Happy Sunday! I hope you had an amazing weekend and that you’re gearing up for a fantastic week!
If you listened to our Runner Burnout podcast, you know I’ve been dealing with burnout since May. Plus, not to get all dramatic, but Bob and I are stressed from situations beyond our control. So yeah, I’ve been clinging to any type of motivation I can find with both hands.
For me, report cards are a great motivator. So with this concept in mind, I’m jumping into the Weekly Workout Wrap Up blog link up that’s hosted by Holly from Hoho Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home! I’m also tossing in some writing as well since my goal is to finish three novels this year, two by October 30th and one during November’s National Novel Writing Month! (NaNoWriMo.)
Monday, September 10th
Jackey and I started Beachbody’s Liift4 preview in August. (You can listen to our initial thoughts in this podcast episode.) It’s a great program, one I highly recommend but I just haven’t been connecting with it. Instead, I found myself missing 80 Day Obsession so on Monday, I went back to the program I enjoy and does better things for my body!
80 Day Obsession Day 1: Total Body Core
I absolutely LOVE using the resistance loops. Yes, they can be a pain sometimes, but they’re oh-so effective! Rather than Beachbody’s that has only three loops, I went with these Fit Simplify Resistance Loops (affiliate link) that come in a set of five with a carrying case. Love them!
Tuesday, September 11th
80 Day Obsession Day 2: Booty
It’s booty day! My booty was not happy but I do love this workout. No photo today since I was in a rush, but OH MY GOSH, why has it taken me nearly fifty years to discover a love for avocados?? I had quite the marvelous lunch with this bad boy.
Wednesday, September 12th
My eldest son (and WVU student, go Mountaineers!) is having major issues with his apartment in West Virginia. Long story, longer drive. We left at 6:00am to meet with his rental property manager and didn’t return back home until 7:00pm. By then, I was pooped and nodding off during dinner so you know what?
Thursday, September 13th
One thing I did love about Liift4 was it being a four-day program, allowing three days to run and rest. Seeing as how I have the Baltimore Half in October and Wine & Dine in November, I’m modifying 80 Day by dropping the two cardio workouts.
Well, sort of. Cardio Core has these AMAZING ab moves using sliders, so while they’re doing HIIT work, I run on the treadmill and then carefully get off to do the core moves. (I usually do about 2 miles doing this and then I’ll run another mile for a total of 3.) So here’s my future weekly schedule for Phase 1:
- Day 1: Total Body Core
- Day 2: Booty and Day 3: Cardio Core, supplementing HIIT for 3 treadmill miles
- Day 4: Run 3 miles and AAA
- Day 5: Legs
- Day 6: Skip Cardio Flow for a long run instead
- Day 7: Rest/Stretch/Foam Roll
I’m a bit out of whack this week so on Thursday, I did:
80 Day Obsession Day 3: Cardio Core w/Running and Day 4: AAA
My mileage is also out of whack because of the ab moves and me taking a call from my youngest son. Motherhood doesn’t end when your kids are grown!
Friday, September 14th
80 Day Obsession Day 5: Legs
No pics today … but yikes, my abs are sore from using these Synergee Sliders for ab/core work! (Affiliate link.) They’re one of the reasons why I prefer 80 Day over Liift4. While using these, I’m also working my arms, my booty, everything! Highly recommend these, even if you’re not doing a Beachbody program.
4 Mile Run
Oh, what a glorious morning for a run! It was overcast and cool, my kind of running weather. I took this one super easy … plus I messaged Jackey quite a bit because we’re doing last-minute planning for our Disney trip.
Sunday, September 16th
Rest & Roll!
I actually haven’t rolled yet, seeing as how my youngest son and his girlfriend were here for a visit until around 10:00, but now that I’m typing it, I have to! I had planned on doing a light run since we’ll be in Disney next week, but my legs are sore and I’m listening to my body.
Writing Wrap Up!
Why in the world did I decide to write a novel with four points of view??? I thought I had learned my lesson with Just Flirt, but nope, I didn’t, and as a result, A Year of Happy Endings is becoming quite the challenge!
But I truly LOVE this novel and each of the four main characters. This week, I finished rewriting two chapters, woo-HOO! I would be done a third, but I’ve decided to change the setting to better intertwine their storylines. I’m hoping to tackle the rest of that later today after packing for Disney!
If you’re curious about A Year of Happy Endings, you can read it for free on Wattpad! (Sidney Brooks is the name I might self publish under.) Normally, I never share a book until it’s completely written and edited at least twice, but posting chapters as I go along has been very motivating and is helping me ditch perfectionism!
Thoughts for this week:
I’m happy to be getting back to 80 Day Obsession! Liift4 is a fantastic program but it’s simply not for me. (I’ll share why once I’m back from Disney.) I didn’t get enough running in, though, but I’m cutting myself some slack while adjusting to the program and dealing with personal issues.
- Monday: Total Body Core and Run 6 miles
- Tuesday-Thursday: Disney!
- Friday: Booty and Run 3
- Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: Run 7 Miles
Thanks for reading and have a joyful day!