According to the chart, Fridays are rest days (won't that be nice!) but I chose to continue with the workout sets so I an get an idea of what the 3rd session is all about. It's called SWEAT - and for good reason. By the end of the 35 min routine, I was literally dripping sweat. But here's the thing.... there's no high cardio. My heart rate was never elevated at all. I'm going to conclude that my major sweating was from constant movement and not being in shape already. Coming from the gym environment, I don't see how I'm going to burn fat if I'm not getting my heartrate up. It's that whole VO2 thing (Volume of Oxygen - thankyou Jeramy Freeman). :-)
BUT...I have to agree with what I said in yesterday's post. I believe this PiYo program is going to help with my strength and flexibility and get me back to where I need to be and back at the gym where I can really push myself once more. And in all fairness to the PiYo program, I do believe that once I'm in better condition I cant totally see how you can push within these moves as well. There's plenty of opportunity to take the stretches to the next level and I look forward to one day being able to do that. Right now it's once again about modifying and I'm still getting the stretch, I'm feeling it because I'm able to push myself within that modification. Hence, the drenching sweat.
Throughout the routine, I couldn't stop thinking about how I still somehow need to add in the cardio. Maybe it's getting out and walking before or after (1 mile through the neighborhood) or hopping on the exercise bike after a routine when I'm all warmed up. Or maybe it's hitting the gym for 30-40 mins on my way home from work! Or maybe I should do it all?? YOu can't see me, but I'm nodding my head as I write this because that's exactly what I should be doing. It's time to make it happen. I've done it before now I need to make it stick.
So....I'm going to enjoy this holiday weekend, get my head back in the game - which in this case is making my grocery list and sticking to my meal prep and plan this time - and be ready to take this head on starting Monday. I will come up with a cardio schedule and stick to that too. It's all about the planning.
No effort, no results.
I officially started on Wed. with the first workout. I completed it, and I surely felt it! Let's just say it was a class on discovering just how UN-flexible I have become! Being overweight doesn't help, but there are just some position shifting that isn't as smooth as the professionals! Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself...... And, with the pinched nerve stuff still showing it's face, the moves were sometimes more challenging than I think they would have been otherwise. But again, I pushed through and I must say that I did break a sweat and by the end I felt pretty loose. I thought I'd be tight and in pain but I wasn't. So in the back of my mind I'm thinking this is going to be something very good for me by the end of the first 60 days. And that was Day 1.
So this morning I did the day 2 routine, which was supposed to be for the upper body. And it was, I guess. While I did once again break a sweat, fumble through the positions, laugh at myself (more than thankful that the rest of my house was sound alseep and couldn't witness my half plank twist (or whatever it was called) disaster!) as I tried to figure things out, I completed the set and felt pretty accomplished. Well, actually I felt like I really didn't do anything. I'm feeling alot in my wrists and shoulders while doing the exercises - which I guess is making them stronger - but so far nothing really hurts. As I'm sitting as my desk writing this and thinking about it, I can kind of feel a "fatigue" in my abs/core, so I'm going to say this is working! And I can be brutally honest and say there's a lot of fat to melt off those abs! So to feel something now is a fantastic thing!
Note: I purchased PiYo for myself as a way to steer me back on the exercise train and get through the joint issues I've been facing which have kept me off track. But I also purchased it as a "couples" program in hopes of being able to work out with my main man! (I even bought him his own yoga mat) <3 I can only imagine what it's going to be from his perspective..... You all may want to keep checking in just for the fun of it! So anyway, he's been away on business so I'm getting a head start this week and using this as my "trial" week. He's much more fit than I am and I need all the help I can get because I have a feeling he will be true to his nature and it's going to become a serious competition.
Well, babe.... GAME ON!
