What’s been up?

It’s been over a month since my last update. Work was still crazy with PPP.

The week of February 7th, I managed to finish the Crush your core series via the Peloton app as well as elliptical for 20 or 30 minutes.

The week of February 14th, was a very low activity week. I did yoga and walked on the treadmill on Monday (Presidents’ Day). Otherwise, I didn’t do anything. Sinus infection before going on vacation. I did test negative for COVID three days in a row.

We left for vacation 2/19 – Maui. We did so much walking, 23.83 miles Garmin’ed and many more not. The night of 2/26 we left Maui for Phoenix. We got in early morning, and promptly walked 1.62 miles.

We did so much hiking in Phoenix:

  • Gateway Loop trail – 4.5 miles on 2/28
  • Apache Wash Loop – 6.62 miles on 3/1
  • Hiking at the Grand Canyon – 9.66 miles on 3/2 & 2.82 miles on 3/3
  • Cone Mountain Loop – 3.77 miles on 3/4 & 2 miles around where we were staying
  • Walking a last 3.17 before heading home.

We finished the week with a 5K run Sunday after lunch. The week of 3/8 was a week of not doing anything in the morning. Nothing planned. Just walking over lunch, short walks around the block during the work day, and a short walk after work.

I’ll be going back to work at the office starting 3/22, so I need to start planning my mornings again to get my butt out of bed.

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I’m a little behind

Week five, the week of January 25th I kept to the planned morning workouts. Cardio YouTube’s Monday & Wednesday, resistance bands Tuesday & Thursday, 45 minutes of yoga Friday.

Work is busy with the PPP loans, and with that, overtime. I did manage to hit a minimum on 7,000 steps each day, by trying to fill in the gaps on the elliptical.

When I DO elliptical, I have my Garmin set to alert me every 5 minutes, I go 5 minutes forward, 5 minutes backward, and repeat until I’m done.

The week of February 1, I ended up doing Pilates for 20 minutes in the morning, and that’s about it. I did NOT hit 7,000 steps for the day, so I decided to change it up while the work situation is crazy busy. Starting Tuesday morning, I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, then 10 minutes core strength, except Thursday morning. I used the elliptical that evening. Saturday was another bust workday, and I barely made it to 3,000 steps. Sunday, I managed a 5K walk on the treadmill after lunch.

So for the time being, I’m going to elliptical for 30 minutes in the morning with a short 10-15 minute core strength workout, and maybe a resistance band workout as well.

We’ll see.

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Week Five!

Still going strong. Five weeks post Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping

1/18/2021 Monday Cardio. Back to the YouTube videos. FXB kickboxing HIIT with Todd – live home workout 5. I started one of Peloton’s Recommended programs, crush your core with Emma Lovewell (CYC). Week 1 day 1 was 5 minutes. Got in a 2 mile lunch walk, as well as an afternoon 2 mile lunch walk (it was MLK Jr. day and I had the day off). Followed up with Peloton yoga – 20 minute Yoga Flow with Anna Greenberg, 9/7/2020.

1/19/2021 Tuesday Strength. FXB Central Illinois – LB with Beth followed by CYC W1D2. We got in a 2 mile lunch walk. Sixteen minutes on the elliptical to reach my step goal followed up with a 10 minute yoga focus flow: core with Denis Morton, 1/17/2021

1/20/2021 Wednesday Cardio. FXB kickboxing HIIT with Todd, live home workout 1 and CYC W1D3, 10 minutes. I had a short 1.64 mile lunch walk and a short 0.74 mile post work walk.

1/21/2021 Thursday Strength. FXB Central Illinois – Upper Body with Jani & CYC W1D4, 10 minutes. I had a post work 1.63 mile walk, 15 minutes on the elliptical after dinner, then a quickie 5 minute yoga practice.

1/22/2021 Friday Yoga. Thirty minute Yoga Flow: core with Chelsea Jackson Roberts and CYC W1D5, 5 minute Full Body stretch. Short 1.28 mile lunch walk on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the elliptical to at least hit 8,000 steps for the day.

1/23/2021 Saturday. Just a 20 minute yoga flow: Glutes with Kristin McGee, 10/18/2019 and a 2 mile walk in the afternoon. I think I paved the floor to hit my step goal for the day.

1/24/2021 Sunday. Short 1.66 mile walk in the afternoon, 20 minutes on the elliptical, and a 20 minute yoga flow with Aditi Shah.

I’ve made my plans for next week, and I’m ready to go.

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Week four

Four weeks and still going. I’ve found that I don’t really care for the Peloton app strength and cardio workouts, but I do like the yoga workouts. Though not enough to keep it after the two month trial.

1/11/2021 Monday Cardio. Peloton app: 30 mi it’s HIIT cardio with Andy Speer, original date of 11/24/2020. I followed that up with 10 minute Yoga with Denis Morton, original date of 2/12/2019. We were able to walk 1.53 miles outside over lunch. I rounded out 10,000 steps with 25 minutes on the elliptical.

