Breakfast

My new housemate moves in tomorrow and today I have a bazillion hours of cleaning to do. So naturally I’m avoiding the housework through cooking. Put a chicken in the crockpot, made a black bean sweet potato frittata, and I’m prepping beef chili and roasted poblano butternut squash soups. 

Co-habitating make me anxious. Here’s the frittata before and after shots. 

   
  

Weekend Warrior-ing

Managed to squeeze a quick workout in before joining the Kalamazoo Gooners for the Arsenal vs. Burnley FA Cup match:

  • 10 minute walk/run (mostly running)
  • 5 minutes moderate rowing
  • Agility toe taps (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Ski jumps-trx assisted (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Medicine Ball control touches 10-lbs (3 sets, 25 reps each leg)
  • Body weight squats (2 sets with weights, 1 w/o, 20 reps)
  • Step up & over (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Modified kettlebell deadlifts (3 sets, 10 on each leg)
  • Push-ups (1 set full body, 2 sets knees, 5 reps)

Saturday night:

  • 4v4 short field scrimmage for about 90 minutes

Push-ups 

Yesterday I texted Austin a barrage of questions and he was quick to answer them all:

Yes, I have a file and I can look at it anytime. We can definitely talk about foam rollers next week. You want more to do? Work on your squat form. No, don’t use the Olympic bar yet – but you don’t have to use the trx assist if you don’t want to.  Oh, and be able to do 15 push-ups next Tuesday.

I knew push-ups were coming but I kinda hoped they’d be a few weeks out, not a few days out. My upper body is weak!

Thursday’s Workout:

  • 5 minutes 30 seconds rowing
  • Modified kettlebell deadlifts (3 sets, 10 on each leg)
  • Agility toe taps (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Ski jumps-trx assisted (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Step up and over (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Medicine Ball control touches 10-lbs (3 sets, 25 reps each leg)
  • Body weight squats (3 sets, varied stance, 20 reps)
  • Push-ups (3 sets, 5 reps)

Later:

  • Co-Ed soccer game
  • Another co-ed soccer game

Today:

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  • 🙂
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Peace and Love (On Planet Earth) | Steven Universe & Peridot

I paid zero attention to Steven Universe until my friend Liz started a Pinterest board for all the theories surrounding the show. Now I’m completely addicted! I identify most with Peridot, a Homeworld Gem who manages to get in her own way more often than not. She’s seriously fantastic, and so is Steven – just watch!

You should write something, you should write a song!

Austin

It’s 2016 – the year I turn 40 – so I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. His name is Austin and he’s the new guy.

We sat down today to do measurements and intake paperwork. Poor Austin was trying to be enthusiastic but I could tell he had intake fatigue. He glossed over the first few questions on the form and then asked the tough one:  what are you hoping to accomplish? I swear I saw him grit his teeth, but fortunately I was prepared.

“I have two specific goals related to running, and one related to soccer,” I said, and he hurried to pick up the pen he had just put down. “I’m a distance runner, and I want to PR a half marathon this year. My goal is to run it in under 2 hours.”  The pen was flying.

“Good, good – go on,” he said.

“Being a runner, I struggle with balance in my muscle groups. I struggle with IT band issues related to an imbalance between my quads, hamstrings, and gluts. I’d like to strengthen those muscles and get them working together.”

Austin smiled. “Awesome, I have some ideas about this. And what about soccer?”

This goal wasn’t as specific. “I want to become a better player. I’m weak on ball control and shooting.”

“So your hand-eye coordination…” Austin mumbled. He was too busy jotting that down to see my left eyebrow arch. Hand-eye? Not really, but I could see where he was headed.

He made a few more notes and put down his pen. “We’re gonna stop here,” he said, “because I have ideas and I want to show you now. It usually takes a while to establish goals but you’ve got some good ones. We’ll come back to this stuff later.”

So without further ado – today’s workout:

  • 5 minutes rowing or elliptical
  • Modified kettlebell deadlifts (3 sets, 10 on each leg)
  • Agility toe taps (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Ski jumps-trx assisted (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Step up and over (3 sets, 20 reps)
  • Medicine Ball control touches 10-lbs (3 sets, 12 reps each leg)
  • I added 10 minutes of running on the boring old treadmill so it felt significant

To round out the goals, I’m committed to losing 20 lbs and reducing body fat by 8.6%. My measurements are good, so we’re just toning up those sad areas!

I got this!