Sunday Weight Training

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So today I had a nice weight training session. I focused on legs, biceps and triceps. I spent a good hour doing exercises then I did lots of stretches and had a nice session with my foam roller!

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I am starting to see the difference in my muscles and I love it. My arms are getting stronger and when I flex I can start to really feel my muscles. I am excited to have nice toned arms πŸ™‚ hehe. I did lunges, squats, calf raises, side leg raises, scissors, fire hydrants, bicep curls, overhead tricep extension and pushups. Tomorrow will be another run day.

I now have gotten 3 friends to sign up for the Color Me Rad 5k.. so there is 4 of us doing it together. I am really excited! It is still quite a ways away so that gives me time to train. The race isn’t timed but I think I might time myself out of curiosity but the time isnt my main concern. The reason I am doing this race is so I get use to it running with other people and in front of others. I will find another 5k to do probably that is timed. I am going to try and find something that is for charity or something like that.

Well the weekend is over and its back to work tomorrow (boo!).

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Signed up for a 5k!!! and Friday Run – Day 2 of 10K app

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So I have finally signed up for my first ever 5k. I decided to do the Color Me Rad 5k because it is a more fun based race and that is what I need for my 1st one. The thought of running a race is very nerve wracking for me. I feel self conscious and I feel like I will be the slowest one there but I don’t care.. I will do this for me! Signing up was a big deal for me. I also got a few friends to join so yay! TheΒ  big day will be May 31, 2014!! I am super excited and nervous!

So today I did the 2nd day of the 10k app program thing. It was the same as day 1… which was warm up, 60 sec jog/90 sec walk repeated then cool down. Last time I did 2.22 miles and today I did 2.32 in the same time frame. So I increased it by a bit πŸ™‚ I ran the jogs a bit faster this time (between 9:15 – 8:34 /mile). I felt good after my run now I have a goal and date to look forward to. Once things get warmer (probably late March) I will start training outside and that will be when the real training kicks in.

Today I also went shopping and got a workout t-shirt and a running/workout long sleeve sweater/shirt thing. I love them! I also got a super cute dress that I cannot wait to wear (probably when things get a bit warmer). Image

Kitty joined in on the pic as well πŸ™‚ She seems to be doing better and hasn’t had blood in her urine the last 2 days. So hopefully the crystal is dissolving!

Wednesday Workout – Start of a new Program and a recap of this week.

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So I had a hectic few days. This was my first workout this week and I started a 10k app from Zen Labs. I know I haven’t reached my goal of run 5k non stop yet but I was having a hard time sticking to the treadmill once I finished the Couch to 5k program. So I started this 10k trainer program/app. It is a 14 week program, 3x a week. Similar to the C25k but a bit longer obviously. I did really well with the C25k so I am excited to give this a try. I am also doing their other apps which I previously mentioned. Today I did the Butts Trainer and Abs Trainer after my run.

My run was pretty easy today. The program consisted of 5 min warm up and 5 min cool down with alternating 1 min jog and 1.5 min walk for a total of 30 mins. I finished at 2.25 miles in the end. Easy run for me. Next time I will push harder during the jog periods so I can increase the distance since 1 min is such a short interval to run (I was jogging at a speed of 6.5 or a 9 min/mile pace).

The butts trainer and abs trainer are good! I really like them. Here are a lust of some of the exercises they have (there is more than what you see here)

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The reason I had such a hectic few days was on Monday morning I noticed my cat was acting weird. She was growling non stop and hissing. I thought she must have just been cranky and in a mood. But then I noticed puddles of blood on the floor. I freaked out. I didn’t have a car to take her to the vet so I called my friend and she was nice enough to give me a ride. Oh and this is at 12 noon and I was supposed to be at work at 2 and I had to go in as no one could cover for me. My vet was away and so I had to take her to a diff vet. In the end turns out she has struvite crystals in her bladder. They took an xray and showed it to me and the crystal looks pretty big (or they said it might be a cluster of smaller ones). She isn’t likely to pass it on her own due to the size so there are 2 options. 1 is to feed her a special diet that might help to dissolve them so she can eventually pass them (this could take months). Option to is to surgically remove them. Right now she is on antibiotics (which she hates taking and I can’t even hide it in a treat cause she isn’t allowed to eat anything other than the special food). My vet comes back in a couple weeks and I am taking her back to see her. I talked to the vet tech at my vet and she said usually they go with option 1 and after 2 months of the cats eating the food they re-evaluate to see if the crystals are still there. I have just been so stressed with the whole thing. After losing my previous cat in the fire I get so worried about anything when it comes to my pets. I just can’t bear the thought of something happening to them. It is just too hard. Right now she seems to be doing ok… she still has some blood in her urine but they said that is normal. I hope she won’t need surgery.

