Jul. 4th, 2010 07:09 pm
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Today was an off-day from running, so that meant a dvd. I decided to go with BFBM.

Now...this is either a sign of how much exercise is becoming part of my life or a sign that I'm really starting to lose it mentally...but it was actually FUN! :) Even with my allergies flaring, it was fun.

I'm not saying it wasn't work, because it was. The segment where we're doing what Jillian calls "Supermans" in the 30 Day Shred (I don't think she calls them anything in BFBM), my carpet got a little wet spot in it from me resting my forehead there. I was definitely sweaty.

But it was a great workout! I really am loving it - now that I know what to expect. Hee!

Tomorrow (hopefully) is running again! (I say hopefully because the sign on the gym said "We will reopen at midnight on Monday July 5." Now to me, that means they WILL be open tomorrow. But a lot of places around here don't really get that midnight changes to a new day - the subway has their signage say "12:01" for clarification. So I figure I'll give them a call tomorrow and either just say wrong number or that I was just checking to make sure they're open assuming I'm correct and they ARE open.)
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While my brain thought it was just a peachy keen idea to do both levels of YM yesterday, my legs and shoulders begged to differ this morning. (They're still begging to differ if I'm being honest.) I'm trying to convince them that it's a GOOD thing...

So today I decided since they didn't seem to be too happy with yesterday's option, today was BFBM (Burn Fat Boost Metabolism in case you forgot). Man...that is a tough workout. I was drenched when I finished it.

Take that muscles!!! :P

On another note, I was looking at gym options. Through the Department of Ed, I could get a "discount" on NYSC membership - $72/month. When I was going to Trader Joe's this morning, I was on the bus and actually SAW the Brooklyn Planet Fitness - I'd figured it was somewhere hard to get to, being stupid and not it. Turns out it's an easy 4-stop subway ride or short bus ride from my apartment. AND I can go there directly from school without having to change trains! AND for a membership at that club only it's $10/month. So I went to check it out today. It's new, it's got cardio equipment upstairs and downstairs, and it seems really friendly. And did I mention it's $10/month? It doesn't have classes, but realistically with my DVDs (soon to include Bob's new series which I ordered today), I' not going to be taking that many classes anyway. So...

I signed up! :) I'll go tomorrow after summer school orientation!

AND since I've now got access to treadmills, I'm going to teach (train?) myself to run! I've always wanted to, but haven't really managed to succeed - mainly because I've not had access to a track or treadmill on a regular basis to get in the habit. I've found a schedule for a C25K (Couch-to-5K) program I'm going to use.

And I'm shooting for my first 5K to be in early September. I'd thought I'd do the WTC Run to Remember on 9/5 - registration for that isn't open yet. Then I was doing some more investigation and discovered that the Komen Race for the Cure is 9/12. We're out of school that weekend (Thursday through Saturday), and I'd planned to go up to Provincetown, coming back Sunday...but now I'm not so sure. I've done the Komen before, but as a walk. Because I've been close to several people who have had breast cancer, it would mean a lot to make that my first one. So...I'll need to make a decision soon about that.

But at any rate, I hope that by this time on 9/12 I will have finished my first 5K...running.
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I made the decision to hit Trader Joe's after school because I needed honey (left out of my parfaits, but I figure since I mix them all up anyway it won't be a big deal to add it in at time of eating) and peanut butter (for the banana breakfast shakes, DUH!) and I figured as hot and icky as it is, if I went home and got all sweaty from working out, I wouldn't want to put on clothes clothes (as in non-workout clothes) and go back out.

On my way back from Trader Joe's, I was really seriously contemplating doing Yoga Meltdown instead of Shredding today. I still get a good workout, and it's a little bit of a change of pace. But I was all indecisive - though leaning towards Yoga Meltdown because I "wasn't feeling the jumpy stuff of the Shred" as I told someone on twitter.

Then when I got home and got the mail, my stuff from the bonus I got when I joined Jillian's site - a DTB copy of Master Your Metabolism (DTB = Dead Tree Book; I already have it on my nook) and the dvd Burn Fat Boost Metabolism. So my brain went "Ooh new and shiny! Must try!"

Somehow I was stupid and didn't realize that it would still be a lot of jumpy stuff. So I opted to do that.

Um...think like maybe doing all three levels of the Shred back to back...but doing your ab work standing up. (Ok, one section where you're on the floor.)

But overall? I liked it! A lot!

That in and of itself says how far I've come since I started this journey in April.

Now yes, it's tough. As hell. But there are enough familiar moves I recognized from the Shred that I never totally felt lost. And the moves that weren't in the Shred I at least somewhat recognized from Tae-Bo days or kickboxing back when I had a gym membership. Of course Jillian puts her own spin on them, but that's what makes it cool!

I will say that she doesn't always give you the beginner modification (mountain climbers, I'm looking at you), but I basically just did what I do when they pop up in the Shred. And then there are some where the "modification" is just making the movement smaller (cross countries I'm looking at you). There's a 5 minute warm-up and a 5 minute cool-down on opposite ends of 40 minutes of intense cardio.

Yeah...apparently I got whapped upside the head with the crazy-stick when I decided that this would be a better option than Yoga Meltdown when I wasn't in a jumpy stuff mood. But I did it!!

On a nerdy I the only one who almost (or does) bursts into tears when she finishes a workout she knows was really hard and just realizes "OMG I did it!!"??


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Acronyms You Should Know

30DS or The Shred = The 30 Day Shred (Jillian)
BFBM = Banish Fat Boost Metabolism (Jillian)
YM = Yoga Meltdown (Jillian)
TBL = The Biggest Loser
C25K = Couch to 5K


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