Where I’ve Been

It has been over a month since I last posted anything. I wish I could say that my workouts have been going strong but that isn’t the case. I finished the 5 week program I was doing and had started strong on another program. However, I slowly started to go downhill and then I fell off the cliff.

After about a week and a half of ending my 5 week Body Transformation program my lack of sleep really caught up to me. I missed one workout and once you miss one workout it is much easier to miss another. Now, I did get in a workout here and there but not on a regular bases. Then I had to start picking up my nephew and watching him after I got off work. I love my nephew and enjoy every moment I get to spend with him. The issue here was that I had to watch him until 10pm, which made it hard to ever get to bed at a decent time. I am the person you don’t want to be around if I am hungry or tired. I am a Grizzly Bear.

I thought about working out in the mornings, but I was barely getting enough sleep as it was. There is one good thing that did come out of me taking a month off. My left foot which has been an off and on issue for months has improved greatly over the last month. I am started to think if I take it slow I’ll be able to start running again later this year. More than likely it will start off with me walking and then transitioning to running.

Things have worked out where I am no longer watching my nephew daily, and after being sick at the end of last week the time has come for me to start working out again. I’ll end it there, but I do want to say that I have missed keeping up with my fellow bloggers and I hope you’re all doing great!

Blessings!
Jared

Week 5 Workout #13

Hi Everyone!

After church I got home and completed my second workout for week 5. I woke up and felt surprisingly good compared to how I’ve been feeling. It is amazing what getting a few nights of solid sleep can do. Also, a lot of the soreness I had was gone. I redid workout #5 and I did it 3 times. Afterwards I stretched and used a tennis ball on several spots that were extra tight. It seems like they are all feeling better but I’ll have a better idea how I’m doing tomorrow morning.

Here is the workout.

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

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I pray you all have a wonderful Monday!
Blessings Mates!

Jared

Week 4 Workout #11

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I did my last workout of Week Four for the current 5 week plan I am doing, and it was a hard one. At work we had some ice cream to celebrate the fourth and I probably had a little more than I should have. I have a feeling that caused me to not have the same energy for my workout. Also, I have been tired the last couple of days and it is starting to catch up with me. I seem to be sleeping alright during the week, but there will be one night on the weekends where I don’t sleep all that well. I will wake-up around 2:30-3 and for some reason I cannot fall back to sleep. It is odd because it isn’t like my mind id wondering or that I am stressing out. It is frustrating because I know sleep is important in the weight loss/building muscle process. I seem to be getting enough sleep to function, but I know I’m not getting the amount I truly need. I guess I am going to have to focus on sleeping like I have my workouts. At least with the 3 day weekend I should be able to get a little more sleep. I know I cannot get it all back in one day.

Moving on, my workout last night was a tough one. I redid the workouts from Week 1 of the program but I don’t remember the order. I did each routine one time. I always listen to a song and start moving around a little bit to warm up the body before I work out. However, yesterday I think I got a little into it, and I could feel it during my workout. However, I feel fine this morning. Below is the workout in what I believe was the order I did them in.

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

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 #1 – (http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-1.html)
Beginner: 10 reps, repeat 1-2X
Intermediate: 15 reps, Repeat 1-3X
Advanced: 20 reps, Repeat 1-3X

1. High Knees (60 seconds)
2. Side Plank (right) (60 seconds)
3. Side Plank (left) (60 seconds)
4. Jumping Jacks
5. Bicycle
6. Walking Pushups
7. Sumo Squat
8. Mountain Climber
9. Temple Tap Abs
10. Plank (60 seconds)

As always I stretched it out after my workout. Have a happy and safe weekend!

Blessings Mates!
Jared

Week 3 Workout #8

Hi Everyone!

Over the weekend I fought hard against not going to eat any sort of fast food, and despite how badly I wanted a cheat meal I didn’t give in. Well, yesterday at work we had breakfast and lunch catered, so I was able to finally have a feast day. Now some will say this is a bad thing, but to be honest it felt so right!!!

