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Day 17 of workouts, a life lesson learned, and the surprise revealed

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Just a tip for anyone who cares, *do not get completely shit faced the night before a workout, it will not end well in the next days workout*

lol Yeah, learned my lesson the hardway… but I managed to muster through it. And now on to the workout for today:

Set 1:

1 ab circuit 6 reps

20 girl push ups

1 set of lunges 10 reps

6 regular push ups

25 crunches

Set 2:

1 ab circuit 6 reps

20 girl push ups

1 set of lunges 10 reps

6 regular push ups

25 crunches

Cardio:

4 minutes at 2 MPH

14 minutes at 3 MPH

Betcha thought that I forgot that today was reveal the surprise day didn’t ya? Nope, I didn’t, I’m just stringing you along 🙂

But yeah, today’s workout was extremely difficult for me, and I can only come up with 2 reasons, 1 was because I got shit faced last night, or 2 is because I did a little more cardio yesterday to compensate for the ice cream I had for supper last night 🙂

Before you go assuming that I did extra cardio on the treadmill, I’m going to say that you are wrong! hahaha I did my extra cardio on my surprise that I got yesterday! Best part is the surprise was free 🙂 Well, guess I’ve strung you along long enough.. and the surprise is… a new to me excersise bike!! Taylor’s grandparents bought it a few years ago at a garage sale and they weren’t using it, so it’s “on loan” to me…:) I think they were happy to find someone who would use it and give it a good home.. and I’m happy to do both of those! So, of course with every new toy, you’ve got to try it out.. so I did it! I managed to do 10 minutes at a brisk pace yesterday. Riding the bike really works a whole new set of muscles I haven’t used before! But to settle my off day antsyness, I’m going to ride my bike on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s… I’m hoping to be able to move past 10 minutes once my muscles learn the routine with the bike! I’m so excited, this is something I really wanted! I even made myself a bicycle playlist to randomly shuffle through so I have good music while I ride! Well, I guess that is it for today!

See you on Monday,

Amanda Ellen

Day 16 of workouts, a hint at a surprise, and the letter of the day : )

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

So kids, todays letter is S.

Using “S” in a sentence, I’m sweating my ass off today! :p

Its been a rather mild day outside today, but its sweat time in my house. Think today’s theme is sweating, sweating, and more sweating! But no complaints, I think of the drops of sweat as little drops of calories dripping off my body 🙂

So, here’s today’s new and improved workout:

Set 1:

1 ab circuit 6 reps

1 set of lunges 10 reps

3 sets of 8 reps for the weight work out

25 crunches

Set 2:

1 ab circuit 6 reps

1 set of lunges 10 reps

3 sets of 8 reps for the weight work out

25 crunches

Cardio:

4 minutes at 2 MPH

14 minutes at 3 MPH

Keep in mind that weights are a wednesday thing and have not yet become a permanent part of the routine for all work out days 🙂 I’m really sweating today!

I only did a back to backer today because I hate to get my self off schedule, so this was my attempt on keeping myself on the Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule! I have a surprise for my readers on Friday! This surprise is a new toy, one that I’m excited to add to my household 🙂 I supposed it could be said to be on loan, but if I play my cards right, it’ll be mine for all intensive purposes! Sweating, sweating, and more sweating… Oh, and my legs still look great today 🙂 I upped the treadmill time today, I’m now at 14 minutes at 3 MPH on the treadmill! I’m also getting better with my eating habits, and I’m starting to learn that I need at least 3 meals a day, not just 2. Today really kicked my ass with the weight workouts, my arms are resembling something close to jelly, but it’s ok because it feels great! Oh, and this is day 2 of the antihistimine/decongestant experiment, and I have to say that I started to get a headache around 12, but I took the meds at 1 and no headache! This makes me hopeful that this is all sinus/allergy related after all! So, after all this sweating, its time for me to hit the showers, finish up getting supper cooked, and relax with some TV time!

