Jump Rope Circuit

First things first…

I’ve had a lot on my plate the past couple weeks, and had a very emotional evening so I decided to attend a Hot Yoga class last night. I haven’t been to one in a while and every time I go, I always feel refreshed, both physically and mentally. Let me just say, the class was PACKED, but I instantly felt the energy upon entering the room. I am so happy I went. It definitely eased my mind and gave me a good stretch..especially the Pigeon pose (my favorite!) This is a great hip flexor stretch to do if you’re a runner!

Now for today…

Happy Hump Day Ya’ll! I woke up this morning feeling a little groggy from staying up until 1:30 AM watching all the presidential election shenanigans. All I will say is, I am so grateful for the results and especially grateful for caffeine!

I knew I needed to get in a quick workout before work this morning so I completed the total body jump rope circuit workout I created yesterday (I was supposed to do Workout B from Best Body Boot Camp but I didn’t have time to go to the gym before work and I know I won’t go after). Yay for at-home exercising! I think I underestimated how sweaty the jump rope circuit would actually make me. By the end of the first round, I was red-faced and glistening. This workout is no joke!

…and repeat!

 My breakfast was simple but satisfying: Apple Cinnamon Chobani with Kashi Cinnamon Crunch cereal and Fuji apple chunks. Talk about apple cinnamon overload!


finished product!


..and a hint of refreshment! 😉

I need to go on a quick 3 mile run after work if I’m going to run this half marathon on Sunday! Crossing my fingers that I will be able to transfer from the 8K I originally registered for to the Half Marathon 🙂 I find out on Friday!

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Six at Sunrise

Although hearing the alarm go off and dragging myself out of bed before the sun is even awake might possibly be one of the most evil things ever known to man kind, watching the sunrise as I run always reminds how worth it is. This morning I ran 6 miles. Saturdays are supposed to be my ‘long run days’ but since I’ll be in Norfolk and having a grand ol’ time with my Zetas, I know I won’t get any sort of workout in. 😛 I knew I wanted to participate in the Wicked 10K again this year so not soon after my half marathon, I created a 10k training plan. I’m tellin’ you, I’m a running fanatic! I will be honest though, I haven’t been the best at really sticking to it; between moving and job searching, my runs have been extremely frustrating. I was looking through Pinterest this morning to get some motivation and I stumbled across this from Jenny Sugar on FitSugar which was all I needed:

Always remember that tomorrow, you want to be proud of what you did yesterday, not regretful. Do what you love, everyday. Make each day have a purpose.

Once I stepped outside and realized how chilly it was (fall is finally here, yay!) I decided to make it a treadmill-semi-interval-long-run-kinda-day. As much as I enjoy running outside, running on the treadmill gives me the chance to listen to my audiobook I downloaded a while back. Laugh all you want but for me it helps me focus on listening to the story rather than concentrating on how much further I have until I’m done. After lacing up my shoes and eating a small banana I headed to the gym.

Awesome read! She’s like a female Nicholas Sparks!

I stepped on the treadmill and instantly remembered I had stashed a couple mints from a friends’ work last night. I have this weird habit of always having to chew on something when I run whether its a mint or a piece of gum. I think it’s another mental thing? It helps me focus and concentrate? Who knows.

They even have Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons on them! 🙂

I made up my run as I went but kept a mental note of it so I could come home and share with with you all. I was definitely red-faced and sweaty when I left but felt great about it. Maybe I’m starting to get my stride back. 😉 Here’s a break down of my 6 mile treadmill run. If you follow it exactly, it will have you finishing 6 miles in a little over 52 minutes which is goal finish time for the Wicked 10K!

One book and fifty-two minutes later, I was done!

I originally had planned on coming home grabbing a small bite to eat and heading to Hot Yoga at 9:30 but my stomach was screaming at me to eat so, I listened. I was craving peanut butter and carbs and of course Greek yogurt, so I whipped up something quick. While I toasted a whole wheat English muffin, I grabbed a strawberry Greek yogurt out of the fridge, took a little from the container and mixed a tablespoon of peanut butter with it.

I spread the mixture onto the toasted English muffin and ate the remaining yogurt by itself.

Voila! A quick, healthy breakfast!

No more hunger pangs=happy girl.

Now, I’m off to do a little cleaning and packing before making my mini road trip to the 757! I’ll post an update later tonight!

Numero Uno

Well, here it is. My first EVER blog post. I never thought I’d actually start a blog, it’s always been a “why do people write those things” kind of question to me. But after becoming an avid “pinner” and discovering Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers, I fell in love with the idea. It not only gives me a chance to really express all the crazy thoughts that go on in my head all day but also share opinions and ideas with other blog readers who share the same passions as me: fitness and health. Before finally deleting my Twitter account (which I ended up reactivating) I noticed that all I really “tweeted” about was my pride in running, how great it made me feel to run those long, exhilarating 12 miles, my countdown to my first half-marathon,  and uploading all the yummy, and not mention, healthy dishes I make and then quickly gobble down (sometime I can’t help but to just INHALE them). Then I realized, Twitter is very similar to blogging; you tweet your thoughts and interests, why not just begin a blog where I am able to put my thoughts all on one page rather than being forced to condense it to less than 140 characters? (gosh, that killed me!) So, here I am, doing what I have discovered that I love to do.

 
As you read in my About Me section, I’m still in the process of finding a job so, bright and early this morning, Casey and I visited a Career Fair in hopes of discovering the perfect jobs. Boy, were we wrong. A couple weeks ago I actually experienced my first job fair ever and was not very impressed so I had high hopes that this one would be 10x better. Nope. Pretty much the same. After getting ready and professional-ish, we headed there only to turn around and come home 25 minutes later. I’ve sworn off career fairs for a while I think.

After coming home, I had a HUGE craving for a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks but I was feelin’ lazy and didn’t feel like driving up there. Then I remembered I had pinned a “Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte” from FarmGirl Gourmet thanks to Pinterest! I lessened the servings to make one just for me (Casey isn’t a coffee-sorta guy).

At-Home Pumpkin Spice Latte (serves one)

  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 packets Truvia sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee (I used 2 packets of the Nestle Classic Coffee

Just heat the milk, pumpkin, Truvia, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice over medium heat almost to a boil. Once heated, put mixture into a blender until milk becomes frothy. I’m not sure if it’s because I used almond milk or what but mine did not become very frothy. Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet says it should take about 2 minutes. After it’s reached your desired frothiness, pour into a cup, add the coffee and enjoy!

A little taste of Fall

After getting a nice little kick from the caffeine, I definitely wasn’t feeling lazy anymore. Thank goodness Casey mentioned the gym cause after I scarfed down a thinkThin Bar, I was ready to go! Today was supposed to be my “off” day but I needed some upper body strength training in my life and I knew I could count on Casey to kick my butt with a little weigh lifting. Indeed he did. This is what our workout consisted of:

My arms were like Jello after this workout. I am definitely going to be sore tomorrow!

Once we got home, I made myself a protein smoothie that consisted of chocolate protein powder, half of a banana, strawberries and a 1/2 cup of almond milk. This didn’t satisfy me for very long so I dug into my chocolate stash by my bed and had three Hershey’s Simple Pleasures dark chocolate. Chocolate craving fixed!

okay, I couldn’t resist..I had three more..

After having turkey burgers on the grill for dinner at Casey’s mom’s house, we are about ready to settle down for the night. I’ve got to wake up early and get my long run in before I head to Norfolk/Old Dominion this weekend for our Zeta Alumni football game tailgate! I am beyond excited to see all my sisters!

My definition of “settling down” 😉