Posts Tagged ‘Push-Ups’
Happy New Year Engaged & Running readers!!
I wasn’t sure the best way to approach the famous “2013 Resolutions” so I wrote a letter to myself and instead of trying to come up with a crazy creative post that may not actually inspire anyone I decided just to share my letter with all of you…
So my mom read the blog from yesterday where I reluctantly declared that I have been majorly slacking on my running/training.
Big mistake. Huge. I’m going shopping now. Name that movie READY GO. If you didn’t get it I’m not sure we should be friends anymore.
So last night’s CrossFit classes consisted of a short list of “to-do’s” which immediately gives you the very unrealistic view that the workout will be easy or at the very least won’t make you too sore.
While the workout looks easy, trust me it is not…
- Row 1000 meters
- 15 Band Clap Push-Ups (you use a band attached to the workstation and put it on your chest- yea it’s like a free boob lift- and then you do a push-up and clap as you come up)
- 20 dumbbell swings w/ 30lb dumbbell
- 10 front squats with 45 pound bar
Repeat 4 times
So if you are counting that is 4000 meters, 60 band clap push-ups, 80 dumbbell swings, and 40 front squats. Oddly enough the dumbbell swings were the toughest for me. If I am being perfectly honest with myself I think it is because I haven’t been challenging myself lately to increase my weight and have been hovering around 20 pounds for far too long. That 30 pounds felt like a freaking more like 80 if you ask me. The 1000 meters was perfect so we were able to get in that cardio I have been lacking… always feels good to get the heart rate up and the sweat dripping down your face! And then the next day when you get to work and walk up 4 flights of stairs you will be unhappily happy that you worked your butt off!
I find the band clap push-ups to be pretty fun actually. I bet they wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without a band to ensure I don’t fall on my face. This is not one of those times where I recommend trying it at home.
You should. But I wouldn’t.
I also received this text message picture from my fellow half marathon trainee and friend Ashley! We have been trying to motivate each other but have failed terribly because both of our have been slacking. She stepped it up yesterday though when she sent this and assured me she would pass along the magazine for my reading pleasure.
Then she even shared this quote with me which I absolutely loved.
“talking about a half-marathon is such a beautiful thing; why would anyone want to ruin it by actually doing on.”
Well said Ashley. Well typed actually since it was a text. Just the perfect amount of motivation and humor to make me giggle and want to stop the wiggle.
Yep just came up with this right in this moment. Solid effort.
So it is 1 month until the WEDDING DAY. Can you believe it? OMG wow. So I need to STEP UP MY GAME so I started thinking about what I wanted to improve and what I am really proud of because I think it is important to remember the things you are good at and the things you love about yourself MORE than the things you wish you could change.
“Love yourself first. Do your best always. Set realistic goals.”
Yep just made that up now too. I see a bumper sticker in my future.
So here is my things of things I am proud of and love about myself to get me going (fitness related for the purpose of this discussion but I also love that I am ridiculously good at writing blogs haha *insert sarcasm here*)…
My legs have really taken shape. Yep, my thighs don’t touch anymore. A+
My butt is small but I’m over it. Sometimes I tell Tim that I wish I had a “juicy” butt. That’s a healthy butt that has a wiggle you can be proud of. My butt isn’t “juicy” but I love juice and I have a butt so I’m calling this a win
My stamina is improving… I notice this the most when I play soccer on Sundays. I used to be OUT OF BREATH LITERALLY DYING on the soccer field 99% of the time. Now I come off to sub to grab a drink of water but I’m not dying. Major improvement.
My arms look better in pictures I think. I don’t know if this is because I FINALLY found the arm trick where you pop your arm out to the side so you don’t get a huge fat arm in pictures OR if they honestly just look more tone and fabulous. Who cares- they look better.
And here are the things that I will focus on improving..
My commitment to running- not much else to say here… step up Jaci and put your “big girl panties on”
My back- I just realized that in 30 days 100 some people will be staring at my back for an hour in a beautiful church. Might as well give them something to look at.
