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I’ve managed to fit in some decent activity by taking a few breaks from working.  I hate being chained to my desk!

 

Break #1: 20 minute stroll around the neighborhood with the doggies.  James definitely enjoyed the action!

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My fat little moo cow, Maggie (she doesn’t require a leash — she’s too slow to run away):

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It’s absolutely beautiful outside, but it’s not really lay-by-the-pool weather — too breezy.

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After the walk, I came back home and worked some more.  When I felt I needed a second break, I busted out the Nuru Exercise Anywhere cards:

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This handy little deck contained work outs for every major muscle group in your body.  This is PERFECT for someone like me, who can never "remember" good strength training exercises to do.  The exercises are organized by muscle group.  And best of all, there’s no equipment required (except hand weights and a towel).  Pretty nifty!

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I did most of the Chest exercises, which were so challenging!

 

  • 10 regular push-ups
  • 10 incline push-ups
  • 10 decline push-ups
  • 5 pike-push ups (killer!)
  • Seated Reverse Fly – 3 sets of 12 repetitions with 3-lb weights

 

Here I am, mid-decline push-up:

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It was KILLER!  Just a heads up, I’ll be giving away a deck of the Nuru Exercise Anywhere cards next week, so stay tuned for the giveaway!

 

After my mini-workout, it was time for lunch.  I made use of my Thai leftovers from last night.

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To bulk the dish up, I added 3/4 cup cooked brown rice and steamed asparagus.

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Mmm Cashew Chicken is my fav!

 

Back to work I go!

{ 34 comments }

 

  • VeggieGirl April 17, 2009, 9:28 am

    Aww, James and Maggie šŸ˜€

  • redheadedjournal April 17, 2009, 9:30 am

    Aw puppies šŸ™‚

  • Beth April 17, 2009, 9:30 am

    Love your doggies! Is Maggie a daschund mix or full daschund (sp?) I’ve never seen one with her coloring before.

  • Moran April 17, 2009, 9:31 am

    HAHA so funny about Maggie!!
    I think the cards are such a great idea!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 17, 2009, 9:31 am

    beth – shes a full dachshund. her coloring is called “piebald”. its a recessive trait, so you dont see them very often. but ohmigod piebalds are so cute!

  • Bec April 17, 2009, 9:32 am

    those leftovers look great!

  • Erica April 17, 2009, 9:37 am

    I wish I could take Frank out without a leash! He can’t run for a long time, but he is fast for about 5 minutes šŸ˜‰ Lunch looks so yummy! It is a little breezy but totally beautiful out!

  • Ashley April 17, 2009, 9:51 am

    Your puppies are so cute : ) I was wondering what your tips are for refueling on long run days? Even after running a marathon and running 20-25+ miles a week for the last year and a half I’m always confused how many calories I should try and eat back on long run days and I don’t want to lose weight or hurt my metabolism (like today I burned about a 1000 cal. on my run) and how I should fit that in. How do you determine that for your long runs? Thanks!

  • finkleberry April 17, 2009, 10:01 am

    OH MY GOSH. The doogies are so cute šŸ™‚

  • Holly April 17, 2009, 10:13 am

    The pups are too cute! I was just wondering if you avoided the rice last night because it was not brown rice? or just weren’t feeling it :o)

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 17, 2009, 10:13 am

    ashely – its simple! deteremine your weight maintenance calories (http://www.calorieking.com/tools/weight_maintenance.php). this is how much you would burn on a day you did not exercise. note: i think calorie king is a little low, so add 100 to whatever the calculator says is your maintenance. then, add the calories burned to your run + maintenance calories to figure out how much you need to eat to get enough fuel after a run. i burn about 80 calories an hour. so, if my maintenance is 1800 and i run 10 miles, then i need to eat 1800 + (80*10) = 2600 calories in that day not to lose or gain any weight. šŸ™‚

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 17, 2009, 10:14 am

    ashley sorry the whole link didnt post

    http://www.calorieking.com
    /tools/weight_maintenance.php

    no spaces

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 17, 2009, 10:15 am

    ahhh sorry and i meant 80 calories A MILE not an HOUR.

  • Mica April 17, 2009, 10:15 am

    I love how happy James looks, and, by contrast, how suspicious Maggie looks. “Moo cow” awwwww.

  • runsarah April 17, 2009, 10:19 am

    Those cards look great- I always forget about which exercises work what muscle groups and how to do them.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 17, 2009, 10:20 am

    Cute pups and gorgeous lunch! Love the presentation =)

  • Beth April 17, 2009, 10:21 am

    So interesting re: her coloring!! She sure is a cutie. Her coloring almost makes her look like a daschund/jack russell mix!

  • Brandi April 17, 2009, 10:21 am

    looks like you’re having a great day! love the pup pics šŸ™‚

    What are you doing working today? Don’t you have Fridays off? šŸ™‚

  • emily April 17, 2009, 10:25 am

    Maggie slays me with her cuteness, I need a puppy!

  • Help Meghan Run April 17, 2009, 10:29 am

    Oh my gosh, Maggie is just the cutest thing ever! And those exercise cards seem super useful…I will definitely be entering that giveaway!

    Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
    http://www.HelpMeghanRun.com

  • Kailey (SnackFace) April 17, 2009, 10:34 am

    The babies!! I love,love,love those pics! I also love the idea of those workouts you can do anywhere, anytime. It really reminds you that it doesn’t take much to do. Hope the rest of the work flies by šŸ™‚

  • greendogwine April 17, 2009, 11:25 am

    When you post Maggie & James pictures – it just makes my day šŸ™‚

  • samsam26 April 17, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Your dogs are just so cute!! Keep us smiling with your pics!

  • Matt April 17, 2009, 12:09 pm

    Asian food makes the best leftovers!

  • nibblesandwiggles April 17, 2009, 1:16 pm

    James looks like one happy dog and Maggie is just too cute.

  • K from ksgoodeats April 17, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Love the puppers!! Those cards sound fantastic!

  • Lisa D. April 17, 2009, 2:58 pm

    Those workout cards look great! I used to write down moves I saw on workout DVD infomercials on index cards for a less professional version of said cards! haha!

  • Alison April 17, 2009, 4:12 pm

    Cute doggies! What breed is Maggie?

  • Emily April 17, 2009, 4:22 pm

    your dogs are adorable! good apartment dogs? my husband and i have talking about getting a dog and have been doing some research, but still not sure what breed to go with.

    and those cards are a great tool!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 17, 2009, 4:37 pm

    maggie is a dachshund and she is a great apartment dog. they really require minimal exercise and aren’t hyper breed. james is a mix (i think a shepherd and dachshund) and he is also very calm. he could go for more activity, but he doesn’t require it or freak out if he doesn’t have it. i love weiner dogs!! get one!! šŸ™‚

  • jesslikesithot April 17, 2009, 9:22 pm

    Aww your puppies are so cute!!!
    The leftover stir fry looks great! I just loveee brown rice! haha

  • just me April 18, 2009, 5:12 am

    if you take that exercise, turn it around and lift your butt off the ground…omg your ass will be killing you by the time you hit rep 10. haha.

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) April 18, 2009, 7:13 am

    The Thai leftovers look amazing!

  • Kristin April 18, 2009, 7:17 pm

    your dogs are just too cute! i love them.

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