Working on my Fitness

Wading in the Wearable Tech Waters

I like to think of myself as an early-ish adopter of technology, but I’ve been dragging my feet when it comes to wearable tech.

I’ve been eyeballing various Fitbit offerings for a while, and there’s always one thing or another that I don’t like. It usually comes back to the fact that I wear an actual watch (not a smart watch), and I don’t want a bulky tracker on my wrist. That also means I won’t be wearing a smart watch, because who wants to wear two watches? Not me!

So, I stumbled upon a wearable fitness tracker that’s a RING! It tracks my activity, steps, heart rate, sleep, and syncs with an app, just like Fitbit. It will basically give me a snapshot at my day and that’s really what I want from a tracker. I don’t need instant updates or the community/social aspect that a network as large as Fitbit has. I’m not going to get into competition with anyone, and frankly, I don’t need to. I’m working on me!

This ring is called the Motiv Ring. And it sounds and looks super dope.

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I Started PiYo Today

So, I may be writing this post on Tuesday (East Coast Time), but until I actually go to sleep, it’s still Monday in Suz’s World!

Here’s my Cliff’s Notes backstory: I’ve pretty much been idle (fitness-wise) since July, due to some health issues. They’re weren’t super serious, but your girl is paranoid, so I stopped all my workouts. Everything is now under control and, after meeting with my doctor last week, I feel confident enough to get back to working on my fitness!

But taking 6+ months off is a huge deal! Especially since the I think that’s the longest I’ve been idle in over a decade. I can’t remember ever taking a break that long. So it was a daunting task to start contemplating getting back in the game. One thing is for certain, I am going to take my time getting back in shape. One of the worst things I can do is try to do too much, too soon, and end up injuring myself.

To sort of ease myself back into a routine, I chose Chalene Johnson’s PiYo workout from Beachbody. I’ve always loved me some Chalene, and feel that a low impact & hybrid Pilates/Yoga workout is a great place to start. My longterm, goal is to get back to my soulmate workout, TurboFire, but for now, baby steps is the move.

So, today was Day 1, where Chalene walked me through the terminology, much of which I was already familiar with, having done many of her workout programs. But it felt great because it was like a long stretch that my body needed. Two thumbs up. Looking forward to getting after it tomorrow, and modifying as needed!

Here we go!

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Back On The Workout Train!

Man, it feels so good to be back in the swing of things!

Anyone who knows me that 2014 wasn’t a good year for me, in terms of personal development. My father passed away just days before his 65th birthday and I remained in a fog for the rest of that calendar year. I tried, a couple of times, to get back to working out, but it only lasted a couple of weeks or so. I thought I’d found something with P90X3, but even that couldn’t hook me like I expected it to.

And, come May, I usually run 3x per week until late October. Want to know how many times I ran last year? SEVEN TIMES, TOTAL! I told y’all I was in a funk, y’all!

I didn’t even hit the workouts hard before going to Hawaii. I was just stuck.

This year, after returning from Hawaii, I decided to finally shake off this stank, and get back after it. I started with shorter workouts for 2-3 times per week. From there, I upped the cardio to 5 times a week for about a month. And then I dove back into ChaLean Extreme. That’s been a workout I’ve relied on for many years now. The length of workouts, combined with my love of all things Chalene Johnson, was the winning combo I needed!

I just finished the 90-day program and I feel great! Not only do my clothes all fit wonderfully again, my self esteem has normalized. I’m a few weeks into my Couch to 5k podcasts and am back to looking forward to my post-workout high too.

The biggest decisions I have these days is which program to do next. I might do another round of ChaLEAN Extreme, or I might reunite with Les Mills Pump again.

Ahh, it’s good to be back!

Have you ever fallen into a huge workout funk? How did you shake off the dust? Would love to hear from y’all!

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The Great Barefoot Turbo Fire Experiment

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It’s a Fitness Miracle!

Ok, let me back up get y’all up to speed on the situation. I have been putting off doing another round of Turbo Fire, my soul mate workout, because some of the HIIT workouts were hurting my feet. I took that as a sign to replace my workout shoes. It’s long overdue, and I don’t need any injuries slowing me down.

