Les Mills Pump Day 55

Les Mills Pump Workout: Walk – 60 Minutes

Once again, I woke up early after sleeping great.  I got ready and met up with my best friend at the mall for some shopping.  Well, it was more like walking for me instead of shopping.  Walking for 60 minutes was on the schedule for today and I did at least the minimum of 60 minutes.  We had a very satisfying and delicious lunch after the mall.  I went home once we were done and I managed to fall asleep for a few hours.  I think my body is in some sort of hibernation mode or something because I have been sleeping so much over the past few weeks.  It all started when the seasons changed and my two jobs ended for the year.  I ended up staying in and catching up on my shows and watching movies for the rest of the night.

KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

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Les Mills Pump Day 54

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump Extreme

I just had the best sleep in a long time!  I slept for 8 hours and I felt so refreshed in the morning.  I took melatonin last night and fell asleep earlier than I have during the past few weeks.  I spent most of my morning and afternoon finishing up homework.  I attended a work meeting tonight and stayed to watch the Chicago Bulls game.  I had a blast!  It was a nice way of taking a break from a busy day.  I still had to finish up my homework so I went straight home to do it.

Once I was finally done, I worked out to Pump Extreme.  I knew what to expect so I pushed harder.  The workout was harder especially during the lunge track.  It was hard to keep up because I was digging deeper but I didn’t give up.  It was a good way to end a long, busy day.  I am just about ready to pass out for the night.

Tomorrow is another shopping day with my best friend.  I’m looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the day.  Also, it’s not going to rain for once!

Have a great weekend!  KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

Les Mills Pump Day 53

Les Mills Pump Workout: Hard Core Abs & Flow

I swear my sleeping habits or should I say, insomnia, is getting worse.  I kept going back and forth in my mind if I wanted to try staying up and going to bed tonight to “reset” my schedule.  After reading up on a few articles on how to fix my sleep schedule, doing an all-nighter was not the best way to do  it.  I laid in bed trying to fall asleep and I saw an article on Twitter on doing some specific yoga moves to help go to sleep.  I tried them out and what do you know…it worked.  I woke up earlier than I expected.  However, I did some homework in my bed and managed to doze off a few times.  This change in weather has somehow affected my energy levels.  Speaking of weather, the rain needs to stop because it’s not helping.

There was no Fit Club tonight so I checked out a local grocery store that I’ve been hearing a lot about.  It’s the same store that is opening up in place of my old middle school.  It was similar to Whole Foods.  I also picked up some melatonin.  I have never taken it before nor have I ever taken anything to help me fall asleep.  I don’t like the idea of having to take something to help me fall asleep but at this point, I’ll try it.  Hopefully I’ll only have to take it once or twice to get back to a normal schedule.  I have to get up early tomorrow to finish the rest of my homework before a work meeting later on.  I might have some time to finish it afterwards and I would rather get it all done before to enjoy a Friday night.

I worked out to Hard Core Abs and Flow when I got home.  No running again today just because I was pushed for time.  I’m looking to run first thing tomorrow.  I modified only a little bit in Hard Core Abs when it came to the walking planks.  The only way I can get stronger is if I push as much as I can.  I went straight into Flow after that.  I love doing Flow because it has helped with my flexibility over the past few weeks.

Here’s to me falling asleep at a descent time!

KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

Les Mills Pump Day 52

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump and Shred

Busy day!  I spent the first half getting things ready for my event tonight.  After that, it was off to the event!  I’d say the event went pretty well.  It was a good experience.  As soon as I got home, I fell asleep.  Just straight up put my things down and laid down.  All I wanted to do was rest for a few minutes but for some reason I was tired.  I woke up a couple hours later.  I did not get my workout in and it was too late to go to the gym to get my run in.  I was contemplating on using today as an off day and working out on Sunday because I was sleepy.  I said to myself to get up and do it.  I know I would regret it tomorrow.  I worked out to Pump and Shred.  This was the last time I was working out to the DVD until I finish Les Mills Pump.  I worked through it especially in the lunge track.  I kept the 5 pound plates on the barbell.

Right now I am debating on staying up for the rest of the night so I can “reset” my sleep habits and go to bed early tomorrow night.  Or if I should just go to bed now and get up early either way.  I know I need the proper rest but I don’t want to end up waking up late again.  Hmmm…what to do lol. I haven’t lost a pound this week, which is starting to get frustrating.  I need to work on my eating habits on top of my sleeping habits.  I’m eating healthy for the most part by making breakfast and having Shakeology for lunch.  Lately, I have been buying salads from restaurants around the area.  I think it’s time to start cooking more.  Let’s lose some weight this week!

KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

Les Mills Pump Day 51

Les Mills Pump Workout: Hard Core Abs & Combat
Other: Walk/Run Interval – 30 minutes

It was another relaxing, yet busy day.  I spent the day doing schoolwork once again and some work stuff from home.  I finally ran my errands tonight but I didn’t make it out to the grocery store.  Before I left the house, I worked out to Hard Core Abs.  After I did my errands, I went to the gym to train for my 5K.  I’m just following the app on my phone and hopefully I’ll catch up to where I’m supposed to be before the race.  I went a a little faster during my run intervals.  I was going to leave it at that as far as working out.  I decided to workout to Combat as soon as I got home.  A part of me wanted to see how many calories I would burn during Combat.  I burned 464 calories in that 45 minute workout.  I was sweating a lot more tonight in both my running and Combat.  It could be that it was warmer outside today but I love that sweat!

