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July 10, 2014

Deuces Running + Circuit Workout

Hello, hello! Today I wanted to share a fun body weight resistance and strengthening workout I put together on a whim, but turned out to be killer.

Around 9 p.m. last night, I got the itch to complete a workout, but had persistent puppy eyes staring at me.

Roadie’s a professional at making you feel guilty for doing anything that doesn’t concern him, just in case you didn’t pick that up. I ended up compromising and started my workout with a two mile run outside with him… in the dark.

running at night with Roadie

I guess that’s what iridescent running shoes are made for. Those beauties pretty much glowed the whole time!

I decided on two miles about a mile in, since I wanted to do more than just cardio. In my head, I whipped up a body weight circuit that I tested out when I got home and went off of the “deuces” theme… just for funsies.

Deuces Running + Circuit Workout

Deuces Running + Circuit Workout


The squats with leg lifts and plank kickouts were tricky. Eleven on each side didn’t seem like enough, and a consecutive twenty-two was too many, so I settled on doing two reps of eleven on each side for that circuit round.

Video References:

bicycle twists

squats with side leg raises

swimmers

plank kickouts

After the run and one round of the circuit, repeat everything in grey and it will have you hot and sweaty in no time. The entire workout took me just about thirty minutes to complete.

*If you try the workout, please remember to listen to your body and modify as needed. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.

*If you are unsure on how to complete an exercise, please use the video references as a guide and listen for tips on form. Also, don’t be afraid to consult a doctor before changing your current fitness routine!

Breakfast

This morning I woke up wanting something different, which started with this delicious flavored Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Dunkin Donuts old fashioned donut coffee

I didn’t indulge in any old fashioned donuts, but I did accompany my cup of joe with a healthy oats and egg pancake!

oats and egg pancake for breakfast

This time I used the following ingredients:

• 1/2 cup rolled oats

• 3 Tbsp. egg whites (or 1 large egg)

• splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

• generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

• generous sprinkle of cinnamon

• drizzle of agave nectar and sprinkle of cinnamon as a topping!

It was certainly a highlight of my morning and I have a feeling the return of healthy pancakes has officially commenced!

All right. I’ve got to get going. See you all in just a bit! *Deuces*

Question of the Morning

• Do you ever go for runs in the dark at night or in the early in the morning?

I used to love going on sunrise runs. I haven’t done that in quite a while, but have had my fair share of runs in the dark. If I don’t have Scott with me, I make sure to bring Roadie, stay on the sidewalks, and keep my distances on the low side. Neon attire usually happens as well!

July 8, 2014

Stop to Smell the Whatever Those Are

Yesterday was a weird one for me. I woke up feeling sick, then as I was just about to lay down and take it easy I started getting bursts of energy.

I ended up spending the day at the computer, and even took Roadie out for another long walk around the neighborhood. I wasn’t looking to overdo it, so I settled on a slow pace and put on a slow playlist to keep us at a power walk at most.

It was kind of nice to slow down and notice my surroundings instead of running through them in a hurry.

giant trees on our walk

Backing up to lunch, I wanted to share a better-for-you choice if you’re like me and only crave Ramen noodles when you’re not feeling well.

There’s still some questionable ingredients on the all natural label, but I do like the fact that they don’t include MSG and preservatives.

Annie Chun's Soup Bowl

Since the sodium levels are through the roof, I tried to leave out a decent portion of the flavored sauce and didn’t miss it all that much.

Annie Chun's Sopu Bowl Chinese Chicken Soup

I also enjoyed my soup with a side of vitamin gummies and a nectarine.

vitafusion multivites adult vitamin gummies

nectarine
Scott returned from work just after 6 p.m. and asked me to join him at his work league softball game. I was starting to feel like myself again and since that sounded more fun than studying, I agreed to go for support. (Whoops.)

His games started later than usual, so I had about an hour to kill before we needed to be out the door. I took advantage of the sunshine and hooked Roadie up for another stroll around the neighborhood.

I think we have both been enjoying the fresh air and walking loops!

neighborhood walk with roadie

While I snapped this photo, I couldn’t help but notice the flowers next to us in the grass. Or are those weeds?

flowers or weeds

Whatever they are, the sight of them brought me right back to my pre-school days when I used to play in the grass and catch (and smoosh) frogs outside with my friends. (Disgusting.) Clearly, that was a trillion years ago!

Throughout the duration of our walk, I started thinking about life and how fast we can all become guilty of speeding through it. Between logging in the miles or speeding in and out of the gym doors, I think it’s important to slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk every now and again.

Stop and smell the roses, if you will. Or… whatever the heck this thing is.

nature on my walk

Obviously, I’m no Floriculturist, and those of you who know what types of flowers these are might be cringing at my descriptions of nature.

I’m okay with that.

flower on my walk

The point is that I have never really stopped to notice the natural (as in unplanted by humans) beauty lining our running path before.

While I wasn’t too keen on coughing up my lungs or feeling less than awesome over the past couple of days, I think this unwanted sickness of mine came at a great time to remind me to slow it down a little.

There’s a time to push yourself and there’s a time to slow down and go through the motions to enjoy the ride. Take advantage of those slow days, look up, and open your eyes to see something new!

Both Roadie and I came in from our two miles ready for dinner. In a hurry, I threw together whatever veggies we had available into a monster salad and enjoyed it all with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on top.

salad with lots of veggies

Fresh spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, banana peppers, and feta cheese (with balsamic vinegar).

salad with banana peppers

I loved the colors and complimenting flavors of this combo!

I also heated up a spicy quinoa burger – topped in salsa and shredded cheese – to eat on the side.

Qrunch quinoa burger

Yeah, I’d say my appetite is slowly working it’s way back to normal!

I grabbed my books and left for the softball field with Scott around 8 p.m. On the way, he wanted to stop and get a double shot from Starbucks, so I also treated myself to a Skinny Vanilla Latte.

I realize we are almost to mid-July, but the last time I sat on the bleachers for over two hours I was freezing. I came prepared this go around wearing a sweatshirt, with a warm beverage and a blanket to layer with!

starbucks at softball

As it turns out, I ended up needed both to fight the chill once the sun set, but soon realized I forgot the most important thing… bug spray.

Currently, I am trying my hardest not to scratch all over. Womp Womp. Next time I’ll just become a bag lady and bring everything possible.

You live you learn, right?

Have a great rest of your Tuesday!

Questions of the Day

• When was the last time you slowed down your workout to soak in your surroundings?

• Do you listen to music on your walks or just enjoy the sounds of nature?

I’ll almost always have music with me, but every once and a while I will intentionally leave my ear buds at home. When Scott and I run together, I actually play music through my phone but don’t wear my ear buds so we can both listen to the music and engage in the occasional conversation. Sometimes people look at us funny when we run by them on the trail, but to be honest, that almost makes it even greater.
;)

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I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or certified fitness professional. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.



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