Monday, December 09, 2013
This Friday I had my final weigh in for the 5% Fall Challenge, and I was so happy that I was able to make my number. I had to lose 9 pounds in 8 weeks and I was so happy that I accomplished it! That was the first time that I participated in that challenge and I absolutely loved it! I was a member of a great team, the Walkers, Runners, Joggers and Gadgeteers team, and everybody was so supportive of everyone throughout the 8 weeks and was really instrumental in helping everyone to work on meeting their goals.
I'm really looking forward to working with this team again in the Winter 5% Challenge. Although I am not doing as much walking and running as I was because I have started Insanity, I have still requested to re-join this team because I would still like to get back to my jogging after I finish my Insanity cycle, and I would also like to get walking in during Insanity. Part of the reason I am doing Insanity is to help my endurance for my running. So, although this doesn't start until January, I'm still going to keep pushing myself, no rest for the wicked!
Current Insanity Progress: I finished week 1 over the weekend and started week 2. My body is sooo tired. That blog I did about maybe I should be doing something extra....forget about it! My body has that exhausted my limbs are just heavy to pick up kinda feeling. Everytime I start the workout I'm like...ughhh, I'm not going to make it. But then, 20 minutes into it, I'm soaked with sweat and I'm feeling tired but strong and I realize I'm going further and doing more then I did the last time. And everytime I'm done with the workout I feel great because I realize I'm getting stronger!!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
So I blogged before that I just started Insanity over the weekend, and so far I love it. There are some things I'm still getting adjusting to though. I was working on the Bridge to 10K program and I've set that aside for now (I think Insanity may help my endurance for that), just because I'm not in that kind of shape to do both programs at once each day. Insanity so far has been roughly about 40-45 minutes each day (that will vary I'm guessing as I get into further weeks), but I'm used to running longer each day. Now Insanity is a rather rough and intense 40 minutes, a lot more intense, and I'm completely exhausted afterwards...but part of me is still used to my 60-75 minute runs and I keep thinking I need to go do something else now for the rest of my exercise minutes (after I pick myself off of the floor). I'll probably get used to that feeling of shorter exercise periods, or maybe I won't and I will just need to go do something else.
I love the schedule of DVDs to follow, although I'm still learning as I go. Yesterday for some reason all day long I was thinking I had to do a "Pure Cardio" DVD which I was thinking was nothing but a non-stop cardio rush, and I was actually looking forward to that push. When I got home from work I found out what I was supposed to be doing was actually a "Cardio Recovery" tape, which to my surprise, was very chill, lots of stretching, strength moves type DVD. I am actually terrible at this type of stuff, with the flexibility of a 2 by 4, so this was actually really good for me. My 4 year old was watching me and joined in with some yoga moves! I am looking forward to the Pure Cardio though and getting super sweaty again!
I'm really proud of myself for the changes I've made since June of this year. So far since something clicked in me and I decided I've needed to make changes to get healthier for myself and to be a better example for my kids and family, I have:
1) Completed the C25K
2) Work to complete the Bridge to 10K
3) Dropped 31 pounds
4) Completed the 30 Day Shred
5) Exercise 6 days a week
6) Am now strong enough and confident enough to try Insanity (which I never would have done before - I would have said that's just for the "super fit people")
One of the best perks of all of the above? My kids are proud of me and my husband has been motivated to start working out too, he's recently picked up walking and jogging on the treadmill. All this from some exercise.
Monday, December 02, 2013
So I've been contemplating getting Insanity for a while now and I have been slightly intimidated by it. I wasn't sure if I could do it or not. Well, Friday was my birthday and my husband and kids decided to order it for me for my birthday! I am so super excited about it (scared of it or not...I'm going to kill it!). I am currently working on the bridge to 10K program, but that will just have to go on hold while I work on Insanity, because there is just no way I can do both on the same day...I'm just not in that kind of shape. I'm hoping though that when I complete the 60 days of Insanity it will help me out with my running (give me better stamina and endurance). It certainly can't hurt!
