Don’t Miss Last Week’s Fitness Posts!

I haven’t been around here much. And for that I apologize. I do hope to get some more knitting done. But it always seems to get pushed aside for something else (studying, sleeping, eating, reading, exercising etc). Needless to say – I have put my exercise, and thus my exercise blog, on a higher priority these days. Here are my posts from the last seven days!

March 2nd – Crossfit and Insanity? Danger Will Robinson!

Woke up this morning and could hardly move. kept crawling back in bed. I am SO incredibly sore. Which of course, means that I had quite a successful workout yesterday.
Last time crossfit training at the gym was hard but was pretty much all strength training, so when my hubby asked me to do Insanity with him yesterday, before crossfit, I of course agreed.

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March 3rd – What does your dream body look like? Crossfit trainer Amanda Welliver

ith my recent obsession with Body Pump and Crossfit – I have “liked” both of their facebook pages and that is where I came across this photo. This women had a baby 10 months ago? Are you for REAL? I am thoroughly impressed.

My goal is to look HALF as good as her this time next year. I want all that muscle too!

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March 4th – Starting on a Journey with Les Mills Pump

Have you seen the movie Anastasia?
The kids version I mean. Random, but when I started writing this journal entry, a song from that movie jumped into my head:
We were strangers, startin out on a journey
Never dreamin’ what we’d have to go through
Now here we are, and Im suddenly standin’
At the beginning with you
Anyways – doesn’t have much to do with workouts – but I am indeed starting out on a journey with a new workout program. One I had literally been counting down the days to its arrival. 

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March 5th – Reviewing My February Goals and Looking Ahead to March!

Back on February 2nd, I wrote down a series of goals that I hoped to accomplish the in the month of February. Some of them were done easily, others still have some room to improve. But either way, I did make steps towards all of these changes and am quite satisfied with where I am today.
I split my goals into two categories: Nutrition & Exercise.

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March 6th – My Back Feels Sunburned – What is YOUR Solution to Sore Muscles?

I am SO SORE!
I think I may have overdone it a bit these past few days. I did crossfit last thursday which included several hundred push-ups, Body Pump Video on Saturday, which is all weight lifting, Ab Video and Body Combat on Sunday, which turned out to be a lot of upper body strength, and THEN last night I did ANOTHER Body Pump class, again all weight lifting. By the time I left class last night my entire upper back was tight.

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March 7th – Wordless Wednesday: Born to Run

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March 8th – My version of a Greek salad with an Italian twist

Last Sunday I went to an AMWA event (American Medical Women’s Association). It was a really nice dinner at a local restaurant here where I got to interact with a few fourth years, a doctor, and of course a few other girls from my own class. It was quite the event.
One of the things they served was a salad which was finely chopped and included lettuce, feta, chick peas, onions, and who knows what else. But it was positively delicious and inspired me to get back into making my own salads.

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I hope you enjoy! Keep checking back – I only have about two inches of these socks left to do – so if all goes well there might be another crafty post for you in the next week or two!

December Goals

I think it’s really important to set goals each month. So here are mine!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment and tell me yours!

Crafting Goals

  1. Finish these socks
  2. Purchase the yarn for my husband’s hat, I am thinking of making this one, though obviously in less girly colors.
  3. Post at least 5 updates here related to crafting specifically.
Medical School
  1. Get an 85% or higher on all 6 exams between December 9th and December 13th: ECR, Histology, Physiology, Anatomy, Embryology, Genetics
  2. Go to Anatomy labs prepared for the remainder of December
  3. Enjoy a few days medical school free of my winter break (before I have to begin prepping for the exams we have the week we return)

Fitness & Health Goals

  1. Workout 5 days a week starting today, December 5th
  2. Drink Shakeology 5 days a week
  3. Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night
  4. Reduce candy intake to no more than 720 calories a week (or roughly 120 calories a day, for 6 days)
  5. Post at least 21 updates to my health and fitness blog.
Other
  1. Read a particular book that I promised my husband I would read
  2. Set up another meeting with our schools counselor (ie – try to regain my sanity)
  3. Help my husband finish his last three PhD applications
  4. Smile a LOT!

