Kenpo was definitely a less intense cardio work. The work outs are very do-able, yet still raises your heart rate. At first I was going to just stop midway, but I kept pushing myself. The whole time I kept telling me, “This isn’t intense enough..” But then I started to realize that I was actually getting out of breath and my heart was pumping pretty fast. That’s cardio for you, I kept going and finished the workout and got my cardio in for the day :)

I also incorporated ~30 squats to help out the bootay ;D

1 more day and I will have finished the FIRST week of P90X!

Goals for next kenpo work out: Work on higher kicks and form. 

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XOXAO

Let’s just say I sweated up a storm! This workout seemed to go by a lot faster than the rest, probably because I was looking forward to it ending so fast. Lol. Leg day seems to be the most dreadful to me, but at the same time, I look forward to it as well because my legs are one of my main priori ties. I really enjoyed switching up legs and then back, it made the work out a lot easier to follow. I was also surprised at how well I did at some of the moves, I kept up best as I could and even when I wanted to just stop midway, I finished it.

Goals for next leg & back day: Def get a pull-up bar, I am feeling NO burn using a resistance band..

Post work-out snack: Bagel w/ milk, yogurt and half an ice cream sandwich D:

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XOXAO <3

I felt very lazy today and put off the yoga for a while but finally decided to finish it around night time. It was very relaxing because my whole body has been sore from days 1-3. At the beginning of the video, Tony mentioned to relax so I decided to turn off my bedroom lights and turn on a small lamp for a relax setting. Yoga was very relaxing and it felt good to let my whole body relax and also concentrate on my posture and breathing, which I lack at. I enjoyed various of the poses, some were awkward but it felt great stretching the muscles.

Goals for next yoga work outs: Work on breathing, posture & flexibility.

XOXAO <3

Definitely an easier work out for me. Unfortunately I did not have my 5 lbs dumbbells with me so I had to resort to the resistance band, this ultimately made the work outs a little easier, but I still felt a burn. I really enjoyed the arm work outs, there was a good variety.

Before the work out, my chest was already really sore from day 1. And after my work out, my whole body became even more sore. Particularly my legs for some reason.

Goals for next shoulders & arms workouts: Def get weights, I would like a pair of 10s and 15s.

XOXAO <3

HANDS DOWN, hardest work out ever! I hate cardio and workouts with constant movement and plyo was all about that! I was wheezing like crazy and took various breaks. To be honest I stopped half way through, I just did not feel good and just did not want to continue. I’m disappointed in myself, but it was an experience. The next day, my thighs felt sore as well, that only shows how effective this work out was.

Goals for next plyo workout: Finish the WHOLE video! Try my best, pace myself and just finish!

XOXAO <3

Chest and back workouts consisted primarily on push up and pull ups. It’s pathetic but I could barely do a regular push up so I had to use my knees and do the “girl” push ups. I also did not have a pull up bar so I used a resistance band as an alternative as shown in the video.

The chest work outs (push ups) were EXTREMELY difficult, but because I was on my knees to do the push ups, it wasn’t as bad. By the end of the video, my arms were trembling and could barely carry on.

One thing to remember is to definitely pace yourself and know your boundaries. Don’t push yourself over your boundary, if they are going too fast in the video, pause and take a quick break (no more than 1 min).

Abs was definitely hard as well. I have to admit that I skipped some of their ab workouts because some of them were extremely hard and I couldn’t even understand how to do them. I admit I slacked a lot during the ab workout, but the next day my abs were still a little sore.

Goals for next chest, back & abs work out: Try a lot harder during the ab workouts! I’ve tried them before and they have been really effective. Possibly try to get a pull-up bar for better results.

XOXAO <3

2013 hasn’t been the best year.. When I look back I haven’t done much.. 2014 will be a better year.

Short/ Long term Goals

Write more - Positive thoughts.

Take more pictures - I don’t have enough pictures esp of me and the bf. 

Grow as an individual at Mankato - This will be a great experience for me!

Excel in my education, obtain my Bachelors.

Form closer, positive bonds with the bf, bff & family.

Money - I’m getting a lot better with my budgeting, but I hope to become a lot stricter.

Learn to write, read and speak Hmong better.

Learn American Sign Language, possibly braille as well. 

Volunteering, runs, etc.

Travel more, return to old cities, explore new ones.

Try new foods/ restaurants.

Health - One of my toughest goal, physically, mentally.

"I’ve seen it all before, you back out, and everything’s changing. I needed something more, you stepped down, so what are you chasing?"
- Red Hands; Walk off the earth