I know it’s been awhile since I have checked in. TBH I haven’t done anything fitness related in a long ass time probably since the time I last checked in. I haven’t been to the gym at all this month, drinking pop, not weighing in, and not really doing a solid meal prep either. I mean I did a quick prep last week of an easy recipe (a chicken pasta salad which I will share the recipe here at some point) but I haven’t really been eating too well so I need to get back on track.
I did have the Miss World of Wheels pageant Saturday and my sleep was really thrown off so by Sunday afternoon I slept hard. Also I have been dealing with itchy hives not sure if it’s an allergy may have to go see the doctor which I hate especially it’s still flu season and plus having to stepping on the scale there.
Monday morning I did an actual meal prep for the week:
My calves hurt SO BAD from my heels Saturday so I know I am due for a good leg day workout. Overall, I still don’t feel like myself the weather has still sucked even though tomorrow the first day of spring (and it’s supposed to snow) and I have been just so tired as well which hasn’t helped.
I re established my goals and I am going to make an honest attempt at going to the gym this week. I am not putting how many days I should/need to go just to go and do something. Start out slow and work my way back to where I used to be, The weather will be warmer and I can start walking too.
I will recap my week on Sunday and I will weigh in regardless of what it is and we’ll get back on track!
I am still going to weigh in on Sunday. But I wanted to share how my week has been. Yet again it has been another emotional week. We had two snow days this week. I did do an at home workout on Monday, but by the time I got home Tuesday, it was late in the morning my energy was really low. So I stayed in.
I did make it to the gym Wednesday and Thursday. I am debating about Friday because I may or may not to be going to Lincoln to visit my niece and nephew but they’ve been sick. So I am trying to avoid the plague as it were. I have yet to be sick.
Trek up the Tower is in three weeks and I haven’t done much “training” so I am worried that I am not going to do well.
Also my exam date is looming so I am trying to study and not wuss out.
As I was saying, going to the gym on Thursday was a tough day. I realize that I have to start back at square one again where I was 5 years ago, seeing all the fit people can be a bit intimidating when you are lifting with 2.5 pound weights. My focus has been Dumb Bell weights with both leg and upper body. I will have a post on that later on.
On top of other emotions that’s been going on too. I had to write a letter to myself when I got home, to help encourage me and plus to help whenever I have another bad day, I can refer back to this day and remember this is a process of my journey. Not to feat it.
I have only met 1 goal this week was to meal prep. I have still have Saturday (if I don’t go to Lincoln) to make it to the gym. Plus to clean my cupboards too. I left out my frozen fruit smoothie mix too long and it went to mush.
I want to make a trip to Trader Joe’s in Omaha. I have only been to the Lincoln location and that was a year ago. I recently saw a fellow You Tuber’s haul from Trader Joe’s and I want to get some items from there and they looked really good so I want to try. So if I do go I will share a haul on here. It maybe weird but hey they do it on You Tube…..
I am really excited for the weekend none the less. I need to recharge my batteries and get re-focused on my goals. I think January is a tough month for anyone.
A fellow vintage/fashion lover I follow on Instagram Hayley Angell has done a series on YouTube called Look Fabulous Feel Fabulous where she has done various different workouts in the UK she’s done everything from Hula Hooping, pole dancing, belly dancing, curling (the last video) and even Roller Fitsco! (Why can’t that be a thing here??). I love her motivation to try new fun fit things it’s motivated me to to STRIVE (my word for 2017 remember?) to try some new workouts!
If I am going to be a personal trainer in 10 months I need to be well rounded in fitness. Unfortunately my down fall lately has been lack of workouts. My stress level and anxiety have hit an all time high and I find myself wanting to retreat to the comforts of my home instead of the gym. I need to break out of my comfort shell (which has been hard AF) so I thought it would take on Hayley’s challenge myself and learn something new! I’ve been scouring the inter-webs and I will be doing Cross Fit! Which is next Saturday February 18th!
I wanted to do Barre 3 free class but it was already full (I am hoping to attempt this one later!) so I am hoping at least once a month along with my check ins, I will be sharing a post from a new workout class! I am really excited to be expanding my knowledge!
