For What It's Worth

Saturday, January 10, 2015

#FitReaders–Check-in #2


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My goals:

~ 3 days of toning (weights/resistance bands/or body weight)
~ 2 days of stretching/yoga (besides warm ups cool downs)
~ 2 –3 days cardio
~ 1 day adding something for a stubborn area – legs/butt/abs

Check-In for January 4 – 10th:

Sunday- Armed and Dangerous - 20 minute workout, walk 1 mile

Monday- 15 minute cardio - 1 mile walk

Tuesday - 40 minute cardio walk with lower body/abs body weight toning

Wednesday - rest day (& a massage - ahhhh)

Thursday - 15 minutes body weight toning, 20 min cardio, 1 mile walk

Friday - 30 minutes cardio toning

Saturday – 30 minute upper body toning, 10 minute abs, 1 mile walk

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I didn’t stretch or do yoga this week so I missed that goal but I’ll count the massage towards that. lol

I did meet all my other targets for the week.

I’m starting to get a sore throat and I’m hoping it’s not the flu because that will derail me big time. With everything!

How have you all done this week?

I’m curious – if you don’t go to a gym what DVD’s or online workouts or other things do you use?

I have a few Jillian Michael (& a few others) DVD’s that I use in moderation, because sometimes her workouts are too hard on my back/knees. I’ve mostly been doing Jessica Smith TV’s YouTube videos. There’s a good variety from low impact – to high intensity. As I said I need the lower impact options. Plus a lot of 10 minute workouts to squeeze in if you’re busy.

I also have the dreaded beast – aka: the elliptical machine which I use as a last resort but it’s a good low impact, cardio workout.

27 comments:

  1. You're making me sweat just by talking about all that stuff LOL. Can you believe I've never engaged in a single day of workout since the P.E. lessons in high school? And even then I used to do my best in order to sneak away!
    In case you're wondering, I'm not skinny...average, I'd say. On the other hand, I know fitness is not simply about losing weight, and I'm aware I'm wrong in staying away from it. But what can I say - physical exercise is on my black list ;D.
    Good luck with your challenge! I hope you're not going down with the flu.

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    1. I can believe it. I've always hated working out.

      The thing that changed my mind (& influences the type of exercise I do) is when I had to take care of my dad during his last year with Parkinson's.

      Between watching his coordination decline and seeing the other residents at the place he was staying and the types of therapy they did - I realized how important it was to stay flexible, coordinated and to just move - even in small ways.

      I have no idea if I'll also get Parkinson's but I guess I want to stay ahead of the game and stay as independent as possible when I get older. lol

      I've always had to drag myself to work out but these lower impact exercises work for me and I'm actually enjoying it. I used to skip PE ALL the time!

      The appearance part of it is at the bottom of what I'm concerned about (but I won't' complain if some of that cottage cheese goes away!)

      But meh - you gotta do - or not do - whatever you want! No pressure from me :-))

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    2. I didn't know your dad had something to do with your workout dedication :(. Of course you're absolutely right, and I admire your resolution.

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  2. You totally rocked this week! For my home workouts, I have a road bike and a trainer so i can ride it inside (like a stationary bike). There are a lot of fancy things I could do - hook it up to computer yada - but I just go for time and ride it for xx minutes.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. My elliptical is getting old so we were thinking of replacing it with maybe a bike. Do you like it? They can do so many things now.

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  3. I tried to find a good app, but I should check out youtube...

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    1. There are 100's of videos on there. Some are crap but there are really good workouts on there too. Helps with the variety since I get bored so easily.

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  4. You did really well and fitting in a massage is absolutely the way to go! I was just thinking I need to look for a good stretching dvd, not one that is over the top for experts but really simple. Must look.

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    1. I've tried some of the stretching DVD's and yeah - I'm with you. Simple. I'm not super flexible and with my back problems I tend to hurt myself if I go too far.

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  5. Massages definitely count! Great work this week.

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    1. Thank you for supporting my theory! lol I am going to do some yoga today though.

