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Dec 7

Wimpy workout today

Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 in Exercise

Documenting my rather wimpy workout today. Done with 20 lb Kettlebell.

2 sets: swings x 30 / goblet squats x 15
2 sets: snatches x 10 each side / 20 sumo high pulls
2 sets: clean and press x 10 each side / flutter kicks x 30, then mountain climbers x 20, then flutter kicks x 30
2 sets: pushups x 20 (modified) / plank to count of 20
2 sets: bicep curl x 20
2 turkish get ups each side

I am TOTALLY unimpressed that this semester has resulted not in weight gain like spring semester last year but in muscle loss and a loss of tone and strength. This sucks and will not stand. My mom told me a few days ago that I am chunky, and while that was rude of her to point out, she has good intentions. My body type looks best with muscles. Muscles as we all know take work. And maintenance. So fuck that, get to work Michelle.

I do want to mention that my personal judgement of my fitness level is biased because at the end of the summer I was doing exercise almost every day of the week and I know that is not tenable.

Jun 19

How I Was Beaten by Yoga X

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Exercise

P90X is a killer workout routine and I am not even doing it the way it’s intended to be done. I am only incorporating it into my existing workout schedule and doing it once a week. This week I did YogaX and was floored at how hard it was. I didn’t even finish the whole workout because I was feeling light headed and sick. I have done almost all the other P90X workouts and was surprised that yoga beat me. I used to do yoga every day! I went out on the Internet and searched for common experiences with which to sooth my battered pride and found plenty. At least I am not the only one.

Realization: Yoga X is hard

Anyone who has tried P90X knows just how hard Yoga X is. Out of the 12 DVDs included in the program, its the longest workout 1.5 hours, and it is also one of the most difficult because youre working muscles in a whole new way. Its not about quick bursts of power or reps and sets— yoga is about slow and fluid transitions between movements. Its also about holding poses for extended periods of time.

via Learn how to love Yoga X | TheHealthier.me.

No shit it’s hard. And maybe I’d forgotten that yoga is indeed very challenging if you are doing it the right way and challenging yourself to push it to the next level. Sure you can stand in Warrior pose and be comfortable, but if you put your legs just a bit farther apart and your body a bit lower to the ground, you’ll feel it more.

So yes, YogaX kicked my ass. And no, I will not let that beat me. I’ll try it again and I will finish it next time!

May 14

P90X

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 in Exercise, Weight Loss

Spring semester was killer for me in terms of working out. I had so much reading to do and so many papers to write that I essentially had to cut my workout time in half and cut out running all together. What do you suppose happened? Surprise, surprise, I gained 10 lbs! I put in a lot of effort and sweat at the gym during the workouts that I did fit in but I’m entirely unamused at my weight gain.

Thus, another big portion of my summer plans involve exercising as much as possible. I love to workout and like the way I feel when I work out a lot so I am looking forward to it. This morning I did my first P90X workout and woah buddy it’s going to rock. I found this P90X workout schedule that I’ll be using from today but unfortunately I can’t do it every day of the week. I already have other workouts that I do every day of the week and this is a supplementation to the other exercise. But from today I’ll just follow this sequentially instead of doing it every day like it suggests.

My workout plan for the summer is as follows:

Monday’s – 9:30 AM – P90X with Renee and Lori (60 minutes/90 minutes if we do the ab ripper x)
Tuesday’s – 9:00 AM – Kettlebell (30 minutes)
Wednesday’s – 9:00 AM – Gym for elliptical (20 minutes) and weightlifting (30 – 40 minutes).
Thursday’s – 6:00 PM – Kettlebell (30 minutes), 6:30 PM Zumba (60 minutes)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 9:30 AM Zumba
Sunday – 9:00 AM Run

I did put in a rest day! But I am so pumped for this workout schedule.

May 21

My Weight Loss Journey

Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 in Exercise, Weight Loss

So we had a bit of a disaster, and for a few weeks I didn’t have my computer. My dad did let me use his but I never found time to blog. My daughter spilled coffee all over my beautiful laptop and fried it. But thankfully I have a warranty that covers accidental damage and Geek Squad fixed it right up. The DC jack, the motherboard, and the keyboard all needed replacing. Coffee and laptops do not mix, kids. Just make a note of that.

I should have gotten a bunch of knitting accomplished in the time I didn’t have a computer but since my dad lent me his I sort of slacked in the knitting front. I have one more section of knitting to get done and then I will be ready to piece together a baby outfit for a dear friend who’s little girl has already been born. I am making her a larger size so she’ll be able to wear it later once all the baby shower gifts are outgrown. I am seeing her next weekend and I doubt I’ll be finished. I’ve been slacking. I only get the opportunity to knit in the evenings before bed after my little girl goes to sleep and lately I’ve not had the drive to bust out lots of rows each evening. I’ve been tired!

Exercise has become a large part of my life, and for the first time I cna recall I am enjoying it. I go to the gym Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s and try to get there on Saturday’s. For the month of May, I’ve pledged 20 workouts and am trying to get them all in. 4 workouts a week I have a babysitter for, but that 5th one I have to see if my mom can watch the girl so I can run up to the gym. Tomorrow I have the sitter coming though because my parent’s are out of town for the weekend.

On Monday’s, I go in the morning and do two miles on the treadmill and then lift weights, focusing on my upper body. I do chest presses, shoulder presses, mid rows, lat pull downs, shoulder flys and work my triceps and biceps. I’ve also started to do sit-ups on the ab machine too, I used to do those only on Wednesdays. Monday nights are my favorites, Zumba! I love Zumba so much and it makes me sweat buckets.

Wednesdays are for my lower body. I walk 2 miles on the treadmill then do leg presses, leg curls, leg extensions, thigh presses (inner and outer thighs) ball squats and then do sit-ups with the ab machine.

Thursday nights are kickboxing classes and I love those. Always a good workout and I get out some stress by beating the crap out of the punching bags. Excellent endorphin release.

Saturdays there is a Zumba class and a Pilates class and these days I lean more towards the Zumba. I am trying to get in shape and not just lose weight. I’ve lost 36 pounds on Weight Watchers (and about 15 before I started Weight Watchers) but with all the exercise I am trying to tone up my body so I have some muscle.  I feel good about myself. I had gotten really heavy, thanks to my pregnancy and also some comfort eating thanks to post partum depression and a pretty crappy marriage. My next goal is about 10 lbs away and I’ll keep going from there.

I like Weight Watchers a lot. I never feel deprived. It’s a wonderful way to re-educate yourself about what you should be eating. I had a big problem with portion size. I can’t even imagine how many calories a day I was eating prior to joining Weight Watchers. Losing weight was sort of my New Year’s resolution, though I don’t like to call it that because I hate hokey New Year’s resolutions that you never remember and always just flake out on. But sometime after the first of the year I just had had enough of being fat and was ready to change.

Weight loss is all about motivation. If you are not motivated, you’ll not lose weight. You’ll just keep on eating what you’re eating and make excuses. Well I was tired of excuses. I was tired of overeating to the point of it being binge eating. I was tired of being invisible. I was ready to change. And so I have. Weight Watchers has helped me tremendously.