Fitness Fashion Weekly Roundup 2/8/2015

What a great week! I dialed down my ClassPass classes this week, because I was ramping up some activities in other areas and really didn’t want to overdo it.

In Seawheeze news, I got two really decent runs in this week with no serious issues. Better than my last run.

I also had a ski trip yesterday that I really didn’t want to be tired for. Unfortunately I think I may have “skier’s thumb” from a fall on my first run (arg!), so not sure what my workouts will look like this week until I see a doctor. I did try half an hour of yoga tonight without incident, so it looks like I’ve still got full body active options on the table.

Diet has been excellent, since I started a Whole30 last Sunday! I have such a love/hate relationship with the Whole30. It’s tough, but I always feel so great and see such amazing results!

Now for what I wore this week. As always, click on the thumbnail to better see the outfit and read more details!

 

 

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Ups & Downs

Some days are good, and some days are bad. It has been a week of ups and downs.

I tried to go for a run about a week ago, and my foot pain returned. At this point, I have no idea what’s going on with this foot – it doesn’t hurt when I run, and seems the worst first thing in the morning. I backed off of run/walking again and think I’m going to have to finally have this checked out (instead of ignoring it and pretending it wasn’t an issue). Bummer.

In addition to the weird foot, I definitely injured a tendon in my elbow at a yoga class last week. It doesn’t seem to be anything major, but it does hold me back a little bit in some classes. I’m trying to keep up with my cardio classes and avoid anything that’s too intense on my elbow for now.

BUT…despite these setbacks, I had a major week of breakthroughs, too. First, I sat front and center at my absolute favorite rowing class at Brooklyn Crew. I have been feeling really strong in these classes (45 minutes of rowing on a Concept2 dynamic rower), and even got some props from the instructor after class on Saturday about my performance in class. The dynamic is a lot different than a Model C or D, and really works the core muscles – a weak area for me. The feedback from the instructor has really boosted my confidence and helps me know that I’m making progress.

My other big milestone was taking – and surviving – a spin class last weekend! I had only tried spinning once before, and was completely WRECKED afterward. No joke, I had to work from home the Monday after I took the class because I literally couldn’t walk, and I was in pretty extreme pain for over a week. I finally got up the courage to try another class and I LOVED IT. And, the day after I’m a little sore, but totally functional. Woohoo! Not only did I feel great during and after the workout, I absolutely adored the studio, The Monster Cycle + Studio and instructor. It was so great that my husband and I both bought shirts from the studio on our very first visit and already signed up for more classes. One of the great draws of this studio is the two giant screens playing the music videos of the great playlist songs. It’s really awesome to have something to look at while pedaling to the beat. And the instructor was just the right ratio of encouraging, fun and silly. Another great perk was being able to order a smoothie before class, and have it ready and waiting as soon as class was over! I absolutely cannot wait to go back next weekend!

To balance out all of this high intensity workouts, I make sure I’m getting 1-2 restorative yoga classes in per week. My restorative teacher often talks about chakras during class, and I’ve recently discovered malas. I think these meditation tools are really awesome, and I started making some malas that correspond to chakra colors! My first two handmade malas are below! It was so fun to make these, and they turned out so well I decided to put them up in my Etsy store (click on the photos to visit the Etsy listing!). I can’t wait to make more. My plan is to have one mala for each major chakra color, to wear or meditate with on days when I’m feeling like the skill or organs connected to that chakra are in need of a little help!

Green Heart Chakra Mala

Green Heart Chakra Mala

Blue Throat Chakra Mala

Blue Throat Chakra Mala

Have you ever used a mala? If so, I’d love to hear more about your experience and how you’ve used it!

2015!

Hey Y’all!

After taking a pretty lengthy break for the holidays (from the blog, NOT the gym!), I have returned! After three weeks of travel, it’s nice to be back to normal.

While I was traveling, I tried to prioritize my workouts, especially since I wanted to enjoy some of the foods of the season! I’m very lucky to be able to use the gym where my mom is a member for free when I travel home. I’m double lucky that they have three of my beloved ergs. My MIL was incredible and actually purchased short term gym memberships for my husband and me while we were visiting. I used this membership to row, take some group classes and do some weight training. And when I didn’t have access to a gym (and wasn’t super sick 😦 ), well…burpees. I also turned to some of my favorite blogs that include great travel WODs:

I probably ate paleo…60-70%. I’m calling this a win, considering I have little control over food prepared when I’m staying with family.

Sooo…now we’re back and ready to WORK in 2015. Now that we’re into the new year, I think I’m going to start to move my focus back to run training. Just 216 days until Seawheeze!!

How were YOUR holidays?!

 

Gym Time!

