I woke up early this morning to do a workout I haven't tried yet for the P90X program. I have been liking what I have been doing so much, I almost forgot there were DVDs I haven't even looked at! I read on a web site that the Core Synergistic workout was really hard, so I was looking forward to trying it.
I popped in the DVD and it will full of push ups, planks and mountain climbers. I haven't done any of those for a while, so it was a great work out! I was working hard and it showed in my calories burned!
After work I took a hour spinning class. The instructor is hard core! Spinning bikes have resistant knobs on the bikes to increase and decrease the resistance during the work out.
I know a lot of people think spinning is a crazy and scary work out but it really isn't. You can really make the workout however you want it, using the resistance to make it hard or relatively easy.
Well, of course that is the case when you don't have this instructor! She'll come off the bike and adjust your resistance knob until she feels you are at the level she want you to be. I actually think it a good idea, because she can tell you how she thinks you are doing. Really helps to gage your workout. I will definitely be going to her again!
But, if you are a beginner at spinner, go to a easy instructor and ease into the workout. You won't regret it!
Today I had a walking date with my friend Nick. We don't hang out half as much as we should, so I am glad we got together!
I told him walk date, but he probably thought an hour walk around Ballard or something. Oh, but no! I dragged him all the way downtown and back. The whole walk took us about 5 hours and we walked about 7.5 miles. I haven't walked that long since my sister moved to L.A. and I missed it.
It was a good day!!!
5 hour walk- 1760 calories burned (what am I gonna eat!)
This morning I woke up early to go on a 3 mile run around my neighborhood. Felt good, but it was "misting" the entire time. Better than full on rain any day! I ran to the store actually and got some coconut water (a new obsession), then went home. After I got home I did P90X Ab Ripper X, kicks my butt (or abs) every time!
3 mile run (and store)- 440 calories 15 minutes Ab Ripper x- 133 calories
I took a spin class during my lunch today. It felt really great and a perfect way to break up a work day. I think I am going to do it more often, especially on Fridays. Once the day is usually over, working out is the last thing I want to do!
There is nothing more frustrating than being sick. Not only that I feel bad, but it gets in the way of work and working out. I am finally starting to get better, but it is pretty frustrating. At least I don't have a temp, just throat problems.
Hopefully I will work out tomorrow for the first time in 3 days. That will make me feel better for sure!
I am sore, very very sore from my workouts yesterday and that survivor class on Friday. I am having a hard time moving, but if there is anything I've learned is the best way to get over soreness is to work out.
So, I braved the elements and went on a run for a little over 3 miles. I ran to the store afterward, so I counted that in my time. The run felt great (but I should have brought gloves) and my muscles feel better!
46 minute Run (including cool down walk around the store)- 456 calories burned.
Today I took a class at the gym during my lunch. The class was called Survivor. It was part step, part weight training with cardio, and part bootcamp. It was really hard! Definitely feel like I have worked out today!
I got married. We went on our honeymoon. I have my thank yous done. I can blog again! I will just say that everything was wonderful, beautiful, and better than I could have ever imagined.
Don't worry! I have been working out very hard and continuing to track my calories in and out. I gained a bit during out honeymoon, but it is coming off and I am ready to continue improving my fitness!
I wanted to blog about how I won't be able to blog much for the next couple months. Between buying new house and getting married in 51 days, I am unable to keep this blog as up to date as I would want it.
Don't worry, I am working out more than ever! I want to be as fit as possible for the wedding. I promise to get back into blogging daily after my crazy crazy life cools down a bit!
Tonight I was having a friend over, so I had to sneak in a little bit of P90X. Felt good! I had to finish the arm and back workout early so I could get ready for Jessica to come over. But it was good to sneak in the workout I could in!
I was reading one of my favorite blogs and found this very disappointing article. A lot of people believe (and I hoped) that working out made you burn calories (or at least fat) hours after. In a study, they found that is most likely not true. I guess you can't just eat whatever you want if you work out!
I hadn't really run that much since we've moved, so I thought it was about time! I went on a great 5 miler. I ran across the Ballard Bridge, ran down Nickerson then over the Fremont bridge back to home. It was a really great run. Before the run I did the 15 minute Ab Ripper X from P90X. Totally kicked my butt. Today was a great workout day!
My Fiance and I moved into a new house, so in other words, I have been REALLY busy! And we haven't had internet.
But don't you worry, I have been working out!!!
We started P90X three days ago and I keep being progressively sorer and sorer. I "thought" I was fit, but these workouts are kicking my butt! Eddie and I are having to take an Advil in the morning just to make it through the morning, we are so sore!
More information about the details of workouts to come....
This morning I woke up early to do HIIT (High Intense Interval Training) on the elliptical. For those who don't know how HIIT works, it is intervals of medium work to very high intense work. It usually is 2 parts of medium work with one part of high intense training. You can do it however you would like, but today I did it on the elliptical for 25 minutes.
