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Les Mills Pump Day 59

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump Extreme
Other: Walk/Run Interval – 21 minutes

Did I go to bed for a little bit last night? Nope!  Well, almost.  I was ready to go to bed and I had an idea to make one last gift for my best friend on her Birthday.  As soon as I finished that, I left to run to a couple of stores before I went to her house.  It ended up taking an hour and a half of running around but I made it to her house just in time before she went to work.  I picked up a cup of Starbucks for her (and a Venti for myself because I needed it), bagels and donuts, and a piece of cake with pink candles.  I lit the candles, rang the doorbell, and SURPRISE!  I went straight home when she left for work.  I’m glad the sun came out for my ride home.  The coffee and the Speed Racer drivers kept me very alert.  Why can’t people drive like that during rush hour traffic…don’t they want to get home fast too?  I was afraid the coffee and sun would keep me up.  I covered my eyes and fell asleep for a few hours.  As soon as I woke up, I finally caught up with all of my posts.  I’m sorry for the slow updates over the past few days.  I haven’t been at my computer that much.

The weather was super nice today. It was the nicest day we’ve had since summer ended.  I took advantage of this weather by going out for a run.  Actually, I did 21 minutes of walking and running intervals.  I had to cut it a few minutes short because I had to get ready for dinner.  Running around the neighborhood is definitely tougher than a treadmill.  I felt more out of breath.  I need to keep running outside until my 5K in a week and a half; in nice weather or cold weather.

I went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants with a couple friends that I met in middle school.  The restaurant we went to is where you can make your own stir fry.  I love going to these type of places because you can choose your own ingredients.  And I learned how to pack all of the ingredients well enough so I’m able to eat enough at the restaurant and take the rest home for lunch the next day.  It was a good balance of protein, veggies, and carbs to get me through Pump Extreme tonight.  After dinner, we walked around a bit to talk more and went to Starbucks again haha.  This time I had an iced tea.  It was a nice time catching up.

I worked out to Pump Extreme when I got home.  I always push myself a little more in each workout.  As I progressed through the workout, the tougher it got.  A few times I had beads of sweat coming down my face and into my eyes.  It was like I was crying.  I had few wipes here and there but I didn’t stop.  I’ll have to buy a headband since it’s harder to wipe your face with a barbell in your hands of course.  The lunge track was killer as usual.  The lunge track in Pump Extreme is the hardest track in the entire series in my opinion.  The sweat in my eyes affected my contacts during the abs track.  After the abs track, I had to take the left contact out.  482 calories were burned from Pump Extreme.

I love the track they chose for the cool down at the end of Pump Extreme.  It’s a cover of “Let Me Be Myself” by 3 Doors Down in the workout.  I always find myself listening to the song over and over again after I workout to it.  Lead singer, Brad Arnold, stated that the song “is about just be yourself, without thinking in what the people say.”  I totally agree.  The song is a powerful reminder to not let anyone hold you back and make yourself happy first.  And that’s what I am doing.  It inspires me to keep going so I can be the best version of myself.  This song is true “Kia Kaha song”…a be strong song.

I have decided that I am going to switch up my off day from Sunday to Saturday for this week only.  I have to pack light and I will be leaving my laptop at home for once.  I always bring it with me on trips.  I am leaving Friday night for a 12 hour road trip to Virginia so I’ll be able to get my workout done that day.  Sunday is a scheduled walk for 60 minutes.  When I get home, I figure that I’ll either workout to Combat or head to the gym for more 5K training as soon as it opens up at midnight.  I have lots to accomplish before I leave but I can’t wait for a mini-vacay!


Les Mills Pump Day 57

Les Mills Pump Workout: Pump Revolution
Other: Walk/Run Interval – 28 minutes

Hello Week 9 of Les Mills Pump!  And my last week of Phase 2!  Time to work harder! The only problem was that I woke up early and fell back asleep for a few hours.  I woke up much later.  My sleeping habit is my biggest problem right now.  I went to a restaurant to meet up with a couple friends to watch the Chicago Bears game for Monday Night Football.  Like I said yesterday, I was hoping for the Bears defense to do a miracle for me in order for me to win this week in Fantasy Football.  I didn’t win but it’s okay because the Bears won.  What was not okay was that I didn’t eat healthy during dinner.  Lately, I have been craving bad foods.  I have been getting those cravings out of my system instead of holding back.  If I do, I’ll binge later on when the cravings get worse.  I’ll have to teach myself to enjoy those cravings here and there and space it out.

I went straight to the gym after the game to train for my 5K.  I did more running this time since I was following my 5K training app.  Half-way through, I wanted to quit and I almost did.  I was maybe feeling the effects from the foods that I ate at dinner.  I kept telling myself, don’t quit and I didn’t.  I kept up with the pace too.  I went home to finish my workout with Pump Revolution.  I thought I was supposed to do Pump Extreme but I was looking at the wrong week…Week 8.  I can’t believe it’s already Week 9.  It was a tough workout to get through and again, I didn’t give up.  I only modified during the hover in the abs track.  It was a small modification.  Other than that, it was an awesome workout and I ended with a huge sweat.  I burned 489 calories from it.

I’m going to drink Shakeology for as many meals as I can this week in order to cleanse my system of the bad foods that I ate.  I would love to do the three-day cleanse but it would have to be when I am not working out as hard.  I’m going out of town this weekend to Virginia.  I’ll have to look at the Les Mills Pump schedule for the weekend.  I might need to modify so I don’t have to bring any weights.


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.


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 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 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.