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Thursday, January 19, 2012

You'll Never Be Sorry You Squeezed in That Workout

Yesterday was one of those days that seemed to just get away from me.  I dilly-dallied too much in the morning and didn't go for a run, but figured I'd have plenty of time to do it later.  My boys fell asleep in the car on the way home from MOPS so I let the continue sleeping rather than wake them and risk dealing with two fussy boys.  I was able to do a quick upper body workout using the Jackie Warner pyramids DVD I talked about on Tuesday.  There's something about an instructor pushing me, even if it's on the tv, that makes me work out a little bit harder than I do on my own.  Love it!  As soon as I began stretching, the boys woke up, crying and hungry so feeding them was the next order of business.  I was hungry too so I decided to eat and now needed to wait a bit before I ran.  A friend called, we ran to Wal-Mart, the boys fell asleep in the car AGAIN!  After they woke up and I was able to feed them, it was already 5:10 and I had plans for some friends to come over for dinner at 6.  What to do??  I talked myself into squeezing in a short run and ended up having a GREAT workout.  I did my first 3 miles, with the stroller, in 26 minutes, throwing in some speedwork in the form of short sprints to landmarks I set my eyes on in the distance.  It gave me some nice challenges and helped to speed the workout along.  I did an easy 4th mile to get myself home in 35 and a half minutes.  It gave me 15 minutes to put the boys in their jumpy seats, hop in the shower, chug some water, get dressed, chug some more water, and was ready for my friends to arrive.  Man was I glad I decided to squeeze in that workout!  I never regret finding time to squeeze in some exercise, no matter how little it may be.  I bet you'll find the same is true for you!

Today's plan is to do the lower body portion of the Jackie Warner DVD, my MuTu exercises, and meet up with a friend to run the bridges early this afternoon.  I'm anxious to see how my legs handle a harder-than-usual run yesterday, legs day today, AND a bridge run.  I guess I'll be able to let you know tomorrow.

On the food front, I haven't been as strict as I would like to be but I am making improvements in my choices overall.  I've had some cheating with cheeses and a cookie at MOPS yesterday.  I also made some clean vegan fudge, using a recipe I found on a blog I've been intrigued by but definitely ate more than one portion of those treats yesterday.  They were SOOO good and I have an issue with self-control.  This morning I made some banana bread as a thank-you for a friend and definitely took way too many licks of the batter.  Woops!  It was definitely not a clean treat.  I'm not throwing in the towel but recommiting right now to get back on track.  Baby steps right?? meal plan for the rest of the day is:

Morning snack:
  • Protein smoothie made with 1 small banana, 1 scoop raw protein powder (a sample I'm trying in the search to find an all-natural protein powder that tastes good), some frozen berries, ice, and a tablespoon of cocoa powder.  
  • Mixed greens topped with grape tomatoes, radishes, cucumber slices, beets, carrots, chick peas, and half a can of chunk-white water-packed tuna.  I'll use balsamic vinegar and olive oil as my dressing and have a side of wasa crisp bread.
  • Roast beef and arugula in a light whole-wheat flatout wrap with a side of roasted beets and garlic.
Evening snack:
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp almond butter, 1/3 banana,  1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder.
Here's to making good choices, getting a healthy dose of exercise and feeling satisfied and healthier!  Make it a great day!


  1. Thanks for another great reminder! Always easy to come up with excuses, but so thankful when I ignore them:)
    I'm looking for new non-gym cross training ideas... Any recs?

    1. I put some circuits up on Friday. I'm playing around with lots of them so I'll keep em coming. I've really been enjoying jumping rope, squat jumps, and burpees in my high intensity circuits. Do you have a bike? I wish I could ride mine but don't have a trailer for the boys.