Starting weight: 190
End of Week One Weight: 180
2 Mile Assessment time: 25 minutes
WEEK ONE- workouts
Day One: Strength and Core
Day Two: 2 Mile Assessment
Day Three: Lower and Upper Body Strength
Day Four: Running Speed and Power
Breakfast: parfait, parfait parfait! Low fat yogurt, fresh fruit, and ancient grain granola
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken and low fat dressing
Dinner: Salad with a side of pasta
Snacks: carrots with low fat dip, peanuts, string cheese, fruit, popcorn
PROS & CONS
Really easy to set up and follow
Videos that demonstrate exercises
You can look ahead to see what workouts are coming up
No sound on the timers
You can't go back and look at completed workouts
Check out the North Face and their page about the Mountain Athletics App here
I'm an easy sell on new fitness apps. I'm also fickle. I start and stop training plans like some people change socks. So when I saw the North Face tweet about a new training app I was intrigued and instantly wanted to give it a try, but I also knew that it was unlikely that I would actually see it all the way through. Still... I've been slacking with working out (longer work hours = a very tired me= no motivation to work out) and I've felt the need to switch it up a bit, so the timing was right to find a new way to get in shape. So here is the plan. Follow the plan laid out by the Mountain Athletics App and see where I am at the end of the program, which for me is set to end on February 24th. I'm going to be posting briefly a few times just to keep myself on track and to document how this particular program worked for me.
This program has me doing 4 days of workouts- 2 strength and 2 running. I will have to add a 3rd running day here soon as I've got a 1/2 marathon in March, but for the midweek runs, these workout are actually pretty good.
The strength and core exercises are also good- I'm doing my workouts at home, so I've had to adapt a few things, but most of it is easily done at home. I'm hoping to pick up a few things in the next few days that will help (like a kettle bell), but overall it's been easy to take what they've planned out and make it work in my living room.
I do want to point out that my weight stats are somewhat misleading. While I had a huge drop, I'm doing more then just this program. To start I went on the Stomach Flu diet for 4 days and didn't eat at all (and what I did eat didn't really stick with me). It was miserable and I felt horrid, and I lost 6 lbs in those 4 days alone. I don't recommend going the stomach flu route no matter how effective it is. In addition to being a zombie for half the week I have also completely re-tooled my eating habits. I'm eating 6 small meals a day and in addition to smaller portions I'm cutting out fried foods and anything that comes from a box. It took a few days to get into the swing of things, but that is definitely playing a part in any success I'm having.
A Conspiracy of Stars
By: Olivia A. Cole
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family