Thursday, June 14, 2012
I had a touch of insomnia last night. Woke up around 1:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. Oddly enough, I did some heavy cleaning, read for a while, and then had the best epiphany of the week. Knowing I would be exhausted come daybreak, I knew it would be a day best started with a trip to Starbucks for an Iced Soy Mocha - not a totally bad thing, all things considered. But the thought came to me that I could add my protein powder to my soy mocha (particularly since I use soymilk anyway) and create just the right combination breakfast to jumpstart my day.
While waiting for my favorite barista to finish making my mocha, I just had to share that concept with her...and I promised to share the results as well.
So I arrived at work, plugged in the blender, poured in my mocha, added my Shakeology (chocolate of course) and a bit of chia seed. It was better than I expected and just the right combination treat to get my day started on the right note.
Occasionally my insomnia serves a greater purpose. Thankfully this was one of those times.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
So today started Week #2 of my Body. Weight Challenge. I took an extra active rest day in between workouts and really expected to come out of the gate strong and hard. NOT SO MUCH!!
It was NOT an easy workout by any means. It pushed me to totally new levels I hadn't even considered. It hurt in all of the right ways and all the right places, and it encouraged me to push harder and stay the course to finish this challenge strong and healthy.
Oh am I ever feeling it already, but mentally I'm preparing myself for Friday's workout. I can, I am, I will!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I'm not sure if I'm right in my head some days
Knowing that today was another intense body weight strength day, I got up this morning and went hill running in the park. Actually, in my own defense, the original plan wasn't hill running, but the flat trails were closed due to a wellness 5k. Since I was already there, I just made the best of the situation.
Afterward, I kept trying to talk myself out of the strength work for today. After all, I factor in wiggle room and always accommodate changes in my workout schedule. But my body knew what it wanted, and that was to push the envelope just because. So I had an amazingly intense session and am so very proud of where I've finished week on of this challenge.
As expected, the push ups were a tad bit easier today than they were on Wednesday. The situps are finally where I thought they should have been on my test day, and the squats...well - I still love 'em and hate 'em, but that power in my legs makes it more fun to tackle those hills.
I workout hard and strong, but I don't have to workout long to get the results I'm after. Love learning extra lessons along the way...
Week #2 - bring it on!!!
Friday, June 08, 2012
This morning was day #2 of my body weight workout challenge. While I was incredibly sore yesterday, I felt pretty good when I awoke this morning. Common sense dictated a change in structure to accommodate the most difficult portion of the workout first, so I started with push-ups that nearly killed me - but I persevered!!! YEAH ME! Next up came sit-ups that are already showing signs of improvement!! And finally the squats...I love 'em and hate 'em all at the same time.
What I love about this challenge is the smartphone app that tracks everything for me. As soon as I finish a set I can push the timer button and work my circuits without losing track of where I am. So glad I decided to challenge myself this way. Can't wait to see how my strength improves with each workout.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Last week I decided to take on a few new challenges...namely the 100 Push-up Challenge, the 200 Squat Challenge and the 200 Sit-up Challenge. After taking my initial assessment test, it was recommended to take a week to recover before starting the 6 week challenge(s). This was the morning I officially started the journey. I decided to change it into a circuit workout and incorporated intervals on the elliptical to keep my heart rate up.
So how did things play out? the squats and sit-ups were challenging, but the push-ups nearly did me in. One thing I've learned in the 12+ years I've been strength training, the first workout is always the hardest...by this time next week I won't even recall today's endeavor.
By the time I was finished, I was fatigued and drenched in sweat, but I'd completed a 40 minute circuit with a 500+ calorie burn. Not bad for a Wednesday morning.
Next workout...Friday morning for day #2 of the Challenge(s). Bring it on!!
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