Wednesday, March 29, 2006

End of BFL Challenge 2

This challenge pretty much started with a bang and ended with a fizzle. I was able to somewhat salvage the last week of my challenge on the workout department. I was able to do spinning last Friday and LBWO on Saturday. However, Sunday turned out to be a crazy day so I scrapped the planned UBWO.

Eating is another story. I ended up going to my parents house (AGAIN) this weekend. Saturday night, we ended up going to a Hibachi place. I got the beef tenderloin, which was pretty lean, but the quantity of the food was just enormous. Sunday was just a day of gluttony with a big buffet brunch. It was good, but super filling. I was so full that I couldn't eat until dinner time.

Needless to say, I am glad Challenge 2 is over and done with. Even though it didn't end as strong as I would have wanted, I achieved the following notable accomplishments during this challenge:

  1. Fit in a size 2 jeans.
  2. Be able to run 2 miles in 20 minutes (PB of 2 miles in 19:45),
Some major roadblocks I had to overcome this challenge are getting motivated, gallbladder issues, big snow storm & getting my body out of whack from shoveling, & my brother's new house. However, overall, I am proud sticking through for the most part and finishing this challenge.

This week is my off week until I figure out what to do next. I'm still working out hard, but not as structured as BFL. So far this week:

Monday: OFF
Yesterday: ran 3 miles on the treadmill (5.7 - 6.0 mph/0.5 incline), 3 sets x 12 reps assisted dips, 3x12 assisted chin ups, Abs (medicine ball, pilates)
Today: spinning, Abs (physio ball & weights, knee ups)

Eating so far this week has been clean.

For my next challenge (or however you want to call it), I'm thinking of sticking with the 2-3 days 20 minutes HIIT + 10 minutes moderate cardio &/or 1 day spinning. This seems to work really well for me. I may increase the HIIT portion for an extra bit of challenge. What I'm struggling with is the weight lifting part. I am just bored with the BFL pyramiding routine and would like to do something different. I was completely clueless with weight-lifting before I started BFL so this is the only way I know. This week, one of my assignment is to start researching & experimenting with different weight lifting routines.

Also, I want to start running more. Since the weather is getting nicer (70F tomorrow!!!), I want to start running outside rather than the treadmill. Another one of my assignment this week is to get new running shoes that is actually right for me. I was able to find a specialty running close to my house so I might leave work early and go there to check it out.

Hopefully, by the end of this week, I can finalize what I want to do with my fitness routine. Luckily, I'll be staying close to home this weekend so I can hopefully start getting back into my routine.


American Idol - last night sucked! Nobody really impressed me, even Chris. The only one that came close to being interesting was Paris. One thing though - Bucky needs to go!


Greg said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! Thanks for your congrats on my little girl. It sure sounds like your not wasting too much time on your workouts. That is pretty cool. I really have to get back into it before I spin out of control :)

Donna said...

First of all, I agree with you about American Idol, it just sucked last night. I'm with you on running outside, I want to get out there too, and very soon. It's so warm out today, but I won't be able to do it today. And size 2, wow, that's great!

Amy said...

congrats on finishing your challenge.

Melissa said...

Ditto American Idol. And after watching tonight WTH was Katherine doing in the bottom 3 yet Bucky wasn't? Nuff said.
Size 2? WOW! You are tiny! And you may not have finished your challenge the way you wanted, but you finished. That's great! Give yourself a pat on the back, and here's to the next challenge! :)