. Work was a challenge. I worked late and sacrificed my gym time. Ultimately, when I skip gym time, it impacts me mentally (the gym is where I burn my stress and clear my head). I can’t skip my decompression time!
  2. I need to bring a water bottle with me when I go to theme parks. I didn’t drink enough water this weekend.

The ugly:

  1. I can’t keep avoiding that hill workout. I just need to do it.
  2. I need to stop procrastinating about cleaning crap out of my house. I have so much stuff that I just don’t need. I need to get to work on decluttering!

One last thing…

I mentioned my issue with my FitBit and how they have been helping me try to resolve it. Well, FitBit totally went above and beyond for me. Seriously y’all; top notch service. If you ever have an issue with your FitBit, reach out to them via email. They were so helpful and truly knocked it out of the park with helping me.

That’s all for this week folks. Peace out, y’all!

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #5

January 30, 2017

You know that feeling when you’re well rested and you have loads of energy and you’re just ready to tackle everything the day has to offer? Yea; I don’t. I am generally one big foggy mess. But, now that I’m getting back into a routine, I’m getting rid of some of that fog and, man, is it nice.

I stayed up way past a reasonable bedtime last Monday night because I was finishing my blog. I am absolutely committed to keeping this weekly thing going. After posting, getting my gym bag ready for Tuesday, and getting into the shower, I realized I forgot to do Day 1 of the Ab Challenge. Ooops. File that under “attack of the forgetful mind” and move it to Tuesday.

I hit the elliptical on Tuesday. I had intended to hit the treadmill but all the treadmills were taken when I got to the gym. The gym is FULL of resolutioners; the folks who made “fitness” or “weight loss” their resolution for 2017. It happens every year; people sign up for membership in November and December and they hit the gym hard in January. By late February, most of them have quit. So, it’s crowded now, but, give it a month or so and it’ll be back to normal.

I had a solid elliptical workout despite my dissatisfaction of getting a treadmill workout. I also spent a good amount of time stretching. I definitely need to make stretching more of a focus after workouts; my muscles definitely appreciate it. I also did Day 1 of the Ab Challenge.

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This is gonna hurt near the end!

Wednesday is our weight circuit with my trainer. We do a cardio and ab circuit to start and then do the weight circuit that we did last week. This week, I recruited a coworker to come along for the torture! I’m a mean person and not a good friend. I did warn him though.

Cardio/Abs Circuit

Weight Circuit

30 second interval w/10 second transition

45 second interval w/20 second transition

Jump Rope

Battle Rope Waves

Crunches

Deadlifts

Jump Rope

Thrusters

Bicycles

Incline DB Press

Jump Rope

Overhead Tricep Extension

Butterfly Sit-ups

Ab Coaster

Jump Rope

Leg Curl

Toe Touches

Leg Extension

Jump Rope

Squats

Plank

Lat Pull Down (wide grip)

Flat Bench Press

 

Bent Over Row (Barbell)

Thursday was another cardio day. My intention had been to do hill repeats on Tuesday. But, since I couldn’t get a treadmill, I figured I’d just do the hill workout on Thursday. I was wrong! While I had no trouble walking around work and getting up and down the stairs, when I tried to “run” uphill, I felt how heavy and tired my legs really were. So, I switched my plan and tried to do more of a maintenance run. I ran intervals but tried to keep my run interval slower so I could run longer. I kept my walk interval at one minute and ended up running intervals for three minutes. My run pace is MUCH slower than it was a couple years ago. My endurance also isn’t where it was and where I want it to be. I am going to have to work to build them both back up as I train for my goal race.

Friday was another trainer day. We did two circuits; one with more cardio and body weight movements and one with cardio and some kettle bell (or dumbbell) weighted movements. They were tough but it was cardio tough. I was sweaty and tired by the end but I felt great too.

Circuit One

Circuit Two

30 sec interval w/10 sec transition

30 sec interval w/10 sec transition

Push Ups

Squats

Jumping Jacks

Push Ups

Squats

Jump Rope

Sit-ups

Leg Raise

Mountain Climbers

KB/DB Row

Push Ups

Jump Rope

Jumping Jacks

KB/DB Snatch (Alt. Arm)

Standing Bicycles

Lunge (Alt. Leg)

Sit-ups

Jump Rope

Push Ups

 

Squats

 

I even hit the gym again on Saturday. I did the “robot” (seriously, I have no idea what the machine is called but I feel like I’m walking like a robot when I use it!). I used a higher resistance and went for an hour. Another solid cardio workout.

Sunday is designated grocery and meal prep day. Also, since I have a membership to a massage place and I have accumulated a few massage sessions, I scheduled a massage. I had wanted a deep tissue massage but the therapist I got this time couldn’t do a deep tissue (not my usual therapist; this is what happens when you don’t plan!). The massage was still very good; it just didn’t get as deep as I needed it in some areas.

