Whew, what a day! Today has been nonstop action from 8am through 4pm, and it’s going to keep going back to back riiiight until I fall asleep. I knew this would be the case as I looked at my calendar last night, so rather than fall into another “Where’s my workout? Nowhere!!” trap, I set my alarm for 6:30am to make sure I put my health first. If I don’t, no one else is. See what I’m sayin? YOU HAVE THE POWER!
When it’s a day that I have a deadline or big presentations, I’m very anxious while at the gym just thinking ahead to what I need to get accomplished. This morning I definitely had that “Ah! I need to get working!” feeling, so I made sure to keep my workout short and sweet so that nothing had to get sacrificed and I could stay sane. I chose the Dirty Bit BodyRock routine, ran on the treadmill for seven minutes to warm-up, and then hit the workout with all I had.
The workout itself was only 12 minutes long, but here’s why it was amazing: It’s a mix of intense all-out cardio, with strength training exercises that you do until burn-out. Each exercise goes for 50 seconds in which you do as much as you possibly can, and then you rest for 10 seconds before moving onto the next one. Anyone can do something for 50 seconds, right? Right. By the end of the 12 minutes, I’m out of breath, sweating and I got a full body workout. DONE for the day.
Because I’ve been tracking my progress since I started these workouts months and months ago, I actually was able to compare my reps for this back to when I last did it in July. I’m making progress!! Such a cool feeling to see it written in front of you. Write down your workouts, friends! It’s worth it if just to show yourself how far you’ve come
Here was the workout and the stats:
1. High knees with jump rope — these can be done as just high knees if you’re rusty with a jump rope
July: 73, 55 (no rope)
December: 141, 100 (w/ rope)
2. Backwards lunge with weight
July: 24, 22 (no weight)
December: 17. 17 (2o lb weight)
3. High knees with jump rope:
July: 40, 98
December: 127, 110
4. Reverse push-ups
July: 14, 14
December: 18, 15
5. High knees with jump rope:
July: 96, 77
December: 92, 100
6. Monkey push up and jump
July: 7.5, 7
December: 8, 9
After my workout, I ran upstairs and started the workday that was ahead of me. My ten minute breakfast and lunch today were broken up into three meals, because my schedule had odd short breaks in it.
8am: 2 eggs, an orange, and turkey bacon
10:30am: oatmeal made in the microwave with almond milk, half a banana and goji berries
1pm: chicken sausage and a Caesar salad (toasted the sausage in toaster oven, and let’s face it: Caesar salad is romaine lettuce with bottled dressing, amiright? it was ready in 5 minutes. love chicken sausage).
I probably have another 10 minute mini meal in my near future, and then dinner. But I’m glad these 10 minute short-stop saves are working! I haven’t put my hand in the cerea box once today. Here’s to making it work .
What’s your favorite 10 minute lunch?