Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Have you ever pinned something awesome on Pinterest and then completely forgotten about it? It's like you're planning a fantasy life because you never actually try to achieve it. I'm guilty of this with my Exercise board. I'll see great pins, whether it's inspiration, healthy recipes, workouts, etc., but I hardly ever try them out. "Tomorrow," I tell myself.
Or, maybe you have tried things on Pinterest, only to discover that they don't really work out for you. Either what's required of you is too expensive, time consuming, or ridiculous. In reference to recipes, I've heard of people posting the wrong ingredients and cooking times just so people don't get their special recipe. They do this so people see their pinned picture for a recipe, and they get recognition on their blog and whatnot. Or maybe they're just trolls. WHATEVER the case, that's frustrating, right?
I've decided to actually try out the pins I've put in my Exercise board. That way you'll know what works, doesn't work, the challenges the pinned link doesn't mention, etc. This is also a way to inspire me to exercise often. I have a hard time staying motivated when it's just me doing workouts. I do so much better when I have a buddy, but I don't have one right now. So, I think this challenge will work for me, especially since I'm competitive.
The first pin I'm trying is skinnyms.com's Summer Arm Workout. My arms have ALWAYS been a problem area for me, even when I was at my thinnest and healthiest. So, this is perfect for me, right? It's a 7 Day Challenge, which I'm already skeptical about. I seriously doubt I'll see much difference in just seven days, but that's the point of this blog, right? It says to start this on a Monday, but I'm just going to refer to them as Day One, Day Two, etc.
This is what I did today:
Perform 3 circuits of the following routine.
Tricep Push ups – 12 reps
Rest 20 seconds
Bicep curls – 12 reps
Rest 20 seconds
Tricep Kickbacks – 12 reps each arm (Complete 12 reps total for each arm. It’s O.K. to either perform one type or combine the three types of kickbacks in the video…only 12 reps total per side)
Rest 1 minute
The tricep push ups were the hardest. I had to do them on my knees, and I'm not entirely certain I had a straight back. But hey, I did them, so that's good, right? :) I used five pound weights for the other workouts, but I'm wondering if I should add more weight because it was a little too easy.
What I like so far:
*The videos that show how to do the individuals workouts are helpful.
*I like how quick the workouts are. Good for people who don't have a lot of time.
*The workout was still relatively challenging, but not too complex.
What I don't like so far:
*Not sure if it's challenging enough to make a difference in just seven days, although this is just the first day.
*Something about their website makes my computer freeze up. It's like the website is still trying to load, and it takes forever just for me to scroll down. Although, this could just be my computer/I'm impatient.
I think the next time I post about this will be when I finish this workout plan. I'll post before and after pictures then, too.
If you want to try this workout plan along with me, here's the link:
Wish me luck! :)
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I really hate that I'm a yo-yo-er when it comes to losing weight. I've recently gained some weight this last year, and I can't believe I've let this happen again. I get distracted and very busy when I'm in grad school, and I don't realize how much eating unhealthy food hurts me. I'm the type where I can eat an unhealthy meal and easily gain a couple pounds from it. And those couple of pounds are very hard to lose. It makes me feel like I'm being punished for indulging, and I hate that. I don't see anything wrong in eating off a healthy diet once in a while. In fact, I think it can help jump start your metabolism when you are on that plateau. But I don't understand why I'm so prone to gain weight so easily.
Okay, enough sob story. The point of this blog post is that I'm going to try again to get back to where I was, or at least close. A friend of mine is also doing a weight loss challenge with me. We're hoping to each lose 15 pounds before the end of October (I think we chose around Oct. 20th). Since it's going to be getting colder soon, I'm really hoping to be able to fit back into my jeans so I don't have to buy any more. If we both lose that weight, we're going to reward ourselves with a thrift store shopping spree. I have the motivation I need, and I have someone doing it with me, which is extremely helpful for me.
So, as frustrated as I am with myself, I know it's not going to get any better unless I change. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Today, as I was doing my strength training exercises, I remembered the resolution I made last January: to do five pushups. I decided I would try and see my progress. I got down on the ground, put my hands into position, and, to my surprise, I was able to push myself up easily! Well, maybe VERY easily, but still, I could do it with a lot less effort than all those months ago. I decided to go ahead and try for a total of five and BAM! I did it!!!
I even tried again and did five more! They aren't the best looking pushups, but I can tell that I have progressed a ton. I was pretty surprised. I hurried to tell my mom, but she didn't have as much excitement as I did. Haha! I was worried I wouldn't even accomplish my resolution before this January, but I even have months to spare. Now, I can work on my form, and continue toning my triceps. I think what especially helped was my new job, which requires me to lift heavy boxes.
Have you reached your New Year's Resolution? January is creeping up awfully fast, so you'd better get crackin'! Hahaha!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
When I weighed myself this Easter morning, I was shocked to discover that I've lost 60 pounds! This has really made my day. :) I was wondering what 60 pounds looks like, and I borrowed this idea from some blogs I saw. Hopefully my math is correct. :) It is weird to think how much I've lost when I think of how much that much weight would be in, say, butter.
60 pounds = 240 sticks of butter
60 pounds = a bushel of wheat
60 pounds = 12 five pound weights
60 pounds = 7.06 gallons of whole milk
60 pounds = an 8-9 year old child
60 pounds = 480 large eggs
This was a fun little exercise to do, and it makes the weight I've lost feel more tangible and real rather than something that just disappeared.
Happy Easter! :D
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