I started a new challenge yesterday to get me to New Year’s Eve. NYE is on a Thursday, so starting yesterday was perfect and is an exact 8 weeks. I have already ordered my dress and earrings, and I am super anxious to see how different the dress looks between the day it arrives (next week) and the day of NYE since I’m doing a lot of strength training these next 8 weeks. I am a bit nervous that the size I ordered may be too big by the time I wear it, but we’ll see. I’ve never ordered a dress from this place, so it’s a bit of an unknown – and it was in UK sizes and not US sizes, even more of an unknown (because you know, the Brits are totally shaped different from Americans – HA HA!).
I did INSANITY Cardio Power/Resistance and Cardio Abs yesterday for a total of 60 minutes. I was feeling that one today, holy hell. I used to do INSANITY all the time, but haven’t done it in 8 months so it was a bit of a shock to my system. Today, I did PiYo Lower Body for 20 minutes and then ran 4.75 miles in 45:21, so I got in over an hour of exercise today. It was really rough running with such sore legs and abs, but that’s always a good thing!
I wasn’t sure how I’d like the PiYo program since I despise yoga. Nothing can make me swear like a sailor like yoga can. I just hate it. I am not bendy at all and yoga just brings me no peace at all, because I can’t do any of the things they tell me to do and then I’m mad at myself the whole time. My friend swore this was going to be different so I finally bit the bullet and bought it. And you know what? I LOVED IT! It felt so good to stretch so much and feel every.single.vertebrae pop as I stretched further and further. It was, in a word, awesome! I am actually excited to do it again tomorrow, and I didn’t think I’d ever say that about anything that contained yoga elements.
The run was a decent pace, and it was on the treadmill at 3% grade. It was just really tough because I was so sore. And… truth be told… I finished up all of Law and Order SVU the other day and now I’ve got nothing to keep me engrossed while I run downstairs. I did watch Property Brothers, which is one of my faves for running, but I’m almost done with that series on Netflix too. Ugh. Suggestions? Anyway, I was dripping sweat like a crazy woman, so the run did it’s job.
I wore my heart rate monitor for both days and that’s always enlightening. I got up to 155 today while running, and 154 yesterday during INSANITY. I’m pretty happy with that, but I can be working harder. I need to be working harder.
In other news… I got body fat calipers yesterday. I have wanted, and wanted, and wanted these for sooooooo long to see just how their measurements compared to my scale and handheld body fat monitor. My hand-held has always been 6-8% lower than my Tanita scale measurement, so I’ve always been curious as to which is correct. Well, in the last week, those two measurements have been only 1-1.5% different. I noticed my thighs getting much thinner and wondered if my body was doing something with my fat/weight distribution. Turns out, it’s been working hard. Using the calipers was anti-climactic because it said 22.2%. Well, the Tanita scale said 22.2% today, and the hand-held monitor said 22.8%. I guess that I’ve been getting accurate numbers all along with the hand-held. No ah ha moments with the calipers, and that was disappointing. But I still like having them. I love my fitness tools!
After my workout today, my big kid gave me a big thumbs up. These kids, I tell you, they know how to give me the time and space I need to stay in shape. I really appreciate that!