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    #16
    Foundation day 19 Level 3 no rest breaks

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      #17
      Foundation day twenty modified. I did one set switching legs, but how does a 10 count hold split between two legs? It just didn’t seem right, and the goal is to do more exercise rather than rationalize less exercise. So I modified the routine and went through the whole thing with one leg then switched legs and did the whole routine with the other leg. I counted all that as one set and did tive sets.

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        #18
        Foundation Day 21 Level three no rest

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          #19
          Foundation Day 22 Level 3. I was able to do 2 sets in a row before my shoulders needed a little break. I did the first set and took a 15 second break, then I did sets 2 and 3 back-to-back, then another 15 second rest break and sets 4 and 5 back-to-back.

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            #20
            Foundation Day 23 Level 3 no rest. I think I need to add in a little more exercise every day since I’ve been fine doing Level 3 every day without rest breaks. Maybe next week when I’m back home and have time to squeeze more in. When it’s time to pick another plan to work on, I definitely need to pick a higher difficulty level.

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              #21
              Foundation Day 24 Level 3 with no rest breaks.

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                #22
                We’ve had lots of people out of work the last few weeks with colds and flu. I guess travel, jet lag and sightseeing last week wore me down enough to catch a cold. Yuck! I’ve been a lazy whiny so and so all day, but Ifinally made myself get up and do my workout. Foundation Day 25 done at level three with no rest breaks. I didn’t go as hard as I could have, but doing anything at all today feels like a win. I only have 5 more days to finish and I’m looking at Spartan or Ironborn. 30 Days of Change looks good too since it’s running based, but that’s the one I started and never finished a couple of years ago. After looking it over, I think the running just didn’t fit well with what I was already doing. I’m not into the running as much this time around, so it actually might work for me. Foundation is listed as a 2 for difficulty level. It has been easy enough to do at the hardest level, but I have had some mild soreness, so I think a difficulty level 3 program should be about right for my next efforts.

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                  #23
                  I ran a little over a mile this morning. It was supposed to be more, but I just didn’t have it in me with this darned cold. I did Foundation Day 26 at level three with no rest breaks tonight after work. It kicked my butt, but I was determined not to take breaks on an alternating upper/lower body workout - especially after making it 25 days at level three!

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                    #24
                    It”s been a busy week. Seems like the week after vacation is always a little hard. I’ve kept up my workouts, but haven’t had time to hop over here and log them. Or should I say buzz over here, since I’m a bee? So here’s three days worth of workout logs...

                    Tuesday was Foundation Day 27 level three no rest breaks.

                    Wednesday I ran two miles in the morning. The cold hasn’t been a bad one at all. The run was definitely easier than Monday when I had to tuck my tail and go home early! Wednesday is always a busy day. Trash pickup is on Wednesday, so gathering and putting out the trash gets added into my morning routine. That usually means I don’t have time for a workout too. After work I take my Mom to dinner. I usually get home at night with just enough time to wash up my lunch dishes and get ready for bed. Last night I remembered I hadn’t done my workout of the day as I was climbing into bed. Back out of bed I came, and did foundation Day 28 level three no rest breaks beside my bed in my PJs.

                    This morning was Foundation Day 29 at level 3 with no rest breaks. And, just like that, I only have one Foundation workout left to go and I’ve never gone back and chosen a new plan to start on Saturday. I think I’ll go with the 30 days of Change after all. My running clearly needs a kick start. I keep signing up for 5Ks, one a month, to try to keep myself on track and I seem to be less and less prepared for each new 5K! I had to stop and walk a couple of times on my January race, and I can only assume my race on Saturday will be even uglier. Maybe if the running is part of the DAREBEE workout? If I’ll push to finish a workout I don’t want to do at a level I don’t feel up to (See Jan 27th) just because i feel like it has to match the other 24 workouts I’ve done, maybe having a run in my DAREBEE workout will be the thing to make me fit them in. Fingers crossed! I still like the idea of Spartan and Iron Born. Maybe they can be March and April.

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                      #25
                      Foundation Day 30 level three with no rest. I’ve finished a program and exercised 30 days in a row, now. Woo boo! 30 Days of Change starts tomorrow with a 5K instead of the 30 minute walk, jog or run.

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                        #26
                        It’s a beautiful day. I suspect if folklore is right, we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter. The groundhog can’t help but be frightened by his shadow today. I wonder if that’s 6 more weeks of winter or 6 EXTRA weeks of winter? Must be extra. 6 more is about right for the southeast anyway. In colder areas, winter’s back won’t be broken till long after 6 weeks has passed. Let’s hope groundhogs don’t make good weathermen. My spring bulbs are sprouting, and I’d hate for them to freeze!

