New Ritual & Hard Core Legs

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I’ve recently started a new weekly workout ritual. Since Mike and I hardly ever see each other we’ve decided to incorporate a Wednesday morning gym session together. Here’s how it works: Each week we alternate coordinating the work outs, so one week I lead the circuit, and the next week he leads. It always has to be a lower body circuit since Mike is notorious for only working out upper body (Yes he’s that guy at the gym who only works out chest & bi’s <– annoying!) and you have to keep the heart rate fairly high.

Today was my turn to lead so I decided to make it nice and easy since he’s basically a leg rookie, and is jealous of these bad boys…….

In his dreams 🙂

Treadmill Warm up:

Time Speed
0:00 – 1:00 3
1:00 -2:00 3.5
2:00 – 3:00 5
3:00 – 4:00 5.5
5:00 – 6:00 6
7:00 – 8:00 6.5
8:00 – 9:00 6
9:00 – 10:00 5.5
10:00 -11:00 5
11:00 – 12:00 3.5

All of these exercises were super-setted to speed up the pace & keep the heart rate up:

Exercise Weight Sets Reps
Dead Lifts 45 lb Barbell 3 15
Standing Lunges Body 3 15
Box Jumps w/ squat 8 lb db’s 3 20
Sit ups w/ fly’s 8 lb db’s 3 15
Side Planks Body 3 20

Mike did the same exact work out as me, but his weights were a lot higher, and his reps were a lot lower than mine. Today was a great start to a new tradition! I’m excited to see what kind of torture he’ll be putting me through next Wednesday!

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Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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Turkey Stuffed Peppers are one of my favorite recipes. It’s fast, easy, and quite healthy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 large Bell Peppers (Red or Green)
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 ½ cup Ditalini Pasta (Or you can use Orzo)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion
  • Salt/pepper
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Turkey pepperoni slices
  • Fresh Basil

Cook pasta for desired amount of time. Try not to overcook since we will be putting it in the oven for a considerable amount of time.

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

Brown ground turkey over low to medium heat in an oiled skillet. While the turkey is almost cooked through (still a little pink) drain the excess oil and fat. Return to heat and add chopped onion and diced garlic cloves, season with salt and pepper. Once the turkey is brown add both cans of tomatoes, season with Italian Seasoning. Cover sauce mixture and simmer, stirring frequently.

Chop the heads off all the peppers and gut them. If your peppers can not stand up straight on their own try to shave the bottoms so they are even.

After draining the pasta, combine the turkey sauce mixture with the pasta.

Layer your peppers in any order you like. I like mine extra cheesy so don’t judge me 🙂

Bottom to top: Shredded moz cheese, pasta sauce mixture almost to the top, 4 slices of turkey pepperoni, big slice of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, sprinkle Italian bread crumbs and salt/pepp.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until your cheese is all melted on top ! Enjoy!

Bring it on November

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Hey November!

With the holidays right around th corner I’ve really gotta crack down on this “diet” that I mentioned in my New Fitness Goals post. I plan on doing some serious eating during Thanksgiving with my family and Mike’s family for Christmas. No joke I think I gained 5 lbs during Christmas last year when we went to St. Louis to visit Mike’s parents! My future mother in law and I have this on-going joke that we only wear our stretch pants when we see each other because all we do is eat the entire time. I know you’ve heard me talk about MRod being an endless pit and eating whatever the hell he wants….well his pops is just like that! He eats a bowl of chocolate ice cream every night before bed and never gains one single pound!

It’s just not fair.

Christmas 2010 in St. Louis with Mike's parents

Can't wait for another white x-mas in STL!

Kicked off November with a kick ass workout:

Warm up: 5 flights of stairs

Superset x 3:

  •  20 jumps onto stepper with dumbbells
  •  On wobble board (or you can use a BOSU ball upside down) with barbel, half dead lift – squat – press x 10

Sitting down on stepper point toes outward, hold dumbbells on chest and stand up (3 x 15)

Superset x 3:

  •  10 Flights of stairs with 8 lb. dumbbells  (Last set of stairs I ran them as fast as I can and kicked the weights)
  •  Various ab exercises that involved arm exercises as well

Here’s some fun news for ya, I signed up for a new challenge! On December 3 I’ll be crawling through mud and jumping over fire with friends at The Warrior Dash!

