Stressed

15 Jun

Stressed out doesn’t even begin to describe my current situation. [Sorry for the blogging rant right here] But honestly, I have been completely on edge for about a solid week now. I have no appetite, my heart feels like it’s going to beat out of my chest, and I’m too anxious to sleep. ARGGGGHHHHHH. I need a serious change in my life. ASAP, please.

I really needed to work-out to calm myself down, so despite everything going on with work, I forced myself to get to the gym for some serious stress relief. I wish I knew of a kick-boxing class or just boxing for that matter. I’d like to punch someone something. I mean, I suppose I could down a bottle of blueberry wine to calm down too… but that’s probably a poor choice.

Re-cap of my work-outs:

Monday: Lift + Spin + Abs

  • I don’t remember exactly how the spin work-out went… but I remember doing a solid set of high intensity intervals!
  • 5x [15 sec sprint, 15 sec rest, 30 sec jumps, 15 sec rest]
  • For lifting, I actually added some weight this time – I’m not trying to “bulk up” but I do want more definition, so hopefully the extra weight does the trick.
Tuesday:  Stay at work an hour late and get lost on the way home because all the normal roads home are closed = Day of rest
Wednesday: Run + Lift + Spin
  • Run – Total of 4.5 miles
    • 3.4 slow miles outside at 9:03 min/mile
    • 1.1 miles on the treadmill at 10:00 min/mile, increasing the incline 0.5% every 0.1 miles
  • Lift – Upper Body
  • Spin ~50 min
    • Warm-up
    • Some rolling hills that included seated and standing climbs with 20 sec pushes built in
    • 2 min x [Jumps, Seated Climb, Standing Climb, 20 sec Push, Standing Climb, Seated Climb, Standing Run]
    • 3 min Standing Climb, 1:30 Sprint, 3 min Standing Climb, 1:30 Standing Run
    • 4:02 of 4 jumps + 15 second rest [The song ‘Jump’ by Van Halen happens to be 4:02]
    • Cool-down

Here’s some potentially exciting news! For any of my readers based in the Philadelphia area, there’s a really fun race coming up on July 16 and I would love some friends to run it with.  It’s the Back on My Feet Midnight Madness Run! I signed up solely because I thought it would be hilarious to run around Philadelphia in neon / glow-in-the-dark gear at midnight – but it turns out that the Back on My Feet organization has a really awesome purpose, so it made the registration fee less painful. And to make it even more less painful for anyone interested, you can receive $10 off of registration using the coupon code friendmm11. (Disclaimer – this code expires after the first 50 registrants who use it, so act quickly!) Anyways – definitely check out the link and let me know if you’re thinking about running it! There’s a pajama run the next morning at the ass-crack of dawn too… but that’s not my style.
In the meantime, I think I’m going to do a post on GMO’s / organic food tomorrow – as being that my major at Penn State pretty much revolved around GMO’s. Let me know if you have any questions about the topic so I can address them for you. Otherwise, you’re all going to get a  dose of my personal opinions 😉
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14 Responses to “Stressed”

  1. kim June 16, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Have you ever tried yoga for stress relief – also great for flexabilty and definition. Also, to get more definition, try to lift your heaviest, 8 reps 3 sets first week; 2nd week mid weight 10 reps, 3 sets; 3rd week lightest weight 12 reps 3 sets. really does the trick!

    • Jessica Rose June 16, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      I’ve only done yoga a handful of times. I should really give it another chance – it’s just offered really late in the evening at my gym.
      Thanks for your tips on lifting! I’ll let you know if my arms start to look sexier. haha

  2. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) June 16, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I feel you on the work stress! We should chat about it sometime. 🙂

    I agree about yoga for stress relief – it works wonders!

    • Jessica Rose June 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      I’m up for venting about work-related stress anytime! haha You have my number! (I think at least)
      And you do yoga at home, right? Maybe I can find some on Exercise TV so I can fit it into my schedule a little better.

  3. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) June 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Haha, sounds good to me! I’m always on Twitter too. 🙂

    Yeah, I do it at home with DVD’s or Exercise TV. I’m super into the barre workouts lately too, and they seem calming as well!

  4. Rossilynne June 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Try hot yoga! It’s intense but super relaxing, too.

    • Jessica Rose June 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      I have been dying to try this – I just need to find somewhere that offers it.

      • Rossilynne June 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

        I know you’re not in Pgh right now, but this is the studio I go to. She has studios in Murrysville, Shadyside, Aspinwall and the South Hills. It’s amazing.
        http://www.yogaflowpittsburgh.com/

  5. April @AdventureApril June 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    I hope you’re feeling less stressed soon. Kickboxing definitely does the trick.

    The Back On My Feet race sounds so cool. Running in neon–always a good excuse to sign up for a race!

    And as for your other post–that kitten is ADORABLE. Mogli can’t be the only cat in the jungle forever, right?

    • Jessica Rose June 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      Thank you! I’m going up to Ithaca, NY this weekend, so hopefully all my stress just melts away (at least for the weekend ;)) And I keep going back and forth on the new kitten! Ugh. I just hope Mogli doesn’t mind a little brother.

  6. Tara June 17, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    That run sounds like a lot of fun! Maybe I’ll sign up for it! I’ve been cross training like crazy to maintain my running shape so hopefully I’ll be up for that. I love the BOMF organization. It’s such a good concept and has helped so many people. Yesterday I actually read an article about a guy who went through the program and ran his first marathon last year! It’s so inspiring!

    • Jessica Rose June 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

      You’ll have to let me know if you sign up! (Even though I think I’d only keep up with you for like a minute) ha

  7. Maranie R. Staab June 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Love the post Jess. I applaud your ability to keep up the work out routine amidst it all! On another note, I just read an article all about GMO’s (and basicly how evil they are) and the legislation surrounding them. Interesting stuff. I enjoyed the cartoon and reading your blog. Chat soon ❤

    • Jessica Rose June 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      I think the work-outs are the only thing keeping me from driving off a bridge on my way home from work. ha
      As for GMO’s – I’m excited to write a post on it because I’m pretty much going against the grain and saying they’re not evil.
      Yes to a chat soon ❤

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