The first day was awful because I hadn’t worked out in a very long time. I didn’t have much energy, I didn’t want to be there and was thinking about 10 other things that I could be doing. Worst of all, I just didn’t feel strong. I think I probably did 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, threw in a few bicep curls and walked out.
I was dragging my feet but forced myself to go. Again, I hit up the elliptical for 30 minutes but this time I forced myself to get in more weight lifting. I lifted my biceps, triceps, and shoulders using 12lb. weights. I also did a good number of crunches, at least until my abs felt sore. Mentally, I was in a better place after this workout. I felt like I actually got something accomplished and could feel it.
Day 3 I was sore. I was sore from day 2 but knew I had to keep going. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and decided to focus on my legs. I did 3 sets of 8 barbell squats using 15lbs. on each side. I am not sure how much the actual bar weighs but this was a good starting weight for me. Next, I did lunges. I held 5 pound weights in each hand and did 3 sets of 20 lunges on each leg. Finally, I did calf raises. After the barbell squats and lunges calf raises were pretty much the only thing I could do.
Also, on day 3 I introduce a plant based protein smoothie into my workout. I used mixed berries, 1 scoop of vanilla VEGA protein smoothie powder, ice and some water. This shake tasted great and really helped with my recovery.
On day 4 I felt like I could use a break from cardio. I did 30 minutes of brisk walking on the track since my legs were incredibly sore. I also used the workout ball to help me get through an ab workout. Next, I focused on my back. I did pull downs, and a few sets on the row machine. After this workout, I felt strong both mentally and physically. The plant based protein smoothie was the perfect way to end this workout.
On day 5 I was feeling really good about myself. I had almost a full week of workouts behind me and my body felt great. I started out day 5 by jumping rope. I highly recommend jumping rope when you can. It provides a full body workout and burns tons of calories. From there, I felt like my body could benefit from some stretching. I grabbed a yoga mat and went to town. After about 20 minutes of stretching I decided to call it a day.
After working out for 5 days in a row here’s what happened to my body. After day 3 I could see a small amount of definition in my abs and arms. I could tell that my body was quickly responding to the weight lifting and seeing these very small results helped to keep me motivated. Next, I drank more water during my workouts and as a result, I had more energy. Drinking water is so good for your body and skin. The additional energy boost helped me power through my work day. Interestingly, the plant based protein helped me to incorporate more fruits into my diet. I eat tons of veggies, tofu, and eggs but rarely get in enough fruit. Introducing these fruits back into my diet helped aid my digestion. I could tell that I was able to eliminate food more quickly and in a healthy way. Overall, the 5 day workout challenge was an incredibly experience. While I might not be able to maintain daily workouts, I will definitely be making more of an effort to get to the gym regularly.
Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh
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