Workout Roundup: A month later….

I think with this one done, we’re pretty much all caught up with this one month Fantasia break and getting things back on track to be right back to normal.

Clarification #1: I may not have updated it here but I didn’t completely turn into a slob.

Between Fantasia Festival and work, I actually did get some working out done. I did a weekly Zumba session of 30 minutes whenever I had time to slot it in. While I don’t remember the list of songs or the length of the whole thing, it was my attempt to keep on working out at the very least, especially since there was a wedding at the beginning of August to attend. However, working out may have decreased but we did step into the direction of eating healthier. So progress in general.

Clarification #2: Fantasia is a pretty physical activity!

The last clarification is that while Fantasia Film Festival as it says is really watching movies. The pre movie stuff includes speed walking almost every day of the event from work in Old Montreal to Concordia University to make sure that I got there in time to get in the movie. With that said, my speed walking time improved crazily. The cardio I put in was fascinating as I speed walked 30 minutes almost every day and then had to do the same after the movies to catch the bus back home. That’s an hour of some intense walking pace. Fun stuff…especially by the last few days of the episode when I was running on like 4 hours of sleep or something. Then we have the waiting around part which involves a lot of standing. I kid you not..my calves were cramping for the entire week after the festival ended.

With that said! Things have calmed down and we’re back to business and workout round-ups are resuming now. I might put them back to biweekly round-ups as I work through slotting in more workout sessions.

Let’s start on last Sunday..because well, that was when I got back into the determined mind set to get back into the groove of working out more than once a week.

Sunday: Pool Workout

The weather is no longer murderously hot so the pool was on the cool side but still, I wanted to head in to destress and workout. Water has a cool and calming effect and boy, did I need it!

Moves picked up a combination of Popsugar Fitness Pool Workout Videos.

Here’s what I did:

  • Jog (in-pool) 5 laps
  • Core Rotation (30 reps each side alternating)
  • Jump with Knee Tucks (40 reps)
  • Shuffle
  • Superman Kicks (30 seconds)
  • Jog 5 laps
  • Straight Leg Kick (30 reps each side alternating)
  • Core Rotation (30 reps each side alternating)
  • Jump with Knee Tucks (40 Reps)
  • Superman Kicks (30 seconds)
  • Breaststroke (5 laps)
  • Freestyle Swimming

Monday: Zumba

Sunday: Weight Training

There you go! That’s how the week went down!

Two workouts is pretty decent for myself honestly. This week was a little rough for our home so, I’m fairly happy that I still managed to do this. Honestly, that is what I’m hoping to achieve on a weekly basis: a cardio workout and a weight training. Cardio can be something like Zumba or running but it can also be a long walk. So we’ll see what I come up with. Its honestly finding the motivation to keep going on and just staying active. Eventually, I’ll move it to three times a week. Especially with hiking in our plans, I’m hoping that things will be good once things once again settle down because apparently the theme of 2018 is not a moment of nothing.

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Workout Round-up: Week 9 &10

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I’m going to be reasonable now and say that from now on, I might be changing this to biweekly. Weekly commitments are a little intense. Even biweekly sometimes gets a little crazy, mostly because as much as I want intense workout schedules, its actually proving to be more stressful than it being a healthy change in my life. So I’m doing mostly workouts on day offs from work. During the week, I tend to do a lot more walking and well, with Fantasia season, its a lot of standing also.

I think right now, I have some great routine set with Zumba and pool workouts. Honestly, I know it sounds crazy but these two things combined actually do quite well plus they put me in a fairly happy place even when I’m dying of fatigue to push a little more.

Week 9

Monday

We opened our pool finally so I’m super happy to get back on a back to back day following off last week’s Sunday pool workout with a little of the same. I did do an extra round here from the day before.

To be fair, I didn’t write it here as workouts but Friday, Saturday and Sunday was Montreal Comiccon. I spent 5 hours on Friday, 6 hours on Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday pretty much walking and standing around a lot covering the event with the exception of four 45 minute conferences. Its one of the main reasons why I kind of took it easy during the week to kind of rest up for the intense weekend.

