Moving is a strength and endurance workout

Just packed and sealed 8 boxes of books. Quite a workout — hulling, pulling and pushing the boxes of books around. This is just the first hill of the moving marathon.

Here is August 2018 Fitness Tracker:
~ 1 Aug 9:57pm 38:00 *249cal Ave119 Max155 FB30R3 D11 Upper body burnout — First workout to start a busy month
~ 5 Aug 5:30pm 40:00 FBStrong Day 1 lower body — Trying a mostly strength training program, and not using the heart rate monitor. The lunges kept my heart pumping.
~ 6 Aug 8:15pm 41:00 FBStrong D2 upper body burnout — cheated a little, skipped burnout round of pullover and hammer curl.
~ 8 Aug 6:17pm 34:00 FBStrong D3 Core
~ 11 Aug 5:52pm 41:00 FBStrong D4 lower body — right knee iffy
~ 12 Aug 4:42pm 40:00 FBStrong D5 functional upper body workout — good one
~ 14 Aug 9:18pm 35:00 FBStrong D6 Relaxing stretching workout ๐Ÿ™‚
~ 15 Aug 8:47pm 45:00 FBStrong D8 HIIT cardio butt and thigh — stressful day ๐Ÿ™
~ 18 Aug 6:10pm 40:00 FBStrong D9 Upper body workout bored easily
~ 19 Aug 6:20pm 30:00 FBStrong D10 HIIT + Abs — I think my abs are a tat stronger, not shaking as much during planks
~ 20 Aug 10:30pm 31:00 FB fluid full body stretch — I should always schedule a stretching session after every evening class.
~ 22 Aug 9:15pm 31:00 FBStrong D11 Strong lean toned arms
~ 26 Aug 8:40pm 27:00 FB Stretching pilates yoga blend — good stretch after a 6-hr bus ride
~ 27 Aug 11:59pm 15:00 FB Restorative yoga pilates workout — video hung in the middle, so did some freestyling stretches instead
~ 31 Aug 6:18pm 41:00 FBStrong D12 Lower body workout — last one for August
Not too bad considering the hecticness of a new semester teaching 3 courses a week.

Cherish your mobility

I remember back in 2009 when I was training for the NYC Marathon, I would feel so self-conscious when I did my slow penguin wobble run around the cross-country track. The young student athletes and other not so young runners would overtake me easily. Then my left knee developed illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS). It was so painful and I couldn’t run. But in order to continue my marathon training, I walked — sometimes for hours. That was when I realised that my slow running was good, no, it was great!

I shouldn’t have felt bad or judged myself critically. My mobility is a gift from God. Every movement involves multiple muscles, joints, synovial fluid, nerves, blood and sweat. So many things can go wrong, and for some people things do go wrong. And for most people, eventually many things will slowly deteriorate. But while things are still ok, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I need to cherish my mobility and be happy for every breathless breath.

June 2018 Fitness Tracker
~ 3 June 4:21pm 17:00 *83cal Ave104 Max126 — Started on an upper body workout and nose started running, decided to stop
~ 10 June 6:08pm 41:00 *288cal Ave 124 Max153 FBSweat Day1 lower body strength + HIIT — feel so lazy!
~ 19 June 5:55pm 37:00 *251cal Ave121 Max152 FBS D2 Upper body & cardio — when I miss so many days, every time I come back I feel so out of shape
~ 20 June 6:33pm 36:01 *240cal Ave120 Max151 FBS D3 HIIT + core — out of breath mostly
~ 21 June 9:27pm 41:01 *204cal Ave104 Max132 FBS D4 Upper body strength
~ 24 June 6:21pm 43:00 *343cal Ave132 Max160 FBS D5 HIIT + Strength — iffy right knee, maybe I should go see a physio
~ 26 June 8:57pm 44:00 *326cal Ave127 Max153 FBS D7 Total body strength
~ 29 June 6:37pm 38:00 *314cal Ave135 Max157 FBS D10 Insane HIIT challenge — Breathless

May 2018 Fitness Tracker

Not too bad considering I started working out mid-May.

~ 15 May 9:22pm 47:00 *230cal Ave104 Max126 FB Upper body + Abs compound exercise — After a 30 day break
~ 17 May 6:27pm 53:00 *408cal Ave130 Max157 FBFit2 Day15 HIIT + Strength — this is a tough one!
~ 20 May 6:04pm 43:00 *273 Ave117 Max148 FBFit2 Day16 Fat burning cardio workout — wore new shoes Nike Air Zoom Dynamic TR
~ 22 May 9:14pm 50:00 *302cal Ave114 Max140 FBFit2 Day17 Strength (skipped the 15min HIIT) — feels good to tire out the muscles.
~ 24 May 6:50pm 39:00 *338cal Ave139 Max162 FBFit2 Day18 Fat burning cardio — considering I had KFC for late lunch I should do another 30 mins of jumping jacks
~ 25 May 9:39pm 40:00 *274cal Ave122 Max153 FB Best butt workout — Supposed to be 1000 calorie workout in the schedule but fitness level not up to it.
~ 26 May 5:30pm 47:00 *209cal Ave99 Max121 FB Upper body strength workout — Got to be careful not to drop dumbbells on my face/head
~ 28 May 5:44pm 1:01:00 *393cal Ave118 Max153 FBFit2 Day 22 Lower body strength — chest and tricep muscles still sore from the last upper body strength workout.
~ 29 May 5:42pm 51:00 *260cal Ave106 Max147 FBFit2 Day23 Upper body strength + 7-min extra credit bodyweight cardio
~ 31 May 9:25pm 45:00 *280cal Ave116 Max143 FB Lower body strength + endurance

