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Weekly Workouts + Weekend Update

This past week started off pretty average, workout wise. I tried one of the new workouts that I pinned (Burn 100 calories in 10 minutes: Do this total body workout at home!) and was very underwhelmed. It was a decently tough workout, and I pushed hard, and only burned about 48 calories as per my heart rate monitor. Maybe my monitor isn’t right and I’m being unfair, but it seemed like I was working a lot harder and hoped to get closer to the 100 cals mark. I did the routine in 11 minutes, but it wasn’t a very fun work out either.

Monday5 pull ups, Week 3 day 3 of push ups challenge (88 push ups), yoga
Tuesday1 pull up, 45 minutes of yoga focusing on backbends
Wedneday2 pull ups, 30 yoga + handstands practice
Thursday3 pull ups, Week 4 day 1 of push ups challenge (126 pushups), yoga +handstands
Friday100 cals in 10 minutes workout (linked above), yoga
SaturdayRest
SundayRest

For yoga, I practice a lot of handstands and back bends. They’re pretty much my focus right now and I’m enjoying it. I noticed I was having some trouble on Friday with my wrists in different arm balances and I think that’s due to the push ups challenge.

Fallen Angel Pose
Fallen Angel Pose – My wrists were really uncomfortable

Last time I wimped out of the push up challenge close to the end because my wrists hurt a lot when I did them. I tried everything from warming up my wrists, wrapping them, and trying to position my hands differently and nothing helped. I’ve never had wrist paint when doing yoga, even when practicing a lot of arm balances in a month, so I think the push up challenge is affecting that. I hate quitting it again, but I definitely don’t want it to affect my yoga practice.

I tried a new recipe for Hearts of Palm Lobster Roll, and it was really, really good. I got food poisoning once as a kid from lobster and could never eat it after. I didn’t know if I’d even like this faux lobster, but I like hearts of palm, and cooked with Old Bay, it was really tasty. I used this recipe, and subbed celery with green peppers, omitted the lemon (because I forgot to get it from the store), and used a tad bit more Just Mayo. I also added lettuce and tomato to the roll, which could totally be against a traditional lobster roll, who cares, it was delicious.

Hearts of Palm Lobster Roll
Hearts of Palm Lobster Roll

I took two days off to rest this past weekend, which I don’t normally do. On Saturday, I ran out to do errands and then got a headache and just wanted to rest for the day. On Sunday, we had minor emergencies which had us at urgent care and the ER (everyone is fine now!) and after all the running around, there wasn’t the time or energy for anything else.

What did you do this weekend?

A New Year of Workouts

New Years EveI started 2015 off very casually, in yoga pants, sitting by the fire, drinking a mimosa-type drink with Buddha ice cubes, jotting down some notes in my new planner, and just talking with my husband. It was nice and relaxing, and we just barely made it to midnight.

I’ve pinned a couple of new easy at home workouts, and I’m doing the 100 push-ups challenge again. Last time I quit at the end when my max was 80 something because it killed my wrists. I’m using the app to track and it started me on day 1 of week 3. I think it’ll either move too fast or it’ll be good and won’t bother my wrists since it’s only 3 weeks.

I’m also going to try to do pull ups consistently. So far I’ve done them every day of January. 1 on the 1st, 2 on the 2nd, 3 on the 3rd, etc. I think I might work up to 5 then start at 1 again on the 6th.

This month’s yoga challenges are about strength and back bends, which is a nice combination. I’ve also been practicing handstands a lot lately (I’m still working towards my goal of bakasana to handstand) and I’ve been doing these handstand push-ups where you get into a handstand with your feet on the wall and bend at the elbows and then straighten.Scorpion Handstand

Aside from the home workouts I found online, I’ve compiled a good number of Jillian Michael’s and Bob Harper DVDs, and a few Ballet Beautiful ones. I always find them at the library first to see if they’re something I’ll actually do. The p90x3 yoga and Dynamix are also great workouts I consistently come back to.  Here is a 30 minute intro to Ashtanga yoga video from youtube that I’ve been doing. Usually the thing I dislike the most about yoga/exercise videos in general is how slow they go explaining stuff, this routine is pretty basic, but moves quickly so you don’t have a chance to get bored.

I’m not sure how interesting it would be to document my workouts here, but for now I’m going to try it weekly as a way to keep me on track.

Monday30 minute intro to Ashtanga
Tuesday30 minute intro to Ashtanga
Wednesday30 min handstand practice including handstand pushups
Thursday1 pull up, 20 minutes yoga, week 3 day 1 pushups challenge 72 pushups
Friday2 pull ups, 20 mins yoga
Saturday 3 pull ups, week 3 day 2 of pushups challenge 80 pushups
Sunday30 minutes of yoga, 4 pull ups

What did you do for New Year’s Eve? Do you have any fitness goals this year?

One Hundred Push Ups-Week 5

I have just completed my fifth week of the Hundred Push Ups Challenge. At the end of last week I wasn’t sure if I should continue, drop down the reps, or repeat week four. I decided I’d try the first day and see how I felt. Since I was able to do the first day of push ups without a real problem I decided just to keep moving forward.

I’m a full week behind schedule now, but I’m okay with that. I’ve been trying not to do arms at the gym because it really makes a huge difference in my stamina for the push ups. This is a little annoying because I like doing pull ups and free weights at the gym, but the main reason I fell behind was because I over did my arms at the gym and couldn’t do my nightly push ups then.

The first day this week was the first time I had some minor pain in my hand. Around the end of the third set I had a pain in my palm, I tried to adjust my weight but it was still pretty uncomfortable. I stretched my hand out a little bit and that helped the following sets be bearable.

Day 1

Set 1: 36
Set 2: 40
Set 3: 30
Set 4: 24
Set 5: 40
Total: 170

Day 2

Set 1: 19
Set 2: 19
Set 3: 22
Set 4: 22
Set 5: 18
Set 6: 18
Set 7: 22
Set 8: 45
Total: 185

Day 3

Set 1: 20
Set 2: 20
Set 3: 24
Set 4: 24
Set 5: 20
Set 6: 20
Set 7: 22
Set 8: 50
Total: 200

Exhaustion Test: 60