I’m eating a lot of the same things this week. Though, I did change my dinner; I made some baked chicken and mushrooms and I roasted some cauliflower. The roasted cauliflower may be a new staple in my rotation. It’s so good! I seasoned it with garlic salt and turmeric and it’s pretty damn tasty.

My trainer got stuck across the state today and I worked a little late. So, I just hit the gym for a quick 30-minute cardio session today. Tomorrow is a normal cardio day and, since I’m on refreshed legs, I’m planning to do that hill session I skipped last week. Yay (and boo – hills are for the devil, y’all!).

On January 20, we started our water challenge in my fitness group. Every morning, pretty much before I get out of bed, I drink 24 ounces of room temperature water (warm is better but I just can’t get there. Today, I added some lemon to my water. I drink a good amount of water anyhow; it’s pretty much all I drink; but, I’ve noticed some improvements as well. I’ll keep chugging away with this challenge (and the water).

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Water is healthy, right? Seriously, drink water; it’s really good for you!

I started the Ab Challenge a day late. But, I did Day 7 today. So far, so good here; it’s going to get harder though. Seriously; there’s A LOT of sit-ups and crunches!

My thoughts on the week overall:

The good:

  1. I logged everything for the whole week. Keeping track of my portions and my intake is helpful and I’m glad I’m getting back into that routine.
  2. I got up on Saturday morning again and hit the gym. And, when I got home, I was productive with housework and organizing!
  3. I had a massage and a visit with my chiropractor (I could write a whole blog on chiropractic care and why I swear by it. For now, just find a good one and go. You’ll thank me later. Promise.)
  4. I ordered a new pair of running shoes! New shoes are always good!

The bad:

  1. I skipped my hill workout. If I want to get faster and build endurance, I have to do the training.
  2. I need to be a bit more mindful of my eating on the weekends. I plan everything for the week and kind of “wing it” on the weekends. I don’t necessarily overeat because of this, but I don’t eat as well as I would if I planned.
  3. I went to the grocery store with a list and said I was only going to buy what was on that list. Yea; a lot of stuff not on the list was in my buggy. Sure, it was BOGO and there were some relatively healthy snacks in there. But still, not on the list!

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    BOGO. But still NOT ON THE LIST!

The ugly:

  1. I gained a pound. I don’t want to live and die by the scale. But, I also want to see progress. I’m not overly upset about the pound because there’s some other factors. But, I’m not jumping up and down about it either (maybe if I was jumping up and down more, I wouldn’t have gained a pound!)  🙂

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    True story.

Before I go, I have two additional things to share.

  1. I’ve been having some issues with my FitBit. I have the Flex and I got it for free about two years ago. I “bought” it by cashing in some reward points through the FitRewards program at the gym. Long story short, I emailed the FitBit folks about my issues and they emailed me back quickly with some potential solutions. I can’t say enough good things about their customer service. Top notch! Truly!
  2. My friend, Shellie, shared this article with our fitness group the other day. It’s a great read so take a few minutes. I’ll wait…

    http://greatist.com/move/fitness-lifelong-practice?utm_source=CM&utm_medium=email&utm_content=story1_title&utm_campaign=editorial_dedicated_2017-01-28

    After reading the article, I thought about my workouts and my approach to them. I’ve never thought of it as “practicing” but I also don’t think of it as a chore. I LOVE my gym time. Some days are good and some days aren’t. But, I love being there and I love the feeling of working hard. I also loved how the article reiterated that there is no “right” way of losing weight or working out. It’s really easy to get caught up in specific diets or styles of workouts. But, there isn’t any one way that works for everyone. It’s much more realistic to approach nutrition and fitness like you would approach yoga; practice both and aim to get better; learn from the slip-ups and mistakes and accept that a bad day in the gym or a crappy training run isn’t going to ruin anything. You simply start again tomorrow leaving that bad day behind you.

With that in your minds, peace out y’all!

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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52 Mondays: #4

January 23, 2017

This week has been a marked improvement over the last week. Don’t get me wrong, my workouts have been kicking my tail, but it’s nice to be getting back into the groove again. I am realizing how out of shape I have gotten! But, forward progress…

Tuesday last, I tried to do a bit of a speed workout on the treadmill. I know many people hate the treadmill; or the dreadmill, if you prefer. I don’t mind it though. I started running on the treadmill when I first started running. Let’s face it; it’s like 1000 degrees in the summer and it’s humid as the rain forest. The treadmill is a necessity in my book. Funnily, I have a treadmill at home. When I first bought that, I used it daily. Then I joined the gym. Since then, if I try to get on the treadmill at home, I can’t get more than two or three miles without thinking of things around the house that need attention. I jump off to go take care of something and then never get started again. I’m much more focused at the gym. So that’s where I go.

