Boot Camp and Exercise Lingo

Last night, I was craving Mexican food, so I made chicken tacos for the boys and a cheese quesadilla for myself.

I found these La Tortilla Factory wraps at the grocery store, and they only have 100 calories for the whole giant tortilla.

I added red onion, green and red pepper, and cheese to mine.

I ate it with a bit of sour cream and pineapple salsa. I also had steamed brussels sprouts on the side. It was so good, I’ll probably have one for lunch today too. I also had some fresh strawberries and blueberries.

I have been trying to eat fruit when I’m craving something sweet instead of reaching for candy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.


This morning was the Biggest Loser Boot Camp workout at 8 am. Even though I left in plenty of time, I was still five minutes late because I couldn’t find the stupid building. The Saturday workout is at a nearby park, not at the normal park district. I was finally able to find it, but I hate being late. I am the kind of person who is usually a few minutes early to everything.

Boot Camp was tough. It was outside, and it’s hot out today so that makes it feel harder. We did some sprinting, lunges, squats, arm work using our own body weight, push-ups, shuffling, burpees, and ab work. I didn’t eat before, and was hungry by the time I got home.

I had a bagelwich with three egg whites and a thin slice of cheese. Strawberries and watermelon on the side.

I also had a new coffee this morning – Folger’s caramel drizzle. I have been wanting to try this coffee, but kept putting it off. Usually, I like medium or bold coffee with a bit of flavored cream, rather than flavored coffee. But the caramel drizzle flavor kept catching my eye at the store, and I finally decided to try it.

I’m glad that I did because it was delicious. I love coffee.

While eating breakfast, I was reading the new issue of Shape (I can’t seem to break the habit of reading while I eat), and I found a short article that explained exercise lingo. I thought it would be really helpful to someone who is new to exercise or who just isn’t familiar with certain terms.

Anaerobic Exercise – A high intensity activity (like sprinting) performed for fewer than two minutes, that uses phosphate and glycogen – instead of oxygen – as fuel. Anaerobic means “without the presence of oxygen.”

Compound Exercise – A movement that occurs at several joints, working multiple muscle groups. Ex: squats

Drop sets – A technique that involves starting an exercise with the heaviest weight you can lift, then decreasing with each set.

High-Intensity Interval Training – Alternating short bursts of exercise at a very challenging effort level with recovery periods at a moderate level.

Plyometrics – Quick, explosive moves, like jumping, that increase muscle strength and power while blasting calories.

Superset – A set of two exercises done back-to-back, without rest in between.

Target Heart Rate – The beats per minute you should aim for during cardio exercise, based on your intended exertion level.

Questions of the day:

  • Were you familiar with all those exercise terms?
  • Do you like coffee? How do you drink it? I use 1 tbsp. of cream and a Truvia packet.
  • Are you always on-time or are you always running late?


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3 Responses to Boot Camp and Exercise Lingo

  1. I drink coffee every morning and I prefer a light to medium roast. I also use flavored creamer but try to limit it to 1 tablespoon per cup. It just isn’t something I am willing to give up!!

  2. I don’t know how you worked out in this humid, hot weather! Hope you are getting lots of fluids in! (does that sound dirty????)

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