I’m entering my last full week here at Green Mountain. Although I know I’ve made heaps of progress, the thought of going back to Memphis has suddenly made me start questioning all of that progress. I feel like I haven’t learned enough, tried enough, or lost enough weight. I know I look different, but when I look in the mirror I can’t see it. I just see me, which is good ;), but not different. So I’m entering my last full week hoping that I can make a bigger dent into the long term goals that I have.
I think I might be feeling this way because last week was such a slow week. I didn’t exercise as much as I would have wanted to, even though I did quite a bit. My workouts for the week were:
Saturday 11/21 –
- 45 minutes – miracle mile (walk 1/10 mile then strength or interval: calf raises, jumping jacks, hamstring curls, plank, pushups, football run, high knees, squats)
Friday 11/20 –
- 1 hour upper body resistance training + abs
- 35 minutes The Stair Workout
Thursday 11/19 –
- 30 minutes sunrise yoga
- 1 hour lower body conditioning + abs
- 30 minutes water cardio drills
Wednesday 11/18 –
- 30 minutes water aerobics
- 30 minutes “progressive” yoga
- 30 minutes cardio stations
Tuesday 11/17 –
- 1 hour lower body conditioning
- 45 minutes kickboxing (super low intensity)
- Nothing, sick.
It was a slow week as I recovered from getting miserably sick last weekend. I’m hoping this week I can just do as much exercise as possible, because I probably won’t have that chance when I go home. So, I’m dedicating next week to the fitness gods so I can try to officially get in the best shape ever. Hopefully I won’t have any unforeseen injuries or illnesses to hold me back and I can push hard through the end!
One of the things I love about the fitness program up here is their focus on flexibility. The fitness director really tries to get everyone to take a flexibility based class every day and we stretch before and after EVERY activity. The stretches here are a little bit different than the stretches I am used to, and that is because they are designed for ANYONE. Seriously, they are super easy and effective. I had never even seen some of them before, but they are awesome and work. Of course on some body parts I have to get a deeper stretch using another form, but unless you need a super deep stretch they are great. You can check them out in this video with Jen. The video is 8 minutes long, but a super good stretching routine.
Stretching is so important!! I do it before, during, and after activity, usually, but I want to start a routine of stretching when I wake up. I think it would be a nice start to the day. Maybe it would wake me up a bit more before I head into the kitchen to find breakfast. Do any of you practice stretching routines religiously? Do it in the morning? Have any super awesome stretches I should know about?