Monday, August 14, 2017

STS Rotation #1: Mesocycle 3 Week 1

The idea of doing four more weeks of STS is a bit daunting right now.  Maybe I'm just tired.  Or maybe I did too much cardio last week.  Either way, I'm not feeling it.  Butt off we go!

Monday: STS Shoulders, Biceps, and Triceps + YWA

I like how the different upper body muscles get grouped together and then scrambled up for the next Mesocycle.  This workout definitely got all the muscle groups.  I had to skip a few sets to fit this workout into my daily routine.  If done in its entirety, it's 70 minutes long!  After work, I did a new YWA - for golfers!   At first, I laughed when I saw it posted but at the end of this day, it seemed like a good way to stretch the upper and lower body.  Very  nice!

Tuesday:  STS Plyo Legs + walk + YWA

Okay, so today kicked my bum.  In this final mesocycle, you have two options for legs - Plyo legs or Squat Rack Legs.  Since I don't have a squat rack or heavy weights, I'm doing Plyo Legs.  In this format, you alternate a cardio leg-intensive circuit with a weighted leg circuit.  Both keep your heart rate spiked and the sweat pouring.  Wow.  My legs were shaking!  At lunch, I walked - no power walking today - around the track at the rec center and did some sit-ups and planks.  Then, finally, a YWA to end the day, which was very nice on my tired, tired body.

Wednesday: Cathe's 4-Day Split Kickbox + ICE Cardio Blizzard Burn

A bit of a mix today...  I did the cardio from this 4-Day Split workout because I wanted some new kickboxing.  But in the middle of it, I did the 9-minute Blizzard Burn from this ICE workout.  That got my blood pumping and it didn't slow down during the Kickbox workout.  Dang!  Cathe doesn't give you time to think - you just keep jumping and punching!  I'll do the 4-Day Split series after STS so I wanted a bit of a preview today....

Thursday: Cathe's Afterburn + weights + YWA

Something different today - metabolic training!  I haven't done a cardio+weights workout in quite a while so today I decided to do one!  I'd heard a lot about Afterburn, a part of Cathe's Low Impact Series, and was curious to try it.  It's a good workout that alternates a weighted move and a cardio move.  I liked some of the other workouts in this series better but I'll give Afterburn a second try sometime.  At lunch, I did weights at the rec center, though I almost talked myself out of it.  Sigh.  But it gave me a boost to see the weights I'm lifting!  After work, I did this YWA, though my back was mostly okay.

Friday: Cathe's Yoga Relax

Ah, my rest day!  This isn't my favorite yoga ever but I wanted super relaxed this morning and this fit the bill.  My legs were actually hurting from holding some of the positions Cathe led us through.  But it was good!

Saturday: Cathe's ICE Low Impact Sweat + STS Chest and Back + abs

I was a bit rushed this morning and a longer STS didn't help.  So, I only did 20 minutes of this ICE workout.  I recently learned that Cathe's ICE series is her intermediate series.  This wasn't the hardest workout but I got a good sweat going.  Then, it was time for STS - and this one was longer due to the amount of rest required between sets.  But it definitely seemed effective!  Dang!  After that - a bit over 60 minutes - I did about 7 minutes of abs (Cathe) and then stretched.  Whew!

Sunday: Cathe's Rockout Knockout + Pauline Nordin's Butt Bible Lower Level 1 + 200 lunges + abs + YWA

A well-rounded day, for sure!  I started with cardio - 40 minutes of Cathe's fun kickboxing.  This was a great video and I'll have to do it in its entirety sometime!  After that, 200 walking lunges kept my heart pounding.  And then, Butt Bible - level 1.  Yes, I ended with level 3 in the last Mesocycle but I wanted a shorter workout today so I did level 1 and added weights where Pauline used none.  I know I'll be feeling all those hip thrusts (holding 16 lbs) tomorrow!  Then, 8 minutes of abs (Cathe) followed by a stretch and this short YWA.  Fun!

Calorie Counts:

Monday - BAD
Tuesday - 1199
Wednesday - 1432
Thursday - 1253
Friday - bad
Saturday - 1439
Sunday - BAD

Thursday, August 10, 2017

That Cat...

...continues to be adorable.



Monday, August 7, 2017

STS Rotation #1: Mesocycle 2 Recovery Week

....aka Cardio Week!

