RAD Reads and Weekly Review: July 8, 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.  It’s been a strange week with the holiday on a Wednesday, but I’m not going to complain because a day off is a day off!  My Google reader has gotten a little out of control (what’s new!), but I’ve managed to find some RAD Reads that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Running & Fitness Posts
Dr Rachel Runs ended her Runner’s World 38 day running streak and learned some lessons along the way.

Fit2Flex is Keepin It 100 with this killer full body circuit.  I’m definitely adding this to my training regimin!

Words to Run By gives some great tips for Beating the Summer Heat.  Perfect timing for this crazy heat wave!

The Happy Runner is giving away a pair of Mizuno running shoes.  Get over there and enter!

Disney Posts
LEG+JCB have an amazing trip report of their most recent visit to the World.  Check out Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3!

This Happy Place Blog celebrated their 1 year anniversary this week and I’m honored to be mentioned in her vlog!  Make sure to head over there and wish my good friend Estelle a Happy Anniversary!  She’s also having a very cool giveaway for the new Poster Art of the Disney Parks book that you don’t want to miss out on.

WDW for Grownups asks all those questions you’ve always wanted the answers to in their interview with a Magic Kingdom worker.

Da Mouse once again delivers amazing photos in their 16 part Fantasyland Mega Update!  Start here with Part 1.  It’s pretty cool to see how this is coming along!

Mouse on the Mind is inspired by a trash can at the Boardwalk Resort to find the origins of Jiminy Cricket’s role in encouraging guests to recycle…pretty interesting stuff!  Oh and don’t forget to recycle 🙂

Disney Hipster Blog gets to know Norway and shows what an awesome job the imagineers did in the detail of the Norway Pavilion.

Weekly Review
As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently resting due to my new ankle injury.  Blech!   However, I did get a few days of toning in there and I think I might actually be starting to enjoy it…who would’ve thought.  Maybe it’s because I’m starting to feel and see the effects and that’s encouraging 🙂

Here’s my total week of exercise:

Sunday: 2.1 mile run
Monday: Pilates – 30 minutes
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Full body circuit – 4o minutes
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

I created a full body this circuit this week by taking some of my favorite exercises from all different place and meshing them together into a well rounded workout.  Here’s what I did:  

This whole circuit kicked my butt and I was sweating halfway through the first round.  To make it a bit more challenging on the next go around, I will probably add more reps to the arm exercises and hold weights while doing the squats and lunges.  Let me know what you think if you give it a try!

Last week I only lost 0.6 pounds towards my lose a marathon challenge.  Not what I was hoping, but at least it was a loss.  I really need to wrangle in my eating on the weekends.  I eat very well and regimented during the week and then all bets are off on the weekend.  Take yesterday for example…pizza, fro-yo, barbecue, banana pudding, oh my!  Maybe just one of those things would be ok, but not all.  All of the work that I do during the week gets erased and then I’m not seeing any results during my weigh-ins on Monday.  I need to cut my indulgences back to one meal on the weekends…just one!  Fingers crossed I’ll have the will power, but my love affair with food always seems to win over my quest to drop the pounds.

Given the crazy heatwave this week, I picked a good one to be resting.  I’m going to give my ankle a few more days of rest then pick up a Spinning class on Wednesday and begin running again on Saturday.  Most importantly, I’m going to keep focusing on strength training so I can hopefully avoid any other injuries in the next 27 weeks of training.

Hope you have a happy and healthy week!

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