Looks like fun to me 🙂

New Fitness Goals

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Hey friends! 🙂

Please excuse my 2 + week hiatus from blogging. Life got a hold of me….you know how that goes.

So now you might ask, what’s been going on since my half marathon?

Every time someone asks me, “so how was your 1/2 marathon?” I get so excited I almost pee myself. No but really I still love talking about it. 🙂 Unfortunately I suffered a minor injury from that 13.1 mile grind so I haven’t been able to run as much as I’d like to.

My painful half smile

I basically diagnosed myself with a wussy injury called tendonitus. I consider it wussy because it sucks and I just have to wait it out and give myself a little break from running for now.

See ya later 4 months of intense training....stupid knee

Although I have taken a short break from running, I haven’t slacked off in the gym. I’ve been working out at the studio my normal two times a week with Craig, and I’ve incorporated on extra day of weights with the boyfriend at the gym. Mike and I hardly ever see each other during the week so cramming in a 6:00 am gym session together  is considered quality time in my book! It’s a win win situation really, we get “hang out”, and we motivate each other to get our butt’s outta bed!

Yay for quality time!

My New Fitness Goals

Since I accomplished my last goal of finishing my first half marathon, it was time for me to re-asses the health & fitness goals I’d like to achieve. So here we go:

Ultimate Goals:

  • Shed 5 lbs of FAT –  I’m gonna come out and say it because I have no shame. I currently weigh 135 lbs & I’d love to be at 130 lbs.
  • Lean out my muscles
  • Focus on strengthening my weak areas – abs, hips
  • Stretch a lot
  • Try yoga for the first time

How do I plan on achieving these goals?

  • Cut carbs for dinner. I love love love my breads and pasta’s and I know I need them to fuel my body, so I will eat them in the morning and through out the day. As soon as I get home from work and the sun goes down, bye bye carbs…..Hello protein & veggies!
  • Continue my 3 day a week weight room routine. Keep the weights low and the reps high high high!
  • Kick up the cardio. If running is on the back burner I’ll have to be creative and incorporate other means of cardio into the mean time.
  • Use the damn foam roller that’s sitting in my family room next to the couch!

Use me! Use me!

(Source)

  • Bought 6 session of Yoga on groupon 6 months ago and they are about to expire so I better use them!
  • TRY to cut down on the sweets. This one is a tough one for me, I eat something sweet almost every single day. I know that it’s pretty much impossible for me to cut the sweets out totally, so instead I’m just going to TRY to cut back!

Hi my name is Becky and I'm a choc-o-holic!

So there you have it people, my new goals 🙂 I’ll be keeping you all posted with my meals, and my work outs.

What are some of your current health & fitness goals? How do you plan on meeting them?

 


Disney Trip – Post Race Recap

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WARNING: Extremely wordy post, I’m still on a running high!

I DID IT! I actually ran 13.1 miles without being rushed to the ER on the Disney ambulance (I had a few pre race nightmares)! I have something to confess, unfortunately I lied to you all. In my previous post: Setting & Achieving Goals, I told you all that I wasn’t setting a goal time to finish my race in and I just wanted to be happy to finish the dang thing.

Well that was a BIG load of CRAP….sorry! Secretly I knew I wanted to keep a 10:00 minute mile pace (this is fast for me so don’t laugh) and finish the race in 2 hours & 15 minutes.

Let’s take a journey through my head as I go through each mile:

This is the course map.

I arrived at the ESPN Worldwide of Sports at 7:30 PM as directed. Sat around and twiddled my thumbs with 9,999 other runners until my Corral began at 10:10 PM.

Sidenote- Sitting around for 2 ½ hours with no cell phone and no friends, SUCKED! Especially when my parents and Mike were enjoying themselves in Epcot at the Food & Wine Festival without me! Not cool.

The Start – 10:10 pm

I snuck my way up to the front of my corral and broke away from the pack immediately after the start gun. After all that waiting, I was ready to RUN. Earlier that day Mike helped me make a playlist on my ipod and found the most amazing first song to get me going.

