As I start this Transformation Challenge, I can now admit that I am in a rut. I took the photos for the beginning of this Transformation Challenge on yesterday and was MORTIFIED! Although I can still do pretty much ANY workout, I look as bad as I have looked in two years. I contemplated doing this challenge because I felt like I was in a rut. I have been blessed in that when I start looking bad, usually from neglecting the diet, I can take 2 or 3 days and pull myself back on track and look decent. I realize, however, that over the past few weeks I just have not done that. I have been running around like a mad man for the parents and have not really attended to my nutrition and rest as I should. I also was, honestly, feeling a bit resentful. From my blogs, you would not believe that I have two sisters! They do virtually nothing and I have found myself putting things for me on the backburner. I, especially as the oldest child, KNOW that it is RIGHT to honor and care for my parents and will continue to do so, but this transformation is also for me to care for myself. I also know that there is some emotional eating for me as of late. At times life seems to have gotten a bit flat for me (Missing my Grandma and uncle, very much still). So although I have been getting the workouts in, I have not been attending as well to the diet. So, it is time to hit the workouts, cut out the junk, which I have lately been eating throughout the day, and clean my act up. I have too many people who have named me as an inspiration, who follow me, and give me great encouragement to continue to look as I look now. To you all I apologize for slacking and becoming complacent. That being said, I had another great workout. The Transformation Challenge has, at least, made me more intense in my efforts.
Today's workout for arm and shoulders were all chin-ups (wide & close grip) and military presses. I really concentrated on good form for all exercises and could really feel the results of my efforts. I am also proud to report that I did the military presses with NO arm & shoulder pain. I continue to get in the full body stretches and have to credit them with my remaining injury free. I had to modify my cardio due to the wet ground. I normally do broad jump burpees, but there was too much water, snow, and mud to do the burpees. I substituted bounds today, which were dangerous because of the conditions as well. LOL! I learned just how dangerous today during my first 2-mile run of the new cycle. As mentioned above, my course is full of melting snow, water, and mud. This made the run difficult and hard on the legs. I settled in to a careful, rather slow, for me, pace and thought everything was fine. After the first 1.2 miles, I hit a muddy patch and went down! It was shocking and a bit funny. I have not fallen in YEARS. It happened very fast and I continued to slide after I fell. I slid forward on my course and got up and just kept running with mud all over my left leg, arm and hand! LOL! I creeped around the final 4 laps to finish in an abysmal 15:40 (7:50 mile pace)! Tomorrow we are supposed to get near 70 with more sun. I hope that the snow is completely melted and my course is in better shape for my first 3-mile run of the cycle.
Anyway, tonight I will rest and regroup and then work on some of my long-neglected projects. Tomorrow I hit my back and chest and a 3-mile run. Hopefully, I won't fall! LOL!
I am wishing everyone a great Monday and am wishing all who have decided enter the Transformation Challenge the very best in reaching their particular goals!
Here is what I did today:
- Stretching Regimen
- 3 x 15 Military Presses (Dumbbells)
- 3 x 15 Wide Grip Chin-ups
- 3 x 15 Close Grip Chin-ups
- 3 x 1.0 min Rope Jumping
- 3 x 25 Jumping Jacks
- 3 x 25 Windmills
- 9 x 40 yard Agility Drills
- 9 x 40 yard Sprints
- 3 x 40 yard Bounds (In place of broad jump burpees)
- 1-Mile Walk
- 2-Mile Run (15:40)
TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE DAY 2:
- Retook "Before Pictures" to include Newspaper in all shots
- Began concentrating on cleaning up diet