Having not done any real prep prior to this (I did a bit lifting mid December) I have been more focused on Jazzercise challenge as of late (25 classes in 30 days). I was a bit worried that it may effect my performance but I tried not to let it get to me. I had been feeling off all week as well so I only made it to Jazzercise 3 times this week. (More on that later).
Anyways First National Bank Tower is the tallest building in the Omaha area. With 4o floors=870 steps. I had read some info about it and studied a You Tube video to give me an idea of what I was in for.
I had a good high carb breakfast:
My intention was to just do my best and not worry weather or not I got a good time or not. When I started, I was got pretty winded early around the tenth floor. I took breathers in between some of the floors I was grateful for the water stops and chairs along the way. Since the event was indoors it was very dry in the building. I felt the effects on the way home and stopped for more water. I listened to my body and I took enough time to recover when the breaks provided. Before I knew it I made it:
Here is a break down of my results:
Overall place 1650 out of 1730
Place in Gender: 1650 of 1730
Place in Age Division: 142 of 151
I think my best time is around 22 minutes. But given that this was my first time doing the event, I am happy with that. Given the fact that I used to get winded climbing three flights of stairs to my apartment! I say that’s amazing progress! I am not 100% sure I will do this again next year, since it was pretty tough. I will see when that times comes.
As I’ve mentioned before, in Jazzercise we do challenges throughout the year besides the 150 challenge. We just did 20 classes by December 24th. I barely made that one!
In February, we are doing our annual “35 classes in 30 days challenge” this one you get a sweet tank top. During class Friday, the instructor mentioned that there was a limit on how many classes you can attend each day. Some were doing 3 classes a day!! That’s a little much if you ask me for a silly little cosmetic bag? Or a tank top? Come on.
It got me thinking however just how exercise is enough? This is 100% my opinion and being a future personal trainer this is advice I’d give my future potential clients.
Typically on average you should at least workout for 3o minutes 3 times a week. Jazzercise is an hour which is fine as well but for beginners 30 is good. Once a day is good too. IF you do twice a day space it out so you’re not overwhelming yourself. I like to do double Jazzercise classes once in awhile I haven’t yet in 2016 but my plan is soon at least once a week if possible. But don’t go overboard! I hear these stories of body builders going so many times a day and I’m like why?? It is not necessary. I can be competitive at times and with my crazy schedule, I’m happy if I get to Jazzercise 3 times a week it’s a good week if I get 4 in. I could NEVER
You’re at the risk of injury for starters, plus you’re not giving your body time to recover and recuperate from exercise because you’re working muscles they get tired too.
Here is a good article if you want a little more information on it.
Remember to enjoy your workout, don’t go bat shit crazy with it.
Before I get any further, let me tell you my story about Jazzercise:
I was in year 2 of my weight loss journey in 2014, and I was getting tired of the same old gym routine. Go to the Y, cardio for 10-3o minutes, then lifting alternating between leg and arm day. I was in a serious rut! I had done a few classes at the Y such as Zumba but honestly, I started not enjoy the class. Now don’t get me wrong some people swear by it however it just wasn’t for me. One thing I tried to stay in the back but would get eeked out and have to move up a row (sidebar which I hated I didn’t want anyone to see me!!)
The other the instructor wasn’t much of one she would just take off dancing and expect you follow along no guidance whatsoever (she was wearing a headset too!) I would feel loss like “how in the heck am I supposed to do that?” She also did not socialize with anyone or just “certain” people, she relied on CD’s not an I-pod or something to create a mix, so between songs there was a minute wait! Don’t even get me started on the mirrors! I hated to see myself as well. Last but not least, the only time I could to Zumba was on Saturdays late in the morning, thanks to my work schedule I couldn’t attend the other classes.
That lead me to Jazzercise anyone remember it from the 80’s? Well it’s still around and better than ever!! Thanks to the powers of social media I was able to find a friend who was a member and she took me on their free days. I had so much fun that I immediately signed up!! I can be spontaneous when I want to be! 🙂 I went as often as I could. Classes were conveniently at 8:30am most days. In July that year on a particular Saturday, I had reached 25 classes and the instructor announced like it was some old big deal, everyone cheered while I was dumbfounded until I learned that at Jazzercise attendance matters! They hold a year round game that if you make 150 classes by from January 1 to December 31, you get a free t-shirt! Sweet right? Needless to say due to some conflicts I wouldn’t reach 150 by December 31, 2014. However my goal for 2015 was to make 150 classes. I even proudly wrote it on a resolution snowflake and placed it on the bulletin board of our Jazzercise studio.
