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Les Mills Pump Day 40

Les Mills Pump Workout: Combat

Another pound down this week!  I have lost 12 pounds since beginning Les Mills Pump on August 27th!  It’s always a great feeling to lose a pound and it helps keep me going since I have a ways to go.  Gotta love it when weight loss is done the right way-by eating healthy and exercising.  You don’t crave bad foods when you eat healthy foods.  Well last night was an exception because I don’t know why I wanted to eat unhealthy.  It happens here and there.

Do you know that feeling when you are so comfortable and warm in your bed and you don’t want to move especially since it’s cold outside?  Yup, I felt that way during the first part of my day.  It is nice to know that you don’t have to go anywhere and you can just relax.  I finally got out of bed to finish my homework that was due tonight.  As soon as I finished it, I took a break by working out to Combat.  Because it’s cold outside, my room is cold too.  Working out to Combat was the perfect way to warm up.  Not only did I warm up, but I was covered in sweat at the end.  My form is almost there and I am able to anticipate the next round of moves.  My foot is feeling much better today but I took one more day off to rest it.  I’m looking to resume my 5K training early tomorrow morning.

Have a great weekend and KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!


Les Mills Pump Day 39

Les Mills Pump Workout: Hard Core Abs & Flow

Oh boy, I could not go to bed last night. I was laying in bed and went to bed much later than I wanted to.  I spent the first part of my day doing homework and relaxing.  I worked out to Hard Core Abs and Flow earlier this afternoon as well.  It’s nice to get a workout done during the day.  Now that I have more free time in the next few weeks, I’ll work on getting my workouts done as early as I can.  I love the fact that no matter how many times I do abs, I can still feel a huge burn.  All of the ab workouts in Les Mills Pump has made my stomach area the smallest that it has been.  Flow is getting easier to do and I’m starting to enjoy the stretching more.  I’m always trying to take it a little further in my stretching each time I do Flow.  I was being careful with my right foot during my workouts.  I can feel the dull pain in my foot and I decided to take an extra day off from running even though I’ve only trained once so far.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to go for a run tomorrow.

After my workouts, I got ready and went to my best friend’s house for a super healthy and delicious dinner and to watch my favorite show…Glee. Yup, I’m a huge Gleek lol.  It was the most emotional and might be the best episode yet. I say it every time I watch “the best episode” but this one really was.  I’m still emotional up to now and it’s just a show haha.  Anyways, after that I headed downtown to see the midnight showing of Taken 2 (well at 10pm) and as usual my commute wasn’t easy.  I arrived late but I didn’t miss too much at least.  I was super hungry once I got out of the movie.  I felt like eating something unhealthy for some reason.  I did not give in and I ate a banana that I had in my purse.  Always gotta have some snacks on you at all times just in case.  Eating the banana and drinking water helped me get over being hungry.

I have dedicated my entire Friday to finishing my homework.  Let’s hope I don’t go crazy by the end of the night.  I’ll take a much needed break with my workout to Les Mills Pump : )


Les Mills Pump Day 38

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump and Shred

I need to hire someone to wake me up in the morning…FOR REAL!  I set my alarm to wake up early to run and get my workout done before work.  I pressed snooze at least 20 times. No joke! I just need to keep trying with my sleeping habits.  I’m not giving up on it.  I finally woke up and headed to my final day at work for the season.  The rain stopped by the time I work, I was in a great mood, and I had a better sales day.  A few co-workers and I hung out for a bit afterwards.  I celebrated the wrong way by eating bad for dinner.  I had a sick feeling afterwards and I’m actually feeling it up until now.  When you eat bad after eating healthy for a while, your body doesn’t respond well.  I’m not giving in like that again.  Either way it was a good time and I couldn’t have imagined a better ending to a long work season.  I’ll have a lot of free time for the next few weeks until my next job starts up.  I’ll be using that time to work on school, my business, and more personal development especially my health and fitness.

I was taking my time in doing my workout as soon as I got home.  There has been a lingering dull pain around the area under on the top of my right foot.  Of course, me being paranoid when it comes to health problems, I did a search on it.  I might have a small stress fracture.  The top of my foot by the pain looks a little swollen and I can feel it when I flex my foot.  I think it started on Monday while I was doing my lunges and running the other day might’ve played a role in it too.  It could all be from the shoes I use which are Vibram FiveFinger KSO’s…aka barefoot shoes.  Maybe not because they’re used for running.  Either way, I’m getting new shoes since they are over a year old.

