Training for life. Not just a race.

Day 7: Arms+One Mile

You know, sometimes life gets in the way and you get behind and forget to do a lot of what you have planned to do. The great thing about fitness is that if you quite working out, you can just start it back up again. The sooner you start it back up, the easier it will be. In my case, when life gets in the way then just take a 6 day break.

Now that I am thoroughly rested from the workouts last week, it is time to get back to business. Today is ARMS! I also plan on running a mile this morning with my beautiful puppy since it is the first day over 40 degrees when I woke up. Here is a picture of him from about 2 weeks ago. He is a little bit bigger now and going on 5 months old. He may come up to my lower thigh but he is still just a baby. His name is Christmas Atticus. We got him a couple weeks before Christmas so my son wanted to call him Christmas. I then attached my favorite name on to that because you can not name a German Shepherd anything better than after Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. And yes, I know my German shepherd is white. I picked him because I always wanted one and people are not as scared of him right off because they don’t know what he is. Then I tell them, “Oh, yeah. He is a German shepherd,” and they look surprised and almost all take a step back as though he were some wild beast.

Anyway, back on topic. Arms + 1 mile. I will also add this mile time to my progress page because it has been so long since I have been running. I know the time will be slow even if I were running it without my puppy. This workout came from Back On Pointe. It is amazing how many times her workouts end up on Pinterest. Thank you Talia C. for pinning this just for me even though you have no idea who I am.

Arms Christmas Atticus

Oh yeah. And I got tired of my usual post title “Getting in Shape with Pinterest”. It was getting old.

***update at 7:57

Let me just say that I should get my dog certified as a personal trainer. In the past he was too little to take running for long ways so I would just walk him down all my routs, sprinting for maybe 50-100 yards because he wanted to. I slowly increased the distance over time with 4 miles being our longest walk about a month ago. Two weeks ago I took him running for a mile like I did today and he was thoroughly confused because we were running so much without stopping. Today he took it head on. I took him out for his morning potty break and told him we were going running when he finished. He remembered what it was because he grabbed the leash in his mouth and started jumping and pulling me down the road. He also knew that subconsciously my goal was to do the first 1/2 mile without stopping. We got about 100 yards from the half way point and I was slowing down and getting tired. What did he do? He sped up and made me run. Once we got to the half way point I made him let me walk and he dragged me along at a fast walking pace. In all I had to walk 3 times during the second half, but Atticus would not let me walk slow and would not let me walk more than 50 feet. When we turned the corner to our street we were about a block from our house and I said, “Come on. Lets go check the mail.” (I start/stop all my routs at the mail box) He charged for it. Now on our street this blockĀ  is not flat. It drops down at least 15 feet minimum from its lowest point to its highest point. You turn the corner and then start going down hill, half a block later you’re at the bottom and then head back up with our box being on the very top. He sprinted right to the box, while dragging me behind him. When all was said and done I ran it in 11:51. Not bad considering I haven’t really run a mile in 6+ months. Maybe I will be able to get to my old college time requirement of 6:30 by the end of the summer if I run with Atticus several times a week.


March 13, 2013 Posted by | Fitness | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 3 Getting in Shape with Pinterest

Hey everyone. The Core Challenge from yesterday was pretty tough. I had to modify the push-ups to do them from my knees and the bridge was hopeless. I got 17 seconds into the first one and my arms started shaking really bad. Then by time I got to the second bridge I couldn’t even get off the ground. Other than that I was able to do it. My abs are burning. I never got to the second arm workout however because of sick family members. I plan on doing the arm exercises today.

My original plan for today was to just go walk a total of 2.61 miles. I coach a 3rd-4th grade girls basketball team and the church they play at is that far away. I have been dropped off and walked home before, so I though today would be a great day to do it again. My darling 2 year old son will be joining me in his fancy jogging stroller. He loves to go with mommy to play basketball.

Tomorrow will be my day of rest. Since I will not be working out tomorrow, I will post a great healthy recipe courtesy my fellow Pinterest users.

Here is a link to the arm workout from yesterday. Just click on the picture.


March 2, 2013 Posted by | Fitness | , , , | Leave a comment

Day 2 Getting in Shape with Pinterest (“GSP”)

Wow. I am sore. My hamstrings and back are the worst. I will update yesterdays post to tell how it went. That yoga page really kicked my butt. I will have to post that picture somewhere in a way showing what all I could actually do that way I can come back in a year and see how much I improved. I was thinking I would do it every day like a warm up but for now it will have to wait and be done maybe 3 times a weeks till I get better at it.

As a side note, I decided to number my days I spend “Getting in Shape with Pinterest.” I will go all the way up to 365 days (not counting break days) and then decide if I will continue numbering or not. Also i will shorten it to GSP so that it is quicker to type. Yes, I am lazy.

Today I will focus on my abs and arms. I want to be sure and rotate my muscle groups since my legs and back are sore today. Fortunately, your abs are a muscle group that you can work every day! Feel free to go to my Pinterest page and follow me or just my “Fitness Stuff” board if you want to see everything that I have found before I post them on here.



March 1, 2013 Posted by | Fitness | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting in shape with Pinterest

Well. I have gone running all of a hand full of times since my last update… Go me! I need to do something to get my behind up and moving. Luckily, I have a job where I spend a lot of time sitting around doing nothing for a good part of the day, so I spend it on Pinterest. I always come across these pictures that outline entire “mini-workouts” on one image and then I re-post them onto my board labeled “Fitness Stuff”. Yesterday I decided it was time to do something about it and I decided that maybe I could use Pinterest to get into shape. I may not be good about getting up and running in the winter but I can at least get rid of this spare tire around my waist and the extra jiggle forming on my arms and legs. Pinterest my not be able to get me to run a marathon, but if it can at least get me to loose a few pounds before the weather warms up then I will be glad. I look forward to any weight that I can loose before I get the courage to run again. The lighter I am then the less pounding my knees and calves will take. (I have tendinitis in my lower calf and bad knees from basketball for those who do not know.)

Today I will start with these two work outs. The first I will try and do every day because I am loosing flexibility.



Again, I got these pictures from Pinterest. The links they come from are this for the first and this for the second picture.

***update 3/1/13: I am so sore. I didn’t realize it until time to go to bed. My legs were a little tingly for about an hour but after that I was fine. Then about 9pm I couldn’t get up off the couch! My hamstrings, inner thighs, back and shoulders were the culprits with my hamstrings and back being the worst. Then it took me several minutes to work the soreness out when I got up this morning. I will have to edit the yoga picture to show how I did yesterday that way I can compare it to how I do in the future. I think it kicked my butt the most. 1/3 of it I couldn’t do at all, 1/3 of it I had to modify for either strength or flexibility reasons, then the remaining I was able to do aside from the general lack of flexibility.***

February 28, 2013 Posted by | Fitness | , , , , , , | Leave a comment