Archive for July, 2011

July 22, 2011

Swimming Is A Contact Sport

A few days ago I mentioned the fact that I’ve been getting back into the pool lately.  I am loving my morning swims, and realize more and more that I really enjoy solo exercise [walking, swimming, weights, etc.].  There’s a sense of calm under water that I don’t find anywhere else. 

And while swimming is a great meditation for my mind, my body has also been thanking me for easing up a bit on my joints a few days a week [running + kickboxing are pretty intensive on the joints].  

I have gotten quite a few knicks while swimming that I can’t say I’d get while running, though. 

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It seems like every time I go to the pool I leave a little piece of skin there [eww, that sounds disgusting].  I’m trying not to jinx it, but I’ve already gotten poked pretty deeply by a tack [don’t ask, I was trying to help the lifeguards with the corkboard…] and lost some skin on both my thumb knuckle and my knee. 

I know, graceful.  I honestly don’t know how I do it.  [Although I’m pretty sure the knee scrape came from a turn off the barrier].  Nonetheless, I’m antsy to get back in the water today and stretch out my tight muscles [it’s amazing how yoga can make me feel so sore!]. 

Today’s goal: 1400 meters [I’m hoping to get up to a mile – 1650m – next week]!

Have a beautiful Friday! 

What’s your favorite type of exercise?  I like a good mix of social/group and solo exercise.

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July 21, 2011

Good Beginnings

Happy Thursday!  Every single week seems to be flying by lately… I can barely keep up!

I am definitely a morning person, and while life without a desk job has been beyond wonderful, I’m finding it to be way too easy for me to hang out in bed with a book rather than get a jump start on my day. Lately, I’ve been getting up with Ben [around 6], having a cup of tea [mint for me in the mornings, please] while he eats his breakfast, and helping to pack his lunch before he heads out the door at 7.30.  Sitting together at the table for breakfast puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

As soon as Ben’s out the door, I start my day with some form of exercise.  Today, I woke up with a 20-minute yoga podcast from yogadownload.com [check them out – they’ve got tons of podcast classes for free!] and a quick weight training sesh focusing on legs.

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I didn’t go too heavy on the lower body today because I still have to teach a kickboxing class at noon, but I was definitely feeling it.

After getting sweaty, I made and ate some homemade cereal [click for recipe].

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[3 Tbsp raw amaranth / 3 Tbsp popped amaranth]

I just have to say, Ashley is a freakin’ genius.  I love cereal but won’t allow myself to buy it because I can down a box in a single day, which is both expensive and not-so-healthy.  The DIY cereal is cheap, easy, and nutritious [I was surprised by how much protein and nutrients are in amaranth!].  A serving is 1/4 cup/4 Tbsp, which makes quite a bit… and having to pop it myself ensures that my portion size stays in check.

I’ve been eating this DIY cereal when I’m in a rush but need a good boost of energy [like between yoga and a lap swim].  I like it with almond milk, maca + protein powder, but I’m sure it’d be amazing in a parfait or just as a yogurt topping, too.  And I love the texture of this stuff – although it gets a little soggy, it somehow still has a crunch to it.  Amazing.

Now that my workout is done and calories have been consumed, I’m hammock-bound to read more of this:

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Sometimes I get so engrossed in books that I’ll read multiple books within the span of a single week.  I’m in one of those modes right now, and I’m not complaining one bit. I’ve got to get all my leisure reading in before grad school starts back up in a month! 

How do you start off your day?

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