Since I was starting Midsection Makeover Program Week 2’s workouts on a Tuesday, I decided to do the Full Body Workout from Holly Perkins’ Slim Sexy Strong DVD as the 35 minutes of cardio. I still used the 5lb dumbbells but was happy to keep up a lot better, a whole lot better. Of course, I still took little breaks for breaths and water, but completed the exercises. I had some trouble with the side lunge but that’s because I was pushing off with my toes, instead of my heel. This put a lot of pressure on my left knee, and it hurt a lot. Afterwards, I did three sets of thirty All 4’s Crunches and one additional rep of ten because I lost count. The workout felt really good and a bit cathartic because the Boston tragedy had been on my mind. I needed to ‘beast’ some of that frustration away. (Beast is gym/fitness jargon. Don’t worry, I haven’t lost my grasp on the English language.)
The Wednesday ‘hump-day’ workout was just thirty minutes of cardio, so I took to the treadmill. Since resuming that activity, I’ve kept the incline at 2.0 but on this day I went up to 3.0. Ooh, I felt it in my calves but slowed the pace a touch to compensate. As I came into the last ten minutes, I bumped the speed up to 5 and ran a little. Oh my goodness, it felt so good to run. The movement was so fluid that I felt like I was flying along. I actually smiled because the rush was incredible. Walking briskly at a high incline is all well and good, but I’ve learned to love running, and need to do more of it.
After a couple of good sessions, I was rather disappointed to miss out on exercise this day. Unfortunately I was very busy and simply didn’t have the time. Sometimes that’s just how life is. You do everything you can but one thing pops up after another, and you lose your window. I try really hard not to let this happen, and my family always gives me time to exercise. They know that it helps to clear my head and cope with my responsibilities. At the same time, I’m making an effort to avoid the guilt associated with missing a workout. It’s not my god, but the long-time benefits are all positive; and stopping is the doorway to falling back into bad habits and bad health. Bring it on, Day 12! No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! (My Fitness Revolution: Days 536 to 538)