Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kickbox Fastfix, Level 1

I really like this workout. It's fast and it's fun. This level supposedly concentrates on arms, but that mostly means there's a couple of sets of flies in the midst of all the kicking and punching.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ripped in 30, Level 3

Possibly the most unpleasant level on this DVD - there's just no breathing room anywhere in it. EVERYTHING is hard.

I'm sure it's good for me. And it's done now HAHAHAHAHA. :P


Sunday, May 26, 2013

3 for me!

In my first "normal" week in a long time, I was able to hit my target of 3 exercise sessions for the week.

T: run/walk intervals on the treadmill
W: uphill walk on treadmill, brisk pace
Th: the 7 minute scientific exercise, x2 (I definitely need to do more squats - my poor legs were very sore the next day).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ripped in 30, Level 2

Did this DVD today, and walked on Wed.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ripped in 30, Level 1

This felt really familiar, like I done it sometime recently, but I couldn't find a record of having done it recently here on the blog. Oh well, maybe I just forgot to log it. But! I did it today. :)


Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Yesterday I did a bit more than a half and hour of walking. You know, running is fine and fun, but I really like walking. I can think. I can plot the next chapter of my book! Walking rocks. I think I've developed an affection for it.

And today I tried this nifty work-out. No equipment, whole-body, very awesome. I went through it twice, and then added on 5 min. of plyometrics for good measure.


Weeks 17 & 18

Not much to report.  Allergy symptoms hit hard during the week of finals, and I only managed one exercise session - P90X chest, shoulders & triceps.

The following week (last week), I was back outside again with a jog on Tuesday and a walk on Thursday.  

Sunday, May 12, 2013

walking and hiking

Friday I walked for about 35 minutes (in place of running) and today we all went for a hike. I'm not sure how long the hike was - we were hiking for 80 minutes, maybe? but it wasn't very fast. :) Lots of uphill, though!


Saturday, May 11, 2013


Hey, Jessica--Have you had someone look at your running stance?  Focusing on your running form might help with your knee issue.  For example, a lot of women tend to straighten their legs while running and this is much harder on the knee joint.  Also, their are exercises you can do to build muscles around the knee too.  Just a thought!

Re: me--I've been pretty good at exercising 4-5 days a week (usually 5) for the last few months.  I started alternating running days with strength training late Feb and, lo and behold, within a couple weeks I was back to my pre-preg 6 miles!!!  Very happy about that (though I don't do that often because running 6 miles with a jogging stroller is no fun).

However, whether it is the stress/anxiety from this last term plus the new stress of moving, I don't exactly know, but I've been struggling with boredom/discouragement in my workouts.  I think it is just the inconvenience of having a toddler when it comes to exercise, but I feel like no routine quite works right now.  This week I started getting up a bit earlier to try running before the kids go to school, but that means I am just doing 2 miles (I am NOT a morning person).  And then I try to finish up my workout with pilates/light weight lifting during the morning mayhem of breakfast.  Not the most ideal situation.

Hopefully, I can get used to waking up earlier or a good routine might just have to wait until we move.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Went for a 25 minute run tonight - and it felt okay, my knees ached a bit like usual - but afterwards: ow. I think my knee is done being "oh I kind of hate this in the moment" and onto the "I SHALL BURN YOU WITH FIRE YOU TERRIBLE WOMAN WITH DELUSIONS OF RUNNING".  :D  We'll see!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Wks 15 & 16

My mind has turned to mush now that the semester is winding to a close.  Exercise has taken a back seat (unfortunately), but a cleared schedule should change that this week.

Here's what I remember of Wks 15 & 16:

2 walks
P90X chest/shoulders/triceps x2

My treadmill and I need to be reaquainted this week so I can shed the couple of pounds I gained sitting around and grading essays.  Ugh . . .

No More Trouble Zones

Did this DVD today. Missed a lot of workouts last week - partly because Adam was sick for part of the week and partly because I was pushing to finish a book project (which I did! one down, one to go!).

Feels nice to be working out again, though.