Time to get some rest!  It’s another busy day tomorrow!  I have more schoolwork and I have to get ready for my event tomorrow night.  Oh and trying to fit in more errands and my workout on top of that.  Gotta love it : )

Les Mills Pump Day 50

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump Extreme
Other: Walk/Run Interval – 30 minutes

It has been a great Monday!  This was the type of start to the week I was looking for after having a not-so-good weekend.  I didn’t lose another pound…not yet.  But I did receive my new Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor (HRM).  I got it a lot earlier than they said it was scheduled to arrive.  Hey, I have no problem with that!  I also received something else but via email.  I got offered a position as a Nintendo Holiday Experience Brand Ambassador at a mall by my house!  Even though it’s only a month long, the compensation is very good and I am absolutely a gamer.  I have missed working in a retail setting too.  I will still be working for the other organization, which starts up next week.  Both tie in to my current schedule and I could use the extra cash for Christmas.  The good news does not stop there though.  I also signed on to be a part of a special event on Wednesday night.  I’m looking forward to that.

With the great mood I was in, I did some minor cleaning in my room.  I still have a lot more I would like to clean throughout the week.  Some of it includes separating the clothes I don’t wear anymore and clothes that are getting big on me.  It feels amazing just to say that.  Those will be donated.  I had made a list of the things I needed to accomplish for each day last night.   I was able to get through most of it.

I was excited to try out my new HRM.  I worked out to Pump Extreme earlier tonight.  As expected, Pump Extreme is similar to Pump Revolution with the length of each track.  The difference?  It is 59 minutes long and it is a tougher workout.  In my opinion, it is the toughest workout of the entire set.  I got through the warm-up, squat track, chest track, and legs and back track just fine.  The triceps and biceps track were a challenge again since this was my second time doing those in the program.  Lunges…LUNGES!!!  As if I was having a hard time getting through lunges, the track is harder than Pump Revolution.  I left the 5 pound plates on this time and pushed through them.  By the time the shoulders track came along, I was so tired.  I kept going and didn’t give up.  The abs track is a little easier than I thought it would.  And finally the cool down was great to get to.  I burned 545 calories in this workout.  I don’t know if I positioned it correctly because it was my first time using a HRM and all.  545 calories is good either way.

After resting for a couple hours, I went to the gym.  I finally put the free 1-year membership that I won from Planet Fitness to use.  I have less than three weeks to my 5K and I need to train everyday to make up for the time I took off from running.  The pain in my foot is still there but when I wear my new shoes, they don’t hurt at all.  It’s strange.  I continued with the training program app and did an interval of walking and running for 30 minutes.  It was a good training session and I burned 300 calories.

Tomorrow is filled with schoolwork, errands, and whatever else is on my list of things to do.  It’ll be a good day off from the weights.  Hard Core Abs and walking for 45 minutes is scheduled.  I’ll most likely substitute the walking for either Combat or Sports Attack.  And of course, I’ll be hitting the gym for more 5K training.

I hope you all had a great start to your week.  If you didn’t, tomorrow is a new day.  Just keep working hard towards your goals for this week or even if it’s long term.  Things always work out just as long as you keep working at it and stay positive.  KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

Les Mills Pump Day 49

Les Mills Workout: Off Day

Sunday Funday? Ha! More like Lazy Sunday for me!  I don’t like to just lay around these days.  I like to stay more active and be busy.  Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of that.  I laid around and watched TV ALL DAY.  I’m very much enjoying these days off from working especially when it’s mixed with an off day from working out.  Today was exactly what I needed to relax and think about the week ahead.  I felt so much better today regardless of the laziness that came with it.  I’d like to think the weather had something to do with my mood over the past few days because it’s been rainy, chilly, and windy.  I was hoping to be able to run today.  With the lovely tornado warnings around the area, going outside did not seem like a good idea lol.  The sun is finally going to come out tomorrow so I’m happy about that.

Tomorrow begins Week 8 of Les Mills Pump.  The second workout of the two longest and toughest DVD’s is scheduled too…Pump Extreme.  I bet I’ll be sore once again on Tuesday.  The last time I’ll be working to Pump and Shred during this round is on Wednesday.  After that, it’s all Pump Revolution, Pump Extreme, Flow, Hard Core Abs, and walking from here.  Of course I’ll most likely substitute my walking for either Combat, Sports Attack, or maybe even Step if I ever get a stepper.  Or just go for a run.  There are only three weeks left before the Hot Chocolate 5K so I’m looking to train almost everyday.  There is minor pain when I move foot around sometimes but it feels like it’s almost healed.  I’m going to finally use the free 1-year membership I won from Planet Fitness back in February.  The weather should not be an excuse to not get a run in.

I only lost two pounds last week.  It’s okay since it’s my goal to lose at least two pounds a week.  I want to turn it up a bit more.  It’s time to push harder, work harder, and really get back on track.

KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

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