Week Two Review

Hi Everyone!

I hope your week has gone well thus far! It is almost Friday and the weather has been cooler here in Texas! I’ve been a little behind on keeping my blog updated and will try to do better moving forward. However, yesterday I started Week 3 or the current 5 Week Body Transformation I am doing, but I figured I would talk a little bit about Week 2.

Week 2 has me repeating the workout routines from Week 1. I can tell I am making some progress but it really is tough from week to week to truly see how far I’ve come. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is my left foot seems to be handling the pounding better than in the past. I still have to be very careful with it, but the only thing that seems to bother it is doing high knees after a certain amount of time. I have to remind myself that I need to have patience with this issue like I was with my back and hip injury. It is all a part of the journey and I am taking small steps daily. The long term goal is still for me to start getting outside and move towards running, but the important thing is for me to be consistent right now and listen to my body. It will tell me what it can and cannot do.

The other issue I’ve been dealing with is the eating right on a consistent bases. I will be at work and I’ll see a cookie, and I’ll tell myself one cookie won’t hurt me. Well, one cookie leads to 3. Overall, I would say I eat fairly healthy and drink a good amount of water, but I am not doing it enough to see better results. I hope that makes sense. They say the first thing you have to do to fix something is notice there is a problem. I worked my tail off yesterday evening, but more than likely only worked off the cookies I had. It is going to be a struggle, but I know I will defeat it.

In case you want to see the workouts I am doing below are the links for Workouts 1, 2, and 3 for the first two weeks of my current program.

Workout 1 – http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-1.html
Workout 2 – http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-2.html
Workout 3 – http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-3.html

Alright, I am going to eat lunch and most importantly stay away from cookies.

Blessings!
Jared

Week 5 Workout #14

Hi Everyone!

I hope your week has been going well. We’ve been fairly busy at work due to a massive amount of office moves. I wanted to work out Tuesday but I was really tired for some reason, so I got in some extra rest and worked out last night. It was my last workout of the current 5 week plan I’ve been doing and it was bittersweet. It was sweet because one of my main goals was to simply finish the program and make exercising a part of my daily/weekly routine, but at the same time I look at myself and wish my body looked different. Don’t get me wrong, I have slightly improved and I would say I now have a solid foundation, which was another goal of mine. However, I see pictures or notice people around me and think I still have miles to go. Now, with that being said I when I really think about where I was 5 weeks ago to where I am today. I know can see I’ve come a long ways, and that makes me proud!!

Also, I look back on the journey I started back late last year and I’ve learned that being healthy isn’t a sprint but a marathon. I’m not doing this for a quick fix or for a short term, I’m in it for the long ride. The other thing I realize is that when I first started this 5 week program I didn’t hit it extra hard early on, and that was a part of my plan. In the past I have hit my early workouts too hard too soon, which has always led me to hurting myself or burned out from working out. That hasn’t happened this time. I guess what I am saying is that I have matured about my attitude and thoughts towards my workouts and the way I look at progress. Yes, I still have a ways to go, but what use to get me down, now motivates me!

I will look back on my 5 week fitness program, my goals, and what is next in a future blog.

Here is my workout from yesterday. I did one round of each routine.

Workout #5-(http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-5.html)

Beginner: 10 reps
Intermediate: 15 reps
Advanced: 20 reps

*Repeat 1-3X

1. Alternating Lunge Lift
2. Tricep Leg Lift
3. Extended Situp
4. Mount Climber/High Knees (30 seconds each, 10 second rest in between)
5. Squatting Side Kick
6. Tricep Pushup (right)
7. Tricep Pushup (left)
8. Bicycle
9. Mountain Climber/High Knees
10. Warrior Row (right)
11. Warrior Row (left)
12. Leg Lift Abs
13. Mountain Climber/High Knees

Workout #2- (http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-2.html)
Repeat 1-3X

