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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I've had a pretty severe case of the workout doldrums for the entire summer (probably since before that...). I needed a way to shake things up, make it enjoyable again. I have recently discovered that Jillian Michaels' Six Week 6-Pack workout (level 1) is available on YouTube. A couple of days ago, I decided to give it a try. I went perusing, with the intention of picking out a Zwow to do for the day before going for my 3 mile run, and found this little gem instead. My midsection is pretty much the bane of my existence. I know we all carry weight differently, and for me, it seems that any extra ounce I pick up goes right to my tummy. I know you can't really spot-tone, but I think targeting my trouble zone will make me more aware of everything I am doing to my own detriment. I've done the workout 3 times now, it's about 35 minutes long and will leave you pretty sweaty by the end of it.

In addition to the core work, I have been running more consistently. Yay! Saturday, I did the video in the morning and did a 3 mile run in the evening. I felt like I was FLYING out there (I timed myself, so I know I wasn't really, but I didn't feel like I was running in quicksand, which sometimes happens when I've been slacking off). Then Sunday I decided to do hills. I never do hills. I never do anything fancy when it comes to my running, actually. I don't do tempo runs. I don't do sprints. I just...run. I walk when I need to, and on a good day I can keep up 10 min miles for 4 to 5 miles.

Well, the Riverwalk trail here in town has this one beast of a hill 1.25 miles in. I geared up (iPod and HRM), slugged some water, stretched, and had a nice easy run out to the top of the hill. I strolled down, paused at the bottom, stared up at my nemesis, and took off. I wasn't sure how many repeats I would work in. After 4, I decided if I could do 8 altogether, I would be pleased with that and call it a day. I got some strange looks. I got a couple of "atta girl-s" and "so you're doing hills today?" 8 repeats took me around 18 minutes (I wasn't super strict about the timing) and then I headed back. I tried to run back, but ended up walking most of the way. My legs felt like jello. I call that a win. I took yesterday as a rest day after all those mean hills and started today off with the video again. She suggests doing it 5 times a week for 6 weeks, so hopefully that will help me fit back into my jeans by the time the cooler weather arrives.
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MONA791 8/28/2013 3:20AM

    I like Jillian's workouts, and Six week is one of my favourites but it's definitely a killer one.

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NYARAMULA 8/28/2013 1:03AM

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TARANITUP 8/27/2013 8:26PM

    That workout is definitely a killer... Sometimes I don't make it thru round 2 at double time!

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SKFEREBEE 8/27/2013 11:36AM

    I hear what you're saying about the tummy. I feel like my fat has migrated from my butt to my stomach and refuses to leave.

I LOVE me some Jillian! Waiting for 2 exercise DVDs of hers (No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism) to arrive this week to help kick start my fall routine. Definitely time to "fall" back into some healthy habits and I can hardly wait :o)

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3016DEBRA 8/27/2013 11:25AM

  I'm back to my routine again after taking too much lack-a daisy attitude...you have inspired me too! emoticon

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SLEDGELOVE 8/27/2013 11:05AM

    GOOD FOR YOU! You are totally speaking my language on this blog! I started running about a year ago and just finished my 2nd 5k last Friday. I totally get the "nemesis" and "quicksand" references. Thanks for this...you have encouraged me greatly! emoticon

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