Until Friday,

Amanda Ellen

Day 15 of workouts and I love my legs :)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

I’m in love with myself because I finally memorized the ab circuit! This makes me happy, and it gives a much more satisfactory burn when there is no break between ab circuit exercises! Feel the burn! lol Here’s what I did today/tonight with a little commentary 🙂

Set 1:

1 ab circuit 6 reps

20 girl push ups

1 set of lunges 10 reps

6 regular push ups

25 crunches

Set 2:

1 ab circuit 6 reps

20 girl push ups

1 set of lunges 10 reps

6 regular push ups

25 crunches

 

Cardio:

4 minutes at 2 MPH

13 minutes at 3 MPH

Wow, waited late for this one, but I needed a make up for yesterday. The return of the monster headaches put a damper on yesterday’s workout. I am however being proactive and trying to find the root cause of my headaches. Today I got Allegra (an antihistimine) and some Mucinex D (a decongestant) in hopes that these headaches are somehow allergy/sinus related. Man, I love the feeling that this workout seems to get the slightest bit easier every time I do it. I did however, find out that my regular push ups are the cause of my frequent lower back stiffness. Guess this just means to be careful with those, and make sure I stretch my lower back out really good when I’m done for the day. And 1 last little thing I noticed today, when sitting on the floor with legs straight out in front, my calfs look freakin sexy. They are rock hard! I haven’t had calfs like this since Jr. High! lol This post is really rather short as there isn’t any thing else to update on, except for that I most likely will push the treadmill time up tomorrow to 14 minutes. I’m getting ever closer to my 1st goal of 20 minutes over all on the treadmill! Then my next goal is 20 minutes at 3 MPH alone. 🙂 Well, guess that is it for tonight, we’ll have to see what tomorrow brings us 🙂

I’ll see you all tomorrow 🙂

Amanda Ellen

Day 14 of workouts, 2 weeks of just workout days, and monster headaches!

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Hooray! This marks 2 full weeks of just work out days!! This makes me happy!
*happy dance*
I feel very accomplished, and I love milestones 🙂
Sorry, but I ended up unable and slightly unwilling to do my workout yesterday.
I had a monster of a headache that would not leave me, despite the amount of Advil I ingested.
I didn’t really want to take a chance on making it worse, and with a headache of that magnitude, I didn’t really want to workout.
So, I’m making it up today!
Here’s what I did:
Set 1:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Set 2:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Cardio:
4 minutes at 2 MPH
13 minutes at 3 MPH

My abs are loving me today, feeling the burn!!
I love the burn, its comforting to me.. its like a sign that I’m headed the right direction.
Also, my arms are burning… those push ups are just extremely intense for my arms 🙂
No dance cardio today because I just craved treadmill time.
I love the feeling I have while on the treadmill, and the feeling afterwards.
Treadmill time is more satisfying to me than dance cardio, but this doesn’t mean I’ll never do dance cardio again.
This just means that if I want a change that dance cardio is there as an option, or if I’m at 1 of the parents house, I can do dance cardio since they have no treadmill 🙂
God I love treadmill time.. today I listened to the Rays Vs. Red Sox game..
I almost thought they were going to call the game about 2 minutes after I started listening lol.
But, all in all.. I am happy I could get my missed workout from yesterday in today.
Working out always makes me feel good 🙂

Well, guess I’ll catch you all on Monday 🙂
Amanda Ellen

Day 13 of workouts and a minor injury

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Yay! It was increase day!
I only increased the treadmill time since I’m happy with where everything else is right now.
So, now treadmill is up to 13 minutes at 3 MPH!
I’ll be extremely happy when I can reach an over all time of 20 minutes. This includes warm up and cool down periods.
So, I guess here’s what I did today!
Set 1:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
1 set of lunges 10 reps
25 crunches
Weight routine 2 sets each (8 reps each)
Set 2:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
1 set of lunges 10 reps
25 crunches
weight routine 2 sets each (8 reps each)
Cardio:
4 minutes at 2 MPH
13 minutes at 3 MPH
I added a weight routine in this week.
It gives me an alternative to the push ups.
It is made up of 6 different workouts, but I forgot how to do 1 of them.. oops? lol
So, this week I only got 5.
I plan to try doing this weight routine 1 time a week and see how it goes… if the pushups continue to be brutal to my shoulders, I may increase the weight routine to 2 a week if they don’t kick my ass!
I’m using two 3 lb weights if anyone was curious, and I’m starting out with 2 sets for each total set.. and each set has 8 reps for each excersise normally totaling 48 reps in total per set.
So, for each total set, I’m doing 16 reps for each individual excersise wwith the weights.
Ouch! I think I tweeked a groin muscle today.. probably with the lunges, not sure how I could’ve done it on the treadmill.
Although, I didn’t feel it till I was done with the treadmill, so it either exascerbated it or that is where I did it. Strange.
Also, I’m not even sure girls can tweek groin muscles, but that is where the general pain and tenderness is…
Its right there on the panty line… that is putting it nicely I think lol.
I will just keep an eye on it, take a anti inflammatory, and try to stretch it out a bit.
Also if I have time tomorrow, I’ll try to fit in a hot bath, that is the best thing for sore and strained muscles in my opinion!
Maybe next week I will pick up some Icy Hot… that might be good too.

