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…


Days 27 and 28

Lately, I have been hooked to Losing It with Jillian Michaels. It is a show where Jillian Michaels moves in for a week with severely overweight families. She goes through their habits, teaches them how to eat right, gets to the bottom of their emotional eating, and of course severely kicks their butts in workouts fit for strong man competitions. At the end of the week Jillian helps the family establish goals and plans on how to reach them. She then visits them approximately 8 weeks later to see their progress. Of course everyone has lost insane amount of weight, regained their health, and started new lifestyles. It makes me cry…I know I’m pathetic.  But let me tell you, Jillian is one tough broad! And the show encouraged me to buy a couple of her videos– 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30 ((Less than $15 to my door! Thank you Amazon!)). They finally came in the mail (it was only like 3 days later but I’m way impatient!) and so day 27 was devoted to the 30 day Shred. There are three different workouts on this video-level 1, level 2, and level 3. They are based on a 3-2-1 interval system: 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. I just did the level one to see what it was like. It was a good workout. Nothing too difficult, I believe I could have done one of the other levels; but the moves were adaptable so one could make them more or less difficult as needed. Overall I liked it. I’m thinking about continuing this workout after my 30 days are up. I will likely integrate other workouts in, but I might make this the base or meat, if you will, of my workout regime.


Day 28…I finally got around to setting up the Everlast Cardio bag I got for Christmas. It was a lot lighter than I expected with a spring at the bottom (hence cardio). It came with a cardio workout on DVD so that is the workout I did. It included 10, 2 minute rounds that incorporated a punch with a cardio move alternating for 2 minutes. The instructor took a while to explain each move, which was beneficial but he did it before each move, cutting into the 2 minutes and slowing down the movement of the workout so it wasn’t that intense. Once you know the moves however, you could still do this video and just complete the 2 minutes without listening to his instruction each time.

I finished each of the workouts with my 27 and 28 burpees. Happy those will be over in two days…I seriously respect anyone who does 100 burpees. I just hate them. On the other hand I’m kinda sad that I only have 2 more days of workouts on this journey, but also very excited for February! Happy Sunday, friends!

23, 24, 25, & 26

Monday I was overcome by the need to run stairs. I’m getting anxious about finishing the Fight for Air Climb in a decent time. So I ran up and down 20 flights of stairs (they were flights of 14–not quite as many as the Hilton flights). So up 280 steps and down 280 steps. It was one flight that I was continuously going up and down, then back up and down, and so on. Let me tell you, it is MUCH easier to go up after you’ve gone down! I was able to run up and down all 20 flights that I did without stopping or using the hand rail. I don’t think I could have run up 5 flights at the Hilton without the handrail or stopping! I’m convinced being able to go down and somewhat disengage your muscles, if you will, makes all the difference.

Tuesday was a long day; and I overslept. Thus, Tuesday night was a long night! I did a quick workout but not to say an easy one. It was another pinterest find:

Now if only I looked like that when I did it! haha. Again, it was a late night workout after a very long day so I only did it once through. In a more typical workout, I would add an ab circuit at the end and do it at least 3 times through.

Wednesday I got to do a new kettlebell workout! I was very exciting! I love working with kettlebells! They are so simple, anyone at any fitness level can benefit from kettlebells; plus, they are fun to swing around! I have the Bob Harper GoFit Kettlebell in 10 lbs. These kettlebells all come with a video, which is the workout I did. It was a good workout but I’m currently scouring the internet for something a little more challenging.

Finally today…I took the BodyPump class at Gold’s Gym. I have taken this class in the past and I really enjoy it! It is a GREAT full body workout perfect for guys or girls at any level. It is a weight lifting workout so you can use as much or as little weight as you like. My shoulders are already sore so I’m sure I’m going to be feeling it! After body pump I cooled down with a very short cardio burst. I did three laps on the track, again sprinting the long sides and walking the short ends.

All in all a good week so far!! AND of course, I did 23, 24, 25 & 26 burpees. Let me tell you…SO OVER BURPEES! Only four days to go….

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!!

10 days in…

Again today, I apologize for the lack of creativity in my workout but it was 55 and sunny out today…GORGEOUS!! So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy the weather. Me and my Boo went for a run in the park. We ran 1.25 miles and the sun was starting to go down but Boo was not having it. She wanted to walk more, so we walked another mile+. I mean who can say no to this face!?

And of course 10 burpees…check. 🙂

Another good day!

Day 5

Today was a good day. I did a cardio day to follow my light day yesterday. My original plan was to hit Fitclub and spend my time on the stair master. In a little over a month I will be doing the Fight for Air Climb at the Hilton….32 flights of stairs as quickly as possible. ((Selfish Plug: Donate here on my behalf! 🙂 Thanks!)) So I figured that the stair master would be some good practice. I was actually surprised by the ease with which I climbed 32 flights…or at least stair master ‘flights’. I’m not sure how they equate to real flights. I was done with 32 flights in 10 minutes without putting a lot of effort into it. My legs were sore, don’t get me wrong, but I was not strained cardio-wise. Since I finished 32 flights much quicker than expected I decided to go to the stationary bike. I did 10 minutes there before I got bored (ya, I’m workout ADD) so I decided to make it a circuit. I moved on to 10 minutes on the treadmill and did a shortened version of the previous treadmill workout. I felt good afterwards and it was a fun variety. I got a good workout in but it didn’t ever feel too hard. And of course wrapped it up with 5 burpees! Thank you and good night.

Days 3 & 4

As promised I got to do my treadmill workout yesterday (day 3)! It was much more difficult than I expected! I had to modify it some but I’m going to try it again after the 30 days and see if I can do it exactly as prescribed.

This is the attempted workout. I started with a minute at 4mph and a minute at 5mph before I went into the 5 minutes at 6mph. Then I kept it on 5 incline until I got through the 5.5mph minute. At that point I continued to increase the incline by one on each 3mph minute; so I ended at an incline of 10. Like I said this was more difficult than I expected. I thought since it never went over 6.5mph and each segment was only a minute long it would not be very difficult….I was wrong! I’m going to work up to it though, and can’t wait to try it again after these 30 days. Finally I of course finished it off with my 3 burpees and called it a day.

Day 4…I was feeling it today. I was sore yesterday, but REALLY woke up tight today! I decided to tone it down a littttttle bit and did some Pilates. I thought it would be a good way to get my workout in while also stretching! The thing I like about this video is that there are 5 different 10 minute segments that you can mix and match in any order to create your own workout. You select the segments you want to do, in the order you want to do them, and they will play seamlessly as selected. Since my legs were still screaming at me from the past few days, I did Pilates for Abs, Sculpting Pilates (for arms and shoulders) and Pilates Burn. Pilates Burn was supposed to be a more cardio focused version of Pilates; however, it felt like Pilates for legs to me! Overall a good workout, but it was definitely more low key than some of my previous ones! I almost forgot my 4 burpees today; but never to fear, I did them right before I started this post!

Two good days! I’ve been enjoying a short vacation from work so far this week, but it’s back to the grind tomorrow. Thus, it will pry be an early morning at the gym rather than an at home workout tomorrow. I’ve got something in mind though. 😉