What are your goals for December? Share them here or link me to your blog!

Back to the Future

–I want to get back into blogging.–

I was talking to a classmate the other day, about how I USED to be a blogger. I used to blog about crafts and exercise, but since med school started, I hardly craft or exercise, so I have mostly quit blogging.

I had a really rough start here, to be totally honest. I wasn’t prepared for the academic load and I couldnt quite get into adequate study habits. I was slow to reach out for help and my academic performance was really taking a toll on my emotional status, which in turn further damaged my academic performance. But I think, for the first time, I am finally getting back on track.

I dyed and cut my hair and have refocused my thoughts into positive energy. I found a professor who is also NOT a visual learner who was extremely enthusiastic and determined to help me succeed in both Anatomy and Histology, the two courses I am currently struggling with the most. And? I am getting back into both crafts and exercise. And I am asking YOUR help to do them!

–Join Me in My Exercises–

I am starting an exclusive exercise group to begin after Thanksgiving. For 30 days, we are gonna take control of our lives through healthy eating and exercise. My only rules are you must commit to following your exercise program, and you must drink shakeology every day. Leave me a comment or visit my exercise blog if you want more information! The first five people to be officially enrolled get to join MY group. I hope you join me!

–As for crafting?–

I finally finished the baby blanket I was working on for my nephew that was born in August. Isn’t he adorable?

And I have pulled back out the yarn to make these two socks at the same time (I had to start it over because the socks were way too large, luckily the pattern had adjustments for small feet) and I am crocheting a hat for my cousins friend.

It’s about time I get back to my future.


If you were gonna make a change for the better, what would it be?

Tuesday Challenge – Can you fit in 50 push ups today?

Today I woke up at 5:15 am. I turned on the oven, washed the kitchen counters, put away dishes, and made a potato kugel. As soon as it was in the oven, I started my Insanity workout. LOVE it. It’s one of those workouts that seriously works every muscle in my body. I can’t do it all the way through without taking breaks. That is my goal this month. To be able to do the Pure Cardio video non-stop by the end of this month. Hey – I would be happy if I can do it non-stop, even if I am doing it at a slower speed. It’s epic 🙂

What a morning – now I am ready for work, Shakeology for breakfast, and a great start to an amazing day. I mixed my Shakeology with strawberries and lemon juice, ice and water this morning. It’s positively delicious.

I have such high hopes for the seder tonight. I love hosting things. I love the cooking and heck, I even kinda like the cleaning that goes along with hosting big dinners. Our tally is currently 11 yes, with 1 maybe. It’s gonna be a blast.

I have a challenge for you, my readers, today. I want you to do 50 push ups. No, you do not have to do them all at once, in fact, you can do 4 now, 8 later, 2 after that. No problem. You can even do all of them on your knees. But can you reach 50 throughout the course of the day? Tally em up and let me know how you did!

I wish you luck!


Are you a morning or a night person? ~ I am SO a morning person.


Life and Other Luxuries – Medical School and fitness Adventures

Good evening loyal followers,

A bit late in the evening for me to be posting a daily post, but it has been quite a whirlwind of events. Last Tuesday I received an email to interview at Rosalind Franklin University (aka Chicago Medical School) and today I had that interview. There were many mock interviews to be had with faculty and staff at the University of Chicago where I work and current residents that had graduated from CMS. but I think all the prep work paid off because I was quite pleased with my experience today. I think both my interviews went well, and I really liked the people that I interviewed with. I really enjoyed my tour of the campus and all my time spent with medical students. I really like the school and the program and, of course, the location. We were told we will know by May 1st. So here’s to hoping.

On other notes, I finished my 90 day workout program. And am quite pleased with the results. I was able to lose about 7 pounds and 7 inches overall throughout the body which was great. I am really excited to start a new program next week called Brazil Butt Lifts, you know, to really get toned for the summer. This program has two different 30 day series. So it is shorter, but equally challenging. I have previewed some of the videos, and as of now, do NOT have the length strength to keep up. I am really excited for the challenge. I also took the time to write out my April goals here and am really excited for what April will bring.

