Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Body Revolution week 3 day 1 &2

Yesterday I recovered from running and did workout 3 from Body Revolution. I still cannot do the plank to sunrise poses or the planks where you go on you elbows one at a time then back up on your hands. I try to find something else like holding a plank, but I can't hold it roo long either. I struggle to know whether to continue on or stick with workouts until I can do all of it. I wore my heartrate monitor and burned 325 calories. With my run that made 600 for the day.

Today I did workout 4. I feel no energy this morning. I sat around and tried my best to talk myself out of working out. I ate an egg and two pieces of bacon and waited an hour to workout. I still didn't have energy so I ate a mandarin orange. I just had to force myself to do it and it was a real struggle the whole time. I kept having to play mind games and know I was halfway and could do another 15 minutes, then had to break that down at 10 and 5 minutes left. I burned 325 calories.

My biggest motivator is that we leave for Italy in nine weeks. I hope to lose 30 lbs. and that is a huge goal. I can't make it I'd I start skipping workouts. I have to show up daily and work for it. I am in a 16 now and hope ro be in a size 12. If I lose I have some clothes I can take. In nine weeks I will get to the next to last week of Body Revolution which will have me do workout 11 & 12 twice each. I will also finish the Couch to 5K that last week. So, I don't have any wiggle room to miss workouts and try to get them in before leaving.

I need to figure out how to eat to recover and keep my energy level up. And keep away from sugar and chips! We celebrated my daughter's birthday last night and I ate a piece of cheesecake with Reeses cups as the crust. It was so good!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Couch 25K week 1 day 1

For the first week I walk five minutes then run one minute and walk ninety seconds for eight sets, then walk five to cool down. I've tried to do the couch25K two times before, but have never been able to do even the first day completely. So, I am extremely happy to have been able to complete day one. I also have been on a flat track the other two times and today I just ran in my neighborhood. I think every single time I was to run it was an incline! In reading people who run on a treadmill really feel the difference when they run outside. They say its harder if you didn't pick up on that. I would have done the track but I don't know when the football players got to practice.

I may go to the greenway....a local trail that is a paved and flat. It is 4.4 miles from the parking lot to the end and back to the parking lot. There is another short section the other way if I need to add any distance.

To say I am slow is an understatement. When I was on my jog portion a lady caught up to me just as I went back into walking and she passed me. But, that's ok! I wore my heartrate monitor and burned 275 calories. I know I will only get better and as I gain endurance I can work on speed.

Time to go do my Body Revolution. I move up to workout 3&4 this week. I am going to do this!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

End of week 2

I finished the end of week two in Body Revolution. I am down 9 lbs. All my shorts are falling off me. I've bought two new dresses in a size 14. I normally wear an 18. I've lost an inch and a half in my waist and the same in my hips.

I am still sweating like crazy and being pushed during the workouts. I did use 8 lb weights and I am modifying less.

I will do workout 3 & 4 tomorrow and the next day.

We have been walking every night. Last night we added a little distance. I got some new shoes and am going to start the couch to 5k on Monday. I don't know if I am ready so my plan is ti do as many running times as I can and keep doing it until I can complete week one and then get on the schedule.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Restarting Body Revolution

We celebrated our 25th anniversary on Tuesday. We went out to eat at Olive Garden and an overnight visit to Birmingham. We have a trip to Italy planned in the fall to celebrate. I have 10 1/2 weeks to prepare before our trip.
So, I decided to restart Body Revolution. I've been so haphazard about doing my workouts. I'll do two days and skip three and the result is that my body has not built the endurance and strength it needs to move on. I can tell when I try to move forward that I can't do the moves. I know I can be more consistent and do a better job so I decided to go back to workout 1 and 2 today and tomorrow and my Monday and Tuesday workout next week then move on from there. It puts me at doing workouts 11 and 12 three times (instead of four) before I go to Italy, so I will only have three workouts to do to complete it when I get back.
I've been trying to plan my wardrobe and look at the itinerary and make a way to workout in Italy. We will be gone 11 days and are taking a tour so are on a set schedule to leave. Today I am going to pull up each of the hotels to see if they have a gym. I know we leave at 8 every day and when you have to repack and eat and get ready that will make it tight to get up to exercise. Hopefully I will have more will power in 11 weeks!
My goal is to lose 35 lbs in the next 10 1/2 weeks. That would put me at 157 lbs and a size 12, maybe possible a size 10.  I know that is very very high expectations. I am doing the Body Revolution and want to also do the Couch to 5K. I am planning on hiking on the weekends as an added workout to train for all the hills and walking in Italy.
I am going to start the Couch to 5K the week after next. This week and next I want to walk every morning and evening to work into it a little bit. The block is a mile so if I do it twice a day that is 2 miles a day.