Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

Excuse Me While I Lumberjack

This afternoon’s gym session was a toss-up between good and bad. Well not bad, just went in a different direction than I had planned.

I started off with a mile and a half run before jumping on the stair master and walking 10 minutes, which equaled 39 floors. What what! I had planned on going into the women’s gym to work on my abs and maybe just maybe get a quick 5 minute workout on the nordic trainer, but BOTH were taken. I’m not just talking about my special corner where I work da abs, but even the 2 mats in front of the room were being used. Grrrr!

Instead, I decided to complete a quick strength training circuit before heading back to work.

Afternoon Workout

  • 1.5 mile run
  • 10 minutes stair master, 39 floors
  • 3 sets of 13 lateral pull-downs, 55 lbs.
  • 3 sets of 13 back extension, 100 lbs.
  • 2 sets of 13 medicine ball lumberjack squats (1 set each side)
  • 2 sets of 13 medicine back lumberjack chops

To be honest, I’m not even sure if “lumberjack chops/squats” are even the correct terms, but several months ago I found the exercises in one of my workout magazines and recall the word lumberjack in it.

Here’s a brief rundown of my so-called lumberjack exercises:

Medicine Ball Lumberjack Squat: Stand as if you’re ready to squat, feet a little wider than hips, and hold a medicine ball at your waist. As you squat, bring the medicine ball to either your left or right side. Upon standing, swing the medicine ball to your opposite shoulder. So squat, medicine ball to your left foot, and upon standing, medicine ball swings above your right shoulder. Do all reps on one side and then repeat the other side.

Medicine Ball Lumberjack Chops: This is the same as the squat, but you’re just not squatting. Stand with feet wider than hips and hold medicine ball to one side at your hip. Bring the ball above your opposite shoulder, and complete all reps on that side before switching.

They’re awesome exercises for your shoulders, butt (if you squat) and your core. Plus, you feel pretty damn badass while you do it. 🙂

After my workout, I got back into work mode while I demolished leftovers from the other night. Grilled chicken, veggies and half a sweet potato.

How’s that for a Healthy Lunch?

Delish baby!

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Stressing over Oatmeal

This morning I woke up completely confused. Even though I only worked a half-day on Friday, I still felt in vacation mode when my alarm went off this morning. I was so out of it I even forgot to use my inhaler so I could run cute and not all “huffy-puffy I’m going to die.” Miraculously I had an AMAZING run and didn’t even need the inhaler. I flew through 3.6 miles before working on my core, which had been badly ignored this weekend. Actually, all strength training was ignored this weekend, as I was only able to squeeze in runs.

Morning Workout

  • 3.6 mile run
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 1 minute plank and 2 sets of mountain climbers back to back
  • 2 sets of 13 squat with overhead press, 8 lb. dumbbells
  • 2 sets of 13 dumbbell rows, 8 lbs.
  • 100 jumping jacks

I had a nice pile of work ready for me when I checked my email this morning, and I was psyched about that! Since I misplaced my Mary Kay concealer, I was running a few minutes late while I destroyed the entire house while looking for it. Hiding spot?… My purse.. Oh yeah, too bad I don’t remember putting it in there yesterday. As a result of being late, I didn’t have time to make the protein shake I had been craving and picturing in my head while on my morning run.

Instead, I felt extremely guilty when I had to resort to eating oatmeal I had stashed in my emergency food drawer at work. You might be thinking, “stressing over oatmeal?” Well since I’ve been trying to eat a majority Paleo, and cut out carbs, I wasn’t excited to eat it, and actually felt sick after, but it was something that had to be done.

My pre-workout snack consisted of my favorite strawberry banana Chobani yogurt topped with sunflower seeds for a nice crunch.

Rocking my new J.Crew shirt 🙂

Time to hit the gym!.. Pants are feeling tight so this will be an AMAZING workout. Yeah buddy. (I cannot believe I just said that… Michelle’s lingo has worn off on me).

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