Busy Week

This week has been insane.  I have a final due tomorrow (Psychology), and I have certainly had my hands full with that paper.  Monday I met with a personal trainer at Fitworks.  Wednesday I worked out on my own, and another workout last night.  During all of this week I have been busy with my older daughter’s school as well.  I am not sure if I have mentioned this before now, but my older daughter attends an online charter here at home.  Add on top of all of that the weekly household chores, grocery shopping, cooking, and spending time with my chicklets.  Yesterday, as a matter of fact, was an entire day of time with them.  We spent about 7 hours at The Beach Waterpark swimming, playing, and lounging.  It was awesome.  Mostly.  I am severely sunburnt on my back (despite several slatherings of 30+ SPF sunblock).  I may blister.

At any rate, I thought I would share how my workout went on Monday.  The personal trainer I worked out with was Vanessa.  She was nice.  Her goal for our first workout together was to show me exercises I could do without her (at home, at the gym, where ever).

We started with squats, two sets of ten.  It is important to push your hiney out, and keep your knees over your feet when doing squats.  After squats, we went to steps.  I put my right foot up first, brought my left foot up, and then went backward (leading with my right foot again).  I have no idea how many of those I did because it was a timed exercise, instead of sets.  If memory serves me, I did that for 3 minutes.  On to lateral arm raises (I think that is what they are called anyway).  Small weight (5 lbs) in each hand and lift them out (picture a bird flapping its wings) until they are level with your shoulders.  Again, this was a timed 3-minute exercise.  Curls, 2 sets of 10.  Crunches, 2 sets of 20.  Legs up crunches (flat on your back, raise your legs straight into the air, raise your arms to point at your toes, and crunch upward trying to touch your toes), 2 sets of 20. Posterior arm raises (5 lb weights in hand, palms facing your body, raise your arms forward until they are level with your shoulders), 3-minutes.  Slam ball – this was fun.  The ball looked like a typical kickball, but it was weighted.  I have no idea how heavy it was, though.  I had to hold it above my head and slam it down on the ground as hard as I could 15 times.  Talk about letting out aggression.  After that we started the whole routine over again.

We followed all of the above with 5 minutes on the elliptical.  However, instead of my nice leisurely pace of around 100 strides per minute, she had me maintain around 140 strides per minute.  I laughed at first because I did not think I could that, but I did.  Honestly, it felt great.  Now that I know I can do it, I find myself peddling faster on my own too.

Almost all of these exercises can be performed in the comfort of your livingroom.  You do not even have to purchase weights.  Use soup cans (or the like) for weights.  I will be honest, I did not think her workout was all that intense, but the next day I felt it.  I was not terribly sore, but I could tell I worked out the day before.

For “proof in the pudding” we will see what the friendly scale reveals tomorrow.  I have a good feeling about it though.  How is your week going?  Have you pursued your goal as much as you could or should have?  If not, set new (smaller) goals for the upcoming week.  Small (quickly achieved) goals make you feel good, and help to keep your motivation up.

-Erica

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