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Training: Day 2

Last night I has my second session of Nike Kinect Training – it was hard.

Above all, I’m still amazed with this “game” it tracks such a variety of exercises.

There was the normal warm-up, jogging in place for 30 seconds, some stretched. And then on to the real training – strength training this time.

Oh, just to interrupt myself for a bit there – it seems like the iphone app doesn’t adjust your next session until you have actually completed said session, so at the moment it is still telling me that my next activity is on 5 November and it is strength training – hopefully they will sort this bug out soon.

Back to the training – there were rapid response hops (hopping side to side on one foot), sumo jumps (those are ouch), planks, dodge ball etc.

Toward the end I really struggled, I think the last exercise was 1.5 lunges and by the time I got to my secon leg, I cheated (I think I got some benefit still, but year)

Here I realised the big flaw in home exercise (granted not everyone will see it as such) – no support.

There is no group of people suffering through this with you, it is just you and the pain. No encouragement in seeing other people struggle with you or a “live” trainer encouraging you to keep it up.

I suppose one could say that it’s self-discipline that keeps you going, not the support of others, but having done this same type of exercises in a group setting before, I realised how much such a setting actually encourages you and how much it helps having some tell you that you can do it, just a little bit more.

Instead, there I was shouting at my TV/Kinect telling it to start working properly when it refused to pick up my kneeling push ups or my single hip lifts.

Time will tell how this will balance with the convenience of exercising in my lounge (Coffee tables with wheels are an awesome invention).
I am not too sore today, but I can feel that my core muscles have worked – it is a good feeling.

Next up is Cardio training on Thursday. I will however be getting in a form of cardio tonight as well – playing Dance Central with a great friend – I can’t wait.

Nike Kinect Training – the beginning

It’s Friday night around 20:30 and I find myself in front of my Kinect, about to do the assessment in Nike Kinect training.
My experience with Kinect sports games or should I rather say exercise games have been Your Shape fitness.

First of all, I have to set up my profile – height, weight(do I really want to have this “written” down?) age and gender.
Then they scan in my body for a representation on screen – pleasantly, it is less blob-ey than the one in Your Shape – but now there is no more excuse for the bulging tummy which is usually so well hidden. I have to look at this every time I exercise – I suppose I could see it as encouragement, but I don’t like what it looks like.

Next I have to pick a trainer…I pick the girl (or should I say lady?). I guess I figured I am a woman, so being trained by a woman?

Now it is time for my assessment – I actually don’t even remember everything I had to do. I remember there were squats and push-ups, possibly lunges – these were of the variety of “number you can do in x time). There were also flexibility type things – lying flat on the floor, how high can you raise your leg – or how close can you get your arms together behind your back with one going over your shoulder and the other under.

All of this being made difficult by Kilhra who decided that my exercise mat seems like a good place to lie down – and when I kick her off because I need the whole length of it, she just comes back and lies down on me.

Kilhra “helping” or “supporting”my exercise

The artificial lighting also doesn’t help much – I wonder if we can take the lampshade thing off – I’ve always found it too dark in the lounge at night anyways.

I also have to do joggin in place with high knees – 3 sets of 30 seconds with 30 seconds (or was it a minute?) inbetween. Hubby comments on the fact that I’m cheating by just lifting my knees high in a walking fashion – he’s right, so I run for a bit – but I am really really unfit.

All this done, I am given my results:

Fitness of 36 (average 26-29yr old woman has a fitness of 40)
Athleticism of 36 (average 26-29yr olf woman has an athletcism level fo 42)

I like the symmetry, but obviously I have a lot of work to do.

They ask me how many days a week I want to commit to exercise – I select 3 days, Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Hubby will join me for 2 of those – I need the support.

I shut down my Xbox and fire up the Nike Kinect app on my iPhone – everything synch-ed accross beautifully – I am slightly shocked to see that my next session is scheduled for the following day – logical, but somehow in my mind, I would only start on Monday – no matter, it’s only 26 minutes and I could do that quickly before we left for Hermanus.

Saturday morning appears and I am fortunate enough to wake up with a headache and sore muscles – perfect excuse not to exercise, right?
The newness of this however is strong enough to get me to push trough the exercise.

Except, it is longer than I expected – instead of the advertised 19 minutes, it now says 29 – I suppose it could be extended by the warm-up.

I don’t remember what all was in the warm-up – I just remember being really tired after – and I still had to do the exercises!

My Nike app has a list of all the exercises – I just know I was really tired afterward and really sore the next day.

Between the burpees and the inchworms, my tummy muscles WORKED.

I accidently also did an extra set of the exercises – not fun.

It wasn’t an overly difficult set of exercises – I am impressed with how well the Kinect tracks everything (much better in daylight)

I was however not impressed with the synching to the iphone app this time – the Xbox says that I have completed my first session – my phone insists that I did a quick cardio session and now, two days later, still says that my next exercise is scheduled for 03 November.

