Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bulgur Wheat & Strength Workout Question

Morning! It's back to reality for me and may I just say it's going to be a doozy? I knew today will be and already has been crazy so I made a hearty breakfast. I've been wanting to try different grains besides barley, oatmeal, cous cous . . . you get the picture :0). Yesterday, I picked up a box of bulgur wheat with soy for extra oomph.

The bulgur takes 15 minutes to cook so I could let it simmer and get other things done at the same time.

In my bowl of grain-y delicousness was:
  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 1/8 cup water
  • 1.5T pumpkin butter
  • dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 3t brown sugar
  • dash of rice milk
  • sprinkle of chocolate chips
It is wonderful! And a very nice change from oatmeal. I ate almost all of it but it's a lot so I'll use 1/4 cup of bulgur next time. Try it, you'll like it! You can also make tabouli with it so I'll be trying that in the near future!

Last week, Kerry asked: "How did you start adding weights and other workout into your running schedule? Right now I just run but I really need to firm up my belly. Two pregnancies have really taken a toll on it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!"

When I first started running, that was all I did. If I did do any type of strength, I was lucky to get one workout a week, if that. Over time, I realized I would be a stronger runner if I added strength to my routine. Plus, like you said Kerry, after two kids, the belly needed firming!

I run four days a week so I had the ability to add strength to the other days I wasn't running or crosstraining. I highly recommend Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred for mamas that are pressed for time. The workouts are 20 minutes and it's no joke! It's a combination of cardio and strength. She has killer core stregnthing moves like planks. I'll admit, it was tough to do the workouts at home, even for 20 minutes sometimes. If I was on the floor, the boys would climb all over me like a jungle gym. I'm all for added weight for more of a challenge but that was a bit over the top. So The Lover would watch them so I could do it. Sometimes I woke up early in the morning but I did not like that quite so much. :0)

I now do my strength routines at work on my lunch break but I know you are a stay-at-home-mama. If you can get it in while the girls are sleeping, do it! Or have your hubby watch them. You'll really see a difference in your running once you start incorporating strength into your routine. Also, when I run, I try to remember to keep my core tight (but not too tight) instead of letting it hang loose.

I hope that helps!


  1. Thanks so much!!! I will definately have to pick up Jillian Michael's 30 day shred when I'm out this week! I shouldn't have a problem fitting in a 20-minute workout during nap time. Making it to the gym is tough but if I can do it at home, I'm all for it! I'll let you know how it goes!

  2. I totally agree with the 30 day shred suggestion. Totally a killer in 20 minutes.

  3. jillian is a really good method. I preach the gospel of Tri Power. it's a book, search for it on amazon. it's strength training specifically targetted towards runners and triathletes. done me a world of good.

    jillian scares me.

  4. I'll definitely look it up, John!

  5. Bought it, tried it, and had my butt kicked! Definately an intense workout, even on level 1. Thanks for the recommendation!