Week 10

Saturday – Zumba & Freestyle Pool Exercises

Pool exercises: Knee Tucks, Shuffle, Breaststroke, In-pool jogging

As I thought back to the past week of recuperation and trying to get a workout in, I doubled down on the Saturday workout with a longer Zumba routine than usual and put in a few more routines that I had to learn so it was harder as it switch things up. After that sweaty cardio session, because we’ve just been stuck back into a heat wave, I went into the pool to cool down but also get some freestyle pool exercises inspired from the pool workout above. I love doing a few rounds of 30 reps for knee tucks and then doing shuffles in between. I did a lot of jogging around the pool and also worked in some swimming with practicing the worst form I have which is breaststroke so I had to focus a lot on the form and getting that slow and steady but effective.

Sunday – Zumba & Pool Workout

Pool Workout (2 rounds)

Another hot day over here in Montreal! I took the time to do a normal set of Zumba workout, this time with a few more familiar routines. I did research a pool workout and this time decided to focus on abs and core. It was a 2 rounds cycle. Because my pool is different from the one here, the crunches were a little harder so I fell for a few more reps and longer times for the other workouts while adding in some knee tucks at 30 reps. I still did some cardio with jogging and again, some more swimming.

Overall, a lot of the same but I was pleased with just getting that bit in.
I did have some walking around here and there to get from one spot to the next for the events, just didn’t bother to write them in.
You should expect that Zumba and Pool workouts (hopefully find more workout options) to be the summer focus.
If the weather cools down a little bit more, I will go back to getting in some jogging time, probably in August.

With that said, biweekly recaps is the new structure so I’ll see you with an update in 2 weeks! 🙂

Weekly Workout Roundup – Week 7 & 8

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Week 7

Week 7 was quite the fail but I did manage to get one workout in on Sunday. So I’m going to just cut to the chase and talk about that!  Its time for a Sunday Zumba workout!

Week 8

We are starting fresh this week and I vow that now that everything is pretty much done, I’m going to get back on track.

Monday

Walk – moderate speed
Distance: 3.7km
Time: 40 minutes

Saturday

  • 2 Hour Gardening (a lot of squatting..)
  • 1.5 km moderate walking (evening walk)

Sunday

Our pool is finally open and today is literally 42C with the humidex and for those who don’t know, we rig up an A/C unit in our bedroom to cool down the house with our fan. Surprisingly with the new roof which is white to repel the heat, it helps to keep the house pretty cool. However, no better time to go hang out in the pool that my husband finally got to work after last year’s crazy algae problem. We spent almost an hour in there and of course, it wouldn’t be right to not own up to my promise that if he got the pool open again that I’d do an extra lot of pool workouts.

I did a variation of this one about 2 to 3 times depending on which moves. It did definitely give my obliques the most workout. Refreshing and fun. I actually even did some swimming but its hard to really quantify how much of swimming it did. We didn’t sit around so we were just moving about a lot. Anyways, I love pool workouts because my shoulder and knee joints sometimes take the zumba and the weights really badly so this helps a lot. I’m hoping to find some more exercises to keep some variety going.

That’s it for the last two weeks!
Sorry for combining both together but Week 7 was kind of a disaster so it was just easier to do it this way!

Weekly Workout Recap – Week 6: Slowly Back on Track

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Suffice to say that things were not doing too good in the last two weeks. Last week in particular only managed to get in a Sunday workout. Still, one workout is better than none. I do want to keep at least a 3 workout thing in whatever form I can manage. With that said, there was a lot of creativity and things working out to make it happen.

Let’s just check it out!

Monday & Tuesday

The first two days of the week was the overwhelming crazy E3 coming to an end. With that said, it included a lot of coming right home to work on drafts and getting in the recap posts over to That Moment In. We were plagued with time zone differences as usual as well as just being bombarded with all kinds of news. Don’t get me wrong, I love every bit of it but just not so easy to get in workouts.

Wednesday

A day of unexpected events took its turn for Wednesday. Tuesday’s recording wasn’t able to be done so we did another recording after work. BUT..it was not a rest day. I had planned to go for a long walk at lunch and with an unexpected power outage at the office for an hour, I ended up having an earlier lunch and doubling the time I intended to go for a walk.

Distance: 3.3 km – moderate walking

Thursday

It was a busier day at work with lots of little tidbits to get taken care of. Ended up not getting any workout done.

Friday

Another walking day scheduled in during lunch time.

