Monday, June 28, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 14 & 15

Saturday marked Day 14 of this cardio challenge. I did a little too much that day. I thought I would be able to extend my run time, but I had to go to the laundromat. So I walked/ran w/daughter number one for about 15 minutes. Just about the time she complained that she was hot and her feet hurt. Ugh.Then we were off to the laundromat. Since Walmart was nearby and my car needed an oil change, I decided to drop the car off, walk back to the laundromat, then walk back to Walmart to pick up my car. Brilliant idea considering it was 90 degrees outside by the this time. My right shin let me know I did too much because by the time I was through, it became uncomfortable but not painful. I got more of a workout day than I anticipated even though I had to sit out exercising on Sunday.

Monday marks Day 15 of this challenge. I can't believe I am at the halfway mark already. This morning I tried this 7 minute stretch warm up from my fav website I performed each routine as stated and left to run this morning. Talk about explosive. I ran longer and quicker than I normally do. I think I was a little to good because I lost steam in the end. LOL I ended up walking the last 15 minutes of my run. Nonetheless, I will definitely be using this every morning to wake up my sleepy muscles.
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Friday, June 25, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 13

If you are only interested in sitting on the couch and eating chips, these videos are not for you. If you are not interested in exercising and improving your health, these video are not for you. Last night I did the Biggest Winner strength training session for the back of the body. If you know Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Loser, you know that she is no joke. And this session did not disappoint. When I was done, the only thing I wanted was my bed. LOL

For today's cardio session, one of two of my daughters got up early to join me. She did not know what she was in for. She will thank me in the long run. :). My hips have been on fire the last two days, so instead of running, I basically walked for 30 minutes. I managed a mini sprint during the last leg of this session. Saturday will be a better day to really get more time in. Have a great weekend

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 12

Last night I wanted to do some strength training for today's run. But for some reason I got distracted and never did that. I got caught up on looking for weight lifting routines for my back and never found the information.

This morning as I am doing my walk/jog training, I realized I have Jillian Michaels strength training dvd in the house I could have used. Just had a DUH moment. LOL

We will try the whole strength training thing tonight. :)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 11

Do you listen to your body? I do. When I woke up this morning, my hips were stiff. It could have been due to not exercising since Thursday or due to the way I slept last night. Either way, I knew I had to get out this morning and walk. Just walking did the trick to loosen up those old hips. LOL. I was able to get in a little jog sprint during the last leg of my walk.

It is interesting that when you do not workout, your body stiffens up. But when you do, you are more limber. Food for thought.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 10

"Push yourself past your limit". That's what my hubby said when I told him frustration yesterday with the dreaded scale not moving although I was doing all the right things. In terms of cardio that is. But I am hearing more and more that women, especially those over a certain age need to incorporate a strength training routine for optimum weight/fat loss . This is along with any cardio routine you may be doing. So my hubby/personal trainer told me that I need to do strength training routines w/high reps until failure. And this is how the new motto for me came about.

Last night, I did a couple of strength training routines on my legs and arms. This morning when I went out for my run/walk interval, I ran further than I ever did. Maybe we have something here.

The progress continues.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 8 & 9

Well it is crazy in my house this week with the kids going to Vacation Bible School, so I forgot to post. But I did workout yesterday and this morning. Yesterday was walk/run intervals and today was just speed walking. I want to get serious about running and I am following the beginner's plan on The website has an abundance of information for running, working out even videos.

See you tomorrow.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 7

I am a quarter of the way through and we are doing well. The air this morning was soupy and it was ready to pour. But I went walking/jogging for at least 10 minutes to get that workout in. I was pressed for time this morning. I plan to walk this evening if it is not raining. If all else we will have to workout indoors. Enjoy your Thursday.
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Monday, June 7, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 6

There is nothing like working out and watching the sunset to make you forget your day. Sorry no pictures of the sunset, I was in the zone. This evening I did a walk/jog interval training for about an a mile. It took about 45 minutes which is not bad. I could have kept going, but it was getting dark. The saga continues...
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 5

You would think on a Saturday I would be sleeping in till 12:00 noon. Nope, the alarm went off promptly at 7:30 am. Although I turned it off and went back to bed, the good Lord nudged me out of the bed and said, "GET MOVING". LOL

So I got up, put on my work out gear and took a long walk around the neighborhood. I walked and partially jogged for about three miles. This was good because wasn't restricted to my time.

It's 85 degrees already and it looks like its going to be a cookout type of Saturday.

Have a great weekend.
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Friday, June 4, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 4

Not a shabby workout morning considering it took me 15 minutes to get out of bed. The NBA final games in LA are going to kill my sleep. This morning I walked/jogged around the neighborhood. It really does pay to stretch before you get started. Your muscles are little more pliable after sleeping.

We will see what the weekend holds. Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge - Day 3

So it's Day 3 and what do you think your girl did this morning at 5:30 am when the alarm went off. Hit the SNOOZE button. I was going to get up, I just needed 10 more minutes (excuse 1). If it were not for my hubby, I would have had those extra 10 minutes of sleep. But he would not allow it. :(

Today was walk/maybe sprint/jog/run day. LOL. But it has been raining everyday here and my aching knees are proof of this. So this morning me and the neighborhood rabbits had a speed walk kind of morning.

I feel better now and looking forward to the rest of day.
Enjoy yours and get moving.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

30 Day Cardio Challenge

June 1st marked my 30 days of Cardio Challenge. I am the only one in the challenge so don't be alarmed. Unless you want to join me.

I will working out for 30 days in some form or fashion where my heartrate is elevated enough to work up a sweat. I have been working out since December of 2009 and lost at least 5 lbs in January. But of course life happened in between and I fell off the wagon.

As it stands my weight has not moved or increase. However I do not like where it is right now given that it is summer.

I know I need the weightlifting routines for numerous reasons, but I seem to be gain more muscle than losing fat. So that being said, I am ready to shake the pounds off in a dramatic way.

On Memorial Day, the family and I played basketball. Ok so I know the game of basketball quite well, but you probably would not want me on your dream team. Nonetheless we all had a great time playing against each other and working up a sweat. My back paid for it later.

On June 1st, I did the Dancing with the Stars DVD. I love to dance but doing it via a DVD always seems to make look more uncoordinated. In the beginning I thought the tape was lame until I started sweating like a pig after doing the Samba. I have to give it up to the Brazilian women, they have that dance on lock.

Now I will not be working out for thirty straight days. But it will be for every other day and to where my bones can tolerate it. :)

See you next time.

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