What are We Training For?

My kitchen was a crazy mess this morning.

 

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Trying to pack for a whole days worth of food can be tough!

 

I woke up extra early to hit the gym. My two week free pass to the gym expires on Thursday and I’m trying to make the most use out of it possible. Since I worked out my legs last night, I decided to work out my upper body.  I ended up working my shoulder, back, and biceps.

 

My workout:

  • 5 min warm-up on elliptical
  • 3 x 10 Overhead Shoulder Press (8 lb dumbells)
  • 3 x 10 Front Raises (8 lb)
  • 3 x 10 Standing Flyes (8 lb)
  • 2 x 10 Upright Rows (20 lb bar)
  • 3 x 10 Bicep curls (12 lb dumbells)
  • 2 x 15 Lat pulldowns (45 lbs?)
  • 2 x 15 Reverse Fly Machine
  • 5 min cool-down on elliptical

 

The entire workout only took 35 minutes! I thought it was going to take 45, so I had a few extra minutes to stop and get a coffee (and blog) before work!

 

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While blogging, I ate my pre-packed breakfast. I was planning to eat it at work, but I was STARVING!

 

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I packed Peach Chobani, Kashi H2H cereal, and granola. I kept the yogurt on an ice pack while at the gym, and mixed the two in the tupperware right before I ate it.

 

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YUM!

 

Earlier this week (or last week?) I mentioned to Caitlin that with my knee still not being 100% healed, I’m not really training for anything specific. I am exercising for the sake of health, well-being, and overall fitness. I feel carefree!

 

I’m usually the type of person that THRIVES with specific plans and structure. I like knowing ahead of time what workout is coming. Not having specific training goals (and the deadlines that come along with them) right now has been rather nice! I feel like I am finally enjoying exercise.

 

It has been tough to get into a routine, but I feel as though I’m starting to establish a new one. I am finding that listening to my body makes me a happier person in general, but structure works better with specific goals (like the marathon.)

 

A side note, is that without added pressure in my head of “MUST. GET. 5. MILE. RUN. IN. TODAY!!!” my grades and other areas of life have been improving. I feel more motivated in other areas of my life. Interesting!?

 

I am really enjoying swimming, biking, and weight-lifting. Maybe one day I will try a Tri? (Pun intended.) As for now, I have no set races on my calendar, and I kind of like it that way. 😀

 

Do you thrive on structured exercise plans or do you prefer to go with your mood? What are you training for?

❤ MegaNerd

Giant Pizza

I seriously think that I just ate the biggest piece of pizza ever.

 

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I think it was easily equal to 4 slices!

 

A couple of my friends came over to hang out after school, and we picked up a giant Lazy Moon pizza. I got my own slice with some veggies because I can’t stand regular cardboard cheese and pepperoni.

 

Lazy moon is the UCF college kids hangout. It’s super cheap! It has been SO long since I had a giant slice. It was delicious.

 

Look how much bigger it is than my hand!

 

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I tore off slightly less than half for dinner. It was very filling!

 

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Today was pretty crazy, but I did manage to squeeze in a quick workout:

  • 1.0 mile jog for warm-up
  • walking lunges up and down the hall
  • hamstring curls on stability ball
  • calf raises off edge of stairs
  • 30 push-ups

 

My legs started burning?! Not bad for 20-ish minutes!

 

Rewind to this morning…

My morning started off 1.5 hours late. I slept through my alarm and missed the first hour of class. Whoops! Instead of grabbing coffee (I’m “kind of” trying to cut back") I whipped up a green monster to go.

 

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Green Monster contained: banana, half cup milk, ice, and half a bag of spinach.

 

After my first class, I was starving again, and practically inhaled this Blueberry CLIF bar.

 

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Luckily, I made my lunch ahead of time last night. I’m getting REALLY bad about buying food on campus, so my new strategy is to make food the night before.

 

I toasted two slices of bread to keep them from getting soggy. I stuffed it with Natural JIF peanut butter, and organic blackberry preserves, plus apple slices.

 

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Basically a glorified PB+J with yogurt.

 

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By 2:00pm, I was majorly dragging. I need my coffee STAT! I stopped at the on campus coffee shop for an iced caramel macchiato, which set me back just short of $5. So much for packing lunch and saving money! Oops…

 

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Afternoon snackage was the rest of the bag of pita chips, carrots, celery, and hummus.

 

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I honestly REALLY hate packing my lunch ahead of time. I feel like I have to eat what I packed and it isn’t usually what I’m craving. It stinks, but it’s just what I have to do to save money! My schedule doesn’t allow me to be home at all during the day. I leave at 6:30am and come home at 6:30 pm!

 

Does your school/work schedule require you to pack all of your meals ahead of time?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Jump Right In

Life is going swimmingly!

 

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This afternoon, after work, I headed to the gym for a workout. I have 6 days left of my two-week free LA Fitness pass, and I am determined to make the most use out of it as I can.

 

First up, I hit the pool!

 

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Today was my third swim. Last time, I swam 750 meters. Today I decided to try to go just a bit further. I made my goal 1000 meters and stuck to it. It took me about 25 minutes to complete the 40 laps, but I did it!

 

I’m in the “newbie” stage, and I am improving exponentially!

 

A few minutes after I started, Caitlin and Ryan joined in on the swim. Caitlin swam a bit further (1500m) and I’m not sure about Ryan but she is FAST!

 

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After our swim, we hit up the locker room and changed into regular workout clothing. It felt so good to take my one piece suit off. I don’t know whether to feel like I’m at middle school church camp or a hard core athlete. Hmmm…

 

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After my swim, I hit the treadmill for a quick 2 mile run. It took me more effort than a normal run would have, probably because I was already tired from the swim.

 

Even though I only did 45 minutes of cardio (as opposed to 5 hours during the marathon) but it felt so good. It was challenging to do two types of cardio back to back. I also felt like I was sweating out so much “junk” I’ve been carrying around in my life. Amazing feeling!

 

Next, I hit the weight room. It has been so long since I did any sort of strength training that I don’t really know what to do. I decided to jump right in!

 

My workout included:

  • 20 push-ups
  • 3 x 10 Overhead Shoulder Press (8 lb dumbells)
  • 3 x 10 Front Raises (8 lb)
  • 3 x 10 Standing Flyes (8 lb)
  • 2 x 10 Upright Rows (20 lb bar)
  • 3 x 10 Bicep curls (12 lb dumbells)

 

Basically, I worked out my shoulders and biceps.

 

It was the best workout I have had in a long while.

 

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Grub

 

Lunch was the same as yesterday: Cheese and crackers with soup, but today was minestrone. (Soup was buy one get one free at Publix!)

 

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Afternoon snackage was purple grapes:

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Before my workout, I had a Carrot Cake Clif bar:

 

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It’s Friday night, and I have NO plans. I am so happy about that. This week has been crazy, and I have a lot to catch up on!

 

Off to find some dinner. I’m hangry!

 

❤ MegaNerd