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Look Who’s Back, Back, Back

9 May

Katie’s Back! (to the tune of Eminem..)

Hello hello!

It’s been so long. Too long, since I’ve posted last. SO much has happened I don’t even know where to start!

Crazy to look back and reflect on where I was one year ago;

I’ve had the opportunity to do so much in one year; meeting new people, living in a new city, going to grad school, completing a graduate assistantship, working part-time, and trying to keep everything balanced. And those are the things that just standout!

I’m happy to share that I’ve successfully completed my first year as a full-time graduate student! It wasn’t easy; juggling a full-time course load, a graduate assistantship, a part-time job, and maintaining somewhat of a social life definitely took its toll one or two or three or four times. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way! These past 8 months have been eye-opening, both professionally and personally, and I’m not mad at the person I’m becoming.

The classes I took in the Winter 2013 semester were my favorite to date; Leadership Theory and Development and Instructional Design. The leadership theory class looked at different traits of leaders, qualities leaders possess, and characteristics of each leadership theory. Our final project was to complete an assessment on another classmate; we were paired with someone we didn’t know well and asked various personal and behavioral questions. Bases on their answers of the questions, we assigned 4 assessment tests they had to take and turn back in. Once we had the results, we broke down each test based on our research of each theory and discussed their areas of strength and areas where there can be improvement, recommendations, and feedback. It was an awesome assignment (who am I?)! The thought of having someone who doesn’t know you assess you is kind of scary at first, but they have no opinions coming into it which makes it a real conversation.

One of our projects in Instructional Design was to create a “How To” manual; I chose to create a “How To” manual for my part-time job which showed educators how to create a product notification email. I plan on printing the manual out and sharing it with the company! Whether or not we can use it, I put so much time and effort into creating it and want to show it off! The manual includes a task analysis of step-by-step procedures and a prototype that has 3 parts: an educator guide, guide for key leader, and key leader guide, that breaks down each step of the process into SAY, DEMONSTRATE, PRACTICE, FEEDBACK, and so-on. Did I mention how much time I spent on this?

Looking ahead, I plan on blogging regularly with workouts, recipes, tips, and those random posts I know you love so much! I’m taking 2 summer classes each semester; summer 1 is Program Administration and summer 2 is Team Development. On the GA-front, we’ll be filming group ex videos, updating the website, developing student instructors, routing running/walking routes, dabbling in payroll and budgets, and trying to get as much experience as I can in these next few months while things are slower on campus. At lululemon,  I’m continuing to develop into a part-time leader where I’m working on leading self, then others, then a company.

Stay tuned 🙂

Fitness at Home Series-1

15 Jan

I’m instructing a series at the Rec Center called Fitness at Home, where I’ll be talking, demonstrating, and explaining workouts that can be done right in the comforts of one’s own home! With everyone’s crazy-busy lives, it’s still super important to fit in physical activity. If you have an open space, 2 soup cans or water bottles, and a sturdy chair-you have a gym!

Benefits of exercising at home and tips to make it a little easier:

  1. It’s right there. No need to find a parking spot, get a locker, and wait for a piece of equipment.
  2. Rise and shine sweat! First thing in the morning, set your alarm clock for 30-45 minutes earlier and exercise. Not only does this clear your schedule for the rest of the day, but also, research has shown that exercising first thing jump-starts your metabolism, so you’re constantly burning calories throughout the day.
  3. Add variety to your workouts. There’s been a huge shift from in-the-gym workouts to any physical activity counts; walking, running, Tai Chi, tennis, ice skating, gardening, moving-all are forms of activity that can act as exercise.
  4. Set your clothes out the night before. There goes the excuse “it takes too long to get ready”-problem solved!
  5. Enlist the help from a friend, furry or not. Having someone or something holding you accountable is an excuse-proof way to exercise. You don’t want to let down a friend or partner and you surely don’t want to let down Rover or you’ll have quite a bit of a mess to clean up.
  6. Tune in. Workouts on demand offer tons of options with little to no equipment and at a very low-cost.
  7. Youtube. Type in workouts and thousands are available to you! Ranging from 3 minutes to a half an hour.
  8. Log your efforts. This not only keeps track of what you’re doing, exercise-wise, but also will help if you get stuck in a rut.
  9. Track your progress/regress! How are you clothes fitting? Is walking up the stairs becoming easier? Are you able to do jumping jacks and squats longer? And vice-versa.

Need a little help?

