Stop and Strength

I always talk about how I need to stop and make myself stretch. But, I also need to stop and do some strength training!

I dislike that it doesn’t make me sweat. Sweating makes me feel like I’m working. I know  strength training is super important and need to come up with a challenge to make myself be more consistent with it. That’s coming soon!

Today I did 20 minutes of strength that I made up as I went along. That’s how I like it Smile

I have an early morning appointment that’s going to take a long time so I needed a stick-with-you breakfast. I decided to go with a yogurt bowl since that’s what I was craving. Re-reading Geneen Roth’s books has totally refreshed my intuitive eating and I feel like I’m on the verge of a break through.

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I didn’t want PB so much as I knew I needed it to get me through the long morning.

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And a massive iced coffee to keep me awake!

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See you later Smile 

Question: What’s the best stick-with-you breakfast when you know you won’t be able to eat for a long time?


  1. says

    Strength training doesn’t make you sweat? Up those weights, repetitions, and speed girl! A strength training workout can have me dripping with sweat.

    For breakfast: Definitely oatmeal sticks with me. I love frozen blueberries in mine. Or peanut butter. Yum! :-)

  2. says

    I definitely sweat when I do strength training. Try doing super sets (two opposing exercises back-to-back with no rest–like a biceps exercise followed by a triceps exercise), then without resting, follow with 60-90 seconds of a cardio blast (jumping rope, balance trainer jump lunges, jumping jacks). That will get your heart rate up something crucial. That’s how I always do my strength training, and it’s way less boring.

  3. says

    I’ve found if I run for 10 minutes before I strength train to warm up, I do sweat and my heart rate stays up, and then it doesn’t feel like I’m getting nowhere! Also, I love to do circuit training so strength is only part of it. I’m really inconsistent with strength training but these are a few things I’ve found that help me!

  4. says

    Ugh, I hate strength training too. I prefer to tell myself yoga is all the strength training I need. :)

    For a big filling breakfast I usually have overnight oats loaded with mix-ins and toppings! Yummmmmmmmmm.

  5. Lindsay says

    It is possible to sweat wtih strength. You should try different interval style weight training sessions. Ex: 1 set of bicep curls then stiches over bosu. Then repeat entire set. :)

  6. says

    I feel the same thing with weights. I did a jillian michaels workout yesterday with weights and cardio and was sweating hardcore though. but prob not as sweaty as real weights with classes like bodypump. hah.

  7. says

    I have two stick-with-me breakfasts: one is 0% Greek yogurt + frozen berries + my gluten-free cereal. The other is a green monster smoothie made with frozen banana + spinach + frozen berries topped with gluten-free cereal and served with some egg whites on the side. They both keep me going for hours!

  8. Ida says

    Lifting weights isn’t my favorite either, but it does make we sweat! I like taking weight lifting classes at the gym b/c it forces me to do the work. Walking lunges with 25lb dumbbells get me every time.

  9. Another Lindsay! says

    Hi Monica – commenting again for the first time in a long time! What can I say, I have less to say when we can’t commiserate over watermelon bloat / overconsumption. I miss watermelon, do you!?

    So, I HATED strength training until recently for similar reasons – no sweat and no clue what to do on my own. I have recently started taking strength classes and LOVE them. My attitude towards fitness has totally changed. Unlike cardio, where I used to feel like it was never enough, never fast enough, never long enough, never ____ enough, strength training makes me feel strong, empowered and EXHAUSTED by the end. Always end a workout feeling like I did all I could – no more and no less. If you find your lifting and squatting groove, I think you will love it too!!

    • says

      Lindsay: I love “strength training makes me feel strong, empowered” that. I feel the same way! It boosted my confidence in so many ways.

    • says

      Hi Lindsay! I totally forgot about watermelon bloat when I did my vlog the other day. Yeah, if I eat half a big ol’ H20 melon that still totally happens. But, now I “save” that experience for when it’s in season and super delicious.

