Workout Week in Review 9/26 – 10/2

by Lisa on Monday: Oct 03, 2016

Boy has it been a long time since I’ve written a workout week in review post! And that’s mainly because I haven’t been able to get into any great workout routines since the wedding. Last week I was finally able to get in some solid workouts, and I have a good plan for the week ahead.

Workouts

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Last Week

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I decided to re-start the 100 pushup challenge this week to continue throughout October, so in total I had 3 days of pushups, plus three other additional workouts:

Monday

Week 1 Day 1 of Pushups: 15 total
Cardio: Dance Cardio for 43 minutes

Tuesday

Cardio: Dance Cardio for 30 minutes

Wednesday

Week 1 Day 2 of Pushups: 22 total
Upper body workout: biceps, triceps and front raises

Friday

Week 1 Day 3 of Pushups: 29 total

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Plan for the Coming Week

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This week I will be continuing on with the pushup challenge which includes another 3 days of pushups. Also, I’m hoping to get in 2-3 gym trips with D where I will be focusing on the elliptical, treadmill and maybe venture into the weights room. This is all in addition to my usual dance cardio which is a staple in my routine.

Goals

  • Pushups: 3 days
  • Gym: 2-3 days
  • 1 Upper Body Workout
  • 1 Lower Body Workout
  • Total workouts: 4-5
  • Step goal for the week: 65,000 steps

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What have you been doing for workouts lately?

Favorite type of cardio?

The Couple That Planks Together

by Lisa on Monday: Feb 18, 2013

Ever since I started doing the Fitmixer bootcamp workouts, I’ve been excited to see that I’m actually gaining some upper body strength. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll recall that last year I embarked on the 100 pushup challenge. Before I did that, I wasn’t even able to do more than a few pushups on my knees. I didn’t finish the whole program, but I did get up to 70 or 80 pushups by the time I stopped, but even then they were still knee pushups. D would challenge me to try doing a “real” pushup and I would basically splat flat on my face during the first one.

Despite not being able to do a pushup on my toes, I did start seeing some arm muscles for pretty much the first time in my life. It was so motivating! Now that I’m in the thick of bootcamp, I’ve been challenged to do not only pushups on my toes, but ridiculous variations on pushups that I never even knew existed. Not to mention all the other creative exercises that work out the entire remainder of my body.

Well, you can imagine my excitement when a few weeks ago, I found that I was able to do toe pushups for the first time in my life! I had to show off to D that I was finally able to do one (and more than one at that), and it certainly felt good to overcome that obstacle.

In the past week or so, the two of us have started doing a little something together while we’re watching TV and just hanging out at night. We do pushups and planks together! Usually, we’ll just be standing around chatting or in the kitchen together, and out of the blue, one of us will say “let’s go do some pushups!”. We’ll usually start with around 10 and keep challenging each other to do more.

And now, we’ve started adding planks! D had never done planks before, and I’ve been going on and on lately about how good they are for your core (and how HARD they are, despite their appearance). It certainly pushes the both of us to do this kind of thing together, because we get competitive and encourage each other to keep on going when we want to stop.

Do you ever work out with your significant other?

Catching up

by Lisa on Friday: May 25, 2012

I’ve been slacking a little bit with blogging in the past week or two, and it’s time for that to stop! I’ve been working way too much, but luckily my fitness plans haven’t fallen by the wayside in all the chaos.

I’ve decided to get back into the 100 Pushup Challenge. I had to quit the first time around because I developed some pretty bad shoulder pain and it wasn’t going away. But now it’s been a considerable amount of time and my shoulder hasn’t given me any trouble for a while now so I think it’s safe to give it a go. I left off in the middle of week 3 and that’s exactly where I’m starting now. Yesterday I did the week 3 day 1 workout and it went well.

I haven’t been completely pushup-free in between then and now. I just wasn’t doing them consistently and certainly wasn’t pushing myself every time to do more and more like this plan will do. I’m really excited to see some arm muscles coming back!

