Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Keepin’ It Simple

Hello from Petoskey! I arrived last night and will be here for the next month while I’m on my veterinary rotation. This morning I woke up bright and early at 5 am to get myself a local gym membership and end my two week exercise hiatus. You think I’m joking, but trust me, with the exception of a couple of turbo kick classes, I have not worked out in weeks because I’ve been so sick and my schedule has been crazy. Hey, life happens sometimes.

Anyways, I hopped on the treadmill first thing to get myself moving since I have a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving that I need to get ready for. My plan was to walk for five minutes and then slowly jog for fifteen in order to ease myself back into it. Um, I kid you not when I say that I could barely jog for three minutes, so I was dying by the time I finally hit fifteen. I was also running slower than I normally do, which was discouraging. I just cannot believe how out of shape I am compared to a few weeks ago! It’s amazing how quickly you can lose your fitness abilities when you take a break. Even though it sucks now, I know that if I can just push myself through these first few days, it’ll get easier and I’ll feel so much better.

After twenty minutes on the treadmill, I did the following leg routine that I made up on the fly:

  • Squats 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Hip adductor 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Hip abductor 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Seated leg curls 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Leg extensions 3 sets x 15 reps

I usually don’t incorporate so many of the machines into my workouts, but those squats in the beginning left me so fatigued (I know; I’m weak and I’m a whiner) and since I didn’t have a specific routine planned, it just sort of happened.

I think after I finish this post I’m going to start writing a workout plan for the rest of the month. I hate going to the gym without a plan and I always feel so much more efficient when I have one.

Grocery Shopping

After I arrived back from the gym, I showered and got ready, inhaled a banana and a protein bar, and headed over to my first day of my new rotation. It went well and I think I’m really going to like being around animals again for a little while (I mentioned yesterday that I used to work at a vet). I spent most of my day researching some of the commonly used drugs in veterinary medicine, since a lot of them are veterinary-only and I haven’t heard of them.

On my lunch break, I used my time to head over to the grocery store and stock up on some things to get me through the week. My goal is to keep things as simple as possible this week with meals, and I also tried to keep my groceries to a minimum in an attempt to eliminate the option of snacking all day. Here’s my stock for the week:

Fruit and protein bars to munch on for breakfast:


Spinach and the usual salad toppings, plus Greek yogurt for lunches:


And since I honestly don’t plan on doing very much cooking this month while I’m staying at someone else’s house, I’ll be relying on Amy for a lot of my dinners:


I also bought some deli meat, cheese, sunflower butter, jam and bread so I can make sandwiches, plus the ingredients for some shrimp pasta that I planned on making for dinner tonight.


When I got all my groceries put away, I quickly wolfed down a salad before heading back to the vet’s office:


And when I got home later this afternoon I made that pasta:


Mmmm…love those little shrimpies!



Time to get going on that workout schedule!


Do you plan out your workouts in advance, or do you prefer to just wing it at the gym?


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