There were some highs and some lows last week. I attempted to ease myself into more intense exercise by adding some running back into the mix, along with a bit of HIIT. After my body’s initial shock at being SLAPPED awake following last week’s coma, it responded pretty darned well.
More stuff that fell into the it’s-been-a-good-week column: I had stellar step counts all week, with really great results Wed, Thurs and Fri. And my energy level finally seems to be back to where it was pre-travel.
On the not-so-great news front, what I initially thought was just an annoying (but relatively minor) issue with my FitBit (the silent alarm/vibration stopped working on Tuesday), turned out to be a catastrophic failure on Saturday. The device shows no sign of life. I’ve been trouble shooting with the FitBit support team, but the news is bleak.
They are evaluating my case to see if they will replace my unit as ‘a gesture of goodwill’. Um, how about you replace it because the unit is less than 6 months old and is clearly defective??
My Type A personality is having a tough time not knowing exactly what my step counts and calorie burns have been the past 2 days. I may have a psychotic break if I don’t start measuring this stuff soon.
Sun Aug 10:
Home Reno Fun: Almost finished the main bath. You know, the one I told you we would finish 3 weeks ago. I sanded down the drywall patches/repairs. I painted almost all the walls and ceiling. Couldn’t finish as we had to apply fresh putty to some areas of drywall, and they weren’t dry enough to sand and paint. Then a new lighting fixture got installed as well as the new mirror. Looking pretty spiffy, I gotta say. p.s. sanding and painting are excellent arm workouts.
Pool: It got awfully hot and sticky up in that second floor bathroom during what turned out to be a very hot/humid day. Jumped into an unheated pool (something I’d usually never dream of doing) because I felt so gross and sticky. After the initial 20 seconds of WTF??? THIS IS COLD!!! I acclimatized to the water temp – and it actually felt pretty good. Swam laps for about 10 minutes and then did some in-pool standing leg exercise (side raises, back raises).
Walk: 3.1 miles / 5 kms
FitBit Stats: 10,569 steps
Mon Aug 11:
Kickboxing HIIT Workout: Decided to finally throw myself into some high-intensity sweatiness, so I went with my friends at Fitness Blender. Have you checked this site out yet? It offers full length fitness videos free of charge. Love the site and the instructors that lead the classes. This one featured a combo of kickboxing and Tabata-style HIIT intervals, along with a good warm up and cool down/stretch.
Yoga: Namaste Yoga: Hanuman Series #216: Remembering Who You Are. This practice focused on the following yoga postures/asanas: Little Boat/Knees to Chest Pose/Apanasana, Hanuman Kneeling/Ardha Virasana, Lunge Pose/Anjaneyasana, Mountain Pose/Tadasana, Sun Salutation/Surya Namaskar, Half Moon Balancing Pose/Ardha Chandrasana, Standing Forward Fold/Uttanasana, Puppy/Uttana Shishosana, Thread the Needle and closed with a mantra for Hanuman super powers.
FitBit Stats: 10,553 steps
Tues Aug 12:
Walk: 4.65 miles / 7.5 kms
Bodyweight Exercises: Squats (100), Lunges (100), Push-ups (40)
FitBit Stats: 11,880 steps
Wed Aug 13:
Yoga: Namaste Yoga: Hanuman Series #217: Healing Pilgrimage. This practice was gentle and restorative, focusing on the following postures/asanas: Supta Baddha Konasana/Reclined Bound Angle, crocodile pose/Makarāsana, Dying Warrior Pose, Sun Salutations/Surya Namaskra, Vṛkṣāsana/Tree Pose, Mountain Pose/Tadasana, Lunge Pose/ Anjanayasana, Ardha Matysendrasana/Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, and closed with a Naga Mudra.
Run: Outdoor jog 3.1 miles / 5 kms
Walk: 2.95 miles / 4.75 kms
FitBit Stats: 16,402 steps
Thurs Aug 14:
More Home Reno Fun: Decided that the near white walls weren’t doing it for me, so I slapped some colour on one feature wall. This involved lots of taping, lots of brush work and lots of rolling. Painting is, most definitely, a good arm workout. At least for your dominant arm it is. Feeling a little lopsided, I tried rolling with my left arm, but promptly realized I am the clearly not ambidextrous. So I finished up the painting with my right arm, and then…
Walk 4.5 mile 7.25 km power walk at 4.0 mph average pace
FitBit Stats: 14,815 steps
Fri Aug 15:
Run: Outdoor jog 3.1 miles / 5 kms
Elliptical: 45 mins
FitBit Stats: 17,278 steps
Sat Aug 16:
Rest Day – Other than general household chores and some walking, this day was pretty exercise-free.
FitBit Stats: My Fitbit has died. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Since I have no FitBit to track step count/distance, I may go lighter on cardio running/walking and attempt a return to heavy lifting this week. Seems as good an excuse as any to get back to that.