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...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
And not because I accidentally kicked it...
Interesting thing is, I knew it had. I could feel a difference mid-week.
AND oddly enough I got too busy to track food, around Wednesday, but I did get in my exercise, no matter what.
The January Jumpstart challenge videos have helped me break through my boredom and the lack of challenge in my ST workouts. They REALLY are surprising my body, to put it in Leslie Sansone terms, in a very good way. Not too hard but challenging and about the right length for a busy person.
I am super-busy right now getting things straight at work and getting ready for the trip to Rome, but I am still going to give this challenge all I've got until I leave.
And that includes the Cats in Winter team - whose challenge this week is to blog every day and comment on other blogs. so you are going to see quick and dirty little blogs! (just kidding, not really dirty...)
I will try to find something to share that will be of interest to all - maybe about the videos since they are my newest discovery!
Rock on, spark on into the New Year! Cats rule! ROWR!
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