Post-Disrupt + Lower Body Superset Workout

by Kristine on September 11, 2014

Happy Thursday! Or is it the weekend? I don’t even know anymore. The post-Disrupt struggle is REAL friends.

Disrupt SF. We out.

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I also now know what it feels like to be a Kardashian. It’s very bright.

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Anyway – the conference was hugely successful, HUGE and a lot of fun. The exhaustion was just an added bonus. The Startup Battlefield winner was announced, my team and I celebrated with a dinner at Lulu after the event, popped into the afterparty, and then I crashed into bed. And slept for a solid 9.5 hours.

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Also Good Eggs (THE BEST) came and visited us backstage and left us some yummy treats. THOSE RASPBERRIES.

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Until London… in 6 weeks. Goodnight Disrupt Cup.

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So today resumed normal programming. I slept in (sweet, sweet glorious SLEEP), made my favorite breakfast, flipped through my new favorite cookbook (there will be a weekly Meals Made Simple post on here because I cannot wait to make these recipes)… and then headed to the dentist. 29 years, 10 months and ZERO cavities friends. That’s what OCD brushing and flossing does to a person.

Can we talk about the mini cast iron skillet I bought off Amazon? I’m obsessed.

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Flipped through some juice recipes from last week’s Juice and Spruce event, inhaled the smoothie, doused my eggs in Cholula, sipped on espresso. Good to have you back normal mornings, good to have you back.

After my dentist appt, I improvised on my workout. Since I was at my parent’s house with no gym access and 80+ degree temps outside (isn’t it fall?) and a lower body superset on my workout “training plan”, I got to work.

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(Disclaimer: I’m a certified Pilates Instructor. I’m not a doctor, a personal trainer, etc. Please do these exercises at your own pace and according to your own fitness level. If you start with 5 reps the first time – you try 6 reps the second. Push yourself, but don’t hurt yourself.)

LOWER BODY SUPERSETS – PHASE 1

Warmup: 10 Burpees (or 60 seconds of jumping jacks – get that blood flowin’!)

Superset #1 (12-15 reps, 4x through, no breaks)

-Squats with a 15-20 pound bar across the shoulders

-Leg Lift Toe Touches (start lying down with legs straight on floor and arms straight over head. As you lift your legs up crunch up with your upper body then return to start. That’s 1.) Weight in hand is optional

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(30 second break)

Superset #2 (12-15 reps, 4x through, no breaks)

 -Walking Lunges (15 each side)

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-Standing Oblique Crunch with 5-15lb weight (as you come up, really crunch into that oblique!)

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(30 second break)

Superset #3 (12-15 reps, 4x through, no breaks)

-Wall Sits (aim for 60 seconds, I apparently love pain and aimed for 90 seconds)

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-Crunches on Exercise Ball (15 reps)

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STRETCH

I was a sweaty mess at the end of this workout. And my legs are SO fatigued. I love that feeling.

My mom made us lunch post-workout and I saw this sweet little note in the fridge for tonight’s BBQ-ed chicken for dinner. She just gets me.

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And this is my current view. Relaxation is such a necessary part of today.

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Let me know if you try this workout! Or… if you’re in SF let’s do it together and then drink smoothies.

Have a great rest of your Thursday!

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WIAW – Events Team @ Tech Crunch Disrupt Edition

by Kristine on September 10, 2014

It’s Wednesday. But technically it’s Friday. The Events Team has been working nonstop since 7am on Saturday… and the end is in sight. It’s been an AMAZING conference, breaking pretty much every precedent ever set by this conference… and I’m so pumped to be a part of it.

I just chatted with the CEO/Founder of BlueApron backstage – he’s incredibly engaging and I LOVE BlueApron even more now that I know the type of person who’s behind it. Have you tried it? If not – you should.

I’ve been posting via Twitter and Instagram (let’s be pals!) if you’re interested in what’s been going on here.

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Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff backstage

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That time I became BFF with Golden State Warriors player Harrison Barnes.

