On Sunday I attempted something I hadn’t done before: 50 power jumps. I learned this move from Shaun T’s Insanity, and basically it looks as the visual suggests. You jump with your knees up in the air. I like to do sets of 10 at a time to get it over faster.
I hadn’t planned on doing these power jumps, but I was trying to capture an in-action photo of myself working out. (Do you know how hard that is to do?) My coaches post pictures online, and I find them super inspiring. But every photo I took was out of focus or strange. Nevertheless, it put a challenge in front of me: perfecting the jump. I kept doing it until I got a photo I liked. And then, when I was so close to 50, I decided to do another 15 jumps.
Needless to say I was incredibly sore the next day. It’s been a while since I really challenged my body like that. On top of the 50 jumps, I also increased my weights during my upper body workout. There is a big difference between 5 and 10 pound dumbbells! I swear I am still sore, two days later.
The entire workout reminded me of the importance of changing things up. When I was a hardcore runner, I’d often fall into fitness ruts. I’d put in my 30 minutes on the treadmill and get out of the gym. My weight stayed the same (despite my attempts to shed pounds). And I wasn’t gaining muscle. It all makes sense given this article Jenna recently passed on to me. Which is why I love Shaun T. and his fitness programs. Or adding in a few power jumps to a routine workout. It all adds up to something bigger. And I don’t get bored.
I have been doing T25 for the past couple of months, and I can feel myself tiring of the program. So, I’ve been adding running back into the workout schedule. Right now my weeks look something like this:
- M: Run 3 miles
- T: T25 Upper Body Focus
- W: Run 3 miles
- Th: T25 Rip’t Circuit
- F: Rest
- S: T25 Dynamic Core/Core Cardio
- Su: Run 4-5 miles
I am training for an 8K with Jenna, and I think this is the perfect routine to keep me from getting bored. Plus I get to enjoy the last nice days of the calendar year!
How do you change things up?
I have sensed that my posts have been feeling a little “down” lately. So this post will be have a cheerier tone. I always feel like Fall brings a sense of starting over…from the leaves changing to temps dropping, it allows for a new outlook. With that, here are some things I’m loving lately:
Impromptu day trips:
Pretty much everything Fall:
The fact that Florida State Football is ranked #3 (and should be #2).
Yummy fresh salmon with healthified mashed potatoes (simply mash potatoes, a dash of no salt chicken stock and nonfat greek yogurt).
Quick Runs! Instead of distance, I worked on speed this weekend and ran my fastest mile to date.
So friends….what have you been loving lately?
Right now, I am loving all things orange. This is no surprise since it’s fall, and the season is ripe with rustic hues. And, ever since I bought my orange coffee table a few months back, I’ve been in love with the pop of color orange provides. Recently the sky decided to match my indoor decors. I can’t get enough of these sunsets:
I dusted off my old DSLR camera this weekend and decided to discover orange. I haven’t taken photographs in so long, but I was happy with how a few turned out. In an effort to “decorate” I bought a few gourds from a roadside stand. It’s incredible how $3 worth of root vegetables can change the feel of a living room. Plus, this mosaic-tiled dish I bought at a recent arts and crafts fair. I love the contrast of blue, orange, and off white:
The living room has white walls and was lacking a pop of color against them. Pier One Imports to the rescue. These fake Japanese lanterns cost a pretty penny but they were worth every dime. And thankfully, Scone has only chewed on them once or twice.
A brighter way to start the morning. You can always find orange hiding among the shelves of a refrigerator. These placemats are old but still provide nice patterns against dark wood.
I liked my Sunday afternoon of exploring. It’s amazing what you can find within your own home. I need to use my camera more often!
As I prepare to start the Clean Eating challenge (full disclosure: I was cleaning out the fridge and currently have left over pizza sitting in front of me), I got to thinking about food prep and what I eat. I have been brainstorming easy, clean food to bring to work. I’ll have to pack more to be sure that I can set myself up for success.
This then got me thinking about how people react to what others eat. It seems like its a slight obsession in our culture.
People always have something to say regarding food choices, and they usually have more to say when you’re making a healthy selection. If I bring a green smoothie or juice to my desk, I get at least 3 people that stop and ask me what it is, why would I drink something that color, etc. I try to take these opportunities to share why I have chosen my selection but I do always find it interesting. And sometimes annoying.
For this reason, along with many others (like donut or bagel fridays), an office environment can often work against your healthy living goals. In your personal life, you can choose to surround yourself with people who drive your goals and positive outlook. At work, you can’t always choose who you are forced to be around and spend time with.
Here’s a few things I thought of to help stay on track in the office:
- Pack your food. And actually eat it. It’s not rocket science that you’ll make better decisions, portions, and overall choices when you are in total control.
- If you do eat out, don’t see it as a treat. Leave that for the weekend. Grab a healthy salad or lean protein/veggies.
- Pass whenever people offer cake, candy, donuts, pizza…the usual. If you want to indulge, take only half.
- Offer to share the love and bring something in next time: like a veggie tray, salad to share, or greek yogurt parfaits.
- Stock your healthy snack drawer with healthy fats, Lara bars, kind bars, and low sodium crackers. This way, you’ll be full and less likely to indulge the sugar cravings when they hit throughout the day.
How do you combat the office environment when it comes to sticking to your healthy eats?
Next month, we are starting a new challenge group: Clean Eating 101, and we have TWO spots left!
This free group is run entirely on Facebook and, for one month before Turkey Day, we’ll be cracking down on the way we eat. Together we’ll post our goals and the ways that we can reach them. We’ll have the advantage of using each other for support and assistance. And we’ll follow the “10 Commandments of Clean Eating” which is a way of eating that I promise will CHANGE you.
Interested in learning more? Leave a comment on this post, and we’ll get in touch with you!