Fit for Me 28/52

What I did last week:

Thursday-30 minute training run.

Sunday-30 minute training run. Oh mylanta, it was H.O.T. WARM. Sundays are supposed to be my longer runs, but I decided to switch it for a shorter run because it was so blasted hot outside. I still managed to whip all the time out even though I thought I was running through fire.

Tuesday-45 minute training run.

Impressed by:

Guys. I have accomplished the hills. With this training style of running so many minutes, I inevitably cannot walk up the hills all the time. There are so many hills around our house, so I am bound to hit one during the run time. And I am conquering them…albeit slowly, but still. I really wanted to make this happen this week since we are moving. It was my goal to accomplish the hills before the summer was out. Done!

Struggled with:

While I have been doing awesome completing my runs, I haven’t been doing any cross training. I definitely want to beef that up now that I am a few weeks into my training cycle.

Did I meet my goal from last week?

My goal was to make it to a workout class at the gym. Since we went to KC on Saturday that meant I could not go to my normal class on Saturday morning. Oh life.

What is my goal for next week?

We are going to be cancelling our gym membership here in a few weeks due to moving 20 minutes away, so I want to take full advantage of the classes before we do that. I think with our moving schedule, I can make two cross training classes in the upcoming week.

Fitness Thoughts:

Moving should be considered a workout. That is all.

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Do you run in the heat?

Fit for Me 23/52

What I did last week:

Wednesday-30 minute walk with the family. It was nice to have Tom home to have home!

Thursday-30 minute walk with the dogs and George. It was probably the last time I will carry G-man because I was sweating bullets. It is just getting too hot for him to be comfortable in there.

Saturday-I walked around the mall with George for a couple hours. This counts right?

Sunday-BodyJam:  This is a group class that is all dance inspired. We did everything:  Jive, Latin, hip-hop, and club, and also 5 year old dancing. Seriously, there was a move where I thought I was in a room watching kindergartners wave their arms around like crazy. It was so much fun! The instructor was awesome. She was this free-spirit who was so much fun to dance with, and I danced like I was alone in my house. It was a very liberating class. Then I also walked the dogs for 20 minutes that night. It was the first time walking them alone with a stroller. This was awful. The dogs were scared of the stroller because it definitely restricted them more because of how I strapped the leashes around me. We didn’t get into a groove where we all weren’t frustrated until were back on our own street at the end. Figures.

Tuesday-I did a 20 minute leg workout and a 20 minute ab workout.

Impressed by:

Letting myself go in that dance class. Sometimes it is hard for me to just completely relax in front of strangers, but I danced my little heart out in that class. The instructor was just to fun not to follow! And I really feel the good soreness after it.

Struggled with:

I missed two days of my push-up and plank challenge. Whoops.

Did I meet my goal from last week?

I did with BodyJam.

What is my goal for next week?

I want to make it to a BodyPump class.

Fitness Thoughts:

If you need a little inspiration…

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Fit for Me 21/52

I feel like I am in a really good place with my body. This has definitely kept me more accountable to being more active. And we are at the midpoint of the year!

What I did last week:

Thursday-I did a 2.5 mile walk/run with just the dogs.

Monday-I went to BodyPump for an hour. It was nice to get back into a class. I got through every track except shoulders.

Tuesday-I did a 2 mile walk/run with the dogs.

Impressed by:

I am impressed that even after a month out of BodyPump, I was able to get through almost every track. Shoulder track I always struggle with, so that was no suprise.

Struggled with:

I really failed to keep up with my plank and push-up challenge. I just kept forgetting. I finally printed them off so I can have them on my nightstand. I have done it the last three days consistently.

Did I meet my goal from last week?

I did meet my goal to work out at the gym. I missed BodyPump!

What is my goal for next week?

To do some real full-on push-ups during this challenge. I have never really been able to do them up on my toes. I am hoping to work up my push-up stamina so I don’t have to stay on my knees.

Fitness Thoughts:

We are in the sweet spot temperature wise where it is not too muggy or hot, but still fairly cool. It makes it so much easier to want to go workout when you aren’t feeling like you are walking into a cloud when you step outside. Although it has been raining a lot here, which is why I missed Saturday and Sunday workouts. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it in the house.

