Snow Day Restlessness Kills the Buns and Thighs

Icy roads = no school/work + a closed gym.

I was really in the mood for a nice long treadmill run today. Instead, I spent some time with Jillian.

I already posted the video for Jillian’s Six-Week Six Pack.  Today, I followed that workout with Killer Buns and Thighs.  It’s no joke.

I’m a little shaky just sitting here typing!

I definitely couldn’t do these DVDs every day, but it’s nice to have something when the gym isn’t an option…or when I don’t feel like leaving the house!

Now I’m off to figure out a new smoothie.  And to figure out what I’m going to do with ANOTHER day of no school.

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A Few Ideas for the New Year

There is a lot of good information in paper magazines.  The kind you can’t pin or tweet.  Just paper.  So how does one share this valuable information?  Pictures.

In light of this resolution season (I don’t make resolutions–I make to-do lists), I found a few tidbits in the January issue of SELF Magazine that might guide you toward a good plan for the new year.

peppermint oil

The tip is this: put a few drops of peppermint oil in your water bottle before you head to the gym.  I’ve read before that peppermint oil gives a natural energy boost, and I bought some to put on my wrists before workouts.  I did it a few times…then forgot about it.  I hadn’t thought to drop it in my water.  Now I can put that little bottle of oil to use!

Next is a tip from the great Jillian Michaels.

jillian doesn't like working out

I admit I genuinely enjoy working out and eating healthy.  That’s not to say that I don’t have a hard time resisting foods when I know I’ve already eaten enough.  I’m not chomping at the bit to work out after work everyday.  When you’re really trying to rein it in, it’s important to resist a little more.  Or, on a stressful Wednesday evening when I want to eat everything in my refrigerator, I need to remember ice cream or french fries aren’t as exciting as still fitting in my favorite pants.

I’ve said several times that I don’t make resolutions, I just make lists.  I found some help for one of the first items on my list.

homemade sushi

I really want to make my own sushi.  Any kind.  I just want to be able to say I did it.

Also on my list is to add weight training to my workout routine.  I already do some body weight training, but I want to reduce my cardio and add more weights.  Today, my brother took me to his gym and showed me a few things.  The weights section at the gym is not familiar territory for me.  I believe I told him I felt like a fish out of water.  Nevertheless, I manned up.

lifting weightslifting weights

I will be posting some new weight routines as I get my feet wet.  Keep checking the “workouts to try” tab on the main menu.

The next item on my list?  Yoga.  Namaste until then.

Jillian Michaels: Six-Week Six Pack

I just discovered something that gives pretty much anyone no excuses for working out.  I’ve been a faithful user of Jillian Michaels’s workout DVDs for about a year now–simply because they work.  They just work.  There is a channel on YouTube that contains almost all of her DVDs.  I’m not really sure why, but I’m using them.  Today, I’m doing Six-Week Six Pack.  You should too!

All you need is a set of light weights.  I promise this thing works.

Not quite as good as Chipotle…but close!

Here’s a workout to try.  Spend 30-45 minutes on the cardio equipment of your choice.  After the cardio, do 15 minutes of my whatever-you-can-think-of routine.  Basically, set a timer for 15 minutes and change your exercise each minute.  Do push-ups, sit-ups, squats, bicep curls.  JUST KEEP MOVING!

Today, I tried something new. I spent about five minutes rotating in what I will start calling the circle of death.

  1. 20 sit-ups
  2. 10 hip dips on the right side
  3. 5 push-ups
  4. 10 hip dips on the left side

I just went in a circle without resting in between.  It was awesome/awful.  I received a text from a  friend during the process asking what I was doing.  Usually, I don’t take my phone in the gym, but I had it today.  Instead of answering, I sent a picture.  This is how awful/awesome it was:

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When I left the gym, I had to make a Christmas gift run, so by the time I made it back home I was nauseatingly hungry.  I almost stopped at Chipotle on my way home, but then decided I could make my own  salad at home.  By the time I walked in the door, I already had it planned out.  I used:

  • the leftover rotisserie chicken
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • cumin
  • garlic salt
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • 1/2 cup of canned corn
  • 1/2 cup of black beans
  • 1 tablespoon of sour cream

Put the tomatoes, onion, pepper, cumin, and garlic salt in the food processor and use the pulse button to chop.  I did this because, for some reason, the jar salsa just didn’t sound good to me.  At Chipotle, they always spoon out the pico.  I really like that, so I made my own version.

Homemade Pico

Heat the chicken, the beans, and the corn in the microwave.  Fill a bowl with all the lettuce and spinach you want.

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Top the spinach and lettuce with a few spoonfuls of the salsa mixture.

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Spoon on the beans, corn and chicken and put the sour cream on top!

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Mix it all together.  Take that Chipotle!

Mexican Salad (Chipotle Style)