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).
So as many know I’ve been trying to figure to get back into a fitness and nutrition routine since the beginning of the year. I’d be going good for awhile and then slide backwards, and then crawl forwards, and slide backwards again.
I’m a firm believer in Beachbody workout programs—I’ve been a customer since I think 1999 (basically whenever Yoga Booty Ballet came out)—and yes, I’ve been struggling with my weight for basically 20 plus years. But that issue has been solely on my shoulders—I cave to mistakes way to easily, and then allow the problem to get even bigger before I try to take on a fitness routine again.
I’d made a good start several years ago when I started with T25 (it is a great workout program that is only 25 minutes a day for 5 days), then went on with a few other programs as well (CLX—Charlean Extreme, 21 day fix, 21 day fix extreme, Les Mill Pump), but at the same time slid backwards on my nutrition and allowed an injury that sidelined me for about two months to stretch into about three and half years. During those three and half years—I gained all the weight I lost and then some. While I didn’t (and don’t) really hate myself—I am disappointed in myself for allowing myself to slide so far back (basically I’m back at my grad school weight).
So I’ve decided that I’m going to start again, and this time in “community” setting. I’ve decided that I’m going to try LIIFT4, which is one of the two new programs that beachbody is going to be rolling out this fall. LIIFT4 is basically a program that combines resistance training (weights) with HIIT intervals; and it’s only 4 days a week.I enjoy doing weight training (Les Mill Pump is still one of my favorite workouts), and decided that maybe trying something new in terms of weight training is the way I need to go. So day one is done—my chest muscles and upper arm muscles aren’t really talking to me (I don’t know how well I’ll be able to move my arms tomorrow). So far the only exercise that I’m going to have to figure out modification/replacement for are doing the tricep pushups—I don’t have the upper arm strength, and I’m not sure my arms like going in that direction anyway. So stay tune, within the next two months I will hopefully be sharing at least one series of comparison photos (it may be just the before and after—not sure).