I worked out today after taking about 5 days off. Weekends are hard for getting workouts in, because I try to get out and stir around and do fun things with the family. I also had some physical issues that caused me to take an extended break. Nothing major... just girl biology things. *sigh* That has finally let up, so back to work I went today.
I haven't really seen much in the way of weight loss. In fact, I was up 3 pounds from where I started for a bit. I lost 2 of those, so I am still up a pound, but I'm on the way back down. Most of the differences and changes I've noticed have been internal, but they are changes, and I continue to see gains and changes in my ability and form, and that keeps me pushing forward.
I have a history of start/stop/start stop when it comes to working out. I will start strong, but something (illness, distraction, depression, busy schedules, what have you) always seems to derail my efforts. This time is different. There has been a certain amount of start/stop with this round, but this time, I get back to it, and more quickly than I have in the years past. It's days, not weeks/months/years between workouts. I have been coming back to it as soon as I felt able to do so.
Today I did the full C25K workout going at speeds between 3 for walking and 4 for running, from start to finish. I finished Week 1. Well actually I finished Week 2! LOL! When I finished my workout, I went to the website to find out what week 2's workout consisted of and it turns out that's the workout I've been doing this week. So I just kinda missed/skipped Week 1. Oops! So rather than going back down and doing week 1, I am moving up to the workout for Week 3, when I do my next treadmill workout. I may end up spending longer than a week on it to balance things out... or to let my endurance catch up. I'm not sure how it will work, but I am kinda stoked to see what happens. :)
I also did my strength dvd today. The same one I've been doing, at the same level I've been doing it. Week 1-2. This is my third week doing this level, but it still takes a lot of work, leaves me sweaty and gross and out of breath. I am lingering because I want to do all of the exercises without modifications before I move on. I want to be able to do a chataranga from plank, not from my knees... for example. I also struggle with form for lunges and squats. I don't go down very deep, when I bend, and I still am trying to get my balance right. Today I did better, in that I was able to sink down and not feel knee pain. I try so hard to focus on the right form, so as not to strain or hurt my knees, but it's difficult to manage. Today was much better, and I did pretty good until I got to the damn curtsy lunges. As I was finishing those up, I bent wrong and my knee yelled at me. :( I am also still working with 5 lb weights, and I haven't started doubling up on the weights yet (that's a goal for some of the exercises). All in all though, I can't complain. I "felt the burn" in the places I was supposed to, and I got it done today. I think yoga will be tomorrow, and maybe a cardio workout that doesn't involve the treadmill or running. I have a ton of dvd's to pick from. Time to mix it up a little!
My balance kind of continues to suck, and I end up having to put my hands on the treadmill to steady myself when I run, but I try to take my hands off of the treadmill as much as I can. Maybe I need to start doing some yoga to work on my core more and my balance. I will continue to work on that. Maybe as the pounds start to come off, it won't be such a struggle to hold myself up.
I peeked ahead at the next level up and that essentially adds another workout to the one I already do, so I guess as soon as I feel like I can do both, I can move up, and my form will continue to improve as I go, but I'm taking the extra time because I want to do the exercises right and get maximum benefit. I also think that when I move up to the next level I will have to separate my cardio and my strength days, where I am currently doing both together. It is all just a huge experiment at this point, and I'm trying to find a way that works for me. I'm also trying to find a routine and make this a habit before school starts, so I can work exercise into my schedule.
It was a rush, as it always seems to be. I think I've found that exercise high I always hear about because as hard as it is to get moving, once I'm going, I don't want to stop! I feel like I should be doing more! It's also nice to feel results, even though I don't really see any results as yet. The changes I'm feeling and writing about keep me motivated to keep going, and to pick my workout back up after a stall.
I went out and bought a fitness watch today. I got one that tracks calorie burn and heart rate, and also lets me know what zone I'm working out in (cardio fitness vs. fat burn) so I can make adjustments as needed. I will be strapping that sucker on for my next workout. :) I wanted something that is more reliable than the generalized exercise logs like MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, etc. I want to see just how much bang I'm getting for my exercise buck.
I'm not sure when it happened or how it happened, but a switch got flipped this time. I am more motivated than I have ever been, I am more dedicated than in past attempts. I actually enjoy what I'm doing this time (where before it was torture). I have worked out 6 times (I think) in the past 2 1/2 weeks, while that may not seem like much...it is a LOT more than I had been working out before; and I'm working on making that number go up even higher. So I am ok with that, even happy with it.