TTT: Go-To Workout Moves

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has three go-to moves that give me the results I want, right? Right. So here are my tried and true go-to workout moves.

Plank. You can always count on this move to flatten and strengthen your tummy quickly. Not only will you shape up your stomach, but you’ll also strengthen your arms, back and glutes. This is one of the tough ones, but really gets the job done.

Squats/Lunges. I know it’s cheating to combine two, but they really are the best leg toners. Running aside, squats are what saved my butt from it’s terrible desk job fate. Plus, combining these targets your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and even calves, if you add variation to your motion. These suck, suck, suck, but pain means results!

Push Ups. Of course I do these with my knees down, but honestly, what girl with hyper extended joints can actually do a full one? (Rhetorical.) Do them before you head out on your sleeveless date and show the world what you’re made of.

What are your g0-to exercises?

 

***For some reason, this didn’t post yesterday. I’m not sure if WordPress had a fit or what, but regardless, I apologize for it NOT being Thursday. 03-30-12

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WIAW: Strawberry Poptart Oats

Breakfast

Strawberry Poptart Oats! This time I got frozen strawberries (they’re cheaper than mixed berries) and decided this would be the perfect way to start my day.

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Snack

Greek yogurt with Honey Nut Cheerios

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Lunch

(Not Pictured) tuna salad on Wasa Crackers

Snack

banana!

Dinner

Spaghetti squash with sautéed zucchini

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Now for all of the the things I wish I could eat this fine Wednesday….

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I swear I’m going to gain 40lbs in pure chocolate over Easter weekend. Grandma better get ready to grease the doors for when I leave.

PB 2 Convert

Sunday marked the day I discovered the single, most deadly substance known to man: PB 2 with Chocolate. Now before you all collectively give me a “Girl, no you didn’t,” remember that I can have chocolate on Sundays (and I do take full advantage). So on Sunday I decided to give the PB 2 a whirl.

As soon as I smelled it, I was convinced this was what heaven must smell like. After the first bite, I actually began eating it with a spoon. (I’ve been known to do worse.) After I contained myself, I prepped a big bowl of oatmeal by dumping the powder straight in. I combined this with almond milk for possibly some of the best oats I’ve ever had. If you haven’t tried this stuff, you’ve been warned. Not only is the calorie content shockingly low, but there are only 3 grams of sugar in each serving. Huzzah!

Gorging aside, my end of the month running goal is rapidly approaching. I’m to have 228 miles logged by April 1 and so far, conditions look perfect to wrap up that mileage just in time. As of today, I’m at 221.10 with at least two more scheduled runs to come. Wish me luck! We’re only 243.9 miles from Rome!

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports:

Foods aren’t good or bad.

A healthy eating style is like a puzzle with many parts. Each part — or food — is different. Some foods may have more fat, sugar or salt while others may have more vitamins or fiber. There is a place for all these foods. What makes a diet good or bad is how foods fit together. Balancing your choices is important. Fit in a higher-fat food, like pepperoni pizza, at dinner by choosing lower-fat foods at other meals. And don’t forget about moderation. If two pieces of pizza fill you up, you don’t need a third.

The Shoes are Here!

Well I arrived home from a viciously painful run to find my Brooks shoes had arrived!

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Yesssss. Not only did I find my shoes, but the lovely Brooks company had thrown in a little leftover St. Patrick’s Day goody.

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It’s shaped like a little jersey! I love it. Anyway, it took me about 30 seconds to get the shoes out of the box and on my feet (which is where they stayed for 15 minutes).

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I can’t wait to try these bad boys out tomorrow at my group run. Ok, sadly that’s all I had to live for this week, so now I’ve got to find something else to be excited about.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Try a minimum of two 20-minute sessions per week that include exercises for all the major muscle. Using compound moves such as lunges, squats, dumbbell presses and pull-ups, which work several muscle groups together, can make your gym time more productive and multiply your results.

No More Hot Nights

I am the world’s lightest sleeper. I would venture to say that if my sleep was monitored, it would show that I rarely dip into deep sleep. If I don’t wake up at least twice a night, I’m very fortunate. All of this basically means that I HAVE to have a very serene and comfortable place when I lay my head down at night.

