Posts Tagged ‘training’

Challenge Goals

As indicated in my previous post, I am participating in a transformation challenge on the leighpeele.com membership site.  Here are my goals:

Full Challenge Goals:

  • Lose between 15 and 30 pounds.  I will be satisfied with 15, and thrilled with more.
  • Get a feel for true maintenance.  Know what my body feels like at maintenance and approximately how many calories are my maintenance (right now).
  • Improve my sleep, both in quantity and quality.  Incorporate effective strategies to help me wind down at the end of the night.
  • Become more aware of the emotional attachments I have to food (and eventually eliminate them).
  • Devote 30-45 minutes each night to self-care.

 

Objectives to Meet Goals:

  • Focus on following cycling program accurately to ensure compliance.
  • Aim for 100% compliance on training.  This will give me an emotional boost to help me – I always feel better when I train.  Plus, I will gain more confidence knowing I am sticking to the program.
  • Identify and prepare at least one new healthy recipe each week and blog about it to avoid diet boredom.
  • Identify one fun activity to do with Jeb each weekend that is NOT food related.
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Need a better goal

I’m going to be 30 in just over 4 months.  Yikes.  I wanted to be down at least 100 pounds by then, but I’m not sure it’s realistic.  I would have to lose 10-15 pounds a month to get there.  I’ve really enjoyed the mental break of not weighing in every day.  Maybe I need more consistency with my thermometer jeans.  With photos.  Still thinking about this one.

 

In other news… My workouts are getting better, though my energy level is still low.  My nutrition hasn’t been great.  My meals have been healthy, but I haven’t been great about listening to my body and stopping before I’m full.  I started buckling down on that today.  I also need more rest, since I think that the typical holiday business is contributing to my low energy.

 

As always, plugging along…

Getting better

It took me awhile to motivate myself to get out of the house today.  Maybe this is why…

Too Soon for THIS!

Isn’t it technically still fall??  As I’ve aged, my tolerance for the cold has DROPPED.  Just knowing I was going outside into single digits made me get ready a bit more slowly.

 

I did have a good workout, even though I have some nausea if I don’t give myself enough rest time between sets.  I’m getting more work done while at the gym than I have been since I started not feeling well.   I’m trying to be smart about this, though – I don’t want to get sick at the gym, so I just take longer rests, but really push it while I’m working.  Because of this, I’ve had to shorten my workouts so I can finish in 60-75 minutes, but I’ve been able to complete the missed circuits as part of my “cardio” days.  Seems to be a good balance…for now.

Back at it… sort of

I’ll admit it – I missed a full week of workouts.  I don’t remember the last time that happened.  I didn’t feel the twitchy feeling that I usually get when I miss a workout.  This concerns me a bit – fear of that twitchy feeling is what helped me get on track.  I hated having an excess of energy just sitting in my muscles.

 

I’m still not feeling well, but I’m feeling better.  I got back at it today.  The workout was NOT fun – I really had to grind it out.  But, I got it done, and even added some cleans at the end just to have some fun.  I had some nausea when my heart rate got really high, but I managed by taking a longer rest period.  I may just be burned out – this is far and away the most stressful time of year at my job.  The kids are lonely and sad, and generally triggered by their abandonment issues.  I leave work each day with a tension headache on top of all the other generalized crappiness I have going on in my body.  But, I got in my lift.  I didn’t wimp out on my weights or my reps.  And, I’ll go back tomorrow.  And the next day…

The Weekend FLEW by!

I kind of can’t believe it’s Monday again already! We had a great weekend – even though it was too short.  Jeb got good news at work on Thursday, and we planned to celebrate on Friday.  Unfortunately, I got out of work late, and we ended up grabbing a quick dinner at home and watching a movie (Harry Potter 6).  Wendy watched it with us.

 

Princess Wendy

So angelic – there’s even a little halo of light around her head!  Of course, Jeb and I both forgot that Harry Potter movies are very long, and stayed up much later than we anticipated.  Saturday morning, I was the Queen of Productivity – for about 1 hour (I made us an AWESOME breakfast!).  Then, I became sleepy and let Jeb convince me to snuggle up together while we planned the rest of our day.  Three hours later, we both had taken a power nap, and STILL hadn’t planned our day!  Whoops! (yes, I realize that a “Power Nap” by definition lasts 20 minutes or so – but I’m sticking with it!)

