Workout Wednesday

It’s been a while since I closed down my i-Heart Fitness blog and said I would just share my health and fitness thoughts here every now and then, as well as on Skinny Mom, but I really don’t think I’ve done too much of that here! So, for lack of a better style post, I’m going to do a little fitness update.
On my Thirty Before 30 list update yesterday, one of the items mentioned was my goal to drop 15 lbs, 10 of which I’ve successfully shed since first making the list. I wanted to share with you what my workout weeks have been looking like as of late…and how it’s been helping me achieve my goals.
Ever since starting my job working at my gym three days a week as the opener {4:30am – 8am}, I’ve been even better than ever before about getting my gym workouts in. After all, it’s getting to the gym that is half the battle. Since I have to be there, I make sure to make use of it.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, there are barre classes when I get off, so I always make sure to take those. And let me tell you – they are killer. Even my husband has mentioned noticing a tighter tush and thighs on me. If you’ve never taken a barre class, I suggest you try one. I started taking them at Barre Evolution last summer with a Groupon and I fell in love with it. I think it feeds the dancer in me in a way. I also love that the ladies in the class are practically the same each time…we’re a bunch of barre-flies, and I’ve started making friendships with some…it’s great to find others with the same hobbies as you.

On Fridays when my gym shift ends, I take the morning Spin class. I have found this to be great in combination with the barre classes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, since I’m not working at the gym, I am in charge of taking the boys to daycare and school. Lucky for me, my gym is right across the street from Tanner’s school, so as long as I’m disciplined enough to put on my workout wear before I leave the house, I head to the gym at about 7:45am those days after drop-off and do some strength-training. One day is spent on lower body, the other on upper and I usually do the elliptical or treadmill both days for my cardio.

Saturdays are usually reserved for a good long run if I can manage to have Jake available to watch the boys. If not, I hit the gym in the morning for some strength training {lower body} or barre class. {This Saturday, I have the Cooper River Bridge 10K!}

So yes, I realize that is 6 days of working out per week, but I have a true love for fitness and I always aim for 5-6 workout days per week.. I love this new schedule because I’m really mixing things up and seeing results little by little. The 2-3 barre classes per week are making a huge difference. {I tell you, TRY IT!}

So today is Wednesday and I am at the gym right now {working} and I’ve got my barre class coming up in a couple of hours. It feels like severe punishment for my glutes, but always so worth it when it’s over. Can’t wait! Hoping I’ll be looking like this soon {haha}:

What about you? Is fitness important for you? What are your go-to workout routines?

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Thursday Randomness

Ah yes, finally getting closer to that weekend now…I can feel it! Happy Thursday, y’all! Not much going on around these parts…we decorated Easter eggs last night {and Breckin only managed to break ONE!}

Also, if you haven’t read them already, I suggest you hop on over to Skinny Mom and view my latest posts on dehydration, and also calf-toning exercises {hey, summer is on the way, and you need to be ready!} If you don’t already follow Skinny Mom, I suggest you start – there are a lot of great mommy bloggers on there posting all sorts of articles on fitness, health, fashion, food and more. I’m so proud to be a part of it. You don’t even have to be a mom to gain some good info from this site!

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I feel like I’m finally on a roll getting things organized and projects done around the house. I’ve posted lately about our pantry makeover, the kids’ art area, the organized bathroom vanity cabinet and even starting to get Tanner’s room finished – see his upholstered bulletin board and his monogram art. I plan on revealing the boys’ rooms soon, but I reeeeaaaalllly would love to paint them first, however, I don’t know if that will happen in the next couple of months, so I may just have to post them as-is and then update once I finally am able to get them painted. Speaking of paint, we are finally going to paint our kitchen and living room a light gray…this was my final thing needed to call the kitchen makeover complete. The plan is to do it the weekend after Easter.
Speaking of the weekend after Easter, I’ve got the Cooper River Bridge 10K coming up that Saturday morning. For those of you not familiar, this is a crazy-popular race. It draws in over 40,000 participants. Last year, my time was 1:12, and it was my first-ever 10K…I had never run that distance all at once in my life before that. Since then, I had started training for a half marathon, and actually got to where I was running over 6 miles without a race to push me {this is big progress for me!} I fell out of training during the holidays, so I am not quite in the running shape I’d like to be, but I’m still hoping I can clock a faster time this year. Check out this craziness:

I just love participating in local races.