Distance: 2.5km
Time: 30 mins
Moderate speed

Saturday

Zumba time today! I’ve decided to diverge away from the Tone It Up workouts as they were making it slightly routine and boring so I wanted to change it up with cardio. I can’t seem to find time to go out to run and my area has recently had a uncaught kidnapper/predator in the neighborhood so the city also advises against it. Its why I like Zumba as it raises my spirit and energy, a decent amount of challenge and is a full body cardio workout. Some repeats from last week but overall, some routines I just randomized on my Zumba playlist on Youtube.

Sunday

Father’s Day ended up with family visits and getting other things done. You’ll read about in the next Weekly Adventures. I did do a little gardening today. Although, I can’t say it was particularly exercising, especially since most of my day was spent E3 edits for Game Warp for next week.

Overall…

I’m slowly making the best of a busy situation. I got some Zumba in and a lot more walking than I usually did which was my form of exercising. I have been having some knee pains so the running has been taken off for a little bit until I get some running tape or whatever you call it. Things should slow down next week so I’m going to try to get back to weights, more Zumba and hopefully some jogging/walking sessions.

Weekly Workout Recap-Week 5: The (almost) Week Off

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It happens to everyone, that week off that is simply inevitable.

Week 5 was all about no workout. It had many reasons. Last week’s hike was the reason for Monday not happening as I always need a rest day to not strain my knees more. Then Tuesday, my lady problems started so cramps hit me all the way into Wednesday. Yoga would have been an option bu then Thursday came the reality of the house having absolutely no groceries left so I was already making a choice between eating one better meal and one not so good one which doesn’t work so great in the big picture so I had to do that. Then, Friday was a pre-scheduled fun day to check out the Grand Prix festivities in town and came home to my husband catching an odd bug so it was scampering to go get him meds and make sure he was okay with everything. The weekend hit and it was all about E3 and chiro and other errands that I don’t have to take care of during the week to the various reasons above.

There are no excuses to not working out. Trust me when I say that things sometimes just don’t happen. I did however, get in a lot of extra walking time to kind of make up for the lack of workout. I took walks during lunch and then took walks to run errands downtown before going home. Grand Prix Friday also had a lot of walking around which was great. There are some wins in these situations and to make the best of what I have to do and what just can’t be done.

I debated to not put up the post but I want to stay accountable and honest about this workout journey because I am serious about getting back on track. Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of motivation to do the 5K run in Montreal in September which I have been thinking about lately.

With that said, today was when I put my foot down and decided to make some time between everything and waiting for the E3 Xbox press conference to start to make up my own cardio stuff by putting together by doing some Zumba from Youtube. Here are the vids below!

Here’s the Sunday workout, everyone! Give it a go if you want! Its like exercising and partying all at the same time!
The exact boost I needed!

For now, Xbox E3 has now started so back to Game Warp duty! Have a fantastic Sunday!

Weekly Workout Recap – Week 4: When Everyday Life Takes Priority

Four weeks in and its already starting to feel like things are going downhill quick a la slippery slope style.

With that said, I had anticipated that it may be a lull this week. Its not really an excuse but I had another cavity filling session that I had mentioned previously in my Weekly Adventures and the whole numbing my jaw thing really knocks out my motivation and makes me feel all loopy.

Still, lets just see how it went down.

Monday

Rest & Recording
For those of you who know, I co-host two podcasts and one of them had our biggest episode yet with the sheer material to cover today. Nothing like a 2 hour recording session to push back the entire evening schedule. It was a fun show and if its already released, I’ll have the link right under here.

Tuesday

Another rest day (unfortunately) due to cavity filling after work and then hours for the anesthesia to wear off.

Wednesday

Booty (2 rounds of 20 reps)
Single Leg Deadlift (each side)
Weighted Sumo Squat
Single Leg Squat + Kick (each side)
Side Plank Lateral Lifts (each side)
Inner Thigh Openers

Thursday

So many rest days this week.

Friday

Legs (1 rounds of 20 reps)
Stationary Lunge (each side)
Squat Up Downs
Side Lunge (each side)
Side Plank Inner Thigh Lifts (each side)
Tuck Jumps

Saturday

A beautiful weekend brought in a little landscaping in the garden. It took both time and a lot of strength to get it all done so skipped on the actual working out for garden labor. Gardening update tomorrow and you’ll see it all!

