That Time I Fell Into a Canyon

Thinking-Out-Loud

with Amanda today!

1) Guess what! I wasn’t sore yesterday! After the hardest hike of my life, I was fully expecting to wake up not being able to move my body, but I felt fresh and fine. I was confused. The hike felt so hard and painful, but I guess it was mostly the altitude? Or maybe I recovered so quickly because I ate very well after the hike? Whatever it was, I’m just happy I was not completely debilitated.

2) We saw more beautiful rocks yesterday! Our family friends drove us to Colorado Springs, where we first visited the “Garden of the Gods”.

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please smile, dude

3) After walking around the pedestrian-friendly path for a while, we ate an incredible lunch at The Sahara Cafe— a Middle Eastern restaurant with the most amazing falafel ever.

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owned this chicken gyro

4) I was stuffed for the next 6 hours after that meal, because what you don’t see are the sweet potato fries, babaganoush, and baklava that I also ate with the falafel and gyro.

5) All that pita bread must have energized some of us, because our next stop was Cave of the Winds, where four of us decided to do the “Terror-Dactyl” ride. Basically, you fall into a canyon, just strapped in by a few seatbelts and hung by a cord. Juuuuust rocks under us.

Supervisor: The ground comes at ya pretty fast, so it’s over quickly whatever happens!

Oh….

I apologize for my blood-curdling scream

I prayed beforehand. The worst part was actually the beginning when they tilted us forward so that we were parallel with the ground and all our weight was resting on their somewhat questionable seatbelts. There’s a GoPro video of Ben’s and my face during the whole thing, which I’ll be sure to share when I get it!

6) It was totally amazing and worth it (the fear and the $50…).

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the daredevils’ “before” shot

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head first into this beauty

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walking the plank

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after the drop, taking in the scenery and thanking God we’re alive

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Even my mom and aunt did a ride! They took the less extreme, but still thrilling zipline.

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my mom and aunt on the zipline!

7) After that excitement, we slowed it down with a fun cave tour! All those stalactites, stalagmites, and slightly claustrophobia-inducing rock tunnels.

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It was so neat! Our tour guide was awesome, and the history was fascinating. If you’re ever in Colorado Springs, I 100% recommend Cave of the Winds. Let me know if you try the Terror-Dactyl 😉

8) “Eat, hike, repeat” is our theme of the week, so after our afternoon activities, we ate a late dinner at Thai Diamond Cafe. I was still kinda full from lunch, so I shared bites of everyone’s food and ate a salad that I had originally packed for lunch. I left the restaurant very full again 🙂

9) I’m going to meet Emily from Beauty in Christ today!!! I am so super excited. I can relate to every single one of her blog posts. It’s so wonderful to have a blogger friend who is about my age, who has gone through similar experiences with an eating disorder, and who loves Christ with a passion.

10) Speaking of blogger friends, Blend is tomorrow!!! So many exclamation points and so many things to be grateful for. I am blessed to just be alive, but God’s generosity is overflowing every darn day.

So tell me:

Would you do Terror-Dactyl? Have you done anything like it?

Have you ever gone on a cave tour?

What did you eat yesterday?

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Weekly Moves and Grooves XXV {When School Gets Crazy}

This weather has me OFF THE WALLS right now.

In a good way! I’ll gush about it more tomorrow, but today I’m coming at you with a recap of weekly moves and grooves from the past two weeks since I skipped last Sunday for Easter!

I’ve gone to the gym three times in the past two weeks just due to a hectic schedule. But I always feel better when I exercise, so I fit it in when I can!

weekly moves and grooves

Sunday

jog to the gym + leg workout

My butt and hamstrings were sore for THREE DAYS after this. Oh my word.

Monday

Rest

Tuesday

gymnastics warmup + circuit workout a la dorm

4 rounds:

  • 10 modified handstand pushups
  • 15 burpees
  • 20 modified v-ups
  • 25 plank jacks
  • 20 straight leg tricep dips
  • 15 supermans
  • 10 side crunches each side

This took about 23 minutes. I wanted to do a quick workout focused on upper body and core exercises to give my sore posterior chain some more rest. Oof.

Wednesday

sun salutations (lots of down dogs, planks, pushups) + bodyweight circuit + random burpees

4 rounds for time:

  • 10 pushup burpees
  • 16 jump lunges
  • 20 pushups
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 40 air squats

This was another workout in the dorm. I usually go to the gym with my buddy PJ on Wednesday mornings, but I skipped it this week because I needed an extra half-hour of sleep and extra time to study.

I still enjoy working up a sweat and getting my blood flowing before sitting in class for three hours straight though, so I did another bodyweight circuit workout. The pushups are what got me on this one! I finished in 15:00 flat.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Active rest/bodyweight workouts

I really don’t remember what I did on these days because Holy Week festivities are dominating any other memories of those three days.

{Easter} Sunday

Tabata workout in the dorm

4 rounds of each // 20 seconds hard work: 10 seconds rest

It was a glorious Easter morning! I slept in didn’t have much time to spare before choir practice, so I got the blood flowing in the dorm.

Monday

gymnastics warmup + 100 burpee challenge

I PR’d again!

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Wiped.

