Monday, April 30, 2012

Workouts: April 23 - 27

So again this week I did a little too much, for no good reason.  I randomly ran 4 miles one day at lunch, without having trained in any way.  The run went well, but my knees and shins were really sore at the end and for a couple of days afterwards.  I had to take it easy for a few days, but I'm feeling good now. 

Noon:  Legs and Jumprope Routine - 1 minute of each exercises listed with 1 minute of jumprope and 20 seconds rest
  • Front Lunge
  • Squat with Toe Raises
  • Single Leg Deadlift
  • Wall Sits
  • Toe Roll Iso-Lunges
  • Reverse Lunges
  • Toe Raises
  • Plie Squats
  • Standing Forward Leg Lifts
  • Hamstring Curls on a Ball
  • Hip Raises
  • Kettlebells Swings

5:30:  Yoga - hard.
Noon:  1 hour Vinyasa Yoga.  Again hard.  
8:30:  Reverse Co-ed Power Volleyball at Dublin Rec
Noon:  4 mile run

Noon: Nothing - WAY too sore and my hips were killing me.
5:30: Yoga at Capital Club - this was my hardest class ever.  Not only was it one of her harder classes, which Lo agrees with, I was incredibly sore and was really struggling with holding the poses correctly. 
Noon:  45 minutes elliptical.  I just needed to take it easy...and read a US Weekly magazine.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lessons I Didn't Learn...Part 2

Last week I posted about how I didn't learn the lesson that less is sometimes more, and I pulled a butt muscle.  I did better with my workout on Monday, and even stopped with the jump roping when my ankle got a twinge.  Every now and then my ankle will get a "twinge" that isn't a sprain or anything and it just comes and goes for a couple of days, never bothering me terribly, but noticeable enough that it makes me limp a little bit.  It kind of feels like a tendon or small bone is just shifted slightly out of place, but I don't even know if that's possible. 

Anyway, the lesson that I didn't learn this week is that if you haven't been running, you shouldn't spontaneously run 4 miles.  As a matter of fact, I think the lesson is that you are supposed to increase your mileage by 10 percent at a time or something like that.  I went for 100% instead. 

I put our Green BEAN Produce delivery on hold for the time being and when I temporarily suspended my account, they asked if they could pick up the bin until we wanted to start again.  We were supposed to set it out for pickup on Wednesday and forgot.  I'm saying we, because I asked Loren to do it and he forgot.  Truthfully, I should have done it myself because he was actually busy folding laundry when I asked him, and I just didn't want to get up because my feet were cold, or at least I remember that's what the excuse was when I asked him. 

I remembered around 11 a.m. that we forgot to set it out and emailed the company to see if they'd come by yet.  They said no, and that they'd be heading out for deliveries soon.  They probably wouldn't have cared if I told them I forgot, but as punishment I decided that I had to run home during my lunch hour to set the bin out.  Instead of driving, I decided that I literally had to run - plus then I wouldn't be skipping my workout. 

It was nice out and the run was going pretty well.  I realized halfway home that if my ankle started hurting really bad that I was screwed because Lo was busy with a consultant and couldn't come pick me up even if I needed him to.  My ankle was fine, my lungs were fine, but my knees and shins were really feeling it part way - plus my legs were still sore from Monday's workout and 2 yoga classes.  On my way back I walked for a little bit, but for the most part I was running.  I made it back with time to spare, which I was pretty excited about.  But man my knees hurt!  And they still hurt!  I skipped my lunchtime workout today to give them a rest, but yoga was hard tonight, so that didn't help.

In a way, I'm kind of proud that I ran that much.  I pretty much hate running and am "bad" at it even if I practice.  I never would have thought my lungs would have felt great since I don't do a lot of standard cardio.  Apparently my crossfit-type workouts, spinning, and yoga are enough to make a difference!  That being said, if I'm going to run again, I really should go for any sort of distance, especially while wearing Vibrams, if I haven't been running much. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Recycled Magazine Bowl Tutorial

Looking for an Earth Month project (or just something to do with those stacks of magazines laying around your house)?  Check out my Recycled Magazine Bowl Tutorial posted on Living on the Cheap

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April Birchbox Review

Another month, another Birchbox!  I was excited to open this month's Birthbox and wasn't disappointed!

