Let me apologize for not posting in a week...sorry! Now on to the good stuff:
Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge - Week 3!
Monday: I took the SwimTot to the pool again. She is getting to be such a good little swimmer! She swam at least 10 yards by herself. I went to beginner Pilates and felt a nice little burn - 45 mins. I had some babysitting scheduled for Thursday evening and I wanted to get a workout in everyday, so I doubled up and swam an additional workout after Pilates.
Please note that putting on a wet swimsuit is one of the worst things ever. Could be considered a form of punishment in some countries! haha I swam:
400yd warm up
4 x 100 choice (backstroke)
4 x 75 choice (freestyle)
4 x 50 choice (breastroke)
4 x 25 choice (butterfly)
300 warm down
(based off of this workout)
I completed it in 1:00 and 17 seconds :)
And then I face planted into bed.
I got 2.25 points for Pilates and 6 points for the swim. I got all my "freggie" servings in and posted on fb. 10.25 point total for Monday!
I went to Yoga again. Like I've said this is very basic yoga and I really like it because I want to know the right way to do an exercise in order for it to be the most effective. That being said, this was also the 3rd week of class and it was the first day I have really felt challenged. My wrist ended up being really sore that night and the next day and I was VERY worried for some reason. Like it was going to keep hurting or wouldn't healing. I just kept praying and praying about it. I really don't know why. But I'm glad it hurt because it made me realize that (after it was better) my body is resilient and that I can improve. 1 hr 15 min class was 3.75 points. I had forgotten what day my produce delivery came, thinking it was Tuesday, but it was Wednesday. Therefore I shorted myself on fruits and vegetables :( 1 FB posting. 4.75 points for the day.
I had a crazy day at work and forgot to study for my sign language class during lunch, crap! I scraped my workout plans for after work and went home to study and have a quick dinner. Class went great, I really like my instructor and the 2 other students. We have fun! I did 100 chest lifts/crunches while watch Mad Men episodes later in the evening :) I gave myself 1 point for that. 1 point for freggies, 1 point for FB.
My babysitting got cancelled due to a sick little kiddo, so SwimSis literally begged me to go to hot yoga with her. My normal yoga (Yoga Place 1 for further reference...) is so simple and beginner and in an area of town where there is a lot of variety of people. This other place (Yoga Place 2) is in a suburb and I pictured it with very fit white women. So I asked her all of the questions any fat girl would:
-Would I pass out because it was too hot?
-Was everyone there stick thin?
-Would I not know any moves?
-Would the yoga be too advanced?
-Will people make fun of me?
Obviously I may have gone a bit overboard there! I got a new member rate of $29 for 2 weeks unlimited ($17 is the normal drop in price). They let me borrow a fancy towel mat to put on top of a regular yoga mat. The room felt warm, but like a hot summer day, not a sauna like I was expecting. The instructor had a good mix of flexibility poses and strength moves (which I am more prone to liking, I blame Pilates!). Also, she played 2 Mat Kearney songs during the class, so that's an A+ class to me. Near the end I was dripping sweat and felt kind of gross. I remember that I used to be the girl who said she hated exercise other than swimming because she didn't like sweating! Who is that girl anyway? Where did she go? :) I kept looking at other people to figure out what pose we were doing, but some people were getting it wrong, some were doing advanced poses, in the end I just learned to trust the instructors words and go along as she says. It was okay if I took more than a couple of seconds to get in a pose rather than immediately try to do what someone else is doing and have it be wrong. The instructors know what they're doing!
I got 3 points for a 1 hr class, 1 point for freggies, 1 point for FB = 5 point day!
Work was crazy again. People always told me that Dec would be so quiet and you would get a lot done because people went on vacation. Well...this is the week or two BEFORE people go on vacation, meaning it is crazy! I got home and didn't want to fix anything. I also didn't want to exercise. I made my butt walk the 0.5 miles round trip to Jimmy John's to get a sandwich. haha 0.5 points! I ate that and as soon as I started writing a blog post, I was really tired! I was asleep by 8:30! 1 point for Freggies, 1 point for FB. 2.5 point day!
