It felt SO good to get back to into my regular routine today!
After an extremely eventful weekend and a return to dance class last night, my body was pretty pooped and ready for bed as soon as I could get there.
This morning, I still felt a little draggy, but pushed through my sleepiness to get back to the gym. Finally!
Since Scott an I probably ran/walked at least fifteen miles touring Ohio, the thought of running on a treadmill did not sound like a good time today. Instead, I turned a good buddy of mine named Mr. Elliptical for cardio.
When I create workouts on the elliptical, I usually have a goal in mind. Do I want to climb? Do I want to tone? Do I want do intervals? Or… do I just wast to press a button and go?
This morning’s workout had a focus of toning the booty, and I will share it with you in just a second!
I never like going to the gym or for a run on an empty stomach. Even if I am working out at 5:30 a.m. (which hasn’t happened in ages), I still have to grab a little something to fuel my fire and give me energy to break a sweat.
Around 8 a.m., Scott and I made a trip to the gym together, and I brought the following with me to enjoy in the car.
It was the perfect formula to get me goin’.
30 Min. Gluteal Elliptical Workout
When I got upstairs at the gym, I didn’t waste any time getting down to business. We agreed to finish in an hour, and that gave me a personal challenge of combining my cardio plus leg toning for the day.
This is by no means a replacement for a leg workout, however, it was created with a focus on working the glutes for the majority of the workout. I call that elliptical multitasking.
Note that the added resistance is an option. You will still get a great workout keeping it low, but I am sure that is what got me to actually drip sweat twenty minutes into it.
After cardio, I moved over to the free weights section to work my arms. It has been a while, so I only did 2 sets (instead of the normal 3) of my 15 Minute Arm Workout With Dumbbells.
Instead of the final set, I added in a new move to work my back and shoulders under Scott’s direction. He got the idea from bodybuilding.com, and it requires a bench set on an incline and a set of weights of your choosing. Since my shoulders are probably the weakest part of my body, I kept it extremely light with a set of 2.5 lbs.
I did 2 sets of 12 reps, but Scott usually does 3 sets of 10. Baby steps! 😉
Home from the gym on a sticky, humid morning, the thought of a cold smoothie sounded refreshing. Still yearning over the incredible acai smoothie bowl I got from Kure Juice Bar (in Portland), I got inspiration to create a smoothie bowl at home.
It was a challenge, however, with the little ingredients we had on hand in our refrigerator. FitBloggin’ swag bag to the rescue!
I noticed this trial size of hemp hearts before I left the conference, and made a mental note to sprinkle them on my next smoothie. Done, and done.
Strawberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie Bowl
Without measuring, I combined the following ingredients to make two smoothie bowls:
• frozen strawberries (lots of them!)
• 1 frozen banana
• 2 scoops Designer Whey French Vanilla Protein Powder
• organic skim milk
• chia seeds (probably about 2 Tbsp.)
• a sprinkle of hemp seeds and fresh cut strawberries on top
It wasn’t quite Kure status, but the combination in today’s bowl was still pretty delicious!
All right, time to get some things done around the house and catch up from the weekend.
Hope you all have a great Tuesday!
Question of the Day
• When do you prefer to workout? In the morning before work, during a lunch break, or in the evening?
I actually prefer to workout first thing in the morning. Does it happen much? Unfortunately, no. Today was the first time in a long time where both Scott and I made it to the gym before work.
My favorite Saturdays are the ones that start with a long run outside. I come home feeling energized and ready to relax for the weekend.