April 2018 Fitness Tracker

Not a great workout month. May 2018 is not starting out well either.

~ 3 Apr 9:30pm 45:00 *384cal Ave138 Max166 FB Fun and Brutal HIIT & Total Body Strength Workout — This is a kick butt workout. Should do this more often
~ 8 Apr 5:17pm 46:00 *279cal Ave115 Max147 FB Lower body strength and endurance challenge
~ 10 Apr 9:54pm 42:01 *226cal Ave108 Max132 FBFit2 Day 12 Upper body strength
~ 17 Apr 10:20pm 35min FBFit2 Day 13 Relaxing stretching workout — falling behind on my workouts again ๐Ÿ™

March 2018: Fitness Tracker

Best workout month of 2018.

~ 1 Mar 10:01pm 32:00 *217cal Ave121 Max145 FB 10-min Butt & thigh workout — Really felt out of shape. Upper body still aching from yesterday’s workout. But good to have completed this.

~ 2 Mar 8:32pm 35:00 *244cal Ave123 Max152 FB Day 2 5-Day Challenge for busy people — So proud of me to have done this!

~ 4 Mar 5:48pm 34:00 *215cal Ave 117 Max147 FB At home glute workout — I need to work out longer, like at least 45min each time

~ 5 Mar 9:55pm 39:00 *282cal Ave125 Max152 FBSweat Day 2 Upper body strength & cardio — Restarting a workout program, must push myself!

~ 9 Mar 9:50am 35:00 *313cal Ave142 Max165 FBSweat Day3 HIIT + Core — This is an unusual workout, completed in the morning! Now off to work.

~ 10 Mar 9:20pm 40:30 *172cal Ave98 Max126 FBSweat Day 4 Upper body

~ 11 Mar 5:20pm 41:00 *302cal Ave127 Max152 FB Sweat Day3 HIIT + Strength — wanted to do a longer workout, but chicken-ed out in the end.

~ 12 Mar 9:13pm 45:01 *223cal Ave104 Max132 FBFit2 Day 3 Upper body strength — felt like I was building up my arms like incredible hulk ๐Ÿ™ but I like it cos I’m not out of breath half the time.

~ 13 Mar 9:26pm 40:00 *251cal Ave117 Max155 FBFit2 Day 4 Cardio — Did not complete the additional 24-min Core component.

~ 15 Mar 9:43pm 36:00 *253cal Ave124 Max150 FB Intense Cardio Butt & Thigh workout — Too intense, could only complete about 25 min of the 52-min workout. Too late, too tired, iffy right knee ๐Ÿ™

~ 16 Mar 9:37pm 1:00:00 *292cal Ave103 Max142 FB Intense Cardio Butt & Thigh workout — part 2 of yesterday’s workout plus Refresh, Relax, Restore stretching workout.

~ 20 Mar 9:56pm 46:01 *238cal Ave106 Max128 FB Upper body “bored easily” workout — late workout but just got to do it.

~ 21 March 9:25pm 48:30 *388 Ave133 Max153 FBFit2 Day5 HIIT + total body strength — cheated on a few sets, didn’t have the strength to complete all the reps.

~ 24 March 8:36pm 1:06:00 *480cal Ave126 Max153 FBFit2 Day8 HIIT + Lower body — wow 480calories!

~ 28 March 9:48pm 51:00 *293cal Ave112 Max140 FBFit2 Day9 Upper body strength — just do it!

~ 31 March 7:23pm 41:00 *294cal Ave125 Max162 FB Abs + Cardio workout — Downed with a cold yesterday, but recovered enough to add one more workout for this month.

