Workout hiatus

I am on a workout hiatus – and I’m not even sure I am using that word correctly.

How long has it lasted?

Almost a week.

I feel bad. I do not have a good reason. I am simply lazy.

When I workout next, it’s going to hurt…

Why is exercise the only path to weight loss? (And diet… diet and exercise.)

According to an article by Livestrong, weight loss requires cardiovascular exercise, such as Insanity, which is practically nothing but cardio. The Mayo Clinic recommends 30-60 minutes of cardio daily.

Problem: Link to the article is broken… Sorry…

That 30-60 minutes must run outside of our normal daily cardio activities, such as climbing stairs in the house, vacuuming and walking to and from the car everywhere we go, which burn barely enough calories to impact our fitness regime.

We have to do more, but it doesn’t have to suck… of this I beg to differ. The following exercises are based on calories-lost by a 160 pound person in one hour.

Running is the best exercise you can do to burn the most calories in the least amount of time. Running at 8 mph –roughly a 7.5-minute mile –you can burn 986 calories in one hour. If you add hills (incline on the treadmill) or sprints (book it!), you can add even more calories burned.

However, who in their right mind runs for an hour at that pace? Break in up into 30- or 15-minute intervals, which also sounds pretty terrible.

Rollerblading –much more entertaining than running –ranks among the highest calories burns at 913 burned in a one-hour session.

I haven’t been rollerblading since I was in middle school.
I was in better shape when I was 12.

Tae Kwon Do is a total body workout that builds cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, movement, coordination and strength (but, then again, so does yoga). In one hour, you can burn 730 calories.

Jump rope, which I hate, can burn 730 calories in an hour.

Why do I and many other women of my category of… size… hate jumping rope? It hurts the chest area. Ouch!

The resistance of a stair-climber machine can burn 657 calories in one hour as well as build lower-body strength. Horse calves! Don’t let the Stair Master be your only cardio activity.

Jogging, much like running, burns a lot of calories. Some are not so hot at running a mile in 7.5 minutes –namely me –and jogging at 5 mph for a 12-minute mile sound way better! One hour can burn 584 calories.

Basketball and football also burn 584 calories in an hour.

What about soccer and softball? What about tennis? I don’t know. You’ll have to check those on your own!

Swimming is a great total body workout because you use almost every muscle in your body. All strokes increase cardio and muscular fitness while burning 511 calories an hour. Swimming is not simply for leisure. Have you ever felt exhausted after taking a few laps around the pool?

Floating doesn’t count.

Cardio can be fun! You can do cardiovascular exercises you actually enjoy, instead of continuing to stamp out miles on the track.

However, there is a form of exercise you must do that is only as fun as it can be.

WEIGHT TRAINING.

Women especially need to get into the weight room to build muscle tissue. We are not naturally inclined to build lean muscle like men –who can build muscle like little protein machines. (Well, hulky protein machines.) Good example: Women body builders have to use some kind of hormone therapy to build all that muscle.

What? You don’t think it’s important? Here are 12 reasons as to why you should.

  1. You’ll lose 40 percent more fat.
  2. Your clothes will fit better.
  3. You’ll burn more calories.
  4. Your diet will improve.
  5. You’ll handle stress better.
  6. You’ll be happier.
  7. You’ll build stronger bones.
  8. You’ll get into shape faster.
  9. Your heart will be healthier.
  10. You’ll be more productive.
  11. You’ll live longer.
  12. You’ll be even smarter.

Boot camp workouts? Yes. Please.

Insanity?

…Tomorrow. Definitely tomorrow.

Insanity… Shae, are you stupid?

Yeah, I know…

I am a glutton for punishment, I suppose.

My last reattempt did not go well. I just got mad and quit. And… that’s what I’ve done repeatedly.

I am a quitter.

A great big stinking quitter.

Ugh.

So I thought I’d give it another try.

That, and Bikini Boot Camp is expensive. Casey Jo is going to be so made at me. :(

The first day of Insanity is the fit test, which is always pretty eye-opening. I am out of shape, but, then again, I am always out of shape.

Results
Switch-Kicks: 71

Power Jacks: 43

Power Knees: 80

Globe Jumps: 6 (Omg… I hate these!)

