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.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
5 things I've learned doing Level 1:
1. It really does get easier.
2. Doing bicycle crunches slowly is a lot harder than doing them quickly.
3. Time flies when you make it a habit.
4. Be careful doing Jump Rope, or you'll run into the furniture.
5. It's an amazing feeling to start the day knowing you've already done your workout.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Only two more workouts until I move on to Level 2.
The pushups are still difficult for me. If I let my form slack a little by bending at the hips, I can finish it. The rest of the exercises are pretty fun for me.
It's getting easier to want to do my workout. Hopefully soon it will be a habit. I'm already eying Ripped in 30 for after I finish this. I think when I reach Day 5 of Level 2 (the halfway point), I'm going to buy the DVD as a motivator.
Monday, July 28, 2014
I had an unusual bout of ennui this morning, which kept me in bed until there was not enough time to do 30DS before my shower and work.
Luckily, I work from home, so I was able to redeem myself at lunchtime. Day 7 is done! That means, I only have three more Level 1 sessions before I start Level 2.
Hopefully some powder and extra deodorant will make me presentable at chorus practice tonight, since I don't have time to take another shower. The air conditioning helps as well.
My abs are still sore from wrenching them slightly doing pushups a couple of days ago. I can still do all the exercises, but it's kind of an annoying feeling.
I have a legitimate rest day planned for Thursday, since I am scheduled to donate platelets on Wednesday. The blood center always advises abstaining from rigorous exercise for 24 hours post-donation.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Day 6 done!
I almost skipped it, but I can't really find an excuse for lazing around all morning and then claiming I don't have 20 minutes for my workout.
So, that's 6 workouts in 7 days. That rest day was truly needed, so I have no regrets. Pretty good! I had been struggling to get 3 runs in a week before this. I think I just get bored with running. It's fine when I have a race in mind, but I just haven't been in the mood. Plus, I really need to build my strength. I've got Elastigirl arms.
What I love about this program is that I don't have to count sets and reps. Trying to count while lifting or doing crunches just does not work for me.
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