Posts Tagged ‘Exercise’

Shape January 2012

Today in Puerto Rico was busy. Really busy. I woke up at 6am, we started at 7am, and I got back to my room at 10:15pm. But it was productive and enjoyable and I’m now exhausted and giddy and hyper.

So I bring you this post I wrote a week or so ago which I had saved for just this occasion…

While I was at my parents’ house over Christmas I was reading my mother’s copy of Shape.

This blurb about joining a sports team to relieve stress at work reminded me that I joined a volleyball team that starts in January. I should probably remember that.

I am all about healthy swaps, but popcorn for heirloom tomatoes? Does that seem strange to anyone else? Why couldn’t you just swap popcorn for…popcorn? Freshly popped, no butter or whatever. Or at least a crunchy fruit or vegetable.

It’s always good to get a new stretching routine.

30% of women ages 20-40 don’t get enough protein? Sounds kind of bogus, no?

I like this idea of setting up incentives for accomplishing goals. I’m definitely going to check on the sites they recommend: habitforge and stickk.


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Working It Out

After my run yesterday my knees started killing me. I’ve struggled with knee issues before so I think I’m going to take it easy on the running. Which is sad, because I really enjoy it, but there’s no point in doing it if it hurts.

I’m not renewing my kickboxing membership until I come back from Texas and Puerto Rico, so that left me with a hole in my workout routine this evening. So I decided to revisit an oldie but a goodie, Self’s Bikini Ready Fast.

I thought I started doing this DVD in college when I was first trying to lose weight but now I’m second-guessing myself and I’m thinking I bought it after college, on the recommendation of a friend. Regardless, when I first started doing it I used 3lb weights and thought it was impossible, eventually I moved up to 5lb weights, and then I stopped. When I picked up the DVD tonight I decided I’d try to use 8lb weights. And I did it (well, all but the last couple exercises) and it was freaking hard. But I feel so much stronger than I used to feel and that was pretty great.

When I first started using the DVD I don’t think I had ever attended a group fitness class so I never really thought much about the instructor, Ellen Barrett. Now, having attended many, many group fitness classes and having a much better idea of what makes a good and bad instructor, I have to say I really like Ellen.

She’s bubbly but not annoying, she explains things clearly, and she’s encouraging without being discouraging or mocking (am I the only one who feels like instructors are sometimes mocking me?). Once the workout ended I left the DVD running and discovered that Ellen gives some tips (which she seemed to be reading off a teleprompter, but whatever) that I thought were really great. She advised to ease into a workout routine, to not feel discouraged, and to go at your own pace. She also talked about healthy eating, putting down the term “diet” and encouraging a diet (meaning how we eat, not a fad) of moderation based on whole foods.

I grow tired of DVDs pretty quickly, but I’m glad I tried this one again and I will definitely keep it in mind for the future.

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I don’t remember the last time I played with a yo-yo. And I don’t remember ever really diligently playing with one and being good. My officemate Amy got one as a holiday gift from an account so I spent (too much) time playing with it today. Spoiler alert: I can’t do it, I’m afraid to flick my wrist too hard.

Other highlights of my day: a 3 mile run in 22 degree temperatures with a 19mph wind. It was cold. Like I thought I had hypothermia cold. Like I ran home after I had finished my run because I just wanted to be home cold.

I made a gigantic salad for dinner, it was delicious and so, so, so much food.

Apparently 2% of Americans think Mitt Romney’s real first name is “Mittens.” I can’t even explain how much this cracks me up. I loved this information so much that I’m currently sitting here watching the Iowa Caucus just so I can yell “Mittens!” every time they show Romney.

President Mittens!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! My 2012 is off to a great start. I came back into NYC this morning. I had wanted to stay at my parents’ house another day, but my father wanted to have tomorrow to relax so he wanted me to come back today. As a consolation he let me drive in.

Once we got everything up to my apartment and out of the car I headed out for a run. It was a gorgeous day, breezy, but in the low-50s. I did 3 miles in just around 30 minutes and then immediately stripped off my long-sleeve running shirt, it was hot!

I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing because I knew I was going to be in for an arduous cooking session in the evening. As part of my New Years resolutions I want to eat better and save money (thank you mom for buying my groceries!) so I made two big dishes to eat for lunches and dinners the rest of the week.

First, I made Eat Live Run’s hoppin’ john. I’ve never had black eyed peas on New Years (maybe I’ve never even had black eyed peas?) but they’re supposed to be good luck and the recipe sounded good so why not?


I ate a bowl for dinner tonight and I thought it was great, although not particularly flavorful. I used garlic hummus instead of mayo (I don’t really like it and it upsets my stomach) which added a nice garlic flavor. And I didn’t have any cheese.

Next (well technically simultaneously) I made the Naughty & Nice Vegan Enchilada Casserole from Oh She Glows. It looks great (I haven’t had any yet), but god there were a lot of steps.

First I had to make the enchilada sauce.


Then the taco seasoning.


Then boil the pasta.

Then cut all the peppers and onion.

Then sautee the pepers and onion.


Then cook everything together.


And then bake it with the pasta.


I hope it’s worth it! I didn’t have any cheese to add (vegan or otherwise) but I think it will still be good.

I missed my parents’ dogs begging for food while I was cooking. And I have to go do dishes so I miss their dishwasher.

Here’s a little piece of Christmas a week late, my parents’ tree all lit up at night:


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Running and I have a complicated relationship. In the spring of 2009 my friend Laura and I decided to do the Couch to 5K program. We finished it during the summer and I ran my first 5K in August of 2009. After that I was hooked on running. In the fall of 2009 my ankle started swelling (it wasn’t painful) and I went to see a doctor who told me my leg muscles were too tight and were squeezing on the tendon and that I shouldn’t run.

I did physical therapy for a while, decided it was a waste, and went back to running. And my ankle never swelled again (KNOCK ON WOOD). I ran a 10-mile race in February 2010 and a half marathon in April 2010. It was fully my intention to keep running, but my knees started bothering me, the summer got really hot, and I stopped.

I started running again in the fall of 2010, ran for about 2 months, worked myself back up to 5 miles at a time, grew bored and stopped. I picked up running again in spring 2011 and ran about twice a week until August 2011 (I even ran another 5K).

Once I started taking kickboxing classes this past September running didn’t really fit into my schedule. But a few weeks ago I had the urge the run, so one Sunday I just went. And, to my surprise, I ran 3 miles without stopping. I ran again a week and a half later and again did 3 miles without stopping. Since I’m at my parents’ house for the Christmas break the only cardio I can really do is running. I went running the day after Christmas and I felt like a slow, slow person full of chicken, mashed potatoes, and cake.

I went running today and I felt great. I ran the fasted 3 miles I’ve run since July.

Although I did take two picture breaks. Running by my parents’ is really pretty (and deserted).

I really like that I can see a smidge of water (when I went onto someone’s private property).

And I also really like this cemetery.

If you can’t read it this guy died in 1860 at 88 years old (may we all be so lucky!).

He lived to be 72, 1 month, and 17 days.

I think this is my favorite monument. It says this gentlemen was a soldier of the American Revolution. Pretty cool.

As far as I can tell there’s no gate to get into the cemetery. I’d love to have a closer look at the graves. Maybe I should climb through the fence one day?

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