Monday, April 20, 2015

Week Five: Peak 10 Challenge #3

Oh, week five, how I dread thee!  La sigh.

After the first four weeks of the Peak 10 Challenge, Michelle throws you a curve ball: for the next four weeks you add an additional Cardio Strength into the mix.  This is hard for me since it means one day, during the work week, I have to do a CS after work.  I do not like this.  But at least it shocks the body - hopefully.

Monday:  Anytime Anywhere

No Pure Cardio this week.  I skipped Anytime Anywhere last week so it's back this week, along with a HIIT instead of Pure Cardio.  Oh, fun.  To add to the fun, I was dealing with having had very little sleep on Sunday night; I woke up so exhausted on Monday.  It was a morning I could have easily called in sick, but I didn't.  Somehow, I got up and did this workout.  A meeting meant no workout at lunch.

Tuesday: Michelle's Tip Top Shape on Glo

It was time for weights today so I tuned into Michelle's Glo workout, which is one of my favorites.  My arms were aching by the end of this one!  The cardio isn't as tough, which is fine - I needed a lighter day since there will be more high impact cardio this week.  At lunch, I went to hear our nutritionist talk; she's always fun!

Wednesday: McLean's HIIT - Bodyweight Circuits + yoga

I finally slept last night, thanks to two Advil PMs.  I rarely take those because two make me feel groggy and gross the next morning.  So, yay, I slept!  Boo, I felt lethargic all morning.  This HIIT workout was the last thing I wanted to do, but I got through it.  I added on some cardio, skipping McLean's ab work at the end, to make this workout longer (50 minutes).  At lunch, I finally got to work out today, and it was good to get back to yoga.....even if she made us plank a hundred times.

Thursday: walk + Peak Fit Cardio Strength 2 + Michelle's Heart-Pumping Total Sculpting

I walked at the rec today and it was good to have that break at lunch.  It worked out that on this day, when I had to add in my additional CS, I took off work early to get my thyroid labs drawn.  Getting home early was great!  I did the 55 minute CS2 and then 10 minutes of Michelle's strength workout on Glo.  CS2 is difficult but at least the moves are more basic than the CS - Fat Blaster.  Michelle's strength workout on Glo is tough and I stopped halfway through because I'd already had enough!  

Friday: BodyFit 360 + walk

My reward for a hard workout the previous evening was the original 360 this morning.  I took it easy and tried not to jump too much.  I also skipped a portion of the harder work to do a longer stretch.  My body, my muscles, needed the break.  At lunch, I walked the track at the rec, mainly for steps.  Though I wasn't going fast, I broke a I worked harder than I thought!

Saturday:  Peak 10 More Cardio Interval Burn

I got a late start working out and felt rushed today.  It was nice to do More CIB as it was my first CIB; I always enjoy it's familiarity.  But it's tough!  The first circuit always gets me.  I was tempted to do more cardio but circumstances didn't let me.  I spent 10 minutes stretching and doing some ab work and had to call it a day.

Sunday:  Peak 10 Cardio Strength + Ilyse's Groovy Dance Party

Today was a good workout day, though, when I started, I didn't know if I'd have the energy.  The original CS gets me every time.  It is tough.  There is no letting up for 55 minutes.  Whew!  I wanted more steps after I was done, so I tuned into Ilyse's dance workout for 20 minutes.  Very fun!  My workout ended with stretches and ab work. 

Calorie Counts:

Monday - 1628 (leftover pizza in the house)
Tuesday - 1296
Wednesday - 1263
Thursday - 1290
Friday - 1660 (it could have been worse)
Saturday - 1201
Sunday - 1272

Don't be fooled by Saturday's low number.  We lost power for 3 hours and all the food I wanted was in the fridge, untouchable.  Ugh!  And I regret Monday's pizza….but…..

Major, major news.  For the first time in 2015, I'm within my five pound "normal" weight range - just barely, like by 0.4 pounds, but I'm in it.  And this was after the pizza!  I knew I felt different - less bloated - so I got on the scale on a Sunday, of all times, and was dumbfounded.  And then ecstatic!  The meds are finally working!  Yay!  Now let's hope the doctor doesn't change them.  

Another week down, three more to go!

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