Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Biggest Loser, Week 7

No weigh-in today since I stayed home from work to attend a funeral. So, we'll have to see what the scale says next week. I'm not too hopeful I did very well this past week, though. I didn't exercise at all on Sunday and only did a short workout Saturday... and I fell back into drinking some pop on Saturday and Sunday, as well. Not good. I can totally tell just by looking at my tummy, too. Pop makes it so bloated, I've figured that out now. I don't know why I even drank the stuff - all it does it make me feel crummy... both for giving in to the temptation and it really makes my tummy all unsettled and upsets my intestines majorly. I guess its just a vice that I turn to when I'm super stressed and sad. Any pointers on how to turn that vice into working out?? :) At least I don't eat more when I'm stressed out, I guess.

I am really trying to get back up on the bandwagon again this week. I did fairly well yesterday - 20 minutes of pilates, the 30-Day Shred (Level 1), and 10 minutes on the bike. Today I did 20 minutes of kettlebells, 10 minutes on the bike, and I'm planning to do power yoga this evening still. I'm not really sticking with the schedule I posted last week yet since I haven't started the 5K training. But we're picking up the new treadmill tomorrow night, so I'll be able to get started! I'm super excited about that and I can't wait to get started! I am planning to sign up for both the May 2nd and June 9th 5K races this week sometime... the only reason I haven't signed up yet is because I don't know what size t-shirt to order. I know that seems silly, but I don't want it to be too tight and I don't want it to be overly huge, either. So I still haven't really figured out what I'm going to order, but I need to make the commitment to the races and get signed up.

This week's tip is something I've known for ages, but I think it is often overlooked. It is something that is stressed in the 60-Day Kettlebell Challenge and I think it's great to remember... Train at different intensities every day. If you train at 100% today, don't do it tomorrow. For the 60-day challenge, the 7-day pattern seems to be 100%, 70%, 50%, 100%, 70%, 50%, Rest... and the pattern repeats. On the 50% days, we actually do not do kettlebells, rather we focus on other forms of strength training, joint mobility, and recreational exercise. Its really a good way to train. You will actually make greater gains in the long run, if you cycle the intensity of your workouts. This helps to avoid overuse injuries, eliminate monotony, and constantly changes training routines up (which is a major bonus for me, since I have a hard time keeping focus when I'm bored).

1 comment:

The Voogts said...

Good pointer!! I am sooo guilty of doing the same thing every day. I don't like feeling like I'm doing less than I did the day before. It's totally a mental thing for me. Maybe I'll have to try switching things up a bit and see what happens. Maybe use the extra time on lower intensity days to try something new or do some stretching.