W5D2 April 26

Well team… I almost let you down! starting my new job is taking more out of me than I originally thought and I am still not getting enough sleep. I am aiming for a 10pm bed time, but it is currently more like 11/11:30 (and that is just getting into bed, I am not an instant sleeper so I need time to wind down and such…which makes for quite an early day.

So after work I was already talking myself out of today’s run 😦 you know it…and I am sure heard it all before…blah blah blah I am tired…..blah blah blah I am hungry…blah blah blah bull shit…So I had already told my husband that I was tired and not going to run tonight and then almost immediately I went and got my shoes (I already had my run outfit on) and started to lace up. I have you to thank. You, yes you who are reading my written words…my ups and downs, Almost as soon as I said I was not going I could feel the disappointment in the air. I do not want to let my self down.

I did not however run as much as Monday…few things…I was having a small feminine cup malfunction…weird yes so I will need to make sure that next month I have it securely in before I leave…When I started running I noticed that my knees and legs were very sore/tight, so I am going to look into some other activities. The point of the Tue/Thur/Sat is cardio, it is not written anywhere that this HAS to be running so I can change it up 🙂 I am thinking strongly of doing the stairs on Thursday!!

Once I sign up to be apart of the community league I will also have access to the tennis courts so this will be also on the list of Cardio day activities!

Run Stats: 4.14 K @ 34.01 minutes @ 8.12 pace **Also I am over 10,000 steps 😀

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Struggles/Successes April 16

WOW Today I discovered a Disturbed song, Sound of Silence…WOW I can not seem to get enough of this song…I have already heard it 5 times!

With this discovery of new music I have been inspired to update my running mix…I have been listening to it for many years now and think it is time for a change. Luckily my Husband has really jumped on the band wagon and is helping my find some tunes that will take me through my run 😀

Today I have Successes and Struggles, I will start with the struggle…and I hope that any friends that read this know that I do not mean to offend or diminish the friendship that we have. For the last few days I have been kind of mopey… I get like this every so often. I feel that it has a lot to due with not having any close friends (besides my husband which is my best friend) Its hard knowing that I do not have anyone that is close to me and really I am not sure if it because I do not allow anyone in or if the people I interact with are not letting anyone in? I am kind of shy, although I feel that I am losing my shyness as I get older. Its a sad and weird feeling knowing that no one really knows me or my struggles (or successes) It is equally hard knowing how hard it is to open up…and trust. Not sure if it is too late now that I am older, most people that I know that have close friends have been friends since high school or at least for the majority of their life.

My Success today was that I ran without my jacket…I know it does not seem like much, but I am very self conscience and although I have lost a lot of weight and kept the majority off, I am still working on the juggle (which is why the BWF :)) so going sans jacket…makes me uncomfortable with the amount of jiggling that happens! but its getting quite hot out and I not think that is a portion of Thursdays mishap as I might have been overheated. Its funny how I was so worried before I left the house, but once I was out there I did not give it another thought! I just put the earbuds in and did my route as always…even my internal voice which was tried to get me to quite at the same point on the path as Thursday, didn’t pipe in about my being jacketless.

Anyway, Happy Saturday Everyone!!

W3D1/2/3 April 13

W3D1 – April 11

Yup…I skipped the Monday workout…Not to make excuses as I know that missing workouts in the end only puts my farther from my goals. I am not happy about missing, but I am learning from it. I think it has a lot to do with the difficulties that I am having finding a job. So in the past 3 days I have read 5 books….This… This is very uncharacteristic of me as at he beginning of the year I resolved to read 5 this year (2016)  The book series is very good IMO as it is a real escape! The characters are well written and well there is a lot of sex and stuff lol…who wouldn’t want to read about it! For those interested it is the Black Dagger Brotherhood series from JR Ward, Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42899.Dark_Lover

W3D2 – April 12

Yup…still reading….Whew and not just reading but reading a lot! found myself not even tired at 330 am this morning and having to force myself to go to sleep so I could function in the morning! **This could also be the reason why I skipped working out!

