The 29th day…

The second to last day…

It doesn’t seem like almost 30 days since I started this; but tomorrow marks day 30.

As for number 29 I got my burpees out of the way early, like right when I woke up early. Hours later I finally got around to getting my workout in. I really wanted to go rock climbing but they were closed this weekend!? 😦 Also, closed on Mondays, so I’m sad to say that one won’t make it to my list. So, left without an idea, I just combined bits and pieces from different workouts to get a full body workout. I started with my cardio (imagine this…a pinterest find!):

It was the perfect warmup! After this I did my arms (with 10 pound weights in each hand):

15 Pushups

Bicep Curls: 30 seconds full, 30 seconds bottom half, 30 seconds top half

Triceps: 30 seconds overhead, 30 seconds kickbacks

Deltoids: 30 seconds front raise, 30 seconds side raise

30 seconds tricep dips

15 pushups

Following arms were my legs:

15 ducks squats with a 8 pound weight

15 lunges

15 squats with 5 pounds in each hand

Leg lifts on hands and knees: 15 back with each leg, 15 to the side with each leg

Finally, abs:

30 seconds weighted core rotations (w/8 lbs)

1 minute side bends (w/5 lbs per hand)

30 seconds right and 30 seconds left reverse tree chop (w/5 lbs)

30 seconds right and 30 seconds left tree chop (w/5 lbs)

15 full body crunches (with body ball)

It was a good, solid workout. I went as hard as I could and did each move back to back without rest in between. So that was that…leaves me with Day 30. I wish I could say I have something super exciting, fun or different planned; but let’s be honest, I don’t have ANYTHING planned. I really am at a loss, so we will see what tomorrow brings…

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Days 21 & 22

Only 8 days left!! Can’t believe I’m in single digits! ((insert panic attack here: I have no idea what to do for the next 30 days!?))

Yesterday was an ‘easy’ day…and by that I mean no cardio. I did an old Slim in 6 video, which I don’t understand by the way because there aren’t 6 workouts….they aren’t 6 minutes long….so why “Slim in 6”? Hm…anyhow. I did Slim & 6 Pack. Ok, so I told you it was an old video. Don’t laugh at the 90’s feel of it. The moves were all pretty easy, however they were sequenced very well. You have to keep your abs engaged throughout the entire video so I really did feel as though I got a good ab workout by the end of it! Oh yes and never forgetting again….my 21 burpees.

Today I did a couple stability ball workouts. I just found what I could on Youtube…

and…

On the second one I just paused it after he demonstrated each move and did 15 of each. Admittedly it was another semi-easy day, without cardio. I did my 22 burpees though and am ready to get back into a hard one tomorrow….

I still have a few specific workouts I’ve been wanting to do from the beginning! With my time winding down I better figure out when I’m going to get some of them in: rock climbing, body pump, Crossfit (if I weren’t such a baby), kickboxing…and I really want to find a good kettlebell workout!

Half Way and so much more…

Wow….it has been a busy week! But I promise, while I’ve fallen horribly behind on my blogging, I haven’t missed a workout. The half way point came and went, and it’s all downhill from here. So let me catch you up. This past weekend I went to Carbondale with my family. My sister goes to school down there so we were taking her back from Christmas break. I was lucky to have had a three day weekend so I stayed down there through Monday. We worked out at the SIUC Rec center on Monday and Tuesday. It was really nice! It’s pretty big with a large variety of equipment. I’m not much of a swimmer; but if you are, their pool is something to drool over. It’s a beautiful Olympic size pool with multiple high dives and extremely clean water (and not the horribly chlorinated kind of clean). But again,  I’m no good at swimming for anything other than leisure. So Sunday, my sister wanted to learn how to use all the different weight machines. We went through each one in the weight room, getting a decent leg and arm workout; but it was mostly instructional so we weren’t going all out. It was a good toning workout though. After that we went for some cardio and I had fun playing trainer on the treadmills. 🙂 We did a mile ranging from 3.5-7 mph and 0-5 incline. After that we ended the late night workout with an ab set that included: plank, side plank, weighted sit-ups, bicycles, leg lifts, obliques, and a couple others. It was a fun workout and it was nice to have a workout buddy! Of course, after all that and being a night workout, I managed to forget my burpees….BIG MISTAKE. I thought forgetting day 6 was bad…forgetting day 15 and having to do 31 the next day was no fun ((but at least I know I can make it to day 30))!

Monday I was blessed with another day with my workout buddy. I really wanted to do the rock climbing wall they had, but of course it was closed at the time we were there. So, she decided she wanted to focus on arms. We started in a free weight room and did 25 kettlebell swings, 15 bicep curls, 15 military press, 15 tricep kickbacks, 15 deltoids, a plank exercise (from a previous sheet I posted on day 2) and then back down….plank, deltoids, triceps, shoulders, biceps, and kettlebell swings. After that we were going to do some cardio, but the cardio room was pretty full so we went into a quick ab circuit. We did leg lifts, plank, obliques, weighted sit-ups, and bicycles once through for 45 seconds each and then a second time through for 30 seconds each. By the time we finished that, there was more space in the cardio room so we did a 1000M race on the row machines. That was a lot of fun. I wish we had row machines here in town. I beat her, but not by much; and in all fairness, she didn’t quite get the screen that stated how far ahead/behind you were, so had she realized that she was behind not ahead it would have been a really tight race. We had about 5 more minutes before our time was up  so we did 5 minutes on the stationary bikes—2.5 minutes only using arms and 2.5 minutes of legs. Overall it was a really good workout. And again it was great to have a partner to workout with! And don’t worry, I somehow knocked out my 31 burpees. (UGH!)

