Saturday, January 28, 2012

My Week in Review

I won't bore you with anything but the fitness things that I did this week. This is, after all, a fitness blog.

Booth and Bones
Monday: Since I'm training for a 5k my training runs are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As I've mentioned in several other posts, we are really focusing a lot on fitness at my place of employment and because of that we have a treadmill in my training lab (I'm the trainer). So to do my 1.75 miles I turned on the projector, accessed my Netflix account, turned up the volume and ran/walked watching an episode of Bones. Boy, did that help quickly pass the 30 minutes I was on the treadmill. You can bet that I will do that again!

Tuesday: Gym night. Chest and shoulders, plus no-impact cardio. I did my best to do my shoulder raises with 10 pound dumbbells like I was asked to do, but dammit if that wasn't too heavy. I should have gone down to 7.5 pounds, but I didn't. I did do everything else to completion, though.

Wednesday: Another run night. I was going to run at work and watch another episode of Bones, but when I went to change I realized that I left my sports bra at home. I seriously thought about running in my regular bra, but decided the annoyance of having to change my stride to keep my breasts from bouncing into my face was not going to make my run fun. I have a co-worker that has said she would run with me, so I went home and got the running appropriate bra on, and met her at one of our local greenways. One of the great things about living in Knoxville is that there are a lot of greenways to choose from. The one to the left is one that I like to run a lot when I'm doing my outdoor running.

Thursday: This is date night and I battled hard with deciding whether or not to go to the gym. Plus I was really tired. Anyway - the gym won out and I was feeling mighty #fitfluential and hot when I left the gym and met my husband for our date. Because I was on a schedule I modified my workout and just did pull downs (up to 80 pounds), bicep curls, back extensions, and Brazilian crunches. I also did 20 minutes of no-impact cardio. It was a great workout (and date)!

Friday: My last night of running for the week. I texted David to see if he wanted to run with me. It looked like a nice day outside and I decided that I wanted to run outdoors. I came home from work, changed my clothes, and off we went to the greenway up there on the left. We did 2 miles in about 35 minutes. I know that is slow, but I'm still in training and it was cold, so it took a bit of time to warm up.

Saturday: As soon as I finish this post, I'm off to the gym for a session with the trainer. It's legs day. I will be on the floor for the rest of the day cleaning. Hopefully I'll be able to get back up!

All in all it's been a great fitness week. I feel pumped, and I'm not even worried that the scale is staying where I don't want it to be. I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that it takes time to see results.

So here's my question for you: What's your favorite thing to watch/listen to/read while running on the treadmill to pass the time?

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lazy Bones

I'm at lunch on what is turning into a lovely Monday and I'm pondering my existence from the weeked.

Does anyone else suffer on the weekends? Let me rephrase that. Do anyone elses workouts suffer on the weekends? Let me give you a brief recap of my weekend and you tell me if you have moments (read: weekends) like the one I had.

Friday night: Sat my ass in the chair all night and watched Bones on Netflix from our new Blu-Ray player. I don't even remember if I cooked dinner or not. Sad. I know that I didn't do my burpees or any exercise for that matter.

Saturday: I woke up at 8:50. I was supposed to be at the gym at 9:00 to meet Oli. I texted him feeling incredibly guilty for not going to meet him at the gym. He asked me if he wrote me out a workout plan would I come in later and do it. Maybe I was lying to myself, but I told him that I'd go in. Did I? Of course not. What did I do instead? I made a frittata for breakfast, met a friend for a journey to the Healthy Living Expo (what a joke) downtown, and then I went home and, you'll never guess.... Yep. I sat on my ass watching Bones all night again. I did make homemade chicken and cornmeal dumplings for dinner, so that was good. All in all, an enjoyable day. With the exception of the guilt.

Sunday: I woke up at 9;00 a.m. I walked out to the living room and sat there, on my ass, until bed time watching Bones. I was supposed to do consulting work, but I didn't because I was too enthralled with Seeley and Temperence and all the fun people at the Jeffersonian Institute. Ugh! What a wasted weekend. I started to feel guilty around 6:00 that I hadn't done anything all day but sit on my toosh and eat. Oh well, it's behind me now, but I still feel like shit for spending a weekend like that.

