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Back on the Grind…

24 Sep

Well, it finally happened.  My alarm quacked at 5am (it really is set to quack), and I worked out.  Now, let’s be honest.  I haven’t exercised in weeks, about five or six to be exact; I’m a little rusty.  But, I’m feeling much better than I was, and starting is the hardest part.  I didn’t go crazy, but I did work up a little sweat and breathing was hard.  The circuit I did took less than ten minutes, but here’s what I decided.  Since it’s been so long since I’ve worked out, anything is better than nothing.  And even though it was short, I really did FEEL it.  So here you go:

50 Jumping Jacks

25 Crunches

10 Tricep Dips

15 Squats

10 Lunges (each leg)

25 Russian Twists

20 Standing Calf Raises

10 Push-ups

30 second Plank

50 Jumping Jacks

If you’re feeling adventurous, or if you’ve been working out consistently and want more of a challenge, double or triple this circuit.  But trust me, you’ll feel it after one round.  I’m easing my way back into the game.  Stay tuned for Weigh In Wednesday to see where I’m starting over from.  I’m still going to attempt my 33 by 33 challenge, but I know I’m at a slight disadvantage right now.  No crazy diets or anything like that, but I’d like to get as close to that goal as possible.

Have a great week everyone.  And remember, it’s never too late to start!


Sweaty Saturday: A Cardio/Strength Circuit

4 Aug

I live in Hades.  At least that’s what it feels like with the 90+ degree temperature and humidity that punches you in the face (and frizzes your hair).  There was no way in hell (hahahaha) that I was going to go outside for a walk/run.  I decided to do a circuit inside, while the air conditioner buzzed and “The Princess Diaries” aired.  Here’s what I did:

30 Jumping Jacks

10 Squats

20 Side Lunges (10 each side)

50 Butt Kickers

20 Crunches

20 Glute Kickbacks

10 Push-ups (on my knees)

10 Tricep Dips

:20 second Plank

No rest between exercises.  Do the circuit THREE times.

With the crunches, I did 20 regular crunches the first circuit, 20 oblique crunches (10 each side) for the second circuit, and 20 regular crunches the third circuit.  I think the next time I do this workout, I’ll do bicycle crunches during that third circuit.

The results:  I was sweaty, tired, and breathing hard when I finished.  It took about 20 minutes to get through three rounds.  This could be a great morning workout; I have time for a 20-30 minute workout before leaving for school (depending on what time I actually get my arse out of bed and how much wandering Molly does on her morning walks).  And I can always do more rounds if I feel like getting really crazy.  But whatever happens, it earned me my fourth smiley face in as many days, and that’s what I’m going for.

Keep moving, folks!  Anyone have any workouts they like doing at home?  Feel free to share!

Today’s Walking Soundtrack

19 Apr

I’m taking advantage of my April Vacation by sleeping in until 8am (that’s three extra hours of snooze time, folks), and then hitting the pavement for walks around my neighborhood.  The cows have missed me, I’m sure.  My little clip-on iPod keeps me company, and today’s random playlist was entertaining enough for me to want to share.  I have a pretty diverse love affair with music, and there’s a wide variety of sounds below.  When a song comes on that I love or haven’t heard in a while, my step quickens and my smile widens.  Give a listen to some of these songs.  Maybe add them to your own playlist.  But whatever you do, get out there and enjoy this weather.  Enjoy the sunshine.  Enjoy the chirping birdies.  Enjoy the light breeze.  Enjoy the blooming flowers.  Just enjoy being alive.


Hit the link to check out each song!

Brass Monkey by the Beastie Boys

Smile by Eyedea and Abilities

Knock Knock by Mac Miller

Heartbreaker by Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris

Never Listen to Me by The Thermals

True Believers by the Bouncing Souls

Up, Up and Away by Kid Cudi

Summer Girl by Leighton Meester

Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor) by Pitbull ft. T-Pain

Only by Anthrax

My Body by Young the Giant

St. Andrews by Bedouin Soundclash

Rank-N-File by Anti-Flag


Staying Motivated: Setting Goals and Reflecting

15 Apr

Ok.  The Easter Bunny threw me under the bus.  Maybe I followed the trail of jelly beans and peanut butter filled eggs willingly, but needless to say, this week was not the best when it came to self-control.  The candy won.  I definitely proved to myself that I am, indeed, a stress eater.  There was a lot of extra stress this past week, like the screaming three-year-old in the pool while I was doing my water therapy.  Molly had a hard week with her recovery; she seemed to not want to use her leg at all, and the doctor proposed the possibility of another surgery.  No, thank you.  And at school, it was the week before vacation which meant all the kids (and the teachers) were anxious and ready to go.  Not to mention an idea was proposed to me for next year that I have had nightmares about in the past.  That’s where the chocolate and sugar came in.

Having this upcoming week off from school fills me with calm.  I know that I can make smarter food choices (like foregoing the sugar), and get in some extra walking and strength activities.  I made this chart to help me stay focused:

Motivational Goal Setting:Reflecting Sheet

Please feel free to use it and adapt it to your own needs.  I’m hoping seeing this on the refrigerator each day will help keep me focused this week.  Have a great week and stay motivated!