Posts Tagged ‘squats’
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?!
Another weekend come and gone- they go by too fast don’t they? I apologize for being M.I.A. over the last week or so! As you know from my very generic post last week, work was INSANE and filled with meetings and dinners. Delicious dinners that made my pants a lot tighter. It’s all good though- I suppose that is part of being in the corporate world… the work day rarely ends when you leave the office! Before I get to my weekend fun I want to tell you about the awesome workout I had Thursday night! It was awesome for lots of different reasons
- Tim came with me
- Kari and Joy were there who I just love to kick some butt with
- We ran a mile for a warm-up and I needed that
- I was sore for days!
The workout we did was outside since the weather was fabulous! We did everything from play tug-of-war (which I realized, with Kari’s suggestions, if you are the anchor at the back of the rope and have the thing looped around your waist- just turn around and run… run your heart out) which my team won, run suicides with the cones, burpees, pull-ups, jump rope, hanging knee raises, one-legged squats, and just worked out excuse my French but asses off! It was an intense workout and I was sure to give it 100%!
Hey it may not look pretty but I was trying!
And even through all of the grunts, yells, swear words, and sweat we still managed to laugh and have some fun!
I have found the more I mix up my workout the better. For one, I get bored easily and you can’t just mentally keep doing the same things over and over. Two, your muscles also get bored easily. You need to give them something new to do. Three, it keeps me challenged. If you are constantly creating and achieving measurable and realistic goals you will feel better about yourself and all that your body can do. That would probably be my biggest hint to anyone that is just starting to workout… MIX IT UP! Do something FUN and just enjoy yourself. Life is a ride-take care of yourself and have a TON of fun along the way!
These women are seriously strong and have hearts that go on for miles. They really do inspire me each and every day and I cannot even begin to thank them for everything they do for me. They probably don’t even know it but their strength and commitment to their health really keeps me going day in and day out. It’s funny how often we are inspired by others that are probably not even aware that they are inspiring us!
In any case my weekend was also filled with Friday fun (I took a mental health day) where I got my haircut and picked up Peyton for a play date at the park and then had a slumber party!! The park was a really great day and we had fun racing down the slides and swinging. Well she had fun in the swing… which who wouldn’t when you continually request for “under doggies” and get them all of the time.
My mom met us at the park for a quick run down the slide in her beautiful pink pumps.. now that is a hardcore grandma!
Oh the life of a 3 year old!
We went to Menchies (it’s our regular slumber party spot) where she impressed myself, Tim, and the guy sitting in a nearby table with her Spanish skills. Tim loves this because he loves how much Spanish he retained after taking it in grade school so he likes to whip out his Spanish skills every now and then. Especially when he gets to use them with a 3-year old I guess! Pey was exhausted and only made it through oh maybe 10 minutes of The Incredibles before she passed out on the living room floor. I made it through a little over and hour and Tim made it through the entire thing. In the morning we enjoyed pancakes and eggs- our favorite!!
After dropping Pey off and running some errands I headed home for quick nap before heading to my bestest’s birthday celebrations at her parent’s house! Kara’s parents have been like second parents to be since I was in middle school so it is so nice to be there to just hang out with the family. Her little sister Lauryn is practically my little sister and I love hearing of all her new adventures… cheerleading, crafting, driving, and all of her many accomplishments (which is an EXTREMELY long list because she is amazing). So we had a great dinner of Italian sausage, beans, fruit and had this delicious chocolate pudding, mint pie for dessert! I love chocolate, I love mint, and I love cool whip… so this was a dream come true! I think there are some cute pics to come from Momma Lanzer’s camera but I haven’t seen any yet to post!
Sunday was filled with Wedding planning! We started on our table numbers, we went to pick up candle holders at the store and a bunch that we are borrowing from family (thank you Karla and Katie)! We chatted about tuxes, transportation, and honeymoon stuff. Well mostly just discussed that Tim was looking at honeymoon stuff since it is a surprise to me! It was really the first time Tim had any time to talk about the wedding so I think he enjoyed being brought up to speed on some of the things I already decided during tax season! Plus, it felt good to get things crossed off the list!!
Not the most eventful weekend but was filled with laughter! As usual it went by WAY to fast and Monday morning seemed VERY early BUT I have this weekend to look forward to now!