Archive | April, 2012

Keepin’ on…

17 Apr

I’ve been keepin’ it up! After the first day of running like that, my quads were kill-ing me. So I switched to the elliptical, the one with the movey things for the arms, and found out that when I dialed up the resistance a little (to 5 if that means anything to you) I burned way more calories doing what felt like way less work. THEN, couple days ago, some lady was on my machine so I had to use the elliptical without the movey arm thingeys, but I found that I burned EVEN MORE calories! 600. That is a sexy amount of calories in an hour, if you ask me. Plus my body doesn’t hurt so bad? Me likey. My legs are tired still today, which was my day off, and the day I’m supposed to do P90x…..I took a long nap today, made some oatmeal raisin cookies so far…we’ll see if that happens.

GI JANE me: I don’t like your tone! You’re doing that P90x workout, young lady!

WHATS FOR DINNER http://www.blue-kitchen.com/2011/06/22/sustainable-and-mayo-free-tilapia-fish-tacos/

WORKOUT SOUNDTRACK: Yeah Yeah Yeahs on shuffle.

 

Update: So I did ’bout 15 min of p90x before dinner.

Spring is for new beginnings

12 Apr

I’ve laced up my running shoes, and started back on the treadmills at the good old YMCA. In the kind of heat we get here in North Carolina, I am not about to start running outside. That’s actually how I started, last July. I was mad as hell one day and thought I’d blow off some steam—pushing a baby ¬†in her stroller, and running around 2 miles in 85 degree weather. That was the end of that, and probably why I haven’t been great about keeping up with it since.

My new plan is to get the hour of running (intervals) in at the gym before I go into work, shower and change there, and either come back home, or go straight to work. Mostly, I work in the afternoons, the earliest I would have to be there is 10am. (I work as an Esthetician at a spa.) So I get up at 7am, leave the house by 730 (if my bags are packed) and get there by 8. Then I work out from around 8ish til 9ish. Shower, get ready and out the door by 10am. If I have to be at work at 10am, then I’ll just cut the workout to 1/2hour. Better than nothin’. I’ll be doing this routine on work days only, which is usually 5 days a week.

As far as strength training goes, I’m already all set up for P90x at home, so I’ll do my weights in the comfort of home, at the beginning of the day, and that’ll be for 2 days out of the week, only on my days off. Things always come up sure, so I’m not gonna schedule a ‘break’ day, because 1. working out first thing gives me energy (I just cleaned house today!) and 2. when things come up, they come up. I’ll call that a ‘break’.

About those intervals….this is what I do once I find a treadmill in a secluded corner in the gym near two humongous fans with a TV (picky, picky, I am)…I turn on my ipod, and start walking 4mph for 2 min. This is the pattern I follow:

Walk=4.0mph Run=5.0mph

Walk 2min/Run 1 min/Walk 2 min/Run 2 min/Walk 2 min/Run 3 min/Walk 2 min/Run 4 min/Walk 2 min/Run 5 min/Walk 2 min/Run 6 min/Walk 2 min/Run 5 min/Walk 2 min/Run 4 min/Walk 2 min/Run 3 min/Walk 2 min/Run 2 min/Walk 2 min/Run 1 min/Walk 2 min. =60 min total

24 min walking at 4.0 mph and 36 min running at 5.0 mph

Today I burned 440 calories, supposedly.