Workout Roundup: Taking a Step Back…

workout recap

It seems a few of these segments are starting to fall behind. However, its completely my fault that I forgot to track anything in the second week. A lot was going on so its somewhat fallen back but I did write a little paragraph to just get an idea. To be honest, I haven’t really been in the mood to work out and that comes down to a lot of reasons but the main thing is just not having the motivation. However, I will get back on track.

Week 1
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: Walking during Festivals

Monday: 5.75km

Tuesday: 4.5km

Thursday: 5.5km

I’ve talked about this in a previous post but Festival du Nouveau Cinema is probably the most active festival that I’ve attended. Theatres strewn across the downtown Montreal area. Luckily, only one of my films needed to go to the furthest one away from the general batch which averages about 15 to 20 minutes of weaving through streets to get there by foot. While I mostly had one film days, Thursday was the most hectic as it included a lot of speedwalking and light jogging to get to the second screening on time.

Week 2

I have nothing to say about this week honestly. I did do some walking around. Work had a few errands that took me here and there a lot. I went out for lunch walks quite a few times as well. However, with lack of motivation looming over my head, I thought about working out but vouched to catch up on things (unsuccessfully) and ended up watching a lot of TV and just relaxing. Luckily, our eating habits were kept up much thanks to my husband. To be fair, I had some appointments that I usually set on weekends that ended up being after work so that also cut down on time. Anyways, it sounds like excuses so I’ll stop.

I guess that best way to end this recap is some nice and cool motivational stuff and well, a “gameplan” for the next two weeks. This post is obviously late since it usually gets posted on Sunday but I’m determined to get a workout in today so I’ll be back on track soon. Winter is around the corner which just means more time indoors giving me no reason to make any excuses.

Gameplan for the next two weeks (and for maybe a month or two):

  • 3 workout days (if not, at least two this week since work this current week is going to be tough)
  • Zumba (or some other form of cardio) at least once a week
  • Weight Training (at least once a week)
  • Add in some ab workouts (since I’ve been neglecting it quite a bit)
  • Add one session of yoga

I used to do circuit training workouts so I might actually dig out some of those old workouts to do them as well. Things to anticipate, right?

via Pinterest – Gymshark.com

That’s it for this workout recap.
Not much to recap but at least its keeping me accountable and the next recap will be better. I promise!

Week 24: Staying Focused!

Last week, I felt like my whole motivation came back! I think this new alternating weeks of different workouts is going to work out just fine.  Now its changing up my diet to be a lot healthier to help out the staying fit. I have been eating a lot of snacks at work due to elevated levels of stress.  I need to find ways to fix that 🙂 Or at least choose healthier alternatives than say, gummies and Sour Patch Kids….

Monday

Seems like Monday has officially turned into my abs/core workout day.  I like it! Working out the core hurts but its challenging and energizing! I love how it looks afterwards and it always keeps me motivated for the week! I’m on my Tone it up schedule this week so scheduled for today is Love Your Abs Workout!

As requested, they said to do this 3 times and I did just that! It was really hard and thats why I love this workout now! All the moves are quite awesome and work different area of the core.

Tuesday & Wednesday

Off days! Some stuff came up and I decided to kick up the gear to try to work harder to finish up my TESL certificate 🙂 I did get a good amount done!

Thursday

With my eye infection very much still there, my planned dragonboat practice for Friday was not going to happen till I went to see my doctor again (hopefully next Tuesday).  I figured since I wasn’t going to have practice, I’d do a workout.  Sweating out the stress is always a good way! I chose to do the Tone it Up Surfer’s Paradise Workout.

I always like to do a mid week full body toning now, so its really cool! I hate this workout for the most part because it does use my weakest muscle and I end up feeling so inefficient but my boyfriend told me I need to do the one I dread to strengthen that muscle more.  By the way, its my triceps that I’m talking about. I did the routine 3 times as they suggested.  First two times was their max reps asked for and the last set was mostly with the lower reps.  Maybe its because I haven’t done workouts of this variation in a while, it felt pretty challenging and that makes me feel pretty good about myself.

Friday

Dragonboat season really never resumed as I had hoped for it to this summer.  Its not a completely bad thing since I took the time to prioritize other things in my life.  I was going to head to the basin to do a jog even if I can’t paddle however, an emergency came up and I ended up doing my cardio from walking all over the place.

Saturday

Being on call to help with an emergency and in massive cramps mode, I decided to do some yoga to help relieve the pain.  For the ladies, maybe you go through the same pain as me and this might help 🙂 I know it did for me a little! Check it out HERE! It did help ease the pain a little bit and that is already just that much better.

Sunday

My boyfriend and I had postponed last weekend’s day trip to this one so off day as well 🙂 Post about that going up tomorrow probably! Remember to drop by to check it out!

