Sunday, April 28, 2013

10K Fun!

Hello, fitness friends! Here we are again... :) Reflecting on the past week and planning for the week ahead is my favorite way to end a weekend. How about you? How was your week?

I had a rough week, actually-- TONS of driving for work, which put me in a grumpy mood and made it hard to stay hydrated and on track with my nutrition. I did okay, though, except for today, when I considered myself on the "see food" diet-- YIKES! OH well, moving on-- tomorrow is another day. :)

Here's my workout recap:

Monday was Turbo at Refinery, and it was SOOOO fun! I had a pretty big group, and their energy always pumps me up on Mondays. We had very few breaks (only short ones between Turbos) and burned 209348572039485723 calories. ;)

I wore possibly my favorite outfit ever-- Pinkelicious Speed shorts and Pink Shell striped Free to Be Tank. So fun! This is a Side Plank variation for Yoga Fools!


Tuesday I ran 3 miles in the morning before I had court.  Tuesday evening was PiYo at Refinery. I just love the combination of running and PiYo. They compliment each other perfectly!

I wore my side tie shorts from Gap and my gray striped Free to Be tank from Lulu!
 
Wednesday I taught PiYo at the Y! I was sore from Tuesday's workouts, so this workout was much needed! Awesome group, too! We did the Power track, per their request, and my legs died! 

Thursday I taught TurboKick at Refinery. After a day of driving (seriously, 7 hours in the car) I was SO in need of this cardio par-tay! I got a few new/old tracks added to the playlist, and had so much fun, my bad mood just disappeared! (Cheesy, but true!)

I wore my Quiet Stripe Speed shorts and my Flash Power Y! One of my fave outfits. 
 
Friday I rested.
Saturday I ran a 10K with the Illinois Marathon! I hadn't really trained too much, other than my usual 3-4 mile runs, but I decided that morning to push myself and see how fast I could finish it. It was so much fun! Lots of friends were racing that day too, and the spectators cheering us on also kept me going. What really pushed me faster, though, was my new fave running song: "My Songs Know What You Did" by Fall Out Boy. I am not a FAll Out Boy fan, but this song is great! I finished the race in 1:01, averaging a 9:58 minute mile. That is fast for me! Yay!

Here are some pics from Race Day:





Top 3: Jana and me pre-race. Adrenaline was pumping! SEcond from bottom: Jana, Casey, and me post-race. Jana and Casey did the half marathon. Rockstars! Bottom: Serena and me.  (I think) this was Serena's first 10K! She did awesome, and looked cute doing it! 
 I wore my Pink Shell Chase Me Skirt, my black stripe Free to Be, and my blush quartz Swiftly. :)
 
Today, Sunday, I caught up on my yoga poses with the Yoga Fools Challenge. I fell off the yoga wagon this week and I missed it! I didn't do nearly enough strength work, so it felt awesome to work my muscles tonight. 
Here is a Supported Headstand variation! For tonight's practice, I wore my Pinkelicious Speed Shorts, and my charcoal and Paris Pink No Limits Tank. 
 
Half Camel Variation-- LOVED this stretch!
 
Warrior 3!
 

Tripod Headstand practice-- I barely had to use the wall/bookshelf! Time to start moving inch by inch away from the wall! IT's such a security blanket, though! Scary to not have it!! 
 
I am excited for the week ahead, and especially excited to Turbo tomorrow and work off the pizza and ice cream I ate this weekend!
This only works to an extent! Self control!
 
Here's the plan:
Monday: (maybe) TRX, plus Turbo at Refinery. Yoga at home.
Tuesday: 3 mile run, PiYo at Refinery.
Wednesday: PiYo at Refinery. Yoga at home.
Thursday: TurboFire HIIT 25 before work. Yoga in our hotel if I can find room. :)
Friday: Rest.
Saturday: PiYo at the Y, run 3 miles, or cardio on the Arc trainer. 
Sunday: Run 4 miles, yoga. 

Meals are essentially the same as last week. For dinners, I'll make turkey burgers one night, baked spaghetti another night, and we'll have Maize Mexican carry out another night. I did spice up my turkey with some cumin and chili powder, this week, though! HA! :)

I have a trip to Chicago for work scheduled for Friday, so I'll be eating out Thursday night, and Friday morning. Must. Have. Self. Control! 
 