Tuesday was back to the grind. I started class that night as well so I had to squeeze my workout in early. It was a quick cardio workout. I did a mile on the track—5 laps jogging and 5 laps sprinting the long sides/walking the short sides. That method of sprinting/walking/sprinting/walking and so on was one of the recommended workouts to help with stamina for the Fight for Air Climb…of course I imagine you’re supposed to do more than just 5 laps for it to do much good. After the quick run, I did another ab circuit and got my 17 burpees out of the way for the day. It was a quick workout, but a good start to my day!

Wednesday I had a split shift at work so I  got my workout in between shifts. I did a quick 2/3 mile warm-up on the treadmill between 5-7 mph. I then ran up and down 10 flights of stairs…trying to get in those stairs and cardio to make Feb 18th easier! So after that I did 5 more laps of sprinting the long sides/walking the short, followed by an ab circuit. After my abs were burning pretty good I did 20 squats, 20 lunges and 3 more laps of sprinting/walking. Hit the showers and headed back to work! Had to do my burpees later that night after class.

Day 19…oh boy was this a day. I wasn’t able to get my workout in until about 11pm, so admittedly it was a verrrrrry quick one. I did 7 moves, 20x each. 10 burpees, 10 squats, 10 leg lifts (abs), 30 second plank, 10 side crunches (left), 10 side crunches (right), 20 pushups, 10 side crunches (right), 10 side crunches (left), 30 second plank, 10 leg lifts (abs), 10 squats, 10 burpees. How do you like that, I even did an extra burpee! 🙂

And finally….day 20. I did a very quick warm up walking on the treadmill (3.5-4mph & 5-15 incline). After the warm up I went up to the track which was completely empty (LOVE THAT!). I did 6 laps sprinting the long, walking the short, sprinting the long, walking the short, running down 2 flights of stairs, back up 2 flights of stairs and then sprinting the long again and so on and so on. It was a good cardio workout but I should have made myself go longer! After that I finished up with 50 kettlebell swings, 25 wall balls, and 20 burpees. Only 10 days to go!!

Whew! And this brings me to today…..first I will be taking a nap and then I will get my workout in….thinking about kickboxing, but might also save that for tomorrow when I have more time. We will see. Hope everyone has a great day and I promise I won’t get a week behind again!!

Days 13 & 14

 

Oh Ab Ripper X, the way you make my abs burn!

First off, let me say that my legs were still way sore from the elliptical, lunges, and squats. So 13 burpees were not easy! But I got them out of the way first! I decided that after my pushup workout and the leg workout, I was ready to make my abs feel the pain. And boy did I accomplish that! I believe I said this in a previous post, but “thank you Tony Horton!” I’ll tell ya, that man is a workout beast. If ever you are looking for a good, quick ab workout, just youtube P90X Ab Ripper. It’s only 16 minutes–11 moves, 25 reps of each–but don’t be fooled! It’s killer. I am however starting to believe there are abs under there somewhere! 🙂

Day 14….As I stated in a previous post I’m doing the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb in February. ((Insert Selfish Plug here: Donate on my behalf here!!)) 🙂 They had a practice climb at the Hilton this morning so a couple teammates and I went to try it out. BOY OH BOY was I glad I went! I was grossly underestimating the difficulty level of climbing 32 flights of stairs! Now no excuses, but let me just note that my legs are still way sore from Thursday’s workout! So we get there and do a little warm-up of ::drumroll:: MORE LUNGES! Plus, alligator crawls, high knees, butt kicks, etc. So after the warm-up wore me out (ha!) we went for the first trial run. We were just going for 15 flights. I think I was tired after 3. lol. I made it to the 15th floor stopping twice for about 30 seconds. So rode the elevator back to the basement, got a drink, caught our breath, and…went again! UGH! The second time we just wanted to see how far we could make it up. So we went all out and all made it to the top. I again stopped twice probably for about 45 seconds to a minute each time this time. But nonetheless 32 flights I conquered! And for the record, 32 flights on a stair master in NO way equates to 32 flights at the Hilton!  It felt good though and it was a great experience! Now I know exactly how much training I still have left to do in the next 5-ish weeks! Cardio, here I come! It was a great workout! Plus, then I came home and still got to struggle through 14 burpees!! Yippee!

Hope everyone out there in Blogland has a fabulous 3 day weekend! I’m looking forward to my halfway point tomorrow!!

One Week Down…

Day 6 & 7 behind me. Yesterday was day 6 and it was GORGEOUS outside! When I got off work at 4 it was 63 degrees outside…63! Let me remind you that it’s January and we live in Illinois…63 is unheard of in January in Illinois. Obviously, I had to go for a bike ride. I don’t care if it’s boring…you guys can’t even argue with me…I had no choice! It was about 4:30 when I hit the road and I knew I didn’t have much daylight left; so I rode hard, but I only did 3 miles. It felt great to get out in the fresh air though. Great workout!

Today I killed my abs and it felt good! I did Power Half Hour: Ab Burner with Tony Horton. Oh Tony, how you make my abs burn. I had forgotten how much I like this video and I am definitely going to start doing it more. I have another Tony Horton video, 8 Minute Abs, that is great as well. I used to do it everyday after I ran…one of these days I will have abs again. Correction, one of these days you will be able to see the abs I have that are currently hidden under flabs. 🙂 It’s been a great week and I’m so excited for the next 23 days. Hopefully I’ll be able to come up with 23 more workouts and make them a little more interesting than the previous 7.

 

Finally, Confession Time: I completely forgot to do my Burpees yesterday! =/ I know. I’m sorry. But, to make up for it I did 6, took a 10 minute break and then did 7 today. The last 2 were tough so hopefully I learned my lesson not to forget…although that’s not going to help much come day 13…