WHOA! It has been a busy week-ish. Being home post-Thanksgiving, I have been on my gym game. I have made it to a class every single day (except one when the subway was messed up and I was too late to enter class 😦 ) since getting back to NYC. This is certainly a record for me, and it has left me feeling strong before the holiday season. Seeing my progress over the past couple months is providing some good motivation to keep moving with the holidays coming up.

I’ve really found something I love in rowing. I had never really rowed much before experimenting and taking classes through Classpass. At my first class, I was hooked. I’m not sure what it is, but I seem to have fallen into something I seem to be naturally good at AND really enjoy. How often does that happen?! I’m trying to cram in as much rowing as I can before I travel, and have found at least one gym along my travels that has an erg. One reason I’m so focused on getting rowing time in this month is Concept2’s Holiday Challenge. Concept2 is a major manufacturer of rowing machines (ergs) and for each person who rows at least 100k meters between Thanksgiving and Christmas, will donate 2 cents per 1k meters. It’s a pretty big target for me to hit as a new rower, but I’m setting that as a goal to try and complete by Christmas Eve!

Quick workout summary below! No running happening right now – it’s cold and I was all about the classes!

Rowing – 9,000 meters – 45 minutes on the Concept2 dynamic rower. Whew. That’s a workout..

Restorative Yoga – my favorite. Gimme bolsters. Lots of twisting poses to help with digestion on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Genius.

A hatha yoga class, focusing on the triangle pose. Lots of wonderful stretching and learning the fine details of the pose including all of the different rotations of the arms and legs. Awesome instructor, too.

Rowing again – this time on and off the erg with some bodyweight interval training thrown in. This workout absolutely killed me 5 weeks ago. Now? Great workout, but I can actually walk (instead of crawl) home.

Aquacycling!!! Boy do people have hilarious reactions when I explain to them what aqua cycling is (it’s spinning, but your bike is fully submerged in a pool). No matter what other people think, I think it’s the bomb, and had a great time with Lucie. She had perfect balance as an instructor – motivational but gentle, got you to push, but also close your eyes, breathe, and appreciate the moment. I’ll definitely be revisiting her.

Hip hop cardio. I won’t lie, it takes some courage to walk into fitness classes you’ve never tried all by yourself. Even after doing this for several weeks, this was probably the most intimidating class I’ve taken. Mostly because it was in a legit dance studio, and it was packed. The thing is, I had nothing to worry about. Great instructor, fun way to start my Saturday and holy cow did I sweat. I would easily rank this my sweatiest activity to date. You know this class is not messing around when the warm up song is Beyonce’s Run the World (Girls).

More rowing and yoga! 45 minutes on the erg, an hour of restorative yoga. That has kind of emerged as my ideal workout right now.

With so many holiday obligations coming up, I doubled up my Wednesday workout to include an hour of hatha yoga, and a BIG 45 minute reggae theme row. I figured if I was going to sit on airplanes all day Thursday it wouldn’t kill me to move a lot on Wednesday. So glad I did that. One great thing I’ve noticed as I’ve been getting stronger, is that I can do more and push harder, and not feel completely incapacitated the day after a big workout. What a GREAT feeling!

Food has been interesting this week. Saturday was a holiday free for all with some friends. We decorated their apartment floor to ceiling, watched Muppet Christmas Carol and ate everything bad for you imaginable. Otherwise my diet has been pretty solid, with my biggest offenses being a trip to Chipotle on an especially hungry day.

I did have a food epiphany at the end of last week, however. I started using a food tracking app called Cron-o-meter. I like this app, because it gives you some really great nutritional information, not just calories, especially things like types of proteins, omegas 3 and 6, etc.. There is even a default paleo setting. I discovered (after being hungry ALL THE TIME) that taking these intense classes on a daily basis but not changing my diet was not giving me enough calories. Not even close. While I use calorie counting and burning metrics as more of a ballpark, when my net for a day is 400 calories I’m clearly not fueling properly. I’m not a big one for counting calories, but using this app has helped shine some light on what I need to eat and when.

How do you make sure you’re fueling your body properly to stay active?

PS Christmas tree setup is a pretty good workout, too 🙂

O Christmas Tree!

O Christmas Tree!

 

More Bumps

Last weekend I had all of my workouts and menu planned for the week. I was on top of it! Then, life happened! Unfortunately I had to jump on a plane at the last minute for a funeral in Illinois. I was determined that I wouldn’t let this travel time derail me, so I made sure to pack plenty of gear and resolve to get my workouts in. Turns out, when you set your mind to it, you really can get things done.

