I found my new favorite group exercise class! It’s called “Accumulator” and it stacks exercises up one after the other so that it just grows and grows.
Burpees + Jump Squats
Burpees + Jump Squats + Clean/Press
Burpees + Jump Squats + Clean/Press + Single Arm Lifts
They kept adding up until we were doing burpees, jump squats, clean/press, single arm lifts, reverse flies, high knees, and bent over rows. THEN! They had an ab-specific portion where they started with plank and added one after the other until we were doing plank, overhead lift, flutter kicks, crunches, reverse crunches, donkey kicks, and Russian twists.
It was INTENSE and I worked up SUCH a good sweat. The awesome thing, though, is that there were sufficient modifications that I could complete the class at my own level. For burpees, I had a riser to add an incline. For the plank step-outs I just held a plank or used the riser. For high-knees, I marched when I got too fatigued. I did 6″ leg raises instead of flutter kicks…. My shirt was soaked, my face was red, I was completely out of breath and I *LOVED* it.
I’m definitely going to carve time out of my schedule for that class.
When I’m not working out at class, I’m working out with Little Elfkin. We go for walks and she leads me on a merry chase. It’s probably good for my back if I remember to keep good form 🙂
I’m still working on getting my diet cleaned up. I have a sugar fiend that keeps sabotaging my efforts. Slowly but surely I’ll wean off of that. Caffeine too. Eventually. It’s quite difficult to go from so much sugar and monster + daily to nothing–and I’m not great at quitting cold turkey. Yesterday I had a doughnut for breakfast, today I had cookies for a snack…. The stuff is entirely too accessible either on my commute or at work.
Little Elfkin had her check up recently and she’s my little chunky monkey. She’s proportionate, but she’s proportionately *big*. The pediatrician basically said that genetically she’ll have a double chin and a little belly because she was shaped that way from the start. She even had a little double chin when she was a hungry baby before we figured out how to breastfeed or use formula. Still, though, I want her to have a healthy relationship to food and fitness, so we’re still having our meals together 🙂 she eats what I eat when we’re together and I won’t give her junk, so that cuts down on the junk I have! 🙂 It helps that we got rid of so much of the junk from the pantry.
She loves spinach, eggs, sweet potato, strawberries, cherries, peaches, pears, carrots, peas, beans, etc. 🙂 She’s an adventurous eater and not picky at all. As more veggies come into season, I’m excited to share more of the flavors with her.