Lately I’ve felt pretty bored with my “Weekly Workouts” posts. I’m bored with the name, I’m bored with just summarizing all the time, and I’m also bored with posting them on Mondays. The week technically starts with Sunday, and I always make my week’s fitness plan/intentions on Sundays, so doesn’t it make more sense for me to talk about workouts and fitness stuff on a Sunday?
We’ll see how posting on Sundays goes in terms of my schedule and how much readership Sunday posts get, but here’s the first official post in my new “Sunday Sweat Talk” series. I do still want to recap my workouts, but I also want to use this space as a place to discuss something fitness related on my mind, anything interesting that happened in my classes, a new tidbit… anything! I would also love if this series could be a bit more interactive, hence my putting the word “talk” in the series title. That means I want YOU guys to leave comments with new workout ideas, share links to a favorite workout you did, ask a question, or just check in to hold yourselves accountable.
Let’s just pretend we’re having a little Sunday morning group coffee date and catching up on fitness, mmkay? That is the point of this little community after all , so we can all use each other for ideas and motivation!
Let’s talk about….
My hangover workout
I’m ashamed to admit this, but I spent the first day of 2014 with one of my top five worst hangovers. EVER. Like right up there with my 21st birthday, that horrible Monday after a random karaoke sesh at the Hong Kong… I’ll just stop there. Joe and Cate’s wedding was so fun, and the white wine and champagne just kept flowing. I honestly don’t think it was how much alcohol I consumed at the wedding, but more so that I’m kind of old now. You know? There’s just no tolerance left, whatsoever. I typically don’t drink during the week, and my intake on the weekends is much more moderate than it was in my younger years. Hence having that headache until 9pm on New Year’s Day.
I spent January 1st (yes, January 1st, the day of all days to be your healthiest and totally set the stage for the year to come – ha) paying no attention to what I was putting in my body. Like I ate two sandwiches and two plates of white pasta at the post wedding lunch. I also pretty much at an entire (big) bag of tortilla chips over the course of the day by myself. I pretty much stuffed my face all day long. Maybe I shouldn’t be ashamed. It’s kind of funny, right? The healthy living blogger starts 2014 off on the right foot!
Needless to say, when I taught my Thursday morning class at 6am the next day, I was in ROUGH shape. I hadn’t taught any classes in two full weeks, so there was that initial adjusting back to instructor mode going on. Then there was the fact that I didn’t wake up earlier than 8:30am on any day that I took off over the past week, causing the 5:10am wake-up call to be a bit more brutal than usual. Oh, and then there was the puddle of
white wine sweat underneath me. I had my die hards in class, but it was a smaller class due to the snow, and my mojo just wasn’t there. The workout was all over the place. I felt like I could barely do any of the exercises to my fullest potential, and I know it was because of all the CRAP I put in my body the day before. I know whenever I have a snacky night, my workouts just feel off the next day, and Thursday was definitely no exception. It just really goes to show that how you fuel your body truly impacts your fitness performance.
Anyways! Here is my instructor apology to anyone who came to Thursday class, especially F&F reader Dana and her roommate Alison. I promise that was the most atypical class ever!! Please come back.
Let’s talk about…
My workouts from last week
Fifteen minutes of core work at home. Tim and I did this five-minute partner ab challenge together, and we followed that up with a bunch of random core exercises until we hit fifteen minutes.
Cardio, arms, and abs: 1 mile run > biceps/triceps supersets > short but tough ab circuit > 1 mile run
40 minutes of steady state on the elliptical and some plank work. I did this at the hotel before Cate and Joe’s wedding. I had to keep myself occupied while Tim had groomsmen duties, after all.
Died all day Rest
Something about the hangover workout on Thursday must have still worked, because I did wake up feeling very sore. I decided not to push myself on Friday, and I took a rest day.
Monique‘s kickboxing class. There were about 50 people in the room, and it was SO hot and sweaty. I had another puddle of sweat underneath me, but this time in a good way! It was a great way to start the day.
Let’s talk about…
My workout plan for this week
- Sunday – Short cardio, followed by a legs and shoulders workout with Tim at the gym
- Monday – I’m thinking of spinning
- Tuesday – Back to Two A Day Tuesday. Feels like forever! What to teach, what to teach…
- Wednesday – Likely an off day
- Thursday – Teaching my 6am
- Friday – TBD
- Saturday – TBD
Let’s talk about…
This workout blast from the past
Try my 10 minute weekend ab burner!
