Thursday, June 28, 2012
Yesterday was my designated day for Body Rock. Haha. Earlier in the day, I had talked myself into doing it, but due to cramps (darn you, TOM!), I decided to do an easier Body Rock. (This is huge for me since my cramps can get really bad. I usually don't move much during the 2-3 days that I have them.) Anyways, when I got home, I decided I wanted a more challenging workout. So, I did "Wide Awake" (BR):
50/15 Interval; 3x through; 14 minutes total
1. Prisoner Jump Knee to Elbow - 16, 16, 16
2. 10 Mountain Climbers & Jump* - 4
--> I aggravated my hamstring (I think) again, so I decided to substitute bike
crunches for it instead.
2. Bike Crunches - 21, 20
3. Squats* - 23, 22, 20
4. Under Toe Touch with Half Burpee* - 5, 4, 4
I was so glad that I ended up doing something more difficult because I felt great afterwards (minus the hamstring). Yesterday, I almost felt like talking myself out of it, but I didn't. Why? I think I found something I like to do. I like Body Rock. I love sharing my scores with you all, and I love the positive feedback you all give. I love pushing myself. Sure, it's tough, but I like it. I don't want to miss a workout. Heck, I want to do one today, but I have an event after work. Plus, I like three a week because it gives me something to look forward to.
This morning, I did my usual walk (47 minutes). This time, I added sprints. So, for the first 20 minutes or so, I just walked. Then I got a little crazy. Haha. I added sprints until I was done with the workout. It was fun! (Never thought I would say that!) It gave me a little boost! I was happy. My cramps weren't too bad. I was beaming after my work out. To be honest, I've always wanted to be a runner, and now, I am taking small steps towards that goal.
Please don't ever think that you can't do something. Don't ever think you can't get healthy, or you can't run. You can. Just take small steps, and believe in yourself. Get crazy sometimes. Listen to your body. Eventually, you will get where you are going, so don't ever give up.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I really think I am beginning to get the hang of this "journey". I'm eating healthy every day. I haven't had a soda in two weeks. I've exercised 13 of the 14 days since I've started. I watch what I eat. I aim for six glasses of water. This time it seems so much different than the last. I feel more determined. Maybe it's because I go on vacation in two weeks, I go to the doctor at the end of July, and I'm in a wedding in August. Who knows? All I know is that things just feel different, and I really like it.
Weekends used to be the hardest time for me. I'd do so well during the week only to destroy my progress every weekend. Not any more. I got a second job for the summer (Saturdays only) where I do a lot of getting up and down, walking, and climbing stairs from 9a - 5p. I take breakfast, lunch, and snacks; I also bring water bottles. Last weekend, I only brought two bottles of water, so once I went through that, I was craving more water. I've never craved water before. In fact, I used to hate water. Now, I'm getting used to it. Anyways, by the time I am done with work, I'm exhausted. Although I don't add this to my fitness minutes, I consider this fitness for the day. I think this job has really helped me stay on track during the weekends.
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went out with a couple of friends. Before we met up with them, he suggested we go walk on the beach since I was really sore from Friday's Body Rock. He was like "let's go to the beach for a walk to help warm up your muscles." Aww! So, we walked for about 25 minutes, then we met up with our friends. I had ONE martini (Yay me! Haha. I usually have two-three.). Afterwards, we went danced for probably about an hour. We had loads of fun. I'm thinking about suggesting it again this weekend. :)
Sunday, I ended up taking a rest day. My body was exhausted. I drank my water, and I watched what I ate. I even took a nap! Haha. I'm thinking about taking a rest day every Sunday, but I will evaluate how my body feels that day.
Lastly, I did a Body Rock yesterday. It was intense. I decided to go all out since I start TOM this week, and my cramps get really bad to where any movement is just too much. However, I'm going to try to do a lighter Body Rock on Wednesday. Hopefully, I am able to get through that and my morning walks. Anyways, here's the workout if you are interested:
"Dripping With Sweat"
(I didn't do the ab bonus. The workout was crazy though!)
