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quick updates, days 8 and 9

Day 8: Monday: I felt really good on Monday, inspired to eat healthy and i was full of energy! meals as follows:

  • breakfast: oatmeal, almond milk, chia seeds. duh
  • lunch Amy’s minestrone soup with kale and carrots on the side
  • dinner: 2 halves (1 whole) stuffed pepper (stuffed with brown rice, onion, mushroom, carrot, vegan sausage), and mashed cauliflower on the side. I don’t think my portions are what anyone would call “correct” but i figured it was mostly all veggies with no bad stuff in there so i went to town. overall a good food day 🙂

Also on Monday I sucked it up and FINALLY made soup! I have been eating those Amy’s soups for the last 500 weekdays in a rows and since i am not rich i figured i should just make some goddamn soup instead. I made lentil veggie soup and it’ll probably last my all week! hurrah!

Day 9: Tuesday. workout:

  • 30min run walk. 5min running followed by 1min walking repeating. this felt great. thank god. some pain in my groin on the right side afterward but i streched for .03 seconds after so i should be fine right?
  • followed this up with 25 minutes on the precor. i fucking hate this machine, i never feel comfortable on it but the regular ellipticals were taken. booo.

Tuesday eats as follows:

  • breakfast: oatmeal almond milk chia seeds
  • lunch: homemade lentil veggie soup and kale w/ carrots and zucchini
  • snack: 2 ricecakes with sunflower seed butter and pear slices
  • dinner: vegan rueben with tortilla chips from the co-op. BAD BAD BAD. holy shit i felt so sick after eating this. the co-op is awesome cuz they have so much vegan food but it’s like the fast food of vegan food. so greasy and full of sauce and processed fake meat n cheese.I thought i was gonna barf after eating this. (it doesn’t help that it’s the biggest sandwich hey serve, it’s literally like the size of my head and of course i ate the whole thing). so yea no bueno

Wednesday morning i skipped the gym in the morning and skipped breakfast. wow i still felt super shitty from that sandwich the night before. lesson learned (hopefully)

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day 4. im bored because i am boring

day 4

I am the most boring person ever, i swear. As of today I have officially eaten the same things for breakfast and lunch for the past 847627364 weekdays in a row. officially. wanna hear all about it? maybe i’ll start taking pictures of soup and oatmeal like everyone else so i can be more interesting. teaser – it looks mostly like soup and oatmeal.

  • breakfast: oatmeal w/ almond milk and chia seeds. shocker
  • lunch: Amy’s split pea soup w/ kale and carrots on the side. double shocker
  • snack: 2 rice cakes with sunflower seed butter IMMEDIATELY upon getting home
  • dinner: a can o green beands and an Amy’s california burger on sprouted ezekial with ketchup, mustard, veganaise, kale, and mushrooms. aaaaaaand 2 miller lights (doh!) I know i said i need to watch the alcohol intake but a couple friends i hadn’t seen in a while invited me out for drinks last night and i was like fuck it. i thought miller light would be a good alternative to my usual spotted cow but it was mostly jsut not very yummy.

So not too bad! i really need to stop buying those Amy’s soups and just friggin make my own. That shit is like $2.50 a can. I might as well be going out to eat for lunch every day the way i’m spendin. Maybe i’ll make a big batch o soup this weekend…but let’s be realistic…i’ll probably just take naps instead…

at least today is friday friday friday! this is what i did at the gym this morning…

25 minute run/walk on the treadmill. 3 minutes running (5.5), 1 minute walking (3.7) repeating. about 2 miles. My shin started to give me some grief toward the end. ugh, of course. followed this up with

circuit 1

  • 3 x 20 V-Ups
  • 3 x 15 hamstring curls on an exercise ball
  • 3 x 12 each one arm kneeling rows #22.5
  • 3 x 12 lateral arm raises #10 each
  • 3 x 12 front arm raises #10 each

circuit 2

  • 3 x 20 shoulder shrugs #50
  • 3 x 10 pushups
  • 3 x 12 each hamstring push ups from med ball. (wtf, i don’t know what anything is called)
  • 3 x 12 leg raises while holding #10 med ball up

circuit 3

  • 4 x 20 shoulder shrugs #50
  • 3 x 12 each side bends #25
  • 3 x 12 each sitting bouncing med ball side to side

Workout was okay, but i really am having a hard time challenging myself lately. I haven’t been sore in a while which is usually a good indicator that i worked hard. this probably just means i’ve reached my full potential and can stop what i’m doing and eat more vegan cookies…or maybe i just need some help. that’s why i have been toying with some ideas for switching up my workouts. i’ve been looking into some classes and different gyms around town and i think it’s time to try something new to really kick my butt and give me a challenge. Things i’m considering:

– crossfit gyms in milwaukee. appealing but mucho dinero

-drench. another gym that i’ve heard will make you barf and turn you into a fitness machine. intriguing…

-yoga or hot yoga. i have like 40 groupons for yoga places because i always think i want to do it. then i think about it more and i fall asleep just thinking about it. i know its probably really good for me and would help me not get injured but i just cant get excited about yoga!

