Orange Juice

Today I can’t wait to wear this shirt (under my layers of black…down vest, rain jacket etc – 48 degrees at kickoff).

I’m so proud of my husband for helping to bring this to market :)  Go here for some info on the whole Beaver juice  story.

In other orange juice news, I used the freshly squeezed variety to make a super tasty dinner earlier this week.

Orange Paleo Chicken (adapted from original recipe here)

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 t fresh ginger
  • 3 T reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 T sriracha

Directions
In a medium size sauce pot, add the orange juice, zest, ginger, soy sauce and sriracha. Set over medium heat and let simmer to reduce and thicken while the chicken cooks.  For the chicken – heat coconut oil over medium high heat in a separate pan. Add the chopped chicken and cook until a nice brown crust has developed on the chicken pieces, about 6 minutes). Add the chicken to the sauce pot and stir to coat with the orange sauce. These were the directions from the original recipe which I followed.  However, to cut down on pans I think you would be fine to cook the chicken until almost done and then just add all the sauce mix to the chicken and let everything thicken that way.

Serve over quinoa with a side of spicy green beans (olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, cooked over medium heat).

And unrelated to orange juice but more related to my overall health – I finished week two of the new job and am still alive (but tired).  I also managed to get in a workout every day this week even though some of it had to happen before and after work.  Here’s how they shook out:

  • Monday – Lunchtime pilates (with new work friends) + 30 minute incline treadmill walk after work
  • Tuesday: 45 minute run on the treadmill before work
  • Wednesday: 30 min cardio + lunchtime pilates (leaving a few minutes early)
  • Thursday: Quick 2.5 mile run after work on a new to me trail while waiting for Chris to get out of a meeting
  • Friday: 30 minutes of elliptical intervals + 30 minute butts & Guts class with my new workout pal Laura.

And finally, I wrapped up the week with half a high school football game (sideline view was nice).

Followed by dinner and a delicious sour beer at the Racoon.

And a cider at Journey’s.

And that brings me to now.  Off to pull myself together for game day.  Hope you all have great Saturdays.

Can you believe this is October? + My favorite Salmon

Um seriously how are we still getting weather like this?  We are living on borrowed time my friends because any day now the rains will come.  But until they do, we’re taking advantage of it.

Like yesterday when we decided to hit up Journeys after work (me in flip flops and shorts).

Sadly they are no longer serving hard cider on draft.  This may be a blessing in disguise.  I certainly don’t need those extra calories.

And before we hit up Journey’s we had a delicious salmon dinner.  This is one of the 1st meals Chris made for me when we were dating and I’ve always loved it.

Sweet & Spicy Salmon rub (courtesy of Chris)

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

2 ingredients.  How easy is that?  Dump them directly onto the (fresh) salmon filet, rub it around and throw it all on the grill.

We served it with grilled, spicy asparagus (olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes) and wild rice (from a box – not my finest moment).

So good.  I could eat that meal every day but I admit that salmon is the one protein we don’t eat enough around here but we need to be better.  So many nutritional benefits.

In other news, my workout yesterday was pretty typical – a pilates reformer class and 30 minutes on the elliptical split into before and after class segments.  And as for my two challenges, I am not at all doing good with the sugar-free variety.  Those darn M&M’s from my mom are just too tough to exist.

And with that, I’m out.  I shall leave you with this picture of my night.  How glorious is that for this time of year?

Mid-Week Check-in + the search for Vaporizer

Before we get into this post, can I just say I’m currently watching a show on the Food Network – Best sandwich in America – and they’re in Portland and talking about a roast beef sandwich with bacon, onions, a cheddar béchamel sauce, and like 2 lbs of french fries on it.  Totally gross but I secretly want to try a bite.  

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming. Hopefully the 1st half of your week has treated you well.  Work has been crazy but in a good way.  I’d always pick being super busy over not having enough to do and my wish has definitely been granted.  Because busy days make me plan my workouts more carefully I got up this morning and did 45 minutes of cardio before work. Nothing I did made me feel like I was working up a sweat so I kept moving around – 15 minutes on the rowing machine, 20 minutes on the gazelle/glider thing and 10 minutes on the stairmaster/step mill.

