Five Minutes is all it takes

Nanna Io

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Hello Bees!

I have had two rough days behind me. I regressed into a binge/purge behaviour both evenings after getting frustrated over the scale not budging for the past 15 days. It's not even that the number is important to me, it's just that I feel the difference running and doing calisthenics compared to when I was 10kg lighter and it drives me nuts to see not progress back to that weight. I just want to be able to do child pose without my stomach in the way and not feel like I am dragging extra weight when running.

Realistically, I know that I did not plan to focus on weight loss this month, that the exercise I am doing is very short bursts and so not enough to make a real difference in my calorie expenditure every day so without changing my eating habits of course I won't lose anything. However, there is also wishful thinking and it got to me.

Before my regression, I was playing with the idea of doing intermittent fasting in December up until the holidays. It seemed like a good idea to avoid gaining weight but still indulging in the festivities, and also because I like fasting as a concept and doing the occasional fast makes me feel better. However, I read somewhere though that that can trigger EDs so I am a bit wary of this idea now. :sus:

In terms of exercise.

Consecutive Days: 4

Monday, 28th of November

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
3x Sun Salutation, Series A :v:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 17 :v: (I got messed up with the count here, I was supposed to be on day 19 already)

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 28 - Run 15min

Evening (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup
Epic Five - Day 17 :v: 30s intervals followed by 10s break
Knee Saver Workout - :x: -

Tuesday, 29th of November

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :x:
3x Sun Salutation, Series A :x:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 18 (All Day) :v:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 29 - Run 6min, Walk 2min x2

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup
Epic Five - Day 18 :v: 30s intervals followed by 10s break
Knee Saver Workout - :x:
 
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Nanna Io

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Thank you @JCU @Anek and @CODawn, the hugs and vibes are much appreciated.

And yaaaaaay December is here and with it some great events!
I still have days to go on my challenges and program but I will add Fit December and the December Challenge to the mix to spice things up and also so I don't have to think about starting a new program mid-December, just before leaving for the holidays. The Hall Pass feature is amazing and just what I need to stay on track this December. :)

Wednesday, 30th of November

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
Sun Salutations :x:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 19 :v:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
n/a

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup
Epic Five - Day 19 :v: 30s intervals followed by 10s break
8 Weeks to 5K Day 30 - 25 x 2 Squats, 20 x 3 Calf Raises
Knee Saver Workout - :x:
 
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Nanna Io

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Hello bees.

Another day yesterday where the evening was... difficult to say the least. Stayed at work until 19h and then rushed to a restaurant at 19h30. So my evening workout went out the door.
The good news is that I caught up this morning. :) So I am still in the december challenge provided nothing bad happens this evening.

Consecutive Days: 6

Thursday, 1st of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
Sun Salutations :v:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 20 (All Day) :v:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 31 - Run 6min, Walk 2 min x3 :v:

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup :x:
Step Up Challenge Day 1 :x:
Fit December Day 1 :x:
Epic Five - Day 20 :x:
Knee Saver Workout :x:
 
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Nanna Io

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Away from my computer today, but wanted to give a quick update nonetheless. Yesterday I arrived home at 21h after a day of working on a call for tender, feeling completely sick to my stomach. So I skipped all my evening workouts and took it easy today. No running.

I DID catch up on Fit December though it entailed using a Hall Pass. I am also on track for the December challenge so that’s good.

I will post the detailed log soon. :)
 

Nanna Io

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Still away from my computer.
Back on track with training. Almost caught up with Epic Five.
Honestly can’t wait for Epic Five to be over. It’s great but I should not have started with a L3 Program. Even an add on one.
Wonder if I will feel the same way about Fit December.
If I do, I will just jump in on YWA December and make it a Yoga December.
Need to wake up early if I want to get my run in tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Bit bummed that I couldn’t get a perfect step streak this week. Sickness and work got in the way.
Learn for the future!
Need to move as much as I can to the morning to be sure late work days don’t get in the way.
Or prioritize exercise more.
Still having stomach problems but not interfering with my workout anymore.
Got partner Starting Strength as an early Xmas Gift. He was puzzled but liked it.

That was a very rambling post. My apologies.
 

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Consecutive Days: 9

Friday, 2nd of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
2x Sun Salutations :v:
Step Up Challenge Day 1 :v:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 21 :v:
Fit December Day 1 :v:
Epic Five - Day 20 :v:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 32 - 25x2 Squats 20x3 Calf Raises :v:
40 Jumping Jacks - One Hall Pass Gained

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup :x:
Step Up Challenge Day 2 :x:
Fit December Day 2 :x: - Hall Pass Used
Epic Five - Day 21 :x:
Knee Saver Workout :x:

Saturday, 3rd of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
2x Sun Salutations :v:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 22 (All Day) :v:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 33 - :x:

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup :x:
Step Up Challenge Day 3 :x:
Fit December Day 3 :x: - Hall Pass Used
Epic Five - Day 21 :x:
Knee Saver Workout :x:

Sunday, 4th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
2x Sun Salutations :v:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 23 :v:
Step Up Challenge Day 4 :x:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 34 - :v:

