Taking on the Edge Challenge, Fall Season Continued, Part 2

I thought I’d share a quick Edge Challenge update in this post after yesterday’s visit to the gym for personal training and group exercise.
The first thing I did today was use one of the ab machines on which I had recently gone up in weight setting. When I’ve been on this machine, the oblique crunch / twisting oblique, I always do 7 sets of 10 reps and was at the 45 lb. setting and then 65. Today, I did three
sets at that weight and a bit spontaneously decided to try it at 85 for one set; it wasn’t too bad, but I still have to work up to that as the regular amount I use. My last three sets were back to 65, which actually felt somewhat easy in comparison. So, maybe it won’t be too long until it’s no longer what I have the machine set at for crunches.

After that, I went into the women’s only area to add a different routine to exercises I do on my own. Someone posted in a Facebook group for the Edge Challenge members a neat idea that inspired me into trying it. Random exercises were listed next to each letter of the alphabet and you do whichever ones are next to the letters of your name. I had crunches, push-ups, a 60-second plank, lunges and burpees. That was just my first name, but I’ll have to challenge myself to go through my first, middle and last.

I squeezed in some time on an elliptical, then my half hour personal training session was up next. For the duration of the challenge, I’m
signed up for a full hour, but my schedule on its usual day didn’t work, so I had to split it this week. My group exercise class was an hour and a half after personal training ended. In that time, I walked over to Panera Bread and had a Caesar salad with grilled chicken. I’m not sure if the dressing was low-calorie, low-fat or regular. I also forgot about croutons, but decided to eat around them and turned down
bread for a side that came with the salad.

As far as weight, I’m teetering exactly at the milestone that I’m trying to drop below. But I know that it’s also a matter of gaining muscle. Other members at the gym, along with my trainer, have seen a difference in me. I see differences in those I’ve been in classes with
as well. So, even when I feel like I’ve hit a plateau, I have a lot of encouragement along the way.

When I got home, the mail included a magazine with cover stories about exercises and an one actress’ ab routine. In the past, I would see workout moves in a publication, but think they were too difficult. Now, I am confident enough about my abilities to try and get better as I do them more frequently.

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at http://cdwyerfilminspired.wordpress.com - and my literary blog at http://cdwyerbookishgrad.wordpress.com
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