Monday, June 11, 2012


Hubs and I got up at 7:00 AM this morning for a workout. Keep in mind... we typically roll out of bed only after the children have forced us up, sometimes as late as 8:30 AM or so. But we've both been complaining (me more than him) about how tired we are, how out of shape we are, how overweight we are, etc. So we decided we'd torture ourselves workout together with the hope of creating a new morning routine that would benefit both of us on many levels.

Now, me being the crazy person overachiever that I am, I decided it would be a fantastic idea to bust out one of my workouts from when I was working with a personal trainer... 2 years ago. It's true -- it has been every bit of 2 years since I did a hardcore workout, complete with all the sweat (and tears) that goes along with it.

Greatest idea ever?

Probably not.

So the workout begins with warmup cardio. I chose to complete a mile on the treadmill at 3.5 - 4.5 mph. To keep myself honest, here's my Nike+ run from this morning:

A shameful 18 minute mile. I'm trying not to beat myself up, considering I used to be able to knock out a mile in about 8 minutes when I was working out consistently, working with my trainer and running 5K's. But it's okay. It's been 2 years. Just keep making little steps in the right direction (at least that's what I keep telling myself).

So now the pure madness begins. Check it:
  • Walking Lunges - holding 5 lb. dumbbells overhead

  • Wall sit - 30 seconds

  • Push-Ups - 15 (yes, I admit I did 'em girlie style...)

  • Plank - 30 seconds

Repeat above set 3 times with a 1 minute rest between each round.

Rest 2-3 minutes before beginning the next set:
  • Squats - 15, holding 5 lb. dumbbells overhead

  • Lateral Raises - 15, with 5 lb. dumbbells

  • Side Planks - 15 seconds each side
Repeat above set 3 times with a 1 minute rest between each round.

Cool down cardio. By this point I was uncontrollably convulsing on the floor, so I considered that to be a rather effective cool down.

Holy madness, Batman! I can safely say I was fully expecting to be crazy sore for the next day or so. What I didn't expect was for the soreness to begin within 15 minutes of completing my workout! Seriously people, I can barely make it up/down the stairs or lift my arms. At all. It's so sad how out of shape I am!!!

After my workout, I made a relatively healthy breakfast (this is where I have trouble... knowing what is truly healthy and what is not). Anywho, here's what breakfast looked like for me (courtesy of my food & exercise tracking app,

So while today started out great, I'm afraid it's gonna go downhill pretty quickly. Seriously people, I am almost completely immobilized. My legs. My arms. My everything. Can't move.

Good thing I have a rest day tomorrow before I hit this workout again Wednesday morning.

((help me!))