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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

100 Days of Fitness - Mild Setback

Posted November 30, 2010 10:13 a.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2010 11:27 a.m. EST

A personal question: how much weight did you gain last week? Anyone care to discuss the ticklish topic of turkey and trimmings?

For the holidays it’s not bad for me. I was up a half pound over last week in my 100 Days of Fitness campaign. Actually I was pretty good about nutrition. Typically I return to the food line two or three times for Thanksgiving. This year I only went once for an incredibly satisfying meal. It was the dessert tray that threw me off. A little slice of pumpkin pie and a bigger slice of pecan pie. Whipped cream on top. The next morning I had a hearty workout but then fell victim to my pecan pie weakness. It really does taste good for breakfast. Okay, all of that fattening stuff is gone now. It’s time to refocus. Coach Tara Wind didn’t give me too much grief this morning when I told her of my mild setback on weight. But she is kicking the fitness program into a higher gear with an extra structured workout each week and more intensity. I guarantee she will put me through a sweat slinging workout tomorrow.

I’m a little worried about boredom today as I hit the treadmill for 50 straight minutes. I forgot to pack my iPod stuffed with stellar exercise tunes composed by Hans Zimmer. Guess I will play a few mind games. Maybe I can compose my holiday gift list while churning up the rubbery mileage. Perhaps I can engage in some visual imagery. Maybe I can decipher the crazy dream I had last night.

Here is today’s workout: run for three or five minutes and then walk for 30 seconds. Repeat until you’ve been going at it for 50 minutes. How do you prevent treadmill boredom?

Yesterday’s workout went well. You’ve seen this one before. It’s a good one.

Circuit 1:
3 minutes rowing - resistence at 10, s/m > 30
20 pushups
20 tricep dips (off ledge near window)
Repeat 3 times

Circuit 2:
Step up to balance - either on medium box or cable step machine - hold 15 lbs each hand
10 right leg, 10 left leg
One leg bicep curl to overhead press - 15 lbs
10 right leg, 10 left leg
One leg tough down - all the way to the ground holding a 15 lb wt in the hand opposite leg you are standing on
10 right leg, 10 left leg
Repeat 3 times

Circuit 3:
Front plank hold 45s
Front plank hold - leg kicks to side - 15 right, 15 left leg
Side plank hold - elbow on bosu - 30 seconds each side
High plan with feet on bosu, hands on mat - knee to chest 15 each leg
Repeat 3 times