Guess that is it for today…
Hope I’m better to workout on Friday!

Amanda Ellen

Day 12 of workouts and sorry for the late post!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Sorry, I got caught up in life in general around here and forgot to post this!
But yes, this is day 12 of workouts! Oh, my shoulders are sore, but thats the worst of it 🙂
Its Monday, its the last normal Monday I’m going to have for a few weeks, so I thought I better enjoy it.
After this week, my workout schedule and general life schedule will be in complete disaray until April 26.
This is because I have my final major project due by then, and I’ve got to dedicate some real time in to coming up with a 12 page marketing plan!
*I hate marketing* lol
Anyways, here’s what I did today:
Set 1:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Set 2:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Cardio:
4 minutes at 2 MPH
12 minutes at 3 MPH

Feeling very blah today, so I had hope that the workout might make me feel better.
My problem is too much on my mind and it is makeing me feel very claustorphobic, because I feel like I have no real outlet for all my questions and concerns.
Also, Google doesn’t help answer my questions quite as well as I would like 🙂
Did Yoga yesterday, and I wasn’t as sore the day after like last time! That’s a yay! 🙂
I did however not notice what it did to my abs this time around until I went to doing abworkouts and noticed a fair amount of soreness, it was a nice surprise!
No game until 8 or 9 tonight, so this means that Lady GaGa was what I settled on for my cardio on the treadmill today.
Working out is just what the doctor ordered, I feel slightly less crazy!
I think I’m on schedule for another treadmill increase on Wednesday, but the rest of my work is actually almost perfect where its at for now.
Now, I should be off to find out about a free set of 3 or 5 pound hand weights! Just another option for my arm work outs 🙂
P.S. I should have said weights tomorrow 🙂 YAY!

TaTa For Now,
Amanda Ellen

Day 11 of workouts and just some random musings

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

So, its day 11, and here’s whatI did today followed by my musings.Set 1:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Set 2:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Cardio:
4 minutes at 2 MPH
11 minutes at 3 MPH

Feel the burn!!
Yes, today was an ass kicker!
I needed it after yesterday, and it feels great!
My abs feel abused, but thats alright by me 🙂
Its nice to know that this current regimine still makes me out of breath and makes me sweat like no one’s business!
This means somethings burning 🙂
I got me some new Lady GaGa for the treadmill and even made a playlist with specific songs just for treadmill time!
You know the treadmill may not feel so killer if I learned to just jog on it and not feel the urge to dance lol.
I blame it on Lady GaGa, which whos new CD I’m not impressed with.
Gramted I didn’t get to hear it all but a lot of it I only listened for 1 minute and skipped to the next… very weird and not the up tempo beat I was looking for.
I’m also on the hunt for anexcersise bike. Thought I found 1 on Amazon that sounded perfect, and it was decently priced, but once eye balls looked att, the verdict was cheap, looks non sturdy and unsafe.
This made me sad, the rest I seen are all upwards of $300 and up, plus they don’t fold up like that 1 did. Oh well, probably wouldn’t want to pay shipping on that sucker anyways, it weighed 50 lbs lol.
Oh, and note to self, try to find a way to avoid BHH’s questions about how the workouts going, her reactions will only piss you off.
But on the other hand, was pissed when I got on the treadmill, and it felt really good to be in my own world.. hmm…
Anyways, I guess thats it for now…Catch you all on Monday maybe, I think I’ll take another stab at this whole yoga thing on Sunday 🙂
TaTa for now,
Amanda Ellen

Day 10 of workouts, small increase, a neat article, and Woo Hoo I’ve made it!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

So, its day 10 of working out! This is a small milestone for me,this means I’ve been working out for 3 days a week spanned out over 3 weeks!
This is the longest that I’ve stuck to any kind of excersise since graduating highschool. So, Woo Hoo I’ve made it! I think I’ll have my little milestones on workout days of 10. So, next one is 20!
I honestly can’t wait to write that post, and start looking back at where I was when I started compared to then!
So, here is today’s workouts and notes of interest 🙂
Set 1:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Set 2:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Cardio:
4 minutes at 2 MPH
12 minutes at 3 MPH

