Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sunday Sweats: Vol. 13

I skipped out on posting last week's Sunday Sweats because we were busy enjoying our Father's Day (happy belated to all the baby daddy's out there) but I'm back today to share the progress I've made.

First off, I'm proud to say that I completed the 21-day challenge that I was doing, even though I skipped a day or two here and there, I made it up the next day and kept it up to the end.  I've also been doing pretty good at my wheat-free diet, though of course I indulge here and there when the occasion calls for it.

Last Monday I started a new fitness program, Sweat with Kayla (also known as the Bikini Body Guide) by Kayla Itsines.  Basically it's a 12-week program of workouts and healthy recipes designed to help you achieve a "bikini body".  Unfortunately, I'm not following the meal plan guides since there aren't any wheat-free options and a lot of the ingredients are extremely expensive or unattainable here on island.  I am, however, eating healthier and trying to keep my caloric intake down which is pretty much the gist of Kayla's meal plans so I think I should be okay.

As far as the workout routines go, they're much more difficult than I thought they would be.  Unlike Noelle's 21-day challenge where you do as many reps as you can in one minute, the Sweat routine gives you a set number of reps to complete within a 7 minute time frame which helps because you have to push yourself to complete that number of reps rather than cheat yourself by wasting your time.  With Sweat, you do 2 circuits of four exercises which you have to complete 2 rounds of, so your total active workout time is about 30 minutes.  Here's a break down of last week:

Monday:  2.34 miles via C25k, then I attempted to do week 1, day 1 (legs) of the Sweat program but could only complete one round of circuits before I quit.  Horrible start, I know.  It was just much harder than I thought it would be.

Tuesday:  Rest.

Wednesday:  1.95 miles then week 1, day 2 (arms & abs) of the Sweat program, which was 2 rounds of:  15 pushups, 15 weighted squats, 15 lay down & pushups, 15 tricep dips, 40 mountain climbers, 40 bicycle crunches, 30 sit-up twists, 15 sit-ups.

Thursday:  1.11 miles of running to and from a bingo night fundraiser in the neighborhood.

Friday:  Week 1, day 3 of Sweat, which was 2 rounds of:  15 weighted squat presses, 30 knee ups, 40 bicycle crunches, 24 walking lunges, 10 burpees, 15 sit-ups, 30 weighted step ups, 15 pushups.

Saturday:  Sweat full body recovery day which consisted of foam rolling and stretching.

Sunday:  Rest.

Now that I've done the first week of the Sweat program, I know what to expect as far as equipment and difficulty in the exercises.  Of course, I still haven't bought myself dumbbells, a medicine ball or a foam roller, but I use what I have on hand (two full wine bottles, 5lb kettle bell, yoga mat wrapped around hydro flask) and it works for me.

I've got a love/hate relationship with this new Sweat program because it's a step up from what I was doing before as far as difficulty goes but I'm excited to start seeing results!

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