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Gym Time

13 Jan

Today was a great day. I slept in to make up for the lack of sleep the past couple days, made a delicious breakfast (okay, it was just scrambled eggs and fruit) and then started my day with a massage. My knots and back have gotten so bad that I’ve been waking up with headaches more often than not… It’s not good when a massage therapist is impressed with your knots.

After that I came home and finished some emails and things around the house before heading the gym. There was almost no one there (which really surprised me given the time of year) and I could do all my super-sets basically back to back. I had one of the best leg workouts I’ve had in awhile.

Leg Day Always Pays OffI used more machines than I have been because they’re a bit easier on my back. Here’s what the workout looked like…

3 sets:

  • 12 single leg deadlifts/leg
  • 30 lateral hop overs

3 sets:

  • 12 leg press
  • 20 calf press
  • 20 squats (body weight)

3 sets:

  • 12 leg extensions
  • 12 hamstring curls

2 sets:

The whole thing took about 45 minutes and then I stretched out.

I also tried Quest Nutrition Bars for the first time today. I’d had a bite of one of my co-workers a while back and finally decided to try it for myself. I tried the apple pie, the flavor was good but the texture was a little gritty. I’ve been told to try it warmed up so that’s going to be my next attempt with the cinnamon roll. Have you tried them? Do you have a different favorite protein bar?

photo 2I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post, my review of Quest Bars is solely my own opinion.

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New Years’ Reflection

6 Jan

I’m torn today. You see, I didn’t specifically make a New Years Resolution for fitness this year. I made other resolutions, mainly to get better at staying in touch with friends spread around the world. I want to be clear though, that doesn’t mean I don’t have fitness goals. It does mean I didn’t wait until New Years Eve to make those goals, and it certainly means I don’t want it to take all of 2015 to accomplish my current goals.

To me, I want a lifetime of continuous goals and resolutions. I can say I want to be healthier in 2015 but, what does that even mean? I want to eat healthier, sure. I want to work out more, always. But none of those have a real measurement of success. I think that’s why I don’t like New Years Fitness Resolutions. They tend to be so broad that they’re almost impossible to track or so specific that it shouldn’t take you all year to accomplish, then what?

It seems to be taken as a given that people won’t maintain their resolutions, in large part because resolutions are made in lists and in such broad terms. So here’s my challenge to you. Make your fitness goals but set a timeline and a measurement of success. Then when you accomplish those goals, add on new ones. Keep moving forward, even into 2016. Don’t stop just because you make awesome progress into this year’s resolution. Certainly don’t give up when March comes around and you aren’t a completely new person. Long-term fitness has to be a lifestyle choice, and that doesn’t go away when next NYE rolls around.

Be Inspired Every Day

Be Inspired Every Day

In the spirit of my workout goals mentioned in my November post, I have been adding weight lifting back into my workouts. I’ve been having some issues getting my physical therapy covered so it’s been slower progress than I was hoping but I’m starting to find a happy balance between my PT exercises and other workout styles. I’ve been writing down my workouts but not making the time to post them (Which reminds me, one of my other goals is to post twice a week.)

Today was leg day at the gym…

Warmed up with PT exercises and planks

2 x Walking lunges (down and back length of the gym)

2 x side shuffles (down and back length of the gym)

2 x walking lunges to backward run (lunge down, backwards run back)

2 x 20 squats

3 x 12 single leg deadlifts (I had to switch to normal straight leg deadlifts because of my back but shoot for the single leg)

3 x Super-set:

  • 12 quad pull-ins on medicine ball
  • 12 hamstring curls on medicine ball

We finished with stretching and some core work.

Just about Fall

9 Sep

Even though it’s still been around 80 degrees here, the past three days have been rainy and gloomy. It makes me feel like, just maybe, fall really is getting close. Like seemingly most people, fall is my favorite season. I love the football, the colors, and the chill in the air. Plus, hubby tends to be home a little bit more which makes me so happy. While I believe there’s nothing like a Minnesota fall, I’m still looking forward to it out here on the east coast.

