Working It Out

This week has been surprisingly good for me in the exercise department! I’ve gone to the gym twice this week and one day I stayed home and did some strength training.

Monday was a gym day. I was on the treadmill doing a workout suggested by my best friend, Charissa. She has been rocking it in the gym doing walking workouts only! Can you believe it?

She suggests using the highest possible incline on the treadmill (typically 15%), and walking at a pace of 4.2 MPH. It kicks my butt! I could only handle about two miles of it at that pace and then I walked half a lap before running 1.25 miles (without an incline). I started out at 7 MPH but after a couple laps I knew I couldn’t keep it so I lowered it down to 6.5 MPH and then eventually 6 MPH. I walked a couple laps after that to cool down. It was a challenging workout. Here’s the summary:

workout summary

Typically running a mile only burns 100 calories but the inclined power walking really burns a lot! 514 calories for going 3.75 miles? I’ll take it!

On Tuesday I did the strength training exercises from the Health magazine article I found. I ended up only doing one set though.. I was tired.

Yesterday I was determined to get another good treadmill workout in. I did the same inclined power walking workout for 2 miles and then switched to running. This time I wanted to run a farther distance so I started at 6.5 MPH so I wouldn’t get burnt out as easily. I ran for two miles and then walked 3 laps for a nice cool down. It was so refreshing! Here’s the summary:

workout summary

I’m pretty excited for these new workouts and hope to keep them up. Today I’ll be doing more strength training at home. I plan to incorporate more track running with the treadmill workouts just so I get more “real” running in. I’ve noticed that switching from treadmill to track is really hard, at least for me. I find treadmill running easier because the track does some of the work for you. I’m hoping to maybe start running two miles on the treadmill and then running 1-2 miles on the indoor track afterwards to start out.

It feels so good to be working out again!

Do you have a favorite treadmill workout?

Quick Update & Even Quicker Strength Workout

Quick update! Gotta study! And sleep! So tired!

Ok, enough exclamations. Monday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond Milk 30
Snack Fiber One bar 90
Lunch Scrambled eggs and mango salsa 280
Snack Almonds 180
Dinner 3 ribs with raspberry sauce 382
Vegetable medley 120
Raw veggies and ranch 120
Total 1302

My parents gave us some left over ribs from Sunday so I reheated them in the oven with a good smother of that chipotle raspberry sauce. Ohhhh yeaaaahhhhh.

ribs and raspberry sauce

Then, we had a bunch of vegetables so I decided to make a vegetable medley dish of sorts.  I wasn’t sure what kind of seasonings would be good but I added a little ground red pepper, garlic powder, and basil.  Then I added some soy and teriyaki sauce.  It would have been better with rice as a stir fry.  I want to try to recreate a vegetable medley I had at my best friend’s wedding last year.  That’s right, Charissa, I still dream about that meal, haha!  It had squash and carrots and maybe another veggie that I can’t remember right now but it was delicious!  I’m going to do some research so I can recreate it.  But it’ll have to wait until this weekend of course — I need to be studious first.

Workout Recap

I decided it was finally time to do some strength training. Here’s what I did:

10 push ups

20 squats

20 lunges

20 leg curls

10 burpees

repeat 2x (because I’m lazy)

I’m not sure why but after one round I get bored/impatient so doing multiple is hard for me.  I do feel a little burn today though! Especially in my arms.  I switched it up with pushups and did them reverse.  This means starting on the ground and pushing your body up and then slowly lowering it back to the ground.  I feel it way more than in regular pushups.  I always feel strain in my shoulders than actual arm muscles working when I do regular pushups so I may adopt this pushup version for a while.

Well have a great night everyone! And go try ribs with raspberry sauce. Seriously. It’s amazing. Goodnight!