272. My Plan to Be Able to Carry my Own Suitcase Come Cruise Time

So far, May has been kind of a bust.  I started really strong with my 5K almost-PR.  I continued that streak with a KILLER half marathon PR.  Then things started to peter out a bit.  I stopped tracking/ food journaling as diligently as I had been.  My workouts have been sporadic at best.  The unseasonably cold and crappy weather (combined with a sudden spike of three hot, humid, disgusting days) has been slowly chipping away at my motivation. 

I am not going to be defeated though.  So, instead of waiting until June to set new goals, start a fitness challenge, and just generally get my ass back in gear, I’m going to start right now.  I’ve still got two full weeks left in May. (Well, okay, since I’m actually writing this a day prior to posting, I’ve got 13 days now – minor details.)   I’m going to make the most of the remaining time, and keep my momentum into June.

Here’s the plan for the remainder of May.

  1. Meal plan for the rest of the month
  2. Only two meals out to eat, and they cannot be breakfast
  3. Begin Smart Girls Do Dumbbells Challenge (see below)
  4. A minimum of 5 cardio sessions

Smart Girls Do Dumbbells Challenge

Girl Can Do Smart Girls Do Dumbbells Personal Challenge

When my BFF Laura came to visit me this past weekend, she brought four books to lend to me: Something Borrowed (which I was done with my Tuesday,) Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte (which I’m half done with already), The Complete Guide to Women’s Running (which was, ironically, my Christmas gift to her), and Smart Girls Do Dumbbells.

Smart Girls Do Dumbbells is a strength training book designed for women (obviously, based on the title.)  The plan is based on “30 minutes, 30 days, 30 ways,” and the book provides 30 daily strength training “menus” featuring a variety of “recipes” (exercises).

My goal for this challenge is to make it through all 30 “menus” over the course of 60 days.  The program is set up for 30 days, but I know myself well enough to know I’m not going to do it every day.  Rather than trying to force myself into doing it daily and then quitting half way through, I’m going to go with an every other day plan.  Since it’s designed to be daily, I can do days back-to-back if I miss a day and not wory about strength training two days in a row since I’ll be dealing with different muscle groups.

I know the important of strength training for both weight loss, running, and general health.  I just have a really hard time implementing it into my fitness routine.  It’s time I commit though.  I’ll be posting my progress on my daily mile page.

And with any luck, by the team I leave for my cruise, I’ll be able to carry my own suitcase!  (I’m only half joking about this one.)

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240. CoreFusion Challenge: 7 Things in 7 Days

Today marks the end of the first week of my CoreFusion challenge.  I’ve stuck with my challenge so far, and I’m still really excited about it.  So here are 7 things I’ve learned in 7 days.

  1. I love CoreFusion.  Seriously, if I had discovered CoreFusion a year ago, I probably have Michelle Obama arms and an ass you could bounce a quarter off of by now!  It kicks my butt without making me feel like I’ve just had my butt kicked.
  2. I am really weak.  I joke about how I have the upper body strength of a toddler, but in this first week it’s become abundantly clear just how little strength I have.  The first time I did the arms segment, my triceps were sore and I didn’t even use weights!  I’ve since moved up to cans of veggies.  This week I might manage some 2 pound weights.
  3. Finding a form of strength training you love is key to actually doing it.  For two years now “strength train more” has been one of my goals.  This is the first time I’ve ever been successful.  Maybe it’s because I don’t feel like I’m doing strength training at all until my thighs are still shaking when I climb the stairs to the el at 4:30 in the evening.
  4. I love CoreFusion. Oh wait, I used that one already.  Seriously though.  I’ve found myself craving my next workout.  Wednesday, while I was enjoying my snow day, I did the whole 50 minute body sculpt video just because.  I missed yesterday’s workout because of cooking, grocery shopping and Super Bowl partying, and I’m actually looking forward to doubling up on my workout this evening.  Who am I?!
  5. If you’re doing CoreFusion with a kitten in the house, tie your hair back; otherwise, the kitten will start swatting at it and mange to claw the inside of your nostril in the process.  No, really, this happened, and it hurt.
  6. I feel much tighter and skinnier with every CoreFusion session I do.  I haven’t lost a single pound and my clothes still fit the same, but I feel like I’m already being transformed.  I also pay a lot more attention to my posture.  Posture is really stressed in every segment, and I find myself paying more attention to my posture throughout the day.  Yes, I think these two things are directly related.
  7. Even if you think you’re not working your muscles, you are.  During the abs segment of the Pilates Plus DVD, I was sure I was screwing up and not actually working my abs at all.  The two days of soreness that followed promise me I was wrong.  Even just maintaining the positions with the tiniest bit of movement was enough to make me feel it later.

I’ll update again next week with my progress.  My goal is to do twenty minutes a day at least three days this week.  I want to do the upper body, thighs, and glutes segments from both the Pilates Plus and the Body Scuplt DVDs.