 

We ended up going to see Harry Potter 7, which was awesome!  We both felt like the movie left out some important details, but overall it was very well done.  We’re pretty excited to see the final movie, though I must admit that I will miss them!  This series is one of my favorites, but it’s hard to find the time to sit and watch the movies at home.  Am I alone in this?  I have such a hard time relaxing at home for long periods of time.  I always feel like I should be doing something. Maybe part of this is worry that I will become sedentary again and gain back all the weight.  We also grabbed a late dinner at the Met Burger Bar (I got the Paris Chicken burger), and headed home.  Everything seemed a bit wacky at the mall – maybe from the full moon?

 

Full Moon from the driveway

People think I’m crazy when I say this, but I firmly believe that the full moon affects people.  From years working in EMS and mental health, I barely even have to check the calendar to know that the full moon is coming.  Everyone gets a bit unsettled, and the craziest things seem to happen around the full moon.  Keep an eye on it – you’ll see the correlation!

On Sunday, Jeb and I went to the gym.  He did part of my workout with me (which was a BEAST), and then we went home to “get stuff done.”  We ran some errands and I made a yummy game-time dinner and Baked Alaska for dessert (more to come on that).  Jeb took a nap on the couch…I mean, watched the game. 🙂

All of a sudden, though, the weekend was over!  There were so many things I wanted to accomplish – especially with the holiday coming up!  Back to the grind today!

Making Progress on Burpees

I’m starting to worry that I won’t be able to handle the Impact workouts much longer.  The exercises are getting much more advanced, and I think I am going to have to regress a couple of the exercises coming up in a few weeks (pull-ups?  I don’t think so!).  That being said, however, I am pushing myself harder to try and achieve these more athletic workouts and I’m feeling the results in my muscles and joints.  The best part about this book is the focus on recovery – I think my body would be screaming right now if I wasn’t committed to soft tissue work and a full dynamic warm-up before each workout.

Ah, the Burpee…

Much loved by Crossfit enthusiasts, the Burpee is a very challenging exercise (in my opinion) that requires total body strength and cardio endurance.  Searching the internet for a good video, I found that LOTS of people are starting to incorporate Burpees into their regular routines.  There is a good description of the exercise, some variations, and it’s benefits here.

If you’re fit like this guy, your Burpees look something like this:

 

Mine do not.

In fact, I have not done Burpees since the high school soccer team back in (gasp!) 1998-ish.  Yikes.  When I saw that they were a part of Week 3 of the Impact workouts, I was apprehensive to say the least.  The workout calls for 10 Burpees as part of a circuit that includes two other high intensity, lower body exercises.  Realizing this, apprehensive became a HUGE understatement.  For the first time in awhile, I was anxious as I drove to the gym on Monday morning.  I even tried to take as long as possible to leave the house (maybe I would run out of time?).  I haven’t been this avoidant of the gym in YEARS.  Usually, it’s my one hour of the day that is about ME – and my own mindfulness.

But, I digress.

For my first workout this week, I decided to adjust the goal reps so I only had to complete 5 Burpees per set to allow my body to remember what it’s supposed to be doing!  Unfortunately, my fears were somewhat founded – I was sucking wind BIG TIME and still had to finish the circuit.  However, like in every other Impact workout, my body adjusted and I was able to complete 6 Burpees on the next set!  I made similar progress on Tuesday, and today, I completed 8 Burpees per set and I didn’t feel like I was about to die after I was done!

 

I’ll take it!

Kettlebell class tomorrow.  Can’t wait.

 

Turkish Get Ups

I LOVE me some Turkish Get Ups.  This was not a crazy love-at-first-sight kind of situation.  TGUs were more of a slow burn.  They’re a fantastic full-body kettlebell exercise – but they BURN at first.

I’m not a “combat athlete” but I think this exercise is great for everyone.  Jeb has finally started drinking the kettlebell Kool Aid and has decided to start with the RKC program minimum (swings and TGUs).  For his first TGU workout, he asked me along.  Since yesterday was my rest day, I figured I would go and help him with form.  His workout was 5 minutes of TGUs.  Sounded sinister to me, but I couldn’t resist trying it out.  I did the workout (got 12 reps), and definitely felt a bit achy and sore in all the right places today!  So much for a rest day, but it didn’t negatively impact my recovery.  In fact, I think it helped keep my joints from tightening up since I had a good warm-up and got my heart rate up!

I think TGUs are fantastic for most people, but if you want to try them, please seek out an instructor who knows what they’re doing.  Start with light weight too!  It’s all fun and games until someone drops a kettlebell on their head!