Week 3: The Most Satisfying Pain

Week 3 was a whole lot more motivating.

Its because I now have geared my mind (or at least for the past week, I did) to go workout when I was having writer’s block.

Lets get straight to it, nothing else to write ūüôā

MONDAY: BEACH YOGA (TONE IT UP)

I haven’t done this one in ages. ¬†This was almost the first Yoga workout that I tried to get me interested in it. ¬†It was really relaxing. ¬†Rem

Remember my last week ended with that crazy Pumps and Iron workout on Sunday? Yeah, my abs were aching for 4 days (at least). ¬†So I figured that Yoga would be a good idea to stretch out my abs. ¬†It did but it also worked it like mad. ¬†I always forget that Yoga is very abs heavy…

Its imprinted in my brain now.  I assure you of that.

WEDNESDAY: 50 MINS TOTAL BODY WORKOUT (POPSUGAR)

This is a little trickier because its five 10 minutes workouts so I’ll try to see if I can get the videos since its hard to embed the Popsugar videos from their video player. ¬†Easier on YouTube.

If you just want to check it on one post and flip through it, click HERE!

Part 1: Light Cardio and Core Warmup

A pretty good warm-up.  It definitely get the blood going and ready to move on to the more intense stuff.

Part 2: Cardio Focus and Calorie Burner

This one works fairly well, except while I’m working out its hard to focus so much on the whole body coordination and it took a lot of effort to get some of the moves right. I’m guessing the second time will be better.

Part 3: Arms and Shoulders

My weakness is arms and shoulders. Kind of sad because I used to do dragon boat and that should be my forte if anything, although there’s a whole lot of abs work involved and the whole body. ¬†A common misconception non-dragonboaters might have. Anyways, my shoulders are extremely weak and I’m trying to strengthen it right now. ¬†This workout was pretty intense. ¬†Its nice to have the 3lbs because it was the perfect weight. ¬†Hopefully I’ll be able to go up to 5lbs after a few more weeks.

Part 4: Legs and Bottom

I didn’t actually do the full 10 minutes for this one because I didn’t go and search out the YouTube version. The one on Popsugar TV was really lagging and it was a tad inhumane to do it like a million times more than the fit instructors there were doing. ¬†And I wasn’t a huge fan of the workout so I just moved along.

Part 5: Yoga Cooldown

I’m pretty happy with this yoga workout. The variations and whatnot were really good. ¬†It was a cooldown but it still had a good bit of work involved. ¬†Plus, the instructor is one of the best I’ve tried out. I didn’t really have to watch her, provided you have a general knowledge of what bench pose, warrior 1 and warrior 2 is.

Since I cut a little off of the Part 4.  The whole thing took me about 45 minutes to do. Pretty efficient total body workout.

I had planned to get another workout in on Saturday night or Sunday evening but I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday night so I skipped it instead. Sleep was a little more important.

That was my workout week! I’m all better now. Just a little bug that hit me for an evening apparently.

Before I go, here’s a little workout inspiration:

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Happy Monday! ūüôā

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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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!