  10. says

    Monica- I was the SAME way!!! I was a total cardio-junkie. If I didn’t sweat, it wasn’t worth my time. Hence I didn’t lift weights, I didn’t like yoga…

    Then I got injured. My running injury ended up being a blessing in disguise. I had to take 2 months off from running completely. To stay sane I started lifting weights 3x a week. I was reluctant to do it, I was depressed, I felt like it was a waste of time….

    Then I lost 4 pounds in just a few weeks. I was floored. It had been AGES since I lost a significant number like that in one month. (I’m lucky if I lose 1 pound a month now). That was the boost I needed. I suddenly looked at weight lifting in a different way. Each month I lost more weight and I started to see definition in my body.

    Seeing obvious, recognizable changes made me LOVE weight lifting. It’s now a crucial part of my fitness and I feel soooo much better.

    Take it from one cardio-junkie to another: give it one month of seriously lifting and you’ll LOVE it!

  11. says

    for years i was a cardio queen only. i refused to do any sort of lifting. cardio’s still my fave but i’ve started lifting 2-3 times a week and not only am i thinner now that i’m doing LESS cardio, but my running has improved (only run 3 days a week and its been fabulous!) and my body looks better. i seriously suggest trying it!

  12. Julie B says

    I used to HATE strength training too because I never felt like I was getting a “real” workout…mostly because I wasn’t sweating. I explained this to my personal trainer and he showed me a routine that definitely got the sweat rolling. In between every 4 exercises or so I would do 5 minutes of high intensity cardio (running on a steep incline, rowing machine as fast as I can, running up the stairclimber). That way, my heart rate would be raised during my strength exercises and I’d be sweating profusely! Might be something new to try?

  13. says

    I’ve been horrible about strength training besides when I teach lately, but now that I’m only teaching once a week I can feel the difference when I do. Thanks for reminding me I’m supposed to do my own routine today!

    I agree with some of the above comments – doing a decent warm-up and then moving from one exercise to the next without break (or doing cardio bursts between) should make you break a sweat when lifting! That’s what I make my clients do. I’ll try it on myself tonight and see if it works. :)

    • says

      I don’t mind not sweating a few days a week because I def overcompensate when I run. I’m a beast. I was just saying it because I tend to not give it the same importance as cardio.

      • says

        I had sweat dripping off my elbows before I hit 1 mile tonight. I’m pretty sure the little bit of strength training I did made me more out of breath than it did sweaty. And it wasn’t easy shit. lol

  14. says

    you don’t sweat when you st? man, i do NTZ and p90x and i’m dripping! maybe it’s cause i use weights that might be a tad heavier than i would like to use without hurting so badly the next day! haha!

    and i’ve got a surprise for you soon… 😉

    • says

      If I do Jillian’s workouts or P90 I’m sure I would sweat. I just don’t with my own routine.

      I’m excited about the surprise!!! Is it a lime green wedding dress 😉

  15. says

    I’m not too keen on strength training either, even though I know it’s important as well. But I love cardio too much and I can easily forget about strength training. So thanks for the reminder! 😛

  16. says

    Best breakfast: Bacon.Eggs.Butter. Oatmeal does nothing for me. I’m hungry in an hour after I eat it. I love strength training. I used to only do cardio, and since I’ve stopped except for walking I’ve lost 10 pounds that I’d gained.

  17. says

    I like strength training, but seeminly only tend to get into it if I have a pass at a gym and get to use all of the machines, since they have adjustable weights and what not. I like ’em alot more than free weights, mainly because you have to keep form. I’ll go with all the other people and saa- yeah, weights make me sweat -if I do them right, hehe.. In the morning if I need something that’ll “stick with me”..hmm, well on that tends to be cereal. Oat bran, or some sort of puffed cereals and then a “regular” one, with frozen fruit and peanut butter and almonds with milk poured over it and maybe some yogurt in it too. I like having that for dinner sometimes ^.^””

  18. says

    Oh my gosh, that is exactly why I can never make stretching a habit. It feels so passive and I don’t sweat while I’m doing it!

    If I know I need to eat something really substantial I have oats, greek yogurt, peanut butter and an apple. Holds over sometimes for over 5 hours!

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