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No Longer a “Runner”

Hots and Fits,

Its official: I can no longer classify myself as a runner.

Or, at least the runner I used to be!

This past week I have been doing my usual workout routines (3 days lifting, 3-4 days cardio). I usually like to run ALL THE TIME but since I am quite obsessed with the gym, I also incorporate cardio sessions on the stationary bikes, stair master and elliptical.

Well, it looks like both treadmill runs, too many HIIT sessions where I run for 2 minutes and then stop for 40 – 60 seconds, and using other machines really affected my running because I can NOT run for longer than 10 minutes straight now!! Either I am too sore or my heart is about to combust.

I don’t get WHY or WHEN did things really started to go downhill, but this last week felt too much like this:

image I am really worried because I was always a runner and I feel like I sort of strayed from my running path OR just put my attention on other things instead. I am really going to work hard on building my endurance and getting back into running!! 30 minutes at least!!

Today, after trying SEVERAL workouts this week (including an awesome one by this girl which I had to abandon after 5 minutes AND another 30 minute run which I had to split into 3 10 minutes sessions with walking breaks), I decided to attempt this hilly workout posted yesterday by FitSugar.com. This was the original (tiny numbers on the left are my kilometers equivalents)

image For almost ALL the hills’ period (no pun intended) I had to decrease my speed to about 6 km/hr.

Wow I am so frustrated. But that’s it. No more whining. I am actually going to do something about it. Couch to 5K, anybody???


All this is secondary to my main goal which is to CLEAN UP THE DIET!

image The truth is, my family imposes the largest obstacle, but if I ever even thought about which I’d rather be hanging out with, extremely skinny jeans or my familia, of course my familia wins. But they do create a hostile environment for me with food, mainly because they do not understand my choices and they are offended if I don’t eat what they have on the table. This really does create a table and I always am the one to have to compromise…


Alright, I am out to adore some bags at www.chanel.com and then SLEEP!!




New Workout Routines

Hey Hots and Fits!

I think its been a week since I last posted!! Its been so very busy here with work, family and other obligations, but things are muy bueno 😀

Like I said in my previous post, I was going to change up my lifting routine this week because I like to do so every 4 weeks or so. Before I did Fitness Magazine’s Slimmer in 7 Days, and I loved it because I really felt like I got in a new workout.

Kettlebell Routine

I saw several workouts using kettlebells and although we don’t have them at my gym, I thought I would still go for it cause the moves looked interesting and because so many people speak of how kettlebells completely changed their workouts. Instead of a kettlebell I decided to just pick the same weight but using a single dumbbell. It worked fine. Here is the routine I compiled (using several different magazines):

Workout review – I used pretty heavy dumbbells (ranging between 3 – 6 kg, depending on the exercise). First day I did just one circuit through, then that did not feel like a good workout, so the following day I did the circuit twice. Still no difference. I could have used heavier weights but it would have affected my form, so I decided not to do so.

Random Mix Routine

Since the kettlebell workout was not working, I decided to go back to dumbbells and try a random mix for a new total body workout.

Workout review – this workout was much better than the kettlebell one. Really got my heart rate up and my muscles did feel it the next day. However something is not working just as well as it did with the other routine. It is weird because I am not resting much between exercises and my HR does rise up, but the muscle soreness is almost non existent.

Some of my favourite moves from this week were:

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In other news,

my CARDIO isn’t looking very good this week. I don’t know WHAT happened but I think too much HIIT training, and spending many cardio days on the stationary bike/elliptical/stepmaster has affected my endurance and I can barely run at 10 km/hr for longer than 10 minutes!!! It doesn’t make any sense, I ran a marathon LESS than half a year ago!! Anyways, on Saturday I had to huff and puff and stop for a two minute walk after each 10 minute interval. I am now focusing on building it back…

But most importantly, I realise every single day, that not matter how well or how much I exercise, my body won’t change a bit unless I clean up my diet. This is the NUMBER ONE priority people. I NEED TO EAT CLEAN. And it has to start now. I live in a house with boasts its large variety of food and insane quantities, too. Its a cultural thing and it makes it very difficult. But it has to stop for me. NOW


Alright gals and pals I am off to read some and procrastinate some and then get some ZZZs. Tomorrow is a new week. Hope yours rocks!!

