Skip to main content

My Week In Exercise #HealthyAndStronger

My Week In Exercise #HappyandStrongerEveryDay@53

Last year, I spent 6 months being sick that I told myself, "never again will I waste a beautiful day."

However, the flu had taken over my household for 4 weeks and last week was the first week that I felt sort of “back to normal.” These past 7 days reminded me (again) that everything takes time.

I'll be sharing my daily exercises to hold myself accountable. If you want to join me in this journey, feel free to give me a nudge on instagram.

I had an early phone conference. I woke up with no major headache or pains so I was determined to get my body moving. It took a while to get set-up and to determine what exercise to do, so I did  what worked for me in the past: Tony Horton’s 30 minute P90x3 Classic: Day1: Total Synergistics - a full body resistance workout which includes variations of push-ups, plank exercises,  side-arm balance, crescent chair, weighted squats, core exercises and pull-ups (which I skipped).

Yesterday’s workout got me motivated and surprisingly I wasn’t sore so I had no excuse. Day 2 on the P90x3 schedule was Agility, a full-body 30-minute workout that’s a mixture of aerobic exercises focusing on balance, strength, power, flexibility and precision. I’m currently studying sports medicine and after a decade (on and off) of doing P90, it was just recently that I recognized and paid attention to the terminology used throughout the routines. 

It was raining but that didn’t stop Honey and I to bundle up and walk 3 miles to town and back.

I went to bed early but I couldn’t sleep. I was up all night worrying about something. I must have prayed the rosary four times. I woke up really sore all over especially my legs and back. Honey and I went to Costco and then I took a nap before I made dinner to celebrate my two son’s birthday. The only exercise I did today was walking around Costco and loading and unpacking the groceries.

I was surprised I woke up achy. I guess when you’re almost 54, and working out had not been consistent, your body would ache - a lot. I just wanted to curl under the blanket but Honey made sure we did our daily 2 mile walk to Starbucks, which I was glad we did.


I woke up not sore and with a renewed sense of purpose and energy. I was feeling down, lost. It’s revealing how depression can attack at times when everything seems to be picture perfect. Last week was a tough week and being idle and sick for so long made my mind wander at places it shouldn’t be.
So when I woke up and everywhere I turned I “heard” God  saying “Jen, I am not done with you yet” - that’s all I needed to snap out of feeling BLAH.

I needed my dose of  Vitamin D aka sunshine and my neurotransmitters aka endorphins. Today was a big work-out day: I tried SELF magazine’s 10 minute cardio that included single-leg reach, jump lunges, single leg walk out to push-up, single plank rotation with kick and animal flow with side-kick through. Later that day, Honey and I ran for 4 miles, and walked back home for another mile. When I got home I did the 5 stretching routine after a cardio workout for better flexibility (Thanks again - and that felt awesome!

Yesterday’s workout got me all excited about today that I started writing again, hence, this blog post.
Today’s workout schedule was “The Challenge” which consisted of push-ups and pull-ups variations. I was only able to do 20 minutes of assisted pull-ups (up to 6 reps only) and my push-ups weren’t in good form, I had my knees bent and my back was arching. My lats and hamstring were still sore.

Around lunch time, Honey and I did our daily walk to Starbucks - 2 miles, 42 minutes.


It was a cold and rainy day. I started the day replying to my work emails on my pajamas. What was supposed to be 5 minutes ended up to be 4 hours. My body was still achy and the Bomb Cyclone made it impossible to do my daily walk to Starbucks. I replaced the scheduled 30-minute MMX (Mixed Martial Arts) routine with a Dynamix stretch-and-lift workout to bring focus to my connective tissues, muscles and joints, to help with my balance, flexibility and range of motion. (I needed to write these down to memory, the only way for me to remember).

Indoors: 2hrs 30mins
Classes: zero
Outdoors: 3hrs 15mins
TOTAL: 5hrs 45mins

Be happy.  



  1. Each week, I walk three miles (one-way journey, i.e. six miles in total) just to eat out and get shopping done. It's healthy, faster than taking and waiting for public transport, and nice to do so. It's become a weekly trend for me.