“Start it up” by Lloyd Banks

Mile 1 -10:18 pm

I hit my first mile, saw the clock and said “holy shit I better slow down, I’m never going to make it if I keep up this pace.” I tried slowing down, but I was feeling really good so I continued to weave in and out of runners to break away from the crowd.

Mile 4 – 

The first 3.75 miles flew by, my legs felt great, the air was perfectly cool, and the atmosphere was ravenous. I couldn’t hear much going on around me because my headphones were pumpin’, but I did see a concert going on in the middle of the road at one point, and a couple of guys prancing around on stilts.

I was in the zone.

During mile 4 we weaved in and out of Animal Kingdom. I remember the sidewalks being narrow, bumpy ,and dark. Disney employee’s lined each sidewalk holding up their Mickey Mouse gloves awaiting each runners high-five.

Call me a bad sport but I passed on the high-five, and smiled instead. Think about all those germs…blegh!

I was still in the zone.

Mile 5

I finally built up the courage to snatch some water at the H20 station. I passed two or three water stations prior to this one, but I decided to pass and observe everyone’s water snatching techniques. Very tricky stuff.

After studying each runners technique, I devised a plan: Run to the very end of the water station, grab the very last cup and MOVE OUT OF THE WAY! Well, my plan failed terribly. I got the very last cup and some dude pushed me out of the way while saying, “God – uuuggghh, move!” Then he proceeded to steal the very last cup I had my eyes set on, toss it over his head in attempt to cool himself off but threw it in my face instead.

Water station = epic fail. Didn’t matter though, I was still in the zone.

Mile 8

I got a massive cramp in my side that slowed me down. Every time I passed the clock I knew I was safely running just under 10 minutes miles, so I had a couple of minutes to spare. I decided to walk a little to ease the cramp, so I walked at a fast pace for about 30 seconds and wa-lah my cramp started to fade! I swallowed a GU which was absolutely disgusting, took a couple sips of water (safely), and kept on truckin’.

Miles 9-11

Finally after the monotony of miles five through eight, things were starting to brighten up as we trailed through Hollywood Studios (A.K.A. MGM). At last, something to look at other than trees and running shoes!

People were periodically stopping to take pictures with the Star Wars cast, and other various Disney characters. There was absolutely no chance I was stopping to take a picture let alone even crack a smile at this point. My knees were starting to hurt and I just wanted this dang race to be OVER!

I lost my zone.

Mile 12-13.1

Finally I started seeing friends and families (not my own) on the side of the path holding up signs and routing us on to the finish line. At this point I no longer had feeling in my legs and I forced myself to “enjoy” the scenery and leg out this last mile. Mike and my parents were patiently waiting for me at the Wine & Dine Festival at the Mexico kiosk, and I couldn’t wait to get there! As soon as I crossed the finish line I bee lined it for my bags, totally skipped passed the official photo taking area, and called the fam.

My knees were killing me and all I could think of is, “OMG I can’t believe I just ran 13.1 miles in two hours and ten minutes!”

Sign is compliments of my supportive sister-in-law ❤ She's awesome!

See my results HERE, and an absolutely terrible finish line video (try not to blink, you’ll miss me), and photo’s, HERE.

All in all it was an unforgetable weekend, we stayed at a gorgeous resort, I got to spend quality time with friends, family and Mike……AND I finished my first half marathon with out dying! 🙂

Thank you all sooooo much for all the love, your supportive comments were so encouraging! ❤

QUESTIONS:

Will I do another half marathon? YES, but with a friend or a group of people.

How does my body feel? The day after my knees were still killing me, but my muscles felt good.

Pre Race Jitters

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Morning friends 🙂 It’s race day, and I can’t believe it!

I’ve never wanted 10:00 PM on a saturday to come so fast. Normally I pray for my weekends to crawl by so I can savor every second, but not this weekend! I wish I could fast forward to 12:15am when I cross the finish line (hopefully) and find my family waiting for me with an adult beverage in hand!

