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WWG 6.4.12

Weekly Workout Goal time!!! WWG…I like it :)

I didn’t do so hot on my WWG’s last week. I was SO sore from T/W/Th that I took Friday off (which is ok!), but then the weekend got busy and unfortunately T/W/Th were my only workout days. This week will be better though, that’s for sure.

Here are my goals by day. For the week, my goal is to hit 6 out of 7 of these days. I know I need a rest day, but I’m not sure which day will work out best, and I don’t want to plan one just yet.

  • Monday: Boot camp (weights + cardio day)
  • Tuesday: Boot camp (cardio day)
  • Wednesday: Gym (heavy legs)
  • Thursday: Boot camp (weights + cardio day)
  • Friday: Gym (HIIT sprints + upper body weights)
  • Saturday: Boot camp (weights + cardio)
  • Sunday: Gym (heavy legs)

If I take off a day, it will probably be Saturday. Or I may do heavy legs Saturday and take Sunday off. We shall see :)

What are your WWG’s this week?

Talk to you soon!

-Melissa

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The Workout Challenge

In my quest to build up muscle and lower my overall body fat, I decided that I should brainstorm some sort of reward-based system to help me stick to my workout goals. I like rewards. I also like to have accountability with my workouts (hence group boot camp sessions), so I enlisted my husband to join me in this little endeavor. We decided that every week, we would plan what workout we would do each day (gym, boot camp, bike ride, etc), and if we were able to stick to the plan perfectly, then each of us got $10 to put in our “gift pot.” That means that by the end of each month, we could each potentially have $40 in our Gift Pots! Then, we would buy fun gifts for each other out of the money earned. So if I am super diligent and meet my goals EVERY week, then there will be $40 for Preston to use to buy me something special! It motivates us to work out, plus gives us fun money to spend on gifts for each other. Also, there’s a little competition in there to have more money in your pot than your spouse :)

So, I decided to share my workout plan with you guys for EXTRA accountability! Feel free to donate $10 to my Gift Pot as well, if I stick to these goals. Ha.

This week is “off week” for my boot camp, so most of my exercises will have to be at the gym or at home. Since I was out all last week with HORRIBLE allergies, I’m fairly certain that this workout schedule will kick my hiney. Good riddance, hind quarters.  I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on my progress as the week goes on!

What are some of the ways you keep yourself motivated to workout?

Talk to you guys soon!
-Melissa

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This or that?

Here I am, all alone on a Thursday night, blogging and watching Mad Men on my DVR. And why am I alone, you ask? Oh, that’s because my RIDICULOUS husband got offered tickets to the MAVS PLAYOFF GAME tonight! Are you kidding me?! He is such a bandwagon fan, and he always gets to go to games! He’s got some pretty sweet seats, too. Sigh.

Bitter, party of one.

Despite my lonely evening (totally being dramatic here, by the way…I actually LOVE a little “me time”), I’ve had a fairly good day. After my yummy breakfast, I was fairly full until lunch rolled around. I am lucky enough to be able to go home sometimes during lunch (I live roughly 7 minutes away from my office), so I decided to head to the casa and whip up another random meal of sorts. I had a tiiiiny bit of filet left from my birthday dinner, so I sliced that up and placed it in between two corn tortillas, added a little cheddar cheese, and made myself a quesadilla. Added on some carrots and black beans and I had myself a pretty decent lunch!

I love throwing together leftovers and making something completely new out of them! Plus, I hate wasting food!

The rest of my day consisted of a pre-workout snack of a banana and peanut butter, followed by a killer weights workout at boot camp. Love, love, love weights days! Please take a look at what my slightly OCD very organized husband did to my trunk while I was in Florida:

Yup, he organized my mats/weights in a bin so that I can easily transport my gear from camp to camp. Thank goodness for him, because I am so far from organized it’s not even funny! Speaking of not funny…check out the temperature in my car after my workout:

Yup….106. It’s May 3. Help?

The rest of my night will most likely consist of a Meal Replacement Shake from Advocare (vanilla, with 1 TBS of PB2, 1 TBS of cocoa powder, and 1 banana), Mad Men, and an early bedtime. Definitely not cooking dinner for just me, plus I need the protein the shake provides. Me time = bliss :)

I got this fun little survey from Beyond Bananas, a fun blog I discovered not too long ago. It seemed like something to do to help pass the time :)

Coke or Pepsi?

Unfortunately, neither now! I gave up Diet Coke almost two years ago and I’ve never looked back! Every once in a while I’ll have a Sprite, and recently I tasted that new Dr. Pepper 10 and that stuff is GOOD…I’ll need to stay away :)

Lemonade or Fruit Punch?

Fruit punch, hands down! Lemonade is too tart for me :)

Caramel Apple or Cotton Candy?

Neither, to be honest! Caramel Apples hurt my teeth, and Cotton Candy is too sugary (if there is such a thing?!?)

Butterfinger or Snickers?

Neither…Twix!

Pudding or Jell-O?

Pudding! Absolutely!

Turkey or Chicken?

Chicken!! I eat it every single day almost!

American or Provolone Cheese?

Neither…cheddar (and NOT the orange kind…do you know what makes it orange?!?)

Crackers or Cookies?

If I’m being honest…….cookies :)

Pretzels or Chips?

Pretzels!!! I don’t care for chips, UNLESS they are tortilla chips. Then it’s game on.

Mexican food or Japanese food?

Mexican food! If my husband and I could have it for every meal, we would!

Chinese food or Italian food?

Italian :) yay pasta!

Pie or Cake?

If we’re talking the cold-pie variety, like ice box pies, or chocolate pies, then definitely pie :) but if I had both sitting in front of me, I wouldn’t discriminate…I’d eat both!

