Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Pretty Good Week

I was back into my kettlebell practice.  It was a strong week.  I had great kettlebell workouts and good runs.  I even got to run outside.  The weather has been so nasty, that it was great to get out and enjoy the temporary warm up that we are having.  I've also been getting yoga in everyday.  Sometimes is just a little Yin, other days some flow.  Today I had a wonderful 90 minute Hatha practice.  It felt great; like I was at a yoga retreat day.

I've been pushing hard all week, and today I can feel it.  My legs are sore. I believe that would be from the sumo squats I did on Friday.  Friday's routine, from BreakingMuscles kettlebell cycle 2 plan, was a good workout.  I always start with a 10 minute run, then it was on to 3 rounds of 8 sumo squats (using my 16kg + 12kg bells), then 3 windmills, followed by 8 front squats (I used the 12kg).  Took a short break then did 3 rounds of 10 heavy swings (used 20kg), 7 presses (used my new 20lb bell), and planks.  Finished with 3 round of 3 half get-ups, and 5 pull-ups.  The routine is not quite what was on the website.  I changed to heavy swings, instead of doing 20, I did 10.  I also added the pull-ups, and changed the presses to 7.  I can't do 5 presses with good form using my 12kg bell, but I could do 7 with the 20lb.  I decided to go for it. :)  I've also added push-ups, but not during the workout, just throughout my day.  I can't do a regular push-up; I've always do them on my knees.  But I've read that it's better to go up higher and keep a solid plank in your body.  So I'm using my bathtub.  My goal; on Tuesday's, Thursday, and Sunday, is to do 5 push-ups every time I go to the bathroom.  This way I have plenty of rest, my form is always good, and I can get lots in without taking up much time.  My goal is 50 push-ups a day.

I also had great runs this week, especially Thursday.  Thursday was a 5 mile, this is why I love running, run.  I got outside, enjoyed running around the lake,  kept a steady pace, and had the best runner's high when I was done.  A good enough runner's high to deal my kids who did not want to do their school work (but Mom, we have to watch the Olympics!!).  Nothing gives me that feeling like running.  Yoga leaves me feeling peaceful, kettlebells leave me feeling strong, and like I've worked hard (so satisfied), but running gives me that high that can chase any blue feeling or any frustration away.  That's why I'll never stop running in order to just do kettlebell or yoga.  I feel so good when I run, that I don't want to give that up.

I've been trying, extra hard, to eat better this week.  I'm trying to watch my calories and make sure I'm getting enough protein.  I need to find ways of getting more protein, but less calories. :) Today, is my birthday (Happy Birthday to me!), and my husband is making me a very unhealthy chocolate ganache cake. :D  I plan on enjoying it.  I kept my calories down all day, so it shouldn't hurt me too much. But that's ok.  I probably will not have wine with dinner though.  I need to cut calories where I can.

It's not that I need to lose much weight, I did put on a few pounds this winter, but mostly I want to tighten up.  To do that, I need to cut down the sugar.  I also want the most energy I can get for my workouts, and my body needs the ability to recover.  Sugar does not do that, nor does lots of English Muffins.  I need of protein, dark green veggies, and good quality carbs (like steel-cut oats, which makes a great breakfast after a run).  Anyway, I'm trying to eat better, but plan to blow it a bit tonight, but for a good cause.

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