#piyo #fitness #fitme #workout #myhappyplace
Wow...I haven't written a blog post since Christmas! Now that's a shame. So what have I been up to, you ask? Lot's of motorcycle riding has to be tops on my list! I used to (and still do) love being the passenger, but something is so free-ing about being the driver. Every time I go out, I'm more confident. I love it and wish I'd learned sooner. My goal is to trade up my Kawasaki 500 in the spring. Which gives me the rest of this season to hone my skills even more so I can feel just as comfortable on a bigger bike. I can't wait. Because while "Thor" (yes, I named my bike) has been wonderful to learn on, I need more HP to keep up with the big boys when they take off from a stop or leave me in the dust when we go from a 35 to a 55 zone. Don't get me wrong, when I"m cruising 60-70mph I keep up just fine. But I want to do some longer distance rides and for that I need a more comfortable bike. So stay tuned for that update in the spring because I will make it happen!!!!
Writing wise I've been working on a story in a different genre. Getting in touch with my dark side and I must say it's very fun because I can get totally out of character. When all is said and done I will be subbing this under a pen name (still to be determined, as my alter ego hasn't spoken up yet). The story started as one thing, morphed into something else, and has a psychological suspense-thriller'ish feel to it. And I must say, I'm loving it! I've got other ideas brewing in my brain - hence the reason for a pen name.
Have no fear Butler's Pantry fans!! There is a second book planned and a fun novella to be released soon! I've received some great personal messages about book one and I'm glad readers have loved it as much as I do.
Stay cool for what's left of our summer!
And who doesn't LOVE a holiday sale?
Who needs Black Friday? It all starts Cyber Monday !
Check out my Amazon author page to see the fantastic holiday pricing on my romances! I mean seriously, what's not to love? It's romance!! Included are my two holiday novella's! So if you haven't read Santa Wore Combat Boots (amazon best seller) or Top Secret Santa (debut last year) now is the time to get them! Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.
Better yet, if you've read them...REVIEW them! Show your favorite authors love by reviewing their books! It's the season of giving and receiving! And don't forget that books make great gifts - and ebooks make easy & convenient gifts for those long distance friends and relatives.
I've been blessed with amazing readers and fans. Knowing you enjoy my stories is the best present I could ever receive. Coming from me, who is sentimental about everything...this is huge! I hope to continue writing the best stories I can for your enjoyment and entertainment.
Stay safe this holiday season! And put your nose in a good book!
As you all know (at least here in the U.S.) Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday rush. And I say rush because Turkey Day has somehow gotten bowled over by the commercialization of Christmas. First we had Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, and now they've named Thanksgiving Day shopping as Brown Thursday, and we've added Small Business Saturday. Are the deals any better? I really don't know. I've attempted Black Friday twice in my life and hated it. This was my third year of mother-daughter Thanksgiving eve shopping and I find it fun. Mainly because we shop the deals for ourselves. Hey, don't judge. Then men in the family are best shopped for on-line, anyway, and this guarantees we get what we really want! I'm all in on Cyber Monday, and usually on Small Business Saturday we're busy hauling out the Christmas decorations for outside and inside the house. Personally, I think if you're a savvy shopper, you'll find the deals on what you're looking for no mattter what day it is!
With all that aside, I LOVE the holiday season! Christmas is my favorite holiday ever. The decorations, the tree, the lights, the love and laughter of entertaining family and friends. And I really do have fun shopping for people and coming up with really cool gifts they never saw coming.
I'm so thankful to my friends, my readers and my fans for reading and reviewing my books and requesting more. I will be kicking off a fun-filled week tomorrow (Small Business Saturday) by spending part of the day at the Lowville Free Library, Lowville NY. They are hosting an author event and book signing. If you can make it (no snow in the forecast!) stop by and say hello. I'd love to see you and I'm looking forward to making some new author friends. I will have copies of Cracker Jacked, Twists of Fate and Daddy Wore Dog Tags available to purchase, too.
Happy Shopping! Remember, books make great gifts. e-books are awesome gifts for those long distance (no postage necessary)