No sprints for me

I typically run sprints and do some boot camp drills on Tuesday and Thursday but since the gym was closed for business I was forced to think of something else. I decided to do a 3 mile warm up on the treadmill:

3 miler

Followed by 40 minutes of step aerobics. I love step! But I don’t really like step videos at home, but since I live in a rural area I don’t have a lot of options when it comes to classes. So I made do with a video I have. I have a few that I really like from Netflix and Discount Workouts has all sorts of great at home workout videos. So I rotate what I have.

One of the reasons I enjoy step is it is a great workout and burns a lot of calories. So in 40 minutes I burned a little over 400 calories. It is also a great leg and butt toner workout, without having to use weights. I also enjoy watching my twin girls try to do the workout as well:)

step J

I finished with a 2 mile run on the treadmill when my legs were nice and tired just to switch up my routine a little bit.

 

2 miler

Overall I probably burned close to 1000 calories. I hated to do this but for some comparison I looked up my favorite meal from Cafe Rio, steak enchiladas. I knew it had a ton of calories but it is just so good I’ve never wanted to know.

burrito

Guess what? 2 steak enchiladas is close to 1000 calories, and the steak burrito is over 1000 calories! Yikes:(

 

(P.S. I think it is still worth it!)

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Perspective….

For my workout today I ran eight miles…

treadmill<

It took forever! And I struggled today, I even jumped off a couple of times at the end because I just didn’t have the energy to get through. Right now I want to lose 5 lbs., and so I am paying a little bit more attention to my calorie intake. I love comparing how many calories I eat to how many miles I would have to run to burn it off. So today I burned almost 900 calories which is equivalent to a lunch size portion of Olive Garden’s chicken alfredo.

olive garden
Sometimes I hate looking up how many calories my favorite dishes have, but it is such an eye opener to what I am putting in my body.

A food journal is an awesome way to help lose weight. It holds you accountable for everything you eat and it can be a great tool in any weight loss program. When I know how long and how hard I have to work out to maintain or lose weight it makes me think twice before I stuff my face with delicious food!