Ice cream or Cookies?

Frozen Yogurt! Ice cream makes my tummy hurt. I’ll put a few cookies IN my frozen yogurt though!

Pasta or Pizza?

Pizza. Definitely.

Soda or Juice?

Tea!

Chocolate Bars or Chocolate Truffles?

Chocolate Bars I guess, but I can’t eat too much of one or I’ll get sick

Apples or Bananas?

Banana’s!

Salad or Soup?

Salad!

Cauliflower or Broccoli?

Broccoli…roasted, with lemon and garlic :)

Onion Rings or French Fries?

Sweet Potato Fries!

Blizzard or McFlurry?

Blizzard, hands down. There are FAR more options with the Blizz.

Fried or Poached Eggs?

Scrambled! I suck at this quiz!

Crepes or Pancakes?

Pancakes….big fluffy ones

Hashbrowns or Roasted Potatoes?

Hashbrowns with ketchup….yup, I said it. KETCHUP.

Oatmeal or Cereal?

Oatmeal! I’ve developed a new love for simple rolled oats…who knew?

Thanks for reading :) Talk to you tomorrow

-Melissa

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Sweat-less

Can you believe it’s already Thursday? Where has this week gone? I swear the older I get, the faster time goes by. Especially now that I’m an ANCIENT 26 years old :)

Last night the husband and I had a fairly decent boot camp workout. The thing about my particular boot camp is that there are multiple locations you can go to…which is great for times like last night when Preston got home later than expected from work, yet we were still able to make the 7 pm camp down the road. However, each location has a different trainer, and some are better more effective than others. I got a MUCH better workout than I would have on my own, but deep down I knew it would’ve probably been more of a beat down at my normal camp location. Case in point, I still looked like this afterwards:

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In my defense (because I look like a went on a 5 minute jog here), I don’t sweat very much. It’s not a good thing, really. In extreme heat situations (such as Bikram yoga, but that’s another story for another day), I will sweat fair amounts. But typical workouts/runs/etc, I don’t really get too gross. Does anyone else have this problem? At any given boot camp I will burn close to 700 calories, my face will be as red as a tomato, but my body will only have a slight dampness to it. This means that I also get very overheated at times, because my body isn’t cooling itself off properly.

What can I say, I’m weird.

After camp, we came home to finish off leftovers from my birthday then stayed up later than we should have finishing Season 2 of True Blood (SUCH a weird show!). Thanks to Sookie and friends, waking up this morning was not fun. I still managed to whip together my new favorite breakfast, though, so that brightened my day a little (in the way only food can :)). It’s one whole wheat english muffin, toasted, topped with 1 egg and 1/2 cup of egg whites scrambled. Also, there’s a slice of yummy white cheddar cheese under that mess of eggs:
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Naturally, I topped it off with a big cup of coffee, made by my husband (I swear, he makes the best coffee!).

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Does anyone else suffer from a sweat-deficiency, or an embarrassing post-workout-tomato-face?

Talk to you soon!

-Melissa

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Skinny fat

So, as I mentioned before, I had a “health scare” of sorts on Sunday that I’m almost embarrassed to share. Luckily, my blog is still super new, so I’ll just pretend no one will read this :)

One of my favorite forms of exercise is a boot camp that is put on here in town called Camp Gladiator. I stumbled upon it last summer when looking for ways to get into shape for my wedding. I am NOT a do-it-yourself kind of exerciser…I have close to zero motivation to work out at home on my own. I have to be around people, either in a class or at a gym, in order to really get in a good workout. So, boot camp seemed like a great way to force myself to work harder.

Oh boy, was I right.

It’s held outdoors, the trainers are motivating without being too militant, and there are tons of people there to keep you going.

Anywho, I’ve been doing this camp for roughly 10 months now. I feel better and stronger than I’ve ever felt, but I know that I’m still nowhere near my fitness potential. I still get lazy, skip workouts, and overeat on the weekends. I KNOW this, but it all came to head on Sunday. My boot camp is implementing a “nutrition challenge” of sorts this month to help us get ready for summer. It includes both a nutrition plan AND a chance to get your body fat tested both at the beginning and the end of the challenge. We tested our body fat through Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing, which is basically dunking yourself underwater and having a scale measure your fat vs muscle (read more about it here).

I went in on Sunday in a great mood. Honestly, I don’t mind the way I look. Sure, my thighs are a LITTLE bigger than I’d like, and sometimes my tummy can roll more times than I’m comfortable with. But still, for being (almost) 26, I’m better off than a lot of people I know…(insert awkward self-portrait here…)

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I dunked, I dunked again, and I dunked AGAIN. Having to expel every spec of air from your lungs three times in a row is quite possibly the worst feeling EVER. Or so I thought, until I got the results :(

Turns out, I’m not as fit as I thought I was. I have 26.2% body fat, which falls into the “unhealthy” range. Ahhh! I was mortified. The guy conducting the test told me all about “skinny fat,” and how he’s seen it time and time again. Girls with low to average body weight, with “soft” features as opposed to hard, muscular ones. Apparently, this was me. In order to get down to a healthy body fat range, I need to either LOSE 10 lbs of fat, GAIN 10 lbs of muscle, or do some happy combo of both. Talk about a slap in the face.

I walked out of there, shaking and red-faced. Part of me subconsciously knew that this would happen, and the other part of me was blindsided. It’s one thing to like the way you look, but it’s FAR more important to be healthy. The thought of my body being categorized as “unhealthy” in any way was terrifying.

Have any of you ever had a rude awakening in terms of health/body fat/etc? How did you handle it?

I’ll get into my plan of action on the next post. For now, I must work.

Talk to you soon! And thanks for listening :)

-Melissa

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