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Day 9 of 21 Day Challenge: No Clever Title

April 01, 2014 3 min read

What can I say about today? Definitely feeling better than yesterday, and pretty pumped to do today’s workout, now that I feel totally up to working out. I’m hoping I don’t hit a half-point slump, because as of noon tomorrow the challenge is halfway complete. What better way to stay pumped? Try a new recipe! And rock that workout of course. WORKOUT: Video used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiQBiSTgt0Y&feature=youtu.be Equipment needed: sandbag_FB Click here to get your sandbag kettlesandbell Click here to get your kettle sandbells Timer_FB Click here to get your Hiit timer Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 1.41.44 PM And check out the Challenge Guide and Burnout Workouts here

Workout breakdown:

9 exercises

40 seconds work – 10 seconds rest

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

1)   Prisoner opposite touch toes

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

2)   Left leg lunge + fly + toe touch

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

3)   Right leg lunge + fly + toe touch

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

4)   Switch lunge jumps

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

5)   10x uber wide low squat + 10x side lifts

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

6)   Wide leg burpee + surfer turn jumps

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

7)   Drop it like it’s hot

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

8)   Wide frog mountain climbers

*skip/high knees/squat jumps*

9)   10 mountain climbers + pike V jump

  • Alternated between high knees and squat jumps.
  • For the “drop it like it’s hot” I still don’t have kettle sandbells, and didn’t think throwing my weights on the floor was a good idea, so I got my heftiest magic bag (one of those bags filled with beans that you heat up for sore stomachs) and although it wasn’t much weight it did make a satisfying “thwomp” sound when it hit the ground.
  • For the uber wide squats, on the side lift I tried adding in a bit of an oblique twist as well, just to give it an added bonus, plus distract from how much my legs were burning.
FOOD: Breakfast was coffee, and an apple with peanut butter. Fun fact, an apple gives you as much energy as a cup of coffee – guess I’ll be super energized now. For lunch I made pumpkin buckwheat pancakes, a new recipe for me, but they turned out well. So apparently buckwheat isn’t really a type of wheat? Well, that’s an incredibly misleading name. And it’s gluten-free, right? I’ve realized during this challenge that I must annoy the gluten intolerant people out there to no end. Don’t worry, I won’t ask about oats – I know better now. For dinner we went out again before dropping my grandma and aunt off at the airport. I’m not sure why, but we ended up at Swiss Chalet, yet again – probably the only two times I have been in the past two years. I splurged a bit carb-wise because I wanted pasta, so I got the vegetarian penne pesto, with the sauce on the side, (I actually only ended up using about a teaspoon of it, really didn’t need much) and a side salad. Then a nice herbal tea before bed. THOUGHTS:
  • It’s really hard to remain vigilantly healthy for 21 days. I think I’m doing an okay job though, and I’m trying not to beat myself up too much if I mess up or decide to treat myself here or there. After all, I’ve done all of the workouts without fail, and I’ve managed to maintain a very gluten-light, veggie and protein-heavy food regimen thus far. That being said, probably not going to do pasta again anytime soon, it’s really sitting in my stomach, and I’d much rather have a burrito or some chocolate as a treat than pasta.

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