I love the step mill.  It’s probably my favorite form of cardio besides running but it’s horrible for my knees so I don’t do it that much.  Except today when I noticed there were brand new step mill machines.  I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven.  They were so lovely!  So I did 10 minutes and while my knees are a little more sore than normal right now, after 10 minutes on that thing (resistance level 7-10 with no hands on the machine) I was sweating like crazy.

I headed back to the gym at noon for a pilates reformer class and was a little surprised to see it was jumpboard day.  Imagine a regular pilates reformer class on steriods.  I’m usually pretty tough but there was one point where we were laying on our sides jumping on one leg where I thought I might break.  Made it though :)

For dinner I was going to make shrimp tacos but it was so nice out we called an audible and headed down to Northwest where we stopped in at Pepino’s and I had one of my favorite burritos – sweet tequila with shrimp.  Not entirely sure what’s in it – black beans, cheese, rice, shrimp and a sweet sauce of some sort.  So good.

And then we wandered down the street in search of some Vaporizer (Chris’ favorite beer) on draft and we found some at 23Hoyt (a new to us restaurant.

We made sure to #hydrateinjuly

I ordered a glass of Pinot Gris.

And Chris of course had the elusive Vaporizer.

After that we headed down to 21st to meet some friends at North 45 and then we realized we’re old.  Even though some of our “our-age” friends were there I felt like the rest of the place was full of young, single kids.  No thanks.  Been there/done that.  Give me my Village or better yet, my house which is where we hightailed it to after about 5 minutes in the crowded bar.

What can I say?  I like being a domesticated married lady.

And now I’m off to ice my knees and sweat in our non-air conditioned house.  Tomorrow is another crazy day so I’m going to try to get up at 5 for some quality time with the spin bike.

Hope you all have good Thursdays…just think, you’re only 1 day away from Friday :)

Question for your – do you have a favorite beer/wine/drink that you seek out?  We’re always on the hunt for good beers for Chris and good Margaritas for me. 

 

Hydrate in July

So I think we have a little challenge on our hands.  After hearing from some of you, it sounds like we could all use a little help making sure we drink enough water (and those of you who are already rockstars can support everyone else).  Not only does drinking water help you to maintain your weight (helping you to stay fuller longer) but right now most of the country is experiencing a crazy heat wave and drinking water is just a smart thing to do, especially before and after a workout.  So even though Portland is just coming out of the 2nd rainiest June of all time and we certainly are not experiencing excessive amounts of heat (um, I’ll be happy if it’s 70F tomorrow)  I’ll join in as well.

Here’s the challenge:  Drink at least 120 oz of water a day (I told you this is a challenge), including 1 large glass (16 oz) right when you wake up.  For those of you who stick with it for the entire month, I’ll give come up with some sort of prize.  Probably involving water.  Good thing I have about a month to come up with something :)

To be in the challenge is easy.  Leave a comment below and tell me you’re in and then check in with me throughout the month.  By the time July 31st rolls around I must have seen some photographic evidence.   Show me all the ways you’re drinking your water – in jars, bottles…with lemons, with limes…Follow me on Twitter or Instagram (whitlikesfit in both places) and share your pics with me using the hashtag #hydrateinjuly.  You can also email me your pic or like my facebook page and post pics there.

And because today is the first day of the challenge, here’s how I’m kicking it off…sparkling with lemons.  Delish.

And now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way, lets talk about workouts.  I have a feeling I’m going to be super sore tomorrow.  I kicked things off with an easy 20 minutes on the bike and then went through this crazy circuit.  I really wanted to focus my chest but in the process a couple other body parts got worked out.

I did that 3 times through with light weights (5-10 lbs) and high reps (15-20) and then an easy cool down on the gazelle/glider machine for 20 minutes.

