Whole30, Day 24

January 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Today I couldn’t walk Mack to school because I had to be in north Tampa at 7:45 a.m., so I dropped him off at school and headed straight across the Howard Frankland Bridge. I got to see the sun rise over Tampa.

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I packed my breakfast and ate it in the car on the 40 minute drive.

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If you saw my last post then you know why I was heading to Tampa…

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a trampoLEAN fitness class at Airheads Trampoline Arena! It was a really tough workout, but I had so much fun doing it with some of my Tampa Bay Blogger friends.

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Be sure to check out the whole post about Airheads for a chance to win a pair of free passes to either a fitness class or a general bounce session!

We did lots of running (which sort of involved hurdles over the green borders between the trampolines) and my hip didn’t hurt despite running two miles the night before! I did notice that when we did one-leg exercises that my strength on my right side is much less than on my left. I need to go back to my PT exercises like hip dips on that side.

After all the bouncing I headed back to St. Pete and ran by Publix on my way home. I needed some things for my crockpot dinner. Can you believe that in this whole selection of chili pastes and chili sauces…

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every single one had sugar in the ingredient list? Oh well, no chili sauce or chili paste in my crockpot Mongolian beef. I just used some dried chili flakes instead.

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I used this paleo Mongolian beef recipe as a starting point, but then modified it to be Whole30 compliant (no molasses or honey). I got all that going in the crockpot…

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then made my lunch.

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The afternoon was spent cleaning bathrooms (joy), doing laundry, picking up Mack from school and Cal from the bus stop, and driving Cal to karate.

Dinner turned out great! I served the Mongolian beef to the boys on brown rice…

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and for myself I made some “cauliflower rice”, basically using the method found here.

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It doesn’t taste like rice (duh) but it’s pretty tasty. The boys loved the Mongolian beef and luckily we have enough leftovers for another dinner.

Chad had to work late so we didn’t get to go on the family evening walk. After the boys went to bed he and I watched the latest episode of The Following. I like the show, but you definitely have to suspend your disbelief. I don’t think anybody could really exert such mind control over so many people. Kind of like Hannibal Lechter.

That’s all I have for day 24. I feel like the end of my Whole30 is so close! I’m sure I’ll write more about my post-Whole30 plans later, but basically I am very encouraged with the lack of hip pain I have been having despite running. To that end I do plan to keep up this basic way of eating at least until after the Sarasota Half Marathon. Of course there will be exceptions, like a big girls’ weekend that I have coming up (alcohol!). I also don’t plan to be so cautious when eating out and sweating every single little detail.

Cya!

Getting trampoLEAN with AIRobics at Airheads

January 31, 2013 at 6:02 am

Thanks to my friend Jess of Cuban Running Crisis, I had the opportunity to try out a trampoline fitness class at Airheads Trampoline Arena in Tampa today.

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I tried a trampoline fitness class at Fitbloggin’ and even though that was on small, individual trampolines, I knew that this class was going to be no joke.

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Airheads has some awesome logo designers!

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The facility is obviously geared towards kids and has a large game area and concessions.

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Speaking of concessions, they had a nice continental breakfast laid out for us upon our arrival.

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I met up with a few of my blogger friends…

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and we couldn’t wait to start bouncing.

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We were there to sweat and this was our torture chamber:

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We started off with just some basic jumping, getting used to the trampolines.

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It seems like the trampoline would do some of the work for you, but it only takes about thirty seconds of bouncing before you feel your heart rate climbing.

We did lunges…

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mountain climbers…

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high knees bouncing…

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skiing…

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jumping jacks…

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all the while doing lots and lots of bouncing.

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See Heather way in the background there?

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I think she was having fun.

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It was a really tough workout, but so fun.

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We took a couple of breaks to catch our breath and the nice folks at Airheads offered us chilled towels!

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Here’s Jenny with our awesome instructors, Kim and Frankie:

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Back to work with high knees running in place…

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jumping on one leg (then the other)…

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flutter kicks…

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Did I mention that all of this was being recorded by Gayle Guyardo of NewsChannel8?

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planks with pushups and turns…

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It was definitely a good workout.

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squats…

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burpees…

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and lots and lots of jumping.

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Running!

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Balancing…

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arms and shoulders…

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more planks!

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More running!

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Finally we’re done and we stretch.

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The workout was really challenging and really fun.

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I think we all had a blast.

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Thank you to Rich Heruska, one of the founders of Airheads, for having the Tampa Bay Bloggers over to bounce today!

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Rich was a really nice guy.

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He gave us a bunch of free passes to Airheads to give to our readers! So I have two pairs to give away…

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I’m going to pick two winners, one pair of tickets for each winner.

These passes can be redeemed for a whole session of open jumping or for a fitness class. One for you and a friend! I promise you this will be a fun workout and you’ll burn tons of calories. My friend Jenny’s heart rate monitor said she burned 600 calories!

You can use the passes at any of the Airheads locations:

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They also have an option to have a child bounce in a partitioned area while you do a fitness class! So you could use one ticket for you and one ticket for your child. Just leave a comment indicating that you are interested in bouncing and sweating, and I’ll have Mack draw a name out of a bowl on Sunday, February 3rd. If I remember.

[Update: This contest is now closed and the winners have been notified. Congratulations Kim and Christina!]

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p.s. The first trampoline fitness class at Airheads is always FREE! So go check out a free class, then use the passes you win for two more free classes…or one more for you and a friend!