The moral of this week for me, was 1) I hate long drives for work; 2) I have definitley become addicted to yoga. I didn't do it much this week, other than PiYo, and I missed it a TON! Need to do it most everyday! 3) My core is getting stronger, and my muscles are showing more definition, which is a huge YAY! I credit this to the increase in yoga in my life, and also to the decrease of carb consumption at lunch and breakfast time. :)
 
All right, friends, I'm off to bed-- as always, would love to hear your workout and/or meal plan for the coming week! Plan it out to stay on track. :)
 
Cheers!
Julie


 
 
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's All About The Journey!

Ahhh, I can't believe it's already Sunday night again! (Do I say that every week? Why do weekends fly by so fast?!) I could really use an extra day this weekend, to be honest. Dreading some stuff I have for work tomorrow, so I'll be glad to get that over with.

I had another great week of workouts, and MOSTLY great nutrition, other than some carb-overload on Thursday. I blame PMS (sorry if that's TMI.)  I am by NO means anti-carbs, but I realized recently that I was eating WAY more of them than my body needed. I try to focus my nutrition, especially at lunch, on vegetables and protein (thus, my ginormous salads everyday, heehee).

Thursday was proof that food prep is important. I forgot to brown up my turkey burgers, and I was out of hard boiled eggs, so I couldn't have my usual salad. I had a burrito instead, which, while not unhealthy, was super high in carbs and probably too much sodium, too. I felt sluggish in the afternoon, and starved by the time I got home, at which point, I ate a bunch of potato chips and an English muffin. Could've been worse, I suppose, but not the best day for my nutrition. I NEED my daily salad, yo!

Anyway, on to the workouts!

Monday I did TRX small group training with two other ladies. We were led by the infamous Jerome, who managed to kick our butts in a mere 30 minutes. Seriously, muscles were shaking. I was not sure I'd be able to jump as high as usual during Turbo afterwards! I was wrong about that, though. I had a super fun, energetic group of 13 or so ladies, and their energy made me forget all about my shaking shoulders. :) Great workout day!

Tuesday I taught PiYo at Refinery. I was super sore from Monday, so PiYo felt GREAT! Practiced Mermaid Pose some more at the end, and everyone did great at that, too! Awesome workout.

I wore my new Lululemon Boogie Shorts, and a burnout tank from VSX line. Here I am wearing them with my Lululemon Pink Shell Forme Jacket. The yoga poses from Monday and Tuesday were Reverse Warrior variation (bottom) and... the splits. STOP LAUGHING! :)

Wednesday I went for a 3-mile run on my lunch break. I went by myself, which I haven't done for awhile (usually go with Jana), and it went pretty well. There were lots of creepers out and about, so in an attempt to scurry by them, I ran faster than usual. A plus side to the creepers, I guess?

I wore my new Pinkelicous Speed Shorts from Lulu (OMG, LOVE!), my gray Power Y, and my Pretty Pink Swiftly. So much Lulu. :)
 
Wednesday evening was PiYo at the Y, as usual. One thing I love about PiYo, is I never really feel like my body gets "used" to it like other workouts. I swear, no matter how much I teach it, I am ALWAYS sore! Wednesday was a class full of (mostly) regulars, and they wanted to go hard, so that's what we did. Power track, Vinyasa track, Flow, Core-- we crammed it all in! So fun. :)
I wore the same thing as for my run-- except I changed into a black No Limits tank with the Pinkelicious Speeds. :)
 
Thursday I rested. And it was amazing. 
Friday morning I got up early to run. It was too cold to run, however, so I did TurboFire HIIT 30 instead. It's hard on my back to do high impact HIIT workouts early in the morning, so I took it easy on the first 2 drills to give my back time to warm up. That helped a lot. After that, I really went for it. I figured, it's only 30 minutes, might as well make it count! I slugged down some Results and Recovery Formula afterwards, and that really helped re-energize me. 

I didn't take a pic of my outfit, but here's my post-workout, sweaty, strong pic! I love how ripped this filter makes me look!:)
 
 Saturday I taught PiYo at the Y! We mixed up the Lesson yet again, and added a Balance track into the mix. My arms and legs felt like noodles afterwards! My friend Serena and I stuck around to do 20 minutes of cardio after class, on the Arc trainer. Man, those things can really get the heart rate up!! 
 
