Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PiYo Week 8 and Final Thoughts

Yesterday I finished the 8 weeks of PiYo workouts.  I have lost 8 lbs (yay!)  and I tried taking measurements but none of them have gone down. However, I’m wearing my smaller pants today so I’m not too worried about that (and for all I know I could totally have missed the spot I measured last time since it’s not something I can pinpoint exactly).  I can definitely feel the difference in my clothes.  The goal was to be able to wear my hiking pants and one of the pairs is going to fit.  I’ll take it!

Final thoughts:

Overall, I liked PiYo although I still think it moves a little fast for beginners to get the correct form. My knees didn’t like it so much. Toward the end I had knee pain and my right knee is still creaking when it bends.  I have seen my flexibility improve, which I love.  I also ended up with a little definition in my arms. That hasn’t happened in a long time. I like Chalene as an instructor.  I’d do more of her workouts, ha ha, except the clips I’ve seen online look hard. Don’t think I’m quite ready for that level of intensity. Besides my knees hurting the other real issue I had was that I got bored because you are essentially doing the same moves in almost every workout. By this last week, I kind of hated doing it.

I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished in the 2 months. I’m sure I could have had better results had I been putting that much effort into my eating but it got me to the point where I’m ready to keep going with getting regular exercise. Right now I’m tired of PiYo workouts (and my knees need a break) so I’m going to go back to walking and other things for a while.  Then I’d like to try it with more variety so I’ve put together my own PiYo hybrid schedule based on some I saw online and using DVDs and the treadmill I already own.  I will go 2 weeks without repeating a workout so hopefully that will help with the repetitiveness and the knees will feel ok.
I’ve decided to do a little hike tonight after work and I’m kind of excited to get some exercise that isn’t PiYo. I feel good and life is good.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

PiYo - Week 7 Recap

This week started out as probably the hardest so far. I had to talk myself into not quitting. Honestly, I think I’m just tired of PiYo. I love how I’m feeling but would like to mix it up a bit. I want some variety. However, these two months have flown by. I have a saying on my bathroom wall that says something to the effect that the time is going to go by anyway so I can either be healthier in that time or not. On Friday I put on a pair of jeans straight from being washed and they are definitely loose. Like, pull them up loose. And on Monday I wore an old pair of jeans that I couldn’t wear earlier this year. It seems like it happened overnight but it’s a great feeling and what I’m concentrating on to finish up strong.
I’ve learned that I definitely have time to exercise and I can do it at random times if I have to. To complete these workouts I’ve gotten up in the morning, used my lunch break, right after getting home from work, and even right before bed or other random times in the evening. It’s really about telling myself there are no excuses. I still really want to be more of a morning exerciser but there are very few days when I literally don’t have time somewhere in the day.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

PiYo - Week 6 Recap

I’ve started to get a weird little creaking/popping sound in my right knee. It doesn’t hurt and I don’t have any knee pain but it still bothered me that it was even happening so I’ve been really careful on the lunges. It doesn’t seem to be getting worse. I can’t believe I have stayed with it for 6 weeks. It feels good. Two more to go!
Yesterday was Labor Day and I took a nice little walk in addition to the PiYo. I did a loop from Birdsong up to the 22nd street trailhead where I hooked back up with Rainbow trail. The hill to the 22nd street trailhead about killed me…and I think I definitely will do it again. It took me just over an hour from where I parked so it was a nice little walk.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PiYo - Week 5 Recap

I’m still going and got all the workouts in plus some extra walking. Some days I was really motivated and others it was really hard to even get started.  I read something that said that it takes 4 weeks for me to notice a difference, 8 weeks for friends and family, and 12 weeks for everybody else. Well I think I’ve been noticing a difference. I mean, I feel better for sure. Ha ha… when I’m not stiff and sore. But I swear there have been just a few slight changes in my body. Sometimes I think it’s probably wishful thinking and then sometimes I think it’s really happening.  At this point I’m not sure I will be able to fit into my hiking pants by the end but I’m not giving up hope. They were loose in Peru so it’s not like I have to get exactly back to where I was. Plus, I still have time after the 8 weeks of PiYo is over before I go on my trip.