So that was my weekend. Was yours better than that? Please make me feel better about myself and tell me that I'm not the only one that spends my weekends like that. I didn't even do laundry. The good news is that it is the week and there won't be countless hours for me to spend sitting on my ass watching a television show. But, just to top it off, I went to Cookout for lunch and had an order of hush puppies and two corn dogs. I didn't want tomato soup and that is all I had in my drawer at work.

The best thing I can say about this day is that I brought my gym bag with me and I'm going to hit the treadmill, or the pavement if it's not raining, after work. I have to do that. And, I'm going to make spaghetti, which I know isn't the healthiest, but is the tastiest for dinner tonight.

So tell me - was your weekend as exciting as mine was? Or, were you a good little person and go to the gym, eat healthier than I did, and move more than to just switch which side of the couch to lay on?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Charleston, SC - A Girls Weekend

My best friend and I went on a girls only weekend to Charleston, South Carolina this weekend. Actually, I'm still in South Carolina at her house writing this post while she and her boyfriend cook us some paella for dinner. Yum!

Saturday morning we got up and went to breakfast before making the 3 hour drive to Charleston from Greenville. When we got to Charleston, we checked into the Hampton Inn - Historic Center and set out to the Visitor's Center to get information on the walking tours that they offer. We bought a $6.00 guide book for a self-guided tour of the amazing homes around Peninsular Charleston.

Earlier in the week I posted a question to my Facebook friends asking for places to eat in Charleston. Everyone who responsed said that we had to eat at Hyman's Seafood. Because we'd had a later breakfast
, and attempts at making reservations for dinner failed, we decided to eat a late lunch/early dinner. When we came upon Hyman's we realized that there was not much of a wait, so we put our name on the list. It was a great decision. We ordered a local brew to accompany our shrimp and crab dip, S's she-crab soup, and the fried shrimp po boy that we split. The bread the po boy came on was wonderfully fresh and soft. After lunch was over, we exited through the gift shop where S came upon some salt scrubs which she enjoys. She went over to the jars to open one and smell the Magnolia scent and an employee came up behind her saying, "NO, NO, NO, NO. We don't open things here." It was very off-putting and left us both with a bad taste in our mouth after enjoying such a great meal.

After our unfortunate encounter in the gift shop we headed down to the Historic Charleston Market. This was the place that S wanted to make sure we saw. It was great in a super chaotic, ultra-touristy way. We walked through all four buildings of vendor stalls and didn't buy a thing. We did both try on this cute ear warmer thing that buttons behind your head, under your hair, but S didn't like it because there was a good sized knitted flower on top of it. It was cute on the right person, but neither of us were the right person! Once we finished that we started the walking tour. It was very intersting and informed us of some very neat historical facts. It was nice. Six dollars well spent!

We wandered down to the Battery (I think) and started our way back to the hotel because it was getting quite cool at this time. Once we got back to the Hampton Inn we warmed up and recharged! In our research for this trip, S found this neat little restaurant/market called Caviar and Bananas. We ordered a cheese plate with local honeycomb and fig jam alongside strawberries, grapes, and orange slices. We bought a bottle of The Stump Jump Shiraz. We sat at the window, watched people walk by, and savored our wine and cheese. Once we finished our vin et fromage we headed down to Kaminsky's on Market St for dessert and more wine.

We had a bit of a wait there as it is a small place, but because we were a party of 2, we got in ahead of the party of 5 that was in line when we got there. We each started off with a glass of wine. S enjoyed a very nice Malbec and I had a Coppola Shiraz. Both were quite tasty. I don't quite know how to explain the dessert options that we had to choose from, but it was a very, very difficult decision to make. In fact, I had to order a second glass of wine before I could decide. Ultimately I had a brownie a la mode. S was enjoying toasted almond martinis so she elected to have a slice of almond cheesecake. Hers was really good and mine was just, really, just meh. But, the conversation was amazing and the drinks were good, too. We each had another drink and then decided to head on back to the hotel.

