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 8: Relieving Stress, Staying in Balance

The last two weeks seemed to have been sickly and then tiring.  To top that off, we come into one of the busiest weeks of the entire year at work.  I had no idea how it would go to be honest.  To top it off, Tone it Up was starting its Bikini Series again which caused it to not give out the Weekly Schedule but rather just Monday workout.  So no plans for the week on Sunday, causing it even harder to actually get anything going.  Lets see if I even manage to get in 4 workouts and we enter into the last indoor practice for dragonboat, I’m not even sure if I can make it this week…but the intention is there.

Monday

Following my writeup on last week’s  workouts, I realized I accomplished more than I had expected and it had tired out my body.  Sunday’s one set along with the full exercise on Saturday caused my lower body to be in immense pain.  I had to take the day off even I remotely wanted to do something on Tuesday.

Tuesday

Bikini Series starts today on Tone It Up.  I originally wasn’t too sure about joining and I’m pretty sure I won’t follow the whole thing since I like to switch it up a little here and there.  However the first workout did look cool. Even if they ask for morning workouts.  I don’t have energy for that… Either way, I decided to put together this week`s workouts on this very day.  Later than usual, but still, I`ll manage to get in a nice workout.

Today`s plan is a body weight workout called No Excuses Workout by PopSugar which I got from Pumps and Iron February Workout Roundup. Here is what it looks like:

OMG! This workout is crazy intense! The first circuit is possibly the hardest and it just smacks you down in pieces by the time you get to 3rd time.  The other 2 circuits aren’t particularly hard if they were done before the first circuit.  Definitely a keeper 🙂 I like to torture myself.  I call it challenging myself!

Wednesday

Seeing as Monday was a break day and this weekend might be crazy. I decided to use today as a workout day also. Plus, the Bikini Series is supposed to be working out every day.  They asked for 2 challenges today.  Challenge 1 is a 45 Cardio.  I don’t jog at night by myself…mostly for safety issues. I decided to the 45 minutes Pumps and Irons remix routine.

Did I ever tell you have much I love Pumps and Iron workouts? Because I do! Her workouts are like intense to the max where I end up cursing in pain and getting all disgusting and sweaty, but you know that its mega effective and efficient 🙂 I know I pushed myself every time after! I hope that she’ll come up with more of these workout DJ-ing! Mashups are fun stuff!

Then I followed through with the Challenge 2 and did Sunkissed Abs Workout from Tone it Up 🙂 Since I didn’t do a complete cardio, I did one set of this workout!

Thursday

Tone it Up workout for today is called Bikini Strap Workout! Normally this is my dragonboat day but overtime at work has caused me to miss out on the last indoor practice.  Sad to see that this is the way I will end dragonboat season.  Hopefully I’ll be able to go back on part time.  Its my motivation to get that certificate done! Back to the Bikini Strap Workout, it was a strength training workout with super sets on mostly the upper body.  It was pretty intense for some of them.

Friday

I had to give myself a day off.  Other than having a long work day, I started coming up with sickness so I spent every moment I could either relaxing, drinking water or going to the washroom to flush out the bad toxins.  It didn’t really feel like I did much but sit around. At least I succeeded in resting, something my body will need for the next 3-4 days of craziness.

Saturday

I had posted about brainwashing failure and how my sickness did not go away causing today to be a horrible day. It did NOT feel great at all. By the end of the day, for various reasons, I wanted to bang my head against the table and just sleep.  I did bang my head against the table, but I did not sleep until later that night.  I took the route of giving my body yet another day to rest and get better. 3rd day off this week, but I think its a good choice.

Sunday

Because if you were following my previous post, you know that it was a fantastic choice.  My massive sore throat went away for the most part and I was super energetic and happy for some weird reason.  The enthusiasm for going into the office on Sunday was a bit abnormal.  Still, I didn’t end up staying for too long…4 hours or so and leaving.  One of the reasons I left early was to go home and prep for my postponed piano lesson and the second reason is for you…however, I am debating whether I want to post about it right now.  You will know about it eventually 🙂  Good news at night was that I managed to get in the workout I wanted.  I did the Friday one below from Tone It Up.

That was one set and it worked the full body and felt pretty awesome.  It didn’t say how many times to do it but I followed up with 2 sets of Itty Bitty Bikini Workout.  I’ve already done this one before and I remember liking it the last time and I still do.

This week was tiring, stressing and all sorts of negative.  I have managed to keep everything in balance and fought through sickness.  I don’t think I completely won the battle as I have a bit of sniffles. It could be worse and so far its been pretty alright. Plus, I got a few things done and I managed to do 4 days of workout so there wasn’t too much slacking off.  I didn’t even go and binge on junk food.  I always give you some fave workouts. This week its a bit harder to recommend but I think I felt the most awesome was Tuesday’s No Excuses Workout and Wednesday’s Pumps and Iron Workout Mashup!

Next week’s Bikini Series workouts are all set out.  I’m going to see if I can fit it all in. 🙂 Although Monday and Tuesday will be slightly tricky…

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!!!

