21 Day Workout Challenge
In my Monthly Aspirations for March I wrote about some challenges I was doing, the 21 Day Workout and Eating Challenge. I had a lot of questions in the comments. I thought I'd take the time to break down those questions and describe what I am doing in better detail. This will be broken down into two posts, today's is focusing on the workout side of the challenge, Wednesday will focus on eating.
On January 2nd I started Yoga with Ardiene's 2016 30 Day Yoga Challenge. Kevin joined me for daily yoga on January 13. He is 11 days behind me. He's enjoying it so much that I bought him a good quality yoga mat. Once her 2016 Challenge was over we jumped into her 2015 30 Day Yoga Challenge, following that we jumped back to the 2016 challenge. At first the goal was to complete 90 days of yoga, so I could get a tattoo. And while I am still going to get that tattoo (eventually) I've enjoyed the yoga so much that 90 days just isn't enough.
Kevin asked me what I thought about doing daily yoga for the rest of the year. And that freaks me out, it freaks me out so much, it's a huge commitment. A huge goal and something I have tried and failed at before. We are currently chatting about finding a monthly yoga subscription site to have access to more videos and challenges. Which would greatly help in accomplishing that, should we set that as a goal. And while I am committing to another 90 days of yoga, every step forward I take is one step further than I was before.
Yoga is great for the mind, body and spirit, but it's not enough to get me to my fitness goals. Before my last position at the bank I worked out 5 days a week, looked and felt amazing. I want to get there again. And that brings me to
The 21 Day Fix Challenge
Last year I successful completed the eating side of the Beachbody 21 Day Fix. This year I wanted to do both parts of the challenge. On February 22 I jumped into Beachbody's 21 Day Fix Challenge. I got the DVD's, put their workout schedule into my calendar and jumped into it. I've had to change-up the schedule slightly due to Kevin (he wanted weekend workouts), so this is my current workout.
Mondays - Yoga and Ten Minute Abs Tuesdays - Yoga and Total Body Cardio Fix Wednesdays - Yoga and Upper Fix Thursdays - Yoga and Lower Fix Fridays - Yoga and Pilates Saturdays - Yoga and Cardio Fix (Kevin joins me for this video) Sundays - Yoga and Dirty 30 (Kevin joins me for this video)
Breakdown of my thoughts during the workouts
Ten Minute Abs
Week 1 - didn't do week one. Had a slightly different schedule so I missed it that week. Week 2 - oh gosh these ten minutes are HARD and took me 30 minutes. Week 3 - took me 25 minutes, so I cut off 5 minutes of time. But man, do my abs hurt good!
Total Body Cardio Fix Keep your heart rate up and your metabolism revved high long after the workout is over.
Week 1 - modified due to the tenderness in my ankle from injuring it the week before. Week 2 - had a bad week and only managed to do half the video. One thing I've forced myself though, is even if I am not doing the excises I have to watch the whole video and can't multi-task watching it. Week 3 - still have no weights and I had to take an extra break or two but I made it through.
Upper Fix Targeted resistance training helps shape your chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs.
Week 1 - I started with no weights and just pushing myself through the exercises. Week 2 - I didn't own weights, so I continued with just arm strength. Week 3 - I used cans, the cans weighed 14.3 ounces. It's not much but it changes the workout and feels so much better. I also went out and bought weights after this workout.
Lower Fix Firm and tone your entire lower body while you blast fat and burn calories.
Week 1 - SORE.
Week 2 - I did it, but didn't really have any thoughts on this workout.
Week 3 - Weights! Using weights makes it so hard!
Pilates Strengthen your core, elongate your muscles, and firm your hips and thighs.
Week 1 - I have always been curious about Pilates but I have never really done it. The video is hard, but nothing extreme and while felt it the DVD is nothing special.
Week 2 - SORE.
Week 3 - I thought this was a rest day for some reason. It wasn't. Pilates is not easy. But if I had remember that, I would have struggled to get the workout in. Instead I started my day with it and powered through it.
Cardio Fix Get your heart pumping and your body moving as you melt away the pounds.
Week 1 - Missed because the DVD won't work so I ended up doing total body cardio instead.
Week 2 - I like the other cardio video better.
Week 3 - EVIL!
Dirty 30 4 rounds of fat-burning exercises help carve out a leaner, stronger physique.
Week 1 and 2 - I hate Dirty 30. I'll say the same thing for every week actually. It's hard, I don't use weights and I end up pausing every second or so exercise.
Week 3 - OMG weights totally made this work out!!
I did it! 21 Days of hardcore workouts! My body feels great but I have see very little in changes. And the reason for that is my diet! More about that horror on Wednesday. For now I am working on my second round of this challenge!! I created a full workout calendar that has me set until mid May. If you would like more details on what the workouts look like and how set number 2 is going let me know!
There are two people I would like to thank for being my motivation. Michael and Karen are a huge part of the reason I get up and kick my ass everyday. Their never-ending encouragement has been huge and I feel inadequate in writing my gratitude for them.