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Fitness Progress – Week 3

It’s hard to believe that three weeks have gone by for my fitness goals. Next week my FIT classes at the gym start back up and I will readjust my fitness schedule again. I have to say I am pretty impressed with my fitness progress. It’s not so much the level of fitness I have as much as my commitment to be active.

Week 3

January 1-8, 2018

Monday – A Happy New Year and rest day for me!

Tuesday – 30 minutes on the treadmill. I didn’t really push myself in the beginning – I was just trying to get some cardio in!

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Wednesday- I started a Burpees, Plank Push-up Challenge put on by Runningonhappy.com. I really love this challenge! I encourage you to check out her blog or join the fitness challenge (links above!).

I did 20 push-ups today!

Thursday – 30 burpees for the challenge! I hate burpees. I really, really do!!

Friday – probably my most productive day! It took about an hour and a half and I burned over 800 calories!

  • 2 min. Rowing
  • 22 mountain climbers
  • 30 medicine ball slams
  • 36 single arm plank rows – 25 lbs
  • 40 deadbug presses – I still felt these two days later!
  • 42 straight leg sit ups
  • 40 burpees (still hate these!!)
  • 36 box squat jumps
  • 30 single leg RDL – 25 lbs
  • 22 push ups
  • 12 – 1 min sprints at 10:00/mile

And, then I finished with my 90 second plank for the challenge!

Saturday – I did 30 push ups for the challenge and I took a rest day!

Sunday – 3 miles on the treadmill at 14:75.

Water Intake

I am finally making drinking water a habit! It is easier on days I exercise because you just naturally drink more! I have noticed when my water intake increases so does my fitness progress.

And, don’t forget to stretch!

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Looking Ahead

I try not beat myself up when I take a day off. Some days I feel like I have nothing in me. I just keep telling myself that is okay. I will have good days and bad days. Some days I will excel and other days I will struggle. The important part is to keep trying.

One of the benefits of working on my own is I have put more emphasis on cardio throughout the week. My weight has started to go down where I was at a plateau for a few months. Changing my workouts allows me to try new things, see what I like what I don’t like and modify from there.

The problem I am having is figuring out this cardio thing! Do I go slow for long periods to build endurance or push myself faster? I’m new to running and still trying to just be able to run a mile. I need help!! And would love suggestions!

To see my Goals, Week 1, or Week 2.

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19 thoughts on “Fitness Progress – Week 3

  1. You are rocking it girl! I love the variety you are adding into your workout regiment too. As a fellow cave dweller (I work out at home also) I spend a lot of time switching up my workout after a certain period of time, to keep pushing forward and keep challenging myself. It is important not to forget to get in those rest days as well. It is vital for your muscles to have time to recover. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you! I’m still learning, but getting more confident each day! I’m still trying to figure out how much rest is enough – without being lazy…

  3. I think the key to cardio (at least for me) is to simply keep moving. When I was a new runner, I focused on being able to go longer and longer before needing any breaks. Then after awhile (maybe 3-4 weeks), I’d scale things back a bit…and go for shorter periods of activity but up the effort. My body plateaus easily, so I have to constantly be “fooling it” by running different distances, or doing different workouts (stair-climbing, strength-training, etc.).

  4. You are making some great progress!!! I believe in variety for sure, I have exercise ADD, too much of the same thing and i get totally bored, plus mixing it up is great for you body.

  5. That’s a great suggestion! I have been trying to maintain 70% which isn’t very fast but my problem is I feel like it is too slow, so I was end up getting my heart rate higher.

  6. Way to go! I need to work on the water intake myself. As far as the cardio part – I’ve personally been a fan of either running slower so that you can build up to being able to do a mile(s) straight, or running a little faster and then just incorporating a walk break every x minutes. I don’t think it matters which you do as long as you enjoy it!

  7. Doing great!

    Have you tried to the Couch to 5K program? I found it to be a really solid way to build up to the distance, and then I started with speed work. I go through phases where I care more about endurance, and other phases where I care more about speed. Just take your time and keep having fun!

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