Lindt Heaven

Hey Hots and Fits!

How has your week rolled? Mine was quite bueno, besides a few downs which eventually turned into ups 😀

Workout routine has been the same and you can read more about it in my workouts tab where I keep the exercise.

Truth is, its been about 3/4 weeks since I have been doing Fitness Magazine’s total body workout and I do think it has been working. Think because as I have previously mentioned I don’t actually take measurements/weigh myself – to me its all about how the pants feel !

So as I sit here and I write this I continue to contemplate whether I will shift into a muscle focus workout or do total body. I like total body because I think it is more effective but maybe its time for a little change….

Anyways, I wanted to show ya’ll some of the gorgeousness I had met with yesterday:

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We got the following:




imageI also got a Nike Run Shirt for about 10 Euros and really cute clogs for less than 10 Euros. It was a nice little outlet which I know I am going to frequent 😀


My friend came over from the UK this week and brought over this magazine for me:

image This is British magazine which is like Women’s Health/Fitness Magazine in many ways. I liked it a lot actually (surprising, I normally don’t like these sort of magazines…) and it had some pretty interesting and informative articles. There was one about Elle Macpherson who in my opinion is absolutely gorgeous! I might share some later on this week…But anyways, a very interesting question was asked by one of their readers -  is it okay to run everyday?

I have to admit this has been a doubt of mine for ages….I love running very much and would do it every single day if I could! I know a lot of people think that I am a) crazy b) treat my body badly c) too obsessed with running but I honestly feel good and, at the end of the day, we should all do whatever makes us feel good!

That said, I have to admit since I ran my marathon in May I did take it easy with running, and there are weeks where I don’t run two days in a row. Shocking, I know! Since I am also at the gym I use the stepmaster, arc trainer and bikes a lot.




What about you? Do you consider running every day a bad thing or a good thing, for YOU?

Weekend Reading

Hi Hots and Fits!

Sorry posting was non-existent this week….the Jewish holidays are over for this time of the year so I should be pretty much more available! I spent every other day this week either at the synagogue or at a dinner party.

Also, if you have been following my tweets, I have been over doing the Espanol tweets and also blubbering non – stop about my telenovelas…what can I say I am obsessed.

I have been quite busy with work and I had to skip Friday’s workout as a result. Also, Saturday I had to wake up at the unholy hour of 6:30 in order to drop my dad at the train station (he had a long day trip) so today (Sunday) really was the weekend!

Also – I added a “dairy” to the workout tab, and when you click it, it lists down my workouts per day

Saturday I did a thing I HATE doing because it makes me feel like a compulsive exerciser – I over did my workout (spent about 1 and a half hours at the gym), telling myself I am just making up for my missed workout from the day before (Friday). I absolutely hate doing that because I really believe a rest day is essential for my body, even though I don’t like taking it, and because this sort of thinking is very, very, bad! Basically, I did my usual Fitness Magazine total body workout followed by Fitness Magazine’s 20-Minute, Glute-Sculpting Treadmill Routine. That burned a lot of calories.

Today I got up, skimmed through this month’s Robb Report (I work in the diamond and jewelry industry) 

Then skimmed through this month’s Runner’s World (US) and found this interesting article:

image image I really need to incorporate more flexiblity and stretching exercisers. Since joining the gym I have REALLY neglected my yoga and general stretching. If I can get Elizabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito to get me stretching once a week its a serious miracle!!

Today’s workout was quite interesting and went by very fast. I wasn’t in the mood for it, really, so I just hopped from one place to the other:


  • 10 minutes on the arc trainer, resistance 5, 1 minute forward 1 minute back (repeating)
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike, 5 minutes resistance 5, 5 minutes resistance 6
  • 10 minutes on the stepmaster, resistance 6-8 every 1 minute


Although I was supposed to do my Abs Routine from Women’s Health, I didn’t really feel like it so I decided to do

  • Crunches on the stability ball for one minute
  • Oblique crunches on the stability ball (20 per side)
  • Repeat one more time
  • 15 Knee tucks
  • Stability ball plank (10 seconds per leg, rpeat twice)

image I really loved this last move, especially cause I was actually able to do it! Really engages your core!

Anyways, I am off to read this book:

image I’ve heard good things. And saw it on Gossip Girl!

Have a good week, friends!!