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6th week of YMCA excersize class in review

English: TAKEN DURING WIKIPEDIA TAKES MUMBAI 1...

English: TAKEN DURING WIKIPEDIA TAKES MUMBAI 1 PHOTOWALK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

When a 24 hour stomach bug hits a family of 5 people, it can take several days for all of us to get over it.  Thankfully, my son didn’t get it, but me and my oldest daughter had it twice.  So this round, it took a week for us all to recover from the most debilitating stomach bug I have ever encountered.  Vomiting, Diarrhea, cramping…it was a bit rough.  So, there was a week long break from working out, and I must say that I sorely missed it!

 

Also a new instructor started this week.  She’s…different.  I like how she’s trying to incorporate her own moves and her own style, so that’s going to take some getting used to.  I don’t like her style: She doesn’t seem like she’s having fun.  She’s high energy, and knows what she’s doing, she’s got a good plan figured out before class starts.  A lot of it might be that she is brand new…not just a new instructor to the YMCA where I go, but she JUST got certified and this is her very first class to teach ever.  So, she’s nervous, and probably doesn’t even know her own style yet.  I’ll give her a few more weeks before making my final decision though ;-P

 

Monday’s HIIT was pretty easy.  I didn’t sweat through my clothes like I usually do, and there was probably just one set where I really got my heart rate up.  Like I said…new instructor…she’ll get there I’m sure.

 

Step on Tuesday I went in planning on only using 1 set of risers.  The new instructor only used 1 set of risers and I noticed that most of the class (whom would usually use 2 sets of risers with the old instructor) also used 1 set.  It was just interesting to note that when the instructor steps it up a notch, so do the students.

 

Slept in on Wednesday, so missed weight lifting 😛

 

Got some new work out gloves specifically for kick boxing Thursdays, and man did it make a difference!  I really felt it in my chest muscles just a few hours later.  I really enjoy slamming my fist into that bag.  Again, picturing a possible assailant and knowing that I could use these techniques to defend myself and protect my children is motivation to really slam that punching bag.

 

In-laws came into town Thursday night and I wasn’t able to make it to the YMCA on Friday morning, which meant I missed HIIT.  I don’t particularly enjoy HIIT, but I know that it is super good on my system, which means that my heart misses it…I miss the work-out that my heart and lungs would get from it.

 

Crazy busy weekend ahead of me, and it’s good to know that I can have the energy to keep up with everything that I need to.  Overall, I am enjoying these daily workouts.  The result that it is having on my body…which as I’ve said before, isn’t my own.  That’s the purpose of working out, to be a good steward of this body that God is loaning me.  Other perks are to live longer, feel better, have more energy, and if the good LORD desires, and easier future pregnancy 🙂

 

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5th week of YMCA excersize class in review

English: YMCA logo (international and USA)

English: YMCA logo (international and USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Monday was a holiday, the YMCA was close for celebration purposes

 

I was a bit upset that I had to take a riser off of my step on Tuesday.  Dealing with some congestion that meant it was difficult to breath.

 

Weight lifting on Wednesday wasn’t anything special.  Tried to push myself, but found that my technique was lacking a bit which meant I didn’t work what I was suppose to be working, and didn’t feel it the next day.

 

I was punching the bags so hard at Thursday’s kick boxing that I got and busted a blister on my knuckle.  It was really fun.  I picture a possible assailant and knowing that I will be able to defend myself if I ever need to (and protect my babies), is a comforting thought and what keeps me motivated to punch and kick as hard as I can.

 

Friday‘s hiit focused a LOT on the saddlebag area of the legs and buttocks…again. It was significantly easier than it has been in the past, but I think that the instructor was also taking it pretty easy on me also.

 

I’m not losing any more weight, and I can’t tell that I’m losing any inches (at least around my waist), so I keep telling myself that it isn’t about those things anyways.  My husband says he can tell a difference.  I have more energy, and I feel happier most days…I can tell that my depression is becoming more manageable.  I think that alone is a perk worth continuing for!

 

4th week of YMCA excersize class in review

Collage of varius Gray's muscle pictures by Mi...

