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PiYo Week 3 – A complete schedule rewrite

With school officially going, I’m finding my rhythm again. My body hasn’t completely accepted the 10 hour work days yet, so working out is currently exhausting. I know that in another couple of weeks my energy levels will even out again, but until then I have to be exceptionally demanding with myself to get off the couch. It always pays off though, and by the end of the workout I feel great and energized, and by bedtime I crash. ๐Ÿ™‚

MONDAY – Upper… hmm…

I did some sort of upper body workout, but I have zero recollection of what it might have been. Then I ate nachos and had a margarita to celebrate surviving the first day of school (while also negating all calorie burn ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

TUESDAY – Buns

Ooh wee! Bun is a good one! This was a hardcore squat and lunge workout that had my legs burning in the most wonderful ways. ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact, it was so leg heavy that half way through (during a water break) I texted John that buns was kicking my buns, although I didn’t feel it in my butt. I definitely spoke to soon. No soon had I typed that, the workout changed and morphed into a glute burning incinerator. My quads and butt hurt for several days. ๐Ÿ™‚

WEDNESDAY – Left late, had a date, no workout.

THURSDAY – Open House #2,ย Core

After getting home at almost 9:00pm, I decided to go ahead and workout. Having done Core before, I knew what to expect and figured I would at least survive. ๐Ÿ™‚ Survive was the right word; I was tired, and while I did all the moves, I ended exhausted… and then slept hard! Core is incredibly hard on my wrists, even with my WAGS, and I end up modifying a large percentage of the moves. I don’t actually “pansy” on anything, but I utilize my power stands for virtually all planks and down dogs. It’s truly the only way I can get through the upper body intensive moves while allowing my wrists and forearms to heal from whatever stress or strain I’m currently experiencing.

FRIDAY – P90X3 Yoga

This was supposed to be Sweat, but I was super tired. My workout andย workย schedule has kept me flying by the seat of my pants, so I chose to have a yoga day instead. I haven’t done X3 yoga in FOREVER! That being said, it was interesting what poses I have improved upon and which have gotten worse in its absence. Crow is not an option. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I LOVE crow… But my wrists/right forearm just won’t have it. Some of the standing poses, however, are MUCH improved. Twisted half moon was darn near impossible back in March when X3 arrived on my door one Sunday morning, but my balance and strength now allow me to at least pretend I’m in an incredibly mediocre version of what was once simply pitiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

As a side note, it super sucks that my wrists – my right wrist and forearm in particular – are so messed up currently. I’m not totally sure when this happened. I’ve had a level of discomfort that then leads to numbness and general inflammation for as long as I can remember… at least a decade and then some. But this is something different. I am getting a sharp BURN in the base of my right hand that instantly jumps about an inch up my wrist. To be honest, I’ve only iced my wrist twice, so despite my frustration I’m not irritated enough to actually do anything about it. It’s just a bummer because I LOVE upper body, body weight floor moves of almost any kind. :/

SATURDAY – Sweat

I. Love. Sweat. It’s a great cardio! That’s all.

SUNDAY – Strength Intervals

This was my first go at Strength Intervals, and I have to admit it was far easier than I anticipated. Easy and short. :/ I ended up finishing Intervals and then adding in a round of X3 Isometrics. Man! That’s a great workout… I was never sure why it was employed so infrequently in P90X3, but it’s a great one and leaves your back and glute medius (upper outer butt) S ย  O ย  R ย  E. For this I will probably substitute a full body strength workout like Triometrics for this, as it was really too easy, or something like the bonus HIIT 20 that came with Piyo.