I arrived Wednesday morning, and in an effort to stay awake after my 4AM wake up call, went for a run. It was cold, but I always love running around my hometown on our absolutely fantastic Constitution Trail. It’s a safe, well-maintained and beautiful place to exercise, and I always miss it when I leave town. Wednesday run was:

  • 5 minute warm up walk
  • 12 x 2:00 walk, 0:20 run
  • 2:00 walk
  • 5 minute cool down walk

Thursday morning I went to a group fitness class with my mom. Holy cow. the first half hour was cardio/dance/aerobic types of movements, followed by some strength and core moves with resistance bands and some pilates moves. It was a pretty tough hour and boy did I work up a sweat! I don’t have the slightest idea how many squats I did, but it was a lot and I felt it the next day. It was a great compliment to the run the day before.

Saturday was another run day. Since the wind chill was somewhere around 10 degrees that morning and I definitely did NOT pack warm enough running gear for something like that, it was back to the gym to jump on one of their super fancy and very comfortable treadmills. As much as I hate that machine, this one was a nice comfy ride and before I knew it, my workout was over. I upped my run time, too, and really didn’t notice any additional fatigue. Hooray!

  • 3 minute walk up walk
  • 12 x 1:50 walk, 0:30 run
  • 2 minute walk
  • 4 minute cool down walk

Today we hit up a Zumba class. While not particularly challenging, it was fun to get moving for 45 minutes and hang out with my mom. I even got to show her some of my rowing form after the class.

It is downright cold and I’m thinking I may need to up my outerwear game if I’m going to do any outside running this winter. A few years ago I was in PT for a hip injury, and my therapist told me that running outside throughout the winter can really boost your fitness dramatically. I’m trying to keep this in mind on those cold mornings when I don’t want to get out of my warm PJs – that it will pay off when Seawheeze (which is 270 days away!) rolls around.

Paleo is non-existent when I’m home. I can modify some meals, but for the most part it is extremely difficult/impossible to follow a strict paleo diet here. But, I do what I can when I can, and will worry about cleaning up my diet once I’m back in my own kitchen. For the most part I do get a lot of veggies and high quality meat, just mixed in with some carbs. Of course after the funeral we had a home cooked meal that I could NOT pass up. With Thanksgiving dinner happening out of town at a chain Italian restaurant, I jumped on this meal of traditional comfort food. It was glorious.

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Back to NYC in a couple days and back in the fitness saddle. I’ll be looking to get in another run or two this week, and am already registered for a rowing class later in the week.

Hope you are all off to a great start to your weeks! Anyone do a particularly great workout over the weekend?

Walk and Row

I’m trying to take FULL advantage of my Classpass by trying as many new activities as possible. I have to say, I am absolutely LOVING it. So fun to do new things that are still giving me a great workout. So yesterday, I jumped into a rowing class! I had rowed a little bit last winter during a brief CrossFit stint, but nothing more than a few minutes. I decided to hit up an afternoon class at Row House with Sam.

We spent the first ten minutes or so learning proper technique. I didn’t hear any corrections directed at me, so I just kept doing what I was doing! Turns out that later on in the class I’d find out that I have really great form on the erg, so that’s cool! It’s always nice to go in to something new and do it well.

After this warm-up/technique session, we started the actual workout. We did sets of power 10s, a ten minute period of rowing 300 meters hard, then 40 seconds of rest, and finished with a 5 minute all-out sprint. In between each set, we did 5-10 minutes of body weight exercises like squats, dips, pushups, and ab work. With each set of rowing, we were given kind of a target to hit, which was really helpful to me. The 5 minute sprint was done almost entirely in total darkness. I’m sure that was to help us focus entirely on working the erg, but I actually wished I could see my distance (the goal was 1000 meters). Either way, by the end of this sprint, I was spent.

The class was very simple to follow, the instructor demoed everything we needed to do and it is very self-paced – you work at your level. My only gripe was that it was extremely hard to hear him. I’m not sure if it was the microphone or the acoustics of the room, but everything came out kind of muffled. However, the class was small enough and he moved around enough to help that no one was left behind.

I’m feeling pretty sore today, but nothing too crazy. I do know that I absolutely LOVED rowing. It just seems to be something I’m kind of naturally good at, and seems to really be a total body exercise. I’m feeling it in my legs, arms, abs and back today. I will for sure be back to Row House, and honestly if I had to leave Classpass tomorrow, I’d probably join a rowing studio. It was that great.

To try and alleviate some of the soreness, I went for a walk today. I’ve been focusing on some low/no impact activities lately since I was having some soreness in my foot. I haven’t had any soreness in several days, so decided it was time to hit the road again and see what happens. I went on a 50 minute walk this evening in some absolutely beautiful weather.

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We’ll see how the foot reacts, and if all systems are go, might try bringing some jogging back into the mix! SeaWheeze is a mere 294 days away!

How was your Saturday? Try any new workouts?