Friday, June 29, 2012


Weekly workout recap:
Monday - Cardio Interval & Kickboxing
Tuesday - I was really thinking about going to the gym, but my friend wasn't going, so I chose a rest day instead.
Wednesday - Kickboxing
Thursday - Kickboxing

Despite the heat wave, I need to get out sometime this weekend to do some type of run, even if it's just a mile or two!  I'm going to our shore house weekend, so maybe I'll pack some workout gear since it always seems a little cooler down there.

So I tried Gatorade (the low calorie one) while running and I liked it, so while shopping at Sam's Club I looked at all the Sports Drinks.  I went with PowerAde Zero.  It was cheaper than Gatorade and I liked that it had no calories.  I brought it to Kickboxing last night and that's when I really looked at the nutrition label.  It had more sodium than I anticipated.  So I did a little research today and this is what I saw:
"Not all sports drinks hydrate equally. Those that contain higher amounts of sodium are preferable, because they are absorbed quicker and maintain fluid balance in the blood and muscles better. Choose a sports drink that contains at least 15 mg of sodium per oz."
So I what I'm drinking is okay.  What do you drink while you're working out?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Motivation, thank you for returning!

Babysitting was awesome!  Except they said I could have anything I wanted in their pantry.  And of course they have mini snickers, pretzel M&Ms, and cookies.  Had a little binge, but whatever.  She was really good for me, too!  Sunday I did go to the beach with a friend.  We only stayed for like an hour because she got some kind of rash on her thighs.  It was probably for the better, so I didn't end up getting burnt.  Then we got some delicious fro-yo and went to a friend's house to hang out.

Yesterday I tried that new classes that I've been itching to go to for a while, Cardio Interval.  I finally got my friend to go with me and I think she hates me for it.  The instructor was kind of a jerk, but in a "I'm going to make you work hard, and use the right technique/form" way, which isn't too bad in my book.  My friend just didn't like him, so I think she's turned off to the class now.  But since I went once with someone, I'm sure I'll be fine going on my own from now on.  After that we had a half hour break and then onto kickboxing!  I've been doing the class in just socks for the past week.  And now I know why I should wear shoes - I sort twisted my ankle while doing a switch kick.  It wasn't too bad, I took a couple minute break and got right back into it.  But I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and it felt a little sore.  So I wore an ankle brace today.  No time to get hurt because I'm finally back into the swing of things and I'm starting to see results!
I'm debating a rest day, going for a short run outside, or doing 2 classes at the gym again...  What to do, what to do.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Awesome week!

So four days at the gym this week!!  I'm so proud of myself.

Monday - Kickboxing
Tuesday - Circuit training/Strength class
Wednesday - Kickboxing
Thursday - half hour on the treadmill AND kickboxing
(I really don't like running on a treadmill.  I'm much rather be outside enjoying the fresh air and scenery, but with the heat that's not really an option.)

I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend for a break, let my muscles rest.

Lost a pound this week! :)

Tomorrow I'm babysitting my niece while my brother and sister-in-law go to a wedding.  Then I'm thinking about possibly going to the beach Sunday.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I've been the worst blogger!!

The transition from the school year to summer camp has been a little hectic at work.  We had our Pre-K graduation last Thursday and this is the week where we don't know who will show up when because school's are letting out and some of our children will finish for the summer - I call it the "test week."  It drives me crazy!  I like to be very organized and being uncertain about these types of things bother me.

I was also sick last Monday.  The stomach bug finally got me after being around work for a few weeks.  That was probably the worst I've ever felt!

I bought a SPI belt, it is the cutest and best thing ever!!  I got a sparkly purple one. :)  I really am amazed at how much could fit in it.  I love not having my phone on my arm anymore.  But it's a little annoying trying to get it in and out of the belt, when I'm using it to track my run (starting and stopping MapMyRun).  So I'm looking into a garmin or something to use on my wrist now.  The one run I've done since, that I can think of off the top of my head was a little over 2.6 miles.  But I could tell it was humid out because it was a little bit of a struggle.

I have so much motivation for the gym right now.  Could be because my gym buddy renewed her membership finally.  If you have someone there with you, I think you rub off on each other and it makes it all easier!  I went to kickboxing Monday and a strength class yesterday.  And I'm going today, definitely for kickboxing, and before that I'm either going to do a core conditioning class that I've never been to before, or just hop on the treadmill.  I know that I should be focusing more on running, but I feel like for a little while I'm okay with doing the classes to loose the little weight I want, and hopefully get stronger.  Then I'll start my "real" training up, maybe once the summer's over and this crazy heat passes.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Back to the gym...

