Friday, October 19, 2012
No more procrastinating, no more taking it slow, no more putting off my long term goals for instant gratification. This time around, I'm here to lose weight, do serious workouts and kick some butt. Here is my workout plan for the next month
1. Weight Loss- 2 lbs/Week
2. Blue Skinny Jeans (+Photo)
3. Complete Month 1 of P90X/BBL Hybrid
4. Clean diet + Post daily CICO's on team thread (with deficit!)
5. No dinner diet- Worked like a wonder the last time I'd lost weight. It's not about starvation, it's about staying within the calorie range and avoiding midnight binges. I'm an insomniac and I end up having an extra 'meal' at night. No wonder my weight has been yo yo-ing for months.
I'll update the blog daily!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I'm starting P90X from today and I wanted to stay accountable so that I don't skip any workouts. Here is my workout plan for the next month:
I'll keep on editing this blog daily to let everyone know that I'm sticking to my workout schedule.
20 & 21- Done with both TNT and Jump Rope!! :)
22- Done with Chest and Back! :)
23- Didn't go for the run. I slept at 2:30 am yesterday and I was dead tired. Plyo X was brutal though! 60 minutes of pure, unadulterated cardio. I was about to faint after 30 minutes or so. :P
But it's definitely do-able. I'm pretty out of shape right now and if I can do it, so can anyone else who wants to give P90X a try. One can always modify the moves, go at their own pace and take longer breaks.
24- Shoulders & Arms was easy! And time just flew by. I definitely need heavier weights to make this workout more challenging.
25- Done! LCW= Jump Rope (1500)
26- Done with Kenpo X. I could only do half the workout because I was running out of time.
27- Done! :) TNT+ Kenpo X. I don't like to leave my workouts unfinished, so I did it all over again. Loved Kenpo!
28- Legs & Back- Done! It was a tough workout but I liked the variety!
29- Chest & Back- Done! My form was better and my arms felt stronger. It is, however, that time of the month and I have severe stomach cramps. I had popped in a pain killer but it didn't seem to help much.
With that said, I'll be doing push ups like a pro next week!
30- Plyo X. I think I performed better but it was still a tough workout. In all fairness, if you look at each move individually, it's fairly simple and not very high impact. But with the workout going on for 60 minutes and a handful of measly 30 second breaks thrown in between consecutive circuits- it can be hell-ish. Luckily, I enjoy hell-ish workouts. ;) Once you've done a program like P90X or Insanity, everything else pales in comparison and seems monotonous.
1/10/2012- Shoulders & Arms. Need new weights. The workout was still a killer though.
2- Kenpo X
3- Pure Cardio. It was my day off but I couldn't resist working out. To be really frank, it was pure hell! P90X is a lot easier than Insanity and I'm not used to such intense workouts anymore. Even so, I'd love to incorporate these workouts on my LCW days and do a round of Insanity once I'm done with P90X. I know that it'll do wonders for my cardiovascular health.
4- Kenpo X. I LOVE this workout. It's like taking a fun self defence class. :P +TNT
5- Walk (4 KM) + Chest & Back.
6- Plyo X. It isn't getting any easier but I'm getting stronger.
7- Rest Day. I know the weekend challenge is going on but my body is dead tired. I'll make up for it tomorrow.
8- Seriously didn't want to workout. But I did it. And loved it. :)
Shoulders & Arms.
9- Legs & Back- Aarrgghhhh!! It wasn't this tough the last time. I was out of breath the whole time!
I'm probably dehydrated (need to keep an eye on my water intake) Still, I showed up and pushed through.
10- Walk (3.5 KM) + Kenpo X
P.S. I'm not going for the runs right now. Will update as soon as I can start my morning workouts.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sometimes I wonder if I'm a food-aholic, just waiting to relapse and fall back into the old pattern- gaining weight, losing weight, binging, purging, eating mindlessly, working out like crazy.
