Two Days In…

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!

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8 thoughts on “Two Days In…

  1. Hmmm that piyo sounds interesting. I love yoga but not the traditional version. More strength training and a little cardio.

    Where did you get your piyo stuff? Amazon?


    1. They’re seriously great programs! Different ones are on special every month. Right now is CIZE (The dance program) and 21 Day Fix (more of a boot camp style). I’m sure PiYo will go on special again as well. Shoot me a message if you want more details, K!


  2. I think you’ll love the PiYo Sweat & Drench workouts the most – I know I do. I’m so glad you’re finding it to be a useful addition to your workout repertoire! 🙂


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