Last  month is still my favorite box, but this one was pretty on-target with what I would want.  I was disappointed that there were only 5 samples instead of 6, but the website says 4-5, so it's not off target.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service for upscale beauty products.  For $10, you get a box with 4-5 generous samples including makeup, skincare, fragrance, body, and hair care.

Wanna try Birchbox?  I'd love it if you used my referral invite: Click here
1.  Wonderstuck Taylor Swift - this perfume was a strike-out for me.  It smells like cotton candy, which is exactly what I would expect from a perfume created my Taylor Swift.  I'll give this to one of my nieces - she'll be perfectly happy with it!  Full size- $49.50-$59.50

2.  Zoya True Spring Collection in Lotus - I love this color.  I've been wearing bright and unique colors on my nails lately and this is perfect.  It's supposed to go on opaque, so I won't have to use as  many coats.  I haven't tried it yet, but I think I will this week.  I really like Zoya nail polish, so I was really excited for this!  Full-size- $8

3.  Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer - I haven't used this, but I'll throw it in my travel toiletry bag for overnight trips.  My skin isn't super-picky and I've tried other Juice Beauty products, so I'm sure it will be fine.  Full size - $28, which is more than I prefer to spend on moisturizer.

4.  amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask - this contains rare omega acids and vitamin C and claims to boost shine and helps repair split ends.  I haven't used this yet.  I don't normally use deep conditioners, but since my hair is longer now, I'll give it a try.  Full size - $40, which I'd never pay.

5.  Lifestyle Extra: dropps Laundry Detergent - these are eco-friendly, single use detergent packs.  I thought this was a neat offering, considering April is Earth month.  Pack of 20 is $6, which isn't a bad price considering it's a measured dose.  It's easy to use more than the recommended amount of powdered and liquid detergents, so you don't necessary get the amount of loads out of a package that the label claims.  Update: I used these a few weeks ago and love the scent!  I would consider buying these in the future if they were on sale or I had a coupon. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Workouts: April 16 - 20

After mentioning last week that I was trying to be careful about not doing too many workouts and being concerned about over-training because I can mostly only use my legs, I totally did the opposite and ended up regretting it.  I wanted to get a good, hard leg workout in on Monday because I felt like I haven't been getting very sore and wasn't sure if I was pushing myself hard enough.  Well, I apparently pushed myself too hard and ended up straining a butt muscle - bad.  I struggled walking for most of the week really had to take it easy.  It was way deep inside my big butt, so I couldn't even massage it or ice it if I wanted to.  As a matter of fact, when we were driving home on Monday, I had my leg up on the dashboard (obviously, I wasn't driving) and I was trying to find the spot that hurt so much by digging my thumb into my butt cheek...and Mayor Coleman walked past on the sidewalk.  I don't think he saw me, but it was kind of funny.

Noon:  100 Workout by Lean Green Bean
This is a great workout and I've done it before without hurting myself.  I wasn't sure whether the single leg exercises meant 90, 80, etc per leg or between legs.  I wasn't sure how much time the workout would take, so I split them between both legs.  I got done early enough and still had energy, so I went back through the single exercises again so it would end up being that amount per leg.  I think that may have been just a little to much - or doing them at the end of the workout was too hard since they were higher reps.  I didn't feel any pain during the workout, but history shows that I never feel the injury if it happens while I'm workout out.  Adrenaline is strong, I guess!
100 squats w/ 10# med ball
90 reverse lunges
80 single leg deadlifts
70 mountain climbers
60 bridge lifts
50 calf raises w/ 10# med ball
40 plie squats w/ kettlebell
30 skater lunges
20 knee to elbow in plank
10 burpees

10 minutes elliptical
5:30:  The instructor was sick and cancelled right before - I was not mad because I wasn't sure if I could even do it with my pulled butt muscle.
Noon:  1 hour Vinyasa Yoga
Noon:  35 minute elliptical
Noon: Spinning - I wasn't sure how it'd feel on my butt, but it was okay.  I just took it easy and didn't use high resistance. 
5:30: Yoga at Capital Club
Noon:  45 minutes elliptical

Friday, April 20, 2012

Salmon with Cilantro Pesto and Lentil Salad

We picked up some nice salmon filets when they were on sale at Giant Eagle last week and decided to make them the next day.  I didn't really have a plan for them and forgot to have Lo soak cedar planks to grill them on.  He didn't want to grill the salmon without the planks because fish is so much more delicate to work with on the grill.  We had some asparagus for him to grill, plus some thawed chicken breasts for a future meal, so we decided to cook the salmon in a cast iron pan and the rest on the grill.  I'd been craving lentils and decided I wanted to make a quick lentil salad to go along with the rest of the meal.  I remembered that I had some cilantro pesto in the freezer from a few months ago and decided that it would be the perfect topping for the salmon, so I pulled it out and defrosted it in the microwave - good choice!  It sounds like a lot going on, but it came together so quickly - especially with him on the grill and me in the kitchen. 

