Thursday, August 09, 2012
Cardio Recovery was well worth the wait. Even though, as I've mentioned, it's definitely not a rest day, it's so nice to give my body a rest from all the jumping and high impact. I still sweat this morning, but that could be due to the heat. Yikes! I'll be glad when this heat wave breaks at the beginning of next week. But, then again, it was a strength training workout, and I could easily be sweating because of that...All I know is today was a gift, and I look forward to getting right back into the Insanity cardio tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
OK, two big days - Pure Cardio and Plyometric Cardio Circuit - complete. Both of these really make me work up a sweat. I know I'm getting stronger (as I can do more each time), and this is what keeps me going. I have been keeping track of my heart rate which is one of the program's suggestions. I love seeing my heart rate has come down so much from when I first started. Obviously, I can tell that I'm not so out of breath or dizzy as I was the very first week of the first round, but I like monitoring my heart rate and seeing how quickly it comes down when I take the 30 second break. The actual heart rate is something people can't see from the outside, but I know my body is changing within. It's a great feeling!!
I wish more programs would suggest people monitor their heart rates with a monitor. It's obviously important (especially for those of us older), and it's a good indication of progress. It also gives specific goals to meet while working out. It's invaluable really. And, it works so much better than having to stop to
check your heart rate with your fingers - more accurate and doesn't take you away from the workout. Of course, some programs don't even have you watch your heart rate at all which is not a good thing.
Monday, August 06, 2012
First day of the second week. Today was Cardio Power & Resistance (although it had a lot of plyo exercises included). I'm happy that this second time around it's so much more doable. I was able to complete everything today. The power jumps are still my weakness, but was able to continue each time (albeit slowly) they came up and not stop.
I find that my eating is better when I exercise. I don't know if it's that I don't want to spoil the hard work I'm putting in, but I've been able to refrain from snacking or going outside of my planned food these weeks while I've been doing Insanity. I started this program (Round One) eleven weeks ago. I have been able to consistently eat right this whole time. It's now the start of my twelfth week, and I don't feel any need to stop. I just hope I can keep it up!!!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
I didn't write yesterday because I was a bit busy, but I am really excited that Week One in done! Starting over again was a bit hard (mainly because I was hoping after the first round I would have lost all the weight magically, and I didn't!), but it gained speed as I got into it. Today is our rest day. I will probably spend the day relaxing and include a walk or maybe a slow bike ride. I've come to discover a rest day doesn't mean not to sleep all day, but to take things a bit slower and just have some fun. The little bit of exercise that comes with walking or a bike ride is just an added bonus!
I'm looking forward to starting Week Two. I couldn't believe how much easier this first month's exercises were this time around. The first time I did Insanity, the exercises seemed overwhelming and practically insurmountable. Now they seem much more simple. I don't get as winded, and my heart rate has come way down. I must finally be getting into shape...Yay!
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