Monday, September 24, 2012
1 week ago, we got home from our vacation. 1 week and 1 day ago is that last day that I got some actual exercise in (no counting walking after lunch...). What is wrong with me?? While on vacation, I over-drank and over-ate, but got in plenty of exercise and came back feeling pretty good about it. And now it's been a week. I've been eating more to fill the time spent lounging around and I have no energy. A double-edged sword- no energy to exercise, but it's because I haven't been exercising! I already feel a difference in my energy levels, the extra fluff around my body, and the extra pounds I've added (4 pounds!!). I know a lot it is water weight, but I feel like a slug right now!
Okay, mini-rant over.
Today, I have plans to meet my husband at the gym after work to do some strength training and a short run. We plan to run tomorrow at the park near our house. I need the extra motivation of having someone exercise with me to get me back into the game. I will no undo all of the hard work I've put in this year! I need to stick with my goals and get through the holidays while sticking to my plan.
Anyone else ever have a random off-week??
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Seriously awesome vacation! We had always gone camping on our dating anniversary and this year decided to go to the Grand Canyon for our first wedding anniversary. Vegas is more exciting than Phoenix, so we decided to fly there and spend part of our time in Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon. We didn't gamble much and did a ton of walking around, saw the Bellagio fountain, lots of sightseeing (and people watching!), saw the Hoover Dam and went to a comedy show.
When we got to the Grand Canyon, we stayed at Mather Campground on the South Rim. We woke up at 5am to hit the trail bright and early. (btw- it is cold at the canyon rim and hot inside the canyon. This isn't explicitly stated enough, so pack accordingly!).
We hiked down the South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground ~7 miles. We also walked around a lot when we got there. Phantom Ranch is also down by the river and they had a little kitchen and store (= victory Tecate!). To beat the heat, we woke up at 4am to start the hike back up. We hiked up Bright Angel Trail for a change of scenery. Not gonna lie- kinda freaky hiking with a headlamp with a cliff next to the trail! The last 3.5 miles of the trail was brutal. Tons of switchbacks, not very much shade and total leg leg murder.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
This week has been crawling by. Last night felt like it should have been Thursday. But it was only Tuesday... We borrowed some backpacking gear from my brother when we were in DC and having it in the living room is making us all excited, even though we still have 2 weeks to go.
This also means it's time for me to buckle down with my eating habits! I've actually done really well with my exercise, but have definitely been lax with my food. Honestly, I've just been snacky for some reason! We are also going to see the in-laws this weekend. I've gotten really good about getting exercise in while there, so that is good. I also need to remember to just have a bite of the cake/cookies/chips/etc instead of heaping servings. That's usually my downfall. I'll bring some dip and veggies to snack on and probably some yogurt for breakfast. And lots of seltzer water to cut down on alcohol!
Plans for Vegas- Leave East Coast at 5pm. Arrive in Vegas at 10:30pm. In most other cities, this would signify getting into the hotel and getting to bed. Jimi wants to rally and go out immediately. We are leaving to see the Hoover Dam at 8am the next morning... Seeing the wax museum, hopefully the chocolate factory, then dinner and a comedy show at night. I'm not a gambler, but I will look good standing next to Jimi while he wins at blackjack (hopefully :)
We drive to the Grand Canyon the next morning and then camp at the top of the canyon. We leave around 5:30am to catch the shuttle to the trailhead. Then we're off! 6.3 mile hike into the canyon. My major goal is to drink water from the Colorado River (yes, we have a purifier). We are doing an out and back, so we'll be coming back up the same trail (4800ish ft ascent!). We were gong to do some day hikes, but touching the Colorado River sounds so much cooler! And backcountry permits are pretty cheap.
Did I mention the anniversary part? Before we were married, we went camping every year for our anniversary-well, our dating anniversary. We went to George Washington National Forest most times (3), once to the Everglades and then once in Ft. Lauderdale. We didn't go in March this year because our new anniversary is in September. Sometime near the beginning of this year, we got the idea to go to the Grand Canyon for our anniversary. And we're going in 2 weeks!
Yes, I will post a ton of pictures when we get back :)
Monday, August 27, 2012
Well, I got my exercise in over the weekend... and an enormous amount of food and drinks. I'm not going to beat myself up over it, but geez. Oh, and this morning, I am 4 pounds up from Thursday night FYI. YEah, yeah, yeah water weight etc. Definitely a good reminder for next time I am out all weekend...
Did 25 minutes in the hotel gym Friday afternoon. We lifted weights, since running after eating doesn't usually work out too well. I managed to skip order a ton of food at the hotel bar around 8, but ordered some around midnight. Not too bad, but the side was these fried chip things, which I ate anyways.
Saturday was wedding day. I did a 2.5 mile run Saturday morning, which was awesome. I ate really well most of the day, but passed my calories for the day somewhere around 9pm from drinking. but I kept drinking. And then ate a bunch of croissants and potato chips at 1:30am. Another good reason to be sleeping at that time...
Anyways, staying on track with my workouts...
Monday- 3 mile run, and bombshell butt workout
Tuesday- HIIT Upper Body and Cardio Workout (maybe some abs afterward?)
Wednesday- 4 mile run
Thursday- ZWOW #18
Friday- 3 mile run, abs
Saturday/Sunday- rest 1 day, active the other (hiking if we go camping, gym or trail run if we don't)
I still haven't decided if I'm doing something this coming weekend or not. Depends on Jimi's work schedule.
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