First, I knew after lunch I would have the rest of the day to burn what I ate. Second, I knew I would eat less for dinner. Third, I knew I could work out when I got home. I am by no means saying I burned off everything I ate, but I know that the fact I ate as much as I did helped motivate me to workout. I did 3 rounds of last night’s routine. I am a little sore today, but it was worth it. It is great when you are through with a workout and you have to stay on the mat in your own sweat! To know you put maximum effort into a workout is empowering, and I know that the results I want are getting closer. Plus, it helped me sleep hard last night. I have noticed the last week or so that I am sleeping much more soundly at night, and I believe most if not all of that is attributed to my workouts.

Last night’s workout was the last one for week 3 and it is a wonderful feeling to know I am 3/5 of the way through with the Body Transformation series I am doing. I think the next two days will be rest days and I’ll start week 4 on Friday. I am thinking I will redo the Fit Test I did at the beginning of this program, and I am looking forward to my progress.

Here is the workout and link – (http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/02/fitness-transformation-workout-6.html)
Beginner: 10 reps
Intermediate: 15 reps
Advanced: 20 reps

1. Plank to Lunge Reach

2.Russian Twist
3. Mountain Climber Pushup
4. Lunge Kick (right)
5. Lunge Kick (left)
6. High Knees
7. Alicia’s Sumo Squat Kick
8. Side Frogger
9. Hip Thrust
10. Reverse Bicycle

I hope everyone is having a grand week thus far and hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
Blessings!
Jared

Workout #3

Hi everyone!

I hope your Saturday morning has started off with a bang. I’ve had some sort of a head-cold for a month and I finally believe it is starting to go away. There have been some rough days over that last month and I haven’t slept all that well at times. I haven’t had two consecutive days of solid sleep, and most of that is because during the week I don’t go to bed early enough. However, it seems like that either Friday or Saturday night I’ll go to sleep and around 3:30 I’ll wake up not being able to fall back to sleep. Last night this happened but I was able to finally go back to sleep and get another 2-3 hours of sleep, so I feel pretty good this morning.

I was going to workout Wednesday, but work was non-stop and for me that means being on my feet all day. I thought about working out when I got home but I decided not to. Moving onto yesterday I got in a solid workout when I got home. My left foot is still bothering me, so I did modify or do some different exercises than what was listed. For example I did Overhead Presses for Jumping Jacks.

Here is the 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

After the workout I did stretch and took it easy the rest of the evening!

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!
Blessings!
Jared

 

Current Goals

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone’s Monday is going well. Yesterday I spoke about my new work out plan, and today I am discussing my goals while I do my current five week workout plan. I think in the past I have tried to have too many goals, or maybe they have been a tad too detailed. Also, I need goals that are current but move towards me sticking with working out, because my health/fitness needs to be on-going….below are the goals.

1. Finish the 5 week Workout program I am starting. I have started it at least 2 or 3 times but I haven’t been able to finish it. I have had an injury/injuries come up or some other excuse. I simply want to finish the program more than anything else. If I can commit to five weeks, then I feel that fitness will become part of my daily routine.

2. Average 7.5 hours of sleep. Right now I would say I get between 6-7 hours of sleep a night and the average is probably closer to 6.5. That isn’t enough and that is part of the reason I stopped working out at the end of last year. I simply didn’t have the energy to work out once I get home. Yes, I would always feel more energized when I got a workout in, but when I am sleepy it is easy for me to skip a workout. It is true if you miss one workout, it is that much easier to miss the next one.

3. Eat more vegetables at dinner. One thing I have been much better about over the last few months is eating better more consistently. That is a big reason I have lost some weight even though I haven’t been working out. Still, I have room to improve. Usually for dinner I’ll eat chicken strips or grilled chicken, a potato with cheese, a glass of milk, but after that is when the meal goes a little downhill. I will have some cereal, one too many handfuls of goldfish crackers or a granola bar. I know none of those things are awful, but with dinner being my last meal for the day I need to have a more health meal. By adding one vegetable to my dinner I can cut out extra calories.

Alright, these are my goals, and all are straight forward. I know some people will say I don’t have very specific or any result driven goals, but if I do the above three goals, then results will come.

I am curious if anyone has any thoughts, questions, or maybe you tell me about your goals.

