Saturday, May 09, 2009
The 12-minute Pilates Abs Workout was less of a strain on my upper thigh for some reason. So, I was relieved that my hips weren't pushed to the limit (Ahhhh:-)
Since Pilates is new to me I watched the short introductory video that explained the 7 principles of Pilates. I learned so much about the correct posture, tempo, and the isolation of body movements not involved in the exercise.
One of the exercises included one of my goal exercises: the plank. Coach Nicole showed an easier way of doing the plank that I can continue to do and gradually build up to the full plank. I just have a lot of weight to hold up. So I'm thinking as I get lighter and stronger the plank will become more doable.
All in all, I feel like I had a good workout that was not a challenge to my physical limitations. I also feel great about learning the basics of Pilates.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Todays workout didn't add any stress to my hips, I just worked the upper-body, which wasn't a major challenge (WHEW!!!). The challenge for today (go without caffeine) was not really a challenge either because I eliminated caffeine from my diet in March when I began this journey. I went on a herbal cleansing fast for 10 days, and no I did not go without food for 10 days, I'm not crazy. Just the first 3 days of consuming cleansing herbs, lemon water, and fiber capsules. Then each day I added the good stuff, juices, fruits and veggies, dairy, and protein. Please not there is no caffeine included in the good stuff. On the 11th day I added small amounts of carbs each day as I began the fitness portion of my life-style change. I was so glad to find SparkPeople that made meal and fitness planning much less of a challenge.
I really believe I gave myself a good start (with my doctors approval) by cleansing my system of craving causing foods and drinks. So, I really don't miss the Pepsi and Folgers I consumed daily all day prior to beginning this journey. Nor do I miss or crave the large amounts of sweets (also not part of the good stuff).
Now the Boot Camp is like adding a big dolop of whipped cream on a banana split. Only this split is a split from those foods that keep me from reaching my life-style changing goals.
Friday, May 08, 2009
In only 5 minutes I worked up a sweat, 5 MINUTES!!! When Coach Nicole began an exercise and said it would be the last one before our cool-down stretch I had just experienced a moment of dread that I wouldn't be able to go on. It's like she knew I was nearing the end of my endurance level.
The focus was on the lower-body, but this workout was much more intense than Monday's that was also for lower-body work. I could feel my upper thigh muscles around my hips scream with each movement. I'm not talking about screaming pain, I'm talking about muscles screaming for joy at FINALLY being worked.
Yea, it was a challenge doing the lunges with the band (that's when the sweat started pouring), and I had to focus on breathing through the movements. In my minds eye I could see those hip muscles getting stronger, that my persistence was going to reap benefits. I reflected on today's (THUR) Healthy Reflections on persistence and on the cheering on of family, friends, and fellow Sparkies.
I worked really hard to complete the lower-body workout, and even though I imagine the upcoming workouts will be even more challenging, I believe I'll continue to be motivated to complete each workout. This is an awsome site with generously supportive people, and I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to change my live for the better.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Talk about an intense workout!!! The "Crunchless Core Workout" was a serious challenge. A few of the exercises are just what the doctor ordered. One of my fitness goals is to be able to do a modified plank. Well this workout should definately prepare me for meeting that goal.
The upper and lower body work we did previously enabled me to support the core work. I actually think I'm a little stronger today than I was last week; which are other goals: More upper body strength and flexibility in my hips.
Even though today's workout was tough, it gave me something to work for. I think later today I'll do the workout again.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I can't believe I'm doing this much exercise. I finished the boot upper-body 7-minute work out as well as the challenge (wall close-hand push-ups) and I feel so energized.
I also made the decision to train for the June 5th 5K. I'll be running in the pool with a couple other ladies in my senior center water aerobics class. We are so excited and we started training today. I found out how many minutes per kilometer of aquajogging we will need to do, five minutes per kilometer or 25 minutes for the 5K. I've been doing 20 minutes 3 days a week.
So, now I'll be doing something I've always wanted to do, a marathon. It's a little one, but it's only the beginning.
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