After last week's conference and overeating, I'm ready to get back to healthy eating.  While I didn't eat horribly while I was away, I ate a bit too much and it wasn't altogether healthy.  Thankfully, in a recovery week, you do no weights and focus on cardio instead.  Yay!

Monday: Peak Fit Pure Cardio + YWA


I wanted to mix up my cardio this morning - and have a break from Cathe's DVDs - so I chose this workout, from Michelle Dozois' Peak Fit System.  I love this cardio workout!  It's straight cardio and it was so nice to have a break from Cathe's endless drills (though I've learned to like those drills).  This cardio was a nice change.  After work, I did this short, but intense YWA, focusing on hips and core.  Lots of flow!

Tuesday:  Cathe's 2015 Road Trip Kickboxing Class + YWA


This was a good morning of kickboxing!  Cathe's kickboxing is deceptively intense with some circuits thrown in to keep you on your toes.  So, they're great workouts, this one especially.  The live workout room was filled to capacity, almost to the point of being distracting while watching on the computer.  After work, I did a short YWA - not as intense as yesterday's but still very nice.

Wednesday: Cathe's Quick Fix Cardio

So....  I knew this short workout would be intense but when Cathe's starts on snowboarders, before you even realize the warm-up is done, it's a bit traumatic.  And then you do four sets of snowboarders.  I was about to die.  And the circuit-based workout did not let up - until it ended after 33 minutes.  Whew!  I did my own cardio to get in a full, 45-minute, workout.  Cathe really knows how to work you hard.

Thursday: Ilyse Baker's Dancinerate: Burn with the Beat + YWA

Today was a light day, after a lot of intense cardio this week.  I did Ilyse's DVD, only for the second time.  It's not the easiest thing to master but it's fun.  So I just need to do it more often - and write a review.  It was nice to do something different this morning - I miss all the dance I did with FitnessGlo!  After work, I did this nice YWA, with just the right amount of flow and stretch.  A good way to end the day!

Friday: Dozois' BodyFit 360 Vol. 2: Dance Conditioning

My rest day!  I did most of this workout but had to skip a bit in the middle - the cardio and arm section.  It was a good workout, and a great way to spend a Friday morning.  Michelle's energy is so contagious; she makes me happy in the morning!  And I miss seeing her in the mornings!

Saturday: Dozois' Peak 10 Cardio Interval Burn - Fat Blaster + YWA

I was looking forward to more Michelle today and this workout always makes me happy.  But it also makes you work - hard.  It's non-stop and it was a challenge to go for a full hour after my shorter Cathe workouts.  But I'm so glad I got through this tough workout!  After it ended, I did about 8 minutes of Cathe's abs and then stretched.  I finished off my morning with a 7-minute YWA to calm down and get ready for a nice Saturday.

Sunday:  Dozois' PeakFit Anytime Anywhere No Excuse Workout + BodyFit 360 Vol. 3: Athletic Conditioning

So for some insane reason, I decided to do Michelle's Anytime workout today.  I really don't know why: I hate this workout.  It always kicks my butt.  And despite all my Cathe workouts, it kicked my butt today.  Hard.  I really do think it's the up and down from the floor that gets me.  So many push-ups!  After that 35 minutes of pure torture, I managed 10 minutes of cardio from Athletic Conditioning - and then I was done.  So I did the whole 15 minute stretch to reward myself for getting through Anytime.  Ugh.

Calorie Counts:

I had about three good days (~1300 calories) this week and three that really were not that bad - around 1500-1600 calories.  But Sunday was bad.  And I'm still fat.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Guernsey Literary...

My mother-in-law recommended The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows) to me - and I wanted to read it, knowing that movie was being made, base on the novel.  It took me about 25 pages to get hooked and then it was a super fast, enjoyable read.

My Goodreads review:

I was a bit skeptical of this book at first because a) I get tired of WWII novels and b) generally do not like novels consisting entirely of correspondence. But Juliet quickly won me over with her quirky attitude and clumsy charm. She is a heroin for the real woman and that is extremely refreshing.

Prior to this novel, I had no idea Guernsey existed and now that I've read about it, I long to visit it one day. The stories told of the German Occupation were heartbreaking and, just like the residents of Guernsey, one begins to feel sorry for the German soldiers stationed on the island, as well. Everyone on Guernsey was starving. 