Suicide Jumps: 12

Pushup Jacks: 15

Obliques… thingys…: 30

The measurements are pretty much the same as they were earlier this year because my body doesn’t necessarily gain or lose weight.

EVER lose weight.

My body just gets more muscle-y and less fatty or more fatty and less muscle-y. It’s all about body frames, and I don’t mean apples and pears and hourglasses. And I’m certainly not lucky enough to have a genetic predisposition to look like Heidi Klum.

(Of course, I’m sure if she ate like me and didn’t work out like me, she’d be a tad less skinny. Still, she hit the genetic lottery. Really, all models have.)

I, however, have the genes to be short, pretty stout, extra curvy and extra… flubby… I just want to fix the flubby part.

I need to make food changes, too.

I’m not making any promises. I’ll probably quit again.

It’s what I do.

Side Note: Since I’ve skipped most of my workouts this week, ruined one dinner and failed to make two dinners, I had nothing to blog about -except, perhaps, my complete lack of motivation to get off my couch.

Better Note: My mother got married Saturday, and I hope to have photos available soon!

Hopeful Note: Someday, I will be a skinny. Well, skinny-ish.

Words of encouragement are always appreciated. Believe me, even if I do quit, motivation and support still mean a lot.

(I think I’m going to hit up a few weight loss forums and peruse while I eat lunch -Slow Cooked Chicken Noodle Soup.)

Cooking! Baking! Exercising! Oh, ouch…

I meant to blog about my workout yesterday, but I was pooped! I had a busy day.

Work, of course, always happens first when you have a big girl job, and that was where and when I found out the company was having a Memorial Day BBQ type celebration. Let me tell you how good I am with a grill.

I’m not.

So I baked! I made my White Stilton Blueberry Cheese Rolls, which were a HUGE hit. Yay!

After baking, I went to the YMCA to make up a workout I missed for that job interview… you  know, for that job I got. :)

Not our usual Bikini Boot Camp, but it made more sense, I suppose. We were in bikinis! (Who has two thumbs and wore a shirt over hers? This chick.)

Instead of killing ourselves on the TRX or Arc Trainer, we drown ourselves in the pool. (Heh. Drown. You get it? That’s probably not very funny.)

Water exercise! In water! I have never worked out in water before -swimming is for fun not for torture. I learned differently last night.

I was sweating in water.

Today: Sore. :) All of me is sore. Swimming is probably the perfect full-body workout -especially if you cannot reach the bottom of the pool like me.

After Bikini Wearin’ Bikini Boot Camp, I came home and made dinner. (This is when the fun happened!)

Simmering white onions on the stove for homemade tomato soup
Simmerin' onions!
Two garlic bulbs roasted in olive oil
This is what roasted garlic looks like. I know. It's like regular garlic, but this time it's hot.
skinnyshae's homemade tomato soup
What do simmerin' onions and roasted garlic (with several other ingredients) create?

That’s right! Homemade Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup. Every time, it’s amazing.

What else? Well, since we were completely out of food, I had to improvise with what made up the meaty portion of our dinner.

Earlier in the week, I baked tilapia, but had some leftover -two fillets. Covered in oil, breadcrumbs and a mess of spices, I baked the fillets in my favorite Baked Tilapia fashion.

With a twist.

Microwave steamed onions, carrots and peas with baked tilapia
Vegetables!

I’m not good at twists, but this tasted fresh and fantastic. (Oh, the fish are hiding under the veggies.)

Ivan the German Shepherd Dog in a kitchen
I had help.

Sorry – everybody needs a dog moment.

And after dinner I baked banana bread for the company celebration the next, which happened today… Anyway, also a big hit!

I wasn’t finished baking until midnight so you don’t get a finished product picture…

Baking banana bread
But doesn't that bubbly goodness look amazing?

Don’t worry. It was.

I tried a new recipe.

Banana Bread
Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup plain applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk. Combine the sugar with the eggs, one at a time, and then add the bananas, applesauce and vanilla extract. Blend together. I don’t recommend using a beater… a wooden spoon works just as well in my opinion.

Pour into a cooking spray coated loaf pan and bake for one hour. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before turning it out and allowing it to set.

Tonight: Tacos with my salsa!

skinnyshae with her homemade roasted garlic and tomato soup
Happy cooking!