Saturday evening, I also worked on my yoga practice alone, catching up with some poses for Yoga Fools, and working on my inversions. Here's what I did:

 Upward Facing Dog Pose
 Crow Pose-- getting stronger!
 VERY modified version of Standing Mermaid Pose.
 Supported Headstand! Not touching the bookshelf!!
Tripod with arm variation. Hated this pose, and this was as far as I got with it.
I wore my Boogie shorts, a bra from Victoria's Secret Sport line, and my Victoria's Secret open-back T-shirt. I tied a knot in the back to keep it from flowing right over my head. :)
 
Today, Sunday, was a lovely spring day. I got out and ran 2.5 miles, then went to Fun Flow Yoga at Amara studio. I. Love. This. Class. The instructor is amazing, and I can feel myself getting stronger from week to week! I tried to focus my practice today on trying my best at each pose, and not being angry or frustrated if I needed to modify. It made every single pose better. I have goals for my yoga practice, of course. But I needed to focus, and remind myself that it's not the goals that matter-- it's the journey of getting there! That's what yoga is all about! 

The top is my run outfit-- Pinkelicious Speeds, black and white stripe Free to Be tank, and Pretty Pink Swiftly. For yoga, I changed into my GapFit drawstring shorts. They are stretchier and more comfy for yoga. Today's Yoga Fools challenge pose was Extended Puppy Pose. Harder than it looks, but a great stretch! 
 
Here's my workout plan for next week:
Monday: TRX training (maybe-- depending how sore I am from yoga) and Turbo at Refinery.
Tuesday: 2-3 mile run, PiYo at Refinery, short yoga practice at home. 
Wednesday: PiYo at the Y, yoga at home. 
Thursday: Turbo at Refinery, yoga at home.
Friday: Rest.
Saturday: Running the 10K at the Illinois Marathon, yoga at home. 
Sunday: Fun Flow Yoga, maybe some light cardio, depending on how sore I am. 

Meal plan:
Breakfast is always Shakeology and/or toast with almond butter. 
 
Lunches: Per usual, big salads with some combo of organic turkey burgers, hard boiled eggs, avocado, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, light on the dressing. Chips. Apple. 

Dinners:
"Meat"loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans (still never fixed this from two weeks ago)
Organic turkey burgers with baked fries and salad
Baked whole grain spaghetti and salad
Mexican take-out. (Local place called Maize that is sooo yummy, not greasy, and doesn't upset the tum!)

Looking forward to the week ahead, at least once Monday morning is over with. What about you, friends? What does the week ahead hold for you? Are you ready for it? Let's protest, and demand an extra weekend day this week! ;) 

Thanks for reading!
Cheers!
Julie

Monday, April 15, 2013

Welcome, Spring!

Ahh, what a beautiful Sunday this was! Windy, but otherwise perfect weather! Did you get out and enjoy it? I had windows open all day, sunroof open in the car-- wonderful!

My week of workouts was another great one! Nutrition was pretty on-track as well, other than some pizza last night and today (leftovers)!

Here's my weekly accountability recap!

Monday was Turbo, of course, and the class was SUPER energetic this week! I don't know how they bring it so much on a Monday, but I am sure glad they do! They pump up my energy, as much as I try to increase theirs!

I wore my Paris Pink and camo Speed shorts, and my white VSX tank. This is my feeble attempt at Crow after Turbo. I was tired, and still sweaty, plus feeling slippery from tanning lotion, so this was not a good night for my yoga practice. Cut my losses, ad moved on! 
Tuesday I got up early for a run, since the weather was super warm-- I didn't want to miss out! I did three miles! YAY! It felt great.
I wore my Run: Chase Me skirt, and my Rise & Shine Pullover. Best running outfit ever! I don't even have to use Body Glide with this skirt-- no ride up at all! 
After work I taught PiYo at Refinery. We did a Power track, which had me (and hopefully the class, too) dripping sweat! After the Disco Dancer vinyasa track, I had puddles on my mat. Heehee, you know I love it! 
I wore my frond Gather & Crow crops, and my Flash Power Y, with Flash Swiftly for to-and-from (and yoga). I can't remember the name of this pose, but it was a great stretch for my back! I really liked it. 

Wednesday I taught PiYo again, at the Y. It seemed like a slow night at the gym, and our class was a lot smaller than usual, with everyone experienced PiYogis.  So, while I do LOVE a big class, I took advantage of the smaller size and experience of the participants to really push them (and me). We did the usual Lesson, but also added Power AND Balance at the end. It was INTENSE, and so much fun! Very few breaks, and we really pushed! 

I wore my Gap drawstring shorts, and my black No Limits tank.
This wide-legged Forward Fold with the shoulder opening felt amazing too! I have super tight shoulders, so I'm loving the progress I see in my arms here! 