A Kitchen Maid workout:

PicMonkey CollageThe who, what, where, when, and why’s of creating an at home workout:

  1. How are you feeling today?
  2. What do you want to work on? Create a small goal that can be accomplished in ~45 minutes.
  3. What equipment is available to you?
  4. How much time do you have?

Your turn!

Fitness at Home Series-Equipment

15 Jan

If you’re following along the Fitness at Home series, here’s a list of inexpensive exercise equipment that is completely optional and will only add magnitude to your workouts.

equipment

  • Bench (not pictured). Jane Fonda style, very inexpensive and stackable. Price ranges from $45-$150.
  • Stability ball (clear). It doubles as a chair! This can be used in place of the bench; it requires more stability and core support. If you’re choosing between the two, I’d pick the stability ball.
  • Resistance bands/tubing. Another inexpensive way to get a strength workout in; tubing ranges from light to heavy and comes in circular tubes (as shown) and bands.
  • Mat (pink). These are just great for anything and everything! They vary in thickness, colors, and technology; some have antimicrobial additives! (#themat)
  • Dumbbells (the pyramid). These are a little pricey, mainly because you buy by the weight, but if you have a little extra “fit cash”, invest in some. Craigslist, gyms going out of business, and friendly neighbors are great resources to utilize!

A Workout Fit for a Dorm Room

11 Jan

I’m usually disciplined when it comes to early morning workouts; there’s rarely a time when I skip because I’m being lazy. Other than listening to my body or taking a rest day, morning workouts are a routine-thing. There’s only one circumstance when I make all the excuses in the world not to go to the gym..rain.

The sound of rain hitting the pavement, the sloshing-around from cars’ tires, and the mere thought of walking in it gives me the chills. Over dramatic? Probably. Hey, that’s me. But instead of foregoing my workout all together, I turned my frown upside-down and decided to do my planned workout right in my room!

I live on campus at Oakland, in one of the apartments, so I have my own room and a pretty legit space.

Small space gym

While pinning last night, I came across a workout from You+Me=Fit that combined my two fave things, strength and cardio! I adapted it to fit the space I was working with and here’s what it looked like:

PicMonkey CollageIf you live in an actual dorm room, switch the stair running for sprints down the hallway (you’re prob. the only crazy up!) or high knees if your building doesn’t have stairs. Good thing my roommate wasn’t home, I think I live in the squeakiest apartment known-to-man.

CI did a presentation yesterday for an Honors Society group about the Benefits of Exercising and Eating Healthy on Campus; if you’re interested, check it out!

Have a great weekend!

Not-So-Monotonous Cardio Workout

8 Jan

The gym has been PACKED. Lots of people working on their New Years resolutions I’m sure! The real test will be if they’re still here in 2 weeks… :-/.

Group fitness has been booming with participants! We have over 50 classes on the schedule this semester, some new and some old. Power hour debut yesterday; the concept behind this class is HIIT and to get a kick-butt workout in under 40 minutes. I don’t think the participants caught-on at first, but by the end, they realized that the workout is coming to an end and they picked it up! Hopefully the numbers keep climbing throughout the semester!

This semester, I scheduled set office hours for my graduate assistantship. Last semester, I came and went and found that although I enjoyed the freedom, I didn’t feel like I accomplished much in my hours. My weeks will look like this:

  • Monday’s 9-2pm
  • Tuesday’s 6-1pm
  • Wednesday’s 6-1pm
  • Thursday’s 6-1pm
  • Friday’s TBA

Why so many crack-of-dawns? I’m training more! Last semester, I taught ~4-5 classes a week and completed only fitness assessments when needed. This semester, I’m teaching 3 classes (and subbing where I can) and being a trainer in The Biggest Loser program we offer. My group will train Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6am and I do BLAST at 6am on Wednesday’s. I feel I have a much better grasp on getting things done in my designated hours.

This morning I completed a not-so-monotonous cardio workout. I only do 3-AT MOST-HIIT workouts a week, interspersed with strength, mind/body’s, and steady-state workouts too. I did a lot of strength workouts yesterday (Power hour, TRX demo) so today I wanted to do steady-state with some plyo’s at the end.

