Whenever I ask my husband if he wants the good news or the bad news, he ALWAYS chooses bad news first. So, let's start with the "not so much fun" first.
Yesterday was "Jacked Up Thursday." My cardio/HIIT workout was as follows:
30 seconds jumping jacks
15 seconds plank jacks
30 seconds jumping jacks
30 seconds rest
Repeat 5 times
It is during the cardio workouts that I really feel what poor physical shape I am in. This workout didn't sound like much, but it wrecked me. To be fair, maybe it wasn't all on this particular workout. Wednesday, I did an intense ab workout, by Thursday afternoon my ab muscles really began to complain about the prior day's treatment. You know the soreness...it is uncomfortable, but it does feel a bit like a badge of honor for the workout you did. However, when your abs are already sore the extra (I don't know how to put this delicately) let's call it ."flab" flopping around creates a much more painful jumping jack situation. I was probably 15 seconds in when I realized I was in serious trouble.
Sorry there are no pictures of the "plank jacks" - there was a wardrobe malfunction and no one needs to see my hiney peeking out. Anyway, plank jacks are done in the plank position. Then hop your feet out to the sides and back in (like horizontal jumping jacks). They were hard and my toes kept slipping on the wood floor. Maybe it would have been better on carpet. I did my best, but it was not pretty.
It turns out sometimes I get mad when I am working out and I vent. My poor trainer might need earplugs. Full disclosure - there was a post workout pity party complete with tears. Strength training makes me feel more empowered and cardio makes me feel like a failure because I am so out of shape. Gasping for breath and feeling every part of me jiggle seriously makes me feel bad about myself. I know it is a phase that I am going to have to power through and I will, but this is where I am with it at the moment.
What I really need is a way to improve my cardio without really doing cardio....let's see what my trainer has to say about that. Ha!
This morning was one of those fun workouts. A couple ladies from my fitness friends group decided to "meet" for an early (5a!) walk. My walking buddies were fellow bloggers Desiree and Meg. Louisiana, Michigan and Illinois represented. Heat and humidity represented. We started up a group text and away we went. My husband got me set up to voice text which definitely helped.
First a pre-workout selfie. Ninety percent of selfies I take have a glasses and no glasses version. With glasses or without?
I almost ended a blog post without any food pictures...gasp! These two pics pretty much sum it up - repeats. For some reason the kale I bought this week does not wilt down much. Basically looks like I am having a breakfast salad...not necessarily a bad thing.
On a final note: I am SUPER proud of my husband. He just finished a 3 month exercise program - it is some seriously intense HIIT and strength training workouts. This morning he did the "final exam." He had to do the following in less than 25 minutes to pass: 10 push-up burpees, 10 dumbbell squats, 10 inverted rows and 10 Russian v-up twists - repeated 12 times!!! He finished in 18 minutes 46 seconds!! I can't even begin to fathom that. I am ridiculously proud of that guy. For his celebration dinner he has requested homemade pizza. Let the pizza grilling begin :)
I am so ready for the weekend...what do you have planned?