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Fit for Me 19/52

What I did last week:

Thursday-I was going to play volleyball, but it was cancelled. Since our cousin was watching George already, I took advantage of having some alone time with the dogs and took them for an hour walk.

Sunday-We had planned on going hiking as a family, but the rain spoiled that plan. We ended up doing a 30 minute stroll through our neighborhood.

Monday-20 minute ab workout as I was bawling through Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars. My emotions got a workout this night.

Tuesday-I have gotten cocky, and I attempted walking the dogs with George again. We did just over a mile. George doesn’t seem to mind; he just falls asleep in the wrap. The dogs get some attention they desperately need. And my whole body gets strained. So it’s a win for everyone I guess.

Impressed by:

I am just impressed that I am keeping up with this. I think this is the most motivated and consistent I have been with working out for a couple years. Go me!

Struggled with:

Nothing major this week. I was feeling pretty good about myself with my birthday and Mother’s Day. No time to struggle when everyone is celebrating you right?

Did I meet my goal from last week?

Well we sort of went on a hike. We still did a family walk which is essentially had the idea of my Mother’s Day tradition at heart. I do want to do some exploring in the area. There are some great nature trails and parks that we have to take advantage of!

What is my goal for next week?

I actually am going to do two challenges for the next month. I want to work on both my planks and push-ups. So I found two options on Pinterest that I am going to follow. They both seem to be manageable and start small and increase slowly each day. So my goal is to start it.

Fitness Thoughts:

Walking really can be a workout. I think people push it aside all too often to be easy, but man do I get winded sometimes walking those dogs!

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Have you ever done a plank or push-up challenge?

Fit for Me 17/52

What I did last week:

Thursday-30 minutes on a bike

Saturday-1 hour of BodyPump. I actually got through all the tracks! I did have to weight down on a few tracks, but I made it all the way through.

Sunday-I participated in the March of Dimes walk with my sister-in-law. George and my niece, Ava, were there too, but they did a lot less walking. When I signed up for this event, I thought it was a 5K walk, but we ended up doing only one lap in this park that was maybe a quarter of a mile before they did the programming for the event. So Emily and I ended up doing our own thing and kept walking for 45 minutes. It seemed like a lot of hype for a 5-10ish minute stroll.

Monday-20 minute ab workout.

Tuesday-30 minute walk/run with the dogs.

Impressed by:

It has been a long time since I have gotten through an entire hour of BodyPump, so I was impressed with myself on that.

Struggled with:

This week was a good week physically and mentally. I can’t really think of anything I really struggled with. I was pretty proud of my workouts. Long time coming!

Did I meet my goal from last week?

I did meet my goal, sort of. I wanted to add planks to my ab workouts, which I did the one day I did the abs. So I met it, but I still feel like I could have done planks more days.

What is my goal for next week?

I am going to up my last goal and try to do a plank at least 3 days next week. I have a couple plank challenges pinned so maybe I will whip one of those out.

Fitness Thoughts:

I want to talk about kids working out. I think it is great to educate children on fitness and to start creating habits early about physical activity. What I don’t think is great is not teaching them proper technique, especially with weights. There have been several weeks that there have been kids in the BodyPump class. I think that is awesome! However their technique sucks. Their parents just tell them to keep going and suck it up basically. And here they are hunched over with a bar on their back doing squats or flinging a bar sporadically with shoulderpresses. I am just waiting for them to pull something right there because it is obvious their parents got them too much weight. Fortunately, the instructor on Saturdays is phenomenal, and she usually spots these issues and walks around to help fix them. She is really good about showing the right techniques and making you feel ok about only doing body weight. It just bothers me to watch the parents encourage the poor form when their little bodies are in such a growing period. If I was closer to these kids, I would try to say something. But inevitably they are usually set up several people over if not across the room. I don’t know if that would be me overstepping my bounds, but it hurts my heart knowing that these kids could get injured or at the least starting poor habits. (And yes I watch everyone else in the class through the mirrors…)

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If only it were that easy…

Have you done a plank challenge? Do you see kids in your gym?

Also I am answering all your questions tomorrow, so if you have any to add, please check out this post!