-parkour. HAHA JUST KIDDING. i’d die. i just ran out of ideas..

I need suggestions i think.

day 2 in the bag

2nd day of my challenge to eat correctly portioned meals and avoid fried food entirely until Thanksgiving went well! Not perfect, but good enough!

  • breakfast: oatmeal made with 1 C almond milk and 2 tbsp chia seeds (I eat this like every day)
  • snack: 1 banana
  • lunch: Amy’s chunky vegetable soup, kale salad with carrots and leftover lentils
  • dinner: 2 slices (which is more like 4) vegan pizza from Whole Foods. 2 schlitz beers

Not awesome, but not bad either! I wanted to have another snack in the afternoon but held off! hurrah for tiny successes! good thing too because when I got home I was huuuuungry and Paul had bought the pizza and beer. Arghh he will single handedly ruin my challenge! Just kidding I was totally willing to stuff my face with all that white dough and delicious fake cheese 🙂 What’s good is that we ate this at around 5:30PM so I had a long time to digest before bed! (I’ve been sort of trying not to eat after 7:00ish. sort of being the opperative word.) I am also trying to really limit by alcohol and high calorie drink consumption too. I don’t want to drink my calories, I want to chew them! I’m pretty good about most drinks but I do love beer and mimosas and am often in denial of how many calories of it I consume from those. Overall, not the best meal for dinner but I don’t think I really overdid it and I didn’t even have a craving for anything the rest of the night which is huge! even when Paul suggested we make popcorn! I’m a health machine, I’m telling ya.

I am going to try and remember my workout with my trainer this morning which was a good one…

First I did about a lil run/walk that I failed to get in yesterday. This felt good! No shin pain at all! SCORE. I did 3min running 1 min walking for about 23 minutes.

circuit 1

  • 3 x 30 seconds quick alternating shoulder presses #10 each
  • 3 x 30 seconds quick cross punches #10 each (YOW my shoulders!!)
  • 3 x back and forth walking side squat with kettle bell swings

circuit 2

  • 3 x 20 shuffle steps over bosu ball w/ 8# in each hand
  • 3 x 10 resistance band bicep curls counting to 5 on the way down. very last one hold at 90 degrees until failure
  • 3 x 15 TRX T-ups

circuit 3

  • 2 x 20 squat and throw med ball up wall and catch
  • 2 x 20 seated on bench bouncing med ball side to side
  • 2 x back and forth spriderman crawls (not even gonna try to explain this one…)

Ended with foam rolling. Ahh love it.

I really like my personal training sessions but Ionly have one left and I don’t think I’m going to buy more. SO EXPENSIVE. I’ve learned a lot of basic things that I can take into creating my own workouts from here on out. One thing that will definitely be tough will be getting up every morning to get to the gym. At least on my training days two days a week, I am forced to get up and go to the gym and work hard. Now it will be completely up to me to not only get my butt out of bed each morning but to put in the same amount of effort that I am now! And it’s getting so cold out!! I can do it I can do it I am the shit Nothing will slow me down. Maybe that will be my mantra from now on…or maybe not…

Instead of buying more personal training I am thinking about puting that money towards a different type of class or gym. I want to keep switching up my workouts but I need help sometimes. The issue is that working out at the WAC is so convenient because it’s like 3 blocks away from where I work. Therefore it’s easy to work out before or after work. If I start going elsewhere my life will not be as convenient and I will definitely freak out and crumble into a fat couch potato who can’t remember what it’s like to have goals or energy. Or maybe that’s a bit extreme and I should stop being a brat and learn that being inconvenienced is not the end of the world…sighhhhhhhhh

day 1. killed it

Hola! I’m popping in for a quick update! So I’m about 24 hours into this challenge and I’m feeling good about it so far! (even though it’s only been a day, big whoop right?) Yesterday my meals went like so:

  • breakfast: oatmeal made with 1 C almond milk and 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • lunch: Amy’s vegetable barley soup with a side of carrots and cucumber slices
  • snack: a banana
  • dinner: leftover lentil sloppy joe on sprouted ezekial bread with kale salad (cucs and chia seeds)

That was a great food day for me! I thought about dessert in the form of cereal or a piece of fruit with sunflower seed butter but I waited about an hour and the craving totally went away! I felt super strong and awesome! I think that the only reason I always eat a little something for dessert is because it’s become habit. And bonus, when I woke up today and thought about the food choices I made yesterday, I felt so friggin proud of myself! Like obnoxiously proud. Bam, day 1: totally rocked it’s bitch-ass

So far today has been good too! Still feeling fairly motivated, chuggin along at work…This morning I got in 30min on the stairmill. Level 11 intervals. Whoo I thought my heart was gonna explode. I tried for a little run/walk afterwards but it turned into 20min incline walking on the treadmill. I was beat! I’ve been a little hungrier today but no insanely intolerable cravings yet…

Well that’s about all, i’m gonna try to update this blog more often to document my progress and how i feel so if some of these update posts get redunadant I do apologize.

