Monday: BodyJam (50 minutes)
Tuesday: Elliptical trainer (45 minutes)
Wednesday: Elliptical trainer (50 minutes)
Thursday: Elliptical trainer (45 minutes)
Friday: BodyPump (50 minutes)
Saturday: Hike, 6-7 miles
Sunday: Running, hills, (45 minutes)
Wow, I was on the elliptical a lot this week! For stress relief, I prefer high-intensity cardio over strength training. I find that I need cardio/stress relief more during the week then strength. One of my advisers told me that the two most effective ways to get over worrying or anxiety is through heart-pumping cardiovascular exercise and meditation. I’ve incorporated both in my weekly routine. But, my goal is still 2x strength training sessions a week. I can cut my cardio down to 30 minutes, and do 15 minutes of lifting for the upcoming weeks.
BodyJam is usually my favorite workout during the week, but our instructors were away this week. The substitute instructor is nice and enthusiastic, but doesn’t get me as motivated and isn’t as funny as our regular leaders. I picked myself up in the last half in order to break a sweat and to have fun dancing!
Going hard on the elliptical feels great. I usually use a set program (interval training, fat burner, or cross country) and make sure I mix in high-resistance periods with short rests. Make sure you have good posture when you’re using cardio machines and keep your abs on.
It’s the start of Spring Break, so I was able to get out of the city this weekend and go hiking around Stinson Beach with my boyfriend. It was a beautiful trail featuring overgrown groves, shady trees, and a running creek. The hike takes you through damp woody paths, to deciduous forests, up to grassy plains, and down through a redwood grove. The view from the top of the trail is beautiful. On this clear day, we could see down towards the Golden Gate Bridge all the way north to Point Reyes. I love being in the outdoors, and what struck me was how quiet and peaceful it was out there. It felt so wonderful to be out of the city and surrounded by traffic. However, I was a little distracted. I was having a lot of fun, but I wasn’t sure that my boyfriend really was enjoying himself. I think it was fine though.
BodyPump was good this week…did better in triceps and was able to increase weights for squats and clean presses.
P.S. I’m going to Vegas tomorrow! :D
Hi! I hope applying to grad schools is going well. You probably have made your decision already. I’m sure you’ll get into one of your top choices with all the activities you are doing. I agree that keeping a regular exercise regimen helps productivity and staying on schedule.
I eat vegan about 95% of the time, and I find it a very balanced nutrition plan! As for gaining weight, definitely make sure you are eating enough. Do you have time for meals? Do not deprive yourself even if you are busy. You deserve time to eat and to relax! Make sure you have a protein source at every meal. For example, I drink soy milk as part of breakfast, beans as a main part of lunch, and lentils as a dinner entree. Try and do 2-3 strength workouts a week in place of cardio. Some people are naturally underweight…have you always been thin and are your family members generally thin? Being underweight is big concern if it’s from recent weight loss.
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haha yes, I can see how that may get tiresome for your brother. That is SO awesome that you guys are doing this together!!! Good luck, and I’m here for you guys :D I always try to post topics relevant to guys too.
You know, I haven’t been blogging for Seventeen for a while although I can still submit posts. I was going to check in and see if there’s any new projects going on I could contribute to though. I’m so happy someone read my posts! Should I continue? Writing for me is all about the audience. <333
Honestly, I rarely (almost never) eat an entire 400+ calorie muffin…but I like to make lower calorie versions of pumpkin and banana breads when I get a craving! Substituting applesauce for butter is AH-MAZING. Whoever came up with that is a genius. My favorite bread right now is a chocolate-cherry sourdough loaf from a local San Francisco bakery! It’s quite dense, so I try and only have a chunk for dessert and I don’t buy it every week. My goal right now is to not eat like I’m training for a marathon still…I’m always striving for moderation =) Sometimes you just need the real deal though you know?
Also, I wanted to share this message with you all in case anyone was thinking the same thing. I hope not! Don’t worry about me…I’m doing fine health-wise in med school! I’ll try and be more sensitive in my posts, but I tend to be kind of sarcastic and use exaggerations as humor.