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!
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!