Since I’ve been having problems with sticking to a routine this fall (I did great up until September & then everything spiraled downhill on me). I’ve decided that I was going to make a hybrid workout schedule for the month–if I manage to stick with it, I’ll make a longer one for the new year.
The workouts are a mixture of programs–some I have the DVDs of (which is good, since one of the programs isn’t carried any more), and others I will have to log into the online platform to do. I don’t mind doing “on-line” workouts–except for there are times that I don’t want to be getting on my computer after work, which is why it’s good to have physical DVDs (or one can also go to a gym–but that isn’t my cup of tea when it comes to working out).
The programs are also a mix of strength training (I do love LIIFT4), yoga/pilates (PiYo & Yoga Booty Ballet), and cardio. When it comes to our health and fitness, there isn’t a one size fits all in terms of programs (or nutritional advice either). I’ve decided that while I can do programs from start to finish–some times I need variety and that is where my hybrid schedule is going to come into play.
This schedule may also change–I might try to sub in an 80 Day Obsession workout during the Christmas holiday instead of one of the shorter ones that I have currently listed. The only way to know if I would enjoy the workouts is to give them a try. So far day 1 is complete–I do enjoy the cardio dance workout of Country Heat.
So today was leg day with LIIFT4 (since I missed doing it yesterday). But since it was week four–that means that it was all HIIT exercises. There were only four exercises, but three rounds of each with decreasing times, then a double burnout round, and then three rounds of ab work. We’ll see if I can get out of bed tomorrow or not.
I’m really enjoying this program, and will probably do a second round (though not right away). I know that I’m getting stronger (I mean why else would I have gone ahead and ordered a set of twenty pound dumbbells?), though the scale isn’t changing dramatically. But in all honesty–I don’t want the scale to dramatically change as that means there is the good chance of me gaining the weight back (which I’ve done–and it’s not fun trying to convince your body to let the fat go the second time).
I’m going to start measuring my successes by other means–lifting heavier, actually being able to do some of the moves (I still can’t do a decent reverse lunge, and lets not even talk tricep pushups), and just feeling better about myself.
Four weeks to go with program, and then it will be on to doing a second (or maybe I should say a first full complete) round of Shift Shop–it’s only three weeks, and then possibly on to doing a round of Insanity Max30. I’ve realized with the past week–pushing play does help to get rid of the headache, and if I’m honest–I’m sure the next few months are going to be prime for me developing constant headaches.
But I have remembered how I enjoy to lift weights–so I will be cycling back to the programs that have the weights, and between them ones that have more cardio and resistant training (using body weight but no actual weights).
Well the winner for today’s photography challenge was the progress picture of the increase in weights for LIIFT4. Technically this should have been the end of week four, but I started week three over as I had a major migraine headache and other issues last week that had me putting the program on hold. I for one didn’t want to try to lift weights when I felt like my head was going to explode from the pain.
I’m really liking this program–while the exercises are the same week to week (though the legs have HIIT every other week–not looking forward to next Friday night), the order is changed week to week. So I was able to increase my weights on most of the exercises–though I’m probably still going really light on the shoulders (but they are one of my weak points). I’ve also learned that when it comes to pushups–I can’t do a tricep pushup to save my life and I might just try to work on doing normal pushups during that part (instead of just staring at the computer screen).
Next week is the measurement weekend (it will be basically four weeks of doing the program) and we shall see if there are any changes. Currently all I’m going for is to actually complete a program, if I lose some inches and pounds that is a bonus. I’ve had so many set backs that now I’m just doing things a day at a time, while still trying to focus on the long term goal of getting into the best shape of my life. I’m thinking that after I finish with LIIFT4 I’m going to maybe make my own hybrid calendar of different workouts and just switch things up daily and see how that goes (mix in the cardio with the resistance training).
Well we’re basically to the end of July (which means there are only five months left in the year). I really do wish that time would just slow down a little—I mean I could swear that yesterday was Memorial Day and a three-day weekend. Anyway the moon has spun through Capricorn, and Cancer constellations and will be entering into Aquarius. And with this transition, there is also going to be a solar eclipse (that I won’t be able to see since it won’t be visible from the US).
So to begin, I’m going to take a look at “Moonology: working the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, to see what questions one can be asking themselves during this Aquarius full moon:
Have I been pragmatic to the point of losing the romance of life?
Have I been living too much in my head and not enough in my heart?
Have I been trying to do things my way, just for the sake of it?
