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.