Sunday, January 12, 2014
The song of the day is "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone. So if you've never heard it or it's been awhile, you should go listen to it right now. Because it's pretty much the greatest.
Yesterday I finished day 5 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It's amazing how fast the body adjusts to exercise. It clearly wants to be in shape. It's a lot easier to get through than on that first day. I'm glad I kept pushing through. I'm taking a rest day today, and then heading back in for the last 5 days of level one tomorrow. I'm going to pick up a few light weights today for tomorrow, as I haven't been weighting down my exercises. I think modifying it that much kept me from injury, but I need more of a challenge now.
Tomorrow is my weigh in day. I'm a bit nervous. I don't know why. I just want to see a good result from my hard work.
I need to buy a new yoga DVD too. I'm definitely bored with the morning routine I currently have. The relaxing evening routine is still good though- fancy that! I don't do it nearly as often though because my roommate is typically watching TV in the living room at night. Oh well! I do it when I can.
Diet has been pretty good this week. I did buy a dark chocolate bar, and I've been having a few squares in the evening. It keeps me pretty satiated for sweets though. Yesterday, it was the assistant manager's birthday, so our manager brought a carrot cake for her. She cut everyone a piece. Since there was only 4 of us, I couldn't really object. I just made sure I grabbed the smallest piece, enjoyed it, and was thankful I got up early enough to get my workout in.
Well that's pretty much it for me. I'm going to use today to focus on more of my new years resolutions today. Hope everyone else is feeling positive and on track too!
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Guys! Dudes! Bros!
My butt is like, so totally sore from all those squats. Also my chest is like, so totally tight. And my abs are like, so totally tense and engaged.
So I did the second day of the 30 day shred, and well, I did better. I pushed through the abs and the cardio, and modified the strength where I had to. Actually, I just held no weights during the strength exercises. I only have 5lb weights, and quite frankly, they wear me out and I lose my form super fast. So until I can buy some 2lb weights, this is what I'm going to do. Well, I held the 5lb weights during the chest presses. If I hadn't, I would have just been lying down and clapping my hands. We can't have that, now can we?
But yeah, I'm pretty sore and tight all over. Not like, injured sore. Out of shape sore. You know the type. I can really feel this workout in my legs, abs, and my butt. Which is great. I like having a nice butt. It took me a few hours to actually get around to doing this workout, but I did it eventually!
I also did my 20 minute energizing yoga workout this morning. When my roommate heads to soccer, I'm going to do the 15 minute relaxing routine. It feels so good and I could use the stretch. That's my only gripe about the 30 day shred- not enough cool down and not enough suggested stretches.
Diet is going well. I'm out of ice cream now so it's yogurt for dessert after supper now- which is probably a good thing. I've been loosely following a suggested diet I found on Pinterest in order to flatten the abs. It always leads me to easier digestion, no bloat, and (this is super gross but super true) less gas. I can be super gassy and this has really curbed that. It also helps me lose weight pretty quick, and can be interpreted however you want.
How I've interpreted it:
Breakfast: Smoothie made with protein powder, blueberries, large handful of spinach, skim or almond milk, sometimes a splash of yogurt
Lunch= Giant spinach (sometimes arugula and kale) salad with a rotating cast of cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, avocado etc. with 2 hard boiled eggs and a light dressing
Snack = 1 Kashi cherry dark chocolate granola bar or other Kashi bar
Snack 2 = 1 apple, 1 cheddar cheese stick
Dinner = vegetarian "chicken breast", quinoa or whole grain brown rice, steamed vegetables
Dessert = plain 0% yogurt with honey and blueberries
Now I tried posting the image, but it was too small to read. Let me know if you want the written details!
And on that note, I'm gonna go have that yogurt now!
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
WOW! She kicked my butt that's for sure. The warm up wasn't too crazy, but then we started the 3-2-1, which sounded not too bad in theory on the DVD, but it was intense. Her strength moves were super intense, and I have a really weak upper body. It made it hard to push through the cardio. Because of it, I've decided I need lighter weights. 5lbs is too much when I'm not counting reps, just the clock, at least in this stage of the game.
About halfway through the DVD I couldn't really hack it anymore. I paused it and sat down to catch my breath. I kept getting dizzy and overheating. I realized I could turn it off, or I could push through it. I was only going to let myself down if I did.
So I stood up, and I finished the workout. I modified what I had to, including during the cardio when I'd have to stop working as hard and just marched in place. It wasn't smooth, but I did it the best I could. And tomorrow I'm going to do it again, because I'm doing this for me... even if it does feel a bit like punishment right now! Haha.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
So I've been thinking about giving myself rewards for every goal reached.
Since I am at 152lbs now, I figured my rewards would start at 145lbs.
145lbs = new nail polish, lipstick, or other piece of make up
140lbs = new earrings
135lbs = same as 145lb reward, but subject to change
130lbs aka GOAL = new tattoo or piercings!
I figured these would be good incentives for me.
To anyone who reads this- do you have incentives for goals reached? What are your rewards?
Saturday, January 04, 2014
Well the past three days I have been back on track towards my goals. I'm eating decently, packing healthy snacks, eating plenty of greens and taking in lean proteins. I've also been keeping up pretty well with my yoga. I've been doing Gaiam's Yoga for Beginners, with Rodney Yee and Coleen Saidman, in the morning after my smoothie and spark people check in, and in the evening before bed. I'd like to get a bit better at it before I even consider going to a yoga studio. It's a huge financial commitment that I'm just not in the place to make.
I can definitely tell that the holidays reset my sweets and salt cravings. I honestly am struggling with not gorging myself. I've definitely had a few small bowls of ice cream and handfuls of Doritos. >.> No crazy food binges though. Just little hiccups. I'm fairly certain that once the junk is gone I'll be good.
Come Monday I'm going to start level one of the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. My cardio is so completely shot that I'm a bit nervous. I only have myself to prove that I can do this to though.
Yesterday though, I completely blew up on my friends. They decided to tell me I was being too critical lately (for the past 4 months or so), and I retaliated that I've been going through stuff and they haven't been available or supportive at all. I then pointed out that my best friend moved away and my grandpa died 4 months ago. It was a gong show. But I do feel a lot better and lighter. I actually got to sleep without an anxiety attack last night.
I also started working at a lingerie shop yesterday and I'm pretty excited about it. Our sizes range from 28 to 46 bands and A to K cups. So we can properly fit a lot of women and I'll be able to help people feel better about their bodies. We've also got a few bras that are great for after mastectomies, and being able to help people heal in that way is going to be very rewarding. I think that overall this is going to be much more positive than the past few jobs I've done.
But yeah, 20 minutes of yoga this morning, and another 15 tonight. I'm going to be able to start the 90 minutes a week fitness streak this week, which is great, considering I only started Thursday.
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