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  6. I wished we lived near each other so we could work out together. : ) I did well, I'm pretty proud of myself. When I walk on the treadmill I watch tv shows (I watched Dexter, Fringe, Hannibal and now I'm watching the show with Woody Harrelson/Matthew McCanaghey). Sometimes I watch music videos. I tried walking off the pounds but it was boring to me. I'd like to try some videos though.

    ps-hope you're not getting sick!

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    1. I think it's just allergies - burning eyes and sneeze attacks. The weather has been crazy here. 80's then 20's O_o The plants and my sinus's are confused lol

      Are you liking True Detective? I can't last more than 20-30 minutes not he elliptical so I have a backlog of comedies that I record. I tried 1hr dramas but I get too distracted.

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  7. I like the variety in your routine! Great job this week! I love, love, love Jillian Michael dvds. I mainly use her workouts. I also have Bob Harper's Total Body Transformation and my go-to tabata is Amy Dixon's Breathless Body. Not gonna lie...they're all hard core and high intensity, but that's how I like it. I've been doing Jillian's workout for years now, so I'm used to her style. I'll have to check out Jessica Smith. :)

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    1. I have 3 Michael's DVD's that I can do with minor adjustments. Anything with a lot of jumping/lunging I just can't do unfortunately.

      Smith has all levels so it works better for me. I have back and knee problems so I can go low intensity then kick it up 1-2 days a week.

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  8. I only have one home workout video and it's one of Jillian's. It's called Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. I got it because I'd heard that it was high intensity without requiring any additional equipment and I was going on a 6 mo. travel assignment and wanted something I could do in my hotel room. I find that unless it's something like P90X, most of the video workouts just aren't hard enough to get my heart rate up (and P90X is too hard LOL!). I still do it about once a week, but I usually go to the gym and either use their ellipticals or do a spinning class. Thanks for the Jessica Smith suggestion - I will definitely check hers out. A friend of mine also recommended PopPhysique, Original Butt as a good bar workout video but I haven't tried it yet.

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    1. I had a few health problems and, at least for now, I can't do any high intensity workouts. I can do Jillian's Ab video and the kick boxing one.

      I'll check out those other two you mentioned.

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    2. What I like about this one is that although it has jumps, jogging and kickboxing, you can definitely choose to do all of the moves at lower intensity so it might work for you. It doesn't take long to get tired of hearing her, but I just turn the sound down and do the workout to my own music.

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  9. A massage sounds like the perfect rest day! I'm really bad at working out (I try to blame my asthma, but I'm also lazy). When I was preparing for my wedding I really liked the Zumba DVDs (I think there is a free introductory one on youtube). It helped keep me entertained throughout the workout.

    Continue kicking ass Karen!

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    1. I just got diagnosed with exercise induced asthma last year. I do ok indoors but have problems if I try to jog outdoors.

      I've never done Zumba! I get confused with dance steps so I was afraid lol

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  10. Feel better and congrats on meeting most goals

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  11. cheers you on and yes I am doing this too. I have also joined a local running group. You can do it :)

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  12. I like Gilad workout dvd's for lower impact (you have to be a certain age to remember him). I like his Ultimate Body Sculpt Series and his Express Workouts dvd(15 workouts under 10 min. each)

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  13. Wow amazing effort!! I'm still just walking (I have to stay low impact too) and a little bit of swimming and I have done a couple of Jessica Smith's online walking videos (maybe 3 in 12 months haha) but I really enjoyed them so I should do more, just being slack! Still considering getting a treadmill, summer is sweltering here, hot and humid and walking outside is hellish and my heart condition doesn't appreciate being overheated. Keep up the awesome work :)

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    1. Walking is great!

      I'm in Fl so this is the time of year I enjoy working out outdoors. Although this year has been awful. I have mild exercise induced asthma too so I can't do too much outside.

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  14. You did absolutely fantastic getting cardio and strength training in.
    I use mostly Fitness Blender online. I've never used a video before. I feel like it's less convenient and I like changing things up daily.
    I have like 50 million massage equipment that I can steal from my parents if I need to but the massage sounds wonderful right about now.

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