First week in my second round of 21 Day Fix is finishing up today with yoga which I’m looking forward to. I love active recovery days because they allow my body to recover from training and well…because they are easier days!
I started this past week with getting over a nasty cold which made Monday’s workout brutal! Monday’s focus was total body cardio which is a pretty intense 30 minute cardio HIIT (high intense interval training) workout. I had to stop frequently and it was the hardest workout that I have done in a long time. I should have probably taken the day off but I was feeling better so thought that I would try to sweat the cold out. It must have worked because I woke up Tuesday, feeling more like myself and was able to crush my upper body workout. I was able to push myself during my plank series and increase the intensity by doing one leg planks. It felt empowering to feel how strong I have become since the beginning of January. Many times we don’t feel like we are progressing from day to day but when you compare yourself today to who you were when you started, you’ll see the difference! This is one of the reasons why I document my journey through pictures, on Facebook and this blog. It helps me motivate myself especially on those days when I don’t want to workout or those days when I think…’it would be so much easier to just not be on this journey’.
The remainder of the week I got my daily workouts in, incorporated a longer stretching series and did some target foam rolling due to lower body pain. As far as my nutrition for this past week, it wasn’t great but it wasn’t awful either. I did have 2 very high carb days so I made it a focus to limit my carbs this coming week as well as getting them in earlier in my day.
My favorite meal from this past week was homemade chicken meatball soup. Normally I make it on the stove top but this time I decided to give it a whirl in the crockpot and it turned out even better plus it made the house smell delicious! The family and I had it for 2 nights worth of dinners which was great because let’s face it, it’s a pretty great day when you don’t have to make dinner!
As I go into week 2 of this second round I’m feeling positive, energetic and prepared. Below are this weeks workouts and meal guide that I will be using. A couple of things to keep in mind when you are looking at my workout schedule. The thirty minute workout is my requirement. The workouts in addition to those are based on my own personal goals. I enjoy doing some type of cardio daily with the exception of my active recovery day. This is why you will see a HIIT workout on my lifting days. Also, my lower body has a tendency to stay tight so in order to help with that, I make it a point to do 10 minutes of dedicated stretching time followed by foam rolling. I have noticed since adding these to my workout schedule, my flexibility has improved, my body is able to do more during my required workouts and I’m not as sore after my workouts.
Now, it’s time to go crush my yoga then hit the grocery store for this weeks meals. I hope y’all have an amazing and productive week and remember YOU are in total control of the outcome. Plan accordingly, take action and I promise YOU will be able to achieve anything!