Friday Five: Five Fitness Goals

Linking up with Eat Pray Run DC (and thank goodness for this because I’ve completely run out of blog post ideas)

Friday Five Fitness Goals

  1. Be half marathon-ready at all times. I think I might be pretty close to this. After all, I didn’t train too much for the Hollywood Half, and I did Not Badly. If I can do at least one 6-mile run a week, I think I can continue to run half marathons Not Badly. How awesome would it be to decide to run a half just like that? But another goal is to
  2. Run a half marathon in 2-ish hours. I did the math and I’d have to run at a ~9 minute/mile pace. I’m not anywhere close to that. So I’ll have to keep training, and work on speed, too. It won’t happen this year, but it will happen.
  3. Hike from a trailhead in Montrose to one in Burbank. I think that’s ~13 miles. At the top of the Verdugos (only ~3 miles up), it’s a pretty flat access road, so this is completely doable. I just have to stop complaining about the heat and get to it.
  4. Hike to Mt. Wilson. This has been a goal for a while now, but I haven’t even been hiking in months. Too hot, boo hoo.
  5. Do an unassisted pull-up. Body Beast is getting me closer to this goal – I moved the pin to 54 lbs on the assisted pull-up machine this week. And then, I moved it to 48 lbs and did 5 more. Slowly but surely, I’m making progress. And losing bra fat. Win-win.

What are your goals?



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Weekly Workout Wrap-up

I totally stole this idea from someone else’s blog…but I can’t remember which blog it was. If it was yours, THANKS!

Monday – I usually do C210K on Mondays, but after the race on Sunday I wasn’t feeling it. I went to a hatha yoga class at my gym and boy did I need that stretching. Then I did P90X Back&Biceps. I moved the peg down on the assisted pull-up machine, so I’m slowly-but-surely getting stronger.
I skipped abs and walked 3 miles home.

Tuesday – Brazil Butt Lift Bum Bum. If I were doing the entire BBL program, I’d have done another workout along with it, and I just can’t even imagine how. Bum Bum really kicks my Bum Bum.

Wednesday – C210K Week 5, Day 2. I wasn’t feeling it, but somehow I managed to finish it and run at 6.0. The feeling afterward is what keeps me going. Still don’t like running.
Then it was time for P90X Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps (aka the Most Humbling of All P90X workouts). A respectable 10 plyo push-ups (on my knees), but not a lot of progress on the weights or other exercises.
I did a couple of Blogilates videos and took the bus home since it was raining.

Thursday – I did my old Denise Austin yoga/mat pilates workout DVD, an old favorite. I like her baby talk in these two workouts; it makes them seem easier. I also walked ~5 miles.

denise austin

Friday – Back to the gym for C210K, Week 5 Day 3. This was a straight 20-minute run. I put my iPod on the treadmill and watched the Suze Orman Show while running. I started at 6.0, but after 5 minutes dropped down to 5.0. 5 minutes later, I went up to 5.5 for 5 minutes, then I finished out with 5.0. I guess I’m not yet at the point where I can maintain a faster pace, but still working on it. Or maybe I could have and just didn’t push myself enough? Not sure.
Then it was P90X Legs & Back, my least favorite workout. I modified this quite a bit for gym suitability (no way I’m doing the Groucho walk around in the gym).
A couple of Blogilates videos and a 3-mile walk home.

Saturday – Lots of Heavy Lifting in preparation for the move. That counts as a workout, right?!


I love my gym

Today I was pretty grumpy when I got to the gym. Besides me being grouchy, it was hot, HOT outside and I was already sweating, never mind that I took the bus there.

Today was C210K Week 4 Day 3 and since I don’t like running, I was dreading it (I always dread it. I love it when I’m done, but getting to it is always kind of a bummer). And it was Legs&Back day which is never my favorite.

While I was putting my stuff in my locker, my favorite spin teacher (and superstar trainer that I will hire once I win the lotto) stopped to tell me that she noticed how hard I was working earlier this week and that I was doing a great job.


So encouraging! Her words made me pop on the treadmill in a happy mood (ran at 6.0 for all portions), and I really pushed myself on my P90X routine today. I reached for the heavier weights. I moved the pin up on the assisted pull-up machine. I really brought it.


Just another reason why I love my gym. I know a woman whose gym puts posters in the women’s locker room with slogans: “Your Bones Aren’t THAT Big” “Be the Skinny Friend Everyone Hates”. Can you imagine having to see that?! None of that at my gym – the emphasis is on health and having fun while exercising. I just love to be there.
Even when I’m grumpy from the 100-degree weather.



Since I finished my last round of P90X, I’ve been looking for another exercise program to follow. I tried TRX, various classes at the gym, Couch-to-5K, and P90X again. As much as I miss P90X when I’m not doing it, when I am doing P90X I’m all – this again? So I’ve been floundering a bit.

I evaluated my goals, and I’d really like to drop a pants size. I think Insanity will do it (it’s done it for me before).

I’m ready to DIG DEEP

My downstairs neighbor was not impressed when I did Insanity before, but this time it won’t be at 6am. I’ll do it when I get home from work ~4pm. That’s another reason I want to work out at home – schlepping my gym clothes around with me all day to go to the gym after work is a pain. Yes, I’m lazy like that.

So tomorrow is the Fit Test! My workout buddy in Phoenix is going to start tomorrow too. We did a great job motivating each other during P90X this summer, so I’m hoping we can keep that momentum going.

This does mean I’ll have to postpone my pull-up progression for a bit. However! If I drop a few pounds from Insanity, doing a pull-up will be that much easier.


P90X Legs & Back workout today

This is not my favorite of the P90X videos. The people in this video don’t seem to like each other too much, and Tony Horton just talks way too much in this one, even though I typically enjoy Hortonisms. I can do this video in 35 minutes using the P90X book instead of the video. That’s a LOT of chatting time.

I did this at home today instead of at the gym. The legs portion is hard to do since there is limited floor space for stuff like Siebers speed skaters, and also because I’m trying to do kipping pull-ups now, and that’s kind of embarrassing to do in public.

I found this YouTube video explaining how to do them.

Basically, it’s using momentum to get my chin up to the bar. I can make it about half-way if I kip, so I’m feeling like I’m making some progress.