Thursday, July 28, 2011

Workout Run Down (Trainer)

H and I had a great session, with a lot of sweating on my part.  I did not count the reps, but I would guess around 35.  I don't know the names of these exercises, so I'll describe them to you:

(the following performed on a step with five inserts for height)
*mountain climbers (leaning at angle, as hands were on step)
*alternating toe touches
*one leg step ups - reps done on each side
*one leg cross overs (leg not on step fans both sides of step) - reps done on each side
*15 incline walking at 3.5 pace for 2:30

Repeat the series twice.

Followed by two rounds of the following, 10 reps each:

*incline pushups
*incline one arm row with 20lb kettlebell - reps done on each side
*kettlebell lifts (held with both hands, lifted from hips to chin, elbows pointed out)
*kettlebell tricep extensions (both hands, behind the head)

Coming up next:  photo food journal

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vacation Food & Exercise Recap

After five days of vacation in the D.C. / Virginia area, I am slowly coming back to life!  In terms of food, I feel like I did okay with the hand I was dealt.  There was a lot of eating out at restaurants, and while I was able to keep it vegetarian, I was not able to keep it vegan for the most part.  It's amazing how many places are not receptive to non-meat eaters.  Further, the company that I kept was less than interested in trying to make me feel welcome (food-wise).  There was a lot of bananas and peanut butter when not at a restaurant.  The one night I was able to convince my host to stay in, I made a spinach, strawberry and nut salad with poppyseed dressing.  I'm always a little hesitant to take the lead with my elders, and I think this lead to my less than perfect eating.  Next time, I'll have to be a little pushier about getting my food requirements met.

Exercise in July in a mid-Atlantic state does not happen outside on purpose.  That in mind, I did not bring my running shoes.  I instead offered to walk the dog, go to the basement and second floor for any reason.  When I went to the Newseum and International Spy Museum (highly recommend both), I chose a metro stop further away so as to increase my walking.  I selected a garden to tour that was on a hill, and had several stone staircases.  When in buildings, I chose the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Anything active I could do, I did.  There were many hours in the car as we rode to different locations and back, but considering the circumstances, I did my best!

 For your viewing pleasure:  International Spy Museum, Newseum, Shenandoah Valley from Skyline Drive, and the Potomac in Alexandria.

Coming up: Workout Run Down