Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Watch Me Squat?

Let me tell you somethin'.

School isn't rocket science, but it takes a lot of time and energy. My biggest struggle is fitting in exercise. I think I have valid excuses, although I'm not sure. 

To be completely transparent, I will share numbers to keep anyone who likes numbers up to date. The truth? I've weighed less (and felt better). More truth? I'm not beating myself up, I'm just trying to get back on track. I really don't care about people knowing my actual weight, I just don't want to reinforce the crazyoverscalenumber mindset that can easily become the focus of an effort to get healthier. So if you're into numbers, let me know. If you're not, and you prefer I stick with pounds lost, let me know. If you don't like that I'm including this in my blog, shoot me an e-mail. *Although I promise that weight loss will not become the focus here. I'm including it because it's a part of my life. And my blog is about my life.  And hopefully including this bit will help encourage some other folks!* 

Goal? I want to lose between 12 and 17 pounds.
Next Goal? I want to run 3 races. (two 5k races and one 5 mile) I didn't do any this past summer, and I'm totally bummed about that. 

I can do it. I can do it

I'm giving myself until the end of 2012.  That's what's realistic for me. Plus, sloww and steadyyy wins the race.  

Anyway, any encouragement is so appreciated. I need it. 

So there it is. But what would this post be without what I'm doing this week?

In the comfort of our Under Construction living room, I'm doing some sweaty circuits (shared here) twice a week (tues/thurs), plus three days of cardio (mwf). Cardio can either be a 20 minute jog or a 30 minute stationary bike workout. 

The Workout:

-5 minutes on stationary bike, keeping RPM around 85
-4 total body strength moves...I used a workout I got out of an old self magazine(September 2010) I split the 8 moves throughout my circuit. 
-5 minutes on bike
-4 total body moves
-5 minutes on bike
-4 total body moves
-2.5 minutes intervals on bike 100 RPM/rest with a 20 second/10 second ratio
-4 total body moves
-2.5 minute cool down on bike

Really...all this a circuit. With interval work. Within 30 minutes, I've gotten an amazing cardio workout, and my bum is sore. That's good news. Plus, I got to watch The Biggest Loser OnDemand. Can't beat that for motivation. 

(Emma? You? Have? TV?! But! But! You said you were getting rid of it when you moved!!! I'll explain later. If you didn't catch this, carry on!)

This is the squat supreme. It's a deep squat that pushes into an overhead press as you raise a leg. It's fancy, I'm sure.

My lame scanning attempt. Good intentions, poor results. But here's the workout!


  1. Slow and steady sure does win the race! Stay encouraged!


  3. you can do it!! Actually really funny timing since I literally am sitting here taking a break from my hulu plus workout video on my tv to check google reader (and install ios5) and saw your post. good luck!

  4. You can do it! Go, Emma, go!

    I was in need of some inspiration. I have dozens of ripped pages from magazines with work-outs!

    I should put them to use!


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