Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Well, the last week food-wise was brutal. I don't even want to talk about it right now. But I was able to keep up with my workouts, even though there were some days I had to double up, today included. But I am where I am suppose to be, time-wise anyway.
February has been disappointing. I worked really hard and got no real results. So I let it fall apart for the last week. And this morning I paid for it; I weighed in at 185.4 today. really not great. But I am happy to get back on track today, and I am doing a week of The Skinny Rules to get back to it.
Workout 3: I'm still able to do the lunges, which is awesome. They are hard, but I'm doing it, and that still surprises and amazes me. No real improvement on Downward Dog, but all the other moves that I had trouble seem to have very small improvements. The Inchworm in particular I felt better at.
Workout 4: The Plank Kick Outs I tried with a full plank, and I was able to do about 4 each set before dropping to my knees. Not great, but better. I now do the hop with the Step Ups with Weights, and the Terry Pull I do without the weight. The Step Up with Weights Over Head are still a VERY big struggle, but I get through them; no real improvement there. I blew myself away though today; I held Hollow Man the entire time for the last set. I couldn't believe it!
I'm happy that no matter what I am eating, I am making sure to stay on top of my workouts. I can't argue that I have made improvements, even if the scale says otherwise and I can't measure them as mathematically as I would like. My husband says he really notices a hollow in my back, along my spine. I took my measurements today, but the results weren't spectacular, down 1/4" to 1/2" in a few spots. But I am ready to put February behind me and make March a really good month. I need to match my workouts with proper food, and then I can get great results. I feel like getting into the 170s is a huge wall for me and I just want to plow through it.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Today was much better. Workout 4 seems much more in line with where we should be on Week 3. Workout 3 was ridiculous.
It was definitely a step up from the first two weeks, but I felt like I could do it.
Things I'm hoping will improve as I go:
- Plank Kick Outs: I haven't be able to do a regular plank yet, I'm always on both elbows and knees, so this one wasn't really possible. I ended up on my hands and knees, doing something that resembled a straight leg Donkey Kick. Hopefully that's the best modification given what I am currently capable of, and still works the right muscles.
- Step Ups with Weights: These were in last weeks workouts too, but I have yet to add the hop. I just didn't feel confident enough in my knees to do that just yet. But hopefully soon.
- Step Up with Weights Over Head: (no idea what this is actually called) These were really hard. Keeping the weights lifted and my arms straight were most difficult when standing up.
- Terry Pull: (at least that's what I thought I heard her say) I only have 5 lbs weights (and no cash to go get others) and it seems way to heavy for this move because I am feeling it in the shoulder from holding the weight up, and less in my back/side. I think I will try it without weights next time so I can focus on the right muscle.
- Hollow Man: Same as Inchworm yesterday, it's hard for me to balance on my tailbone still post-surgery. But this move is insane either way. I kept my legs up for as long as I could, then had to take a quick break. But I get them right back up again.
Overall, this was a challenging workout and definitely increased intensity from the first two weeks, but I didn't feel lost. I had to work hard, and my shoulders and arms were killing me when I was done. I did lunges again! It's still exciting.
Yikes, back to Cardio 1 tomorrow. At least it's familiar, which will be nice after two new workouts!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Well. That was excruciating. Ok, maybe not that bad, but close.
Here's the good:
- Like Jillian says, at least I showed up.
- I did a few lunges! Like actual real lunges, with my knee touching the ground! I couldn't believe it! I was being careful, because of my knee issues, and going slow, really going for good form over speed. It was a bit easier on my non-wonky knee of course, but I did a couple on each side. I haven't done a full lunge in... maybe a decade? Or more?? Crazy.
- I burned 316 calories. In 36 minutes. Awesome.
- The cardio intervals, I could handle. Small jumps, but I was off the ground and working hard.
Unfortunately, that's it for the good news. Now for the not-so-good:
- It felt beyond challenging. Not the good kind of challenging, like the kind that makes you want to push yourself because you are so close, but the kind where it's demeaning and makes you feel inferior because you are so far away. Particularly the first circuit, but several parts in the entire workout, I was so far off from being able to do those moves. It's not encouraging.
- The first circuit really requires you to watch it first, and then go back and do it, because the poses are all on the ground and there is no way you are able to see the screen to see what she means. If you're new to this workout, sit down and watch it first so you have an idea of what the moves are suppose to look like, then go do it.
- It was depressing to hear her say that she expects we aren't losing 1 - 2 lbs a week, but more like 5 - 6 lbs. And I've lost less than 3 lbs. in 2 weeks. Which, generally speaking, is good, but why are other people getting such better results (according to Jillian anyway). I guess it's suppose to be motivating, but it just leaves me feeling 'less than', which I really shouldn't.
- Downward Dog: This is really challenging for me as it is, let alone reaching back with one arm. I don't have the flexibility to get my heels to the ground, and I feel a lot of weight in my arms.
- Plank Walk-Outs: I can't touch my toes anyway, so this was hard. I feel like I have to move A LOT of weight back and forth to do these, and I go waaay slower than they do in the video.
- Camel: I liked this one. I can reach (most of the time) the ball of the foot, the opposite foot, which I think is pretty good. I'm looking forward to see how I improve on this one.
- Cable Press: I don't know whether I have a different cable then they do or if I'm just not getting it, but I couldn't get this move set up. I just let the cable come around my back, and that seemed to be a decent modification.
