Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hit the Deck

Last night I participated in a really fun (in a painful way?) workout at my gym.  It was called hit the deck and you can do ALL of the moves at home alone or as a challenge with your spouse.  This is a great workout to do when traveling.  I can't help but share it!

With a deck of cards perform exercises as drawn for each of the following:

Hearts = pushups
Diamonds = situps
Clubs = squats
Spades = burpees

Numbered cards are done for reps as numbered
Face cards are 10 reps
Aces are 15 reps
Jokers = 400m run

As soon as 1/2 the group is done with the card - move on!
Rx is awarded to those who do all reps.

I would like to say that I was fast enough that I Rx'd, but that wasn't happening last night.  I was lucky I didn't puke!  I was SO SORE within the first 5 minutes of the workout (took about 20 minutes total).  I will admit that I did not do the 400m sprints as the toe still doesn't like quick movements in shoes, so I rowed instead.  Even still, this workout was a killer. You all should try it!

As for the toe--it is recovering nicely.  I was able to wear shoes by Saturday (flip flops with work clothes is NOT a good look so I was glad when that was over).  That was a small miracle because my family was in town and we had made plans of walking all over the Hogle Zoo so I'm very grateful I was able to do that!  I've been looking forward to it for months!

Now for a little honesty time--as you might have guessed from the lack of posts lately, I am totally not feeling the blog or really the whole "healthiness" journey at the moment.  I'm just not stoked about it.  That doesn't mean I've stopped working out (I haven't) or that I'm pigging out (I'm not); it's just that I've lost the ooomph and the excitement that comes with being healthy and making changes.  I'm so so so so sick of working my butt off and not seeing the results I want.  At this point, I am trying to switch my mentality from wanting to see body changes and instead trying to focus on being healthy in order to participate in activities that make me happy--hiking, running, biking, etc.  Maybe my body doesn't look like I want it to, but at least it can do the things I want/need it to, right?  That's gotta be a positive.

Anyway, that's what's been on my mind lately.  I'm hopeful that this is just part of the cycle and that soon enough I will get back into the excitement of things.  I think being sick put a hiccup in the excitement level and once I'm back to full steam ahead I should start feeling the love again.  In either case, have no fear that I'm giving up because I am not.  This is a life long endeavor.  


  1. I'm sorry you are struggling! I went through that a few times. I was still working out, but was burned out on what I was doing. I was still counting calories but tired of not seeing the scale move. I finally made peace with the fact that this is probably where my body will be. And I switched up my workouts. It helped...

  2. That's a neat game, and a challenge!

  3. I had a personal trainer that used to do Hit The Deck on Mondays. It was definitely a love/hate relationship.