A big part of my life has been about music. I could hangout and just listen to music all day and have spent many hours at concerts just soaking it all in. My earliest memory of music I have is driving around with my stepdad listening to 101.5 in New Jersey and he would tell me the year that song came out and where he was. Usually it was somewhere in Vietnam or the Azores while he was in the Air Force.
I remember in the early 90’s grunge was big and I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. I used to tell my stepdad that I liked his oldies better because I could understand the lyrics. When I was in college I interned and then became employed at WRAT in Belmar. This was an amazing opportunity for me because at the heart of it was music.
Music also keeps me going while I’m working out. Melissa at Ultimate Fit Zone usually likes to play popular music and Eddie will put on hard rock. While I do like both, I prefer the hard rock because it makes me push harder. Here are some tunes for a good mix:
- Crank It Up – David Guetta
- Die Young – Kesha
- Memories – David Guetta
- Without You – David Guetta & Usher
- More – Usher
- Strong – Kanye West
- Down with the Sickness – Disturbed
- I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace
- Stupify – Disturbed
- Remedy – Seether
- Lit Up – Buckcherry
- Inside the Fire – Disturbed
If this doesn’t get you moving, I don’t know what will….
On Monday night I had my Zone 360 class at Ultimate Fit Zone. On my way I popped into 7-11 and bought a 5 Hour Energy drink to help me push through the class. I’ve heard of people doing a shot of espresso before working out but thought that would irritate my stomach and figured the 5 Hour Energy would perk me up even longer.
Class started out really great and I was busting through the warm up of jumping jacks, squats, mountain climbers and burpees. Feelin’ good!
Then I took a look at the board which details out what our circuit is for the night and boy was I scared! 30 hollow rocks followed by 5 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards, 10 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards, 15 push ups, bear crawl 5 yards and then 20 push ups. Then we followed up with 40 arm things with weights (lateral raises and something else where you raise the weights above your head) and then you started over again with 30 hollow rocks and so forth.
I can confirm with confidence that I have zero upper body strength. My face was mostly planted on the turf during push ups and I recall considering running into traffic on Route 35. Needless to say, I was dead last in the group.
Then “dessert” came and we had to do 1 wall ball and 1 burpee. Then wait until it hits the minute and do 2 wall balls and 2 burpees until we got to 5 minutes and we did 5 wall balls and 10 burpees! That part wasn’t so bad because wall balls mostly focuses on your legs unless your arms give out and then the medicine ball pummels you in the head which is awesome!
I definitely think the 5 Hour Energy helped me get my energy going strong throughout the workout and beyond. Usually I hit a wall 2 hours after class but I was cooking, cleaning and up late. I would do it again! Have you tried something prior to working out to keep you moving?
Wall Balls: What are they and what do they do?
As you may recall from Day 1 of my blog I referred to them as “shitty balls” because they almost made day 1 my last day. Basically you have a medicine ball that is 10 – 20 pounds (depending on what you can handle), use both hands to push it up on the wall, catch and squat and repeat. It’s pretty much a total body workout that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside until you want to puke. (Or atleast that’s my take on it)
Here’s a demo:
Why am I talking about this? Because a little birdie told me that’s what I’ll be doing later. I will conquer you one day wall balls!
I’ll update you on the flip side…
Today, I was triumphant! I got my butt into class, thought positive, and pushed into beast mode. I can’t quite put my finger on what exercises I’m better at over others but I was so happy that I got through class pushing at 100% and only came in 4th to last.
The workout was was set up as 15 reps per station while using the medicine ball as part of the movement. Each round you complete then you drop down to 14 reps and then all the way to 1 rep. By setting this up to allow everyone go at their own pace I also pushed myself to complete within 30 minutes
I looked pretty close to this at the end of class:
I haven’t been more proud of myself until today. Yeah Liz (and thanks Baby Jesus)!
(Also big ups to Darrah and Laura for kicking butt and taking names in class!
On Monday I got back into my weekday routine at the gym. I was happy to see my friends and get a good workout in. I always feel so much better after a good workout. I feel like I’ve accomplished more than I could the day before.