W3D3 – April 13

OK…So I actually kicked my butt in gear and completed today’s workout…Please notice that I am still labeling the workout as day 3 (even though I missed Day 1 +2) This is because I am trying not to be micromanagy about it…if I miss I start where I am in the week, there are no hold overs and saving it up…It is what it is and that is all, I am trying my best and each time I choose the path closest to my goal.

I have noticed that over the last 4-5 days I have had more dizzy spells than usual 😦 I will keep an eye on them, BP this morning was 100/69 I think I will log this every morning for a bit to keep track.

Part 1 – Stretches – No change in these…which is not surprising as they are stretches lol

Wall Extensions: 10 Reps: I Still find these challenging, More control, but still hard to keep my arms fully on the wall for the whole movement.

Band Dislocates: 10 Reps: Still rocking these!😀 I find they are a great stretch! **Tux likes these too!

Cat Camels: 10 Reps: These are still great, Not sure if it just that I know how to do them really well from yoga class:)

Scapular Shrugs: 10 Reps: Starting to really feel these! and my form is still noticeably getting better!

Full body Circles: 10 Reps/5 each direction: These are feeling great! *Note to keep your eyes open…I am finding that if my eyes are closed, I get dizzy.

Front to back leg swings: 20 Reps/ 10 each leg: I went faster today to match the video, It really helps to reach your hand out to tap your toes:)

Side to side leg swings: 20 Reps/10 each leg: Faster today, but my hips really click and pop, so not as fast as the front ones, I also do not twist as much.

Wrist mobility: 2-3 minutes: Did whole video, still need a lot of wrist work. I am happy that I have some wrist supports to wear during the routine.

Part 2 – Bodyline Exercises – considering how I felt, I did pretty well!

Plank: 60 Sec: I did 1 @ 60 seconds…Tough 60 seconds today! but made it through!

Side Plank: 120 Sec/ 60 on each side: Still rocking these! Hard as hell but doing them straight arm😀

Reverse Plank: 60 Sec: this one is not too bad, Still focusing on the butt squeeze…very hard!, I find it better to have my hands pointing to the side instead of behind me.

Hollow Hold, 60 Sec: I was able to have my legs straight and a little angled

Arch Hold: 60 Sec: I feel that I really rock the Superman!! This is one of my favs!

Part 3 – Support 

Wall Plank: 60 Sec: I did 1 X 60: Still very hard, but I was able to hold for the entire 60 seconds 😀

Parallel Bar Support: 60 Sec: I still find this one hard on my wrists, but made lots of progress today with holding for the full 60 Seconds😀

Part 4 – Strength – Asked on BWF, and I will be adding a couple of lower body exercises after week 4😀 YAY!

As I can not do the Diamond push up yet, I skip the first 2 steps.

Assisted squats: 3 X 8: Still using the back of my chair, I am able to get right down into my squat! I am focusing on really getting low with these and nice controlled movements

Foot Supported L Sit: 3 X 30 Sec: Still do not have lift off, but I feel that I am progressing with my form and although I do not leave the floor, I do feel the change from being supported by my arms to sitting on the floor. **Got to the sweet spot on the second rep today..That spot where you know that you are doing it right YAY!! I find for this one it is hard for me as I am short and there is a fare amount of me so even though I am doing it, I am not actually off the floor. I watched the video again and ensured that my hands were placed properly and felt that helped a lot!

Vertical push up: 3 X 8: Still using the back of my chair, added a towel to prevent the slippage from my sweaty hands lol **Towel works very well!

Vertical Rows: 3 X 8: Still could not find an alternative, so I just slowed this one right down and really flexed through the motions, kind of like using my muscles to make the exercise harder than it is, I think this will help me progress to the next level.

On top of these exercises, I also did 15 Burpees Surprisingly I am getting better at these! 15 did not seem that much!! YAY!

Cool Down

Again just some yoga stretches…highly recommended!!