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    Impossible is for the Unwilling

    Here we go.
    Day 1
    Workouts:
    Cardio & Core Burn (level 1: 3 sets)
    Lean Legs (level 1: 3 sets)
    Crop Top (level 1: 2 sets)
    Challenges:
    Touch your Toes (day 1)
    Wall Push-ups (day 1)
    Daily Dare:
    40 Bridges - with EC

    Also some weights: biceps curls; deadlifts; shoulder press; upright rows

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    Day 2
    Workouts:
    Lean Legs (level 1: 3 sets)
    Hourglass (5 sets) - today's randomly selected workout
    Challenges:
    Wall Push-ups (day 2) - hold to failure was 1 minute 3 times
    Touch your Toes (day 2)

    Also 35 sit-ups, 10 step-up with knee lift each leg x2, full push-ups, triceps dips, inner thigh exercises (as per physio) and side kick extensions.
    Hip impingement really noticeable on left side when doing squats.

    Weights: deadlifts - bar +14.4kg; calf raises with weights - 6.2kg dumbbells; and to make things a bit funky, did Zottman curls, shoulder presses and upright rows (with 6.2kg dumbbells) on the balance board. Woo-hoo! Who's got no balance then?!

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      #3
      Day 3
      In the mail today came my push-up rack board. Had fun trying push-ups in every position. So much kinder on the wrists.

      Workouts:
      Lean Legs (level 1: 3 sets)
      Permission Granted (level 1: 3 sets) - today's randomly selected workout
      Challenges:
      Wall Push-ups (day 3)
      Touch your Toes (day 3)

      Also 35 sit-ups, 10 step-up with knee lift each leg x2, full push-ups, triceps dips, inner thigh exercises (as per physio) and side kick extensions.

      Weights: deadlifts and calf raises, each with bar +14.4kg (limited by the weights we have!); and hammer curls, shoulder presses and upright rows (with 6.2kg dumbbells) on the balance board. Find it quite easy now, doing rows on the board. Presses are a little easier too, but as my weight shifts more when doing the curls, they really engage the abs!

      DD with EC again. Hey, keep it up, me!

      And just for fun - a quick 5 mins on the treadmill at 4mph.

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        #4
        Day 4
        And today is the fifteenth of the month, and so the fifteenth day I have exercised without a pause! Yay, me!

        Workouts:
        Lean Legs (level 1: 3 sets) - will be doing this for another three days, then I'll choose another one to do for a week.
        Upper Body Works (level 1: 3 sets) - hah! Only level 1 workout but, wow! my shoulders are saying enough already! Sometimes these random picks can be wicked!

        Challenges:
        Wall Push-ups (day 4) - hold to failure - 1:45; 1:12: 1:09. Better than the first time.
        Touch your Toes (day 4) - not really much of a challenge for me because I can easily touch the floor, but I'll use this to stretch and see if I can touch further.

        Also 40 medicine ball twists, 10 step-up with knee lift each leg x2, full push-ups (on the new board), triceps dips, inner thigh exercises (as per physio) and side kick extensions.

        Weights: deadlifts and calf raises, each with bar +14.4kg; biceps curls, shoulder presses on the balance board. Discovered I can do rows using the barbell now.

        DD with EC.

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          #5
          TopNotch Welcome to the Hive buddy! Looking excellent look forward to the rest of your journey

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            #6
            Welcome to the Hive, enjoy your Darebee journey.

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              #7
              Thank you, BlackButler and Scott for the warm welcome. It's good to be here!

              Day 5
              Workouts:
              Lean Legs (level 1: 3 sets - twice) It's getting easier. Now I have to start looking for another programme to follow for a week. This one's almost over, and it's been great to be able to track my progress on this.
              Indoor Cardio (5 sets) - really sweated but I'll attribute that to today's high humidity, nothing to do with my fitness level!

              Challenges:
              Touch your Toes (day 5)
              Wall Push-ups (day 5)
              From Walking to Running (day 1) because I've really got to get some running in. Walked at 3.5mph, ran at 5mph. Could go faster but I want to ensure that I can maintain it.

              Also 40 sit-ups, and the usual weights. Doing the rows with the barbell now - tough, but doable. Next week, no doubt, I'll wonder why I ever had a problem...!
              Plank is now 2:43. Four minutes by the end of the month.

              DD with EC. How many of those side leg raises have I done today?! Still, all good for my side kicks.

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                #8
                Day 6
                Workouts:
                Lean Legs (level 1: 3 sets)
                Beginner Abs (level 1: 3 sets)

                Challenges:
                Touch your Toes (day 6)
                Wall Push-ups (day 6) - hold to failure - 2:24 - 1:30 - 1:07

                From Walking to Running (day 2). Actually did it twice, and a little changed the second time because, working from suggestions in the Motivation piece by Damer, especially from PetiteSheWolf (thanks), I downloaded the Run, Zombies app. I could blame the sweat on the humidity but I'd rather put it down to the fact that I did some hard work! Didn't run as much as the app said because I did the walk/run thing according to the workout (and I can't run that much anyway!), but the second time I ran more (when the app said to), and I ran faster. Today I still walked at 3.5mph, but I ran at 6mph. And the strangest thing of all - I actually enjoyed it!

