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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cross - Check!

During my half marathon training, I religiously ran 4 days a week (up until the very end). Since then I have dropped the fourth day but continue to run three days a week, as well as hike one day a week. What I haven't done in a really, really, REALLY long time is any sort of cross training. It's been nagging at me for awhile, especially since my jiggly parts seem to be hanging on so frustratingly fiercely. I no longer belong to the gym, I haven't coughed up the money for a bike yet, and I have not felt very motivated to do anything else...

Until tonight! Since my house is currently in a state of chaos and mess (I live with three mini tornadoes) and no one but me seems to like PB&J and there wasn't much else in the fridge, I took the kids to Panera. I was very good and got the Asian Chicken Salad (half), but then I ended up eating the leftover bits of E's cinnamon crunch bagel (topped with honey walnut cream cheese, of course) because HELLO! Is there anything better?

I was feeling pretty guilty when we got home, but surprisingly, not dead ass tired like I usually am. On running days, I have to come home, change immediately, and get out the door - if I sit down, I do not get back up. So, I decided to take advantage of the energy burst and throw in a video that I bought months (and months) ago that I have yet to try...

Awhile back I got her book and was very excited to try her plan, but I discovered that "cheat meals" do not work for me...they lead to cheat days, then cheat weekends, and then before you know it I'm halfway through a full on cheat week. But while I was reading the book, I decided to order one of her workout videos from Amazon, and this one has several 15 minute targeted workouts, as well as a 40 minute full body workout. That is one thing I liked about 30 Day Shred - a lot of workout packed into short amount of time, so I could do it in the morning back when I had (sort of) mastered the art of dragging my ass out of bed before punching the snooze button eleventy thousand times!

Tonight I decided to start with the 15 minute upper body workout - since tomorrow is a running day, I didn't want to kill my legs. I did the workout with 5 pound weights, and it was not too bad. There are three sets of exercises for different parts of the upper body - each set is comprised of three different exercises, and then a "power burn" which incorporates all three. I definitely felt the burn, but I may have to bump up the weights after awhile.

Since that workout did not leave me on the floor writhing in agony, I decided to try another 15 minute circuit and chose abs. My abs have not been called into action in, um, nearly a year I'm guessing? There is a lot of jiggle going on there! This one definitely had me panting and whining, which provided some serious entertainment for teen #2. E, on the other hand, decided she was going to alternate between working out with me and being my "trainer." I seriously think Santa is going to bring that one a yoga mat and some 1 lb weights!

Overall I got in a good, sweaty 30 minute workout (including two warm-ups & cool-downs). I could definitely see squeezing in a circuit or two in the morning before work without having to get up too TOO much earlier, so I'm going to work on that for next week. It felt really good to get in a workout other than running...now I just have to stick with it!

And can I just say...does Jackie have some sick abs or what? After three kids and years of yo-yo dieting, I don't expect to ever have any kind of "pack" going on, but it sure is inspirational! I get bored with the "same 'ol same 'ol" so if you are the same way and looking for a workout video to break up the monotony, I highly recommend this one! 

Now it's time to hit the hay so I can get up and do it again tomorrow morning! Wish me luck...

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