3.20.2013

Trying New Things - WOTDs

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The past week in workouts has been very interesting. Ever since our Engagement Party, my fiance and I have both felt a little lethargic. I think we just needed a week to de-stress, which is crazy because we didn't even plan or host the party. But, I think it was still a big deal to have so many of our favorite people in one place, plus I was working out pretty heavily to pull off my blue dress.

Wednesday
Full Body Weights, 10 Minute Abs, 1 Mile Cooldown Run
My brother visited on Wednesday. He took the train down from the burbs and met me at work, and we went straight to the gym afterward. He's sort of a workout nut, so it was fun to hit the gym together. We did our own thing for full body weights, and then did some ab exercises together before a cardio cooldown.

It was a great workout and I was totally sore the next day. Especially my legs. Yet, my heart rate monitor swore that I'd only burned 224 calories. Really? Argh.



Thursday
Skip
I was a little bit crazy this day. Just a ball of weirdness. So, Thursday night consisted almost exclusively of eating food and watching Harry Potter. I'm not sure if this is #winning or #losing. Whatever. 

Friday
Barre Burn  
After work, I headed over to the gym for a barre burn class. While last week's class was pretty much a total bust because of an obnoxious sub, this week my favorite instructor was back, so it was great.


Saturday
Skip
Saturday was yet another skip day. Did I mention we've been feeling lethargic and uninspired? Yeah. Saturday, we were pretty much just inspired to celebrate St. Patrick's day, so that's what we did. 

Sunday
4 Mile Run, Ab Ripper X
Sunday morning, my fiance and I woke up suddenly inspired to work out together. Finally. We suited up and went on a 4 mile run with the dog. I wore an awesome purple pull over that my future MIL and FIL gave me for Christmas. It has thumb holes and everything. #Winning

 

I generally run on the treadmill, partly because I'm super ADD about working out so I like to be able to watch TV or a movie. Because I run on the treadmill 99% of the time, it's always a bit of an extra challenge to run outside. The ground is less even (hello, crooked sidewalks and sidewalk cracks), and also much harder. So, while we didn't run a particularly far distance, it still felt like a good workout. 

My trusty heartrate monitor told me we burned 435 calories... meanwhile, my fiance burned over a thousand. Ah, the perks of being 6 foot 7.

After the run, I busted out a quick Ab Ripper X session.


Monday
Insanity Pure Cardio (~35 minutes)
15 Minute Abs
Body By Science (Full Body Weights) 
I forgot how much I missed Insanity. It's definitely much harder to do on my own than it used to be doing with my girlfriends but, as long as I really push myself, I'm always drenched in sweat. Also, confession: After hearing so much about it, I finally tried to watch Game of Thrones again. I tried once a few months ago and was too creeped out by the first scene. But, on Monday, I put it on during Insanity and watched as I worked out. It was actually pretty awesome. I think I might be hooked.

Tuesday
6 Mile Run, Stairmaster Sprint
Yep, watched Game of Thrones again. I put the brightness on the screen down as low as it could possibly go, so that any nudity scenes wouldn't be seen by my neighbors at the gym. As it turned out, Game of Thrones managed to keep the nudity to a minimum for a few episodes. Score.

Wednesday
Mercury Method 98 Degree Class
Today, I'm planning to try something totally new. My coworker and I bought a Gilt deal to The Mercury Method, and we're kicking it off with their 6-Days-For-$6, starting today. I'm not planning to do it 6 days in a row, but I am planning to do Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon. Wish me luck.
What's the big deal? It's a workout at 98.6 degrees. If you've ever done Bikram Yoga, you know why this is somewhat terrifying. No matter how hydrated you are, you almost always walk out feeling hungover, simply because you've sweat so much.

I. Am. Freaking. Pumped. --- except that I woke up today feeling like total crap, with swollen glands and a throat ache. We'll see if resting will fix me enough to start the classes... fingers crossed!


GRATEFULNESS...
Dear Body,
I am grateful that you give me cues when I need to rest. I need to a better job listening to you, but nonetheless your whispers are wise indeed!
Love,
Carly


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