The characters in this novel are priceless. I wish my neighborhood consisted of such delightful people. And these people are what make this novel so touching.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

STS Rotation #1: Mesocycle 2 Week 4

I cannot believe I'm almost done with Mesocycle 2.  Wow!  Time is flying and I'm loving STS.  It's a great program and Cathe continues to impress me.

This week will be a bit different as I'll be out of town at a conference from Wednesday to Saturday.  

Monday: Cathe's HIIT Pyramid + Greatest Hits Vol. 1: Step + walk + YWA

I was not looking forward to this HIIT but I made it through and was so proud of myself.  These HIIT routines are tough and I'm so glad my body has gotten conditioned enough to get through them.  After that, I did a bit of step to round out the morning and lower my heart rate a bit.  At lunch, I walked at the rec center, though I was supposed to do weights.  But my body was tired and achy so I decided to just walk.  After work, I did this YWA about rabbit pose - and finally learned how to do it properly!

Tuesday: STS Legs

Pain and more pain today.  This STS Legs seemed especially cruel.  In the first triset, Cathe has you doing leg presses and slide back lunges.  OUCH!  Then, in the last triset, she has you do 45 degree lunges and then pulsing low lunges.  More ouch!  But I always feel super confident and productive after these leg workouts.  Especially now that I can do chair step ups (leg presses) when I'm not holding a weight.  Maybe in a few more weeks I can add a weight!

Wednesday: STS Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps + Cathe's IMAX 2 + biking


What a day.  I woke up at home and did STS, which lasted for 45 minutes.  Then, because I had a noon flight, I was able to get in some extra time.  So I did 35 minutes of IMAX 2.  That was fun and different.  And I was tired by the end of all that!  Later in the day, in California, a co-worker and I rented bikes and biked along the beach.  So nice!  The weather was perfect - 75 and sunny.  We biked for 10 miles, my Fitbit tells me, and it was lovely.  Then, we walked....a lot.  I was exhausted!

Thursday:  Cathe's XTrain All Out Low Impact HIIT + XTrain Bonus - Barre + YWA

Despite being so tired, I did not sleep well in my hotel room.  My stomach was upset and when it woke me up at 4:45, there was no more sleep to be had.  So, I did my workout.  I'm so glad I had low-impact planned for today because that's probably all I could have done.  I did this HIIT, which lasted 40 minutes and it was a good workout!  Then, the bonus barre was new to me and a very nice addition, at only 15 minutes in length.  I did a short stretch and then tuned into this YWA.  A good morning, despite the exhaustion.

Friday: Cathe's Birthday Bash + Pauline Nordin's Butt Bible Lower Level 3

Cathe's birthday was last week so she did a special live workout on the day she turned 53.  Wow!  The woman is unbelievable!  It was a really fun workout.  It started with kickboxing and then went into some circuits and finally, straight cardio.  Whew!  I then did Butt Bible but without weights since I was in my hotel room.  It was still tough and it still hurt - good to know bodyweight exercises are super effective!

Saturday: YWA + abs

This was a nice, light yoga - just what I needed today after a tough week of workouts.  My body thanked me.  Ha!  After that loveliness, I did about 8 minutes of abs with Cathe.  Good grief, she is rough on the abs!  Ouch!

Sunday:  STS Back and Biceps + Cathe's Ripped with HIIT: Low Impact HIIT One + 240  lunges

I started with the HIIT this morning - and am still amazed at how hard you get worked in this low impact HIIT.  I added on a bit to make this a full 30 minutes of cardio.  And then on to walking lunges.  I meant to do 220 but somehow miscounted and went up to 240.  Dang!  My legs were definitely feeling them.  Lastly, my last STS for Mesocycle 2.  And, thankfully, this one was only 45 minutes.  I was tired after all the travel this week.  But, a good morning of working out.

Calorie Counts:

It was bad.  

Friday, July 28, 2017

Huntington Beach

When in Anaheim for a conference, one must go to Huntington Beach.  





My colleagues and I rode bikes along the beach then and dinner so we could stay for sunset.  It was a lovely day.

Monday, July 24, 2017

STS Rotation #1: Mesocycle 2 Week 3

After a weekend of overindulgence, I'm feeling fatter than ever.  I know you're tired of hearing this. So am I, quite frankly.

