Have I mentioned how much I love working out at home?  It’s a really great combination of lazy and ambitious. I’m too lazy to drive to the gym, but yet I do get my butt off the couch and work my muscles—while watching my favorite TV shows.  I have been very busy lately and so working out at home has become a must some days—because I just don’t have time to drive to the gym.  I used to say that I couldn’t work out at home because there were too many distractions.  But now I realize that if I want to work out bad enough and I just don’t have time to drive to the gym, I will find a way to focus and get the workout done at home.  I don’t have kids, so that helps, but the phone and the doorbell still rings and my pets still want me to feed them or play with them and my mind invariably thinks of a million super-duper important things that I need to do.  I notice that I need to vacuum or get the dishes or laundry in their respective machines.   I think the few minutes of meditation that I do when I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night really helps.  Forcing the brain to focus on something positive, or nothing at all is difficult, but it does get easier with time (and really helps with stress management).  Then, when you have that ability, you can force yourself to concentrate on your workout (or whatever) when distractions arise.  Having said that, I must also admit that I do play fetch with my dog while doing my ab workout on the floor.  You can’t be too rigid with yourself or you will break.  But I absolutely do not allow myself to do housework while working out at home.  It can wait.  Look at it this way—would you rather your ass looked better tomorrow or your floor?  Personally, I would rather have a floor that’s a little dirty and an amazing ass.

Here’s my home workout:

  • 5 minutes cardio on treadmill: ramp 10/speed 3.2-5.0 (alternating walk for 1 min and run for one min)
  • Plie squats: 15/50 lbs (thats two 25lb dumbells) X 3
  • One legged deadlifts: 15 reps/25 lbs each leg X 3
  • Regular deadlifts: 15 reps/50 lbs X 3
  • P90X Ab Ripper DVD (I highly recommend it!)

And here’s what I ate:

  • Breakfast (30 g protein): 2 packets of “Oats & Flax” instant oatmeal (8 g protein) with 1 banana and 1 cup walnuts (18 g protein).  With large mug of “Think O2″ Tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Lunch: Soup with 2 cups yellow split peas (33 g protein), carrots, onions, celery, curry powder, cumin, coriander and mustard seeds.
  • Snack: Cliff bar, apricot flavor (11 g protein)
  • Dinner (25 g protein): at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant: 2 cups whole wheat pasta (20 g protein) with marinara sauce and a side salad with italian dressing with 2 slices of bread (5 g protein)
  • Snack (28 g protein): 1 1/2 cups Blueberry Cinnamon Optimum Cereal (20 g protein) with 1 cup soy milk (8 g protein)
  • Before bed: large mug of chamomile and lavender tea with 1/2 cup soy milk (4 g protein)
  • Total 131 g protein
 

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