Motivation Monday {Week 3}

It’s a new month y’all!  And it’s almost spring a/k/a almost bathing suit season!  Now is as good as a time as any to get motivated and start incorporating some fitness in to your everyday.  We will be leaving for our Disney cruise in about a month and a half so I am going to try and be very disciplined over these next 45 days, mainly for two reasons: (1) I am going to be hanging out in a swim suit for the majority of the time, and (2) I know we will splurge on some serious food and cocktails.  Might as well be as good as I can be until we head out so that I don’t feel the guilt when I imbibe a little;)  Because I certainly will! I am planning to do a juice cleanse the week before we leave.  It was one of my New Year’s resolutions to try a juice cleanse this year anyways, so this is a perfect time.  Get the ole’ body all cleaned out so I can stuff it full again, ha!

I printed off our new group exercise schedule for March and planned out all my classes for the month.  Hopefully I can stick with the majority of the plan, but I know I can improvise if and when things come up, since we know they will.  Oh, and did anyone read that story about the man that did the 5 hour plank?!  Besides the fact that that’s totally insane, I was actually most interested in a part of the article that talked about the effectiveness of planks.  The exercise physiologist mentioned that you really only reap the full benefits of a plank during the first 10 seconds.  After that you start to lose proper form and other parts of your body start doing the work – not just your core.  He said it was actually more effective to do several 10-second planks throughout the day rather than one long plank at once.  So that’s exactly what I have been doing.  Every time after I go to the ladies room, when I walk back in to my office, I drop and do a 10-second plank.  I’m curious to see if this starts paying off.  I’m also curious to see when the day comes that someone looks in my office right when I’m doing this.

Here’s my stats from last week.  I sort of injured my foot early in the week (the story behind this is a doozy…I will have to share later this week), so I had to take it easy on the running.  It’s the one activity that seems to bother my foot.  I was able to do step class, surprisingly, but long runs are not working right now.  I improvised though and still got in some good cardio, including a couple short runs.

Monday 2/29: 15 minutes on treadmill (6.0 mph) (*I didn’t hurt my foot until later that night) and 45 minute sports drill class (the instructor called the workout the “skinny jeans workout” so all I can say is that it involved a lot of leg work!)

Tuesday 3/1: 15 minutes on the stationary bike, 30 minute step class and 15 minutes of ab work

Wednesday 3/2: 15 minutes on the elliptical and 45 minute power yoga class

Thursday 3/3: 15 minutes on the elliptical and 45 minute total body training class (all weights and all upper body)

Friday 3/4: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) and 45 minute sports drill class (lots of tabata style cardio intervals)

Saturday 3/5: 40 minute walk around the neighborhood, and earlier that morning we walked around downtown and along the river with Asher Wade

Sunday 3/6: 15 minute walk outside followed by a 75 minute hot, power yoga class

A good week, even with my injured foot. I missed my runs, but it was kind of nice to do the elliptical and bike for a change of pace. The highs are supposed to be in the 70s this week, so I’m hoping this means more outdoor exercise. My office building is right by the river and there are several options for running routes. It will be nice to take my workouts outside.

What did your exercise look like this past week??

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Out on our Saturday morning walk...beautiful day!

Out on our Saturday morning walk…beautiful day!

Getting our Namaste on;) Asher Wade thinks it's hilarious to do yoga with me. He calls this the "down woof-woof" pose, lol!

Getting our Namaste on;) Asher Wade thinks it’s hilarious to do yoga with me. He calls this the “down woof-woof” pose, lol!

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