His and hers

This post is a little late to the game but life managed to out crazy my normal crazy week. Oh yeah and then it was Thanksgiving and I traveled home to New England only to be welcomed to four days with no Power. If it wasn’t for the fact that my sister, mom, and I had a LOT to catch up on those days it would have seemed like an eternity. It also helped that endless amounts of Champagne was a flowing!

Anyways…Do you have a running partner or workout buddy? When I first got into fitness and exercise my college and forever best friend Eliza took me under her wings and taught me all she knew. Aside from the fact that I am never bored around her she was also there for me when I needed that little extra push to motivate me on the sluggish days! Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, when I moved from Maine to New York City, I wasn’t able to bring her along. And so I got into the habit of working out primarily solo aside from the occasional group classes.

Since then I have grown accustomed to the solo workout. Thankfully I am easily motivated and have no problem pushing myself! However, since I started dating my boyfriend I have always dreamed that we would be one of those workout couples that love getting up early on the weekends for a long run or a good bootcamp class. My dream has been slow to become a reality since he doesn’t have the same rise and shine mentality on a Saturday morning after a night out of one too many cocktails. Slowly but surely things have started to change and my active lifestyle and his ability to relax has melded!

Three weeks ago on November 9th we ran our first race ever TOGETHER! On the days leading up to the race I wondered if he would actually be able to finish it, if he would need to walk, and would I walk with him? I am not super competitive but I love running and I haven’t had much practice with being a pace leader for someone else. As the race began I fought the urge to barrel by people and blow my boyfriend out of the water. Instead I took the race as an opportunity to do something we have NEVER done together! So I decided to run next to him and chat his ear off as much as possible, many times answering my own questions because he was A not listening or B hadn’t had much practice with the run/chat. I will tell myself the answer is B, but who am I kidding…As we crept closer to the finish line I fought the urge to break out into a sprint. Boy do I regret that decision now because what do you know HE decided to sprint! I didn’t even know he knew how to anymore. So as I was the dutiful girlfriend during the race and he ended up beating me which, he made sure everyone knew. He is lucky I like him (a lot) and I am not overly competitive and that I wasn’t hungry yet because lets be honest no one is safe when I am hangry!

In the end….I can’t wait to run another race with him. But there will be no holding back this time! It’s On!

The race was a 4.5 mile run for the Lead the way fund. The fund is a non-profit organization that raises funds for U.S Army Rangers who have fallen, been injured or become disabled while serving. For more information on the Lead the Way Fund please visit their website and consider donating or signing up for next years race: http://www.leadthewayfund.org

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Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have helped fight for our country and protect our freedom! A special thank you, in no particular order, to my grandfather, Uncle Jamie Abendroth, Whitney Fenderson, Tony Fernandez, and Andy McClement.

My day started bright and early at 5:30am no, make that 3am because of all the tossing and turning. I think it may have had something to do with my later than usual dinner because I worked so late but I can’t be sure. After I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off to get out the door because hitting that snooze button obviously happened I was at work and ready to go at 6:30am. Some of you may be wondering how on earth I begin work at such early hours but if I start work at 6:30/7:00am it means I got to sleep in! I can happily say that 90% of the time I am a morning person and have no problem. Today, I was not a morning person but knowing all the sacrifices others have made for me I knew I had to push myself.

After my morning clients it was time to get to work on some new programing and my own workout! I wish I could lie and say that this workout was a piece of cake but I didn’t work out much last week because I was nasty sick if you remember my TMI post. Even though I knew this workout wasn’t going to be a walk in the park it had to get done! Time to get back on track with my own workouts and kick things up a notch as 2015 rolls in around the corner!

Tuesday up and at em:

Stairmaster 10min warm up

Squat Thrusters 30lbs 12reps

Curtsey Lunges 30lbs 12 reps

Push ups 15reps

Band pull ups 10reps

Hanging Leg Raises 15 Reps

500m row

Repete 4x

I hope you enjoy!

