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?

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    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!

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  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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