Summer Goals

โ˜Run at least 3 times a week (heat permitting)

โ˜Splits on both legs

โ˜Pigeon Pose every day

โ˜Single shoulder stretches every day

โ˜2 consecutive pull ups

โ˜4-pack abs ๐Ÿ™‚

โ˜Handstands without the wall

โ˜Cut out added sugar entirely

 

Day 75 & the Dietary Week from Hell

block375Oh my… This week has been a dietary nightmare. This was our last week of school (heavens open, angels sing) and with that comes a plethora of baked treats and excuses to eat out. The idea of packing a lunch for the 176-180th time had zero interest for me, and my rebellion led to some tasty, very much non-vegetarian outings this week. While most of the cookies/brownies/etc found their way into the hands of others or the I-Can’t-Eat-Another-Cookie receptacle, I am reaping the consequences in this sluggish state in which I find myself. I was super good this week and did every workout on the specified day! What a novel idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday I rocked the Challenge. Last time I did it, my numbers were completely unrealistic choices. This week I was far more conservative, and it paid off as I was able to do do every push up and every pull using correct form, unlike last time in which I ended up on my knees. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ After the Challenge, I went out with my dude on one of our “ironic” dates… Those are a whole other story. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday, I came home and went all out on my X3 Yoga. I pushed every move to the limit, and the result is a sore butt. ๐Ÿ™‚ Woohoo! After feeling like a badass, I went out for a friend’s birthday dinner and had the most delicious martini.

Today was Triometrics. Perhaps not my best performance. ย I got home late last night, plus the last day of school is always an energy drain. I took a quick power nap and then made my way through the workout with a few more pauses than usual. I will,ย however, give myself props for doing a couple of the moves plyo for the first time! Yes, I’m on Day 75, and there are still moves in which I having “firsts” in terms of success of completion. I was going to double up and do a second workout today to balance out some of the calorie excess of the week, but as I drank my protein shake outside, it was just so darn pleasant! I instead opted to mow to avoid wasting my first weekend of the summer on yard maintenance. ๐Ÿ™‚

All of that being said, it IS the last day of school, and that in and of itself warranted a tasty beverage, this time a Lime Cactus Michelob Ultra – only 90 calories of awesomeness. ๐Ÿ˜€

GOAL FOR TOMORROW: Stop eating like a moron.

AgilityX – Block 3, Week 3

block372I am getting wildly close to concluding my 90 day journey… That sounds completely cheesy, but I’m going to stay with that tone. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today was Agility X which is definitely not my favorite activity. In addition to it simply being an exhausting workout, it’s pretty hard on my already bad ankles. ย When I switched to the “right shoes” back in the first block, I felt a real change in how my left ankle in particular reacted to the workouts. However, shoes can only protect you so much from landing unsteadily or the sheer pressure put on those joints after a high knee tuck jump. I also don’t think I tied my shoes well, allowing my feet to swim a bit, and I feel the early sting of a blister… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

After my P90X3 “half hour” (I put this in quotes since I rarely spend only 30 minutes… pauses bring that number closer to 35 I’m sure), I did X3 Ab Ripper from the book since I don’t have the elite block DVD.

Let me pause to rant that it costs an arm and a leg for one extra DVD… I didn’t order the P90X3 Deluxe Kit because it seemed ridiculous to pay $125 extra for one DVD. No part of me was interested in the pre-workout drink mix, and I knew I could get resistance bands for a heck of a lot cheaper and Ye Olde Academy. So ultimately, this Deluxe kit was really an extra $125 for one singular DVD… And honestly, I really just wanted the Ab Ripper workout. It’s crap Beach Body… CRAP! Off my rant…

Dolphin Push Ups! These are fun and far more than just an ab workout. You can see how much upper body is engaged. Cool move.

After abs, I spent about half an hour stretching and watching bad TV. Opening my hips and lengthening my hamstrings are an endless pursuit. I spent a good bit of time in pigeon, and that logically also moved into some work on my splits. I’ve posted some pictures of my recent success with my right leg splits. Great! How about the reality of my UNsuccessful left leg splits! ๐Ÿ™‚ I look like an awkward moron trying to get out of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, I took a bit of time to work on hopping from crane to plank like a REAL yogi! ๐Ÿ˜‰ By the time I taped it, my wrists were DEAD, and so my crane looks terrible. The whole point is that my upper body and core strength has improved to the point that I can do this move on a somewhat successful level. It’s super neat to see this kind of progress and makes me proud, even if it’s not the prettiest version ever!

