Working Out Week 20 of 2014
May 18, 2014
Well, I usually try and get my weekly workout post done on Saturday. I am a day late this week because of a pipe fiasco that occurred yesterday at our house. We had a little gardening to do out front of our house and I went out there around noon to help my husband till up the front flower beds and add in some new dirt. I figured this would take a couple of hours and then I would come in and do my blog post. Well, I was out there for about six hours instead. You see – right after I got out there my husband was digging and chopping through some roots from our big Magnolia tree that he thought were causing our front walkway to crack (which they are). In the process of doing this he hit a pipe that goes to our outdoor sprinkler system and it cracked and started shooting water everywhere. So, off goes the water for many hours and lots of digging and trips to Home Depot (like 3 or 4) to fix this problem.
Thankfully my husband is handy and can figure these things out and fix them himself – although I am sure that is not how he planned to spend the entire Saturday afternoon. There was a point in time, around the third trip and at about 4pm, that he said he may have to call someone – but with some more hard work, a few prayers from me and another trip to the Home Depot he got it repaired and our water was back on. I was able to finish the garden work while he dealt with the problem and made multiple trips to the store. We have a rain barrel and I was able to use water from that to get my flowers planted.
So, now on to the workouts I did the past week. I am still doing the Betty Rocker Challenge and it was week 2 and the beginning of week 3 workouts. In addition to those I decided to do a dvd free week and use one of my workout books instead. On the days I was not doing the Betty Rocker exercises I did my Flat Belly Yoga book routine. Below is my schedule for the week:
- Monday 5-12 – Betty Rocker challenge wk 2 exercises + foam roller stretches – 40 min
- Tuesday 5-13 – Flat Belly Yoga book – 20 min
- Wednesday 5-14 – Betty Rocker challenge wk 2 exercises + foam roller stretches – 40 min
- Thursday 5-15 – Flat Belly Yoga book – 20 min
- Friday 5-16 – Betty Rocker challenge wk 3 exercises + foam roller stretches – 40 min
- Saturday 5-17 – Flat Belly Yoga book – 15 min
I really like the Flat Belly Yoga book by Kimberly Fowler. So does my cat as you can see. He is all dressed up in a scarf my sons have decided he needs to wear – I don’t think he really likes it that well but puts up with it. This book is an excellent book, in my opinion. I got it back in the fall of 2013 and used it for a while then. I decided this week to get it out again. All of the routines concentrate on the core and most of the exercises use light hand weights of 2 or 3 pounds. The exercises are great for strengthening your stomach and back and really lengthen your whole body. All the exercises are explained well and it is an all color photo book with multiple photos of how to do one particular move. I like books like that.
Betty Rocker week 2 and the beginning of week 3 challenge was a “challenge” for sure! There is this skinny sumo move in week 2 that I could hardly get through all of those for one minute. One minute of doing one particular move does not sound hard until you actually try it. I really like how this challenge is all body weight exercises and requires no equipment. I like using my weights, step and other things but sometimes it is a nice change of pace to not have a lot of things to lug out and put away.
I also tried a new healthy muffin recipe this week from Pink Recipe Box. The recipe is for Healthy Double Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins. They were really good – made with oat bran and some whole wheat flour so they have lots of fiber. My oldest son liked them, too. I also took my friend Karen one when we met on Friday at Starbucks to knit and have coffee and she liked them as well. I will probably make them again this week. You can click on the highlighted link and it will take you to the recipe for them.
I hope everyone had a great week and you are able to get in some fitness time for yourself. I would love to hear about your workouts – you can click on Leave a Reply and tell me about them.
Have a great day!
June 3, 2013
Do you workout? If so, do you plan your weekly workouts? Here is my workout planner-schedule that I use to plan my workouts each week: workout schedule table If you click on the highlighted text you should be able to view the schedule and print the pdf if you wish to use it. It is blank and you can fill in your own workouts. This is my own simple form that I made a couple of years ago and it may or may not work for you.
I do believe if you schedule your workouts at the beginning of each week (I do mine on Sundays) you are more likely to stick with them. I have been scheduling my workouts regularly for the last four or five years. I have been working out on my own since 2002. I started with pilates and yoga. We lived in Georgia then and our public library had a great selection of books and dvd’s on pilates and yoga. That is how I began my fitness journey. A couple of years later I began to incorporate cardio, kickboxing and strength training. I now own quite a large collection of various dvd’s on different types of exercise.
Presently I like to vary my workouts from week to week as to what type of workout I am doing. I make myself a personal goal to workout at least 4 or 5 times per week. I am most successful at achieving that goal if I get up early – before my kids – and get in a 30 to 45 minute workout.
One of the reasons I like to vary the types of workouts I do is so that I do not get bored of the same activity. I have read that it is also good to vary your types of activities to confuse the muscles a bit and rev up the metabolism. For example this week I am doing strength-weight training using my Jari Love Get Ripped dvd’s. Last week I did yoga all week Monday thru Saturday using my Shiva Rea dvd’s. Next week I will use my Cathe Friedrich XTrain dvd’s combining cardio and strength.
For me fitness is a daily part of my life. I know that the 30 to 45 minute workout every morning is going to get me going for the day and give me the energy I need for my daily activities.
Also, it is sometimes helpful to have a workout partner or friend. I the past I have walked with a neighbor or rode my bike with a friend or two. These days my cat is my faithful workout friend. I call him my personal trainer. He loves my workout step and to do yoga – Savasana is one of his favorite things to do at the end of my yoga workouts.