1. Lunge Curl (alternate legs)
2. Plank Lift
3. Side Plank Hip Drop (right)
4. Side Plank Hip Drop (left)
5. Heel Tap Abs or Leg Lift Abs
6. Hip Press
7. Leg Series (right)
8. Leg Series (left)
9. Sumo Pushups
10. Bicycle Abs

Workout #3- (http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-3.html)

Beginner: 10 reps, 30 seconds timed
Intermediate: 15 reps, 45 seconds timed
Advanced: 20 reps, 60 seconds timed

Repeat 1-3X

1. High Knees (timed)
2. Walk the Plank
3. Superman
4. Leg Lift Abs
5. Reverse Lunge
6. Jumping Jacks
7. Sumo Squat
8. Reverse Plank Side Step
9. Bicycle Abs
10. High Knees

I stretched well after the workout. My foot was extra tight yesterday and I left my tennis ball at work, so I used a softball. Boy, did it work wonders.

Have a great day!
Blessings Mates!
Jared

Workout #2

 

Hi everyone!

I was tired by the end of the work day, and at first I thought about not working out. I remembered I already put it out on my blog that I would be working out, so I did what I said I would do. I only did the routine two times, and probably could have done it a third since it wasn’t that tough. However, I am taking it a little easy the first couple of weeks, so I stopped after the second round.

Here is Workout# 2
Repeat 1-3X

1. Lunge Curl (alternate legs)

2. Plank Lift
3. Side Plank Hip Drop (right)
4. Side Plank Hip Drop (left)
5. Heel Tap Abs or Leg Lift Abs
6. Hip Press
7. Leg Series (right)
8. Leg Series (left)
9. Sumo Pushups
10. Bicycle Abs
(Link – http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-2.html)

Here are the links to the Fit Test and Workout #1 I did last week.

Fit Test – http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fit-test-2013.html
Workout #1 – http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-1.html

Also, I had my monthly chiropractor visit and it by far is the best one I’ve had. I have made a ton of progress over the last month, and even the Chiropractor bragged about how far I’ve come. He actually said he was having a hard time finding anything wrong with me!!!! My range of motion in my back and hips is as good as it has been in years. It took many more months than I thought it would, but the chiropractor was right that it would take about a year for me to start seeing true improvement. My first visit was back in late September or early October.

Have a great day!
Blessings!
Jared

It has been a LONG time!

Hi everyone, I hope you haven’t forgotten about me. It has been ages since I last posted a blog. To be honest I fell off the wagon. After Thanksgiving things started to go downhill fast: I got out of a good sleeping pattern, which led me to not feeling like working out. It is true when you miss one workout; it is easier to miss the next one. Also, my left foot started to get tight, and it got so bad that running in place and even jumping jacks caused it to tighten up. At work I no longer had access to my blog and when I get home I really don’t enjoy spending a ton of time on the computer. I do that enough at work.

Long story short I let all this get me down, and I simply stopped caring. It seemed like for every step forward I went two steps back. I take full responsibility for falling off the wagon. Just because I couldn’t get on my blog didn’t mean I still couldn’t workout. I have a lot of excuses and none of them are worth anything.

However, not all my news is bad. I have lost a little weight and am now hovering around the 165 mark, which is better than the low 170’s I was at towards the last quarter of last year. My back/hip/gluteus/ITBS pain has gotten a lot better, but I still have a ways to go. I have much more range of motion in those areas, and I am still seeing my Chiropractor. I have finally gotten my new mattress broken in, and I am sleeping better. I am eating a little better overall which helps explain the weight I lost. Still, I need to start working out again, but I think this time I need to slowly get into it. I think the last few times I have tried to hit the ground running, and that’s not a bad thing. However, when you haven’t worked out regularly for as long as I have, you have to be smart about how you start the program out.

I haven’t figured out my exact game plan, but I will be thinking over that the next few days. For some reason I can now access my blog from work again, but I think in the past I was a little too addicted to my blog…if that makes sense?

It would be great to hear how everyone is doing, and I have thought of you all off and on over the last several months.

