Sunday, August 12, 2012
The core videos on the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge really work: I noticed this morning that I have muscles in my sides that I've never had before. Thank you, Coach Nicole!
I'm officially finished with the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge now, having repeated Week Three and done Week Four, so I'm ready to piece together a new workout regimen for myself.
This week, I'm going to continue to walk 30 minutes each weekday at lunchtime and hike for about 90 minutes on Sunday. I'll do two workout videos Monday - Saturday, using some of the Bootcamp series, but also exploring the online library further. I'll definitely do the Yoga Fusion one at least twice this week because I love the way it makes me feel--stretchy and strong.
I'll also continue to stay within my calorie range at least five days this week (gosh, weekends are HARD!). I ate really well last week--almost completely clean and organic, with very few pre-packaged foods. I have some prep to do today to ensure that I can keep this up, but I'm actually excited to do it.
Here's to making some progress!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I've been experiencing a great deal of stress at work lately, and I've been dealing with it by eating whatever I want, whenever I want. So, while I've been very good about doing my 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge, I haven't lost any weight. I do feel more fit, but my clothes are still too tight for comfort.
And all the while, I've been tracking my food, but I haven't been staying within my calorie range. That stops today. What's the point of tracking if I'm not going to make good use of the information it provides me? Nope, today I start to stick within my calorie range.
I'm also going to work on handling the stress better. My first move it to put it all in perspective. I mean, I work for a company that makes video games, for goodness sake--it isn't as if the fate of the world hangs in the balance of my spreadsheets and schedules! I need to remember that, plus the fact that I have a life outside of this job. It's important for me to exercise to keep loose and calm. So I need to get back to working out in the morning before I head to the office.
I'm also going to take the excellent advice of one of my SparkFriends, and spend more time with my pets. Petting a purring cat goes a long way toward lowering my blood pressure, for sure!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I completed all of the videos and basic cardio for Week 3 of the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge, but I did not increase my cardio or eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day this week. I was sick to my stomach on Wednesday and Thursday, so I consoled myself with crackers and ginger ale. And cupcakes. Sigh. In other words, I did not make smart food choices this week.
So my goal moving forward is to re-do Week 3, adding in the extra cardio and eating as cleanly as possible. To that end, I did my grocery shopping this afternoon, and stocked up on lots of fresh fruit and veggies (blueberries, raspberries, asparagus, zucchini, broccoli, avocados, romaine lettuce, English cucumber). I also splurged on some salmon to bake in a nice low-fat mustard-white wine sauce.
Back in May, I was successful in losing six pounds by eating only whole, unprocessed, organic foods for two weeks. I'm giving that a try again. I've got to do something to break my sugar and carbohydrate addiction. I'm eating too emotionally these days; I need to eat for energy and health.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I just finished doing the Day 7 workout for the 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge--I'm a whole week in!
Today's 10-minute video kind of kicked my butt or, to be more accurate, my core. Due to the herniated disk in my back, my core is super-weak. Glad to know that two days a week, I'll be working on that through Coach Nicole's videos. I'm going to add some gentle yoga back in, too, to bolster that improvement. In the meantime, I'll expect to be a little sore today and tomorrow.
I have a new, slightly aggressive goal: To be 25 pounds lighter by November 2012, when my boyfriend and I are heading to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I have two adventures lined up for that trip. One is a cross-island hiking trek, and the other is a half-day introduction to scuba diving class. I need to do more than simply exercise in order to be ready for those challenges; I need to train. So this week, I will add some hiking into my weekend routine, and next week, I will find a pool in which I can start swimming again. I'm so excited!
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Sunday, July 08, 2012
Fed up with my lackadaisical approach to fitness, I signed up for the 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge and completed Day One this morning. I wasn't able to do every exercise Coach Nicole demonstrated, but I did keep moving for the whole ten minutes. Yay! I'm looking forward to Day Two already!
I've got a plan: I'll get up half an hour earlier to do fifteen minutes of walking on my treadmill, plus the day's ten-minute strength training video. Then I'll do another fifteen minutes of walking on my lunch break. And I'll continue to do ten minutes of yoga at night after work.
In addition to building my fitness, I'm looking to this challenge to help me start to view food as fuel and not comfort once again. When I'm exercising regularly, I tend eat better because my body craves healthier fare to keep it going.
I've been tracking my food for three weeks now, and I see some patterns clearly: If I eat breakfast, I eat healthier overall for the rest of the day. I crave something comforting at about 4:30 PM every afternoon (and I've been reaching for Cheez-It's from the snack basket in the break room--what am I thinking?!). I need to plan my dinners better because I tend to overeat at night. And I need to reach for fruit instead of chocolate more frequently. In general, I need to cut back on my calorie intake and burn more calories throughout the day.
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