Week In Review

I just finished doing Cardio Sculpt, and even eight years later and all the workout videos I’ve bought since then, this one’s my all-time favorite. I hopped on the scale before working out to see where my weight was, and after an especially sweaty (it’s been unusually warm here, and I refuse to turn on my AC in APRIL!) workout I weighed myself again. I dropped over three pounds in water weight. Sheesh. And now I feel exhausted. Which hopefully means I’ll sleep well tonight, Sundays are the worst sleep-wise for me. I know it’s the combination of dread of starting the work week along with sleeping in over the weekend. Anyway, point is, Cardio Sculpt is done. And it was a struggle. Probably partially because of the humidity. But mostly because I’m so out of shape.

After tonight’s workout, I’ve worked out 297 minutes this week! Three days (including today) included weights, otherwise it’s been mostly walking either outside or on the elliptical. I’ll be interested to see if/how much weight loss I see this week. Hopefully a good drop so I stay motivated!

And I’ve only eaten out one time this week. So you’d think the two in combination will result in success!

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Firm Express: Turbocharge Cycle (Cycle 3) – Cardio Sculpt

I did Alison’s cardio sculpt workout on New Year’s Eve. It was a good workout, but since I was at my parents’, I was limited on weights selection. This means I had the choice of either 3 pound weights or 15 pound weights. Overall, the workouts are honestly starting to blend together. I LOVE Alison as an instructor, however, so that should be noted.

So far my weight’s hanging steady, which I suppose is good considering eating with mostly reckless abandon. Hopefully this month I’ll start to see some real results.

Firm Express: Week 2 (Accelerate) – Cardio Sculpt

Well, the week of working out every day finally caught up to me. This workout wasn’t terribly hard, but my legs were tired. I wanted to make it through Friday and take Christmas off, but took Christmas Eve off instead. Tomorrow I’ll do sculpt if I can find weights. If I can’t I’ll do week one’s cardio. Merry christmas!

Note: I re-did Emily’s cardio this morning. Good pre-eat-fest workout! :)

Cardio Sculpt – Sorta…

Last night (11/2) I did Cardio Sculpt for the fourth time since I got my new DVD. The workout’s 55 minutes, and  a tough one to conquer, but it’s my FAVORITE Firm workout. And it’s the video I started with almost exactly eight years ago. Sheesh. Eight years ago? Anyway, I’ve made it through the whole thing one time. The other three times I’ve bailed out early. I really do feel exhausted but I think I need to get in the habit of taking a break for one set, or for a set number of minutes then get back at it. Anyway, I made it just about 25 minutes last night.

The thing I love with this video is how it switches from cardio to weights and back to cardio just as you’re sick of one thing. When your muscles are tired, you switch to cardio to kind of rest/stretch. Then you’re out of breath or bored with cardio, and you go back to weights. The problem is my physical strength is outdoing my cardio ability. So when I do squats or leg presses, they’re pretty cardio-intense when I do 10 or 12 pound weights. Which means when we switch to cardio I’m exhausted. But if I go down to 8 pound weights I’m not sore and don’t feel like I’m working hard enough…. It’s a tough call to make.

I also need way heavier weights (probably 12s or 15s for back stuff, and at least 10s for biceps, especially the seated bicep curls). Going all in on weights gets my heart going. Hum. What should I do? Part of me thinks I just need to start incorporating more walking to improve my lung capacity. Yes, walking. Not running. Not jogging. Just walking to build up some stamina. I mean a decent clip at walking. But only walking. Maybe 20 minutes a day. We’ll see how that goes! I get bored pretty easily.

I think for the month of October (I stopped counting, dang it!) I got to probably 12 workouts. Which is kind of sad, but I have to start somewhere!