Can you believe that it took me until this weekend to finally join Pinterest? Call me old fashioned, but I have been snipping recipes out of magazines and stuffing them in binders for years. My husband has been doing the same thing with workouts. Pinterest is the perfect way for the multi-tasker to stay organized. All in one place, I can “pin” any idea that I could ever imagine for my blog. I will be sharing a lot of my own secrets on pinterest, so if you enjoyed one of my workouts, recipes or posts, feel free to do the same.
I bring up Pinterest, because my workout this morning was based on a workout that I “pinned”. I will admit, the mini workouts that people post in a single picture are prettier online than they are when you actually do the workout. With little to no detail or modifications, it is difficult to get as much out of one of these workouts. I was intrigued by the term “AMRAP”, which mean “As Many Reps as Possible”. These workouts are short and often utilized in Crossfit workouts. So what did I do? Complete the following sequence as many times as you can in twenty minutes.
- 10 Burpees
- 20 Pushups
- 30 Full Sit-ups
- 40 Squats
- 50 Second Plank Hold
The blandness of this workout, made it too easy. Even when I was moving at a quick pace, some of the body weight exercises gave me too much of a recovery. The only thing that I could think about while I was doing them was how I could make them harder (which I ultimately did). The concept of “AMRAP” is good for people who don’t have a lot of time, but this workout just didn’t do it for me. How would I modify? See below.
- 10 Burpees – Leave as is OR wear a weight vest
- 20 Pushups – Modify each sequence (incline, decline, tricep)
- 30 Full Sit-ups – Modify each sequence (Side Oblique Crunch, bicycles, leg raises)
- 40 Squats – Add weight (through a weight vest or weights) OR modify each sequence (sumo, goblet squat, jump squat)
- 50 Second Plank Hold – Again modify each sequence (Bring knee to elbow, Side Planks, Incline/Decline Planks)
Although I am happy that I was active this morning, I was disappointed with the first workout that I completed using my pinterest board. With that said, tomorrow’s workout will be one of my own detailed strength circuits (Look out! there is nothing more motivating than a bad workout).
Big time trip to the Farmer’s Market means big Sunday dinner. If you are new to my blog, I should mention that due to our busy schedules, we typically cook a large Sunday dinner that can be used as leftovers for a good part of the week. Not having time, is not a reason to eat badly (we do enough of that on the weekend for fun, so we need some healthy meals during the week). Most of our food is cooked on the grill this time of the year. I picked up some squash, okra, and green peppers on Saturday, that we chopped, tossed in Italian vinaigrette, and grilled in a grill basket. This stuff reheats in the oven or microwave very well. You could also use the veggies in a rice bowl or pasta recipe later on in the week (if you are looking for a different flavor – see my recipes).
The cure to my sweet tooth during the week? Fruit salad. Make this yourself! That pre-made fruit salad at the grocery store is so overpriced. Plus, who knows where it came from. Using local strawberries, raspberries and watermelon, we created a perfect after dinner treat.
It rained a good part of Sunday, so we had plenty of “indoor” time. While my daughter was waiting for the weather to clear up outside, I had time to chop all of the fruits and vegetables for dinner!