Planning Ahead

Tuesday Workout: Abs (planks and sprinter)

Wednesday Workout: 4 mile run on TM (38 min, 15 sec running time and 41:15 total)

Treadmill workout: Mile 1 (9:33) , walk 1 minute , Mile 2 (9:41), walk 1 minute, Mile 3 (9:38), walk 1 minute, Mile 4 (9:23)

 

I tried to get home as soon as possible to run before going to teach band from 6-9 last night.  It was hot and humid and I was tired and didn’t feel like running after a day at school. So, I compromised with myself and let myself take it easy on the treadmill and watched Oprah.  It went so quickly and I even played with the incline up to 4.0 and picked up the pace at the end. This afternoon is going to be 2 workouts for me. My running clothes are packed and I am going to the park after school to run 3 or 4 miles then going to BodyPump. I’m going to be tired!

Tuesday night I forced myself to do some ab workouts before I went to bed and did two of my favorites:

 

 

You must try this one. It is tough and seems to work upper and lower abs :)

Planks <3 I loveeee them! I missed BodyPump for over a week, so I thought I need to make sure I can still do my planks! My love for this ab workout started with my first BodyPump class.  There were about 2 minutes of planks at the very end of the ab track and I thought it was impossible! Go here to watch the video clip of this particular BodyPump ab track and see if you can do it!

I’ve been trying to pack my lunch for school at night so I can actually think about it and not run around like a crazy woman in the morning throwing together PB & J everyday.  After hearing the lovely Dawn Jackson Blatner speak at HLS, she reminded me about pita pockets!! How great are pita pockets!?! You can put tons of stuff in them and nothing falls out! I’ve been putting salad, chick peas and guac in mine lately and they are fantastic! It’s been tough to make me plan ahead for my lunches each night, but I am hoping to make this a permanent habit!

Making breakfast and lunch the night before!

Gotta make those overnight oats!! I split my So Delicious Coconut Yogurt (blueberry flavor!) in half and make two overnight oats at a time.  This with PB on top is amazing and I crave it every morning :)

Do you pack your lunches the night before? What do you take to eat at work?

One Million Lunges

 

Wednesday Workout: 30 minute ab class and 1 hour spin class tonight!

(I posted it so I HAVE to go now!!)

I have been “missing” my Wednesday spin class for the past 2 or 3 weeks.  When the bff Anne can’t go because she has to work late, it is VERY difficult to talk myself into going! I’m not completely in love with the instructor or spinning.  I feel uncomfortable on the bike, like I’m never set up on it correctly and always ask the instructor to take a look and see if I’m okay.  She probably thinks I’m completely clueless for asking over and over!  I know spinning is good for me and I like the challenge, but it’s no BodyPump class! I seriously adore BodyPump!

However, BodyPump did not love me so much when I woke up and felt like I did a million lunges yesterday! I went up on my weights for lunges, thinking I was tough and ready for it. I guess I am, but it definitely challenged those muscles!! I feeeeel the burn! I have been feeling a little IT tightness from running so hard on the treadmill in the past week and not stretching very much, so I’ve been using these yoga poses from Jen @ Peanut Butter Runner to stretch out my IT band.  The pigeon pose is great!

 

Breakfast was my favorite overnight oats today :)

I get two songs stuck in my head from BodyPump all the time and didn’t even know the song title to one of them. I decided I should just buy them so I can use them as motivation when they play during runs!

This is not really the type of music I would buy on iTunes and when I showed Colby he was like “I love that song! You like that?!” It makes me think BodyPump because almost all of my instructors have been using this for the chest exercises.


I really like doing the ab exercises at the end of class and love that all my instructors have been using this track from the last release. I have the ab exercises memorized from doing this one so many times, so I could definitely do this on my own at home. No wonder the planks hurt so much at the end, the song is 4 and a half minutes long! I can’t wait until next week to hear all the new songs from the new BodyPump release!

Eye doctor appointment in an hour, so I better go get dressed!  Must work on grad class today and get away from Google Reader and Twitter!!!!!

The Oats Are Back!

Breakfast!!!

Overnight oats are back!!

I’ve been using these oats for awhile and think they are pretty good :)

The ingredients!

*1/4 cup oats

*1/4 or less of Almond Breeze

1/2 container of my favorite yogurt: So Delicious Blueberry

*1 tablespoon Flax Seeds

Mix em up!

Blueberries on top, cover and put in the fridge overnight!

Big ol’ glob of Peanut Butter on top of oats in the morning!

Back to school today to teach tons of violin lessons and possibly taking a BodyPump class at 5:30 if I can make it! If not, I guess I’ll go for a run :)

Back on Track!

Workout: Walk/Run 2.5 miles: 31 min 4 sec and BODYPUMP class

 

This morning I had to leave this little face to go to school…

 

Don’t worry Rocky, I’ll be home all summer with you :)

I ate my favorite overnight oats for breakfast after taking a few days off from the oats.  I had an almost empty peanut butter jar, so I put them in there and they were fantastic.

My favorite overnight oats are:

*1/4 cup Organic Irish Style Oats (pictured above)

*1/2 container of SO Delicious Coconut yogurt – blueberry flavor (SO GOOD!!!)

*1/4 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

* 1 Tbsp flax seed

*blueberries

*peanut butter

I was really excited to be at one of my schools today because I am in the process of moving into a bigger classroom! I’m sooooo happy that my instrumental program is growing!  Next year, I will have even more students in my orchestra and we will be in a bigger room! YAY!!

After school, I went to the gym for a BODYPUMP class.  I actually got there early and got on a treadmill to make up for my laziness last night.  I feel so good getting 2.5 miles in on the treadmill and then doing a BODYPUMP class! I know that I will be able to run more in the morning this summer and take my pump and spin classes at night :)

My BODYPUMP set up today!! I’m in love with this class! I get it now. I read so many blogs that went on and on about this class and now I know why.  I was really comfortable with it today for my second class because I knew what to expect.  I’m still on the baby sized weights, but that is okay because I have 0% arm muscle.  Hopefully that will change!!!

SUPER HAPPY after my BODYPUMP class :)

Even though I was kinda lazy last night and didn’t run I feel so much better today and I’m ready for spin class tomorrow night! Classes are such a change for me. I trained for my last marathon by myself for almost every single run.  20 miles by yourself doing the same loop 3 times is BORING!  I love the energy of something different and being around other people!

Going to watch Colby play soccer tonight!  I’ll have to hold back from tweeting the whole time so I pay attention and take some pictures of him!  :)