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I am a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. I hope you can help me in my journey and I hope that you, too can find balance!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Skipping + 30 for 30... Why My Vacation Weight Gain Was Only 5 Lbs. Instead of 10

Alright, so we've already established that I only gained 5 pounds. Here's how.

I am a HUGE believer in making due with what you have- exercise wise. I love a good TRX machine, a treadmill, a huge gym to do plyometric workouts, but let's face it: often we are left with a space the size of a couch in order to work out.

I get that this could have been a lot easier had I done my cardio workouts in the lake and utilized the area at the cottage, but I'm not a huge swimmer. I've had previous shoulder injuries from playing lacrosse and the resistance of the water just kills me.

One thing that is probably really annoying to a lot of people: I absolutely LOVE to skip! I would do it all day if I could- I'd have it in all of my workouts and never get bored of it.

The worst thing about skipping is trying to get a flattering photo while your entire body jiggles from head to toe.

In my gorgeous Titika gear!

Carter was so pumped to get this action shot.  He  actually shrieked. Uhm... in a manly way, of course.

I then had to embarrass him myself by taking this photo. So not hot. 
My new Tabata Trainer for my ITouch was a SAVIOUR to everyone at the cottage! It was perfection for short, interval-style quick workouts (because who, honestly, wants to spend a ton of time working out while on vay cay?).

Carter came up with an AMAZING workout that he uses for his fitness classes and presentations called 30 for 30. It's named after an ESPN documentary series... that I'm pretty sure none of you care about.

I know what you're thinking, and yes, that IS my bicep in the picture.

30 for 30 is 30 body weight exercises, each done for 30 seconds, with a 30 second rest in between. You get a great workout in 30 minutes and only need a 6x6 space to complete it! Tabata Pro was amazing for this again, we didn't have to bother with watches or timers, just went to the music and rested when the buzzer went!

My bro-in-law washing the floor. With his sweat.

Spiderman Push Up.. No big deal.

My nephew likes Carter way more than he likes me. When I took MY shirt off, he ran away. What gives?

Hourglass jumps

The whole fam getting in on the action! Even the little man... again :)

Forward Lunges

I know what you're thinking. What a bunch of losers. 

Pivot Squat Jumps 

Notice my Dad taking a, ahem... longer break during these last few...?

Windshield Wiper

Hahahahah my bro-in-law really getting into the X jumps. Dad noticeably breaking, again.

My nephew wanted to do this workout every day. He kicked our asses.

No wonder he thought the push up was easy.

30 for 30 was the perfect cottage workout- even if you only have 10 minutes, pick 10 exercises and go all out for 30 seconds and a 30 second break. Your body will thank you!

Monday- 10 minute skipping interval + 30 for 30 + Makeshift SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)
Tuesday- 20 minute skipping interval: 2 minutes skipping, 1 minute muscular endurance (plank, crunches, lunges, squats, oblique twists) followed by an interval workout of 30 seconds on and 10 seconds as FAST as I could. Thank God for the lake afterwards, I was a sweaty mess.
Wednesday- 6km hilly run + SUP Yoga (to be continued in my next post!)
Thursday- 30 for 30 with the FAM :) + SUP Yoga
Friday- 20 minute skipping interval (same as Tuesday)

It felt GREAT to be active while pigging out at night. I never have a problem with meals- they are always generally healthy. It's late night junk food snacking where I become compulsive Katy. Yes, I am one of those people who eats an entire row of cookies.

Alright. Two entire rows.

Frig. The whole freaking bag. I said it.

1. Are you a compulsive eater? 
I sometimes eat until my stomach hurts. Then I eat more. But I am also a compulsive exerciser. I work my ass off... well, not literally. Because of the whole eating thing.

2. Tell me your favourite body weight activity that can be done in a small place!
My favourites are jumping squats, oblique twists, any plank, push ups, buddha crunches, mountain climbers, skipping, jumping jacks... alright, this is getting annoying, isn't it.  

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fashioneggpplant said...

props to you guys for working out while on vacay! i must dl that app! :)

Christina @ The Athletarian said...

This is probably your best post EVER! Love that the whole fam was into it! So awesome. Carter's 30 for 30 rocks. I keep it in my gym bag and do it at the gym sometimes to switch up my routine!

