Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Workouts of the Week, Braids and Bubble Baths

Dudes. My legs are SO sore. From a workout I did ON THURSDAY. Your girl is out of shape!

I took a bit of a hiatus from working out for most of the month of June. It's my tendency to not exercise whenever I'm home in Massachusetts, and this past trip was no exception. #Oops. After returning to Vancouver on June 23 and taking a couple of days to decompress from my "Oy!"-inducing travels, I hit the gym again.

My first workout on 6/26 was my attempt at waking up my whole body and all of its many muscle groups. That's why I did leg, arm and core exercises that day. Here's what else I've been up to since my return to the gym at the end of June:

6/26 (full body)
5 mins elliptical
12 chest press on exercise ball, 12.5 lbs each hand
12 squats, 12.5 lbs each shoulder
30 weighted v-sit twists, holding 12.5 lbs
15 deltoid flys, 5 lbs each hand
60 calf raises, 12.5 lbs each hand
30 Russian get ups, 5 lbs each hand
12 close grip chest press on exercise ball, 12.5 lbs each hand
12 deadlifts, 12.5 lbs each hand
15 deltoid raises, 5 lbs each hand
60 bridges

6/28 (core) 
5 mins elliptical, .53 miles
40 weighted v-sit twists, holding 15 lbs
40 alternating weighted side bends, 15 lbs each hand
40 Russian get ups, holding 5 lbs
40 cobras

7/1 (upper body and core)
3:10 jumping jacks
2x:  12 overhead press, 10 lbs each hand 
2x:  12 deltoid raises, 5 lbs each hand
2x:  12 chest press on exercise ball, 12.5 lbs each hand
2x:  24 alternating chest flys with 8 lb medicine ball
2x:  12 bent over rows, 20 lbs
2x:  12 deltoid flys, 5 lbs each hand
2x:  12 close grip chest press on exercise ball, 12.5 lbs
2x:  12 upright row + tricep extension, 5 lbs each hand
2x:  12 lat pulldowns, 50 lbs
40 weighted v-sit twists, holding 12.5 lbs
40 Russian get ups, holding 5 lbs
40 cobras
40 crunches on exercise ball, holding 12.5 lbs

7/2 (cardio)
15 mins elliptical (1.45 miles)
15 mins biking (3.5 miles)

7/3 (this is the lower body workout that I'm still sore from)
5 mins elliptical, .5 miles, 60 calories
40 alternating forward lunges, 10 lbs each hand
60 bridges
1:00 jumping jacks
20 sumo squats, holding 20 lbs
40 diamond clamshells each leg
1:00 jumping jacks
40 calf raises, 20 lbs each hand
1:00 jumping jacks
15 deadlifts, 20 lbs each hand
40 side lunges each leg + plyometric push off
1:00 jumping jacks
15 squats, holding 15 lbs
15 squats, holding 20 lbs
15 squats, holding 25 lbs

7/5 (upper body)
30 alternating shoulder raises on exercise ball, 5 lbs each hand
15 chest press on exercise ball, 12.5 lbs each hand
20 deltoid raises, 5 lbs each hand
15 bent over rows each arm, holding 20 lbs
10 overhead press, 12.5 lbs each hand
15 deltoid flys, 5 lbs each hand
15 close grip chest press, 12.5 lbs each hand

Sidebar - here's a fun way that I did my hair before going out for errands and the gym last week:

Easy hair style: French braid on top, regular braid in ponytail

It's a French braid down the center on top, which I secured into a ponytail at the crown. Then I braided the ponytail in a regular braid. I like how it looks like one long, continuous braid from front to end.

French braid top center into ponytail braid

Did anyone else in the Pacific Northwest/Vancouver area catch the Seattle fireworks display on TV (or in person) on Friday night? I thought it was incredible! Last year the fog made their fireworks an absolute disaster, but this year was perfect. I especially enjoyed some of the bright/neon blue ones - those ones seemed particularly new-age.

Other things that happened this weekend:
  • Threw the football around on the Kits Beach lawn with David
  • Rented The Lego Movie - wasn't disappointed
  • Enjoyed a solo late breakfast at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe
  • Got a haircut (just a trim)
  • Went for a 7-mile walk around False Creek in Vancouver
  • Ate gourmet hotdogs, coleslaw and potato salad at home on the evening of 4th of July (bringing the America into our Canadian kitchen)
  • Brought 3 bags of stuff to Salvation Army
  • Indulged in Lemon Bismarck and Strawberry Rhubarb donuts from Lucky's Doughtnuts on 4th Ave
  • Also indulged in an oatmeal chocolate chunk cookie from Whole Foods
  • ... Also indulged in some Half Baked Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Is it still considered "indulging" if I do it all the time? Things to ponder. I also got into thisssss delightful situation last night:

Lush Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

It's the Christmas Eve bubble bar from Lush's last Christmas line. WHO CARES if it took me 6 months to use it?? It was just what my sore leg muscles needed.

I hope you all had a great holiday! What was your favorite part of the weekend?
Did you watch fireworks at home or on TV?
Anyone else super sore from a recent workout? (If so, get it, girl!) (If not... go get it, girl!)

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  1. haha so my traininer just came back from a month long vacay and did his first workout last thursday too. he was super feeling it the next day.
    and he pushed me pretty hard today. squating two 25lb kettlebells...zomg. i was dying.

    i keep meaninh to go to sophie's but ...never have.

    A Beautiful Zen

    1. Oooh it makes me feel better to know that even trainers take a month off of exercise sometimes haha. And damn girl - get it with those kettlebells!! Whoop!

  2. oo I'm so envious of your long hair to be able to do a fantastic braid like that!!

    Reading your training exercise reminds me how much I've been sitting down all day. D:

    Macarons and Mischief

    1. Braids are my faaaav! I get bummed out if my hair isn't long enough to do up with cool braids ;)

  3. Your braid rocks! And you go girl- that's a serious workout. Indulging is still indulging if you do it often. Because otherwise, you couldn't have the excuse of indulging. ;)


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