I have been feeling so crummy this week, I don’t know if it is the crazy 20-30 mph winds, the record heat wave for spring (93-95 degree days) or just that it is a bad week. It was the start of May bike to work month and the weather basically made it nearly impossible to ride to work, but next week it should be easier due to mild weather predictions.
Are you riding your bike to work for May? I am, I vowed to ride at least 10 miles in order to help my company receive a total of 1 million miles. I figured it would be great motivation for me!
At least the vegetables are happy with the heat…
I took last week off from the gym due to a crazy hectic week of preparing for going out of town last weekend (post to come soon) but that is okay because the hubs gave me a week off of the lose weight competition. But this week I knew I needed to get back to the gym with no excuses.
Monday I got to the gym after work and realized that I had forgotten my headphones (major head slap). I still think that I can’t do cardio without headphones and I promised myself I would do at least 15 minutes of cardio each gym visit. So I started with the weight machines in order to put off cardio. I am working on less weight and longer reps, that way I can build lean muscles. After rocking the weights I finally decided to attempt some cardio without headphones. I discovered that the elliptical machine has this nifty fat burning setting, you set your time, weight and intensity, I started with 15 minutes at level 1. Basically the machine switches the resistance’s every 6 seconds and it ROCKS. I was pouring down sweat after 15 minutes and I got to enjoy the Chicago Bulls game! After that I did my usual medicine ball workouts, my favorites being a seated torso twist with an 8 pound medicine ball and crunches while throwing the 8 pound medicine ball at my hubs. I am getting a lot stronger because the hubs had to take a few steps back after a couple throws. NOW THAT FEELS GOOD!!
Tuesday I had massive allergy attacks so I stayed home. But Wednesday I was back at it. On Monday I discovered that doing the weight machines is perfect for the start of my workout because it warms up my poor cramped legs after sitting all day, I would highly suggest it for anyone that sits all day long, do weights first, warm up those muscles.
I did basically the same workout as I did on Monday, except I used a 10 pound medicine ball (how’s that for strong) and added a few bonus ball moves that I found on my favorite site Pinterest…
You want to work every inch of your abs, butt and legs, go ahead, give them a try. They might look easy but they hurt so good. I will be adding them to my workouts! Each day I am amazed at what my body is capable of doing. I can literally feel my body getting stronger each time I workout. It is the ultimate motivation!
On a side note.. got any exercises you love with the ball, send them to me, I would love to give them a try.
Thursday was my regular day off from the gym and today after taking the puppy to the vet (she was such a champ and weighs a whopping 36.1 pounds now, the vet said a perfect weight), running errands and going to the dentist, I have decided to do an at home workout planned with this beauty…