I am definitely in need of some new running shoes though. I’m thinking these:

Nike Air Alvord 10 Trail Running Shoes - Women
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or these {mostly because they are fun, but also supposed to be good}:

ASICS GEL-Frantic 7 High-Performance Running Shoes - Women
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But, I’m willing to take suggestions on any great running shoes y’all might have to recommend!

Soooo glad we’re getting closer to the Easter weekend – we’ve got a lot of fun planned for the kids and some family coming to visit. Plus, we’ll finally be graced with some nice weather after this crazy late March cold front we have been experiencing {so odd for Charleston}! xoxo

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Easy Protein Banana Pancakes

This weekend I tried my hand at my own recipe for some protein banana pancakes. They were actually super-easy to make, only a very few ingredients and the kids gobbled them up too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 eggs
1-1/2 scoops vanilla whey protein
1 banana
1/4 cup water (or less for desired thickness)

Heat skillet at med to med-high setting. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and wisk until smooth. Bananas may leave some lumps, but that’s OK. Spray skillet with cooking pray {I always use olive oil cooking spray…repeat this between each pancake}. Pour 1/4 batter per pancake (this recipe yields 4 pancakes; adjust as needed). Let cook until bubbly and then flip.

Serve with a drizzle of sugar-free syrup.

Each pancake is approximately 90 calories and packed with approximately 12g protein – not too shabby!

These are actually great to make a batch ahead of time and refrigerate them in single-serve baggies so you can grab-and-go as needed throughout the week. 

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*Note – original graphics-free image was from this similar recipe.

Why You Should Use Weight Gloves

Hey y’all – I’m here to tell you about an important item I carry every time I hit the gym — weight gloves.

Here are my reasons why you should have a pair in your gym bag too:

1. Prevent Callouses

Strength training is an important part of anyone’s fitness routine. But that metal or plastic-y exterior of the weights can wreak havoc on your hands.

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Wearing weight gloves can prevent this painful and not-so-good-looking problem.

2. Better Grip

Many glove options provide a better grip for you – making it less likely to slip on the bar or drop a dumbbell. Many are moisture-wicking to keep hand sweat at bay.

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And here are some that I recommend, if you’re looking for your own pair:

PINK/BLACK
{GoFit Elite Weight Lifting Gloves}
Harbinger Women's Pro Wash and Dry Weight Lifting Gloves - Click to enlarge
{Harbinger Women’s Pro Wash & Dry Gloves}
 

New Year’s Health & Fitness Resolutions – Check In!

I posted yesterday on my other blog, Style Oyster, about where I am so far with my New Year’s resolutions. I posted my health and fitness resolutions here earlier this month, so I thought I’d do the same with those. Please don’t judge because I have a feeling I’m not doing so well…but if this is how I can hold myself accountable, so be it. 
To refresh, here’s the resolutions:
  1. Well, I think it’s safe to say I haven’t completely accomplished this, but I am definitely down 3-4 lbs from when I first posted these, so progress IS being made, people! Woot!
  2. I am not doing so well with this. I did forgo the January half marathon due to falling so behind late December with my surgery and all. I am still trying to work out a good schedule to get all of my runs in, so I can be ready for March. I really want to do this!
  3. I have been doing well with this!
  4. I’m kind of halfway on this one…was doing well…this week, not so well…but I plan on getting back on track with a menu plan, stat!
  5. I’ve been doing pretty well with this one.
  6. I haven’t started yet, but I do have my Groupon for some barre classes and will start next week.
  7. Yeah, need to work on this.
  8. Have not done this.
  9. Would like to do this, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t.
  10. Didn’t do this once this month. I blame the cold, don’t you? {Though it did hit about 80 degrees one week this month, so I really have no excuse.}
  11. This is still the plan – ongoing goal.
  12. Gotta start this.
  13. Need to implement this in our daily routine.
  14. I haven’t done it 5x a week, but a lot more than I was…and working on it.

So did you have some health and fitness resolutions this year? How are you doing?

New Year’s {Health & Fitness} Resolutions

Yesterday I talked about what it takes to make a good, solid New Year’s resolution/goal. Hopefully you’ve had some time now to think about your resolutions for this year and have created a good plan for sticking to them. Here are my health and fitness resolutions for the New Year. {You can see my other New Year’s resolutions here.}
Best of luck to you in obtaining your health and fitness goals this year! I hope you’ll continue to read along and share the triumphs and challenges in fitness with me. Happy New Year!