December is all but done by this point! At the beginning of December I set a goal for myself to do yoga and/or Pilates every day except for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The challenge quickly changed into JUST doing some kind of fitness activity daily. On the days that I didn't work out, I "charged" myself 20 minutes and started a tally for each 20 minute session that I needed to make up. At one point I had about 2 -3 hours that I needed to make up. During the Holiday season I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do it.
By the beginning of last week or the beginning of this week I had made up all of my minutes and I thought I was going to finish the month strong! I did well on Sunday and Monday, but ended up skipping Tuesday and Yesterday. Thankfully I did 50 minutes each day Sunday and Monday, so I was actually ahead!
Here's how my workouts looked since the last time I updated you. You can find last week's update
Here's a look at the DVDs that I used this week.
Apparently, it was a Kathy Smith week. This Fat Burning Pilates DVD is different than my Denise Austin Pilates DVD. It's interesting to see the differences in the ways that they teach you the Pilates basics. Kathy Smith has her Pilates workouts broken down into one session for abs and then a different session for legs. There were points during the leg workout that I actually wanted to quit. I guess there are some areas of my body that need a lot of work! Even my calves were sore the next day. I need to do this Pilates DVD more often, because it obviously works me a little harder than the Denise Austin Pilates DVD.
I also did a Kathy Smith Walk for Weight Loss DVD. I like this one because it doesn't take much space and she uses dumbbells for a little strengthening. There's also a really good 10 minute stretching routine.
Here's how my "week" looked since I last updated you:
Thursday (Christmas Eve): OFF
Friday (Christmas Day): OFF
Saturday: 20 minutes on the step
Sunday: 15 minutes on the step, 26 minutes Walking DVD, 9 minutes stretching
Monday: Kathy Smith Fat Burning Pilates Legs 25 minutes, Abs 25 minutes
Thursday (New Year's Eve): Yoga Makeover 20 minutes
I'm happy I made my tweaked goals! The object is to stay busy and keep moving until we can begin our next Half Marathon training and until I can begin strength training for real again.
I have already printed my calendar and set my goals for January!!!
January's goal is:
840 minutes, which is 14 hours and breaks down to 40 minutes each day on 21 days of the month.
I was going to break the challenge down further into types of workouts, but I haven't gotten that far yet.
I was thinking:
6 ~~ belly dance workouts (about 150 minutes)
4 ~~Kathy Smith 50 minute Pilates sessions (200 minutes)
6 ~~yoga makeover sessions (120 minutes)
4 ~~Power Walk for Weight Loss ( 104 minutes)
8 ~~20 minute step sessions (160 minutes)
6 ~~12 minute Boot Camp DVD sessions
It is not written in stone! You never know what I might feel like doing on any given day. Plus, if the weather is ever nice maybe we can fit in an outdoor walk.
Have you made your January fitness goals?
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