I was a bit worried last night that I, despite saying I’d find something to motivate me to exercise again and then share it with everyone, wouldn’t have anything to share today. But I woke up this morning and told myself that, after dropping my son off at preschool, I’d go to the gym and do a light workout.
For the last 4-5 days I had diarrhea. Yucky. I know. You’re thinking, “Why on earth is she sharing this??” Just wait. So every time I ate something, I’d have to run to the toilet about 10-20 minutes later. Healthy, not healthy – it didn’t matter. By Sunday I was all for never eating a single bite of food for the rest of my life. I ended up skipping breakfast because I just wasn’t hungry nor was I in the mood to be a poop cannon at Starbucks. By Monday things were settling down and I checked my weight like I do at the start of every week.
Holy Guacamole! I had lost 4lbs!!! That’s what dehydration and minimal food for 4 days will do to a person. But I thought, “Hey! That’s cool! It sucks having to go through it and I wouldn’t want to do it again, but at least I got something out of it.”
Then I checked my weight again today just for the fun of it. Gained .8lbs already.
And that’s what no exercise but increased eating without immediately missiling it out will do to a person.
I just went through 4 days of discomfort and food-hating (and at 12:45am one night there was some life-hating going on too) and came out with a consolation prize of my lowest weight yet. I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit around and gain it all back without a fight!
So I may have skimped on the cardio today and gone with only a warm-up but I worked my ass off (literally with those lunges and squats) on strength training. My arms are tired. Abs too. Hips too.
Since I’m training to be a group fitness instructor, I practice making my own class routines. The main class I’m training for is a Circuit Fusion class that combines strength training and cardio to get the most out of your 30 minutes. However, by cutting out the cardio, I think it works just as well for the Power Toning class at my gym too. So that’s what I did today.
2 differences: I replaced the warm-up with 5 minutes on the elliptical and I modified the core section because I was running out of time.
Each move was done for 1min. Moves like lunges were done 1min on each side. D=Dumbbell, B=Ball
- Hold Sumo Squat and Raise Heels (D) 10lb
- Forward Lunge w/Twist (B)
- Chest Flys (D,B) 10lb
- Chest Press (D,B) 10lb
- Tricep Extension (D,B) 8lb
- Hammer Curl w/Shoulder Press (D,B) 10lb
- Single Leg Deadlift (D) 20lb
- Walking Squat
- Front and Lateral Raises (D) 6lb
- Wall Squat w/Bicep Curl (D,B) 10lb
- Side Lunge w/Knee Raise and Twist
- Single Leg Calf Raise w/Knee Raise
- Peeing Dog
Core: (30 sec each)
- In & Outs
- Modified Side Plank
- In & Outs
I’ll probably go through most of these moves later and explain/show how I do them. If there are any specific requests, feel free to ask and I’ll get right on those.
I know, my core wasn’t nearly hard enough. But at least In & Outs work a lot of your core.
*DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a certified professional. I will NOT be held responsible if injury occurs while trying any exercise, stretch, or routine that I post here. I am currently undergoing training to be a fitness group instructor. Always consult your doctor before trying any new exercise.*