This time I broke it up into sets of 35, 15, 20, and 30. I had to dig deep to do 30 in a row for that last set.

Tuesday

circuit workout in the dorm

3 rounds:

A great, quick workout! This took about 18 minutes.

Wednesday

jog to the gym + upper body workout + rowing thruster workout

The upper body workout consisted of assisted pull-ups, arnold presses, bent over barbell rows, decline pushups, seated rows, and lat pull downs.

The rowing thruster workout was 20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 cals on the rower with 8 thrusters (40#) between each set.

Thursday

Rest

Friday

12 minute HIIT from Purely Twins + 8 minute ab tabata

I had approximately twenty minutes to fit in a workout [before showering] before class, so I went for it! The 8 minute ab tabata included v-ups, ankle taps, cross body mountain climbers, and spiderman planks.

20 minutes is all it takes these days!

Saturday

dynamic warmup + lower body + 8 minute ab tabata + squats and burpees

I went to the gym with my friend Christine (who has a blog too!) yesterday!

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We started off doing our own workouts first. So I did some lower body weights:

  • 4×12 lunges each leg (50#) (two sets reverse lunges, two sets front lunges) // 30 side jump lunges between each set
  • angled leg press: 1×10 (180#), 1×8 (200#), 1×6 (210#), 1×5 (220#) // 10 pushup burpees between each set

Then we met up for an 8 minute ab tabata:

  • weighted Russian twists
  • leg lift crunches
  • mountain climbers
  • spiderman planks

And Christine requested that we do squats and burpees, so we ended with 3 rounds of 15 goblet squats + 10 burpees.

We were both sweaty beasts beauties. 😉

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Off to do homework and stuff. I’ve been using the nice weather as an excuse to procrastinate all day ahh!

So tell me:

What was your favorite workout/way you moved this weekend?

Have you recently had a workout that made you sore for DAYS?

Weekly Moves and Grooves X {Bodyweight Pyramid Workout}

Hello!

Before anything else, I must announce the second winner of the Arctic Zero voucher giveaway! I completely forgot that there should be two winners, not just one. My apologies. 😐 The second random winner is… David!

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Congrats, David! Shoot me an email at dailymovesandgrooves [at] gmail [dot] com !

Now onto this week’s workouts! There’s a new bodyweight workout in there that I want to share with you all!

weekly moves and grooves

Sunday

5 min. row warmup + Julianna’s lower body and ab workout

I wanted to switch up my lower body workout this week so that I wasn’t just doing the usual pistol squats and hamstring curls. Julianna’s workout came to the rescue! Those plank jack burpees are secret quad killers, let me tell ya.

Monday

7 min. jump rope warmup + bodyweight pyramid workout + 1 min. high plank + 1 min. low plank

Hooray for outdoor workouts! It was a gorgeous day on Monday, so I took advantage by working out outside by the river at the “jungle gym” area.

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I came up with a pyramid workout before heading out, and it was a fun and challenging one!

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I went down, up, and back down the pyramid (not repeating the 50 lunges at the turn around). It took about 25 minutes to complete!

Tuesday

20 min. elliptical + 10 min. treadmill + stretching/mobility

On the elliptical (level 10 incline the whole time):

  • 5 min. level 10 resistance
  • 5 min. level 12 resistance
  • 2.5 min. level 13
  • 2.5 min. level 14
  • 5 min. level 12

On the treadmill: starting at speed 6.5, increased one notch every minute throughout the ten minutes and finished with a sprint.

I was debating with myself for the whole 20 minutes on the elliptical whether I should throw running into my workout or no, but I obviously bit the bullet and just did it. I’m planning on putting together a post about my thoughts on running. It’s a complicated relationship.

My body was crying for a stretch, so that’s exactly what I wanted to focus on this day. Holy smokes, I need to stretch more! Yoga once a week is not gonna cut it. I need to embrace my inner physical-therapist-to-be.

Wednesday

5 min. row + shoulder mobility + 100 burpee workout from Lori and Michelle

My shoulders were also wicked tight, so I did some stretching and drills with a light bar. It felt glooooorious. And then I tightened up my shoulders all over again with the burpee workout. At least they were limber during the workout! I finished the 100 burpees in 10:40. I love that there are four variations of burpees to keep things interesting!

Thursday

Yoga {rest}

Friday

5 min. row + 5 rounds of Jess’ 1000 rep workout + a heck of a lot of dancing at the Halloween party

That 1000 rep workout is no freakin’ joke. If you’re pretty wiped after two rounds, that’s when you know. Jess is iron woman,  and even she says that this is a super tough one. I used a 35# DB instead of a kettlebell and a 20# DB for the single-arm thrusters.

Then came the evening when I danced my huge grandma booty off at the Catholic center Halloween party. It was insanely fun!

Saturday

Quick ab workout + random sports inside {active rest}

I joined some of my friends for some indoor soccer and basketball…using the soccer ball. So fun!

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

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More movin’ and groovin’ workouts from yours truly!

Quads on Fire Workout

’13 Ab Workout

10-15-20 Workout 

Strength and Cardio Workout

TRX Arm and Core Workout

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So tell me:

What do you like to do as active rest?

Do you work on flexibility/mobility often?