Digging Deep for Motivation (1/25 – 1/31)

This week was one of those that I had to dig deep for motivation.  Most days I ended up having a good workout once I finally convinced myself to get started!!!

Sunday 1/25  45 single leg front and back hops.

Clearly I wobbled around a lot and didn’t always do straight front/back hops but…I did 45 on my right leg and then switched to my left for another set of 45.  This move will make your legs burn and get your heart rate up!!!

Monday 1/26  45 triceps push-ups on the weight machine bench.

ready
ready
down
down

Doing these on the bench made it comparable to having my knees on the ground – the only way I can ever do 45 of this type of push-up!!!

This was a short run day – 5 miles in 40:29 followed by and easy mile.

Tuesday 1/27  45 crunches with feet under weight machine bar.

ready
ready
up
up

I tend to forget about going back to the original way I learned  when doing crunches but this move really does make you work!!

I decided to hop on the treadmill but didn’t know if I wanted to run.  I walked 2 miles with a 10% incline.  The 3rd mile I lowered the incline and did some weighted arm holds (out to side, straight up…).  I finally decided to run for 3 miles (22:00 min) and followed those up with another 1.1 miles of walking.  (like I said  – digging deep for motivation)

Wednesday 1/28  45 standing leg lifts with small ball tucked into leg.

ready (barstool just to help with balance)
ready (barstool just to help with balance)
lift
lift

Of course, I had to switch sides and do 45 more.

side 2 ready
side 2 ready
lift
lift

Using the ball really made this a bigger challenge – it forces you to squeeze your glutes/hamstrings when you lift your leg.

I did Turbo Jam – Turbo Sculpt which is a nice mix of toning with some cardio.

Then I decided to run –  8 miles (59:59) followed by 1.25 easy miles.

Thursday 1/29  45 second hang from pull-up bar and then 45 jumping pull-up holds.  (Hunter did the pictures for me later since by the time someone was here to help with pictures I was far to sore to attempt another rep!!!)

just hanging
just hanging  
ready to push off (jump)
ready to push off (jump)
hold a couple of seconds
hold a couple of seconds

I’m not gonna lie – 2 days later my entire upper torso area HURTS!!!!

I did a workout that I don’t think I’ve ever done before – TaeBo T3 (Total Transformation Training).  I just did 2 parts of this – Ignition & Acceleration – for about 45 minutes of work.  I will definitely do more of these workouts!!!

Friday 1/30  45 straight leg bridges with feet on a stability ball.

ready
ready
lift and squeeze butt
lift and squeeze butt

Another day of running – 8 miles (63:36) followed by 1.35 miles easy.

Saturday 1/31  45 single leg squats on wobble ball.

ready to work the left leg
ready to work the left leg
down
down

That side wasn’t horrible but then I had to switch to my right leg.  Single leg squats are one of the moves that still hurt my leg.

right leg
right leg
down (pretty shaky - hands were flailing!)
down (pretty shaky – hands were flailing!)

Single leg squats are always a challenge but doing them on a wobble ball really makes them difficult!!

I did another Turbo Jam DVD – 3T (Totally Tubular Turbo) – this workout uses a resistance band to get some great strength work!!!

I’m hoping that next week is the week I can get back to my normal early morning workouts – that should help my overall motivation!!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

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