Good morning! Holy smokes we’ve been up for awhile over here already. I know I’ve said it before, but these early risers are killing me. At least we were productive before 6:30 am this morning.
I also made myself an extra strong café Americano (I used coconut milk this time) and put it in my new cool Starbucks cup.
Yep. Feeling better already.
Some workouts and eats.
Monday’s workouts- all the classes I taught:
Y40X (40 minute HIIT body weight training) class
25 minute back to abs
step aerobics class
There’s a reason I’m more tired than dump, eat like a cow and look like this at the end of Mondays.
But then there’s also a reason I saw this beautiful sunset as I was leaving the gym.
Just a little reminder of my new outlook.
I’ve still been eating my ginormous Yum Hum veggie wrap for lunch lately. And well, when it doesn’t make it in a wrap (because I’m having a Flatout cinnamon crisp bowl filled with a pile of chocolate pumpkin protein goo as soon those boys are down for their naps), I take the same ingredients, add a little turkey and make it a salad.
Yep. That Yum Hum dressing just makes everything better.
While I’ve been saving my wraps for the “bowls”, the boys have decided they want to jump on the lunch wrap train. They’ve been scarfing down some turkey, hummus, cheese and romaine lettuce wraps of their own lately.
Good job kids.
So…. on my long runs, I usually listen to Jillian Michaels’ podcast. Sometimes (like this past Friday) I listen to three of them in a row. She really does share some very useful information.
Here’s some things that I heard this past run I thought I’d pass along.
- Caffeine has been shown to improve performance when taken 30-60 minutes before a workout. You should consume the minimum amount where you notice some of the benefits, but it doesn’t make you jittery or have the opposite affect.
- A shot of espresso is about 80 mg of caffeine. (I’ll take two please.)
- Experts are now saying that you should strike the ground at the front of your foot instead of the heel. (Did you know that? Do you even pay attention to that when you run?)
- When running, your stride length should be so that you have 90 strides on each leg in a minute. If it’s less than that, you need to shorten your stride. Interesting. (I haven’t tested mine out yet, but I should. I’m curious to what mine is.)
- The best running form involves a T. Rex arm. (Okay, you caught me. I made that one up.)
Jillian also had some grocery shopping tips that I thought were pretty interesting.
- Shop the perimeter. (We all know that already though, right?)
- Buy items that will take up a lot of time at the register. You want the cashier to be as slow as possible looking up all the codes for your fresh items.
- Use a cart, not a basket. You have less willpower when carrying a basket close to your body. (Side note- I know how to fill up a basket like no other. I think I still have permanent dent marks on my arm from the handle digging in years ago.)
- Never grocery shop hungry. (Oops. Have done this way too many time at Trader Joe’s.)
- Never shop with your kids. (Oops.)
- Only buy products that are a plant, animal or mineral. (Oops. See below.)
I was caught at a weak moment on our last Costco outing. I was tired, the boys were grumpy and they were sampling this darn cereal a little too close to the long check out line.
Special occasions only friends. Not the healthiest, but the boys love the chocolate milk it leaves at the end. I’m not a big fan of the leftover milk as it usually ends up all down their shirts, but oh well. That’s life. Right Tony?
Finally, Jillian was talking on the phone to a woman who couldn’t seem to get back into the gym after losing her daughter.
Her advice and take on it was this:
There is usually an underlying reason why you are stopping yourself from working out or feeling good. Either it signifies that you’re moving on, you feel threatened or you’re scared. Think about what’s really holding you back and deal with it. You deserve to be happy.
That’s kind of what I wrote about it my last post, yes? The whole fear and self sabotage thing. I thought it fit rather well and could be applied to other areas in life.
Now, on to some big race news.
I’m going to this huge event friends!
Eek! Yes, just next month. Yes, it’s in Pennsylvania! Yes, it’s going to be freaking awesome!
Talk about being a little nervous and scared. I’m not a traveler so I’m a little anxious about the whole thing already, but I’m so excited for the opportunity to meet the Runner’s World editors and writers and some big time marathon runners (Bart Yasso, Dean Karnazes, Kristin Armstrong, Marc Parent, etc.). I also finally get to meet some fellow FitFluential Ambassadors. Yippee!!!
The whole festival weekend includes seminars on gear, training and nutrition, movies and races. The complete schedule can be found here.
There’s a 5K, 10K and a half marathon. You can do just one race or all three (for a hat trick). Yep, I’m going for all three because that’s what I do. There’s even some free kid’s races. Hmm….. maybe I should take the boys. They like to run. (Judah tells me every day that he’s going to run a race at the “animal park” and get his nails done.)
If you want to join in on the fun you can register here.
Use the code BLOGGER37 to get 10% off your registration. You’ll get 10% off any of the races you register for.
If you can’t make it, feel free to share the code and tell your friends. Tell them I want to hang out when we’re there. (Yeah, I’m just that desperate for friends. Ha ha.)
Okay, that’s it for today. Time to make breakfast with my men before we head to the gym.
My mission today during my “office hours” is to get these new notebooks started with all my different task lists. I’m hoping will help organize my life. Ha.
Have a great day!
Any grocery shopping thoughts?
When and where do you want to meet up while we’re in Pennsylvania?
Do you have notebooks or am I the only one?