Rest Week Run

I finished my third round of Body Beast last Saturday! This week, my workout partner and I swore blind we’d do no exercise and we’d actually rest. But I was having a tough week and was feeling restless, so a short run wouldn’t really be cheating, would it?

One of my favorite activities in Mexico City is running on the Reforma on Sunday mornings. But this time, I ran on the sidewalks. It was really fun, almost like an obstacle course! The sidewalks aren’t exactly even, so running on them was as much a mental challenge as a physical one.

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Please note two things:

  1. 4.6 miles has somehow became a short run for me.
  2. To beat the blues, I reached for sneakers instead of Oreos.

Who am I, and what have I done with the old Wendy?
I kind of like the new me. I think I’ll keep me around.

Have a great weekend!


Wendy

What’s in your gym bag?

Good morning!

Here’s my gym bag-I got it at the Fit Expo earlier this year. Thanks BSN!

I carry around my weightlifting gloves (remind me to throw these in the washer)

iPad to stream Beachbody on Demand workouts – I’m doing Body Beast again

My Body Beast worksheets, pen, and a highlighter to cross workouts off the calendar

Towel and water bottle pilfered borrowed from the hotel gym

What’s in your gym bag? 


Wendy

Fitness Friday Link-Up

Hola amigos, today I’m linking up with the lovely ALG, Uninterrupted for Fitness Friday.

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I guess I’ll do a Friday – Friday recap of my workouts.

Friday:
I was home for the weekend and 유씨 took the day off work, so we went for a nice hike in the Verdugos. We booked the uphill climb, but took our time meandering back down, chatting and enjoying the beautiful morning.
Hiking, Verdugos, Beaudry North

Saturday:
I popped on the treadmill at our apartment gym for 4 miles while catching up on my soaps. This attempt at running was no bueno – I was slow, tired, and had very little stamina.
saturday run
Sunday:
I re-started Couch to 10K for the umpteenth time – I need the run/walk cues and I really want to speed up (I feel like I’ve been saying this for months now, but whatever).  The result was much better than the previous day.
sunday runMonday:
I had more soaps to watch, so another 3 miles on the treadmill.
Monday runTuesday:
I flew back to Mexico City and had no workout. Unless running around the airport counts?

Wednesday:
I barely made it to work at 9am – no workout. I slept like a log!

Thursday
:
Back with my workout buddies; we drew up a new schedule. Somehow we determined that today was Body Beast Build Legs. OUCH (By the way, Body Beast is on sale for $39.90 this month).
We have a new addition to our Beachbody Mexico City Fit Club and she’s killing it!
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Friday (today):
My new workout buddy and I split up for cardio this morning – she hit the elliptical and I did Week 1, Day 3 of Couch to 10K. We reconvened for P90X Ab Ripper X. This is probably the best ab workout, ever. Ever!
P90X Ab Ripper X

So those are my workouts for the week – not great, because didn’t start my Body Beast/running/Ab Ripper X schedule until Thursday. I do not operate efficiently without a schedule! Who knows how much longer I’ll be in Mexico City, but I’ll stick to this routine for the next 2-3 months.

What exercise did you do this week? If you need help choosing a routine, let me know!


Wendy

Fitness Update

I am the worst Beachbody coach ever. I have not written a fitness update post in ages, not even when I finished the Body Beast program.

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So here’s my fitness update!

I finished Body Beast just before I came to Mexico around the middle of May. I really loved that program. It seemed quite intimidating before I started, and it was tough once I got going, but I managed it (even while training for a half marathon!). The trick with this program – and with all exercise programs – was just to get started. That’s it! Just getting started is both the hardest and easiest task for this program.

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By the end of the program, I was squatting with 35 pound weights (on each side! That’s 70 pounds!) and curling 20 pounds (per arm!) Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could be that strong.

I am really happy with my results. I could have had much better results had I stuck to the diet program, but I’m going for progress here, not perfection. The way my arms shaped up makes me feel like a bad ass. The lower half needs work, but that will come with time.

body beast for women, body beast results, body beast bicepI love this photo of me because you can see my bicep. I have a defined bicep! I’m not flexing or taking a gym selfie – I’m just posing for a photo with a friend and BOOM! There’s a bicep.

When I got here to Mexico, I took a few days off to settle in, then I started T25. I’m working 12-hr days and living in a hotel room and T25 is ideal for that kind of situation. It’s only 25 minutes and you don’t need a lot of space for it…perfect. There really are no excuses for not working out with this program.
Everybody Got Time for thatOne of my Beachbody customers told me she didn’t want to try T25 because she thought since it was a short workout, it would be too easy. I think it’s actually good for all levels of fitness – if you’re in great shape, you can follow Shaun T; but if you need something a little easier, you can follow the modifier. I followed the modifier most of the time – I don’t know if it was because of long work days, 5:30am workouts, or high altitude…but low-impact was the way to go for me. I finished the first month of T25 feeling great!

But…I missed Body Beast. And I missed running (I made this realization when dashing around in torrential rainstorms). So, I started Body Beast again. I packed my work sheets, my videos, and my weightlifting gloves so I was ready! Now I’m in the hotel gym when it opens at 6am, alternating Body Beast and Couch to 10k. I’ve got to take advantage of the high altitude to get my running speed up, so I started the program from the very beginning.

I have company in the gym, too – one of my co-workers asked me to be his accountability partner when he found out that I’m a Beachbody coach. Perfect! I needed an accountability partner, too.

Now that I think about it, I started this blog and signed up as a Beachbody coach specifically to keep me motivated –  so having a workout partner is an awesome bonus.

How are you doing with your fitness? Let us know if you need encouragement and support!


Wendy

Orange is the New Black – SoCal Blogger Link-up

Good morning and happy hump day!

SoCal Blogger Society

Today’s post is a link-up with the SoCal Blogger Society. The theme is “Orange is the New Black.” I’m no fashion blogger, so instead I took this gym selfie:
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Every time I wear this shirt, someone remarks on the bright color. I think it’s very cheerful! It’s from the Frozen Hot Chocolate 10k. The race was cancelled but the goodie bag with this shirt arrived in the mail anyway.

I’m almost done with the Body Beast program – a week and a half left! I thought this was going to be a terribly difficult workout, and it was. But like all workouts, after a while you get used to it and you can push yourself a little more.

How’s your Wednesday? Neon clothes yes or no?

 

 

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Wendy