For dinner: Morning Star corn dog ๐Ÿ™‚ and 1.2 billion sauted green beans!

Block 3, Week 1

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Block 3 is an interesting one, and I think I’m a fan.

The first month was a whole lot of cardio and the stepping stones of strength building. Month 2 was far more resistance training, and now in the third month it’s a good mix of both. It’s neat to go back to some of the Block 1 workouts and discover that I’m better at them which makes them more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

A super rotten Thursday required sushi and a beer with my dude, so yoga was put off until later. In fact, you’ll notice on my calendar that I still haven’t gone back and done it. My plan is to do it Sunday morning. But even so, I’ve gone back to adding in more ashtanga stretching before I start the workout purely from missing my old fashioned yoga time, and this week the doglets and I took two 1.5 mile walks.

Back in the fall John and I were running quite a bit. I hate running. I don’t enjoy while I’m doing it, and I’m not a huge fan of it afterwards either. ๐Ÿ™‚ I find it boring and hard on my ankles. It’s particularly bad on John’s knees. The ONLY pro to running in the fall in addition to my full ashtanga sessions + resistance training was that the layer of fluff on my abs was virtually gone. Some of that has come back (also partially due to a brief obsession with nuts and “healthy” whole grain fig bars ๐Ÿ™‚ ) which is frustrating as my goal was to have a 4 pack by the end of P90X3. Bummer.

But… but, but, BUT….

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I can do the splits for the first time in like 18 years! ๐Ÿ™‚ My hips need to rotate more squarely, but even at this point I have finally loosened my hamstring and hip flexor enough to get this far! Not bad for a girl who turn 32 next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

End of Week 7

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I always find that I’m somehow shocked by just how busy the end of the school year is. My afternoons and evenings seem crowded with and endless array of small things but things that eat away at my precious “free time”. These last two weeks I’ve found it impossible to blog… or want to… about my quest for a 4 pack ๐Ÿ™‚ even thought I’ve done a good job of staying committed.

Monday – I managed to blog about my evening of Eccentric Upper.

Tuesday – Heck, I even managed to blog about Triometrics and my attempts at following the nutrition guide.

…and then the rest of the week kicked in…

Wednesday – I cranked out my yoga and then went on a lovely (needed) date with my dude. Yoga went really well actually… not that it usually doesn’t. I decided before I even started though that I was going to go hardcore. I held each posture as deeply as possible, and my little legs were exhausted by the end of my half hour.

Thursday – Eccentric lower followed by a birthday dinner for one of our band director friends. I have some dumbbells with removable weights that I bought about a billion years ago, and I finally decided to use them. John has used them, but I’ve focused on my 5s and 8s up until now. I made them 15lbs each and used those for the squats and lunges. Itย definitely made a difference as my butt and hamstrings were nice and sore the next day. I also got my new glasses. Yay for good vision or something, butย hooray for new fancy frames!!!

Friday – I really enjoy Incinerator. Since getting better at push ups (read do them the right way), I like the challenge of having a set timeframe to do as many as possible. That being said, I need to either do more reps or suck it up and get the heavier weights because I feel like any workout called “the incinerator” should leave my arms incapable of virtually anything afterward. It’s still great!

Saturday – My only workout was mowing. I did have some delicious tequila based wonderment at Tacos and Tequila for an early Mother’s Day with my parents and dude.

