I am happy! A better night's sleep will do that to a person. The baby slept through the night. The boy didn't throw up. I put on 3 alarm clocks last night and we all were up and dressed by 6:15 a.m. I didn't exercise because I wanted my extra bit of sleep this morning. However, I did do my arm sculpting routine last night.
While watching TV, I pulled out the 5 lb weights. I cleared an area for my push ups and chest presses, and I banged out a routine.
I have a notebook in which I write out my strength routine before hand. I ensure to have 2 exercises per body part: chest, back, shoulders, bicep, and tricep. For example, last night I did:
Chest: Pushups--3 sets of 15 repetitions (reps), modified on my knees. Go to shoulders after one set.
Shoulders: Front Raises--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps. Go to Back after one set.
Back: Bent Over Row--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps. Go to Biceps after one set.
Biceps: Hammer Curls--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps. Go to Triceps after one set.
Triceps: Bent Over Kickbacks--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps. Go back to Chest and repeat down until 3 sets done.
Chest: Wide Arm Press--5lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps. Follow circuit steps as in CIRCUIT ONE.
Shoulders: Side Arm Raises--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps.
Back: Wide Arm Lat Pulldowns--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps.
Biceps: Bicep Curls--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps.
Triceps: Overhead Tricep Presses--5 lbs, 3 sets of 15 reps.
I completed Circuit One by doing 3 sets of 15 repetitions for each exercise by going from one body part to the next and then repeating. I didn't want to exhaust my chest by doing 3 sets of 15 in one shot. I moved on to the next body part so I could let the muscle recover. I also didn't pause between muscle groups. So I did one set of chest, moved on to one set of shoulders, etc. Never stopping and no rest in between Circuits.
Once I completed 3 sets on each body part, I moved onto Circuit Two; starting with Chest down to Triceps for 3 sets of each exercise. I believe it took me less than 25 minutes to complete. I didn't keep track of time. I wanted to really concentrate on contracting my muscles for each exercise, and focus on the body part. But I wasn't slow either. The right balance of concentration and moving through to the next exercise kept me focused and enjoying the routine. I felt very aware of my muscles and how they were working per exercise.
I started the program on Saturday, March 13. The goal is to do this routine 3 times a week with daily cardio for 6 weeks. Cardio didn't happen on Sunday and Monday, but I am not beating myself up over it. I will get back on it tonight. And I also know that eating a healthy daily diet will ensure that I burn the fat off of these muscles I am working. Otherwise, I will never see the results of all my efforts. I wish I could have told that to my brain when I decided to have a latte and a chocolate muffin. I blame that on sleep deprivation.
I am really excited about comparing the results in about 6 weeks. Stay tuned.