I worked out to Pump and Shred tonight.  I don’t know if an Ace knitted ankle brace would help but I wore it just in case.  I stuck with the 5 pound plates during the warm up, squat track, and chest track.  I also stuck with the 10 pound plates during the legs and back track.  When it came to the legs track, I worked with the barbell instead of the 5 pound plates.  I wanted to make sure I was not going to injure myself any further if it happened while I was doing lunges on Monday.  The entire workout went smoothly.

Depending on how my foot feels tomorrow morning, I’ll try to do more of my 5K training.  For the rest of the night, I’ll be taking care with it.


Les Mills Pump Day 37

Les Mills Pump Workout: Hard Core Abs
Other: Walk/Run – 25 minutes

I started off my Tuesday with a run…well sort of.  I began my training for the Hot Chocolate 5K here in Chicago next month.  I downloaded an app with the best reviews to help me train for it.  It’s called 5K runner and it’s designed to help you go from zero to 5K in 8 weeks.  It has you run for 35 minutes at the most, 3 times a week.  Since the 5K is in less an 8 weeks, I will catch up by running a couple more times this week and next week until I catch up on the week that I’m supposed to be on.  It’s probably not recommended but I think my cardio is pretty good by now.  It has you alternate walks and runs as it starts easy and slowly increases the runs.  I did it for a total of 25 minutes.  So far it’s a great app because I can play my music in the background and it will fade out when the audio coach tells you to walk or run.  I still need to download a GPS to track my runs.  I did well for my first time out and I went around my neighborhood.  Time went by a lot faster than I had expected which is always a good thing since I am not a runner at all.  Who knows…maybe by the time I get finished with my training, I will be.

Once I finished, I got ready and went to work.  I was stationary again tonight so I’m glad I got some running and walking in earlier.  Work went by fast too.  I worked out to Hard Core Abs when I got home.  I’m still feeling the burns when it comes to the cross crawls.  At least I know it’s working because my midsection has gotten smaller.  I had to continue modifying in plank.  Another 10 pounds and I won’t have to.  Surprisingly the side planks are getting much easier to do.  Of course when I got into full stack, I wobbled a bit.  It was a great workout to end my night.

Another late night but yet, it’s earlier than I have been going to bed lately.  My sleeping habits is one thing I have been working on.  I want to be able to wake up early to workout and run first thing in the morning.  I’m looking to do that tomorrow before work.  Time to get to bed and set a hundred alarms haha.


Les Mills Pump Day 36

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump and Shred

Phase 2 of Les Mills Pump begins today!!!  I weighed myself this morning and I am down another pound!  That’s 11 pounds since beginning Les Mills Pump on August 27th.  I’m almost to my lowest weight in years again.  I know I can reach it by the end of this week.  Or I might even pass it which would be even better.

I went back to work after having five days off.  It went by quick and smoothly.  I didn’t do any walking because I had to stay at our kiosk and I’ll be there again tomorrow.  I worked out to Pump and Shred as soon as I got home.  I used the 10 pound plates during the Legs and Back track and I’ll stick with it from now on.  I do not enjoy push ups at all and I still have to stay on my knees because I’m not strong enough to do them yet.  And let alone doing them in intervals where The Rep Effect comes into play.  Of course, my least favorite track was the Legs track.  I dread doing lunges but they do shape the legs in one of the best ways.  As usual I was a sweating like a pig by the en.  Gotta love the sweat because it means you worked hard.

I pre-ordered Les Mills Combat today!  I’m super excited to get it when it arrives on December 24th!  It will be a Christmas present to myself.  I expect to finish Les Mills Pump by November 25th so I will do the 30-Day Les Mills Pump Ultimate Cross Training Hybrid Calendar after that.  It’ll be perfect timing because I decided to do Les Mills Combat once I receive it.  I don’t care if there’s Thanksgiving, my Birthday in December, Christmas, and New Years…I won’t overindulge and gain that Holiday weight.  I have worked too hard to gain it all back again.  If you would like to join me with Les Mills Combat, shoot me an email!  I am creating a separate post and page on info on how you can pre-order your own copy as well.

