I'm here, I survived Week 1! Now, we did some adjusting to my routine at the end of the week, and have realized we will have to make some adjustments to this weeks as well. But not majorly. :)
Monday - Did all my work outs, Cleaned for an hour
Tuesday - Did all my work outs except when the Duke said to stop 2-3 minutes before the end because of my shoulder. Cleaned for an hour.
Wednesday - Did all of my work outs. Cleaned for two hours.
Thursday - Went hiking for an hour and a half with friends, and also quite a bit of walking while site seeing. The Duke and I agreed that because I barely sat down all day, that that counted as work out and I wasn't to do more.
Friday - Did five hours of spring cleaning. Literally gutting out book shelves, reorganizing areas of chaos, getting right down on my hands and knees to areas I can't reach on a daily basis and gutting them out. I did so much bending, moving and lifting that I was completely exhausted when my parents showed up shortly after that. The Duke told me to consider that a work out as well.
Saturday - A lot of running around with the parents, was told to also consider this a work out. Also kept up with housework. Did dishes several times, made meals from scratch, sweeping, all the daily stuff, even though my parents were there.
Sunday - Took a walk. Cleaned up after parents left. Relaxed. (Will have to tell you what I learned about for submission in some Bones episodes yesterday in my post tomorrow!) :)
Weight Lost - 1.5lb (Not the 2 I wanted, but still, I already feel firmer in certain areas, and stronger, so that is good.) :) That leaves 18.5lb I hope to lose.
I will only check my measurements every two weeks. I hope to lose 8 inches in total from 7 measured areas. (Each bicep, each thigh, hips, waist, bust)
So... as you can see, on Thursday my schedule stopped being followed. And this is what the Duke wants me to consider. Up until now I've been quite stationary since I got sick. The goal of this Spring Fling Challenge is to get active again and back in shape. We will be using the exercise schedule on most days, but on days I've already been very active to the point of exhaustion, then I am to skip the scheduled exercise because I've already worked out my body. On days I don't have anything physically demanding (more so than a workout) then I am to strictly keep to my routine. As I get in more shape, I'll be able to add workouts on top of the running around and house cleaning, but probably not on days like Thursday where I literally was in motion all day including the hiking.
I think this is good. At first, this REALLY bothered me. But it's true. Even if I didn't do the set scheduled exercises, I still REALLY worked my body on Thursday and Friday especially, and quite a bit on Saturday. The proof above all? Those three nights, for the first time since I can remember, I slept through the night! I mean, I had 2-3 times each night where I turned over and was awake for about 10 seconds. But that is way better than before when I would literally wake up every hour for several minutes at a time, with a 1-2 hour wide awake session sometime in the middle of the night. I think that is more of what the Duke is impressed with. I'll have to ask. It has been so good to sleep through the night every night since Thursday, even though I didn't do as much yesterday, because my body was so worn out from the other three days, it slept really good last night too. I remember NOTHING from midnight to 7am, and then I feel asleep for another hour and a half!
So anyway. This is how my Spring Fling Challenge is going. A bit different than I had hoped, but in all honestly, probably better for me. :) I hope you too, those of you doing this, are finding what works best for you, even if it means going off your schedule a bit, or totally altogether to find what actually is helping you. :)
So this week I'll be finishing my spring cleaning. Doing my exercises as much as the Duke sees fit depending on what I done that day already. I have decided that even if I wear myself out on a day, and don't need to do cardio, I will still keep up with my arm, squat and crunch exercises to continually build up those muscles.. And I'll also be setting our spare room up for being able to work from home. It has become a storage/collected baby stuff/kids toys for when friends visit with family, and crafting/scrapbooking stuff, type of room. I have to figure out how to take some stuff out and either get rid of it, or find some other place for it. Then I have to figure out how to fit a desk in there comfortably. So that in itself will be a workout! lol I see a whole day just around that. *gulp* Maybe two if I really make it look good and sort through all the scrapbooking and toys that really deserve a good going over. :)
And after all the spring cleaning is done this week, I will be put on a daily cleaning schedule so that it doesn't build up like this again. :)
Have a great week! :) And hopefully I didn't disappoint anyone this week by going off schedule a bit.