The salmon was just cooked very simply in the cast iron pan.  I seasoned the salmon with salt and pepper and heated coconut oil in the pan until it was hot.  I placed the salmon in the skillet skin side up and cooked for 5-7 minutes until it was done almost halfway through and released easily from the pan.  If you try to flip fish and it is sticking to the skillet, it probably isn't ready to be flipped.  Once flipped I kept cooking until it was just barely still pink in the middle and removed it from the pan.  I topped it with the cilantro pesto right before serving.  As far as the asparagus goes, just spray it with some oil and cook it on the grill - salt and pepper is all you need!

I looked around for a cilantro pesto a few months ago when I had a bunch of cilantro from a produce delivery that I didn't want to go to waste.  I didn't find a perfect recipe, so I just combined several. 

Cilantro Pesto

2 cups cilantro leaves, long stems removed
1 large clove of garlic (2 if you hate vampires)
1/4 cup chopped red onion (or less)
1/3 cup pine nuts (can use other nuts instead; almonds, walnuts, pecans)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 cup fresh parmesean blend or other hard cheese
favorite seasoning (I likely used some crushed red pepper, but don't remember exactly)

Chop nuts in food processor.  Add cilantro, garlic, and onion and continue to process.  Slowly add oil until you get your preferred texture.  Add seasoning and cheese and process lightly or stir to combine.  Freeze leftover pesto so you can use it last minute for a future meal like I did!
Salmon with Cilantro Pesto
Lentil Salad

1 cup dried lentils
chopped or sliced onions
shredded carrots
balsamic vinegar
gorgonzola or other tasty cheese
favorite seasonings
balsamic dressing, if desired

Add lentils to saucepan and cover with 2-3 inches of water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until cooked, but not mushy.  If there is extra water in the pan once the lentils are done, strain it out and put lentils back in pan or in a serving dish. 

Meanwhile, spray skillet with nonstick spray or oil and add onions when the pan is hot.  Cook onions until they are caramelized, about 10-15 minutes, adding a little water here and there when the skillet starts to get dry.  You can also add a pinch of sugar if you prefer your onions slightly sweet.  Once onions are almost done, pour a healthy glug of balsamic vinegar in the pan so the onions can soak it up.  I added the shredded carrots at this time so they would be slightly cooked, but still have a nice crunch for contrast.  Once the onions and carrots are cooked to your preference, add them to the cooked lentils.  Add another splash of balsamic vinegar - or add some balsamic dressing if you prefer - and sprinkle with cheese. 

These lentils are good whether they are hot, cold, or room temperature.  You can customize these so much and add whatever spices or veggies that you have - I was just trying to keep it quick and simple.  Double it if you want lots of leftovers!

This was a really simple meal that could mostly be made ahead of time - or pulled together in about 25 minutes. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lessons I Don't Learn

I never seem to learn the lesson that more isn't always more.  Sometimes less is more. 

I pulled a butt muscle during my leg workout on Monday.  And since I never really notice injuries when I'm working out, I didn't realize it until a few hours later.  Ouch.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gluten-Free Easter Treats

I was planning to make Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting for Easter again this year, and when I saw these no-bake Easter treats, I wanted to make these too.   I was converting the Cupcake Recipe to gluten-free this year, so I was nervous about the results.  They actually turned out pretty well - though they were a little flat and dense.  My favorite out of all of the treats were the Crisped Rice Treats - the side dipped in chocolate was amazing.  

I totally forgot to buy cupcake wrappers and didn't have any, so they looked a little naked. 