This was the only picture I could find w/ an adult bev. in hand 🙂 Park City Trip 2011

My days leading up to the race I’ve been doing a ton of carb loading. I feel like I’m going to turn into a loaf bread if I eat one more carb! Normally I wouldn’t complain about eating an insane amount of carbs, but since my appetite has been slightly affected due to nerves, it’s hard to shove down those carbs.

MRod, my parents and I are staying at a beautiful resort in Orlando called Shingle Creek.

I wish I was enjoying a cold fruity cocktail by that pool right now instead of laying in bed!

Actually I woke up pretty early this morning, gobbled down a PB&J, yogurt, and 2 hard-boiled eggs, and then headed down to the hot tub before it got too hot outside.

What am I going to do until it’s time to leave?

  • Load up the ipod with new tunes
  • Make a new play list
  • Drink lots of water (stop @ 7:00ish)
  • Snack on stuff here and there
  • Hit the steam room for a quick stretch session
  • Rest/ watch the tube
  • Blog stalk
  • Somehow subside my nerves

Thank you all so much for all the support and good luck wishes, it’s much needed and very much appreciated! Stay tuned for my post race blog post 🙂

Tootles everyone! xox

I Got Running on My Mind

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5 more days.

3 more days of training.

Gotta buy some Body Glide.

Maybe a new pair of thorlo’s for extra padding?

Make sure I load up on my carbs this week.

Did I mention, 5 more days until I’m no longer a half marathon virgin?

I wonder if I’ll be able to sleep at all this week?

For Mike’s sake I hope so!

What am I going to wear on race day? Other than these babies.

Streeeeetch Pants are cool 😉

Hat ,or no hat?

Pony tail, or braid?

What should I eat on race day?

I’ve got running on my mind…and that’s it!

Either that, or I’ve completely lost my mind.

Seriously I’ve lost all potential to focus on anything else going on in my life except running. I feel like Forest Gump.

I can hardly stand being around myself right now, I have no idea how my patient boyfriend has put up with me. I won’t be surprised if he drops me off on the side of I-95 on the way up to Disney and says, “Get the hell out of the car and RUN to Disney since you can’t shut up about it!”

No but really, speaking of my patient boyfriend: I want to take a moment to publicly (my blog really isn’t too public YET) thank my handsome fella. 🙂

He has been nothing but supportive since day one of this training madness. (Except for the day I signed up for the marathon after downing a bottle of wine. He told me I’d be sorry when I woke up the next morning. Boy was he wrong!)

I admire the adversity he overcame during his baseball career, juggling the ups and downs caused by injuries, I only hope I can make him proud and finish this race strong. Seeing his smiling face along my 13.1 mile journey through Disney is what I’m counting on to keep me going.

Please don't drop me off on I-95 🙂 Love you! !

Got my Stretch Pants

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Great news folks! I solved my chub-rub promlem-o, and found my race day shorts that I like to call me streeeeetch pants!

I feel very bendy in these shorts

I honestly never thought I would be caught dead running around the streets of south Florida in these babies, but they are SO COMFORTABLE!

Please excuse my armpit sweat I just finished 2 miles 🙂

The pros:

  • They don’t ride up while I’m in stride
  • Dri-fit material absorbs the sweat
  • They are light and airy
  • The waist band isn’t too tight where its cutting off my circulation
The Cons:
  • I feel a little scandalous in them (who cares!)
These tighties are a WINNER in my book!

Two thumbs up!

Tuesday’s Morning Circuit

 Warm up: 5 flights

Smith machine circuit: (3 x 15 each)

  •  Seated wide grip front pull down
  •  Seated wide grip back pull down
  •  Seated cable rows
  • Seated pull downs w/ v bar

5 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS

Incline Bench dumbbell circuit: 3 x 15 each

  • Triceps
  • Press w/ palms facing each other
  • Regular Press
  • Sit up – curl – press up
  • Raises w/ sit up

Ab ball Circuit:

  • Hamstring curls 3 x 30
  • Leg lifts w/ ball between feet 3 x30

Without the ball:

  • Knee touches (keep legs out straight, rest hands on your thighs & tough your knee caps. Do not let shoulder blades touch the ground)