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12WBT Blogger Challenge 2

Challenge #2: Tell me or show me! When and where do you workout? Are you doing anything different this round? Or is it your first time exercising? Is there anything that you’d like to do, but have not yet done?

I work out at the gym (group fitness classes). So far the plan is Monday = Pump, Tuesday = Combat, Wednesday = Pump, Thursday = RPM, Friday = Pilates. However my schedule is going to change next week when I return to p/t work (Mon-Tue-Wed).

I also exercise weekly at netball. I play GS (goal shooter), and I’ve played for many years.

And I also exercise at home on the treadmill, or with one of Michelle’s exercise DVDs.

And, because I like to mix it up a bit, I’m also planning to train with Motivate Me Personal Training, by doing a group training session for my SSS. They also offer Boxing on a Thurs night, which sounds good to me (more appealling than RPM let me say…)

My weekly training looks like this:

Mon – Pump or ‘Tight Toned Terrific’ DVD (toning)
Tue – Combat or run or ‘Seek & Destroy Cardio Kicker’ DVD (cardio)
Wed – Pump or ‘Tight Toned Terrific’ DVD (toning) and Netball
Thur – Boxing or RPM or run or ‘Seek & Destroy Cardio Kicker’ DVD (cardio)
Fri – Pilates (core & flexibility)
Sat – Super Saturday Session -SSS (group training & either run or DVD)
Sun – rest

This round I am going to the gym MUCH more frequently! It’s nice to actually USE something I’m already paying for. I need to be flexible because we have a toddler and anyone who has kids will know, things don’t always go the way you plan! I really enjoy my pump classes, but once I’m back at work, it will sometimes depend on the traffic as to whether I get there on time to do the class. So that sucks.

This isn’t my first time exercising, I’ve played netball for many years, and last round I ran in 2 fun runs (5km & 4km). But I haven’t been someone who exercises regularly – until now! So I guess you could say I am a first-time serious exerciser.

I’d like to try abseiling soon, I have done it once before in primary school and I vaguely remember enjoying it (I’m not even going to try to count how many years its been!). There is a discount deal on at the moment for a 2-hour abseiling package, so I’m going to do it! Currently trying to rope in encourage some family members/friends to do it with me!

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 Another new thing I’d like to do is a PIP training session as my mini milestone. This is a large group training session, and they usually organise something EXTRA special (read: challenging) for the mini milestones.

I can already feel my fitness improving, even though I have missed a couple of sessions (and the whole of Week 1 due to illness). I am actually looking forward to running my 1km time trial again (can’t believe I just said that!).


Day 16 – Early fowl or late owl?

Today has been a bit flat. My nutrition has been great, but I didn’t do any training. It’s not even that I’m sore from yesterday’s effort (excuse alert!), because I’m not sore at all. I’m disapponted in myself, but I know where I went wrong, and I’m doing something about it (more on that later).

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Raspberry Smoothie. I like the idea of this, but the reality is, it’s too grainy for me. Very keen for the banana version though! I had this together with my snack.

Roast beef & beetroot sandwich. Always a winner! Quick & easy = I like it.

Bunless burgers. Mr S had buns, I went bunless. Mmmm swiss cheese!!!

Tomorrow – Wednesday. I have a 10:30am Pump class, and Netball at 6:40pm (might pick up an extra game too!). Then home to watch the first live Mish video.

I read a great post by Kirst tonight, on a new snip tip video from Mish. The topic – are you an owl (stay up late & get up late) or a fowl (in bed early & get up early)? Unfortunately I am very owl.

BUT, Mish has set a challenge (uh-oh)… Here are the rules:

  1. Get into bed by 9:30pm for the next 14 nights (erm… starting tomorrow).
  2. Lights out at 10:00pm.
  3. No TV, computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, (or any technology), from 9pm.
  4. The alarm set for 6am.

So, I’m going to do it, and track my progress here. To be honest I”m not sure how I’ll go. I have to learn to utilise my time better in the hours I’m awake. I’ve already been thinking of what I can do now, to make my work days (Mon-Tue-Wed) go smoothly. And I’m still not sure how I’m going to fit in my workouts – either at 5AM, or after work, or both?

Speaking of being an owl, and in the interest of full & honest disclosure…. Today’s training didn’t happen because I didn’t sleep until about 1am, and then got up at 6am… I decided I would need a nap before doing any exercise (so I didn’t do the 9:30am Fitbox class, instead I could still do Combat). By 2pm I was struggling, and just after 3pm I went for a nap, I set my alarm for 4pm (still thinking I’d do the 4:30 Combat class, or a treadmill run), but I woke up at about 5:30pm. (What the hell is going on with my alarms???). Then it was dinner time, and bath-time, and time to clean up the kitchen… and now here I am at 10:30pm, typing my blog, and I haven’t done any exercise. Aaaaaargh.

So it’s pretty obvious my sleep routine is having a negative effect on my training, and that can’t happen. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to maintain 6 days of exercise per week without changing my sleeping habits, so I guess it’s time.

But on the flip-side, my nutrition has been good, and missing a training session isn’t the end of the world, and will not alter my focus.

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Please wish me luck in changing into a fowl. I really need to do this.
Any going-to-bed-early tips would be gratefully received!!

How do YOU get to bed early?


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