1/12/2021 Tuesday Strength. I used two different Peloton strength workouts: 20 minute Resistance Bands: full body with Andy Speer, 9/9/2020 and 10 minute RB: upper body with Andy Speer, 11/21/2020. I had planned on running on the treadmill over lunch, but it was bright and sun shiny so I sent a message to a friend and we ran outside. We ended up running our I Run 4 Peppermint Mochas Virtual 5K, 3.38 miles.

1/13/2021 Wednesday Cardio. I had initially picked a 30 HIIT workout, but I ended up not following it. I picked a different 10 min HIIT cardio with Adrian Williams then did a live 20 minute yoga focus flow with Chelsea Jackson Roberts. We made it outside to walk over lunch, the 1.65 mile route. I finished up the night with 30 minutes on the elliptical.

1/14/2021 Thursday Strength. Again, I used two different Peloton strength workouts, 20 minute RB: full body with Chase Tucker, 9/28/2020 & 10 minute RB: Glutes & Legs with Chase Tucker, also 9/28/2020. I managed 10 minutes on the elliptical before dinner and walking in circles on the floor to get my steps up. 14 day steps streak!

1/15/2021 Friday Yoga. I used the Peloton app: 30 minute Yoga Flow with Anna Greenberg, 12/02/2020. Lunch time 1.16 mile walk. I had a post work treadmill walk of 1.03, trying to calibrate the Garmin. Couldn’t quite figure it out. I did not hit my 10,000 step goal. Streak broken.

1/16/2021 Saturday. Yoga after lunch with my daughter, 15 minute Fit Family Flow: kids with Kristin McGee from 12/21/2020 plus 5 minutes of legs up the wall. After yoga, I walked 2 miles on the treadmill, still not figuring out how to calibrate indoor walking. Started a new streak with 10 minutes on the elliptical.

1/17/2021 Sunday. This morning we went for a chilly 2 mile walk. After lunch, I did my yoga, 20 minute yoga flow: twists with Kristin McGee, 12/21/2020. The twists felt good.

Next week, I’m going back to the Farrell’s YouTube’s next week, as well as starting the Crush Your Core four week series.


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Week three

So far, so good!

1/4/2021 Monday Cardio. Peloton app: 30 minute HIIT cardio with Andy Speer, original date of 12/30/2020. 10 minute Yoga practice: Yoga for beginners | Mind+Body – Energy Booster. Walked on the treadmill for 1.24 miles over lunch and finished up the day on the elliptical 25 minutes.

1/5/2021 Tuesday Strength. Peloton app – 20 minute Resistance Bands Upper Body with Andy Speer, original date 9/9/2020 following up with 20 minute yoga flow with Denis Morton, original date 12/31/2020. We lost power that afternoon around 3:15, so I hopped on the elliptical for 20 minutes. After power was restored, I hit the treadmill for another 2.55 miles.

1/6/2021 Wednesday Cardio. Peloton app – 30 minute HIIT Cardio with Adrian Williams, original date 10/15/2020 followed by 20 minute Sun Salutation with Aditi Shah, original date 11/13/2020. Work was crazy, and I managed to walk 1.34 on the treadmill over lunch and then walking in circles for another mile.

1/7/2021 Thursday Strength. Peloton app – 20 minute Resistance Bands: Lower Body – with Hannah Corbin, original date 9/9/2020. Did not follow up immediately with yoga. We did get outside for a 2.09 mile walk. Yoga that evening was the Peloton app – 20 minute Yoga Flow with Denis Morton, original date 10/7/2020.

1/8/2021 Friday Yoga. Peloton app – 30 minute Yoga Flow with Aditi Shah, original date 1/16/2020 and a walk on the treadmill over lunch for 1.51 miles

1/9/2021 Saturday. We were in the car all morning, so we managed a good walk after lunch, 3.35 miles. Late yoga practice that was the McDonald’s yourself fitness – 15 minute workouts, Yoga: I’m up for a challenge, Please give me strength, finishing up with 5 minutes of legs up the wall.

1/10/2021 Sunday. Got in two long walks outside, the first 2.12 miles with hubby, the second of 2.25 miles with hubs and daughter. We finished the evening up with Yoga for Beginners | Mind+Body – Beginner Yoga, also with hubs!

So far, I do like the Peloton App for yoga. I’m still not sure about the cardio & strength workouts yet. I’ll keep trying it for the month of January. Time to plan for next week!

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Week two in review

I made a plan, at least Monday through Thursday, and stuck with it. I kind of winged it Friday through Sunday.

12/28/2020 Monday Cardio. I used YouTube – Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping (FXB) Kickboxing HIIT w/Megan home workout 3. I will say that these are very fast paced. I feel that I need to wrap my wrists just to help with technique. We also walked over lunch outside, the 1.63 loop.

12/29/2020 Tuesday Strength. I used YouTube – FXB Central Illinois Lower Body EP. I need to really use my resistance bands more so they aren’t so new. Over lunch, I managed to run on the treadmill for 2.15 miles.

