Week One: ✅
I’m feeling really proud of myself, now one full week into this January Shred program I’m doing!!
I’ve stuck to my prescribed macros every day, and for the first time in a million years, I hit my workout plan 100%. I did have to shift a couple workouts around, but no big deal. I still fit in all 5 strength + 3 cardio workouts.
Here’s the breakdown of what I did:
- Monday 1/9: Legs #1
- Tuesday 1/10: Shoulders/ Chest + Cardio: 20 minutes elliptical
- Wednesday 1/11: Back/Biceps
- Thursday 1/12: Cardio: 20 minute Throwback Dance video on Apple+ Fitness.*
- Friday 1/13: Legs #2
- Saturday 1/14: Rest/Stretch- 20 minute Re-Vibe workout
- Sunday 1/15: Full Body + Cardio: 20 minutes Throwback Dance video
Saturday and Sunday were supposed to be swapped, but I ran out of steam on Saturday after spending like five hours in the afternoon packing away all the Christmas stuff. So, I opted to do my rest day stretching video that evening instead.
I’m also still aiming to hit 7,000 steps every day. It is making an enormous difference mentally for me to not be aiming for 10,000. The 7,000 steps feels totally achievable, yet I still have to be aware of getting enough movement in, especially on workdays.
This is a good example of how setting goals that are truly attainable is much more worthwhile than setting “better”, loftier goals…. that you never actually meet. Not that 10,000 steps is so impossible, but the reality is that in this current stage of life + my non-running style workouts, I often don’t get near that. Maybe someday, but for now, this makes more sense. Better to consistently hit 7,000 than aim for 10,000 and then just give up and hit only 4-5,000 some days because 10,000 was too far away.
Also, I activated my free 3 month Apple+ Fitness membership trial that came with my Apple Watch and EEEEK!!!! I am so excited by the CARDIO VIDEOS!!!
As I’ve shared before, I generally hate doing formal cardio. Machines are blah/boring, running…. eh, not into that right now, many cardio or HIIT routines include the god-forsaken burpees….Enter DANCE VIDEOS.
Okay, this is crazily ironic, because I may be the worst dancer on the planet. I’m soooo bad!!! 😫😫 But Apple+ Fitness has these 20 minute dance videos. I’ve tried two so far, and I chose the “Throwback” options both times- and they are an absolute blast. (Though I want to try the “Latin” option next.)
A few songs from the ones I did:
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
- We’ve Got it Goin’ On (BSB!!!)
- Pump Up the Jam
- Around the World
- Waiting for Tonight (JLo!)
- Don’t Call Me Baby
I freaking love these!!! It’s just pure movement the whole time, but in a way that feels amazing. My heart rate goes up, I sweat, but I feel energized and happy at the end- not cursing the trainer for making me do more burpees or gasping for air.
I am, as I said, terrible at dancing, so my accuracy on the steps is probably like, 50%, but who cares!! I just keep moving and bouncing around and jamming out to the songs and it is delightful. (Also, if anyone were to witness me doing this, I would die of embarrassment because I’m so bad, but I do this in the privacy of my office with the door closed. 😉 )
The thing is, I LIKE dancing! It is so fun. But I’m just so bad at it that it’s something I never do much of. However, it feels incredible to just totally let loose to some super fun tunes, alone, in a judgment free zone, in private. 🙂
(My favorite quote from the trainer, in the middle of one workout: “When our favorite song comes on, do we turn the volume down????!! No!!! We… PUMP-UP-THE -JAM!!! PUMP IT UP!!”) How can you not want to dance to that?!
I had so much fun doing these that I am honestly considering doing 20 minutes every day just because it feels so good and gives me such an endorphin rush. That combination of movement + music just feels good to my soul. 🙂
(On a side note, it looks like there are tons of strength videos on there! Plus yoga, HIIT, kickboxing, pilates, core, etc. May be worth checking out if you have an Apple watch.)
And a couple meal photos…
An “eating out” success. Asher was away at a birthday party, so we went out to lunch with Ethan yesterday. He wanted a burger from Red Robin. I got this Ensenada Chicken Platter which has 55 grams of protein in it!! Whoa. I also let myself have a soda and shared ~8 big steak fries from Ivan’s basket. Felt like a perfect balance! I was totally satisfied at the end- it felt plenty indulgent but yet I didn’t feel gross and greasy.
I am grateful for an extra day off today!!!