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My fastest run ever!

It’s almost Friday, people!  Get excited!!!

Did you realize that tomorrow is Friday the 13th?  Pretty spooky, huh?  To balance out the creepiness that can come with an eery Friday the 13th, it’s also our four and a half year anniversary tomorrow!  (Just in case you were wondering, we didn’t get married on a Friday; it was a Saturday.)  I choose to celebrate the happy occasion instead of falling into the whole watch scary movies and freak yourself out thing.  In case you didn’t know, I don’t watch scary movies, and if I am forced to do so, I will make jokes the entire movie so I won’t be scared – this is highly entertaining to everyone…or maybe it’s just me.  Even if I do that, I will still sleep with my light on (yes, I’m five) or have bad dreams – or both.  I digress… back to the real reason for this post.

Today I ran my fastest run EVER.  Sounds impressive right?  Let me tell you just how impressive this is!

First, I quickly scribbled down some workouts from the Tone It Up girls.  One of the cardio workouts was to sprint (at about an 8 on a scale of 1-10) for 90 seconds, then jog (at level 4) for 3 minutes, then repeat this sequence five more times (for a total of six), which would be about 27 minutes.  This afternoon seemed like the perfect opportunity to try this interval workout since I had enough time between work and teaching Zumba and Daniel said he would be working a little bit late.

Next, I donned my new Fila running capris.  I found them on super sale at Kohl’s.

(In case you were wondering what that is attached to my jacket, it’s my gymboss interval timer – I don’t know how I lived so long without it!)

Finally, I headed out the door for my run!  Our driveway is about a quarter of a mile, so I used that as my warm up.  I felt nice and warm, so I geared up and hit the start button on my interval timer.  I began my 90 second sprint and was feeling great.  I had that “good run” feeling.  I was sprinting toward the park down the street from our house, and a familiar truck was heading in the opposite direction.  It was Daniel, so I obviously wanted to stop and say hey.  I had been sprinting for 45 seconds (on the first round no less), but he opened the door, I hopped in, and we drove home.

Fastest. Run. Ever.  🙂

Aren’t you impressed?

It may seem silly, but Daniel has been working nights all week, and we literally have not seen each other (awake) for more than two hours since Sunday.  I knew that spending some quality time with him before Zumba would make me feel better than a thirty minute cardio workout.

I figured that I may have developed the hottest workout trend.  Short workouts are all over the place – bodyrock, HIIT training, etc – so why not take it down to a quick 45 second sprint and then a 30 second ride back home?

So tell me…

Do you do HIIT workouts?

What was your workout today?

 

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DIET – the ultimate four letter word

Most people cringe when they hear the word “diet” because they think of eating small amounts of tasteless food, giving up all their favorite foods, and waking up in the middle of the night so hungry they start gnawing on the bedpost.

I think it is interesting that the word diet actually means “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.”  The origin of the word diet comes from a Greek word meaning “a way of living.”  Looking at the word from this perspective puts a much more positive spin on it. 

Lately, I have noticed that I have allowed too many empty carbs (sweets) back into my regular eating habits.  Accordingly, I have noticed a few extra pounds creep on my waistline.  In order to get this extra weight off, I am not GOING on a diet, but I am going to ADJUST my diet  way of life.  This means less refined sugars (so long, mini kit-kats, it’s been real), more vegetables, and also a change in my workout routine. 

My body has gotten used to my routine, and now the hour long sweat session of Zumba that occurs 3-4 times a week is just “the norm.”  This week, I have added in two Piloxing classes (have y’all heard of this or taken the class?  It’s so much fun!), some Jillian Michaels (6 week 6 pack), new weight lifting combos, and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts.  I bought the Women’s Health Big Book of 15 Minute Workouts and have been mixing those in with my other workouts.  Needless to say, I’ve been sore all week!  I know I’m not the only one who rejoices when I wake up and my muscles are stiff and sore from an effective workout! 🙂 

Even though I’m cutting back in some areas of my eating habits, I am DEFINITELY not eliminating things I love (chocolate, frozen yogurt, carbs, cheese).  I have recently fallen in love with three new (to me) forms of chocolate.

Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Zico Chocolate Coconut Water

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Caramel Bar with Sea Salt (this one is still an indulgent and decadent treat, but it counts because it’s a new obsession – and dark chocolate has antioxidants).

I will keep you posted on my adjusted eating habits and way of life in general! 

Do y’all ever get “stuck” and have to jumpstart  your healthy lifestyle?  (I seriously hope it’s not just me!)

What’s your favorite treat that is somewhat healthy but doesn’t “taste healthy”?

Any words out there that you can’t stand or make you cringe?


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