Sunday, March 31, 2013

I'm Back!

Wow, it has been awhile! Happy Sunday, and Happy Easter, friends! I got really derailed by a super germ, and a neck injury, but I'm back and here to catch up! I'm going back to last Saturday to catch you up on my workouts. The week before that, I didn't workout at all, due to being sick. I slept for about two days straight (seriously) and was super dehydrated, so it took pretty much a full week for me to feel back to functioning.

SO, last Saturday was my first day back to workouts, and I taught PiYo at the Y, and then did a team-teach Turbo class with Colleen and Secily at Refinery. SUPER fun, but I still felt a little "off." It felt SO good to get some exercise after a week of immobility, though!

For PiYo, I wore my VS Pink open-back T, and my GapFit side-tie shorts, with a VSX Angel sport bra underneath. (OMG! Not a single item of Lulu!) 

Here's the front of the outfit. :)

Sunday I was SUPER sore from Saturday's workouts, so I rested again. 

Monday we had a snow day from work (b/c we got TWELVE INCHES of snow on Sunday night/Monday!) so I did some catching up on my #madaboutyoga Challenge during the afternoon. :)



This is my VS Pink top, and my Lululemon Clam Diggers.

Monday night I waded through the snow to teach Turbo at Refinery! I was feeling ALMOST 100% back to normal, and it was so good to be back! 

For Turbo, I wore my VSX Y-back tank, with Lululemon sparkly pink Speed Shorts. 

Tuesday I taught PiYo at Refinery. Again, it was SO good to be back! I really missed my classes being away from them for a week! :)


I wore my Frond Gather and Crow crops from Lulu, and another Y-back tank from VSX. That's a Lulu Rise and Shine Pullover on top. :)

Wednesday I had a little bit of extra time after work, and it was a beautiful sunny day, so I went for a 2.5 mile run, then taught PiYo at the Y. A perfect combo of workouts! 

For my run, I wore my Pink Shell stripe Free to Be tank, pink Swiftly tank, and black Zella capris. Perfect!

Thursday I did a little bit of yoga practice on my own, and then taught Turbo at Refinery. I had a pretty big class, and was feeling super energetic, so it was a lot of fun!

For Turbo, I wore my black Chase Me skirt from lulu, my Pink Shell Cool Racer Back, and my Pink Shell Forme Jacket over it. :)

Friday I rested.

Saturday I taught PiYo at the Y! We had a full house, and everyone worked really hard! I am loving my new Lesson and playlist, so that always makes it more fun, too!

I wore my Frond Gather and Crow crops, and a white VSX tank.

Today, Sunday, I ran 4 miles. It was 60 degrees, sunny, and wonderful!
Then I did Handstand Prep for the last day of #madaboutyoga!
Here's my workout plan for next week!

Monday: Turbo + a little yoga, for a new yoga challenge that starts tomorrow!
Tuesday: PiYo + lil yoga
Wednesday: Run 3 miles, PiYo, yoga
Thursday: Rest Turbo with Secily at Refinery, yoga.
Friday: Run 3 miles, hot yoga
Saturday: PiYo, low-impact cardio run or walk outside b/c it's supposed to be 66 degrees!!!!!!!!
Sunday: Run 4.5 miles, yoga Rest

Here are my meals for the upcoming week, too!

Lunches:
  • Salads with organic turkey burger, hard-boiled eggs, feta,  cherry tomatoes, and avocado ranch or creamy garlic dressing; chips; apple. 
  • Leftover taco fixin's; chips and salsa
  • Amy's frozen burrito; chips and salsa
Suppers:
  • Potato pancakes and scrambled eggs
  • Organic turkey burgers, tomato soup, and baked fries
  • Tacos with Quorn meatless grounds
  • Quorn "chicken" nuggets, mashed potatoes, green beans
I'm super excited to be back on track with eating/working out, and BLOGGING! I've lost a few pounds (yay!) so I'm trying my best to stay on track with my nutrition and keep it off! :)

Anyone want to share your workout plan for the week?! I'd love to hear it!

Cheers to the week ahead!
xoxo,
Julie

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mad About Yoga!

I can't believe it's Sunday night already! This weekend was way too short, and I'm not too happy about the switch to Daylight Savings Time. Not that I don't like it to stay light later-- but I'd rather have light earlier, as I am an early riser (not by choice)! Oh well, I'll adjust eventually!

As the title of today's blog suggests, I am LOVING my #MadAboutYoga Challenge! Yoga is my new "thing," the workout that I look forward to, and the one that is currently pushing me and challenging me to try and master new things! There's something so satisfying about a pose I can't quite get into! I have a few that I'm currently DETERMINED to do! :)

So, here's my recap!

Monday was Turbo! So much energy from this class- we did FOUR Turbos, and they barely broke a sweat! ;) Super fun, HUGE calorie burn!

Monday's yoga pose for #madaboutyoga was Half Lord of the Fishes. Much harder than it looked! But a great stretch! I wore my sparkly blush quartz Speed Shorts, my new pink striped bra from VS (love it!) and a slouchy tank from Forever 21. 