Think yourself thinner! (or simply more confident)

Another grumpy morning before a workout? Well, how strange… Why am I a grump before my workouts? I always end the workout on Cloud 9!

Perhaps, somewhere in the back of my mind, I fear that the workout won’t work. I have failed before.

Perhaps, I’m just sweating and struggling for nothing in front of other people who are probably judging me and wondering why I’m even at the gym (and listening to smooth jazz really loudly on their iPod being creepers).

None of that is true, of course.

The logical  part of me -shut up all of you with your woman comments -knows that none of that is true. But the emotional part of me that is concerned with what I look like and how I look doing something like exercise doesn’t believe the logical part of me.

It often ignores me.

I know in order to lose weight or become healthier, I need an attitude to match. Grumpies never got anyone very far anyway…

Follow these guidelines to Think Yourself Thinner!

Ban the word “diet” from your vocabulary…
Of course when you try to explain to someone that you can’t eat this or that, they’ll say, “What are you on a diet?” And then you’ll have to clarify for them and feel like a jerk… So… I’m iffy on this guideline.

What the article means is that “diets” are temporary. Lifestyle changes are more permanent.

Don’t make it all about the dress size.
Skinny jeans inspire skinnyshae, but I’ll be more likely to succeed if I think beyond the superficial. Make meaningful goals, such as getting healthy for your kids, your spouse or your family or avoiding a health condition you might inherit from great aunt Sissy.

Be realistic.
Dropping a dress size in a matter of days is impossible (if not impossible, it is unhealthy). Aim for losing one pound a week. Even better? Don’t focus on the scale; create easily attainable goals (which I sometimes see as not-tough-enough), such as using skim milk instead of cream in your coffee.

Plus, dropping a dress size doesn’t matter as much as feeling good in the clothes you love.

Think twice before you drink.
I usually don’t think at all, so maybe I should listen. Liquid calories still count! And there are countless calories in alcoholic beverages, fruit juices and sugary sodas.

Don’t swear off your favorite foods.
But what if my favorite food happens to be French fries? I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to eat those!

However, making treats totally off-limits can sabotage weight-loss goals. Boo. Small portions of those treats are best to curb cravings and keep from overindulging. My friend Ashley R. says that we should suck on a piece of dark chocolate every time we get a craving for something sweet (salty or spicy –honestly I think it works no matter what you want).

Expect imperfection.
I tell my students every day that there is no such thing as a perfect speech, and perfect is not something we should aim for in our diets, either.

Did an indulgence turn into a binge? It’s okay! Don’t freak! Let it go and get back on track the next day. (This is how I feel about eating prepackaged cookies when I’m having a lady day!)

Visualize your success.
I tell my students to do this all the time! Wow! I never knew any of my advice applied to weight loss. Woo hoo!

Picture yourself slimmer as you’re walking down the beach I a skimpy (but conservative –haha!) bathing suit. Or think of something that works for you! I don’t live near a beach and rarely wear swimming suits. I visualize that I look fantastic in a pair of yoga pants and a tank top doing the perfect Warrior II!

Mind your table manners.
Don’t wolf down your food; spend some quality time with it! You’re eating, so enjoy it, girls!

Eating too quickly may interfere with the release of gut hormones that help you feel full, leading to overeating and messing up your weight loss goals. Slow down!

Be a picky eater.
This is bad for me because I’ll try just about anything once (i.e. mountain oysters that my parents tricked me into eating; mushrooms, which I hate, but people have convinced me to eat one). (That mushroom wasn’t too bad, either.)

Basically, don’t waste your daily calories on food you don’t love. Love that food! Love it and eat it!

Don’t indulge in a craving the minute it strikes.
Cravings usually dissipate in 15-20 minutes. Hopefully you get that craving while stuck behind your desk or in a meeting at work…

Do you want a cookie and know you can’t have it? Drink a glass of water to put something in your belly, play a game on your computer or talk a walk. Picture anything but cookies!

Avoid peer pressure.
Do you have jerky friends? To avoid social dining sabotage when you’re out with the girls, check out the restaurant’s menu online before dining out and make a healthy choice right away. When you get there, don’t even look at the menu.

