Archive | November, 2012

Spinning….yikes!

28 Nov

Phew am I beat! Just completed a 35 min spin class. This is the first time since boot camp I have gotten on a spin bike. They really push that shiz in boot and for good reason. It’s an amazing workout. Today’s class featured a normal spin routine but at the end booted out a tabata style session. Kicked my butt! Don’t believe me, take a look!

20121128-171754.jpg
That’s right after I finished. I look like deer in headlights. I tried to take a better pic and smile. This is all I was able to manage:

20121128-171830.jpg
And just for good measure in case you couldn’t see all of that sweat dripping, here’s one more:

20121128-171909.jpg
That is a butt-ton of eye makeup running down my face. Now I gotta clean myself up and get my legs to function again because I’ve got clients in 45 minutes.
Oh and just because its funny, here’s the spot I was sitting while typing up this post.

20121128-172055.jpg
Yes, that is exactly what it looks like, my sweaty ass imprint and the drippings in front are what fell from my face as I’m leaning over my phone. I think I like spin!!!

Heart Rate Monitors

27 Nov

Ok, lets talk Heart Rate Monitors.

This is fairly new to me.  I’ve heard of them before, but haven’t had much experience.  When my dad purchased his elliptical it came with two chest straps for monitoring heart rate and accurate calorie counting.  This is the only time I have personally used them.

Heart rate monitors however, are becoming something that I am seeing and hearing about more and more.  After I taught a group class at my gym, one of the women came up and showed me that she had burned 340-something calories during our 30 min session.  AWESOME!  A friend of mine posted a pic of her HR Monitor on Facebook and I was super impressed with her results – 1074 calories burned in a 1 hour 40 min gym session.  SUPER AWESOME!!  Then my bestie tells me yesterday that her mom got her a monitor for her Christmas present.  So of course, now I am intrigued.  I must find out what all the hype is about. 

I have done a little research and found the one I want.  It’s a Polar (because I read that is one of the best rated brands out there) FT40.  Looks a little something like this:

Image courtesy of http://www.polarusa.com

It has a few features that I liked such as:

  • The ability to show if your workout is “fitness improvement or fat burning”
  • An accurate calorie count based on several different factors
  • A chest strap that is specially designed to not have any “cross-talk” when working out at a gym
  • The chest strap should work with most Polar cardio machines which is what my gym uses

It is available at Polar USA for $179.95 which is a little pricey, especially considering I don’t know if I’ll even like it.  Of course I had to check ol’ faithful – Amazon – to see if it is available there, which it is for $104.85.  I’m asking the hubs for it as a Christmas present.  Hope to find it under the tree!

Do any of you use HR monitors?  If so, what kind?  What is your favorite feature?  How useful do you find it for your specific goals? Does anyone have experience with Polar HR Monitors or this one in particular?  I’m extra curious so hit me up with your opinion!

Image

That’s a whole lot of cookin’

26 Nov

20121126-195803.jpg

What you are looking at is almost all of my meals for the day being cooked at once BEFORE work. It was a very busy morning. There’s breakfast: mushroom and pepper omelet. Not shown is the veggies I already diced and cooked for that. In the top row is Dijon lamb which marinated overnight and broccoli. That was dinner tonight, YUM! The other pan is 1/4lb burger which I put on top of a bed of greens and added a slice of fat free American cheese. Not pictured is my morning snack of 2 dozen almonds and my after workout protein shake. All in all, I’d say it was a very productive and delicious day!

Happy Thanksgiving

22 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I realize this is a day of food, family and overdoing it on the pumpkin pie. I am no exception to the rule. However, remember that today is only one day and if you gorge today, just pick yourself up and get back on track tomorrow. Of course the way to get through today is to try everything but in small portions. I’m going to attempt this however my moms in town making her famous stuffing and a small portion just won’t cut it. The good news is that I’m not hosting so I don’t have days of leftovers to say no to.
Anyway, I’ve gotta get back in the kitchen so again Happy Thanksgiving to all and if your sitting around just watching football while someone else is cooking then you should try to get in some exercise before the big meal. Check out some commercial break workouts, they’re fantastic!
Also, here’s a little motivational post it to get your day started right.

20121122-124540.jpg

One Bad Ass Workout

21 Nov

Guess who just killed one bad ass workout between clients? That’s right, it was this lil’ lady right here:

20121121-182940.jpg
Do you see that sweat dripping? Hope my next client doesn’t mind, lol!

I did the 300 Rep Challenge from BodyRock.tv and killed it. The routine is pyramid style starting with10 reps of each exercise then the circuit repeats with 9 reps, then 8 and so on until one then you follow up with the Ab Bonus.