Workouts and a CHALLENGE!

A quick update of my workouts…

Friday: I actually went to the gym Friday morning! Usually that’s my day to sleep in but for the 5th morning in a row I made it! 30 minutes on the stairmill followed by a strength routine that I’m not sure if I can remember but I’ll try

  • 4×12 resistance band upright rows
  • 4×12 resistance band bicep curls
  • 3×20 V-ups
  • 3×12 each one arm dumbbell rows #22.5
  • 3×12 each one leg dumbbell deadlifts #25
  • 4×12 each split lunges #15 each
  • 3×12 dumbbell bench press #22.5 each

Saturday: Made it to Planet Fitness early in the afternoon and did 40 minutes of elliptical intervals followed by

  • 3×12 one leg dumbbell deadlifts #25
  • 3×12 each split lunges #15 each
  • 3×12 hammer curls #15 each
  • 3×12 overhead triceps extensions #25
  • 2×12 each one arm dumbbell rows #20

Took Sunday off and went to 6 FLAGS for fright fest!! Tons of fun but super cold…it was great to see Kelly and Jake and go on a fun little day trip!

Monday: 1 hour with Ali in the morning. Lets see if I can recap

  • 10 min stairmill warmup
  • 3x each walking same leg lunges with #10 help above head. (weight in opposite hand of leg lunging forward)
  • 3×12 each squat to one arm shoulder press #10
  • 3×15 each cable shoulder presses
  • 1×15 external shoulder rotation on cable
  • 1×15 internal shoulder rotation on cable
  • 1×15 bent arm cable push downs
  • 3×15 back extensions #10
  • 3×25 v-ups on a bench
  • 3×15 hamstring curls on back with ball
  • 3×20 mountain climbers knee to opp arm with hands holding ball with handles
  • 3×20 med ball side tosses with Ali
  • 3x30sec each resistance band one arm squated rows
  • 3×15 squats on a bosu with shoulder press (bar)

I’m trying to recap these workouts with Ali so I can repeat them in the future. I know that the way I describe some of the things we do makes zero sense but I think it’s enough to help me remember 🙂

I like to read mealsandmovesblog.com and Janetha posted a link to a “Turkey Day Challenge!” that is hosted by her gym. It sounds really interesting and I am going to try my best to participate on my own! The idea is to recommit yourself to health and clean eating before the holiday onslaught of food occurs by completing a set amount of workouts and making a measurable goal for yourself. I’m going to make a few minor adjustments to the challenge for myself.

1. You may eat NO ADDED SUGAR. I’m going to change this to You may eat NO FRIED FOOD. Because I need to step away from the french fries. I find that if I don’t eat fried food for a while I stop craving it…but once I start again, it’s hard to stop.

2. You must complete 5 GPP workouts per week PLUS three extra 30 minute cardio sessions per week. Well we don’t have a GPP here but my goal is to get creative with my workouts. My personal training ends this week so I will need a new motivator to get up and work out! I need to challenge myself and change it up. I have thought about trying out a few gyms around town as well as yoga or hot yoga. I need to step out of my comfort zone!

3. You are to pick a health related challenge to stick to. Once picked, you should post this healthy challenge and how you will be accountable for compliance to it. For example: you may choose to begin a few rounds of BCD & post (daily) whether or not you stuck to it.

  • I choose the following challenge: Eat healthy & correct portions of breakfast/lunch/dinner. Breakfast and lunch are not so difficult for me but dinner is a problem. As well as weekend brunch. I need to focus on portion control. Too often I will scoop up the same portions as Paul does and I need to remember that I don’t need that much food. I also snack at night and often eat dessert. I am sick of working my butt off in the gym and not seeing the body that I want because I can’t control myself in the kitchen. It seems that every time I get close to liking the way I look, I deem myself “good enough” and go on a weeklong binge of chips and salsa. I need to remember that you don’t just get to your happy place and then stop. It’s a continuous thing to stay healthy. And healthy=happy. A few motivators to help me focus:

– 2 upcoming weddings we’re attending. Always wanna look good at weddings!

