Yay!  I made it a third of the way through Body for Life.  I’m really enjoying all the exercising I’m doing and this week I finally got my diet in check.  I think the trick for me is not denying myself but instead feeding myself a healthier option of what I’m craving.  I’m usually craving sweets and chocolate at the end of the day.  I’ve stocked my cabinets with peanut butter and chunky dark chocolate KIND bars and chocolate peanut butter.  I make myself eat slowly and enjoy every single bite.  This is so delicious, it’s the perfect cross of baked goodness and candy bar.  I highly recommend it.

We had a decent snowstorm on Wednesday that left me snowed in with a sickly Matt.  I wasn’t able to get to the gym and I kept thinking that I should just do a Zumba video and my own lower body workout but I really want to try to stick to the format as much as possible.  I made myself go Thursday after work even though all I wanted to do was go home, eat dinner and put on my comfy sweats.  So yeah, I’m pretty proud of myself for getting it done.

February 2, 2014~ Lower Body, Abs and Treadmill Run

plie squats: 10# 12X, 15# 10X, 20# 8X, 25# 6X, 10# 12X

squats: 10# 12X

Weight still too light. 

dumbbell lunges: 10# 12X, 15# 10X, 20# 8X, 25# 6X, 10# 12X

deadlifts:10# 12X

Gasping for breathe after this.

step-ups: 5# 12X, 10# 10X, 15# 8X, 20# 6X, 5# 12X

30 second wall sit

Man are wall sits HARD!

oblique crunches

lower crunches

Run: 5 minute warm-up and cool down and then repeated this sequence 4 times: 4.1 mph, 4.6 mph, 5.1 mph, 5.6 mph, 6.1 mph for one minute each.  I ran/ walked a total of 2.28 miles.  The wifi wasn’t working at the gym and I usually listen to Pandora on my phone so I was left without music.  I plugged my headphones into the treadmill and just listened to the movie “Meet the Fockers”.  I noticed this long infomercial for the new P90X3 and it was such a motivator to keep going.  I love seeing before and afters.  I’m also a huge sucker for infomercials.  (don’t be surprised if I start blogging about that next)

February 3, 2014~Zumba

I love when I get out of work early on Mondays and can make it to a class.  This was doubly good because they ended up having to cancel my regular Wednesday class due to the weather.

February 4, 2014~Upper body and Treadmill Run

dumbbell flyes: 15# 12X, 20# 10X, 25# 8X, 30# 6X, 15# 12X

dumbbell press: 15# 12X

Stupid hard!

*Note to self:  DO NOT eat spinach and artichoke dip for lunch, it makes for a very unpleasant workout.

dumbbell rows: 15# 12X, 20# 10X, 25# 8X, 30# 6X, 15# 12X

lat pull-down: 35# 12X

Rows were ok, I only did 8X of the lat pull-downs.  I hate being watched by creepy dudes on the elliptical.

seated dumbbell presses: 5# 12X, 10# 10X, 15# 8X, 20# 6X, 5# 12X

front raise: 5# 12X

Shoulders started out easy, quickly became pretty challenging.  I’m a little frustrated this is still SO difficult!

alternating bi-cep curls: 5# 12X, 10# 10X, 15# 8X, 20# 6X, 5# 12X

hammer curls: 5# 12X

I could only do 5X @ 20# with extremely bad form.

overhead tri-cep extensions: 10# 12X, 15# 10X, 20# 8X, 25# 6X, 10# 12X

bench dips: 12X

This didn’t feel too hard to do but my arms were definitely jiggly the whole time.

Run: I did a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down and repeated this sequence four times: 4.1 mph, 4.6 mph, 5.1 mph, 5.6 mph, 6.1 mph for one minute each.  I ran 2.25 miles and felt nauseous the last 15 seconds of the run, stupid spinach and artichoke dip.

February 6, 2014~Lower Body and Abs

squats: 10# 12X, 15# 10X, 20# 8X, 25# 6X, 10# 12X

plie squats: 10# 12X

Go up with the weights next time.

dumbbell lunges: 10# 12X, 15# 10X, 20# 8X, 25# 6X, 10# 12X

deadlifts: 10# 12X

A challenge!

Step-ups: (per leg) (weight in each hand) 5# 12X, 10# 10X, 15# 8X, 20# 6X, 5# 12X

30 second wall sit

Pretty tough, dropped from 20# to 17.5#.  The gym was so crowded by this point that I was getting claustrophobic and was scared that I was going to step down and land on someone.  I was so happy when I was done and could move on to the abs portion.

oblique crunches: 12X, 10X, 8X, 6X, 12X

lower leg lift: 12X

Reflections~ I didn’t record my measurements when I first started and I’m really kicking myself now.  I don’t know if I’ve really lost any weight or inches.  My clothes feel a little bit more comfortable but I’m still a long ways from where I would like to be.  I love how much stronger I feel and I can see my muscles forming and I do feel tighter in certain areas.  I know if I was eating better I would be even closer to my goals so I’m going to really concentrate on that.  I’m going to continue to increase the weight I’m lifting and I think it’s time to switch up some of the exercises I’m doing.  I’m so happy that I’ve gotten back into running and I’m really looking forward to springtime and outdoor runs.  I’m proud of myself for making it this far and I can’t wait to see how I transform!

 

 

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