Sunday

Hiking is official back tentatively every other week meaning this Sunday was a hiking day. We headed out to Parc Regional Mont-Ham and the post is coming up soon once I sort through the pictures and put them together.

Hike was 6.9 kms in total and took us 4 hours to go up and down. This is a pretty intensive hike as there is a lot of rock climbing and steep uphills. However, you will see in the post that is coming up in a day or two that it actually takes you to the summit with a cross planted there and its a true 360 degree view. Worth all the energy and hard work! 🙂

Thats it for this week!
I’m starting to stray from the Tone It Up Bikini Series a little.
However, life does take priority sometimes especially for my own well-being (even if its not physical exercise).
Next week is less crazy hopefully so I should be able to get back to running as long as it doesn’t rain everyday.

Weekly Workout Recap #3: Hiking Season Begins!

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Week 3 is among us! So far so good, I would have to say that! This week is going to be trying to find some more of the groove. I’d have to say that the first month of establishing the workout routine is probably the most tiring and a lot of juggling around with other commitments. Once the schedule and routine solidifies, its a lot easier to work with it. Of course, that is to say that, I do diverge away from the TIU Bikini Series routine every once in a while for things that I’m working on that day. For myself, I think its fine. If I can, I’ll do the whole thing, if not, at least I’m using it as the body weights and weight training portion since that is the portion I struggle to figure out a routine most of the time.

Week 3

Monday

The First Hike of 2018
Mont Megantic National Park – Le Mont Megantic Trail – full loop 10.7 kms (Recap)

With my husband’s schedule going back to normal, we are determined to go hiking much more frequently then previous years. Our first hike, after much debate, was to Mont Megantic. Its a pretty cool spot. We ended up doing the intermediate trail Le Mont-Megantic but I’d say we did about 10 kms total as we didn’t go up the final slope to the observatory but rather only the first viewpoint. It was a pretty tough trail to start the season though. However, the view is gorgeous and it would be a lovely experience to go during its observatory festival about space and such. The trail is lined with streams on both sides and the path is quite rugged. We actually still had snow for parts of the trail. Anyways, I’ll have a post for it going up.

Tuesday
Booty
5 Toning Moves (2 rounds of 15 reps)

Booty Band Shuffles (30 seconds)
Curtsy Lunge + Leg Lift (each side)
Booty Kickback (each side)
Single-Leg Bridge (each side)
Bridge Openers

This was supposed to be 3 rounds of 15 reps however the hike yesterday was pretty tough so I cut one round.

Wednesday

15 minutes walk/run scheduled = pushed to Thursday

Total Body
2 rounds of 15 reps (supposed to be 3 rounds; cut the last round as my knees were having some weird pain)

Squat + Press
Reverse Lunge + Curl (each side)
Single Leg Deadlift + Row (each side)
Bikini Walkout + Plank Jack
Shoulder Tap (each side)

Thursday

15 mins walk today in the form of an after work errand that I had to run.
Had a few other errands to run so ended up running out time to do a workout. Planning to combine it with Friday’s 5 moves to do a super-sized workout.

Friday

[Thursday’s workout] Cardio + Abs (2 rounds of 15 reps)

Squat Jacks
High Knees (30 seconds)
Mountain Climbers (each side)
Down Dog + Spiderwoman (each side)
Bicycles (each side)

Saturday

With heading out of town to Ottawa and having to come back to do some bits of catch-up on my to-do list, I didn’t end up getting a workout done.

Sunday

[Saturday’s workout] Abs (2 rounds of 15 reps)

V-Sit Crunch
Toe Touch
Plank Up Down
Side Plank Hip Dip (each side)
Rock the Boat (each side)

Cardio HIIT (3 rounds of 15 reps)

Skaters (each side)
Booty Kicks (each side)
Jump Squat
Burpee/Pushup (mod to first round of burpees and second round of pushups)
Plank Jack

Overall…

This week has been a tough one! The hiking on Monday wiped me out quite a bit and the recuperation took some time. I ended up not actually doing the 3 rounds of 15 reps at all. I didn’t end up running either. It was slightly disappointing but through all the fatigue from the hike, I still pushed myself to do at least 2/3 of the workout as much as I could, and if I didn’t, I did a lot of extra walking for whatever errands and such. Its not great but it was going to happen. Next week, I’ll be back on track, I promise!

That’s it for this week’s workout recap!