Sunday – John did a round of MMX with me Sunday afternoon. It never fails to amaze me just how much I can sweat during MMX, especially since I’m not a big sweater. Despite hating the sprawls and renaming all of the sprawl moves to “Sprawls Suck #1”, “I hate F’ing Sprawls #2”, and “Sprawls are a g** d*** piece of s*** #3”, I didย ALL of the sprawls this go round. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

On a completely different note, following the nutrition guide is not easy or convenient. While I know I do a good job of eating well and eating balanced 95% of the time, following a nutrition guide that really expects you to eat WHOLE foods is difficult for the busy bee I am. Admittedly… I didn’t even make it a week before deciding that as long as I watch what I put into my body I don’t need the nutrition guide. It’s probably WILDLY helpful for folks that aren’t sure how to regulate their intake but is far more micromanaging that I feel I need to commit.

Tonight for dinner

  • roasted sweet potato spears, no oil, just cinnamon
  • roasted okra, 1 drizzle of oil for 20 pieces, salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • 1 Quorn “unit” as my dude would say, AKA a Quorn chick’n patty with Stubbs BBQ sauce

My Attempt at a Doubles Day & Eccentric Lower

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This has been a crazy week. Crazy is the wrong word; stressful is far more accurate. Despite the stress, or maybe because of it, I’ve enjoyed my 30 minutes with cheese-ball Tony. Tuesday morning I noticed that my right middle finger was aching a bit. I’ve mentioned my terrible joints, but this is a new development. Long story short, I think that in my efforts of catching myself in some moment of poor balance, I must have hyperextended my poor double jointed finger, and I’m now ending the third day of 3 brand new jacked up joints… It basically hurts my finger to breathe. ๐Ÿ™‚

YOGA

Last week I mentioned how much I loved Pilates and Isometrics and vowed to make my yoga day a doubles day from now on. Well… Monday completely shredded my upper abs in a combination of pull/chin ups (which works my core like crazy!) and Ab Ripper X. They hurt like a bruise to touch. Once I finished my yoga, I flipped it to Pilates, and 3 moves in I realized this was a bad idea. My abs needed rest and recovery, so my doubles day will have to wait until next week. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

On a high note though, I had marked improvement on a few of the yoga moves! My airplane with your head aimed at the ground was MUCH better, as was my half moon on both sides. Twisted half moon was evenย decent on my right leg. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still prefer my normal hour long Ashtanga routine, but it’s not bad for an abbreviated yoga workout.

ECCENTRIC LOWER

Today was my first round of eccentric lower. I was actually hoping it would be a little more hardcore that it was, but then again my left underbutt ๐Ÿ™‚ has continued to cramp off and on all night, so maybe it will end up being rougher than I thought in the moment.

Just like eccentric upper, all of the moves focus on extended time in the tension half of the move followed by a burst out of tension.

  • Squatsย – Slow down, fast up, with weights
  • Lunge – Same as above, with feet remaining stationary
  • Sumo Squatsย – Wide leg squats
  • Weighted Pistol – One leg squats with opposite leg held out straight and high in front
  • Side Kick – Using a chair for balance, hold the outer leg parallel to the ground. Slowly pull knee into chest, keeping leg parallel, then quickly kick it back out. This is the move that is making my underbutt cramp.
  • Front Kick – Standing on one leg, hold the opposite out straight and high in front. Rest a dumbbell on the top of the extended thigh for resistance. Slowly pull foot toward butt and then quickly kick it back out.
  • Albanian Squat – One leg lunge with back foot resting on a chair.
  • Adductor Lunge – Step out into a wide leg lunge, bending knee slowly. As you return to standing kick stepping leg out straight to the side.
  • Cross Reach – Stand on one leg with the opposite knee held high. Holding a weight in the opposite hand, quickly punch it across your body while moving basically into Warrior 3. Return back up slowly.
  • TT Plus – Same as Tony’s T from pilates but with slow then fast movements.
  • Bridge Kicks – On your back, quickly push up into a one leg bridge, then slowly return to ground.
  • Hip Flexor Splitsย –ย THIS ONE WAS NOT DOABLE FOR ME CURRENTLY.ย I am discovering that my hip flexibility is comparatively poor. My hip flexors give me problems in lots of yoga poses. You are supposed to basically sit/balance on your power bars and then hold your body weight up into a split leg V. You then pull your legs in together and then quickly kick the legs back apart. I have the abs for it. I have the balance for it. My hip flexors said NO. I stopped the DVD, did some deep hip flexor stretches and then did my version of this move one leg at a time. :/
  • Calf Dog – While in down dog, stack one foot on top of the other. Quickly push up high onto toes, and then slowly lower heel back down.

