Last week I decided I was going to go for a ride around the neighborhood before making dinner. The sky looked ominous, but I figured that the rain was still a few minutes out. It only took moments to get ready, but by the time I opened the door, it was already starting to rain. I decided to go anyways because it was a relatively warm day. I rode for about half an hour and while I was riding (and getting soaked), my mind was flooded with happy memories of when I was a child.
I lived in Australia for the first 10 years of my life. I started school just before I turned 6 and after school every day, the bus would drop me off about a half mile from home and I would walk home from the bus stop. There were days that rain was pouring from the sky and I had nothing to keep my dry. So I would slosh home through the gutters on the side of the road and make the most of the body-soaking situation. I can only imagine my mom’s dismay when I would arrive home dripping wet.
It’s been almost 15 years since then and I still have fond memories of my Australian adventures. I miss calling Australia my home, but I’m thankful for the moments in my life that can bring me back to my childhood, even if only for a few minutes.
So I registered for the Iron Girl Columbia on August 16th and I’ve just completed my first week of training! Since I’ve been out of shape from the winter, I’m primarily working on rebuilding my cardiovascular endurance. Here’s my general workout for the past week:
Monday: Picked up a lot of healthy groceries at Whole Foods! (Not exactly a workout but hey, I took a lot of steps and eating home more is important!)
Tuesday: Signed up at the gym, did just over 21 minutes of hill intervals on the elliptical and a couple various machines before going home. I also did a “My Routine” with about 20 minutes of Yoga on the Wii. I also started calorie counting on My Fitness Pal again today.
Wednesday: I swam laps for about 25 minutes and I did 600 meters. I played on the Wii Fit Plus for half an hour when I got home including my 20 minute Yoga Routine (I’m horrible! Really needing to work on my balance some more.)
Thursday: Zumba! I have the Zumba Core for Wii (http://www.amazon.com/Zumba-Fitness-Core-Nintendo-Wii/dp/B008BERGYU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431117108&sr=8-1&keywords=zumba+core+wii). I find that doing Zumba in my house helps me feel a little less stupid when I don’t know what I’m doing. I definitely feel like I have two left feet sometimes and when I try to add my arms… But it’s a nice variation to my workouts and it’s a lot of fun. Some of my favorite songs to do are “Lift Ya Leg Up”, Bollywood “Ho Jayegi Balle Balle”, and “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy. 30 minutes burns close to 400 calories!
Friday: Today I’ve only been swimming, but I swam 400 meters in just under 17 minutes including breaks.
I made a new smoothie today in an effort to replenish my tired body and I figured I’d share my recipe because it was just that good.
- 1 large banana
- 2 TBSP of Natural peanut butter (I used from whole foods, no added oils!)
- 1 Cup of Almond Breeze original milk
- A few shakes of cinnamon
- and 3 Ice Cubes
I blended everything together in a single serve cup on our Ninja and Ohh Myy Gooodness it was DELICIOUS! It would definitely be a favorite for anyone who loves peanut butter. All together it’s about 390 Calories. Take out a tablespoon of peanut butter and either use 1/2 of milk or unsweetened almond milk and it would only be 260 calories. Enjoy!