With about oooooh 24 days until the big day, JP and I have been feeling a little sluggish as of late. I have completely slacked off in any form of exercise regime, which only got worse when hit with an awful cold at the end of May. We ended up purchasing Insanity since quite a few of our friends have raved about the program and it’s results. JP first tried it when I was on a work trip and after her first day, told me breathlessly over the phone that it was the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life. This coming from a woman who has played soccer all of her life, D1 basketball, and has had 3 back surgeries. Excuse me?! Needless to say, I wasn’t stoked to try it when I returned home.
The first day is a Fit Test, which basically is a cardio workout all in itself as you measure how many of a certain exercise you can complete within a specific time frame. The “test” only lasts about 30 minutes but seriously, I wanted to pass out during it. There are 30 second water breaks here and there but you pretty much push yourself through some semi-intense exercise moves, and there were multiple times where I had to completely stop and take a breather. Shaun T doesn’t recommend that, though.
I took a few days off after that – lots of stuff going on and came back to try Day 1 which is a 41 minute workout with plyometrics and cardio. I didn’t make it through the video – seriously, I made it like 23 minutes in and quit. I was almost done. It was super intense, worse than the fit test and was basically the same movements over and over but increasing in speed. I should have just finished the workout. But now my legs have been sore and tight ever since and I keep making up any excuse to NOT workout at all. Boo.
I want to really get through the program and focus on it – it’s only 60 days and the workouts, although super intense, are manageable. Anyone else make it through Insanity and have any tidbits on how to stay focused?
I had some good runs last week and actually was able to squeeze three of them in! WHAT! Three runs in a week? Unheard of the past two months around here! But I got motivated, pushed myself and was able to complete them without killing myself. Progress, people, progress.
I received my weekly report from DailyMile, where I track all of my runs and some of my other cardio work. And was so excited to see that for last week, I not only squeezed in three separate runs but went for 9.68 miles total on the week! I wanted to high five myself…and maybe I did at the gym. So now that my running is back, I’ve been trying to incorporate some weight lifting here and there and am mostly using machines and some free weight workouts I know. But I’m getting BOOOOORED with it. Any advice on how to spice up my lifting routine? Any good apps out there with weight lifting workouts incorporated in there?
I’m looking to tone up, not bulk up but am also in the process of trying to lose weight … I don’t want to be the Hulk but am looking to increase my strength, endurance and trim up all areas of my body.
I’ve felt like garbage lately and have gained back some of my 8lbs I lost. So I decided to be more careful about what I was eating and to start working out regularly. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been running again, and now lifting. Plus, softball has started so I play one night during the week and on Sundays. I actually hit a home run in my game on Sunday, which I attribute to the weights (helllooo strongness!) and the bat I was using (not it wasn’t loaded).
With the working out, I feel better. I think people are totally right when they say that exercise can improve your mood and self image and all of that good stuff because it’s true. I may not have lost a pant size yet, but I feel better and I think about working out again which is awesome motivation. I’ve talked about using Daily Mile before, which is an app you can download on your smart phone and you can also track your miles and participate in social networking via the website. I can track my moods and it’ll actually plot them into an overall monthly mood for me by compiling a report. You can use the app for other things too like tracking walking, cycling, cardio, weight lifting, etc. But it’s really created for running. I like to use it to track my miles and times.
My progress via dailymile.com
This week, so far, I’ve totaled 6.55 miles running. I trimmed off some time on my last run down from a 15:23 pace to a 14:48 pace. My run is the fastest I’ve ran this whole year so far. Keep in mind I’m doing a Couch to 10K program so it’s really a run/walk. I’m not a full-on runner, just yet! Last Friday, I even used the app to track a 1 mile walk (warm-up) and 10 mile cycle (stationary bike), which I then paired with some weight lifting. So, the app is helping with motivation and training.
I have a super busy weekend planned – we have JP’s mom and sister coming in from Ohio and also have our cake tasting and bridal shower this weekend! So fun, can’t wait but already pooped! What are your weekend plans?
This past weekend was a little busy. JP and I headed to our venue to finalize some planning and details of the layout of our wedding reception and then headed to the town’s square because I wanted to spot some places we can take our pictures at. They have an adorable little “downtown” area, so I’m super excited to see how our pictures come out! After that we ran around and did some errands. I headed to the mall to waste some time while JP was getting her hair done. She needed a change and spent some time with her hair stylist to get a new cut and even some color. She looks great!
While she was getting beautified, I went to the mall where I spotted Dolvett Quince from the Biggest Loser. He was doing a small meet and greet for something in the middle of the mall. Most of the people who walked past didn’t know who he was – but I knew immediately! He looks exactly the same as on TV and had a big smile on his face the entire time, even though his line of people was about 5-10 people at time. Not so crazy.
On Sunday, we lounged around the house until I had to head to the city for softball where my team won by slaughter rule 17-1. I had a homerun at my first at bat of the season which felt great! But rounding those bases was a reminder that I’m still not in the best of shape. So, I still have some work to do. At least I was able to make it around the bases without getting thrown out!
This week will be a fun and busy week though! We have 2 showers coming up (one for my work and one for our fam and friends) and the most exciting thing – our cake tasting! How fun! Have a great week everyone!