Last Week’s Workouts

This past week was incredibly trying for me. I know we all have those weeks, but as I type this and think back on the last seven days, the events seem as if they happened weeks ago — and yet moments ago at the same time. Strange how that happens, isn’t it? In any case, I’m glad, as I always am, that I have fitness as an outlet for stress. It was definitely used that way this week.

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Last Week's Workouts

Easter is coming and I’m so glad! I’m blessed to be out of school Thursday, Friday, and again next Monday. I’m looking forward to time off with my husband and family celebrating the resurrection of Christ!

Sunday, 4/2/17:

Today, I did Yoga Fix Extreme on Beachbody On Demand. It’s a great 30 minute practice that I would classify as intermediate. It’s more than just a good stretch, but not so easy that you don’t even break a sweat.

Monday, 4/3/17:

As I discussed in my April goals, I want to continue running twice a week until it’s time to start training for my RunDisney half marathon. I got in a good 2 mile run on my treadmill after doing a 15m upper body workout using the Jillian Michaels app. The running left me HANGRY later in the day, so I made a snack of baby carrots with a savory Greek yogurt dip.


Tuesday, 4/4/17:

Tuesday’s workout was Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 3 and a free ab circuit from her app. It was a great “push day” workout.

Wednesday, 4/5/17:

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Cardio 1 — the same as last week!

Thursday, 4/6/17:

Rest day. 🙂 I tend to prefer a mid-week rest day because 4 a.m. is just so early. By Wednesday night, there’s not a lot of gas left in my tank so I sleep in 45 extra minutes on Thursdays.

Friday, 4/7/17:

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 4 — “pull day”. I love working back and hamstrings, so I always look forward to this day during the week! I definitely was feeling it.

Last Week's Workouts
Saturday, 4/8/17:

I had to work Saturday morning — womp womp. So I got up extra early to get a workout in before heading to Saturday School! I did another upper body workout from the Jillian Michaels app as well as some treadmill intervals to cover the distance of about 1.5 miles. I wanted to run longer, but I was running out of time! The errands I ran throughout the rest of the day definitely made up for it though!

Your turn: What workouts have made their way into your schedule lately?

 

April Goals

I realize that it is April 5 (ALREADY?!) and I’m just now getting around to posting my monthly goals. But, better late than never. 🙂 Before we jump into that though, I want to look over the goals I set for March and see how I did.

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March Goals

Since I’m a teacher, it seems fitting that I should give myself a grade for each goal. I tend to think of goals in a pass/fail way — I either reached it or I didn’t. But as I’m striving for balance in life and realizing that progress is progress, I’m starting to understand that not all goals should be judged that way!

ONE // Clean out our closet/send off a bag to thredUP

Grade: B-

I cleaned out our closet when I was on Spring Break, but the bag I requested from thredUp has been sitting in a kitchen chair since it arrived two weeks ago. Which also means the closet I intend to send have been sitting in our closet floor for at least that long. Counterproductive, no?

TWO // PR my 10K

Grade: A+

…And not just because it was my first 10K! With a finish time of 1:02:27, that was actually around two minutes faster than I expected to finish. I rode the high from that race for days!

Energy City 10K

THREE // See Beauty & the Beast!

Grade: A

My husband hated it. I want to see it again. 🙂

FOUR // Follow the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan (or at least the guidelines) more consistently

Grade: B

I started tracking my food again within the last couple weeks of the month and saw a lot of improvement in the way I felt during my workouts.

FIVE // Have a restful and relaxing Spring Break

Grade: A

My only regret is that it went by too quickly!

April Goals

ONE // Drink 100 oz. of water daily

I’m realizing more and more that the standard 64 oz.  just doesn’t cut it for me and sometimes I struggle to even get that much in! As a teacher, it can be hard to make sure I’m getting enough water because I just can’t take a restroom break whenever I need one.

TWO // Run 2x/week to keep my running base up between now and half marathon training time

I took a break from running last week after my 10K, and it was hard! By Thursday, I was itching to put my running shoes on. I’m looking forward to running more and just hope my new shoes continue to help with my black toenail issues.

