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Did you spend hump day the way I did?

HUMP Day!  The middle of the week.  The toughest day of the week and the day we all drag our butts to knowing that if we can just get past this day the rest of the week is all downhill.  The day when you know the weekend is getting closer.  The day of the awesome, talking camel!

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So the question remains……….. did you spend hump day the way I spent hump day?

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Well did you do this?

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Or this?

My work out today was fantastic!  I ran 1 mile on the treadmill and then I did weights, back and biceps.  I also LOVE these gloves.  They are G-Loves and they are perfect for women.  I love that they fit my hands perfectly and there are grips in exactly the right places.  Very comfortable and easy to put on and take off.

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You have to check them out!  Click here  I totally love them!

Alright my friends – did you spend hump day the way I did?  What did you do?

 

 

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Workout Plan and Meals

Having and plan and sticking to it is so helpful. I love when I am organized. 🙂
This is my workout plan for this week.  I will likely change this up from week to week to keep from getting board.

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Each session starts with 1 mile on the treadmill.  My knees have been bothering me so I told myself I would just walk on an incline.  Well my brain will just not let that happen.  I guess you know you are a runner when you just cannot walk on a treadmill, you have to run.  LOL  My pace was slow but I was moving. So whether you walk or run on the treadmill or you do the elliptical, just get some cardio in before your weight.  🙂  I have been pushing myself harder and I can feel it.  I log all my weights down in a notebook so I can keep track of how much weight I am using and how much I improve.  I like to throw in a bit of Abs with each workout as well.  Keeping my core strong.

Meals have been a breeze this week so far with the meal prep we did.  This was my food for today.  I also had celery and ranch for my PM snack.

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The meals are so yummy and I am not hungry at all throughout the day.  Time to start prepping next weeks menu.  Are you sticking to your weekly plan so far?

 

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Better With Age!

Another year has passed!  Where did this year go?  I was asked the question I get each year.  “What do you want for your birthday?”  Well this year I knew exactly what I wanted.  Then I hear “Really?”  Well Yes Really!

My birthday wish list…………  a T-grip barbell and a sandbag.   Yes I really wanted this for my birthday.

I have been working more with weights in my workouts and I love it.  Running is great for weight loss but weights are so much better for definition. So the next logical thing to do is add weight to my routine.  Now I run 3 days a week and I do weights 3 days a week.  I have found a great website that I really enjoy working with.

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2013/11/04/30-day-real-time-challenge-30/

This lady did a 30 day challenge and I am hooked.  Each workout is different and I have not gotten bored with it.  I love her attitude and love that she adds weight and cardio in one.  This link takes you to the last day of the challenge.  Scroll down to the bottom and you will see all 30 days.  Best of all it is completely free.

I have been doing this workout 3 days a week and using my free weights.  It has been going great but I decided that I really wanted to get the barbell and sandbag.  So I did a little research and found this sandbag online for $40 on Amazon.

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Then I found the complete t-grip bar online for $189.

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I am so excited for it to get here.  As another year passes I can honestly say I am getting better with age.

 

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2013 in workout

 

Deck of Cards Workout

A deck of card is not usually what you would think of when you think of working out but I have to tell you that it caught my attention and I thought I would check it out.

The basic concept is easy.  You have a deck of cards which is 4 suits and 2 Jokers.  Take each suit and assign it a body part for the workout.

Clubs= Arms

Spades=Legs

Hearts=Cardio

Diamonds=Abs

 

Then for each body part add 1-2 exercises.

 

Arms = Tricep Dips and Push Ups

Legs = Squats and Lunges

Cardio = Jumping Jacks and Burpees

Diamonds = Crunches and Reverse Crunches

 

All the Aces = 1 minute plank and the 2 Jokers = ½ mile run.

Shuffle the cards – Yes the entire deck!  Place them in a pile face down.  Draw the first card.

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So its spades so you do legs.  Start with squats.  Since it is a 10 of spades you do 10 squats.  Next time you get a spade you do lunges.  The reps you do is whatever the card number is.

Face cards = 15 reps

After your done with that card you draw the next.

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This means 15 Jumping Jacks.

This was actually quite fun since you have no idea what the next card will be.  I kept a pen and paper next to my cards to keep track of how many moves I did with each card.  I also wore my HRM to see how many calories this burned.

This entire workout (all 52 cards) including the two jokers (1 mile run) took me 45 minutes and I burned 465 calories.  Not bad and it went by pretty quick.

Here is the page I put together to keep track of what I needed to do.

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Have you ever done a deck of cards workout?

