Daily Archive: December 15, 2012

College Christmas, Dance VIDEO, Workouts!

Posted by Nicole

Friday night I did what any student in the middle of finals and homesickness should do- I celebrated an early Christmas…. college style. (I also followed Finals Survival Tip #9!)


Complete with a giant tree and Natty Light “star”…


some matching buddies…


a blazing fire…


…and some 21-cup!

Even with the fun night out, I made sure to get a good 8 hours of sleep because Saturday sure was a busy day. I was decked out in “dancer” hair and makeup and at the basketball gym by 10:30 AM. We danced at the 12:00 women’s game and the 4:00 men’s game. The double header required lots of energy!

My good friend Grant was at the women’s game and captured one of our routines (though we are facing the other way and the quality isn’t too fantastic).

dance force usc

Here’s our dance:

From Nicole Olerich on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, the women’s team lost, but the men’s team won! Woo!

usc trojan dance force 2012


And now to talk about this week’s workouts.

lyon center

This week I gave myself a few goals:

  1. Make an effort to run more.
  2. Strength train, gosh darn it!
  3. Push through some tough workouts this week so you can enjoy the rest during Christmas break.

I’d say I did pretty well.


  • GYM:
  • 4 mile run
  • corework: situps, planks, russian twists with medicine ball, leg lifts


  • DANCE:
  • 2 hr practice
  • GYM:
  • 35 mins incline walk, 15 mins hill intervals on the bike
  • 3×15 bicep curl, bent-over dumbbell row, dumbbell tricep extensions, lat pulldown, seated leg press
  • 20 min bike


  • DANCE:
  • 2 hr practice
  • GYM:
  • 2.5 mile run
  • 3×15 pushups, oblique dips 25# plate
  • 1.5 mile run


  • GYM:
  • 2 mile run
  • 20 mins bike
  • 4 mile run, 1 mile cooldown walk


  • GYM:
  • 4 mile run
  • 30 mins bike
  • 3×15 pushups, oblique dips 25# plate

Friday - this was a bad day and basically a forced workout. I should have just rested.

  • GYM:
  • 20 mins elliptical
  • 35 mins incline walk


  • DANCE:
  • cheered/performed at women’s and men’s basketball games
  • GYM:
  • 2 mile run, 0.5 mile walk, 2 mile run, 1 mile walk (all while watching the Univ. of Arizona basketball game and texting my friend Jessi while she was at the game. such a nail-biter and Arizona just barely beat Florida!)

I’m still having trouble with two big things:

  1. Snacks between meals when I’m not actually hungry
  2. Late-night eating (like 11 PM… it’s just not necessary)

Ehh, it’s a work in progress. Can’t complain.

– Nicole

Q4U: Highlight of your weekend?! What was your favorite workout this week?

Checking In

Posted by Lauren

Yesterday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT is heartbreaking, devastating, unfathomable. I first saw tweets, then checked online news to confirm, then followed updates on CNN, then listened to news stories on the radio, then watched the President’s reaction on Hulu. I just can’t get over how horrible all of it is. My heart breaks for the families affected by this tragedy and I hope that some good can come of this – be it through stricter gun control laws or better help for those with mental health problems. When someone you love has a personality disorder (like the shooter allegedly had) such as paranoia, schizophrenia, or depression, it’s difficult to get them the help they need but it’s extremely important that you do. This topic is near and dear to both Nicole and me, and we hope that through the sadness and despair, awareness and change will result. The Newtown community is in our prayers.

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Today I’m skipping the San Francisco Santacon craziness to prepare for my Holiday Cookie Swap party on Sunday. It will be a small affair, but I’m extremely excited to decorate my house and bake cookies!

cookie swap supplies

That’s maybe 10% of the supplies I plan on setting up… you should see the other side of the room! As soon as I press ‘post,’ I’m going to begin painting some short glasses with primer and chalkboard paint. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

chalkboard paint milk glasses

I’ll be sure to take photos as I go along so I can share the process with you. Kyle’s coming over later with dinner already prepared in his slow cooker :) He’s got a roast in there with red wine and cream of mushroom I think. Doesn’t that sound goooood? On Thursday he came over and we tried to make soup. Key word: tried. It didn’t taste that great.

green soup kale squash sweet potato

I blended kale + greek yogurt + S&P + whole habanero pepper + water (no chicken stock!) and then added steamed acorn squash + sweet potato. The consistency was off and the habanero added way too much heat. That’s what you get when you experiment I guess!

Workout check in…. TBH the Slacktasm continued this week. I didn’t “push myself” at all, but I managed to be active every day!

taco tuesday sandwich

Tuesday – 3 miles in the morning, Taco Tuesday lunch (had to mention it), and then 3 more miles at night (I spy Tara’s blog).

wednesday bay bridge run

Wednesday – 3.5 mile run in SF! What a beautiful day!


Thursday – tempo run! 10 minutes at casual 7.1 mph, 25 minutes at 8.0 mph, then 10 minutes at 7.1 mph to finish. WTF Gossip Girl! You can’t just throw Bart Bass off a building!

friday bike hour

Friday – one hour leisurely bike ride and some ab work… Finally made it to the gym after a trip to the car wash, my mom’s house (borrowing decorations for the cookie party), the grocery store, and the hardware store (for the chalk board paint).

bootcamp 5c

Saturday – Tina’s circuit workout 5C (see above) 3x through. I ran a mile before each circuit for some extra cardio. Although I liked this circuit workout, I realized that anything with more than 5 moves feels too long and I lose interest. I’ll definitely keep that in mind when I plan my “strength” workouts during ski season.

Tomorrow I’m 100% going to do my scheduled long run. I haven’t done one full-out in the past 3 or so weeks and it’s about time. Plus, it will be a great excuse to eat more cookies! :)

Question: What was your favorite workout this week? A run? A class? Link it!