Fighting that cardio boredom…

Hey there!

I started off my morning yesterday with a little 5:30 am workout, per usual.  I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the mood to “get after it” like I usually am but hey, I figured I’m there, might as well make the most of it right?  My hamstring is STILL giving me issues, so I decided to take it easy on the cardio.  I started off with 10 min on the bike, 10 min on the elliptical, then my boredom got the best of me, so I decided to do a quick 10 min Tabata workout to switch things up, before I finished with 10 more minutes on the elliptical.  On it’s own, this Tabata workout only adds up to 10 minutes, but paired with extra cardio and a workout like the 24 x 24 Leg Burners, it’s a quick and easy way to break a sweat and avoid the boredom.

Timely Tabata

Plank Spider Squat

Start in straight arm plank position.  Bring your right foot up next to your right arm, come back to starting positions.  Repeat on left, come back to starting position.  Then, jump both feet to squat position, keeping hands on the ground.  Return to starting position and repeat continuously until the time is up.

 DSC01040DSC01039 DSC01040 DSC01041 DSC01042 DSC01043 DSC01044

 P.S. I got these adorable monogram Nike running shorts as a bridesmaid gift last weekend.  Note to brides out there: LOVE this idea! It’s not another tote to add to the collection, and obviously something I will wear time and time again. 🙂  Thanks Kelly!

DSC01045

One of my latest obsessions is protein pancakes.  I’ve tried a million and one recipes out there and, I have to say, most are pretty darn good!  This recipe is a combination of some of the recipes I’ve tried.  I just opened up my pantry and decided to give it a go. If you haven’t gathered this by now, I’m a sucker for anything and everything low carb, and I think these fit into that category so I have a little extra love for them. 🙂

Protein Pancakes

 If you make a smiley face with the syrup, it tastes better. 🙂

Protein Pancakes

Mix together the following ingredients:

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

2 tbsp oats

1 tbsp almond flour

1 tsp (or more) cinnamon

1 tsp (or more) stevia

1/8 tsp baking powder

Optional add-ins- chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, etc.

Makes one large pancake.  I usually top it with a little peanut butter and sugar free syrup.

24 x 24 Leg Burners

If you are ever in the mood to give your workout that little extra “oomph”, try adding these 24 x 24 Leg Burners at the end!  It’s a quick and dirty way to give you legs a little extra attention and can get you one step closer to those Carrie Underwood legs I know we are all dying for (or any SYTYCD fans out there…Um hello, Cat Deely?!).  I add these in after a cardio session, or as part of my circuit training.  Alone it might not seem like much, but if you do them at the end of a workout, without any breaks in between (that’s the key!) then you should feel the burn…don’t worry, you can thank me later. 🙂

24 x 24 Leg Burners