Week 3: Weight Check-in Starts!

Its been two weeks of exercises done, if I can keep this up for a month, I’ll be pretty impressed with myself because that means that I’ll have managed to keep it up and it will continue on for a while longer.  Its actually been pretty fun to try out all these new exercises and its been so helpful in relieving stress.  Slowly my routine is changing to incorporate what I want.  It hasn’t completely managed to reach fitting everything in yet, but I’m sure that with some time, it’ll all balance out.

On Wednesday, I started up my account at My Fitness Pal again.  It’ll help me track what I eat and the approximate of what I’m burning and taking in.  I’m pretty happy with that.  I usually taper off with these things so I’m hoping that with the help of reporting to everyone here as a journal and motivated to keep myself healthy and in the best shape possible, I will be able to stick with it 🙂 What’s good is that actually has the weigh-in to track how I’m doing weight wise.  Although of course, sometimes, before after pictures are the best, but I won’t be doing that here.  Maybe eventually I’ll do that for my computer.

Monday

Sunday was a most intensive exercise than I had thought.  It was awesome and fun but my muscles were still in pain so I gave it a little break and did an hour of DDR instead.  I went on intense mode so it helped me break a sweat and I was trying to catch my breath at the end of each course routine.  I didn’t perform well in the sense of breaking any records in the game or unlocking anything but still, it was efficient.

Tuesday

I did the workout in my room and for the first time, took out my mat for this Tone it up workout. It was supposed to be for Monday but seeing that Tuesday didn’t seem to have anything new except announcing their challenge, which I wasn’t going to participate in, I backtracked a little.  The workout consisted of 8  moves, 12 reps for each (some actually 12, some 12 alternating meaning 6 each side), and then the whole workout done 3 times.  I don’t have a link so here is the intro vid for the moves.

By the 3rd time, I started thinking that these girls over at Tone it Up was out to kill me.  Every muscle was contracted and I sat there downing lots of water.  I wanted to start the second part but to prevent any injuries, I stopped.

Wednesday

This is officially my off day.  Plus, I had chiropractor session and I try to not do any intense exercise afterwards.  However, it is the first day I started logging my food intake and setting my weigh-in.  However, I did end up going downstairs to do 30 minutes of DDR to get some cardio in because with the food/exercise being tracked, I realized I over-ate…It was going to be longer, but then the fire incident happened and that caused everything to be in a frenzy in the neighborhood.

Thursday

Dragonboat day! WOOHOO! Who is excited?!?!? I am! Practice is totally awesome and fun.  We had a full group pretty much and it was doing little exercises increasing in length.  My coach gave me some pointers on my technique to work on and I’ll have to try to figure it out and hopefully get it right.  We did a bunch of body weights and it all was good fun.  Its starting to not bother me as much since I do them 4 other days in the week.  Oh, other than that, my friend might want to do the Color Me Rad 5k marathon.  Anyone done it or seen it? I’m intrigued.  I was going to do it last year, but then it clashed with something else that I had planned.

Friday

I went off the schedule on this day because it was another jogging day. Dragonboat is already cardio from yesterday so I wanted to get some more body weights since we did about accumulated 15 minutes or so of it on Thursday.  Flipping through my saved emails of post after post of workouts, I came to a  Pumps and Irons Online Workout Roundup and found this one: Core Challenge Workout.

Saturday

Plans always change around a bit.  I had to go to work for some overtime in the morning.  After that, it held me up and bumped back my schedule for getting my haircut and then going home to make the cake for my boyfriend’s mom’s birthday gathering. That recipe was posted up this morning, you can check it out HERE! This resulted in me having some alcohol in my system and a whole bunch of food…so it ended up that I had to skip my workout.

Sunday

My boyfriend usually works the weekends, and it was his birthday, but much to my surprise when I carried my tired self out of bed, I realized he was still home and not feeling well.  After taking care of him, my body decided to not do so well.  Thank goodness for my go-to herbal drink (talked about HERE) and after early lunch, Tylenol.  In the mid afternoon, my energy came back and I got in a longer exercise to compensate.  I backtracked to Saturday’s workout called Sunkissed Abs. This ripped my core like crazy.  I ran downstairs and set courses for DDR on Expert and Challenge which didn’t mean that I’d necessarily pass it all but it would be an intense cardio dance routine.  It definitely kept my heart pumping for 30 minutes.

Overall, the week turned out to be more eventful than I had imagined and I didn’t get to do the intended outdoor jog that I wanted because for one, the tempurature plummeted from last week.  The weather is looking up though, so I hope to get more workouts during next week. With Easter weekend coming up, I truly doubt it, but thats for next week’s update 🙂 However, with a mix of extreme DDR and some various workouts, this week, I did manage to get my 5 days in.  It was mostly light cardio in a way but the body weights that I put in really worked me to the max.

If you want to get yourself a challenge, the Core Challenge is super awesome and Tuesday’s with the YouTube video for the 8 moves was fun. Check those out if you want to get a good thorough core and total body workout respectively 🙂