Friday, June 22, 2012
After work, I came home and did the Body Rock "Bikini Bunny Workout". Let me tell you it was quite tough especially with forty pounds of extra weight on you. I tired out around the fourth exercise (1st run through). Here's why:
- 50 seconds on/15 seconds rest; did routine twice.
1. Push Ups (2x) + Burpee + Tuck Jump - 5, 7
2. High Knees (10x) + Mountain Climbers (10x) - 3, 2
3. Push Ups (2x) + Jump Over Bag - 5, 5
4. Frog Jump + Push Up - 6, 4
5. Wood Chop, Knee to Shoulder (Left) - 28, 32
6. Wood Chop, Knee to Shoulder (Right) - 30, 31
7. Bicycle Crunches* - 26, 25
*Originally, you were supposed to do knee raises with the equalizer, but since I don't have one nor do I have anything stable to do it on, I decided to do the crunches.
Like I said, this one was tough. I modified the tuck jump to a jump, I did my push ups on my knees, and I did not jump in on the burpees. Instead, I brought one foot in and then the other. I started wheezing pretty badly in the first round, and honestly, I really thought about quitting several times. However, I took a quick break (1-2 seconds), and I pushed through. I'm really happy that I did because I feel great (although tired! Haha.).
My scores are terrible, but I'm not going to let that get to me because in reality, I'm overweight, and I'm out of shape. Hopefully down the road I will improve on them. You have to start somewhere. :)
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I woke up this morning to 167.8 pounds. I've lost about four pounds since I started last Monday. This is great... in some aspects.
I say this because every time I have hit 167, I usually quit/fall apart. I don't know why, but I do. Maybe I see the scale moving, and I get scared? Honestly, I wish I knew because it's frustrating. 167 just seems to be a wall I can't break down.
While I am a little nervous about it, I've decided to do my best today. I've gotten my morning walk in, and I have eaten healthy (breakfast, mid-morning snack, and lunch). I plan to get a Body Rock in as well as a healthy mid-afternoon snack and dinner. So, I have plans for trying to break through, but I still just feel scared.
Has this ever happened to you? If so, how did you overcome it?
I don't plan on stopping exercising or eating healthy like I usually do. I plan on continuing because honestly, I feel great. I feel like I'm slimming. My belly isn't bulging (as bad as it usually does). I like this feeling. I just need a little support today.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The past few days have gone pretty well actually.
I have maintained my exercise streak (since last Monday) of doing at least 20-30 minutes of anything. Mostly, I walk. I even kept it up on the weekend although I didn't track it since I didn't really time myself. Yesterday, I even added a 15-minute Body Rock session (Ass Fire).
4 rounds, 3 times; 50 seconds on, 15 seconds rest:
- Prisoner Squat Jumps: 18, 19, 23
- Straight Abs: 31, 31, 35
- Reverse Push Ups: 10, 10, 10
- Step Ups (Alternate): 12, 16, 16
I don't think I did too bad. I'm planning on incorporating Body Rock, ZWOW, or Pilates at least three times a week. (However, my main goal is to at least get in 30 minutes a day.) Last night's Body Rock session made a difference. I lost .6 of a pound between yesterday and this morning!
Eating has been ok. This weekend was a little iffy as I was feeling munchy on Sunday. I'm working on it though.
I will have to say that I'm lacking in the sleep department. I planned on going to bed early last night, but Carolina baseball ( ) was on, and I had to watch! :D
Overall, I feel like I am doing well. For once, it seems as though I had a pretty good weekend. Usually, the weekend is the worst in terms of food and exercise, but I somehow pushed through it!
For once, I finally feel like I am on track. I'm worried though because
1. I feel like I might be getting sick again. (Zinc, please work!)
2. My energy is still low. (I need more sleep!)
3. I'm having cravings for soda pretty badly this morning.
I go to Alaska to see my Dad July 11th, so I'm committing myself to exercise and diet until then. (I would like to go up there and continue my healthy habits!) While I am doing this for me, I know that me changing my habits for the better will excite my Dad. I hope he will notice as a few compliments will only help my motivation! Haha. :D
Anyways, that's the update. All's going fairly well. I'm a week and a day into this, and it feels great! Hope you all have a great day!
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