Week 4: A Little Bit at a Time :)

Week 4! I can hardly believe that I’ve been back in this workout thing for a month.  Its really made me feel a whole lot better. My mind and concentration, even my energy is better than before.  Not to mention, aside from feeling sore, I feel really great about myself.

WEDNESDAY: 15 MINS FULL-BODY WORKOUT by PopSugar Fitness

Also called Fast and Furious Calorie Burn (on Youtube). This workout is pretty intense.  When life gets busy, I try to get these intense workout bursts to stay active.  I’m slowly gathering a good little bit of these and I want to try new ones so that I can keep the workouts diversified bit by bit. The instructions are done really well so its easy to follow even if you are focusing on the moves and there’s demo before each one before moving to the reps for the move.  At the end of this, it feels extremely hard to do for some moves.

I love this one a lot and I’ll probably head back to do this again to see how strength improves.

SATURDAY: DETOX YOGA & PURA VIDA 

I needed to get some yoga in and since I was going to a arts and crafts show and going to taste some alcohol, I wanted to do a detox session before.  This one is supposedly very good for hangovers and I can actually see it really working out for that.  Its to help boost metabolism and I definitely felt like it got my blood flowing but also relaxing.  Its a few moves and the sun salutation.

pura vida tone it up

I followed this through with Pura Vida Workout from Tone it Up. Its one that I haven’t done in a long time.  A full-body workout again.  I didn’t quite feel it in my legs while I was working out but today (Sunday), when I woke up, its been reminding me how hard that workout was.

If you click the image, you’ll have the actual link with a video for this workout.  Some of these are a little hard to understand from the description but its a pretty good workout.  The dual movements covers the full-body. Spider Monkey Push-up is a pain to do.

FYI, I did 20 reps for first two moves while I did 10-15 reps for the last two. Completed 3 rounds.

OVERALL

I’m not hitting the 3 times a week nowadays.  There’s just too much stuff to do.  Still, this weekend, tracking my body transformation is starting to be motivating because I’m seeing better results this week. Thats my inspiration.

addiction results

I’m totally back on track.  Its great to see my body heading in the right direction.  Its an amazing feeling to get back some of that feel-good element, reduce stress and start feeling more confident about myself (and my body). Loving it! 🙂

Week 51&52: Staying Positive, Keeping Focused and Repeat!

Are you excited? This is  *possibly* the last post for my workout roundups.

Last week, everything got rearranged in my life that I didn’t have time to compile it for the previous one so this one, we’re having a two week finale together! Isn’t that fabulous?

I’m really happy! Today marks the 52nd week/1 year mark for my commitment to working out and training hard.  I went from training for dragonboat as my priority so that I could be an asset to the team to now simply refocusing my mind to doing it for myself, to relieve stress, to learn what works for me and to just build a healthy lifestyle, not only through physical workouts but eating better and keeping my mind and body balanced and keeping my stress at reasonable levels (or at least try my best) 😉

Lets take a look at how the last two weeks looked like in workouts before I ramble on more!

Week 51 marked the last week of the Nike Training Club Get Toned program that I had!

I started the week with a new 30 minute workout called Jump Around!

NTC

NTC Jump Around

Second day was the 45 minutes Advanced Yoga workout that you can find HERE! Followed on Thursday by the 30 minutes workout Competitor that you can find HERE!

On the last day or last workout of the program, there was a new 30 minutes workout called Shakedown.

NTC

NTC Shakedown

The last week of the NTC program was pretty intense.  I think I liked it the best for that.  All of them were pretty hard as it had a lot of moves that I usually would avoid but since its part of the program, I couldn’t.  There wasn’t even reason to modify anything except for some that I had to do slower because I wasn’t as comfortable.  I definitely know it toned me up a little bit.  Why only a little bit? Its really my fault.  I got overloaded with stress and ate some junk food that I usually don’t.

Week 52 meant I changed my eating habits a bit better than the week before.  The program was over but I think I’m going to start the Getting Lean one in a few weeks. However for this week, I went freestyle and totally spontaneous (which doesn’t usually work too well).

First workout, I got in Tuesday.  I was trying to keep my Training Club program.  You’ll see that didn’t work very well.  I found this interesting workout on Popsugar Fitness that incorporated Capoeira.  I’ve always been curious about it so I gave it a shot.

This is THE most intense workout I’ve done ever! Its like break dance and martial arts and craziness all mixed together.  Its high energy and really fun and just so intense all at the same time! I actually think that I’m going to look at finding some physical classes.  Its either this or yoga.  I’m still deciding…

Seeing as this week was crazy busy and I have no idea how come its been so stressful and energy levels been really low, I stuck in a re-energizing and calming (does that contradict?) yoga routine with this video on Thursday.

For this last weekend, I boosted it up with one of my intense and hardcore workouts with Popsugar Fitness called No Excuses Workout.

no excuses workout popsugar

I had to modify this a little by doing only 2 times of the Circuit One because it was making me feel really sick.  I think my body was overheating or whatnot.  So I took a little cooldown walking around while my heart rate slowed down and continued on.  That Circuit One always gets to me.

Seeing as I was satisfied with how I didn’t do all of that workout and I wanted 4 workouts in a week, I did another one earlier today to wrap this up! 🙂 Its a bit going back to my roots but its a great workout to challenge my core, and thats the Core Workout on Tribesports!

the core workout

I always go back to this one to see how my core is progressing.  I didn’t feel as at par since in the recent few workouts, I’ve been working more full body than doing a lot of core workouts.  Still, it was pretty good run 🙂

Now that I’m at one year of committing to working out, here are my thoughts on it!

100% mental

That contributes to a lot of the progress I’ve had in the past year.  I still have a long way to go especially in finding a healthier and cleaner way of eating but I’m stepping in the right direction.  I have a few ideas as to how I want this workout blogging thing to go but for now, it’ll take a slight pause while I gather my thoughts on it! If you’d like to check out stuff I do, I usually post it up on Tribesports or share it on Twitter and I share most of it on my Pinterest board so follow me any one of those channels if you’d like!

My biggest lesson that I’ve learned from this year is to stay positive, keep focused and keep repeating all those good habits 🙂 Its a routine I want to keep with it for as long as I can and improve on my muscular endurance, look better, feel healthier!!! Sore is the new sexy my loves! One day, I’ll get there!

My new goal this summer when I hit outdoors is this:

world gym

I’m wishing for the snow to go away and the weather to warm up now! 🙂

For now, this segment is over! Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed sharing this experience with you! 🙂