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup :v:
Fit December Day 4 :v:
40 Jumping jacks - One Hall Pass :v:
Epic Five - Day 21 :v:
Epic Five - Day 22 :v:
Hips & Glutes Stretch :v:
Knee Saver Workout :v:
 
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Consecutive Days: 10
Hall Passes Earned: 3
Hall Passes Used: 1

Monday, 5th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
2x Sun Salutations :v:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 24 (All Day) :v:
Step Up Challenge Day 5 :v:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 35 - 10 minute run, 2 min walk, x2 :v:
40 Jumping jacks - One Hall Pass :v:

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup :v:
Fit December Day 5 :v:
40 Jumping jacks - One Hall Pass :v:
Epic Five - Day 23 :v:
Epic Five - Day 24 :v: - finally caught up! (same day as Push-Up Challenge)
Knee Saver Workout - REST
 

Nanna Io

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Yesterday I hit all the boxes again. Today though I felt particularly tired and sick again so I only did my morning yoga stretches and sun salutations and this in the evening:


I have some hall passes for the December challenge but I want to see how I feel tomorrow and see if I just catch up. It’s just that my abs still hurt terribly today so I felt like it would be better to leave them alone tonight. :LOL:
 

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Consecutive Days: 12
Hall Passes Earned: 4
Hall Passes Used: 1

Tuesday, 6th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
2x Sun Salutations :v:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 25 :v:
Step Up Challenge Day 6 :v:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 36 :x: -work got in the way

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup :v:
Fit December Day 6 :v:
40 Jumping jacks - One Hall Pass :v:
Epic Five - Day 25 :v:
Knee Saver Workout - REST

Wednesday, 7th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

5 minute Yoga Stretches :v:
2x Sun Salutations :x:
Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 26 :x:
Step Up Challenge Day 7 :x:

Daytime (Before Lunch)
8 Weeks to 5K Day 37 :x: -work got in the way

Evening - (Before Dinner)
Quick Warmup :x:
Fit December Day 7 :x:
40 Jumping jacks - One Hall Pass :x:
Epic Five - Day 26 :x:
Knee Saver Workout :x:

Evening - (After Dinner)
YWA - 10 Minute Yoga for Self-Care :v:
 

Nanna Io

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Hello @NancyTree ! :hello: Happy to see you here!

Today was catch up day! Here it goes!

Thursday, 8th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

:v: 5 minute Yoga Stretches
:v: 2x Sun Salutations
:v: Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 27
:v: Step Up Challenge Day 7
:v: Epic Five - Day 26

Daytime (Before Lunch)
:v: Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 26 (All Day)
:v: Fit December Day 7

Evening - (Before Dinner)
:v: Quick Warmup
:v: 8 Weeks to 5K Day 38 - Run 7min, Walk 2 min x3
:x: Step Up Challenge Day 8
:v: Fit December Day 8
:v: Epic Five - Day 27
:v: Knee Saver Workout - Stretching Only
:v: Flexible Today Workout

Ok, I forgot to do day 8 of the Step Up challenge and now I am showered and in bed and no way I am going to go and squeeze it in. I will catch up tomorrow.

I ran in the evening today because I wanted to try out running with a headlamp, in case I have a busy day at work and can only run after, for example, or to catch a really early workout and not have the excuse of "but it's dark and I am scared". Headlamp works very well, it was raining a bit and the effect was something else! So no more excuses on that. :)

Also, does anyone have any ide how to do pose five of the Flexible today workout? Because I genuinely don't get it.
 
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Thank you @Giant48 !

here’s an attempt to update from my phone… apologies for whatever may come out!

Friday, 9th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

:v: 5 minute Yoga Stretches
:v: 2x Sun Salutations
:v: Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 28
:v: Step Up Challenge Day 8

Daytime (Before Lunch)
:v: 8 Weeks to 5K Day 38 - 20 x3 squats, 20 x 3 calf raises

Evening - (Before Dinner)
:x: Quick Warmup
:v: Step Up Challenge Day 9
:v: Fit December Day 9
:v: Epic Five - Day 28
:v: Knee Saver Workout
:v: Wind Down Workout

Fun story: knee is behaving for a while now but OTHER knee is now complaining. :giveup:

Have a great evening bees!
 

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I tried that but I end up in an awkward position on my toe tuo rather than with the foot flat on the ground. Maybe I am simply not flexible enough.

To be honest, having just done the exercise to really feel it, I'm pretty sure I've been on the ball of my supporting foot any time in the past. That really twists the hip! If you have to balance without a flat foot, you're still completing the exercise! Because, honestly, even with how close I am to a horizontal split, that's a heck of a twist.

I hope your knee feels better soon! :vibes:
 

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Today step daughter has a pyjama party so I have been summoned to the boyfriend’s house to help out. As a result I am checking in a bit earlier and will check in with everyone tomorrow. :) I am also taking a Hall Pass today.

