Wednesday is challenging because its cardio day.  I’m not a fan of cardio at all and have never pretended to be.  Today was cardio core which means that I do 30 seconds of low impact, 30 seconds of high impact for a total of 3 minutes and then 10 reps of a core exercise that is done with the sliders you see in the featured picture.  It’s a very intense workout and it’s only 30 minutes long.

Things I’m learning about myself as I change on a daily basis:

  1. I am much better when I do my workouts in the morning.  This week I’m traveling with a new addition to my team, getting him trained and showing him what we do.  Because of this, we’re meeting for breakfast and then heading out for the day earlier than I normally would in an effort to pack as much into the day as possible.  So far, this week, I’ve only worked out in the evenings and my energy (even with my pre-workout) is not nearly as high as it is when I workout in the morning.  I’m also dreading it because I’ve been working hard all day and don’t want to work out. I can’t do my workouts in the morning under these circumstances because I’m working too late into the evening as well and therefore, won’t get enough sleep if I do.  I’m still getting the workout done, just modifying more than I would prefer.  However, I did do more this week than I did last week.
  2. I never know my own strength until I’m pushed to the point of failure. High planks REALLY strengthen the shoulders and make them very sore. I get to the point of failure every single day when we are doing planks and or pushups.  My shoulders are so sore all the time that I never know if they will hold me up when workout time comes.  But I am doing more and more each workout.
  3. Trying and searching for what works for me and gets me excited is the key.  I’ve done 21 day workout programs, 30 day workout programs and started 60 day programs that I ultimately quit due to injury.  The program I’m doing now is the most fun program I’ve ever done and while each day is a little harder than the day before or week before, I look forward to it.  The videos are live and I get to see the fitness instructor and her team moan, groan, gripe, laugh and giggle and just show what it’s really like during filming instead of only seeing their strength.  It makes me feel like I’m gaining WITH them instead of trying only to be like them.
  4. Health and nutrition is 80% in the kitchen whether its for weight loss, maintenance, stamina, energy, sleep and the list goes on.  I’ve known this for years but never really put it into practice like I am now.  I’ve had a couple of bad days in the last 2.5 weeks due to traveling with other people (which thank goodness I don’t have to do for a few weeks after this week) but I’ve still been more consistent than any other time in my life since my teens.  I FEEL a leveled out energy unlike any level I’ve felt in a long time.  I am alert when I wake and sleepy at night.
  5. As someone who suffers from adrenal fatigue, I still get tired in the middle of the day when I push harder or don’t get enough sleep.  But it’s getting better.

My nutrition today was pretty good.  I tried to follow my timed nutrition and did OK.  I wasn’t perfect at all.  Ate too much protein for my pre workout.  My post workout meal was insane though.  I had to show you a picture.  These are from a place called Native Grill & Wings and they are chicken lettuce wraps that are the best I’ve ever had.

If you have any questions about the program I’m doing, the food I’m eating, the plan I’m following or just why I’m blogging, please feel free to message me.  I really love helping people help themselves and I’m NOT trying to sell you anything.

~BE THE CHANGE

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