Wednesday, January 18, 2012

moving up a level

Oh Jillian. I remember now why I ditch you after a few workouts. The DVD has weird presets so you HAVE to watch the intro EVERY TIME. And, she makes you do push ups which I have a hard time with. But - I did feel the burn. 

Friday- Lauren and I had plans to go to the Intro to Boxing class at the gym so we can do the boxing class from now on. That didn't work out since I got out late, and got stuck in some stellar traffic. 

Saturday - my legs were killing me!! Spin on Wednesday and Jillian Thursday were not a great combo. Stretched but did not work out. 

Sunday - Back at it. I did Jillian- level 1, and felt pretty good. 
Monday - Jillian again. Though, I wasn't as tired at the end as I could have been, so on to level 2! 

Tuesday - crammed into my bedroom (don't get me started on why the living room wasn't an option! ) I did level 2. 

Tonight  - Spin at 7:30 !

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 1 of 30

Spin last night was great ! I love my new shoes. I usually am worried I will fall off when we stand up, but I felt more confident and as though I was getting more out of the workout with less stressful effort. (If that makes sense)

Today it is rainy and gross and now that I'm home I don't want to go out again. So - I'm doing Jillian Michael's 30 day shred. Maybe this time I can motivate myself to do it for 30 days in a row. Not 5, then 3, then 2, then none.  I'm not going to post it here yet, but I am taking a before picture, and then one every week to see how it goes. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Added Motivation

I joined the 10-pound Challenge hosted by Newlyweds on a Budget. Lose 10 pounds in 12 weeks, win $$$. Are you in?

I am IN -- can't hurt to try to win something when I'm already working out already! 

Looks like you make your own schedule for this challenge, and go from there.

I've already written about my workouts so far, but to condense:
Mon - 2 miles elliptical; 1 mile run
Tues - 20 min elliptical; crunches; 5 min row
Weds - 1hr spin class
Thurs - off
Fri - Intro to Boxing
Sat/Sun - TBD

Grand Prize: $75 Paypal Cash
First Prize: $50 PayPal cash
Second Prize: Ipod Shuffle
(2) Third Prizes: $25 Amazon or Paypal
Fourth Prize: $20 Amazon or Paypal
Fifth Prize: $15 Paypal
Biggest Loser Prize: $5 Amazon Gift Card

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday already?

Monday - gym alone; 2 miles on the elliptical. The girl next to me was pretty hard core, and I was inspired by her speed. I upped the ante and did 2 miles in about 20 min, averaging 6.5- 7  on the speed, at 6 resistance. Of course hard core girl next to me was at 11 resistance and 8 speed, and I couldn't get quite that high. Some ellipticals make my feet fall asleep, and this was one. After 2 mi I had to stop to strectch.
After, I didn't know what to do next. I need to look up some lifting routines or something. I ran a mile, stretched and went home.

ok, I'm not that CLUELESS at the gym

Tuesday - Lauren and I went to the gym around 7. She gave me a trampoline tutorial - for the Urban rebounding class at the gym. After my first unsuccessful try she told me you have to push down not jump up. Huh? I got it a bit more today after our lesson. I guess I'd try the class again, but not at 6am! After, we did about 20 min on the elliptical (slowed by talking, and watching Dirty Dancing) and then 5 min on the row machines. We did a bunch of crunches and then watched the boxing class that we are interested in taking. Looks like you need an intro class first, so we are checking that out Friday afternoon! 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January in full swing

There are a ton of reasons that I am getting off the lazy train and finally making my life healthier and more active. The main one - I'm not happy with how I feel. Another great motivator - a LOT of pictures will be taken this year, and I want to be happy with how I look and feel in them. I'm Heather's maid of honor,and I want to look and feel good for myself, and in her wedding! 

I promise our dresses will be prettier than this -- and no bonnets. 

Last post was 12/29. I ran the next day too! Then it was a bit colder, so I skipped the run, and enjoyed New Years. Back to the daily grind -- I went to the gym on Tuesday night, then spin on Wednesday. Then Spin Friday morning with Lauren from work. Friday was a huge struggle. 
 5:25 am text to Lauren: "are you really going?"
Lauren: yes.
me: did not sleep well, I am struggling
Lauren: Haha, if you can't make it - I won't make you come. but you're awake already! 
me: I am awake but still in bed! I should go. 
Lauren: If you go you will be happy later.

And that is why you make plans with friends for early AM workouts. I really would not have gone if Lauren hadn't encouraged me to get up! 

Also - I said good bye to: 

weekday drinking. 

Those few happy hours, or glasses of wine with dinner add up! So, I'm cutting back. I'm sure I'll hit a happy hour or two over the next few months, but I'm not going out of my way to have it on hand, or have that casual glass of wine on a Tuesday night. After just one week, I felt better from this quick change. (And, there will definitely be times when we have to get a drink after work to catch up, vent, or regain our sanity! )