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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!

Les Mills Pump Day 48

Les Mills Pump Workout: Walk 60 Minutes/Les Mills Core

I have had my fair share of ups and downs all day today.  I woke up feeling as if I went out drinking late last night and it felt like I was hungover.  Hoping to shake the feeling, I went to the mall with my best friend.  The scheduled workout for today was to walk for 60 minutes.  I walked around the mall for more than 60 minutes.  I felt better here and there but the bad feelings would come back as well.  The rainy weather did not help my mood either.

I had the choice of going out tonight but I didn’t.  It’s as if my mind was flooded with so many thoughts by the time we got back from the mall.  I didn’t want to ruin anyone else’s time so the best thing I could think of doing was to go home.  On top of that, I was so tired.  I immediately hopped into bed and fell asleep for a few hours.  I somewhat felt better when I woke up.  I wasn’t satisfied with the walking earlier so I worked out to Les Mills Core.  I didn’t have much for dinner tonight if you would call it that.  Overall, I ate very well today compared to last night.

I’m hoping to shake this feeling completely when I wake up tomorrow.  I apologize that this entry was random and a downer.  It’s not normal for me to post something like this as I want to make my blog positive and inspirational.  However, I believe days like these are a part of this journey.  Everyone has these days and unfortunately, it’s my time to have it.  Each time I feel this way, I’m able to bounce back stronger.  It’s an off day tomorrow but I think I’m going to go out for a run in the morning just in case I need to clear my mind anymore.  I can’t let one mistake get me down like this.  I can’t let it stop me and I won’t let it any longer.

I just need to remember; KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

Les Mills Pump Day 47

Les Mills Pump Workout: Hard Core Abs & Flow

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

I am going to bed earlier and earlier each night, which is always a good thing.  When I woke up, I still felt a bit tired but not as bad as the the day before.  I spent my day doing homework and other work from my laptop.  I have been putting a dollar in a jar for every workout I complete and everyone pound that I lose since I started Les Mills Pump.  I have been wanting to buy a heart rate monitor and I more than enough money in the jar to finally buy one.  I found a great deal on eBay for an unopened Polar FT7 heart rate monitor.  I should arrive by October 18th at the latest.  I can’t wait to start using it in my workouts!

I took a break with a workout to Hard Core Abs and Flow.  It was kind of a recovery day I guess.  I went to finally pick up my Mom’s Birthday present after all of that.  My Dad and I split her present…a Keurig brewing system.  She has been wanting one and it’s the least I can do after all that she has done for me.  I want to make my Mom as happy as I can.  It’s taken me a long time to finally appreciate the ones that love you the most.  Life is too short so spend time with the ones who treat you right and tell them how much you love them.  You never know what tomorrow brings.

We went out for dinner to a restaurant of her choice.  It was a Chinese/Japanese buffet of course.  At the price for each person, it was amazing to see the very small selection of healthy choices they had.  Even though my Mom says differently, I think I ate so bad.  She said I didn’t eat as much compared to the way I used to eat.  Either way, I feel extremely guilty right now.  I don’t like this feeling.  What is also upsetting to me is how restaurants can keep serving bad foods and people keep eating it up.  There is still no excuse for me eating like crap.  My self discipline with food is one major area I have trouble in.  It’s as if I have no choice when it comes to going to a restaurant with barely any healthy options.  I do though.  It’s a learning experience each time I eat like this.  I have to remember that it took me YEARS to get where I am and it is a challenge to get to my goal weight.  Each time I fail, it does not mean I am giving up.  It is just a small bump in the road.  I have to work harder.  Tomorrow is a new day.

KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!