Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The body achieves what the mind believes

Some new workouts that I've done recently:
  • Couch to 10k
  • Abtacular Pilates Workout | Pilates Bootcamp With Cassey Ho on Livestrong Woman
  • NTC Shoulder Ripper (under get focused)
  • NTC Hope Solo Unbeatable
  • Hundred pushups, starting at week 3 with upper body elevated to height of a park bench

Since completing the C25K program, I've decided to start the Couch to 10K program.  I'm using an app by Zen Labs (which also made the C25K program that I used).  I really like it.  I am on Week 10, day 1, which I will conquer today.  I'm a bit daunted by running 45 minutes, but logically speaking, if I can run for 30 minutes straight, then I should theoretically be able to run for 15 minutes, rest for 1 minute, and repeat 2 more times.  So I jogged at Terry Hershey Park for the first time this weekend.  I usually don't like driving unless I have to, but
a.  I was curious.  What is it like to jog at Terry Hershey Park?
b.  I enjoyed jogging at Memorial Park with my friend and her dog.  Perhaps Terry Hershey Park would be just as enjoyable.
c.  I jog on concrete in my neighborhood.  I have paranoia that I'm hurting myself by jogging on concrete.  I assumed the Park had asphalt, graphite, or dirt trails.
d.  My neighborhood is flat.  I was looking for something less flat.

Well, it was awesome.  There were lots of people and interesting scenery.

I am now in the 140s with regards to weight.  I am elated.  I should probably take a picture of myself, which I will do when I get home. I am now at a Starbucks.  I am in love with SBX cake pops, btw.  When I bought a peppermint brownie today, the person behind the counter told me that 1 extra mini treat is $1.  I decided why not?  BIG MISTAKE.

1.  Each pop is 170 calories.  Not worth.
2.  I started feeling disgusting half way through the first pop.  This is the EXACT same reaction I had the last time I ate a cake pop (which might have been a month ago).  Why do I not learn?!?

This SBX is right by Hershey Park so I'm going to go to the park soon and jog my C210K.

I took a hiatus from hundred pushups and realized that I liked the way that my upper body (and body) looked better when I'm doing pushups.  So, I've decided to start with the program again, except instead of doing pushups on the knees, I'll do pushups slightly elevated.  I been hearing that when one does pushups on knees, it still helps strengthen pecs, but the person forgoes the core benefits of pushups.  The slightly elevated pushups (even pushups against the wall) are easier than standard pushups but also provide core benefits as well.

I have another fitness role model:  P!nk!  She is ripped and hot.  She lost 55 pounds post pregnancy.  I just watched her Try video yesterday (which is AWESOME BTW), and was in awe of her body.  In an effort to have a body similar to hers, I've started doing pushups again.

Also, I did the before shower Lish workout, yesterday.  It was tough.  But then I started thinking about something a classmate said to me, about if I power through the tough workouts, that's when I'll start to see changes, which reminded me of the Lisa Venn diagram.  P!nk hired Jillian Michaels and Jeanette Jenkins to whip her into shape.  J. Jenkins has a workout on NTC and it is no joke.  Seriously, I couldn't do it the last time I tried.  Maybe I will try it later today.  Actually, I just watched some moves from it.  Ugh.

Another form of progress is that there are workouts on NTC that were once un-doable, i.e. the 45 Get Lean workouts, esp. Cardio Surge.  Well, I can complete them now.  I'm starting to sweat less when I do them.  I tried the Fitness Blender Ski workout that I like so much the other day.  The last time I did it (which was over a month ago), it was a struggle.  Now, I completed.  I will take this as a sign of progress towards fitness.  I feel like I'm on the cusp of the intermediate level workouts on NTC and am trying new workouts to ease my way into the intermediate level workouts.

Thanksgiving is this week.  Happy Thanksgiving.  I have so much to be thankful for.  I'll list 5 right now:

1.  Friends in Houston
2.  My family - my parents for their support while I'm looking for a job
3.  My classmates at Anderson
4.  My progress in fitness
5.  My faith - I would be so lost without faith in God and Jesus Christ's death and resurrection

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