Fit Test #2 complete

I watched the sun rise this morning through the window while destroying a set of squat jacks—58 compared to 35 from my first fit test.

My second Insanity fit test went from “about the same” to “much better” than my first.

Wait, wait, wait, you say. I should have done that last week?

 

Well, I should have considering I finished Week #1 June 27, but I did a poor job of Week #2. I made my 5 a.m. workouts Monday and Tuesday, but I failed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

So I redid Week #2 last week and started Week #3 this week…

It’s all very exhausting.

But I did really well!Untitled

 

Except for power jumps, which are the most demeaning exercise known to fitness.

Power jumps are worse than burpees.

My fit test went well, but my weight and my waist haven’t moved a pound or an inch. Bah.

I also gave up on keeping a food journal—I’m just awful at it. I don’t have time to write anything down after breakfast or lunch, both of which I have a work, and, when dinner rolls around, why should I bother?

Again, bah.

Whatever.

I did 21 more power knees.

Go me.

Screw you food journal.

And power jumps.

Week #1. Done.

Finished Insanity Week #1!

Insanity (1)

Insanity (2)

Insanity (3)

skinnyshae (60)

skinnyshae (61)

Learnings:

  • 5 a.m. wake-up calls are not as awful as I thought (except Tuesday).
  • I get sleepy around 4 p.m., and I am grumpy until sleeping happens again.
  • I drink less coffee.
  • I am hungry all the time.
  • I am sore everywhere all the time.
  • Eyes can sweat. Fact.
  • Eye sweat makes your glasses fall off during push-ups.
  • Second-day hair is not possible when you’re doing Insanity.
  • Cardio Power and Resistance is quite possibly the worst ever.

I gained two pounds. I hope both were muscle. Fingers crossed.

On Sunday, my rest day, I woke up feeling antsy. I didn’t know what to do with myself so I did 30 minutes of stretching and took a 20-minute walk with the husband and the dog.

Feeling less antsy, but I think waking up early every day and working out is messing with my “sleeping in” schedule.

Rude.

The definition of insanity

in•san•i•ty

noun

“extreme foolishness or irrationality”

I cancelled my gym membership in May because I never went. I turned a room in my house into a a room where workouts happen. I gained weight.

Nonsense.

I decided to change my strategy to something a little more insane.

Insanity.

Insanity Fit Test

I started my 60 days this morning with the Fit Test.

Results:

  • 63 switch kicks
  • 30 squat jacks
  • 65 power knees
  • 10 power jumps
  • 7 globe jumps
  • 11 suicide jumps
  • 11 push-up jacks
  • 34 oblique planks

This is the definition of insanity.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m blogging again.

Get in a lunchhour workout without a sweat

When I am at work, there is little to no time for me to get in a workout plus my lunch during my lunch break.

It’s next to near impossible.

I have to make do with the time I have, which usually means I go for a stroll around downtown (not too far, mind you, I’ve got to get back in time to eat).

Walking is the perfect lunchtime workout because walking doesn’t build up much of a sweat… unless you’re power walking down the sidewalk…

I do not power walk; I simply pump my arms and walk at my normal pace. If you ask my husband, I walk ridiculously fast for a person out for a leisurely stroll. Hey, I was a server/bartender for almost seven years. You HAVE to move in that field!

If I walk too fast, however, or if I’m in my running shoes, then all I want to do is run when I’m supposed to be walking. I don’t feel too weird about running around in my work clothes -not a big deal for me. But I don’t want to work up a sweat and turn bright red for an hour and half after running around.

I have no time and no place to shower midday.

And sweat smells.

Well, my sweat smells.

AND FEET SMELL! I can’t go back to wearing open-toed heels after running around in my old, nasty tennis shoes unless I have time to shower.

And I don’t.

So running and sweating are totally out of the question on my lunch break. Gross.

During my September Fitness Challenge, which went about as well as can be expected when it comes to me and burpees, I worked up a sweat almost daily during my lunch break. And I was so uncomfortable.

In graduate school, when I was teaching, I’d do a few stretches in my office or wherever I could be alone (usually in the stairwell) before or after classes just to keep from getting to stiff from standing. I almost miss being on my feet all day…

I will probably have to go back to doing modified yoga during my lunch breaks.

Boring.

Power yoga is where it’s at, yo.

I want to sweat during my workouts. I want to turn beet red… literally like a beet. My skin turns soooo red.

I feel like I’ve had a workout when I sweat! It’s good for me to sweat during my workouts! Lets me know when I’ve had too much coffee and not enough water… Sweating is detoxifying. It feels good. It feels like… well, like I’ve really burned some fat.

Not in the afternoon! I’ll have to get up early. Ugh.

What are your favorite sweat-free workouts? Don’t say Pilates. I HATE Pilates ;)

How do you get your afternoon workout in?

My September fitness challenge

I have to exercise to lose weight.

I know this.

The problem with exercise is that it takes time. Time is something of which I don’t always have enough.

My schedule is FINALLY normal, but I still don’t have the time I need before work to get up and exercise. Too early. My lunch break isn’t long enough for me to get in much of a workout…. plus, I have to eat! After work, I am so exhausted that I just don’t want to exercise.

