Week 4: Join a Tribe! Count those Calories!

My Fitness Pal has really driven me to log what I exercise and what I eat daily.  Some days I win, some days I lose on paper.  Still, the goal is there, whether its slow or not.  My end goal is to be healthy and fit, not to lose excruciating amounts of weight. Last week, in the exploration for the Core Challenge, I joined Tribesports without really knowing what it is.   I haven’t managed to join a tribe yet but, its a pretty cool site for taking challenges to stay fit and you can choose to join tribes when are find the right one.  I haven’t yet as I’m still exploring how everything works.

Monday

Tone it Up has started their Drop 10 Challenge and with that, they have these jogging HIIT workouts of some sort.  Seeing  as the weather hasn’t really gotten that much better even though its on its way, I didn’t do what they proposed. Instead, I went to Tribesports and searched up some challenges to take.  First, I did the Sexy Leg Workout:

And then since that only took 15 minutes, I searched for another one and found Abs and Legs Mini Circuit:

Both of these were awesome fun. On the first one, I hate the Wall Squats by the time I did it in the 3rd time. And for the second workout, by the time it was on the last set of leg raises, my legs were hating me for the torture.  I did complete those challenges, so it makes me rather happy 🙂

Tuesday

I had a temporary job day at the Montreal Gift Show doing some sales rep.  It pretty much is standing and strolling a lot since it was a n incredibly slow day.  However, work and workout is different so after cleaning and chores I got in a 30+ minute workout moving up the Tone it Up Wednesday routine to today with some cardio doing mock jump rope (since mine is still unfound) and some body weights in between with a little workout called Jump Your Heart Out.  It was pretty challenging. I mean after the first set of jumping, I gave my legs a break and decided to do some jogging on stop and around the house and jumping up and down the stairs.

Wednesday

This was a crazy day.  I started up at 5:30am and running to pick up my mom from the airport from a red-eye flight from LA after her South America cruise.  Don’t you love her life? And after work, I had to rush off to do the take down for the gift show which ended at 8pm.  My exercise for the evening was 2 hours of lifting and packing 🙂 With ending up eating dinner at almost 9pm, I had to skip the workout or else I would never had gone to bed.

Thursday

Due to work and my weekend getaway with two of my girl friends, I had to cancel dragonboat.  I spent the night burning a CD for the roadtrip, packing, cleaning, running all over the place and sudden last minute to renew my phone plan and get my new phone.  The plan was to sleep at 11:30PM tops…but you know these things never really work out the way it was intended.  So an hour later I hopped into bed.  No work out sadly….in hopes for the weekend to give me some time and energy to workout!

Friday

Woke up at 5:30am. Picked up the girls at 6-ish am.  Waited at the US border for 30 minutes.  Managed early check-in and then ate and shopped and ate and watched TV and ate and then finally slept.  Nope…no workout again! If you count shopping and carrying bought goods as workout, I had a mild one 😉

Saturday

Feeling guilty about running out to eat tacos and drink a (super strong) sangria for a late night snack with the girls, I (always) wake up early at 6:30am so I got around to doing a workout in the divided area in front of the bathroom sink area.  I couldn`t get to do the intended workouts but luckily, there was one special one loaded up on Tone it Up.  It looked relatively easy and it was called Easter Bunny Workout. It was not obviously! I can tell you that I mastered doing jump squats and landing softly since I didn`t want to wake up the girls who were still in dreamland.  The part that hurt the most was the pushups and I think its because of the hard tile floor for one, but pushups are always my weak spot so I have to work on that.

Sunday

Does a morning stroll on the waterfront count (with a cup of green tea and croissant)? How about walking up and down the stairs of an aquarium/museum? I was really hoping to get one in when I got back but seriously, getting back to reality was super tiring.  I did have an evening walk with my boyfriend after dinner.  Come on! Give me a break! Its my birthday and I am one year older now.  I get a free pass on that one 😉

The last week was a slight fail.  I only managed to get in 3 workouts.  I had aimed to have 4, but time really took over my schedule. This coming week will be back to normal.  I know I can make it happen! Last week`s workout was fun though.  Tribe Sports really seems like a fun site to check out with all the challenges.  If you are part of it, add me or something.  I`m still learning about it.  I`m going to postpone a weigh-in because I pigged out on the weekend getaway.

However, it may be less exercises, but this week`s workouts were all efficient and intense.  They were a good balance and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I recommend trying them all out if you want to try something new!

On to a new week and new month, more challenges and staying fit ahead.  March work out to initiate everything was a success for the most part and I feel extremely good physically and mentally.  Its been really helpful and even my chiropractor told me that I should keep it up as it would help my back.

APRIL, HERE I COME!!!

