Archive for April, 2011

April 30, 2011

Ripped In 30 – Week 2 Review

I started Jillian Michael’s new Ripped in 30 program a few weeks back as one of my 10 in 100 goals. 

Here’s my review of Week/Workout 1 (click to read).  I really enjoyed the first week of the program!  While Week 1 drilled home technique and form, Week 2 seemed to be more focused on pushing past my comfort zone than anything else. 

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Week 2 Pros

  • I really appreciated the fact that all of the exercises were new and innovative.  Jillian’s really good at creating new forms of torture and every single exercise pushed me.
  • I’m feeling more toned than I have in a while and dropped a pant size since the beginning of the program!

Week 2 Cons

  • Again, I have no idea when to use my heavy set of weights and when to use my light… so I just guess.
  • There’s a lot of shoulder work in this particular workout – Jillian does a lot of plank-work without showing modifications for people with shoulder issues. 
  • Jillian is extremely annoying this week.  I don’t usually get irritated with instructors/videos, and I like hearing her talk about pushing yourself, but I actually had to turn off the sound more than a few times this week because I couldn’t handle her huge ego and me me me talk.  She’s way too full of herself in this one… she literally barks at one of the women and whacks the other on the butt during this workout.  Yeah.  Not her finest hour. 

Overall, Week 2 was more negative than positive for me.  I’m not feeling the same strength I felt in myself emotionally after Week 1, and I’m pretty bummed because Ripped totally put my right shoulder and knee on the fritz.  Both have been painful since I started Week 2’s workouts, and I’ve had to modify as best I can [when she does plank modifications on the hands I’ll do static planks on the elbows + I do same-leg lunges rather than pendulum]. 

Aside from a 3.5 miler this morning, my running has been sidelined this week because I don’t want to push my knee [lame!].  I work really hard to honor and listen to my body so that I don’t get injured, and I’m not liking the way I feel lately.  I took a rest day yesterday, but my shoulder and knee are still pretty painful today.  After trying Week 3’s workout for the first time today and again having to modify moves because my shoulder kept popping and my knee kept aching, I’ve decided that, instead of doing Ripped every day, I’m going to do it every other day to allow my joints some time in between to rest and recover.  I’ll still do 6 days of each workout; it’ll just take me a bit longer.  If the pain progresses, I’ll have to stop the program completely, but I’m hoping that an every-other-day regimen will do the trick. 

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this Ripped In 30 program and it’s crazy that I’m already more than half way through!  I’m glad to see and feel more definition, but I’m not willing to risk anything for injuries, so I’m excited to see how I continue to progress while doing it every other day.   

I’m off to finish my final paper for the semester [it’s about the ethical issues of hormone replacement therapy for women in menopause, in case you were wondering] and then enjoy a beautiful Saturday evening with Ben! 

Have a great night!

Do you have any experience with shoulder/knee issues?  I really don’t know what to do to make sure I don’t make things any worse…

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April 28, 2011

A Day’s Worth

I love reading blogs and am always so excited to see unread items in my google reader.  It may or may not surprise you to know that food blogs make up the largest majority of items in my reader.  I don’t necessarily read them to know about every single piece of food that goes into anyone’s mouth, but I do enjoy the recipes and I often get ideas from these blogs.

I have told you all that I shoot for 5 small meals a day to keep my metabolism up, but I’ve never actually shown you every thing I eat in a day.  So today (possibly because I am newly underemployed), I decided it might be fun to give you pictures of what I ate throughout the day.

My nutrition varies from day to day and I try my best to listen to my body’s signals while also taking into account the amount of physical activity I’m doing/will do [i.e. when I have a long run scheduled for a Saturday morning, I fuel up with a bit more carbs than normal on Friday].  I eat five or six small meals throughout the day and keep track of both my calories in and calories out on sparkpeople.  I focus more on daily deficits [calories expended minus calories consumed] than I do on the actual amount of calories I eat every day, so if I’m doing double-duty workouts, I make sure to fuel my body with more energy than if I’m just doing one. My main focus is to eat real clean foods with an extra emphasis on protein, as I have the most energy and feel best when I’m following this regimen.   I also think it’s important to tell you that I drink a minimum of 3 liters of water per day, which I think is essential for maintaining clear skin, functioning organs, and overall health.

With that said, here were my eats for today!:

I decided on a bowl of Shredded Oats and almond milk first thing to fuel my morning workout [1 mile warm up jog, Ripped in 30 Week 2 workout + kettlebell training].  I’ll save the full story for this week’s review of Ripped in 30 (here’s my review of week 1), but I’ll have you know that both my knee and shoulder are not happy with Jillian right now.

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Immediately after my morning workout, I had my usual breakfast: steel cut oats with chia seeds, egg, and chocolate protein powder.  I know it looks like mush, but it’s delicious and the perfect mix of macro nutrients!  [Our bodies are especially receptive right after working out, so it’s important to take in good food.]IMG_6008

Since I also teach TurboKick tonight, I have more calories to spread out throughout the day.  I had a grazing lunch over the course of about two hours [don’t judge; some days are like that]:

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Ben and I shared a batch of sweet potato fries with ketchup, and then my main course was a big pile of sauteed veggies [chard, onion, zukes, eggplant + carrot] topped with an egg + one white and Mama Pea’s Mmm sauce.  Amazing.  I love veggies, but I’m not so big on salads, so I tend to steam/saute often.  

My mid-afternoon, pre-TurboKick snack was a protein smoothie.  In the mix: 1 c almond milk, 1/2 c mixed berries, protein powder and Garden of Life SuperSeed. 

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And finally, dinner was this awesome quinoa chicken casserole [recipe to come]!  The perfect protein-and-veggie-packed meal to satisfy my tummy after a hard workout and fuel my recovery. Smile

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I’m off to enjoy the evening!  And it just may include a few pieces of dark chocolate, too. Winking smile

Are you a fan of photo food blogs?  What does a day’s worth of food look like for you?

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