Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Flexibility is Key


For the first time in a long time, I have a day off in the middle of the week! As you all know, I’ve been working pretty much full time since I graduated and moved back home, but with my pharmacy board exams quickly approaching I’ve drastically reduced my work hours in the next couple of weeks. This week, I’m only working two days and next week I took the entire week off. It’s hard to believe that in two weeks from today both of the most important exams of my life will all be over! I *hope* that I’ll be feeling relieved, but knowing me I’ll probably be freaking out until the day I hear if I passed.

This morning I woke up and enjoyed breakfast before the gym, which was a nice change of pace since usually I’m out the door ten minutes after my alarm goes off. I’m really enjoying the plan that Eric helped write for me when I was in Lansing a couple of weekends ago. It’s forcing me to strength train on a regular basis, and the old workout schedule that I made a few weeks ago did not include nearly enough of it. I had kind of fooled myself into thinking that two days per week would be enough, but I know that it’s not. Strength training is what helps rev up my metabolism and when done correctly, can be a great cardio workout all on its own. It also makes me feel strong when I’m done and I love the feeling of jello-y muscles after I finish a workout. This is the schedule I’ve been following lately:

Sunday Bike (or rest)
Monday Upper body, 2 mile run
Tuesday Lower body, abs
Wednesday Swim
Thursday Upper body, 2 mile run
Friday Lower body, abs
Saturday Long run (3 miles)

Because of my varying schedule, I don’t always follow this plan exactly as it’s laid out but I always get in all my workouts (with the exception of the Sunday bike ride since that’s dependent on my location and the weather). For example, this week I have the day off on Thursday and am going to use it to complete my first brick workout. I’m going to go to the pool in the morning for a swim, and straight from there go on a bike ride around the peninsula. Also, I’ll be going out of town on Friday for a surprise birthday party and a Kappa Psi reunion so I know that my run on Saturday will not happen. Instead, I’m just going to do upper body on Friday and turn my two mile run into a three mile run. Flexibility is key!

You may see the lower body workout here and this is the upper body workout that I’ve been doing:

  • Dumbbell chest press 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Pull downs 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Push-ups 2 sets to failure
  • One-armed rows 3 sets x 12 reps
  • Overhead press 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Tricep dips 2 sets x 10 reps
  • Bicep curls 2 sets x 20 reps

Like the lower body routine, I keep the rest periods between sets very short so I can increase the calorie burn and quickly move through the workout.

After my workout I came home and showered before catching up on some blogs and preparing lunch. I enjoyed it out on the patio, but it was actually quite chilly out!


Lunch was a giant mess of an omelette made with two eggs and two egg whites and stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, spinach and about a tablespoon of feta cheese.


It’s not much to look at, but it sure was tasty Open-mouthed smile. I also had a cup of Greek yogurt on the side for something sweet.


Such a nice of change of pace from the same old packed lunch I eat every day at work!


Now I’m about to spend the rest of my afternoon with my NAPLEX book and get some quality studying in.


Later tonight I have plans to meet with a friend for a drink and then tomorrow it’s back to work for my last day until after my boards are over!

Enjoy your day and I’ll see ya later!


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