                45 sit-ups, 80 side lunges, and usual weights and stuff.

                DD with EC.

                Later tonight did a 3 minute plank. Did 5 minute planks end of 2018 but too long ago to claim so I'll have to build back up to that.

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                  #9
                  Little confession, I turned the "chase" option off (my accelerations were not enough), but the story kept me amused for the length of the run. Glad you had fun!

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                    #10
                    PetiteSheWolf The chase is what makes it fun! Try it again - you might surprise yourself. I surprised myself!

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                      #11
                      Day 7
                      Workouts:
                      Lean Legs (level 1: 3 sets) - the last day for this one. Have chosen the next workout I'll do for seven days from tomorrow - big reveal tomorrow!
                      Bad Day (level 1: 3 sets) - random pick of the day. Not bad at all, really. What is it about Plank Jacks that makes them so much fun?

                      Challenges:
                      Wall Push-ups (day 7)
                      Touch your Toes (day 7) Found it a bit boring, just swinging my leg for a minute. I've really got to get some music happening.
                      From Walking to Running (day 3) Changed this a little again. I was supposed to walk 2 mins and then run 2 mins, for 2 sets, but I turned on Zombies, Run! and got a 17-minute programme, so I alternated the walks and runs until the programme was over. Evaded a zombie, too! I see I have to walk 15 mins tomorrow, so I downloaded The Walk app and I'll have a go with that tomorrow.

                      45 sitting twists (feet off ground) with medicine ball, 80 lunges, usual weights.

                      DD with EC (that's #7).

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                        #12
                        Last night, before I went to bed, I thought, oh go on, give it a go. So I did a 5-minute elbow plank. It was a bit boring. It takes me approximately 1 minute to recited "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat", so I had to recite it 5 times for that plank! But I wanted my badge!

                        Day 8
                        Wow, 8 days already!
                        Workouts:
                        Chest and Shoulders (Light) - level 1: 3 sets. This is the week's workout. Last week's was legs, this week is upper body. Next week most likely abs.
                        The Final Girl (level 1: 3 sets) - random pick of the day.

                        Challenges:
                        Wall Push-ups (day 8) - hold to failure: 2:11 - 1:35 - 1:26
                        Touch your Toes (day 8)
                        From Walking to Running (day 4). Today I had to walk for 15 minutes, so I turned on The Walk app and went for it. The app did take me on a 45-minute walk which I took at 3.5mph, so do I get to cross off days 4, 8 and 12?!

                        45 sit-ups, 80 lunges, usual weights.

                        DD with EC (#8)

                        Working on devising a Zombie Apocalypse Workout week with AgilePhoenix using workouts from here and other places. I probably should have started with Zombies, Run (5k) a couple of days ago, but I've got it now and it gives three training days per week, so I'll intersperse it with other training as per https://www.personaltrainersylvanlak...-run-training/ - just for fun. But perhaps I'll wait until next week once I've got things sorted.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
                          Last night, before I went to bed, I thought, oh go on, give it a go. So I did a 5-minute elbow plank. It was a bit boring. It takes me approximately 1 minute to recited "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat", so I had to recite it 5 times for that plank! But I wanted my badge!
                          Congrats on your Five Minute Plank badge, TopNotch!
                          (As I recall, I think I sang "Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer" for mine.)

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                            #14
                            Day 9
                            Workouts:
                            Chest and Shoulders (light) - (level 1: 3 sets)
                            Quick Start (3 sets) - Random pick of the day

                            Challenges:
                            Touch your Toes (day 9)
                            Wall Push-ups (day 9)
                            From Walking to Running (day 5)

                            DD with EC (#9)

                            Usual weights, 50 side-ups with twists - but I read they shouldn't be done unless I want herniated discs. Hmm, I'll have to think about that...

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                              #15
                              Day 10
                              Workouts:
                              Chest and Shoulders (light) - (level 1: 3 sets)
                              Cardio Sculpt (level 1 :3 sets) - random pick of the day

                              Challenges:
                              Touch your Toes (day 10)
                              Wall Push-ups (day 10) - 2:06 - 2:02 - 1:51
                              Knee Push-ups (day 1). This is, so far, quite easy for me, but I do lack upper body strength and have to get up to 50 full push-ups, so I reckon anything that can help me get there, I'll do.
                              From Walking to Running (day 6) - used Zombies, Run which, on day 3, was only 15 minutes. Running for two minutes, though, is such a struggle! Whose wise idea was it to do this programme?! Oh, yeah, right. Mine.

                              Usual weights, 50 sitting twists (feet off ground) with medicine ball.

                              DD with EC (#10) Ouch! That was surprising!

                              And after working out, enjoyed a spinach, mango and banana smoothie.

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