Time to get to bed and stop waking up late.  I need to learn how to get to bed earlier again.  I am going to start training for the Hot Chocolate 5K first thing tomorrow after I wake up.  It’s time to learn how to love running.


Les Mills Pump Day 35

Les Mills Pump Workout: Off Day

Hello hello!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I am glad today was an off day from both working out and work.  It was a nice change.  I pretty much spent my day watching football and hanging out at my best friend’s house.  Today officially ends Phase 1 of Les Mills Pump for me and I begin Phase 2 tomorrow.  I can’t wait to incorporate Pump Revolution and Extreme next month!  This month sure went by fast.  Before I know it, I’ll be done with Les Mills Pump and onto Les Mills Combat…which I am pre-ordering tomorrow by the way.  I have decided that Les Mills Combat is my next program.  If there is anyone that would like to join me as I continue my weight loss journey in December, shoot me an email for more details.

Even though I’m starting Phase 2 tomorrow, I’m actually starting different phase in my life as well.  I am going to be on a break from working until the end of October since my jobs are seasonal.  I plan on finding another job for the Holidays too.  In the meantime I’m going to continue on improving myself when it comes to my health (of course), school, my business, and just overall personal development.  Different parts in my journey of being the best version of myself keeps growing.  It’s a scary feeling but I’m ready to challenge myself even more. It’s my time : )


Les Mills Pump Day 34

Les Mills Workout: Combat & Hard Core Abs

Ahhh…staying up late was not a good idea.  I could not get up and I wasn’t able to to my workout in first thing in the morning.  I got ready and went to the Team Beachbody Chicago Super Saturday event.  The special guests were CEO and founder of Beachbody, Carl Daikeler, and Regional Director, Arnauld Nakaha.  It was amazing to be a part of an event with 400 other Beachbody Coaches who have committed to get people healthy and fit and to end the trend of obesity.  I am helping to end the trend by starting with myself and I want to be able to help others do the same.  It’s always great to listen to Carl and Arnauld speak.  There were exciting announcements and new workout programs coming soon out from Beachbody.  So for my readers that are not with Beachbody and are interested in learning more, keep checking back on my site or contact me for more details!

Speaking of new programs, pre-orders start for Les Mills Combat this Monday, October 1st!  I definitely plan on ordering it and I’ll post a separate entry tomorrow with details on how you can pre-order before everyone else can.  In honor of the pre-release, I went ahead and did Combat in addition to Hard Core Abs in my workout tonight.  It’s 45 minutes long with tons of moves so I have improved in getting the moves down.  I love how much energy the trainers have throughout the workout and it helps keep me going because I was getting super tired.  They are the same trainers who take the lead in Les Mills Combat.  I was covered in sweat at the end of Combat.  I went straight into Hard Core Abs.  I swear the burn gets more intense as I do abs which is always a great sign.

I am looking very forward to a day off from working out AND work!  It’s been a couple weeks since I have been off from both.  Tomorrow also marks the end of Phase 1 of Les Mills Pump so I will be taking my measurements and pictures of my progress.


Les Mills Pump Day 33

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump and Shred

TGIF!  I spent most of my day and night doing things from home including homework.  I am still trying to get in the habit of doing schoolwork since I was out of school for a while.  I especially need to work on completing the bulk of my homework ahead of time.  I finished my homework late and afterwards, my brain was worn out and I was ready for bed.  There was one more thing I needed to do before bed though.  I needed to get my workout done.

My mind was telling me to just go to bed.  I am a bit sore from working out to Insanity last night…most particularly in my upper back.  There was no way I would skip a scheduled workout.  I would regret not getting my workout in.  I worked out to Pump and Shred for the second time.  I powered through the warm up and even the Squat Track.  Squats and Bottom Halves are getting easier as I do them.  I have no problem at all with performing moves in the Chest Track either.  Executing moves with my arms are definitely easier than my legs.  I love doing the Clean and Press along with Deadlifts and Dead Rows in the Legs and Back Track.  The Clean and Press has become one of my favorite moves.  I decided to challenge myself by going back to the 10 pound plates on the barbell.  I have gotten stronger since the last time I tried the 10 pound plates.  It was still a challenge but I had fun with it.

