Week 9: Perfect Fit Protein Powder

I’ve been hesitating a bit over whether to start using protein powder. I asked my boyfriend for some advice and he checked out the Tone It Up one that I realized was perfect for me because it was allergen free.  That is incredibly hard to find and usually costs ridiculously expensive.  I finally decided that I’d start off with the 20 packs of single serving to see whether I liked it.  If I did, then I’d get the more cost-effective choice 🙂 Do you take protein powder?

Monday

I worked overtime yet again and it was a tough day at work.  I came back a bit later so I ended having to skip the bike routine but rather, I made up with a Tough Deck of Cards Workout from Pumps and Iron.

It was a mega kickass workout.  My deck of cards ended up having in the beginning so many hearts, my abs and obliques were in serious pain from doing so many windshield wipers.  After nearing the end it was continuous amounts of clubs, my legs almost couldn’t do anymore side to side jump squats. This took every ounce of energy to do but it left me feeling refreshed at the end 🙂

Tuesday

New Workout today on Tone it Up! Exciting, right? I always like to check out new workouts although that seems to be all I’m doing whenever I switch things out from the normal routine they propose.  This one is called Sunseeker Workout.

Follow this through with Sunkissed Abs! I’m starting to really like this one a lot.  Its very challenging and its nice to see that for certain ones, my endurance and strength has increased.  However, pairing it up with other workouts really gives it an extra intensity.  I did one set of each exercise.  My back has been giving me trouble from the stress and starting having cracking sounds so before I get my chiro appointment, I need to go a bit easier on them.

Wednesday

Today’s Tone it Up workout is a Wildcard choice between 3.  One of them is on their workout DVD but I don’t own it so I decided to do the Cocktail Dress Workout.  It seemed fitting seeing as now I`m working extra hard to make sure I fit into one in a bit more than 2 weeks. I almost quite on the 2nd set but I pushed through and that makes me proud 🙂 The killer in this one is definitely that Chaturanga with a Kick.  I’ve done this complete workout before and its still pretty challenge the second time around.

Thursday

Day off finally! I was going to do my day off on Friday but then my boyfriend agreed to do a bike workout together after work so I’m all pumped up for it.  Seeing as I haven’t actually biked in a long time.  Its my day to rest up for it 🙂

Friday

I was going to go biking with my boyfriend in the evening but plans change.  Another day off!

Saturday

Two days off in a row! *GASP* Despite having an early start and going out and about as I had talked about HERE on Saturday! I ended up coming home to do my workout right under the very hot sun and eventually shifting to the deck which was a bit more shade.  I need to take in sun slowly or else I’d either dehydrate or get a sunburn…I ended up doing a combination of two workouts since I wanted to get a bit of cardio in the mix without going for a jog.  I did this workout from Pumps and Iron called Multiples of Ten Ab Workout!

What I did add was between each one, I added in some jump rope.  It turned out to be 2 minutes jump rope, 10 Windmills, 1 minute rapid skipping, 20 windshield wipers, 1:30 min rapid skipping, 30 second side plank with knee tucks, 1:30 min rapid skipping,  40 push through pulse crunches, 1 min rapid skipping, 50 bicycle crunches, 1 mins rapid, 60 second elbow plank, 2 mins relaxed.  I did that for 2 rounds instead of 3.  It felt pretty good. Working out outside definitely feels different.

Sunday

This was another gorgeous day! It was a tad more breezy and fresh than Saturday which made it a bit easier to work out.  Still, the workout I chose was a bit more intense also. Another Pumps and Iron Workout called 500-rep Kettle Bell Workout!

I feel like a wimp when I read through her weights because she uses 15lbs and 25 lbs.  I have trouble with just 5lbs and 7 lbs.  Sad but true….just means I need to train more and build more muscular endurance and intensity, right?

This week was pretty good! I worked myself very hard for a week that was overwhelmingly tiring.  It did help me relieve a lot of stress and it managed to keep myself motivated because of the feel good level it brought.  Sometimes, these are the challenging times, to push through not having time and energy and just not give excuses and just do it! I’m sounding like I’m promoting for Nike, but its the truth 🙂 Protein shakes are quite delicious and I’ll start exploring recipes and smoothies or sorts for it!

Almost forgot! My fave this week was Power of Tens Ab Workout! It was a lot of fun and you could always add some cardio to it.  I found skipping to be the best one to put in between.  Other alternatives could be jumping jacks or burpees.  Whatever you want to keep that heart rate going 🙂 I really liked the Tough Deck of Card workout on Monday but I’d do anything to trade out those windshield wipers because they were close to torturous.  It did feel great though.  I’d like to honorable mention to the combination of Sunseeker Workout and Sunkissed Abs combined together!

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!!!