After work we ran some errands for a project Chris has going on and later we both ended up in the backyard.  I got a little sidetracked with some of my “chores” and ended up picking flowers for a festive 4th of July bouquet.

It got late and we decided to just pick-up dinner from Laughing Planet.  We rarely eat out on the weekdays but LP is one of the few places we will go.  Everything is organic, locally sourced and delicious.  I had the Bubba burrito (chicken, beans, rice, cheese, corn, sour cream) in a bowl.  So good.

And now that I’ve written a novel, I’m out.  We’re hosting a BBQ tomorrow so I need to be up bright and early to get things ready.  Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!  Hopefully you can squeeze a workout in before festivities begin.  I’m going to try and run.  We’ll see if it happens.  Oh and try not and eat too many s’mores :)

Who’s joining the #hydrateinjuly challenge?

Pizza, Cider + a water challenge?

Last night I ate pizza.  And not like a normal human being 2 slices of pizza…we’re talking 5 slices and ranch on the side for dipping.  Sheesh.  I am out of control hahah.  But the pizza was so good!  We brought some Papa Murphy’s over to our friends’ (who are about to have a baby) house and they grilled it on the BBQ.  I have never had my papa smurfs this way and it was amazing!  The crust was so good!  I just couldn’t stop.  Chris and I both got in the car after and agreed that each of us ate more than we should so at least we were honest about things right?

And as we were just about home we got a call from a friend who was at Journey’s and asked us to meet him for a drink and obviously we can never say no to that place so of course we stopped by.  I was doing good too, just sipping on some water but the apricot cider just looked so good and eventually I ordered a mug.  But there is a silver lining to this story because I didn’t actually drink all 20 oz.  I left a little in my glass so I probably drank closer to 16.  Baby steps right?

Speaking of water, I have been trying to be better about drinking it.  Every day, my goal is to drink at least 4 giant 32 oz mason jars of water.  I get about 3 in at work and then between pre and post work, I get the last one. I also get a lot of comments about moonshine since I carry my jar with me all day long.  I mean, because of course I want to drink bootlegged liquor at 10am with my co-workers, right?

Since I am so dependent on my jar to measure my water intake you can imagine my horror when I got to work yesterday and realized I forgot my jar!  Serious panic spread through my body…how was I going to drink my water?  Did I have any spare cups at my desk?  Would I have to buy a bottle and refill it all day long (and poison myself with BPA)?  But luckily, I found this guy.  Who knows how long it had been in my drawer or where the lid was but at least it was a BPA free drinking device.  Totally drove me nuts all day since it was only 24 oz which meant one extra trip to the break-room for a fill-up but luckily I survived.

And because we’re talking water today, did you know one of Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules is to drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up?  I have heard the whole, “drink water before a meal” rule to help fill you up but 1st thing in the morning was new to me.   I’ve been trying it and it’s hard!  Drinking water before I eat breakfast is just not natural for me.  Not quite sure why, but I struggle!  I’ve been bringing a jar into the bathroom to drink while I’m getting ready and that seems to have helped…blow dry my hair for a bit, take a sip, put on makeup, take a sip…hazardous and probably a little un-hygienic but it gets the job done.

I’ve also been experimenting with adding fruit and veggies to my water like cucumber:

And watermelon:

And that has really helped.  I’ve also tried lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.  I think the concept of some sort of food with my water makes it go down easier?

What about you guys?  Do you have water “goals” for the day?  Do you add things to your water?  Do you want me join me in a water drinking challenge?  Maybe go the whole rest of July waking up and drinking a glass of water 1st thing in the morning?  I know Bob would sure be proud of us :)

A bar without beer

I did it!  We went to Journey’s last night and I didn’t have anything to drink!  I can’t even remember the last time that happened (if it ever has).  I told myself when I got back from Mexico I would try to cut back on the booze…even toying with the idea of going a week without drinking (except we have a wedding this Saturday so that might be tough).  Anyway, when Chris said he wanted to go to Journey’s I was kind of bummed.  I didn’t want to deal with the temptation but I made it.  He had a beer and I had nothing.  Proud of myself :)

In fact, yesterday was a pretty good day overall for one that did not include a pool and a lounge chair.

