Links to the videos for all these exercises can be found here in the post from Week 14. This is the last week of my month-long challenge of incorporating LovingFit exercises into my workouts. I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in strength and my overall ability to perform most of these moves, but the shoulder issue is still problematic. Actually, I found that it became worse with some of these exercises that I was hoping would help (like the wall climbers, crab side plank lift, and 1/2 dive bombers), and so I pretty much took them out of rotation. I’m kind of at a loss for what to do. I’d love to get to the point where I can do the LovingFit workouts as-is, but I’m just not there—not without a lot of modifications. But I worry that by just pulling individual exercises from them and incorporating those, I’m missing the bigger picture of the workouts as they are designed. I either need to be ok with that, or I need to be ok with only kinda-sorta doing the workouts as presented. Food for thought.
Monday: Upper Body
- Diagonal Bear Push-ups
- Slow Pull Down
- Walk Over Scissor Planks
- Circle Shoulder Press
- Double Bicycle
- Mt. Climber Push-off
All exercises x 12 reps. Had to stop at 1 set. Stupid rotator cuff. Nearly face-planted on the last Mt. Climber Push-off. Then I get so MAD, that I have to bully through just to finish a workout at all. But it’s a weenie thing to quit over. So, I did another set. Had to modify the Mt. Climber Push-off to just a Push-off. On my knees. But I did it. So there.
Rotator cuff: 0
Tuesday: Lower Body
Something a little different than what I usually do. Only 4 exercises. Part 1, each exercises is timed 1 minute on, 15 seconds off. 5 rounds for the squats, 6 rounds for the other 2.
- Go-Stop-Go Squats (managed 11 on every round, total of 55)
- Step Up Knee Up (did either 15 or 16 on each round, total of approx. 45 per leg)
- Cook Lift (averaged around 40 per round, total approx 120 per leg)
Total Time: 22 minutes
Part 2: Isometric Squat Side Bends. 20 per side. These are way harder than they look!
The Rest of the Week: :/
I worked extra this week, and therefore was extra tired.I had two, count ’em, TWO job interviews which were in the time slots when I’d usually work out.
And there was a doctor’s appointment in there somewhere, too.
Read this as: I got lazy and made excuses and didn’t work out the rest of the week.
Why? Dude, I don’t know. Some days—I’m not even kidding about this—it is as simple as if for some reason my workout gets shifted to a later time, I won’t have enough time for my hair to dry after a shower before I have to go to work, or that it will mean taking 2 showers (and isn’t that just ridiculous and wasteful?). Typing that for the general public to read just instantly put that into perspective, let me tell you. I let little things derail me from things that I really do find important. I have spent my whole life being one of those people who never does the same thing at the same time two days in a row—ie, I’m inconsistent. But I’ve always desired consistency. Go figure. My blogging friend Stephanie wrote a really great post about this same issue. It appears that we were both riding the excuse train this week. :/ I love her idea of a motivation board on Pinterest. I also like that reading her post made me have to sit with the reality of this issue and get up close and personal with it. Not easy, but necessary. And good.
The positive that all of this has shown me is that I have changed in a small but very important way. It used to be that getting derailed even once would mean the kiss of death for my new “healthy habit”. I’d just quit altogether. I don’t do that anymore. I get back on the horse over and over and over again. I am thankful for this small victory, and I hope that one day it will transform into something resembling consistency. I have another job interview tomorrow. My goal is to work out afterward even if it means I have to take 2 showers, lol.