Week 1 (3/31-4/06)
Day 1 (Chest & Triceps) – I looked over the plan and decided that today was as good as any day to start it! I got watched a couple of the videos to get myself pumped up – then got to work. I realized really quick that I have about zero upper body strength and needed to do all those push-ups on my knees. I also had to adapt a couple of the machine exercises to work with what I had at home.
Day 2 (Back & Biceps) – Immediately after work I came home and changed right into my work out clothes (which is always half the battle for me). I was slightly sore from the previous day’s work out but was excited to jump into day 2. Since I had no prior experience with lifting weights (my knowledge doesn’t go beyond a bicep curl..) I found it took me a little time to watch the instructional video clips to make sure I understood how to do each exercise. After my workout I added in a few crunches too – I figured if I was already working out it wouldn’t hurt to add a few in.
Day 3 (Legs & Calves) – I had intentions of waking up early to fit my workout in before work, but obviously sleep took precedence. I had dinner plans right after work with a friend but decided that I would not give myself any excuses not to work out after I got home. I got right to to it when I got home – and had a little help from the hubby since I’ve never done a squat with weights before (which turned out to be pretty cool!)
Day 4 (Abs & Shoulders) – Going into day 4 I was pumped – I was already ¾ of the way done with my first week of the plan and I knew that finishing my fist week wouldn’t be a problem at all! I was feeling a little sore from the rest of the week but honestly not as much as I thought I would.
Day 5 (Rest) – Rest Day
Day 6 (Rest) – AM yoga with Ari. The plan called for a rest day but I decided that a little stretching would do me some good (plus I had a Groupon to use!). This was my second time ever (like ever in my life) to do yoga and it was lots of fun!
Day 7 (Rest) – Rest Day
Week 2 (4/07-4/13)
Day 8 (Chest & Triceps) –I got a late start on Sunday evening (around 8pm) but was still excited to be already onto week 2! I started to feel a little comfort in the exercises – I only had to watch the instructional clips for a few of them. I also played with my weight a little since last week was just a stab in the dark.
Day 9 (Back & Biceps) –Started my workout right when I got home. I’ve found that’s the best time for me to fit it in – it’s too hard to wake up early and once Lance gets home I would rather spend time with him than work out, so that hour between when I get home and he gets home is the golden hour.
Day 10 (Legs & Calves) –I took the morning off from work for my birthday, slept in a little and went to yoga. This instructor was a little more intense than the other one but still relaxing and fun. Took the evening off from the plan to celebrate with family & friends
Day 11 (Abs & Shoulders) –Since I took a mid-week break from the plan yesterday I was ready to get back to it! I did yesterday’s Leg & Calf workout. Since the squats weren’t nearly as intimidating as I thought they would be last week, I decided to increase my weight a little. I was also feeling a little soreness in my back and arms – not sure if it was from yoga or from workouts earlier in the week, but wither way it was the good kind of sore.
Day 12 (Rest) – Did yesterdays abs and shoulders workout. I worked really hard to get the most out of those bicycle crunches..hoping it’ll help since bikini season is almost here.
Day 13 (Rest) – AM Yoga with Ari. I loved this class – it was exactly what I needed. It turns out that Yoga has a really big calming effect on me. I have felt so much less stressed since I’ve been going lately and leave feeling a little zen
Day 14 (Rest) – Rest!
Week 3 (4/14-4/20)
Day 15 (Legs) – I was expecting this week’s Legs workout to be the same as last week – nope. Definitely not. Those weighted walking lunges killed me!
Day 16 (Back & Biceps) – I spent the entire day engulfed in the news about Boston. I felt an overwhelming desire to get out there and run. This was my first run since Ragnar (in mid-Feb) so I went in with no reservations. I ended up doing 2 miles – at an 8:15 average pace. A full minute faster than anything I’ve ran since before the Marathon. It was hard but felt good to run with no purpose or goal. I still plan to keep running off the books until the end of phase1, but this run was exactly what I needed.
After my run I got to work on my back and bicep workout. I was excited to try out a few new moves.
Day 17 (Chest & Triceps) – I had an event to attend after work that ended up running waaay later than planned, so this ended up as a rest day
Day 18 (Legs) – Since yesterday’s workout got derailed today was chest and triceps. I liked that it was switched up a bit from the last two weeks – but oh man those bench dips got me…I think I only got about 8 in each set – but that means I’ve got lots of room to improve.
Day 19 (Abs & Shoulders) – Legs today and this time I was prepared for those lunges.
Day 20 (Rest) – Abs and shoulders…boom! Just like that week 3 is DONE.
Day 21 (Rest) – Rest
Week 4 (4/21-4/27)
Day 22 (Legs) – In my head I thought this day was back + biceps so I scheduled a hike for the morning with my friend Hillary and planned to do my arm workout before I left. Then I pulled it up. Nope…definitely legs. Oops. I decided to carry on with the hike and bump my workout back a day so I didn’t totally kill my legs. We had an awesome 3 mile hike and I’m hoping I can get a few more hikes in before its sweltering outside.
Day 23 (Back & Biceps) – I had a hard time motivating myself to get up and actually get this workout done. The motivation was just not there today. But once I got in there and started, I was so glad I did it! I even added a little weight to the squat bar this week :)
Day 24 (Chest & Triceps) – I went in ready to kick some you know what today. I turned up some music (Alt Nation on Sirius XM) and rocked out with my back/bicep exercises. I decided to see how far I could get using a heavier dumbell set this week and totally impressed myself!
Day 25 (Legs) – A little sore from yesterday’s bicep awesomeness, but that didn’t slow me down! And yet again I struggled with the bench dips haha. If I come out of this program able to do those with more ease I’ll be a happy camper.
Day 26 (Abs & Shoulders) – Good ol’ leg workout today! Nothin out of the ordinary.
Day 27 (Rest) – The final day of phase 1 and I made this one count! I still can’t believe I stuck with this thing for 4 whole weeks. Now let’s see what phase 2 has in store for me..
Day 28 (Rest) -Rest day