A little over 30 days ago, I announced that I was going to do a little Wedding Shape-Up Challenge (see the first half of my plan here). Well those 30 days have come and gone and now I have moved on to the next 30 days, even though I haven’t blogged about it.
I learned some things about myself in that first 30 days.
1. My body really responds to weight training mixed with short bursts of cardio. I can tell a difference and so can Brad. 😉
2. My eating habits have really changed in the past few months and I don’t need to count calories, just listen to my body. I think if I actually monitored what I ate, it would come out similarly to my plan, but sometimes I really need more calories sooner rather than later because of a super intense workout.
3. I can handle some intensity in my workouts, intensity beyond running long distances. When I started Level 1 of 30 Day Shred, I thought, “This isn’t too bad.” But when I reached Level 2, I didn’t think I would ever make it to Level 3. Well, I did and I’m there. It’s not easy, but I can do it!
4. Besides the WSUC, I’ve learned that I really like blogging and I have decided to become more committed to it, which if you read regularly, you probably have already realized this since I’ve been posting way more lately.
So what am I doing for the second part of WSUC? For the next 25 days (I already started this about a week ago) I’m working…
- Adding mileage to my runs by doing a long run on Saturday and gradually increasing until I’m up to 10 miles (I’m up to 8ish currently). This won’t be that difficult, but I want to actually do at least two 10 milers before we leave for our honeymoon.
- Do three weight training heavy workouts a week, which will probably be in the form of a Jillian video. I’m shooting for two Level 3 30 Day Shreds a week + one No More Trouble Zones. But we’ll see about this. As long as I get in the three weight training workouts, I’m not going to feel bad about doing a different format of exercise.
- Eat as balanced as I can. This means not passing on cake at my showers or wine on the weekends (and our pub crawl in lieu of a bachelor/bachelorette party!), but taking it easy and knowing where my stopping points should be.
This is what I have basically morphed into doing the first 30 days, except for the difference in exercising, so I think this works well for me.
Not too hard. Not too soft. It’s juuuuuust right. 🙂