This workout presents some moves I’ll need to improve for sure. Here’s hoping I hurt tomorrow!!! Maybe this will be the block that gives me some serious glutes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bam! Block One DONE!

BLOCK ONE DONE

End of Transition Week: X3 Yoga + Dynamix

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I said it before, but I really loved the transition week. ๐Ÿ™‚

I made Saturday my rest day and turned Sunday into a double day of X3 Yoga and Dynamix. John did them with me, and I’m pretty sure he enjoyed them also.

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I’m getting much better at holding my upper body below my knee while in crescent. I attribute most of that to the fact that my legs are getting stronger in general. Half moon has gotten exponentially better on my right leg, though my left wasย terrible today. I did a great Ted’s chair on my right leg, but my left leg didn’t happen at all. I’ve discovered over the past couple of days that my left hip is far more open than my right hip, which I think is bizarre since everything else is looser on the right side of my body. My crow has consistently improved this last month as my arms continue to strengthen, but today I was almost able to straighten my elbows in the pose like a big kid! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s super neat to see improvement.

John and I are both used to doing MUCH longer, far more intense yoga routines than that of X3 so while there might be a couple isolated poses that need growth, the routine as a whole is not overly taxing. When we did Dynamix John commented that he worked up more of a sweat during that half hour that during the yoga.

THOUGHTS AFTER BLOCK ONE

  • All Yoga days are going to be double days of Yoga/Isometrix or Yoga/Pilates
  • Sometimes it’s better to take a breather so I can give more energy to the next move (Warrior).
  • Sometimes it’s better to push through without pause to keep my heart rate up (CVX).
  • I didn’t do enough push ups or pull ups if I can do another one.
  • Cardio days are not the days to start with a 30 minute Ashtanga warm up. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • If you aren’t seeing results, you either A) didn’t exert your all or B) eat more than you need each day.

P90X3 is pretty great. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited for Block 2!!!

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Transition Week: Dynamix

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I’d like to start by saying I AM SORE… ๐Ÿ™‚ Isometrix wore me out yesterday! I love finding a new workout that is both fun and effective, and Isometrix is that workout.

I’ve mentioned that I’m struggling with “bored” eating at work right now. This morning about 10:00, I hit a bit of an energy wall. I had a Lemon Cream Pie Quest Bar in my purse, and not only did it give me some energy, but I was less “bored hungry” for longer today. I also went for a bottle of water instead of a snack this afternoon. We’ll see how this strategy work in the next couple of days.

Imageย  I got home later than I have the last several weeks. It was a little after 6 when I walked in the door. Still, I chose to spend about 30 minutes on some yoga warm up, a little headstand action, etc before I jumped into Dynamix.

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Of the previous 3 weeks of Block 1, I’ve only done Dynamix once. I remember enjoying it, but I had already forgotten what the workout entailed. After yesterdays Isometrixs, the dynamic stretching was welcome. While an “easy” workout, I found my body heat brought out a little sweat by the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

The only part of Dynamix that was a bit taxing was the side forearm plank only because my shoulders are sore from doing the same yesterday.

All in all, I spent about an hour tonight gently working my muscles, and I really like that kind of time. It’s calming while allowing me to still feel productive. Good stuff. I CAN’T WAIT for Accelerator tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

After Dynamix I whipped up a new healthy vegetarian pizza and indulged in a crazy delicious mint chip mochi ice cream ball. ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM!