Run – 6 miles
Weights – Spartacus (more on this later in the post)
After a really tough couple of weeks of school and a few days of little sleep and lots of stress, I am trying hard to get back on track! My lack of sleep and copious amounts of stress eating (oops) have me feeling yucky, sluggish, and unmotivated (yes, those are technical terms for my condition). But I knew the best thing to make me feel better would be to get back into a healthier routine (although I wish I’d never gotten out of it, but what can you do?:).
So, today I made sure to eat healthy, starting with a good breakfast:
(Egg over-easy on a whole wheat English muffin with blackberry jam; cottage cheese; and half a banana hammock with Dark Chocolate Dreams, almond slivers, and unsweetened coconut.)
Another banana hammock for a pre-run snack:
(Baked chicken ziti [I threw some pasta, chicken, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and pasta sauce in a lasagna pan and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes], “baked” sweet potato [pierce skin several times with a knife, microwave on high 5 minutes, turn over, microwave another 5 minutes], and asparagus “fries” [cut off bottoms, place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with my sweet potato fry seasoning, and place in the oven with ziti for 15 minutes–or 10 minutes at 425], the husband LOVED these!!).
I also made sure to take my vitamins…
Since I had only been treating my body well again for the past few hours, it was still feeling yucky this afternoon and I was NOT in the mood to work out. It took a little bit of time to get out the door, but once I did I instantly started to feel better. It was 65 degrees and sunny out and all the flowers were blooming–it was beautiful!
Then 5 minutes later I ran up a big hill and my legs and lungs complained about having had three days off (and little sleep/lots of bad food). But I still enjoyed myself immensely!:)
In fact, I was so pumped up from my endorphins when I got back that I decided to go completely crazy and do a strength workout!! I have been neglecting my strength workouts lately, and it showed–ouch!
I did two rounds of my favorite strength/interval workout–Spartacus (I have the urge to go “Rawr!” every time I say “Spartacus”–hey, I didn’t name the workout!:).
I love this workout for several reasons:
1. It kicks my booty and has me sweating/breathing heavily/feeling dizzy 4 minutes in, and I am usually incredibly sore the next day
2. It’s customizable. Each set has 10 exercises and takes 1o minutes; so if you’re short on time you can just do one or two rounds (I usually do three, but only did two today since I’ve been away from it for so long)
3. All you need is one set of dumbbells and a watch/clock (I use the free workout timer here). So it’s easy to do from home or at a hotel gym (you know, the kind that is pretty much a closet with one treadmill and two sets of dumbbells in it:).
1. Goblet squat
2. Mountain climber
3. Straight-arm dumbbell swing
4. T-push up
5. Lunge jumps (my least favorite!!)
6. Forward-leaning dumbbell row
7. Dumbbell side lunge and touch (my second least favorite!!)
8. Push-up position row
9. Dumbbell lunge/rotation
10. Dumbbell press (palms facing each other)
For a more detailed explanation and a diagram of each exercise (or if you just want to look at the man candy;), see here.
Finally, to get myself back on track I also plan to go to bed no later than 10:30 pm!!! (Those explanation points are me yelling at myself to make it convincing;).
Okay, back to paper writing! I am two-thirds of the way done with my midterm that’s due tomorrow!
What kind of vitamins do you take?
-I take a women’s one-a-day multivitamin and fish oil capsules.
Any other tricks for getting yourself out of a stress/unhealthy slump?