Breakfast was a blueberry smoothie but I’m not ready to share the recipe yet.  I decided I’m done using fake protein powder of any sorts and am just going to use non-fat plain greek yogurt.  It’s still a bit sour even with some honey so I’m still playing around with it.

My pre-workout snack also featured greek yogurt – along with raspberries, honey and a few walnuts.  And while it looked and tasted great in person, it looks a little gross in this picture.  Apologies.

I headed to the gym around noon for a 60 minute sweat session that looked a little like this:

  • 30 minutes on the elliptical – alternating between levels 7 & 10.
  • 15 minutes on the rowing machine (my back is super sore right now by the way)
  • 15 minutes on the stair mill.  5 minutes on level 8 followed by 10 minutes of 1 minute intervals between levels 8 and 12.  My hands never rested on the handrails.
  • 50 crunches (feet on floor)
  • 50 crunches (feet raised, knees bent)
  • 50 crunches (legs extended)
  • 50 oblique crunches per side
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 minute wall sit

After that I came back and had a delicious lunch of quinoa, roasted kale, peas, roasted chick peas and goat gouda.  Yum.

Dinner was one of my faves:  strawberry salad, sweet potato fries, homemade honey mustard dipping sauce, and a bun-less turkey burger with pepper jack cheese and avocado.

And we spent the rest of the evening catching up on DVR’d shows – The Office and Revenge.

Something to ponder – can you believe it’s June 1st already?  I feel like the days are flying by.  Just curious if this is happening to anyone else?  Summer doesn’t really happen in Oregon until after 4th of July but I still fee like it’s unofficially here tomorrow.  Kind of stresses me out.  We still don’t have any camping trips of country concerts planned.  Gotta get on that.

Happy Friday to everyone.  Do you have any fun plans this weekend?  We have a wedding on Saturday and a friend’s baby shower on Sunday.

Bikini Friendly Beers

Like I mentioned here, I’ve been imbibing a bit too much and haven’t been doing the best job of getting all my calories from food.  Well, scratch that.  I’ve been doing a pretty good job getting my calories from healthy food but I’ve been getting too many of my calories in liquid form.

Bob Haper’s 2nd skinny rule is “Don’t drink your calories.”  And when I was watching The Weight of The Nation they also talked about drinking your calories.  In the documentary, they focused more on not drinking super sugary sodas but overall, the message is the same.  A calorie, is a calorie, is a calorie whether is comes from food or alcohol, it all adds up.  One of the women they interviewed on WOTN started her weight loss journey with one small step – she simply cut down on her high caloric drinks.  That 1st step helped her to start making other choices, healthier meals, more physical activity.  She still has a long way to go to get to her goal weight but she’s trying.  And it made me realize, if this lady started by cutting back on her liquid calories, then so can I.  And since my biggest weakness is alcohol, I thought I’d pass along an article I read on Shape.  The 15 Bikini-Friendly beers.   

  • Bud Select 55
  • MGD  64
  • Busch Light
  • Natural Light
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Miller Light
  • Coors Light
  • Corona Light
  • Bud Light
  • Bud Light Lime
  • Sam Adams Light
  • Guinness Draught
  • Fat Tire Amber Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest Beer
  • Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

Except I think those beers are kind of lame.  I know I’m suppose to write about fitness and I should be drinking low calorie beers but nearly all of those listed above are gross.  Basically water.  Busch Light?  Are you kidding me?  I drank that in college because it was super cheap.  I honestly can’t believe Shape would recommend it. I don’t know if I’d ever want to be skinny enough to drink that.  Corona and Bud Light are decent – like if you’re on a beach or a a country concert.  And the Blue Moon would be ok if there wasn’t coriander in that (living in Portland, I’ll admit that I’ve become a bit of a beer snob).  But my thought is that if I’m going to only get one drink, I’d like to it have it be something I enjoy.