Collage of varius Gray’s muscle pictures by Mikael Häggström (User:Mikael Häggström) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’ve made it through three weeks of this crazy new work-out routine, and overall, I really look forward to it. I can’t really say that I enjoy doing it, but I am loving these results. My muscles don’t get super sore anymore…at least not on the daily basis that it was before. They are still sore, but not cripplingly so. So, I guess that means that my muscles are learning how to process that lactic acid more (and I suppose my lungs and my heart becoming more efficient in their jobs).

 

Monday’s Hiit just isn’t too challenging. I enjoy it, I get my heart rate up, break a slight sweat, feel a bit of burning in the muscles, but afterwards it’s just over. I re-catch my breath and that’s is. I think that perhaps my heart and lungs are becoming better conditioned to handle this kind of work out at this particular level.

 

Tuesday was step. I was up half of the night Monday with a stomach ailment (I blame bad salad), but sucked it up and went to the aerobics class anyways. About half way through I had to make a bee-line to the bathroom to vomit. It wasn’t pleasurable that’s for sure. I blame the vomiting on the empty stomach and the way that I tend to gulp liquids even while exercising. Thankfully, I was vomiting just water and not any gross bile or food particles. The work-out itself was a bit more challenging than it has been in the past, but I am trying to keep in mind that I wasn’t at the top of my game.

 

Really tried to push myself on Wednesday’s weight lifting, and man can I definitely feel it! I cranked it up 2, and sometimes even 4 pounds heavier then I wanted to say was the heaviest I could do. So, that was 12, 15, and even 20 pounds depending on what we were doing with them. My biceps and triceps continue to scream at me, but I know it was good!

 

Singer sewing machine - 31K32 (detail 1)

Singer sewing machine – 31K32 (detail 1) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Slept in on Thursday which meant missing kick boxing 😛

 

Friday‘s hiit focused a LOT on the saddlebag area of the legs and buttocks. I tried to push myself and managed to keep up to pace with the instructor, so that’s some pretty significant progress.  I think we ended up doing at least three sets of curtsy lunges…whew!

 

Another good week down!  My clothing is starting to fit a little bit better.  Some of my clothing is actually getting too big 😦  Guess it will soon be time for some low-cost wardrobe updates, I’m thinking perhaps a trip to Goodwill and some good use of my sewing machine will be in order!

 

 

 

3rd week of YMCA excersize class in review

Greek commemorative coin featuring modern and ...

Greek commemorative coin featuring modern and ancient weightlifting (latter picture taken from Grecian vase). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’ve made it through three weeks of this crazy new work-out routine, and overall, I really look forward to it.  I can’t really say that I enjoy doing it, but I am loving these results.  My muscles don’t get super sore anymore…at least not on the daily basis that it was before.  They are still sore, but not cripplingly so.  So, I guess that means that my muscles are learning how to process that lactic acid more (and I suppose my lungs and my heart becoming more efficient in their jobs).

 

Monday’s Hiit wasn’t really all that difficult at all.  Yeah I got my heart rate up, and I tried to challenge myself, but it didn’t really kill me like it had in the past.  I was getting pretty excited with the idea that maybe I was really seeing results.

 

Tuesday’s step made me sweat and really challenged me in the anerobic respiration, but didn’t really challenge my muscles a whole lot.  Which is exactly what I want.  I want to be healthy and that starts with my lungs and my heart.  Although gaining more muscle, losing fat, and getting more toned, is definitely a plus.  I know it’s still happening even if I don’t feel it to the extent that I was originally feeling it.

 

Wednesday was weight lifting.  Again, I’m not use to the high weight low repetition idea, but I am definitely seeing some results from this!  I am forming muscles and loosing inches in places that I didn’t expect to, and I can tell.  On a more exciting note, my husband can tell!!!

 

Thursday’s kick boxing totally kicked my butt!  I haven’t decided yet if I enjoy using the punching bags or not.  It encourages me to reach a little higher with my kicks, and throw my punches a little stronger, but without gloves I am also left with bruises.  Plus the higher and stronger is a lot more challenging.  The challenge is good, I know, but it’s definitely harder to keep on pace and keep proper form.

