Monday Sweat Report (a day late)

Keeping it real and honest here means posting my workouts. While I settle back into blogging I have decided not to dive into the deep end with the promise of posting every day. That would be setting me up for failure. I’d like to give myself a little breathing room and not have the heavy weight of “I should be…” pushing down on me every second of every day. So my posting goal is very simple and easily attainable. Two posts a week for now. Monday’s I will share my past week’s workouts and then I can post one more day during the week. As the weeks pass I can add another post and another and another if I’m inclined to do so. While I’m keeping it real and honest I’ll also be keeping it sane.

And I’m a day behind. I’m going to pretend that I’m not late.

Lets get on with my workouts from last week.

I was sick for two days, Wednesday and Thursday. No workouts those days.

Monday – treadmill 30 minutes
Tuesday – no workout
Wednesday – treadmill 30 minutes
Saturday – treadmill 30 minutes & Pilates workout
Sunday – no workout

The BIG exciting news is that I got a new piece of fitness equipment and I’ll be sharing in another post what it is and how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

That’s my week in review. How was your workouts last week? What’s on tap for this week?

Have a Plan, Will Sweat

I’ve recapped my workouts a few days ago for the past 31 days and I’m pretty satisfied with what I accomplished. A lot of workouts compared to the month before. But, then I asked myself if I was satisfied with the results of those workouts and the answer was a definite “no”. I didn’t lose any weight and I didn’t sweat off any inches. But I did become consistent.

This tells me that I need to rethink my workouts going forward.

I need more strength training and I need more intense cardio. And I need to eat cleaner. I will say that I have been making better food choices and I need to continue with that.

This planning has led me to a little shopping. Exercise DVDs to be specific.

Yes, there was happiness here a few days ago when the package arrived.

I’ve begun my new workouts and I’m staying on schedule, keeping the consistency that I have began in March. And let me tell you, I’ve been sore. I’m loving these workouts.

There are challenging exercises, some I’m rockin’ and others I’m struggling through. And these workouts are leaving me sweaty and I actually have been doing the cool downs (yes, I kinda tend to skip that part) because I need that time to bring down my heart rate. I promise to share what they are really soon.

It’s too early to tell if I’m in a honeymoon stage with these new workouts or if I’ve found my next love in working out.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you tried a new workout and fell in love with immediately, only to find out a little later that you’re you’re not just that into it?

A Month of Workouts

Does this happen to you? You decide to keep track of your workouts, either on an elaborate spreadsheet or in a notebook or one of those fancy workout journals only to have it fall to the wayside? I’ve been there and I’ve abandoned the journaling in a matter of a couple of weeks (if that long). So there was some point where I figured this all logging/journaling/tracking wasn’t for me and figuring that I’m past 40 this was something that just wasn’t “me”.

Wrong.

I really needed to focus on my workouts and I needed to be to see what is or isn’t working. And in order to accomplish those things I needed to log my workouts.

Ugh.

I decided to stay positive. I can do this. I know I can. But I wasn’t going to create a spreadsheet, buy a notebook or get one of those journals. Nope, I was going simple – paper and pen. That’s it.

Guess what? It worked. Who knew?

I managed to record every workout since March 9th. And now I’m reading the list. In 31 days I took 8 rest days, I took 4 Pilates classes, I hit the treadmill for various lengths for 13 workouts and 3 strength workouts.

I see a trend. Lots of cardio sessions, very little strength workouts.

I don’t think that’s a good balance for me. But I’m proud of myself for 23 days and journaling them. So I’m taking a moment to celebrate this accomplishment before I begin thinking about the next 30 days.

Do you record your workouts to keep track? Do you review your past workouts and tweak based on your present fitness goals? Or do you just fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to your workouts?

Obsessive or Healthy?

Some may call my love of exercising a healthy obsession.

Others may call my vast collection of exercise dvds/videos obsessive.

Tomato. Tomatoe. Healthy. Obsessive.

Sticks and stones can hurt my bones (but if I have good bone density from working out…), but names will harm me. By the way, labeling people is not very nice.

I am a collector of exercise dvds/videos. And I have a vast collection I found out the other day when I got a jump start on spring cleaning.

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Spread out on my kitchen’s island was my fitness journey. From the very first ones I purchased over 13 years ago to the most recent ones purchased in January. It was like looking through a time capsule from where I began to where I am today.

Not in the collection were a Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies, a Cory Everson sculpting video, a Denise Austin aerobic workout and a step dvd that I can’t recall the name of – it was from a workout show that was on early in the morning and the guy on the show was named Kendall. I loved that video.

These are the two workouts that really started my fitness journey. The Firm. Susan Harris was the lead instructor and still to this day I could do the Volume 1 workout in my sleep. Once a week, every Monday I did that workout. The floorwork is unbeatable, your legs don’t feel a burn, they are on fire. Squats, overhead presses and cardio segments that suck the breath out of you. It’s an awesome workout. I love that workout.

