Archive | June, 2013

Fitness Dates

27 Jun

A couple weeks ago I realized it wasn’t so much motivation to workout that I was missing… I wanted to workout, I made time to workout, but I was so bored with my workouts! I can’t justify paying for a gym membership when our apartment complex has a gym but I don’t really like the apartment gym so it’s harder to make myelf go. The cardio area is fine but the weights area is pretty cramped so, it’s not ideal and I have been doing more workouts at home since we have some weights etc. but I’ve been feeling like I want more.

Enter, Living Social. In Japan I had pretty much forgotten about Living Social and Groupon so, I signed up the other day and noticed all the different boot camps and fitness deals on there! Obviously with my ankle I’m having to be a bit choosy and not just trying everything but what a great way to mix up my workouts at a reasonable price. I bought one that’s for personal training sessions and then I just bought another one for a rock climbing gym in our area. Hubby and I both really enjoy climbing and I love finding active date ideas so I’m optimistic that in a couple months (when he’s back home) with physical therapy and working with this new doctor my foot will be able to hold up for it.

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Do you go on “fitness dates”? If so, what do you and your significant other do?

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Travel, Travel, Travel, Fit?

26 Jun

Do you ever just look at your calendar and get a bit overwhelmed? I was trying to plan out my next couple weeks (before starting work) and realized it’s all already planned. I don’t have a single day where I don’t have something going on and I’ll be spending more time away from my apartment than at it… including driving ten hours home the day before I start work. I know once I start work and settle into a routine I’m going to miss being able to travel so much but right now, I’m looking forward to my 4 days at my apartment.

I think sometimes that’s why fitness becomes so important, it’s something that can be a constant with all the other craziness. Sure a new workout and diet fad is always around the corner but the solid principles remain the same.

In these busy times dinner sometimes becomes about whatever I can make quickly/easily. Something that has always been a staple growing up is so easy and Dad and I made it the other night…

You need:

…that’s it. Marinade the chicken and then grill it. So good yet so easy! Of course if you have time on a day off you could make the Italian dressing at home and just keep it on hand, but that is an adventure I haven’t tried yet. Serve with veggies (I like it with broccoli or asparagus) and you could top with an Italian salsa as pictured.

**not my pic.

Finally, as promised, here’s the modified leg workout from yesterday.

I didn’t use any weights other than for the deadlifts but I did use resistance bands.

2 sets of:

1 min balance drills (30 sec standing on one foot, 30 on the other)

3 Sets of:

2 sets of 20 seated kick outs/quad extensions (Normally I put an ankle weight on to add some resistance but since those are back home, I used a resistance band)

Stronger than Excuses

24 Jun

All settled back in MN and my mom is home from the hospital (she had a hip replacement). My parents have an elliptical and some free weights at their house so yesterday I was able to get a workout in and and am about to get in today’s. My ankle’s been bothering me a lot, just overdid it a bit while traveling I think, so yesterday I just did a short workout.

3 sets of:

  • 20 bicep curls
  • 12 lateral shoulder raises
  • 20 push-ups

3 sets of abs for time:

  • 1 min toe-touches (lay on your back with legs straight up in the air, lift shoulders off floor reaching for your toes)
  • 1 min russian twists/grass pickers with weight
  • 1 min reverse crunches with weight
  • 30 sec plank
  • 1 min pulsing side plank (30 sec/side)

I’m thinking I’ll have to modify my workout today to stay off the foot so I’ll post the modified leg workout tomorrow.

Morning Workouts

23 Jun

I am not really a morning person. I get up when I have to (like being at work at 0645) but I like my sleep and hate waking up to an alarm. So normally when I say I’m going to get up early to workout… It’s wishful thinking.

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*obviously not my picture but it seemed fitting

But today I did it! I set the coffee pot on auto, set the alarm, and woke up to get a workout in and still get ready Β and be at the airport with plenty of time. It’s the little victories πŸ˜€

For this morning workout, I did a 30 min leg workout for time, looked this:

Always warm up

  • 1 min step back lunges
  • 1 min drop squats
  • 1 min deadlifts
  • 1 min sumo squat with woodchop
  • 1 min side lunge with medicine ball rotation
  • Repeat 2 more times (15 min total… This is a NTC focus workout)

Rest for 1-2 min and then 2 sets of:

  • 1 min thigh lifts/bridges
  • 1 min glute kick backs/hip extensions (30 sec per side)
  • 1 min squats
  • 30 sec calf raise
  • 1 min side plank with leg raise

then I stretched out and made a post workout protein shake.

Now I’m heading back to MN for a few days to see family before starting my new job so, if posts are slow this week, that’s where I am πŸ™‚

Workout and Such

21 Jun

I finally have time to post a workout! I had to get up early for physical therapy, which ended up taking a really long time, and then got a workout in so I can write while I ice my ankle πŸ™‚

I realized that in Japan I was def. adding strength but wasn’t really seeing any more definition or weight loss or… physical gains I guess. I keep meaning to take pictures and restart the progress pictures/updates but, keep forgetting… I will try to do that soon. So, I’ve made the decision to get back to more circuit styles and timed workouts. The next month is going to be a lot more traveling and starting a new job so it’s going to be about being effective with the time I have.

On that note… today was a 45 min timed workout focusing on the upper body. It was a little all over the place until I set into a routine but here’s a rough idea:

  • 3 min warm-up
  • 1 min rows
  • 2 min bicep curls
  • 1 min mountain climbers (I did these slowly instead of jumping from foot to foot)
  • 2 min balance drills
  • 30 sec squats
  • 2 min skull crushers
  • 2 min upright row
  • 1 min inch worms
  • 1 min burpees (I modified these a bit for my foot, jumped back but then stepped one foot in at a time)
  • 30 sec rest
  • 1 min inch worms
  • 1 min plank
  • 1 min bicep curls
  • 2 min punches with weights

Then I did this circuit 3 times:

  • 1 min Reverse Flyes
  • 1 min Rows
  • 1 min Skull Crushers
  • 1 min plank with rotation

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**thanks Mike from MidAtlantic for the (still) amazing photo!

My Solution for Cardio

18 Jun

We all know I’ve been having a hard time getting cardio in… mainly because with my ankle I can’t really run intervals and I get bored with machines. But today was one of those days I just needed to do cardio. I hadn’t worked out in a couple days since I’m down visiting hubby and just needed to do something. I’ve discovered it is SO much better if I break up my cardio so today I did 10 min row, 10 min bike, and another 5 min on the rowing machine before knocking out some abs and stretching. I know some people also do 15 min at the start of their workout and 15 min at the end which… I guess if you aren’t trying to build up an endurance could be just as effective?

 

Doctors and Such

13 Jun

I’m heading to a new ankle doctor today and really hope he can either find a better solution or that by some miracle we can get everything scheduled around my starting my new job July 8 (I got an ER position at a hospital in DC that I am SO excited about!). I’ve obviously still been working out etc but I’m so tired of feeling held back, even just when hubby and I want to go for a hike- heck sometimes just a walk- we have to plan for the fact that I wouldn’t be able to go all that long without it really starting to hurt. I’m ready to be my old self again so please send some prayers/happy thoughts/whatever your beliefs are my way today πŸ™‚