Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! Soooo apparently I’m the only colorblind one! You guys know your hues much better than I do. I’m going to retake it on my Mac. The monitor I used the first time was old. It has to be wrong. 😉
Today I woke up at 5:30 AM, actually got out of bed instead of hitting snooze, had some hot water with lemon, and headed to the gym around 6. I warmed up on the elliptical for 5 minutes and did a lower body free weights circuit. A few of you asked about my upper body circuit that I did yesterday – it’s pretty simple but effective!
I used free weight dumbbells for all the moves, and unless indicated, the weight listed is the amount I held in each hand. I did Set 1 for all the muscles groups, then started again with biceps on set 2, etc. — i.e. I didn’t do 3 sets of biceps in a row.
On each set, I aimed to do 12-15 reps with a slow count – 2 counts to raise the weight and 2 counts to lower the weight or 1 count up, 3 counts to lower. I pushed as hard as I could and when I really started to feel the burn, I tried to do 2 more reps. I usually maxed out at 12-13 reps on each set.
I didn’t rest between each exercise, but moved from one to the next as quickly as possible to keep my heart rate up. I took a 60 second break at the end of each full set. At the end of Set 3, I held a 2 minute forearm plank and 45 seconds in a side plank on each side. I definitely worked up a sweat and the whole routine took about 25-30 minutes.
Like I said, they are all pretty basic moves but I challenge myself with the weight. Say it with me ladies: heavy weights will NOT bulk you up! They’ll build muscle and create tone.
At some point I’ll do a video to show you the moves, but a quick google search should show you what these look like if you don’t know what they are. Sorry I don’t have time to do that for you tonight!
At lunchtime, I came home from work and I had leftovers of last night’s Black Bean & Cilantro Brown Rice Salad and took Maizey on a 15 minute walk. After sitting at a desk all morning, it feels good to move a bit!
After work, I ran a couple errands that turned out to be unproductive. Irrgh. Hate that. But at least I was unproductive in style. I’ve been trying to wear a real outfit after work instead of putting on lounging clothes so I can actually wear my non-work clothes more often, so I threw on this little number. Super easy and just as comfortable as flannel pants. 😉
Dress: a tiny boutique in Soho, NYC; Sandals: Dolce Vita; locket necklace: J.Crew; Rose Gold Watch: Michael Kors; bracelet: J.Crew (here’s a similar one that’s still available); Earrings: antique store; “Perfect Top Knot”: A Cup of Jo; Dog Bowl: Pets Supplies Plus 😉
Now, I’m going to finish my glass of Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauv (thanks Bobby and Liz! I love it!) and try to head to bed soon. I’m going for two days in a row of a 5:30 AM wake-up call without hitting snooze for 1.5 hours. I aim high folks.