Slightly adapted from Julie at PBFingers’ Beat Boredom Interval Workout:

20-Minute Elliptical:

  • 0-10:00 @ Resistance 7
  • 10-12:30 @ Resistance 9
  • 12:30-15:00 @ Resistance 10
  • 15:00-20 @ Resistance 7

10-Minute Treadmill:

  • 0-5:00 @ Speed 7, Incline 1
  • 5:00-10:00 @ Speed 4.2, Incline 8

7:30-Minute Plyometrics:

  • 1:00 Burpees
  • 2:00 Jumping Jacks
  • 3:00 Mountain Climbers
  • 4:00 Speed Skaters
  • 5:00 Jump Squats
  • 5:30 Burpees
  • 6:00 Jumping Jacks
  • 6:30 Mountain Climbers
  • 7:00 Speed Skaters
  • 7:30 Jump Squats

Stay happy 🙂

Post-Thanksgiving Fat Blaster

29 Nov

Workout Wednesday Thursday!

Remember me?! It’s been a whirlwind of a week; actually, a whirlwind of the past weekS! Work, homework, projects, work #2, Thanksgiving, traveling-tis the time of the year! It’s okay though; everything turned out fine. Homework done, projects turned in, classes are completed, and both works are running juuuuust fine.

I’ve completed my first 2 classes of graduate school! Hooray. Only 6 more to go..

I’ve taken over product notifications for work. I send out weekly emails to all of our guests of all the new product(s) we have in the store! So much fun once I got the hang of it! If you’re interested; go to lululemon.com, find your store, and sign up for weekly PN emails! It’s a great way to know what your store has in for the holiday season :).

Aaaaand on the workout front..

Post-Thanksgiving fat blaster! Indulging is the definition of the holiday season-as it should be! The holiday’s aren’t about “I can’t eat that” or “I’m going to have to work extra hard tomorrow”; it’s about the loved ones around us, friends, and giving back. Let’s not forget that :).

I completed this workout after teaching BLAST; 3 times through takes about 15 minutes. Such a quick workout for days when we can’t fit in an entire sweat-sesh. High intensity, toning and cardio, and core work all included.

*Angled burpees– instead of jumping or walking your feet back into plank, jump/walk feet out to the right for one rep, then the left for the next rep. This works your obliques more than a regular plank.

Oakland Students/Employees/Members- subscribe to both this blog AND our Campus Recreation blog! Lot’s of good things to come.

Cheers 😀

Legs and Cardio Quickie

7 Nov

There is a sun! I was starting to get a little skeptical that it was gone for good :).

It’s Workout Wednesday!

How are you guys doing so far in regards to the workouts? Too easy, too challenging, more strength workouts, cardio workouts, etc.?

Here’s a legs and cardio quickie circuit I just did; I was in and out in ~20 minutes! Don’t you love the sound of that?

It’s been a whirlwind of a week; I have a couple of reviews to post about community workouts I’ve done so stay tuned!

..to leave you with a teaser..

 

Updog Yoga, Rochester

5 Nov

This is my first Sunday-scratch that-first WEEKEND day off of ANY work! I’ve either been:

I love being busy and am happy I’m involving myself in so many things but it’s nice to have a “me” day #greedy

So what does a girl do on her “me” day?

YOGA.

One of the MANY perks about being an educator at lululemon is getting out into the community and taking all different forms of fitness classes; yoga, CrossFit-you name it, I’m eventually going to take it! Even living in a smaller-ish city (Rochester), there are actually a lot of studios to practice yoga, either in the heart of the city or surrounding communities. All it takes is a little look-seeing while you’re driving through from place to place (pref not done at the same time). That’s how I found Updog Yoga!

Right off of University Dr., it’s tucked behind the old library building on the second floor (if you blink, you’ll probably pass it!). When you walk in, you’re greeted with a lovely breakfast spread, fully stocked with fresh fruits, dip, and coffee. FREE COFFEE.

After I signed in, the woman at the desk informed me that the first week was FREE! Yoga classes-mind/body classes in general-are very pricey; I’ll definitely be taking advantage of 7 classes at no cost!

The class was a 90-minute Vinyasa yoga practice taught by Natalie (who knows some of the yogi’s who teach at Oakland!). We started with a series that was pretty challenging; doing one-legged push-ups in a warm-up is a sign that this class has one) regulars, two) an advanced instructor, and three) they both mean business. We did a total of 3 sequences, all about the same level of difficulty in their respective ways. The pose of today’s class was half-moon (photo to come) and it was featured in every sequence.

One thing that really stuck out to me was, once the instructor took us through the sequence on both sides, she turned up the music and let us go. I appreciated it because it let me and the other yogi’s flow at our own place and practice the poses that we wanted to master (I’m working on kicking up to a head stand while another was perfecting her full-moon pose). But it got me thinking, what if you had a terrible memory? Would you say something to the instructor or just act like you know what you’re doing by following someone else? This isn’t the first practice I’ve been to that it was set-up like this, so it must be common..just got those wheels turning upstairs :).