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Adapted from this Bon Appetit recipe
Make approx. 16

1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour (I used Jules All-Purpose with xanthum gum added)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 very ripe large bananas, peeled
3/4 cup sour cream or greek yogurt (lite works fine)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (more or less to preferred consistency)
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature (I used neufchatel)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
mini candy coated chocolate eggs, like Cadbury or Hershey

For cupcakes:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Mash bananas with fork in another medium bowl until smooth. Mix sour cream and vanilla into bananas.
Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk and beat until well blended. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with banana-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until blended after each addition. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups (generous 1/4 cup for each).
Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center of each comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and let cool completely.
For frosting:
Sift powdered sugar into large bowl. Add cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until smooth. If it's too thin, you can stir in more sifted powdered sugar until you get the right consistency.  If you use 1/3 less fat cream cheese, you may need extra powdered sugar.  You'll want it to be able to hold a little shape if you intend to make it look like a nest with the eggs.  Spread frosting over top of cupcakes, dividing equally.  

I tried to make mine look like nests by spreading the icing on with a knife and randomly pulling the knife up off of the frosting (does that even make sense?) to create peaks.  If you want to make the frosting look even more like a nest, stir in some coconut so it looks like straw.  Place the mini candy eggs in the "nest" of frosting before serving.  If you are going to store these for more than a couple of hours, add the eggs at the last minute because the shell get a little soggy and weird.

Chocolate Dipped Crispy Rice Eggs

1/4 cup butter
40 large marshmallows (5 cups mini or 250g)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 cups crispy rice cereal (I used GF Koala Crisp)
Chocolate for dipping
sprinkles or crushed m&m's

Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat and add cereal. Stir until equally incorporated.
Using a greased 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out some of the mixture and form into an egg. Set aside and repeat until all of the mixture has been used up.  Dampen hands occasionally to keep from sticking. 
Melt chocolate.
Dip the tops into chocolate, then into sprinkles or crushed candy.  Store covered at room temperature for up to two days. Freeze for longer storage.

Peanut Butter No-Bake Nests 
(I halved this recipe and it made around 24)

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup margarine

1/2 cup milk

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups gluten free rolled oats (old fashioned)

coconut, if desired
m&m's for "eggs"

Lightly grease a mini muffin tin.  In lg saucepan, mix sugar, margarine, and milk; bring to a full, rolling boil over med heat. (full, rolling boil = large bubbles rising to surface that can't be stirred down).
Boil for one minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until peanut butter is melted; stir in oats.  Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture into mini muffin tins.  Use a spoon to create a divot for the nest - you can also use your thumb if it's cool enough. 
Stick in the freezer for 20 minutes or so.  In order to get these out of the muffin tin, I had to slide a toothpick down the side of the each tin to pop out the nests.  I used a dab of leftover peanut butter frosting to "hold" the coconut and m&m's in the nest so they wouldn't spill during transport, but it probably isn't necessary. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Workouts: April 9-13

I cooled with it extra workouts this week because I felt like I was headed into the over-training zone which I seem to find myself in every once in awhile.  I tell myself it's okay to do 2 workouts/day a few days of the week because often yoga is one of them, but the yoga classes that I take aren't exactly "relaxation" yoga - so they should count as a workout.  Since I still am mostly just using my legs because of my junk elbow, I don't want to over-train them to the point that they stop getting stronger. 

Noon:  Tabita Workout - 50 seconds on, 10 seconds rest; repeat 4x
Squat Jumps
Alternating Lunges
Mountain Climbers
Deadlifts with kettlebell
Bridge Lifts

Elliptical for 10 minutes

5:30:  Core Power Yoga at Capital Club

Noon:  Lunch with friend, no workout
830:  Reverse Power Co-ed Volleyball at Dublin Rec

Noon:  25/5 workout - Each exercise 25 times, with 5 burpees between each
Elevated Single Leg Lunge
Squat to Toe Raise
Single Leg Deadlift with Kettlebell
Wall Sit
Toe Roll Iso-Lunge
Single Leg Back Lunge
Toe Raises (25 each of toes forward, pointing out, and pointing in)
Plie Squats
Standing Leg Lifts (25 each of side, back, and forward)
Hamstring Curls on Ball
Hip Raises
Kettlebell Swings

Noon: Spinning

5:30: Yoga at Capital Club - I did Wheel for the first time and it didn't hurt my elbow!

