Friday, January 20, 2012
Ok, a quick report here...I missed doing a video on Wednesday so yesterday I did the Wed. video, Seated Core exercises.
This is the one that asks you to pull the abdominal area WAY IN in order to make your leg move. First time I did this, I couldn't feel if I was doing anything different! But this week, I DID feel my abs kick in and realized when I was adding leg muscle to this...so I was able to make the leg lift smaller and feel it just happening from the abs. Cool!
The other thing I noticed was that previously I have done the leaning-back abs exercise and let my back curve, rather than keeping it straight as instructed. SO my back muscles have been doing some of the work. Aha! When I keep the back straight, I feel the abs more.
Today I did the Pilates hips and thighs video, and it was definitely easier than last week. I can feel that this is going to be GREAT for those flabby upper leg parts that we love to hate...
45 minutes cardio, walking to and from Starbucks at 17-minute/mile pace, in pretty chilly temps! It felt like a fairly easy day. I guess I am ready to go to Rome and walk up and down those seven hills!
Happy weekend, Sparkies! GO CATS!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I know none of you will misunderstand that title...
I mean cardio, of course! I have a hard time moving my body in the morning. I just would rather do other things. But I read a spark friend's blog this AM and she had done 80-some minutes of exercise. I usually do 30-40, and if I do more than that it's a really good day!
So HOW does she do this? Mornings, I feel sure! Today was a good day for me to try it, since I have most of my hideous paperwork done, and some free time today before I do my choir rehearsal tonight.
I did 3 miles of Leslie Sansone but bumped up the tempo and the intensity since I was playing a CD while watching her moves which gave me faster tempos & lots of energy. I used 2 lb. weights here and there. Classic mile is often boring but today it was NOT, I was sweating much sooner, and ditto the arms focus mile.
I took a tiny break before doing the legs focus mile and used Leslie's music for that, since she has just the right tempo for squats and lunges. And I couldn't help but remember when I started using this DVD, in February of 2010, and found the legs mile so hard. Two years of Leslie has gotten me ready for Coach Nicole, I think.
So some advice for those who find Coach Nicole discouragingly hard - check online for some Leslie Sansone. It is an excellent way to get more of a full-body workout while still doing low-impact. And you can bump it up to some jogging if you like. I am 66 years old and started this at age 64. Anyone can do these DVDs! And Leslie is very encouraging. So if you find yourself losing heart and momentum, give her a try.
Let's see, that was 41 minutes so far today - I am going to add a video and maybe another couple of miles before I go to choir. It's below freezing outside and we're expecting some gentle snow, so indoor walking is perfect for today.
If I can do it,
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
This will be REALLY brief.
Although a month ago, my running yesterday would have left me much MORE tired...progress...
Today I got home from youth choir and did a fast 1.5 mile walk and followed that up with 14 minutes more walking, unmeasured.
I visited my two neighbors for the first time in two days - one is beginning radiation soon for stage 4 cancer and I really wanted to see her and find out how she is doing.
After fixing dinner, I was tired...but I did get in a 7-minute arms video with Coach Nicole. Somehow I didn't have what it took to do more cardio.
But as instructed by the January Jumpstart challenge, I have eaten LOTS of fruits and veggies today!
So...on the whole, not bad!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Blog #2 of the 7-day series for January Jumpstart
Weak ABS? MOI? But I've been doing Leslie Sansone leg lifts, kicks, and crunches, and if I am in my accustomed floor position I can hold a backward lean quite easily...
BUT try it on a ball, babes! Humility enters...
Two big challenge videos for me - Coach Nicole's 12-Minute Seated Core Workout.
Yep, she said, "seated."
That makes it harder! You aren't supposed to use your leg muscles to lift your legs - JUST YOUR ABS. Oh mamma! The first time I did this, I couldn't even feel if my abs were doing anything. And lifting two legs together - ho ho! It's easier lying down doing double-leg lifts...
BUT two days later, boy did I feel my abs in a very deep way.
Second biggee - this was the extra video we were supposed to add in week 2?
I chose (silly me) to experiment with The Ball.
Day 4 New You Bootcamp focusing on abs/core using the stability ball.
It's a New Me, all right!
Once I figured out that I HAVE to wear shoes or my feet slip and I slip right off the ball...well, that was realization # 1!
I did this video twice and second time it WAS easier...with shoes...and I managed to position myself on the ball so that things felt more or less right...
I did the crunches OK...but when the "reaching across the midline" set of crunches began, I just self-destructed. Crunches balancing on a ball and crunches lying on the floor with knees up are two entirely different animals. These ball crunches are FIERCE.
But I am a CAT - hear me RRRRROOOOOOWWWWWWWRRRRR!
Going to try those crunches again this week and see if I can begin to conquer them.
Incidentally, all this roaring is getting me ready to see the Coliseum in Rome where the lions prowled...
But I don't think we get to go in, because I think they are working on it to keep it from falling down and they don't want it to fall on any tourists. I can go along with that. But too bad we don't get to see the space where the lions prowled...
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