I looked back at my past workouts and realized I had not been to kickboxing since May 3rd - 5 weeks!  The last time I took three weeks off, I died at class, and this was a longer time span.  I was fully prepared to want to kill the instructor and to be sore this morning.  There were three of us there that hadn't been in a while, so it was nice to suffer with others.  The warm up wasn't too bad, since we generally jog/side shuffle/scoop around the bags and running makes that part a little easier.  As soon as we got to the actual bag work, I knew I had to take it slow so I didn't wear myself out.  But alas, I was out of juice pretty quick.  The instructor looked at me and said that we were going to love (full of sarcasm) the second half of class.  With just the look he gave when I asked him what it was, I knew it was going to be something difficult.  At 8:00 we put our bags off to the side. Usually I give a little cheer when he says this, but then I remember what he said and that took my enthusiasm away.  He announced we'd be doing basically suicides in our tiny gym room.  (He says one - we run across the room once and touch the floor.  He says two - we go to the other side, touch, and back.  All the way up to five, and back down to one.)  First set not so bad.  I didn't know we were doing multiples so I pushed myself a little too hard, but I refused to give up!  Next set he added push ups at the end, one - two - depending on what number we were on.  And surprise.. a third set with burpees!  But I convinced him only to go up to five and not back down.  After all of that I thought I was going to fall on the floor, but I felt amazing because I did it (and faster than everyone else).  Then we did abs.  A woman in the class, who also teaches classes at the gym, did them and man is she a beast.  I could not keep up with her!  But alas I am not too sore today.  I'm still waiting for it to hit me later, so we'll see.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Did that just happen?

Monday I was planing on going for a run after work.  It looked so dark and scary outside and the weather channel said there was a 50% chance of rain.  I decided to skip my run (I know, I know..), and of course it didn't rain!  Just my luck.
So yesterday I got home and was ready to hit the road!  I wanted to try a different route and I wasn't sure how long it would be, but I knew it had to be around 5 miles.  After the last run with my friend, I knew I could do at least three miles without stopping so that was the goal.  The first mile was pretty easy.  Mile two was a little difficult, the mile-barrier I had to push though!  Mile three was pretty easy, so I decided to keep on trucking.  I went for 5 miles straight.  Let me say this again... I ran 5 miles without stopping!  My pace started out at 10:20 something, and every miles went up around 10 seconds.  I was determined to finish with under an 11 minute pace - 10:58!
With today being National Running Day, I know I'm going to have to get out there and do some kind of run.  I'm thinking of keeping it short since yesterday was a long run.  There's also the Philadelphia Rock n Rock half marathon coming in September.  And if you sign up today you get $20 off!  I'm really considering it, but I have to make up my mind asap!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Round Up

So this weekend was workout-less (that's how it seems to go with me, unfortunately).  Friday was National Donut Day and at Dunkin Donuts you got a free donut with an beverage purchase.  So after work, a friend came over and we hit up our local Dunkin.  I was debating between my favorite, strawberry frosted, and their new cocoa donut.. I went with the cocoa.  But as I got the bag I realized it seemed pretty heavy for one donut. The worker put four donuts in my bag!  Score!!  The cocoa donut, strawberry frosted, and 2 chocolate frosted.  She made my day!  I ate two that night (oops?) along with my almond coffee.  We watched Say Yes to the Dress and gossiped.  We decided to start a little competition with each other, for weight loss.  We start tomorrow and will go until Friday, July 13th (the start of my birthday weekend).  The winner gets $10 to the Disney store, complements of the loser.

Saturday I got up early to babysit for a couple of hours.  Getting paid to watching children movies and sit on someone's couch is pretty awesome.

Sunday I had to get up early again.  Our field hockey game was at 9, ouch.  So I guess I did workout this weekend.  We actually had seven people show up, still not enough for subs, but we at least had a full team!  Apparently our team is overloaded with defense players, so I got stuck at offense.  I just looked at it as a better workout, as I died running up and down the field.  After we got killed, I showered and got ready to head to the beach, my happy place!  Spent three hours there and didn't get burnt this time!

I got to work this morning and thought we haven't done a Biggest Loser here in a while.  So I'm starting one up for this Friday until August 31st.  Can you tell I really want the motivation?  What do you do for extra motivation?

Friday, June 1, 2012

It's Friday!!

The weather is driving me crazy!  I feel like it's so humid outside.  I need to start running in the morning or running later in the evening.  I'm the type of person who just likes to get home and workout so then I have the rest of the evening to relax, though.  So we'll see.

I came across this giveaway on Karen's blog. Loosing It.  I've been looking for a new alternative the standard iPhone band because the phone is so tight in mine and I'm thinking about just changing it up!  So these bands are from Bondi Band and look really nice!  Go check it out!

I found a new training plan that I think I may try in the next couple of weeks.  It's only ten weeks long, so we'll see!