THREE // Track meals in MyFitnessPal at least four days a week

The caveat to this is that I want to do it without becoming obsessive. I certainly see the benefit of tracking, but I’m one of those people who can quickly turn it into an unhealthy habit. I want to strike a happy balance between tracking and eating intuitively.

FOUR // Send off the dang thredUp bag

I literally just have to stuff it in the bag and send it off. C’mon, Jessica, get.it.done.

FIVE // Read. A. Book.

*eyeroll* I set a goal in January to read 12 books this year and so far, I’m failing miserably. I haven’t read one. Last weekend, I bought Anna Kendrick’s autobiography, Scrappy Little Nobody, on a whim in Target. Thus far, I’ve read the introduction. I know I would love it — if I weren’t too exhausted to read each night when I crawled into bed.

It all started with a trip to Target. Doesn’t it always?

What goals are you aiming to achieve this month? Linking up with Annemarie, Jen, and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!

Last Week’s Workouts

Dear fellow teachers, how long until summer?! Yes, I agree — too long! I had anticipated this past week being fairly easy. I had no meetings scheduled and planned to leave school by 4 p.m. each day. I think that happened twice. Ah, well. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! At this point, I just have to get there.

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Last Week's Workouts

Although my week was a bit out of the ordinary, I was still able to fit in the workouts I had scheduled. It is very rare that I will miss a workout. Not only is it a priority that I set, but it’s my most consistent form of self-care and my favorite way to ease anxiety.

Sunday, 3/26/17:

Since I raced in the Energy City 10K the day before, I took this day to do some PiYo Core and a little bit of foam rolling. It was nothing strenuous, but still a great mix of standing and floor work for the abs and low back.

Monday, 3/27/17:

Today, I completed Workout #1 of Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution. My mom is as much a Jillian Michaels fan as I am. In fact, she’s probably the bigger fan. 🙂 When she came for the race, she brought me her Body Revolution set. This program is more “basic” than BodyShred, which I have touted more than once {see here and here}, but it’s definitely not easy. I think this week I will go ahead and progress to the next set of workouts, but I was definitely feeling these workouts all week long!

Tuesday, 3/28/17:

Today, I completed Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution Workout #2. I enjoy these workouts because they’re all total body (my favorite!), but one day focuses on “push” muscles and the next focuses on “pull” muscles. I feel like I am getting a full body assault each day, but I’m not over training any muscle groups.

Wednesday, 3/29/17:

Following the “push” and “pull” days of the Body Revolution program are straight cardio days. Cardio #1 is approximately 25 minutes of 1 minute intervals using body weight. It’s been a while since I’ve done a workout like that, so it was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated.

Thursday, 3/30/17:

On Thursday, I completed the same workout I did Monday! I didn’t run at all this week and it was very hard not to. I missed it! I’m looking forward to getting a couple of runs in next week — even if they’re just on the treadmill.

Friday, 3/31/17:

Today’s workout was the same as Tuesday’s!

Saturday, 4/1/17:

Saturday is usually my favorite workout day. However, this week it was a rest day. I swapped my typical rest day on Thursday to today because I was teaching Saturday school. I knew I would want to sleep in a couple of hours (6:45 woohoo!), so I planned ahead for that.

Last Week's Workouts

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Tell me about your workouts from the last week!

My Favorite Podcasts

I have just recently jumped onto the podcast bandwagon. That’s probably because I’m getting older. I remember riding in the car with my grandparents as a kid and HATING IT because all they ever listened to was talk radio. As an angsty preteen, the last thing I wanted to hear was Rush Limbaugh for 90 minutes on a road trip with my grandparents. These days, I take the time to listen to a podcast while I’m getting ready in the morning, during my conference period, or even when I’m grocery shopping. Podcasts are the new talk radio.

