Saturday, January 31, 2009


So I have been slacking on the blogging, but thankfully not on the running. I have been doing my long runs on the weekend, and trying my best to run/workout during the week, but not as much as I'd like. I have to thank Sarah, who came down and visited MLK weekend, for jump starting my long runs and getting me out to the cold weather. Before that, I was master of the treadmill and determined not to run in the cold weather, which I consider anything less than 45 degrees. I have discovered that with the right clothes and (yea!) accessories, it's not that bad. The only things I have bought for my self recently are mittens (which I found at Target for $1.04, sweet!), earwarmers, and a dryfit jacket (on sale =). That's when you know you've got the bug. Anyway.

Today I ran with my good friend, Bill. Well actually, Dom's best friend Bill, and I have stolen him. We ran with a running group that West Stride has to train for the ING. 8:00 on a Saturday is not my ideal time to run, but I would be up anyway with Anthony, so it's not that big of a deal anymore. It's just cold. So we're running with the group, and Bill is nice enough to slow down to keep pace with me. Right now my pace is about 11:15 a mile. And we lose the pack. Someone's gotta be the caboose! Luckily they have printed directions, so no problemo, right? Guess again. We got so lost, and our 6 mile run turned into 7.5. All of the roads intersected and it was really confusing-even though I drive these streets all the time. Did I mention it was really hilly? So, all in all, I am pretty proud of myself. Especially because I have had to stop and walk a few times in my previous runs, but I ran the whole thing today. Here's to getting lost!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


So I have to admit that I have been avoiding blogging for the past few weeks, for the one and only reason that I have (barely) worked out in the month of December. I wish I could say I am one of those, this year at least, who amped up the workout routine with the business of the holidays and all that, but I have not. It has taken everything I have just to make it through the day this month.

I have just beens so stressed, working extra, a mini-trip to Tampa, hosting my husband's work party, and then packing for 11 days in Niagara Falls. Let's discuss that for a minute. They got 8 inches of snow in one day last week, and after one suitcase, I have to pay $25 for each additional bag? One bag will definitely NOT cover all of my layers, shoes, sweaters, toiletries, and clothes for my little one! Not fair. Please don't get me wrong...I'm not complaining. This is good stress-spending time with family and close friends, traveling. Nonetheless, just alot on the good ol' holiday plate.

I have been squeezing in a few at home workouts in the meantime. For a minute there, I got a headache even thinking about throwing a workout into the mix. I know, I know. Working out will help decrease stress. But not this time. I mean, come on. We are busy girls, and though it's ideal to be working out all the time, life happens. I am only hoping to get back on the ball after New Years. This will probably be my last post until after the holidays...Till Next Time!

Sunday, November 30, 2008


What a week. My in-laws were here for the entire week and just left this morning, along with my hubby's friend, Ralph. Needless to say, I had little motivation for anything except eating, um..drinking, and shopping for a Christmas tree! I did manage to make it to the gym twice, and didn't gain any weight this week! Talk about a miracle.
I also body fat percent read this week. Now why in the world would I pick to do this THIS week? Between eating lunch out everyday, and delicious home cooking from my MIL...yep, I must be crazy. So I took to being poked and prodded, lifting up my shirt, and straining to get my pant leg up to measure my thigh...trying to keep it G-rated! Not exactly comfortable showing this amount of skin without being near a pool or three sheets to the wind (um...bachelorette party, what?) but alas, that is another story my friends. My goal now is to be 15% in one month. We'll see what happens.
This week, I mainly lifted, upper body one day and lower the next time. It was hard enough to get in the gym at all, so I'm satisfied. I'm going to have to do some at home workouts this week-I'm working an extra day, and the hubby is traveling 4 days, but my goal this week is to have at least one good run, and go to the gym 2 days.

P.S. Anthony survived a whole hour in daycare last week, allowing Mommy to do spin! It was frickin' sweet =) Ah...the little things in life.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Spin Again

Today I had my last training session with my trainer, and also attempted my first spin class since last summer. (I can remember it perfectly...I was suffering from major morning sickness, and the instructor asked me after class if I was least with hungoverness, I would have felt better the next day. So that was the end of that. But now, different gym, different instructor.) It was great, I have forgotten how much I like spin! I love the music and like having someone else take the reigns to make sure I get a great workout. Pretty much easiest way to be lazy with cardio. LOL.

So I worked out first (upper body) and did some exercises I have never done before-I think they are called Arnolds? And they are killers. Basically you start with the weights touching in front of your face and then twist your hands as you raise them to touch again above your head so your hands are facing out. If that makes sense. Either way they are killers. After that, I am walking past the spin room and realize that a class is starting. Take a peak at the baby, resting on the shoulder of one of the day care girls, and then jump into spin. The back row, nonetheless, but still. I keep an eye on the daycare area to make sure no one is trying to find me. And I make it 25 minutes. Supposedly, he started crying right after spin started. Aside from a little mother's guilt at having my baby upset so that I can get a little exercise, I feel like it was a success.