Like some Rose :)   My current favorite sunny weather beverage.  Which has approximately 100 calories per glass or about 500 calories a bottle.

Or a really good microbrew.  Like a Double Mountain Vaporizer which has approximately 180 calories per glass.

So what really is the point of this post?  If you like light beers then you should drink from the bikini friendly ones listed above.  But if you think those beers are gross, then you can drink something more delicious but you have to drink less of them. Choices people.  Choices.

Do you like any of those low calorie beers?  What’s your current favorite summer drink?

Wake-up Call

My in-laws and Chris & I are all members of Willakenzie Estates and they held a special tasting event yesterday so all of us, plus a couple of our friends headed out to wine country for a day in the vineyards.  We went to Willakenzie along with Penner Ash and tasted some great wines.

Ladies

My husband & In-laws

When we got home we went to Sasquatch brewery for dinner and then headed to Journeys.

And then I woke up this morning and had a bit of a come to Jesus moment when I had a hard time getting my wedding rings on.  Not a good sign.  I got on the scale and 139 lbs flashed up at me.  139.  Um, I can’t even tell you the last time I weighed that much.  5 years ago maybe?  I’m 5’7 so it’s not like 139 is overweight so don’t think I’m saying that.  I’m just saying that for me, this is quite a bit higher than I’d like.  I usually hover closer to 132-135 with my ideal weight being about 130.  So seeing this number on the scale was a wake-up call.  Some of it obviously was from yesterday – the alcohol, the salt…and I’ll give a pound or two to some extra muscle, but still, that’s a lot higher than it should be.

I talk a lot about balance here on this blog.  I mean, we only have one life and I certainly do my best to enjoy it and for the most part, I do a pretty good job of balancing out the nights at Journeys with a day in the gym.  But lately I’ll admit that things have gotten a bit out of hand, especially with the unexpected nice weather.  Sunny evenings make enjoying a glass of beer/wine (or 2 or 3) a lot easier to justify.  “It’s so nice out, let’s go to Journey’s” or “let’s BBQ and open a bottle of wine.”  And then at least for me, the drinking will lead to snacking.  We’ll come home from wherever and it’s usually been quite a while since we ate dinner so I want something to snack on and end up raiding our kitchen – dried apricots, dark chocolate squares, chips…  Or worse, we’re out at whatever bar (let’s be honest, I’m referring to Journey’s) for a while and I’m watching people all around me eat and then I order a snack at 10pm.  Extra calories and I’m not even hungry.

I’m not posting this because I want sympathy or people to say “oh you look great,” or “the scale isn’t always an accurate measure of your fitness level.”  I’m posting this because way back when, this blog was a place for me to hold myself accountable.  And right now, I need a bit of a wake-up call.   To remind myself that we’re heading into the heart of summertime and I need to pull it together.  1 glass of wine.  1 beer.  No snacks when I’m not hungry.  Appropriate portion sizes.  Hopefully if I put it out here I’ll be better about sticking to it.  And for anyone out there reading, feel free to call out me out if you see pics of us at Journey’s or hear me on Twitter talking about our night out.  Hold me accountable.  Keep me honest.   I’d really appreciate it.

Return of my running buddy + my favorite bottle of wine

As I’m sure you’re aware (because I mention it on here all the time) I love running but my knees suck. And even though I’ve just completed 2 months of physical therapy (my 2nd time in less than two years) I am still crazy enough to think I can run Hood to Coast in August.  And so I’ve slowly been bringing running back into my workout rotation.  I try to only allow myself 1 run a week and keep it at less than 3 miles.  My physical therapist says I can run as long as the pain level is a 3 or less (I’ve definitely been at a level 10).  And so I was super excited when my favorite running buddy asked me to start getting some regular runs back in with her.