Hall passes available: 4
Hall passes used: 2

Before Lunch:
Vinyasa Class
:v: Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 29
:v: Step Up Challenge Day 10
:v: Epic Five - Day 29

Afternoon
:v: 8 Weeks to 5K Day 40 - 7 min run, 1 min walk x3
40 Jumping Jacks (Fit December Day 10 Hall Pass)
 
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"First day of current streak: 26 Mar 2022"
I tried that but I end up in an awkward position on my toe tuo rather than with the foot flat on the ground. Maybe I am simply not flexible enough. :sadness:
I also have to stand on my toes, with pose 4 I also can't stand on a flat foot. I think it will improve with exercise, I remember being able to do the full pose in the past.
With these kind of exercises the most important thing is not to force yourself into a position, as @JCU said: you'll still complete the exercise. In yoga and stretching it's never about the pose itself, but about the stretch/balance/muscle activation (whatever applies).
 

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@NancyTree thanks for clarifying on the pose :) I will keep that in mind.

Pyjama parties are great but at this age they are also extremely tiring... and this time it was particularly excited girls who came over! I am happy it's over.

Consecutive Days: 16

Hall passes available: 4
Hall passes used: 2
Ornaments - Coconut - Total Side-Kicks: 250

Sunday, 11th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

n/a

Daytime (Before Lunch)
:v: 5 minute Yoga Stretches
:v: 2x Sun Salutations
:v: Daily Push Ups Challenge Day 30 (All Day) :completed:
:v: Step Up Challenge Day 10
:v: 8 Weeks to 5K Day 41 - 20 x3 squats, 20 x 3 calf raises

Evening - (Before Dinner)
:x: Quick Warmup
:v: Fit December Day 11
:v: Epic Five - Day 30 :completed: (I won't do the 31st day this time)
:x: Knee Saver Workout
:v: Flexible Today Workout

I can't believe I finished Epic Five and the Daily Push-Up Challenge. It had become such a part of my daily routine despite my complaints and despite my cursing Epic Five at times due to its intensity. And then after yesterday I was left with a "Now What" feeling.
 
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Thank you @Sif_Shepard !
I also realised that I hit 15 consecutive days of exercise, and I realised because when I went to claim the badges for some reason the 15 consecutive day badge was already there! :confused::puurke: Not sure what happened there. In any case it islegit now. :D
 

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Thank you @Montserrat , @NancyTree , @Fremen , @Froud , @PetiteSheWolf , @JCU ! All the congratulations brought a smile to my face. So motivating to do more!

So, I want to keep progressing with push-ups, so I am lowering my incline and going with First Thing Push-Ups for the next 30 days. I will on the other hand stick with Fit December until the end of the month because Holidays and also it is so much easier to follow a program when the number of days actually matches!

By the way, for those of you who already did the First Thing Push-Ups challenge, did you do all the push-ups in one go or did you sometimes spread them throughout the day?

Today we had Secret Santa at work. Everyone someone managed to find a really great, perfect present to give to their Secret Santa which is fantastic to see! :D On the other hand I will miss the department christmas lunch tomorrow because as a result of the aforementioned Pyjama Party everyone is sick and I will be playing nurse tomorrow. The aim is to have everyone recovered before nest Tuesday because we are flying to Portugal then.

Consecutive Days: 17

Hall passes available: 4
Hall passes used: 2
Ornaments - Coconut - Total Side-Kicks: 400

Monday, 12th of December

Morning (Before Breakfast)

:v: 5 minute Yoga Stretches
:v: 2x Sun Salutations
:v: First Thing Push-Ups Day 1

Daytime (Before Lunch)
:x: 8 Weeks to 5K Day 42 - I will catch up tomorrow

Evening - (Before Dinner)
:x: Quick Warmup
:v: Step Up Challenge Day 12
:v: Fit December Day 12
:v: 50 Side Kicks (I am SO uneven on these, my right leg does a nice side kick but I have to do them very low with my left leg otherwise my hip starts clicking and it gets painful quickly, I think it may be my form, then again I always had something weird with my left hip)
:v: Knee Saver Workout
:v: Standing Mobility Workout
 
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Nanna Io

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Thanks for sharing @JCU !
Thank you @Anek for the gold stars!

By the way, something I forgot to mention is that the boyfriend is making fun because I’ve gone on a sports clothes shopping spree. I had promised myself I wouldn’t do that before I hit 5k running but then…

  • I realized it’s much simpler to have a pair of running shoes at work and a pair at home
  • Running in winter requires winter running clothes, shorts and random t-shirt don’t cut it anymore
  • Winter running clothes get stinky quickly, especially when you are running four times a week
  • I laundry once a week
  • Laundry now takes an entire day or more to dry
  • If laundry day is whites and my running clothes are dark that’s a week without running clothes
  • Sure I could laundry a second time but that’s never going to happen…
  • So my conclusion is I need three sets of long-sleeved t-shirts and three sets of winter sweatpants or leggings minimum to run, plus two pullovers, because they are pretty. I may throw in a gilet next month.
At least this is how I justify it, in reality I just gained a new appreciation for sports clothes, especially when working from home. 😁
 

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Congrats on the push-up challenge and everything else. :worried:
I did this one too and i did divide the amount into manageable sets, not throughout the day though but with short breaks in the morning. The last one was 30+25+25. I too did incline push-ups and i'm still searching for a possibility to lower the incline in a way i can repeat the challenge.
 
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