OVERALL…This week has been average.  Its not that my motivation wasn’t there but rather there were other events that took place to take up some of my time and forced me to change my plans around.  However, the two workouts I did during the week were pretty intense and felt extremely efficient.  With the increase stress (and woman-related reasons), yoga was one that really helped.  It was also new yoga moves/stretches that helped a whole lot.  At least it managed to get me to do stuff around the house and take care of a few things. That yoga workout was also the only new thing this week.  Its really helpful to relieve cramps so try it out my fellow ladies, if ever you need it 🙂

Also, I’ve been seriously considering a 7 day detox plan in September.  My boyfriend thinks its a pretty good plan to try out. I’ll update you if ever that comes down 🙂 I will probably try to keep up the weekly workout roundups for a full year then figure out a better way to less frequent.  Its a goal to keep myself focused and motivated also, hopefully it’ll work 🙂

Spirit, Motivation and Finding the Positive!!

Last weekend was fun because of my family and friends.  Heading back into reality on Sunday was a tough one.  It was full of thoughts and reflections that I had pushed to the back of my mind. I was supposed to post about it during the week but I felt like it was too heavy plus I haven’t figured out how to word it.

**I’m going to try to put it out in a more positive way since I want to keep these personal blogs light and fun! If you don’t want to read about it, thats okay..at least check out the vids that I’m sharing, packed with music and motivation :)**

Work has really been on my mind lately.  I hate that it carries into my personal life especially when it invades my weekends and depreciates my own self-worth immensely.  I’ve been on a constant search and reflection to find something that I will feel is my career and my dream and not just a simple job.  Do you get what I mean?  Something that I’m passionate about.  I chose my field because I had to think about reality and (a better chance of)work stability.

When I see these independent YouTube artists doing what they love, it really makes me happy, especially because they are seriously talented. Like I supported Sam Tsui’s first independent album, and I’m hoping it’ll come in the mail soon.

Or someone like Green River Ordinance who went back to doing what they felt was right for them and going independent!

Its mostly because I want to find something better that I’ve been getting myself involved in getting a certification to teach English as a second language.  Its always been something I wanted to do back when I felt started university.  Second, I aim to finish up my piano and eventually maybe do some teaching as well.  I just have certain skills to improve before I feel that I’m fit to be a good teacher.  I’ve been discussing it with my boyfriend and he urges me that maybe I should look into baking: something that I’ve thought about as well.  I’ve even thought about putting those health and training knowledge and strengthening it to become something a certified personal trainer.

There is a world of options, choices and paths out there and for me, its just finding that one that I want to do, because I sure don’t want to stay in the rut I’m in.  What I need now is to make a decision, find the courage to not regret and work hard towards it.  I know once I start, I won’t turn back because thats who I am.  All I know is that I’d like to incorporate something that makes me happy to wake up for in the morning!

That would feel like Paradise, right?  Tiesto & Dyro’s new song is exactly that! It always makes me feel better to listen to some electronic music 🙂

With that said, piano and English training is really taking up a lot of time.  However, I’d like to complete them this year or be ready by early next year to take the piano exam.  That was what prioritized over Dragonboat.  This week, we had a Chinese festival, the dragon boat festival which commemorates a loyal scholar who sacrificed his life and this is what leads to the dragonboat competitions that we have now.  Dragonboat really is my motivation.  If life wasn’t so busy, I would never have dropped it to part-time.  Just look at the inspiration and spirt of it! Thanks to my awesome coach for sharing this with the team!

This may not be everyday life, but character is shaped out on that boat and I bring everything with me every day of the week

He captured it all in that video! Just a little bit of sharing and possibly promoting dragonboat.  Even watching a race feels awesome but being a part of it feels even better! My motivation to pull everything together so that I can get back out there to all my practices.  At least I know I’m working hard training on my own to make sure I don’t fall behind.

This has been a scattered post full of my feelings about this week.  I’ve pretty much spent this past week in depression.  Trying hard to pull myself out of this deep, dark hole and I just keep falling back in.  To think that I had spent so many years working hard to stay positive and being trapped in something that has eventually made me so negative that I’m cracking under its heaviness made me realize that change has to happen really soon! I never back out when I have hard times but sometimes, maybe its better to know when to stop a bad thing and find something that attributes more positive.  As I work towards climbing back out, I know that I’m ready to build up my future stronger and find a better path! How I live my life is my choice and I want to have it with more smiles and positivity!

I mean, who likes to hang around with a depressed grouch (or a crying mess), right? I’m not going to let anything do that to me, I promise! I’m climbing out slowly…just give me some time.

Just curious (to those who have followed me a bit or a while): What would you think I’d be good at? Maybe your objective mind will give me something I haven’t thought of 🙂

30km bike ride here I come!  Have a fantastic weekend!!!!

Tomorrow, I’ll have a special Father’s Day post! 🙂 If you’re not too busy celebrating with your loved ones, drop by and check it out!