                        Today feels epic. I ran a 5K. The time wasn’t anything to shout about, right around 37 minutes, but I kept a fairly even pace and ran the whole thing. I was the only granny in my age group, so I won a cool stocking cap. The race was a fundraiser for a local high school band, so I got to listen to a tuba and a saxophone for almost the whole race. Love me some tuba! If you were there, I was the one dancing to the tuba at the start of the race.

                        When we got home I made us some breakfast then got going on part II of 30 Days of Change, Day 1. I decided to go at the highest level I can. Since there are a different number of reps for each difficulty level, that will mean doing the highest number of reps, and if I can’t manage all the sets for that level, so be it. I did give myself a 1 minute rest between sets since this was a lot more reps than I was doing in Foundation. I probably could have gotten away with a 30 second rest. I’ll try that next time and bump up to longer if I need to, as I get tired. I managed all seven sets. I’m taking my time on the lunges, trying to feel what I’m doing differently on my left side (the sore knee). I’m sure I haven’t found everything, but I did discover that I push off with my whole forefoot on the good side and tend to roll to my big toe when pushing off on the sore side. When I started concentrating on pushing off the same with both feet, I was much more comfortable. Time to hit the shower!

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                          #27
                          I’m afraid I’ll forget what I did for my throughout the day stuff, so I’ll have to edit this post a couple of times. I did part I of 30 Days of Change day 1 at level three with no rest. It was cardio, so other than getting bored counting jumping jacks and high knees reps, it was pretty easy. Part II? Not so much. Part II is a plank and a wall sit done three times throughout the day. Attempt no. 1 was 1:30 for the plank and 1:00 for the wall sit. I did 2 minute planks on a daily dare once, so I don’t know why I couldn’t get there today. Better luck in my next efforts?

                          second set went a little better. I managed to squirm my way through two minutes on both the plank and the wall sit. It may be a little unorthodox, but I pulled up a little match three game ap for the wall sit to see if concentrating on something other than my screaming quads would help. It did, but there’s not enough distraction in the world to get that level 3 third minute out of my legs! I know I’ll get there, but BOY do I hate the be still and hold the position exercises!

                          third set was a white flag set. After pushing on set 2, I tweaked my low back when I twisted while setting up my breakfast for the week. It wasn’t even a big twist. Unless you call scraping cut veggies into the bowl right beside the cutting board a big twist! LOL! Don’t know if I got a nerve or a muscle, but it ranges from a little uncomfortable to Oh, I really felt that! I probably should have waited till later for my third set, but as much as I hate planks and wall sits, I really didn’t want to climb back out of bed tonight when I realize I forgot them! So I raised the white flag and only did 30 seconds for both for my final exercises. On to day 3!
                          Last edited by Squirrel; February 3rd, 2019, 04:55 PM.

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                            #28
                            30 Days of Change Day 3. 60 minutes of cardio included 40 minutes this morning with about a 5 minute walking warmup, 30 minute run and a 5 minute walking cool down. I finished off with a 20 minute walk with Mr. Squirrel after work this evening. After dinner I got to part II which was sit-ups Russian twists and flutter kicks. I think the workout sheet called the twists something different, but Russian is what I learned for them years ago and it sounds tough and exotic so I’m not likely to ever remember another name for them! I’m still feeling my way through what my limits and rest needs are. I did level 3 (20 reps) with a 30 second rest for sets 1 and 2. Whooo boy, was I getting wiped out! I kept 30 second rests and did level 2 (10 reps) for sets 3 and 4. Finally thought to try longer rest and higher reps after 4 sets, so I rested 2 minutes before set 5 and was able to do level 3 for the 5th set. Maybe if I give myself a 2 minute rest on the timer and go back at it as soon as I feel able...by the time I finish the next set the timer will have run down and I’ll have pushed myself harder. If I rest two minutes and still can’t complete the reps, then maybe it’s time to drop a level. Well, that makes sense, duh! Took me long enough to figure that out, ha ha. I have read fitness stuff and worked out off and on my entire life and finally figured that out. Oh, are my kids gonna get a laugh out of this one!

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                              #29
                              30 Days of Change Day 4 is done. I did part II this morning before work at level 3 with 30 second rest breaks. I stopped at the track after work to knock out part 1. On to Day 5.

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                                #30
                                30 Days of Change Day 5 level 3 with 30 second rest breaks. I did the first push-up from my toes. All others from my knees.

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