Strength Exercises

4 06 2010

So I’ve been slowly trying to add new strength exercises to the routine that my physical therapist has me on.

So far today I worked in push-ups, two sets of 10, I attempted a plank (I lasted 30 seconds…but I have to say my form was PERFECT) and I found a website that shows different strength exercises to do with your balance ball (YAY!)

I did this one:

I did 3 sets of 10.

And I plan on doing this one after I’m done with this blog (the plan is 3 sets of 10)

I tried to do this:

and almost DIED!  This move is way beyond my current fitness level…I’ll have to try again later…

What are some of your favorite strength moves to do at home?


Belated Weekly Weigh In and Updates!

13 05 2010

Sorry that I’ve been M.I.A. its been a crazy week, I think this is the first time I’ve been home for more than 5 minutes (other than sleep of course) in days!  My brother came home for a long weekend before heading back to school, he’s in a six year pharmacy program and he goes to school all year round.  I miss the kid.

Since he was home we went out for a celebratory sushi dinner, and as much as I love sushi I ordered Udon instead (cold rainy weather makes me CRAVE soup) since it was listed under their “healthier options” menu.  They did throw some tempura in there, so I don’t know how healthy that was.  But it was tasty.

Since we had everyone home we also went out for my dad’s birthday (my family seems to be big on dining out…much to the determent of my diet).  We went to a place just over the border in Wisconsin that specializes in BBQ and Friday Fish Frys (not the healthiest options…) so I got a roast chicken with vegetables (sorry I tried to take a picture, but it turned out too dark).

To continue my trend of dining out…Saturday I was out with my friends and everyone decided they wanted to go to an all you can eat sushi bar (yes I know that makes 3 times in one week that I was at a sushi establishment) and I kept it healthy by choosing veggie rolls, sashimi, seaweed salad and edamame.  The place was actually really good, and all you can eat was only $20 for dinner.

Sunday of course was Mother’s Day which meant more dining out….my mom was craving ribs so we went to Famous Dave’s for some BBQ.  This was probably my biggest splurge for the week I had some rib tips, cajun style catfish and green beans.  It was good though 🙂

Monday I got back into the swing of things, I had a banana with some almond butter for breakfast and for lunch I made a wrap with turkey, low fat swiss and avocado-YUM!!!! I love avocado so much.  Dinner was kind of a flop, I made stir fry with the faux beef strips I bought at Trader Joe’s.  My boyfriend is pretty much a carnivore so he thought the taste of the faux beef was a little bland, so I decided to whip up a sauce to give it a bit more of  a kick (and unfortunately I went a bit overboard).  So I don’t think that I’ll be buying those strips again 😦

Tuesday was great my breakfast was super filling:  oatmeal with chia seeds and banana

For lunch my boyfriend brought home a rotisserie chicken and made a light salad that he grew up with (cucumber, tomato, onion, salt, pepper and lemon juice) it was a nice light lunch but more filling than I would of thought.  By the time dinner rolled around I wasn’t very hungry so I cut up a sweet potato and had some yummy sweet potato fries to munch on during my favorite night of TV (Glee, Lost and V…yes I’m a total geek)

Yesterday was Weigh in Wednesday and AGAIN I was nervous due to all the dining out but my results were MUCH better than I anticipated.  I only lost half a pound, BUT I lost TWO INCHES off my waistline!!!  I actually wore jeans that I haven’t worn in almost a year 🙂  And THAT is better than pounds any day of the week.

I think all the core exercises I have been doing for physical therapy have been paying off, I’ve been doing a lot of work on a swiss ball, I even sit on it while I watch tv.  That and I’ve been walking 2-5 miles per day in my Sketchers Shape Ups, and despite my earlier hesitation I think they are paying off, my boyfriend thinks my butt looks firmer and I definitely feel a difference in my legs.

So again I feel bad for being M.I.A I promise to keep more on top of things 🙂 I even downloaded mobile WordPress for my Droid.

How has your week been going?