Readers, time to talk! Share something fitness related in the comments – a great workout you did last week, your plan for this week, or maybe just tell me about your worst workout ever?
Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Your first two paragraphs sound like me right now. Glad to know I’m not alone haha!
Definitely not alone, Lauren!
This week was my best workout week in a while. I’m in the middle of my yearly winter slump which consists of eating poorly and less workouts than usual (always happens around the holidays). This has led to tighter pants and a not-so-great mood. That said, I’m going to try something new which is to not have more than one complete rest day in a row. I often take the whole weekend off, but this plan won’t allow for that. It’s not completely a SMART goal, but my job forces me to write SMART goals for clients all the time, and I just can’t carry that over into my personal life. SO, this week was great despite the holiday and snow and I’m feeling better mood-wise…I am even back up to lifting over 100 pounds on my dead lift! I was doing that regularly before my slump, so I’m glad to feel like I’m back in the game 🙂
I think that your goal of not taking two back to back rest days will help, because it’s still allowing yourself rest. Sometimes even the smallest of changes are what we need to feel like we are back in our “groove!”
Congrats on the deadlift, and I promise once I’ve been lifting heavy on my own for a few more weeks we can workout together again. 🙂
I am all for resolutions, but after your “make commitments, not resolutions” post I decided to try something different to start off the year. I’m only focusing on January and how I want to feel by the 31st. By the end of January I want to feel invigorated! Lately I’ve been going through the motions of the day, like I’m on my own lazy river just floating by. Now for the plan, as you said “It’s that “in between” from point A and point B that’s going to make or break our success.” I will power through the “I haven’t exercised in a while, everything hurts so I’m going to take a few days off” phase, run 2 miles everyday, spend 15 minutes a day on strengthening a muscle group and stop eating after 8pm,
So far I’ve run 5 days in a row and I am no longer sore!!! I’ve been pulling different exercises off your blog and sifting through my favorite moves you’ve provided. Baby steps first, I’m determined to make this be what is normal, instead of something I’m always trying to get started.
Hi Shannon, I’m glad my New Year’s post could help inspire you. That makes me happy. Keep thinking of past successes that you’ve had (I know you’ve had them). What made you feel good? How were you able to get there? What support and environment allowed you to achieve what you wanted? Drawing back on those past experiences sometimes can be a huge help and a huge motivator to remind you that you CAN do it!
I can’t wait for Two A Day! It will have been a whole MONTH!
Me too, Liz! I can’t decide what to teach!
Love “Sunday Sweat Talk”! Although, I have to admit, the first time you mentioned it I read “Sunday SWEET Talk” and was expecting desserts or crazy, kind words. I was also not feeling so hot after NYE… glad to hear I wasn’t the only blogger to start the New Year off on a headachy foot! Looking forward to morse of these posts. 🙂
haha maybe my workout talk isn’t as exciting as desserts would be?!
And thanks for assuring me that I wasn’t the only one on New Year’s Day not feeling so great!
I like that you are doing you new sweat talk – I tend to have more time to read on Sundays (except today for some reason). I’m sure that even not at 100% onThursday you still offered your class a good workout!!!
Dead on, Kim…Athena’s class Thursday had me sore for sure!
Thanks, Liz. Despite how crappy I felt, I was sore too! Upper body, definitely. 🙂
Thanks, Kim! Hope your busy weekend was a good one. 🙂
All I had to eat yesterday was Nutella and Trail Mix. Needless to say, when I went to the gym and ran 2 miles then doubled over in pain…I wasn’t surprised. Although I probably looked like a doofus sitting on my treadmill for a few minutes before I could walk.
Yum… Nutella… now I want some!
I like Sunday Sweat Talk! As I said, I’m sure your class was great, but I know the feeling of not feeling like you taught to your best potential. It’s happened to me a number of times (hungover, too much on my mind, injured, etc.), but members can never tell- we’re just too hard on ourselves! I had a good week of workouts last week, including my snowy SHRED class, sweaty kickboxing class (seriously so many people) and a nice outdoor run on Sunday.
Thanks! You’re right, most of the time nobody knows but ourselves. Good reminder!