Fit2B Inspired (Again): Week 6

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This was a great week. The longer workouts did make it more difficult to fit everything in, but I was definitely feeling up to the challenge strength wise. I’m excited to finally see concrete progress and I look forward to seeing where I can go from here.

 

Step & Pivot Around the World

I continually find that the step aerobic routines are some of the best cardio I can get on Fit2B and this workout is no exception. It adding fun new elements to step aerobics and is definitely more complicated than Basic Step. I found myself on the wrong leg more often than not, but I kept going anyway and got a great workout.

 

 

Kettle Bell II

This is the first time I’ve been able to complete this workout almost as written using my actual 15 lb Kettle bell. I did have to substitute my heavier hand weights for the shoulder stars. (This is a combination of the fact that 15 lbs is a little bit too heavy and that my kettle bells is especially large and awkward, even for its weight.) But other than that, it definitely had me sweating but I was able to finish it without injuring myself.

 

 

Tabata Kick and Squat

This workout is quite long but not unreasonably difficult. This workout incorporates wonderful aspects of kickboxing within the framework of Tabata. The beauty of Tabata is the built in rests. This allows for a longer and more difficult workout without constant motion. This may be one of the longer workouts on the entire site, but is still quite doable.

 

 

Basic Step with Weights

I was wise enough to do this with my lighter weights, because this was quite a workout. I really enjoy step aerobics (at least Beth’s version of it) and the addition of the weights gives this workout exactly what I need to get my heart pumping but still give my muscles enough resistance. I can’t wait to come back to this with heavier weights.

 

 

Peaceful Blend

This workouts is long but also slow and sustained. This means that it feels even longer than it actually is. That may sound like a bad thing, but I would argue that depends on what you are looking for. This workout is slow moving but yet still taxing on the body. If you are willing to invest the forty minutes I think you will find that this will provide a good opportunity to strengthen your whole body but while still leaving you feeling calm rather than amped up afterward.

 

 

Simply Stretching

I am really enjoying devoting one day a week just to stretching. This has been a hard thing for me to prioritize. When I have time to exercise, I want to make sure I’m burning serious calories and seeing a real benefit. But I’m noticing a positive benefit to regular stretching too. While I overall feel more energetic when I do cardio or weights, when I strength I feel more relaxed and controlled in my thoughts and emotions. It helps me decompress at the end of a long stressful day. Simply Stretching is longer than I would typically devote to stretching but the benefit was definitely worthwhile.

 

 

It’s the end of Week 6 and it’s safe to say that I feel inspired. I’m starting to see a slight change in my separation, my strength is increasing and I’ve even seen a small drop on the scale. (I’m sure that is partly influenced by my recent prioritization of healthy eating habits as well). Instead of dreading exercise, I am mostly looking forward to it. I’m still not succeeding at getting up early, but I am managing to fit it in most days. I’m excited to keep getting stronger to keep up with my family and be able to do the things I need to do in life. That’s pretty much what Fit2B is about for me. Yes, I want to be healthy, of course I’d like to look good. But mostly I need to be strong enough to live the life I want and right now, I feel like I’m on the right track.

 

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Fit2B Inspired (Again): Week 5

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How is it already Week 5? It’s amazing to realize that I have been consistently exercising 5-6 days a week for more than a month.  I’ve made quite a lot of progress but I’m still not where I want to be. I can now use my 6 lb dumb bells more comfortably and my core is definitely feeling stronger. I’m resisting the urge to check my DR until I’m completely finished with my six week schedule to give myself the most accurate read.  This week had a few longer workouts, so I had to be very intentional about making exercise a part of my day.

 

 

Ankles and Upper Body / Basic Aerobics III

This is such a solid combination. Ankles and Upper body is short but effective and Basic Aerobics III is great way to fit some solid cardio into a such a short time. I like how easy it is to squeeze these two into my day.

 

 

Tabata Ball

This workout really got me sweating, huffing and puffing today. It doesn’t look difficult but if you are really using a weighted ball (rather than some of the lighter alternatives that Beth suggests) you will definitely be feeling it.

