I’ve no real idea what this phrase means. My great-aunt used to say it and none of my family could figure it out. However, this morning, I am certain that’s what I was doing. 🙂
I had a day off and, despite not having set my alarm, I woke at 5.25am. I’m a morning person anyway and when I’m awake I’m on, so I decided that I would get up and go downstairs to my basement and do some exercise…. yes, you did read that right!
So, off I went, and pulled up some HITT (High Intensity Technical Training) ideas and set out to kick my own ass. Here’s what I did:
- 20 squats
- 1 minute plank
- 30 lunges (alternating legs)
- 35 jumping jacks
- 2×30 second side planks (alternating sides)
- 25 second wall sit
- 15 butt kicks
- 5 push ups
By the time I got to the 25 second wall sit, I was counting out loud to help motivate myself to remain wall-sitting….. I seriously thought my gums and lungs were going to bleed and I started wheezing (childhood asthma never quite leaves you). Holy shit! Hard work indeed. To make myself calm down after this, I did 15 minutes of a medium-intensity cycle on my stationary bike (which was a bit dusty, I must admit).
I drank water like it was going out of fashion, but of course it just takes time for a sedentary soul like me to recover from a massive spike in heart-rate. So, after about 5 minutes, I was back to relative normality and feeling absolutely wonderful, as well as virtuous and proud!
To top it all off, I weighed myself and found that I am just 0.8lbs off my target weight, so that helped make me feel pretty awesome. 🙂
So, I plan to do the same routine tomorrow, or something similar and see how it goes. My eating is going super well: aren’t avocados the best food in the world!?. I tried Kombucha tea today, which was delicious, but it’s v. expensive to buy, so I think it’ll be a treat rather than a normal thing for me. Now I’m back to reading about how exercise helps keep you young, and also about how it can actually generate more mitochondria, which can only be a good thing for someone like me who’s trying to cure my disease and make my body healthier and stronger.
Finally, at lunch time, I ate the most delicious bacon I’ve ever tasted. I’m going to be going back for more tomorrow and I know for certain that today the bacon replenished my exercise-induced endorphins. 🙂