Studying the Sleeping Habits of Domino Napping

I got to go to this amazing party on Saturday, and even through the 8 course meal and all the wine and champagne, I still lost 1 lbs at my weigh in on Sunday.  I was pretty excited.  Of course the effect of that late night bash left me exhausted on Sunday.  I got home, put laundry in and made a grocery list for the store.  I wouldn’t let myself sit down, because I knew I wouldn’t get back up.  Sunday is my day to clean the house, get laundry done, make a casserole of some sort for the week’s lunches, cut up fruit and veggies for the week, and basically get all my ducks in a row (La Quinta).

I had picked up stuff to make quiches.  I haven’t done that before, so I thought it might make good lunches for the week.  Of course, when I got back from the store, I had a clear plan of action in my head.  I put the groceries away, switched the laundry to the dryer and then decided to take a break on the couch.  Oops.  That was the domino that has put in place an unprepared week.  I was watching my dvr and my eyes kept closing.  Decided to take a nap around 6:30, setting an alarm to 7:30.  Of course it was set for am, instead of pm.  Woke up around 8.  Not making the quiches tonight.  I’ll just make them Monday night.  I also was planning on changing up my workout routine.  I have signed up for one 10K, two 5K’s and a 40 mile bike ride in the Tour de Cure.  This is all happening over the next month.  Instead of going to spinning classes at the gym, it will be good for me to run outside and ride my bike as much as possible.

That was the plan last night.  Get up at 5:00-5:30 and go for a run from my house.  I ended up mindlessly snoozing until 6:30, deciding it was too late to go for a run, reset my alarm to 7:30 and actually got out of bed by 8:30.  Amazing how 1 nap just put everything out of whack.  This means I have to make up one of my workout days this week, and I needed to get my week’s lunches made tonight, as well as finish my weekly chores.

This is the schedule for the events that I am registered for:

  • May 20, 2012 – Lilac Festival 10 K – There is no fundraiser for this, but if you can help support me in the Tour de Cure, I am trying to raise $1, 000!!! 
  • May 31, 2012 – JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge – There is no fundraiser for this, but if you can help support me in the Tour de Cure, I am trying to raise $1, 000!!!
  • June 2, 2012 – Strong Stroll for Kids 5K and Stroll for Strong Kids Sponsor me Here!
  • June 10, 2012 – Tour de Cure – If you haven’t noticed, this is the big kahuna.   Hoping to raise lots of funds.  Please consider sponsoring me, and spreading the word.  Post to your FB page, on your blog, etc.  Anything you can do to help me raise funds, would greatly be appreciated!!!  Click here to sponsor me!! 

Time to get my butt in gear and get ready for these events.  I am going to go to total body tomorrow. My thought is I will run Wednesday, from home, go on a bike ride Thursday, total body on Friday, and run on Saturday.

Hopefully that will get me on track for this week, and help me to be ready for the 10K on the 20th.  I’m pretty excited for these challenges, so this should be a good month full of pushing myself to a new level.

The interesting thing about this one small nap, which has killed my preparation for the week, is that I am currently in a sleep study.  I go in tomorrow night to give my results of the sleep journal I have kept for the past two weeks.  I never take naps, and it is so obvious that this one really had a big impact on my life.  You wouldn’t think that it would be that big deal, but for someone with insomnia, it is a problem.  I got to try out a tempurpedic yesterday.  Boy do I want one of those!

For now, I made my quiches.  I planned on 2, but had enough for 3.  Ended up with one swiss, one feta and one cheddar.  Pretty yummy!

The best thing is that making them totally got me out of the bad mood I was in all day.  The headache I had is gone and I’m over the funk and frustration from losing time due to yesterday’s exhaustion.  Back at it!

Sweet Chaos Does Not Reign Supreme

I do. Late getting up, as I’m grabbing my stuff to walk out the door, I knock my coffee mug on the floor. 1/2 my (sweet, hot, yummy) coffee is now tempting Rainey to walk through it. I admit the defeat that I am not making it in time for total body hell this morning. I clean up the mess and get on my way.

Total Body by hot sweaty mess Courtney 1 hr 45 min 953 cal
10 min on treadmill
Arm weights
10 min on stair master
Leg reps
10 min on stepper
3 min on row machine on way out

A lady actually stopped me, and with a heavy accent said ” I see your shirt and I say that is a good workout! You did good.”

I love when random strangers take the time to say something nice like that. Here’s to a sweet, but not chaotic, Friday.

London Fog Comes to Rochester

One of the facilities guys at my office told me recently that the London fog was not actually fog. It came from the early years of the industrial revolution and the smog that resulted.

There was a great fog over Rochester this morning. Couldn’t even see downtown.

Spinning 58 min 536 cal
Abs redux challenge and stretching 35 min 161 cal
Total 1 hr 33 min 697 cal

Have a foggy, but not smoggy day.

I’m Not Supposed To Be Here

No this is not an existential crisis, although those can be a good time.  I love a good existential crisis, every now and then.  Reminds you of what is important.  Or not.  Ahhh, I slay me.

This is about waking up with no energy, sleeping 5 minutes too late, and ending up at my coffee pot to find that I brewed water.  Instead of being pissed and saying “screw it, I’m going to be late, so I’m not going”, I re-brewed my coffee and kept getting ready.  My new shoes won’t fit with my insoles, so I went to change back to my old sneaks.  Packaged up the new ones to return after work.

Then I drove to the gym.  Of course, when I got there, I realized that I had driven to the wrong one.  I was supposed to go to the Henrietta gym for spin class, not the Pittsford one, with no class.  Instead of caring, I just went in and worked out.

Treadmill 34 min 353 cal
Elliptical 30 min 283 cal
May abs challenge test and stretching 43 min 214 cal
Total 1 hr 47 min 850 cal

My friend was telling me Friday, that my words of wisdom have rubbed off on her.  Yep I have that kind of awesome, where I rub off on people (in a good way…)  She said that I mentioned in one of my blogs about showing up late to a class.  Last time I was into working out, if I was going to be late to a class, or late to the gym, I would just not go.  Why go if I won’t get the time in?  The whole time.  Now I have changed that attitude.  I would rather show up for some than nothing at all.  So I have a few times shown up to a spin class 10-15 minutes late.  Today, I showed up 10 minutes late and to the wrong gym.  As you can see by the above stats, it really didn’t stop me from getting in a great workout.  There is a reason that they say showing up is 1/2 the battle.  I say it is about 90%.  The other 10% is putting in 120% for the time that you are there 😉

Now I am looking for my next challenge.  My mom is coming up the last weekend of the Lilac Festival, for Mother’s Day.  I also found out that there is a 10K race that Sunday.  It is rare to find a 10K, as far as I know.  I also know that I can finish it, so I really want to register for it.  She said she was cool with me doing it, so I just want to find others to cheer with her, so she isn’t alone.  Beyond that, I need to get some serious bike rides in, to train for the Tour de Cure.  Nervous about that one!

So yes, when I got to the the gym this morning I realized “I’m not supposed to be here”, but I went in anyway and found out I belonged there just fine.  Making it work is the only way to make it work. 


Captain Obvious

So What’s Next?

When I was setting up the mapmyrun app on my phone, it had an option to set an auto post to facebook, and you can have a message post with it.  Well, what would I want to always post as the message?  I ended up with “What’s next?”  It’s just that feeling after you accomplish something.  You feel like you can accomplish anything.  You can conquer the world.  I ran a 5K this morning, and I felt like I could have gone again when I was done.

Last month, I organized and abs challenge on Weight Watchers.  Lots of people joined.  One person posted on my wall that they have never finished a challenge before, but they stuck to this one and it has totally given them confidence.  Isn’t that awesome?  Well, the challenge was so popular, and I don’t have the washboard abs just yet, so I am setting up another challenge for May.  Anyone stumbling on this post is welcome to join the fun!!

Here are the details, should you choose to accept this challenge:

1 Old school:
Starting Position – Lie on your back with an inflated balance board/disc underneath your lower to mid back (optional), your feet flat on the floor, legs together, and arms crossed in front of your chest. Engage your abs and push your lower back into the disc beneath you.
Action – EXHALE: Using the abdominals, “crunch” up by lifting your head, neck and tops of your shoulder blades away from the floor. INHALE: With control, slowly lower to the start position to complete one rep.
Special Instructions – Keep your shoulders relaxed and your neck tucked in toward your chest while crunching up to help reduce neck strain. Do not attempt this exercise on a wooden or hard-surface balance board.

Make it easier: Instead of crossing your arms at your chest, place your hands behind your head/neck for support.

