The “Guest Room” Workout

26 09 2009

Good morning and happy Saturday!

I hope that you all had a fabulous Friday yesterday!  Mine was full of fun with my niece and family.  Originally the plan was that I would be Friday’s daycare, but as it turned out I got the whole family instead so that was a BONUS for sure!  We ended up taking a trip to the Toledo Zoo and had a really fun time.

There wasn’t any ‘organized’ exercise on Thursday and Friday to speak of but I was exhausted at the end of each day — I definitely got activity but in a ‘running around’ sort of way.

I tried to make up for it a bit this morning by doing some strength work AND a run.  I present to you the Guest Room Workout for today’s FitFeature (or “Shhhh, Everyone’s Still Sleeping”):  

I woke up this morning at 4:48 AM (yes, very early.  I SO wish I could sleep in!)  I had my usual coffee and it was too dark out to head out for a run.  I realized that I hadn’t done any strength work since last Sunday while on the road in the RV so I decided to see if I could very quietly get a workout in while waiting for the rest of the household to wake up. 

I had packed my exercise tubes to bring along with me, as they are lightweight and take up no room at all in my suitcase and knew they wouldn’t make any noise.

  • Warmup with BW Squats and arm circles
  • 20 Modified Pushups
  • 15 Stationary Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Modified Pushups
  • 15 Stationary Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Modified Pushups
  • 15 Stationary Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Tubing Single Arm Rows (per arm)
  • 20 Glute Raises (per leg)
  • 20 Tubing Single Arm Rows (per arm)
  • 20 Glute Raises (per leg)
  • 20 Tubing Single Arm Rows (per arm)
  • 20 Glute Raises (per leg)
  • 20 Overhead Shoulder Presses w/ Tubing
  • 12 Side Laterals w/ Tubing
  • 20 Overhead Shoulder Presses w/ Tubing
  • 12 Side Laterals w/ Tubing
  • 20 Crunches
  • 20 Overhead Shoulder Presses w/ Tubing
  • 12 Side Laterals w/ Tubing
  • 20 Crunches

While this wasn’t a heavy strength workout by any means, I did get my heartrate up fairly high by performing it as a circuit without rest.  I went with higher reps to aim for some semblance of muscular fatigue without having the heavier weights I usually use.  Had I been outside, I would have liked to include some step-ups or explosive lunges to really work my legs but because I didn’t want to wake the 2 year old sleeping in the next room, this was what I went with.  It’s definitely better than NOT doing anything, and it will hold my muscles over until I get home next week and can get back to working them harder as I usually do. 

The moral here is that if you WANT to workout when you travel but don’t have access to a gym or equipment, there’s always something you can do to improvise a program to stay fit.  This can also be said for someone who would prefer not to work out in a gym setting and wants to get started at home without a lot of expense.  

So there you have it:  my Guest Room Workout.  🙂

After it finally got light outside, I then went out to jog around this great small town on foot.   It was a very enjoyable 3.5 miles and I feel ready to tackle the day!  It will be another busy one, as we are headed off to a big family gathering.


Because I am staying at my brother’s house today, my internet connection via my cell is extremely slow.  In the interest of maintaining my sanity and not teaching my niece a few choice 4-letter words, I’m going to recap without photos for this post. 

Recap of Thursday eats:

  • At wakeup: Coffee
  • Breakfast: Oats sprinkled with raisins, splash of almond milk and agave drizzle
  • Lunch:  Can of black beans, drained, and mixed with cumin, chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, red pepper and nutritional yeast.  Microwaved until hot and served with a side of plain Sun Chips.  A few more pieces of saltwater taffy for dessert.
  • Afternoon snack:  munched on baby carrots
  • Late Dinner:  Green smoothie (8 oz water, 1/2 cucumber, 1/3 apple, 2 stalks celery, baby carrots).  I was still hungry after so I had a small piece of Ezekial toast with some almond butter, then a sliver of cheese bread that my brother was eating

Recap of Friday eats:

  • At wakeup:  coffee
  • Breakfast:  2 Omega-3 eggs scrambled with sundried tomatoes and a piece of Ezekial toast
  • Mid-morning snack:  1/2 of a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar
  • At the Zoo:  Popcorn!!
  • Very Late Lunch Post-Zoo:  Olive Garden salad with a portion of Cappellini Pomodoro (I have a lot left over!)
  • Dinner:  A usual Shari HUGE salad (HB egg, mixed greens, pepitas, dulse, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, nutritional yeast).  I also ate a few bites of my sister-in-law’s bean burrito from the Mexican take-out food the rest of the family was having.  I looked over the menu and just decided my own salad sounded better to me.  Plus I still have SO much food to try to use up before I head home to Colorado on Monday. 

Well fit friends, I’m off to see some of my extended family at my aunt and uncle’s 40th Anniversary Party so I have to scoot for now.  I’ll be back at my mom’s house for Sunday and Monday so I’ll be able to post again with pictures!  A big thanks again to all of you for following along with my ‘vacation’  — I know my posts haven’t been as involved or informative as they usually are while as I faced the challenge of tracking down internet along the way.  But I have to say that I have looked forward to writing for you guys while I’m here and knowing that you all have a hand at keeping me on track with my fit lifestyle this time around!  It’s made it even more fun!

— Shari B. =)




One response

6 10 2009

Hey, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, anyway cool blog, I bookmarked you. 🙂 🙂

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