Fitness Friday

Sorry for the sporadic posting this week. I was cooking up a storm this 3-day weekend, but one of the dinners was a recipe I’m testing from The Beeroness’s new cookbook, so I can’t share it until the book comes out! (but I will hint that I got to test one of the recipes pictured at that link :-P)

Otherwise, I’ve been up to my ears in work. It’s been nice to feel so productive all day long, but I’ll tell ya my head is spinning. In the past week or two, I’ve sent out requests to schedule 55 meetings with lawmakers at the Capitol – 40 for my two bosses, another 15 for one of my bosses and a client who’s got his own schedule to work with…lordy has it ever been fun coordinating all these schedules.

I’m at the point where I’ve scheduled and rescheduled so many meetings (25 out of the 55 are on the calendar) that I don’t even want to do anything social for the next, oh I dunno, month, for fear that I’d have to coordinate a schedule. Haha.

Also, is it weird that every time I schedule a meeting for February 14th, I feel guilty? I hope I’m not cockblocking my bosses from having V-day lunch or early dinner with their spouses! No fancy dinner planned for T-Man and I, however — Thursday night is dodgeball night, so our plans are set! Fitting too, seeing as it’s where we met :-)

Us playing in our first season in July 2011 :) P.S. Sorry Lisa…but the other version of this picture was taken about .5 seconds earlier, and was just as bad….lol.

So, there’s my excuse for not posting the normal 3 entries this week. However, on to the topic at hand:

I have been attempting to get back into the swing of things fitness wise. I was having stomach issues in November and December. THEN, I had a deathly cold on Christmas Day (which was miserable, no Christmas hugs for Katie!) that took me a week or two to kick. I managed to go for a run on New Years Eve, but days after, I had surgery to get a cancerous mole removed and took it easy for a while.

Long story short, I went for a jog this week and it was my first in 3 weeks. And the one before that…was the first in 2 weeks.

Though I haven’t been running much, I have been going to the gym and doing elliptical + abs, the ultimate girl workout haha. I have been trying to keep my Fitness Goal “Resolutions” in mind when planning my workouts.

Fitness Goals
  • Run a 5K race
  • Start weight training again (and eat more protein!)
  • Be able to do a 2 minute plank and 2 minute leg lifts
  • Run 25 miles in a month (several times if possible)

Specifically, I’ve been focusing a lot on planks and leg lifts (holding this position for as long as I can). Some days I can hold them for 30 seconds, some days, I can hold them for a minute no sweat. I try to add in other ab workouts as well, and the only weight training I’ve done is on the lat pulldown machine – it works out the same muscle I use throwing a dodgeball, so I figure if I strengthen it outside of dodgeball I’ll avoid being sore for 2 days after every Thursday!

Add in the fact that I walk or bike to work (it’s about 7 blocks, or .7 miles each way) at least 3 out of 5 days per week, and you’ve got my “fitness plan”!

I generally try to exercise 3 days per week, though the 3 day weekend set me back a little bit this week. However, I have averaged 50g of protein per day this week, which is a big improvement for me. Here are my last 3 workouts:

  • Friday January 18 — Elliptical 15 minutes, two 1-minute planks, two 30-second side planks

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Fact: I watch Food Network every time I’m on the elliptical. /endfact

  • Tuesday January 22 — Run 2.2 miles (time was 21:30), and two 30-second planks after I finished being dead/sprawled out on the grass in the park

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  • Thursday January 24 — Elliptical 20 minutes, 60 crunches & 50 side crunches per side, one 1-minute plank, one 30-second leg lift, and 2 reps of 15 lat pulldowns (set to 30 lbs because my muscle is all gone!)

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Awkwardly trying to take a picture without the other person in the gym noticing me…

Also, because it’s Friday, I will leave you all with my favorite hilariously fun song to work out to:

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Thank you Gunther. You touch my tra la la.

What kind of music/TV shows do you like to work out to?

How do you keep your muscles toned?

12 thoughts on “Fitness Friday

  1. olivesanwine says:

    Those are awesome fitness goals!! Crazy as it sounds, I don’t watch tv or listen to music while working out. I just like to use the time to space out :) Maybe if I find earbuds that actually stay in my ears, I’ll start listening to music on my outdoor runs!

    • I don’t know what caused it, but sometime after college I started being unable to tolerate running without music! I feel like if I don’t, I’ll just focus on how miserable I am haha. The new Apple headphones for the iPhone 5 are pretty neat!

  2. I am so impressed by your dodgeball playing! I was picked last in gym class for a reason :) I agree with Becky, I don’t listen to music while I work out, although I do like to read my Kindle on the elliptical. Congrats on getting back to your workouts – that is so hard after being sick!

    • Hahaha, it’s actually really fun and easy going for the most part, there’s definitely a lot of different skill levels going on!

      In college I actually didn’t listen to music but instead read my assigned reading on the elliptical! I would usually just read the same paragraph 10 times though, lol.

  3. HAHAH omg, that song…. it’s so bad but so good. I dont listen to music when I run outside, I hate it.. and when I’m in the gym I usually flip the TV on to (yes me too) the food network! Or spongebob… :)

  4. You’re doing a great job getting back into the swing of working out! I neeeeeeed music when I run! I’m with you- if I don’t have it all I do is focus on how miserable I am and how boring it is to run! I’d much rather be lifting weights! I have a goal to run a 5k this year too, we can motivate each other to do it!

    • Haha we’re on the same page music wise. I am eyeing a 5K race the day before St Pattys…. But I don’t know if I’ll be ready by then!! We’ll see how many runs I get in during these next few weeks :)

  5. Joanna says:

    some songs I use:
    cry me a river – jt
    dark fantasy- kanye
    immigrant song- led zep
    scheibe- gaga
    what you waiting for? – gwen
    i’m really hot- missy
    lying is the most fun a girl can have..- panic
    otis- jigga
    born to run- bruce

    just to name a few :)

  6. I’m loving your variety in your workouts! I definitely get in ruts sometimes, which leads to boredom, which leads to not working out. And I love the V-day plans. So romantic ;).

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