Jul 112012

Hellllooooo everyone! I am glad to see you were all as excited about my Rome announcement as I was πŸ™‚ Wheee!! I can’t wait πŸ™‚

But anyway, today is Wednesday and you know what that means…


What I Ate Wednesday! Yay! For the month of July, Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is asking us to incorporate some fitness information into our WIAW posts. That is a-okay with me since I do that pretty regularly anyway. In fact, I thought instead of just giving you guys an update about what I’ve been doing for my workouts, I might share a little bit about why I like doing those particular workouts. So anyway, if you’re interested in the fitness portion of today’s What I Ate Wednesday post, you can read about it after I recap my eats from yesterday.

1. For breakfast I had my apple cinnamon overnight oats. They were packed with nutrients and kept me really full all morning. I didn’t wind up eating my lunch until around 1:15 which is really late for me. Plus, the oats were delicious. This is definitely a meal that is going to be seen around here a lot more often, now that I finally bought the required chia seeds. Woohoo!

2. When I finally did get hungry for lunch, I had a PB&J on a sandwich thin along with some raw almonds, pretzel twists, and yogurt-covered pretzels. Yeah I know, this lunch is incredibly lame, but I am still in the process of restocking my fridge after the power outage last week. Even though I went to Trader Joe’s over the weekend, I only picked up a few things and still need to do a full-on restocking shopping trip. Looks like lunch meat is number one on my shopping list (along with lettuce for salads. Argh!)

3. For a snack I had some fresh Rainer cherries from Trader Joe’s. They are so delicious right now and I have been snacking on them all week. Yum!

4. For dinner I had two broiled chicken breast tenders seasoned with cumin, paprika, and Mexican chili powder, topped with half an avocado. On the side I had quinoa cooked in half a packet of taco seasoning (yum!) and some fresh salsa mixed in (similar to my Mexican quinoa). I also had some roasted asparagus. This was a great dinner!

Not a bad day of eating! I am pretty embarrassed about my lunch though; how sad is that picture? I definitely need to make a trip to the food store soon so that I can get some more greens in my diet. Where are my veggies??


Instead of just posting the usual workout recap (i.e. I ran a mile with Jack today and then did half of an Insanity DVD- which is true), I wanted to talk to you guys about why I do Insanity. Why I choose to do the same workouts over and over instead of joining a gym.

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Insanity is a 60-day program with a set of DVDs for month 1 and month 2. The DVDs all have a similar layout; they start with a warmup circuit, then stretch, then do two more circuits, then stretch again. Each DVD is slightly different and has different moves. The month 2 DVDs have an extra circuit and are therefore longer and more intense. Here’s an example of what some of the circuits look like:

Warm-up (repeat 3 times)

  • Jog in place
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Heisman (jump from right to left in a crouched position)
  • 1-2-3 (same as Heisman but with three quick steps in between)
  • Butt kicks
  • High knees
  • Mummy kicks (arms out straight, alternate kicking your legs)

Circuit 2 (repeat 3 times)

  • Suicide drills
  • Power squats
  • Mountain climbers
  • Ski down (jump side to side and move as if you’re skiing down a mountain)

Circuit 3 (repeat 3 times)

  • Basketball jumps (jump from down low and “shoot” a basketball)
  • Level 1 drills (get down on the floor, do 4 push ups, do 4 mountain climbers on the ground, come back up, repeat)
  • Side-to-side abs (stay in a plank and jump with your legs from side to side)
  • In-and-out abs (stay in a plank and jump with your legs forward and back)

These things are no joke! I will be hot and sweaty at the end of every single Insanity workout I do. It doesn’t matter if I’ve done it every day that week or I haven’t touched the videos in a month. They always give me a fantastic workout. Plus they are short and sweet and nothing gets my heart rate so high after a mere 45 minutes. They are also quick and intense and don’t allow me to get bored.

I have, however, been thinking about joining a gym (just because I miss being in classes) but it’s been hard to rationalize paying $30 a month (at best) for a gym membership when I already have a workout that I enjoy that is a great mix of cardio and strength workouts. I am signed up to complete Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp at the end of the month, which may be enough to push that gym membership. We will see!

Anyway, what have you guys been eating this week? Any interesting workout regimes you’d like to share? I’m all ears (er- eyes?) πŸ™‚


 Posted by on July 11, 2012

  17 Responses to “WIAW #11”

  1. PB&J is always a winner! I am such a little kid and still love it as breakfast, snack, dinner, whatever! My gym only cost 15 a month and is open 24/7, I know quite a few gyms that are like that. They don’t offer classes though or have a huge locker room and all that. Mine does have a few classes but they do but they cost per class. I like my gym it has everything I need w/o taking classes, maybe you could find a cheaper gym like that?

    • Hmm that’s a good idea! I was planning to join Fitness First since it’s close to my house and work and my friends and coworkers belong there, but I hadn’t really done much research into other gyms. Maybe I’ll look around more! Thanks!

  2. Your eats look delicious… lunch πŸ™‚ Never hurts to eat like a little kid again… and i mean how can you not enjoy a simple pb & j!

    For me personally, I love going to the gym. When I first moved here to Kuwait I couldn’t get myself to pay the 190 every 3 mo to be a memeber (yeah i know ridiculousss amt, but it’s also the cheapest gym around!!). I was sticking with @ home circuits, and insanity videos from time to time. I just never felt like I was getting the best workout I could give my body. But i’m sure whatever decision you chose, it’ll be the best one for you πŸ™‚

  3. So glad you signed up! I hope you love it. πŸ™‚

    I’m a big fan of Insanity’s workouts too. They are TOUGH!

  4. Those insanity DVDs sound so intense!! I bet they’re a great workout! I can’t rationalize the cost of a gym membership either, but I am fortunate to have a small apartment gym in my building. I took a Boot Camp class for a few months during my senior year of college and loved it!! I’ve actually taken some exercises we did in class and transitioned them into my daily workouts. I’ve found that as long as I can run, and have access to a few hand weights I can get in a workout I need, no gym membership required!

    • I agree!! I have a few weights, resistance bands, workout DVDs, and of course, trails behind my apartment for running, so it’s worked out great so far!

  5. I have been so into black beans! No clue why, but I’ve eaten two cans already this week!!

  6. your dinner sounds amazing! i haven’t tried insanity but i think i would love it because i love high intensity work outs!

  7. I did P90x, and have been wanting to try Insanity for a while now. The only issue is that it is a TON of plyos, and I have pretty bad knees. It seriously looks so intense and fun though! My hubby wants to try it too, which REALLY makes me want to get it!

    • You should try it! You can always modify the moves that hurt your knees (for example, do side planks instead of in and out abs). It’s such a great workout!

  8. Chris and I have been debating whether to invest in P90X or Insanity as a source of in-home workouts for when we can’t make it to the gym. I have known a bunch of people who have done P90X, but not many who have done insanity, so it was great to get an example of what Insanity workouts are about. It definitely gives us a lot to consider!

    Also – I’m doing Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp too!!

    • I like Insanity bc you don’t need to buy any weights or anything- just the DVDs (which if you buy off Amazon you can get for pretty cheap!). And yay! I’m so happy you are doing the boot camp too πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks for posting this Insanity example! I’ve been intrigued by Insanity and have heard so many great things about it but honestly did not know what it involved so I’m glad I could get a good idea about it. Looks like an awesome way to get “the best bang for your buck”! πŸ™‚ I’m also doing Tina’s Boot Camp…can’t wait to start!

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