One more thing that really stuck out to me was while we were going through our flow, the instructor came around and massaged lotion onto our necks. I wasn’t expecting it but I actually liked it after-the-fact! I can’t put a name to the smell but it had the effects of “Vicks” and opened up all the passages in my chest, neck, and face-so rejuvenating!

The rest of the day was spent doing tons of homework, laundry, making brownies, watching the Steelers vs. Giants game, and waiting for a certain someone to get off work..

so he can help with these

Halloween Core and Cycle Class

30 Oct

First things first, everyone please be safe!

Secondly..

It’s Halloween week!

This is like a fitness instructors’ dream come true..do you realize how many exercises can be morphed into a Halloween-name?! Amaze.

I taught Core & More and named all of the exercises after Halloween; descriptions of the actual exercises are below: 

  1. Supine Frankenstein leg drops
  2. Eerie Plank (up, up, down, down)
  3. Creeping Spider (plank w/ knees to the side)
  4. Scared Cat (Down down to plank)
  5. About to Pounce (Down dog to plank)
  6. Dead Cat (Spine Bridge lifts)
  7. Witches Brew (butt on knees, lift and torso twist right and left)
  8. Hexes (star crunch)

Right after was Cycle! Of course I had to include songs like Thriller, Ghostbusters, and Werewolves of London-only appropriate ;-).

Are you going Trick or Treating tomorrow night? If so, here are the healthiest candies to nosh on:

  • 3 musketeers mini-24 calories
  • fun-sized lemonheads- 50 calories for 10 pieces
  • full-sized york peppermint pattie (fave!)- 140 calories
  • peeps pumpkins- <100 calories for 6 peeps
  • Tootsie caramel apple pop- 60 calories

Notice how the first 3 candies are bold? It’s all about portion size! Obviously the mini versions of our favorite candies are going to have fewer calories than the full-sized versions, but we tend to overlook those intricate details and only read “3 musketeers” and “24 calories”. Pay attention to portions and I have no doubt that you can celebrate Halloween like it’s supposed to be celebrated:

with family/friends, tons of spooky fun, and candy!

Pumpkin-Full Recipes

10 Oct

…drum roll please…

It’s wellness Wednesday! Did you all complete the workout from last week? If not..what are you waiting for?!

On a sweeter note..

Pumpkin is everywhere.

At cider mills, outside of grocery stores, on shelves, in recipes, used as decorations..you cannot escape the pumpkin! But why should you? Pumpkin gives you a hefty dose of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that’s responsible for how our skin looks, our eyes see, and can even improve our resistance to disease.

Not only are pumpkins the perfect accessory for your porch, but the seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which are important for brain functions, mood, and memory performance; zinc which protects against osteoporosis; and iron which builds and maintains healthy muscles, blood, and regulating body temperature.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

  • pumpkin seeds (cleaned and dry)
  • salt
  • olive oil

Preheat oven to 400degrees. Spread seeds on a baking sheet in an even layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or when they start to brown.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes:

  • 1/4c. oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1/4c. pumpkin (canned)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 3T. milk or yogurt
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a non-stick pan or a griddle. Cook until little bubbles form on top, flip and cook until its cooked through. Top with Greek yogurt, peanut/almond butter, maple syrup, and the other half of the banana!

(180 calories, 2g. fat, 10g. protein, 5g. fiber (nutrition is an estimate without the toppings. don’t quote me!))

Have you heard the latest Starbucks threat? Diehard Starbucks Pumpkin Spice addicts, close your eyes.

Thanks to a spike in demand this year for the sugary, milky, coffee concoction,  some Starbucks locations are periodically running out of the pumpkin spice syrup  that gives the drink its distinct flavor (source)

How on earth are we supposed to bounce back from this?! Simply make your own.

Emergency Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee:

  • 1c. non-fat milk
  • 2T. pumpkin
  • 1/2t. vanilla
  • 1/2t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2t. sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2c. brewed coffee

Combine milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and stevia in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk. Add coffee.

you will survive the shortage

Pumpkin Chili:

  • 2lbs. lean ground beef, turkey, chicken, or tofu
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can of tomato juice
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2c. canned pumpkin
  • 1T. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1T. chili powder
  • 1/4c. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat of choice and drain. Add onion and bell pepper, cook for ~5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes, and pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chili powder and sugar. Simmer ~1 hour.

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How are you doing on the workout-front? Do the workouts seem doable?

What’s your fave way to enjoy the ingredient of the month?