This week was the start of an 8 week wellness program at our university to see who can lose the most weight.  I know it won't be me but I signed up anyway.  What the heck, right?

Monday: STS Back and Biceps + walk + YWA

I woke up not feeling great, after a very rough night of sleep.  But I did this workout and I'm so glad I did.  It was different - Cathe keeps changing up the routines - and I love it!  I never know what to expect from week to week!  And hopefully my muscles are as confused as my brain.  Ha!  At work, I weighed in for the wellness challenge - and did not look at the offensive number - and then walked the track.  After work, this YWA was a great way to stretch my arms, legs, and back.  Lovely!

Tuesday: STS Legs


Time for some pain today!  I'm still surprised at how high my heart rate gets during STS Legs.  And how much I sweat - dripping.  These are tough workouts.  And, my arms were aching just from holding weights.  My most dreaded move in these workouts: paper-plate slide back lunges.  HATE. THEM.  Second most hated move: single leg sit and stands.  I actually have a really hard time with these using weights.  Cathe sure knows how to make my legs burn.

Wednesday: Cathe's Ripped with HIIT: Low Impact HIIT Two + Low Impact Step + YWA

Yay, cardio!  Today's HIIT used a weight for added intensity.  It was good, though I didn't appreciate the mountain climbers and burpees at 5:30am.  Ha!  My heart rate didn't stay quite as high as it did with Low Impact HIIT One, but that was fine.  Next up, this step workout was actually doable - the moves weren't crazy convoluted.  Only a bit convoluted. After work, this YWA was a great way to open up my shoulders after all they've been through the last few weeks. 

Thursday: Cathe's HIIT 30/30 + Low Impact Step + weights + YWA

As I started the warm-up for this HIIT, it did not seem at all familiar.  But I did it last month!  Then the HIIT had me huffing and puffing within three minutes, I think.  Dang!  It really is incredible how hard these work you.  Next up, a different portion of yesterday's Low Impact Step - which is like step for beginners, which means I can follow it!  At lunch, I did weights at the rec center - not fun but effective!  I also got some ab work in.  After work, I really needed to calm down after stressful traffic and this YWA helped a lot!

Friday:  Cathe's Stretch Max One + Ab Circuits #2 Pilates-Based Abs

A good, light morning today!  I started with this older Cathe workout, called Stretch Max.  It was a good stretch, focusing on every part of the body. My shoulders and arms got a nice stretch, which was greatly appreciated.  After that, I did some ab work with this 15-minute routine based on pilates.  There was one move I just couldn't do, period.  And I hate that.  I feel like my abs never gain any strength - very frustrating!

Saturday:  STS Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps + Cathe's Crossfire + ICE Cardio Blizzard Burn

Wow, this was a long morning.  I started off with Crossfire, which got my heart rate up in no time!   Those drills lasted - high and low impact - lasted for 20 minutes.  I then tuned into the ICE bonus cardio workout - Blizzard Burn - which was straight, sustained cardio.  Yes!  I love the Workout Manager on Cathe.com, which allows you to mix up different segments of workouts.  Very cool!  After that 35 minutes of cardio, it was time for the longest STS video yet, clocking in at 70 minutes.  Sigh.  It was long but I got through it, with some burning shoulders and shaking triceps by the end!  

Sunday: Cathe's MMA Boxing + 200 lunges +Pauline Nordin's Butt Bible Lower Level 3 + YWA

Yay, boxing!  I like doing something other than drills and I love Cathe's kickboxing!  This one was a lot of fun with a good mix of punch circuits alternating with cardio.  My heart rate stayed up and I sweated like crazy!  Fun!  After that 35 minutes of cardio, 200 walking lunges - oy.  And then what I was truly dreading today: Butt Bible.  Level 3 was a lot easier today because I knew what to expect - and what to dread.  I mastered the chair step ups - finally - by taking away the weights.  I need to do them without weights first, apparently.  My legs were shaking by the end of the workout so I rewarded them with some YWA - and a stretch and ab work.  Ha!

Calorie Counts:

Monday - 1404
Tuesday - 1421
Wednesday - 1341
Thursday - 1292
Friday - bad
Saturday - 1481
Sunday - 1454

No change in weight.  Totally depressed.  And I've lost all hope.