Saturday, October 17, 2009

Take THREE: Days 19-28

DAY 19: Bis, Tris, & Shoulders; Ab Ripper X

Finally back into the groove of working out in the am! It feels so good to have my workout done before work. I tried to challenge myself w/heavier weights this time; we'll see if I feel any difference. I saved Ab Ripper for after work; I'm finding I get a better work out w/it this way. It's feeling so much easier; I'm amazed at how out of shape I'd gotten since last time!

DAY 20: Run

Just an easy 3+ mile jog. Nothing special.

DAY 21: Yoga X

Yoga?! On a Saturday NIGHT?! Bummer. I feel like a broken record, but 90 minutes is a LONG time. This is starting to feel easier and I (think) I'm going deeper in most of the poses. I did the extra push up between Upward Dog and Downward Dog every time.

DAY 22: Run

I planned to go for a longer run today, but I made it about 3 miles before I had some intense (so bad I was contemplating flagging down a car to take me home-I had to stop and sit on the side of the road for about 5 minutes until the intensity subsided so I could make it home!) cramping, so I ended up having to walk the remaining close to 2 miles home. I was so disappointed cause I'd been feeling so good and looking forward to getting a little more mileage in. Bummer.

DAY 23: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
What a way to start a Monday morning! I still think Wall Sits SUCK, but, other than that, this workout isn't that bad. I did not use weights on the optional exercises, but I will have to next time. Still no bands, so I did crappy push ups. Ab Ripper in the evening again with great results!

DAY 24: Run
I enjoyed a surprisingly dry am run (I'd been anticipated a wet rainy cold run). My hamstring felt a little tight, so I nixed the intervals I'd planned to do and went w/a straight 3+ miles jog.

DAY 25: Kenpo X
I couldn't make myself push play in the morning, despite the fact I was in my workout clothes and had the DVD in the DVD player, so I had to do this after work. I have no problems w/this workout. I'm not a huge fan of the first set, but it's over quickly and I'm on the next one. In fact, this whole workout seems to be over before I know it...

DAY 26: Run
I found it much easier to get myself out the door at 5 am knowing that tomorrow would be a day OFF! Same old, same old: 3+ miles.

I love that my day of rest rotates and falls on a different day of the week. It fell on a Friday, this cycle, and that was a super end to the work week. (Though, I did feel as though I SHOULD be working out!)

DAY 28: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X
Just completed this workout (just in time for kick off at the ND-USC game!). I finally remembered to snag some bands and I used them instead of doing pull ups. I like that A LOT better. I'm hoping I feel it long as I do, I'll continue to use the bands (I do need a heavier resistance, though, I think). I haven't done Ab Ripper yet, but I will after the game. I did at least 20 of each type of push up (save Diamond and Dive Bomber-10 of them) the first rung and between 25-30 the second.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TAKE THREE-Days 16 & 17

DAY 17: Plyo

Once again, I did NOT workout before work (I had something REALLY important to do....catch up Gossip Girl and Greek on the DVR...) meaning I was dreading the end of the day and having to work out. It wasn't that bad though. This DVD is sticking in the warm up (and I realized last time I must have just forwarded from where it skipped cause I had forgotten about all the lunges and squats in the WARM UP), but I got it past where it skips. Actually, I just realized, I DID attempt to do this in the am: I pressed play, started the warm up, it froze and I decided it was the universe's way of telling me to sit back down and watch TV! I did fairly well, though I didn't really give my all on the stupid Rock Star Jumps and I still am only doing 15 secs per leg on the last 1 minute exercise.

DAY 18: Run

A little over 3 miles in the break from the wind and rain Mother Nature was so gracious as to provide for me! Best part? It was BEFORE work, so I'm back on track!

TAKE THREE-Days13, 14, & 15


YEAH; a day off (though I really feel like I *need* to do something)!

DAY 14: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X

We spent the weekend camping at a family reunion (so may day off couldn't have fallen at a better time!) and I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. After we get home/unpacked, the last thing I want to do is push ups and pull ups...I debate taking a second day off (one for the P90X cycle + 1 for the cardio cycle). I even SAY I'm going to take 2 days off. Then, I pushed play. And it wasn't that bad. I did at least 20 of all of the push ups and 10 of the pull ups (w/at least 1 more the second round than I did the first). Ab Ripper X actually felt really good!

DAY 15: Run

I was up most of the night in pain, so I did not get my run in before work. On a Monday. Ugh. However, I did make myself go after dinner and this was the first run that DIDN'T suck in a long time. Good stuff!

TAKE THREE-Days 10, 11, & 12


Just over 3 miles. Nothing special. Wasn't fun.


I still really like this workout. It seems to go very quickly for me. I'm not a fan of the very first series, but after that's over I really *enjoy* it. I'm always sore from it, as well (arms & back, especially).

Another crappy run for me...just over 3 miles.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Take THREE-Days 8 & 9


Just a nice easy 3 mile-ish jog this morning. I didn't feel too bad, but I didn't feel great, either.

DAY 9: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X

This is always a tough workout for me! I hate *lifting* legs (cause it HURTS and it's where I need to focus :) !) and, of course, I'm not a fan of pull ups. No band yet, so I'm still using the cheater chair for pull ups.

This was the first day (this cycle) that I waited to do Ab Ripper until after work and it was much easier this time! Woot woot!

Take THREE-Days 6 & 7


Wow. I was DRENCHED with sweat 2o minutes into this workout. I forgot just how challenging the first 45 minutes are! I was as sweaty as if I'd just run 3 miles and our house was 66 degrees! This is a great workout, but I still hate that it's 90 minutes; that's a big committment!


I ran just over 3 miles, again, today, this time incorporating hills into my run. It was not fun.

Take THREE-Days 4 & 5

DAY 5: Arms & Ab Ripper

I still think this is the *easiest* day. My only issue w/this continues to be my own: the use of selectorize weights is a big fan pain between exercises.

Once again, Ab Ripper SUCKED!

DAY 4: Running

I jogged just over 3 miles before work. It wasn't the best run ever, but it's over!