2 Leg Raises:

Starting Position – Lie on the floor/mat on your back. Keep lower back in contact with the floor, feet and legs straight and together. Place hands to sides or under lower back for support.

Action – Keeping legs straight and together, back flat, lift legs upward until they are straight above hips. Lower down to starting position slowly and with control (but do not allow feet to touch the ground between reps) to complete one rep.

Special Instructions – Make sure back stays flat on floor and abs are tight (pull navel in towards spine).

3 Bicycle Crunches:

Starting Position – Begin by lying on your back, placing your hands behind your ears. Do not put your hands clasped behind your head. Lift your legs in the air and bend your knees so that your legs form a 90 degree angle.

Action – Move your legs in a bicycle motion. When your left knee is closer to your body, reach your right elbow to it. When your right knee is closer to your body, reach your left elbow to it. Try performing the exercise for 60 seconds in 2 sets.

Special Instructions – None.

4 Banana:

Starting Position – Lie on floor with legs together, arms extended overhead, belly button pulled in toward spine.

Action – Keeping head between arms, slowly raise upper body and legs off floor to form a gentle bananalike curve. Hold for a slow 30 counts.

Special Instructions – Don’t hold your breath! Try to keep breathing steady and even. Concentrate on holding abs in.

5 Abs Roll out with Wheel:

(alternative if no roller –  use towel or sliders)

Starting Position – Kneel on a mat with your knees hip-width apart, hands grasping the ab wheel handles, arms directly beneath your shoulders. Keep your back flat and your abs engaged (belly button pulled up and in away from the floor).

Action – INHALE: Roll the wheel straight in front of you as you lower your hips toward the ground so that your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. EXHALE: Using your abdominals, slowly roll the wheel back in until you reach the starting position to complete one rep.

Special Instructions – Keep your arms straight and your shoulders away from your ears at all times. Only roll as far forward as you can while still maintaining good form. Do not allow the hips to drop toward the floor or the lower back to arch.

6. Back Extension:

Starting Position – Lie facedown, legs together and extended straight, arms bent with hands behind neck, head and neck in a neutral position.

Action – EXHALE: Lift the upper body (chest, shoulders) off of the ground, “crunching” towards the hips. Hold for 1-2 counts at highest position. INHALE: Slowly lower with control to start to complete one rep.

Special Instructions – This is a very small movement– don’t move further than you can naturally and easily. Keep legs squeezed together, hips on floor. There should be no movement from your hips to your toes.

Note – This is not a direct abs exercise, but it will help strengthen your core!

7 Kayaks with Medicine Ball:

Starting Position – Hold a medicine ball (or dumbbell) and sit on the floor with shoulders relaxed, arms extended, legs hip-width apart, heels on the floor, knees bent and back straight. Pull your abs in tight, and with a straight back, lean back from the hips until you feel your abs engage. Hold that position and lift both feet off the floor (pictured).

Action – INHALE: Keeping feet off the floor, abs engaged, and arms extended, twist from the waist to the left side. EXHALE: Twist back to the center (starting position). INHALE: Twist to the right side. EXHALE: Return to the starting position to complete one rep.

Special Instructions – Keep your abs pulled in, shoulders relaxed, and feet off the floor. Focus on twisting from the waist, allowing your upper torso and arms to turn with you. Keep the lower body as still as possible. Keep your back long and flat at all times.

Make it easier: Don’t lean back as far. Use a lighter weight or no weight. Hold the weight closer to your torso.

Make it harder: Lean back and/or twist farther.

8 Advanced Wood Chop:

Starting Position – Hold a medicine ball and stand tall with your legs straight, feet hip-width apart, hips centered and abs engaged. Keeping your lower body planted and torso square, extend your arms overhead and toward the right side of your head (pictured).

Action – EXHALE: Without twisting from the waist or moving your hips or feet, slice the medicine down on a diagonal toward your opposite (left) hip. INHALE: Without twist or bending, return your arms back up to the starting position to complete one rep. Repeat on this side and then switch sides to complete first set.

Special Instructions – You should master the Classic Wood Chop exercise before trying this version, which requires greater core strength and stabilization. The idea behind this exercise is to keep your body, torso and core strong and stable as you swing your arms across the diagonal. Don’t let your body twist, bend or pivot while the arms move. Keep the arms as straight as possible and your shoulders relaxed at all times.

