(More) Pancakes + Plank Workout

October 17, 2012 · 6 comments

in CONFESSION, HEALTH, LIFE, MISCELLANEOUS

Well hello. How’s it going? Luke is out of town this week for work and although I cannot wait another second to watch the next Homeland episode I really miss him, there are advantages to having the apartment to myself. Such as…making up dance routines to “Call Me Maybe” and other various YouTube videos. It can get pretty intense. Sometimes I visualize myself in a Step Up-style dance off, only my moves are not so smooth and I don’t get to swivel my hips against Channing Tatum’s. I wish I was joking about this, but I think you know by now that I’m perfectly incapable of being anything but my authentic self!

Anyway, moving on. For one reason or another, I’ve found it hard to get into a workout groove this week. I was feeling gross and congested yesterday morning, so I opted for more shut-eye over exercise. But when I got home around 8:30 after meeting with a client, I really felt like I needed to do something. I turned on the presidential debate and zoned out jibber jabber about gang bangers and binders by focusing on this 10-minute plank workout. And ohhh did it burn!

(Source: Health.com)

After a minute of holding a straight arm plank, I decided to keep going to see how long I could last. Three minutes later I collapsed to the floor! But then I remembered I had a workout to finish. I do have a strong upper body and core from yoga (for anyone who thinks it’s easy…think again!), but man it was hard. If you are looking for a new exercise challenge, this is it. The workout actually took me 16 minutes to complete since I tacked on a couple minutes in the beginning and did a couple downward facing dogs between moves. I also did the knee crunches in 2×20 sets. I’d rather go a little slower and maintain solid form than race right through!

Ok, now for my confession. Before I went to bed last night, I decided that I would do a six-mile run this morning. Usually when I set an intention to do something, I follow through. But this morning I woke up early, did a little work and answered emails, and by the time I laced up my sneakers and got out into the cold, my motivation levels were at an all-time low. So what did I do? I walked to the nearest Starbucks! 13 minutes there and back—that was my workout for the day, friends. Ha! Oh and 15 pushups and 100 butt raises, but I don’t even know if that counts at this point.

For some reason, I didn’t feel very guilty. I know I will run those six miles tomorrow and now I have ever more incentive to do it! Plus, the shorter workout meant that I had time to a big smiley face pumpkin pancake for breakfast! I added bananas, almond butter and dark chocolate soy nuts. (I got a packet in the mail at work from the South Beach Diet—they’re pretty good!)

Coffee, pancakes, planks…that pretty much sums up my week so far. Ohhh and arugula-hummus tortillas—I can’t stop eating them!

Tell me: What have your eats been like so far this week? And what workouts are you loving now? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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Lilveggiepatch October 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

Dayyyyyum, girl, that workout is intense! I lost ALL of my muscle a few months ago (I got really sick) and that would definitely wipe me out.  But I’m inspired!
 
My eats have been a little lazy this week… I’ve had to go into work early, so I’ve picked up the prepared cold oatmeal from West Side Market (SOOOOOO GOOD) most days.

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Wannabe Health Nut October 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

@Lilveggiepatch It really is intense! I would not suggest trying to PR your plank time at the beginning like I did either! But it’s really a great workout. I think it could get ya back in the game! Just rest/stretch when you need to but know when to push it, too! Your eats always inspire me, so I’m sure your “lazy” phase will soon pass.

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AlisonDouis October 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Completely followed this post from the plank exercise to the pumpkin pancakes! Both were awesome – one more painful. Ha ha! Great tips as always!

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Wannabe Health Nut October 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm

@AlisonDouis Haha, go girl! Your obliques will be hurting tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that. :)

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Vishnuwardhan November 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

I love hula hooping exercise. It is a funny way to get fitness. It can also remove the mental stress!!

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