I will be using this to journal my transformation.
Congrats to you Myra. Every day will have you fitter and healthier if you stay disciplined and work hard. Every day will bring a challenge and your test of will and determination will bring you the results that you have earned.
Thank you for your encouraging words James.
My husband just took my before photos. I'll tell you something I just leaned. For some reason there is a huge difference between how I see myself in a mirror versus how I look in these photos. They will inspire me to work harder and persevere with my Challenge.
I don't think I'll be sharing the photos publicly until I complete my Challenge and have my 12 week photos taken to compare.
I wish I'd started this blog on Day 1 (June 14) since I'm now a few days behind I've been doing my daily exercising and eating good food. I still have to work on portion control but smaller servings are becoming easier since I know that there will be another meal coming soon.
I'll get caught up tonight on journaling the past couple of days and then do my best to make daily entries. This blog is mostly for me to be accountable but if anyone else benefits from it that would be great.
Have a WONDERFUL day!
Day 1, 2 and 3
I just finished my Day 3 lower body workout. Wow, what a work out it was.
I hit a 10 twice (total failure) and was close to a 10 a couple more times. I'm still working on this but it's only my first week and I don't want to hurt myself. That would surely set me back. It took me 54 minutes to do the 42 minute workout but we had some of the weight guestimates wrong and had to modify on the fly. It'll be getting closer to 42 minutes next time. My ab workout was really hard but I did it. I used to have great abs. I know the muscles are still there. I just need to rebuild them and then shed my tummy fat to see them again.
Yesterday, Day 2, I did my first HIIT cardio. I ran around a school track but my husband wasn't there to remind me exactly how to do it. I walked then jogged then ran and repeated this for 20 minutes. When I got home I realized what I'd done wrong and will do it correctly tomorrow. My left knee was a bit sore while running but it was better when I walked. I need some better running shoes. My knee feels okay right now but that's probably because my legs and my abs are burned out from the workout I just did.
Monday, Day 1, was my first upper body workout. My husband said I did very well for my first time lifting a LONG time. I lifted to failure 3 times. I was VERY sore when I woke up on Day 2 but I'm feeling pretty good today and I'll be ready for my next upper body on Friday.
Thanks for the continued support and thanks to my husband Hugh for typing this for me. Time for my protein shake and then dinner in a little while.
Day 3 down, one more to go.
That's my new mantra.. Doing all 84 days is still a bit overwhelming to me but I know for sure that whatever day I'm on and no matter how I feel, I can always do one more day.
NIce way to keep yourself accountable. great job!!!!!
Thank you Eva.
I had sort of a sore throat yesterday and was losing my voice. I woke up this morning with no voice, a slight fever and it felt like I had glass in my throat when I swallowed. Doc says it's not Strep but that I have an mild viral infection in my throat.
I stuck to my diet today. I was craving a smoke but I didn't give in. I was only able to do 12 minutes on on my exercise bike. My legs were killing me from yesterday's lower workout. My abs are slightly sore but it's a good sore feeling and they even feel a bit tighter already.
I am a bit bummed that I didn't do my full 20 minutes but my legs were really burning. I peddled for a full minute after I felt that I couldn't do any more. That's worth something, right?
So tomorrow is day 5. I will be staying home resting but I'll stick to my new eating style and I'll do my upper body workout as planned.
Day 4 down, one more to go...
Day 5, 6 and 7
Today is Sunday, Day 7, a much needed Free Day. Week one is over and I feel sore, I'm still sick, but I feel Great!
Friday was supposed to be an Upper Body workout but between my throat infection and the meds I was taking I was very tired. I did eat property but I didn't do my workout.
Saturday, Day 6 I did my regularly scheduled HIIT in the morning and made up my missed UB workout in the afternoon.. I still felt sick but better than Friday.
For my HIIT I rode my LifeCycle for 20minutes. Cardio is tough for me. Tougher than the weight lifting. I guess it's the cigarettes I've smoked most of my life and my general lack of fitness. By the way this is also Day 6 of having quite smoking. I've had two children. Both times I quite smoking the moment I learned I was pregnant. Both of those times quitting wasn't a problem. Both times I started smoking again as soon as I was all done nursing. So why is it so hard to quit for me when it was so easy to quite for my children. I'm not sure I really want to hear the answer to that question...
So I did my UB workout. I did the same workout as I did on Day 1 making slight modifications based upon my notes my husband made during that workout. We forgot to note the exact time we started the Day 1 workout but we estimate it was close to 1 1/2 hrs long. A combination of modifying the weights due to poor guesstimates, relearning how to do the exercises properly and my husband constantly commenting on and correcting my form seems to be why the first one took so long. I'm happy to report that while today's' workout wasn't perfect it went much better and it took us 53 minutes from the time we started to the time I put down the last weight. I really focused on my form and the speed I was doing the exercises. I hit a couple of Tens and Nines. We still need to modify a bit more but my next UB Workout should go well.
I'm feeling pretty good about this first week. I made some mistakes and I know I could have done better in a few areas. I'm not going to beat myself up though I'm going to use those mistakes as lessons to improve future workouts.
So today is my first Free Day. I really thought I was going to pig out but I don't really want too. I've given up energy drinks on Day 1 but I didn't want one. I did "treat" myself to a rather cheesy sausage omelet but I split it with my husband. I really wanted a cigarette but I know I'm addicted to them and even one on my Free Day would be a mistake.
So week one is done and I feel great for what I've accomplished.
Day 7 is done, one more to go...
My Lower body workout went well. I had a problem with the leg curls so I had to change to lying dumbbell leg curls. That snafu made my workout a little longer that it should have. My husband will have to modify the machine a bit to accommodate my short legs.
My ab workout was a killer. I think my husband is really enjoying punishing me. :-)
Eating went well today but I was hungry again even with my 4 meals so far.
My throat is less sore and my voice is returning.
Day 8 down, only one more to go...
I woke up this morning with some very sore legs. I decided to walked stairs to loosen things up. I started off walking up and down twice, rested a bit, then ran up and down the stairs twice. I go to the point where I could run up the stairs 10 time before I stopped. My legs felt much better after I did that.
At 4pm today I did my HIIT on my LifeCycle. It was my best cardio workout so far.
I've been sticking to my new eating habits and I feel pretty good.
I seem to be recovering from my upper body workouts faster.
I dd succumb to my smoking habit and took two puffs of a cigarette today.
Day 9 is done, one more day to go...
Edited to add that my throat isn't sore anymore but my voice is still squeaky. :-)
Hi Myra! For running outside and doing HIIT I totally recommend buying Chris Cary's "Open Road" audiotimekeeper! He recorded music in which the tempo changes each minute with a cool tune to remind you of your effort levels. There are 4 tracks based on experience level. Just Google "Chris Cary Open Road audiotimekeeper". I received copies of his CDs as a gift. I use them almost daily to workout! He also did an audiotimekeeper with 2005 BFL champions Russ Pendergrass and Nicole Heyrman. I wish you all the best on your BFL journey!
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