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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.

 

 

 

Proper Equipement

Equipment

If you don’t have the right equipment, your work-out could be torturous, and even worse, result in no gain.  You have to have the right equipment.  By right, it needs to fit your specific body, it needs to offer the right kind of support for the activity, and it has to look super chic right?  😛

For running: Shoes.  I started off running with my cheap worn out tenis shoes, and it was murderous on my knees.  They couldn’t handle the stress.  Special shoes designed for running that will absorb the shock, and in my case, support weak arches due to having too many children (loose ligaments cause for stretched bones, etc.) can lighten the stress in your joints.

Women need proper undergarments.  ESPECIALLY if you are rather busty (or breastfeeding, or in my case, both).  Seriously, there is nothing more uncomfortable and awkward than having your ladies doing more moving than you are.  Some women prefer to bind those beauties with tight-fitting sports-brands.  If your breastfeeding, that may lead to other issues, so just make sure that you use something *VERY* supportive.

Cycling Bike at Night

Cycling Bike at Night (Photo credit: epSos.de)

For Cycling: a proper saddle.  I took a 20 minute ride the other day on the saddle that came with the bike…that was four days ago and I STILL have a sore tooshie from the experience.  I opted for a noseless saddle.  Again, I’ve had too many children too recently, my body will not put up with the stress.  It rebels, but it is not union so what choice does it really have?

You’ve gotta have the proper place to do your work-out.  Whether this is a gym, a track, the equipment, a road, your living room floor, wherever.  You can’t do ANY work-out with the place to do it.  At a gym, I would consider cleanliness to be a concern (I really don’t know, I’ve never worked out in a gym, unless you count middle school).  Any equipment that you use (elliptical, weights, treadmill) needs to be in proper working order.  The use of damaged or broken equipment can result in serious and long-lasting injuries.  If you do your working-out in your living room floor (core strengthening, weight training), there has to be room for you.  You don’t wanna be cramped, or have to be worrying about hitting your head or your foot on something.

Women: Something to control your hair is a must!  I have this issue with running upon occasion: Even when the bulk of my hair is in a pony tail, my side-swept bangs become UN-swept and then I can’t see where I am going.  It isn’t just about being comfortable and lessening your worries.  If your dealing with other equipment, your hair can become hazardous getting stuck or even causing scalping!!!  THAT would be pretty gruesome.

Various shoes for sale in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Various shoes for sale in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you’re exercising or working out, you are focusing on your body.  Your attention is on what you are doing, how many reps you are doing, how long you are doing it, you really don’t want to be worrying about things that just don’t relate.  Although there may be some things that you just can’t control: Like, I cycle with my children in tow, that’s the only way that I can do it.  However, the older two are buckled in tight so I don’t have to worry about them climbing out (which they would totally do), and the youngest one is nestled nice and tight so she isn’t going anywhere either.  So, while I do have to be aware that they are there, I don’t really have to worry that anything is going to happen with them.

So, today’s stats on Cycling.  We actually decided to cycle over to the church’s building (my husband is an evangelist), just to see how long it would take.  It turned out to take less than 10 minutes one way, so we might be making the cycle on a regular basis as a means of transportation 😀

Distance: 2.1 Miles

Time: 18:51

Average Speed: 6.8 mph

Max Speed: 10.1 mph

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