Monday, June 27, 2011

20 Second Fitness: Week 5

So here I am 5 weeks done on my 20 Second Fitness adventure - can yo believe it? This was a rough week for me not because of the workouts but because of a stomach bug that went through my house at the end of the week. For the first time since I started I skipped not only one but two days and did not workout on Friday or Saturday. Normally, Sunday is my day off but to make up for the missed days I did both of those workouts. The first one I did early in the morning and the second at night after the kids were in bed. Let me tell you, even though my workouts were more than 12 hours apart, that second one was tough!  Especially since it was loaded with burpees and burpees with pushups. I hate those. But you probably know that by now.

The workouts are definitely still getting more intense. One day this week there was a 12 minute workout and the last 4 minutes were all jumping rope.  This is definitely a great cardio workout but for some reason I jut can't get it right. I will do the first 20 second set no problem. Then I start up the next and the first time my foot catches on the rope is the end. From that point on I literally trip up more than I jump. So eventually I just ditch the rope and pretend that I am using one. I figure I will get more of a workout that way than if I keep tripping up and have to restart with the rope. Obviously I need to practice more on this.

Start
Weight: 145 lbs
Waist: 34.5"
Hips: 40"
Thigh: 23"
Arm: 11"
Week 2
Weight: 145 lbs
Waist: 34.5"
Hips: 40"
Thigh: 23"
Arm: 11"
Week 3
Weight: 143.5 lbs
Waist: 34"
Hips: 40"
Thigh: 23"
Arm: 11"

Week 4
Weight: 142.5 lbs
Waist: 34"
Hips: 40"
Thigh: 23"
Arm: 11"

Week 5
Weight: 142.5 lbs
Waist: 34"
Hips: 40"
Thigh: 23"
Arm: 11"


This week's update also comes with a confession from me. Here I am 5 weeks into this exercise routine and I have not lost any inches. While my numbers do show 2.5 pounds lost, I wonder if that was more of a fluctuation in water weight then actual weight loss. So here comes the confession: my problem is eating. When it comes to meals I actually do really well and eat healthy. But my vice is sweets. Most notably chocolate. If there is anything like that in the house I have a hard time not eating it. I've been good and have not been buying any sweets since I started this, but people keep bringing it over. Like this afternoon my husband went to Costco for a bunch of stuff and came back with Nutella. (That wasn't on the list). I left it in the cabinet in the basement and I am not opening it!

On the bright side, I do feel like I am getting stronger. Five weeks ago when I first started this program and was introduced to star jumps, I could barely do them. I have improved them so much and I think I might look slightly less ridiculous while doing them now. I am actually getting some height and I am getting more done in those 20 seconds. I'd like to tell you that my burpees have improved as well, but I am really not too sure on those.

So as of right now I need to get serious about making a commitment to cutting out the desserts otherwise I am not going to get anywhere. Sunday was a step in the right direction for me as my snacks were a handful of peanuts and some whole grain crackers with hummus. I just need to keep it up and try to gain some will power. And darn it I need to keep the treats out of the house because having them here is torture for me. Hopefully for next week's update I can report that I did awesome with food and actually lost some weight and inches!

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7 comments:

  1. Way to go though girl! I just finished my second week and I thought that was hard, LOL! Can't wait for week three!!!

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  2. You can't fault yourself for not working out when your tummy is sick!

    Your overall results are impressive!

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  3. Ugh, there's nothing worse than working out when you're ill. It's best not to so you can recover quicker!

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  4. I am in the same boat with the eating sweets. I started to just buy really rich, dark chocolate and eat a tiny square a day (or maybe 2 a day on stressful days). But then my husband bought me nestle crunch bars in the fun size! I swear our hubbys just do not understand that we are trying to lose weight.

    My other trip up is cereal. It is soooo bad for me but I still eat it, and at night of all times.

    I have plateued with my weight loss too. But you are noticing differences in your strength, so keep it up. One thing that helped my eating (and I need to go back and use it more) is myfitnesspal.com - you can track what you eat and stay on top of your calories in and calories out.

    We can do this Marianna!

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  5. I have been a slacker with my workouts. But it's only because I have been doing a lot of yardwork, digging a trench and grading our backyard and suck. After 4 hours of shoveling and using a wheelbarrow I have no desire to do anything else.

    I have such a problem with the jump rope. I cannot do it, it gets wrapped around my ankle.

    I think sticking with the program will lead to results, especially if you can throttle back the sweets. Do you like dark chocolate? I like frozen berries partially thawed as my snack but you could also melt a bit of dark chocolate and drizzle it over them.

    Good luck with the journey!

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  6. Marianna,

    You are doing great! This is all about baby steps. The first step is to be consistent with exercise which you are doing!!! The second is to start making those small changes to the diet and how you eat, which you are also doing. Each week try to do a little better and don't beat yourself up if you have a bad day here or there.

    @Annie, when eating your cereal try using a kids bowl and spoon! That way you don't have to go cold turkey!

    @Kim, pull out that jump rope and practice and you will soon be jumping rope like a pro!

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  7. Maybe the inches take longer?

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