The end of June is now here – I can hardly believe it! I continued this past month with a four day a week workout schedule mainly doing cardio, weights and yoga – not all on the same day though. The workouts I used were mainly Cathe Friedrich and yoga sequences from my Yoga Journal magazine that I mentioned in my May post.
As you can see in the above photo my cat is present as usual and ready to lift some heavy weights. He was actually laying on the 20 pound dumbbells just before I got my camera and took this photo. I guess that is his version of lifting the weights – to lay on them.
I have also been able to ride my bike a couple of times this past month and do some swimming in our pool now that the rainy weather has subsided for us. We still get a shower about once a week but nothing like we had in May.
I have been making my own ice cream for the past couple of months and really like this new attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer that makes awesome ice cream with just a few ingredients. I basically mix together 2 cups of half and half, 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon vanilla, chill it for a couple hours, then add it to the freezer bowl attachment while it is running and in 20 minutes you have made ice cream – or actually the attachment has made it for you – you do have to put it in a container and put it in the freezer and let it sit for a couple more hours to firm up. It is the best ice cream ever and all three of my sons love it.
I realize ice cream is not really a health food but in my opinion all things in moderation are fine. I have been enjoying my new homemade ice cream – in small portions – about three times a week this summer.
Another thing I have been enjoying this summer is fresh cherries. I really like them but hate pitting them. I was doing the pitting by hand so I could use the cherries in recipes and then read about a cherry pit removing tool. I decided to get one last week and I am so glad I did – it removes the cherry pits quickly and leaves the cherries basically whole. The other way I was doing it was more or less by cutting them in half to get the pits out so I had cherry halves.
I hope your June was a successful month for exercising and making healthy choices.
This week I continued with my workout schedule of the Cathe Friedrich April rotation of workouts. I have continued to challenge myself to do the entire workout dvd instead of a shorter premix this past week. I did pretty good at the beginning of the week but toward the end of the week I did have to do a couple of the shorter premixes due to time constraints in my schedule. I got up early every day so I could do the whole dvd but there were a couple of days that my kids had to be to school earlier than normal so I had to shorten the workout time a little.
The schedule for the past week was as follows:
Monday – Cardio Leg Blast – Xtrain series – 56 minutes
Tuesday – Pyramid Upper Body Total Body Trisets – Upper Body – 55 minutes
The above workouts that are crossed out are the ones on the actual rotation but I don’t own those so I subbed in ones I have that were similar.
As you can see from above my cat loves the step – he didn’t seem to want to move off of it very much until I started doing some serious jumping on it – which there is a lot of is this cardio blast workout. This workout – Cardio Leg Blast – is a lot of fun and the time flies by. I did manage to complete the entire 56 minutes without collapsing!
I don’t have Pyramid Upper Body on dvd – only VHS and I don’t have that hooked up anymore so I subbed in another workout from the Low Impact Series – Total Body Trisets – Upper Body. The workout consists of a rotation of 3 different exercises for 3 different muscle groups like back, bis and core that you do 2 sets of. I like this workout because it is effective and it uses the exercise ball with weights which I really like a lot. One of my favorite core exercises is the ball exchange as seen in the lower right photo.
Rockout Knockout is a new Cathe workout that I just got back in October of 2013. I don’t own the MMA boxing so I subbed in this one. I really like this one but by the end of the week I was tired and just couldn’t bring myself to complete the entire dvd which is 55 minutes long so I did premix 1 which is 38 minutes and is the cardio kickbox and the cardio kickboxing with weighted gloves for the second half. As you can see I had a little workout buddy again that didn’t want to move so I had to workout around him. You would think with all the kicking and punching I was doing he would get nervous and move but not him…He did decide to get up toward the end when I had to do pendulum kicks (side to side). I guess he thought I might get him then with my foot. I really like this workout and how it gets your heart pumping and you sweat a lot. It is a lot of fun with the various kick and punch combos.
I broke in a new pair of shoes this week. I actually got them a couple of weeks ago but hadn’t wore them yet. They are Nike trainers. They are the same style as my other Nike trainers but a different color. It is amazing how after wearing these I realize how much my others have wore down (the inside cushioning, support) after only about 8 months. I don’t want to give up my old ones yet though as I like the color combo and they are so comfortable. I will probably alternate wearing them along with the Sketchers Go Fit shoes I got a couple of months ago and these new trainers. I am getting to have quite the fitness shoe collection it seems. I try and get them on sale though and for these new Nikes I had a $10.00 off coupon.
Well, next week will be week 4 of the April rotation of Cathe Friedrich workouts for me. I may have to take a day or two off or sub in a couple lower impact workouts after Wednesday because I am having a root canal that day – not looking forward to that… What are your workout plans for next week? Click on Leave a Reply and let me know – I’d love to hear about them.
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.