Ditch the put-downs.
Why do women always put themselves down and compare themselves to other women when the most attractive thing about us is our confidence in ourselves?

I’ll tell you why: A million eyes looking at us and noticing, like we do, that we are not Heidi Klum. Guess what? It’s not really real.

Stay away from negative self-commentary! (No blame, though. I feel this way ALL the time.)

Good attitude. Good workout. Good health. Some nonsense about stress and cortisol and adrenaline. Endorphins, blah, blah. It won’t work for all of us, but I think by attempting to change our attitudes about the dieting and the exercising and the creepers in the gym, we can feel thinner (which I need because I feel jiggly today).

Bad Mood Cure (and a new summer hair style)

Bad mood morning!

I was prepared to have an angry workout at Bikini Boot Camp this morning. I was mad! Why? Goooooood question.

Guess #1: Some thing arrived a bit earlier than it should have this month, and I’m hormonal. Sigh…

Guess #2: I’ve noticed that my stomach is a little pudgier than I’m used to. Sure, I might be bloated, but this is so not cool. My dress pants don’t fit right, and I looked weird in my workout pants this morning.

Guess #3: I’m generally a grumpy person. Or not, who knows?

However, after busting out 20 minutes -10 on the incline and 10 running at a good pace -on the treadmill, my bad mood went away.

That has NEVER happened to me. Usually, when I am angry, I am angry at everything, and no amount of confidence-boosting exercise can cheer me up.

Example: Read here.

Today was just different, and I’m thankful. I suppose exercise really does make you happy.

New item: Beauty!

We haven’t given it a lookie for a bit, but that’s because I haven’t been worried about it for a bit. I am more focused on food and exercise, not lipstick and high heels.

I’m stealing an idea from Dana at mylittlecelebration. Her summer hair is super sweet!

Right now, I am in the “until hair is mostly dry” phase. Then, I plan on pinning it up, running some errands, and then taking it back down in hopes my brunette frizz will mimic her blonde beachy waves.

You get pictures if I do it right! If not, it goes back up in its bun and stays there until I can figure out what to do with it.

I am contemplating cutting it all off… but I want to have those waves all summer! I love my hair long; I just don’t want to do anything with it when it’s long. Shorter hair makes me look older, which I need because I am often childish, but longer hair is sooooo pretty on me.

Sigh.

skinnyshae hairstyle short
This is me with short hair (short as in not nearly as long as it has been and is now).

Short is cute and easy to style. It does that flippy thing on its own most of the time.

skinnyshae hairstyles long
This is me with long hair... on the day of my bridal shower. That's what's with the tiara and the Mimosa.

Shockingly, after searching for a good picture of me with long hair, I couldn’t find one! I look silly in most pictures anyway, but no good long hair pictures.

Hum.

What do you think? Should I chop my hair short? A bob or shoulder-length? Or should I get a trim and go with the long look for the summer?

New job, workouts (with him) and Dinner Tonight

I pulled the back of my arm area in yoga this morning. What is that? The tricep? Whatever. I hurt myself. It sucks.

le recap of my week

Job-hunting paid off on Wednesday! I accepted a position with a local car dealership as a digital marketing assistant.

What does that mean?

Oh, well, if you must know: I read and write about cars all day. Awesome!

The job requires 20 hours a week so I have plenty of time to teach public speaking on Mondays and Wednesdays, which will probably take up about 10 hours of my week, WHICH means I should have plenty of time, as well, to work out!

(Note: I was also “hired” on some where else, but I don’t technically start until June, and I might not start at all. I haven’t heard back from them yet about my availability. If I end up working here, I’ll tell you about it.)

Unfortunately, I went to the gym just three times this week: Monday with Husband, one day of Bikini Boot Camp and Power Yoga this morning. Three days is not nearly enough for weight-loss.

I need to be at the gym or the track MORE next week.

Problem? I need motivation!

“Shae, having a workout buddy is motivating. You’ve got one!”

Problem? She’s gone!

Ashley R. -my personal motivator, my workout buddy, my friend -ran home to Idaho to get married!

I know, right?! :) I’m soooo happy for her! (But I miss her like crazy!)

She will be gone doing married person things until August, when school and work start up again. By my calculations -and I’m not good at math -she will be gone forever, and I might get even MORE unhealthy. Oh, no!