Until I met AMRAP. Oh dear God who created this obscene workout? AMRAP stands for “As Many Reps As Possible” or what I call “AMRAPUYD” – As Many Reps As Possible Until You Die. I felt like I was in my first class ever because I wanted to cry, run out while my legs still worked and puke. This might have been my 2nd hardest day (behind my first class).
This was our WOD over 21 minutes:
- 20 Kettle Bell High Ups
- 20 meters bear crawl
- 20 Push Ups (with lifting your hands off when you get to the floor)
- 10 Wall Balls
- 20 meters bear crawl
- 20 side-to-side mountain climbers
- 20 v sit ups
I THINK I got through 2 rounds? I don’t know. I just remember feeling like a big loser because I was way behind everyone else, wanting to crawl out the front door and never go back. How do I fast forward to losing like 300 pounds without this torture? I don’t pray but today I am!
Dear Baby Jesus:
Please let me get through today’s workout without wanting to quit. Give me the strength to continue to push through the pain and doubt I feel all the time. I just want to succeed to feel proud of myself and have others be proud of me too.
Keeping on point with your diet is hard enough but what do you do when you have cravings for the bad stuff? I have cravings all the time like Windmill hot dogs, cheese fries, pasta, bread before the pasta, etc! I don’t want to fail so I’ve found alternatives to SOME of these cravings that include Greek yogurt!
Greek Yogurt is a great source of protein and it tastes pretty good. There are many brands out there such as Fage, Oikos and Chobani that include plain or flavored. The flavored Greek yogurts are great for snacking and the plan is perfect for cooking.
If you don’t already know who Rocco DiSpirito is then you should find out! You may remember a few years back he had a reality show called The Restaurant which featured his restaurant launch and operation in Manhattan. Unfortunately it was cancelled but soon after he jumped on the healthy bus and changed recipes to be more waist friendly. He has published “Now Eat This” that featured healthy makeovers to our favorite foods. I have made his penna alla vodka and fettucini alfredo and they substitute with Greek yogurt and they are pretty good!
This weekend I tried making brownies with the Greek yogurt and it was damn good! I brought some over to my parents and didn’t tell them what was in it until they ate it – they loved it!
Try not to give in to those bad cravings but find alternatives that work for you. Here is a great tool for Greek yogurt conversions from Chobani: http://chobani.com/community/blog/2011/04/chobani-kitchen-conversion-chart/
When I started going through this new regiment of working out and changing my eating habits I was gung ho about following the diet that I was given. One thing I found was the amount of time it takes to prepare. I go to two different stores for food to save money and then bring it home to cook for a few hours over the weekend so I can grab and go during the week.
I have to admit I have become lazy especially in the mornings. Typically I will switch up my days of a cooked breakfast (eggs, turkey sausage, toast) with cereal. More recently I don’t do either and just grab a banana and a Nature Valley Protein bar that I keep on hand as snacks.
I’ve noticed that more and more fast food places are offering healthy options which is great for me because I can still have a hot breakfast without falling off the wagon.
Wawa – They are now offering a Sizzli which is a ham, egg white, cheese and multi-grain English muffin at 240 calories. Not too shabby! Stay away from the 2 for $3 offer though because you only need one! Wawa’s salads are also really good but stay away from the soft pretzels. They are my weakness!
McDonald’s – Who would have thought that McDonald’s would offer something relatively healthy in this generation? I grew up going to McDonald’s on the Belmar boardwalk and in fact had my 5th birthday there with a Grimmace birthday cake. Who doesn’t love their amazing fries? And the sauce on their Big Mac – wow! But now that I’m an adult, smart choices are a must. McDonald’s offers an under 400 calorie menu but be careful not to mix it with fries because it will set you over! I’ve heard they are offering egg white McMuffins but they aren’t available around me yet.
Burger King – Who doesn’t love the golden crown at Burger King? When I was a kid my dad would take me here all the time. I remember he would always get the Whopper and I’d get a BK kids meal with a new toy and a crown! Burger King is updating their menu by offering a veggie burger that is 410 calories.
Wendy’s – Wendy’s seems to be behind the ball here with healthier options and they don’t highlight their lower calorie options which they should! I did find some options below 550 calories such as salads, chili and a baked potato.
Most importantly I DO NOT suggest eating at these places everyday. These items are still high in sodium and sugars. If you are just too busy to make a warm meal atleast you know there are options out there without losing control of your goal.