Can you believe April is already over?
My Aerobic April challenge went fairly well! Just look at all those X’s!
When I missed a day, I used the following Saturday to make up the lost exercise session. I did it almost flawlessly, up until the last week when my parents visited. I even lost one pound (not much, but progress is progress).
Because I normally exercise in our guest bedroom, I didn’t have a lot of space to work with when my parents and sisters had to temporarily put all their stuff in that room. I ended up putting my exercise schedule on hold in favor of spending more time with my family. It was awesome having them around and getting to relax, but it also made me realize how easily I can make excuses to avoid exercising. Unless I have a way of keeping track of my progress, I’d just as soon stay on the couch and read all day.
However, my older brother’s wedding is at the end of this month. While I feel comfortable with the way I look in my new dress, I think it’d be awesome if I could trim off a few pounds before partying it up. It’s not for aesthetics; it’s more for energy. I’ve felt so sluggish lately, and I think it’s because I’ve been heavier than I’ve ever been in my life. If I could lose the extra weight, then I’ll have more energy for dancing and socializing and having fun in general. Having a deadline should add a little more motivation for keeping my exercise routine, too.
Here’s my new exercise plan for May.
Like my plan for April, I’m relying heavily on my Spark People Bootcamp DVD and my Couch to 5K jogging program. During April, my husband’s schedule was such that I only got to see him on some nights right after work, so I didn’t go outside to run at all. Instead, I biked to the same program, but I don’t think I pushed myself as hard as I could have if I were running.
Also, April had a lot of cardio, which is great since I was aiming to move more. But, it’s time to buckle down and lift some weights; strength training is the best way to burn fat, build muscle, and lose weight (sorry, cardio! It’s true. There are plenty of studies to prove it).
For my “muscle up” May workout, I’m also adding a 4-Week Bodyweight Home Workout, a 30 day ab challenge, a 30 day pull up challenge, and I’m going to try Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown on Saturdays. I’m not aiming for a perfect run (like I did in April), but I am hoping to challenge myself enough that on the days I do work out that I actually break a sweat (did I mention I hate sweating during exercise? Typically I try to avoid it when I can.)
You’re welcome to follow my program. It’s not the best by any means, but my schedules have been working for me so far. It might be fun for you too!
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