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    #16
    Also thank you dopaw and HellYeah80 for stopping by!

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      #17
      Nice work megs! So close to that 10k steps too. I might do Foundation or Totals next month after my 30 day challenge is over. Now that you have a routine set it's harder to quit/give up or skip a day. Try not to foam roll your lower back btw instead roll your upper back, hips, and glutes to relieve the lower back pain.

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        #18
        Originally posted by megs17 View Post
        I might have to add a challenge or a second workout to my days - any suggestions for a good companion to Foundation? I don't want anything too long or too difficult, but something for a non-beginner coming back to exercise after a loooooong hiatus. Thanks everyone!
        I agree with rawcookie the Daily Dares are a great extra challenge - I use them for my non-gym days. Or it might be fun to pick one of the challenges for something you really want to work on!

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          #19
          rawcookie and IrishRamsay I took your advice and followed up my Foundation workout with the Daily Dare today, PLUS extra credit! I did both before breakfast today (though I did lie in bed for quite some time...), and I'm planning to walk to a Starbucks two miles away to chill, get some reading in, and then walk back. Normally I would just drive, but it's really not THAT far, and I'm trying to hit 200,000 steps for the month. I'm already at 150,000 total, so I don't have much further to go!

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            #20
            Update: when I walked to Starbucks, it was about 50 degrees and sunny. Started raining while I was at the cafe, and I waited it out...but then it was super cold and windy and I was NOT dressed for that! So I lyfted home...but still, I walked two miles today!

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              #21
              I finally told my mom this weekend about my recent lifestyle changes. In the past, when I've told her, it ends up putting a lot of pressure on me because it becomes the only thing she ever wants to talk about. When I was growing up, she was always worried about her weight. That translated to me worrying about my weight. And it's funny, because when I was younger, I wasn't fat AT ALL. I was looking through old photos on Facebook from high school - moments I remember stressing about my weight, thinking I was fat, etc. Even at the time, when I saw those photos as they were taken, I couldn't see that I looked like everyone else. That's what scares me the most about losing weight again. That's why I won't count calories ever again, why I won't do Weight Watchers, or anything more than just making an effort to make better choices. The last time I counted what I ate, I got down to 105 pounds (which at 5'0" is within the healthy range), and still thought I was fat. I was so on the verge of disordered eating, and I'm so scared to do that again.

              So I was looking at those old photos tonight, and it did make me want to get back there, but with the confidence I have now. Even though I'm currently fat, I have more confidence than I ever have. I still don't always like what I see in the mirror, but I have the power to say, who cares? And go out and be sexy anyway. This is the mindset I've learned, and every time I have tried and not been successful at changing my lifestyle has taught me more about myself, and brought me to this moment, right now, where I'm a month in and going strong. I've built discipline, I know I can do this, and I will. I will be strong, healthy, and powerful because I already AM.

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                #22
                Now for a real recap...did Foundation Day 8 this morning before work! It was just stretching, so even though I woke up later than planned, I convinced myself I had enough time, and I did. Just three sets, but getting to work on time (and being clean to boot) is important. Followed that up this evening with Age of Pandora Chapter 1. I thought it would be easier than it really was, so I ended up staying at Level 1 and not doing Chapter 2 today. I also did the daily dare with extra credit! All in all, a very successful day. I'm about to go for my evening stroll, as well, and then read with another cup of tea. Have a lovely evening, all!

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                  #23
                  Morning update - just did Foundation Day 9 at Level II. Those jumping jacks all in a row killed my shoulders! Off to work, but I'll probably tackle the daily dare and another chapter of Age of Pandora after work. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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                    #24
                    megs17 looks like you are doing a great job and definitely working on the way to good badges keep up the awesome work and welcome to the hive

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                      #25
                      BlackButler I love the gif! Thanks for the kind words, and I'm so happy to be here

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                        #26
                        Evening workout tonight - did Chapter 2 of Age of Pandora at Level II for Part I, and Level I for Part II. Split the 60 second wall sits into four 15-second chunks because they've never been my strong suit. It's funny how much more Age of Pandora kicks my butt than Foundation! Anyway, followed that up with the daily dare, plus extra credit. My shoulders are gonna hurrrrrttttt tomorrow...

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                          #27
                          Alright everyone! Today was a day...took me longer than normal to get to my workout this evening. I'm applying for a Masters program, so I was futzing around with that and all of a sudden it was 10! I started the day off with Foundation Day 10 - I did 6 sets despite not really having a whole lot of time, and not really wanting to do more than 3. Tonight, I did two chapters of Age of Pandora! Chapter 3 I did Level I reps for Level III sets (7 sets with 6 reps for each exercise), and then did Chapter 4 at Level III. I'm going to take a quick cooldown walk around the block (in the rain) after I do the January 24th daily dare - bouncing for two minutes. Wish me luck!

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                            #28
                            Good luck with your master's application! And with the bouncing. Whatever you need it most for

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                              #29
                              Started off the day not so awesomely...woke up ten minutes before I normally leave, so I didn't complete my full morning ritual and broke my five-day streak there.

                              BUT I've just finished my workout for the day. Foundation Day 11 was all jacks, so I only managed three sets because my shoulders started hurting really weirdly during the side jacks.

                              Followed that up with the daily dare, but not with extra credit. I had to do sets of 10-seconds each side, with a 10 second break in between. I'm sorta bad at planks anyway, and adding in that leg was KILLER, even for 10 seconds...nonetheless, I finished all 60 seconds in about two minutes total, so not bad.

                              Then I did Chapter 4 of Age of Pandora - 200 march steps, then four sets (Level II) with 8 reps of push-ups (Level III). I would've done all five sets to get a double Level III, but damn my shoulders were killing me after the Foundation work out! I wanted to stop after three sets, so I definitely pushed myself. Plus, I thought about just not doing a workout today at all, but pushed myself to start and got a lot accomplished.

                              Now to my evening stroll and then a bath!

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                                #30
                                twinkletoes thank you!! And it turns out I needed it for the bouncing more than the application

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