(Side note: SmartLipo commercial comes on TV. skinnyshae gets mad because she wants to take the easy way out, too. Ugh. Want.)

What will I do? Where will I find motivation? Who will hold me accountable?

Answer: Husband. Maybe.

According to The Nest, working out with your spouse is super motivating! And they have some seriously ridiculous workout suggestions…

Dancing Kings and Queens: Zumba. I would never get Husband on a dance floor for salsa or ballroom dancing, let alone Zumba. I don’t think the YMCA will be seeing Husband and I in their Zumba room anytime soon.

Outdoorsy Types: I think Husband and I would be more “outdoorsy” if we didn’t sleep completely different schedules. Luckily, it’s summer-ish outside so we can take the dog for walks in the evenings. What else do we want to do outside? Camping, hiking, fishing, and the like :)

(lol) Low-Key Lovers: Do yoga! Husband and I love yoga… well, I didn’t today. We used to do P90X “Yoga-X” together all the time. Maybe, we should add a few nights of extreme yoga in the evenings with our walks. Some Shiva Rea, my low-key lover?

ADD Duos: Um… what? According to the article, boredom is a common reason for quitting a fitness routine, especially for people in need of constant stimulation. So couples who easily lose interest should look for workout that constantly mix things up and throw in plenty of surprises to hold their attention, which a BOOT CAMP is guaranteed to do. Yay!

Couples on the Brink: Do you often find yourself wanting to punch your significant other in the thigh and give them dead leg? I do. :) With plenty of padding protecting your nerves… and face… a quick round of boxing may be just what you and your spouse need to get into shape (or to blow off some steam). Kickboxing allows you to also KICK your significant other.

Heh.

I promised Dinner Tonight, didn’t I?

Chicken Taco Thing-y with Rice
Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into pieces or shredded (after cooking)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped
  • spice mix (garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, black pepper, salt, cumin)
  • (however much you want) rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • tortillas
  • shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions
Cook the chicken in the manner you most love cooking chicken. For me: I pan-fried in a canola-soy oil blend. Drain and shred, if you want.

Pan-fry the onions, green onions and jalapenos. Save some greens of the green onions for garnish. Yum!

Add the chicken to the onions and peppers, and then add the spices and the 1/2 cup of water to the pan. Simmer until most of the liquids have boiled off.

Meanwhile, you should be boiling your rice or using a rice cooker. Probably a good idea.

Finally, warm up your tortilla. Layer on the rice and chicken creation. Shred Parmesan cheese over the top, wrap and munch.

Ta da!

I munched the heck out of it!

(I also need to figure out how to properly work my camera for better picture-taking.)

Make-Up Workout

I missed Bikini Boot Camp this morning for an interview for a summer internship, which I think I bombed. :(

Why? Well, I froze. I never freeze. I always have a response. Boo on my face. Hopefully, my interview on Tuesday will go much better! :) Pray for me, kids.

Since I missed my group training session, I am going to attempt to attend tonight’s group training session. Only problem? I do not know anyone in that session. Also, I do not know if they will have room for me. Here’s hoping!

However, if I am unable to or decided not to attend the group session tonight, Husband plans on coming to workout with me! (Not in Bikini Boot Camp, of course, he’s a boy. <- His words. Not mine.)

But what will I do? I cannot keep up with Husband. We all know how incredibly bad I am at working out by myself or figuring out what I’m going to do once I get there, so I planned ahead!

The Superset Plus Cardio Workout (via Women’s Health Magazine)
According to the article, when it comes to fitness, comfort should take a backseat. Who doesn’t love killing themselves in the weight room, anyway? To kick-start a stale routine (or keep up with the one you missed), you have to force your body past the point in a workout when it wants to quit.

The Superset Plus Cardio Routine targets every major muscle group with supersets -two back-to-back moves with no rest in between -to spark metabolism. Short, intense cardio bursts keep your heart racing to help you shed more fat. (Thank you, Gatorade.)

The article said: “Yeah, it might get a little uncomfortable. But trust us, you’ll be giving this workout mad props a few months from now, when you’re confidently rockin’ a tiny two-piece.”

And what am I going to Bikini Boot Camp for? A two-piece. Yay! Check it out! (Click the link to see the full workout with photos.)