With the recent heat wave, I’ve been struggling more and more with what to do with my thermostat. Usually this time of year I rely on those cold spring nights to give my thermostat a break. Unfortunately I’ve been experiencing more of a “summer” night temp. Combine this with poor ventilation in my bedroom and you’ll have one sleepless girl. I’ve been waking up burning up and then freezing when I kick off the covers. The quilt I had on my bed seemed light enough, but throw another person into the equation and I’m burning up. (To my defense, Alex was just as uncomfortable.) I knew it was time to bite the bullet and get a lighter comforter.

Bed Bath and Beyond, although expensive, has this great tradition of carrying the same shade of blue in several of their products. So when I stopped by after work and found this coverlet, I was pleased to realize it was the same shade of blue as one of my former, more bulky comforters. This was great because I had also picked up a decorative pillow with this shade several years ago, but could no longer use it with my current bed set. Bedroom make-over!

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You’ll probably notice that I don’t have pictures on my walls, which is also due to my sleep troubles. Anyway, the first night with this coverlet was like heaven. I woke up once and felt so rested! I wasn’t hot at any point in the night and felt so comfortable. My trusty standing fan may have also played a part in that…

Oh and I lied. I do have ONE picture in my bedroom. I would be embarrassed, but I’m actually pretty secure in my old lady unique taste.

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Man is Alex lucky to be with such a youthful, free spirit.

Do you have any sleep habits or issues you have to deal with?

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by Nutrition Made Easy: If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy.

 

**I realize how semi-misleading my blog title was…

I Just Want My New Shoes

A few days ago, I decided it was time for new running shoes. I’ve been experiencing major shin splints, which is usually a sign that it’s time to purchase a new pair. I cracked open my wallet, dusted away the cobwebs, and prepared to spend around $120 big ones for a pair of Ravenna 2 Brooks. Little did I know that their website has an AWESOME sales selection! I found these for $65, which is a steal for this brand, and walked away from my computer having only spent $70 total. Not too shabby.

Victory is sweet! In Runner’s World magazine’s Summer 2011 Running Shoe Guide, the Ravenna 2 was named Editor’s Choice. In the June 2011 issue, Runner’s World states, “Credit the shoe’s winning combination of a nimble, low-to-the-ground profile and ample cushioning for heel- and midfoot-strikers. Even more impressive is how Brooks now scales the flexibility of this shoe according to gender and size — making the smaller sizes less rigid in the forefoot than larger ones,” adding that the fast feel belies the amount of corrective support it provides. “If you’re looking for a single shoe for both marathon training and racing, this is it.”

The Ravenna 2 is perfectly tuned to the needs of mild overpronators, with just enough support and the addition of Brooks DNA to adapt to each step you take, for customized cushioning and energy return. The 3D adjustable arch saddle conforms to your foot for an ideal instep wrap and a caterpillar crash pad smoothes out the landing zone, moving your foot efficiently through the heel strike. Lace up and optimize your every stride.

A faithful Adrenaline GTS wearer in the office confessed that she has “been cheating with the Ravenna 2″… and she likes it.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m incredibly careful with my money. I went through a period after college where I was devastatingly broke and have been very mindful ever since. Usually every 6 months, I’ll spend money on myself (clothes, shoes, etc.), but I normally keep the expenses strictly to bills and food. I’m also being super tight for a while so I can manage the mounds of payments I’ll have rolling in when I move. I always forget how expensive it between the deposits, moving expenses, and cable hook ups!

Despite being a semi-cheap wad, I am glad that I broke down and got myself a new pair of running shoes. It’s something I do 3-4 times per week and need to treat it like an investment.

What brand of shoes do you find yourself navigating towards?

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by AARP ‘Miracle Diet’: Traditional Mediterranean herbs such as sage and oregano help battle insulin resistance, a blunting of the bodys ability to balance blood sugar that can raise risks of heart disease and stroke by 28 and 64 percent, respectively.

TTT: Internet Guilty Pleasures

It’s Triple T Time! (Which coincidentally also contains three ts…)

I Can Has Cheezburger? Whenever I’m feeling low or just flat out bored, I’ll hop over to this hilarious website for a few laughs. The best part (besides being dedicated to cat humor) is that it has tons of offspring sites, such as School of Fails, So Much Pun and many more. Raise your hand if you’ve submitted photos with captions to this site. 🙂

lol cats cheesburger

4 koma comic strip - Modern Warfare

 

FoodBuzz. This site is perfect for scouting out a delicious recipe or just seeing what is trending in the food world. Sign up and they’ll send you daily emails featuring the day’s most popular recipes.

