#Workitout {12/7-9/11 Workout Log}

I took Friday off from exercise to go dancing with my hubby.

I’ve been experimenting with Instagram, so here are my workouts & pics from the dance Instagram-style.

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Have Faith {12/6/12 Workout}

Do you ever go through times when you fear your motivation is gone, never to return again? That’s how I’m feeling right now. Not about exercise — I’m still going strong there  — but  more about everything else: school, cleaning, cooking, fixing myself up in the morning, etc…

Although I feel burnt-out to a crisp, I have felt this way before.  At the end of every semester, actually. So although I may not feel this way, I know the key is to have faith in myself — faith that my motivation and zest will return when the time is right. I will decompress over break, and I will be ready to start again. And hey, I have some exciting things to look forward to:

(1) I get to start fresh in a new apartment in 9 days, and it is a wonderful place

(2) This semester is over in 8 days

(3) Christmas break is 3 weeks long

(4) Not only do I get to start a new semester in 1 month, but I actually get to start the nursing program

All will be well.

In other news, today is the two-year anniversary of marrying my husband at the courthouse (we later had a big wedding in June, but we did this so that I could move out of the dorms and live together). I am very blessed to be married to my first love and best friend.

For exercise, I did an hour of chest & back weights and 50 minutes of cardio on the elliptical and stationary bike. I tell ya what, it felt GOOD to lug some iron around after doing cardio-only for the last two days! For the next few weeks until we get settled in at our new place, I will keep my workout log brief, but will hopefully get back to sharing it at length when things calm down.

Until next time, keep calm and train hard!

 

 

Searching for Serenity {12/4&5/12 workouts}

This has been a hard week… like, a pre-finals, crazy-busy with packing, sore throat, $1500+ in unexpected bills kind of hard … so here’s just a quick workout update…

Yesterday:
10 min incline walking
Leg weights for ~ 1 hour
35 minute cybex elliptical

Today:
30 minutes incline walking
30 min cybex elliptical

Even in the midst of my pity party, I can recognize that even though going to the gym (and changing out of my PJs for any reason for that matter) was dead last on my list of things that I wanted to do, exercise has been the one thing keeping me sane these past few days.

I’ve just got to practice those positive thinking skills that I preach, and I’ll be starting a fresh semester before I know it!

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Illness & The Exercise Itch {12/3/12 Workout}

Sometimes I simply cannot sit and look at one more post, pin, blog… I just get the itch to move! For the last week or so, I’ve been fighting a bug and I’m trying to find balance between exercise and rest, between not having an appetite yet still eating enough, between lethargy one minute and restlessness the next. Does this make sense? Illness messes with my head…

I had a workout planned with my cousin today, but it was interrupted by my mom’s arrival into town to help me pack (thanks Mom!). I thought I’d just workout at home when I got a free minute, but then I thought maybe not due to my fatigue. Even though I was tired, I had to help pack because my mom drove all that way; once I put on real clothes and makeup and started packing, I got a little spurt of energy.

I really haven’t had an appetite with this sore throat — so why eat much, right? Wrong! My mom took me out to dinner, and after eating I really felt my energy surge! So here I am right now having a leisurely ride on the spin bike after a kickass arm & shoulder workout. My restless got the best of me and propelled me to the gym… and also the fact that I really didn’t want to write an excuse-for-not-working-out post. Right now I feel the best I have all day! 🙂

Arm & Shoulder Workout:

20 minutes incline walking warm-up

3 x 12-15 of the following:

Dumbbell bicep curls
Dumbbell overhead tricep press

Lateral raise
Front raise

Bent over lateral raise
Military press

Narrow grip barbell curl
Overhead tricep cable press

Dumbbell hammer curl
Tricep pressdown

1 x 25:

Bent-over barbell curl burnout

25 minutes of spinning & counting! {ended up to be 40 minutes}

Caffeine, Friend or Foe? {12/2/12 Workout}

I hear people all the time say “I really should quit drinking coffee. I know it’s bad for me.”

But is it really? For me, sometimes a little lot of caffeine in the form of a skinny mocha or crystal lite energy is the only think that gets me out of bed and to class in the morning and then to the gym in the afternoon. I don’t think going to class and the gym is bad for me; in fact, I think not going would be very bad for me. In my opinion, anything that can help me get to class, get to the gym, and complete anything else on my to-do list is not only good, but awesome!

And hey, coffee even has lots of antioxidants! Just don’t pour on the sugar and cream. And yes, more than 3-4 cups is probably bad, especially if you’re prone to high blood pressure. And yes, its a diuretic, so you have to compensate with even more water. And no, I’m not a doctor — so obviously take their advice first. But for me at least, caffeine (in moderation) is my friend!

On that note, I got up this morning and downed a few crystal lite energy packets in several tall glasses of water in addition to a couple of glasses of plain water. And voila! Presto! My energy is back!

What do you think? Is caffeine your friend or foe?

My workout:

  • 35 minutes on StairMaster (~170 floors)
  • 25 minutes on Cybex elliptical
  • Hot tub relaxation with my cousin and workout partner!

 

Get some sleep! {12/1/12 Workout}

Yesterday, encouraged by the sunshine pouring through the windows, I decided to start my day with a run. I laced up and headed out. When I set out for a run from my apartment, no matter which route I choose, it’s uphill at first. My legs felt tight, the arch of my right foot hurt, and I was all-around tired. Just finish the 1.5 mile loop then see how you feel. As I ran, my aches were unrelenting, and the wind whipped against my face and ears.

The 1.5 mile loop turned out to be all I could take, and I retreated to a warm bath.I played with the idea of going to the gym for some indoor cardio, but I just felt exhausted all day. Instead, I spent the day running errands and packing. I think I’ve been so tired lately (1) due to the grey days, and (2) because I still have my sleep schedule all out of whack since staying up too late over Thanksgiving break.