In the meantime, this next week is really about me getting some rest and enjoying some of those tasty delights I denied myself throughout my 90 day program. I am having crock pot mac-n-cheese tomorrow and fried chicken on Wednesday. Then I will get back to eating healthier in preperation for my next 30 day program. For this week I am doing the Cardio Recovery video as a daily workout. This video comes from my husband’s Insanity workout program. He is starting his second 30 day chunk of the 60 day program this week. I wish him the best of luck! I am certain he will rock it.

I hope everyone had a great monday!

-Ashley

Twitter: ashleysh22

Email: Coachashley@hotmail.com

A worldwide 5k event – run or walk 3.1 miles wherever you are

Have you ever wanted to try to run a 5k? I have done it once before and would love to do it again. So when I came across the “Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k” I got very excited.

Sara Rosso posted on her blog on March 29th:

We had a great idea: Get all 80 Automatticians from 62 cities to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart (though we won’t rule out a softball or Texas scramble at our next meetup).

We want to invite you to join us, WordPress.com users (and self-hosted WP users, too!), in the Worldwide WP 5k – the 5k blogged around the world! The date is approaching, so read on to find out how to participate.

What a brilliant idea!

The Plan:

Complete a 5k together as a team, even though we are all over the world.

The When:

Sunday April 10th: but can be completed anytime between Monday April 4th and Sunday April 10th.

The 5k:

A 5k is roughly equivelant to 3.1 miles or 12 laps around a standard sized track. You can run it, you can walk it, it really doesn’t matter which.

The Tools:

I don’t own a pedometer. If you live in the United States, here are two websites you can use to map out a route in your hometown – so you will know how far 3.1 miles is!

http://www.usatf.org/routes/

http://www.mapmyrun.com

The Finish:

After you complete your run/walk, blog about it! Use the tag “WWWP5k” so everyone will be able to find you. Might be a cool opportunity to make a video blog 🙂

Are you with me?!


Don’t forget to check out my selection for the April 2011 Pattern of the Month
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Half way through the month – a review of my February Resolutions

On January 31st, I made a list of things I hoped to accomplish February. Now that the month is half way over, I’d like to revisit that list and see how I am doing.

Crafts
  1. Complete the baby blanket started for donation back in November before Valentine’s day – NOT DONE YET-GASP
  2. Finish at least 1 of the two bridesmaid scarves by January 12th, in hopes my friend Jen can teach me how to block it – nope 😦
  3. Make my make-up roll! – STARTED! WOOHOO

Writing

  1. Write in this blog (cleverknots.wordpress.com) every single day – no exceptions – I missed 1 day, the day was just suddenly over and I didn’t even realize I had missed a day till a few days later.
  2. Submit 1 ezine article per a week – two submitted – 1 published, 1 in process
  3. Write a minimum of 6 articles a week on homemadefit.com as follows: 1 exercise, 2 woman’s heath, 2 nutrition, 1 lifestyle – 6 articles were successfully published each of the first two weeks of february, though not necessary in these categories – I will have to keep these in mind for the last two weeks.
  4. Write and publish 2 patterns this month: 1 scarf, 1 other – Make up roll and the Winter Diamond Scarf – both in progress
  5. Write and distribute a newsletter every other week to all of the people I coach on beachbody! (sign up is free – just click here ) CHECK! 🙂
Health
  1. Continue to follow the Turbo Fire workout schedule explicitly – working out 6 days a week – I didn’t quite hit 6 days the second week because I was sick :/ – only got 4 days
  2. Goal: graduate from light to medium resistance bands for use in Turbo FireI use the medium for some things
  3. Reduce amount of candy consumption to five days a week or less – check!
  4. Cook dinner from scratch a minimum of 4 days a week – nope 😦
  5. Continue to eat at least 3 servings of vegetables a dayabsolutely!