You know how I always tell you all how I really enjoy not having a set workout schedule?
How I love being “free as a bird,” able to come and go when I please, choosing whichever exercises I’m in the mood for.
Well this is me…reneging on everything I’ve told you up to this point.
So why am I going back on my word?
Well, I’ve decided that I need a change and have officially begun the 10lb. Slimdown Xtreme Challenge.
I was sent a copy of the program to review from Exercise TV, and debated on whether or not I really wanted to fully commit to the challenge or if I just wanted to try out some of the different videos. After weighing my options, here’s what I came up with:
- I now have the DVD, so I have everything I need
- I’ve been itching for something new (BodyPump was starting to get a little dull)
- I have already enjoyed a couple of the videos
- I love Chris Freytag – she pushes you to work, but she’s super cute(!)
- I want to really push myself!
So, I’m DOING IT!
The program is a 28-day advanced training system separated into four weeks of total body, upper body, core, and lower body workouts. Muscle memory is shaken up each week for faster results by target toning each muscle group with isolated styles of training.
- Week 1 – total body circuit style workouts and kickboxing cardio
- Week 2 – focus on targeted upper body sculpt moves and yoga
- Week 3 – focus on core
- Week 4 – focus on lower body
Why I’m Doing It
The first thing that I want to emphasize is this: I am not doing the challenge to lose 10 pounds. I will be honest with you, however, and tell you that I wouldn’t mind losing about five. Many people I admire in the blog world have mentioned things about their “happy weight” and I will tell you that I know that I am not at mine.
Tasty, yes. But not so awesome for all the jeans I can’t fit into.
Also, since being home more often, even though my workouts have been more frequent, my daily life is fairly sedentary. And with that, my snacking habits have gone a little crazy.
My main goals for taking on the challenge are simply to switch up my routine, and hopefully gain some new muscle definition. If I end up dropping a couple pounds in the process, that’s great; but that’s not my main purpose.
In terms of my eating habits, you probably won’t see much of a change with that and it’s not a huge focus in my decision to take on this new workout challenge. While the full Xtreme Workout DVD set comes with a meal plan, I was only sent the workout DVD and honestly, I wouldn’t have followed it anyways.
My meals, for the most part, are usually pretty healthy; it’s the mid-day snacking and after dinner sweets that I really need to work on, which you guys don’t normally see anyways (I definitely don’t document everything I eat).
My Plan Of Attack
Last night, I reviewed the workout plan and had to alter things a bit to come up with my own plan. Since I’d “officially” be starting it today, on a Wednesday, I still wanted my recovery day to be on a Sunday.
So this morning, I decided to just start with Day 3; I’ve already taken a BodyCombat class this week and did cardio yesterday, so I figured it wasn’t too far off.
Today’s Workout was Lower Body + Abs – I had already done the abs so I knew what to expect with that, but that lower body routine was definitely tough. WOW. I guess it’s a good thing I want to push myself!
I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and honestly don’t feel like the set workouts are going to be a problem for me (I say this now, it is only day 3…).
**If there’s anyone out there who thinks they might want to follow along with me on the challenge by doing the workouts On Demand (if it’s available to you) or if you already have the DVD, let me know! I’d love to start a group where we could all motivate each other, whether you follow the full challenge, or just try a few of the different workouts. It could be super fun AND motivating!
And now, since I’ve already talked your ear off on this way more than I anticipated (woops!), I’ll wait to fill you guys in on the awesome breakfast that was had a little later. It was amazing!
Questions for the Morning:
When was the last time you really pushed yourself with a workout?
Have you ever followed any sort of workout challenge (i.e., P90X, etc.)?