5am – Wake up to go meet a friend for a run. Got on the scale and I’m down 2 pounds from Sunday which I realize is probably mostly water weight, but at least it’s down and not up.
I haven’t been running much lately, but I really enjoy it and I love the social aspect of it. My friend, Jill, and I enjoy our early morning runs when we can make it work. She started a Body For Life program which has you running intervals. It’s a great workout and you’re able to increase your speed without taking up a lot of time on the track. I think this was her first time doing the intervals outside instead of on a treadmill and the hills in Charlotte definitely make it more difficult. I believe one of the key goals in the Body For Life is to get your heart rate up and then let it come back down, then do it again, so even if our “sprints” weren’t as fast as they should have been, the hills sure got our heart rates up! Here’s what we did:
Warm-up: 2 min SLOW jog
1 min. slow jog/walk
1 min. a little faster,
1 min. a little faster,
1 min. sprinting
Repeat 3 more times for a total of 4
Cool-down: 2 min slow job
Then we walked the rest of the way back home for a total workout time of about 35 minutes or so.
Although it was only 20 minutes, it was pretty tough, especially since I haven’t been running much. My legs were a little sore from FlyBarre class yesterday where they introduced a new glute move called Figure 8. I’m definitely feeling it in my legs today between the barre class and the run so much so that going up the stairs tired out my legs. It’s a good feeling though, I enjoy it.
Joe’s Mean Green: added some pineapple (probably ½ cup from a can) to this just to make it a little more appetizing.
Vitamix Spring Green Smoothie: ½ cup green grapes, 1 orange, ½ lemon, ½ cucumber, ½ green apple, 1 cup kale, 1 cup romaine lettuce, 1 cup parsley leaves, 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks (I just used canned pineapple), and 2 cups ice
I drank the Mean Green smoothie while getting ready and also on my way to work simply because I couldn’t drink it fast enough to have finished it before leaving for work.
I didn’t find myself to be extra tired or hungry or anything during the morning which was encouraging.
I had a small cup of Earl Grey Tea around 10am mostly because I was cold, and then drank the coconut water (this time it was not carbonated) around 11:45am. Still surprised that my energy level seems about the same as usual and that I’m not hungry.
12:45pm – I’m still not that hungry, but due to the timing of my afternoon meeting I decide it’s best to go ahead and have my lunch smoothie. This is my first time trying the Vitamix Spring Green Smoothie which was pretty good. I’m a little cautious of the all the fruit intake, but I’m hopeful that the vegetables are evening it out.
2pm – Realized that I haven’t had any plain water today. I’m definitely not risky any hydration with al the ice in the smoothies, but I know they recommend drinking a lot of water. Therefore, my really lame goal is to drink the 12 oz of water in the cup on my desk by the end of the work day. Lame goal, right?
4pm – Felt like I needed a nap, and I partially regretted having signed up for a barre class tonight as I was thinking how nice it would be to just go home and be lazy. However, I reminded myself that once I actually got to barre class I would be glad I was there and then hopefully after class I can come home and just go to bed. Yep, that’s right, I’m craving a 9pm bedtime right around now.
4:30pm – Afternoon drink. I’m not even 100% sure which concoction this is. I think it’s the Vitamix recipe from yesterday, but I’m not 100% sure. It’s pretty good and seems to be waking me up so no complaints.
5:30pm – I realize I haven’t finished my water so I gulp it down before I get ready to leave work
7:15pm – Barre Class – still had plenty of energy for a second workout today.
8:30pm – Prepare all my Smoothies for tomorrow. I went ahead and blended all of them so tomorrow morning will be easier. I still haven’t taken very many photos, but I promise to be better about this in the future.
10:00pm – ready for bed, I’ll probably read a little and then go to bed so I can be up at 5:30am for Barre class.
Day 3 Down so 30% of the way there!