Blessings!
Jared

2nd Run – Thursday night

After my first run my left foot was tight and late Sunday and Monday it really hurt. My Chiropractor worked on my feet some during my Monday visit and that did help. He also worked on my right wrist which has been hurting for at least a week, if not longer. He helped both areas and I have used the tennis ball on my left foot. It was feeling better so I went for a run Thursday evening. To be honest early on I could tell it was acting tight and not fully stretched in the normal position. I thought that if I got moving it might help loosen it up, but that never did happen. Overall my run went okay. I ran when I felt like it, but mostly walked. I am not sure distance wise how far I went, but I time wise it was around 35-45 minutes.

After my run I did an extended stretch and overall felt great afterwards and the next day. My left foot was stiff again, and I have rolled my foot on my Tennis ball. It has helped but my foot is still somewhat stiff today. I will probably not try to run until the middle or late next week, and before I do that I may go for an extended walk to see how the foot is feeling. Also, I may go to the running store where I got my shoes and see if they suggest something to address my issue.

At first I was upset about my foot hurting, but I reminded myself this is all a journey and things won’t always go as planned. I can’t control much but I can completely control my attitude, which is very important. Since then I have been fine mentally, and I know in time I’ll be running and thinking why I made all this a big issue.

Blessings!
Jared

My 1st run in ages and Week 3 – Workout #8

It has been a week since I last posted a blog. It is hard to keep up with my post since I can’t get to my Blog at work anymore. I use to do all most post during my lunch break. I will try to be better moving forward, but let me get to the stuff that matters.

One of my long term goals when I originally started this blog was to get back into running. I thought I was close to accomplishing that, but then had an old injury flare up again. I have been going to the Chiropractor since October and that has helped a ton. I restarted the 5 week program and it has gone great. During Week Three of the program it wants you to combine cardio to go along with the daily workouts. However, due to the fact that I am recovering from a leg/hip/gluteus maxims injury I have decided to not do those on the same day.

I finally got around to going for a run last Saturday, and of course I picked the day when it was 40 degrees with a 10-20 wind blowing. I went to a park somewhat close to where I live, and it went pretty well. The path at the park is around a half a mile around and overall I went around 2 miles. I couldn’t see a sign of the exact distance, but I asked someone and they said it was half a mile around. I didn’t run the whole time. I did a combo of walking and running. I walked a half mile to get the body as warmed up as possible, and I started to run until I felt my body get a little tight. I would. Then I went back to walking and this continued until I did my last bit of walking as my cool down. I did complete one lap running the whole time, and all together I would say I did around 2/3 to 3/4 of a mile running. Not a terrible start for someone who hasn’t ran in I don’t know how long. I did a very long stretching session and then went home. I didn’t feel to bad the rest of they day and overall the next day felt the same. My left foot did get extra, extra tight Sunday to Monday, and I wish I knew why. Still overall I would say it went great for a first run.

Due to my foot being stiff and the fact I was tired I didn’t workout again until this Wednesday. This time I did the next workout in the Body Transformation Series I have been doing. It was a 15 minute workout and I only did it one time. My brother needed my help watching his son/my nephew. It was a great workout and I would like to do it for more than one round next time I do it.

Beginner: 10 reps
Intermediate: 15 reps
Advanced: 20 reps

*Repeat 1-3X


1. Alternating Lunge Lift

2. Tricep Leg Lift
3. Extended Situp
4. Mount Climber/High Knees (30 seconds each, 10 second rest in between)
5. Squatting Side Kick
6. Tricep Pushup (right)
7. Tricep Pushup (left)
8. Bicycle
9. Mountain Climber/High Knees
10. Warrior Row (right)
11. Warrior Row (left)
12. Leg Lift Abs
13. Mountain Climber/High Knees
I did do one additional round of exercises 2, 6, and 7.

Stretch Out

The Warm-Up and Last Stretch are not in the video link.

Here is the link for the Workout.
http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-5.html

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!
Blessings!
Jared