Noon:  Junk Workout
I didn't have a plan when I got to the gym (which is bad), so it was kind of a crappy workout.  I can't remember exactly what I did, but I did several sets of lunges with a medicine ball overhead, burpees, wall balls, some abs, and then some yoga poses. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Best All Purpose Cleaner (according to Cook’s Illustrated)

For those still needing to do some spring cleaning, Cook’s Illustrated did a product comparison for all-purpose cleaners, specifically testing on tough kitchen tasks.  They tested natural and antibacterial cleansers on a variety of messes.  There was only 1 that was highly recommended (that I went out and bought), 1 recommended, 4 recommended with reservations, and 3 not recommended.  I love that the highly recommended one is natural and a decent price (hint, it’s Method All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner in French Lavender).   Click over to check out the results!

I seriously love these Cook’s Illustrated product/equipment comparisons and often look for the recommendations when I need to buy something.  While their past comparisons aren’t available unless you’re an online member, the newest tests are often included in the free Notes from the Test Kitchen email newsletter.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dirty Dancing Cult

Lo knows the entire Dirty Dancing soundtrack.  He grew up hearing the soundtrack between his mom and his sister – BUT HE HAS NEVER SEEN THE MOVIE!  That is just bizarre to me.  When we were driving to visit my family in NE Ohio last week, Hungry Eye came on the radio and he totally knew whose song it was (apparently Eric Carmen).   

And then this conversation cracked me up:

Me:  We absolutely have to watch Dirty Dancing sometime.
Lo:   I don’t want to see it.
Me:  But you have to  - it’s so good.  It’s a cult classic!
Lo:  Well…..then I don’t want to be in your cult! 

I couldn’t even argue with that.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Columbus Food League Bike Tour

 We are majorly in love with 5 restaurants around downtown that are part of a “family” of restaurants called the Columbus Food League.  Last fall we talked about how we needed to do a bike crawl to that group of restaurants on afternoon, at which we’d get a drink and something to eat.  We never got around to it, so we wanted to make sure we were able to get it done as soon as possible. 

The last few years we’ve stayed home for Easter – meaning we didn’t drive 1.15 hours to visit Lo’s family or 3 hours to visit mine.  Traffic is always so sucky on Sunday coming back to Columbus, and it was just nice to have a holiday for which we didn’t have plans.  The first year we went to Betty’s Fine Food and Spirits to eat – because they posted a pic of a martini with a marshmallow Peep floating in it.  The next year we went to Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, because we’d been wanting to try their brunch and it seemed like a perfect day that probably wouldn’t be as busy as normal. 

This year, my mother-in-law’s birthday happened to fall on Easter, so we decided that we needed to break our tradition and visit his family on Easter.  BUT since Saturday was going to be so beautiful, we decided to do our Columbus Food League Bike Tour that day.

We had brunch at our friends’ house and came home a couple of hours later in need of a short nap before we embarked on our journey.  I woke up, and after a quick scan of Facebook, realized that it was Gallery Hop day.  Our intent was to start our tour at the further point from our place and work our way back – but that was going to put us in the Short North right around the time that Gallery Hop would really be hopping, which could make getting a seat at Betty’s and Surly Girl difficult.  We decided to change our order to Surly Girl, Betty’s, Jury Room, Dirty Franks, and finally Tip Top. 

I got dressed while Lo started to fill up the bike tires.  That was a problem because one of his tires was completely flat AND the pump was suddenly broken (it worked fine last year).  After a quick online search, he found that a lot of people had the same problem with this pump and there was no fixing it.  That was annoying.  Off to Target we had to go to get a pump and a tube (in case it was bad too).  He got everything fixed and off we went.

We got to Surly Girl Saloon around 5 and grabbed a spot at the bar – right before a group traveling on the Cycle Tavern got there.  They were D-Runk.  I had a Surly Temple (Red Pop and Vodka) and we ordered Frito Pie with the veggie chili (because it was GF). 

Our second stop was Betty’s Fine Food and Spirits.  It was clear at this point that Gallery Hop was really picking up.  We got a table, but within minutes, there were people waiting.  I had a Berry Betty, which was Blueberry-Strawberry Infused Finlandia Vodka & Pink Lemonade.  I didn’t realized that the berries had actually been soaking in the vodka until I started eating them and realized how boozy they were. So I ate all of them.  We didn’t get any food this time since we just had Frito Pie at Surly Girl.  We had some good people watching from our window table including a guy wearing a leopard print fur shrug with a very casual outfit (he ended up coming inside briefly, so I snapped a pick), and a guy wearing an American Flag tracksuit (old school with the tightly cuffed elastic bottoms) and a tshirt with an American flag and 3 wolves.  Luckily his tracksuit jacket was tied around his waist so I could see his fantastic shirt (I have no idea what American flags and wolves have in common).  Sorry, no pic – I was too slow.  Traffic was packed through the Short North, but we just rode in the lane beside the parked cars and it was fine.

