Best time of the year?

I am still not quite sure what this post is going to be about. I have been thinking about it most of the day: Should I talk about spinning on Christmas Eve? Talk about abs or doing dirty dog in body conditioning today?

Or do I reflect on the holiday season? It is great for many. But for some others it is not so great.

This time of year can be stressful, depressing, sad, difficult, lonely, emotional or really not the best time of the year.

Because I feel so fortunate in my life and I believe that I was put on this Earth to help others. So I do what I can to make things better for others.

Because most people we know are rather fortunate we no longer do Christmas presents. We give money to charity because there are so many people who need so much. (Curt and I do stockings so we have a little something.)

We have a variety of charities we support. Among some of them: food banks; Planned Parenthood; public television; alma mater department scholarships/programs; Curt’s hometown Boy Scouts; Humane Society; Habitat for Humanity.

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Sore, tired body

This will be a short post as I am tired and well, just bleh.

Tuesday night Jenn and I did some weight work on our back and shoulders (among other stuff).

Yesterday I worked from home so I attended the Power Vinyasa yoga class at the studio in my neighborhood. Naushon really had us focus on doing upward dog properly, by pushing our chest forward and our shoulders down.

Between the work on shoulders/back Tuesday night and the yoga class yesterday and the crappy sleep I have gotten the past FOUR nights I woke up today with super sore shoulders and upper back.

I know being sore like this is a good thing as I am working my muscles and getting stronger. But it still is not that comfortable.

(Tonight at the gym I did intervals for spin and a little ab work. I did some stretching of my back and shoulders as well.)

After I got home I took a nice hot shower. Then I slathered my refreshing gel on my shoulders and upper back. I am feeling a little better. I am relaxing while blogging, watching TV, drinking wine and having a dinner of leftovers.

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Working out with friend

 

 

 

My friend Jenn e-mailed the gym girls yesterday to see if we wanted to workout tonight.

It just ended up being Jenn and me. We had fun and a good workout.

We did about 45 minutes. We talked about doing cardio. But there was a spin class going on.

We decided to start with some step ups on the step board. Those things ended up being plenty of cardio. After two sets or did we do three? I was sweaty and huffing and puffing.

We did arms, squats, lunges, abs and the ever so lovely glutes, which were hip extensions and the dirty dog!

Cardio is always a big part of my regular exercise routine and something I want to keep a major focus on. But I have also been making it a goal and effort to get weights in twice a week and more abs as well.

I think this will become a regular occurrence. It’s always easier for me to take a class or exercise with a friend or friends.

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Working out with friends

Tonight I hit my regular gym, In-Shape City, and worked out with Jenn, Monica, Pam and Pam’s daughter, Isabelle.

We did about an hour of body conditioning with arms, some step ups on the step board, squats, lunges, glutes and abs.

We did these crazy butt exercises, which we have done in class before. They are always so painful while doing them and then I never “feel it the next day.”

One is called the dirty dog and the other is hip extension. I feel like my butt is gonna fall off (I wish it would) and I want to cry.

I realize as I list the various exercises we did many were focused on the butt. That is where I need the most work. After that is thighs and hips. And then abs.

It was a good workout and it was fun hanging out with the girls. I hope this becomes a regular occurrence.

I have been trying to get more abs and weights into my workouts. My main focus is cardio and then yoga.

Taking a walk …

I didn’t get down to the work gym until about 4:20 or so. Twenty minutes later than I really wanted.

(Lately it is more difficult to get down to the gym at 4 and get in an almost 90-minute workout.)

I really wanted to focus on weights and abs today. But I also wanted to do a little cardio. And I really didn’t think I could do an hour of weights and abs. Though I bet I could have.

I walked on the treadmill for about 20 minutes–1 mile and about 100 calories. After that I did about 30 minutes of weights, medicine ball and squats and some abs.

It was nice not to have to feel rushed while doing arms, squats and abs. I did a lot more weights for my arms than I normally do.

Hopefully I will feel my hard work tomorrow.

