Monday, August 31, 2009

Body Rock

Today I did the Body Rock routine again - it's a nice change, and definitely a burn on the legs!

Jody gave me a great tip for doing the sliding lunges on carpet - use a large tupperware container lid turned upside down. Worked great - thanks Jody! Sliding lunges are definitely harder than regular ones.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Level 2

Today I did Level 2 of The Shred.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weigh-In Wednesday

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I'm using yesterday's weigh in because it was pretty accurate with what I've been for most of the week.

Lost .9lbs!!

I am SOOOO close to that 5 lb button it's not even funny. Unfortunately I know I'll have to wait at least 2 weeks to get it, you know how that goes. But maybe in 2 weeks!!

I'm going to do Level 1 of the Shred today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Today I fasted and mowed the lawn.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Body Rock - switched it up

Today I decided to switch things up a bit, just to keep it interesting. (Though I have to admit that I haven't gotten too bored with the 30 Day Shred workouts - I think it helps that there's 3 of them and that I alternate them all the time).

My friend Jody facebooked about this new website she found called BodyRockTV and a Tabata style workout on there that she tried that was really good. It's called the Best 20 Minute Cardio Workout - since I'm all about short intense workouts this looked like a good one - so, I decided to try it. I'm not so sure I agree with the title of the workout though - it's actually all strength conditioning moves - but you do get an excellent cardio workout at the same time, so I guess it still works.

The idea of Tabata is to do 4 minute rounds of 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. In this workout you do a different 4 minute round five times to get 20 minutes of exercise.

The 1st round is the hardest IMO - it's a lunge variation where you keep one leg tucked up by your chest and then lunge back with the other leg over and over as fast as you can for 20 seconds, then rest 10 seconds, then go for 20 seconds, etc. You do this 4 times (2 min) on one leg and then 4 times (2 min) on the other leg.

The 2nd round is baby pushups for 8 rounds (4 mins). You can try full pushups if you like, but if you can keep that up the whole time - well, my hat's off to you!

The 3rd round is slide lunges with a lateral raise - alternating legs after 4 rounds. Since I'm working on carpet and don't have sliders I just did a backwards lunge.

The 4th round is bike crunches. She does them different than the traditional bike crunch move - I tried doing the traditional version on round 8 and found that to be even harder than the one she does. So, I'll probably do that next time.

The 5th and final round is side slide lunges with bicep curls. I didn't slide - I just kept in a stationary wide leg stance and sank down on one side for 4 rounds, then the other side for 4 rounds.

I have to say - this was very effective and a nice change. There's tons of these type of workouts online and you could really design your own simply using the same idea.

One note of warning - this woman uses very low cut tops for her workouts, so you will be getting an eyeful if you watch the videos.

Edited to add: Jody gave me a great tip for doing sliding lunges on carpet - use a large tupperware lid flipped upside down.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Level 2

Today I did Level 2 again and tomorrow I'm fasting.

There ya have it - short and sweet!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Weigh-In Wednesday and Level 3

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My weight has definitely been fluctuating this week - a difference of over 2 lbs all together - not sure what's up with that. But for the official weigh in today I'm very happy to report a loss of exactly 1 lb!! I'm so excited!! Since starting this intermittent fasting thing I'm finally seeing steady progress towards my goal - and I even mean "see it" literally, in the mirror!

That brings me to 3.5lbs lost in total - I'm gradually getting close to that 5lb button!!

And this has happened with me going back to only shredding 3 workouts per week, instead of 6! Woohoo! Why torture myself unnecessarily right?!

Off to do Level 3 now. I couldn't workout Monday - well, I could've if I wanted to get up early, which I didn't :). So, I worked out yesterday instead. It doesn't work out ideally to do the every other day thing this week, so I'm just doing 2 days in a row, to make sure I get my 3 days in this week. I haven't done Level 3 in almost 2 weeks, so wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Level 1

Today I did Level 1 and today is a fasting day.

I bought a digital scale which is great (now I don't have to weigh myself on the Wii Fit which takes forever). My weight has been fluctuating a lot this week. At one point I was down over 1.5 lbs from last Wednesday, but now I'm up again. So, I don't know what's going on. We'll see what tomorrow's official weigh in reveals.

I'm also heading out to do some weeding. I had seeded flowers in our flower beds in an attempt to save some $$. I was really hoping that some of those things that came up were flowers, but it's time to admit that they're all weeds!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Level 2

Today I did Level 2 and tomorrow is another fasting day.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Weigh-in Wednesday and Level 1

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Pretty much stayed even today - technically lost 0.1lbs for an even 2.5lbs lost over all. I'm pretty happy with that actually, considering all the restaurant food I've eaten this past long weekend. I'm fasting today and doing Level 1 of the Shred today - hoping for more weight loss next week!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Level 3

Level 3 complete for another day.

FYI - I'm not planning on fasting while we're away on our little holiday ;)

See ya after the weekend!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Level 2

Done Level 2.

I know tomorrow's supposed to be a rest day, but I don't really have time on Friday since we'll be leaving for our weekend away immediately from swimming lessons, and I'll have to get up early to pack nevermind exercise. So, I'm going to exercise tomorrow again instead.

Weigh-In Wednesday

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So, I'm not sure how accurate today's Weigh-In is. I weighed myself before eating today, so it should be a little less than accurate, however it's also that time so I'm thinking the 2 balance each other out.

Either way - today's weigh in shows a loss of 0.6lbs!!

That means I'm virtually half way to the 5lb mark - I'm so excited! I can't wait to get that 5lb button.

We're going away this weekend which translates to a lot of restaurant food, so I'm not so sure how next week will go, but for now, I'm happy! :) Off to Shred before swimming lessons.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Level 1

Just finished Level 1 and now I'm off to mow the lawn. Due to all the rain we've been having lately I haven't mowed in almost 2 weeks, so I'm expecting a pretty good workout cause that grass is long!