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Grey Skies Mean Indoor Fun (or is it Gray???)

Today’s 43 was about control and holding a contraction (for a long time!!).  I focused on my thighs (plie) and biceps with this move!

Start in plie with arms in front of you and bent at 90 (like you are doing a bicep curl but stopped at waist level) – rotate arms out to sides, really squeezing all the way back into your shoulder blades – while holding arms at sides, slowly stand (squeeze your thighs and butt) then lower back to plie – rotate arms back to front = 1 rep.

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I used 8 pound dumbbells today and they were almost too heavy by the time I reached 43  so I think it was a great choice – muscle fatigue for sure!!!

Today was day 2 of Insanity Asylum – it is going to totally kick my butt this month!!!  When you get the program, it comes with a few “toys” that you use for the workouts.  This little agility ladder is useful for so many forms of torture work!

who knew you could do so much with this?
who knew you could do so much with this?

Today I did Speed and Agility – hopefully I get more of both as I go through the program!!  This was 45 intense minutes!!  By the end I was sweating so much that when we did the final stretches (at one point we did downward dog) I had sweat running into my nose – aren’t you glad to know that?!

So far (2 days in), some of the moves that we have done in this program are brutal!!!  Lots of new ideas for some daily 43s!!!!

Yesterday morning when I got up, it was “night-time” dark!!!  Not because I got up super early but because of the storms!!FloodingAbout 11:00, it slowed down and I took some pictures of the flooding in our yard and the rushing water in the lake!!  The rest of the week looks like we could have more of the same weather – storms, storms and more storms!!!

Guess the boys and I will have to set up an indoor game tournament – I know they will be so excited!!!  (or not – 12 & 14 year old boys – hard to say!)

And, something that always confuses me – How do you spell the color that is made from mixing black and white?  Is it grey?  Or is it gray?

Happy Tuesday!!!


Motivation – What Motivation??

Today for my 43 I used my figure-8 band:

figure 8 band
figure 8 band

I put it around each ankle and started with my feet in close then jumped them out wide, wider, widest (squat) and back in – got it?!

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This was a quick 43 that I felt in my quads and it got my heart pumping – success!!

Today’s workout was HARD!!!  I did Turbo Barre with Cathe and YIKES!!  I might have even moaned and whimpered during the workout because my hips and legs were on fire and overall I was dying!!  I have done this workout before and I knew it was challenging but I don’t remember it being so brutal.  I guess that’s what happens when you have 3 weeks of almost no activity/working out!!

Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.06.35 AMSo, confession time:  The past few days, I’ve been lacking any motivation to workout.  I’m not gonna lie, this is really rare for me because I usually love the feeling of a really hard workout or run!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.01.43 AMTypically, I don’t even think about if I’m going to workout – I  just have to decide what I’m going to do.  Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.03.31 AMOver the weekend I did my daily 43 but that was the extent of my working out which is pretty sad since I just started back last week!!!  I tried to justify it in my mind by saying that I needed to ease back in – NOT TRUE!!!  I just didn’t want to do it!!!  Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.01.07 AM Then this morning I still didn’t want to do anything – not cool!!!  I read a few blogs thinking that would inspire me.  Finally I just buckled down and did it!! Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.04.42 AMI really needed some help – Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.05.57 AMI’m not sure a carrot stick is going to cut it either!!!  Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.05.22 AMI think that part of the problem is the fact that I got out of the habit and feel like I’m starting from scratch! Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.04.01 AMPlus, I told Chris last night that it isn’t as fun to workout when my legs hurt before I even start!  I try to just suck it up and do it but it is sapping the joy out of my workouts for sure!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.00.38 AMI’m hoping that this is a temporary thing because fitness is really my passion so I don’t know how to deal with this lack of desire to get a good sweat on!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.00.27 AMI guess I will just keep forcing myself to hit it hard and hope that the joy comes back!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.06.11 AMEither that or find a new passion – JUST KIDDING!!!Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.02.14 AMIn the meantime I will make this my mantra – Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.02.36 AMScreen shot 2013-05-20 at 11.02.59 AM

Does anyone else ever struggle with a lack of motivation (even for things that you generally love)?  What do you do about it?

And just for fun – here are some of the pictures I took yesterday on our 2 hour drive through a major storm.  (I was keeping myself busy while Chris had the stressful job of driving – he said it doesn’t bother him – perk of being a pilot, I guess!!)

Check out the storm chaser!  Look how dark it is between 4 & 6 in the afternoon!!
Check out the storm chaser! Look how dark it is between 4 & 6 in the afternoon!!

Happy Monday – I’m off to find some motivation!!!