Fitness Friday

How strange it is to be blogging in the PM hours! The three-day weekend kinda threw off my blogging schedule, but I wanted to fit in a Fitness Friday post before the “Friday” title no longer applied, and plus I was in no mood to do anything but sit on the TV/computer tonight anyway.

I had a couple of non-eventful days at work, but the week ended with two crazy crazy days. I was pretty much ready to dance out of my office today, but alas, it was one of those days where I was given a dozen fires to put out in the last 2 hours of the day. Woe is me! I was definitely happy to leave (albeit 15 minutes after the scheduled time), and ended up stopping at Groc Out (Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, to the uninitiated) to buy cheese, crackers, and wine. I was pretty good about eating well this week, so I figured I deserved it!

Garlic jack and jalapeno havarti…. MMMMMM.

Now that that is out of the way, this is what I’m watching whilst I type:

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“I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it…I’m swamped!”

Best. Movie. Ever.

Anyhow, on to the fitness stuff.

Here’s my workouts for the last two weeks:

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I’m not sure why I logged this week’s dodgeball game and not last week’s (though it might have to do with the fact that we played a really good team this week and I actually hustled!)…ha. But I kept close to my 3x per week schedule, despite essentially taking a 5 day break over the three day weekend 😛

I was particularly proud of last Monday’s run, as it was my fastest and furthest since late NOVEMBER, right before I had my stomach illness.

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I was hovering in the 9:45 min/mile pace for the last few weeks, and decided to just go for it. I felt pretty good, but the rest of the week I was feeling kind of ill so I didn’t get to keep up my mileage. I’m still hoping to run a 5K next month…we’ll have to see if I get up to speed in time!

NO PRINCESS BUTTERCUP! DON’T KILL YOURSELF!

Erm…not sure where that came from 😉 Anywho, I think most of my other workouts are self explanatory. Except maybe the “rows” I referred to – those would be these.

My biggest challenge/goal at the moment is to make sure I eat enough protein in general, and especially on the days that I’m working out. My aim is to maintain my weight (I lost 5 lbs without trying at the end of last year and want to avoid losing any more), and I think protein is a big part of that. I’ve been doing a pretty good job at eating a minimum of 45g per day, but getting up to 60-70g on workout days is still pretty difficult. SO, I’ve been eating a lot of chicken:

leftover lentil stew

leftover lentil stew

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a surprisingly well-balanced dinner for me. chicken breast (protein), Alexia sweet potato fries (starch), and spring mix with homemade balsamic! (veggies)

I’ve also, unfortunately, been relying on a lot of bars lately for protein and fiber. Mostly for lunch (I experimented with a few new soup/noodle cups that were really not filling enough to last all afternoon so I had to supplement them), but also sometimes on dodgeball nights, since my games are often right around dinner time.

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MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA. YOU KILLED MY FATHER. PREPARE TO DIE.

Ahem. Sorry. That picture is my collection of bars in my desk at work.

I have the Fiber One brownies with my Greek Yogurt at breakfast, while the Luna bars and Luna Protein bars usually accompany not-quite-complete meals, especially on workout days. I’m actually planning on doing a post soon on all the products I’ve been trying lately- soup cups, protein bars, and what have you…keep a lookout :)

Luckily, the weather has been pretty great lately for exercising outside:

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There have been a few times that I haven’t felt well enough to go for a run outside, but have geared up anyway just to sit in the grass in my comfy leggings, soak up the 60 degree sun, and stretch a bit. That was actually going to be the case for me today, but I felt so good after a good 5-7 minute stretch that I just went for it and took a really easy, slow 2.2 mile jog. It totally perked me right up and helped me feel great the rest of the day. Plus, I switched things up and listened to a Podcast instead of music to keep me distracted from how crappy I felt:

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Any other Wait Wait fans out there?

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

8 thoughts on “Fitness Friday

  1. I love The Princess Bride. We used to have it on VHS and I loved watching it as a kid. Definitely a classic.

    How the heck did you do an 11 minute plank? Please tell me you broke that up into like 10 sets! Either way, I’m impressed.

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