Football & Friday Night Workout

My weekend started early, Primetime style. 🙂  The Rams were playing the 49ers during Thursday Night Football and this game would mark my first real Sunday tailgating experience in St. Louis.  Oh how different my game days have become.  Instead of going carb-less for a week and getting up at the crack of dawn smelling like spray tan, I can now show up 2 hours before the game, eat my face off and even wear (gasp!) a hat if I wanted to.  Let’s be honest, the hat part probably won’t happen unless it’s raining.  I can’t go a day without a good hair tease.  Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader.

Apparently the tailgate food was actually relatively healthy, compared to most game days.  We had two kinds of shrimp, one bacon wrapped and made by my mom (yum!), bratwurst, rice, Chinese ramen salad and my personal favorite, indoor s’mores (also made by my mom, her stuff is always a hit).  I chose to limit myself to the bacon wrapped shrimp, Chinese ramen salad and indoor s’mores, along with some of the random pretzel mixes and dips that are inevitable. Recipes for the ramen salad and indoor s’mores are at the end of the post!

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The game itself was fun, until the Rams lost.  It just wasn’t our day. 🙁  I still enjoyed watching the cheerleaders every move though, surprise, surprise.

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The players’ tunnel was always my favorite part of the game.  Nothing beats running out of the tunnel with the lights out and pyrotechnics going off behind you.  I may or may not have cried as I watched the cheerleaders run out on Thursday night because I know the exhilaration and excitement they are feeling in that moment and it’s something you never forget.  It’s fine, I’ll get over it.  One day…

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I will say, it was fun sitting in the stands with my parents and Matt and actually being able to enjoy a game with them instead of waving at them from afar!

Needless to say, Friday was a rough one.  When you are used to going to bed like a grandma around 9:00 every night, midnight makes it a little hard to function the next day.  Matt and I reaallllyy were not in the mood to workout after work.  It was very tempting to park our butts on the couch and call it a night, but we forced ourselves to suck it up and go to the gym like we planned.  My workout wasn’t super high intensity but it was upper body focused and my arms were shaking by the end, so I think I did my job.  In the end, we were glad we went.  After all, it certainly didn’t kill us. 🙂  The workout alone takes 20 minutes and you don’t need any equipment, so it’s easily done at home.  If you don’t have access to a cardio machine, you can warm up with 5-10 minutes of jumping jacks, high knees, stairs, etc.

Upper Body Tabata Workout

(Shout out to Heather for the Side Plank Toe Touch move!  Thanks for the inspiration, it’s a good one!) 🙂

Exercise Links/Demonstrations for those that may not be familiar:

V-Ups

Plank Push-Ups

Plank Jumping Jacks

Side Plank Toe Touch

Start in side plank position with your top arm straight up.  Keeping your hips up, bring your top foot forward and hand down to touch your toe.  Repeat.

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Oh hey there, Big Foot.

Mountain Climbers

Plank Reaches

Start in plank position.  Keep your hips straight and touch each hand out in front of you, repeating until time is up.

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Tri-cep Push-Ups

Just like a normal push-up, but start with your hands closer to your body, right next to your shoulders.  When you lower your body, make sure your elbows point directly back.  Disclaimer: I did these on my knees during the workout, I barely made it through the one in the demo picture. 🙂

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Reverse Crunches

Walking Push-Ups

Start standing up, bend over at the waist, place your hands on the ground and walk them forward until you are in straight arm push-up position.  Do a push-up, then walk your hands back towards your body until you are back in standing position, keeping your legs only slightly bent when walking out/back.  That is 1 rep.

Superman Planks

Lower Russian Twists

Start on your back with legs at a 90 degree angle, arms out by your sides.  Bring your knees to one side, only going as far as you can while keeping the opposite shoulder blade and back touching the floor.  Return to starting position and repeat.

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Chinese Ramen Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. shredded green cabbage
  • 1 bunch chopped green onion (or less, depending on your taste)
  • 2 pkg. Ramen noodles (Oriental flavor)
  • 3/4-1 c slivered almonds
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/3 c rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Stevia
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp margarine

Directions:

Melt butter in a small skillet and toss almonds until toasted.  Break up Ramen noodles and combine with cabbage, almonds and green onion.  Mix oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper together.  Pour mixture over dry ingredients and toss until fully coated.  Serve and enjoy!

Indoor S’mores

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(File this one under a Cheat Day!)

Ingredients:

  • 8 c Golden Grahams cereal
  • 5 c mini marshmallows, plus 1 extra cup
  • 1 1/2 c chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c light corn syrup
  • 5 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

In a large bowl, measure cereal.  Butter/spray a 13×9 inch pan.  In a large microwavable bowl, microwave 5 cups of marshmallows, chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter/margarine for about 2-3min, stirring every minute, until melted.  Stir in vanilla.

Pour the mixture over cereal and toss until completely coated.  Stir in the 1 extra cup of marshmallows.

Press mixture in the pan.  Let stand uncovered for at least 1 hour, or refrigerate for a firmer bar. Cut and enjoy!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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Comments

  1. Love this workout, and yes, side plank toe touches are great! The indoor s’mores sound delicious!

  2. Yes…you cried…I was a witness:) Not gonna lie…it was sad for me too not to see you on the field, but I can’t complain when you’re sitting right next to me:) And… our tailgate is healthy because of my 5 year influence:) And…I’m not a grandma and I go to bed at 9! And… not sure I can do the side plank toe touches…but I’ll certainly try. Thanks for all the workouts. Although I have to modify some of them because I’m no longer 28 years old, they have helped me mix up my routine. LOVE your blog…and NOT just because I’m your mom:)

  3. Like mother, like daughter! 🙂 Thanks for all of your support!!!

  4. Its SO cool you were a cheerleader – that must have been such an amazing experience!! however, as much as you must miss it, it cant hurt to have all those delicious tailgate foods now! 🙂 everything looks soo good! that workout looks great too! and i go to bed at 9 all the time too- no shame 🙂

  5. For indoor s’mores I substituted honey for the corn syrup and cut out some of the butter (1-2tbsp) and they still turned out delicious. Made those a couple times now and they are awesome!

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