Body Fat Percentage?!?!?

Last week, I told you all that I was going to get hardcore with those workouts and stick to it.  On Monday night, my boyfriend was staying over at my place and introduced me to a new thing that came with his stuff he orders online.  Protein powder or whatnot.  So he showed me these body fat callipers and I knew it would be downhill.  We calculated it all and I came to some mega revelations of how my body fat percentage is a nice few percent above where I should be.  I joked about it all week, but between seeming like it really bothered me, it was working great to be a motivator to eat (even) better and work out hard hard hard! I’d have to say that it did work pretty well 🙂 I said NO! to those Brown Sugar Pop Tarts that were on special at the grocery store…

Monday

Don’t you hate Mondays? I know I do…I’m always extremely tired after this day.  There was two workouts for Tone it up’s Monday.  The first was called Sandcastle Workout.  It was 5 exercises and the whole routine over 3 times.  What I love about Tone it up is that it covers the total body workout.   They ended this one with this ridiculous exercise combining tummy tuck with kickbacks, where first 10 is tummy tuck to the same side of the body and last 5 was doing this tuck to the opposite arm instead.  By end of the 3rd time of this routine, it started hurting.  Of course it doesn’t end there and we have another workout targeting the core called Itty Bitty Bikini. This workout routine actually works well with Friday’s release of Spring Breakers (especially after reading Dan The Man’s review).  I’m guessing in order to look like any of those chicks in that movie, I’d have to do this workout everyday..haha! Those ones had one which made me realize that one side of my core was stronger than the other, since I paddle in dragonboat mostly on my left, my right was way weak when I had to do the Side Plank Lift  (aka Love Handle toner).

Tuesday

Last week I loved their new cardio circuit workout.  This week was supposed to be similar so I was really looking forward to it.  This week, I employed the help of my boyfriend.  Granted, he didn’t do some of the exercises with me as he already worked out earlier in the day, he helped me with this fun workout called Grab a Friend n Go Workout.  Sometimes, these are days I wish I had a sister or I lived with my best friends.  Makes me reminisce those days when my gym buddy was my best friend in university.  Only issue I had was that they put those Hee Haws two days in a row and my quads were in massive pain the next day (and the day after)…Plus, I can’t wait for the weather to get better and I can dig up the skipping rope and do it outside.

Wednesday

After two days of doing these crazy workouts and dragonboat practice on Thursday, I decided to take a break and do some baking instead.  Turns out carrot cake was awesome delicious and a fine treat for rewarding myself for keeping up with the working out 🙂

Thursday

I was so happy to get back into the paddling pool with the team to do some crazy paddling. I decided to work on my right side as a result of Monday’s workout revelation.  I’m that person who fills in on the left and right during the summer paddling season so I felt that it was time to work in some practice on the right side anyways.   I did realize that when I do the right side, I tend to be more flexible in twisting my core than my left.  Still need to get back into the groove of things though, I had to work double hard to catch up with the team’s pace or find the pace again at the minimum…and it felt like I started shortening my strokes.  Does that sound like gibberish? Point is, I need a lot of practices to get better…

Friday

As I decided to paddle on the right instead of the left side, my ass was hurting on the right because it wasn’t used to it.  Imagine sitting…that was painful.  Still, I came home and did the Tone it Up Workout at a freakishly late hour.  My boyfriend kept making fun of the workout name because its called Under the Sea Workout which is oddly separated into two parts so here it is PART 1 & PART 2. But then, he gets to, as he was watching Top Gear Special Challenge : Africa Part 2  while I was working out and obstructing his view here and there.   Some parts of this one was super intense but it was pretty fun to do, imitating sea animals.  I just wonder how people are so creative with these names.  Its really amazing!

Saturday

Unlike last week, I took Saturday off.  One was because I had to go renew my driver’s license (which is so important).  I call it a sick joke, because its the annual fee you need to pay and due to expire on your birthday. So I have to dish out around $90 CAD on top of acknowledging that I’m getting older.  After running some errands and doing some much needed shopping, I came home and by the time my boyfriend got back from work, we realized that we had to head out earlier than expected to his sister’s birthday gathering with family.  Left me with almost no time to actually workout.  Plus, I started feeling sick, so I drank some chinese meds, and did a show and tell of it yesterday and went to rest.

Sunday

I only managed to squeeze in a workout at 10:30 pm.  I did a crazy amount of baking and cooking and even whipped up something special for Saint Patrick’s Day (will be up soon).  By the time everything was done, I also thought it would be nice to switch it up and ended up doing the 16 minute HIIT workout from Pumps and Iron.  It was so fun, even though I didn’t have my medicine ball upstairs so I just balanced on my kettle bell.  I also need to get a slightly heavier kettle bell since I only have a 5lbs and thats pretty light for that exercise.

