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Workout Diaries: V

6 Dec

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Let’s be real, the holidays make it so difficult to diet and stick to an exercise routine! I just don’t have the motivation to go to the gym or exercise on my days off. But, I’ve started walking to and from work (which is about 2 miles each way) and I’ve been taking walks with one of my co-workers each day on my lunch break. So that’s a total of about 6 miles per day, and for now I’m enjoying it so I don’t really want to push it any further than that. Also, I’ve decided not to weigh myself until after New Year’s.

I’m basically trying to take it easy on myself, rather than set myself up for failure if that makes sense. As long as I’m doing something active during the day and watching what I eat and my portion sizes, that’s enough for now.

HOWEVER, if you are looking for a great Holiday Workout… I gotcha.

Haha I hope you got a laugh out of that, I sure did! Happy Holiday’s and try to go easy on yourself!

Workout Diaries: IV

8 Nov

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Hello, hello. Let’s all just pretend to not notice that it’s been almost a month since I’ve done anything physical whatsoever. Also, did anyone notice that I chose to use VIII for Roman Numeral 3 on my last diary postwow. Instead, let’s focus on why I decided to go back to the gym this week, and why I’m more motivated to work out now than ever.

Two things I’ve learned about myself:

1. When I don’t work out, my skin isn’t as soft. I don’t really know why, maybe it’s because I eat really poorly, but I’ve noticed that when I don’t work out my face starts to break out. I generally have really great skin and I’m very lucky, but yeah… I noticed that over the past few weeks my skin was starting to feel less smooth and I was even starting to get a pimple or two, which was instantly fixed the moment I went to the gym. Coincidence? Possibly, but if it gets me off my ass… I’m taking it.

2. I get really bloated when I don’t work out, and it’s not cute. This is probably because when I work out I drink substantially more water, and also because I eat a ton of salty foods (I could literally eat chips for every meal, and snacks, and dessert. Whoops.) Anyway, I also noticed a change with this when I started working out again. Not that I’ve lost a ton of weight in only a week…. but things aren’t as “puffy” if that makes sense?

So, I am back in the gym. I am very, very lucky to have a gym at my work… and I like working out during the day better than at night. I have been getting on the elliptical for 40 minutes and doing intervals, and hopefully I can stay motivated because I feel much better than I did the days I chose to eat chips and nap at my desk. Also, I walk home from work everyday because I don’t have a car… so that counts as an additional 30 minutes, right? Right.

Weightloss Goal & Pounds Lost To Date:

My goal is still to lose 40 lbs by March. So basically, I need to get it together and quickly because I’ve already wasted a month. Good news – I’ve lost 3 pounds this week! Bad news……………… these are 3 pounds that I gained over the last month. Whatever. 3 pounds is 3 pounds.

What’s Keeping Me Motivated:

I’ll be the first to tell you that working out sucks and it’s my absolute least favorite thing to do. I’d rather wash dishes, take a math test, or pull my toe nails out than go to a gym. (ok… maybe not that last one. gross.) But, I’m motivated to keep at it because I feel better when I work out, I drink more water, and I feel better about myself. Confidence is a big one for me, and I feel more confident when I’m healthy.

Favorite Workout This Week:

Well, does it count as a favorite if all I’m doing is getting on the elliptical? Eventually I want to incorporate weight training and even jogging outside, but for now this is where I’m at. And this week has been bearable.

Least Favorite Workout This Week:

Did I mention how much I hate working out?

Healthy Foods I’ve Tried:

Plain and simple, my diet sucks. I’ve eaten 2 snickers bars this week and if I could afford eating pizza every night, I would. But it’s a process and I’ve been brining my lunch this week, which does help me stay on track. Also, I made this really good dinner the other night which was pasta, chicken, onions, and spinach all mixed together. I need to find more recipes for foods like that!

Goals For The Upcoming Week:

I really want to improve my diet and to just stick with working out 5 days a week. This week wasn’t so bad and I’m sure next week won’t be either, but finding ways to continue working out is something that I need to do in order to see a change. The biggest thing I keep telling myself is that I didn’t gain all of my weight over night, and I’m not going to lose it overnight either. Puts things in to perspective, doesn’t it?

*Workout Diaries is a weekly post that will track and monitor the progress that I am making as I attempt to lose 40 pounds. Please feel free to follow along and post your success stories or struggles in the comments section!

Workout Diaries: V.II

4 Oct

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I have been following THIS 30 day training program for two weeks now, and it’s that time of the week where I share my progress! Feel free to post in the comments any work out tips you’ve been loving lately or progress you’ve made towards your health! Let’s get fit together!

Weightloss Goal & Pounds Lost To Date:

My goal is to lose 40 lbs by March. So far I am still only down 1 lb… which I’ll admit is really, really frustrating. I have seen improvements though – I can do the exercises faster and my form looks much better than it did my first week. Several exercises require me to lift my legs and then lower them, and at first I had to keep them bent but recently I have been able to keep them straight – which is noticeably a better workout.

I think a big part of the reason that I’m not seeing faster improvements is because, although the workouts are super intense, they still only last for a total of about 15 minutes. After I finish the 30 day shred (which is getting me in the habit of working out 5 days per week, and is improving my ability to do the workouts correctly), I am planning on adding an extra 30 minutes of cardio to each workout.

