Yes, I Care About You

“I’ll have an order of hot wings, spicy please and a Coors Light.”

At 25 years old, this was my standard eat after aerobic class. With my workout partner sitting across the table from me, we laughed ridiculously about class, our uncoordinated moves and how fine the instructor was.

We were young, slim and trim, and as far as we were concerned, we were going to stay that way forever.  Lol! When you’re young, you think that way– at least I did.  🙂

Recently I saw a video of “The Stanky Leg Workout” and I laughed so hard. These people are having a blast dancing to a choreographed aerobic workout. The class is getting their cardio in, as well as,  getting their heart-rate up.  🙂

For some reason, the video reminded me of the early 90’s when me and my girl worked out then feasted on the hot wings and beer.

I wondered what the participants in the class ate after their Stanky Leg Workout. I wondered if it mattered to them or if they understood how relevant their post workout meal is to the hard work they put in during class.

After all, when I was 25, I didn’t give a hoot about post workout nutrition. It didn’t matter. I was lean; could not gain weight, did not have any fitness goals, so what I ate did not matter. We worked out because it was fun. Both of us were married and with kids. We enjoyed the hour of “me time” away from work and family.  If this is the case with you; that’s cool–enjoy every minute!  If you workout for additional reasons, this post is for you. 🙂

What are your fitness goals?

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Fitness goals motivate your behavior.  Fitness goals dictate what you do before, during and after your workout.  Your goals move you to live a certain lifestyle.

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I am not an expert, a certified nutritionist, a certified personal trainer, or any other fitness pro (yet); however, for over 20 years, I have lived a healthy lifestyle and continue to educate myself in the world of fitness and nutrition.  It just keeps getting better.

I care about myself and…

I care about you!  I don’t have to know you to care about you.

Everyday I see the results of unhealthy lifestyles. I see it in children, parents, and in my family. I have lost family members to cancer, diabetics, and morbid obesity. It’s not pretty.

When I see an obese child, it makes me sad; and I want to cry. I know they’re getting teased in school and, if nothing changes for them (or their parents), they will experience a lifetime of unhappiness– failing to reach their full potential in life– unless a positive change occurs.

By the way, I AM NOT saying that a person cannot be heavy or large and be in shape and live happily. I’m talking about lifestyles that lead to major healthy issues such as, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and more.

I want to take the obese child and the parent by the hand and tell them there is a better way. In reality tho, I’d get cussed out, so I stay in my lane.

I receive daily emails, texts, private FB messages, and phone calls from people asking me for help; this inquiries compelled me to write this post.  My advice to you is to sit and decide what your goals are and to write them down.

Don’t generalize: “I want to lose 20 pounds.”  Instead be specific:

To reduce my blood pressure to ______ and to reduce or get off my medication, I want to lose 20 pounds.

Start a food journal.  For three or four days, write down the following:

  1. What you ate/drank
  2. How much ate (estimate don’t measure)
  3. When you eat (time of day)
  4. Why you’re eating (breakfast, lunch, boredom, at a party, etc…)
  5. How you felt after you ate

This may seem time-consuming and cumbersome; however, to get the results, you MUST do the work… inside the gym and outside. There are no quick fixes.

If you don’t understand what you do or why you do it, you cannot make progress.

So what should you do after any workout?

Eat within the hour. If you are not going home immediately after your workout, pack your meal and take it with you to your workout. Eat it in the locker room, in the car, or on the bus, just eat.  After a workout, your body is in recovery and needs fuel to recover.

If you’re into bodybuilding, pre and post meal workouts are more complicated.  This post is more generalized for the average person.. if there’s such a thing.

Eat what?  This will vary greatly depending on your fitness goals.

Generally speaking, avoid:

  • fast food
  • fried foods
  • processed food (such as lunch meat)
  • sugary drinks/soda (including diet sodas)
  • packaged foods
  • frozen foods (unless you froze natural food yourself)
  • can foods

Try eating:

  • green/leafy food (spinach, broccoli, kale, collards, brussels sprouts, asparagus, etc..)
  • lean meat (skinless, boneless chicken, turkey, beef, etc…)
  • fish
  • beans (sometimes I use organic canned beans but I always rinse them well)
  • water
  • brown rice or pasta
  • yams/sweet potatoes
  • whole wheat vs. white
  • yogurt (plain with fresh fruit)

This lists above are general.  Again, depending on your health and fitness goals, your diet will vary.

Before starting any fitness regimen or nutrition plan, you should ALWAYS discuss it with your doctor.

Likewise, if you are being treated by your doctor for any condition, discuss and develop a plan with your doctor.  Safety and overall wellness should always be your first priority.

I hope this helps. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

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Better Than A Cup Of Coffee

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WOD:  “Titus”

10 Min AMRAP

5 Thrusters (155/115)

5 Burpee Over The Bar  *Score total reps

3 Min Rest/Transition

SWOD:  3 RDS

6 Turkish Get up (3L/3R)

Then Do:  5 RDS:

5 Strict Toes To Bar (3 Sec. up/down)

10 Strict V-Ups (3 Sec. up/down)

Working out at 9:30 a.m. on a weekday morning  was invigorating!  Oh how I miss it!   When the instructor asked for feedback about the WOD, I said that, “it was better than a cup of coffee.”

True, I’m getting stronger, but 115 pound thrusters for the women?  Nope.  I don’t think so!  LOL!!  I worked hard lifting at 75 pounds because I’m still perfecting my form.  I like to remind myself that form is more important than trying to impress others with heavier weights.  In due time, the heavier weights will come.   With a competition six months away, this is not the time for an injury.  My score:  20 (in 10 minutes).

