Thursday, August 21, 2014
Yesterday I completed my 10th workout for Level 2. Today I did Level 3 for the first time.
I really mean the first time. Even though I have had this DVD for a while, I'm disappointed to say that I had never made it to Level 3 before.
It was tough, but I made it through by reverting to the beginner version. I didn't have to stop, so that was good.
Monday, August 18, 2014
I did Day 8 on Saturday and Day 9 today.
I can finally do the whole Level 2 workout without stopping! The arms portion of a lot of the strength moves gave me trouble. Also, I couldn't get the oblique twists without stopping.
Today and Saturday I did them all! I did do the beginner version of a couple of exercises, but I didn't have to stop to catch my breath or rest my arms.
Tomorrow, I will finish Level 2 and that puts me at Level 3 on Wednesday.
I have a wedding to attend on Friday, and my dress is a bit clingy. That's my motivation for this week. I want to feel comfortable.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I just realized that I am halfway done with 30 Day Shred!
Just like Level 1, Level 2 has some good parts and some difficult parts. I love the walkout pushups. I can actually do them, and I feel like it's building up my strength. From now on, if the video has me doing pushups, I'm going to do them instead of the knee pushups. The military press is good, but I can't finish all the reps. I'm getting stronger, though.
I can't seem to finish Circuit 2 all the way through. Those oblique twists get my heartrate up so much. I feel like I'm "gargling my heart" (as she says) at the beginning, not at the end, of that segment.
Still, I'm making progress since Day 1.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
What? I don't see a discrepancy. Where?
OK, I slacked off on blogging for five days. I still did my workout, though!
Then I slacked off even more, and didn't do my workout for four days. I had gone to Vermont for the weekend, and that just killed my momentum and motivation.
Today I'm back on track. However, I couldn't get up the gumption to get out of bed on time. I did my workout right before lunch. Unfortunately, my stomach still had enough food in it from breakfast for all those jump moves to nauseate me. I swapped out some plank jacks for butt kicks. I'm going to make an effort to get back to exercising in the morning instead.
Other than that, I don't think I've lost too much fitness. Onward for the rest of Level 2!
Friday, August 01, 2014
Mini-goal: Do 10 days of 30-Day Shred Level 1. On to Level 2!
Since I donated one unit of plasma and two units of platelets via apheresis on Wednesday night, I took it easy on Thursday. I really don't notice much dizziness from doing platelets. When I donated whole blood, I generally didn't feel well the next day. I don't know if it's the overall volume or that my iron levels are usually right at the threshold. With platelets, I feel pretty good afterwards. Plus, I'm told I have an above average platelet count, so I can do a double unit donation in the same amount of time that it takes some donors do a single (a little over 75 minutes). I don't know why I put off blood donation for so long. I like talking about it because I think it takes away some of the "unknown" that can be scary if you've never tried it.
Starting today, I have a very busy week. I'm going to try to get up early to do my workouts, since there's little chance of making it up later in the day.
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