As I was researching shoes that would be good for my mostly flat feet, I came across a post on Shaun T’s website, where he talked about what he uses for his own program, Insanity. Turns out he often goes barefoot. And, as I read through the comments I noticed that a lot of others did the barefoot thing too. Shaun T recommended a “minimal” shoe, and lots of folks revealed that they wore Vibram 5-fingers for his workouts. A specific shoe Shaun mentioned was the Reebok CrossFit Trainers.

So, after the seed was planted in my head about barefoot workouts (in terms of impact, Turbo Fire is pretty close to T25 and Insantiy, especially the HIIT workouts), I paused my shoe researching and committed to a week of barefoot Turbo Fire workouts. Today was Day 1 and I did the HIIT 15 workout. This is a short one, but the 3rd segment of the workout always, without fail, makes me feet hurt. Doesn’t matter the shoe I use, without fail, the balls of my feet ache. Usually to the point where I have to either stop or heavily modify the moves. No bueno.

After finishing my workout, I am pleased to report that my feet feel fine. During the combo, where they’re usually on fire, I kept anticipating when the pain would start, but it never did! I was able to jump higher and didn’t have to take it easy at all. Pivoting was pretty easy as well! My knees don’t hurt, nothing hurts! As I write this post, 3 hours later, I’m still in shock.

I’m looking forward to doing some more workouts to see if those results are similar, but I gotta say, so far, so good! If my findings hold, I could save myself close to $100!

Do any of you do workouts barefoot? How’d it go for you?

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I Will Refresh My C25K Podcasts This Year

I know, I know. I’ve been promising this for a while, but it will happen… soonish.

As you may or may not have known, my father was battling heart disease all last year and we lost him almost 3 months ago. Most of my day-to-day activities were in the role of care giver, as we those of my mother and brother. Things were hectic, but we all squeezed every last moment of family time that we could out of of 2013. So that is the reason for a lot of delays.

Now that we’re all finally starting to heal, and Spring may be finally showing itself, I’m thinking about my podcasts. So, with the exception of the 2011 Faves (which only featured Weeks 1-3), I will be refreshing the set. It came to my attention that I have not used a Justin Timberlake song on a podcast yet. That will be remedied. There will be more Kesha, Lady Gaga, Rihanna (songs that are not on the 2011 Faves playlist), Katy Perry, and other songs that have made their way to my “Most Played” iTunes playlists.

As always, you can suggest songs in the comments, below, or on Facebook. It doesn’t guarantee they’ll make the cut, but I don’t have all my favorite songs on my iPod (in order to save space), so I may need a refresher!

I just completed my first run of the year last night and it feels to be back out there, hitting the pavement. Running is so relaxing and therapeutic. I’ve missed it.

Stay tuned!

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A Funny Thing Happens When I Push Play On P90X3 Workouts

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After my long layoff from workouts, it’s taken a little kick in the booty to get me back on my grind. I decided to go with a workout I hadn’t done before in P90X3. I also chose it because I bailed on P90X two workouts in, a couple of years ago, and because these workouts are just 30 minutes long. I need to work my way back up to where I was before with the occasional 45-60 minute workouts.

I’m just not wired like the folks who can work out forever every day. Unless I’m doing a fun workout, once I get to the 45 minute mark, I become extremely aware that I’m working out and don’t enjoy or maximize whatever time is left. I envy folks who can do hour plus workouts. I just don’t have the attention span. I’d rather work really, really hard for about 30 minutes and get it over with. And it’s working with P90X3! That’s what I want to talk about today.

The past week, I’ve felt really blah going into the time I’ve slotted for my workouts. I even contemplate not doing it at all. But that passes, and then I talk myself into just hitting play and half-assing it. I figure any effort is better than none. But, by the time I finish the workout I realize that there was no slacking on my part during the workout. I still ended up going all out!

How does this happen? I might have an idea. Tony Horton basically has us doing exercises and moves for about a minute apiece. Just about anyone can give their all for 60 seconds, right? So before you get to the point where you’re not feeling the workout anymore, it’s time for a break or to move on to the next exercise. Plus, for me, Tony Horton is hilarious. His sense of humor distracts me from even realizing I’m doing a workout sometimes, and he helps the workouts just fly by. Before I know it, there are just 5 minutes left and I’m pushing to finish strong!

Whatever you’re doing, Tony, keep it up! You’re helping me get through my winter funk a lot more easily than I anticipated! Thank you!

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