Death by Circuit Training

My brain hurts sometimes after I train with Jeanne!

The one thing I love the most about training with Jeanne is that I never know what to expect – she varies my workouts so much that I really wonder where she has the time to create such detailed and awesome training routines! I also sincerely appreciate that she really listens to what I tell her. I mentioned needing to be pushed more and she has certainly done that – but she also has ramped up her motivational dialog towards me while I’m doing these routines. With more intense workouts comes the potential to just let myself slip from “I can do this, push, push” in my head to “this is too tough, I can’t finish, I want to stop” which literally shuts your muscles down. Just more and more reasons I am so appreciative of Jeanne’s dedication and handwork for me and more reasons for me to continue to know I need this training.

Normally Tuesdays are my speed or hill day but since my hip was feeling a little tweaked from last week we decided today would be a strength-training day.

First – before I tell you what workout I did – Jeanne prefaced my workout with telling me that 3 people had already thrown up from this routine – followed by a big smile from her and a grimace from me!

The circuit:


1 minute of star jumps (killer)

1 minute of pushups

1 minute of burpees

1 minute of jumping jacks

1 minute of football sit-ups (you have to touch your stomach, knees and feet on the way up and on the way down)

1 minute of crunches

1 minute of supermans (lay on your stomach with arms and legs stretched out lifting up)

1 minute of jumping rope

1 minute of luges (jumping from side to side over a line on the road)

and I DID 3 ROUNDS of THIS!!!

This was KILLER! BUT it was an excellent workout. I did feel a little queasy on the walk to the car but I am pretty good at talking myself OUT of throwing up. I just sipped on my water, ate my banana and drove home.

I am proud to say that my long runs are inching up to 8 miles (that will be this weeks LSR distance) and I am feeling great. I definitely need to get some new music on my iPod and luckily the ladies at had added lots of awesome playlists to their website – broken down by distances and genre’s! Music seems to make a world of difference – the right tune can lift my spirits and make my heavy legs seem light again.

In other news…

Life is slowly getting back to normal now that my husband is home. There is no denying that there is an adjustment period you go through when someone has been gone for the better portion of a year and then is back home again. Nola is completely adjusted and sometimes chooses for her daddy to do things for her that I would normally do. She was a daddy’s girl before Shane left so it doesn’t surprise me that they are thick-as-thieves once again! It warms my heart to see them on the coach reading a board book or playing on the living room floor…it is also just SO nice to not be the only person responsible for all the discipline, diapering, feeding and bathing!

Nutritional Tidbits:

Here are a few pictures of the things we have been eating lately.

Lunch! Chili Lime Shrimp, thick slice of Deli Ham, unsalted almonds, 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce w/ cinnamon and a whole farm fresh tomato slice for lunch followed by a Banana and a Zone Mint Chocolate Bar!

Dinner: Ground Bison spaghetti sauce over oven roasted farm fresh green beans!

Lunch: Tilapia Fillets cooked in macadamia oil & garlic served with a beet and apple salad! The beets & apples are from the Japanese Farmers Market!

Dinner: Curry chicken w/ cabbage - Shane loved this - it was suppose to be cooked with Spinach but I was out!

Upcoming races:

This weekend there is a Functional Fitness 3.5K on Camp Schwab. I am hoping to run this race really hard as it is only about a two-mile distance broken up with Functional Fitness stations. I will assume that these stations will be harder than the last race only because the running distance is abbreviated. Shane and I will run this together!

May 22nd – there will be a 10K on Futenma Marine Corps base – this will be my 3rd 10K and Shane will be pushing Nola (her 2nd)! Wahoo!

Current weight = 130.4

Once I started the Paleo transition I dropped about 3 pounds in the first few days and now a little over two weeks in – I am maintaining this current weight – so think it’s safe to say that I have finally found a good balance.

Taking it a little easy for the rest of the week. Gotta make sure to rest my tweaked hip and its midterm week at college – just printed out my 14 page midterm for my Military Psychology class… fun, fun! ;o)


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Momma
    May 03, 2011 @ 20:37:39

    I am so happy to hear about how well things are going with Shane home and that him and Nola are such good buddies.
    I am also happy to hear how well you are doing with your health regime. I would like to recommend mantra motivation, sorta like the story ‘The Little Engine That Could’, only instead of him saying “I think I can, I think I can”, it should have been more like “I know I can, I know I can.” You could always choose a short sentence that particulary motivate you, mabye something like………”Ain’t nothin gonna break my stride, I got to keep on movin” or “I’m walking on sunshine, whoa oh, and don’t it feel good” or something as simple as “I embrace this kind of life”. Just make sure it doesn’t have any negative in it, like……..”I am not weak”, instead “I am strong”. Then you repeat you chosen Mantra over and over and over. It is supposed to really be very helpful. I don’t know that you need a mantra but I just thought that maybe you would be interested in a Mantra.
    Keep up the good work, or should I say Keep up the good life 🙂
    Love you,


    • There She Goes
      May 03, 2011 @ 20:41:50

      I can always use great ideas for mantra’s and these are awesome! I agree, you can’t let any negative words in there or they will take over the moment you feel a little weak!
      Things are going great for Shane and Nola. Tonight she was crying from teething more molars and I went to comfort her and she cried more – pushed off of me and went to the bedroom to get Shane – he’s rocking her back to sleep now! I know it makes him feel really good too!


  2. Angie
    May 03, 2011 @ 20:43:35

    The outline of that workout makes me sick 🙂
    Seriously, I love having something different to do everyday, and when I read about these workouts it makes me want to move back and join you!

    I’m still waiting for my Paleo book to arrive … do you have the Everyday Paleo or other additions?

    So glad Shane is back and the transition is going well. Life seems so much easier, sweeter and better when they’re back.


    • There She Goes
      May 04, 2011 @ 06:12:18

      I am using the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf for the recipes right now (he has a 30 day week by week, day by day, meal plan and shopping lists). I have the Everyday Paleo on order and I am also using the Paleo Diet Cookbook by Loren Cordain (when I want something different – the chili lime shrimp came from this book).

      I’m so excited for you to try this Angie!


  3. Aimee
    May 03, 2011 @ 21:07:32

    Was there a rest period between exercises or in between rounds? This looks like an awesome workout!!! I am going to see if Chad would be game for this one! It’s nice to have a HIIT to break things up plus they are great training. Sounds like you could kick my ass !!!


    • There She Goes
      May 04, 2011 @ 06:15:17

      AIMEE!!!! It was sooo tough and I am so sore today! Shane was all, “do you want a massage?” and I was all, “no, I’m too sore for a massage!”

      There was no break unless I needed to take one. If I needed to rest (I did in round 3 on the start jumps) she gave me a 5 second count and then I went back into it to finish the minute. I had a bottle of water near by and I would tell her if I needed it and as I transitioned from one workout to the next Jeanne would hand me my water. but other than that – no rest until I finished. It seriously messes with your brain though to switch directions and workouts so quickly – it’s mentally and physically tough.


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