What’s Keeping Me Motivated:

This week has gone by pretty quickly, and working out hasn’t been such a chore. I’ve stayed motivated by thinking about small goals – I’m halfway done with my 30 day shred! Also, my legs are looking more toned and I’m feeling more comfortable in my body… definitely makes me want to keep up this routine!

Favorite Workout This Week:

I’m actually really having fun with the boxing exercises this week! On the Kinect, the trainer will shout out things like ‘upper cut!’ ‘hook!’ or ‘jab!’ and you have to be quick to follow along. Sometimes he adds in kicks and blocks. This has been a really fun way to get in my cardio…

The punching drill. In your fighting stance have a dumbbell on each hand. The dumbbell shouldn’t be heavy. You will begin to rapidly throw punches in a stationary position. There are different variations you can apply this drill in and speed is the key to this drill. This drill will teach you to have stamina in your punches, so you won’t tire out in the rounds. (more boxing exercises at home found HERE)

Least Favorite Workout This Week:

I’m still not really loving last weeks highlight, Crunch & Punch, but this week my hardest workout was definitely the push ups. I’ll admit, these are hard for me because my upper body strength is slim to none. I still can’t really get the hang of these… but I can definitely see improvements and I am pretty confident that I’ll be able to get these right by the end of my 30 day shred. At least I hope so! Anyway, here’s how it’s done:

  • Assume a prone position on the floor or other rigid surface (preferably carpeted-more on that later) that’s able to support your body weight. Keep your feet together!
  • Position hands palms-down on the floor, approximately shoulder width apart. Curl your toes upward (towards your head) so that the balls of your feet touch the ground.
  • Raise yourself using your arms.
  • Lower your torso to the ground until your elbows form a 90 degree angle.
  • Raise yourself by attempting to push the ground away from you.

Healthy Foods I’ve Tried:

This week I have been working on eating much healthier, and have been bringing carrots to work for a mid-morning snack, along with graham crackers and peanut butter. My job has a room right next to my office that has 4 vending machines: 1 full of sodas, 1 full of snacks, 1 full of sandwiches/lunch foods, and 1 full of ice cream…. so my main goal is to avoid those! So far so good this week!

Goals For The Upcoming Week:

My goals for next week include eating healthier – I want to start planning out my dinners, bringing my lunch every day to work, and cutting out unhealthy snacks (which are usually from being bored or tired).

*Workout Diaries is a weekly post that will track and monitor the progress that I am making using the UFC Personal Trainer for Kinect. Please feel free to follow along and post your success stories or struggles in the comments section!

 

Workout Diaries: V. I

27 Sep

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I have been following THIS 30 day training program for a week now, and thought it would be fun to track my progress. Feel free to post in the comments any work out tips you’ve been loving lately or progress you’ve made towards your health! Let’s get fit together!

Weightloss Goal & Pounds Lost To Date:

My goal is to lose 40 lbs by March. So far I am down 1 lb for my first week… it’s a start, right?! Even though I haven’t seen a huge drop in my weight though, my body looks tighter and because I’ve already gotten stronger and can do each exercise better, I’m burning more calories each time! Improvement!

What’s Keeping Me Motivated:

This week has been extremely busy and stressful with work, so keeping myself motivated has been difficult because I’ve been pretty tired/lazy when I get home. What’s been working? Cleaning out my closet and finding cute clothes that I used to fit in… I would looooove to wear some of the things I’ve saved from freshman year of college!

Favorite Workout This Week:

Although I dread the days that we focus on abs, my favorite workout so far is definitely the Reverse Crunches. HERE‘s how they work:

  • Lie on the floor and place hands on the floor or behind the head.
  • Bring the knees in towards the chest until they’re bent to 90 degrees, with feet together or crossed.
  • Contract the abs to curl the hips off the floor, reaching the legs up towards the ceiling.
  • Lower and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
  • It’s a very small movement, so try to use your abs to lift your hips rather than swinging your legs and creating momentum.

Least Favorite Workout This Week:

As I mentioned above, ab workouts are not exactly my best friend at the moment. The only thing I hate more than crunches, are what’s called “Crunch & Punch“. When I hear my trainer mention these, I literally almost cry. But… they definitely work! Here’s what you do:

  • Lie on the floor and place hands behind the head.
  • Pull your body up (be careful not to pull with your neck muscles!) as if you were doing a typical crunch.
  • Twist your body, alternating to the left and right, and ‘Punch’.

Healthy Foods I’ve Tried:

Yeah, sooooooo I probably could’ve skipped the slice of pizza I ate this morning…. after finishing off a bagel. Carbs are my enemy right now and my goal for next week is to really cut down on those kinds of foods. Being prepared is key, so when I go to the grocery this weekend I plan on buying lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on……. and leaving the pizza behind!

Goals For The Upcoming Week:

Weekly goals are good to have, because they are short-term and show progress – even though I haven’t reached my ultimate goal of 40 lbs. They’re basically key in staying motivated. My goals for this week include eating healthier (because if I’m going to spend time working my butt off –literally- why mess that up with bad foods?!) and getting better/more comfortable with my ab exercises. I’d also realllllllllly love to be able to do a push up… we’ll see!

*Workout Diaries is a weekly post that will track and monitor the progress that I am making using the UFC Personal Trainer for Kinect. Please feel free to follow along and post your success stories or struggles in the comments section!