Mandee (who writes over at You Say At Best…go check her out) and I met in pilates a few years ago and not only did we share a love of all things core, but we also realized we both love to run and last summer were on a pretty regular routine…usually running about twice a week.  Well then fast forward through HTC and my running hiatus and well, I didn’t do any running with my buddy because I didn’t do any running at all.  But all of that changed yesterday.  Woo hoo!  3.8 miles at a 0 pain level. I can’t even tell you the last time that happened.  I wore my knee brace (mine is like this) to help stabilize my knee cap and that seriously helped.  I need to remember to wear it more.

But besides the fact that my knees didn’t hurt, my run was so good because Mandee was there running with me. We chatted about blogs, races, weekend plans… I know sometimes I’ve heard that if you can keep a conversation while working out you’re not working out hard enough but I disagree.  It’s hard to run and talk.  And I like that challenge.  And chatting makes the time fly by.  I barely even realized how far we’d gone.  So yeah.  Great day.   Great run.  Great running buddy.  Thanks Mandee!  Can’t wait to get more into a routine.

Question for you – does anyone else have running buddies or workout pals?

After my run I hit the gym for a few weights – deadlifts, squats, step-ups, push-ups and some planks (I rotated through 30 sec of front and side holds for a total of 6 minutes).  And when I got home from work Chris and I took Chance on a walk.

And by the time we got home I was dying.  I felt like every part of my body was sore.  Golf, pilates, running…I’d done it all this week and my muscles were making that clear.  So I spent some time with the foam roller in our “gym.”  Which is still not home to our spin bike (which lives in the guest room) because we still have random office supplies and artwork stored in there.  Oh well, it works for now.

By this time it’s around 6 and I’m feeling great.  Good workout, nice stretches… Feeling pretty good about myself.  And then we went to a family dinner with some friends and everything kind of went downhill :)  We had a nice healthy dinner of grilled chicken and veggie kabobs, asparagus and strawberry kiwi salad.  And I started innocently enough with a slice of Cougar Gold cheese.  For those unfamiliar with this cheese it is amazing.  It’s produced at the Washington State University (my alma mater) creamery and I actually hadn’t eaten any since leaving Pullman 8 years ago.  And needless to say I’m pretty sure I ate my weight in cheese.

But the night doesn’t end there.  Besides eating my weight in cheese, I decided to wash that down with nearly an entire bottle of wine.  Whoops.  My favorite wine was on sale (Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc) and that just spells trouble.  I think my friend had one glass but otherwise I downed the whole thing.  Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing that I pretty much felt fine when we left dinner (maybe wine and cheese cancel each other out?) and someone I managed to get myself out of bed this morning and spend 50 minutes on the spin bike.  If I’m going to play I better work right?

What about you guys?  Do you ever have nights where the drinks are just going down a little too good?

I’m hoping I can keep the rest of my weekend eats and drinks pretty healthy.  Chris is off on another bachelor party so I’m not entirely sure of my plans.  It’s suppose to be in the 80’s this weekend so I’m thinking yard work, backyard sunbathing, the dog park, driving range and Journey’s are all in my future.  Hopefully everyone else has good things planned for the next couple days. Oh and if it’s sunny, make sure to wear some sunscreen.

1st night bike of the season

To satisfy the patio Gods…we have all night HH tonight at the J.
All Drafts $3.50 (Wit and Cider are super low for you Keg Killers).
All Wines $1 off per glass ($1.50 off for club)…I have Rose!
All Cheese Bites are $5
Don’t forget – we now open at 4pm!!
The Adirondacks are out along with smiling, happy people.

Come on by and if it cools off enough…we’ll have a campfire too.
Cheers & raise a toast to the patio Gods!

That is the email I got yesterday from Journeys.  While sitting at my desk looking out at the sunshine streaming in through windows.  See somehow it was in the 80’s in PDX.  In April.  Which NEVER happens.  And so while we had plans to hang at home and dine al fresco we could not pass up such incredible weather or such an inviting email from our favorite neighborhood bar.