I digressed there. Sorry. I have a bit of ADD on occasion. Total sidetrack city.

Anyhow, I did this interval/speed sort of workout. I call it the pyramid. It consists of a run interval and then a walk interval and it goes like this:

Run Interval/Walk Interval

1 min/1 min
2 min/2 min
3 min/3 min
2 min/2 min
1 min/1 min
2 min/2 min
3 min/3 min
2 min/2 min
1 min/1 min

You start with a 10 minute warm-up. I usually start walking for 2-3 minutes and then jog for 2-3 minutes. Then I walk again until my first run interval. My goal is to run my run interval at a tough pace, but at a pace that I can hold for the interval. I’m not fast by any means so my fastest run is maybe 6.2 mph or so and that’s only for one minute. I walk the walk interval at a pace that will allow me to recover in time for my next run interval. So, for the 1 minute interval, that might only be 3.5 mph or so. I run the longer intervals slower but my longer walk interval can be done a little faster than my shortest walk interval.

This is a TOUGH workout. Add to the mix that I am out of shape; round may be a shape but it isn’t a good one for running marathons; and it’s a recipe for kicking my butt! I was TIRED when I was finished. But, I felt great.

Wednesday was my first day back with my trainer. I’ve probably said it before, but, I have been blessed with really good trainers. And, I’m so happy to be back with my current trainer. I had a ton of success with him previously! Wednesday is our weight day. So, we started with a cardio HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuit. We did one round and it was brutal; my heart was pounding after the round. Then we did two rounds of the weight circuit. It’s a full body weight circuit and it’s tiring too. By the end, I’m usually dripping sweat. You can try it for yourself; I’ve listed it below. May the force be with you though.

Cardio Circuit Weight Circuit
30 second interval w/10 second transition 30 second interval w/10 second transition
Jog Battle Rope Waves
Butt Kicks Dead Lifts
Jumping Jacks Thrusters
Cross Jacks Incline DB Press
Back Lunge to High Knee (L) Overhead Tricep Extension
Skater Hops Ab Coaster
Back Lunge to High Knee (R) Leg Curl
Body Bridge Raise Leg Extension
Body Bridge Single Leg Raise (L) Squats
Jab, Jab, Kick Lat Pull Down (wide grip)
Body Bridge Raise Flat Bench Press
Body Bridge Single Leg Raise (R) Bent Over Row (Barbell)
Body Drops
Plank Shuffle
Mountain Climbers
Doggy Paddles
Burpees
Squats
Lunge with a Twist
Inchworm with a Push Up
Jog
Butt Kicks
Cross Jacks
Jumping Jacks

Thursday was another cardio day. After the weight circuit, my legs were toast, so I just did some elliptical “running”. It is no-impact and my hips and legs needed that. I also spent about ten minutes stretching really well.

My trainer had a flat tire on Friday and had to cancel. I ended up working late so I called it a rest day. I was tired anyhow and was asleep early. I was glad I listened to my body!

To make up for the rest day, I went to the gym Saturday and did an hour on, what I call, the robot machine. It’s sort of a cross between an elliptical and a stair climber. There is no impact; it glides smoothly like the elliptical. However, the motion with your legs is similar to climbing stairs; it’s more up and forward. It’s tough to describe and it’s equally a tough workout.

I also did yard work on Saturday. I mowed the yard and did all the edging. It takes me about an hour and a half to complete everything. It was a nice day so I was dying in the heat. But, after the workout, pushing the mower and walking the yard again to do all the edging made me even more tired. But, I didn’t stop there. I did a lot of housework too. I’m trying to de-clutter, clean, and finish projects that I’ve been meaning to start. I made some good progress but still have loads to do. One of my goals for this year is to get rid of crap I just don’t use or need. I started this last year and didn’t do very well. I have way to much stuff! Way. Too. Much!

Sunday was grocery and meal prep day again. Thankfully, I have many of the items I need for my meals this week. I just need to restock salad supplies for my lunches and to pick up a few things for this dinner dish I want to make (see below).