    I live in a sub-urban area in my city so, when I go walking, I hardly ever see a transport vehicle pass me by, on my way, to my destination. It's a quiet, peaceful walk in a serene, tree-populated setting that I silently enjoy.

    The motivation I keep with me when I walk is to save money - when I visit the place I need to go to, I save a few dollars in doing so - even if it means walking 6 miles to go there and get back!

    I seldom feel tired and seem to have become accustomed to what: being fit, feels like.

    It is a good feeling to feel that way and I would like to feel better everyday!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Completed my first 16 Week IsaBody Challenge: Believe You Have A Purpose

My family is what matters most to me.  I’m 51 and a mother of 4 (ages 14 – 26). I wanted to be healthier, more active and stronger not just for me, but for the people I love.  I wanted to set an example for my family that we each possess the tools to master our wellness and vitality. I've always been petite except when I was pregnant ( when I gained an average of 50 pounds per pregnancy - 4 times!) Over the years I had tried various diet and exercise regimens, and I did enjoy a degree of success, but the results were not to the level I hoped for, and they were somewhat short lived.   Achieving stable, long-lasting results proved stubbornly elusive.    Then when I hit menopause everything became more difficult.    My body stopped cooperating altogether, and I was constantly grumpy. My waist and hips expanded and I found myself napping in the afternoons.    I started to accept the idea that there would be this new, less vibrant version of me. I just completed my P

SPICE-up a young child's development: social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional

Children are the precious gems of a family. When they’re young and innocent, they are like sponges that willingly and quickly absorb any knowledge and emotion. That’s why at an early age, we encourage our children to read, be creative, be happy and feed their curiosity. With all the technology and instant gratification that children get from playing video or computer games, asking a child to read a good book has been a challenge for some parents .     “Your children are not your children.       They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.       They come through you but not from you,       And though they are with you, and yet they belong not to you.       You may give them your love but not your thoughts,        For they have their own thoughts.        You may house their bodies but not their souls,        For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,        which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.” -                     Kahlil Gibr

Immigration and Family: Will my mom ever get to see my daughter walk down the aisle

Last year when my father passed away in the Philippines, I went home and took some time to visit the U.S. Embassy in Manila to ask what the options are for my mother to return to the U.S. The consul reminded me of the 10-year travel ban. That on or after November 8, 2015 — not earlier – or 10 years after my mom, was deported in 2005 for overstaying her visa, I can email the U.S. Embassy and inquire about my mother’s approved petition. I asked if I need to file another petition, and she informed me I didn’t have to. I asked if I could… and she stopped me and said to ask everything on or after November 8, 2015. This is where I am, and where my thoughts are drifting as I celebrate this month my 16th American birthday. I am counting the months, the weeks and the days. My daughter is getting married in January 2016 and I would love to have my entire family, especially my mother, to be here when that momentous occasion happens.

Helping others surpass their goals and expectations

"It's not about the end goal. It's who you become by consistently pushing to the edge of your limits." - Robin Sharma Do you ever wonder why you stumble on new things?  Do you ever wonder why unsuspecting strangers cross your path? Do you ever wonder why your mind takes you to a direction you didn't think exist? I was walking to StarBucks to meet my husband when I noticed a sign...

Still shaky, skidded in snow, but so blessed my guardian angels are looking after me!

"Never again wonder, what to be thankful for..."   - Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life It’s yet another snowy day in New Jersey. Beautiful, yes but dangerous! In line with my goal for this month is to get back on schedule. I got up around 4am to get my 15yo ready for his Model United Nations conference. (Thankful that our neighbor offered to drive him to school by 5:30am ) I got my 9yo ready for school and I'm thankful that my other neighbor offered to drive him to school. I then drove my husband to the train station to Manhattan. I decided to stop by the Community Center and decided to run a fast 5K on the treadmill. I was 1 mile short because I was so sweaty and hot. (Note to self: dress lightly next time) While cooling down inside the car, I read Day 14’s chapter of Rick Warren's the “Purpose Driven Life” book. I felt really good because it just reminded me that there is always something to be thankful for no matter how awful yo