We hurried home from work, walked Chance, ate a quick dinner (leftover carne asada and stir fry) and pulled out the bikes. I mean, if we were going to go have some drinks, we at least had to get exercise out of the deal, right?  I swear it felt uphill all the way into the village and my legs were screaming with every peddle push.  I had already run 3 miles at lunch and my poor quads thought I was killing them or something.  Add in the heat and I was dying.  Chris however, hauled some serious you know what and made it to Journey’s in 12 minutes which had to have been a record.  He’s been killing it on the spin bike lately and it was super obvious that all that training translated into much faster actual biking time.  Looks like I need to turn that resistance knob up a little higher next time.

Pre-Journey's walk

When we finally got there the patio was packed!  I don’t think I’d ever seen it that full.  Apparently everyone was also coming out to take advantage of our unusual weather.  But luckily we scored some adirondacks and were able to enjoy a couple of hours of evening spring sunshine.

It was dark out when we headed home and surprisingly, I love night-time bike rides (except for one part through the park which kind of creeps me out so Chris makes sure to wait for me and ride through it together).  While it feels like uphill the whole way into the village, it definitely feels like downhill all the way back and something about soaring down a hill at night, with a warm breeze blowing past your shoulders while hearing frogs croak around you is awesome.  Such a great way to end our summer sneak-peek.    PS it took us 10 min to get home.  New. Record.

After all of yesterday’s exercise my legs were sore this morning but I still crawled out of bed at 5:15 and biked it out for 50 minutes.  I’ll admit it wasn’t the hardest cardio of my life but it was still cardio.  Later today I’m heading to the gym for some weights. Still trying to figure out what muscle part I’ll be working on… I’d like to do legs but not sure if they’ll be up for that :)  And then for dinner we’re doing homemade pizza.  My favorite!  Can’t wait.

And speaking of workouts, I wanted to pass along this post from Young Married Chic.  It’s all about jumping rope.  Apparently she was chatting with an instructor at her gym and he said that he tells anyone wanting to lose weight to incorporate 10 min of jumping rope into their daily routine.  My friend Steph at Tall Adventures has also jumped (punny!) on the jump rope bandwagon.  Sounds like something I need to get on.
Here’s a good circuit to get you started:

Sweaty Jump Chic Workout (Courtesy Young Married Chic)

  • 1:00 of jumping rope, both feet off of the floor
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 1:00 of jumping rope, alternating feet (like skipping in place)
  • 1:00 of high knees
  • 1:00 plank on the floor
  • 30 seconds rest
  • 1:00 jumping rope
  • 15 push ups
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 1:00 jumping rope
  • 10 burpees
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 1:00 jumping rope
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 20 bicycle crunches
  • 20 regular crunches
  • 1:00 plank on the floor
  • Stretch!

Let me know if you try out the circuit and/or your thoughts on jump-roping in general or any recommendations on brands/kinds of rope.  I’ve done fake jump-roping before where I jump and twirl my hands but haven’t actually used a rope in who knows how long.

Finally, in other news, I got my rings back yesterday and I was chatting with the jeweler (we’re talking nice, custom designs shop… not a random mall jewelry chain) and he said definitely do not wear your rings at the gym.  He recommended getting a ring box and leaving your rings at home when you head for a sweat session or if you can’t do that, to get a chain and wear them around your neck while you’re working out.  This seems weird to me and actually makes me more nervous about breaking the chain or something but I guess if the chain was sturdy enough it would work.  He also recommends taking your rings off every night.  He said “when you take off your face, take off your rings,” and then when you put your face back on in the morning to put them back on.  Basically because you never know if you do any weird things during your sleep (slamming your hand against a headboard etc).  I slept without them last night and it felt a little weird but I’m going to take his advice and see if I can keep them looking nice and shiny for longer than a day :)

So there you go.  Bike rides, jump ropes, rings…you get it all here my friends :)  Happy Tuesday.  3 more sleeps until we head to the beach for my birthday weekend and I couldn’t be more excited.