Breakfast: Breakfast tacos and strawberries (fresh) – same as last week; they’re just THAT good

Morning snack: Maple walnut oats

Quick oats
Maple syrup
Chopped walnuts
A sprinkle of cinnamon and a small pat of butter (don’t judge, I like butter in
oatmeal)

Lunch: Salad, homemade quinoa chili, and a tangerine

Spring mix with tomatoes, snow peas, shredded carrots, orange bell pepper, cucumber, and avocado with ginger dressing
Homemade turkey chili with quinoa, riced cauliflower, pinto beans and black beans (similar to last week but tried the quinoa and the riced cauliflower this week to mix it up)

Afternoon snack/pre-gym: Pink lady apple (my absolute fave)

Dinner: Shredded chicken “egg roll” bowl with some veggies (broccoli or Brussel sprouts)

Egg roll bowl: shredded chicken, broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, tamari, sesame oil

So the dinner recipe actually came from a Facebook share from one of my girlfriends. We have a fitness challenge group and Peas (that’s my friend; she blogs over at Southern Peas so go check her out) posted this recipe. She and her husband are doing Whole30 right now (she’s blogging about it so definitely check her page for Whole30 info!) and this one fell into the Whole30 approved pile. It also looked pretty darn tasty. Since I eat a lot of the same things over and over, I need recipes that are easy to help me break away from my usual go-to foods. Not that my go-to foods are bad; I just feel as though I should mix things up sometimes. You can find the actual recipe here.

Today was trainer day again. We did two HIIT circuits. The first was a cardio and weight circuit. The second was all cardio. Ermagoodness! Am I ever tired! Like, I wish I would stop writing tired! You can try these if you want. Again, may the force be with you! (Note: both circuits used a 30 second exercise time with a 10 second transition time)

Circuit One Circuit Two
Jump Rope Jumping Jacks
KB Swing Bicycles
Jump Rope Jumping Jacks
KB Figure 8’s Push Up w/Knee Tuck
Jump Rope Jumping Jacks
KB Squat, Curl, Press Plank
Jump Rope Jumping Jacks
KB Tricep Extension Mountain Climbers
Jump Rope Jumping Jacks
KB Squat Exchange Bear Crawl

In addition to logging all my food and exercise, I’m doing two additional challenges with my fitness challenge group. The first is a water challenge. Every morning, when I wake up, I drink 24 ounces of room temperature (warm is better but I struggle to drink warm water and I forgot to get lemons at the store; more on that brain fart shortly). There are a lot of benefits to drinking water and you can read them here. I like water and drink mostly water anyhow so the first week of this has been easy. Now, I just need to get those lemons and try to drink warmer water (close to body temp is best).

The second challenge is a 30-day ab challenge. You’ve probably seen the fitness memes that float around and this is one of those. We started today so you can join in too. The challenge is making to the end. Do you see how many sit ups and crunches are there?!

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No joke, y’all! Look at all those sit ups and crunches!

So, I mentioned I have total ADD (or brain farts; whatever you want to call it). I meant to get lemons for my water at the store. But, I forgot to write it on my list. So, I didn’t get them. Apparently writing things on my list doesn’t mean anything though. I had eggs on my list and forgot those too. Pictures don’t lie folks. Total grocery fail.

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You see it. Eggs. Right there. Didn’t cross them off the list. Didn’t buy them. Obviously, the list means nothing to me!

Overall, I think I had a good week. Here’s the rundown…

The good:

  1. I logged everything for the whole week; food, exercise, my terrible choice at Starbucks (because if I’m getting a free one, it’s going to be a $10 drink and at least it was skim milk – I logged it so I counted ALL those calories)
  2. I had a solid workout with my trainer last Wednesday and today.
  3. I went to the gym on Saturday and didn’t let the weekend give me an excuse to be lazy.
  4. My race roomie booked our room for Big Cottonwood. One less thing to think about!

The bad:

  1. This one could go in the good too, I suppose. After the gym on Saturday, I walked a few doors over to the Dollar General to get a couple cleaning items for my housework. When I was walking back to my car, I missed getting pooped on by a bird by about two inches. It landed two inches in front of my foot.
  2. My choice at Starbucks was bad. I mean, it tasted delicious, but it wasn’t good for me. At. All. I’m not beating myself up over it because I know I don’t indulge like that often. But, I know that it was not a good choice so I need to file it under “the bad”.

The ugly:

  1. True story – I was standing next to a guy at the gym who was wearing an Ironman Kona shirt. If you know anything about IM Kona, you know it is elite, like Boston Marathon elite. You have to qualify (or be famous) to get there. I asked him if he had done Kona and he said yes. I said something to the effect of how amazing of an accomplishment that is and how impressive it is. His response was “yea, it is”. Wow; way to be gracious there Captain Asshat.
  2. I have realized how much stuff I want and need to do around my house. I have SO much stuff. Just thinking about it all makes my head hurt. I need to make a list and start really thinking about the stuff that I use or don’t use. There is no need for one person to have three crock pots! Seriously, y’all; I have THREE!
  3. I need better sleep. I’m always so tired and, while I function OK, I know I could be so much more productive if I didn’t feel so damn tired all the time. I don’t have any kind of sleep disorder; I just don’t feel rested. I’ve got to figure out what to do to get better quality sleep.

It’s late tonight but I am committed to getting this blog done on Monday. So, I’m up way past my bedtime! But, it’s done now! So, peace y’all!

Until next Monday…gotta run.
~B

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