Holy moley! This workout is hard, but I think its going to be just hard enough to get what I want out of it!
I also didn’t see any problems with getting the whole thing done today either.
I was really unmotivated today because of some recent sleep issues, but RO was right, I’m feeling better after the workout, thanks for the motivation!
Then Nic was there to tell me how bad I would be for not getting my workout in, guilt is always a good motivator 🙂
I had no problem bumping treadmill time to 12 minutes at 3 MPH today surprisingly, given the other increases I’ve already made.
So really, think thats it.
Oh, I suggest anyone who is working out or thinking about starting to check out this link I really enjoyed what it said, and it made me feel much better about what I’m doing with my workout regimine. Although, it seems to support daily workouts, something I’m not completely in agreement with, it is still a good article.
I feel good, and notice a little more strength today, so that is always nice!
Here’s hoping that I can learn to sleep through the night soon 🙂
Also, please forgive me if this post goes up and down, I’m trying to make sure the link shows up properly!

Can’t wait for Friday!
Amanda Ellen

Day 9 of Workouts and stepping it up!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

So, on the suggestion of someone’s opinion I value very much, I’ve decided to step the workouts up a notch!
Here’s what I did:
Set 1:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Set 2:
1 ab circuit 6 reps
20 girl push ups
1 set of lunges 10 reps
6 regular push ups
25 crunches

Cardio:
4 minutes at 2 MPH
11 minutes at 3 MPH

Sweet jesus, this work out plan does it! I’m sweating my butt off, and only after the 2 sets of non cardio!
Not to mention, I’m actually out of breath for a change!
Takes me about 10-12 minutes to do each set, and I have a 5 minute break between them!
I think I found my thing!
But I’m also afraid that I don’t know if I can do this rigourous of a workout 3 days a week.
Guess I’ll find out on Wednesday!
Darvish pitching made treadmill time go quickly!
Also, holy crap, I’ve got stretch marks, I didn’t have those a couple of weeks ago, anyone got suggestions on how to make them disappear? Very unsexy hahahaha
I think I’ll probably be sore tomorrow, but its alright.. my legs are already feeling better on the treadmill!
Oh, damn, the Rangers just lost another spring training game.
Well, guess thats it for today, off to finish cooking fajitas for supper!
Yum!

Amanda Ellen

Day 8 of workouts, and yay its Friday?

Friday, March 16th, 2012

So, its Friday, and I just finished my workouts.
Working out is the only that has kept me sane this week. I was supposed to be on spring break, but instead I spent the week working on major projects.
Thats another story in its self, and this a work out blog!
I will note that I didn’t do dance cardio today because I’m trying to figure out what contributed to my massive cramps on Monday, yoga or the dance cardio.
So, I cut them both out for this week, and I’ll add 1 back next week, and if all goes well I’ll add the other back the week after that.
So, here’s what I did today:
1 ab circuit (6 reps)
25 girl push ups
25 crunches
7 regular push ups
4 minutes at 2 mph on the treadmill
11 minutes at 3 mph on the treadmill
Really feeling the burn today, I’m noticing a slight increase in my upper body strength, but really its just very slight. I’m not sure I’d notice if I wasn’t being fully aware of my body during workouts.
It feels really good to be able to do my full work out these last couple of days, but honestly, I’m not seeing much increasing much but my ab circuit and crunches next week.
I think I can increase my cardio by a minute, but its really about building endurance, which I have little of at the moment. 🙂 I did notice that doing 11 minutes on 3 MPH today didn’t even cause me to break a sweat, or make me out of breath. My legs on the other hand seemed to wear out quickly today. So, I’m hoping by next Wednesday that I can tack on another minute to my 3 MPH time.
Lady GaGa makes my treadmill time much more pleasurable, I almost want to dance on the treadmill hahahaha. I tried listening to baseball today while on the treadmill, and I think that could make treadmill time better when it goes to regular season games, this spring trining mess does not capture my attention all that much :).
I know this might be all in my head, but I think I’m noticing a definition in the curve from my rib cage to my hips.
Like I said, this is probably me wanting to see some difference, but all the same, it makes me feel good 🙂

So, thats it for Friday, I’ve now done over 1 total week of working out, not counting the off days 🙂
Time to relax,
Amanda Ellen