This workout is more cardio focused but you have a weight in your hands at all times. I chose to have an 8 lb dumb bell in my hands. It made it tough but I was able to finish the workout completely! It was a sweaty good time.
This workout was followed by Pilates X
Confession - every time I see Pilates X on the schedule I do not want to do it. hahaha Then I start it and I love it. I have a lot of work to do to get all the moves. This workout has some tough moves in it. So I am doing the modifications. Lots of plank and core work. So actually this is a workout I should be doing more frequently in order to improve.
Last night I was tired so I decided to go to bed early and wake up and workout this morning.
What a great idea! I have so much energy now that I will continue working out in the mornings for the rest of the week. Especially now that the little guy is all better.
This mornings first P90X3 workout was Eccentric Upper.
My upper body got worked! This workout you take 3 counts to lower and then up on 1 count. So slower to lower; fast to raise up. Push-ups, pull-ups, kickbacks, curls....yeppers they were all there and my upper body feels like jelly now! ahaha
I did manage to do a few tricep push-ups on my toes but the going down slow and up fast tired out my arms and I had to go to my knees in order to get proper form again. And man - those Plyo push-ups I still have trouble with. I did manage to actually do a few reps this time though. So I am improving.
Next, one of my favorites - MMX
MMX is kickboxing. And this is my favorite type of workouts. It began in 8th grade with Tae Bo, then on to Body Combat classes in the gym. Then I discovered Turbo Jam, and next Turbo Fire....and I also order the Body Combat home workout system when that came out! So yeah after 16 years I still get excited for these type of workouts. hahaha
Again - dripping with sweat. Love it! This one is more sporty and makes me feel like a fighter. hahaha.
Also - major accomplishment after the last week - I went to bed last night without snacking after dinner! Woo hoo. I woke up and didn't feel bloated! High Fives all around!
I have to be honest. When I first started to do the Decelerator I wasn't feeling it. But 5 minutes in and I was! This one is a pretty good workout. Mixture of upper and lower body exercises that work the muscles while also having a cardio affect.
Next was Accelerator (I am following the Doubles calendar this week)
This workout is a great calorie burner. Wow! There are a couple moves I haven't quite got yet. The first one is the circle plank. To be honest I can do this move but I get really dizzy and light-headed. So I usually do only a bit and then run in place.
And then there is the Donkey kick!
This is a move I need to work on. It's hard. I can do a few kicking my feet out not up. I would like to eventually kick my feet out. So a goal for me for sure!
So I am up a few pounds today and I had been down a few since implementing my changes. What I do know is this:
1) I haven't been drinking a lot of water
2) with my son being sick and not getting enough sleep I truly do not know how much I ate last week. Some days too much other days not enough.
3) we bought frozen yogurt and popsicles for his throat....and I have been snacking on it
4) I started snacking after dinner again. Bad...I know better.
So starting today I am back on track. I am not going to beat myself up. I honestly think the majority of the scale being up a few pounds is simply water weight. But it's back on track and back to my goal of losing the last 10 lbs!
I had Friday off work and decided to send my son to daycare for the morning so I could clean the house. Because he had been sick I wanted to get the house disinfected and cleaned really well. I had a very productive day on Friday, getting the house cleaned, playing with my son all afternoon, and even fitting in my Insanity workout!
My son is feeling better but still isn't 100%. I can tell because he had a morning and afternoon nap both days and was extra cuddly. Normally he doesn't nap in the morning, and I can't get him to sit still until he crashes for 2 hours after lunch! hahaha Then he goes non-stop until bed time. But he's much better than earlier in the week. Thank goodness!
Saturday I took my son for a mini-run. It started to rain so it got cut short. Then the sun came back out while he was napping so my hubby told me to go for a run again. I had got some new music on my iPod so I was eager to get in a run. hahaha
There is something in running that just creates peace with me. I seem to just let my mind wonder and I just run. Some days I run longer then I anticipated because I am lost in thoughts.
I ran again yesterday because my run felt so great on Saturday! And am I every glad I ran yesterday. Looks like it's going to be a very rainy week this week.
Tonight is the start of my P90X3 week! woo hoo I start holidays on Friday for a week and am super excited.
Tuesday evening I got in an amazing Insanity workout.
I did Max Interval Plyo
It was another very sweaty workout. This one is full of jumps and really tests your upper body strength.
I was pleased with the number of reps I was able to do on the V-push-ups. There are so many push-up moves in this workout that by the time the V-push-ups came my arms were already feeling like jelly! hahaha
Here is the V-push-up:
So after that great workout I went to bed on time...only to be woken up by my son at 2 am. He was burning up with a high fever and then started being sick.
Turns out he has two ear infections that caused a high fever and the high fever caused the vomiting. He's doing much better this morning and is back to his old self again. Playful and happy.
I however have had two rough nights with very little sleep. I decided to take last night completely off working out. Tonight, I will have to as well as I have plans to go for a walk with my friend. She just had a baby and just wants to get out of the house.
I figure a walk is better then nothing and gives my body time to rest after two stressful days with little sleep.
I am off tomorrow so I plan on getting back to my Insanity workouts!
For anyone who doesn't know I am currently alternating the different workout programs I have each week to spice things up and add variety. Last week was Turbo Fire, this week is Insanity and I think next week is either Body Pump or P90X3.
Last night's workout was Max Interval Circuit.
This is such an amazing workout. Between all the jumps and power moves I was literally soaked with sweat!
I was very please with the improvements I am seeing in my upper body strength. There was one move where you hold plank for 45 seconds while punching above your head! It's tough!
(See picture) I did it twice without stopping. But on the last one...it was the last exercise of the class so...approaching the 56 minute mark of this intense workout and my arms were just in failure mode so I did only half the 45 seconds that time. I tell you when you are done you definitely feel like this:
One thing I do love about these workouts is that you can see the people on the DVD struggling just as much as you. Some of the people seem to power through but you can see people struggling with certain exercises and that's nice to see. Makes you feel better as you struggle. But wow - are my push-ups and plank moves really improving!
Last night was a rough night. After my workout the air-conditioner just stopped working. My husband was working a night shift and I had no idea how to fix it. Everything I know how to do seemed to be in working order. On top of this my son is teething.
So I ended up bringing my son into bed with me as I have a fan in my bedroom and he kept waking up crying. He was so hot (it was a very sticky/humid night last night).
He got to sleep right away with the fan but my goodness is he a mover. Kicking me and rolling on me. Finally at 3 am I had had enough. I figured his room would be cool now since I had the windows open. After checking his room was cool enough I moved him back to his room. And finally just after 3 am I got to sleep. ...only to be woken up at 5:30 am when the hubby got in from work!
So needless to say - my morning coffee is tasting really good right now!