Here are the exercises:

1. Alternating sandbag swings
2. Shovel left using sandbag
3. Shovel right using sandbag
4. Clean and Press left using sandbag
5. Clean and Press right using sandbag
REPEAT

These exercises all use this bad boy:

20121121-183743.jpg
The Ultimate Sandbag Training System (in pink of course) but if you don’t have this or access to it you can use kettle bells or hell, even throw a few books in a backpack. I keep mine at 15lbs but the weight is up to you and your abilities.

Ab Bonus (50 sec on, 10 sec rest)

1. Reptile Push up on Equalizer
2. Mountain Climbers on Equalizer
3. Star Push Ups on Equalizer
(I used step aerobics steps because I didn’t have an Equalizer)

If you haven’t already checked out Body Rock routines, what are you waiting for?  Most are super intesnse 12 minute routines that can be done with little to no equipment right in your own home.  Get off your asses and get sweaty!

Level 2

20 Nov

About a week ago I decided to follow Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I needed something I could do at home since I’ve been struggling to get my butt in the gym now that I’m working there. Can I just say I love it? In fact, I jacked borrowed her 3-2-1 method and have incorporated that in with some of my clients. We both love it. Anyway, today I begin level two and I’m very much looking forward to it. I don’t expect to see the results I would hope to only because my diet isn’t quite on point right now. (It’s the holidays and I’ve got family in town…makes things difficult but dammit I’m gonna try!) I’m going to put in the exercise effort.
Also, I’m keeping up with motivational post it’s. I’m doing this post from my phone and can’t seem to get a pic to upload so you’ll just have to take my word for it. It’s day 43 and the quote to get me to turn off Housewives and get my butt in gear is “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” Don’t be afraid to push yourselves. It may hurt today but its gonna feel great tomorrow!
(Oooohhhh….figured it out. Apparently I have to be patient, lol.)

20121120-084424.jpg

Are you kidding me?!?!

16 Nov

Have I really not posted anything in over a month?  How have you guys let me get away with it?  How have I let myself get so off track.  I know, I know you all must be so tired of hearing about how I fall off the wagon and how this time I’m serious about starting over.  Well, I’m not going to do that this time.  I have given myself a new 7 week goal (ending on New Years Eve) but I’m not going to sit here and talk about how great I’m going to do this time.  Lemme tell you why.  It’s simple…life just gets in the way.  I realize there are people who make fitness their lives and I hope to one day be able to do that.  However, that just ain’t happening right now. 

I have two jobs now and that takes up a lot of time.  Granted, one of those is actually as a trainer working at the gym, but that’s not the point.  Since I started working there, I look at the gym like a job.  Do you go into work when you don’t have to?  Does anyone?  I doubt it.  Even though I love my job and I love working out, if I don’t have clients I tend to want to go home and relax now.  I have to get myself out of this habit.  To help myself a bit with this, I have started working out more at home and during my lunch breaks at my day job.  This is definitely doing what I hoped it would, but I’ve still gotta get my ass back in the gym. 

Food has also been a big problem.  I don’t even know where to begin with this, but lets just say it’s no good.  Since I started this 7 week goal I have been doing better, but man am I having some serious cravings.  Last night I would’ve thrown children into traffic for a Whopper, but I didn’t give into it.  I went home and made this:

That is beef fajita meat and my most favorites of side dishes creamed spinach (just add light swiss laughing cow to cooked spinach and voila!).  It was no Whopper but it made me feel a whole hell of a lot better than a burger would have.

I also made sure that I stocked up on healthy foods on my last shopping trip.  Take a look at this basket and be jealous.  Go ahead, I won’t tell anyone. 🙂  Eggs, veggies, fruits, brown rice, and some more delicious yummies.

I also went to the “bulk” store and bought a giant pork loin for less than $16.  Out of it I was able to get two 4-oz portions, eleven 5-oz portions, seven 6-oz portions, and one 8-oz portion.  That’s a whole lotta pork, booyah!!  And I know it looks like a lot of fat, but I cut that out, so don’t judge me!

And finally, I started back up with my motivational countdown post-its.  These are easily one of the best things to keep me on track.  When I can see daily how well I am or am not doing, then I am able to hold myself more accountable.  My bestie has actually joined in with me.  She’s taking even days and I’m taking odd.  Here are our post-its for the first couple days.  (Today is day 46, BTW.)

So, here is where I am right now.  I am going to try really damn hard to keep myself in check.  I am going to try really damn hard to survive the holidays without expanding my waistline.  I am going to try really hard, but I am not going to punish myself for any missteps I may take.  This is probably the worst time of the year to start to make changes, but if you keep putting things off, then you will never start.  I figure if two days over the next 45 (those days being Thanksgiving and Christmas) I have bad food then it isn’t the end of the world.  I will consider those my cheat days and just pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on track.  We’ll see how this goes.  I have to keep reminding myself that the best gift I can give myself for Christmas is a better me so here’s wishing me and all of you success!