Have I been trying too hard to befriend people, and for the wrong reasons?
Have I allowed myself to move forward this month?
So with numbering the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as following:
I’m not really sure how to answer this one. I’ve never been in a relationship—I was picked on through out public school, and then I was concentrating on classes and working throughout my undergrad and grad school times. When I moved to Boston for my first postdoc—I was focused on trying to find a balance between work and life (and never really did find it). After coming home, I’ve been focused on trying to determine what my career is going to be (probably to the determent of having a social life). Plus I figured that I’d only be back for a couple of years, and I don’t want to have to deal with the idea of a long distance relationship. So my answer would have to be maybe???
Yes, I probably have been living too much in my head and not enough in my heart. It’s just easier that way right now. I don’t have the energy to try to figure out what my next career path is going to be and try to balance that with a social life. I know that I probably should be a little more social (would probably help in dealing with social anxiety)—I just don’t have the energy right now to do it.
I think the answer to this question depends on the context of the question. What things are we referring to? At work there really is only one way of doing most things when it comes to setting up the reactions and getting the plate run on the machine. Cooking and cleaning?? Maybe I do things my way, but that’s just because that’s how I like to do things. So I think that this question can be misleading. I know that things change and there can be faster and quicker ways of doing things—the question one has to ask themselves is this: Is the new way more cost effective than the old (in terms of certain science practices), and what would happen if we ran out of money (is there someone that can do it the old way)?
I don’t think that I’ve been trying too hard to befriend people, and for the wrong reasons. I know that to get forward in industry, one has to network. The networking can take time depending on how many conversations you have between the two of you before you are able to send your request for an informational interview or a referral. I know that I’ve had people reach out to connect with me on Linkedin, and then almost right away ask for help in their job search. When this happens I politely say no that I don’t know of any openings and wait to see what their response is.
In terms of moving forward this month—I’m hoping to move forward in terms of my transition plan. While I think that my current job is secure until sometime next year, I do need to aim to be somewhere else by April of next year (this is currently 9 months off). I’m doing LIIFT4, so I’m also trying to move forward with my workout schedule and trying to get back into shape as well.
So this transition of the moon through Aquarius is also having it pass through my fourth house or home and family zone. This can be a time to where we can make changes to where we live, work on any issues we might have with family, and again try to find balance between one’s personal life and one’s career. For me this basically means still working on my transition plan to move into industry but at the same time trying to keep a balance to where I’m not spending all my time outside of work working on it (I can probably do some stuff during the day at work [like read coding books to figure out how to set up a webpage and things like that]).
So my goals for this full moon period include:
Continuing with LIIFT4 (currently I’d be ending week 2; so that by the time that we get to the next new moon—I should be through week 4).
Renew some professional memberships (and possibly see about joining one that is slightly outside my area of expertise so that I could possibly go to a “blue networking event”).
Continue working on my transition plan (there are some areas that I think I need to freshen up or redo; which is why this transition plan document is over forty pages).
Strive to find that balance between work/job searching/and trying to have a life (socializing, crafting, spending time with my animals).
So yesterday marked the end of week 1 of LIIFT4, and I’m sore as hell. One of the reasons why I decided to give LIIFT4 a go is that it’s a four day a week program (two days on/one day off/two days on/two days off), so that you can almost make your own schedule—picking two days to start, taking the next day off, going two days, and then having a full two days off before starting the second week. So this isn’t the first weight training program I’ve done through Beachbody (I’ve done CharleanExtreme, Les Mills PUMP, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and T25—all of which are either majority resistance training or a mixture), and I’ll have to say that it’s nice to know that I haven’t totally loss my ability to lift semi-heavy.
Now I know that some people will say that lifting five to 8 pounds isn’t lifting heavy (or even semi-heavy), but when you haven’t been working out consistently for months—I think it’s pretty damn good that I can lift that amount for three rounds of 10. Though I did order a 10-pound dumbbell set (and it should be delivered before week 2 starts), and then I can use those for some of the exercises where the 8-pound did feel a little light. There were some exercises where I didn’t lift any weights (reverse lunges), mainly because those are my weak points. So I do have a goal that by the end of the program I can hopefully hold weight through at least two repetitions of the reverse lunge, and that I might be able to do three triceps pushups on the floor (and not elevated or standing).
I’m also going to try to do active recovery days (potentially trying to fit in either a cardio dance [country heat or CIZE], or something more pilates or yoga based)—that way once the next week starts I will be a little more loose and limber.
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