Monthly Archives: May 2013

Living Room Gym

I’m feeling very restless with no  exercise for over a week! I know the point of this break is for our bodies to recover from a long hard season of training before diving right back into summer workouts but 14 days is a long time. I gotta break a sweat!

Hundreds of blogs out there have their convenient little exercise routines posted on Pinterest, so I decided to pick a couple and make a combo workout: Goodmorning Yoga by Thoughts by Natalie, Intense Abs by Back on Pointe, and Sunrise Circuit by Peanut Butter Fingers.

Fun fact: The Nike video included in Natalie’s post was one of the commercials we analyzed in my recent advertising class. The boy in the commercial went on to lose over 30 pounds!

Intense Abs Back on Point

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Minor modifications of this workout: increase the planks to 1 minutes and add a weighted medicine ball to the Russian Twists. (Totally had to look up what “bird-dogs” were!)

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There’s still nothing like lacing up some running shoes and pounding the pavement for an hour, but at-home workouts can be just as effective as going to the gym. Unless of course you tend to be easily distracted like Jenna Marbles:

Dips to the floooor.” My dog Missy is just like Marbles, needy for attention whenever home workouts are taking place! She sees me doing planks and decides to lay as close to my face as possible. Or while I’m doing crunches, she just stares at me which is slightly creepy. I really want to know what goes through that cute furry head of hers.

Post-workout smoothie time!

Dessert on a Detox

Yesterday my mom bought ice cream. The really good kind from Trader Joe's, and COFFEE flavor to top that. But that's not on my detox plan this week! Instead: bananas, strawberries, grapes and orange slices. Natural sweetness :)

Yesterday my mom bought ice cream. The really good kind from Trader Joe’s, and COFFEE flavor to top that. But that’s not on my detox plan this week! Instead: bananas, strawberries, grapes and orange slices. Natural sweetness.

60 Calorie Mint Mocha Frappe

Overcast mornings are my favorite. I woke up to grey clouds and a sleeping dog by my side. Perfect setting to log into my long-ignored Hulu account and catch up on the last couple month’s worth of Revenge! (Anyone else hooked on the show? Seriously, how are there new twists every single episode!?)

Since it’s summer and the afternoons are too warm for a steaming latte, a frozen coffee drink sounds like the next best thing. I love experiments in the blender! I’ve had many failed attempts at a homemade healthified frappuccino, but this one turned out amazing: light, frothy, with a hint of mint and under 100 calories.

60 Calorie Mint Mocha Frappe (stronglikemycoffee.com)

You know a carton of ice cream is too good to be true with the label boasts “150 calories per pint.” The Arctic Zero “ice cream replacement” is not exactly delicious by itself…it tastes like chocolate water. Then again, what do you expect from a fat-free, dairy-free, water-based frozen dessert? But I was sure in a blender with a few other ingredients it could be useful!

Arctic ZeroInto the blender goes:

  • 1/2 cup Mint Chocolate Cookie Arctic Zero (37 calories)
  • Handful of ice
  • Splash of non-fat milk
  • 1 cup coffee, chilled
  • Optional: additional cocoa powder/mint extract

Caffeine jolt and afternoon refresher without the fat, calories and sugar. This and a magazine were the perfect pair for an afternoon outside! And it made a perfectly acceptable treat during my “detox week” of healthy eating.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have two more episodes of Revenge. My mind is already blown, I cannot even imagine what the cliff hanger could be.

 

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