Thursday I taught TurboKick at Refinery! WOW. We did a full Round (60 minute class)-- including 4 (yes, FOUR!) Turbos, plus Modulator Finale. Sweaty nirvana (as my Twinnie Kourtney would say!) Loved it! 


I wore my black and white striped Speed shorts, my pink VSX Angel bra, and this awesome ballet-back top, also from VSX. After class, I attempted to do Mermaid Pose. It turns out, my hips realy needed this stretch after Turbo! One day I'll get in the full pose. :)
Friday I rested.
Saturday I taught PiYo at the Y! Another great class! We practiced Mermaid Pose at the end, which I love doing-- will probably make that a regular stretch! Normally, I stay after class to do some low-impact cardio, but I had a hair appointment at 10, so I skedaddled right after class. 

I wore my Gap shorts again, and my pink shell and white striped Free to Be tank, with my pink shell Forme jacket for to-and-from. One of my favorite outfits!

Today, Sunday, my plan was to run and then go to Fun Flow yoga. I was lazy this morning, though, so the run didn't happen, but Fun Flow did! WOW, what an amazing class! It worked literally every body part! Super challenging, and maybe the best yoga class I've ever been to! Love!

After class, I thought about running... but my legs were JELLO, so I just took a shower, and then relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the evening with the windows open! Before bed, I took some pics for catch-up with YogaFools!

This is a Bridge variation-- my super tight back and shoulders make these super challenging for me, but I am so happy with my progress! In the full expression of the pose, both legs are extended. I was only able to do one at a time, but I'll take it! 
 
This tripod headstand was a huge breakthrough for me! I have been able to get in the pose before, but this was the first time I've been able to use my core strength to lift my legs, rather than kicking them up using momentum. So exciting!!!! 
 
This was supposed to be a forearm stand, but I couldn't even think about doing that, so I practiced Supported Headstand instead. This was the first time I've been able to get in it! I needed the wall for backup, but I was even able to hover with my feet off the wall for a few seconds! YAY! Love seeing progress and getting stronger!
 
After a fantastic week of workouts, next week has a lot to live up to! Here's the plan:
Monday: TRX training with Jerome at Refinery, followed immediately by Turbo!! 
Tuesday: Early morning 3-mile run (weather permitting), PiYo at Refinery.
Wednesday: Early morning run (if Tuesday didn't work out), PiYo at the Y.
Thursday: Early morning run or early morning TurboFire HIIT (depending on Tuesday and Wednesday).
Friday: Rest.
Saturday: PiYo at the Y, 30 minutes elliptical.
Sunday: Run 4-5 miles, Fun Flow yoga.
 
Here are my meals planned for this week:
 
Lunches:
  • Ginormous salads with ground turkey, avocado, tomatoes, low-fat feta, and HB egg; chips and salsa
  • Leftovers
 Dinners:
  • Mexican takeout from a local grill called Maize (OMG, so good!)
  • "Meat"loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans (didn't ever make this last week)
  • Tomato soup and grilled cheese
  • Organic turkey burgers, oven fries, salad
 Notice a trend with the meals? haha, I am a creature of habit! Makes it so much easier to control what I'm eating if I plan ahead (and always eat the same things, HA!)
 
As always, would love to hear your plan for the upcoming week! Are you working out? What's for lunch? Please share!
 
Have a wonderful Monday, and a wonderful week ahead, fitness friends!
 
Cheers!
Julie
 
 


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Yoga Fools!

Happy happy Sunday, friends! I can't believe how fast this weekend flew by! It was BEAUTIFUL and warm, and sunny, and just what I needed. Did you all get outside and enjoy some of this beautiful weather?

My workouts this week were AWESOME, and I felt great, though I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the week! Here's what I did:

Monday was TURBO, per usual! Big class, lots of energy-- we did 3 Turbo's, plus Modulator Finale, which is like, crawling out the door in a puddle of sweat. Love it!

I wore my Black No Limits Tank, and my quiet stripe Speed Shorts!

I also practiced my Yoga Fools Challenge Pose, but I did it in my pj's later, HA!

This pose is called Waterfall Pose, and I LOVED it! (Note: It does require some core strength, but there is a book under my hips.)

Tuesday I taught PiYo at Refinery. We had a packed studio, and everyone did so awesome! The Lesson I'm teaching has a LOT of hamstring work, and I LOVE that-- it has actually really helped lessen cellulite on my legs! :D 


I wore my Gap heathered shorts, my Pink Shell stripe Free to Be tank, and my Pink Shell Forme Jacket. One of my favorite outfits. This pose at the bottom is my feeble attempt at Side Crow. I could not get that other foot up yet! 

