The Adventures of Now

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


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1/30: Strength Training

Put together a strength training planning with an assortment of exercises completed afterwork: 

Leg Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
 -Side leg lift right
– Side leg lift left
– Inner thigh raise left
– Side leg lift left
– Side leg kick left
– Inner thigh raise right
– hamstring curls {with 3 lb weight b/c that’s all I had}
– Quad lifts
– Static lunge right
– Static lunge left
Butt Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
– Squat
– Front lunges
– side lunges
– Deadlift (3lb weight…definitely too light)
– Donkey kick right
– Donkey kick left
– Hip Bridge
– Leg Extensions
– Flutter Kicks
– Froggy glutes lifts
1 min wall squat 
10 squats 
1 min plank (x2)
1 min side plank (each side)
Kneeling roundhouse kick (15 x3 per side)


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Valentine’s Day

I should have done a tally of how many men I saw carrying flowers on my run & commute to work this morning. When I got back from my run there was an Edible Arrangement van filled with deliveries right outside my building….I don’t know how he missed my apartment….

I’m neither one of those girls that wears all black and curses Hershey’s & Hallmark (why would anyone refuse a chance to get chocolate?) nor am I decked out in Pink & Red (apparently I don’t have a lot of it in my closet) sending hearts & candygrams to every friend/acquaintance/stranger.

Though I do (obnoxiously) call the people dear to me “love” all the time.
As well as buttercup & sunshine and anything else that peps me up.

I have soccer tonight & my team already declared that we’re each others Valentine and will buy each other a drink after the game.

Works for me.

But if I didn’t, this would be hands down the best way to spend this evening.

Meanwhile, I’ll smile at the sweet gestures I spy, continue to geek out over the way marketers leverage the day {whether aiming at the last-minute guys or the “I love myself” girls} and enjoy the pink, red & gold that has splashed the design & fashion blogs I stalk.

I did get into the spirit last night with the Tone It Up Valentine’s Day Routine

 When I first read it I thought it said complete 6x and thought there was no way in hell that was happening – going through the entire thing once was enough for me.

Then I realized I wouldn’t be cutting it as short as I thought.
And I should read directions.
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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Favorite Finds

5 STRANGE WAYS CHOCOLATE KEEPS YOU HEALTHY – Fit Sugar  

I already know it makes me feel better…but can help with Math?? Pass me a kiss please. 

101 of America’s Most Crazy Awesome New Desserts – Grub Hub

 I need an excuse for a breakfast meeting so I can go celebrate Pancake Month at Clinton St. Baking

The history of Sweetheart Candies {#mktggeekalert}

10 reasons running is a better Valentine than Ryan Gosling 


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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 ?


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{Weekend Recap} : Epic brunch, new finds & strength training

{Today was the first time I went out to lunch with co-workers in the three years I’ve been with my company. And I like my co-workers.  So including doctors appointments I believe I’ve had 5 lunches out of the office in 3 years. I’ve never packed lunch either….a reason why I can’t justify ordering take out at home – it’s delivered each day to work. #juststaying} 

A little recap of the weekend shall we ? 

What was supposed to be accomplished:  30 minutes of crosstraining on Saturday & 4 miles on Sunday.

What was accomplished: neither of those things. Unless brief table top dancing at brunch counts as crosstraining and going up & down 5 flights of stairs several times counts as 4 miles.

Yeah, I didn’t think so. My excuses? Sleep & the most epic birthday brunch that unintentionally lasted all day. Oh and Sunday…all those low blood-sugars I whined about…I overcorrected and woke up too high for a workout in the morning. And then overcorrected again and was too low. ::sigh:: the story of my life. I have my doctor’s appointment Friday, time to put more of a plan in action.

So am I even serious about this? I mean week one and I already missed several runs and had some rough blows.

Hell yeah. Today was strength training & stretching. I woke up low (I know I’m getting sick of saying it too) and knew that that left me with one option : a routine would be done after work. It’s a little easier to manage strength vs. cardio when blood-sugars are awry so no excuses allowed.

Report: done!

Leg Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
 -Side leg lift right
– Side leg lift left
– Inner thigh raise left
– Side leg lift left
– Side leg kick left
– Inner thigh raise right
– hamstring curls {with 3 lb weight b/c that’s all I had}
– Quad lifts
– Static lunge right
– Static lunge left
Butt Workout App (each exercise 1 min each…total = 10 min )
– Squat
– Front lunges
– side lunges
– Deadlift (3lb weight…definitely too light)
– Donkey kick right
– Donkey kick left
– Hip Bridge
– Leg Extensions
– Flutter Kicks
– Froggy glutes lifts
1 min wall squat 
10 squats 
1 min plank (x2)
1 min side plank (each side)
Kneeling roundhouse kick (15 x3 per side)

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What made running around all Sunday worth it :

Stocking up on these :    

Finding this    

Snagging a  box of this  

Discovering these  …they remind me of Gushers!

Snack time is complete. Only I make snacks for meals.

Some how it’s almost 11pm …where does the night go???

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Your turn:

What’s your favorite kid snack that you eat as an adult? 


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Weak Excuses

Last week was an all-star in fitness. This week? Not so much. The worst part is, it’s been one of those internal battles; wrestling with the snooze button, finding any reasoning to make an excuse. The truth of it all: I’m in a funk.

Waking up early for runs before work came so unnaturally easy for me last week that when it became a struggle I easily threw in the towel.

And my old gym routine? I dug deep for excuses. Actually that’s a lie – I found them easily right in front of me.

I skipped my favorite Yoga session and the butt kicking Pilates class with promises of doing an at home workout (lies) or the justification that I had more timely things to take care of (also ignored).

The one excuse I will accept  is that my stomach has been out of sorts, not something I frequently deal with, just enough for me to let it win. Have I changed my diet? Of course not, my appetite hasn’t change so why give up chocolate or coffee? Instead I skip the workouts.

I know I’ll correct this, probably not tomorrow but within a few days. But this is the cycle I go through : good weeks and then bad. Undoing my hard work from the week before by giving it all up. It’s what keeps me from being dedicated.  Or type A.

Enough whining {though I’m good at it}.  Time to get my head back into it…..to remember that time when I was injured (not long ago) and crying to sweat. No more excuses – that wont make me strong.

 

What’s your go to excuse? How do you fight it?