- Plank to Crescent: Virtually impossible, and nowhere near their speed. I can't pull my knee far enough up in Plank to stand easily into Crescent. It feels like partially a flexibility issue, but also just that the sheer size of my stomach and legs does not allow me to pull my knee in that tight to my body.
- Crab Dips: Triceps are always hard for me, always have been. I have limited range of motion too.
- Side Crunches: I don't know if I'm even doing these right. It's hard, but it's tough to keep my knees together with wide thighs. Plus doing moves on my right hip always seems to hurt my hip, like the bone is digging into the ground or something (but not the left side). That's always been a problem for me on side moves tho, as strange as it seems.
- Tree with Lateral Raises: My balance was great! Raises get hard.
- Plank Ups: Just as hard as the other plank moves, and I did them all on my knees. Definitely not at their speed.
- Inchworm: Having just had surgery on my tailbone in December, anything resembling Boat pose doesn't feel great, and my arms were so sore by then that it was hard to stabilize at all.
- Skiers: Fun but I was definitely not at their speed.
- Quad/Hip Stretch: Does that not hurt your knee digging into the ground??
I list all these not to complain or groan, but so that next week when I finish, I can see how far I've come. I'm not giving up on this, and as incapable as I felt today, I didn't give up, not for one second. I kept moving no matter what. It just seems like a really big jump from Workouts 1 & 2. And I'm not really looking forward to having to do this workout again. I might actually be looking forward to Cardio 1, just because I know what to expect. I can only imagine what Workout 4 will be like tomorrow...
Sunday, February 17, 2013
And I am now finished the first two weeks. It's pretty exciting.
I really do think I am getting better at the Running Mans, and definitely at the Kick Outs. Fast Feet still feels hard, I certainly am not going as fast at the people in the video, but I'm also trying to move 70 more lbs than they are.
Although I'm sad to say good-bye to Workouts 1 & 2 (I was enjoying them and even looked forward to them), I'm happy to get some new workouts to try. And I'm thankful I am halfway done with Cardio 1 (but NOT looking forward to Cardio 2!!)
I finally got some big results on the scale today, 181.8 lbs! I'm so thrilled! It just gives me so much hope, that I am doing the right thing. The last couple of days, I had some difficult food choices, but I made the right ones and I feel like I'm being rewarded for that. And my brain sooo needed to see a direct correlation between my effort and the results. I suddenly feel confident and motivated to keep going. I'm eating in a way that I could easily (and happily) maintain for the rest of my life, I don't feel deprived at all. I'm exercising, but not to the point that I feel like I'm going to burnout because I'm working so hard. Being able to workout at home is a wonderful thing (we didn't have the space until just last month). It makes such a difference when you don't have to drag yourself to the gym, you just have to get downstairs.
I'm happy. And that's a really good thing.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
And with that, I am finished with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workouts 1 & 2.
And I am really nervous. I still felt challenged by them, even as Jillian's going on and on about enjoying these workouts because they are easy and are just getting me ready for the rest of the program. They weren't easy! They weren't (in theory) really difficult, the moves were basic and doable (to a degree, my range of motion still holds me back, as does my knee injury), but I still worked my butt off every workout and still had some wicked sweat drops dripping on the floor. If this is a challenge, how am I going to survive Workouts 3 & 4?
So yes, I am somewhat (read: A LOT) nervous, but I truly am also a bit excited. After Cardio 1 tomorrow, I will be done Week 2! That's 1/6th of the program. I'm proud of myself for sticking with it so well and persevering when I wasn't feeling all too confident about it. I'm excited to try some new moves and see what I can do with my body.
As far as weight goes, I'm still not that thrilled. I'm now finally down for the month, down 2.2 lbs since starting this. Which is good for two weeks, I have to tell myself that. But almost 1.5 lbs of that I had to lose after Super Bowl Sunday (which I did calorie count as best as I possibly could and still makes no sense to me), so it doesn't feel like real progress. I'm so messed up in what I believe is progress sometimes. But I started February at 184.0 and now sit at 183.2, and 0.8 lbs lost overall for 16 days seems really meager. I guess it's hard competing with that first month of weight loss, when I dropped over 12 lbs. While I don't expect that every month, I would have been happy with 5 or 6, and that's certainly not happening for February, despite how hard I've been working.
I do see changes in my body, I really do. I'm looking forward to taking measurements; I do it every 4 weeks, so not until the 27th. I feel thinner across my upper stomach and I can see some definition in my arms and legs. I guess I just feel, although not necessarily smaller, less jiggly. And that's certainly a nice thing.
As for the workouts, Supermans were still hard on my upper back (not pain wise, all range of motion issues), and the Lunges really bothered my knees today (which is too bad because I really thought I was getting better). It's frustrating to hear Jillian say that the Donkey Kicks are such an easy move. They are simple I guess in theory, but not easy. Try being 50+ lbs overweight, with a large majority of that in your hips, butt and thighs, and then tell me how easy it is to get on your hands and knees and kick one leg out, back and forth. Wide thighs take up space Jillian! So I hope when she says easy, she just means in explanation of form, not in strength capabilities, or else I'm toast next week.
I think I've gotten better with the Suicides, I feel less clumsy. Maybe not faster, but less clunky as I run back and forth. Running Mans are still the devil, but I think I've gotten better at Kick Outs.
So overall, I know I'm making progress, just not always where I'm hoping to find. I just have to remind myself to be open to see it in other places.
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