Thursday, December 15, 2011
I'm really enjoying reading all about the 12 Days of Bodyrock Christmas Challenge that it seems all my Bodyrocking friends are doing. I won't be participating, for two main reasons, but I WILL be keeping up with everyone's scores and I might do the workouts here and there, too, unofficially.
The first reason is that it just kind of started at a bad time for me. One week ago today I did a workout that really just about killed me, no lie. My butt ONLY started to feel better today, I mean I really tore it up. I really should have taken a rest day Friday, but I didn't, and my workouts suffered all weekend. Monday was an exercise challenge, and I did okay, but Tuesday I had to quit in the middle of a workout because I just didn't have it in me. Yesterday I FINALLY took a proper rest day and today, for the first time since Thursday, I felt good and strong and really went in hard tonight. So, this week's been kinda rough for me.
The other reason is that I have always chosen a Bodyrock depending on my mood. For examples...
"I'm really tired, and I want just a quick and dirty 12 minute workout tonight."
"It's raining and the deck is wet, so I need something without any jumping."
"It's nice out, I feel like going out to the sidewalk. I'll choose something with jump rope."
"I haven't done *insert particular move* in awhile, I want to do a workout with that."
So I always like to choose a workout that coincides with how I'm feeling, so I never follow their schedule and I rarely do a workout the day it goes up, unless it looks especially fun. I don't like to feel like I "have" to do a particular workout on any given day.
So! While everyone blogs about Day 3, I'm gonna blog about "You Push Me." Who knows, maybe all my Bodyrock friends will enjoy reading about a different workout other than the one everyone is doing.
Substituted because I don't have a dip station or anything I can really use for one.
24, 22, 23
Side Jump Lunge
My boyfriend pointed out during the 2nd round that I was holding my breath, and reminded me to breathe. It really helped in the 3rd round. Air is good, folks. Remember that.
42, 33, 38
On knees, actually the first time I've done these properly. I was doing a reptile on my toes, then dropping to my knees for a pushup. But I figured, it was time to progress. These are killer, even from the knees.
12, 10, 7
Too easy, next time I am taking my bucket outside so I can make sure I'm going down deep enough.
22, 22, 22
Jump rope (plain jumping)
121, 122, 129
Well, I do wish all my Bodyrocking friends the best of luck, and to whip Brutus in the behind every day until Christmas. I hope my decision not to participate doesn't make me any less of a BODYROCKER! Take care, everyone
Monday, December 12, 2011
Tonight I did a Mountain Climber Challenge. 500 mountain climbers as fast as you can.
I chose this because mountain climbers are one of my least favorite exercises ever, in fact, back in kickboxing I remember just hanging my head in despair when we had to do them. And only a few months ago, I couldn't even do 20 at a time. I really can't even tell you how much I hate(d) mountain climbers.
I used to hate jump squats too, because I could only do one and my legs were burning. Now I bang 'em out and they make me feel so strong and powerful! So I faced my fear of mountain climbers head on with this challenge. I was seriously nervous all day, folks. That's how bad they are/were for me.
First I warmed up with 5 rounds of 55 seconds of jumping rope and 5 seconds of rest.
Then I completed 500 mountain climbers in...
I was just hoping to suffer under 15 minutes so I am actually pretty pleased with that number and I can't wait to whip my own butt in a few weeks. Think I'm going to try again over Christmas vacation and get that sucker under 9 minutes.
It was a great workout! My arms were more tired than anything. I collapsed when I hit 500 and lay there panting and sweating for a few minutes. It was about 35 degrees out. My boyfriend had come out and counted for me and observed, rather matter-of-factly, "You have steam rising from your neck."
I was so jazzed by exceeding my expectations, I did the 300 thigh squeeze challenge again and went from 5:13 to 4:17!!! WOOT.
Pretty good workout day over here.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Thursday's Bodyrock really kicked my butt. Literally, my glutes are STILL sore, still tender to the touch. But it was killer in all aspects. I probably should have taken a rest day Friday, actually. Friday's workout was dragging, yesterday I pushed as hard as I could, but didn't really beat my old scores by much, or in some cases, at all.
