Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekend Workouts: Making the Most of Pre-Typhoon Weather

What do you do in Hong Kong when there is a tropical depression, possible typhoon headed your way? You make the most of the sunny weather while you can. Even if it's hot, hot, hot! The forecast for the coming week is all about rain and lots of it, so adding in an outdoor run and some fun on the water was important this weekend

Week 2 - Regular calorie and Low Calorie day - the workouts


Saturday - It was leg day and as a warm up, I ran an easy 1.3 miles to the fitness center. It was warm and sunny, but thankfully the first half of the run is shaded by trees and a tunnel. I love these short little runs and I was extra excited for this one because it was my first run in the Mizuno Wave Sky. I love the feel of new shoes.


The leg workout was no joke! It was 50% on the machines and 50% free weights (or just body weight) and I liked that. I like using the free weights because those exercises utilize more than one muscle group even though you might be focusing on one main muscle. For example, squats are quad dominant, but also draw on hamstrings, glutes, and calf muscles. On the other hand, I like the machines so that I can focus on one main muscle group and sometimes with better form. It's a balancing act for me and my testy knee, so a little bit of both works perfectly. Throw in some finishers and my legs were done.

Sunday - I chose to take my iSUP board out for about an hour of low intensity cardio since it was active recovery day. It's hard to believe there is a storm lurking in the South China Sea when you look at the bright blue sky over Discovery Bay and Tai Pak Beach.


this board is still available at a great price on Amazon

It didn't take long to get hot and sweaty, but getting in the water was not an option for me. Not that it is normally. It takes a lot to get me to go into deep water. Today there were a ton of jelly blubbers (aka blue blubber jellyfish) in the shallow waters! I'm pretty sure the sight of them helped keep my heart rate elevated in the fat burning zone. 


Week 2 - Regular calorie and Low Calorie day - the meals

Saturday - Broke fast around 11:00 - 2.5 scrambled eggs with ham, 2 pieces PB&J gluten free toast, orange juice

Lunch - 3 turkey & Swiss roll ups and a protein smoothie with Bob's Red Mill vanilla protein (available on Amazon)

Dinner - mrC's chilaquiles (seriously soooo good) and corn

Snack - watermelon, vanilla yogurt with chocolate sauce

Sunday - Broke fast at 11:00 - 2.5 scrambled eggs with ham, 2 PB&J rice cakes, watermelon

Lunch - 3 turkey & Swiss rollups and watermelon

Snack - peanuts

Dinner - leftover chilaquiles and corn

The big food winner this weekend ---> the watermelon. It was my first of the summer and it was so dang good. When we lived in China, we could hardly ever find seedless watermelon. Eating watermelon with seeds almost takes the fun out of it.




D you squeeze in certain workouts when you know bad weather is coming?
What is your watermelon preference - seeds or seedless?



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8 comments:

  1. Yup sometimes the weather right before a hurricane is really nice. Good luck with the storm.

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    1. Thanks! Other than being really hot, the weather was perfect!

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  2. Oooh, those jelly fish! Do they sting?

    Scary, a typhoon! Are they similar to hurricanes?

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    1. From what I have read online, they do sting but are not the worst of all the jellies out there. I personally don't want to ever find out and (knock on wood) have not experienced it before. Typhoon/hurricane, same same, different bodies of water. Definitely scary no matter what you call it!

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  3. YIKES....the jelly fish creeps me out! I'd stay in my house (with the door locked LOL). When I'm "in training" and have x number of runs to do each week, I stalk the weather in case I have to squeeze in an extra run (that might not otherwise happen for several days) or else I switch some of my running days around if need be. If I'm not "in training," I tend to wing it.

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    1. That's me, winging it ;) The jelly fish seemed to want to hang out in one area yesterday. Once we paddled through, we didn't have to look at them anymore and it was ok. Seriously creepy though!

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  4. I just finished our watermelon yesterday. I love it as a snack too.

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    1. All day long! It's the thing I miss the most on low carb days ;)

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