It is however early days both for the app and for me.

My next session is in about 2 hours – we’ll see how it goes.

Keeping up motivation will be the problem. Hubby doing it as well will help, but what to do in those days when the only thing you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch TV?

Quick Catch-up

Life has been a bit hectic (at work at least)

The weekend was fairly quiet and restful, but at work I’m preparing for a presentation and it’s going quite crazy.

I haven’t been able to go to exercise the last 2 days as my ankle is still hurting – really annoying. It looks like I might miss the assessment on Thursday as well.

I’ve been crocheting! Working on the scarf that I posted the other day – I wasn’t sure about the pattern at first, but it has grown on me – and now that it has, I have no idea where my other ball of the same yarn is!

I’ve also been working on a crochet top – I think I need to do about 10 more rows and then I’ll be done with either the front or the back side – this is one of those projects that I just can not wait to finish, but it will be a while still.

I’m trying to think if I have any other news…I don’t think so

The daily inspiration posts might be a bit erratic for the rest of the week due to this presentation, so please bear with me.

How is everyone else doing?

(Isn’t it awesome when you hit the spell check button and it tells you that no errors have been found?)

One for the ladies

I didn’t mention this yesterday, but we eventually managed to get out of our house yesterday. The locksmith pretty much hit the lock with a hammer until it fell apart and then put a new lock in. We are free again!

I learnt a little bit from this whole thing, but not a whole lot. Last night I was so tempted to just not go to exercise today and have another rest day – because the two days go together so nicely so it’s a good place to skip. And I didn’t have any snacks for today. I’m so good at finding excuses…BUT!

I managed to motivate myself – I told myself that it would be worth it in the end and that it really isn’t that bad when I am at exercise. I also looked at my motivation pictures, which may have helped.

So there I was this morning walking during the warm-up and switching over into a jog – and things are a little…bouncy…

Somehow (please don’t ask me how) I managed to forget the most important piece of clothing for exercise.

I really couldn’t believe it – I mean getting dressed is pretty much the same every morning, it’s not an item that I sometimes wear and sometimes don’t wear. I know I almost forgot it on Sunday as well. What is going on with me?


Anyways – so anytime we were running I was doing this weird run where I was holding onto the twins. I skipped skipping and just jogged in place (didn’t want a black eye [slight exaggeration there])

I survived – it was quite a hectic morning especially for arms and abs, I do feel that I didn’t really work all that hard with the abs exercises – I kept using my back the whole time and that just hurt.

Glad I went. And yes, come Wednesday night I will probably not feel like going again, but as soon as it starts I will motivate myself and remind myself how much it will be worth it when I can finally look in the mirror and like what I see.

Ladies…don’t forget the bra…



By the way, this is my 48th post, which means that today’s Daily Inspiration will be number 49.

That usually happens around 14:04 Johannesburg time.

Be careful what you wish for…

I really didn’t feel like exercising last night. I kept telling hubby how much I don’t want to go today and I was so tempted to let my lift know that I wasn’t going.

This morning when my alarm went off, I immediately started with motivating myself, refusing to think of not going and just telling myself that I will enjoy it once I get there and thinking of my motivational pictures.

Somewhere in the middle of this I got a SMS from my lift and my first reaction was offcourse to hope that she couldn’t go. Wasn’t the case though, so I got up to get ready and was finally not as resistant to going anymore.

Got to the front door and the key broke off in the lock. Had to phone lift and tell her that I can’t go.

As I’m writing this, We are waiting on a locksmith.

I really hope that they can get us out without it being too much of a mission or too much damage.

We’re going to be ridiculously late for work (or should we just take the day off?)

I guess the moral of the story is to be careful what you wish for, you might just get it…

Have you ever been locked in your house?

P.s. I haven’t gotten a chance to respond to all the weekend comments and likes yet, I will do so during the day.

Weekend reflections

I have really boring weekends. Restful, but boring.

This weekend consisted of mostly staying at home, well, we went out for lunch and “dinner” on Saturday, which actually is a bit unusual. Other than that it was just a quiet day at home.

I did a very leisurely 30minute cycle on Saturday, the washing and we watched Bones.

The service at church was quite intersting. It was part 2 of “The new rules for love sex and dating” by Andy Stanley. It is aimed mostly at singles and unmarried people and yesterday’s sermon was aimed at men, but I still learned something.That everyone on this earth is made in the image of God and that Jesus died for everyone.

Yes, even that guy in the corner that I despise.

The sermon was mostly aimed at men having to treat women with respect and the ways in which they could do so, but the abovementioned struck me. Do I think myself better than some other people, or do I treat everyone like they were made in the image of God and therefore actually my equal?

Definitely an area in my life where I have to work on.

The rest of Sunday was pretty much spent just being lazy and restful.

