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Smashed by Week 2 of my Orange Theory Fitness Challenge

Week 2 of my challenge flew by just as fast as week 1. Its crazy to think that this is already day 1 of week 3! Well this time around, I can’t say that I smashed week 2 – it was more that week 2 smashed me.

There was loads of awesome things happening at Orange Theory this past week though.

Firstly, Orange Theory launched their new APP! Woop woop. You can do loads of cool stuff with it. I downloaded it. I suggest you hop on the bandwagon too.

For some reason when I woke up on Monday, it felt like a friggen Monday. I am one of those weirdos that loves the mornings, and loves Mondays. I always look at it as the beginning of another week to be awesome. But I am still human, and there are those typical Mondays that creep up on me – where I just can’t get my head in the game. What can you do really?! Other then just push on through.

So last Monday I went over to the Orange Theory studio at Royal Oak for a change up, and joined one of Matt’s classes.   

 The Royal Oak studio is the sister one to the Creekside location. So I am now going to try to split up my workouts between the two locations to get a nice feel for both of them.

  

   It’s always nice to mix things up a little. I pushed as good as I freaken could, but alas, it was that Monday fog… Got past 12 minutes in the Orange Zone though! So, happy days!


Come Tuesday and I was ready to rock! Except for the fact that I woke up with a massive blister on the bottom of my foot, right in the damn arch. Think toonie size but bigger(I would show a pic, but who really wants to see that?!). Dang it!

I knew immediately that it was caused from having the insert in my shoe positioned wrong on Monday. I sure the heck was not about to let that stop me though. The thought may have flashed into my mind, but I squashed that right away. Sometimes when you have a vision, you have to power through and keep your eye on what you are trying to achieve.

I ended up joining Ashley’s afternoon class on Tuesday. It’s fun changing it up with different trainers, they all have their unique energies that push you in different ways.

She pushed alright! I was trying my darndest to not look injured. ‘Just grin and bear it Petrena, you got this.‘ Massive self talk. I think I did a good job of masking it. 

The treadmill was definitely not my friend, and it was super painful to walk in the end. So after ignoring the pain and going through it like a rock star, I limped home in agony, but not defeated!  No pain, no gain.

Thank goodness I had Wednesday off. These ass kickings were starting to take a toll on my body. I hurt, everywhere. Which is a great thing in reality, and a very expected thing also. The workouts are designed to be intense, and when you get straight into a new program, your body needs time to adapt as well. Listen to it, and give it what it needs.

Thursday my body was questioning my love for it. Did I get hit by a bus?! I was still totally feeling it, but when I arrived to OT, and seen our trainer Deanne was fully equipped with not only awesome energy but awesome music playing too, it got me pumped.

As soon as I was into the beats and on the treadmill, I was like ‘Yes, I just freaken love OT, this is why I came!’, and I thought(hence the word thought) I was ready to kill it.  

Don’t let the smile fool you

Not so fast though! My mind thought I was going to kill it, but my body was like ‘heck no, not happening, not today’. That  aside, I did the best I could. Still was not able to make it past 8 minutes in the Orange. It happens to the best of us.

  
Still had to high five the heck out of it with Michael, whom also happens to be one of the owners. 

Friday was not getting any easier, but being the end of the week, there was light at the end of the tunnel. A big ol’ orange light!  My body was screaming for a break. I promised it that it would have Saturday/Sunday off, so we just needed to make it through one last work out for the week. Oh myyy gawd, was it ever hard! Beyond hard. I almost thought I was just gonna colapse. Women down! Just leave me here and go on with out me! Save yourselves!

I didn’t colapse though. Thank goodness, that could have been freaken embarrassing. I pushed as hard as my body would allow me.


 I still didn’t make it past 10 minutes in the Orange zone. 

  
That didn’t stop me from being proud of myself for persevering. I love you body! Your the best ever.

My measurements have gone down a bit from last week, not immensely, but it’s a start.

Week 1

Chest – 37.5, Waist – 39, Hips – 42, Arms 11.5, Legs 26

Week 2

Chest – 37, Waist – 38, Hips – 41, Arms – 11, Legs – 25.5

Here’s a few clips of this weeks workouts.

Friday night they had a friendly little competition at the Royal Oak location. It was Royal Oak members against the Creekside members followed by a little wine and cheese social. So I put on my finest Orange Theory sweater, and headed down to check out the festivites.

    

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They ran, they planked, they rowed, they kicked ass and broke some massive sweats.The OT team did such a great job of pulling it together. There was even a little trophy ceremony afterwards.

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Look at those beauties.


It was a family fun event, that really brought the Orange Theory community together.

 

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That is another thing I am lovin about OT, the fact that it really does have a community feel to it. It’s fantastic.

Ok, I know I said I was going to stay far away from Alcohol this past week, but they were serving grape juice….. And I was parched….

Trust me, I didn’t realize until after I tasted it that my grapes may have been a bit fermented.  

Totally busted. At least I went straight to the straps to earn it. I only had one classy glass though, and no snacks. Moderation right?

Here’s a few clips of the competition action.


The weekend recovery was WELL needed. I woke up this morning bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to kick the crap outta week three!

 

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