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Review of LIIFT4 and YBB Combo Program–a few weeks late.

So I realized that I’m about two weeks late in posting my latest workout summary. I managed to finish LIIFT4 mid-month, and then started on 10 Rounds.

LIIFT4 is a combination weightlifting and HIIT workout program—that is only 4 days a week. Which is one of the things that I really love about, it is two days working out one day off, two days working out and then the weekend to recover.

So it had been about two years since I did my first round of LIIFT4—the first time was actually when the program had been released by Beachbody (so it was late summer 2018).

My filled out LIIFT4 weight progression tracker. This was the end of my 1st Round in 2018

2018 wasn’t a good year for me—we had lost three of our dogs (two of which were in October and four days apart). So needless to say—fitness and nutrition wasn’t really on my radar for the last few months of 2018 and for most of 2019.

I’ve only really gotten serious about trying to get back into a workout routine this year (and I would say that it has really only been since June).

So with the second round of LIIFT4 I had managed to get my five pound weights out of storage, I bought a pair of 12 pound weights and I felt a little stronger since I was also coming off of just finishing Morning Meltdown 100.

My weight tracker for my second round of LIIFT4 (excel is a wonderful tool).

I will admit that I lift lighter with some exercises all the way throughout the program—for example the reverse fly I stayed with five pounds more often than not. This was to ensure that I had the correct form. One of the things I’ve realized over the past few years—I have to modify and/or go light on numerous exercises due to my bone structure.

What I mean by that is that I have slight curvature to my arms—they aren’t straight, which means that I also can’t do triceps pushups correctly (so I usually just try to work on normal pushups instead).

So for all of the lifting workouts my weight selections ranged from 2 to 20 pounds (2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 20). For some of the legs where only one dumbbell was needed—I tried to hold two, to have a slight increase in weight (namely for the goblet sumo). I managed that for a week. Then we had an ice storm—there was a couple weeks worth of lawn work, so I went light some days on the weights since I still had work to do in the yards.

Lunges are still a work in progress (with or without the weights)—mainly because of the fact that I’m slightly bow legged and one leg is a little longer than the other. This makes balance at times a little difficult. I do side lunges better than the normal back/forth lunges.

I had also worked in a little yoga booty ballet during the first few weeks of the program on the rest days. I enjoy doing that program because it is more toning and sculpting. While I didn’t finish that program per say—I did manage to do each workout at least once; and I may finish out 2020 with YBB (since I’m suppose to be done with 10 rounds on either Dec 25th or Dec 26th); and that way I can start 2021 (on the 4th) with a program from the start.

The third round of LIIFT4 will possibly be done again sometime in 2021 or possibly in 2022 (depending on what I have planned and if I feel like trying to change things up). But this is a great program for learning how to lift weights and since they’re ‘live’ you aren’t doing the same workout over and over again (at least until you repeat the program).

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My next fitness challenge: combining Yoga Booty Ballet with LIIFT4

So I am going to be finishing up with my first round of morning meltdown-100 next week (specifically on Sept 15th), and then moving right into a combo/hybrid workout of another two programs—LIIFT4 (which will be my second time going through the program) and Yoga Booty Ballet (specifically using their abs & butt makeover calendar).

I’m combining these two programs for the following reasons: 1) I want to continue doing weight training, and I really enjoyed doing LIIFT 4; 2) I’ve always enjoyed the Yoga Booty Ballet program (and actually this was the first program I bought from Beachbody years ago); and 3) I think they will complement each other nicely.

The workouts in each program are between 30 and 45 minutes—which is basically the current amount of time I want to spend working out (especially in the mornings), and while the yoga booty ballet workouts aren’t ‘live’—I don’t mind doing them on repeat for the next eight and a half weeks.

One goal for this combination is to see if by the end of the program am I lifting heavier than I did at the end of the first round of LIIFT4?? I’m hoping with coming off of morning meltdown 100, I will be lifting a little heavier for some of the exercises (though I also know that there are several that I’ll still be lifting “light” on for quite a while as well). So we will have to see mid-November how much heavier I’m lifting on some of the exercises.

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Review of Pisces new moon goals

So the moon is going to be moving into the Aries constellation over the next day or so, and transitioning through a new moon phase—and it will be the start of a new astrological year. So before I get into trying to set goals for the Aries new moon, I should look back on the goals that I set for the Pisces new moon and see how I did with each of them.

So what were the goals for the Pisces new moon?

            Get back into a meditation routine—preferably at night, but may try morning as well.

            Start doodling again, and possibly turn one of the doodles into a cross-stitch pattern (and teach myself how to cross-stitch).

            Daily workout (Beachbody or possibly see if I can find a free online belly dancing workout)

In terms of meditation—I’m still trying to figure out the best routine at night. I’ve bought a meditation pillow (though it is smaller than it looked in the pictures), and am trying to figure out the best time that works for me. Currently I usually try to meditate at night before going to bed. Since I’ve been having problems with the time—I’m going to try to set aside fifteen minutes (probably before brushing my teeth) for meditation at night.

In terms of doodling—this didn’t happen. I’ve been a little too irritated with the world (mainly because of the mishandling of the pandemic response) to try to draw (or even color).

In terms of working out—this I have managed to do. I started doing Morning Meltdown 100 on beachbodyondemand. I have only taken two days off (brother & his dog were in town, and needed to help keep the peace). But I’m liking the program—and currently I’m more focused on toning and losing inches than I am on losing weight—that would be great, but I’m not going to go out of my mind trying to micromanage what I’m eating.

I know that nutrition plays a large part in losing weight—but with the current atmosphere (global pandemic) I’m more concerned with trying to keep my anxiety and stress under control than I am about having my nutrition totally under control.

And I am remembering: Progress not Perfection

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Is there a reboot button or a return button for 2020?

So entering week 2 of the self-quarantine period due to the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus. Though truthfully, I’ve only been out of the house probably a total of a dozen times or so since early December (and only seven of those times were purposefully around other people)—the other six (or more) have been walks at Boomer, and I’ve only nodded, smiled, or said hello to people.

I’ve realized that while I don’t mind staying around the house (and I didn’t realize how close to being totally burnt out at work I was until I started my reboot break), I truthfully don’t like being told I have too—but I’m going to, because I would like the pandemic to be brought under control.

So what are some of the things that I’m going to be doing during this up coming week?

Cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of things from my bedroom (which also serves as my exercise room, my office, and my zen space)

Filing my taxes—yes there has been an extension, but if you’re going to get money back—why wait longer than you already have?

Organizing all my digital photos—getting rid of the really blurry ones, and then creating folders for all the others. I’m thinking that since most of my pictures are of different birds—I’m going to aim at keeping fifty to seventy-five photos (per year). For the trips I’ve taken—I’ll only get rid of the really blurry photographs.

Continue working on my afghan

Continue with a daily workout schedule (I’m back on doing Morning Meltdown 100 after a two day break).

Continue trying to brainstorm ideas for the blog, and continue journaling in general


Working through various e-courses that I’ve bought

Ask two or three people what they think my top five skills are

Try to actually then make a daily schedule that I will hopefully keep with so that I can start getting quite a bit more accomplished each day

Finally continue working on trying to figure out what I want to do with my life

Also remember that while it is a pain to be “stuck” in the house now–if we all do our part, the time required will go quickly. If people continue to ignore the request–the time will continue to drag on.

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