I think with my halfsie training, I am going to do alot of crosstraining. Still running 3 or 4 times a week, but also doing spin, and weight work outs. If I run more than that, my knees can't take it. I'll try to post my training schedule from my last (and only) halfsie next week. I will probably follow that same training pretty closely. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I also did my speed workout again over the weekend. I meant to workout Sunday, but I got sucked into football and pizza, yum. Plus, it was cold. Sad how influenced I am about the weather. My in-laws will be here for a week starting on Saturday, so I am hoping to work out more next week. But Anthony will still be keeping up with his bootcamp! Our goal now is twice a week =)

Friday, November 14, 2008

What did I tell ya....

...I promised that I would continue to post on a daily basis! I don't have much to report since I didn't get a workout in yesterday...bummer. I thought I might have time to do a quick yoga session at home but I had issues with cooking dinner. I planned on making Rachel Rays Whole Wheat Skillet Lasagna for my church community group.

I thought I had all the ingredients and I was all set to make this quick and easy "30-Minute Meal". Fat chance...more like "1 Hour Minute Meal". I got home and realized I didn't have all the ingredients so I had to run back to the store during the middle of cooking. I swear I have lost my mind sometimes. I followed the recipe but made it with 2 extra servings. I am not sure if that is what messed me up or what happened, but it turned out really liquidity (very professional cooking term). I ended up pouring out a lot of the beef stock that I added which meant pouring out a lot of the flavor. Oh well! The group said it was good and c' meal for them!

Knowing that I wasn't going to have time for exercise tonight, I woke up this morning and attempted to go to the gym. Yep, I made it as far as the bathroom. There was no way I was going out in the cold rainy weather. Instead, I opted to try a workout video in the family room on On Demand. My co-worker told me about these On Demand work out videos from Fitness TV. Most of them are really short blurps but some have 30 minute workouts. Pretty cool. I decided to try a "walking video" from Leslie Sansone. My roommate does these all the time and swears by them. At first, I didn't get what the hell it was and how you could do a walk and watch the video in your family room without a treadmill. But according to Leslie Sansone you can "Walk Away the Pounds" in your very own living room! Check it out...

Now, I am not trying to walk away any pounds...I just wanted to get my heart rate up a little so I could get energized for the day. After about 3 minutes of the video...I realized my heart rate was going no where. I think the video was meant for "older women". I basically walked in place in my family room for 30 minutes and looked like a moron in front of my neighbors. I ended up picking up some weights to add a little difficulty to the workout. I broke a small sweat but nothing like I wanted. At least I got a little activity in for the day.

I am taking it back Old School tonight and heading to the Smashing Pumpkins concert. The tickets were free and I am not one to turn down free anything! I am hoping to take it easy tonight on the booze so I can get up early and go for a nice long run. Here's to hoping...

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Mel - How is Baby Daycare Bootcamp coming along?? Who is winning that battle...Anthony or Mommy??


Back on the Wagon... has been awhile since my last post which isn't really good if you are trying to start a blog. I am so busy reading everyone elses blogs that I forget that I have my own. Today...I am getting back on the wagon! I just got home from my last vacation of the year (ATL) and so I don't have any more excuses. I was able to stay with Melanie while I was visiting which motivated me too.

After all of my eating, drinking, snacking in ATL I knew I had to get my butt to the gym this week. I have done well thus far by going to Cardioboxing on Monday, running on Tuesday and cardio/weights last night. I started off with 20 minutes of cardio...see the specs below:

Treadmill - Time/Speed
1) 0-3:00 - 4.0
2) 3:00-6:00 - 6.0
3) 6:00-6:30 - 8.0
4) 6:30-7:30 - 6.5
5) 7:30-10:30 Repeat steps 3 and 4 twice
6) 10:30-11:30 - 7.0
7) 11:30-12:30 - 6.5
8) 12:30-16:30 - Repeat steps 6 and 7 twice
9) 16:30-18:30 - 7.5
10) 18:30-20:00 - 6.5

Total Distance: 2.1 miles. This is one of my favorite warm-ups. You are constantly changing the speeds so it's not as boring.

Then I hit the weight room afterward to work on my arms. Gosh...I sound like a gym meat head or something...haha. I found some arm exercises in Self Magazine called "Sexy Arm Shape-Up". Supposedly Madonna's trainer uses these exercises and swears that I will have sexy arms if I do these exercises 3 times a week. We will see if it actually works. I did 3 sets of each one of these exercises.

12 reps Machine Chest Press - 24lbs
12 push-ups
12 reps Chest Press with dumbells - 12 lbs each hand
15 reps "bowling throw" - 7 lbs each hand
15 reps "Double Pull" - 6lbs each hand
15 reps of Hammer Curls - 5lbs each hand
12 reps "Victory Sign" - 5lbs each hand (I felt like an idiot doing this in front of everyone!)
12 reps Tricep Kickbacks - 6lbs each hand
12 reps Tricep Pulldowns - 5lbs each hand

You can go to to the Self website and check it out yourself. Below is the link:

Then I just did some ab work. Overall it was a nice Wednesday work out. I am not going to be able to make it to the gym tonight because I making dinner for my church community group. That should be interesting...

I might try and fit a quick yoga video in once I am home if I have time. I am not a huge fan of yoga but I keep trying it out hoping that one day I will have a "zen" moment or something. More tomorrow!