So, my goal for this week is to go to bed by 10:30 every night! It’s amazing how lack of sleep can affect your energy level, emotions, and cognitive abilities. I just don’t feel like myself when I’m sleep-deprived.

Today, I am going to hit it hard at the gym! But first, caffeine…

My First iPhone {11/29/12 Workout}

I have finally joined the modern world and purchased an iPhone 4s (my first smartphone).

New iPhone! ❤

Merry Christmas, Happy Anniversary, and Happy Birthday to me! It was waiting for me on my doorstep when I got home from school, and all of my winter dreariness was replaced with Holiday joy. I spent 2 hours laying in bed setting it up and updating it. My Otterbox won’t be here for another week, so I took that baby to the gym with me in a wool sock. When I set it down in between sets, I found myself watching it like a hawk… which made me think: if I am this protective of an iPhone, what will I be like when I have my first baby someday?  Scary thought.

I am excited to try out the Track My Run and ifitness apps. Any recommendations for other must-have apps?

My muscles appreciated a day-off from exercise yesterday, and they also appreciated a hard workout today. Yesterday, I did spend a lot of time packing… so maybe I should have today off? I like this idea very much, but my anal-retentive side will probably compusively clean/pack anyways. I’m at least going to pretend for awhile that I’m going to spend the rest of the night relaxing and playing on my new toy. 🙂

Today’s Leg Workout:

  • 10 minute warm-up on Cybex elliptical
  • Side lunge with lift holding 10 lb – 3 x 12
  • Sumo squat with heel raise and jump holding 10 lb – 3 x 12
  • Stationary lunge with lift holding 10 lb – 3 x 12
  • Squats – 3 x 15
  • Leg press followed by calf pulse – 3 x 15
  • Leg extension – 3 x 15
  • Leg curl – 3 x 12
  • Single-leg deadlift – 3 x 15
  • Bulgarian split squat – 3 x 15
  • 30 minutes on StairMaster
  • 20 minutes on Cybex elliptical

Gray Day {11/27/12 Workout}

It is cold and windy outside and the sky is gray. I am already suffering from sunshine withdrawal. As I write this, my eyelids are drooping — what’s that I hear? A nap calling my name? I think so!

I cranked out a great workout last night, but right now I’m feeling the opposite of energized. Today might be a rest day. Besides finishing one homework assignment, I’m just going to let myself do what I want for the rest of the day. If I feel like packing, or cooking, or doing Zumba, great, I’ll do it. If not, I’m giving myself permission to just rest and play. I’ve been exercising hard, packing hard, and not sleeping enough this week.

Yesterday’s chest, back, abs and cardio workout:

  • 30 min incline walking
  • Bench press – 3 x 12
  • Partner-assisted pull-ups – 3 x 8
  • Bent-over barbell row – 3 x 12
  • Cable cross – 3 x 15
  • Incline chest press – 3 x 12
  • Rows – 3 x 15
  • Hyperextensions holding weight plate – 3 x 15
  • Side hyperextensions holding weight plate – 3 x 15 per side
  • Captain’s chair – 4 x 15
  • Reverse crunches on bench – 3 x 20
  • Side crunches – 2 x 30
  • Ab disc oblique crunches – 2 x 12 per side
  • 30 minutes Cybex elliptical

I know I did some work because I am already sore! Tomorrow is leg day, so I better find some energy soon!

Cleansing {11/26/12 Workout}

Today, by brain was not happy with the idea of returning to school after a fun week off. In fact, it pretty much decided to take the day off — you know those days where no matter how hard you think, your brain just can’t seem to catch up with your mouth? This was my reality this morning as I gave a final presentation.

It was not the worst of my life, but it wasn’t good. On my walk home from school my brain finally decided to turn on and obsess over every stutter, everything I could have worded better.

When I got home, I distracted myself with de-cluttering and packing. My number one goal right now is to move into our new apartment with as little clutter as possible. I filled one box (for Goodwill) and two garbage bags (for garbage) today after going through my bathroom alone! I felt so guilty throwing away so many half-used products, but after not touching them for months/years, I figured it was time to let go. Next time I want to buy makeup, or shampoo, or lotion, will someone please stop me?! I could have used that money for some fun adventures! Oh well, you live and learn. I think my new lifestyle should quality minimalism. Note to self: only buy quality stuff that you really love, instead of a whole bunch of really cheap stuff that clutters your life. 🙂

I had to put a hold on the cleaning frenzy when my 3:30 workout date rolled around. After a cortisol-filled morning, it felt so good to let the stress wash away with each rotation of the elliptical, with each heave of the weight.

So today, I cleansed my spirit with some literal throwing away of junk, and with a wonderful workout. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel — the clean new apartment and my uncovered muscles!

My Cardio, Arms, & Shoulder Workout:

  • 15 minutes Cybex elliptical
  • Shoulder warm-up with very light weight
  • Overhead Press – 3 x 12-15
  • Front/Lateral Raise  – 3 x 10
  • Barbell Upright Row  – 3 x 12-15
  • Bent-Over Lateral Raise  – 3 x 12-15
  • Dumbbell curl  – 3 x 12-15
  • Tricep Pressdown (straight bar attachment)  – 3 x 12-15
  • Barbell Curl  – 3 x 12-15
  • Overhead Tricep Press (double rope attachment)  – 3 x 12-15
  • 30 minutes spinning
  • 15 minutes Cybex elliptical

Hope your return to work/school today wasn’t too jarring after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Now it’s time for the final 3-week push before Christmas break (and the big move)! Eyes on the prize!