 

 

Walking Workouts / Squat Challenge 

This was quite a combo. I did the Walking Workout first and added some light weights for a bit more difficulty. The Squat Challenge was definitely better second but I was pretty tired and had trouble getting all the way through it. We’ve started pushing up against my maximum length workout. I’m just not the kind of girl who works out for an hour (or even 45 minutes) every day. I do better with short consistency. So while this was a good workout, I did come up against diminishing returns by the end.

 

 

Weight Lifting 101

This was my first time ever trying this, it was a longer workout but I enjoyed the more formal weight lifting nature of the workout. It definitely had me sweating. I thought I was going to attempt Weight lifting 201 next week, but I’ve concluded that I need to focus on this workout for a while longer to let myself build more strength.

 

 

Rockin Yoga and Pilates

While I love that this workout uses toys instead of traditional fitness equipment, this time I decided to use a couple of dumb bells to make this a heavier duty workout. It is exactly as it sounds, a higher intensity and faster moving Pilates and yoga blend.

 

 

PMS Routine

Not just for when you have PMS, this is a great stretching routine to do any time. The gentle poses and movements are perfect for whenever you need to help relieve excess tension. I did this at the end of an especially stressful weekend and it was exactly what I needed. It was relaxing but I also felt energized afterwards.

 

Only one more week to go! I know the next one is going to be a doozy but I’m still excited. I’m finally feeling stronger. I still have a long way to go to where I want to be. Honestly, this is usually where I plateau. The real question I keep asking myself is can I really keep this momentum going and finally take things to the next level?

Next up: Week 6

 

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Fit2B Inspired (Again)

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Things have been rather stressful around here lately, but exercise is one of my usual tools for self-care. I’ve been trying to make it non-negotiable, but it’s still been a struggle.

I don’t feel quite ready to move on to the Challenging pathway since my DR is not entirely healed but I still want to keep building strength and stamina. So that means, yet again, I’ll be creating my own workout routine. I always do better if I have a set plan than if I wing it. Fit2B is a great site and it has literally over hundred workouts. Without a plan, I’d spend too much time debating and not enough actually working out.

Honestly, I usually love exercise. But lately it has been hard. The kids always seem to be underfoot and I’m constantly interrupted. It has been very hot and even though we sometimes use our air conditioning, it still saps my energy. I’ve also been feeling generally icky and a bit under the weather. I know that exercise is supposed to help but sometimes I feel like I’m doing it in the sleep. So I had to ask myself what I was was looking for.

While I wouldn’t mind losing a bit of weight, my main goal is to focus on strength. My toddler is getting heavier and sometimes I still have to pick up or restrain my five year old. My body just isn’t up for it. I’ve been discouraged that my strength hasn’t increased the way I thought it would have by now. I always seem to hit this wall that I can’t seem to progress past.

 

My plan

 

Cardio (2 X a week)

This means favorite workouts like Basic Aerobics III and some longer ones like Tummysafe Kickboxing.

 

Strength Training (2 X a week)

This will often mean weights, but not always. Big (Little) Band workout works for this, but so does Weightlifting 101 and Weighted Warriors. I’m going to try mix and match a bit.

 

Full Body Workout

What you define as full body is relative. Honestly, most of these workouts are full body. My favorites in this category are 21 Tone Up and Kelly Dean’s Full Body Workout. But you could also do any of the pilates or yoga workouts as well.

 

Stretching

I have been neglecting my stretching and really noticing tightness in my hamstrings and hips along with pain in my SI joint. So I wanted to make sure it was a regular part of my week. I look forward to trying out Restorative Poses III, which I haven’t done before, as well as old favorites like Simply Stretching.

I’m shooting for 20-30 minute workouts, maybe longer once I get going. I really want to push myself with some of the harder ones but it is so difficult to find time for the longer workouts. I like the short and sweet ones and if you are short on time, check out my Fit2B Quick series.

I just know that I have to keep going. I don’t want to give up. It’s frustrating to have these limits I can’t yet overcome. But I’m hoping that if I’m consistent, I’ll be able to see progress.

 

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