9 Airplane:

Starting Position – Stand with feet together, arms at sides, and gaze at a spot on the ground about 5 feet ahead for balance.

Action – Lift left foot back, bending forward until left leg and chest are parallel to ground. Extend arms out as shown. Hold for 3 counts. Repeat for all repetitions and switch sides.

Special Instructions – Be sure to keep a flat back (parallel to floor) and concentrate on keeping abs tight.

10 Dumbbell Side Bends:

Starting Position – Stand with feet shoulder width apart, holding dumbbells. Knees should be slightly bent.

Action – EXHALE: Bend trunk to the left to a comfortable position and hold for 2-3 seconds.  INHALE: Return to starting position and repeat to right side.

Special Instructions – Don’t let your weight take you forward or backwards

11 Clamshell Crunch with Ball:

Starting Position – Sit on a mat and place a stability ball between your legs (at your calves/ankles). Squeezing the ball in place, lie back onto the floor, keeping your feet just off the ground, knees bent. Make sure your lower back stays planted and your abs are tight. Place your hands lightly behind your ears in a crunch position.

Action – EXHALE: Simultaneously lift your shoulders off the ground and your knees into your chest to perform a double crunch. INHALE: Slowly return to start to complete one rep.

Special Instructions – Don’t let momentum swing your knees up for you. Be sure your hands are not lifting your upper body– concentrate on using abs.

12 Back Extension with Ball:

Starting Position – Begin very close to a wall, facing away from it. Pull the ball into your legs as close to your body as possible. Keep your toes firmly on the ground and the soles of your feet flat on the wall behind you. Straighten legs so that weight is evenly distributed between your feet (at the wall) and the ball. Adjust the ball if necessary so that it is under your hips. Place your hands behind your ears or across your chest.

Action – EXHALE: Extend from your hips- Bringing your torso upward toward the wall as high as possible. Hold for 1-3 counts. INHALE: Slowly return to starting position to complete one rep.

Special Instructions – Make sure your feet are flat on the wall and that your weight is pressed into them for stability.

13 Kneeling Rollout with Ball:

Starting Position – Kneel in front of the ball. Place your hands atop the Swiss ball and bring your feet off the ground. Bring your navel in toward your spine. Walk your hands out on the ball, moving both the ball and your arms away from your body. Once you feel your abdominal muscles working, you are in the starting position.

Action – Your hands should stay stationary on the ball. Pivot from your knees, bringing your torso and hips forward as the ball rolls away from your knees. Keep moving until your chest drops down, keeping your chest as upright as possible, without hyper extending your lower back. Keep your spine in a neutral position. Hold the furthest position comfortably for a couple seconds and roll back to starting position. Try doing 2 sets with 10-12 repetitions.

Special Instructions – If you feel any strain in your lower back, return to the starting position and check your form. If you continue to feel any strain, stop the exercise.

14 Jackknife with Ball:

Starting Position – Start behind the Swiss ball, place your midsection on the ball and roll forward until your hands reach the floor. Walk out with your hands until the ball is underneath your ankles. Have your hands just outside of shoulder width.

Action – Hold the push-up position and retain a strong core. EXHALE: Bend at the knees and pull the ball up towards your torso, bringing your knees to your chest. Keep the movement smooth and don’t drop your hips or raise your lower back. INHALE: Extend your legs back to the starting position. Try doing 2 sets with 10-12 repetitions.

Special Instructions – Keep your spine in a neutral position.

15 Plank:

Starting Position – Begin this exercise by lying on your stomach with your forearms on the floor pointing straight forward, your feet together and your spine in a neutral position. Your feet should be touching or no more than an inch apart.

Action – Lift your body up on your forearms and toes, keeping your body as straight as possible. Maintain this position for as long as possible and challenge yourself to longer periods in the plank position. Try to hold the position for 60 seconds in the beginning, working your way up in 30 second jumps until you can hold the position for 3 minutes or longer.

Special Instructions – Don’t let your hips/knees drop, your butt raise, or shift weight to one forearm.


The rules of the challenge are that you can do up to 50 reps of each exercise in a day.  If you do 50 of all 15, you get 750 points.  If you do that 7 days straight, you might not be able to bend over, but you will have 5,250 points.  In the WW community, we are split into Red and Blue teams.  My bloggers can be a Purple team.  Post in the comments if you do the challenge and let me know how it goes!!!