Lean Green Florentine PizzaRaspberry Baked Oatmeal To-GoLemon Chiffon Pie with Cornflake Crust

Pinterest. The website that gives us so many ideas that we will never actually attempt.

What are your internet guilty pleasures?

 

WIAW: Broccoli Bowl!


Before I get to WIAW, I’d like to share with you my mood-boosting experience that happened yesterday. As some of you may know, Tuesdays afternoons are when my work running club gets together for our walk/run. So yesterday afternoon rolled around and we all headed over to the trail. Most of us are very fair skinned, so we immediately realized it was gonna be hot one. (Hello 80 degrees.) Trying to mix it up, I decided to run a different way than usual (dirt trail), which meant I’d probably have less shade. I assumed everything would be kosher since it was near a body of water, but I was very wrong.

I started slow out of the gate, but picked it up around the time I started to feel a breeze. Not long after that, I started to feel my skin sizzle and knew it wouldn’t be long before this old girl got overheated. Right around what felt like 1.5 miles, I decided to head back.

As I approached the last of the run, I remembered it was uphill. My mind kicked into panic mode, as I was feeling extremely hot at this point, and I started slowing my speed. At this point, the fastest group runner (and group founder) was coming up behind me, fresh off what I can imagine was at least a 5 miler. We started chatting about how hot we both were and how glad the whole thing was almost over. As we raced past a group of ladies walking, one of them said, “Oh my gosh. You are crazy!” I just laughed out loud and gave her a wave. When we were approaching the hill, the group founder said something along the lines of “You know you’re really doing something if others think it’s out of the ordinary,” in response to the woman’s comment. That simple line was just what I needed to hear to wrap up that painful run. When it was over, I really thought about what he said and realized he was completely right. Running is crazy. It’s painful, demanding, kills my feet, requires discipline, and is sometimes performed in extreme conditions, but I really do enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies it.

On to WIAW:

Breakfast

One egg and one egg white only with two pieces of toast

Snack

A granola bar from my stash

Lunch

A green pepper and tomato wrap with homemade tzatziki sauce and a Pink Lady apple

Snack

Cheerios

Dinner

My very delicious broccoli bowl with Hoisin sauce, brown rice and mushrooms

SO GOOD!!

I’d just like to thank Alex for inspiring me to become a runner. It’s been almost four years since I started and I can honestly say I would never have done it if it weren’t for him. (Sorry for the cheese!!)

4 is the New 3

Well my usual 3 mile runs have now advanced to 3.6-4 mile runs! It all started when I joined running club and realized that the appropriate turn-around point on our route was 1.8 miles. This forced me to run 3.6 two weeks in a row. After I did it the second time, I saw the opportunity to advance just a bit further to bring that 3.6 up to 4 solid miles. Although I definitely feel the distance in my shins, I’ve realized that the biggest reason I was stopping at 3 wasn’t pain, but rather mental uncertainty. What I mean is that I would start with the mindset that if I did 3, I was good. By the time I’d get to 2.5, I’d think “Oh, well .5 left,” and I’d wrap up the workout. Now when I get to that point, I think, “Keep going! 4 miles is nothing!”

I need this in my living room.

Another realization I had was that I could actually run to my GOTR meetings at Terra Café. Yesterday, I headed towards town on the Rail Trail and ended up right down the street from the café. I got super excited and hope to give that a try at our next meeting. (Who cares if I show up a sweaty mess!) I guess if I’m going to jog into any café in town, this would be the place to do it. Yesterday, there were a slew of runners coming in who had just finished a 5K. It was super motivating!

So now that I’m actually pushing myself to go, go, go, I know I’ll have the confidence to do a race this spring.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Get out of your comfort zone when it comes to your workout. If you normally do 30 minutes on the elliptical, shoot for 35. If you only crank out 15 pushups, go for 20. Small advances can help keep your body guessing, which is the best way to get the results you want.

Hope these mantras help!