Lifehacker Workout: Day 2

October 26, 2011

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Well today is day 2 (2 of 4) of the Lifehacker Workout featuring the Deck of Cards exercises. I’ll be doing some cardio and working through these tonight (I am excited to try the knee to elbow plank). In addition, I went jogging last night for about three miles and I went jogging this morning–I literally ran to the ATM and back to deposit a check.

I also wanted to share a post I recently came across on the Food Network blog. You can make several tiny changes to the way you order, prepare and eat food that are easily sustainable, but make a large impact over time. Some of the suggested changes are: ordering your salad dressing on the side and getting rid of the candy bowl at home or work. The idea is that over time all these little calorie savings will add up to lost poundage.

I might be going out to dinner tonight, and it won’t probably be a diet restricted meal, and in general I need to get better about pairing my eating and exercise habits. I am finding that I tend to really watch what I eat when I’m not working out much and vice versa. Imagine if I could really dial it in and do both… AT THE SAME TIME. Baby steps.

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Running in the Dark

October 25, 2011

PhotobucketThe title of this post makes me want to sing one of these two early 2000s hits. But, for the sake of those around me, I will refrain from both exposing my lack of singing talents and my horrible taste in music which clearly started in middle school.

Instead I’d like to address running in low-light situations. Since I fell of my bike a few months ago, I’ve been taking it really easy on the cardio. It started because my ribs were bruised and elevating my heart-rate and rapid breathing reeeeeeally hurt. Then it continued because it’s cold outside and I’m lazy. Cut to today and me trying to be active again, and well, yeah the days are shorter.

I woke up at 6am all fired up ready to jog my favorite loop and the sun was nowhere to be seen. I sat around for an hour and then realized I needed to get ready for work and it was still dark. Today I’ll be jogging after work, but soon it’ll be dark when I’m leaving work too. Obviously this just isn’t going to work if I plan to actually get outside and move around, so something needs to change. I’m planning to stop by REI to pick up one of these for my biking anyway, but it’ll also be useful for jogging in the dark. I also plan to pick up some pepper spray to avoid being abducted–especially because I prefer to run on a bark trail surrounded by trees which make convenient hiding places.

My running shoes and jacket already have reflective fabric on them, but it is a good idea to get reflective clothing (vest and gloves) if yours don’t. The more light you reflect the more visible you are. Now let’s just see how often I can make myself get up this early.

Lifehacker Workout: Day 1

October 24, 2011

PhotobucketAlrighty guys, despite being sick, today is the first day of the Lifehacker workout and I am going to take a stab at it after work. If you’re interested in playing along here is today’s workout.

I walk or bike 2-miles round trip to work daily, but I’ve decided that doesn’t count as “exercise” because my body is already accustom to that amount of activity. After work I will force myself to do some jogging/walking intervals, and then the strength training (push ups, crunches and squats), I may even throw some lunges in there.

I am also trying to talk my roomie Ashley into doing this with me. If anyone else out there is doing it along you can download Fleetly to track your workouts!

On a different note, working out while you’re sick isn’t a terrible idea. I know a lot of people that use being sick as an excuse to take it easy, but it’s been shown that working out helps boost your immune system. Just don’t workout if you have a fever, and if you’re sick don’t be a douche and go to a group class or sweat all over everything in the gym. I don’t use a gym and do my workouts alone so mostly, this isn’t a big deal, but if you’re going to be sharing recycled air in a hot yoga room be kind and stay home if you’re ill.

**Post workout update: did about two miles with my dogs, then did reps of 5 push-ups, 10 squats and 20 crunches. Each rotation took about a minute, so in 10 minutes I managed to knock out 200 crunches, 100 squats and 50 push-ups. I can already tell I am going to be soooooore tomorrow.

Measurement Monday

October 24, 2011

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Disclaimer: I didn’t actually measure myself today, so these are the measurements from last week reposted. I’m trying to avoid coming down with a full-on cold, but I feel pretty terrible. This morning was just whatever was necessary to get myself to work and look semi-human. If I have more energy I’ll measure and update after work, but I highly doubt that’ll happen. So, let’s just pretend there weren’t any changes this week. **Edited to add: I did measure when I got home from work and my bust is an inch smaller. Changes are good but that’s not my favorite place to lose inches.

Goals for the upcoming week are to get outside and do something active in addition to getting myself to work and back. Yesterday Ashley, Andy and I took the dogs for a two mile walk and frolic through the park. I’m sure we could all use a similar activity daily, but even if it’s just 30-minutes, I need to get my butt outside and moving this week.

  • Waist: 33″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 38″
  • Thigh: 25″
  • Calf: 16″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

The Lifehacker Workout

October 23, 2011

PhotobucketHello readers, if you’re at all familiar with this blog you know how often I repost things from Lifehacker–one of my favorite websites ever. Starting tomorrow, October 24th, their fitness group is doing The Lifehacker Workout. If you’re looking for an easy program to keep you active and accountable this may be just for you!

30 minutes a day and the following will get you prepped for tomorrow:

The Lifehacker Workout is designed for minimal equipment, but you will need to find or order:

  • a deck of cards for the Wednesday Deck of Cards Workout
  • a pedometer or smartphone app to track your distance for your walk or runs (many running and walking apps have those built in)
  • Optional: If you decide to do jump ropes instead of jumping jacks you’ll need a jump rope. If you decide to do the additional targeted day, you’ll need access to dumbbells, a bench, and a pull-up bar.
I feel a cold coming on, so I am going to rest today and hopefully feel up to starting this workout tomorrow.

Fit2Fat2Fit: Drew Manning

October 21, 2011

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Drew Manning week 23 of unrestricted eating and no exercise

After seeing this originally posted online and now a segment on Good Morning America, I feel like this practice Drew Manning is undergoing, while dangerous to his health, will provide an insight that many people will never gain.

For many people, being thin and fit is just a natural thing. Their metabolism is very strong and so dietary choices aren’t at the top of their list. Once that fall-back goes away though and weight begins to pile on, it can feel nearly impossible to get rid of it. For those who have never had it happen to themselves, it’s easy to just say “diet and exercise”. For Drew Manning in this case, he has dealt with numerous people who say that he doesn’t understand how tough it is and that for some, eating is an addiction.

I find this whole experiment completely fascinating and hope that the knowledge and experience gained by this can help both sides understand; those who want to get fit and need help and those who are fit and want to help.

Peanut Butta Jelly Time

October 20, 2011

PhotobucketReposting today from one of my FAVE podcasts: Spilled Milk. Fact of the matter is that I love me some peanut butter. It’s cheap, it’s tasty and it’s full ‘o protein. But, by far the most annoying thing about a new jar of natural peanut butter is stirring the oil back into the jar.

UNTIL NOW. Oh hey, if you store the unopened jar on it’s side, it is a whole lot easier to re-incorporate the oil and make it equally creamy–instead of what I end up doing which is usually a really creamy first half of the jar, and a rock hard, crumbly second half.

Check it out here! And I also recommend listening to other Spilled Milk programs as they are all consistently good. Happy Thursday ya’ll.

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