What a week this has been. I really put the idea of Adventures in Fitness into practice which made me feel like my very own superhero!
Saturday, March 27 – Ish asked me if I wanted to go on a walk with her at this spot in Palo Alto that she passes on her way to work. She mentioned there being a “killer hill,” but I had no idea she was talking about walking/hiking The Dish at Stanford . I had never been, but the hills at The Dish are infamous – and not for the weak of heart (literally and figuratively!). I wish I had taken my camera so I could show you just how steep the hills were, but trust me when I say that I was out of breath soon. (Although I was actually quite proud of how long it took me to get out of breath, as I thought it would’ve happened much sooner than it did). Ish told me that her co-worker had said that we should go clockwise (it’s a big loop) for an easier time of it. As we found ourselves climbing one huge hill after another, I asked her if she was sure we went the right way, because at the fork in the loop we passed earlier, it seemed as if the other trail was a lot gentler. But Ish said she was sure the co-worker said clockwise. We aren’t sure exactly how far we walked, but I’m guessing it was about a mile, roundtrip. I wish I had worn my BodyBugg, because I know I burned a ton of calories walking this monster for 45 minutes. My legs were cramping, and the next day my calves were screaming, and I was walking around like an old lady. Oh, and after checking some sources to add info to this post, I found out that, “Entering the loop from the Stanford or Gerona gates, turn counterclockwise for a gradual ascent to the Dish or clockwise for a more vigorous workout.” I told her that next time we’re definitely taking the counterclockwise trail, at least, until I’m used to them. Still, I earned 4 Activity Points, so it was definitely a great workout. Here’s a photo I grabbed from Google to show you why this trail is called The Dish:
This path shows what must be the "gentler" trail, which I didn't experience. LOL
Sunday, March 28th - It was another glorious, sunny day today, and because rain was in the forecast for later in the week, I knew I wanted to get out and enjoy it while I could. Since my calves were incredibly sore (see above), I decided that a nice, leisurely bike ride on Lola was the perfect way to burn calories without overdoing it with my calves. I haven’t ridden my bike since last summer, but as the saying goes, I quickly picked it up. I was set to go for 30 minutes, because it was a rather windy day, and I knew that would factor into the calorie burn. As I made my way down the first street in my neighborhood, I quickly realized that somehow my gear shift had broken off. Luckily, it was stuck in 2nd gear (my beach cruiser only has 3 gears). Riding up some of the small hills in my neighborhood were harder than they would’ve been if I could’ve downshifted, but I just kept telling myself that I was burning more calories that way. The other thing that was a bit problematic was that I had on my Skechers Shape-Ups because the shoes have about a 2-3 inch base, which means that my legs were bent in sort of an awkward position in the bike, but I got through that too. I think the most daunting part was dealing with the traffic and the hoards of drunken Sharks fans on their way to the Tank for a game. LOL. I felt great when I finished, and I could definitely feel the blood pumping through my veins (or my heart beating a mile a minute, as the case may be). I’m going to have to figure out how to fix that gear shift before I go out on a long bike ride, because it just doesn’t seem safe to ride a bike that only has one gear. Activity Points earned: 3. Update: upon further review (after trying to remember how I used to shift gears) I realized that the gear shift wasn’t broken, I just forgot how to change gears. You just move the grip at the end of the handle bar. Doh! Glad to know that the bike is fine and I don’t have to go crazy trying to fix it.
Monday, March 29th – After a full day at work and the soreness from the weekend’s activities still with me, I figured I’d take it easy and do the Wii FitPlus at home. I recently found out that WW’s Activity Tracker now has Wii FitPlus on it (it also has EA Sports Active), so I did my FitPlus workout a lot differently than I normally do. In order to count the minutes on the AP tracker, I had to do at least 10 minutes of a certain activity, so that’s what I did. I chose 3 of my favorites – Advanced Step (2x), Rhythm Boxing (earned over 1000 points – my highest score ever!), and Rhythm Kung Fu (6x) and did each of them for 10 minutes. It wasn’t as much fun as my normal FitPlus workout (doing lots of shorter activities), but I did earn more APs than normal. Plus, my heart rate really stayed up, so I knew I had a good exercise session. For 30 minutes of the Wii FitPlus workout I earned 3 Activity Points.
Tuesday, March 30th – Off day. I was originally going to try to go to the Aqua class, but it was rainy, cold, and I wanted to just get home and get my sweats on.
Wednesday, March 31st – Another off day. Unplanned. I was at work later than I expected and then HAD to go grocery shopping, because there was nothing in this house. By the time I got home I was starving, so I just had dinner, relaxed, and went to bed.
Thursday, April 1st – I started TOM and had that crampy feeling, but because I hadn’t worked out the past two nights, I knew I really had to do something tonight. So, even though I had just come from the stylist who gave me an amazing blowout, I decided that I should definitely get some APs in. Another Wii Fit night. Even though I earned a decent amount of APs the other night, it just wasn’t as fun. So tonight I did a mix of yoga, strength training, balance games, rhythm kung fu, and then did the island cycling for 17 minutes – it takes a LONG time to find all 27 of those flags. All in all, I did it for 40 minutesand earned 3 APs. (I’d rather do 10 more minutes and enjoy myself than do it the other way).
Friday, April 2nd – I have to say that this blog post is what motivated me to get up and do a DVD this morning. Luckily it was my late day, so I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn. I decided to give the BL Jump Start DVD a shot, since it’s been over a week since I’ve done it. Man! it really gets my blood pumping. The only thing I don’t like about it (and this is such a small thing, really) is that I have to put on my sneakers to do it. First thing in the morning it’s sort of nice to just go barefoot, like I can on the Wii. But, I had already done the Wii twice this week, and I like keeping it fresh, so the sneakers went on. I did the 10-min. beginner cardio, 10 minutes of abs, and 10 minutes of upper body. I figured that my poor lower body had enough of a workout earlier in the week. (Ugh, my calves were aching for days). I earned 4 APs all before 7am this morning! (That’s the same as when I was doing the RLR workouts).
So, with 5 days of at least 30 minutes of activity, I earned a total of 17 APs, which is darn good. I felt really good about myself all week, and while I wish I wouldn’t have taken both days off in a row, life happens, and at least I got back to it on Thursday.
I have more fun things planned this coming week: one new activity (if I can summon the courage and my coordination), and I’m going to shoot for 6 days.
What have you been doing to move your body?
P.S. – If you have any ideas of workouts/classes you think I should try, let me know. I belong to 24 Hour Fitness, and I have Netflix (for renting workout DVDs), so if there’s something you think I should add to my repertoire, I’d love to hear your suggestions.