Living healthy as a busy Mom with two little boys

I think I can…… September 20, 2012

Filed under: Running — fitformyprinces @ 10:23 pm

I’m currently running my way through Couch to 5K for the 4th time.  Some people may think that the program doesn’t work since I’ve had to do it so many times.  However, I like to think that I keep coming back to it because it does such a great job.  See I have very specific (and mostly good) reasons why I’ve had to do it so many times.

I first did C25K in January 2007 when I first became interested in running.  I completed the program the first part of March and ran a 5K without stopping.  And after that I didn’t stop either.  I ran a 10K in May 2007, a half marathon in September 2007 and a full marathon to celebrate my 30th Birthday in December 2007.

Then I got pregnant with my oldest child and stopped running.

I started C25K for the second time in the summer of 2010 after my oldest child was about 18 months old and I had found determination to get fit again and lose the baby weight for good.

Then in August of that year, I broke my foot and couldn’t run.  While I was still on crutches, I got pregnant with my youngest child.

I started (and completed) C25K again in July 2011 after my youngest son was born and completed the program prior to returning to work last October.

Then, unfortunately, I lost all desire to maintain any sort of healthy lifestyle and running went out the window.

And that brings me to today.  I started C25K again 5 weeks ago and have been faithfully completing my runs (with kids in the double jogging stroller and our faithful German Shepherd at my side) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

Just two days ago I completed Week 5, Day 2 (W5D2) of the program even though I was on vacation with the boys in Washington DC.

So what has me thinking I can (or can’t)?  Well tomorrow morning I’m doing the (dreaded) W5D3 run.  Anyone who has gone through this program knows what I’m talking about.  It’s the 20 minute with no stopping run.  The run that prior to it leaves you full our doubt.  When you start the program you start with a 1 minute run followed by a 90 second walk.  Then you build up to a 90 second run, then a 3 minute run, followed by a 5 minute and later an 8 minute run.  So as you can see, the buildup is gradual over the first 5 weeks.  My last run (W5D2) was an 8 minute run, 5 minute walk, and 8 minute run.

Then …. bam-o ….. go run 20 minutes without stopping.  Are they crazy?

Well, no, they’re not crazy.  I know in my head it works.  After all, I have done it before.  And I’ve done it with worse physical conditioning than I have now.  So I know that I ‘can’ do it.  However, that inner voice is still leaving me to doubt myself this evening.

So no matter what happens tomorrow morning, one thing will be certain.  I will definitely give it my all.  And in doing so, I’m mostly certain that I will succeed in completing the run, uninterrupted.


Biggest Loser Calorie Knockout September 5, 2012

Filed under: Biggest Loser DVD — fitformyprinces @ 4:47 pm

Biggest Loser puts out a couple of workout DVDs a year or so.  At least that is how it seems.  I personally own at least a half-dozen of the DVDs they’ve put out but hadn’t done this workout at all yet.  So, I decided to give it a try.   The DVD features contestants from Season 12 of the Biggest Loser.  That was the season where they split the contestants up by age and had Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince, and Anna Kournikova as trainers.  This contestants featured are Vinnie, Ramon, Rebecca, Sunny, John, and Antone.  This DVD has a warm up and cool down, plus three circuits that you can do individually, all together, or in any combination you choose.  I personally split this up into two separate days since the first day I was looking for a very quick workout as I had already done a morning workout that day.  Then this afternoon I did the other two circuits back to back.

Circuit 1 – Anna Kournikova is the trainer and she alternates between one minute of strength and one minute of cardio.  I thought the moves themselves were ok, and it got my heart rate up to the fat burning zone, but the whole circuit just seemed a little awkward.  It seemed as though her audio was dubbed over the top of the workout and just didn’t seem to flow well.  Additionally, while the back of the DVD says all three of the circuits are 15 minutes each, the counter on my player said this was only 11 minutes long.  However, for someone starting out, this will definitely get your blood pumping and you’ll burn calories doing it.  For me, just finishing up level 3 of 30 day shred, I just didn’t find it to be as challenging as my body wanted.

Circuit 2 – This is Bob’s circuit and he throws everything at you.  Strength moves, plyometrics, isometric stretching, and some yoga.  My body was S.O.R.E after his 15 minutes.  This circuit is no joke and was definitely a great workout.

Circuit 3 – Dolvett runs this circuit and he does so tabata style.  What is tabata?  Basically it’s intervals of high intensity followed by active rest.  It is somewhat similar to the Firm Express system that I completed in July but slightly different.  Dolvett shows you three options for a move that you do high intensity for 20 seconds and follow that with a 10 minute rest.  I spent the rest time kicking out my legs loosely so that I was still moving around.  You repeat this 8 times per move for a total of 4 minutes each move.   I really liked that there were three different modification options for each move as it left a little something for everyone.

I would definitely do this DVD again, but I’ll probably skip Circuit 1.  Anna was just too annoying for me and I didn’t feel based on my own fitness level that it was an efficient enough use of my workout time.  Circuit 2 and 3 were great though and I think they’d work best in tandem.  Circuit 3 I felt gave me a better cardio workout whereas my muscles were definitely fatigued doing circuit 2.  Combined with the warmup and cooldown those two circuits would take a total of 40 minutes, which I can definitely fit in most days.