Days 307 to 357 – Where did September go?

Days 307 to 357 – Three Weeks Off, Weights, Bootcamp, 5K’s, CardioX, Cardio-Funk, Plyometrics, Yoga and Fitwall

I took three glorious weeks off because I wanted to. I decided not too let it bother me. So what I wasn’t going to the gym! I needed a little time off. My fiance thought something was wrong with me. He kept on reading motivational workout quotes to get me to go to the gym. Like a little 2 year old having a temper tantrum, I stormed out of the room shouting, “NO MORE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES!!!”

I enjoyed my time off. Then on week 4 I decided to come back from my hibernation. I had a lot of cardio this month. I’m doing it on purpose to make sure I fit into that darn dress. Did I mention that my dress boutique ordered me one size smaller??? Yeap. Way to make me want to keep the weight off.

Here is my workout for all weeks:

Week 4: weights, bootcamp and 5K

Week 5: weights and more weights

Week 6: cardioX, 5K, cardio-funk and plyometrics

Week 7: weights, yoga and FitWall

I’m on my last leg of the 1 year workout…yippieee!!!

For some weird reason when I add it all up, the day before the wedding is “Day 369”. I must have counted my days wrong. Anyhow, you get the point. I started working out last year on exactly October 13, 2011. My goal of working out for a year to live healthier, become stronger and better is coming to a “wordpress end”. The next two weeks before the weeding are going to be nutso. I know this by the way my calendar already looks. Meetings here and there, flowers, cakes, last dress fitting/alterations, hair, etc, etc, etc. I think my workouts will become my de-stresser.

Good night!

Millie

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Days 286 to 306 – Three Weeks

Days 286 to 306 – Pump Class, Working Out with an Elite Trainer, Weights and P90X

Tomorrow will be exactly 2 months until we get married. I’m still going to the gym to do a class here and there, lift weights, working out with a trainer and using P90X at home with my fiance. All in the name of holding on to my workout routine. I have lost 10 lbs since I first started. I’ve toned my body and lost body fat too. I’m at a stage where I can say I’m proud! I wear a bikini every work day and feel completely comfortable. I swim twice a day with the campers – the bonus of working at a camp this summer. It keeps me active outdoors.

Hurray for Summer!!!

Millie


Days 250 to 285 – The Month I didn’t Write but Still Worked Out

Days 250 to 285 – Yoga, Bootcamp Sessions, Injuries, Healing Week, Weights, Running, Working Out with my Bro, Pump Classes and P90X

So I admit it…mea culpa! I haven’t touched my laptop in over a month. Why? Just plain lazy for writing this month. Hey, it happens to all writers…doesn’t it??? Oh well, it happened to me.

To sum up the last bit of June and some of my July, I had an amazing and challenging week 1. I went to a yoga session that was relaxing. Then Saturday morning I took my fiance to the Bootcamp class. I ended up injuring my iliotibial band (aka ITband). It hurt like hell! I didn’t pretend to be a superhero. I cheered him on to complete the last 20 minutes of the Bootcamp class while I waddled around. I went home after class and iced it for the rest of the night every 20 minutes for 10 minutes each time. I also looked up some stretches to do on youtube. Giving my body time to recover was key. I took week 2 off to let my body heal well. I was back on week 3 with weights and running. Week 4 was the first week in a llllllllllllllong time my lil’ bro had asked me to work out with him. I really was curious to see what this kid could do now that he’s all grown up. Week 5 was pretty much a mixture of Pump classes and P90X. I just exercised as much as I could with my hectic schedule. True story…I even tried exercising on days I was so tired from work I was nearly sleep walking. It’s happened two times already, I was so tired after I came home from work I changed into my gym clothing and fell asleep on my bed right after. I woke up at 10pm or 11pm in a panic because I knew I had dozed off.

I guess my new pyjama is my workout clothing now! 🙂

Millie


Days 244 to 250 – Bootcamp Season!

Days 244 to 250 – Bootcamp

Wowzers! This week I joined a Bootcamp group from my gym. I didn’t even mean to do it. It just happened! I woke up early Saturday morning, thinking I was going to do some weights. Once I got to the gym I overheard some people walking in, they were talking about the bootcamp group. I politely interupted them and asked, “What Bootcamp?”. They were on their way to the back area of the gym. While following them I realized I still had all my gear (jacket, bag, etc.) on me. I decided to just leave it at the front desk and followed them. All of a sudden they picked up the pace and headed through the backdoors. I started to jog and talk at the same time to one of them, “Where are we going?”, I said. He informed me that they run to a nearby track and do all their main workout in that area.

As we’re running I realized I left my water bottle in my bag. Nuts!!! Oh well! I ended up really needed it, so for next time I MUST bring it along. The workout was pretty intense. Lots of running, sprinting, climbing up steep hills, push-ups, burpees, climbing stairs, plyometrics and finishing it off with a nice ab workout. At the end I was drained. I gave it my all. This Bootcamp was worth it!

Millie


Days 237 to 243 – My hero and inspiration

Days 237 to 243 – 4K run, Weights and Power Yoga

What inspires me? Hillary Swank running on the beach does!!! Seriously, look at all her hard work. From what I know, this was during her training for Million Dollar Baby. A-mazing!

photographer Norman Jean Roy

This is the picture that gets me up to do Power Yoga, running and to lift some weights this week. I think my cardio is wayyyy better than a few months back. I’m doing level 7 now. Yay for cardio!

My goal for weights this week was to focus on my arms. I worked these puppies well. So well I was having a bit of a challenge doing yoga the following day. My instructor even came up to me and in a taunting kind of way said, “Arms getting tired already?”. I pushed through all the planks, low planks, side planks and every arm yoga position he threw at me. I shook like crazy, but I did it. All I kept thinking about was Hillary and how strong she looked. Hey, if she can do it…I CAN DO IT!

Millie


Days 230 to 236 – Just Yoga

Days 230 to 236 – Power Yoga

Oh mercy! I’ve done it. I only worked out ONE day this whole week. I really haven’t placed working out on top of my list. I managed to attend a morning power yoga session that pushed me to my limits. I love the instructor for so many reasons…one is that he is amazing at explaining a pose and the reasons for doing them. I’m a fan of this way of instructing. It helps me understand some of the challenging moves better. Another reason is that he is great at introducing new moves every single lesson. I’m not an expert at yoga. I’m still considering myself as a beginner, but variety is still something that I need in order to keep my interest. I’m hoping this coming week I’ll be able to push for more workouts.

Fingers crossed!

Millie

 


Days 223 to 229 – Hot Yoga (AKA Sweat Shower)

Days 223 to 229 – Stepping and Hot Yoga

Out of all the crazy gizmos out there, most of them invented in the 80’s, the stepper is probably one that every trainer still uses. This thing can actually give you a great workout, you can do cardio or plyometrics. It allows you to start small (no raised step) and add more levels to it as you increase your confidence and strength. Even someone with a weak knee can do this exercise (just take your time by making sure you start small). So for those people out there looking to start working out again, just dig in your garage for that old stepper. I know I’ve seen my share of them in garage sales.

Switching gears…I did a crazy hot yoga class on Sunday morning. By crazy I mean CRAZZZY sweaty. I had sweat literally pouring out of my body the first 5 minutes of the class. After the hour class was finished I felt like I had jumped in a shower. I was drenched from head to toe. Not a single dry spot. Believe me when I tell you that it felt AMAZING! Sweating like this really releases many of the toxins in your system.

Millie