Day 48 – Planks will be the death of me
Again, I’m glad I started with the 100/200/200 program. My core is NOT as strong as it should be. My lower back was KILLING me this morning, which is an indication of two things: Not enough core strength, and not enough flexibility in the hips. Believe me, several trips to the chiropractor a few years ago diagnosed this as my issue (not to mention a mild scoliosis in my lumbar area), so I know that what I need to do after every workout is include a GOOD stretch to make sure those muscles don’t lock up.
Right now I feel like I’m soaking in Icy Hot (or Ben Gay or Aspercreme or whatever), which is not pleasant after a walk in 90+ degree weather. But my muscles feel better, and hopefully today’s workout will have pushed the lactic acid through my system enough that I finally move on from the “OH GOD OW!” stage to the “That’s a pleasant soreness and makes me want to do more!” stage.
As long as I take care of my back these next few days as I build up my core strength, I should be okay. On the plus side, I DID say that I was going to pair this fitness program with more stretching and flexibility exercises. It’s just that now I realize I’ll be doing it out of necessity rather than just interest!
My stomach was feeling upset pretty much all day after eating so much the night before. Lots of calories? Grease? Being stuffed? Yeah, not a happy tummy. It made me not eat as much as I should have, but I made sure that I was taking supplements like a multi-vitamin and BCAA’s (branch-chain amino acids) as well as my protein shakes to make sure that I at least had nutrients until my stomach could handle solid foods.
1/2 c Egg whites
8 oz. V8
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup greek yogurt
4 oz. peaches in juice
1/4c diet V8 splash
1 tilapia fillet
2 c spinach
1/8 c shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
2 tbsp salsa verde
Exercise: While this program has a focus for each day, it hits more than just the stated body part. To put it into perspective, this day targeted the legs and thighs, but in a little over an hour I burned over 800 calories.
Full Body Strength program – Legs and thighs