Thank you all so much very much for your encouraging comments on my last post. These sorts of posts and comments form others is helping me to purge my feelings, and recognize my old, irrational habits, ones I am letting go 🙂
Fitness is an important part of my life, so I want to share my recovery on this blog, but also discuss my workouts, tips and my training toward my Half- Marathon in May. I am re-discovering how much I love working out to make myself FEEL GREAT as opposed to losing weight and diminishing my body. The muscle I am finally developing is a plus too! 😀
On that note, this morning I had a great workout! I woke up at 7:00 and headed over to my school’s rec center. I began with a 15 minute warm-up on the elliptical at an easy pace. I then attended a 45 spinning class where the usual hills and sprints were a focus, and it was a heart-pumping good time!
I was in the mood for a good weight session too, so after the class I completed these two circuits and tried to work each part of my body.
Exercise Set 1: I went through this 3 times:
|Squat w/ lateral raise||12-15 reps||15 pound DB|
|Renegade row||12 rows for each arm||15 pound DB|
|Plank hold||45 sec- 1 minute||Body weight|
|Kettle ball Swing w/squat||12-15 reps||20 pound KB|
|Bicep curl in lung position||10 curls for each leg||12 pound DB|
After the first two circuits I did a 2-minute cardio blast, to get my heart pumpin! I completed as many reps as possible in 30 seconds then moved on to the next move:
1. Mountain climbers
3. Squat jumps
4. Jumping jacks with 5 pound weights in each hand
Once this was done I moved on to this circuit and went through it three times
|Scissor crunches||30- 45 seconds||Body weight|
|Chest press||12-15 reps||20 pound DB|
|Hamstring Roll-Ins||15 reps||Body weight on ball|
|Tricep pull-down||15- 20 reps||40 pounds on machine|
|Oblique crunches||15 on each side||Body weight|
I repeated the same cardio blast as above after the first two circuits and did a whole lotta stretchin after this workout.
The gym at our school was built last year and I feel so blessed to have free access to this gorgeous place. It has so many fabulous offerings, such as tons of ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, arc trainers, rowing machines, two weight rooms, an indoor track, and a yummy smoothie bar! There are also three open rooms for group exercise classes, such as cardio kick, spinning, Zumba and others. Here are some pics!
I was oh-so-sexy sweaty after the combination of spinning and this weight routine, and quickly made my way back to my room, showered and had breakfast!
Once again the blogging world rears its influential head for my breakfast :p I had prepped overnight oats before heading to the gym so they were nice and ready by the time I ate them.
Mmm looked like baby food! 😉 The mix included: McCann’s “Quick and Easy” 5- Minute Steel Cut Oats, chia seeds, almond milk, a banana, Trader Joe’s Blueberry Jam, and a small dollop of Peanut Butter and Company- Cinnamon Raisin Swirl… a delicious mix!
It was my first time trying McCann’s Instant Steel Cut Oats, and I really enjoyed them! They maintained the heartier, nuttier texture that steel cut oats have and did not take 20- 30 minutes to cook on a stove top. This type absorbed the liquids nicely and was a tasty new try! I recommend these if you are short on time in the morning, but still like to enjoy this type over rolled or other instant kinds.
The jam from Trader Joe’s was also a great addition. It had sweet blueberries throughout the jam, yet the flavor was not too powerful, a nice fruity touch to the oatmeal!
I have three classes this afternoon and then my friend Danielle is picking me up to go to Whole Foods for Free Sample Night!! Yay for hoarding free food 🙂
I shall be recapping this amazing event later tonight. I hope everyone has an nice day!
Question: Has anyone tried this type of oatmeal before? Or any other interesting kinds you enjoy?