Tuesday I taught PiYo at Refinery. I had some new faces, and of course my usual PiYo Warriors! We did the Power track, which was a lot of fun, and SUPER sweaty! Loved it!
Tuesday I wore my Frond Gather and Crow crops, my Pink Shell striped Free to Be tank, and my Mellow Lemon Rise and Shine Pullover. This pose is Pyramid for the Challenge.

Wednesday I got to the Y a little early, and ran 2 miles on the treadmill. It sure was a long two miles, but I needed the cardio, and was glad I did. :)  Then I taught PiYo. We did a new/old vinayasa track, which is 5:41 of pretty much all vinyasas, and 2093475294375204 chatarungas! Amazing arm workout. I had noodle arms by the end! 

I wore my Pink Shell and black Gather and Crow's, my new VS bra, and my new open-back Tee, also from VS. This pose is called Wild Thing. So much fun! 

Thursday I taught Turbo at Refinery! Monday's class is 45 minutes, but Thursday is an hour, so by the end, I was a sweaty mess, and HELLO! endorphins! It was awesome! 

Thursday's pose was supported headstand. The idea was to get both feet in the air. Obviously, I'm not there yet, but I will be! This is my black Clam Digger crops, my Pink Shell Free to Be tank, and my Mellow Lemon Rise and Shine pullover. :)

Friday I rested.

Saturday I taught PiYo at the Y. We did Lower Body, AND Power, AND Flow, so my legs were NOODLES by the end! I didn't do anything else for that reason. :)

Saturday's pose was Revolved Downward Dog, and I am in love with this pose! Going to have to do it in PiYo! I wore my Gap side-tie shorts, and my grey and Polar Cream Free to Be tank.


Today (Sunday) I ran 3 miles. It was almost 60 degrees, and that was AWESOME, even though it was windy. My shins and ankles hurt a little... not sure what was up with that, but all in all, a great run! 

  My running outfit: Pink Shell Chase Me Skirt (LOVE!) black Power Y, and Mellow Lemon Rise and Shine pullover. 

After my run, I went to a Sunday Funday yoga class called Fun Flow. It was 75 minutes, and it was great! It was very challenging-- several poses that I just caaaaan't quite get! Love that! The only downside, was there was no music, and I missed the music. 
My yoga outfit: Frond Gather and Crows, black Power Y, and Pink Shell Forme jacket. (Rise and Shine was sweaty.)

Today's Challenge pose was Upward Facing Plank. Sooo hard! I love it, though! Another that needs to make an appearance in PiYo. 


Here's my workout plan for next week!
Monday: Turbo at Refinery.
Tuesday: Depending on time, possibly TurboFire HIIT 25 or ChaLEAN Extreme; PiYo at Refinery.
Wednesday: 3 mile run; PiYo at the Y.
Thursday: Rest.
Friday: 3 mile run; Happy Hour Hot Flow at Amara. 
Saturday: PiYo at the Y; 30 minutes of cardio (elliptical or ARC trainer).
Sunday: TBA-- whatever I feel like! Probably cardio, and some yoga!
Plus, #YOGAEVERYDAMNDAY! :)
Other than a pizza binge on Friday, I did pretty well with my nutrition this week! It REALLY helps me to prep my lunches on Sundays so that I can just grab them and go. For example, today I boiled 11 eggs and put them in Tupperware; I browned a pound of organic ground turkey, to put on top of my salads; I crumbled some feta; and I washed and tore up the spring mix for the salads; I also made some "ranch" dip for snacking with carrots. Eating healthy will be easy. :)

Meal plan:

Lunches:
  • Leftover chicken wrap; green beans; hard boiled egg.
  • Salad with ground turkey, sliced almonds, hard-boiled egg, feta, Wholly Guacamole; chips or popcorn. I plan to have this 3 days. 
  • Leftover taco fixin's.
Dinners:
  • Baked spaghetti and salad with copycat Olive Garden dressing.
  • Tacos.
  • Turkey burgers and baked fries and tomato soup.
  • Potato pancakes and scrambled eggs.
Super excited for the week ahead, and love having some new fitness goals! I hope to master that dang supported headstand this week! I will keep you posted!

Please share your workout schedule with me, also! A little accountability goes a long way! 

Cheers to the week ahead!
XOXO,
Julie

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Do What You Love!

So often we get caught up in pushing ourselves, and scheduling our workouts, and getting into a routine, that we forget to make time for things we love! (Well, I don't know if you guys do that... but I know I sure do!) I am a creature of habit, and I am a planner. I like my routine, and I like to have a schedule. However, I've realized lately that I really need to loosen up! I mean that quite literally, and figuratively, as I've been trying to work more yoga into my routine! Yoga is good for the body AND the soul, and there's something so deliciously satisfying about stretching, strengthening, and getting into a pose you didn't know you could do! So, to fit more yoga in, I'm trying to relax, and go with the flow, even though that is pretty much against my nature. ;) But with all these shoulder problems I've been having, I need to mix things up and try to let it heal.

