Monday, November 11, 2013

A Really Random Week

Phase 2 of this challenge is in full swing. The workouts are longer, the intensity has increased, and I'm making a concerted effort to add more "bonus" cardio to each week.

Day 36: It's A Great Day For A Run
Phase 2 of the Raise The Bar Challenge kicked off with a 2 mile run (it was in the 50's when I left work!) followed by 45 minutes of Pump and Shred. I did 100% of the squat, back, and chest tracks.  I didn't make it through 100% of the lunge track, but I managed to do more than usual. And the shoulder track...well...my new goal is to get strong enough to do all of my pushups on my toes.

And there was an ab track...of course there was an ab track.

Day 37: Speed Demon
Who am I? Where is this coming from?

It's gotta be from all the strength training - or I need to shut up and quit looking a gift horse in the mouth!
Mr. R&R usually works out in the mornings before work while I prefer to workout after work. Who am I kidding? I'm just lazy and hate getting up earlier than I absolutely have to. However, he's had brutally early meetings for the last two days and has had to move his workouts to the evenings, so tonight  I hopped on the trainer for my bonus cardio and got to watch him to his crazy Power 90 cardio workout while I pedaled.  I seriously think I would collapse in a heap on the floor about half way through it if I tried it!

Once he was done, I hit the floor for Hard Core Abs. I don't know what got into me tonight, but I made it through all the walking hovers.  Tonight's workout was definitely D.O.A....because I KILLED IT!!!!

 Day 38: Bottomless Pit
I really don't know what's up with me today. I'm like a bottomless freakin' pit!  All I wanted to do when I got home from work was curl up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and stuff carbs in my face.  I think, perhaps, it's some primal urge to insulate against the coming winter.  Whatever the case may be, I forewent the couch/blanket/carbs and hauled myself down to The Cave for 45 minutes of Pump and Shred.  I also brought along Mr. R&R so he could critique my form during the various moves since we don't have any mirrors in The Cave.  Of course, crafty creature that he his, he took it up a level by using his iPad to take video of me so I could see what I was doing right and what I need to work on.  I can tell you that my pushup form sucks right after a million chest presses, my legs look 1000x better during the lunge track than they feel, and I looked like a BEAST during part of the shoulder track. 

After the workout, I got my couch, fuzzy blanket, and carbs - in the form of brown rice in my really spicy chicken stir fry!

Day 39: If You Want Fate To Laugh At You: Make Plans
I was supposed to have dinner with Little Sister tonight.  It was (likely) going to be our last chance to hang out and do 'the sister thing' before she was due to have her baby.  We even joked as we made our plans, that this would probably guarantee that she'd go into labor and have to cancel even though she wasn't due for another week and a half.  Sure enough...I got a text message this morning that my nephew was born at 9:46am today.  Little Sis and Tiny Nephew are both doing well...and Mr. R&R and I threw all forms of workout plans out the window in order to meet the newest addition to the family. As expected, he was even cuter, and tinier in person. I won't be posting pictures of him here due to privacy issues, so you'll just have to take my word for how sweet he is!

Day 40: Vacation Day
The end of 2013 is rapidly approaching and I've found myself with a handful of vacation days that need to be used up, so I took today and this coming Monday off.  A four day weekend?  Yes, please!  I've been in dire need of some time to relax, recharge, and get a few things done that always seem to get shoved aside. I took full advantage of today by doing absolutely n.o.t.h.i.n.g. of use - other than 30 minutes on the trainer followed by Hard Core Abs and Flow.  I usually enjoy the Flow workout, but today it just made me rage-y. I couldn't relax and find my breath, so it was a 20 minute exercise in frustration - not what you want during a yoga practice.

Day 41& 42: Shred and Shed
After my Pump and Shred workout and Mr. R&R's Power 90 workout we began the herculean task of going through both of our wardrobes and purging all the things that were: worn out, no longer fit, or were always being pushed to the back of the closet because we didn't like them any more.  Apparently I'm some sort of clothes hoarder because I think I lost about 50% of my wardrobe.  I had pants in my closet from when I started changing my life and getting fit - 8+ years ago! I also unearthed a sweater I've had since high school in there. It was cathartic getting rid of all that stuff, but I'm down to about 3 pairs of pants that I can wear to work in the winter!  The closet project carried over into Sunday, causing us to cancel our hiking plans, but I still managed to cram in 40 minutes on the trainer while Mr. R&R did his Power 90 cardio workout for the day. 

Have you ever gone through your closet and found stuff that should have been gotten rid of long ago?

1 comment:

The Mountainista said...

I'm winded just reading this....