This morning we got up and went to Hominy for breakfast. We walked the mile from our hotel to the restaurant along a path that took us through the side streets where it's pretty obvious that tourists don't usually go. We did, however, walk by a firehouse where there were two firemen cleaning the floor. Cute firemen. After a 45 minute wait at Hominy we got in and ordered some really good coffee along with a bloody Mary for S, a mimosa and a poinsettia for myself. All drinks and food were very yummy. After brunch we walked around and did more of our tour. The houses in Charleston are absolutely gorgeous. We ended up in this lovely little book shop called Blue Bicycle Books. This, my friends, is where I bought an ah-mazing gift for my love. He hasn't received his gift yet, but I don't mind telling you it came from a bookstore, because really, in a million years he would never, ever guess what the title is. I only hope that it'll make him smile and let him escape from his worries for a moment.

We finished our day with a trip out to Folly Beach. It was a beautiful day to spend some time on the beach thinking about how small we really are. Actually, I was thinking about how much I would have enjoyed being there with D, but I focused on taking some photos and enjoying my last moments of vacation with my best friend. As I finish this post, she is setting the table, her boyfriend is out picking up his employee to join us for dinner, and I'm wishing I'd brought my computer along with me so that I could post our photos.

I'll try to get them up a little later in the week, but for right now, I hope the recap of our trip will do a few things for you, namely: remind you that it is very important to take the time to be with those you love and care for and also that you can never have too much wine in a weekend with your best friend. I sign off as I go for a refill of my glass.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Couch

Does this happen to anyone else?

You come home from a long, hard day at the office, sit down on the couch, and then all of your good intentions for the evening leave you in an instant? That was me last night. Came home from an appointment and sat on the couch and stayed there until 7:15 before I got up to cook dinner (spaghetti and garlicy crescent rounds). Then I promptly went straight back to the couch and stayed there until it was time to go to bed at 10:00.

On Monday night when we got home from our days D was feeling very car sick for some reason and it freaked me out a little cause it was so weird and he never gets sick that I sat down in the chair the whole night to care for him.

I haven't been to the gym in 5, yes, five days. I have been doing my burpees (which are getting much more difficult) but I haven't done anything else. Tonight I really need to go get that last arm workout in since Oli is back from South Africa and I told him that I really wanted to shock the hell out of him and get all of my workouts done. I don't know if it's going to happen though. I should just pack my gym bag and get my ass to the gym tonight straight from work.

So tell me - What keeps you from the gym after a day at work?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hitting a Wall

It seems like every time I workout, or, more specifically, lift weights, I hit a wall. Nearly every single time. Why does this happen? Am I not eating enough? Am I eating enough, but not enough of the right things? I always have my Shot Bloks with me, and they are a life saver, but I don't think that I should rely on them all the time. I could keep this quote in mind:
Maybe it's Oli's fault for giving me workout plans that are too hard. Although it's not like I don't finish my workouts. I just about die 3-4 exercises before I'm done with the whole thing. Then I eat 2 or 3 Shot Bloks depending on how bad I feel and the carry on. It's not always bad, but it does seem like the past few times I've worked out I've crashed. Tonight my husband was very encouraging. Just 3 more sets; now just 2; last set boo-boo, you can do it! He's great (by the way, despite my wall hitting tendency, I did way better than him in our workout tonight!). To make you understand a little more about why I might be regularly hitting walls, below is a list of the exercises that we had to do tonight.
15 minutes on the elliptical at level 14
4 sets of walking lunges - roughly 24 each set
4 sets of hamstring curls - 15 per set, weights 30/40/40/30
4 sets of hip adductors and abductors - 15 per set, weights 40/50/60/70
4 sets of back extensions - 15 per set
4 sets of one leg calf raises - 15/12/12/15

And then, because we like to punish ourselves we did our burpees. I did 7 and DH did 10.
Now I'm tired because I've been up for almost 18 hours and because I kicked my own ass at the gym.

One other thing that I've done is tentatively agreed to run the Knoxville half marathon. I don't know when it is and that is the biggest determining factor for me because I have to have enough time to train for it to get ready, but I might be able to do the 5k that's associated with it if I don't do the half.

So, today's questions are these: What do you do when you hit a wall during your workout? and What do you recommend as your pre/post workout meal/snack to bring your energy level back up? Let me know in the comments below.

Oh - and a post script - have you ever made food in a jar to freeze? I've made lasagna and apple pie but I'd like to make something else. Do you have any recommendations for that?