Monday, January 16, 2012
Yesterday was my weekly TRX class at Golds Gym. The first class, a few months ago now, nearly killed me. Now I am able to keep up and do the more difficult 3rd progression versions of some exercises. It feels good to see some progress in my strength and it helps my motivation to have paid for a class beforehand!
I've found it difficult to stick to exercise classes in the past (spin, aerobics) but I enjoy doing TRX. I don't seem to have a lot of core strength and the TRX trainer targets the core. Sometimes I am very sore the day after a class but today I'm feeling fine. I'm considering adding another TRX class to my week if I can work it into my schedule.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
One of my challenges is overcoming boredom at the gym. I don't like to watch the news while working out because it stresses me out when I am trying to de-stress, and sometimes music isn't enough. Thankfully podcasts are free and they keep my mind active and entertained while I am doing my time on the cardio machines. Some of my favorites are:
- The Moth (great personal stories from all kinds of people)
- Fresh Air (interesting interviews)
- Radiolab (interesting exploration of changing topics)
- Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! (funny quiz show)
- TED Conferences (when I need to be inspired)
- Savage Love Podcast (entertaining sex and relationship advice)
I wonder what other people do to avoid boredom when at the gym...?
Monday, January 09, 2012
It's been a long time since I used SP, but I'm ready to give it another shot. My diet's not bad, but I have a very hard time making it to the gym regularly. I joined a TRX class a few months ago. It's a challenge because I don't have enough core strength but I've been able to stick with it. Now I just need to motivate myself to get to the gym more often between classes. Recording my diet helped with portion control and snacking when I did SP the first time, and I lost weight. I'm hoping to stick with it again to help reduce my "love handles". My partner and I are planning to attend a wedding in Hawaii at the end of next year and I want to be able to wear a bathing suit!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I love to make smoothies because they are easy, filling and relatively healthy. My favorite is a creamy blueberry banana blend:
- 1 lg ripened banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1 tsp ground flax seed
- honey to taste
- pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon
- ice cubes
- 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt (optional)
Blend till smooth and add more ice to thicken or more soy milk to thin, depending in preference. I like it thick!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Just moved in with my partner and now have a pool at my disposal but am too self-conscious to use it! It's the combination of farmer's tan and big, pasty white belly that keep me from enjoying our pool. Besides, I don't have a bathing suit that fits me! This is today's motivation for watching what I eat and how I exercise.
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