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Peter Thiel (PayPal Co-Founder) and Alexia, co-Editor of TechCrunch

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Nutrition

Working 15-hour days and not having access to my own kitchen makes eating healthy…. slightly more difficult than it usually would be. I also know that in times of high-stress it’s more important than ever to fuel right to keep energy levels high, sugar levels low, and ensure that that sneaky little stress hormone Cortisol doesn’t rear it’s ugly head. I’m also on Day 24 of Whole30 – YES! Feeling AMAZING. You know, coupled with the extreme exhaustion.

(FYI: Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. But when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on. The over-exposure of Cortisol and other stress hormones can cause anxiety, digestive problems, sleep problems, and weight gain.) source

I’ve been sleeping 6ish hours a night. Not nearly enough for what I need. I fluctuate between 8-10 hours of sleep on a normal day. I also haven’t been able to workout as often as I normally would, but I’ve been doing the best I can. I took a rest day on Saturday and on Sunday I took 30 minutes out of a very long event prep day, changed into my running clothes and ran for 15 minutes in one direction and 15 minutes back. It was all I needed. Monday became another rest day with a 15-hour day at work, and Tuesday I made it to the gym late-night for upper body supersets, abs and 10 minutes of HIIT treadmill cardio.

This week’s WIAW is #EventsLife edition. What I’ve been eating over the past 5 days of TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco.

Let’s get to it shall we?

Breakfast

It’s REALLY easy to be tempted by the pastry trays that are at events – they’re everywhere. And the food backstage looks delicious. But I also know that eating that will give me a sugar crash a couple of hours later and screw with my stomach. So I pass. Same goes with the yogurt. Dairy and I aren’t friends lately and especially not on Whole30. I’ve made smoothies the night before a couple of times, ordered in omelettes (bless you Postmates), and this morning I even got my ish together to fry up a couple eggs.

Protein + Fruit + Veggies = sustaining breakfast.

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Larabar, fruit, coffee

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Veggie, chicken sausage omelette from Squat and Gobble

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Green scramble with green juice from Evolution Fresh

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Kale Smoothie (almond milk, kale, froz fruit, almond butter, maca, chia seeds)

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2 eggs cooked in ghee with 1/2 an avocado, Cholula hot sauce, fruit and an Americano (morning staple)

Lunch

Lunches have either been on the fly, with clients, or backstage. I’ve been keeping with Whole30 and ordering salads, proteins and veggies and healthy fats to make sure I’m fueled, satisfied and sustained for the afternoons ahead.

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Seared Albacore at Waterbar with roasted veggies

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Catered Asian Salad with Paleo dressing and chicken

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Paleo-friendly salad from Sprig + 2 green juices

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Bluebarn salad with steak

Dinner

Dinners have been out or very late at night after receptions and happy hours (staying sober don’t you worry!)

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Dinner at Prospect – had the best medium rare filet of my life with grilled veggies

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Late night dinner – 2 scrambled eggs, baked sweet potato with coconut oil, 1/2 an avocado, kale, onions, prosciutto and nutritionnal yeast

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After a 15-hour long Sunday, I came home to this perfection home-cooked by boyfriend. Seared ahi-tuna steaks, baked sweet potato with coconut oil, avocado/cilantro/lime sauce, apple and plantain chips.

Snacks

I’ve been snacking – mid-afternoon on nuts, fruit + almond butter, salami, etc. Keeping with Whole30 and giving myself a protein boost before the evening’s events take place.

So there you have it – it’s a bit harder to stick to the clean eating plan when I’m not in control of everything I eat but it’s very doable. Yes it requires willpower but at the end of the day you’ll feel better, you’ll sleep better and you’ll perform better when you’re well fueled. I’m also shocked at how I’m able to bypass the chocolate, desserts, pastries, etc – the cravings have vanished. I don’t even understand what’s happening.

Have a great Wednesday friends!

 

 

 

 

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