Hump Day

Well, I’ve made it this far. This week has been frustrating, to say the least. Work has been hectic, and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. My cold has decided to return with a vengeance, so I’m tired and not feeling well. Since I haven’t been feeling well, my workouts have been lighter and crappier than I’d like, which isn’t helping to improve either of the aforementioned stresses.

But, I’ve made it past hump day, so the week is more than halfway over. Tomorrow is a new day, and we’re not far away from a whole new week. I plan to make the most of it, and do my best to snap out of the funk I’ve been trapped in. Unfortunately, my normal strategy for dealing with stress is to amp up my workouts, and since this cold has been kicking my butt and stealing my energy, that option’s kind of been taken off the table. What are your stress relief strategies? Do they change when you aren’t feeling well? Suggestions would be much appreciated! I am told that I am gonna give myself a heart attack if I don’t quit stressing.

Guess what! I just signed up for another 5k! So, I have the Arnold Survival Race coming up in less than a month (HOLY CRAP, is it that soon?!?! Gym buddy, time to make me run more!) and then The COLOR Run in July! If you’ve never done a 5k, the Color Run is a GREAT race to start with! The atmosphere is a blast, and the color stations help to break up the race, so even for a NOT runner, it is relatively easy to get through. I had so much fun running it with Trav’s sister, Cara, and her roommates last year that we decided to do it again! My mom is even considering joining this year!

Ok, I owe you a few workouts, and then it’s time for me to hit the hay. I have *got* to kick this darn cold to the curb. So over it, already!

Here’s Monday’s and Wednesday’s workouts:

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Tuesday was the Winter Shape Up week #3 work out! I modified it slightly to focus more on shoulders than biceps (substituted lateral raises for the curls) since I had done bicep work out Monday. Never fails, Gina kicks my bootay!!

So, now it’s way past my sick-y bed time. Have a good Thursday!!!

OUT of the Groove

There are two sides to every coin. If Monday was “Head’s up,” my on-day, shiny side, today was the backside of that coin. I could not get into a groove to save my life! I was off all day at work – it’s like I couldn’t formulate the words in my mouth to say what I wanted to say to patients. I felt crummy. I tried to spoon my dinner onto my plate with the lid to my sauce pan. Not sure where I left my mind, but… COME BACK TO ME!!! I shoulda had it micro-chipped like Bella kitty….Image

Yes, my cat totally poses for the camera.

Since I was out of it today, I decided to take it a little easier on my workout. I did workout #2 from the Winter Shape Up! Definitely NOT in-and-of itself an easy workout, but I held back a little on the Tabata intervals, repeated/modified some of the strength sessions (I switched out the bicep curls since I did biceps yesterday, and added another circuit.) and voila! a workout to fit the pace of my day.

My extra circuits were:

  • Stability Ball Push Ups
  • Stability Ball Chest Press
  • Stability Ball Flyes
  • Cable Cross-overs
  • Tricep Pushdowns

And, since I owe ya one…or a couple…yesterday’s workout was a HIIT, followed by back and biceps!

HIIT (0:50/0:10)

  1. Mountain Climbers
  2. Side Plank Rows (R)
  3. Burpees
  4. Side Plank Rows (L)
  5. Up up, Down downs
  6. Squat and Press
  7. Jump Overs
  8. Kettlebell Swings
  9. Tuck Jumps
  10. Plank Jacks
  11. Push ups
  12. Temple Tap Abs
  13. 1-Leg V-ups
  14. Flutter Kicks
  15. Plank

Strength – Back & Biceps

  • Close Grip Lat Pull-downs
  •    Resistance Band Face Pulls
  • Seated Rows
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Row
  • Dumbbell Curls
  • Cable Curls
  • Mid-Back Cable Rows
  • Hammer Curls

And with that…I am ready to put an end to this day. See ya tomorrow!