In addition to that, I’ve started attempting to run again. Running has never ever ever come easily to me. In fact, it sort of just feels awful whenever I try to do it and like my body can’t handle it. I want to change that!

I’ve done 3 or so Couch to 5k workouts, 2 of which were completed successfully and the last one… well, it was kind of a disaster. Maybe my legs were too tired from the long cardio workout I had done the day before, or maybe it was just a bad day to try, but I only got through 3 one minute running segments and my shins felt like they were on fire, even when I was just walking slowly. I couldn’t continue. Definitely a disappointment.

But! I’m not letting that stop me. The failed workout occurred on Monday and now today on Friday, I’m hoping to head out in a few hours to the gym to try again. I’m ready for this!

Challenging myself like with the pushups and running is something that really motivates me to keep sticking to my workouts and goals. I like having a plan – something I can put in my calendar – and then watching myself progress. This is especially true when it comes to things that historically I’ve never been able to do. Definitely the case with pushups and running!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the U.S. and I hope the long weekend is put to good use!


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Speed bumps to motivation

by Lisa on Saturday: Mar 31, 2012

In the past week or so, I’ve had trouble getting myself motivated. After doing great and being consistent with the 100 pushup challenge for 3 weeks in a row, my left shoulder started hurting. It was bad enough that I decided to put the pushups on hold to make sure I didn’t hurt myself further. Even doing my zumba on Tuesday, some of the arm movements didn’t feel great.

It’s tough when you have a setback that forces you to put something you’ve been making progress with on hold. I was really enjoying seeing some arm muscles on myself and I wanted to keep improving, so I was tempted to keep working on my pushups anyway. But then I realized I would be doing more harm than good.

I took the week off from pushups, and when I resume on Monday, I’ll redo week 3 to get myself back up to speed.

On top of that, this week has been a tough one, kicking off with a dentist appointment (which I always dread, even though it was just a cleaning), and jam packed with work related stress. All of this combined has lead to a problem getting myself motivated to do much of anything productive yesterday and today. I felt like I should go to the gym today, but the thought of it just wasn’t very appealing.

Every now and then, motivation can be really tough to find. When I face these situations, I tell myself that it’s okay to take a few days to be lazy and do some relaxing things. Usually once a few days go by where I don’t put that extra pressure on myself, I come back refreshed and ready to jump back in with both feet. I’m hopeful that by Monday, I’ll be ready to get moving again. D has already said that he wants us both to go to the gym tomorrow, so I will be doing that as well.

How do you bounce back when motivation and energy are scarce?

Working on upper body strength

by Lisa on Friday: Mar 16, 2012

TGIF, right?? It’s been another long and hectic week over here. Last Saturday, D, my brother and I went to this show at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was great, especially for us video game nerds. It was fun to get out for the night and do something cultural, even though D was pretty sick that day (he caught my cold).

I was pretty much done with that cold, however and got back into my usual workout routine this week:

Monday, Wednesday and today I made sure to do my pushups and this morning I got up to 34 pushups – my most ever! I’m very happy to be seeing and feeling some muscle in my arms now since I was sorely lacking in that area before.

Monday, I also did a ton of cardio:
– A quick 20 minute Zumba wii session during lunch
– 60 minutes on the stationery bike after work

Tuesday, I did some more Zumba (what can I say, I’m hooked!) for 45 minutes during lunch.

Wednesday and Thursday were off days and today I will either do Zumba or bike during my lunch break yet again.

Over the weekend, my goals include getting to the gym with D both days to do elliptical/treadmill work and some weights. The great thing about participating in the pushup challenge is that I’m getting in some strength work three times per week, even if I don’t actually make it to the gym to do weights. Tomorrow when I go, the big question will be: have I improved any on the chest press machine?? My performance 2 weeks ago was pretty dismal so I’m hoping for improvement!

What’s your favorite way to work on upper body strength?


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