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Weekly Weigh-In #8…and Tabata

Down .6 pounds.

I have mixed feelings about this weigh-in.  On the one hand, any downward movement is progress, and that’s all I can ask for.  Weighing in at 150.6 puts me less that a pound the 140’s – and that is exciting.  But dang, progress is slow.  I know I deserve it – especially this week because I didn’t give it 100% this week.  Honestly, with the way work is keeping me busy and stressed…and the way allergies have my head in a fog, I don’t even feel like I gave it 50% this week.

Getting up in the mornings has been a struggle this week, but I have been keeping up with the April Arm’s Challenge.  It is from here that I have just learned what a tabata is (though the husband says we did these when we were doing Crossfit…but I don’t remember a Crossfit workout ever only lasting 4 minutes).

So if you don’t know what a tabata is, it’s a 4 minute interval workout (but you should warm up before!).  The intervals are 20 seconds of a high intensity move followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times (which totals 4 minutes).  The moves in the intervals usually alternate so you’re not just doing one move 8 times.

Now it you’re like me and are thinking “4 minutes?  That sounds ridiculously easy” or “10 seconds of rest between moves seems like a lot of time” – get that out of your head right now.  10 seconds basically gives you time to get in position for the next interval, not time to fully recover.  And remember I mentioned these were high intensity intervals?  It’s 4 minutes of burn.  Don’t be like me and set the timer automatically for 8 minutes on your first tabata ever; I WAS BEAT.  But I liked it so much, I did this week’s Thursday tabata for 8 minutes again.

Last week’s tabata moves were bench hops and mountain climbers; this week’s were medicine ball slams and burpees without pushups.  I added the push-up, as best I could.  I hate burpees…and thrusters…and anything that requires me to jump on to or over something (box jumps, bench hops, etc)…and by hate I mean I curse doing them until after they’re done when I feel amazing because I overcame a huge physical and mental challenge.

Alright – I feel pumped up to make next week better than this week.