Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This is a belated update, as I got surprisingly busy this weekend!
I don't remember what this was (probably Pure Cardio + Cardio Abs), but I did it before my parents came home from New Orleans. :)
I missed this workout (Plyometric Cardio)...the first one thus far! I went hiking with a friend, then dinner and a movie with two other friends that evening. But I ate relatively well, and the socializing was VERY much needed!
My scheduled rest day, but I used it to make up the workout from the day before. My mom had a talk with me beforehand regarding body image, confidence, exercise, and the likes (we've had this conversation in the past...). And then, she actually did the workout with me! Good job, Mom!
This was Pure Cardio + Cardio Abs, which is actually my favorite combination. To get some motivation, I turned on my computer's camera so that I could see myself working out. Visibly SEEING myself do the exercises added an important level of accountability. Plus, I was pleasantly surprised about how good my form was!
I missed this one, oh no! Yesterday marked the dreaded start of that "time of the month". I ate dinner, took a small nap, put in the video, and started the warm up...but I just felt extra tired and achy.
So today, I feel slightly better. I do feel kind of sickly, but I don't want to give up on my goal to finish a month (at least!) of INSANITY. I'm so close!
Tonight, I'll be doing a hybrid of yesterday's missed workout and today's scheduled one - that is, I'll do the warm up, workout #1, slight break, workout #2, and then I'll be all caught up. Fingers crossed! :)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
This morning, I woke up to a message from a college friend. It was in regards to my Headed Healthy blog, which he stumbled upon yesterday.
He was shocked to hear about my struggles with food and body image during the school year, and had no idea how deeply it all affected me.
He mentioned how much he likes me as a person, and how he did from the moment we first met. He wished he could have helped me more. Then he spoke to the fact that he knew about the mild crush I entertained throughout the year, stated that he was sorry nothing was able to develop given the time constraints, and ended with a wonderful line:
"You're incredibly beautiful, and that's the least interesting thing about you."
This message was so unexpected, and yet exactly what I needed.
It is a reminder that I don't have to settle for people who don't appreciate me, or make everyone like me. It is a testament to my personality. And it is a sign that I do have the strength to continue pushing forward in my life - be it in weight loss, healthy living, school, work...anything and everything.
I am worth more than a few opinions. I have inner and outer beauty. I am valuable. I am strong.
And so are you.
"You're incredibly beautiful, and that's the least interesting thing about you." :)
Friday, July 19, 2013
Day 18 was Cardio Recovery, and that went well enough.
My little brother and I went out to Jimmy John's afterwards and had a nice dinner. But when we got home...talk about over-eating, ughhh. Lots of ice cream (again) throughout the evening.
I even took the time to catch up on Hip Hop Abs...and STILL had that sugary nonsense after.
I wasn't hungry, and I didn't need it. Unfortunately, I have this all-or-nothing mentality (that I'm trying to break!). When I had the normal portion size of ice cream first, I could have stopped and it would have been perfectly fine. But because it was a food a view as "bad", and also because I felt like I was going against my "clean eating" of the day...I just lost it!
So today, I'm starting off right (again...but hey!). Had a serving of Shakeology for breakfast, packed my snacks for work, and if the weather permits...I'll walk down to a cafe (or maybe Jimmy John's again) to nab a healthy lunch. I'll probably make breakfast for dinner (my college roomie will be so proud...she loves breakfast food!).
AND I've decided that, for the time being, I'm going to cut out desserts again. Even the healthier options, like strawberries with whipped cream, or low-carb ice cream. Right now, even the idea of "dessert" sends me into a failure mode. The key is moderation, but until I'm in the right state of mind to actually moderate...going cold-turkey on this seems like the best for me.
Also, the parents are coming back home today - they've been on vacation for a week, those lucky ducks! - so it's the Cardio Power & Resistance workout, and then a frantic clean of the house before they return. Fingers crossed! :)
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I'd like to reiterate: this is the longest I've stuck with the INSANITY workouts, and I'm way proud of myself for that!
But it is a STRUGGLE to fight off all the doubt I feel.
There was a clear improvement on my Fit Test, and I'm able to push harder and longer in the workouts. I can make it through the warm-ups without stopping as often, and the same goes for the other circuits.
But it's almost three weeks into the program, and I haven't SEEN any changes in weight or measurements (though I FEEL the improved endurance and strength). At least one full week so far was filled with poor nutrition.
I'm afraid I'm sabotaging, or have already sabotaged, the possible results.
I'm pushing back against these negative thoughts, though. I keep having to tell myself that if I start making better food choices and keep up the workouts, then at the very least...I'm not hurting myself.
Today is Cardio Recovery. I don't burn much there, so I'll do a dance video after. So far, so good on my meals/snacks, and my little brother and I are probably going to go out to Jimmy John's for dinner (so I should be alright!).
Gotta stay positive, y'all! Hope you guys are doing well, too!!
Monday, July 15, 2013
Yesterday was a rest day, but I had time to go bike and read for half an hour to stay active. It was a slow day, but a restful one! :)
Today it was back to work. A little bit of a lighter day, since it was the Fit Test...and the results are in!
Fit Test #2, 7-15-2013:
SWITCH KICKS = 96 (+10)
POWER JACKS = 41 (+5)
POWER KNEES = 85 (+6)
POWER JUMPS = 34 (+9 woo!)
GLOBE JUMPS = 9 (+0)
SUICIDE JUMPS = 19 (+2)
PUSH-UP JACKS = 11 real, 9 w/knees (+1 & +1)
LOW PLANK OBLIQUE = 30 pair (+3)
These results make me happy. :) Even though I'm still struggling with the nutritional aspect of the program (and my life...), the hard work I've put in hasn't been for nothing! Just think of how much better I could do and feel if I started putting more of the right foods in my body!
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