So my husband had put the order in for Insanity on Thursday through our Amazon Prime account, and while we were waiting for it to come in I was continuing my Bridge to 10 K, and on Saturday I went for a 4.25 mile jog, not expecting the package to be delivered yet, and it showed! So later that afternoon I couldn't resist and decided to start the first day of Insanity even though I had already done my jog. I figured since it was only a half an hour fit test it wouldn't be too bad, right? Sooo wrong. But I loved it. That's exactly what I need. A great change up from the jogging that I've been doing. Yesterday I did the first "real" DVD and I was thinking, this is crazy! So although I exercised for a shorter period then I normally do during one of my Bridge to 10K jogs, I was a dripping, sweaty mess when I was done, and I had a super hard workout.
I'm hoping on the weekends to be able to add short jogs in as well (a couple miles or so). I know during the work week I just won't have time.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I had a great workouts this weekend. On Saturday I decided I was going to try to complete the Bridge to 10K again. I had started this before but never completed it, because I sidetracked myself with trying to increase my speed instead of my distance. I'm going to start over from square one. I started from the first week on Saturday, which is 4, 10 minute runs separated by a 1 minute walk. I finished those and had some energy left so decided to add some sprints to the end to get me to a 4 mile distance, and then I walked a 1/2 mile to cool off. It was a great workout.
Sunday I did the JM Hard Body workout. Even though at the end of the workout I'm still soaked with sweat and exhausted, I feel like that's starting to get a little bit easier for me to do. I think a few more times of level 1 and then I may be able to move on to her level II Hard body section of the DVD. I think next time I do the workout I might even break out the 8 pound weights for some of the exercises, because some of the squats rows, curls, etc I think I can handle with the 8 pounds. Weighted burpees however....not going to happen.
I think I'm going to weight myself this week on Thursday morning instead of Friday morning. I normally weigh myself on Fridays, but I'm already planning for Thursday to be a late eating night for Thanksgiving, and I think I will just be setting myself up for failure... I'm thinking that way also next week I will have all week to burn off Thanksgiving. Sound reasonable?
I hope everyone had a great weekend this weekend!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I bought a pair of pants about a month ago for work because they were on sale, they were too tight but I could button them. Unfortunately they fit like a second skin, definitely inappropriately tight for work. Because they were nice and on sale I figured I'd go ahead and pick them up with the hopes of shrinking down into them. I tried them on last night again and they almost fit! The thighs aren't skin tight anymore, the waist is nice and lose, I just need to loose an inch or two in my backside area (I don't need everyone at work staring at my butt) and I now have a new pair of pants...so hopefully NSV in a few more weeks!
Tomorrow is my weigh day, I'm always excited to see how I do on these days. I'm not sure about this week though because I had that issue with my back. I did keep exercising though, but it was low intensity (example, walking instead of jogging and I skipped doing any weights). Yesterday was the first day my back was feeling fully recovered, and I was thinking about doing the Hard Body DVD (which uses weights), but in the end I decided not to push it on my first "real" day back to higher intensity exercising for the week and so I decided to do my 4 mile jog instead....taking those few days of lower intensity exercise really hurt me! That 4 mile jog killed me! I had to keep breaking down into a walk and then sprinting to try to make up the fact that I had walked. That was harsh! I am proud of myself though that this week I did find ways to keep myself moving!
I wanted to pass this along to anyone with kids. Our kids are proud of us when they watch us exercise. We sometimes don't think about the impact of just exercising in front of them, but I was picking my two sons up from daycare after work the other evening, and as I was getting the older one (he's 6), one of his teachers came up to me and said "you look great. Tyler talks about how you run every day and how you can do all the levels in the exercise video. He's proud of you." I just wanted to share that to anyone that is as motivated by their kids as I am.
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