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I became a Firm Believer and I still own many, many Firm workouts. Though I did thin our my collection of Firm workouts but I kept the ones I truly enjoy. I also pulled out some other workouts for various reasons. But the number one reason was because I hadn’t done the workout in a long time. Sure, I may go through periods when I’m all about dance aerobics or power-walking (Leslie Sansone) but there were a lot of workouts that I hadn’t done in ages. There are new workouts I want and I need space to for them.

This thinning out of my collection also gave me the opportunity to neatly organize my videos.

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These aren’t just dvds/videos. Each has played a part in my fitness journey. From overweight and sedentary to healthier and active. With my interest in Pilates growing, I don’t know where I’ll be in another six months or year. I’m excited to find out and I hope that I’ll be sharing the journey with you.

D

More Than Just Breathing

Last night was my Pilates class. It’s been a couple of months since my last class due to scheduling issues. It felt great to be back and on the mat with Rose (the instructor). But I do have to say that during the first part of the class I was a little annoyed. The focus was on breathing.

We’ve all heard the saying “the pose/exercise that you like the least is the one you need the most”.

Did you hear that sigh?

That saying isn’t just an old wives tale or an urban legend. It’s a truth.

There are six essential principles to Pilates: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath and Flow.

Pilates breathing focuses on deep inhales, complete exhales, and awareness of the body position and posture. I also found that it forced me to be in the moment. There wasn’t room for other thoughts – work, housework, writing, what’s for dinner. I also let go of the irritated thoughts I had and the question of when we’d move on to the other stuff, the fun stuff. It wasn’t until this morning I realized just how important those few minutes we spent on breathing really was.

When you do a workout, do you spend anytime on focused breathing? Or meditation?

D

Adapting, Part Deux

Adapting hasn’t gone so well, the one and only workout I did was last Wednesday. But it’s only temporary and when I can get back on track to my regular workouts I have a spanking brand new piece of equipment. I’m beyond excited.

A little backstory first. For years I’ve wanted to exercise in the morning before heading out to work and I wanted the workouts to be cardio. I can’t handle weights at 5:45 am. Simply not possible. But the treadmill is in our bedroom and won’t work for the G-Man. So I tried workout dvds but that didn’t work either, for some reason he heard me working out and I don’t want to disturb his sleep (I get cranky when he disturbs my sleep). Hmmm. I decided to give up on the dream. The dream of getting cardio done first thing and not have to juggle it at night with everything else.

Now fast forward to Thursday night. My husband decided that he wanted an exercise bike. We found the perfect place to keep it, tucked into a corner in the living room. It is whisper quiet. Quiet like a church mouse. And I love it.

I’m not so in love with its seat. Ouch. I just ordered padded bike shorts from Amazon. They should be here in a few days and I can ride in comfort and quiet.

This Healthy Chick is so very happy right now. I can get three cardio workouts done in the morning and the fourth will have to be in the evening because I want to use the treadmill. I will be able to do my strength workouts also after work. Looks like I’ll be adapting in a whole new way in about a week or two when things get back to normal but until then, I’ll at least have my bike workouts bright and early.

To take a peek at the bike we bought, click here and you will be directed to ProForm’s website. One of the many cool things about this bike is that it came with a one year free membership to iFit which I am going to activate this weekend. I can’t wait to tr the iFit workouts and share with you how I like them.

Have a great Sunday!

D

Adapting

The one thing consistent about life is that things change. Sometimes the change is permanent, other times it is temporary. The key to continuing with your healthy living is to adapt to the circumstances that you have at any given moment.

With that said, I am adapting. Big time. But it’s only temporary. And I’m keeping my eyes wide open for the lessons that I should learn from the temporary changes in my life for this week and next week.

I haven’t worked out since last Thursday. It was a treadmill workout. I’m sure you can guess that by tonight I was a little crumpy and feeling a bit frumpy and considering wearing pants with elastic waistbands.

No need to worry, I didn’t wear pants with elastic waistbands.

Instead, I carved out 30 minutes this evening and hit the treadmill. But, I didn’t just walk. I alternated walking with some strength training.

My treadmill workout was as follows:

Warm-up/walk on a slight incline
12 squats
Walk, increased incline
Static lunges, 12 on each leg
Walk
12 dead lifts and 12 calf raises (each leg)
Walk
12 Plies
Cool down
Crunches
10 full body push-ups

Done. And I feel so much better. This workout didn’t come close to any of my regular workouts in regards to weight, speed or intensity but tonight it was just right.

I will continue to do this workout for the rest of the week and next week because I need to workout and because it’s better than doing nothing.

So, what do you do when life throws a monkey wrench into your workout schedule?

D