One thing about me, I tend to be quiet/shy in certain situations and places. I know right? That’s how I was when first joining Jazzercise. I kept to myself mostly. I thought to myself what do I have in common with these women? Besides the fact I love Jazzercise, and I love a good workout? Most the women in my 8:30am classes are stay at home mom’s with little ones at home, and they’re married. I am the single, motherless, night owl, crazy cat lady, who likes to get her workout in after a hard days night (see what I did there?), who often wears mismatched socks to class superhero and quirky gym shirts. I felt really out of place because conversations before class were about their kiddos, husbands or whatever was going on in their world. What was so exciting about me?
2015 started out pretty good until Mother Nature put a halt to that. We had an attendance game we started in the spring (we do others beside the 150 classes) to reach 35 classes by a certain date for another cute top. There were several snow days that cancelled my class and I wasn’t able to go at 5:30pm because that was my sleeping time. I was bummed that I wasn’t going to get that shirt plus I cant double up on classes like some of the girls can. I was lucky to attend one class a morning! However I kept pushing getting 25, and 50 classes under my belt. Which leads me to the summer, where another attendance game started this time it was with a partner and we had to get 70 classes in a month’s time. My partner who was a regular at 8:30 she and I would chat often. She was going to be on vacation for awhile and asked if I was sure I wanted her as a partner. I still didn’t know a lot of the girls well enough to have anyone else so I told her it was no problem.
Between the two of us we made it! Right before the contest was over we were one of the last sets of partners to get the bags. It was a huge victory for me not only that I got up to 100 classes as well! Only 50 more to go!
Soon summer was over and I started school. Which meant giving up daily Jazzercise classes. I had a grand plan to go on my nights off work but I would only make to one class a week because school was draining. I missed Jazzercise a lot! I would talk about it a lot in school! And I was starting to make a few friends but school came first. I thought there was no way I would make 150 now.
After fall term was over, I could go a bit more to class since I was on my break, but importantly, I decided to go part time so that I meant I could squeeze in more classes!! Then came the fateful day I made 125 classes!! I was set on getting the shirt now! I serious made a countdown calendar with chalk duck tape:
Right before the BIG day. I was down to about four classes. I was doubling on Saturdays (7am and 8:30am) it was the only time I could do it. If you remember we have another attendance game for a cute cosmetic bag for 20 classes by December 24th. Combined with how many days I had left to get a 150 was 4. To be completely honest I wasn’t too concerned about not getting the cosmetic bag, I was more focused on my shirt. But one of the class mangers a good friend of mine was encouraging. She said if I just did one more double class right before the deadline (December 24th) I could get both in ONE DAY.
ONE DAY!! It sounded crazy because I had my final on Tuesday and I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off I had to think creatively and it also meant having to get up early possibly one of those days to attend the evening class. If things didn’t workout the way I planned!
I gave myself until Wednesday to do the double class just in case I couldn’t pull it off Monday or Tuesday which turned out to be the case. I attended my regular class Monday, Tuesday I didn’t get out early (well if you count 5 minutes!) so Wednesday was the day! Of course the evening class was Strike (a kick boxing style class) so that meant working my booty out harder!
Then the day arrived. Christmas Eve 150th day! I got off work to a snow storm!! This was not in the plan!! Insert panic mode! I prayed class would not be canceled!! I got ready and watched the Jazzercise Facebook page like a hawk. I left WAY early so I could make it on time. Sure enough we still had class and well the picture says it all:
And here’s me with my “toning partner” (from this summer) who got one of the last bags too!
Still with me? I’m almost done I promise!!
Moral of the story is first of course is to Never give up when you set your goals go get them!!! Even if you feel like you’re going to fail you have friends to back you up! Thank you to the Jazzercise instructors, managers, and other classmates for the encouragement! I love Jazzercise more than anything on this planet. It’s a great workout and I workout with great people!!