I was going to run today but I slept VERY bad. When I’m so tired I can’t organize my thoughts, I don’t trust myself not to fall off the treadmill. I wasn’t about to skip a workout entirely and I need more weight training anyway. The kettlebell was a perfect quick workout before I went to bed early like an old lady.
Later on this week, I’m going to try and re-run yesterday’s failed start to week 8 of c25k because that pace time still bugs me!
Anyhoo, today was some arm and shoulder work to keep from using by lower back while it heals. It still isn’t a intense long run, which I actually kinda miss, but I think anything is better than just sitting around doing nothing. My weight is still trending down so I’m not freaking out about calorie burn right now. It’s just about taking care of myself until I can bend over to pick up something without wincing and letting looose with some colorful language.
I’m gonna have to adjust these screenshots. That size is just ridiculous.
Also, I will stop complaining about the heat now; even though it was the main factor in deciding to do a short weight workout instead of a longer walk/run. I just don’t want to go too many days in a row without doing something towards my overall health. Even if it’s just 150-ish calories. Every little bit helps and I’m still sticking to my diet and taking Saxenda so it’s not like I’m gaining all my weight back. And I actually came to enjoy running so, I want to get back to it.
I don’t usually do longer cross-training workouts so this was a challenge and I know this is gonna hurt tomorrow. I do want to build some muscle to fill in where I know I will have sagging skin if I hit my goal weight. It’s probably a pipe dream but I thought building muscle would be better than expensive skin removal surgery. I’m no expert so I’m sure an expert will come along and tell me that’s stupid.
Also, I can do the kettlebell in my nice air conditioned room.
Ok, I’ll stop complaining about the heat and just do what I need to do.
I can’t stress how glad I am I have that little peddler under my desk. The workouts aren’t intense but anything is better than just sitting in the chair, in my opinion. And in the evening, I did a quick session with the kettlebell and I can tell through soreness that it’s effective even though it’s short. I like to use the kettlebell instead of my dumbells sometimes just to change it up so I don’t get bored.
Since my period is approaching, I don’t have any weight loss to celebrate this week. Water weight is gonna screw everything up for a while but I’m gonna try not to freak out about it. Just my body doing its natural thing; not me falling off the wagon. No need to throw out anything in the house that isn’t a salad.
I decided to get out the ole kettlebell. Mine is 8 pounds so it’s easy to do a couple more reps than the app tells me to do. I’d like to tone up my arms and my abs; especially if the weight is going to continue to come off at the same pace. Bulking up a little may help with the sagging skin.
With this session, I tried to knock out some miles in my Yes.Fit 2020 challenge with my desk bike and basically did as many miles as I could stand. I was aiming for 10 but around 6 (obviously) my legs were trembling from the hip down. I could barely stand and almost hit the floor trying to dismount the damn thing. I don’t know if this is a sign that I’m pushing myself too hard or that I’m not pushing myself hard enough.
I had to readjust my challenge to include other workouts because, for some reason, I woke up at 3am and could NOT get back to sleep. I was out of it all day so there was no way I was going to be able to coordinate for the treadmill. So, I compromised and did a Home Front workout.
It’s probably nerves that kept me up but I made the mistake of running tired ONCE and I will never do it again. I legit thought I was going to break my neck. I’ll be doing a long run tomorrow anyway so I don’t feel too bad about adjusting my challenge.
This week’s C210K seemed harder for some reason and it is totally because of how long they are. In sticking with the schedule, I’ve forgotten how it feels to run close to an hour. It’s a struggle to make it through that last 10-minute jog and I can feel my fingers swelling.
Does anyone else have that problem when they run? Finger swelling? It is very unnerving…
As for incorporating more cross-training, that ab workout from Atlas Shape leaves me feeling much like the P90X Ab Ripper: too sore to laugh, cough, or sneeze. That must mean it’s working.
Week 10 means 15 minute long runs instead of 10 and I am honestly not sure if I can make it all four intervals. I may have to repeat the week or repeat week 9 to build up my endurance.
Either way, bring it on. Won’t know if I fail hard until I try!
This workout means pain but it’s quickly becoming my favorite from the Atlas Shape selections so far. Aside for lunges, squats, jumping jacks, and Russian twist, there’s this thing called the Prone Hip Driver where you start in a plank position push your hips up as high as you can, then lower back into a plank. It is NOT easy. The first time I tried this I could only do 8 reps and now I can do 10!
And BOY do I ever feel it in my abs the next day.
Truth be told, my belly has always been an issue for me (gee, nobody has ever said that before) and I like the Hip Driver because it also works my arms to hold that plank. It’s important core work that needs doing if I’m going to run any faster.