12/30/2020 Wednesday Cardio: I used YouTube – FXB Kickboxing HIIT w/Jamie. I did wrap up. Over lunch I ran on the treadmill 1.35 miles and cool down walk for 0.50. My run was a 4:1 interval, so I was happy with that.

12/31/2020 Thursday Strength: YouTube – FXB CIL Upper Body pt 1 32120. It did cut off after 33 minutes. I didn’t walk over lunch, I spent the day at work, rather than working from home. That was a full day

1/1/2021 Friday: World Yoga Practice Month (WoYoPracMo) started today. Practice for 15 minutes a day for the month of January. I used an app that I already have, Yoga for Beginners | Mind+Body. The selection was Weight Loss Yoga (30 minutes). After lunch, I walked on the treadmill for 3.14 miles.

1/2/2021 Saturday: My WoYoPracMo was the app Simply Yoga – Classic Routines, 20 minutes. Following up with a treadmill walk of 2.01 miles.

1/3/2021 Sunday: Peloton is offering 2 months free, so I signed up, actually on Jan. 1st. Today, I actually used it for the first time. Yoga, 30 minutes Yoga Flow: Glutes with Aditi Shah. It was a beginner routine. After lunch, I started to use one of the Peloton walk routines, but decided against it. I ended up walking 2.71 miles.

Next up, I need to plan my week ahead. Figuring out cardio, strength, and incorporating at least 15 minutes of yoga as well as getting steps in. Thanks for reading!

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Sunday planning

Sunday, I used my planner and planned out my exercise week. Cardio Monday & Wednesday, strength Tuesday & Thursday.

Picked out which videos, wrote down exactly which videos and how long they are. I’ll check them off when complete. I’m also going to write down any mileage, total steps for the day, and intensity minutes for the day.

January 1st is the start of WoYoPracMo: World Yoga Practice Month. Fifteen minutes of yoga a day for the month of January. The past couple years, I’ve made the commitment to one sun salutation before bed. This year, I’m planning on using apps, YouTube, and videos to actually fit in a 15 practice.

I hope I can keep this up!

My fitness planner.
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Week one in review

This first week, post Farrell’s, is in the books. I managed to get myself out of bed every morning, M-Th for a workout. We traveled Thursday afternoon and Friday was Christmas.

12/21 Monday Cardio. I was still a member of the FXB group, so I did that kickboxing workout, minus the actual kickboxing. I also ran on the treadmill 2.52 miles during my lunch.

12/22 Tuesday Strength. Still a member of the FXB group, so I did that video workout. I discovered the bands I have are too long. I’ll need to get other bands and/or make them shorter. I picked up,my perfect attendance shirt. Sometime during the day, I was booted from the group. 🙁

12/23 Wednesday Cardio. I used Farrell’s corporate YouTube: Kickboxing HIIT with Jessica – home workout 1. It was super fast and she did some different moves. Before heading into work, I had gone to Meijer to pick up a workout planner and two new SPRI bands, green & red.

12/24 Thursday Strength. Again, Farrell’s Corp YouTube: Lower Body Strength training with Todd – home workout 2. I used my SPRI bands and it worked well.

12/25 Friday. Just a short walk Christmas Day, 1.57 chilly, windy miles.

12/26 Saturday. A little bit longer walk, 2.1 chilly, not as windy miles.

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I’m back!

Hey all, whomever may still be here. I’m back.

Saturday, December 19, 2020 I finished a 10 week fitness program at Farrell’s eXteme Bodyshaping. Six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday was fitness kickboxing, with wraps, gloves, and a kickboxing bag. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday was for resistance bands, alternating between upper and lower body. It was intense.

We took measurements at the beginning, after 5 weeks, and the end. I wasn’t as great with the nutrition part the second half, but the workouts were still intense. Because of Covid-19, we had to start working out in masks starting week 6 day 5. The strength days weren’t a big issue. The kickboxing days were a little more challenging. I ended up wearing a breath right strip under my mask. Finding the right mask was also a challenge.

I made it to all of the classes, 7am M-F, and usually 7:30 Saturday. The first two weeks were bands technique classes at 9:30. The third Saturday was a kickboxing technique at 9:30, but I had gone to a bands class at 8:30.

My goal is to keep up working out, cardio two days, strength two days, yoga two days. I have the tools I need: bands, mats, a fire stick on the TV in the basement so I can cast it from my iPad or watch YouTube on the big screen. I’ve got a 2021 planner to map out my day and this blog to keep me accountable

Wish me luck and stay tuned.

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What’s been going on?

So it’s been a while.  I’ve reduced my number of fitness sites.  I’m on Fitbit (though soon not for steps), Garmin Connect (upgrading to a Vivoactive and retiring my Forerunner 305), and Endomondo.  I’ve deleted Runkeeper, DailyMile, Kinetic Lite, and soon Nike+.  

WoYoPracMo2017 just ended. My goal was to do a sun salutation every day.  I missed one day, but made it up the next day instead of just giving up.  I’m hoping to carry that on in February.  

That’s all for now.

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