Follow the plan: Do the routine two to three days a week on nonconsecutive days (never back-to-back, you’ll hurt yourself). Starting with superset one, complete as many reps as you can with perfect form in 30 seconds, and then immediately do the same with the second move. Repeat this three times without rest, and then do the cardio interval (of your choice). Rest for one to two minutes, and then move on to superset two, three and four, following the routine.

Thank goodness I bought a stopwatch.

Superset 1
Dumbbell Lunge to Overhead Press
Stack with feet together and a dumbbell in each hand just above shoulders, palms facing in. Step right foot forward and lunge and press weights directly over shoulders without leaning or bending at the waist. Return to starting position.

Split-Stance Cable Chop
Stand to the left of a high cable machine and hold the handle with both hands, arms straight. Step right foot one to two feet from left foot, knees slightly bent. Keeping your arms straight and eyes on your hands, pull the handle down and across your body until ti’s outside your left leg. Slowly return to start. Repeat on the other side; continue alternating.

Cardio 1
Minutes 1-2: Effort level 4 (breathing and speaking comfortably)
Minute 3: Effort level 5 (increased breathing buy speaking comfortably)
Minute 4: Effort level 6 (tough to speak in full sentences)

(I may or may not be able to do this… I am a bad judge of good effort levels.)

REST!

Superset 2
Underhand-Grip Lat Pulldown
Sit at a lat pulldown station and grab the bar with an underhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart, arms completely straight and torso upright. Keeping shoulders back and down, without moving torso, pull the bar to chest as squeeze shoulder blades together. Pause, and then slowly return to starting position.

Stability-Ball Back Extension
Lie with hips and chest resting on a stability ball, hands behind head, elbows out and feet against a wall. Back should be slightly rounded. Squeeze glutes and slowly lift chest away from the ball until torso is almost upright. Hold for one or two seconds, and then slowly return to the starting position.

(I may have to do these sans ball. There is NOT a lot of room in the weight room for a stability ball to be used, especially around a bunch of silly boys.)

Cardio 2
Minutes 1-2: Effort level 5 (increased breathing but speaking comfortably)
Minute 3: Effort level 8 (tough to speak more than six words at a time)
Minute 4: Effort level 9 (tough to speak more than two words at a time)

REST!

Superset 3
Stability-Ball Hamstring Curl
Lie face up with your calves on top of a stability ball, arms by your sides, palms down. Squeeze glutes and raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from shoulders to heels. Bend knees to roll the ball toward you until your feet are flat on the ball. Straighten your legs to roll the ball back, and then lower your body to the floor.

(I have a sad, sad feeling I might kill myself trying to do this… I’ll leave the weight room for this one.)

Stability-Ball Front Bridge
Place forearms on a stability ball with your elbows directly under your shoulders. Extend your legs behind you in a pushup position and firmly plant toes on the floors so your body forms a straight line from you head to heels, at a 45-degree angle. Contract your abs and keep your body in a straight line, moving as little as possible. Hold.

(I so hate these.)

Cardio 3
Minutes 1-2: Effort level 5 (increased breathing but speaking comfortably)
Minute 3: Effort level 7 (tough to speak in full sentences)
Minute 4: Effort level 8 (tough to speak more than six words at a time)

REST!

Superset 4
Stability-Ball Alternating Dumbbell Bench Press
Grab a dumbbell in each hand and lie on your back on a stability ball with your knees bent and back flat on the floor. Raise the weights above your chest, palms facing forward. Lower the right dumbbell to the side of your chest, pause, and then press the weight back to the starting position as quickly as possible. Repeat on the left side.

Weighted Russian Twist and Press
Holding a weight plate or dumbbell, sit on the floor with knees bent and feet flexed. Keep your back straight and hips facing forward as you twist your torso to the right and touch the weight to the floor next to you. Rotate back to center and press the weight overhead, and then lower it and rotate to the left. Reverse the movement and return to start.

COOL DOWN! STRETCH! REST! You’re finished!

I am going to have to alternate between the weight room and the loft area of the YMCA, unless we go to Husband’s Y… Then I won’t have to go as far! Of course, I’m not sure about they’re equipment. I know, and love, my Y.

I’ll give a full report tonight. :)