Stay on track with C25K This is really more to keep me accountable than really challenging myself. Last week, I restarted the C25K program, which I’ll go into more in detail in a post coming next week. As far as my goal goes, I just don’t want to get behind. I want to stay on track, unless I find myself feeling really good and want to complete more than the minimum runs each week, in which case, I could get ahead.
Cross-Train and/or Strength Train 2x/week I am horrible at getting strength training in but I know how incredibly important it is to incorporate into my workout routine, so I’m shooting to get in 2-3 strength training or other cross training workouts each week. I am including workouts such as bike riding and walking as well, because I know they are important as well and I tend to slack on those too. I need to be better so I’m giving myself baby steps.
Stick to our meal plan 5 out of 7 days each week When TJ isn’t home for dinner, I honestly get a bit relaxed on dinner and that needs to stop. It’s causing some of our food to waste, and our wallets and my waist don’t need that anymore. To help stick to my meal plans, I’m going to prep what I can. Once the prepping is done, it’s a lot easier to throw everything togetehr and cook dinner.
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Workout 3-5x/week I have seriously fallen out of a workout routine. Mainly because, running is my go-to and with TJ gone so much it’s hard to get out and run. However, that’s only 4 months of the excuse. I have nothing for the other almost year of not running. To get back into running, I’ve decided I need to go back to how I started. I’m essentially a newbie runner all over again anyway, especially with all the hills associated with mountain living.
Stick to our meal plan 6 out of 7 days each week This has been an issue for us lately. With TJ working crazy hours and being gone more, there days where I just don’t feel like cooking and that needs to change. I need to stick to our meal plan. It will better for our waist lines and our wallet.
Today marks the official end of Phase 1 of Best Body Bootcamp. I can’t believe it’s been two weeks already. I am loving every minute of it.
Monday was an Upper Body using Workout A followed by a 20 minute HIIT workout. With better form in my exercises and faster speeds in HIIT workout, I felt fantastic!
Tuesday was BIG day for me! I completed Workout B, which was a lower body workout including my best times for wall sits and my cardio portion was my last and final day of C25K! It was one of my first big fitness goals and I was so happy to reach that goal.
Wednesday brought on a 20 min walk at an 8.0 incline with some core work. I thought I would have been better this week with my core than last but it was the opposite. I don’t know if it was my lack of sleep or what.
Thursday, I learned that my walking planks from the first week weren’t the best in form and my butt was in the air. Ooops! Once realizing how I was doing it and what I was doing wrong, my walking planks were shorter in length but I knew they were in great form, so I was fine with it. I also opted for a lower key cardio session with 45 minutes on the bike.
Friday was taken as a rest day. I woke up to finding out my grandmother has passed away over night, so it was a very emotional day and I just wanted a day off.
Saturday I met up with Madeline and a friend of hers for a run at one of her favorite parks. They definitely pushed me and I needed it. I think I need that push more. I’m so glad we got together. Thanks ladies! I will get better. LOL!!!! I also knocked out my plank and bridge for the day once I got home. However, Jordyn thought it would be fun if she challenged me by trying to climb on me during my bridge, so I had some extra weight. And I think my form may have suffered slightly, but it was highly entertaining and Jordyn couldn’t stop giggling.
Today was another rest day. I got a good amount of cleaning and laundry done and then we headed to Bluffton. Dylan spent the night with a friend last night in Beaufort and we met halfway in Bluffton to pick him up and hang out with out friends. I did manage my plank and bridge for the day though. And they’re better than they have been. I’m getting stronger and loving it!
I have no idea what I was thinking yesterday but I completely forgot about my plank and bridge for the day. It wasn’t until I was at work that I realized I never did them, so after dinner it was time to get my plank and bridge on. I tried to convince TJ to do them with me, but he was’t up for it. Instead, he said, “No, I’ll just watch you do it.” With my audience watching, I was determined to better than my normal 30-35 second plank and my 1 minute and a half bridge. I succeeded!
Today finished out the first week of Bootcamp, and I just have to say, I LOVE IT! It has really pushed me and challenged me and I can’t wait to for more.
