Thursday, December 1, 2011

Viva la Resistance: The recap

Move that body: 1-mile walk with a planned run tonight on the 'mill

Today is Dec. 1.

Exactly one month since Nov. 1.

Nov. 1.

That's when I promised myself - and y'all - that I would complete two strength/resistance training sessions a week.

Yeah, about that.

I am not the ripped girl that I hoped I'd be and I'm not here bragging about doing curls with the 15-pound weights in the garage. However, it was important for me to set the goal and even more important for me to try. I could have done better - maybe - but I did something.

Viva la Resistance: The results

Number of weeks in challenge/number completed: 5/3.5

Number of times I did Jillian Michaels: .5

I started it once but Miles got super fussy. I've found that the best resistance routines are those that are easily interrupted, i.e. weights in front of "Good Morning America."

Number of times I squeezed in a session while watching "The Biggest Loser": 3 - nothing like Dolvett to get you moving.


Favorite workout: A circuit that requires just two pieces of equipment - a set of hand weights and a jump rope. Wait. Make it three pieces of equipment - a set of hand weights, a jump rope and a cell phone. Blast Pandora on your cell phone and set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes. Jump rope for one minute; drop it. Do a lower body move (squats, lunges, dead lifts, side lunges and curtsey lunges) for one minute. Pick up your weights if you didn't use them for the lower body move and work up (bicep curls, shoulder raises, upright row, tricep extension, widegrip curls) for one minute. Repeat 5 times, doing a different lower body and upper body exercise each time around.

How did you do with the challenge?

By the way, you'll get two entries into the giveaway (which includes a Bic Band, iTunes gift card, magazine subscription and Bob Harper DVD) for commenting and three if you completed the challenge. I've been keeping track on a spreadsheet with all who have entered and commented on previous posts. I'll select the winner of the giveaway Sunday night.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weather or not … not

Oh, the difference a few days (and a thousand miles) make.





Needless to say, I didn’t take out the BOB this morning. Pushing a stroller in the snow and praying drivers didn’t lose control of their cars just didn’t seem wise. But maybe that’s just me. Thank goodness I busted out 3 miles on the treadmill last night after my wee one went to bed. And by busted out, I mean trudge along while listening to “My Fair Lazy” by Jen Lancaster.

Never again will I lament running somewhere less than scenic as long as it’s warm and sunny. Never again.

What’s the weather like where you are?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Lessons in holiday travel


1. You might be able to sneak a “lap child” past a TSA agent but you can’t get one past an airline gate agent.

2. A “lap child” needs to be claimed (so to speak) on a boarding pass and you need a form of identification, such as a birth certificate or shot record, for the child.

3. If you look like you’re on the verge of tears and your child is really teeny, the gate agent will be kind and redo your pass without said identification.


4. It is best to travel when your infant should be in bed. He will sleep through a car ride, take off, lay over and second flight.


5. Out of town family members love to hold your baby so you can do things like go to the bathroom, drink coffee and run 12 miles (a 3-miler and a 9-miler).

6. Running in Florida sounds much more glamorous than it actually is. It was humid and not very scenic, aka I ran alongside a highway and planned communities about 30 minutes outside St. Petersburg.

7. Sometimes you have to abandon your way of eating based on what your gracious aunt/host has made available.

8. Muffins taste great for breakfast. Two muffins taste even better.


9. If you are smart enough to procure summer clothes for your infant to wear in Florida, you should be smart enough to pack summer clothes for yourself. Should be.


10. The beach is like a giant sandbox and children love it accordingly.

11. So do adults.

12. And old men in banana hammocks.


13. It’s great to be together as a family. The beach is just a bonus.

What did you do for the holiday?