Abs- bathing suit season is just around the corner… well for those of going on a honeymoon it is! This is 90% diet I know that. I’ll miss you fruit snacks.
But let’s be clear here- I realize that target exercising is not the best way to achieve results. All over workouts are where it is at so I most certainly will continue on with my cross-training the way I have been. I think I’ll just start a push-up challenge for 30 days. One less push-up a day.
Who’s with me?!
This morning I felt like this…
So sleepy that I think I slept through my shower this morning. Really, I don’t have any memorial of taking a shower this morning and the only reason I know it happened it because I don’t smell bad today. Days like this I dread getting up and going to work because I know it means it is going to be a long day with me day dreaming about my bed… sad right?
Well since I rode into work with Casey today while the Murano was getting some freshly squeezed juice (aka oil change) I was able to wake up enough to tell Brody to stop pawing me and to catch up with Casey on life! It had been a while since we last saved the environment my car pooling and with our crazy busy work schedules that have included travel for both us it makes it extremely difficult to ride together but when we do I notice the ride goes by so much faster!! I really need to start getting myself into bed early… Tim has a terrible habit of turning on 90210, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, or Glee at like 9:30 which means there is no departure for bed in my near future and I end up staying up until almost 11pm crying with Annie and the crew, scheming with Blair, or drooling over Stephan and Damon. Overall not a bad life but it certainly makes for a long morning! I think Tim forgets that now that tax season is over he gets an extra hour and 15 minutes of sleep than I do… which I will politely say is just an hour because I’m not my fumbling around and dropping things in the bathroom doesn’t make for a sound sleep but still that’s a long time! That hour is the difference between sweet wonderful productive Jaci and leave me the heck alone because I am considering biting your neck and sucking your blood Jaci.
I did get in a really solid CrossFit routine yesterday though with the ladies at the studio! I was with Ashley, Chris, and Kari and we rocked a really tough workout that was the perfect combination of strength and cardio. It looked like this..
5 min rowing warm-ups
- 1 Push-Ups
- 1 Jump Squat
- 1 Pull-Up
- 1 Wall-Ball
- 1 Hanging Knee Raise (HKR)
- 100 Meters on Rower
- 2 Push-Ups
- 2 Jump Squats
- 2 Pull-Ups
- 2 Wall-Balls
- 2 HKR
- 200 Meters on Rower
So and so forth for a total of 20 minutes BUT since our group consisted of a bunch of over achievers we ended up doing around 24 minutes because we wanted to finish that 5th round! I may not have looked pretty afterward but I still managed to practice my L-Hold for a grand total of 16 seconds which for my first try I didn’t think was so bad!
Unfortunately I do NOT look like this girl when I do them. It’s more of a arms are quivering legs are barely off the ground sort of look. At least I have a look to it I suppose.
Oh and I should probably admit that this weekend was a BUST for running. I really do want to get to my 8 mile mark but finding time to run 8 miles is tough! That is like an hour and a half for me and while it is the sad truth I don’t usually have an hour and a half in my day during the weekends that is not accounted for… one of Tim’s biggest pet peeves! As you know from the other day most of the weekend was spent doing Confirmation stuff with some wedding stuff and lots of family fun thrown in.
Tim mentioned to me yesterday that he needed to get back on some resemblance of a work-out plan so I think the two of us need to sit down and plan it out. Like actually put placeholders on the calendar for such things- just seems like it would be a good idea to commit ourselves to certain things weekly. Now, since I am traveling literally every night next week I have no clue what the partnership is going to look like and since I am traveling for at least 1-2 days a week for the entire month our commitment may have to be small to start but it’s better than nothing! I am a huge fan of working out with a partner because I think I push myself a lot harder when other people are watching so while our running speeds are totally different and our lung capacities drastically differ I still think it’s a good idea to find things we can do together! It will just make it more fun right?
Stay tunes for a playlist update tomorrow to hear the new jams I have been rocking out too! Plus, I have some food updates to share since I am getting back on the bandwagon of healthy eating!