This morning was bootcamp again and wow did we work hard! It feels good though.


Realistic Expectations and Patience

I think at the moment I am having trouble with both of the above.

I am having these daydreams about the last day of my current exercise cycle. Of doing my measurements and seeing that the centimetres have just melted away, the weight just fallen off.

I realised today that I should probably make sure that I have realistic expectations. Improvements are not going to happen over night. It took years to get to the size I am now and it’s not going to disappear in just 4 weeks.

Patience Patience Patience.

I am not sure what a realistic expectation would be. 1cm less? 2cm less?

I’ve done fairly well with eating right (there was that really divine cake on Friday though)

I must just not lose heart and give up. The hard work is worth it. The extra effort with proper food is worth it.


Fitness Assessment

I mentioned early in the week that I started with exercising again.

The  “program” that I am doing works in 4 week cycles and have fitness assessments to measure your progress.

These assessments happen on the first and last Thursday of each camp, which means my first one was this morning.

As opposed to the first two days, I felt rather weak and un-energetic this morning and I only did the half-distance run.

I am still quite motivated to work hard and push myself and get good results, which is motivating (yea, that is a weird sentence)

Eating healthy is going well, I am actually buying and making veg that I don’t usually bother with because hubby doesn’t eat them. I realised that I don’t mind freezing and then cooking veg, so that might work out well.

Without further ado, the results of my assessment:

800m run: 5m 43s

Push ups: 25 (in a minute)

Sit ups: 31 (in a minute – this one was a bit of a surprise, I expected much less)

Plank: 28 seconds

Right side Plank: 27 seconds

Left side Plank: 30 seconds.

I’m not entirely sure what my goals are in terms of improving these.

I think if I can do the run in 30-60 seconds less I will be happy.

And maybe the rest in increments of 10 seconds/repetitions will be a good idea?

I’m just going to work as hard as possible the next 3 weeks. I can do this

I have to do my measurements as well tonight – I doubt that I will post those, but I am playing with doing a progress bar for weight loss. I know that weight loss alone isn’t really a good measurement of how my body is shaping up because I will be building muscle, but it is still nice to see a change in weight.

Here is to a healthy life!

Weekend – roundup

All in all, I think that this was a fairly quiet weekend.

We had a bit of an issue with our geyser, the thermostat broke and even though it was fixed by Friday, but they forgot to re-open some tap that they had closed, so we only had a trickle of water coming out of the hot water taps.

How annoying!

The plumber came to fix it on Saturday morning, after which I just had a very lazy day – spent most of it reading.

Sunday morning was church – my parents came with for father’s day. We started a really interesting series called “Love, sex and dating”.
It’s aimed more at single people, but I still found some stuff in there that is beneficial to me.

After that we were going for lunch, but going for lunch at some restaurant on Fathers day… need I say more?

Ended up not getting lunch with my parents and neither did we end up doing dinner with the in-laws – fathers day just did not work out for us.

I suppose on the bright side for me, I did get to read for most of the day again – so relaxing!

Then this morning (Monday)I started exercising again! It is a boot-camp-like exercise program, 3 days a week for 4 weeks.

Today didn’t go too badly, especially considering that everyone else in the group are old-timers.

Along with the exercise I am going to try to do the healthy/calorie restricted eating – no sense in running around like a crazy person (at 5:30 in the morning!) and then messing it up by eating wrong. ( I am really craving steak)

I’m sure I’ll be full of moans tomorrow with the after effects though.

Strangely enough, after all the “I don’t wanna go, don’t wanna go” in my head, I enjoyed this morning – as much as one can enjoy exercise.

I’m sure I’ll still not feel like going tomorrow morning, but I will persevere and I will get through the 4 weeks (and maybe do another 4 weeks after that and another…)


Exercise and Motivation

It’s amazing how sometimes, no matter how much you want something, you just can not find the motivation to make it happen.

I have a couple of areas like this in my life, but to lift out one, it would probably be exercise and eating well (Ok,technically that is two).

I have spoken to someone I work with who runs an exercise program and she has space.

Now I have to convince myself that it is worth it to get up at 4:30 in the morning, 3 mornings a week.

Last year I did a 5-day a week bootcamp and survived – barely.

At the moment I’m going between being very keen and motivated to just do it – exercise, get fit, lose weight and get all nice and toned – and thinking about how tired I already am, how many mornings I don’t get up at 6, but sleep in until 7 or 8 and I wonder if I can do it, if I should do it.

I think in part the problem is that it will be ridiculously hard work (granted I could slack off if I wanted to) and the pay-off won’t be as instant as I would like.

Worst possible reason to be unmotivated. If it is worth it, I should be willing to work hard for it, few things that are really worth it in life comes easy. I suppose if I’m not really willing to work hard, how important is it really to me?

I think I need to find a way to motivate myself to go to every single class.

Any ideas?