Friday, February 05, 2010
Recently I ordered both of Coach Nicole's DVDs - "Cardio Blast" and "Fit, Firm & Fired Up" and they came this week!!! As some of you who've read my blog before know, I have been looking for some new DVDs to add variety to my home workouts when I can't get to the gym. I decided to get Coach Nicole's DVDs because I liked how each workout is 10 minutes. I know I can at least manage that, so having this DVD gives me no excuse to skip a workout even for just a few minutes. I know she has many exercise videos on the site for free, but I've never figured out how to work out and follow along from a computer screen. ;) It's just easier for me to pop in a DVD. And these were reasonably priced too - about $10 each.
So far, I have only done the Cardio Blast. But I did watch the SparkPeople "infomercial" on the Fit, Firm & FIred Up DVD (bonus material). LOL.
There are six 10-minute workouts, so you get a full hour if you do the entire DVD at once - which is what I decided to do the first time. I wanted to see what each workout entailed. They are listed in order of intensity, as I soon found out:
1. Walk It Out
2. '80s Aerobics
3. Cardio Kickboxing
4. Hop to It
5. Jump Rope
6. Cardio Bootcamp
The first workout, "Walk It Out" reminded me of Leslie Sansone's workouts, without the annoyance factor. LOL. But it was way too easy. I remember thinking to myself "I wonder if this DVD is for beginners." But since it was only 10 minutes I stuck it out til the end. I wanted a full 60-minute workout so I decided not to skip any of them.
The '80s aerobics was still pretty low impact. Coach Nicole was dressed in 80s gear. LOL. Speaking of how she was dressed, I was surprised that she wore Nike workout clothes rather than clothes from the SparkPeople store. This seems to me like the perfect opportunity to showcase the clothes they sell in the Spark store. Anyway...it doesn't matter, just something that popped into my head about the DVD. (I did notice that SparkPeople.com was at the bottom of the screen throughout, so good advertising there!)
Cardio Kickboxing was fun and a little more challenging, but nothing compared to the intensity of the Body Combat class I am used to.
The rest (Hop to It, Jump Rope, and Cardio Bootcamp) kicked my butt. All in all, I burned more than 500 calories. I consider that a pretty good workout! :)
I liked that the DVD was broken down into 10 minute workouts, so if I only had 10 minutes to spare I could choose one, do it, and be done. If I have more time I can mix and match as I want. Having a variety of workouts on one DVD broken up into small, manageable chunks rather than having a full hour of the same type of exercise also appeals to me. Time doesn't seem to drag on as much this way. I also like how they can be adapted to any fitness level. Nicole provides a lot of guidance for beginners but also tells you how to make it more challenging. She is also calm and, well, NORMAL, not perky and annoying like the people on other DVDs I've seen. That was a refreshing change for me, because that perkiness is what usually turns me off of fitness DVDs.
I am excited to try the other one, "Fit, Firm and Fired Up," next because I have gotten way off track with strength training. This one is also broken down into 10 minutes with each workout geared toward different areas of the body: lower body, arms, core, etc. If I want to work my entire body at once like in Body Pump, I can do the entire DVD. Some weeks I will do the 10-minutes a day thing. It's good to have that flexibility!
I will be snowed in this weekend so it's a perfect chance for me to check it out - and do the cardio DVD a few more times as well.
P.S. I think Stepfanie should come out with some yoga DVDs! :)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
OK, so you are probably thinking, "Is she crazy?!?!" Who is actually *happy* that they gained weight?
Of course, I am not exactly thrilled that I ever let myself get to the point of being more than 60 pounds overweight. But today, on my third Sparkiverary, what I feel most is grateful.
I'm grateful for all the amazing people I've encountered here. Every comment on my Spark page, blog or message board post in which I needed help or support has fueled my energy and drive to keep going until I made it to goal. This support continues to sustain me as I work to whittle away the last few pregnancy pounds. I'm grateful that body has been so forgiving after all the years of abuse I put it through with my bad habits. I am grateful for everything I have learned about food, nutrition and healthier living. I'm a completely different person than I was just three short years ago.
If I hadn't been 63 pounds overweight:
- I would still be feeding my body garbage and rarely exercising. After all, why change if you don't think you need to?
- I would not be reading labels on the food I buy and would be (blissfully??) unaware of all the junk that is in so much of our food.
- I wouldn't have discovered so many great healthy foods and recipes.
- I would not know the joy and sense of peace that comes with regular exercise.
- I would be huffing and puffing when climbing stairs because even though I'd be thin, I wouldn't be fit.
- I would never have signed up to run a 10K.
- I might have still gone to Israel for my dream vacation, but without the incredible sense of accomplishment that went along with it.
- I might have had a more difficult pregnancy. And probably would have gained more pregnancy weight.
- I would not have gotten to know my amazing Sparkfriends, many of whom I talk to more than some of my "real-life" friends. Thank you for motivating me and allowing me to be a part of your journey. :)
- I would not be ready for The Amazing Race! (Can't wait for the new season, which starts Feb. 14! YEAH!)
In short, I would have missed out on so many things that have enriched my life the past three years. Thank you.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
These days, I am the happiest I've ever been in my life. This is all because of my beautiful baby daughter. Along with this joy, I also at times feel frazzled and overwhelmed, mostly because of my lack of time management and not knowing what to do first with my bits of spare time. But once I get my heart pumping with a workout (whether it's just a quick 10-minutes or an intense 60) all is well in my world again. I have not found anything else that makes me feel more centered and calm. I just wish I could bottle up that feeling and sell it. I would be a billionaire. :)
I am planning to order one of Coach Nicole's new DVDs, probably her cardio one. It looks like a great way to add a few bursts of fitness into my day. That, along with some Jillian in my Netflix queue, should help me mix up my home routine again.
I went back to the gym this morning with the little one. This time I was on my own - no DH. I grabbed a treadmill close to the kids area so they could easily find me if need be. I don't know if I was going crazy or what, but I swear that through my earphones I could hear her crying. I peeked in a few times and she was fine. Then they paged another parent but I thought they paged me so I ran in there. It sounded like they were paging me but mispronouncing my name. When I went in, they were like, "No, not you. Your child is fine." Hahaha! Ooops.
I also found out that they will be offering a baby and mommy class starting next month. it's $89 (Boo! I think it should be free for members!) but it's definitely worth it. I hope to meet some other mommies with similar interests. I am really excited to sign up.
Tomorrow is my three-year Sparkiversary. Where did the time go??
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