Oh man, it’s 9 p.m. Gotta start getting ready for bed and finish my dinner … a glass of wine. Yup, one of those days and nights. And I just didn’t have time or energy to make dinner. (Last night I had a bowl of cereal.) My evenings seem to get shorter and shorter …

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Holiday weekend full of emotions and some yoga

I started my Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a Wednesday night Hatha yoga class with Baxter. I love his energy and humor. And he gave the class a Thanksgiving theme, which made it even more fun.

Thanksgiving morning Namaste Grand Lake hosted a 2-hour Day of Thanks workshop. Seventy-five people signed up. The workshop was $25 and all the proceeds went to the Alameda County Food Bank. It was a great way to start the day and weekend.

After class there were free chair massages offered with donated tips going to the food bank as well.

Friday morning my plan was to take Joey to his 8 a.m. fluids appointment and then take the 10 a.m. yoga class. At the vet’s office they got very concerned with Joey’s continued weight loss. They gave him an appetite supplement and special food. I was told if he didn’t eat by the end of the day I needed to check in with Dr. Miller. I came home very upset and just wanting to keep the furbaby safe, warm and comfy. I decided to skip the 10 a.m. class.

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Working those guns, endurance and abs … in that order

I went down to the work gym today about 4:15 (later than I wanted, lately something seems to come up at work to push into my exercise time) and the spin bike was being used. First time in about seven months that I have gone down and wanted to use the bike and it wasn’t free.

I decided to reverse my workout and start with arms, then abs and then cardio–if the spin bike became available with enough time to have at least 30 minutes of cardio. And if it wasn’t I would just do an elliptical or treadmill.

As I was finishing working out my arms with some hard core weights (that was a joke) the woman on the espinner was finished with her cardio. Perfect timing.

I jumped on the spin bike and did about 30 minutes of endurance. Once I was done with my cardio I did about 10 minutes of abs.

Then I had about 10 minutes to grab a snack, fill up my water bottle, hit the restroom and jump on the shuttle bus.

Dragging myself to the gym

I really didn’t want to exercise today. But with the way I have been eating lately …

Today was a busy, but productive day at work. I had a lot of meetings. But I also managed to get a good amount of work done.

I was trying to catch up on a few e-mails when I realized it was 4 p.m. I try to get to the gym at 4 so I can do 45 minutes to an hour of cardio and then 20-30 minutes of weights, abs, stretching, etc.

I ended up getting on the bike a little before 4:30 and did 45 minutes of endurance. That’s about all the endurance routine I can handle.

The endurance workout on the espinner is moderate resistance and moderate speed all in the saddle. It’s a lot of work on the glutes, quads and hamstrings.

I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when the routine, class, etc. is over. The espinner guy talked about how he looks forward to end of the spin routine because of the endorphin rush, the release and, as I said, the sense of accomplishment.

Seriously, I am just glad it is over with.

Switching it up at the gym

Today I debated on if I should do my regular Tuesday exercise routine on the spin bike (and if time permits, weights and abs) or switch it up a bit.

I decided to try something different. We have three regular ellipticals in the work gym and one “crazy” one: it’s a Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer. It’s like a stepper and an elliptical.

I did a 45-minute interval workout. When the resistance was low I used the elliptical in its full capacity–long strides. When the resistance was higher I used it more as a stepper. So every two minutes I was switching it up.

After my cardio I did some leg presses and arms with the free weights. Then I did some abs with the stability ball.

(I switch up my spin bike routine as well. If I do the “classes,” there are four choices and even within each “class” they vary. It’s important to keep your muscles guessing. Otherwise you can plateau. I also try to change up my weight routine and abs as well.)

Working the medicine ball

Medicine ball photo provided by Teach Me Fitness.Today I did about an hour of climbing on the espinner. After my ride I did 15-20 minutes of stretching, weights and squats and abs with the medicine ball.

Until recently I had never really used a medicine ball.

Today I did squats with a 6-pound medicine ball and when I stood up I held the ball high above my head. After 20 of those I did some oblique twists. I did 15 to the left and 15 to the right.

When I used Google to search for medicine ball images I found a lot of exercise ideas with the medicine ball. I am sure there are a ton more than what is in that link.

I plan to try some other exercises. Of course, if I come up with some good stuff I will share it all here on Go Fit Girl!

The photo of the medicine balls to the left is provided by Teach Me Fitness.