This week I also managed to get into 5 days of workout.  Still on track with what I want and I feel my muscles tightening up.  My eating habits are slowly changing as I’m choosing healthier options for snacks in particular.  Meals itself are usually already quite nutritious.  This week’s workout highlights have to be Grab a Friend n Go Workout and 16 Minute HIIT workout.

For next week, I should start doing a weight check-in (which I should’ve done in the beginning) and hope to see if it’ll actually drop after this new lifestyle routine.  I also need to find time to get a new bike.  Any bike experts would like to offer me some advice?

Happy Monday!

Building A Balanced Lifestyle

Just to be clear, this isn’t a how-to guide.  I don’t know how to do that, well, I have the general idea.

As you have seen, my life consists of either baking sweets, cooking food or watching movies, at least on the my blog its starting to look like that.  I’m also a traveller but with restricted funds and doing a very average job, these trips are usually once or twice a year along with a few side trips here and there. Aside from all of that and trying to keep healthy, I do dragonboat, as I’ve posted a bit about here and there.  There has been a switch and I’ve felt the need to switch it up this year so I’m training a bit more this year and more consistently so I’m going to do a weekly update as to what I’ve done: Workouts I’ve done as like a way to log my progress.  Maybe some of you would be interested in it.  If you’re not, thats alright if you just brush past it.  However, it is part of my balanced and healthy and stress in balance resolution so anyways, I’ll be posting about healthy workouts as well 🙂 I have sort of introduced it before with DDR (which will have a special post go up soon).

So last week was pretty good for my first week where I’ve committed myself.  For all you people who follow me on twitter, I don’t usually tweet much since I’m still a beginner and the learning process has been slightly slow, I have been checking in with some of the workouts.  This month I decided to follow as closely as possible to the Tone it Up March Calender.  Just a note that you’ll find links to everything that you can reference so click away if you’re interested 🙂

Monday

I got straight to work on last week and tried to check out this interesting HIIT High Intensity Interval Training which was like 15 second of these exercises and I followed their YouTube video.  It was alright and it got my heart rate up so it was cool. Then I did their exact workout called Cowabunga Workout.  My only issue with that was that, seeing as I don’t live down South and I’m not surfing expert, do I need a surf board? I had a pretty hard time trying to get all surf board style on solid ground already. It was the first day and I didn’t want to kill myself yet since after a whole two weeks of constant injury and falls and all, I had been on a lot of resting mode than body weights exercises.

Tuesday

This was the usual day for a new workout on Tone It Up. This week kicked off a new workout for the Wedding series since one of the girls is engaged.  This workout Something Blue was super fun..although it made me wish my backyard and streets weren’t filled with ice and snow and that it was like some crazy cold temperature outside instead of running around my room and up and down stairs like a crazy person.  For once in my life, I’m actually wanting to jog outside…I’m not much of a jogger but this might make me want to do it just a bit more.

Wednesday

I took a break on this day.  It was a must though because I woke up with a stiff neck and couldn’t move it at all.  So I took it easy since the next day I had my dragon boat practice.

Thursday

My neck decided it wasn’t totally ready.  I still went to practice though. I paddled for the warm up and the first exercise segment, then ended up jogging when the rest of the team was paddling and only joining in for the body weights

Friday

I had an early start to the day so I was a bit more tired.  I ended up not following the plan but rather I did a hour or so of DDR to just do get some cardio and it felt awesome!

Saturday

Days off never work out the way I plan it to be but I did manage to squeeze in a workout in the afternoon or late evening, I don’t remember anymore. Its another Tone it Up one that I had saved already but never tried out and they put it in the weekly schedule.  This one is called the Love Your Total Body workout.  It had all sorts of weird names for the exercises but man, it definitely did the job.

Sunday

I was going to work out to make up for Wednesday not working out but since I had managed to get in workout for 5 days of the week, it was alright to take it off.  Plus, I went to do groceries and had to lug them back in with me 😉 And technically playing piano exerts energy too.  Something I definitely should do more.

If you’ve stuck around till now, Thank you! You either love reading whatever I write or you like work outs. My recommendation from last week would have to be either Something Blue or Love Your Total Body.  Those were super awesome and felt great afterwards.  I’m totally charged up for keeping this regularly.

Last week, my work schedule also had a shift in schedule .  I’m trying to shift my schedule a bit so that I can all my stuff tucked into so sort of routine again.  So, with that, you might see my posting schedule a bit scattered and irregular here and there.  I will try to keep this up though because it really helps me keep the positivity around and the stress away 🙂

Happy Monday! And if you have any exercise or workout sites you’d like to recommend, please do! I’m always up to switch things up!