I slept until 7am! Must have been really exhausted! I was dreading going to Pilates class, but I really, really like going. It is tough, but worth it. I work really hard every class and am proud to say I have seen improvements in my stamina. We often to 2 sets of 15 reps of certain exercises and depending on the move that we are doing, I can complete all 30 reps in some! Whereas the first class I was just trying to keep my head above water and do as many reps as I could before taking a break. We used aerobics types steps in this class and we were doing balancing exercises, strength exercises, planks, etc off of them. Very challenging! We were doing an exercise where we had our toes on the step (w/two things underneath to jack up the height) and were in a straight arms plank and were going down into an elbow plank and back up again (left forearm down, right forearm down, right forearm up, left forearm up, if that makes any sense). The instructor suggested I modify and not do the step, but my philosophy is to at least try the hard stuff first (how will I know I can't do it if I don't try? haha!). Well I ALMOST completed one. I couldn't get my second arm back up and collapsed a bit :) I promptly resumed with my toes on the floor and completed them.
The instructor then led us in more planks (argh!). I am more partial to a straight arm plank than an elbow plank, so I try to do those more. She helped me find the right position for a straight arm plank and I held it the entire time (lol like 30 secs max) my arms started to get pretty wobbly toward the end, but the proper alignment of my feet to help me not fall over made all the difference! That's what I love in an instructor, push me but help me do it right! She came over and told me she could tell I was working so hard (and she did comment on me dripping sweat while I"m sure others were barely breaking one - most are either super fit or instructors of other classes themselves) and said she was really proud of me (awe!!!!). I'm glad she said it and I do my best every time, but did she have to say it in front of everyone else? LOL I'm shy like that. 3.5 points for Pilates (I upped this one again, hardcore!)
I went to Yoga at Yoga Place 1 for a midmorning session. I bought some all natural yoga mat cleaner. I figure it is better than putting my face in chemicals! We had the same curriculum as the Tuesday class, but a different instructor. Good times! 3.75 for 1 hr 15 min class.
I bought some Christmas bags (this girl CANNOT wrap presents for her life!) and met SwimSis, Coach and SwimTot for Coach's bday lunch. We went to one of those places where you pick out your own uncooked meats and veggies and add a sauce of your choice and they cook it in the middle on a big stove. It was weird because, well, I was one of the smallest people in there. Yikes. 250lbs never looked so skinny. It made me sad for some of those people, but I'm glad to know that I can make the choice of how much to eat/take home and I don't go there every weekend or anything! Nothing good happens at buffets!
We went home for cake and a rest to let the food digest. I headed out for a late afternoon hot yoga class at Yoga Place 2. The instructor was pretty challenging and I worked up a sweat pretty quickly. It felt good even after 2 classes in the AM. I was proud that I went on my own. Things like that can be hard for me/my anxiety sometimes. 3 points for 1 hr heated slow flow yoga! 9.75 points for the day, 1 fb point, 1 freggies point = 11.75 points.
I was fairly sore that morning, but felt pretty good, actually. I spent 4 hrs at the church w/the kiddos, which I counted as my workout (but no actual points). I went a Mat Kearney concert that night. Love love love! It was the 5th or 6th concert my friend and I had been to of his. The first one was in 2004! I ate a breakfast before going to the church, I ate after church at 2pm and then again at 4! The old me would have definitely had fast food at some point, if not multiple points during the day/evening if I was going to be out late. I packed a granola bar and a couple of Mandarin oranges in my purse in case I got hungry. I feel old at 27 going out on a Sunday night, but my friend's boyfriend got us tickets, what a great guy (and where can I find a guy like that). It was so hot in there and everyone was crammed in. I'm not sure what time we got there, but I'm thinking before 7:30, and he didn't go on until 9:20. Ugh! It might have been better if the opening act hadn't been terrible. He looked like he was right out of pampers, very fresh faced. And he kept saying things that were perfect for "that's what she said" jokes because he was nervous ("this is my very first time", "I can't find the hole"). But the concert was great in this cozy little venue. He runs through the crowd at least once a concert and I FINALLY got to touch him. hehehhee. And I mean, singing Feliz Navidad with your favorite artist, you just can't top that!!!
We were quite giddy upon leaving and I had a Mandarin orange on the way home. I was impressed with myself! I got 1 point for freggies, 1 point for FB, 2 point day!
Weekly total: 39.25! Fabulous!
Weekly goal: Move my butt EVERY DAY!
Goal: Accomplished. But tired :)
It was a great week and made me motivated for this week!
How did everyone do last week?
What is your motivating factor this week?