February 2018: Worst workout month in 2 years

February 2018 has got to be the worst workout month since I started keeping track of my workouts sometime end-2015. Only 2 proper workouts and one “cheating” workout. Lately, I realised that I have been down with minor cough and cold quite often. This month alone I was sick twice and over several days each time. It’s not really the out-of-commission type of illness, but minor colds. I used to think that I don’t get sick often and if I do, I would recover quickly. I’m not so sure anymore…

February 2018 Fitness Tracker
~ 7 Feb 9:50pm 29:00 FB stretching, pilates, yoga workout blend — First workout for February, and a “cheating” one at that. Too much work and fell sick during the weekend and have not recovered from too much work yet…so sad…
~ 11 Feb 4:54pm 46:00 *320cal Ave123 Max151 FB FB Burn2 Day 17 Total body strength – general lethargy, just want to sit and around and do nothing
~ 28 Feb 9:31pm 34:00 *238cal Ave123 Max145 FB strong lean toned arms chest and shoulders workout – even doing warm-up jumping jacks was tiring

January 2018 Fitness Tracker

*1 Jan 5:33pm 1:34:00 *773cal Ave134 Max162 — FB 1000 Calorie workout — Great start to a new year!
*6 Jan 9:05pm 1:09:00 *527cal Ave129 Max159 — FB Strong & Lean Challenge Day 1 lower body
*8 Jan 9:30pm 43:00 *302cal Ave123 Max153 — FB Burn2 Day2 Upper body + Core
*9 Jan 9:35pm 46:00 *271cal Ave113 Max150 — FB Burn2 Day3 Lower body strength + Pilates — didn’t push myself to increase dumbbell weights to my limit
*10 Jan 9:16pm 46:00 *226cal Ave103 Max124 — FB Burn2 Day4 Dynamic upper body strength — Not many calories burned but arms are super tired
*14 Jan 8:13pm 31:00 FB Burn2 Day7 Fluid full body stretches — Still don’t feel so good, since last Thursday. Or it might be the cold lazy weather.
*15 Jan 9:28pm 49:43 *389cal Ave131 Max163 — FB Burn2 Day8 HIIT + Lower body strength — This one is difficult: with dumbbells, squat, L lunge, squat, R lunge (10x), so that’s like 20 squats, 20 lunges, and then a 2nd round ๐Ÿ™
*17 Jan 9:17pm 37:30 *218cal Ave112 Max141 FB Burn2 Day9 Dynamic upper body strength

What happened to 18-27 Jan??!

*28 Jan 6:48pm 43:00 *206cal Ave103 Max131 FB Burn2 Day11 Upper body supersets — I think for chest press I can try 7.5kg per hand next time.
*30 Jan 9:44pm 40:00 *335cal Ave136 Max160 FB Burn2 Day12 Lower body strength + HIIT — Got my heart pumping pumping!

Ten workouts in a month with an 11-day break in the middle of the month. I guess this is a below average workout achievement. I wanted to add one last workout today but the super blue blood moon zapped all my energy today.

December 2017 Fitness Tracker

* 2 Dec 6:29pm 49:00 *374cal Ave129 Max163 — FB HIIT cardio & upper body workout
* 3 Dec 4:18pm 49:00 *360cal Ave126 Max155 — FB Brutal butt & thigh workout — I did it!
* 11 Dec 6:47pm 49:00 *237cal Ave103 Max125 — FB Upper body workout for people who get bored easily — Slowly getting back into routine.
* 16 Dec 5:40pm 41:00 *326cal Ave132 Max161 — FB Best butt workout — Felt so out of shape after several days of cough and congestion ๐Ÿ™
* 17 Dec 3:26pm 54:00 *385cal Ave124 Max159 — FB Abs workout for people who get bored easily + Fast paced total body cardio & strength workout
* 19 Dec 7:22pm 35:01 *256cal Ave126 Max157 — Day 2: FB Upper body workout challenge for busy people — surprisingly I could do the tricep dips

I’m tired of posting my monthly fitness trackers on Facebook. Noone’s really that interested in seeing how many workouts I had or how many calories that I burned. But I still like to keep track of that, so I’m moving the fitness trackers here.

December 2017 wasn’t a productive fitness month. Two trips to Malaysia truncated my month, and lots of excuses and laziness.

I’m going to start off 2018 magnificently with a 1000-calorie workout on new year’s day!

Fitness Quest

I changed the category of “Running Quest” to “Fitness Quest” since I don’t run anymore.

Last November, I discovered FitnessBlender.com and I have been consistently doing their workouts at home. Working out at home is great because I don’t have to spend 2-3 hours traveling time to get to the gym and back.

Over the years, I’ve accumulated some workout gears. Some of which were actually shipped to Singapore from the US over four years ago. I like the FitnessBlender videos. The structure is easy to follow, but the workouts can be quite tough. But I can feel that I’m getting better at it.

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I am still going to the gym for group classes, particularly for Body Pump and RPM during the weekends. Eventhough I burn about the same amount of calories both with FitnessBlender and the gym classes, I think my muscles are more sore from gym classes. I slack off more at home.

I definitely enjoy the strength training workouts much more than an hour on the treadmill. I still like the idea of running, but I just haven’t been able to consistently run so that I won’t feel like my heart will jump out of my chest even when I’m doing my slow shuffle. I think my knees also can’t handle the pounding much now.