My Fitness Revolution: Days 190 to 196

CB025539 DumbellsSince my last update, I’m happy to report that there were no skipped days.  (Fist pump!)  Choreography is my kryptonite but I’m starting to cope with Miss Jane’s workout much better than when I started out.  It’s not that the moves are so hard to remember but the reps are a bit long, especially for the Abdomen, Leg and Waist routines.  You see, legs are an integral part of these exercises, and that’s what makes them difficult and a bit painful.  Most of my excess weight is in my thighs, so real effort is needed to lift and keep them at a 90° angle to the floor.  Difficult but not impossible, and fortunately I know that the pain is my fat cells’ parting gift.  So I’m happy to see feel them go.  After Days 190, 192, 194 and 196 there is definite improvement in muscle tone.

Robert Ullrey’s C25K podcast has been great.  I’m now into Week 3, and although I drench my legs in Absorbine Jr. after each session, the pain isn’t nearly as bad as it was in the beginning.  At this point, the program eases the potato runner into three-minute runs.  This may not be a big deal for seasoned runners, but for noobs like me…it’s quite an accomplishment.  Another little triumph is the completion of all arm movements: one minute each of Jabs, Upper Cuts, Arm Rraises, Triceps Dumbell Extensions plus another that I invented.  However, I came across a workout video this week and totally fell in love with.  In fact, I’ve already started to incorporate these movements into my treadmill sessions.  It is Arm Circuit with Holly Perkins from FitSugar.  This ten-minute workout features two sets of the following moves in succession: 45 Degree Bicep Curl, Horizontal Curl and Wide Upright Row.  At the end of the first set, you do the Side Raise Hold.  At the end of the second set, you do Triceps Push-Ups and end the workout with Triceps Extensions.

I would be a happy camper, if my day could start with this workout.  I did the Horizontal Curl during my last treadmill session and it made me growl.  One experience that I haven’t mentioned before was dehydration.  These workouts make me sweat, especially on the treadmill.  By the end, it looks like I got hit with a water balloon.  To cope with this, I’ve had to drink water, plenty of water.  My twenty-four ounce water container gets refilled at least three times a day.  Keeping hydrated is extremely important.  I try to avoid sports drinks like Lucozade because they’re carbonated and caffeinated.  Occasionally, I add a couple teaspoons of Glucose Powder to my orange juice for a little pep; but that’s about it.  Even the decision to have a small cup of low fat chocolate milk over a fast-food milk shake is a positive change.  I’m excited to see what the next seven days will hold in store.  No retreat, no surrender and no excuses!

Treadmill Sessions
Day 191
Day 193
Day 195
Distance
1.657
Distance
1.658
Distance
1.652
Time
30:01
Time
30:01
Time
30:02
Calories
197
Calories
197
Calories
196
Carbs
29.6
Carbs
29.6
Carbs
29.2
Min. Speed
3.0
Min. Speed
3.0
Min. Speed
3.0
Max. Speed
4.0
Max. Speed
4.0
Max. Speed
4.0
Incline
0
Incline
0
Incline
0