Happy Hump day friends! Today feels like Tuesday. I was off work Monday for MLK & I raced Sunday RnR Half Marathon Recap. Both work & fitness routines are different this week. I feel so mixed up!!! This morning I went to the Gym Dump and did 20 minutes elliptical & 30 minutes stair climber. I noticed the stair climber that was acting crazy for me last week had an out-of-order sign on it today.
Random things keep happening to me at the gym too. This morning a guy walking out to the parking lot with me commented how he couldn’t believe how I was killing it on the stair climber & that he wouldn’t last 5 minutes. It was an awesome compliment, but left me wondering how do I attract these people???
Fitness schedule for the week
Monday – Barre class
Tuesday –run/walk 11 miles
Wednesday – cross-train elliptical & stair climber
Thursday – spin class
Friday – weight train & elliptical
Saturday – run/walk
Yesterday I received an email from the owner of the Barre Class I attended. After Monday’s class, they sent me a short survey (2 questions). Although I rated them high, I left a comment about the transition between sets being too fast for beginners especially for people like myself who need modifications. She offered to meet with me to discuss my injury & what modifications I might need. She also said she would add a free class to my living social deal. Sweet! She stated that in order to see results you need to attend class 3x per week. She encouraged taking before & after body pictures & measurements. Based on my experience with fitness, I’m not convinced that 3x per week is necessary to see results.
I am really touched the owner sent me a personal email. I cannot tell you enough how difficult it is for me to accept sometimes that my body has limitations as a result of my injury. I find taking group classes tough because I get frustrated that the intent of an exercise is not clearly communicated & then I can’t figure out a modification for myself. I would rather spend 30 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill getting a real workout than struggling through a group class getting a mediocre one. That said, I am going to look at my fitness routine & figure out how I can fit in the remaining Barre classes. I’m not ready to give up yet!
On Monday morning, I made a detox water for my post race recovery. There are many products on the market, but in my opinion nothing is better for weight-loss & health than drinking LOTS of water. Water keeps us hydrated and removes impurities from the body. The detox water I make is simply: water, cucumber, mint leaves & lemon.
- Lemon: Lemon water makes for a powerful detox drink; lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkaline the body. Lemon also aides in digestion and boosts your immune system.
- Mint: Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar, and it also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion.
- Cucumber: Cucumber is excellent rehydration and contains anti-inflammatory properties.
I started drinking detox water last year to clear my digestive track of toxins. I do this 1-2x per month for 5 days in a row. I drink it first thing in the morning before coffee. I’m not a medical professional, but I can tell you I personally feel less tummy bloat after drinking this a few days. It’s a refreshing drink even if you’re not looking for specific results. Hope you enjoy it!
- 16 fluid ounces water
- 2 cucumber slices
- 2 lemon slices
- 3-4 mint leaves
- Add ingredients to a waterbottle & enjoy
Have a wonderful night!