One of my favorite “deal” sites, Deal On, offered a deal for 3 personal training sessions. It was a GREAT price, so I jumped at the chance. Last night was my first session.
FYI in case you’ve never been to a trainer: the first session is typically focused the trainer learning about you – your fitness level, what you currently do for exercise, how your form is, and injuries/limitations, etc.
Chuck (the trainer) and I went through some basics getting to know each other. Here are some highlights:
1. Push ups – 10 my usual way and ten the right way. Apparently, I was doing them with my hands to close together. This means I was working my triceps more so than my biceps/chest. For a standard push-up, your upper arm should form a 90 degree angle with your forearms when you are at the bottom.
Source: Gain Muscle Fast
2. Squats – I did alright on these (thank you, derby). My only problem was shifting weight as I came up from the squat (over-compensating for an old knee injury).
A more common problem is letting your knees go over your toes when you’re in the squat, or putting weight on your toes rather than your heels. Don’t do it! It will hurt your knees/shins! Also, try to keep your chest up as much as possible to avoid tipping forward.
3. Triceps – For any tricep extension move straighten your arms fully when extending, squeezing triceps (almost locking out elbows, but don’t) to get the most bang for you buck.
4. Sit Ups – Call me crazy, but core work is my favorite. Chuck was looking to see how many I could do in 2 minutes. I did 60! I think I could have done more, but I’ve been doing other ab work… my sit ups are out of practice.
Tips for these: keep your feet on the floor, touch the shoulder blades to the floor when you lay back, and lift with your chest when you are coming up so you don’t put undue stress on your neck (don’t pull on your neck!!!).
***Disclaimer: I am NOT a certified trainier. These are just tips I’ve learned over the years. Don’t sue me if you do it wrong/don’t have a 6-pack (I don’t either!)/aren’t happy with your life/etc.***
The SP Cleanse is almost over. 1 more week. Mom and I were just talking about how easy is has become to eat clean… and stay satisfied!
My office had the annual Thanksgiving potluck today and it didn’t bother me to avoid the processed foods. I could would have never done that a month ago.
I brought a marinated kale salad (and plenty of snacks!) to be sure I had something to eat with the group. It was the perfect dish to bring because kale won’t wilt like lettuce will. It help up in the office fridge until lunch time.
Have you decided your Thanksgiving menus yet? The Butternut Squash Apple Soup deliciousness will make an appearance on my table!
Sadly, the first batch is gone.
I tried my hand at a pasta-and-cheese-free eggplant lasagna for dinner.
No recipe yet because:
A) It needed more “umph.” I’m thinking spaghetti squash baked in with it…
B) It didn’t photograph well. Kidding… but it really didn’t! 🙂
And finally… a sure sign you are used to eating healthy and clean:
Hell hath frozen over. I just classified a bowl of fruit as dessert.
Marinated Kale Salad
- 1 bunch fresh kale, stemmed
- 1/2 C Mushrooms, sliced (I used a shiitake, oysters, and baby bella ‘shroom mix)
- 1/2 C Beets, sliced
- 1/4 C Yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 C Flax seed oil
- 6 T Miso Tamari
- Juice of 1 lemon
Wash kale, dry thoroughly, and into small pieces. Toss with veggies in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together oil, tamari, and lemon juice.
Toss all vegetables with kale 10 minutes before serving, allowing kale to soften and mushrooms to “cook” in the juice.
A co-worker shared a story today about a Thanksgiving turkey that brought her money as a child. That was a new one to me!
Did anyone else have a Thanksgiving tooth fairy turkey growing up???