SO, without further ado, here is my recap for the past week!

Monday was Turbo, per usual. This is probably the only good thing about Mondays. HA! I do look forward to this class all day, though, seriously! I had 9 or 10 people this week, and everyone was smiling, energetic, and just made it so fun! We did four Turbos (2-minute anaerobic drills) and I think I continued sweating for 45 minutes after class ended. :) So fun!

Tuesday I didn't do any lifting as I had planned. I think I am going to have to stick to once a week for that, as long as I am still doing so much PiYo (which I have no plans to cut back on!) :)

I taught PiYo at Refinery Tuesday night. We did a new Power track, which is lower body, plus plyometrics, and really gets the heart rate up! We followed it with Flow, which slows back down, and I was DRIPPING by the end! (Also, s/n: while I was doing a Reverse Warrior during the Flow section, something fell from the sky, directly into my eye, and refused to dislodge. Super unpleasant and distracting while trying to teach!) Other than the eye issue, awesome class, awesome workout! :)

Wednesday I got up early and went for a 2.5 mile run. It was cold (SO sick of bundling up!) but felt awesome! My legs were sore from PiYo, but the run helped loosen them up.

Wednesday night was PiYo at the Y! I did the same format as Tuesday-- added in the Power track, and then slowed it down with Flow. Love getting that cardio effect from a mind-body class! Everyone did awesome with the Power track, even though it is SUPER fast! I felt great afterwards!

I wore my Gather and Crow crops and my Pink Shell and white striped Free To Be tank!
 
Thursday I rested.
Friday I got up early enough to squeeze in TurboFire HIIT 20 in the morning. I hadn't done this one in awhile, and I made a conscious effort to push hard-- I lunged down deeper, squatted a little lower, pulled my knees up higher in the jumps, etc. WOWZA! So hard, but so fun!  It was great!

Friday evening I went to Happy Hour Hot Flow Yoga at Amara Yoga in Urbana. This class was amaze-balls! I definitely want to go more frequently! I REALLY want to work more yoga into my routine, so this class will fit in perfectly! 
 
I wore my Frond Gather and Crow crops, my Pink Shell and white striped Free To Be tank, and my Mellow Lemon Rise and Shine Pullover. Come on, SPRING! :)
 
I'm also doing a yoga challenge on Instagram called #MadAboutYoga. It is a new pose to try each day-- I'm loving it so far! Friday was the first day, and the pose was Triangle.
Here it is:
My form needs a little tweaking--another plus of this Challenge, is seeing photos of myself, and noting things I need to work on!
 
Saturday I taught PiYo at the Y, at 8am! Love these dedicated early risers on a Saturday! Sweaty and happy after. :) I also did 30 minutes walking briskly on the treadmill. 
I wore my Frond Gather and Crows again (don't judge me!) and my Pink Shell Cool RacerBack. Saturday's yoga pose was Backbend. My back is so not flexible, so this was tough for me! Pretty proud of how far I got it to bend, though! :)
 
Today I did ChaLEAN Extreme, Burn Circuit 2, my first lifting since my shoulders have been so f***ed up. It went well, and didn't seem to hurt my shoulder at all! It focuses on back, biceps, and triceps, my fave muscle groups to work. :)

I wore my Pink Shell and white striped Free To Be tank and my black Zella Live-in Capris. 
 

Today's pose for the yoga challenge was Tripod pose. I did NOT think I'd be able to do this! It was really fun to work on, and when I got it, I was SO excited! :))))))
 
All in all, I had a great week of workouts! I did things that were fun, out of my comfort zone, and didn't hurt myself! ;)
Here's the plan for next week!

Monday: Turbo!
Tuesday: (maybe) run, 5:30am (if it's not snowing) and PiYo.
Wednesday: TurboFire HIIT 25 and PiYo.
Thursday: Full-body lift and Turbo!
Friday: Rest.
Saturday: PiYo and low-impact cardio of some kind. 
Sunday: Run and flow yoga. 

Here's my meal plan! (P.S. Meal planning for the week is SO much easier if I do the prep on Sundays. Now I can just grab my salad supplies and GO!)

Lunches:
  • Salads with ground turkey, hard boiled eggs, guac, slivered almonds, and homemade ranch; chips or popcorn. I hope to have this at least 3 days.
  • Turkey burger; green beans; chips or popcorn. 
  • Amy's lasagna or enchiladas; green beans.
Snacks:
  • Apples
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Bananas
  • Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs
Dinners:
  • Turkey burgers and low-sodium tomato soup
  •  Potato pancakes and eggs
  • "Meat"loaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli
  • Free-range chicken pot pies and salad
I am really excited about both my workouts, and my meal plan for this week! Makes it easy to stay on track!

Remember, it's important to schedule your workouts, but equally important to be flexible, and do things you enjoy! Workout for the joy of it, not just because you have to! :)

Cheers!!!
 XOXO