Solution?

…still don’t have one yet.

But I know I have to exercise to lose weight.

I started two fitness challenges in September so I could get a workout, however small, in every day.

The first is the September School House Rock Hard Abs, which I think is a ridiculous name, but I don’t name these things.

And the second is the Squat September Challenge.

I just don’t follow all the rules… like the first one and the last one. Don’t care.

September is almost over, and I haven’t done too well with either of my challenges. If I wear a skirt to work, I can’t do my fitness challenges, except for squats, at work during my lunch (and I don’t have time to change clothes at work).

I guess I am doing well on my squats challenge. I’ve done almost all of them, and, boy, do my quads hurt.

My ab challenge? Not so much. I hate burpees. Burpees are awful, and I don’t jump. It’s not that I can’t, it’s that I don’t.

I am also making more of an effort to go to Power Yoga twice a week.

I feel good about the exercise that I’m getting, but I wish I could get more and I wish I had the energy to get the exercise in every day.

I guess that’s the beauty of my fitness challenges: I might not be getting the amount of exercise in that I need, but I am increasing the amount of energy I have, which will lead to more exercises when I’m usually exhausted.

Are you working on a fitness challenge? How’s it going for you?

Make time for your workout

Since I returned to fitness after my fitness hiatus, I have struggled to find time for my workout.

I am not a morning person. I wake up an hour before I have to be at work, which leaves just enough time to make myself presentable.

I have no intention of waking up earlier than necessary to get in a morning workout.

A lunch workout is out of the question, too. I do not have enough time to get to the gym, get a workout in, get cleaned up and back to work.

Let alone have lunch, too.

After work is when I have time to go to the gym. Of course, after work, I am exhausted. I never knew working a full-time job plus school would be so tiring! I thought I had the worst of it when I worked funny schedules when I was an undergrad at WSU.

Apparently not.

I want to make time for my workout. The YMCA is helpful because of group classes, such as Muscle Pump and Power Yoga, but I cannot always make it to the gym. For example, mother nature has been acting like a giant crab for the last few weeks and twice I attempted to go the gym when it was hailing. The only time I made it all the way to the gym I couldn’t get out of my car for fear of dying by ice balls.

Joy.

I have several at home workouts I can do including DVDs and on Netflix. When I am home, though, I do not want to work out. I want to clean my house and organize and decorate and play with my dog and clean my garden.

Which is pretty much what I’ve been doing: dog walking, playing fetch, cleaning my house and sweeping the rain-fallen leaves from my sidewalks and driveway.

Not much of a calorie-burn.

I need to figure out how to find and make time to work out when I know I won’t make it to the gym.

Use these four tips to squeeze in a workout:

  1. Keep track of your time for two days. Use a calendar or schedule with half-hour markers and journal what you do throughout the day. You might just find you have more downtime than you thought.
  2. This one is for me: Don’t be a perfectionist. The house will be messy. Just do the workout.
  3. Quit multitasking. Mastering three tasks at once takes three times as much energy as getting one thing done. Like a workout.
  4. Work out whenever you have a spare minute. Do not worry about taking a full hour out of your day. Do squats while you’re doing laundry. Do butt kicks while you’re getting dinner ready (not when your using knives, though).

I park far away from the entrance of the grocery store. I take the stairs (when I’m wearing flats). I take the dog for walks and play fetch with him.

That’s filling my spare pockets of time with fitness.

What do you do to get as much fitness in as possible?

The Sugar-Free Challenge begins today! Can you last 28 days without eating sugar?

The best food for runners: Eggs!

Husband recently discovered the deliciousness of runny egg yolks.

I swear he’s behind on the times. I’ve known runny egg yolks were delicious since the beginning of time.

Not only are runny egg yolks amazing, especially on toast or bagels and YUM, but egg yolks are also good for you!

Seriously!

Luckily, they (whoever they are) changed the rules about eggs.

In fact, because of the easy-absorbing egg protein, the egg is one of the best foods for runners.

According to Runner’s World, eggs are good for losing weight, protecting your heart, fighting inflammation, maintaining bone strength and maintaining vision.

Sounds good to me!

Since February 17, when I received my comprehensive exam questions, I have gained four pounds. I plan to eat eggs every morning to improve weight loss and protein-muscle repair, and, of course, to enjoy eggs. (I also plan to go to the gym again… after comps.)

Plus, my heart is under constant stress. I am such a paranoid hypochondriac hot mess that I’m surprised the poor thing just hasn’t quit on me. Keep goin’, baby! I will feed you egg!

I’m already blind as a bat so I doubt eggs will really help me vision. I already eat tons of carrots! (Or are those just good for eye health?)

Husband and I have eaten commercial and cage-free eggs and found the taste is about the same. As it turns out, the nutritional value is the same, too. When I can, I’ll buy cage-free because it’s good for the chickens, but no way until I can afford that extra $1.20. (I know. It’s only $1.20.)

The article on Runner’s World features four recipes, but I only liked the sound of the 20-minute skillet dinner. I love eggs and greens, and tomatoes make my soul happy. I think I’ll have to make some tomato soup soon…

What’s your favorite egg dishI made a frittata once, and it was amazing. Like an egg cake!