Weekly Workouts: March 31, 2014

Previous Weeks of the LiveFit Trainer program:

Last week was one of the hardest weeks for me so far. The workouts weren’t any harder than they were during the previous weeks. I was ready for the soreness because I had already done the same workouts the week before. The hardest part for me was the mental issue. With the start of baseball season, I lost my workout buddy for the entire week. A busy week at work, no workout buddy, and no visible changes really messed with my desire to keep at the LiveFit Trainer program. Nevertheless, I kept at it and finished all of my workouts for the week.

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Monday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.11 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Back and Biceps (48 minutes)

Tuesday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.09 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Legs (48 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:00

Wednesday – Yoga

  • Yoga – Yin Yoga Class (90 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:05

Thursday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.15 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Chest and Triceps (59 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:10

Friday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.13 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Legs (53 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:15

Saturday – Cross Training + Strength Training

  • Elliptical – 1.08 miles, 12:00 minutes
  • Strength Training – Shoulders and Abs (51 minutes)
  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:25

Sunday – Rest

  • #FFAprilAbs Plank – 1:30

Since our legs were still pretty sore on Monday, Pete and I decided to switch up the order of our workouts a bit. It felt a little strange to be doing the Back and Biceps workout on Monday instead of Tuesday but it was the best decision for how our bodies felt. On Tuesday, I decided to join the FitFluential April Abs challenge by doing a plank every single day during the month of April. Having a strong core is one of the things that I am really hoping will help me improve my running. On Wednesday, I headed to my favorite yoga studio, Yogani, for the monthly Yin Yoga for Athletes workshop. This class was a perfect fix for relieving some of the lingering tightness I have been experiencing from all of the strength training.

By the time Thursday rolled around, I was completely exhausted and really considered not going to the gym. Then I remembered that Pete was actually one workout ahead of me in the program and I didn’t want to get any further behind him. Friday was still a struggle for me to make it the gym and my workout suffered. I just didn’t have the energy that I wanted to.

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After my workout on Saturday, I hit a total mental wall and I was ready to throw in the towel on the LiveFit Trainer program. Despite having worked really hard the past five weeks, I haven’t seen the scale move at all or really seen any noticeable changes. I was really hoping that this program would have helped me break out of my weight loss plateau and start seeing the scale move in the right direction. After 5 weeks of no change, I was feeling really disheartened. When I talked to Pete about my concerns, he assured me that is seeing a difference in my body’s composition. He even helped me take my end of Phase I measurements to prove his point. I was shocked to see that I have lost more than an inch around my waist and that my body fat is almost 2%!

How did your workouts go last week? Do you struggle with mental walls while following training programs/plans?

Coffee Date {4/4/2014}

Coffee Date

Is it really Friday already? I am not complaining that the weekend starts tomorrow because I am ready for some time away from the office. This week really got away from me. I feel like I couldn’t get caught up on anything and the deadlines for my projects are getting closer. Since it is Friday, that means it is time for our virtual coffee date!

If we were having coffee today, I would ask you about what you are looking forward to this spring. It seems like the groundhog was a little off when he predicted that we would only be having 6 more weeks of winter. The cooler weather has stuck around at whole lot longer than it normally does around here. Besides the warmer weather, I am really looking forward to another season of baseball. I know I have mentioned it many times before BUT I really do love baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays had an amazing Opening Day game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon. They ended up splitting the four game season. This weekend the Rays are hosting the Texas Rangers so hopefully they can have another good series to finish the home stand.

If we were having coffee today, I would want to know your thoughts on the scandalous issues being discussed in the running world. I was a little more than shocked when a blogger publicly shared her experience with banditing a race. I have never witnessed someone bandit a race but I know that it is something that happens. I honestly don’t think I would ever be able to bandit a race. It just seems like a really bad idea and I don’t want to ruin anyone else’s race experience. {Check out this article from Runner’s World about Why Banditing is Wrong.} Oh and don’t get me started on the whole SELF magazine and running tutu debacle!

If we were having coffee today, I would share that I am actually nervous about starting to run regularly again. Starting next week, I will able to add running back into my training regimen and I am not sure how it will go. I know that I needed this break from running because my body really did need it. One thing I noticed during my 5k last week was that my endurance has diminished. My legs felt great but my breath just wasn’t there. Have you ever taken a break from something and realized that it wasn’t so easy to pick up where you left off?