Only today, I was shuffling through my old books and came across a copy of 'How to get from where you are to where you want to be' (a self help book focused on showing you how to achieve your goals) and my scribblings on the pages showed me how far I have come. Even though I feel that I'm stuck, I've actually accomplished a lot of those goals I had chalked out for myself and hadn't even consciously thought about. I have learned French, I've got rid of stage fright, I'm no longer shy and reserved and I'm finally pursuing a career of my choice. I'm in a healthy relationship with a guy and even though it's complicated, I have handled it with maturity. I have started writing, I'm preparing for a half marathon... well, the list is endless.
I over-analyse situations, romanticize about casual relationships, day dream about the wildest things and I have embraced that this psychotic, childish part of me makes me who I am. It is a part of me that is not boring, a part of me that makes me happy, a part of me that is real.
When I started writing this blog, I wanted to cry and crib about what a waste this last year has been. I wanted to say that I have gained a lot of weight and I'm embarrassed at the sheer idea of sharing my photos in public. I wanted to purge out negativity and play the victim.
And you know what, I'm not a victim. I'm beautiful, intelligent, compassionate and driven.
And I'm not embarrassed of sharing my before shots because in a matter of 12 weeks, they'll be accompanied with an 'after' shot. And how it turns out to be is in my hands. :)
Sunday, September 02, 2012
I believe in soulmates. Not your usual 'There is just one person out there who is destined to be with you'. I believe in Karmic Soulmates. I firmly believe that there are people in your life who are meant to be there. People who help you grow, people you push you to be the best possible version of yourself, people who love you, fight with you, irritate you and in the end... help you grow. These people might not be a permanent part of your life. They just do their job and silently walk away, leaving their imprints in your heart and soul. They leave you better, wiser and more mature than they had found you. They can be your brother, your mother, your friend, that random stranger you keep on seeing at the bookstore, that shopkeeper you occasionally chat with. They are there and they are there for a reason.
And I believe in romantic soulmates. People who are in sync with you on a deeper level than what is apparent on the outside.
I spent my pre-teen years engrossed in various copies of 'Mills n Boons'. Looking back, they were probably written to play with the naivety of girls like me- the ones who swooned at the thought of a tall, dark and handsome knight in shining armour who would take us to his castle- away from the banalities of this world.. and we'd live happily ever after. I believed that.
During high school, I was the loner- the fat girl no one wanted to date. In college, however, as the extra pounds started to drop, I was asked out by guys who seemed perfect in the absolute sense of the word- smart, good looking, sweet, witty, sensitive, rich (:P). And I kept on saying no. I didn't contemplate upon it, I didn't have to. Cliched as it might sound, it was almost as if my heart belonged to 'that guy'. Maybe my thoughts had become so concrete over these years that I could almost feel his existence.
And then he came- the guy I'm in a relationship with. He was sweet, intelligent, smart and the best part was that he loved me. He remained calm and composed when I threw tantrums, he waited patiently when I declared that I needed a 'break'. He listened to my pseudo- philosophical ideas with rapt attention and he never failed to tell me how much he cared. He still is... every one of those things and more.
Soon this relationship became a long distance one. The frequency of calls dropped substantially and suddenly our talks were peppered with awkward silences. And with the euphoria of the 'new' relationship wearing off, I could feel that we were drifting apart. He had proposed a couple of weeks before I had left. It wasn't a childish proposal made in haste. It was a serious statement made by a man who I knew would stand by his word. I could see in his eyes that he didn't expect the same commitment from me. I'm glad he didn't. Marriage is a lifelong commitment and suddenly I felt unsure and unsteady.
I waited for years to find love and now I'm wondering if love should have waited- for me to be more mature, less childish.
I know he is a soulmate- I just can't figure out whether he is a karmic soulmate or is he more than that. How do you capture something like love and mould it into a concrete relationship, a cold definition. How do you know when it's love and when it's something slightly less than that? How....?
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