This video is a little corney (like who checks a heat index?) but I thought some of it was helpful with the temperature rising. I have noticed my runs have become a little more difficult in the heat, so I am hoping to help the other runners out there...
This morning I ran Beat the Bridge! I have always volunteered or walked the event, but this is the first time I have actually ran the 8K race. I did pretty well. I finished it in about 43 minutes. For my first race, I am proud of it.
Today I went to the gym and did a Everlast shadowboxing class! I haven't done this class in a long time, so I was really excited about it. It is half punch combos, half boot camp. Lots and lots of burpees, push ups and mountain climbers! After that class, I did an ab class. Then when I got home, Eddie wanted to go on a run, so I went on a short run. It was a good fitness day!
I took both Thursday and Friday off, so I decided to make today a fitness day!
Breanne and I decided to walk from my place in South Lake Union to Ballard! Eddie and I bought a house in Ballard and I thought we should go walk to it! We walked to my new home, then all around downtown Ballard. It was a long, great walk besides that on the way home it was raining the whole time!
After we got home from the walk, we decided to go to Bikram class. It was a great class. It was a little hotter than usual, so it made it a little difficult. Really challenging, which is always good!
Today I had a great Bikram workout! I pushed it really hard and it felt fantastic! I love it when I actually feel like I am advancing in some of the difficult poses! I also walked there and back, a total of at least an hour walk!
Today I decided to go to a spinning class. It was a great, hard workout. I am currently working on closing on our first home and wedding planning like a crazy person. So, in other words, I really needed a hard work out....And I definitely got one!
This morning I forced myself out of bed to run the 6-7 mile Lake Union Loop. It took all my energy to get out that door and during the first mile, I considered turning back, but I am so glad I did it! I read a quote once that said something like, "you can regret staying in bed, but you will never regret a work out". That could not be more true!
729 calories burned
Later today, my sister Breanne and I went on a 2 hour walk around the city! Another 600 calories burned.
Tonight I ran the 6-ish mile Lake Union Loop. I went the opposite way then I used to, which starts with a long steep hill. So, I was really tired the entire run, and you can tell by my calories burned!
So, I went out to run my little 3 mile run. But, I walked out of my apartment with the wrong set of keys! It was 7:15 and Eddie didn't get off work until 8! I did what any runner who didn't want to stand around cold does, I ran for an hour! I ran the South Lake Union Loop. I have been having problems with my IT band, so I told myself as soon as it started hurting, I would stop. But it didn't hurt me the entire time! I am so excited! I finished my 6 mile run right as Eddie got home. It was the perfect workout!
Tonight I did Bikram for the first time in about 2 weeks. Last time I did it, I felt terrible afterwards so I was really nervous. But, the class went great and I felt wonderful afterwards! It reminded me again how much I really love Bikram!
Eddie and I went to Vancouver BC this weekend. We had a fantastic time!
My Fiance is fantastic, and since he knows how much my world is not complete without a little work out, he surprised me with a... Can you believe this... A workout hotel room! Our room was complete with a treadmill, Pilates equipment and weights! It was fantastic!
With that said, I ran about 3 miles every day in Vancouver!!
Friday- 31 minute run 305 calories burned
Saturday- 30 minute run 277 calories burned
Sunday- 33 minute run 327 calories burned
Also, every single day we walked almost the entire day and even went biking on Saturday around Stanley Park!
I am a big believer in having a little coffee before a work out. I really see a difference in my work outs. I can push just a little harder and longer.
I am really not surprised at all of the hype about the use of caffeine and work outs. It has been getting a lot of press lately though. I even saw it on the local news. I thought this was a good article about it's positive effects.
Please note: I said a "little" coffee. Do not have a large drip coffee too soon before your workout... that will NOT improve your workout! If you are like me, you will get very very sick.
I never thought of myself as "fat". I knew I was out of shape, but to tell you the truth I didn't care. I was the chubby kid, always have been. I really thought that was just the way I am. I didn't work out in high school. I tried Cross Country one year and finished last every single race, besides once because someone else didn't finish.
I went to college and did the opposite from taking care of myself. I ate fattening sorority food and drank... A LOT. I came out even "chubbier".
Around November, I don't know why, but I can only explain it as a "wake up call". I seriously woke up one day and realized I didn't want to be like this my whole life. So I started working out. I started using the elliptical for 20 minutes and was barely being able to make it.
Now, I am working out almost every day and obsessed with making myself as fit as possible.
Since then, I've lost about 45 pounds and 4 jean sizes. I feel phenomenal!
You'll be able to read my frustrations and accomplishments. And hopefully I can help to motivate you too!
Welcome to the wonderful world of being physically fit!