– Family get-togethers for the holidays! Call me shallow but I love when members of my family tell me I “look like I’ve been working out.” I thinks they notice more because they don’t see me every day so it’s easier for them to see changes. As opposed to Paul who sees me every day and probably just doesn’t notice small changes as much.

– Indulging during the holidays. If I eat healthy and feel good going into the holidays, I won’t feel so guilty about indulging in the treats that I love! I want to enjoy the football brunch foods, holiday cookies, and yummy cocktails and this means that I should be prepared to fully enjoy those things by eating healthy and clean otherwise.

Another facet to this challenge is “The TEETH.” Which means you have to put some teeth into it. Which means it has to hurt to break your commitment. My goal to eat healthy portions may be a bit hard for me to measure but I do know when I’ve gone overboard and will hold myself accountable. Not eating fried foods is very easy to measure. I am trying to think of a good way to hold myself accountable…I’m thinking that every time I mess up, I put $5.00 in a jar that in the end I will donate to a charity of my choice. I am making it $5.00 because $1.00 is too small of an increment to phase me but $10.00 is too much. I still have to pay rent! I’m not sure if this is the best incentive for me…I’m trying to think of something better that will really motivate me to not mess up…but it’s all I have for now and I can start with it.

So here we go! I am hoping that a real challenge will help motivate me and give me the kick in the ass to reach the goals that I have been so close to attaining for so long.

not so hot

Wow I have been slacking…well not really but it was a rough weekend. First a recap of the rest of last week:

Thursday: A little run! I couldn’t figure out how to make the treadmill switch speeds every few minutes automatically because my brain does not function in the morning. So I said fuck it and just did a quick walk and then ran for .80 miles at 1.0 incline and 5.5 speed. I know I’m supposed to be taking it easy…very easy…but my shin felt fine! and running felt so so so good that I just couldn’t stop! afterwards I did 25 minutes on the stairmill and 20 minutes on the elliptical. I guess I was feeling sporadic.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: rest days…I know….wtf. I am seriously annoyed with myself that I let this happen. Let me set the scene…Friday I had dinner and drinks on the mind and this plan ended up lasting until 3:00AM with too much whiskey, french fries, and dancing. I felt so awful on Saturday that I only got off the couch to pick up brunch and to go buy fixings to make pizza. Not good. Sunday rolled around and I mopped my whole house, cleaned my kitchen and ran some errands all before the Packer game at noon. Holy productivity! My plan was to make up for my lost Saturday and hit the gym after the game. But I didn’t! I have no idea why! We just kept watching episodes of Sons of Anarchy and then it got dark and the gym never happened. What did happen was burritos, chips, and more french fries.

So to sum it up, I feel crappy about the complete lack of movement this weekend and my body is rebelling against me because of all the junk I fed it over the last few days. I woke up today after a full night’s sleep feeling lethargic, bloated, and exhausted. I am craving fruits and veggies so bad because I basically ate none all weekend.

Monday: At least today i HAD to get up and work out because I had a personal training session with Ali. My energy was nowhere to be found and a workout that should have been more of a snap was oh so difficult. And now I am sitting at work staring at the clock trying to stay awake…7 hours to go! I shall persevere!

work hard rest hard

La dee da…After noticing that I hadn’t taken much of a rest day in a while I ended up taking Friday and Saturday totally off. No gym, no running, no home workout. It was nice, Friday we went to dinner and a play and Saturday we made brunch and lounged around because it was rainy. It felt good to relax!!

Sunday: I knew I wanted to get to the gym this day because I didn’t want to take 3 days off in a row. Well I decided that I would have two mimosas with brunch, relax and then go….dumb…I took a nap and finally got to the gym late afternoon but I was seriously DRAGGING. I did 50 minutes on the elliptical. The same level and intervals I’ve been doing but it waws so hard this time…I even had to stop once! Note to self, workout before you drink not after.

Monday: 1 hour AM session with Ali This was a good one. We did chest press, split squats, crunches, planks, resistance band rows and bicep curls and lateral raises. much much more as well. I didn’t realize how hard I worked until later that day when my whole body was sore! Ow my butt. Ow my triceps. Ow all over

Tuesday: 30 minutes “fat burning” option on the stairmill. OH MY GOD I thought I was gonna puke or die. But I made it all the way!!! Then I did 20 minutes on the treadmill of 1min walk 1min run repeat per my chiropractor. This felt good and I think I can build from here. No strength training thank you very much…too sore.

Wednesday: 1 hour AM session wth Ali. This was a fairly easy day featuring walking planks, step ups, pushups, and squats. We spent the last 15 minutes foam rolling! I always associate foam rolling with running so I haven’t been doing it at all but I need to. It hurt like a bitch but my muscles feel much looser.

So there we have it! I think some shopping and another rest day is in order for this coming weekend!