Following that track was the Legs Track aka crazy lunges.  I mentioned earlier this week that I would do the lunges with the barbell only.  I had difficulty the last time and took a few breaks.  I am proud to say that I kept the 5 pound plates on and kept up the whole time.  There were a few times that I wanted to shake my legs out.  I was shaking and of course it was getting harder on my legs but I kept going.  The only way I can get stronger is if I keep going and work through the burn.  In the Shoulders Track, I modified the pushups and even that was hard with the different counts.  It’ll get easier to do pushups as I lose more weight.  I was dripping in sweat at the end of that track.  Trying to get my shoulder across to my knee in the Abs Track is a killer each time and it’s always a great feeling after I do abs.

I am definitely going to sleep well tonight and tomorrow I’ll be heading to the Team Beachbody Chicago Super Saturday event where Carl Daikeler, CEO/Founder of Beachbody, will be the special guest.  It will be a good day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend and as always, KIA KAHA…BE STRONG!

Les Mills Pump Day 32

Les Mills Pump Workout: Hard Core Abs & Flow
Insanity Workout: Max Interval Circuit

It was another day off relaxing and also getting some small things done from home.  I woke up early but went back to bed.  I woke up a lot later than I wanted to the second time.  I weighed myself when I was finally up and I lost another 2 pounds!  10 pounds total since August 27th!  I am very close to where I was at the end of my second round of Insanity and the lowest weight that I have been at in years.  I think I’ll be able to get to it by the end of the week.  Yes it’s almost the end of the week but after all the workouts I have done today, it’s possible.

I worked out to Hard Core Abs and Flow this afternoon.  I found it a bit harder while working out to Hard Core Abs.  I’m not sure if it’s because I might be a little sore.  I did more than I did the last time I worked out to Hard Core Abs by trying not to modify as much in plank position.  Following that workout, I took on a challenge that one of the group members posted.  It was to see how long one can stand next to a wall in the squat position.  My time was 2 minutes and 1 second.  That was definitely not easy and as much as my legs were shaking and burning, I held out as long as I could.  I had to take a minute after I was done to recover.  I wouldn’t have been able to hold out so long if it weren’t for Les Mills Pump and their squats galore lol.  I’m sure I’ll be able to go longer as I lose more weight and get stronger.  I then worked out to Flow which was relaxing as usual.  My exercise for the day was not complete.  We worked out to Insanity’s Max Interval Circuit at Fit Club tonight.  I haven’t done any month two Insanity videos since June.  I was out of breath a bunch of times but I kept up as best as I could.  I was definitely doing Child’s Pose a few times throughout my workout.  At the end, I was sweating hardcore.  Clearly my endurance needs to be worked on.

I need to work on my endurance to not only be able to keep up whenever I workout to Insanity, but because I signed up for my first ever 5K race.  I will be doing the Hot Chocolate 5K in Chicago on November 4th.  I have been wanting to participate in a 5K race for some time now.  What a better way to run in my first one with chocolate being the main focus haha.  I won’t splurge too much and at least it’ll be early on a Sunday so it’s like a cheat day.  I am not a runner at all so I will have to start training tomorrow.  I am also raising funds before the race for Ronald McDonald House Charities® Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.  To learn more about their cause or to make a donation, please visit https://ramracing.racebx.com/fundraising/view/5064b246-9fa4-4613-8905-362cc0a86524.  Any amount will greatly be appreciated!  Thanks!


Les Mills Pump Day 31

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump and Burn & Les Mills Core

Heck yeah for finally having an off day from work!  I wanted to sleep in just a little bit this morning and I woke up early.  How does that happen?  I’ll be honest, during the first part of my day I did a whole lot of nothing…laying around and watching movies.  It’s been a while since I actually did that.  I decided in the late afternoon to get started on some schoolwork and Beachbody stuff.  I also went ahead and counted the number of workouts that I have completed since I started Les Mills Pump.  I have completed a total of 36 workouts including the workouts from tonight.  I am going to put a dollar in a jar for every workout I complete along with each pound I lose.  I have already started putting money in a jar before I counted so now I have to update the amount in it.  Once I reach a certain amount, I will buy a Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, or something similar.

I worked out to Pump and Burn tonight.  After I finished, I thought I would throw in a second workout to Les Mills Core.  I tried to not modify as much as I can while in plank doing the specific moves.  I for sure did a lot more than the last time.  I haven’t decided if I love or hate Cross Crawls.  Either way, I feel the huge burn and it’ll be worth it.  Throughout both workouts I was sweating a lot more than usual…and I loved every little bit of it : )