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My Favorite Podcasts

Now, my talk show preferences as an adult still do not include Rush Limbaugh, but I have started to enjoy them a lot more. It seems that if I’m not at school teaching or watching one of my million favorite television shows, I’m thinking about working out, running, or nutrition. Or Disney. Always Disney. My husband says I’m obsessed. (He’s right.) So naturally, my podcast preferences revolve around those same topics. If you’re interested in the same things, check out some of these podcasts!

1 // Mickey Miles and More Podcast

This podcast is about all things RunDisney and Disney in general! It has helped tremendously in the planning efforts I’ve put forth for our upcoming trip. I’m hearing all kinds of RunDisney tips, as well as ride, hotel, and restaurant recommendations I probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise!

My Favorite Podcasts

2 // The Jillian Michaels Show

Duh. You already know my obsession for Jillian Michaels. In her podcast, she covers a little bit of everything — fitness and nutrition, beauty, politics, lots of things. I think the Jillian you get on TV and in her workout videos is definitely genuine. She seems to have the same personality on her podcast, which I admire!

My Favorite Podcasts

3 // PaleOMG Uncensored

I was introduced to the PaleOMG blog a few years ago, but most of the “fancy” ingredients she uses were out of my price range at the time, so I kind of forgot about her! Her being Juli Bauer, that is. Anyway, I follow her on Instagram and saw that she had a podcast, so I decided to give it a listen. She’s funny, cusses like a sailor (hence the “Uncensored” in the title) and talks constantly of Bachelor Nation. I haven’t watched a season of The Bachelor in years, so I dig it because it keeps me in the gossip loop.

My Favorite Podcasts

4 // The Chalene Show

Basically… I want to be Chalene when I grow up! Seriously, I admire her so much. She was at the beginning of my fitness journey and I didn’t even realize it for a long time. Had I not found and fell in love with TurboKick (which she created), I wouldn’t be where I am today. She’s bubbly, knowledgeable, and has fantastic guests regularly. Chalene has also has a business podcast, Build Your Tribe, which is a great short listen!

My Favorite Podcasts

Your turn: What podcasts do you listen to regularly? I’m always looking for more recommendations!

Remember the Run: Run Bib Shadow Box Craft

Believe me when I say I am 100% the LEAST crafty person on this earth. I’m not creative and ideas do not transfer well from my brain to my hands. If something can be arranged haphazardly into a collage then I’m all about it. If it requires measuring or preciseness in any way… Well, I’m out. Luckily, this run bib shadow box craft is literally the easiest craft I’ve ever attempted and therefore resulted in success. Honestly, it’s not very original either, but then again, neither am I. #basicbitch

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Run Bib Shadow Box Craft

I’m an extremely sentimental person. Like… EXTREMELY. I tend to suffer from a bit of FOMO, so when I do anything remotely cool I want to remember it forever. I went through a major purge before we moved this summer and I found my very first “Key to the World” from my first Disney trip… IN 2001! I’m THAT kind of sentimental.

Anyway, if you are like me, you’ve probably saved the bib from every run you’ve participated in. Maybe they are tucked away in a drawer somewhere and you keep telling yourself you’ll pull them out and display them somehow. That’s exactly what I did — enter the shadow box!

You Will Need:
-A large shadow box (mine is 17×21)
-A box of straight pins
-Various bibs, medals, and other race memorabilia
-HeatSheet (optional)

What You Do:
1-Cover back of shadow box in HeatSheet and secure with pins
2-Arrange bibs and medals in a collage fashion and secure with pins
3-Close the shadow box and admire your awesomeness

Run Bib Shadow Box Craft

The great thing about a craft like this is that it can be updated and changed as your heart desires. Run more races? Add more bibs. Super awesome hardware you want to display? Pin that baby down. So easy, so fast, and (for me) so motivational! Now, let’s see how long it will sit in the floor of the workout room before I can convince my husband to hang it for me. 🙂 (We’re going on one week and five days, by the way.)

Linking up with Annemarie, Jen, and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday! If you liked this post, check out some of my other Wild Workout Wednesday posts, like this Upper Body HIIT workout, the Best Running Gear & Gadgets, or How to Workout With Asthma!