The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic

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Sunkissed Abs from Tone It Up {video here}

Completed 5/23

Notes:

– did double side planks (both sides each round) 

– form sucked on skinny dips … blame the lack of arm strength

– least favorite was Tornado ( mostly b/c I had to re watch it & didn’t know what the move was …. also felt this one the most) 

– for “swim it out” I did 10 of these each time

Wasn’t a killer workout but definitely had me sweating & heart pumping

Also did 3 sets of 15 of wall pushups  (goal: to be able to do actual push ups) 


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New Beginnings

Ah life.

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In the past two months I’ve:

– moved apartments

– was let go from my job

– completed my 1st 1/2 marathon 

– joined an outdoor league with my soccer team

– dealt with shin splints, groin strain, hip flexor silliness, IT Band issues & hip pain …. but not a stress fracture

– did early morning runs in Central Park

– ran a 5k on my birthday (in which I was 1st, last & only place since it was my solo birthday 5k).

– had plenty of brunches

– tried plenty of new coffee shops

– went to Hoboken for the 1st time

– exercised some serious self-control in not visiting 16 handles daily despite being closer to it

– put to use the fact that I’m now closer to Target …. but made do with the fact that I’m now further from a Trader Joe’s.

– finally used an oven (it’s only been about 2 years) and have worked on more “real” dinners.

– raised money for Team for Kids (only just begun!)

– started practicing yoga 5 day / week

– baked! (happening.right.now. vitalious chocolate muffin tops in the oven hopefully not sticking/not burning / rising  … all that usual stuff)

– signed up for my 2nd Girls on the Run 5K

– volunteered / will be volunteering at some kids activities with Urban Girl Squad

– met with a nutritionist … and started food journaling again. Sort of.

– learned how many supporters I have, even if it’s easy to forget  … and there’s quite a few!

– donated over 100 items … and got rid of almost as much

– played decorator, handyman & dyi-er … I think I’m most efficient at handyman.

– met new friends, connected with old ones and made fun dates with current ones.

I smell the chocolate tops….that mean it has to come out just as good right?!

– focused on my health … the specifics and the general.

– took a break from my magazine addiction

– started reading books….from the library

– got on the Tone It Up bandwagon (sort of)

– spent time with family

they didn’t burn! off to go see how they taste (I mean I couldn’t have screwed up a prepackaged mix that badly could I?) 

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Done : TIU Sandcastle Workout

Sandcastle Workout from Tone It Up 

 

Full workout & video here  – they also have medicine ball routine. 

Did the workout in my apartment & tried using the 2 sets of 3lbs weights since I didn’t have 5lbs …. and then I remembered I have no arm muscles and stuck with just 3lb dumbbells. 




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2/13: Strength Training


    



How I did it: 
Heart with Leg Abductions (15x each leg)
Front Core Kick (20x each leg)
repeat both
Curtsey Lunge (20x each leg)
Side Lunge (15x each leg)
Glute Kick-Back (20x each leg)
Heart Shaped Tummy Tuck (20x … did on my forearms whoops)
Warm Hug (20x)
Heart Leg Abduction (20x)
Cupid Arrow (20x … pretty sure I just did circles)
Tricep Dips (20x)
(….push-ups were not happening & this was the first thing to come to mind to swap)
 Heart Shaped Tummy Tuck (20x…realized I needed to be in pushup form) 
Warm Hug (20x)
Heart Leg Abduction (20x each leg)
Fly Like Cupid (20x)
Heart Shaped Boot Bridges (20x)
Love Crunches (20x)
V-Sits (25x)
Get work out HERE 


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2/6: Strength Training

It included:

Angel wings {squats} x 20 

MistleTOE touches & reach for the stars (deadlift reaches) x 20 

Raindeer Row x 20 

Nutcracker into Candy Cane xt 20 

Santa’s Sleigh (I had socks…I did not have paper plates) x 20 

Deck the halls (lunges) x 50 

You’re suppose to do the circuit 3x …I did it 1x.

 But after being reminded of the power of Donkey Kicks I added:

Donkey Kicks 2 x 25 per side

Side leg raises 2 x 25 per side

Why hello glutes, nice to know that you exist.



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Toning

Despite kicking my own butt with self-created strength routing {ie: pulling together a list of exercises I knew I could at least attempt} I knew I wanted to mix it up and have some guidance. After being slightly intimidated by the Tone It Up girls {we didn’t really have cheerleaders in high school….} I couldn’t ignore the fact that they put together some killer routines that are widely used. I’m not following any of their challenges directly, one training plan (1/2 marathon) is enough to attempt alone, but I wanted to give them a shot.

Last Thursday I did my run in the morning but left my strength training for the evening … with very little time & energy. So I decided to tackle the Slim & Tone Your Thighs workout video from TIU which included:

 Squat with leg abductions

 Plie Squat 

Single leg deadlift {+ 3lb weights} 

 Curtsey Squat 

{each 3 sets of 15 per side}

They recommend doing stairs…I do 5 flights 2 times a day…I consider stairs done.
Holy hamstrings! It may not have been much but I was feeling this Friday.
Heck my hamstrings are still feeling it.

Monday I slacked in the strength training and left it for late night too. Over the weekend I had a chance to check out the TIU website for more workouts and found this old one from Christmas:

{click image for video & full workout from Tone It Up }

It included:

Angel wings {squats} x 20 

MistleTOE touches & reach for the stars (deadlift reaches) x 20 

Raindeer Row x 20 

Nutcracker into Candy Cane xt 20 

Santa’s Sleigh (I had socks…I did not have paper plates) x 20 

Deck the halls (lunges) x 50 

You’re suppose to do the circuit 3x …I did it 1x.

 But after being reminded of the power of Donkey Kicks I added:

Donkey Kicks 2 x 25 per side

Side leg raises 2 x 25 per side

Why hello glutes, nice to know that you exist.

My goal for this week is to fit in at least one circuit for arms & core…b/c lord knows those muscles haven’t been worked in ages and I’m ready to make them hurt.

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Your turn:

Do you follow plans for strength training or put together your own circuit ?