The Turkish Get ups are difficult and require good focus.  I left a puddle of sweat on the floor, but I did them well;  consistently and methodically.  Yay!!  It’s hard to imagine that back in July, I could barely do one Turkish Get up.  That is one of the amazing benefits of CrossFit.  If you stick with it, you will see results.

No matter how hard, you push and push until you think you have nothing left.  Then… push some more!


The Beauty Of Running At The Jersey Shore

So I finally got the chance to run in my new running sneaks. I was eager to run because I needed to figure out if my hip issue was due to my run down sneaks.   Although I’m having fun doing CrossFit, I still miss my running.  Sniff!  Sniff!  Today would determine if I needed an X-Ray or MRI.

You know what?  It was the sneakers!!!

Shame on me for not keeping up with my mileage! I know better.

The great thing about today’s run?  I know that I can run the Atlantic City Marathon!!!!   I am going to run the half-marathon (13.1 miles).   While I haven’t been training for the Half-Marathon; I am well conditioned and have time to prepare, so I am flying high!

Today’s weather was ideal for runners.  Seriously!  The sun was out; not too hot, but perfect enough to break out into a good sweat.

Oh– there was another reason I was eager to run…  My first time running the Ocean City bridge…. alone!

Although two weeks ago, I walked the bridge with two beautiful women, Nicole and Tara, I needed to run it the first time alone.  I still got nervous as I approached  the bridge.

But I stayed to the left of the walkway, carefully avoiding the right side railing…  It is still scary to me. Eventually I settled in to take in the beauty of the day around me.

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The bridge was steep, but breath-taking. My hamstrings and quads burned like someone lit a match to them, but was worth every step.

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After my run, I walked under the bridge to my car. This was the breath-taking view. I quietly stood, taking in the calm waters, the beautiful bridge, the clear sky, and the fact that I just ran the bridge with an abundance of gratitude in my heart.

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Boaters and jet skiers enjoyed the day as well.

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Another shot from under the bridge. So peaceful as the waters softly crashed against the rocks.


Monday’s Motivation

“Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.”

Benjamin Franklin

Warm Up:  High Knees, Run 100M, Toy Soldier, Run 100M, Butt Kicks

Mobility: 6 MINS

WOD:   4 RDS – 1 MIN On Each Station 20 Sec Rest/Transition

  • CAL Row
  • Burpees
  • Box Jumps (24/20)
  • Pull Ups
  • KBS (55/35)
  • Run 100 M

*Scoring Every 5 Reps (or 5 CAL Row) is 5 Points

Run = 0 Points

Example:
Athlete Does 9 Burpees = 5 Points
Needs to hit that last burpee to make 10 reps to get additional 5 points

Other than another nasty and painful bump on my shin that I earned from fatigue and carelessness doing the box jumps, the WOD wasn’t too bad.

I didn’t jump high enough, so I scraped my left shin on the box.  Ouch!!  The pain was excruciating!  But I kept going.   I repeatedly whispered out loud to  myself,

“You don’t feel anything!  Keep going! It’s all in your head girl!”

The blaring rock music in the background also help to keep up the momentum.  The music’s base and rhythm would not allow me to stop.

Seriously, mental endurance is as, maybe even more important than physical endurance.  When your body aches and fatigue is in overdrive, only a strong mind with determination will keep you going.

I used a 26 pound Kettle bell, but will use the 35 pound KB next time.  Overall I am pleased with my performance.  My score was 280.

The best part of my day today was when the UPS driver pulled up to the house to deliver my running sneakers.  Happy doesn’t begin to describe my emotions.  I ripped open the box and my face lit up with joy.  Call me crazy, but I wanted to put them on and go for a long run right then.   I couldn’t because I had to tend to my son.  Y’all non-runners, just don’t understand.  LOL!

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These are the some of the chicken breast and pork loin that I marinated yesterday.  After CrossFit and dinner, I tossed them on the grill.  Yummy!

These are the some of the chicken breast and pork loin that I marinated yesterday. After CrossFit and dinner today, I tossed them on the grill. Yummy!

The sadness in today is the shooting at the Washington Navel Base this morning.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and colleagues of those who were killed today.  So Sad!

TTYL


What Is Acceptable?

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I found this wonderful image on Pinterest and I just had to share it with you!

8-30-13 Workout Of The Day

SWOD: 8 Minutes to build to first set of the following:
 SDLHP 3, 3, 3 @ Med to heavy weight
WOD: For Time:
 20 Back Squats
 30 Chest 2 Bar Pull Ups
 40 Burpees

Spent!  Wiped Out!   Sore!  Today was day 5 of CrossFit for me.  Why? Because I could so I did.  LOL!  I contemplated not going today, but my friend Tee wanted to go.  We did the 8:30 a.m. class because I had back-to-school shopping to do. Nope! Not what you think. The shopping was for mommy dearest and I had a blast.

Let me back up for minute.  You must know by now that I live for an intense workout.  Since I return to my regular grind next week, I just had to get my last morning session in and that is the real reason why I pushed myself to go today.

My friend Tee pushes me to go harder.  While doing SDLHP (Sumo-Deadlift-High-Pull) I know.. .what the heck is that?  I said the same thing when I looked at the board.  While writing this post, I couldn’t remember what the acronym  meant, so I had to look it up.

Anyway, Tee pushed me on the SDLHP’s.  I thought my max was 55 pounds, but she pushed me to 77!  Do I feel it now?   Yeees!  Her new name is “Sarge” because she ORDERS me to put more weights on, she never asks my opinion.

This is why it helps to have a dedicated partner and friend to workout with.  I push her when we run, and she pushes me at CrossFit.  If you don’t have a partner, find one; it will make a huge difference in your daily routine, especially on the days when you don’t feel like working out.

Okay it is  late, I’m tired and must get some sleep.  It’s a holiday weekend and I plan to rest.

Enjoy your weekend!