It took me 8 days, but I did make it through doing the “intensive workout 1” four times. This week I moved onto Phase 2 core, which was at least psychologically important because I felt like I was actually progressing.
Phase 2 Abs
This week I graduated to the next level of abdominal work. The main differences were:
- More twists
- More load put on the TVA (for example, in “Drop Your Knees, Find Your Middle” you can’t use your hands to brace your knees anymore
- Bigger, meatier squats
- The addition of a toe/shin stretch (which I don’t get much out of because I have inhumanly flexible feet)
- Modified Bridge poses. Love this since I am having serious yoga withdrawal
- Hip strengtheners and openers (including the same exercise the physical therapist had me doing for sacroiliac joint pain in pregnancy)
I was surprised at how different the second phase was from Core Phase 1. I was thankful for her mixing things up!
Looking at the photos, I think I see a little improvement from last week! That surprises me because:
a) I haven’t been walking, and this has not been good for my mental health with a 6 month old
b) I pushed myself too hard and it wasn’t until I had my husband feel my abs during Staggered Push-Ups that I discovered my abs were separating during them. So, back to wall push-ups!
Barefoot in Winter
We don’t really have “winter” per say here in San Francisco, but we definitely get rain and wind. I’ve been wearing my Tieks into the ground, so I have been on the lookout for a pair of winter shoes. I found this fabulous post on barefoot walking boots for winter. I love Katy Bowman and I kind of want to be her when I grow up, but I have a legit case of city fashion and most of those boots look like they were designed in a darkroom (Frye, are you listening? Chop, chop!).
Thankfully, I found two that I think I could work with tights or skinny jeans.
I find regular Tom’s pretty uncomfortable (especially compared to Tieks), but I’m hoping these will be a totally different story.
While certainly not the sexiness that was my Frye Carmen Lace Up (love you forever, RIP), these will do when I need something waterproof. Giving up heels is tough, but think of all those bunions and joint replacements I’m hopefully avoiding!
Thanks for coming along the ride with me! Please let me know if you’re in this journey, too, so we can band together and offer each other support.