Even though, we’re only finished with one week, it has sparked some many new workout ideas for the future, which I am SO excited about.
This is actually the first time I’ve ever worked out this much in one week. I took yesterday and today as rest days so I could get somethings done around the house.
Monday began with A HIIT workout and Workout A, which was Upper Body. My arms were so sore in the most amazing way possible!
Tuesday consisted of 20 min of cardio followed by Workout B, Lower Body. I consider my lower body to be much stronger than my upper body, but this workout made me second guess myself. LOL!
Wednesday was Intervals and Core. I found a new love in Intervals.
Thursday was Workout C (Total Body) and 20 minutes of cardio. I upped my cardio time so I could fit in a C25K workout. I set a OR for pace, time and distance. It was fabulous! If there weren’t so many people at the gym, I might have actually jumped up and down with excitement.
Friday finished off Week 1 with a final Intervals and Core Workout, that I struggled with. It was the same as Wednesday but after such great workouts the rest of the week, my body was tired. lol.
I learned a lot this first week:
- exercises I thought were simple turned out to be some of the most challenging
- I am capable of so much more than I ever gave myself credit for
- On the opposite end, I do still have a long way to go
- The variety of exercises I was shown this week has shown me how to work each part of the body separately or together.
Happy Monday!!! How was everyone’s weekends?
Saturday, I started my weekend with a run. I’m not sure what it was but I was having some breathing issues. I had to slow to walk several times to catch my breath. It’s not the first time it’s happened and I really hate that feeling I get. but I was determined to get my run in and power through the best I could. While my time wasn’t where I wanted it to be, I did finish and I’m glad I did.
Why can I not go running? I ready myself to go and I wake up and I don’t have it in me. I don’t know if I figured it out this morning but I found something that may work. It’s this thing called the treadmill and did you know that they’re inside in an air conditioned building? It’s pure bliss.
There are two main reasons why I was never a fan of a treadmill. Reason #1: I’m a bit self-conscious and I’m a newbie runner so running next to someone who is running for an hour makes me feel like I suck. I know, I know, I shouldn’t feel that way and I will get to the point where those runners are one day but I have to be patient and work at it. But you can’t help how you feel.
Reason #2: I like the idea if running somewhere. Even if it’s in a circle around the neighborhood. I enjoy the scenery and I enjoy being outside. What I don’t enjoy however, is the heat and on my last feel runs, I have felt very blah during those runs which wasn’t motivating to go on another. Sometimes, I don’t think I’m meant to live in the south. haha!
So, what motivated me to get to the gym and run on the treadmill? Well if you remember my goals post, I talked about finishing the C25K program as one of my goals. I can’t finish it if I don’t go for a run, and with the heat and humidity making me feel blah, I decided to give the treadmill a try. Most of the time, I get to the gym around 6:30 so there’s very few people there and sometimes I’m the only one there. This helped with my fear of looking like an idiot and not being able to complete my run. Being more than halfway done with the C25K program actually helped some too, because I know I’m much better at running than I used to be. I decided to face my silly fear and go for it this morning.
This morning run was a 25 minute run. I began with a warm up and then started my run. I set my pace at just under 11 minutes and once I did a few “laps” I upped my pace to 10:20, a pace I was pretty sure I could handle for the full 25 minutes based on my running in the neighborhood.
I do not like Georgia humidity. I never have, and I don’t think I ever will. Stepping outside your door at 7 in the morning into that sticky weather that instantly makes you feel like you need to go back in and take another shower is awful. So far this year, we’ve been lucky with humidity and heat, but I have a feeling Savannah’s luck has run out. The past few days the heat has been increasing, and the humidity is getting worse. We’re finally starting to hit the 90’s, which I know there are plenty of you that are struggling with high temperatures that you’re not used. I feel for you. I think the 90’s are here to stay. 🙁 The only time I’m not as bothered by temperatures in the 90s are beach days. I can lather on some sun screen and head into the ocean. But if it’s not a beach day, the 90s can leave, along with the humidity. That can leave and never come back.