 

Friday‘s hiit was cut short by an interruption from my 17 month old daughter.  She’s had a really hard time adjusting to this new schedule, and with her horrible teething experience…well…she cried all of the 60 minutes that she was in there.  I had to leave my class 10 minutes early to get her and my other two children.  The workout was definitely difficult.  I found myself gasping for breath on several occasions and felt that familiar muscle burn form a repeated action.

 

All-in-all I’d say that it was a good week, productive, and I am forming the habit of sweating every morning.

 

 

 

Week 2 in Review

English: Drops of sweat

English: Drops of sweat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I am starting off this week a bit sore already. Friday‘s Hiit was a killer, and I still haven’t fully recovered from that. Onward I trudge though, trying to keep in mind that this is good for me! I especially love the hour and a half or so that I get without children…After 3.5 years of being around these children 24/7 it is an interesting break and leave me ready to conquer the rest of the crazy day with them!

 

Monday Hiit wasn’t too difficult. It worked out most of the tightness that had built up in my muscles over the weekend but didn’t kill me.

 

Step-2-it on Tuesday left me sweating through my clothes which is a really big deal for me because it takes a lot to make me sweat! Wasn’t a lot of work on my muscles or really my lungs. Just kept me moving which is a plus.

 

I had my first experience with weight lifting on Wednesday. I used some pretty heavy weights (8-10 lbs depending in which muscle group we were working), and low number of reps which I am definitely not used to. Some of the moves were really hard to do, but there wasn’t the familiar burning sensation. I enjoyed the experience and definitely felt it the next day!

 

We slept in on Thursday and I was sad to miss kick boxing.

 

Fridays hiit was sort of low key. Not sure if that means I’m getting used to it, or maybe the instructor kept it simpler.

 

The perpetual soreness that has been lingering since I started is lessening a little more each day. I don’t think that my flexibility is increasing any but I’m definitely getting stronger!

 

Starting weight 158 (I ate a lot of heavy carbs over the weekend)

 

Starting measurement around waist 36

 

Ending weight 155

 

Ending measurement around waist 36

 

 

 

First Week in Review

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Aqua Aerobics Category:Water Aerobics Category:Aerobics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday was my first experience with water aerobics. It was pretty fun. There were a few moves that I wasn’t too sure about (meaning I couldn’t figure out what I was suppose to be doing, or I felt no burn) but other moves definitely pumped up my heart rate. I especially enjoyed the low impact on my knees, hips, and lower back (which have taken quite a beating with three back-to-back pregnancies).

Tuesday: Didn’t know the class schedule (or my husbands schedule), so we just picked a random time to go. Only managed twenty minutes on the treadmill before the Childcare center closed. Worked my shin muscles, raised my heart rate 🙂 nothing special though.

Wednesday I did another bought with water aerobics. It was called water Zumba but really it’s just kick boxing in the pool.

Thursday I killed my upper legs with some kick boxing. I’ve taken a kick boxing class before but never with a bag. I sweated and it was definitely a work out.

Hiit on Friday was a killer! That’s High Intensity Interval Training. One way to describe it is “gasp, pant, breath, gasp, gasp.” Hahaha! The goal of these type of workouts are to do a lot really fast. You need to be so out of breath that you can’t talk…apparently. But your body continues to work for a long time afterwards. I guess you are suppose to see results in a shirt amount of time. I definitely sweated and that’s saying a lot for me (I rarely sweat at all).

Starting weight 155

Inches around waist 38.5

Ending weight 155

Inches around waist 136

Trying not to get bummed out at the lack of weight lost.  After all, at this point it is about getting healthy not about losing weight.  And inches are probably more important than weight anyways.  The way I see it, muscle weighs more than fat…and I’m definitely gaining muscle (noticed by the inches lost), so maintaining the same weight should mean I’ve lost about 8 lbs. of fat, or so…I’ve just replaced it with 8 lbs. of muscle.  Which will continue to eat away at the fat!  All in all, I’d say it’s been a productive week 😀

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