Yesterday I had physical therapy and I took my pups on a 2.5 mile walk… sometimes I forget how much harder it is to walk with both of them. To be fair, it’s basically walking with 210 pounds of resistance. My shins and back were definitely feeling the consequences this morning. Sore legs and back meant today was upper body day.

Here’s the workout:

2 sets:

  • 1 min. push-ups
  • 1 min. ball toss, sit ups

3 sets:

  • 12 hanging leg raises
  • 12 TRX rows

3 sets;

  • 1 min bicep curls
  • 1 min cable tricep push-downs

2 sets:

  • 12 tricep dips
  • 12 lat pull-downs

I finished with physical therapy exercises and stretches to try and get my back to calm down. Thank goodness for ibuprofen and heating pads.

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Then I gave in to this fall feeling and bought my first pumpkin spice latte of the season… I bought it iced and turned it into my post-workout protein shake (added in 1/2 a frozen banana and a scoop of vanilla protein and blended it up). While it was tasty I’m really excited to try some of these healthier options for pumpkin recipes.

FitFluential Pumpkin Recipes

FitFluential Pumpkin

Orange Pork

31 Jul

Apparently this has been sitting in my drafts since Thursday… oops!

Yesterday (Wednesday) was busy, but a good busy. My house is finally put back together since we got home from Italy, I got a chance to have lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and I made a new recipe for dinner– I’ll post it at the end.

Before all that I got my morning workout in with one of my other friends. I used to dislike working out with people but lately I’ve found it helps motivate me a little more and holds me accountable. Plus it’s a great way to be able to catch up and not just go get food or drinks (though I like doing that too).

I started with 20 min of cardio for the first time in awhile! And then we did arms and back.

3 sets of each superset:
20 Walking planks on BOSU
12 TRX rows

12 Curls
12 TRX push ups (20 on the last set)
15 Tricep dips

12 Machine rows
12 Lat pull downs

I have a long day at work today with a meeting before and after my shift so today will be a rest day.

Oldie but goodie

Oldie but goodie

Last night’s dinner was a new pork recipe…

1 C orange juice
1 tbs gluten free soy sauce
3 garlic cloves- minced
1/2 red bell pepper- chopped
1/2 onion- chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper in sauce pan. Bring to boil until reduced by 1/4-1/2 and then reduce to simmer.

Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a second pan and sear pork on each side. Cook pork approx. 5-7 min longer (until almost cooked through). Transfer pork into sauce pan to finish cooking.

Cook until pork is cooked through and sauce has been reduced to a glaze.

Enjoy!

Minor Victories

15 Jan

I finally did it! For the first time since I started physical therapy (if not before) I did 25 min. on a treadmill today! I did intervals and made 2.25 miles in those 25 min, not great but certainly not bad. I even remembered to stretch afterwards (I’ve definitely been getting better about that.)

We have some friends staying with us and it’s been nice at the gym to have someone who’s been more cardio focused because we can balance each other out a bit. I’m also switching back to day shift next week so my sleep schedule etc. will be back to normal for workouts.

Two days ago my friend went through an arm workout with me. Here’s what it looked like…

3 sets of 12:

  • Bicep curls
  • Incline shoulder press

3 sets of 12:

  • Squat to hammer curl
  • Skull crushers

2 sets of 12, 1 of 20:

  • Lat pull downs
  • Push ups
  • Rows

2 sets:

  • Stability running man (15/leg)
  • Lunges with rotation (12/leg)
  • V-ups on Bosu (20)

20 Ball toss sit-ups on Bosu with partner

There’s still some days I have to go to physical therapy instead of the gym but hubby got me a hot pink Bosu ball which is just fun for my at home physical therapy exercises and fitting in a quick at home workout on those days. Might be a life-long journey but I can say I’m back on the right road 🙂

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For lunch I sauteed zucchini with garlic powder and pepper and added Andouille chicken sausage then topped it with a little bit of shredded Asiago cheese. It was quick, delicious and healthy!