Wednesday I ran 3 miles at lunch, which went really well! I even took a few walk breaks, and still did about a 10:23 mile. (Sssshh, this is fast for me!) After work, I taught PiYo at the Y. This was SUPER tough after teaching it on Tuesday, but it felt great, and the class really motivates me-- they call me out if I cheat! ;) <3 


I was SO excited I could balance in tripod headstand for Day 3 of YogaFools! The first one was what I practiced-- then I realized my legs should be out in front of me instead of straight up. But by then I was tired, so I only got one leg out at a time. Super fun! I wore my Pink Shell and black Gather and Crow crops, and here's my trusty Forme Jacket again! :)

Thursday I had the night off from teaching, so I went with my friend Alena to a TurboKick class at Refinery. Secily taught Round 35, which is SO. MUCH. FUN! My legs were dying by the end, and I LOVED introducing a friend to the fun calorie-scorcher that is TK! She rocked it! :)


I wore my Blush Quartz sparkle speed shorts, my black and white stripe Free to Be tank, and my Blush Quartz Swiftly for to-and-from. Another of my fave outfits! The pose for the day was Bow Pose, which I was surprised I could even get this far into! My back is very inflexible, but I'm working on that!
 
Friday I ran 2.5 miles at lunch, very slowly, and walked when I felt like it-- I hadn't rested since last Friday, so my legs were super tired. I just wanted the cardio, and not to push too hard. It was a beautiful day, and a great run! I am trying to incorporate more running into my week now that the weather is getting nicer! 
After work I went straight to Amara Yoga for Happy Hour Hot Flow yoga. I adore this class. It's such a good workout, yet so relaxing! I had to take it a little easier than usual, due to some mysterious pain in my right hand. It hurt badly enough that I was worried about a stress fracture, so I backed off anything involving plank or side plank. But, I left feeling loosey goosey and ready to get the weekend started! 

Saturday my hand was feeling much much better-- what a relief! It was Launch day at the Y, so I taught PiYo with two wonderful instructors, Colleen and Melanie. Despite technical difficulties and not having a mic, it was fantastic! It was great to have portions of the class where I wasn't leading and could really focus on form, and also on picking up ideas from the other instructors! Great class. :)

I wore my Pink Shell Gather and Crow crops, and my black and white striped Free to Be tank. When I got home, I practiced Half Moon Pose! 

Saturday afternoon, since it was so warm, I went for a run. I had planned to go 4-4.5 miles, but the wind was INSANE, so I wussed out and only did 3. It felt like 4, though, I'm just sayin! 

I wore my Pink Shell Chase Me Skirt and my open-back tee from Victoria's Secret Pink collection. This skirt is the most functional piece of running clothing I've ever owned! It doesn't ride up, or need adjusting at all! Love it!

Sunday (today) I rested. I don't think I've ever been so excited about a rest day! My muscles were pooped! I did a lot of cleaning and cooking and errand-running today. It was a beautiful day, and we had the windows open all day too! Wonderful!

Here is my workout plan for next week! 

Monday: TURBO at Refinery + a lil yoga
Tuesday: PiYo at Refinery + a run if it's not raining + yoga
Wednesday: PiYo at the Y + a run if I didn't run Tuesday
Thursday: TURBO at Refinery + yoga
Friday: Rest
Saturday: PiYo at the Y + some type of low-impact cardio
Sunday: Run or TurboFire + Fun Flow yoga at Amara
 
Here are my meal plans!
 
Lunches:
  • Salads with ground turkey (seasoned with Creole seasoning), avocado, hard-boiled eggs, and green garlic dressing; chips; strawberries
  • leftover taco fixin's; apple
  • Leftover "meat"loaf; chips; apple
Dinners:
  • Grilled salmon, asparagus, and rice pilaf 
  • Tacos with Quorn meatless grounds (ask me about these-- they are fantastic-- even my meatatarian boyfriend loves them!)
  • "Meat"loaf, again with Quorn (stop turning up your nose, and see above), mashed potatoes, green beans :)
  • Baked Quorn "chicken" nuggets, baked fries, salad
 You know what I'm gonna say next-- I ask you every week! What's your meal plan for the coming week? What's your workout plan for the coming week? Share it, and get some accountability! I'm dying to know! :)

Have a wonderful Monday!! 

xoxo,
Julie