This morning I just did cardio and even that was hard. Not for the heart and lungs, but my legs are still so tired and they didn't want to move. I did 20 minutes of jump rope intervals, with my handy dandy little GymBoss, as always. I swear I'm going to buy myself another one, because if mine suddenly craps out, I'll go insane.
8 rounds of 15/1:00 intervals (10 minutes total)
Round 1: plain jumping
Round 2: Jump jacks
Repeat until time is up
10 minute walk around the block
Repeat first 10 minutes
So I did 20 minutes of alternating one minute jumping rope and one minute jump jacks with the rope. Jump jacks are tough. If you read my blog Thursday, you might remember I said they really cleaned my clock. They really work your core and your butt, which adds a whole new level of intensity to the already intense cardio. But I stuck a walk break in the middle because I knew I wasn't going to be up for 20 minutes straight. To be honest I'm not even sure I was up for 2 ten minute segments. But I went out there.
Now I'm having some Pomegranate Pizzazz tea and preparing to continue with the bauble-gluing on my grandma's Memory Jar, then later I think I will make her birthday card. Lunch will be two pieces of leftover roasted red pepper, spinach, mushroom and goat cheese pizza with 1 ounce of pretzel sticks and a banana raspberry salad. Dinner is leftover BBQ chicken, salad, and cinnamon apples. Sound familiar? Yeah, I get into food ruts and I love me some leftovers, that's for sure!
Have a great rest of your weekend
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Yesterday was a bit of an odd day for me. It started out great, but by the time I got home, I was tired and just meh. I forced myself to do the Sexy and Jacked Bodyrock workout, but my time was abysmal and I really didn't push it as hard as I could have. But I ate well, stayed within my budget and all, so that at least was good. I had my usual breakfast, a ham hoagie with spinach, lettuce, and yellow mustard with apples and raspberries for lunch. Dinner was roasted red pepper, spinach, mushroom and goat cheese pizza (3 slices) with a banana raspberry salad.
Today I spent most of the day gluing baubles on my grandma's Memory Jar. It's going to be really cute, but I'm frustrated, like I often am when I do a new craft. This is the first time I've used the hot glue gun and it didn't occur to me to wash the jar first, and my baubles keep popping off. Matt says that if I wipe the jar with alcohol, it will remove any grease and whatnot that's causing them to not stick, and to also not dilly-dally with sticking them on- the glue has to be as hot as possible. I wish I had asked him about these details before I started. Oh well. I will post pictures, it's going to be so pretty. Once the baubles actually stay put, that is.
I told Matt to pick a Bodyrock for me, and he picked Hot Warrior. Actually, that's one of my personal favorites I didn't really kill any of my numbers though... I'm not sure what's wrong with me. I am dragging these last two days. Maybe I need a rest day or something. I'm thinking of just doing cardio tomorrow. I had my normal breakfast, 2 pieces of leftover red pepper pizza and banana raspberry salad for lunch, and dinner is BBQ chicken breast with a spinach salad and homemade cinnamon apples. I noticed that BBQ joints serve cinnamon apples with meals, so I made my own. But with real apples. And no sugar.
So that's what's new over here... hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!
Friday, December 09, 2011
I hadn't stepped on the scale since late October. I got a little off-track and didn't want to see the damage, but today I was like, I have GOT to know where I am.
I thought it said 157.8, and I was like, okay. At least I'm still in the 150s. I haven't gained that much. I can deal with this.
Then I bent over to take a closer look (didn't have my contacts in).
Scientist has to test everything in at least triplicates.
Starting weight, 181.8
Today's weight, 151.8
I didn't even think I had 30 pounds to lose, so I have mixed emotions about this. I'm super proud of myself, obviously, but also annoyed I let myself gain 30 pounds, well, more than that, I guess. But mostly I am happy! And I know it's fat I'm losing! HOORAY! My size 8 jeans are so close I can taste them. They taste all cottony and delicious.
Have a great day everyone!!!!
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