2-3-4-3-2-1 Workout

by Jillian on February 7, 2012 · 5 comments

I think I’ve finally gotten a routine down. Since I left my full time job about a month ago and started on my new venture, I’ve found it a bit difficult to adjust to a new routine. I was used to waking up at 5AM five days a week. With my new schedule, I could technically sleep in until whenever I want. As easy as that is, it’s obviously not the best choice, so a lot of motivation is needed. After working at the restaurant for a week, I think I found what works for me. Since I have some background restaurant work (invoices, bills, etc.)  to do during the day which can be done at any time and from home, I need to work that around my true in-restaurant schedule.

Last night, I got home around 11:30 and Joe popped out of bed by 7:30 this morning. I got about 7 hours of sleep (by the time I got home and settled), which is usually enough for me. Of course, my eyes felt extremely tired and I pouted about getting out of bed, but I forced myself because I knew if I didn’t, I’d be sorry at 4:00 when I’m at work and got nothing done at home.

I felt totally fine once I got to the gym and we were done by 9AM (I listened to another IIN lecture during my workout), which gave me time to make and eat breakfast, shower, study for cPT for an hour, complete an hour of background restaurant work, and make and eat lunch. Now, it’s only 1:00 and I still have enough time to get ready, run some errands and head into work. I feel so much better when I get things accomplished, so now I just need to get myself used to this schedule and remind myself how great I’ll feel after completing an early workout and all of my daily tasks on my to-do list.


I had a great workout this morning. I completed about 30 minutes of abs with Joe before hopping on the treadmill. I always try to get in a variety of ab exercises that focus on all points: upper, lower, and obliques. Usually, I complete all 3 focus points separately (ie. 20 leg raises, 20 v-ups, repeat 3 times, move onto next 2 exercises).

  • leg raises (lower)
  • v-ups (lower)
  • barbell side trunk bends (obliques)
  • barbell trunk twists (obliques)
  • reverse crunches (upper/lower)
  • bicycles (upper)

I initially resorted to my old 5-4-3-2-1 workout but I ended up changing it a bit to look like this:

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I repeated it 3 times and finished just under 5 miles in 45 minutes. I sprinted at the end at 8.0 speed to hit the 5 mile mark. Also, do not hold on during the 7 incline interval! It challenges you more if you let go!


Since breakfast was a repeat of yesterday, I’ll spare you and just show you my delicious lunch instead.


Yesterday, I cooked up a batch up millet and roasted some brussels and sweet potatoes. I was happy today that all I had to do was throw some coconut oil in a pan, add the veggies and millet, and season it with salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, bragg’s liquid aminos, and sriracha. It made for a comforting, quick, and easy lunch.


Have I mentioned how brussels and sweet potatoes are a perfect pair? Yumm….

Alright, now I’m off to pick up some toiletry necessities for the house and then head into work. I hope you’re all having a great week!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

another great workout for me to try!


2 Paige @ Running Around Normal February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Finding a groove or a routine is so important ime! Great ab workout :)


3 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner February 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I love your workouts. I’ve been having fun mixing up intervals on my treadmill — thanks for this fun workout to try! :)


4 Jillian February 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Glad you enjoy them! :)


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