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in workout

 

Fitness Adjustment

Obviously being pregnant changes a few things around here for me.  First off I need to adjust my daily calories.  Prior to now I was at 1400 calories a day.  This put me at a loss of 1 pound per week – If I followed it to the tee and did my workouts like I was suppose to.  I changed My Fitness Pal to a maintain mode.  This means I am no longer trying to lose weight but just maintain my current weight.  I know later I will have to add calories for the baby but I do not need any more at this point in time. Changing to a maintain mode changed my daily calories from 1400 to 1660.  I have been doing this for the past two weeks and I have to say that with the nausea I have been having I am not even hitting 1660 calories most days.

As of today I am 6 weeks 3 days pregnant.  This is my weight.

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This was my weight at 5 weeks 6 days.

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I am sure I will start gaining weight soon but for now I am not worried about losing a pound or two due to morning sickness.

Currently I am on doctor’s orders of no strenuous activities so I am not doing any workouts right now.  When I go back to the doctor in a week, I will hopefully be able to get back to some workouts.  I don’t know if I will be able to run or not due the risks I have of miscarriage but I do plan on doing the elliptical and walking to keep getting my workouts in.  I am hoping this will not be a problem with the doctor.

I want to stay fit for this pregnancy.  I have worked way to hard this past year to just eat it all away.  I can have a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy without going overboard.  I am sure I will have my days of just eating everything in sight but I am hoping those days are few and far between my healthy eating days.

So far there is nothing healthy about my eating.  I don’t have much of an appetite so I am not eating much to begin with.  Nothing sounds good and when something does sound good it is usually something fried.  That is all I have been wanting to eat is fried foods.  The other morning we went out to breakfast and I ordered biscuit and gravy and fried mushrooms.  Yup what a combo!  LOL  But that is what sounded good.

So we will see how things progress but for now I am trying to do my best to just keep food in me.  🙂

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in workout

 

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Elliptical – Cross Training

I have been going back and forth on whether or not to get an elliptical for the house.  I wanted to get something that I can cross train on.  While I like biking it has gotten hotter and it’s too hot for baby J in the buggy.  She ends up just as sweaty as I am before it’s all over with.  So I went online and started looking at elliptical machines.  I guess they are like treadmills when it comes to price.  You can get a cheaper one or you can spend a fortune on one or anything in between.

My main use for it will be to do about 30-45 minutes on it before I do weights two days a week.  I want to get my heart rate up before doing weights so that I can get maximum calorie burn.  Lately I have been doing a short 1.5 mile run before weights but I want to do something else.  I don’t want to run 5 days a week.

So after pricing the elliptical and checking out the reviews, I decided to go ahead and get one that was fairly inexpensive.  It’s nothing fancy but it will get the job done and it got pretty good reviews.  So I broke down and finally got one.  It was delivered yesterday.

Baby J thought the box needed to be more colorful.  🙂

Of course assembly was required.

The box said easy assembly.  With all these pieces I was a bit skeptical.

Baby J is a great helper.  I am handy for the most part but tend to get injured during the process.  Not sure why that is??  LOL  On this particular day I smashed my hand in between the pedal and the bar.  I thought I was going to die.  It hurt so bad I didn’t know if I broke it and I couldn’t get it out.  Oh yeah nice move V!  Then after that I dropped the wrench on my head.  Then I got pissed and went to get some real tools.  I mean seriously why would they give you this

when you really need this!

I have no idea why I didn’t think of that earlier but I didn’t and I learned my lesson on using cheap tools that come in the box.  Damn it!  Good thing this girl has tools!!

Finally I got it all put together.

I think we need to rearrange the gym a bit to make it fit more comfortably but for now its fine.  I was surprised that I could feel the burn in my legs when I hopped on it.  Even after running as long as I have you can tell it works different muscles.  I’m so excited to try this out today with my workout.

How do you like to cross train?

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in workout

 

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Flooring for the Gym

Yesterday we drove home from a weekend away with family and friends.  D ran a 5K on Saturday with the group.  She did a good job.  Her time was 34:09.  I am very proud of her.  Baby J and I cheered everyone on and had a good time.

When we got home the flooring we ordered for the gym was here.  I was so excited that the first thing I did after unloading the car was open the box to get the tiles out.  These are 1/2″ thick foam tiles.  They interlock together and come with the edge pieces.  We got them for .99 a square foot.  I thought that was a pretty good deal.  We decided to go with burgundy and gray.  After opening the box we noticed the colors were not as vibrant as they appeared to be online.  This made us unsure of our color choice. We decided to go ahead and lay them and see how they looked.  Surprisingly after we had them all laid out they look pretty good and the colors seem fine.

They were very easy to lay – even baby J helped.  We did not put any under the treadmill just for the simple fact that I think it’s a waste of tiles since we wont be walking over there.  I am loving the way the gym is coming together.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in workout

 

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