Monday, August 16, 2010

Boot Camp, tabata and brunch LOVE

HAPPY MONDAY! Hope your weekend rocked! Mine was good, I tried to be as productive as possible! A little work, a little play, a little eating out, a little self discovery, some interval training... all good things.

Have you heard of the Tabata method? It's an interval training method created by Dr. Izumi Tabata of Japan who is the head coach of the Japanese speed skating team. The method is 20 seconds of high intensity work and 10 seconds of rest totalling 8 sets or 4 minutes.
You can do a 5 min warm up and a set of "sprints" or full body exercises with body weight. Then cool down. That's what my hard core boot camp girls did yesterday morning! 8 sets of each:

Jump Rope 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest X8
Squat Jumps 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest X8
Push ups 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest X8

 Body weight only and at your max intensity! 

Here are a few video's of the Tabata Method:





I don't lord over my girls with a whip and a whistle, so I did most of the intervals with them! Whew--hello heart rate! After boot camp, I met the Minneapolis healthy lifestyle bloggers for brunch at Common Roots Cafe!

Me, Cindy, Alexa, Jen and Meghan




I indulged in the Lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar! They were amazing! Meghan had some too!







I confess: aside from a few bites passed around the table, I ate all of them! The real confession is that things like downing a huge plate of pancakes happen more often than I would like. And those 6 berries on top, don't really cut it for a serving of fruit. I don't like restricting myself with food, but I have noticed more and more and MORE that I opt for sugary, starchy foods over fruit & veggies.


When I could be eating a hard boiled egg and some melon for breakfast, I reach for the scone. When I could have oatmeal with berries, I get a muffin, on and ON. Muffins, croissants (filled with chocolate-yep), bars, scones, turnovers...you name it, I have it for breakfast. Not just every now and again, not just as a treat, It has become....


A HABIT.


It's simply about healthier choices. I need to make healthier food choices, I need to eat more colorful, I need to count my servings of fruits and veggies, I need to leave the sugary breakfast treats for special occasions! I know I will feel better and have more energy. This is my GOAL this week: To be accountable and blog about my better breakfast & healthier food choices!


Do you crave sugar in the morning? What is your breakfast of choice? My track record shows me I function better and feel better with high protein in the morning--eggs, yogurt etc!
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