Mondays and Snow Rollers

Who’s ready for spring??? Generally, I don’t mind the winter. I actually thoroughly enjoy the first snow of the year. I love the smell of snow — so crisp and clean. I almost always go outside and dance under the snowflakes the first time it snows for the season. But this year…I’ve about had enough! It was snowy and cold all weekend, to the point that much of the weekend I didn’t feel safe out and about on the roads. I did a few of the new Blogilates videos and some yoga, but after two days of being cooped up, immediately after 4 days of the cold from Hades, I am totally getting cabin fever! And then, the cold…today it was 7 degrees…tomorrow, -10 degrees with a -35 degree windchill. EWWWWW! I am so ready to be done with all that!

The big news in Columbus — Snow rollers. Apparently, when it is SUPER-DUPER cold, snowy, and there’s enough wind, mother nature decides to try her hand and snowman building. Craziest phenomenon ever. Check it out. Snow balls, courtesy of mother nature!

And some more… Definitely quite the site to see!

Winter Shape Up 2014

Despite the bitter cold and my car’s mild protests at such, I did make it to the gym today. Today, I focused on back and biceps. I am still taking it a little easy on the cardio as I try to get over the linger cough from the cold I managed to catch last week. Tomorrow I will be joining in the Winter Shape Up, designed by Fitnessista. I adore her blog, so thought it would be a great time to change up my routine a little bit and give some of her workouts a try! Since a lot of the time I focus a little more heavily on strength training, I will likely be combining some of the elements of her Winter Shape Up with some of my own strength training routines. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, it is definitely a MUST-READ! I will keep you up to date with some of my favorites from her workouts, but check out the site, too. There’s a meal plan component, designed by another blogger/ dietician that’s sure to be good for some winter food ideas! I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but I scanned through them today and there’s definitely a few I intend to check out!

Ok, so here’s my workout from today! I am going to try to head to be at a decent time tonight — Shooting for early morning gym session tomorrow! (Wish me luck!)

Cardio – 15 minutes on StairMaster

Strength – Back and Biceps!

  • Assisted Pull-ups
  • Close-Grip Lat Pull Down
  • Stiff-Arm Cable Push Downs
  • Dumbbell Hammer Curls
  • Close-Grip Seated Row
  • Bent-over Dumbbell Row
  • Bench Crunches
  • Dumbbell Curls
  •             15 Box Jumps
  • Barbell Bent-over rows
  • Barbell Curls
  • Barbell Deadlifts
  •             30 Plank Reachers (15 Each Arm)

Alright, for all my fellow mid-westerners, stay warm out there!

Lesson Learned

ImageDon’t make friends with people at the gym…unless you want someone to give you a hard time and push you to work harder. Then you’re good. I just started running again recently (and to proffer…I am NOT a runner!) so my goal today was to finish run 3 miles. If you have never heard of Couch to 5k, it is a pretty good guide for non-running runners. I used it to train for my first 5k last year (the lovely photo is from me after the Color Run! It poured, and was an absolute blast! I highly recommend it as a “first” or fun race. And no, I’m not usually covered in blue dye.) Now I use it as kind of the basis when I am working to build up my running distance again. Today, I was running 8-minute intervals with about 3 minutes of walking in between. I was all bummed because I couldn’t finish my last 8-minute interval, so of course, my “treadmill neighbor” had to subtly challenge me to run more. So i ran another mile. Thanks a lot for that one. You are evil! (You know who you are.) Now, I am exhausted. 

Here’s the rest of my workout for the day.

Abs:

  • Plank 0:45
  • Reverse Plank 0:45
  • Russian Twists (x25)
  • Double Leg Lifts (x25)
  • Bicycle Crunches (x25/side)
  • Incline sit ups (x20)

Back and Biceps

  • Stiff-arm Cable Push Downs
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curls 
  •             Super-set with Concentration Curls (I did these as a semi-pyramid set so 8 Bicep Curls, 7 Concentration Curls, 6 Bicep Curls…and so on.)
  • Lat Pull Downs
  • Seated Rows
  • Bent-over Dumbbell Rows
  • Barbell Mid-Back Rows
  • Barbell Curls

I am sooooo sleepy, so I am going to cut this one short. I promise, the rest of my Montana story will be up this weekend, along with photos! Make it a great day…and ta’ heck with it…go that extra mile!!!