We went to Jury Room next because we wanted to go to the furthest one left in this direction and then work our way back.  Jury Room is awesome because it’s a little out of the way, so it’s never too busy.  Plus they mark their gluten-free items on the menu, so I know what I order is safe.  We just got the Truffle Fries and I had an Executioner, which is XRated Liqueur, Citrus Vodka, and 7up – though I had him sub club soda for the 7up so it wouldn’t be so sweet.  Very good substitution.  

On to Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace for our 4th stop.  We weren’t surprised to see a line outside, as it’s a tiny place and we were getting there around prime dining time.  We put our names in and stood inside so we’d know if anyone got up from the bar (it’s first come, first serve to sit at the bar).  Within 10 minutes, we had a seat at the bar and I was enjoying a Vodka and ½ red pop ½ club soda.  I ordered a Whoa Nellie in a GF wrap (beef dog topped with pulled pork and BBQ sauce), while Lo had a Doginator (bacon-wrapped dog –seriously- topped with beef brisket, bbq sauce, cheddar, and onion rings.

Our final stop of the Columbus Food League Bike Tour was Tip Top.  It wasn’t crowded at all and they were playing obscure-ish hip-hop, which was pretty great.  I had a “Commit to be Lit” for my final drink (Orange, vanilla and raspberry vodkas mixed with cranberry juice and a splash of 7up, served tall).  We were still hungry since we’d just been snacking all day, so we ordered Ohio Nachos and the Salmon Dinner to split. 

That was a tour!  The ride home was a little chilly, but it was a great evening!  We hung out at each place for awhile, so we were gone for 5+ hours.  I’m already looking forward to having our friends join us for this tour next time! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Workouts: April 2-6

Monday:  Noon:  appointment during lunch; no workout

5:30:  Core Power Yoga at Capital Club

Noon:  Elliptical for 45 minutes – I was having bad stomach pains and wasn’t up for anything else (they finally went away later in the evening)

Noon:  I made up what I’ll call a 100/25 workout.  It made me pretty sore, but I thought it was going to be worse than it is. 
100 jump rope
25 single leg squats w/ leg on bench, 25 calf raise squats
100 jump rope
25 single leg dead lifts, 60 second wall sit (I know, it’s not 25 anything)
100 jump rope
25 reverse lunges (each leg), 25 standing side leg lifts
100 jump rope
25 super-skaters, 60 second alternating single leg wall sit
100 jump rope
25 hip extensions, 25 in and out crunches
100 jump rope
25 Toe roll iso-lunges (each leg), 25 calf raises x 3 ways (toes pointing straight, toes out, toes in)
100 jump rope
25 kettlebell deadlifts w/heaviest bell, 25 single leg speed squats (each leg)
100 jump rope

6:00:  Walked to pilates at Short North Fitness.  It wasn’t as hard as I expected.  She combined Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates.  I liked it well enough and will go back since I have some class passes, and she said each class is very different so it's likely others would be harder.

Noon: Spinning

5:30: Yoga at Capital Club – I know I usually say this class is hard, but it was particularly hard.  I think when there aren’t any new people in class, she makes it harder for the regulars.  Tons of planks and vinyasa, and no balance poses (which are easier). 

Noon:  I didn’t feel like coming up with a workout, so I asked Lo what I should do.  He gave me 3 different workouts, but I did them all, with a few modifications.
  1. 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 reps
    Jump rope, situps
    I did different types of situps each round to work various abs.  In order: legs straight up crunches, straight leg lower, full situps, russian twists, in and outs
  2. 21, 15, 9 reps
    Pushups (on knees still), squats w/ 12# med ball, lunges with 12# med ball
    Sets were supposed to include situps, but I left them out since I already did 150.

  3. 1 round (original workout is 5 rounds for time)
    20# overhead walking lunges 50 ft., 21 burpees

The third workout would have been incredibly hard if doing the whole 5 rounds.  I cooled down with 10-12 min on the elliptical.