One of the things that was feeling out of whack as things with M continued to get closer at the end of last year and into this year was my workouts (combined with the holidays where overeating is a fact of life!).
So, if you know me, I love my workouts. I love to try new challenges. And I love to make goals for myself every few months. My workouts make me feel balanced.
I finally feel like I’m getting back to that balanced stage. My workouts are back to a steady cadence, and that feels good. And my latest challenge? The Core Fusion 30-day Challenge with my sister, Jess, as I mentioned in a recent post. We’ve started it this week and for 30 days, we will be focused on our core, doing these workouts 4-5 days a week with a couple of days of cardio and no weights. I posted to my sister’s blog today on progress from my standpoint and I am reposting it here (I am not directly linking to her blog as it is more public than mine, and even mine really isn’t that anonymous as much as I initially wanted it to be!), for your reading pleasure.
Is that definition I see?
Well, it’s been almost a full week since starting the Core Fusion Challenge with my sister and I have my own takeaways in addition to those she’s shared all week (all of which I firmly agree with!).
- Definition improvement so far? Yep! I can already see some changes (and this is PMS week for me, so that says something!) and can feel the changes for sure. I feel stronger in my core and my back and know that with time, my form will start to improve.
- Neck pain. Like whoa. My biggest issue right now is neck pain. I know that with time, that too will go away, but I have gotten frustrated with it, because I feel that it is impacting my ability to improve my ‘curl’ position. I try not to hold onto my head to give my neck a break, but sometimes I find that I need to do that in order to get my shoulders off the ground more. Any tips, CF pros out there?
- Fred DeVito (aka founding member of Exhale Spa and Core Fusion) is awesome. A couple of weeks ago, as I started to tackle Core Fusion as part of my workouts, I was getting super frustrated with the ‘curl’ position and wasn’t sure what the proper way to modify was (laying back, trying to lift the shoulders up, little by little, or starting from the top, leaning back, litle by little). I tweeted to Fred my question, and he emailed me (through my blog!) and asked if we could chat and he would share some tips. How awesome is that?! We talked to the next day and though I felt like a giddy schoolgirl talking to a celebrity, he was super nice and gave me some great modification tips. Talking to him also made me feel better that it will take time to improve BUT (and this is a big but), you will see improvements relatively quickly. And he’s right. Which leads me to…
- Motivation is directly correlated to success. Feeling and seeing improvements even within a day of doing CF has really boosted my motivation to stick with this routine. I admit, I was skeptical at first only because I tend to get really frustrated with my inflexibility and feared I’d give up too soon. But I know that I won’t because seeing improvements has given me a huge boost of confidence (and the fact that M put his arm around my waist and said ‘wow, strong!’ without my even mentioning anything about it, was huge!).
- This is a huge mindset change for me. I know Jess has mentioned this in several of her posts, but this is a huge HUGE mindset change for me. Doing CF is a completely different ‘cardio’ workout than I am used to and it has been a struggle for me to *only* do CF every day with just a day or two of additional cardio mixed in, and NO weights. NO weights…I almost rebelled against that one. <editors’ note – she started to rebel, legit. I can vouch for this!> I love weight work. But, at the same time, at the end of this challenge, I will have renewed vigor for weight workouts and I need to give this my undivided attention.
- I must do at least 2-3 weeks of CF DVDs before I dare step foot into Exhale Spa to do the week unlimited. I know it sounds silly, but I would like to improve my form more before attempting ‘live’ classes. I have only gone to one before and while I had a great workout, I felt self-conscious about how many modifications I needed. I think in another week or so, I will be ready!
- Boot Camp is by far, the most difficult all-around workout. Pilates Plus is by far the most intense core-only workout. Damn. Never ceases to amaze me.
This is one of my major focus points for this year…in my new year’s resolutions workout-wise. I’ll call this one a solid checkmark as we are tackling this head-on, together, and I am excited to see our progress by year’s end! My other goals for this year – get my running mojo back (I have struggled with running ever since running a half marathon last fall, not sure why) and perhaps run another half this fall, and learn to swim so I can do a triathlon (fail on this…I am having the hardest time finding a swim instructor! Any tips?!). So, I am getting there, one month at a time, and one challenge at a time.
Anyone else love to set personal goals and challenges or am I just a weird over-achiever? 😉