I Am Still On The Wagon

I realize I haven’t updated you guys in forever. You probably think I have fallen off the wagon and started storing for winter. Well I haven’t! I admit that I feel like hibernating. I also admit to an increase in appetite but I have actually been pretty consistent over all. I haven’t missed any workouts. I have had a few off days with my eating but mostly I have been sensible/moderate.

For X-mas I got a large therapeutic exercise mat and I love it! The extra cushioning has really decreased the impact on my joints. The only problem I have with it is that the squishiness effects my balance. I finally got a set of 5 kg dumbbells which has really improved the quality of my upper body workouts. I got a lot of new exercise clothes. Hubbie found a Chinese site that sells for cheap. I admit I was worried about sizing but the mediums he bought are working and they really hold everything in nicely. I also got some ankle weights for my lower body workouts, I used them today actually and they really improved my burnout section. My legs are crying! I am looking to get a Fitbit Charge 2 watch but given the price that could be a long way off.

With my internship and my later workouts I do find I have less energy but my desire to workout is still strong. I have been maintaining weight. No gain during the holidays and I really can’t hope for more in the depths of winter. I am on this journey for life mind so for me this isn’t a diet or a quick fix.

I went to the outdoor gym/obstacle course with Isadora over the weekend. We tried everything we could in the kids and adult section. There were a few things we couldn’t figure out, actually 2 things. One was a walking platform that was extremely high up (I couldn’t even touch the bottom while jumping) with no discernible way to climb. A lot of the equipment was clearly designed with men in mind given the heights and distances. They had Olympic rings set very far apart (I am not that tall and I have short arms). The only way I could get from one ring to the other was to hurl myself lol I learned I could cross the parallel bars using just my arms but that I have no idea how to climb a rope. I have a rather severe fear of heights so maybe I was just paralyzed because I could hold on perfectly fine but I couldn’t get myself to move. The monkey bars were also really tall and let me say I looked like a corpse with rigor mortis crossing them, super slow, no body movement except the minimum one needs to extend an arm. Being its winter the bars were so cold I wish I’d worn some sort of workout gloves.

Workout for the Day

I thought I would share the workout I made for today. I can’t quite remember the precise order I don’t have my sheet in front of me. I did it twice through and it took about 40 minutes or so.

  1. Low Lunge Hold (20-50 seconds per side)
  2. Wall Squat Hold (20-50 seconds per side)
  3. Bulgarian Lunge
  4. 1-Leg Deadlift
  5. Plie Squat
  6. Side Lunge with Knee Raise
  7. Stairs (I walked up and down the stairs with my sandbag 8 times per round)
  8. Donkey Kicks (knees off the floor)
  9. Pull Through (I used a band wrapped around a solid base because I don’t have gym access.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A32WSOB-6Gw
  10. 3 Position Calf Raise (First slow then fast. Feet Parallel. Toes In. Toes Out.)
  11. Inner Thigh Lift (You can do it elevated for a greater challenge I didn’t do that today though)
  12. Back Lunge with Kick
  13. Weighted Step Ups
  14. 1-Legged Squat (I use a chair)
  15. London Bridge (You can see that here as well as the Lunge with Kick I did and the advanced inner thigh lift I believe. Instead of a challenger you can use a chair as well.)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3gwBoYPULw

Ab Day

Today was Ab Day! Sam is sick with a bad cold and a fever. I am feeling a little under the weather myself probably trying to fight off his germs. I got to test out my Equalizer in a new move which appears at around 49 minutes. That was tricky and I think I am dipping too much, not sure if it is my proportions or if it is a strength issue. I have short arms and a long body and I found it awkward. Also ankles and feet are bony and I don’t wear shoes so it was a bit uncomfortable propping my feet up. Ab pikes confuse me as you will see there in the beginning. Some exercises on the other hand I was pleased with my performance.