Friday, August 10, 2012

We return to our regularly scheduled programming

Okay... let's be clear.  I HAVE been working out since June.  I promise.  I just haven't been blogging about it.  I was trying to do the whole alternating P90X2 and Insanity each week, which was awful.  I didn't like taking a week off of weight training.  I didn't feel like I was making progress in either work out.

So, after trying that for the Phase 2 of P90X2, I gave it up and focused on P90X2 Phase 3.  I felt good.  I'm definitely still working on my tone.  My weight and body fat percentage are still up from where I'd like them to be, but I really am more at peace with it.  I'm strong, fit, and buff. ;)

I started Insanity a week ago, right as Leadership Academy started.  I managed to work out two days during Academy, which was awesome because I usually just run three miles.  This time, I did Plyo Cardio and Pure Cardio (the second with my friend, Angel).  I felt great!      

Here are my fit test results, which I did on July 30 and will be repeating every two weeks:
Switch Kicks: 48
Power Jacks: 58
Power Knees: 80 (left)
Power Jumps: 25
Globe Jumps: 9
Suicide Jumps: 13
Push-Up Jacks: 13
Low Plank Obliques: 48

Already, I have noticed that my knees are sore.  I squat down to get something from a lower cabinet and it's an effort to get back up.  I'll need to return to regular knee icing.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Insane Morning

I shouldn't say it was insane... because it wasn't.  I simply could not get into the Plyo Cardio workout this morning.  Maybe it's because it was 4:35 AM (don't ask), or because I ran 3 miles last night, or because I really just don't like Insanity workouts... whatever the reason, I did not have it in me to even try to not rest.  Don't get me wrong, I do think the Insanity workouts help, but I do not prefer them over the P90X2 workouts.  I wonder if I would feel differently if it was all I was doing -- and if I actually took the fit test and could see improvements. 

However, my 3-mile run last night was awesome!  The right music and the right route, plus I'm not sick this week... all made for a nice run.  I ran faster than I did when John and I ran at the beginning of the month, but not as fast as I would like.  I'm working on increasing my speed -- and in August I am going to start up half marathon training again.  I'm planning to do the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January, maybe the Malibu Half in November, and possibly a fun "dirty girl" 5K mud run in November too (as long as Kari does it with me!).  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Working Out is Hard to Do

My workout routine has been so odd lately.  I don't like it at all.  We've been so busy -- lots of cool things are going on like vacations, weddings, parties, and general friend dates. I've been eating sort of better -- and have cut my alcohol intake a lot in the past two weeks, but I feel like I can't stick to my workout schedule.    Damn that needing to make money and find a job! ;)  I have been prioritizing it less in the last few weeks, which is such a departure from how it was before we went to Hawaii.  I'm not sure I'm busier now, but there's something going on for sure. 

I keep going back to the idea of working out in the morning.  BUT, given my previous not-so-positive experience with that, and the fact that in order for it to really work I'd have to get into bed at a reasonable hour and not fall asleep on the couch, I'm not sure it's the best idea. 

I'm not sure if I'm liking the alternating weeks of Insanity and P90X2.  I'm a little concerned that I'm not getting the benefits of both as much as I thought.  I wonder if that's part of the reason I'm not as motivated to stick to my schedule. It's something for me to think about this weekend when I'm purposefully not making plans other than to work on my to do list.

 I also have been running -- badly.  I can't keep a good pace, I'm worn out so quickly, it's a hot mess when I run. 

Okay, complaining post done. ;)