Now its off to fuel up with a protein smoothie and get ready for Equinox’s Anniversary Party tonight! If you are around Equinox Wall Street come on by for some food, drinks, and workouts led by your one and only moi 😉

Thanks again to all the current, former and future service members for all that you have done!

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Exercise & Cold Season

(WARNING T.M.I)

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The other morning I woke up with a gut wrenching cough. The kind that has you coughing so much you begin to worry how you are going to get any oxygen because your nose is so clogged you can’t use that thing either. I found myself hacking, not coughing my way to the bathroom. At this point I knew there was no turning back with one of two things going to happen. Either I would pass out due to lack of oxygen or I would finally get that nasty phlegm up and out of my chest! In an attempt not toconcern my boyfriend anymore than he already was, I was really hoping for the latter.

Oh boy what a relief it was when I finally rid myself of what looked like Slimer from Ghostbusters. End result, no Scarlett Johansson voice and boyfriend was utterly disgusted. Good Morning to me.

I know what you must be thinking….WHY IN HELL DOES SHE NEED TO TELL US THIS. Answer: I don’t. I just want you to feel bad for me. KIDDING. In all honesty you may have had a similar experience and you may have had the same question I had during it at one point…. “Can I still workout?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear yes or no answer that can be given but here are a few guidelines you can follow.

When NOT to Workout:

1. Fever

2. Body Aches / Chills

3. Hacking cough

As a rule of thumb if your symptoms seem to be above the neck as in sore throat and runny nose you are probably good to go but you may want to ease off on the intensity and the duration. As hard as it can be to take a day off, your body will thank you for it in the long run and hopefully you will recover from the plague much sooner. I wonder what my clients would say if I start training them in a white mask and latex gloves?

* You know your body best so give it the TLC it needs. I am not a doctor so if you have a cold and it doesn’t go away even when you stop working out maybe you should see a doctor. Just a thought!

Reese Peanut Butter Cup, Snickers, Kit Kat, and Twix

I am a personal trainer. I enjoy sweating my booty off and being completely dead after a workout. I love helping others achieve their goals and make lifestyle changes. I give them healthy options for meal plans and encourage a well balanced life. BUT….. I ate my bodyweight in Halloween Candy this weekend. That’s right folks us personal trainers have weaknesses too and don’t always live up to what we just explained to you earlier that day. This hasn’t been the first time I have overindulged in candy but it has been the first time I haven’t cared.

In the past, if I had eaten even a few pieces of candy I would have mulled it over for a day and would have sworn on my life that I could already see the added pounds. It would get so bad that my hips would start to look like giant snickers bars on either side. So…over the course of the following week I would promise to add on extra cardio because I knew that was the answer. Doing endless amounts of cardio is always the answer to a perfect body right…..UGH WRONG! LIFT WEIGHTS LADIES (but lets save this one for another day)

Anyways….over the course of my candy outbreak I came to a few realizations. One was that I didn’t care so much because I had truly enjoyed my indulgence but I also knew my body well enough by now. Yes, it will derail some of the progress I have made in the past few months but that is alright because I know how hard I need to work and I know it is possible to where I want to be. I am also much more secure with my body image than I have been years past and am actually happy with the weight that I have put on because I know its muscle and I feel stronger than ever! The second thing I realized was how much I enjoy eating healthy and clean foods because they don’t cause breakouts, upset stomachs, or bloating. Needless to say I crashed and burned after my sugar high.

From all of this I have decided to start a new diet high in sugar, low in protein, and endless amounts of cardio…just kidding that is not at all what I am trying to say from this experience. If you take anything out of this post please do not think I am encouraging junk food eating as long as you feel fine afterwards . I am simply saying we are all humans and we all have weaknesses but as long as we are able to put the candy bar down and choose a healthier option after the fact then you are right on track. Oh and PLEASE do not beat yourself up over it because that will not solve anything in the end or bring you closer to achieving your goal. It’s what you do after the fact that is important!