I am a total compulsive eater and like you, it;s not the meals. It's the chips, candy and chocolate that sneak their way in!

Christina @ The Athletarian said...

PS i love your little shoe in your web address! Show me how to do that!! I want like a running lady or a bag of chips on mine haha

Suz and Allan said...

I'm really impressed by the 30 for 30. That is a great idea to get in a quality workout when you aren't at home.

Kristine @ Running on Hungry said...

Well first of all my inner tomboy comes out whenever there's a 30 for 30 on. . . I LOVE THEM. And as far as I'm concerned the Two Escobars should win a darn Oscar. SO good!

But anyway - I wouldn't call myself a compulsive eater, but more like a constant eater. As in I eat all. day. long. I can't help it. I love food. Good thing I love to exercise. Alcohol has no calories right?

I love me some planks!!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

I wish I had a trainer to train me. I have no clue what to do half the time...

LittleRus said...

Such a great blog you've got here. Loved this post - very positive and useful. x

Wealth is Health said...

30 for 30 looks awesome!I love that the whole family got in on it :) I like a good low lunge (continuously lunge low, without standing all the way up) series... 10 low lunges-5 pushups- 10 low lunges - 10 pushups- 10 low lunges- 15 pushups- 10 low lunges- 20 pushups... then you do it again substituting t-bars and mountain climbers (or whatever you choose) for a total of three rounds. On the fourth round, you do all three exercises in between each of the 10 lunges... killer!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

I absolutely love how you and your whole family work out together. That's amazing!
I'm like you--I usually eat healthy me)ls, and the size is fine. But then I eat crap till my belly hurts because it's delicious! Hence the working out....haha!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

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Jess said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that ya'll kicked ass together on vacation. That is such a great way to stay active while away AND still spend time with the fam. I love it. And love the action shots of you skipping, they are hilarious. I was never very good at that, soooo not coordinated, it's not pretty.

My fave bodyweight based exercises? Planks and push-ups are at the top, even though they SUCK, they work, LOL

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Love that the whole family got into it. I like the 30 for 30. My favorite bodyweight workouts are some by BodyRock.tv The Hotel Room Workout and the Give Me a Reason Workout both always kick my booty, but there are hundreds of others and they are free, I am such a fan. I have heard a little about Tabata and I think BodyRock uses a similar method.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i love that you got the whole family involved!!! I am so glad someone told me about the tabata app too because it is soooo easy well to use that is!

Hayley @ Oat Couture said...

Thats really cool that you got everyone working out together! Also mad props on the skipping move, I love skipping but can't do anything fancy... having two left feet and the coordination of a blind elephant doesn't help much! :) As for eating I am a pretty compulsive eater, I just love food! But like you i'm also a compulsive exerciser... I don't really know how to do anything in moderation! Excess is the way forward! haha!

Kate said...

First of all, you have the coolest family in the world! I would NEVER get my family to exercise together like that. Either they're all really active or you scared them into working out with you. Either way, that's so fun!

2nd, I need that 30 for 30 workout! It sounds PERFECT for me and my hatred of weights and equipment. You canadians call it skipping, we americans call it "jumping rope". I thought that was cute!

Your bod always look solid and fit even when you're doing a jumping exercise. So shut it!

and lastly, I can eat half of an x-large pizza, and if Ang didn't eat the other half, I'd eat the whole damn pizza. I can eat and eat and eat until I am completely sick. Thank the heavens I am a runner or I'd be on the Biggest Loser.

Ruby Girl said...

Ahhh what an awesome family! I LOVE that you all did exercises together! Way to create an exercise routine yourself. So great! <3 www.rubygirlblog.com

Colleen said...

That is awesome! Major props to you and your family for getting your work out on while on vacation!! Also, thanks for stopping by my blog! I am officially a follower of yours now too!

happyorhungry.com said...

Your family is AWESOME!!!! I need to rope my family into group workout sessions.

I meant to comment on your cottage post and say I LOVE COTTAGES SO MUCH! There is nowhere I'd rather be. Last time I was cottaging, we did manage to squeeze in some early morning yoga on the dock, so...semi active after all!

Swimming would be my favourite cottage active activity though :)

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