Blessings! Jared

Week 2 – Workout # 5

Week 2 of the Body Transformation Series I am currently doing is a repeat of Week 1. I did two rounds and could have done a third round but I had to watch my nephew while his Mom and Dad ate lunch. We had a massive Ice Storm here hit Texas Thursday night through Friday morning, so I didn’t have to go to work. It was nice to be home and spend the whole day with my nephew who turned one yesterday. He has been such a blessing to our family and I thank God for him. He reminds me daily that the simple things in life are very important!!!

I got in a great stretch after my workout and sat on my trusted Tennis Ball to help loosen some spots that were a little tighter than normal. I felt good the rest of the day, and I woke up this morning feeling as loose as I have since I got my new mattress. For anyone new to reading my blog or hasn’t kept up with me recently I finally bought a new mattress in November and it has been an adventure adjusting to it. However, my old mattress was way past the being “old” mark and I am sure that has played a huge part in why it has taken me this long to get use to the new mattress.

I went the Chiropractor on Monday and the visit went well. Now that I am working out I can give him feedback about how my body is handling exercise, which will help him better address issues and certain spots that need more attention. I am hoping that later next week I can start running a little outside, and that will really help him know exactly how my hips/butt/lower back are doing. Thus far my body seems to be handling most things very well. I am still wearing my wrist support but my right wrist is starting to feel better. I hope in another week I won’t need it, but it has been a life saver this past week.

Here is my workout from yesterday and I hope everyone has a great Saturday!!!
Blessings!
Jared

Repeat 1-3X

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

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 (I was able to go all the way up with my legs the first round, but did a modified version after talking with my chiropractor on Monday.)
6. Hip Press 7. Leg Series (right)
8. Leg Series (left)
9. Sumo Pushups (My right wrist was still hurting but I did the first round as best I could. The second round I did Lying Dumbbell Bench Press, and I was lying completely on the ground using 15 pound dumbbells.)
10. Bicycle Abs

Stretch

Here is the link for Workout# 2 ( http://www.benderfitness.com/2013/01/fitness-transformation-workout-2.html )

Back To Working Out!!!

My chiropractor visits have eased the pain of the injury from early October, and I have been sleeping better this week, so I have finally decided it is time to start working out again. It is crazy to think it has been since early October since I last worked out, but to be honest it feels like it has been longer. I have decided to restart the Body Transformation Series (found on Melissa Bender’s website/blog benderfitness.com) I was doing, and I am really, really looking forward to it. I have learned a lot since I started the program in early September. I was doing a great job with my workouts, but I wasn’t eating as healthy as I needed to in order to see the results I wanted.

Last night I got home and was feeling a little tenderness in right knee, hip, and butt area, which is the area where that flared up originally. These are also the areas that I have been having issues with for years, so I was hesitate to do anything at all. I kept thinking that I was going to only make the tenderness worse or possibly completely injure myself. Then it hit me that I would probably feel that way until I actually tested these areas out.

I did the Fitness Test that the program has, but I left my results at home. I will try to post them later tonight. The big thing that came out of the Fitness Test is that I never felt my tenderness get worse, and I haven’t felt any pain today. That is a HUGE win in my book!!

I may try to do the first workout of the program tonight, but probably won’t go full force. I plan on taking it slow the first week and then turn it up a notch or two. The biggest thing I need to do is simply start working out again!!

Recovery Update – Chiropractor Visit 6 and New Mattress Update

 

I went to the Chiropractor this morning and the visit went well. I seem to still be coming along nicely. I am still waking up with soreness and stiffness, but that is because I am still adjusting to the new mattress. I talked to a ton of people last week and most seemed to say it takes a week before you start enjoying your new mattress. I think a lot of my issues are because my old mattress was in terrible shape. Last night I slept as well as I have since I got it. I still have a little ways to go, but it is nice to notice I am making progress.

Once I stretch and start moving the soreness/stiffness goes away pretty quick. The nice thing is when I am moving throughout the day or when I helped move the mattress I didn’t notice those simple movements causing me pain or my injuries to flare up again. All in all I would say I am doing well. The other nice thing about sleeping fairly well last night is I feel like I can finally get back to working out. I have been talking about doing my first workout for about 10 days now, but when you are dragging all day it is tough to even think about working out.

However, I have had people encouraging me and taking an interest in my recovery and that has helped me ton. I appreciate that more than I can express!!

I hope everyone has a great Monday!
Jared