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Friday Workout – Push ups and upper body

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So yesterday I focused on upper body exercises. I tried the PushUps Trainer app from Zen Labs. Well let me start by saying how much I suck at push ups. My upper body was never good at supporting the rest of my body. As a kid I could never do monkey bars or pulls ups/chin ups… and well I still can’t do them πŸ˜› But I do want to get better at them! So I tried the easy level workout on the app. It was 7 different exercises I think. Knee pushups, regular pushups, and elevated pushups. There are a ton more that you’ll do in the harder levels such as diamond pushups, elevated feet pushups, clapping pushups, spider pushups and etc.Β 

Knee pushups are ok for me but regular ones I am so bad at. I can barely lower myself. But I will just do my best and I will get better at them. By the end of the workout with the app I had done a total of 84 reps I believe. Then I did biceps, triceps, chest and traps. I am definitely feeling the soreness kicking in this morning. I think it will be full force in a couple hours where it will hurt to hold my arms up haha.

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Yesterday I tried something new. I cooked with butternut squash. I have only used it for soup before but I used it with chicken yesterday and it was good! I peeled and diced it up along with the chicken and cooked it in a pan with tomatoes, dill and some chicken broth and had it over brown rice. It was tasty!Image

Wednesday Workout – Short Jog, Legs & Abs

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So after being out of my usual workout schedule from the holidays, 6 day power outage and being sick I am trying to get back into a routine.

So today I did a short run on the treadmill. I did about 2 miles by the end of it. I feel kind of crappy about my running recently because I feel like I finished the couch25k program but still havent been able to do the whole 3.1 miles non stop. Also the treadmill isn’t as appealing anymore after I started running outside but in this crazy winter weather we are having running outside just isn’t an option. I feel like I won’t really get that distance until I am able to run outside again. On a side note I preregistered for the Run or Dye 5k. The date hasn’t been set yet but I preregistered to get all the info when they figure it out. It looks like it will be in the summer. I think this will be a good intro 5k for me as its more about the fun aspect of it than the time. I think it will help me get over the self conscious aspect of running with others.

After my run I followed these new apps I downloaded. I did the Ab Trainer and Leg Trainer. They are from Zen Labs and I downloaded them for free. They also have other ones too like butt trainer, pushup trainer, and a 5k and 10k. I like the apps. You can choose Easy, Medium, or Hard and you can choose how long you want your workout to be (5, 7.5, or 10 mins). Then it gives you instructions on how to do each exercise and you have a certain amount of time to do as many reps as you can and at the end it asks you to enter how many reps you did then you get a minute to rest then on to the next exercise. This is what the app kind of looks like and what the thumbnail of the app looks like if you are looking to download it. ImageImage

The app is a great way to change things up a bit and learn some new exercises.

Do you guys use apps to workout with? What apps do you find the most effective?

Getting back into the swing of things

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After the holidays I always feel a but out of it… oh and I think I got a case of the stomach flu/food poisoning about a week ago. But it is 2014 and I can’t believe it but I hope this is a good year. Last couple years were tough ones and I have a good feeling about 2014.

So after all that I needed to get back into my routine. I decided to do a circuit instead of doing my usual jog followed by weights. So I warmed up on the treadmill and then did 2 mins of running then 2 mins of some form of exercise and then back to the treadmill for another 2 mins. I did squats, crunches, push ups, bicep curls, calf raises, tricep dips and etc. I did a total of about 45 mins and I got a decent full body workout. The distance I covered on the treadmill was just under 2.5 miles. Then I had a nice session with my foam roller aka as my bff.

Oh I decided to workout in my compression socks which I have not done before and it felt nice. Do you guys run in your compression socks? Do you notice a difference? What I did notice was I didn’t feel like my calves were bouncing around as much. I have pretty big muscular calves (I always have a heard time finding boots that fit properly damn calves! but I must say they look nice in heals haha) and I felt they felt nice and secured… like a good sports bra haha.

I really wish this cold weather would go away but realistically that isn’t happening anytime soon. We have had some pretty cold weather here. Last week the lowest was -25 C but felt like -35 C (-31 F) with the wind chill (burrrrrrrr)!! Crazy crazy weather. And we had tons of snow yesterday so running outside is not an option. I really wish I could run outside as its so much more interesting than the treadmill but oh well you have to make do with what you have.

As for the job search… I got offered the position I went for the 2nd interview for but it just wasn’t for me so I had to turn down the position. So the search continues.

My workout was accompanied by the usual suspect πŸ™‚

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