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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 😀

40-Minute Elliptical Sesh

14 Nov

Happy hump day! And Workout Wednesday!

BLAST this morning was awesome! The workout is pretty tough this time around but all of the participants rocked it out and finished strong :). They all seem to like the AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) sections of the workout. I put 2 in; one with burpees and speed skaters in 6 minutes and one with strength exercises (bent-over rows, biceps curls, single-arm shoulder presses, triceps kickbacks) in 8 minutes. Every week, they try to beat their score from the previous week-a great motivator!

This weeks workout is all about the elliptical; I prefer ellipticals with a crossramp, moving handlebars, and tons of programs (a built-in fan helps too). Also, one that gives you the freedom of pedaling both forwards and backwards is preferred too. There are so many workouts you can do with the elliptical!

I’m heading home for an early Thanksgiving break this weekend! Cannot WAIT to spend some quality time with my fam; it’s been way too long :/. Oh, the joys of growing up..

My mother and I will be cooking up a storm all day Saturday; turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes (orange candy basically), veggies, wine, and-of course- dessert! I’m not sure what’s been going on lately but I’ve been craving carrot cake..like mad cravings.

If I make it look like this..it cancels out the bad stuff..right?

Oops I Bought Too Much

2 Nov

How was everyone’s Halloween?!

Unfortunately, mine was spent inside a classroom..but I did get to see some Trick or Treaters’ walking through neighborhoods! Too bad it was so cold, they were all bundled up and I could barely make out their costumes. Oh well..

So, you went out and bought tons of candy (you know, because this is the year where you’re going to have hundreds of trick or treaters’ coming to your home-right?) in fear that you’ll run out in the first hour. We’ve all been there! But now to your surprise you’re left with bags upon bags of candy, staring at you. Tempting you. Inviting you to grab just one piece..one piece..

Riiiiiight. Of course we’re ALL going to dig right in and eat our hearts out! We paid for it-we’re going to get our money’s worth! It’s human nature; if it’s in sight, we want it. NOW.

Having a piece occasionally is totes fine, but let’s save ourselves from a tummy ache and a trip to the dentist and see what else we can do with all of that leftover Halloween candy:

Idea 1: take it to the office. I think this picture says it allIdea 2: freeze it! Just like we freeze leftover lasagna, bread, and even bananas-stashing candy in the freezer prolongs its shelf-life, flavor, and is good in a pinch when a craving hits. Plus-have you ever had a frozen Reese’s? Life-changing.

Idea 3: donate it. Halloween Candy Buyback is a company that sends money to troops that are deployed overseas. “As responsible dentists, community members, and US citizens, Halloween Candy Buyback dentists have found a way to keep the fun, while helping kids and our  troops deployed overseas.” source

Idea 4: bake with it. Reese’s, snickers, Hershey’s kisses, Twix are amazing in brownies and cakes! Skittles, M & M’s, and Nerds are all colorful additions to cookies.

Idea 5:

12 Days of a “K.E.P.T.You Fit” kind of Christmas!

18 Dec

Happy holiday’s to all! Tis’ the best time of the year to spend time with family and friends, relax in front of the fireplace and indulge in decadent goodies. But.. tis’ also the time of year when the average person packs on 1 pound from Thanksgiving to the New Year (doesn’t sound like much but that 1 pound adds up).

Don’t deprive yourself! Combat the goodie-gain-guilt with a little 12 Days of Christmas exercising! Everyday, I’ll post an exercise to complete. You’ll complete that exercise as well as the previous exercise(s) from the days before. By the end of 12 days-you’ll have an entire workout!

I’ve already started it, but there’s no better time than now to jump in on the fun!

FitBit*

Make yourself, your family and friends accountable to complete each exercise.. everyday! You’ll feel better about indulging if you know you’ve exercised, even if it’s to the “12 Days of Christmas” song..as if you don’t hear it enough! Hey, you never know..next time you hear the “12 Days of Christmas” song, you’ll stop what you’re doing and complete the workout. No judging 🙂

On the 6th day of Christmas K.E.P.T. You Fit Gave to me..

  • 6 sets of 15 seconds of Jumping Jacks
  • 5 Walking Lunges w/ Shoulder Press (both legs=1 rep!)
  • 4 Kettlebell Windmills
  • 3 sets of 10 Bent Over Rows
  • 2 sets of Push-ups, 30 seconds each.
  • 1 set of 60 seconds of Squats