Arms and Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

16 Jan

Oh my arms… they hurt. But it’s a good hurt, it’s a getting back into it hard and loving every minute hurt 😉

I’ve decided I’m going to look into the Jamie Eason LiveFit program. To be honest, I probably won’t follow it exactly at least for the 1st phase. The program is made to start people from the very beginning. BUT I do really like the principles of it and she has some great exercises. So honestly it’ll probably just be a few exercises here and there I change. Which also means about 3 weeks off of cardio other than for some ankle PT and locking down my diet (mainly goodbye to my after dinner sweet tooth). Since I had just done a similar workout to her day one, I started on day two and adjusted it based off what I did on Monday so the workout ended up like this…

3 sets of everything, not super-sets, lifting as heavy as I could with still hitting 12. I rested about 30-60 seconds in between each set (30 at the beginning, 60 at the end when I was tired):

  • 12 wide push-ups
  • 12 Dumbbell rows
  • 12 cable rows
  • 12 underhand cable pull-downs (this was new for me, I liked it)
  • 12 dumbbell bicep curls
  • 12 narrow push-ups… these I “set” with 20 calf raises for my ankle and to give my arms a break

I was def. feeling it by the end, and between this and the triceps from Monday my arms are worked today. The trainer had to reschedule yesterday so I’m hopefully meeting her today and we’ll hit legs 🙂

Last night I knew I’d be getting home later than normal and gone when I normally cook so I wanted to use my new crock pot for dinner 🙂 I made a honey sesame chicken and it was delicious! Based off the recipe from The Comfort of Cooking but made some changes to make it easier to cook and a bit healthier. This made about 5-6 servings.

You’ll need:

  • 3-4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken breasts
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 C honey
  • 1/2 C low sodium soy sauce (again all you GF readers, make sure to check the bottles!)
  • Approx. 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 C water
  • 3 scallions- chopped
  • sesame seeds
  • quinoa (or brown rice)
  1. Lightly season chicken with pepper and place in crockpot
  2. Combine onion, garlic, honey, soy sauce, oil, and pepper over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours **I was really worried about this drying out the chicken because her recipe is different but I didn’t have much choice with how my day played out. With all the sauce, it ended up being great and just falling apart!
  4. After about 4 hours I added in some water to the crock pot and after 6 just turned it to the “warm” setting before I ran out to my next appointment
  5. Remove chicken and shred into bite-size pieces (here you can either set aside or put back into the sauce)
  6. Prepare quinoa according to directions on package
  7. Serve quinoa onto plates, top with chicken and spoon sauce on top.
  8. Sprinkle sesame seeds and the chopped scallions over the top

I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture so here’s the one from Comfort of Cooking. We obviously didn’t have rice with it and since I didn’t add in any thickener the quinoa absorbed some of the sauce… but it looked about the same. Hubby said it tasted similar to “coke chicken” which I don’t remember having before but we decided this can be a healthy substitute. 🙂

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Upper Body Workout

14 Jan

I realized I hadn’t been posting my workouts lately and well, that’s how this whole blog started. Today I did arms, focusing on weight and form for a lot of these so back to 8-12 reps instead of the 20 I’d been doing to lean out quicker.

3 sets:

  • 12 lateral shoulder raises
  • 12 front shoulder raises
  • 12 chest presses
  • 12 bicep curls

3 sets:

  • 12 Lat pull-downs
  • 12 tricep pull-downs

3 sets:

  • 8 assisted pull-ups (for these I set it to help less for the first set and then bumped back for the rest… I really want to do an unassisted pull-up)
  • 20 leg lifts on Roman Chair

Then I did 2 sets of weighted crunches on a BOSU and ended with some balance work for my ankle.

Working out with a new trainer tomorrow; I’m excited to get some new ideas and have someone push me. It’s easy to slide into working out but not really pushing for it every time so I think this will be good 🙂