#elf4health week 1 recap

2 Dec

I’m currently in the library studying for my Trusts & Wills and Criminal Procedure finals — but my hand is cramping up from writing flashcards so I thought I’d switch gears for a second and crank out this blog post.

Good news — I successfully finished Week 1 of #Elf4Health!

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It has been a lot of fun following along on Twitter and Instagram with everyone participating, as well as getting to know my elf, Nicole.

Here’s how the week went down:

For Meatless Monday, I had a busy day at school and was there for lunch and dinner.  While I was able to avoid meat pretty easily (burrito bowl FTW!) it made me more cognizant of the fact I need to get (back) in the cooking game.  Side-note: current favorite meatless meal? Still scrambled eggs + spinach.

On Tuesday, our task was to unsubscribe. I used a website called unroll.me and got rid of a bunch of unwanted e-mails, but I have slowly noticed some of them start to creep back in…weird.

On Wednesday, we had to try a new workout. I ran with Homeboy in the morning and taught spin at night, but I also checked out a new workout (55 burpees, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, and push-ups are no joke). I also wrote about some new-to-me workout studios in LA I want to try here: Brand Spankin’ New Workouts.

On Thursday, after a little Turkey Trot action, I headed home to see my family. I’m not a huge caller (texting generation, duh), but I called my Uncle while I was driving home instead of the usual text or e-mail (and because it’s totally unsafe to text and drive). 


On Friday, I used the Ounces app (thanks, Cori!).  It was fun to be more conscious of how much water I was imbibing throughout the day, and I like the fact they include a push notification at noon to remind you of where you’re at.


On Saturday, aka “treat yourself” day, I first taught a little spin and logged some QT in the library, but then I headed out to dinner in DTLA with my parents and headed to the Kings game against the Calgary Flames with my Dad.  I was lucky to win tickets from the organization I volunteer with, Back on My Feet.  Definitely a treat!


The “treating” may have continued with a slice of pumpkin pie and a full mary registration (barely beat the Dec. 1 price increase)…


On Sunday, I woke up and immediately got my first 12 burpees done for the 100 Burpee Challenge.  I love living on the West Coast, but there’s no greater motivator than waking up to zillions of tweets of everyone doing #Elf4Health on the East coast already beasting.  I headed to the gym for Body Pump, spin, and then completed 38 more burpees before studying for a few hours.

After the library, I finished the second 50 (in blocks of 10) and then snapped this photo.  I spy a tiny tri…


(Tri-cep not -athlon…let’s not get carried away).

I’m excited for the next week of challenges…even if it is somewhat of a distraction from holographic wills and spendthrift trusts (yes those are things, yes you should be happy you chose a different profession).

Elves:  how did Week 1 go for you? Favorite challenge? 

4 Responses to “#elf4health week 1 recap”

  1. Brittany December 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I totally see that TRI! BOOM strong lady! Awesome week of workouts and water consumption. I drink out of a 32 oz mason jar, and make sure I get at least 3 if not 4 of them in…which makes tracking my oz so much easier!

    • gillian December 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

      Oooooh! And not to mention you probably look super cool drinking out of a Mason jar! So cute!

  2. Ashley December 3, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    woahhh marathon good luck!!!
    My favorite challenges last week were the unsubscribe challenge because my inbox is so cluttered and 100 burpees. It was hard but definitely a good way to test the limits.

    • gillian December 3, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Totally with you about the burpees — it was definitely a challenge!


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